NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 APRIL, 2018.]


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 12  April, 2018.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has clarified his Monday’s declaration of intention to run for another term in office on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

While receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby, in London, the United Kingdom yesterday, Buhari said he declared because Nigerians were talking too much and he needed to break the ice.

“I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy and anti-corruption crusade.


“We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”


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A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said ‎President Buhari recounted some successes of the administration to his guest, with whom he has built a deep friendship in recent times, and was quite particular about strides in agriculture.

“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” the president said.

On the war against insurgency, he stressed the need for the continuous education of the people “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” noting that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent.

On Welby’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, Buhari submitted: “The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region.

“These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.

“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.”

The president lamented that “irresponsible politics” has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, but noted that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.

On Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the president said: “We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organisations. There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.”

Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari, “whom I have tremendous respect for.”

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has sought clarification on the N36 million cash allegedly swallowed by a snake at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).


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It all began when a team of auditors working with JAMB arrived in Makurdi, Benue State to take an inventory of sold and unsold scratch cards and to audit the finances of the office in the state.

But a sales clerk in the office, Philomina Chieshe, told the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.


In the course of interrogation, Chieshe confessed that it was her housemaid that connived with another JAMB official, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” steal the money from the vault in the accounts office.

“I was one of the four sales clerks attached to JAMB office in Makurdi. My responsibility was to sell scratch cards to candidates. I’m not involved in handling the money, it was the responsibility of Joan Asen and other senior colleagues. I only remit money of sold scratch cards. But a few months ago, there was an issue of fraud in the office. Auditors were sent from Abuja. The state coordinator, Obilo, was not around when the audit team came. But in the course of the audit, N36m was discovered to be missing from the account. An investigation was launched.

“I have been saving the money in the bank but I found it difficult to account for it. So, I started saving it in a vault in the office. But each time I open the vault, I will find nothing. I became worried and surprised how millions of naira could be disappearing from the vault. I began to interrogate everybody in the house and office, and no one could agree on what might have happened to the money.

“I continued to press until my maid confessed. She said that the money disappeared spiritually. She said that a mysterious snake sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault,” Chieshe told the team,

But Oloyede had since dismissed the claim, saying the case was that of pure criminality and fraud on the part of an official.
  
The Chairman of PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay, who led other members of the committee to the headquarters of JAMB yesterday, said he was also interested in the other challenges being faced by the board that required the panel’s assistance. 

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JAMB had earlier explained that the fraud was committed before the coming of the current registrar. It said the fraud was discovered in one of the states when the Oloyede-led management embarked on a tour of the board’s offices to ascertain their actual financial standing and their general operations.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Henceforth, candidates involved in malpractice during the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would be banned from retaking the exams for a specific number of years.

Besides, results of candidates indicted for examination malpractice as well as those involved in subjects would be entirely cancelled.

These were some of the resolutions reached at the 65th Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the council held in Lagos.

The body, which met with other stakeholders on issues of irregularities arising from the conduct of the 2018 private series West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE), charged them to support efforts in addressing poor school facilities.


In the communiqué signed by the Head, Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijieogu and made available to reporters, the committee approved appropriate sanctions in all established cases of malpractice, as prescribed by the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the council’s examination.

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“In the course of considering various reported cases of malpractice, the committee, after diligent deliberations approved appropriate sanctions in all established cases of malpractice, as prescribed by the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the council’s examination

“It approved the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attract Cancellation of Entire Results (CER) while subject results of those involved in proven cases which attract Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR) be similarly cancelled. In addition, some candidates will also suffer other sanctions such as barring them from sitting for the council’s examinations for a certain number of years.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LEPAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently give assent to the #NotTooYoungToRun bill. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Armed men have invaded shops in Calabar South of Cross River State and chopped off the hand of a young woman after dispossessing her of her belongings. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Millennials will constitute over 72 per cent of the global workforce by the year 2025, if facts and figures released by a study of modern employees in contemporary workplace are anything to go by. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has signed on South African Cricket legend, Makhaya Ntini as the technical consultant to the national team ahead of the International Cricket Council... 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Constitutional Lawyer and two-time governorship contestant in Ondo State, Dr Tunji Abayomi has advised those hoping to see something positive or meaningful from the present system of Nigeria to forget it. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Tragedy struck yesterday in Benin City when a little boy, aged eight months was found dead inside a plastic water container in his father room after he was earlier declared missing. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
As part of efforts to prevent disease-ridden environments in Lagos state, leading hygiene solution brand, HYPO has partnered with the state Government in its 'Team Up, to Clean Up' initiative. 

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