NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 MARCH , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 18 March, 2018.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
FIVE persons, including a first year student of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, identified as Collins Ojierakhi, were feared killed by herdsmen in Ugboha, Esan South-East Local Government Area and Odiguete in  Ovia North-East Local Government Area  of Edo State.
About 12 persons are said to have been hospitalized in Benin Central Hospital and other private hospitals in Benin-City, the state capital,  as a result of the attacks. The Ugboha incident occurred on Friday evening as Collins and his friends were reportedly on their way back to the village from Uromi. The father of the AAU student, Mr Festus Ojierakhi, told Sunday Vanguard, yesterday, ¨I am just confused. I was actually in the house eating at about 8pm and I started asking about my son who was not there. I was told he went to Uromi with his friends on motorcycle. ¨It was around 9pm that the mother of my son´s friend started crying that herdsmen had killed her son. I rushed out of the house and I asked about my own son. I was told he died too. ¨We immediately ran to the place. When we got there we were told that the police had come to take the corpses to Ubiaja mortuary. I was told my son and two others died. They said the other person that died is an Igbo person. ¨The information we heard was that as my son was returning home on Okada, the herdsmen and their cattle blocked the road and they waited for them to leave the road. Immediately they passed, some of their people in the bush opened fire on my son and his friends and they died at the spot. ¨I have been to the Area Commander’s office and they said they were investigating the matter. I don´t know what to do. This is a young boy that just entered university¨. At Odiguete community in Ovia North-East, it was learnt that herdsmen invaded the community, yesterday, community, shooting sporadically and, in the process, killed two persons. Sunday Vanguard learnt that the community and  herdsmen had been having running battle for sometime now. However, some of the wounded persons were said to have been taken to the Benin Central Hospital yesterday while the corpses of the two victims were deposited in an undisclosed mortuary. Edo State Police Commissioner, Johnson Kokumo, could not be reached on phone to comment on the incidents but one of his aides said the CP was in a meeting.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
A FORMER Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration Agency, NIMASA, Mr. Raymod Omatseye, in this interview, speaks on his acquittal in a case instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Omatseye also shares his experience while the case lasted, concluding that the dismissal of the case by Justice Yargata Nimpar of the Court of Appeal strengthens his belief in the judiciary. 

There are misconceptions surrounding your case. What is the true story? In 2010, I was arrested and charged to court for alleged splitting of contracts. I was charged before Justice Binta Nyako. After two years, it dawned on them that the title of the contract award letter was the supply of office equipment. But they did not look at the body of the award letter. It was when they looked at the body of the letter that they realised that they were different items. After two years, they withdrew the charges and brought in a new set of charges which was approval of contract above my threshold. Prior to that, they had also accused me of transferring $300, 000 to an account and accused me of money laundering. Nobody came to ask me that. It was during the case that I presented the approval of Mr. President to support Mrs. Mbanefo’s election. When they saw it, they quickly withdrew the charges. These were the people that said that N5million was my approval limit. The next thing they did was to present a new set of charges which claimed that my approval limit was N2.5million. They also alleged that I bought a generator which I never did. The generator was actually bought by my successor. On approval of contracts The interesting part of it is that all the period the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, questioned me, nobody asked me about the approval of contracts. All they talked about were issues that did not relate to this matter. We went to court and, after two years, the learned trial judge in her wisdom found me guilty of approving contracts above my threshold and decided to sentence me to five years in prison. I was sent to Ikoyi at that time. After spending four weeks there, she granted me bail. I was not happy about what happened. I decided to go to the Court of Appeal and raised five grounds. After a well-considered opinion, the Court of Appeal accepted all the grounds and said there is no such offence as approving contracts above my threshold. The documents, which were brought by the prosecution at that time, had no commencement date and the court said a document that does not have a date could not be brought. In the judgment, the court said that the Act that created the Bureau of Public Procurement stated that only the National Council on Public Procurement can pass a threshold. It also said that there is nowhere they stated that the body, if it exists, ever passed the threshold. Therefore, the court declared the case null and void and of no effect. In February 2013, the then Director General of Bureau of Public Procurement, Mr. Eze, was subpoenaed to come and give evidence in a case. Because he reports to the President, he wrote a memo to Mr. President bringing to his attention that he had been subpoenaed. He said he had reviewed the charges, adding that there was no offence committed. That document was signed off by the President through the Chief of Staff to the then Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Bello Adoke. It was after he left office that we were able to trace that document and submitted it as part of our evidence.   Unfortunately, the learned trial judge did not give it any judicial notice. He did not consider the certified document from the Ministry of Justice. It will be interesting to know that the Court of Appeal highlighted that the judge should have considered that opinion. The court said the refusal to consider the judgment was wrong, adding that the effect would have weighed in favour of the appellant. We felt that the case should have been over the moment that letter was brought as evidence. I was shocked when the conviction came. That is where we are. Justice Nimpar of the Court of Appeal said the prosecution should not ride roughshod over the Constitution because it wants to fight corruption.   There was no evidence to show that I did anything.


Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The need to honour women for greater impact in all spheres of human endeavour formed the focus for Women of Faith in Leadership USA Award and dinner night organised by Independent International Female Ministers (IIFM) recently in Lagos.The post Group honours female ministers, calls for support in politics appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The 110 schoolgirls abducted in Dapchi by Boko Haram insurgents will soon regain their freedom as the military is closing in on them.The post Military will soon rescue abducted schoolgirls ' Minister appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
China has resolved to take its harsh corruption policing tactics to the public sector in President Xi Jinping's renewed crackdown.The post China taking anti- corruption battle to public sector appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Angry Nigerians and stakeholders are calling for the immediate review of the jumbo and outrageous monthly take home of lawmakers, especially senators.The post Senators' pay causes outrage appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The founder of Microsoft, Mr Bill Gates, says Africa's richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, is generous with his resources and time on issues of global health.The post GLOBAL HEALTH: Dangote amazingly generous with his resources and time ' Bill Gates appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service ,NCS, has generated N55.8billion in the months of January and February 2018.The post Apapa Customs rakes in N55.8bn appeared first on Vanguard News. 


Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki, has been named 'Health-for-All Champion'. She is Founder-President of the Well-being Foundation Africa (WBFA).The post Toyin Ojora Saraki is 'Health-for-All Champion' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service ,NCS, has stepped up operational surveillance, as the Command just uncovered a new hideout in its area of coverage, where economic saboteurs use in bringing in prohibited items illegally.The post Oyo Customs uncovers new smugglers hideout, steps up surveillance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
TROUBLE is brewing between Edo State government and prison authorities following the alleged beating up of officials of the state Public Works Volunteer Task Force (PUWOV) for attemping to arrest one prison officer who allegedly picked a passenger at a wrong place.The post Edo Govt, Prison Comptroller at war over attack on Task Force officials appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
STEM METS Resources says it is committed to STEM Education in Nigeria through a strategic partnership with Airbus Foundation.The post Airbus expose youths to robotics, aviation programme appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The country has a better moral standing than the likes of el-Rufai who has demonstrated that he is not fit to hold public office or political position. He is an embarrassment to public office in Nigeria. He speaks out of both sides of the mouth. This is the same el-Rufai who once gate-crashed into one of NLC's protests and pleaded to have NLC apron to be part of the protestThe post Between el-Rufai's 'Fire' and Labour's 'Fury' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The man who claims to be the first Ijaw gospel musician in the whole of Ijaw land, Pastor Bannerman Timitula Embiowei, simply known as Bannerman, stormed the Vanguard office on Wednesday, to express his displeasure with the way Ijaw people ignore their own. The visibly agitated 65 year-old musician declares that no Ijaw musician has made it in Ijaw land unless they move to Lagos.The post Ijaw people want me to die with my music, Bannerman cries out appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Budding Nollywood actress and video vixen, Asakomhe Mary, aka Maryjane Benson has told Potpourri in a chat that she's a regular girl next door but one with big dreams.The post I can approach a man if I really like him ' Maryjane Benson appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Victor Amechi Enyinnaya, also known as Mitch, is an Artist and also a graphic designer. The artist, who describes himself as easygoing and friendly says he started art as a teenager. 'Being a teenager, I have always loved drawing. I started from drawing comics and also making some for sale back in secondary school. I []The post Visual Art by Victor appeared first on The Spark. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Oladimeji Bashir Eyiowuawi, also known as Bash Aleee, is a Creative Entrepreneur. One of his ventures is the Dodo gang, which is basically a way of using his creativity to unite plantain lovers. Speaking on how he started, he says, 'I was still in University when it all started. It started like a joke really, []The post Meet Bashir The Creative Entrepreneur appeared first on The Spark. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
THE Naval War College Nigeria, Ubima, Rivers State has inaugurated its Naval Warfare Course 2/2018 with the Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, saying the school has made unexpected level of impact within the short period of existence.The post CNS unveils navy's intellectual pursuits at War College appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra State and his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, yesterday, took oath of office at an impressive ceremony at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, with the governor saying the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, would be proud of Anambra people for overwhelmingly voting for All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the November 18, 2017 governorship poll.The post I am a product of love, Obiano says as he begins his 2nd term appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
A former pastor with Prophet T.B Joshua, Apostle Sedik Moses, has appealed to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Word Outreach; Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; Prophet T.B Joshua, among others, to bury their differences and rescue Nigeria from her challenges.The post How Adeboye, Oyedepo, others can rescue Nigeria ' Cleric appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Secretaries, Supervisors, Councillors and other officials of Ikorodu Central LGA and those of Igbogbo/Baiyeku, Imota, Ijede, Ikorodu North and Ikorodu West LCDAs, converged in Ikorodu when they had an extensive training on how to boost their service delivery.The post Reps member Benson, Ikorodu LGA chiefs brainstorm on good governance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
One morning in February, farmers in Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State, woke up to find their Omohoror farmlands had been overtaken by herdsmen. They ran back to inform their leaders who, in turn, alerted the local government Chairman, Constantine Ikpokpo. He advised them to remain calm and to give him 48 hours to deal with the situation. Two days later, the herdsmen disappeared.The post 'We can make killer herdsmen disappear from Delta' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has commiserated with the family of the late ace broadcaster, Chief Lasisi Adeyemi, who passed on Wednesday, at a Lagos hospital.The post Fayemi mourns ace broadcaster, Lasisi Adeyemi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
For the third time in one week, fire, with heavy thick smoke billowing into the sky, erupted, yesterday, at the Olusosun dumpsite in Ojota area of Lagos StateThe post Again, fire outbreak forces Lagos to shut down Olusosun dumpsite appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The panacea which is to search for visionary leaders who can formulate and execute viable policies to transform the nation can hardly materialize because only wrong people get 'elected'The post Who says the military cannot return' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
It is about time we demand better services, institutions and standards of living for every Nigerian and not for only a few politiciansThe post Nigerian lawmakers'greed appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Like most scientists propelled by the quest for knowledge and concern for humanity, Prof. Hawking worked hard and used different media, particularly television to make science accessible to a wider audience worldwideThe post The power of perseverance: A tribute to Prof. Stephen Hawking appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The end is not in sight for this diplomatic row. No one can predict what will happen next, but for Russia, this is a journey to isolation, as I can see more sanctions comingThe post With Hate From The Russians appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The encyclopaedia that is being compiled now would be an expanded edition of the Itsekiri history bookThe post Why I'm documenting Itsekiri history again 'Etinkerentse appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
SENATE President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, declared, yesterday, that, as Principal Officers of the National Assembly, they were working on the same page on the amendment to the Electoral Act regarding the 2019 general elections' sequence.The post National Assembly united in opposition to electoral body's schedule ' Saraki, Dogara appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Against this backdrop, you would wonder why anybody would find fault or try to mischievously twist Senator Ike Ekweremadu's warning that we have again taken the same route, which end is a ditchThe post Ekweremadu's caution and our fool's paradise appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
After promising so much and delivering so little, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is turning out not to be the messiah Kogi has been waiting for. How did a governor who was a darling of his Ebira people and the face of youths suddenly become the man many like to hate and treat with contempt'The post Fight for Kogi: Why Governor Yahaya Bello is losing out appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
By the time the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State ends on May 29, 2019, one thing would have become clear: Here was a governor that came and made a difference in the lives of the people, in rapid infrastructural renewal; who gave governance a new name and established a legacy of moving Oyo from a traditional society, to a modern one.The post Ajimobi: Memories that will linger appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
They say when you have got it, you flaunt it. This must have been the thought on the mind of Godfrey Eguakun, the founder and Chairman of Monkey Media House Limited which was founded in 2015, when he was addressing newsmen recently on the abundance of talents signed to their label.The post We have some of the greatest talents in entertainment, says Monkey Media House boss appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
It is generally believed that a lady's beauty creates opportunities for her in unbelievable ways. This is also the belief of alluring Anambra State born model, Julian Adans, an intelligent, young and enticing woman who sees great prospects in flaunting her beautiful endowments.The post Being attractive opens doors for me ' Julian Adans appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Babatunde Oluwadamilare Oyebode popularly known as Baudex, is a man who has his hands in every pie as far as the music business is concerned in Nigeria. Baudex doesn't just do music, he does the business as well and he knows his onions as much as a biologist knows a microbe when he sees one through the telescope. In this interview he talks music and the business of it.The post I want to be like Don Jazzy ' Baudex appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
We had expected, as I said, that a father had come to make pronouncements that would give us reliefThe post Benue killing: We are scared military exercise could provide cover for herdsmen to take over our land ' Tribal leaders appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
As far as I am concerned, APC is a party to beat any time, any day. And all our leaders are aware of this. I know that, in their wisdom, they will rather remain in the party, fight their way onto success than move outThe post 2019: Buhari certain to win presidency even if APC loses 12 states ' Senator Obende appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
I laughed when I read the PDP saying that they are going to court to contest the constitution of the EDSIEC and other issues that have to do with the local government electionsThe post Oshiomhole sympathises with PDP as APC sweeps Edo LG polls appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
As the 2019 general elections draw near, political players and followers are drumming support for their preferred candidates. The post Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie House of Reps: Eyarefe/Mereje ticket stands for equity appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
A chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Tony Omolu, yesterday, denied reports that Chief Great Ogboru was seeking for an automatic ticket from the party ahead of the 2019 governorship election in the state.The post Ogboru not imposed as APC governorship candidate ' Omolu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said the commission would not discuss the implications of the President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to reject the bill since the process has not been concluded.The post Electoral Act: We won't speak on President's refusal of assent INEC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Sen. Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna) says the All Progressives Congress(APC) must put its house in order to emerge victorious in the 2019 elections.The post There is cold war between NASS, Buharis executive Sen. Sani appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
One of the numerous solidarity groups with links to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the PDP Youth Vanguard has called for an investigation into alleged interface by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing trial of the former PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.The post PDP youth group demands investigation into alleged interface in Metuh's trial appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
THE Cadre Harmonise, CH, report for March 2018, conducted in 16 States of the federation and Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has indicated that over 3.7 million Nigerians are currently faced with food insecurity.The post 3.7m Nigerians are currently faced with food insecurity Report appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
The Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, on Saturday assured Nigerians that the era of fuel scarcity is gone for good.The post The era of fuel scarcity is gone for good, says NNPC GMD appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
BARELY after three days the Federal Executive Council, FEC, gave President Muhammadu Buhari the approval to join other African countries to sign the Agreement Framework for the establishment of African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, President Buhari Saturday withdraw from the meeting to hold on Wednesday in Kigali, Rwanda.The post AfCFTA Agreement: Buhari bows to pressure, cancels Nigerias participation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
For the first time, leaders of Delta's opposition now appear largely united in one political party. The All Progressives Congress (APC) now boasts of the revolutionary Chief Great Ogboru, the strategic-thinking Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the positively aggressive Dr. Cairo Ojugbo, the top-level operator Dr. (Mrs) Mariam Ali, the youthful, brilliant Rt. Hon Victor Ochei, and a host of other major political actors in Delta.The post Delta APC's 2015 failings, 2019 calculations and the Ogboru 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
By March 31, the nine-month window provided by the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme, VAIDS, for tax defaulters to regularize their tax affairs will close. From the look of things, the closure will be accompanied by a big bang. I await the VAIDS deadline day like a cup final.The post VAIDS Deadline: The Taxman Cometh appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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