NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday,  13 April, 2018.


Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Parliamentary activities at the Plateau State House of Assembly were on Thursday delayed by two separate groups of protesters that stormed the Assembly complex.

The protesters, mostly women and youths, stormed the Assembly to register their displeasure over the spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen.


While the first group, the Internally Displaced Women in Daffo District, in the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, made “an urgent call to action on the humanitarian situation in the area following attacks by Fulani herdsmen,” the other group, Middle Belts Youths Arise, demanded the establishment of Middle Belt Development Commission to deal with specific situations caused by the conflicts.

The Speaker of Plateau House of Assembly, Peter Azi, and other principal officers, hurriedly left their duties to attend to the protesters.

Afer listening to his guests, Azi said, “We will look into your grievances and rest assured that something positive will be done.”

The IDW of Daffo displayed placards with inscriptions such as ‘We have been made Internally Displaced Persons in our land,’ ‘We demand justice for Daffo,’ ‘Where is SEMA – State Emergency Management Agency?’ ‘The rains are here and we don’t have homes,’ ‘Our votes count’ and ‘Governor Simon Lalong, help us.’

The MBYA also showed their placards with inscriptions like ‘Unite for a greater tomorrow,’ ‘Stop the genocide: Peace! Peace!! Peace!!!’ ‘We want peace, not war,’ ‘No to occupation of our villages,’ ‘Our heritage, our pride, stop the killings,’ ‘Disarm the Fulani herdsmen,’ ‘We all have to defend our land (Middle Belt),’ and ‘We need justice for the killings, stop the armed herdsmen.’

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The women submitted a petition signed by Comfort Matawal Malan to the Assembly, detailing the plight of over 7,000 IDPs in the Daffo District camp.

The petition read in part, “Many of us have been completely thrown off balance having been parted with our lifetime investments in food crops, houses and property. Many still face threats of losing their farmlands to marauding Fulani who have trespassed on our farmlands, clearing and tilling, obviously for the purpose of cultivation as the farming season approaches.

“This is in addition to the trauma already built up in our minds and the fear of insecurity which might not allow us to resume and face our normal socio-economic lives with required vigour to flourish.”
The women demanded adequate security for affected communities, while “the same strategy employed to guard farmers in the North-East and elsewhere on their farms should be employed to enable our farmers to pick up economically.”


Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the recent robbery attacks on commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, saying the incidents were signs that the country’s security system was “sick.”



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The lawmakers said the situation called for the overhauling of the security system.

The House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, asked the police to investigate the attacks and ensure the prosecution of the suspects.

A member from Kwara State, Mr. Oluyonu Tokpe, had raised the robbery attacks as a matter of urgent public importance, urging the Federal Government to beef up security in the entire Southern Senatorial District in Kwara State.

Tokpe recalled how about 30 armed robbers invaded Offa in broad daylight, shooting at any targets on sight and raiding at least four commercial banks.

Tokpe said, “Mr. Speaker, they attacked police stations, killed the policemen; they shot at our people and proceeded to attack banks freely without response from any quarters.

“As we speak, all the banks in Kwara-South are shut down. You can imagine the implication on the economy and business of the state.

“If armed robbers can enter a town, drive in a convoy of about 10 vehicles, sack a police station and raid banks, it calls for an urgent enquiry.”

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, observed that the pattern of the attacks suggested that there might be something more to it.


“This was exactly the same way Boko Haram started and became a problem the country is battling till today”, he added.

A member from Kwara State, Mr. Ahman Pategi, told the House that from the eyewitnesses’ accounts, the robbers operated for more than one and a half hours.

“We need to check the entire security apparatus of our country. These people killed eight policemen and anyone they saw, they shot and killed the person. This is quite disturbing, to say the least.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has told the international community that the ruling All Progressives Congress government and the Independent National Electoral Commission are working to truncate the country’s democracy.


Secondus said though the PDP for 16 years nurtured the nation’s democracy, indicators on the ground showed that the APC and INEC were not preparing to conduct free and fair elections in 2019.

He said this on Thursday while playing host to a team of the European Union led by Ketil Karlsen.

He said the opposition PDP was concerned at the emerging signs showing that 2019 election might be rigged.

He said, “What we see is marshal system of framing-up opposition leaders and trying to intimidate them. They are not ready to observe the rule of law and there is no democracy without the rule of law.

“We conducted election in 2015, the party and the presidential candidate did not go to court, we had a smooth transition because we believe in the rule of law

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“Nigeria, as the largest black nation on the globe, cannot afford crisis because of the huge effect it would have on the continent and the entire global democratic community if democracy is truncated.”

He appealed to the EU and other international partners to keep a watch on Nigeria ahead 2019 and put pressure on the ruling APC government and INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

According to him, the EU team could not have visited at a better time than when President Muhammadu Buhari had just indicated interest to contest for a second term in office.


He said the PDP was positioning itself through a rebranding project targeted at the youths and children, just as it was mobilising its members and other Nigerians ahead of the 1999 elections.

But the APC denied the allegation by the PDP, saying the leaders of the former ruling party should have nothing to fear if they have no skeleton in their cupboard.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC,  Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, told our correspondent that PDP had been reduced to blame-game party.

He said, “The PDP is now full of allegation-mongers; a party that vowed to rule for 60 years but was rejected by the people.

“Their leaders should have nothing to worry about because those being accused of corruption will be tried under the law.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, ABuja A Chief Magistrate, Mohammed Balogun, has been sentenced to three years in jail by an Abuja High Court for demanding a bribe of N100, 000 from a litigant for the purpose of giving him favourable judgment. He was, however, given the option of paying a fine of N500,000. The chief magistrate, it [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Samson Folarin The Kaduna State Police Command has written the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, to appear at the command headquarters after identifying him as a person of interest in a murder case. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Austin Iwar, who wrote the letter, asked Sani to appear before the police on April [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Suspected bandits on Wednesday attacked two villages in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing some people. The Cable reported that the suspects attacked a mining site at Kuru-kuru village and also ambushed some people from the neighbouring Jarkuka village as they mobilised to bring help to Kuru-kuru. A witness, Sadi Musa, said scores [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has arrested one Michael Obasuyi, for alleged fraud to the tune of N11.4bn. The suspect, according to the EFCC, had written a petition against a mobile company in March 2018 but in a dramatic twist, the mobile firm wrote a counter-petition to the EFCC thereby causing [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has said that it is set to resume the prosecution of a former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero, at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, for alleged criminal conversion of money belonging to the Ministry of Police Affairs into personal [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Federal University, Oye Ekiti, has absolved itself of blame in the delay in the renaming of the university after the late military governor of the defunct Western Region, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, said available information indicated that the National Assembly was responsible for the delay. He [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Thursday, insisted on today's (Friday) deadline issued to standing committees to represent their reports on the 2018 budgets proposed by the Federal Government's Ministries, Departments and Agencies. He said the deadline would not be extended, noting that the Senate would not [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, on Thursday, summoned Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, over the suspension of six directors of the National Emergency Management Agency. The committee also summoned the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, was right on target when he told Nigerian policymakers recently to accord greater priority to human capital development to achieve real economic growth. For starters, he wants the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan refocused in favour of stronger investment in health, education and skills acquisition rather than its current emphasis on [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Chukwudi Akasike,Port Harcourt The Federal Government has identified the establishment of modular refineries in the Niger Delta and the sustenance of the Amnesty Programme as part of its efforts at fighting unemployment. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, explained that the method would also stop fuel scarcity as the modular [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, has urged Nigerians not to buy petrol from any filling station selling above the government approved pump price of N145. He said this barely 24 hours after the Department of Petroleum Resources shut an NNPC station in Abuja for selling petrol at N181. [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics on Thursday said the country's Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, rose by 13.34 per cent (year-on-year) in March. The bureau stated in its report that the 13.34 per cent rate for March was 0.99 per cent points less than the 14.33 per cent recorded in February. [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has urged the authorities of the University of Ibadan and Adekunle Ajasin University to reverse the recent hike in their fees or be ready to face legal action. The group, in a statement on Thursday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, contended that [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerias population growth will cause many challenges. This comes just as the National Population Commission revealed recently that Nigerias population grew by nearly 50 million in 12 years. He, therefore, called on the World Health Organisation to make Nigeria a priority Osinbajo made the request when he received in audience, the [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Securities Exchange Commission on Thursday explained why it directed the Nigerian Stock Exchange to lift the technical suspension placed on the shares of Oando Plc. The NSE had on October 23, 2017 placed a technical suspension on trading in the shares of Oando Plc. Trading in Oando shares had been frozen [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has faulted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the clash between it, the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Intelligence Agency. The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu; and the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), were particularly accused of not following due process [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
disburses N80bn under Anchor Borrowers' Programme Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Bankers' Committee, on Thursday commenced the disbursement of N26bn Agribusiness/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Fund to the first set of beneficiaries. The fund was set up by the Bankers' Committee at its 331st meeting held on February [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The contractors handling ongoing projects across Lagos State on Thursday assured the government that many of the projects would be ready by last quarter of the year. The ones handling the 10-lane Airport Road and Pen Cinema Flyover said the projects would be completed by December 2018. The contractors, who spoke separately during [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Yoruba pressure groups, Agbekoya farmers, Oodua Peoples Congress, Afenifere and others, have said elections would not hold in Osun and Ekiti states unless the South-West was recognised as a region. The Yoruba pressure groups said this on Thursday in Ibadan where they met to review the state of the nation particularly, as [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an ex parte application filed by the lawmaker representing Delta Central in the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, to stop his suspension by the Senate. He had, on April 3, filed the ex-parte application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, asking the court to order that 'all [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday said directors in the state civil service must possess human skills in order to communicate effectively with their subordinates and increase production. The governor, who spoke at a two-day training workshop for directors in Ikeja, Lagos, said poor human skills would hamper productivity in the [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The Nigerian Stock Exchange has announced that it will migrate Access Bank Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc to its Premium Board on Monday, April 16, 2018. The NSE said on Thursday that the four companies applied and met its listing requirements for the [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives said on Thursday that it had yet to receive any request from President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking approval for the $1bn proposed for spending on the procurement of military hardware to fight Boko Haram insurgents. But, it clarified that whenever the President sent such a request, lawmakers would consider [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has warned the residents of the state to desist from the practice of locking down their streets with iron gates, saying it will henceforth sanction defaulters. The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, stated this on Thursday at the 2018 ministerial press briefing to commemorate the [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Anna Okon The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture has expressed concerns over the implications of the population figure released by the National Population Commission, which estimates the population to be 198 million, making Nigeria the seventh largest country in the world. In a statement on Thursday, the President, NACCIMA, Chief [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former deputy to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in his first term, Chief Abiodun Aluko, has formally joined the July 14 governorship race on the platform of the Mega Party of Nigeria. Aluko was joined by a mammoth crowd of the MPN supporters from his Ikere town and the [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Workers of the Police Service Commission on Thursday kicked against the practice of appointing retired police officers as the chairman of the commission by the Federal Government. The protesting workers, who besieged the National Assembly premises in Abuja, asked the FG to stop the practice, describing it as illegal. The workers, under [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Anna Okon The Nigeria-Malaysia Business Council has collaborated with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council and the Malaysia Department of Trade to set up a special trade corridor that will enable Malaysian businesses and Nigerian farmers and exporters to collaborate with a view to adding quality to goods exported from Nigeria to Malaysia. According to NEPC, [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A former minister of state for works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has said that all the governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State have resolved to form an alliance against the candidate of the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose. Fayose has named his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has inaugurated a new governing board of the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research. The board, made up of 13 members, comprises technocrats, seasoned administrators, politicians and people from the academia. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Lagos, the Chairman of [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Adejare Bello, has blamed the unimpressive performance of pupils of Osun origin in external exterminations on the poor welfare package of teachers in the state. Bello said this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday after picking his letter of intent [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for 90 days over his comment that the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 to reorder the sequence of polls in a general election was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions had investigated Omo-Agege's comment based on [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Anna Okon In line with the Federal Government's strategy to deepen the quality of growth through the backward integration policy, Unilever Nigeria Plc has expressed its support for the policy through its 'Partner to Win' initiative. According to a statement by the firm, 'Partner to Win' is the Unilever Nigeria's initiative of investing in capabilities [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for 90 days over his comment that the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 to reorder the sequence of polls in a general election was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions had investigated Omo-Ageges comment based on [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The United States Consulate General, Lagos, in collaboration with Field of Skills and Dreams VTE Academy has concluded the second edition of the Conference for Emerging Entrepreneurs in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. A total of 121 budding Nigerian entrepreneurs participated in the two-day workshop, the US consulate said in a statement. 'The up-and-coming entrepreneurs, selected [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The Chairman of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission, Ethelbert Ibebuchi, has rendered an unreserved apology to the people of the state over the inability of the electoral umpire to conduct the local government and councillorship elections in seven years. Ibebuchi, who tendered the apology while addressing critical stakeholders at the ISIEC [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Unity Bank Plc has introduced a new technology-driven banking platform to empower youths in the country. According to the bank, the initiative, known as Unifi, and launched at the University of Lagos on Thursday, is one of the products designed to drive more financial inclusion in different market segments. The Executive Director, Finance [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A son of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Aminu, has commenced fresh moves to win the custody of the two children he had with his estranged wife, Fatima Bolori. He approached the Lagos State High Court in Igboesere on Thursday, seeking an order granting him the custody of the children Ameera, nine; and [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency on Thursday inaugurated projects for emergency improvement of electricity supply facilities. According to both parties, the power capacitor bank project will help improve the voltage of electricity supplied to selected locations across the country. This is coming as the Minister of Power, Works [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Adeniyi Olowofela, has said that ahead of pupils resumption in the state on April 30, 2018, the state government awarded contracts worth N5.7bn to construct new structures and renovate the existing ones. The commissioner, who spoke to our correspondent on Thursday, said [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The Executive Director of Vine Crest College, Mrs. Folasade Philips, has called on government at all levels to support private schools the way other private institutions in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors are being assisted. Philips said this at the formal opening and dedication of Vine Crest College, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State. She said [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Anna Okon The Federal Government's economic diversification efforts and agricultural promotion programme are largely directed at increasing rice production in the country. The reason is not farfetched; rice is about the most consumed staple in Nigeria. Almost every household of the 198 million Nigerians consumes rice, with some taking it as a three-square meal. This [] 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government has said the poor reading culture in Nigerian schools is as a result of the absence of Reading as a subject in primary and secondary schools. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this in Abuja while flagging off the annual readership promotion campaign organised by the National Library [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc has reported a profit before tax of N1.099bn for the year ended December 31, 2017, representing a 66.8 per cent growth from the PBT recorded in 2016. LUR's profit after tax jumped by 62 per cent to N910m from N561m recorded in 2016 financial year. It said the growth [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Lagos State Safety Commission Schools Administrator, Mr. Dapo Taiwo, speaks with Yinka Badejo on the need for health and safety practices in schools What are the responsibilities of the Lagos State Safety Commission' The safety commission was established in 2011 and it is responsible for formulating policies and standards. It stands as a regulatory body [] 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Government on Thursday said that it had begun its Basic Education Sector Transformation programme across primary and secondary schools in the state. It described the programme as an integral part of the transformation plan of Governor Godwin Obaseki for the sector through the use of Information and Communication Technology. [] 

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