NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD APRIL, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Tuesday, 3rd April, 2017.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
A House of Representatives ad-hoc committee has indicted the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for his role in the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, who was dismissed from service over pension fund fraud.
Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), was dismissed in 2013 and subsequently declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when he failed to appear for questioning.

 
However, the House panel, which By Musa Abdullahi Krishi investigated the controversial circumstances in which Maina was promoted and reinstated into the service, said the Attorney General was the “architect” of the crisis.
Following media reports about Maina’s secret reinstatement, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his immediate sack.
He also directed the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, to submit a report on how Maina was recalled into the service.

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The House in October resolved to probe the matter, which it described as embarrassing and unacceptable.
The report laid on the floor of the House a fortnight ago, said Maina’s reinstatement was “fraudulently masterminded” and that the Attorney General “pressurized all that mattered” to force Maina back into the service.
The report, seen by Daily Trust, said it was established that the Attorney General met with Maina in Dubai knowing full well that the ex-pension task force boss was a wanted person. 
It said there was undue interference and pressure on the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) from Malami on the matter.
The panel said it was curious that Malami could facilitate Maina’s recall when he admitted that the ex-pension chief was part of a ‘pension syndicate’ that fed fat on pension fund.
The AGF’s actions on the reinstatement contravened Section 158 of the 1999 constitution, the panel said in its 13-page report.
Section158 (1) of the constitution states: “In exercising its power to make appointments or to exercise disciplinary control over persons, the Code of Conduct Bureau, the National Judicial Council, the Federal Civil Service Commission, the Federal Judicial Service Commission, the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, the Federal Character Commission, and the Independent National Electoral Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other authority or person.”
“The Attorney General knew that Maina is a fugitive, yet he met him in Dubai. Maina’s reinstatement didn’t follow due process and it was fraudulently masterminded,” the report said.
The panel, therefore, recommended that the AGF should be reprimanded and cautioned. 
It further said he should be advised on the best way to deal with such issues and not to interfere in matters he has no jurisdiction over.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in all fronts and warned Nigerians to reject the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in the forthcoming general elections.
Obasanjo accused the government and the party of bringing hardship on Nigerians and running ineffective economic policy which cripples businesses and causes economic woes.

 
Obasanjo said it would be foolhardy for Nigerians to reinforce failure by re-electing the APC and President Buhari in 2019. 
Speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital during a consultation visit of New Nigeria 2019 Group led by Chima Anyaso, Convener and Moses Siasia, Co-Convener, Obasanjo advised Nigerians to join hands and do away with bad government and governance brought by the ruling party, adding that people should not also accept the apology tendered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) just as he reiterated that neither APC nor PDP could get Nigeria and Nigerians out of her current situation.

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He said, “I have publicly said and I mean it that neither PDP nor APC can get us there. Yet we have to get there. I asked one of the foundation members of PDP, the PDP when we started, was it a grassroots party? He said it was an elitist party. Really, we have never had the so-called grassroots party. Even NEPU which we could say is the nearest was not grassroot enough. And I believe strongly that we must have a strong popular grassroots movement to bring about the change, sustainability and stability that we need in our democracy and development.
Obasanjo said, “What we have now is failure. Never you reinforce failure, let failure be failure… Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.”
The Presidency has responded to the statement made by Obasanjo who described President Buhari’s government as a failure.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said the former president has not said anything new and President Buhari’s administration will not join issues with Obasanjo.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
A former Governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has faulted the federal government’s list of alleged looters which fingered him as one of the beneficiaries of the monies allegedly shared to some former government functionaries, governors and top military brass. 
The list of alleged looters released Sunday placed N1.6 billion against the former governor, but he said yesterday that contrary to the information that he benefited from the largess, he was skipped from the sharing arrangement because of his position as leader of G-7 then. 


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Aliyu who made his reaction through his Media Adviser, Mr. Israel A. Ebije in a statement, said, “My attention has been drawn to Federal Government list where I was mentioned to have received N1.6bn from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA). Let me state that I never received such amount from the Jonathan’s administration. As leader of the G-7 I was not considered loyal enough to be entrusted with the fund, which as we may all recall was meant for campaign… I believe somebody somewhere is leveraging on the unfortunate case I have with the Niger State Government to present a bogus dragnet of alleged looters.” 
Aliyu urged the federal government to be balanced in naming and shaming alleged looters, adding that Nigerians awaited to see names of politicians working with the APC government who benefited from the said loot. 


Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Independent National  Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately proscribe the All Progressives Congress (APC) following what it termed the undisputed revelations that the ruling party financed President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign with "looted funds."

 
The opposition party in a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan also gave the Buhari-led Presidency a three-day ultimatum to respond to allegations that it was elected through looted 
funds or find itself top on the list of confirmed looters.
The PDP said instead of the Presidency and the APC to come out with a response on how President Buhari’s 2015 campaign was funded they were busy publishing names of PDP chieftains who have neither been found guilty of corruption nor convicted.
"It is evidently clear that the APC-led federal government and the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, are running away from the issue of how they raised money to install Buhari as President.

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"They have pressed the panic button and resorted to unfounded allegations  against PDP members just to divert the attention of Nigerians and the international community from their atrocious government and its manifold failures of leadership.
"Now that the APC, the federal government, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the  Buhari Presidency have chosen a loud silence rather than accepting that looted funds were used to install Buhari as President in 2015, we charge 
INEC to do the needful by commencing the process for the proscription of the APC as a political party.
"The PDP will not join the panicky APC and the federal government in their resort to engage in matters that are subjudice because we believe and respect the rule of law, particularly, as it concerns the rights of every citizen.
"We know those in the APC and Buhari’s cabinet, who as champions of looting, plundered the resources of their various states and handed same over for the very expensive electioneering campaign of President Buhari, 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Fulani community in Enugu State has thrown its weight behind the second term bid of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in 2019. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
In an apparent response to the remark by the Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari's contemporaries and seniors in the military could not match him in 2019 Presidential election, former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared that the government had failed in all fronts, warning Nigerians to reject the platform, the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the forthcoming general elections. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
An aspirant for Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives from Ebonyi state, Comrade Chinedu Ogah has promised to offer quality representation to people of his constituents if given the mandate come 2019. 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
A former lawmaker in Bauchi state, Aliyu Ibrahim Gebi has joined the race for the Bauchi South Senatorial district seat. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Former Military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, yesterday, said that the old generation politicians have overstayed in the corridors of power and should pave the way for the younger ones to steer the ship of the state aright.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Regular visitors of the ancient city of Zaria would be familiar with the huge silk-cotton trees that adorn the Tudun Wada-Babban Dodo expressway of the city, but may not be aware of their generosity over many, many years. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Ninety youths in the Niger Delta have received N500, 000 each to start up their individual businesses at the end of capacity building and empowerment in agriculture and other value chain programme for women and youths. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
New international terminal buildings at five major international airports across the country will be ready by August 2018, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
For decades, many Latin Americas oil-producing nations have often shunned investment from foreign firms, instead keeping their vast reserves under the tight control of governments and state-run oil companies. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Seven electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) have again failed to remit any payment for the energy invoice of January 2018 just as five failed to pay in December 2017. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Arsenal beat Stoke City 3-0 on Sunday but the turning point was when Arsenal got a "controversial" penalty which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dispatched. 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal''s failure to mount a title challenge was the main reason for another sparse crowd as three late goals saw them beat relegation-threatened Stoke. 
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