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


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday,  11 April, 2018.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the killings in some parts of Nigeria would soon come to an end as his administration was finding solutions to them.

The President’s assurance followed a fresh attack by Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday night, during which 10 persons were killed, while many others were injured in the Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue State.


 

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According to a statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in London.

Responding to his guest’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, the President, who noted that the problem was not new, added that the situation was compounded by the influx of armed men from the Sahel region into West Africa.

Buhari said the problem should not been seen from the point of view of religion, saying it was sociological and economic.

The President said, “The problem is older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of 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.

“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.”

He lamented that “irresponsible politics” has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, assuring his guest that enduring solutions would be found, while justice would be done to all concerned.

Buhari said he decided to seek re-election in 2019 because the majority of Nigerians were appreciative of his efforts to reposition the country.


 

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He said he decided to declare his intention on Monday during the National Executive Committee meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress because of the anxiety among Nigerians.

He said, “I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice.


Thu, 12 Apr 2018
NO fewer than 257 people, including Western Sahara refugees, were killed when a military plane crashed near Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, with witnesses saying they saw a wing catch fire shortly after the plane took off.

Dozens of firefighters, rescue workers and military officials worked around the blackened fuselage of the aircraft, which had been ripped open near its wings.

Reuters reports that bits of mangled and smouldering debris were scattered across the field near Boufarik airport southwest of Algiers where people were searching for bodies among the rubble.

Earlier TV images showed flames and smoke billowing from the site of the crash, the country’s worst air disaster.

“This morning at around 8am an Ilyushin model military transport plane crashed directly after take-off in an agricultural field that was clear of residents,” Major General Boualem Madi told state TV.

A line of white body bags could be seen on the ground next to the wreck of what media said was a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane, part of which was still intact. Smoke was still billowing hours after the crash.

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“After taking off, with the plane at a height of 150 metres I saw the fire on its wing. The pilot avoided crashing on the road when he changed the flight path to the field,” a witness, Abd El Karim, told the private Ennahar TV station.

Another witness said, “We saw bodies burned. It is a real disaster.”

A total of 257 people were killed, most of them military, the defence ministry said. Ten crew members and other people described as family members died, and a number of survivors were being treated at an army hospital, the ministry added.

The plane had been heading for Tindouf on the border with Western Sahara, Algeria’s defence ministry said.

One young man cried as he spoke to a local TV station about a relative who died in the crash.
 
“We talked on the phone yesterday evening (Tuesday) and he promised to call me again on arrival in Tindouf,” he said.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the extension of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme to June 30, 2018.


 
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the short extension after the original March 31 deadline expired was based on appeals by professional bodies and individual taxpayers.

Adesina quoted the President as saying that no further extension of time would be approved after June 30.

He further quoted Buhari as explaining that the new deadline was given based on the conviction of the Ministry of Finance that the overall objective to increase compliance would be attained and additional revenue would accrue to the government.

The presidential spokesman indicated that a fresh Executive Order would be made to give legal backing to the new timeline.

He quoted the President as saying, “For a nation of people, who are competitive and driven, it is not a pride that we are the lowest performer in tax to GDP, not just in Africa, but in the world. Nigeria’s growth needs are such that every Nigerian must do their duty to their nation, neighbour and themselves.


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“Hiding monies overseas, evading taxes by manipulation, and other unwholesome practices have never developed a country, and for Nigeria to attain her true potential, these must stop.”

Buhari urged Nigerian companies and individuals to join the government in the rebuilding mission “and do the right thing by taking this window of extension to regularise.”

He added that the right thing might not be convenient or comfortable, “but in the long run, we will all have a nation we can be proud of.”


 
The President further urged tax authorities to use the extension window to perfect plans to prosecute those who failed to regularise their tax status.

VAIDS is one of the key policies being used by the Federal Government to reposition the Nigerian economy and correct inherited underdevelopment.

The country has one of the lowest tax collection rates in the world at just six per cent of the Gross Domestic Product.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the revised contract for the construction of the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Expressway to the tune of N56.701bn.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently on an official trip to the United Kingdom.


 
Fashola explained that the 81km road was first awarded in 2000 but was left uncompleted.

He said, “This administration, in trying to move this contractor to site, started  the revision of the rate.

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“So, the revised rate was brought to council today and a revision of  N22bn was approved for the 81-kilometre  road, bringing the total contract price to N56.701bn.”

The minister said the council also approved the contract for the 44.625km Baban Lamba-Sharam Road in Plateau State for N19.392bn.

He added that the council approved the construction of Section IV of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, between Abia and Port Harcourt.

“We have a contractor there but we needed to change the design because of the storm water drainage needs and the high water tables there so that the road does not fail.

“So, that requires a revision of the scope of work to include retaining sidelines and also drainage facilities in the sum of  N6.309bn,” he said.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the council approved  the dredging of the Escravos and the Warri Seaport as well as the replacement of the bad navigational aids at the cost of N13bn.


 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the council was briefed on the activities of the Ministry of Women Affairs as well as the Ministry of Information and Culture.

He said issues bordering on efforts on the rescue of the Chibok and Dapchi girls formed part of the presentation of the Ministry of Women Affairs.

Shehu said at the end of the presentation by the Ministry of Information and Culture, the council decided to set up an inter-ministerial committee to fashion out a plan for communications.

He said the committee would advise government on how policies and programmes could be better disseminated.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has said the Ojukwu Bunker at Amorka in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the state will be made a tourist site. He said the facility which provided a sanctuary for the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu during the civil war, would be refurbished for tourism [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi THE President, Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr Ona Ekhomu, has described the robbery of five banks in Offa, Kwara State, as a terrorist attack. Ekhomu said the robbery exhibited the elements of a terror attack, including neutralisation of law enforcement, use of Improvised Explosive Devices, use of [] 


Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Friday Olokor,Adelani Adepegba, Olaleye Aluko and Godwin Isenyo Middle Belt youths, the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere; and civil rights groups on Wednesday said Benue State Governor Samuel Ortoms advice to the internally displaced persons was an indication of the Federal Governments failure. Ortom had on Tuesday advised the IDPs to go back home [] 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Chairman, National Population Commission, Mr. Eze Duruiheoma, has said the estimated population of the country is 198 million. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Duruiheoma said this in New York while delivering Nigerias statement on sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration at the 51st session of the commission on population and development. [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Oladapo Ashiru Professor of Anatomy/Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist dapo.ashiru@medicalartcenter.com 0700 MARTCENTER In humans, women go through a period of 14 days when the follicle in the ovary develops. It starts from the day one of the menstruation until the egg is sufficiently mature and ready for ovulation. On the 14th day of the period, the egg [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says Nigeria took yellow fever for granted and this caused the recent outbreak which affected several states in the country. Adewole, however, noted that the government was targeting 25 million children for immunisation before the end of the year. The minister said this at the [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Anna Okon The Consumer Protection Council has warned chemists and pharmacists against dispensing drugs containing codeine without prescription. Those included in this category, according to a statement from the agency, include cough syrup, cough suppressants and pain relievers. The statement read in part, Currently, and in exercise of the regulatory authority of The National Agency [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
JUST like many other communities across Nigeria, Offa, Kwara States second largest town, is in deep mourning. It is in bereavement after a dastardly robbery attack on its police station and banks claimed scores of lives. The victims included police officers, bank officials and those who went to the banks to transact business. Many others [] 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The naira recorded marginal weakness at the parallel market on Wednesday, one week after the Central Bank of Nigeria's Monetary Policy Committee retained the Monetary Policy Rate at 14 per cent. Specifically, the local unit dropped to 363 per dollar, from 362 on Tuesday. On the official market, the naira was quoted at [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
John Ameh, Abuja Members of the House of Representatives and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, disagreed on Wednesday over the procurement of N1.6bn relief materials for states affected by floods in 2017. Each of the affected 16 states was to receive materials worth N100m from the emergency agency [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja No fewer than 500 people in Iffe-Ijumu in the Ijumu Local Government of Kogi State have been displaced by a windstorm. The windstorm, according to sources, destroyed more than 40 houses, public institutions and rendered over 100 persons homeless. Commenting on the development during a plenary at the Kogi State House of [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar A former representative of Cross River South Senatorial District in the Senate, Bassey Otu, on Wednesday petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over an alleged attempt to kidnap and assassinate him ahead of the 2019 general elections. Otu, who was in the Senate from 2011 to 2015, called on the [] 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have pledged to strengthen their collaboration to track both individuals and organisations who refuse to pay the right taxes. The partnership, according to a statement by the Head, Communications and Servicom Department, FIRS, Wahab Gbadamosi, has led to the recovery of the sum [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has discharged and acquitted the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Jide Awe, and two others who were arraigned for murder. The defendants had been on trial for the alleged murder of Madam Juliana Adewunmi and Murphy Jeje, a member [] 


Thu, 12 Apr 2018
NNPC station shut for selling petrol at N181/litre Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Department of Petroleum Resources on Wednesday accused oil marketers of using the name and logo of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to cheat the public at the NNPC fillings stations by under-dispensing Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol. According to the DPR, [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A member of the seventh House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, has advised delegates to ensure that they vote for the aspirant that enjoys the confidence of the people of the state and capable of winning the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State. The former Commissioner for Information in Lagos State [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report Global debt rose to a record $237tn in the fourth quarter of 2017, more than $70tn higher from a decade earlier, according to an analysis by the Institute of International Finance. The global debt climbed by 42 per cent in the fourth quarter from a decade earlier, the report showed. [] 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has asked Igbo youths never to think of going to war again against Nigeria. Nwodo spoke during the occasion of the 1st Ohazurume Igbo festival organised by the Directorate of Igbo Village and Centre for African Civilisation of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Appeal Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday affirmed the Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party as the authentic PDP in the state. The court set aside the judgment by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, which had earlier recognised Chief [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission and other election management bodies in West Africa and South African countries have called on the private sector to assist in funding elections because the cost of elections are too high for the government to bear. This was contained in a communiqu issued after a three-day conference [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has warned the Economic Community of West African States against admitting Morocco as a member. According to him, admitting Morocco would be counter-productive to ECOWAS main objective of promoting the economic development of member states and raising citizens standard of living in the West African [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oodua Cooperative Conglomerate Limi-ted has established a microfinance bank in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, with a plan to have branches in all the South-West states. At the opening of the Cintrust Microfinance Limited on Wednesday, the Vice President of the conglomerate, Mr. Felix Ajibode, who is also the promoter of [] 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Remi Olaniyan, has said the 2019 governorship election in the state will not be determined by the amount of money spent by aspirants or political parties. Olaniyan, who spoke to our correspondent in Ibadan during an event organised by his campaign organiation, [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Chairman of United Bank for Africa, Mr. Tony Elumelu, has taken the entrepreneurship and infrastructure growth campaign to East Africa. According to a statement, Elumelu is on a five-day working visit to East Africa, where he will meet with national leaders of Kenya and Uganda. The statement noted that the UBA chairman would travel [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Remi Olaniyan, has said the 2019 governorship election in the state will not be determined by the amount of money spent by aspirants or political parties. Olaniyan, who spoke to our correspondent in Ibadan during an event organised by his campaign organiation, [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Heritage Bank Plc has entered into a strategic partnership with the Choice International Group Motors Limited to introduce a new vehicle finance scheme aimed at assisting interested and pre-qualified customers to buy brand new GAC vehicles at affordable prices. The initiative tagged, 'Go CAR-razy', was facilitated by the sole representative of GAC Motors in Nigeria [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi Some indigenous students of Lagos State in tertiary institutions across the country on Wednesday staged a solidarity walk to the Lagos House, Ikeja, in support of a second term bid for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The students, under the auspices of the National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS), said their support was based [] 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
In this second of a three-part investigative report, ADESOMOJU reveals that efforts being made to address the problem of the congestion of the Supreme Court's docket are disproportionate to the scale of the problem. Politicians continue to enjoy relatively prompt attention of the court, while regular appeals filed by ordinary Nigerians are relegated to the [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Christine Lagarde warned on Wednesday that the rules that underpin global trade were 'in danger of being torn apart' by protectionist forces in what the IMF managing director said would be 'an inexcusable, collective policy failure'. Speaking at the University of Hong Kong, Lagarde warned of the gathering threats of a trade war and the [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has urged health workers in its employ to shun poor attitude to work. The government, who also decried the spate of complaints by patients in governments hospitals, warned that it would no longer be business as usual. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, stated this on Wednesday in [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is collaborating with the Osun State Government on the establishment of a mega retail filling station that will improve the supply and distribution of petroleum products in the state and its environs. According to the oil firm, the planned outlet in Osun is part of plans by [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has called on the Nigeria Immigration Service to come up with measures to protect the nations borders against external aggression. Ewuare II expressed displeasure that the countrys borders had become porous and susceptible to invasion by criminals. The monarch spoke when he received the new [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Breaking up is hard to do, and it's even more challenging when you have a joint account with your partner. A partner here could be your friend, spouse, business associate among others. A joint account is a current or savings account shared by two or more people. Any person who is a member of the [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Wednesday swore in four new judges that would serve in the state High Court and the Sharia Court of Appeal. Those sworn in as High Court Judges were Kabiru Ibrahim Ahmad and Isah Mohammed Bargaja while Kasimu Yusuf and Umar Liman Sifawa were sworn in [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Umar Muhammed with agency report The Police Command in Nasarawa State has confirmed that five persons were killed in a fresh attack on Kadarko village and environs in the Obi Local Government on Tuesday. The commands spokesman, Mr. Kennedy Idirisu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lafia that the attackers invaded the [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday released the Premium Motor Spirit price watch for the month of March, with Nigerians paying an average price of N163.4 to buy petrol. The bureau said in the report that the amount was lower than the N172.5 per litre paid by consumers for the product [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola, Swakopmund, Namibia A Chief Correspondent with The PUNCH, Miss Nike Popoola, has emerged the winner of Africas Best Re/Insurance Industry Analysis and Commentary Journalist of the Year award. Popoola was announced as one of three winners at the 2018 Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards, which took place at a gala dinner during the fifth [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Anna Okon The Nigerian Ports Authority has declared that the channels along the nation's waterways cannot be dredged without removing abandoned ships and other wrecks littering the ocean. The Managing Director, Hadiza Usman, made this declaration during a stakeholders' meeting in Rivers State while responding to concerns over the shallow nature of the channels and [] 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Poor maintenance and vandalism have left many government-owned fuel depots and pipelines idle for years, with the number of tankers on the roads increasing and wreaking havoc, FEMI ASU writes OgHeneRo Genza and his friend had a close shave on March 7, 2018, when a petrol tanker smashed their car while they were on a [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria has said it will focus on how to sustain local content in the oil and gas industry through quality education and training at its forthcoming National Education Summit. It said the summit would be held in conjunction with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Senator Ibrahim Mantus act of publicly admitting to election rigging is commendable. Rigging is one of the electoral offences provided for in sections 23, 24,117-132 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. Several penalties for the myriad of offences are provided in the Act as well. It is however, pertinent to note that his alleged [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Stanley Opara FCMB Group Plc has reported a profit before tax of N11.5bn in its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange. It also recorded a gross revenue of N169.9bn while profit after tax was N9.4bn. Its deposits grew to N689.9bn as of the end of December [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Mr. Ade Ipaye, says there is a need for government to eliminate corruption and enthrone transparency and accountability in tax administration. Until this is done, Ipaye said, citizens would remain apathetic to the payment of their taxes, believing that the funds are [] 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained Lagos and Ogun governments from shutting down the businesses of lottery companies in their states over failure to obtain licence from the state. In a judgment on Tuesday, Justice Mohammed Idris held that it was unlawful for the state governments to stop the lottery companies [] 

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