NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday,  1st April, 2018.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has given the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, 48 hours to withdraw his statement against him or face litigation.

According to the spokesperson for the PDP chairman, Mr. Ike Abonyi, who said this in a statement on Saturday, Secondus made the demand in a letter to the minister by his lawyer, Mr.  Emeka Etiaba (SAN).


 
The minister had alleged that the party chairman collected N200m from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2015.

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But in the letter with reference number EESE&C/1/31/03/18 dated March 31, 2018 and addressed to the minister, the party chairman also demanded a retraction, apology and payment of N1.5bn as damages.

The lawyer alleged that the said publication “has damaged the image of Secondus as he has been humiliated, castigated and vilified by many as a result of the falsehood published by the minister.”

The letter noted that if Mohammed failed to meet the demands within 48 hours, “we shall within 72 hours from today, proceed to a court of competent jurisdiction to ventilate our client’s right under the law and shall further seek the protection of the court against you.”

Also, on Saturday, the PDP alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari had no moral rectitude to fight corruption in the country, describing him as a direct beneficiary of what it called “corruption freebies” deployed by his party leaders to fund his 2015 presidential campaign.

The party noted that the President, who declared that he had no resources to run a presidential campaign in 2015, ought to have known, particularly as a leader, that the billions of naira deployed in his campaigns were proceeds of alleged corrupt activities of known All Progressives Congress governors and leaders.

The party therefore challenged Buhari to make open the sources of funds available to his campaign in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 races, as well as the names of the donors.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said Buhari and his party leaders had “huge confessions” to make on how they allegedly raked in stolen state resources to prosecute the 2015 elections.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The Presidency, on Saturday, described as shocking and scary the recent statement by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), that Nigerians should not rely on security agencies for protection but defend themselves in the face of unrestrained killings across the country.

It said unrestrained pronouncements were capable of encouraging criminals to defy legal and democratic institutions.


 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said these in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday.

But groups and prominent Nigerians, including Afenifere and Chief Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), faulted the Presidency on its reaction to Danjuma.

The Presidency, in the statement, urged prominent Nigerians to use their national influence wisely and shun public declarations that could threaten national security.

The Presidency wondered if any country could survive if its citizens rose against its military.

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Despite Danjuma’s verdict on the armed forces, however, the presidential aide commended the Nigerian military’s efforts to maintain peace and stability “despite being pulled in various directions by elements determined to destabilise the country and government for their selfish reasons.”

The statement read, “The Presidency wishes to appeal to prominent Nigerians, who have national influence, to use their influence wisely and not continue to engage in public declarations that are likely to inflame emotional passions and threaten national security.

“The Presidency is very worried that criminal gangs will feel justified in defying legal, governing and democratic institutions, and authorities of legitimately elected democratic government if unrestrained pronouncements are made.

“Silence can be dignified, but sometimes, it can be misinterpreted and exploited. It is both shocking and scary to hear the recent comments by a senior citizen calling for Nigerians to defend themselves.”


 
The statement added, “What country would survive if its citizens rise against the country’s organised, trained and equipped military?

“We advise former leaders to take advantage of the various fora, where people with a history of national security can offer advice to the government without resorting to the exploitation of emotional sentiments.

“The civil war motto: ‘To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done’, rings very timely at this time in our nation’s history. We must be careful to avoid the mess that destroyed other African countries like Somalia.”

The reaction came exactly one week after Danjuma, while speaking at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, Jalingo, and the 10th anniversary of the institution, told Nigerians to defend themselves against killers in the country.

While the former army chief alleged that the military was not neutral in the killings, he added that the armed forces were not ready to defend them.

He had said, “Our Armed Forces are not neutral. They collude with the bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians. The Armed Forces guide their movements; they cover them. If you are depending on the Armed Forces to stop the killings, you will all die one by one.

“This ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba State and other rural states of Nigeria, otherwise, Somalia will be a child’s play.

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“I ask every one of you to be alert and defend your country; defend your territory and defend your state. Defend yourselves because you have no other place to go. God bless our country.”

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, and other individuals have since supported Danjuma’s call. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
There are strong indications that northern governors in the All Progressives Congress have withdrawn their support for the elongation of the tenure of the party’s National Working Committee.

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered on Saturday that the party’s stakeholders were looking beyond the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to lead the party.


 
One of our correspondents gathered that key supporters of the party’s National Chairman,  especially northern governors,  had shelved their earlier decision to sink or sail with the chairman.

A highly-placed party leader, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue, said the President’s move during last Tuesday’s National Executive Council meeting was akin to a “checkmate in a game of chess.”

The party leader said, “President Muhammadu Buhari is the main reason why Chief (Odigie-) Oyegun lasted this long as chairman, many may not know or simply choose to disagree with this fact.

“Some of our governors, who felt comfortable with Oyegun’s leadership style, aligned with certain interests at the Villa to convince the President on the need to allow Odigie-Oyegun to complete his term despite resistance from people like Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

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“The argument then was that we should not behave like the Peoples Democratic Party where party chairmen were changed almost every year.

“They further argued that removing Odigie-Oyegun at that time, no matter his perceived indiscretions, would create some sort of instability within our party.

“It is not easy to convince President Buhari, but once he is convinced about something, he supports it wholeheartedly.

“Being the leader that he is and a person who swore to uphold the constitution, when his attention was drawn to the adverse consequences of this constitutional breach, he sought a legal opinion.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect who are ready to drop their arms and embrace peace. I find it very outrageous that the President is offering amnesty to a group that is responsible for mass atrocities committed against millions of Nigerian women, men, children and [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Deborah Enoma, 27, is a software developer at Andela. She speaks about her passion What motivated you to become a software developer' I was motivated by curiosity and the opportunity to become a software developer. At age 13, I got introduced to computers and I found them really interesting. I was curious to explore what [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Some residents of the Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas in Taraba State, including those in Benue and Adamawa states, have accused soldiers, currently on Operation Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race), of molesting and attacking residents in this report by JUSTIN TYOPUUSU, HINDI LIVINUS and JOHN CHARLES Rimanfeten Maiyaki was deep asleep when a knock on [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Tony Okafor The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra on Saturday vowed to stop the Ohanaeze Ndigbo from holding its planned summit to discuss the restructuring of Nigeria. Describing the summit as Fulani-sponsored Igbo summit, the Biafra agitators said such a move was unacceptable. In a statement by IPOBs Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the [] 

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Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The Presidency and the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, have disagreed over what President Muhammadu Buhari went to do at the Eko Atlantic City during his two-day working visit to the state. Governor Ambode said in his official Twitter handle that the President went there to inaugurate the project. The tweet read, We took [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
TANA AIYEJINA British-born Nigerian boxer Anthony on Saturday defeated New Zealander Joseph Parker in a world heavyweight title bout at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. It was a unanimous points win for Joshua after two judges gave the fight it to him by a margin of 118-110, with the third scoring it 119-109. With [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
A map of Nigeria today without a depiction of Lake Chad as a prominent part of the physical features, to many, would be incomplete. But that may soon be the fate of the great lake if the current drive spearheaded by President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders to reverse its dwindling fortunes falls short of [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
OYETUNJI ABIOYE The Deposit Money Banks in the country borrowed the sum of N27.5tn from the Central Bank of Nigeria through the Standing Lending Facility window of the regulator during the first six months of 2017, the CBN Financial Market Department report has showed. This represents an increase of over 450 per cent over the [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
OKECHUKWU NNODIM The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has said there is nothing to worry about over the five per cent levy on petrol as stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly. According to PENGASSAN, workers in Nigerias oil and gas sector has [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
ADE ADESOMOJU The House of Representatives, through its Ad Hoc Committee on Activities of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel, has given the Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, a week ultimatum to submit to its secretariat, 12 sets of documents about his panel. The ad hoc [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has called on Nigerians to use the Easter anniversary to reflect and meditate on national affairs and the way the country is being led. Fayose urged Nigerians to seek divine intervention on the state of the country. The governor said this in his Easter message by his Chief Press [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
GODWIN ISENYO The Arewa Consultative Forum has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to intensify efforts to rescue the only Christian girl in the Dapchi abduction saga, Leah Sharibu, and the remaining Chibok girls in the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents. The ACF made the call on Saturday in its goodwill message to Christians [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Godwin Isenyo The Kaduna State Government has said regardless of the rejection of its $350m loan application by the Senate, the state, under Governor Nasir el-Rufai, will not compromise its development. The Senate had on Thursday rejected the state governments request, saying it would worsen the debt profile of the state. The rejection was based [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Terkura is a son of a former Minister of Steel and ex-Chairman, Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo. He speaks with TOLUWANI ENIOLA about his fathers life and career Tell us briefly about yourself. I will be 20 in about four months. I am from a large family of over 22 siblings and I am the [] 

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Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The immediate past President of the Senate, David Mark, has emphasised on the need for citizens to live in peace and harmony with one another in order to create an enabling environment for development. He called for a harmonious relationship between adherents of various religions ,saying, We have more to gain staying together as a [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The Dean Emeritus Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Rev. Ademola Ademowo, has called on Nigerian leaders to have the fear of God and consult him for direction in their work. The cleric made the call in his Easter goodwill message to Nigerians on Saturday. He noted that the most [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Tobi Aworinde The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to find means to connect with Nigerians and fulfil his campaign promises. Kukah also advised other influential political figures in the country to embrace integrity and abandon the culture of personal enrichment. The cleric said this in a special [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, shares his fatherhood experience with DOLAPO AKITOYE How would you describe fatherhood' A father is the head of a family and fatherhood means making sure that your family receives the best care possible and they are well protected. It also means, making sure that they have [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
An Associate Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media, Kennesaw State University in the USA, Farooq Kperogi, tells SUNDAY ABORISADE that President Muhammadu Buhari should reject the controversial award and punish his aides who have embarrassed him with the scam award What is your reaction to the controversial award received by President Muhammadu Buhari from the [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
IFEANYI ONUBA The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Saturday, confirmed that the Federal Government was reviewing the requests by the states and private sector for an extension of the tax amnesty programme under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme. The tax amnesty programme, which expired on Saturday, offered a nine-month window of [] 

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Sun, 01 Apr 2018
An online news outlet alleged that $3 million was paid to secure the award for the President and that you allegedly facilitated the process. To say the least, nothing would surprise me in politics. When I first heard the rumour that the Presidency paid $3m to get the award, I laughed. That accusation shows crass [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Friday OLOKOR The Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association has expressed concern over the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the country, saying they have become more vicious since the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as president. The religious leaders, while calling on the next administration to form a special border patrol force, made up of trained [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
JOHN ALECHENU and SUCCESS NWOGU A former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, has alleged that the five Peoples Democratic Party governors, who defected to the All Progressives Congress in 2014, paid N100m each, before they were admitted into the then opposition party. The former PDP governors, who defected to the APC in the build-up [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
JOHN ALECHENU and Adelani Adepegba The police will investigate the confession of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, that he rigged previous elections in the country in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party. A police source, who confirmed this to SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, however, said the APC chief would be [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
OLALEKAN ADETAYO examines the build-up to the 2019 Presidential Election, the clamour for the return of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term and the retired army general's golden silence on the issue President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015, took over from former President Goodluck Jonathan who had earlier in the year lost his [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Retired lecturer and author of The Incorruptible Judge, Prof. Olusola Adegoke, shares the story of his life with KAMORUDEEN OGUNDELE Tell us about yourself. I was born on January 22, 1930, into the family of Pa and Madam Olagoke of Ayegbaju Ekiti. I attended primary school in Ekiti. My secondary school days were more relevant. [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Ade Adetimehin, speaks with PETER DADA on the crisis rocking the party in the state You were the vice-chairman of the APC in Ondo State. When did you become the acting chairman I became the acting chairman of the party in Ondo State last [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi An 11-year-old girl and a woman lost their lives on Saturday after a section of a storeyed building on 9 Abeje Street, Markaz, Agege, Lagos, collapsed. The deceased residents were identified as Sherifat Olalere and 35-year-old Toyin Ogundimu while one Mustapha Salaudeen was injured. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the incident happened around 10am [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The suspended Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, in this interview with PETER DADA, blames Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for the lingering crisis in the state You were the vice-chairman of the APC in Ondo State. When did you become [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
In this interview with JOHN ALECHENU, a former Governor of Sokoto State and foundation member of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, explains why he dumped the APC, the anti-corruption fight of the current administration and other national issues Although you have left the All Progressives Congress, a party you helped to form, can [] 

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Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Lagos State branch, Mr. Rogba Orimalade, tells TOBI AWORINDE that the reduction of the land use charge by the Lagos State Government is a step in the right direction W'hat is your reaction to the new Lagos Land Use Charge' There is movement from the government, [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, describes the increased Lagos land use charge as fraudulent in this interview with TOBI AWORINDE What are your thoughts on the new Lagos land use charge' It is undemocratic. It is arbitrary. It is exploitative. It is unreasonable. It is unconstitutional to the extent that [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye four commercial banks operating in the country generated about N49bn from maintaining customers' accounts in 2017, the annual reports of the banks showed. This an increase of N16.4bn over the total amount (N32.6bn) the four banks made from maintenance charges paid by their customers through savings, current and term deposits. The four banks [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen The immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Saturday endorsed his successor, Dr, Ifeanyi Okowa, for a second term in office. This came amid rumour of a cold war between them and it's the first time Uduaghan would publicly endorse Okowa since he left office. Uduaghan, who is also being [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Public speaker and organiser, Speak like a Champion, Abiola Salami, tells TOFARATI IGE about his career and other issues What childhood memories can you recall' I grew up in Ibadan and my parents were civil servants. My mother was a teacher, while my dad worked with the federal civil service. At an early age, I [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba fresh facts have emerged why the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has not remitted the sum of $85.21m oil royalties into the Federation Account. Investigation by our correspondent on Friday revealed that out of the expected royalties of $85.21m for February, only $16.56m was actually released by companies operating in the oil sector to [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
To remain competitive and maximise returns, manufacturing companies in Nigeria are leveraging the backward integration model to enhance local supply of materials, writes STANLEY OPARA At the peak of Nigeria's recent economic recession which lasted for five consecutive quarters, many companies had to implement diverse in-house strategies to remain in business and adequately reward shareholders, [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Pioneer and former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and currently, Chairman, Innovest Nigeria Solutions, James Olotu, tells OKECHUKWU NNODIM, in this interview how the NDPHC started, among other things How did you restart the National Integrated Power Project after it stopped operations for a while' I don't believe there [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
WhatsApp on Friday rolled out a new feature in a Beta update that will soon enable iOS, Android and Windows Phone users migrate their data to a new number without much hassle. The new 'Change Number' feature update is currently available in the 2.18.97 Android beta update on Google Play Store. It will come in [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Bank customers experienced 184,100 failed electronic payment transactions on the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System Instant Payment platform on Friday. NIP, an online real-time product that facilitates instant payment of bills on a bank account, as of 5.20pm on Friday recorded a total volume of 4.32 million transactions, live updates provided by the NIBSS [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
On my way back to Nigeria, after spending a few days on the streets of various counties collectively referred to as the Bay area, I had the chance to ask myself some deep questions. When all is said and done, can this fast-paced, highly capitalist, egalitarian model where failure is celebrated and support is outstanding [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Anna Okon An economist and senior lecturer at the Lagos Business School, Dr. Samuel Adedoyin, has observed that the ability of the average Nigerian consumer to spend has gone down by over 90 per cent owing to the depreciation of the naira. He made this observation in a keynote address delivered during the March breakfast [] 

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Sun, 01 Apr 2018
That the Nigerian economy is bouncing back gradually, at least on paper, is not in doubt. Inflation keeps dropping and is now at a sub-15 per cent level. Interest rates on loans are dropping on the back of the low demand for Treasury Bills. In fact, it is my expectation that the newly constituted MPC [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Three years ago, I reviewed Kingsley Moghalus new book, Emerging Africa, How the Global Economys Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matter. Emerging Africa is an engaging and profound review of Africas development challenge from the perspective of a man who could and had observed it from different dimensions. I thought the book was particularly fundamental [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
It seems like the legal profession does not want to be left out of the new trend in entertainment, reality television. How else can one explain the way that lawyers address an audience outside the courthouse concerning matters that they are handling in court' When a matter is sub judice it is unethical for counsel [] 
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