NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [17 March, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 17  March, 2018.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A former Minister of Foreign Affairs and member of the defunct Presidential Committee on Boko Haram during the Jonathan administration, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has said that external forces were undermining the country’s security and that the forces were stronger than the country.

Akinyemi, in an  exclusive interview with THISDAY in Lagos on Tuesday, added that Nigeria was experiencing the worst level of insecurity under the current government since the return to democratic rule in 1999.


 
He also flayed the Nigerian Army’s counter-terrorism approach to the Boko Haram crisis.

The former minister said: “It’s always difficult to comment on matters dealing with security because there are always details that are only available to security operatives in the country and the President as the commander-in-chief. So in a way, one can only use common sense. And, when you feel that an issue that can be addressed by common sense wasn’t addressed then you wonder. There’re forces – very strong forces, external, and when I said ‘external’, I meant (forces) external to Nigeria – that the Nigerian government is incapable of controlling those who’re actually masterminding these operations.”

When asked if he agreed with the claim that security in the country is at its lowest ebb under the current regime, the elder statesman said: “Yes, I’ll agree with it and it is because there are forces at large internationally and those forces are looking for sanctuaries all over the world. Nigeria has been identified as one of such sanctuaries that they can operate in. Also, there’s competition for dominance in Nigeria by these forces.

“I’m worried. I am worried because it confirms my suspicion. My suspicion that there are forces – very strong forces, external to Nigeria – that the Nigerian government is incapable of controlling those who’re actually masterminding these operations. That’s what I’m worried about.”

When asked to expatiate on the external forces he was referring to, Akinyemi said: “ISIS is one of such forces. Number two, I think that we didn’t pay enough attention – of course, I mean when the people you put in charge of institution are actually not deep in the issue they confront, you’re going to have things like this. I served on the Boko Haram committee that was set up by the Goodluck Jonathan administration and we came across facts that I found frightening. Fortunately, this is a strange thing to say – the committee itself wasn’t unanimous on its interpretation of the realities that we came across.”

Citing an example of how precarious the state of insecurity of the country is, Akinyemi stated: “You’d recall that during the Jonathan administration, a ship laden with weapons was captured in Apapa and it turned out that an Iranian diplomat and other Iranian personnel were involved in this. It was of sufficient concerns to the Iranian government that they sent to Nigeria their foreign minister as the head of a delegation and they smuggled out of the country the diplomat who was involved in the arms issue. The other personnel were charged to court and sentenced to jail for their role in it –and then quietly released and expelled them from the country.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A former Minister of Foreign Affairs and member of the defunct Presidential Committee on Boko Haram during the Jonathan administration, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has said that external forces were undermining the country’s security and that the forces were stronger than the country.

Akinyemi, in an  exclusive interview with THISDAY in Lagos on Tuesday, added that Nigeria was experiencing the worst level of insecurity under the current government since the return to democratic rule in 1999.


 
He also flayed the Nigerian Army’s counter-terrorism approach to the Boko Haram crisis.

The former minister said: “It’s always difficult to comment on matters dealing with security because there are always details that are only available to security operatives in the country and the President as the commander-in-chief. So in a way, one can only use common sense. And, when you feel that an issue that can be addressed by common sense wasn’t addressed then you wonder. There’re forces – very strong forces, external, and when I said ‘external’, I meant (forces) external to Nigeria – that the Nigerian government is incapable of controlling those who’re actually masterminding these operations.”

When asked if he agreed with the claim that security in the country is at its lowest ebb under the current regime, the elder statesman said: “Yes, I’ll agree with it and it is because there are forces at large internationally and those forces are looking for sanctuaries all over the world. Nigeria has been identified as one of such sanctuaries that they can operate in. Also, there’s competition for dominance in Nigeria by these forces.

“I’m worried. I am worried because it confirms my suspicion. My suspicion that there are forces – very strong forces, external to Nigeria – that the Nigerian government is incapable of controlling those who’re actually masterminding these operations. That’s what I’m worried about.”

When asked to expatiate on the external forces he was referring to, Akinyemi said: “ISIS is one of such forces. Number two, I think that we didn’t pay enough attention – of course, I mean when the people you put in charge of institution are actually not deep in the issue they confront, you’re going to have things like this. I served on the Boko Haram committee that was set up by the Goodluck Jonathan administration and we came across facts that I found frightening. Fortunately, this is a strange thing to say – the committee itself wasn’t unanimous on its interpretation of the realities that we came across.”

Citing an example of how precarious the state of insecurity of the country is, Akinyemi stated: “You’d recall that during the Jonathan administration, a ship laden with weapons was captured in Apapa and it turned out that an Iranian diplomat and other Iranian personnel were involved in this. It was of sufficient concerns to the Iranian government that they sent to Nigeria their foreign minister as the head of a delegation and they smuggled out of the country the diplomat who was involved in the arms issue. The other personnel were charged to court and sentenced to jail for their role in it –and then quietly released and expelled them from the country.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Africa’s richest man and business mogul, Aliko Dangote, yesterday, gave out the hand of his daughter, Fatima in marriage to Jamil, son of former Inspector-General of police, Mohammed Abubakar.

The wedding ceremony was conducted by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II and supported by the Chief Imam of Kano, Professor Sani Zaharaddeen. 


 
President Buhari, in his capacity as the bride’s father, received the sum of N500,000 dowry from the representative of the groom, at the occasion. 

Presiding over the wedding fatiha, the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II said that marriage was one of the cardinal obligations of Islam, which must be accorded fullest respect by the couple.

The Emir advised them to be patient and respect each other’s views through mutual understanding and love.

The exchange of the dowry was witnessed by the former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

Business activities almost got grounded within and around Kano Central Mosque and Government House as fleets of posh cars of different shapes and sizes were on display, including thousands of residents, well-wishers and visitors who thronged the Kano Central Mosque to witness the epoch-making marriage.

There was, however, water-tight security within Kano metropolis as both uniform and plain cloth security agents were on red alert in case of any eventuality.

The marriage was contracted at about 12 noon after which President Buhari’s entourage drove straight to Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) from where they left for Abuja.

Others, who graced the wedding Fatiha, included governors of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Jigawa, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru; Edo, Godwin Obaseki; Kwara, Abdulfatai Ahmed; Katsina, Aminu Bello Masari; Borno, Kassim Shetima; Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun; Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi; Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Kogi, Yahaya Bello; Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal; Gombe, Ibrahim Hassan Damkwambo; Niger, Abubakar Bello; Adamawa, Mohammad Bindow Jibrilla; Bauchi, Mohammad Abdullahi, among other distinguished personalities.

Amongst who were former governors, ministers, senators, House of Representative members, captains of industries, technocrats, bureaucrats, ambassadors, top-flight business men, Traditional Rulers, Islamic scholars, religious leaders and a host of others.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Senator Dino Melaye yesterday lost his bid at the Court of Appeal to stop the process leading to his recall by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 

The court in a unanimous decision, whose lead judgment was delivered by Justice T.O. Awotoye, dismissed Dino’s appeal for lacking in merit as it disclosed no cause of action.


 
Justice Awotoye resolved all the issues contained in favour of INEC and upheld the decision of the Federal High Court, which held that Melaye’s suit was “hasty, premature and presumptuous”.

Melaye, not satisfied with the judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, approached the Court of Appeal to reverse the decision and stop INEC from going ahead with the recall process.

Delivering judgment on the appeal yesterday, the appellate court agreed with the decision of the trial court and held that the court ought to have struck out the suit for not disclosing any cause of action.

The court also dismissed the appellant’s claim that he was denied fair hearing by the electoral umpire before commencing the recall process, noting that INEC was neither a tribunal nor a court of law.

Justice Atowoye further held that there was no limitation to the counting of the 90 days for the recall process, as it can be extended, adding that INEC’s powers was statutory and not even the court could take away its powers to conduct a referendum. 

“The powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are statutory given by the constitution and not even the court can take away the powers of INEC to conduct a referendum. 

“Such statutory bodies like the INEC should be allowed to exercise their statutory powers without interference by the court.

“The appellant cannot claim that his right to fair hearing was infringed upon. His right to fair hearing has not been violated since INEC as a statutory body is not a tribunal neither is it a court of law.

“The appellant has not disclosed any case of action and the suit ought to have been struck out by the trial court for not disclosing any cause of action.

“I agree with the decision of the trial court. Ordinarily, it ought to have struck out the suit for non-disclosure of cause of action. This is because where there is no cause of action, the court has no jurisdiction to hear the suit. 

“Having resolved all the issues in the appeal against the appellant, I hereby strike out the suit and dismiss the appeal,” Justice Awotoye held.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
By James Emejoin Abuja Five persons have reportedly die The House of Representatives has again taken a swipe at the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi over his recent denial that he had appointed to Greenwich Trust Limited or any one at all as Transactional Adviser for the concession of Ajaokuta Steel [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has tasked members of elite clubs in the state to support governments in advancing laws and social projects to end the scourge of human trafficking and illegal migration. Obaseki made the call when he hosted executive members of the Benin Recreation Club, at the Government House in Benin City. [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Former gubernatorial aspirant and serial entrepreneur, Prince Tonye Princewill has taken Governor Nyesom Wike and the youths of the state to task for what he describes as 'the gradual slip into oblivion and anarchy' that the state was descending into. Princewill spared no words for Governor Wike whom he described as an embarrassment for the [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill into law as soon as he receives it from the National Assembly, saying it was the most practical way for his Administration to demonstrate its support for Internet freedom for Nigerians. In a statement in Lagos, MRA [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
By Olawale Ajimotokanin Abuja Police have arrested a suspect, Terhemba Tsuum, for impersonating the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and defrauding unsuspecting public of N38 million. Parading the suspect, FCT Police Command PPRO, Anjuguri Manzah, said that upon report of the matter, an investigation was launched and with the deployment of modern technology, they [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
By Hammed Shittuin Ilorin Five persons have reportedly died in an auto crash that occurred in Ilorin, Kwara State capital yesterday when an epileptic driver had a seizure while in motion and rammed into an oncoming articulated vehicle. THISDAY checks revealed that the victims were four students of Mass Communication department of Kwara State Polytechnic [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
By Vanessa Obioha The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman advocated for gender equity and inclusiveness in Nigeria, regretting that the ratio of men to women in appointive and elective positions was still a far cry from the expected. Delivering a paper on Equity and Inclusiveness, Bala-Usman decried the poor [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
By Ndubuisi Francisin Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun declared yesterday that the federal government had not cancelled the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) contrary to media reports. Adeosun, in a statement issued by her media aide, Mr. Oluyinka Akintunde stated that her attention was drawn to bogus and unverified media reports on [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN) and Chairman of Aqua Rapha investment Nigeria Limited, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has described Enugu State as peaceful and safe for investment with an outstanding feature as 'the most hospitable state in the country'. Fr. Mbaka spoke when the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Manchester City will face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final. Liverpool inflicted Citys only Premier League defeat of the season at Anfield on14 January, after they were thumped 5-0 at Etihad Stadium in September. The first leg is at Anfield on4 April, with the return on10 April. After Citys director of football Txiki Begiristain said: [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City Bayelsa State representative, Belary Schoolson Thursdayclinched the top prize in the male category of the zonal qualifier of the 20th Nestle Milo Basketball Championship for secondary schools at the Indoor Sports Hall of Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin City. Balery School who had earlier trailed their opponent, St. Augustine's Seminary, [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
unveils TomTom as Super Eagles official candy TomTom and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday signed a three-year contract that confers TomTom as the official candy of the Super Eagles. TomTom, a product from the stables of Cadbury Nigeria Plc has supported the Super Eagles for a decade. At a joint media parley to announce [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Tennis Federation, NTF, have signed a memorandum of understanding with Lagos-based Tennis Management Company Limited on the Nigerian Tennis Majors. The event was conducted at the Abuja National Stadium Tennis Arena recently. The first of the majors will be the Abuja Open in June, and that will be followed by the Lagos Open [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
They lived in the ever-bustling Lagos Island where they attended public schools but their talents in football earned them scholarships to study in one of Nigeria's prime secondary schools ' Greensprings School, Lagos. Like every young aspiring Nigerian, the story of Musa Alli and Elvis Onyenze captured how being part of the annual Greensprings Kanu [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Ablaze FC of Lagos have emerged winners of the FC Bayern Youth Cup Tournament after a 1 nil victory over Sporting Dreams of Abuja in a tightly contested final played in Abuja last weekend. The game took place at Aduvie International School and witnessed a large turnout by participating teams and spectators alike who came [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Precious Jefferson is an ex-beauty queen who has graced several beauty pageants over the years, making her model of excellence and distinction. In this interview withTosin Clegg, she talks about her new project, Africa Beauty Queen International Pageant and her career About me I'm Precious Jefferson from Cross River State and a graduate of the [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Anuforo Cyracus Chinonso, also known by his stage name, Prince Lawman, is a Germany-based Nigerian artiste. Born and brought up in owerri, Imo state, Nigeria before relocating to Germany. Prince lawman is a talented artiste who knows his onions at using his indigenous language and English to deliver a good melody to his fast rising [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Shure has teamed up with Showgear to make authentic Shure products and authorised aftersales support available in the Nigerian market. A ceremony was recently held in Lagos to celebrate the partnership. The night was filled with glamour. Good music from Johnny Drille and some talented acts who serenaded guests with sweet melodies, energetic vibes and [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Moyo Gates is an actor with a spark for action, suspense and intrigue. He defines his own style of acting and he is emerging as Nigeria's foremost action character. In this chat withTosin Clegg, he talks about career Who is Moyo Gates' Moyo Gates is an art work. I'm very much drawn to anything artistic. [] 
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