NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10TH APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday,  10th April, 2018.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari briefly stopped activities at the All Progressives Congress’ National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja on Monday when he declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019.

Governors and national leadership of the APC present were said to have been taken aback by the President’s declaration.



They were said to have, however, quickly recovered and clapped as soon as the President declared his intention.

It was gathered that the governors and the national leadership, led by the APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, were not aware of the decision until the President spoke.

A source said, “We didn’t expect that the President was going to inform the meeting about his intention.

“I’m not even sure the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were aware. The look on their faces didn’t portray that they were told earlier.

Why I’m seeking re-election – Buhari

The President at the NEC meeting explained why he would seek re-election in 2019.

Buhari, who is already 75 years, said he was responding to the clamour by Nigerians to re-contest in 2019, adding that he wanted to give NEC members the honour of notifying them first.

Before making the declaration, the President gave his speech on the report of the APC National Executive Technical Committee.



According to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau who briefed journalists after the meeting, the President made known his second term ambition in a closed-door meeting with the party´s NEC members.

The NEC meeting was the third since February 27 where it approved the tenure extension of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party and its other executives for one year staring from June.

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Buhari had at another NEC meeting on March 27, opposed the one-year tenure extension decision, saying it was illegal and unconstitutional.

The Monday´s NEC meeting was to look into the report of the 10-member committee constituted by the party’s NWC to advise its leadership on the issue.

Lalong said the report of the committee’s report was accepted by all the APC leaders, including the president.

He said, “Everybody’s interest was considered in the report and the adoption was a unanimous vote.

“The President was excited because of this unity in the party, and he accepted the appeal by several members of the society, party and everybody, that he re-contest in the 2019 election.

“He has accepted that he is going to contest again the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
As the 2019 general elections draw closer, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has expressed fears over the increasing incidence of election meddling through the use of technology in many countries.

Yakubu, therefore, said there was the need for African countries to tackle it in order to protect democracy.

The INEC boss said this in Abuja on Monday at the opening ceremony of a conference attended by the Electoral Management Bodies of the ECOWAS member countries and the South African Development Community member states.



Speaking at the event titled, ‘Opportunities and Challenges in the Use of Technology in Elections: Experiences from West and Southern Africa,’ the INEC boss said there was the need for African countries to explore the advantages and challenges of technology in elections.

Yakubu said, “Given the high stakes of conducting elections in developing countries, electoral commissions must understandably be worried about the twin issues of communication and security especially in situations where data reside with and is directly transmitted to the tallying centres through offshore vendors rather than exclusively controlled within national boundaries by election monitoring bodies.

“In addition, we have to contend with the disturbing but rapidly increasing incidence of election meddling through the deployment of counter-technology on a global scale by state and non-state actors.”

Yakubu, who is also the President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions, however, argued that since technology had come to stay, election management bodies must learn to use it for the benefit of the people.

He said technology could also help in curbing electoral malpractice and ensuring that more people were allowed to exercise their franchise.

The INEC boss added, “Already, election management bodies in our sub-regions and beyond have deployed technology in one way or the other to improve on the processes, administration and outcome of elections.

“These include: training and capacity building for electoral officials, promotion of inclusivity in the electoral process like youths, women, persons with disabilities, internally displaced persons; biometric registration of voters, delineation of electoral constituencies and geo-referencing of existing as well as the creation of new polling units.

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“Others include: the establishment of robust electronic databases, accreditation of voters during elections, actual voting and the speedy and more accurate collation and transmission of results.”

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, said on Monday that it had constituted a 16-man committee to screen over 40,000 degrees claimed to have been obtained from Nigerian students who studied in foreign institutions.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the committee in Abuja, said the screening by the committee was necessary to detect cases of fake foreign degrees obtained, particularly from sub-standard institutions in Africa and beyond.



Adamu made the remarks at the 33rd meeting of the National Standard Committee on Evaluation and Accreditation of Foreign Qualifications.

The minister said according to a preliminary assessment by the Ministry of Education, no fewer than 40,000 Nigerians were either holding such certificates or currently studying in various tertiary institutions abroad.

He said degrees from questionable institutions, especially from countries such as Benin Republic, Togo and Cameroon, had already been identified by the ministry.

He said, “There arose the need to assess the quality of foreign qualifications obtained by Nigerians in order to determine the Nigerian equivalence for the purpose of further studies and employment.

“The recommendations that will be given by the committee will prove crucial to the well-being and future of those that acquired the qualifications and foreign certificates.”

Our correspondent learnt that the 16 persons in the committee were drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country.

Meanwhile, the ministry said it had also prosecuted 20 persons for certificate forgery and falsification of signatures of officials of the ministry.

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Olaleye Aluko and Justin Tyopuusu The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday inaugurated a panel of inquiry in Abuja to investigate claims by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), that the armed forces were colluding with herdsmen in Taraba State to perpetuate the killings and destruction [] 



Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, on Monday said the activities of Badoo cult, as well as militancy, especially along the riverine communities, have been reduced in the state. The commissioner stated this at the Lagos State Security Summit on Victoria Island, adding that as a result of the assistance rendered [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
In the homework of March 27, a question set between you and I and between you and me against each other. I wanted to know if you know the correct expression between the two. Despite the fact that we once treated the topic extensively in this class, most people got it wrong. As a result, [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, who is being prosecuted for an alleged fraud of N650m, has disowned five extrajudicial statements which she made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2016. Her lawyer, Mr. Olusegun Williams, resisted the move by the anti-graft agency to tender the statements [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Peter Dada, Akure A few days after the Governing Council of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, announced a 500 per cent increase in tuition fees, the students of the institution took to the streets of Akure, the state capital, on Monday in protest against the increment. The governing council had increased the fees [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said on Monday that a new law that would expand the definition of terrorism and create additional sanctions against terrorists as well as their financiers, was underway. The AGF said the new legal provisions were contained in the [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
DIRE warnings that Nigerias exponential population growth might develop into a social disaster have gone largely unheeded. Occasionally, though, when prompted by the scary projections, the government makes pronouncements, blowing hot air to assuage the concerns of the multilateral agencies. The absence of political will to implement them could be seen in the fresh alarm [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Monday said there was no truth in reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the purchase of equipment worth $1bn for the military. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, stated this while speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has arrested a suspected fraudster, Samson Otuedon, with over $400,000 (N144m) fake notes. The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that the suspect was arrested at Masaka, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. Otuedon, who specialised in counterfeiting [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
John Charles Makurdi The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has restated his call on security agencies to take proactive measures to stop further killings in the state. His call came on the heels of reports of renewed armed Fulani herdsmen attacks and killings in several local government areas, including Guma, Logo, Kwande, Gwer West and [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri A fresh management crisis is brewing at the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, following the demand by a faction of the Joint Action Committee of the non-academic staff of the institution that the Acting Provost, Dr. Dan Anyanwu, step down for aspiring to become the substantive provost. The group, led by [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The government of Lagos State says it has adopted a policy of a more robust engagement with the media for better understanding of its programmes by the people at the grass roots. It added that such would eventually fast-track development across the state and boost its economy. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police have recovered no less than 3,250 illegal firearms from various vigilance groups, and private individuals across the country within six weeks. This followed a directive on February 21, 2018, by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordering holders of illegally acquired firearms to surrender them to the force or face [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Toluwani Eniola Veteran journalist, Ray Ekpu, says out of Nigeria's top leaders, only the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Nnamdi Azikiwe were fully prepared to lead the country. Ekpu said all presidents that ruled the country from 1999 till date did not show demonstrable evidence of being fully prepared for leadership, stressing that lack of [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Tertiary Education Trust Fund has said that it completed no fewer than 22 projects at the Federal Polytechnic, Bali, Taraba State, through the Federal Governments intervention funds. Our correspondent learnt that the projects include a 500-Seater lecture theatre, a library, an Information and Communication Technology complex and a building to serve [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has backed the call by former governor Adams Oshiomhole on President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt a 'ruthless' measure against alleged looters. Oshiomhole had during an interview with journalists advised President Buhari not to show mercy to those who had allegedly plundered the nation's [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri A total of 36 graduands of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri , Imo State on Saturday bagged first class degree in various disciplines. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Francis Eze, disclosed this during the 30th convocation ceremony of the institution. The vice-chancellor said that a total number of 2,325 were [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Monday clashed with a former member, Dr Junaid Mohammed, who served in the Second Republic (1979-1983), over the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2018. The controversial bill, particularly Section 25, has reordered the timetable for elections ahead of the 2019 polls. The bill, which fixes the presidential poll [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Technical University, Ibadan will today (Tuesday) sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigeria Society of Engineers and Automation and Engineering Academy Limited in a tripartite agreement aimed at designing academic curriculum for the students of the institution which recently opened. Registrar of the university, Alex Oladeji, said the effort was in [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The senator representing the Ogun East Senatorial District in the Senate, Buruji Kashamu, says the Peoples Democratic Party will take over the seat of power in Ogun State in 2019. He said this on Sunday at the party's stakeholders' meeting held in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state. Kashamu, [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Yinka Badejo The University of Lagos has established the Faculty of Engineering Industry Advisory Board to promote what it called Industry-in-Faculty and Faculty-in-Industry relationship. The Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Funso Falade, made this known at the first Annual General Meeting and second Alumni Lecture of the UNILAG Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association on Saturday. [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Technology education and the use of technology in all spheres of learning have been described as the crucial to making Nigeria relevant in the comity of nations. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sidmach Technology Nigeria Limited, Adedayo Arogundade, and the Chairman, Governing Council, Lagos City Polytechnic, Babatunde Odufuwa, made the submission in [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government through the Ministry of Education said on Monday that it had constituted a 16-man committee to screen over 40,000 degrees claimed to have been obtained by Nigerians who studied in foreign institutions. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the committee in Abuja, said the screening was necessary [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, the Akungba Akoko, Ondo State on Monday took to the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital, to protest against the new tuition regime introduced by the institution recently. The governing council of the institution announced the increase in fees by over 500 per cent. [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Some Civil Society and Community-based Organisations have urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill into law as passed by the National Assembly. In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, the CSOs, which are based mainly in the Niger Delta, said there were [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
In the wake of President Buharis declared intention to seek a second term in office, his presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina has warned all other presidential aspirants to stay away. Adesina took to his Facebook page to issue the warning. He stated that there were only two options for presidential aspirants and it was for them [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has so far paid N165bn out of the N330bn imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission, the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, has said. Danbatta, stated this while hosting some MTN directors, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Monday after a board [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Federal agents on Monday raided the New York offices of President Donald Trumps longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who made a $130,000 payment to an adult film actress who says she had an affair with the former real estate magnate. Cohens own attorney Stephen Ryan said agents seized privileged communications between Cohen and Cohens own [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Monday announced that the Transmission Company of Nigeria and the Niger Delta Power Holding Company were set to inaugurate over 190 electricity transmission and distribution projects across the country in few weeks' time. According to him, the Federal Government is investing in [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The newly introduced Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones have innovative advanced cameras that offer customers super slow-mo video, low light camera and AR emoji. Samsung Electronics Company Limited, at the unveiling of the device in Lagos, said the features would help to restyle the way people communicate, share and experience the world. [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The equities market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange extended its decline on Monday, dropping to a three-month low as 30 firms recorded price depreciation. Investors lost N149bn at the close of trading as the NSE market capitalisation fell to N14.607tn from N14.753tn on Friday and N14.99tn on March 29. The NSE All-Share Index [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
As President Muhammadu expressed his intention to run for second term on Monday, his Special Adviser Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, said there were two options for those in contention for the presidency in 2019: run, or run away. Describing the President as a cat who has returned from a journey, Adesina said, Let the [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Government says it will deploy an electronic system to monitor compliance with payment of its five per cent consumption tax by bars, hotels and event centres. The Chief Executive Officer, Ogun State Internal Revenue Service, Adekunle Adeosun, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the agency's activities in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Femi Asu Royal Dutch Shell's payment to the Nigerian government for its activities in the county last year rose to $4.32bn, about 19 per cent higher than what it paid in 2016. Shell, in its 'Report on Payments to Governments for the Year 2017' released on Monday, said it paid $3.197bn to the Nigerian National [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Bill Cosbys retrial on sexual assault charges a legal fight made tougher with more witnesses in a #MeToo world opened Monday after a judge rejected a defense request to remove a juror who allegedly said the disgraced US megastar is guilty. The now frail and isolated 80-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Anna Okon A Denmark-based advertising guru, Thomas Kolster, has advised brands to create platforms to empower people instead of promoting products. He said that this was the only way brands could create a lasting impact in the minds of their consumers. Kolster stated this in a keynote address at the 10th anniversary celebration of Lagos-based [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye and Ifeanyi Onuba The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Monday said there was a need for strong policy coordination between the fiscal and monetary authorities to sustain the growth momentum following the country's exit from recession. The governor stated this at the opening session of a workshop [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Diamond Bank Plc has pledged to provide more financial assistance to women entrepreneurs to enable them to contribute significantly to the country's economic growth. The bank's Acting Head, Regional Businesses, North Directorate, Mr. Sufiyanu Garba, said this during the maiden edition of a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises workshop held in Abuja [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Bank of Agriculture and SunTrust Bank have sealed an e-banking agreement as part of efforts at revitalising agriculture in the country. The agreement, according to a statement on Monday, was signed at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Abuja. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited, Muhammad Jibrin, and the CEO, Bank [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Access Bank Plc has launched a special USSD code for quicker and instant access to loans for its customers. The quick code, *901*11#, is a strategic tool for the recently-launched PayDay Loan product by the bank, according to a statement by the lender. Unveiled in partnership with Remita, the PayDay Loan requires no collateral or [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
First City Monument Bank says it has deepened its youth empowerment and development drive by opening a new Flexx Hub at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos. Flexx Hub is a specially designed automated branch to cater for the banking needs of students on campuses. In addition, the bank said it had handed over the [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The national airline of the Republic of Namibia will inaugurate its flight to Nigeria in June. The Air Namibia's Windhoek-Lagos-Accra service is expected to provide a direct connection between Namibia and the two West African countries of Nigeria and Ghana, the airline said on Monday. It added that the four times weekly operation [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Niyi Akinnaso Since my continuous engagement at home and abroad with the education industry for nearly seven decades, things have never been this bad with the Nigerian primary, secondary, and tertiary education, all at the same time and virtually to the same degree. This is not an alarm being raised by some frivolous journalist. It [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Whenever one makes efforts to ensure that the written and spoken English used in communication is correct, there are people who always jump in with the lame excuse that English is not our language. They add the other angle that what is important is communication, not the correctness of language. It is the it-doesnt-matter mentality [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Tayo Oke drtayooke@gmail.com Policymakers in developing economies are wont to playing catch up with the ways and means in developed economies of the West, sometimes with success, and many times without much to show for their efforts. The introduction of computers into business activity for instance, started in our own economy a couple of decades [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The African continent is crying for peace. She is yearning for unity, infrastructural, education and political development. Her people are dying of malnutrition, poverty, hunger and drought. The people of Africa are yearning to get out of sickness and diseases, whose cures are yet to be discovered. The people are yearning for security, good governance [] 

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