Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Monday, 9th April, 2017.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Artificial ripening of fruits with calcium carbide has continued in the country exposing consumers to high risk of developing cancer, kidney and heart diseases, Daily Trust reports.
Farmers and fruit dealers are in a hurry to meet the huge national demand for fruits especially mango, banana, plantain and oranges and as result they freely resort to the use of calcium carbide.

Calcium carbide is used in metal cutting and welding as such the consumption of fruits artificially ripened using this chemical compound can cause serious health problems.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) warned Nigerians recently to shun consumption of fruits ripened with calcium carbide.
However, our investigations across the country have revealed substantial application of the chemical to force-ripen fruits by farmers and fruit sellers.
Zuba International Fruit Market located along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, and Mararaba - a densely populated suburb of Abuja under Nasarawa State - are the biggest fruits markets that supply the FCT.
These markets receive fruits supplies from all parts of the country - pineapple, pawpaw, banana/plantain from Edo, Ondo and Kwara; oranges, mangoes mainly from Benue and Nasarawa and watermelon mainly from the far northern.
At Zuba International Market, our reporters, who posed as fruit dealers discovered that it was hard to find fruits (mostly mangoes, oranges and bananas) that are free of calcium carbide in the market.

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Posing as buyers, the reporters insisted on the ones that did not have carbide application, but were told that it was difficult to come by, except the few ones that grew in the wild.
One seller, who wouldn’t want his name mentioned, said the application of the chemical was done by the farmers or sellers.
The reporter spoke with six sellers, who confirmed the application of the chemicals on fruits and the evidence was all around them.
Daily Trust also found calcium carbide sellers that have positioned themselves strategically by the spots where fruits are sold to easily attract customers - mostly those buying unripe fruits to prepare for sale in Abuja city.
Two of the sellers told this reporter that most of the buyers in the markets are people using it to fast-ripe fruits they sold in the city.
A woman, Mrs James, who sells the chemicals where banana and plantain are sold said:  “It is a very dangerous chemical. It can kill human beings.”
Asked how she managed to keep her children safe from it, she said:” I don’t take it home. I keep it in the shop.”
Sharing the   knowledge of different techniques of application, Mrs James said it could be spread on the fruits and then washed or the chemical placed in the middle of the gathered fruits and properly covered and that this way the ripening will be fast tracked.
She however noted that the chemicals is widely used only on banana and mangoes, adding that she is not aware if some applied it to oranges and pawpaw.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) holds today in Abuja.
Daily Trust leant from credible sources that President Muhammadu Buhari would attend the meeting before proceeding to the United Kingdom.

The APC Assistant Director, Publicity, Edegbe Odemwingie, confirmed this to journalists yesterday in Abuja.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, had earlier told Daily Trust’s correspondent on Friday that preparations for the meeting had started before it was finally announced on Wednesday last week.
The explanation put to rest the possibility that the emergency NEC meeting might have contravened the provisions of the APC Constitution that stated that at least seven days’ notice should be given to members to attend such meeting.
Daily Trust gathered that a final decision on the tenure elongation saga would be taken today after last Friday’s submission of the report of a 10-man NEC Technical Committee led by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
The committee was believed to have recommended the conduct of fresh congresses and national convention after President Muhammadu Buhari had secured the backing of most APC governors.
The February 27, 2018 NEC meeting had approved a controversial extension of the tenures of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led APC NWC and other party officials across all levels by one year.
But at the March 27, 2018 NEC meeting, President Buhari said the outcome of his consultations with legal experts showed that the tenure elongation contravened not only the party constitution but also the Nigerian constitution. 
Meanwhile, today’s NEC meeting is expected to endorse the demand for congresses and convention and announce the dates for the exercise. Already, Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State had been tipped as the Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee. 

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Other key issues expected to be tabled at today’s discussion were the reports of the party committees on Constitution Review and True Federalism.
During the last NEC meeting, the APC spokesman said it was agreed that a technical committee between the National Assembly, the executive, and the party be set up to look at the proposals point by point as quickly as possible on the report of True Federalism Committee, to enable the president transmit it to the National Assembly for action.
 Malam Abdullahi, who said that no motion was taken to adopt the amended constitution, added that observations that were made would be incorporated into the draft constitution.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Army has denied reports that it was phasing out its troops from states that are experiencing security challenges.
Describing the report as untrue, the Nigerian Army assured the public that they would continue to live to the expectations of Nigerians in the discharge of their constitutional duties of defending the nation’s territorial integrity and giving aid to civil authorities.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu said in a statement that troops would continue to intervene decisively to checkmate any form of criminality, and appealed to the  public for understanding and cooperation.
Calling on state governors and local government chairmen to live up to their responsibilities of proving social amenities, he said this would help reduce incidents of crime.

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Dahiru visit to Gov Tambuwal will shame our enemies- Sokoto APC
Mon, 09 Apr 2018
It would appear that the lingering political feud between two brothers, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Senator Dahiru Tambuwal has been laid to rest with the later spotted at the wedding ceremony held at the private residence of the Governor.

The former allies went their separate ways in December 2014 after the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu  Tambuwal  defeated the erstwhile  chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Dahiru Tambuwal  to emerge the flag bearer of the APC for the April 2015 Sokoto governorship election.
Dissatisfied with the outcome, Senator Dahiru challenged the outcome and twice lost at the trial and appellate courts, before he was prevailed upon not to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress in Sokoto state, Alhaji Sidi Lamido said there was never a rift between the two brothers as their legal battle had never in any way affected their relationship.
"It was just an indication of the  internal democracy in APC whereby a  father and son or two brothers can aspire for one ticket and challenge one another in court without any interference from the party. But I assure you that even during their legal tussle they remained very good friends and brothers because they come from the same family," he said
Lamido added that the presence of Senator Tambuwal at the wedding Fatiha of the Governor's son was only to solidify their existing relationship and to also shame their enemies and enemies of the party.
Another source revealed that community elders and religious leaders intervened to ensure that the former allies were now back on the same page politically.

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“It is true they have been settled. That was why the former Senator visited the Governor’s house in Sokoto on Saturday to attend a wedding ceremony. In the past, he had avoided such gatherings but this time, to prove that all past differences have been settled; he came to the venue and went straight to greet the Governor. He was also offered a seat in the front row and took part in all the activities as a respected family member,” said the source who declined to be named.
Further details revealed that the Senator has now accepted to join hands with Tambuwal and other APC stakeholders to move Sokoto forward.
“Since the reconciliation, he has privately expressed his joy at how the APC has been steering the ship of state," he added

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The move to recall Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) from the upper chamber of the National Assembly has gathered fresh momentum with the recent timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the exercise. 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has commenced the training of 40 youths from three states from the north-west on modern animal fattening and sorghum cultivation. 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The RMRDC is strengthening the cashew value chain as a valuable source of industrial raw materials to the Nigerian agro-economy. 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, yesterday spoke on the friction between the executive and the legislature, saying only two things will end it. 

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