NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 APRIL, 2018].



Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, 
Saturday,  14 April, 2018.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Following the recent declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in the 2019 elections, some bigwigs in the ruling All Progressives Congress, whose presidential ambitions have been threatened by the President’s move, have been talking to other parties to get their presidential tickets, Saturday PUNCH findings have shown.

The Social Democratic Party, the Labour Party, the Accord Party and the Coalition for Nigeria Movement confirmed on Friday that they had been receiving overtures from APC governors, senators and other chieftains of the party interested in contesting in the presidential election.
 
Although the CNM is not a political party, it is a growing political platform established by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, which could have influence on future elections.

However, none of the parties and the CNM was willing to give out the names of the APC chieftains and members of the other parties that had approached them for presidential tickets.

President Buhari had on Monday officially announced his intention to seek re-election in 2019 at the APC National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja.

Though the APC had said that Buhari wouldn’t be the party’s sole aspirant, it is believed in many quarters that he would eventually secure the party’s presidential ticket.

APC govs, senators reaching out to us –SDP, LP, AP

The SDP told Saturday PUNCH that several governors and senators in the APC had approached the party, seeking to become its presidential aspirant since the President’s declaration appeared to have shut them out of the race.

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The SDP’s Spokesperson, Alfa Mohammed, who confirmed this in an interview, however, said he could not disclose names yet, as events were still unfolding.

Mohammed said, “Prominent and progressive-minded APC members are discussing with us. They include serving senators and governors.


“But, we will not give automatic tickets to any of them. It is the will of the national delegates at our convention that will prevail.

Similarly, the National Chairman, Labour Party, Dr. Mike Omotosho, said many political bigwigs from the ruling party had been making overtures to get the party’s presidential ticket. He, however, declined to mention their names.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Hundreds of women in Takum, Taraba State, on Friday staged a peaceful protest and called for an end to herdsmen killings and alleged harassment by the military.

The protest came barely 12 hours after the army probe panel investigating General T.Y. Danjuma’s allegations against the military visited the state.


 
Danjuma had recently accused soldiers of colluding with Fulani herdsmen to kill the people of Taraba State and others in other parts of the country.

The protesting women marched through the major streets of Takum, bearing placards with various inscriptions such as, “Stop harassing our people,” “We are tired of intimidation,” and “We want to sleep with eyes closed.”

The women blocked the entrance to 98 Battalion, Ada Barracks, Takum, demanding to see the Commanding Officer.

The leader of the protesting women, Mrs. Esther Yakubu, told journalists that they were not happy with the killings going on in the area and the levity with which the Federal Government was handling the situation.

She alleged that the army personnel involved in the Exercise Ayem Akpatuma had been busy harassing the people of the area while armed Fulani militia were killing farmers with AK-47 rifles and other sophisticated weapons.

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She said, “Last night, the army arrested our youths and we don’t know their whereabouts. We learnt that they are with them (the army) in the barracks and that is why we are here to seek their release.

“Those killing us are in the bush. We want the army to go and disarm them to enable us to go back to farm because the rain is here. Most of our people are peasant farmers and they depend on farming to make a living.

“But, today, the Fulani herdsmen have taken over our land and nobody dares go to the farm.


 
“We are now at the mercy of the armed Fulani herdsmen, who have continued with their killing spree and unabated destruction.”

Yakubu said they would continue to keep vigil for as long as it took the military authorities to attend to their demands.

The Commanding Officer, 98 Battalion, Ada Barracks, Takum,  Lt. Col. Ibrahim Gambari, did not return calls to his line or reply to a text message sent to his phone by one of our correspondents.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Seventy-five years old Mrs. Funmilayo Adebola looked tired and mournful. The countenance on her face was that of anguish which reflected an inner feeling of sorrow that may take time to heal. On Thursday morning when our correspondent visited Wasinmi in Ewekoro local government, Ogun State, she sat all alone at the corridor of the four-room ‘face me I face you’ house built by her late daughter.

She is the mother of late Raliat Sanni, who was allegedly murdered in a church at Elebute, Papalanto, last month.


 
She stared intermittently at the direction of the door, as if expecting the miraculous arrival of her late daughter. But an already dug grave just by the entrance of the house, where Raliat may eventually be buried, portends the impossibility of her return.

The arrival of our correspondent jolted her back to life, as she sat just directly opposite the room which used to be the room of her late daughter.

Raliat was reportedly murdered by one Pastor Oluwatobiloba Ipense and an accomplice, Prophet Daniel Sopeju, last month in a church at Elebute, Papalanto, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State. They had severed her head and hands, and buried the decapitated body in a room close to the altar.

After exchange of pleasantries and introduction, the old grandma began her story of anguish and sorrow.

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“Raliat was my fourth child; I have six children,” she began. “She was my pillar of support, each time I came to Wasinmi from our farm house at Ajibode, she usually bought foodstuffs and other things for me.

“When Raliat was alive, I never lacked.

“I never knew that Pastor (Ipense) could be involved in the murder of my daughter, because I had met him about two occasions.

“It was Mama Rita, a close relation of the pastor’s wife, that made my daughter to begin to attend that church. I had forgotten her real name but everyone called her Mama Rita, I used to supply her ‘fufu’ at Alagbado area in Lagos.


 
“My daughter had one problem then and she later overcame it. It was Mama Rita who said I should tell Raliat to go to that church and meet the pastor and do thanksgiving.

“I never knew it would end this way. With the murder of Raliat, they had put a bitter pill in my mouth at old age. This act of wickedness is like a pill of sorrow they want me to take to my grave.”

Due to sudden disappearance from home on Thursday 22nd March, Madam Adebola and Raliat’s children and other relations became worried.


Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa As the 2019 general elections draw closer, the constituents of Senator Murray Ben-Bruce in Bayelsa-East Senatorial District, Bayelsa State, have said that they will not allow any form of imposition of candidates on the electorate. They lamented the alleged poor representation by their representative at the Senate. They, therefore, threw their weight [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has called on the Nigerian media to wake up and defend Nigerians, who are suffering untold hardship under the APC Federal Government. Describing the APC-led Federal Government as a failure, Wike said that the Nigerian media had lost its voice since May 2015. The governor [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has arrested a 26-year-old man, Uyi Osawanuyi, for his alleged involvement in human trafficking in Benin, Edo State. NAPTIP also rescued a female victim said to be four months pregnant for the suspected trafficker. Osawanuyi was said to have recruited the victim [] 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Hundreds of indigent students from Cross River State extract have continued to throng the Greg Ikaba Ngaji Foundation in Calabar, the state capital where financial succour is being provided for health and education support. Some of the beneficiaries, who are students of the University of Calabar and Cross River University of Technology, [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, has arraigned a village head of Annan Ikono in Uyo Local Government Area, Eteidung Eseme Obot. Obot was arraigned at the Magistrate Court Three, Uyo Division, for alleged armed robbery and attempted murder. According to Suit MU/703C/2018, the four counts against [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Chukwudi Akasike,Port Harcourt Chieftains and stakeholders in the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress have said that deep-seated animosity existed in the party at the state level. The stakeholders maintained that contrary to the position of the lawmaker representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator Andrew Uchendu, that there was crisis in the state [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma,Owerri Chief of Staff to the governor of Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has said that the South East people will not support the Peoples Democratic Party to come back to power at the centre in 2019. Nwosu, who is aspiring to clinch the All Progressives Congress governorship ticket in Imo State, asserted that not [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri A 25-year-old professional driver, Ihenacho Chizoba, now in police net, has confessed that he went into illicit business of kidnapping out of frustration occasioned by the economic recession in the country. Chizoba, an indigene of Umuaram, Obowo council area of Imo State said that as an experienced driver, he made a lot [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has demanded the resignation of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for asking the International Criminal Court not to escalate its investigation against the Boko Haram sect. The group, in a reaction by its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, on Friday, stated that Malami could not double as [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report A Nigerian, ThankGod Okoro, is the latest victim of police brutality in South Africa. Okoro, an indigene of Ogbaku, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was reportedly killed on April 9 by a member of the South African Police Flying Squad at Hamburg, Florida West Rand in Johannesburg. At [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Eric Dumo Residents of Ekiti State yet to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards have accused officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission of manipulating the entire process for pecuniary gains. Many of the aggrieved residents, who had visited various centres where the exercise was being conducted, alleged that officials, rather than attending to them, paid [] 


Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday rejected an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission seeking the temporary forfeiture of funds in 15 bank accounts linked to Mrs. Patience Jonathan. The funds, which the EFCC sought to seize, include a total of $8,435,788.84 and over N7.35bn kept in 15 bank [] 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Secretary of the Adagunodo Ruling House in Iwo, Prince Semiu Oladimeji, has called on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; and other prominent traditional rulers in Yorubaland to caution the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, against dressing as or using the title [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Success Nwogu and Gbenro Adeoye President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called on the new President of the International Criminal Court, Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji, to among others, embark on urgent reforms in the court in order to reassure some African leaders who have accused the ICC of discrimination that it is not so. [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Adelani Adepegba President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the remaining girls abducted by terrorists from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, four years ago were still in captivity because of some setbacks in the negotiation between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect. He attributed the setbacks to what he [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba and Ade Adesomoju The Federal Government on Friday said that it would review the investigative framework of the whistle-blower policy to make the policys implementation more effective. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, revealed this during an evaluation workshop on the whistle-blower policy and Asset Tracing Team organised by the Presidential Advisory [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has granted the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, leave to issue a writ of summons on the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Federal Government. The Rivers State Chief Judge, Justice A. I. Iyayi-Lamikanra, [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has pledged that there will be no imposition of candidate or impunity in its conduct of the Ekiti State governorship primary scheduled for May 8. The National Organising Secretary of the party, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd.), made the pledge when he separately received the nomination and indication [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari's declaration to seek re-election in 2019 has thrown up reactions with some experts weighing in with their views, GBENRO ADEOYE writes Election is generally considered to be critical to the success, failure or existence of the entity involved. It is seen as a civilised process of choosing leaders and integral to the [] 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday held that the immediate-past Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), could not be held liable for his roles in the Oil Processing Licence 245 transactions, commonly referred to as the Malabu deal. Delivering the judgment in the [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
reads the riot act to new boards of agencies Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government on Friday reversed the suspension of the Director-General, National Women Development Centre, Mrs. Mary Eta. It said the suspension carried out by the centres recently inaugurated Governing Board was illegal. The governments position was contained in a statement by the [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has urged the Supreme Court to order a judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeldzira Nganjiwa, to face his trial on corruption charges which were struck out by the Court of Appeal in Lagos in December last year. The anti-graft agency, in its appellants brief [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe Fifty-eight years after it gained independence from Britain, Nigeria has yet to become a nation, according to the Ibadan Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). At its 22nd synod held at St. Davids Anglican Church, Ijokodo, Ibadan, Oyo State, the Bishop of the Ibadan Anglican Diocese, the Most Revd. Joseph Akinfenwa, [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police on Friday locked down the Unity Fountain, Maitama, Abuja and prevented members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Bring Back Our Girls coalition from accessing it for their usual rally and sit-out. The policemen claimed that they were acting on the orders from their superiors and refused to [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri At least three persons have been confirmed dead from a fresh cholera outbreak in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, made the disclosure during a visit by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Ghebrayesus, to Maiduguri on Friday. He said [] 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Suspected bandits on Thursday reportedly raided a police checkpoint at Ciki Da Falo in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing two policemen while kidnapping at least 18 others. A source, who confided in Saturday PUNCH, said that the incident occurred at about 5 pm when the bandits opened fire on [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja A Kogi High Court sitting in Lokoja on Friday issued a bench warrant against one Ade Obege standing trial with four others over the alleged assassination attempt on Senator Dino Melaye in April 2017. The presiding judge, Justice Fola Ajayi, who issued the bench warrant, following the inability of the accused to [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Friday removed Dr. Abdul Zubair as the acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The removal was confirmed in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Oluyinka Akintunde. The statement said following his removal as acting SEC [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The National Engineering and Technical Company Limited on Friday announced that its profit before tax for the 2017 financial year dropped by 34 per cent to N3.26bn when compared with the previous year. NETCO, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, stated that the PBT decreased by 34 per cent when [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Four people have been confirmed dead while 19 others sustained various degrees of injury in multiple accidents on the Bauchi Road, Dogon Danmarke, Wudil Local Government Area of Kano State. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the spokesperson for the state Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, said that the accident occurred at 10.44 am. [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Aviation unions have issued a fresh 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways. Our correspondent gathered on Friday that before the end of the first ultimatum given over three weeks ago, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had convened a stakeholders' meeting with [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Eric Dumo with agency report The Evangelical Church Winning All has declared a three-day fast and prayer for the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi Christian girl still being held by Boko Haram. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, ECWA President, Dr. Jeremiah Gado, on Friday announced the churchs resolve to crave Gods intervention [] 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Eric Dumo A non-governmental organisation, ROWEAD Foundation, and the United Nations Information Centre in Lagos, have trained women in the latest trends in agriculture and how to become successful farmers. Showing participants at the training how to use modern technologies to become successful farmers, experts in agri-business said that with more investments in the sector [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The All Progressives Congress National Working Committee is expected to release the names of the convention committee either on Monday or Tuesday. Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru, had been pencilled in as the chairman. It was gathered that the name of the governor [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa It has been predicted that mobile network operators will continue to experience weak revenue growth in the next seven years. An intelligence report by the Global System for Mobile Communication Association noted that West African mobile network operators would record less than two per cent revenue growth regardless of the improved macroeconomic conditions [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
John Charles, Makurdi There was a new twist to the killings in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State on Friday as some locals said farmers in Akaanya, Tse Gbum, Kpete and Ulam communities in the local government recovered 26 more bodies. They said the victims were killed by people in military uniform, who were [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Eric Dumo The Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria has said that the rising wave of drug abuse in the country, especially among youths, is dangerous to national development. Making the statement in Lagos on Friday during a press briefing ahead of its 21st Annual National Conference in Ilorin, Kwara State, during the week, the [] 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Commissioner for Special Duties, Adeleke Adewolu, says the state has recorded a remarkable increase in the enrolment of pupils into the public primary schools since the Home Grown School Feeding programme started over a year ago in the state. He disclosed this on Friday while fielding questions from journalists [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Ojoi Igajah In a bid to promote a clean environment and healthy living, Hypo, a leading hygiene solution brand, has donated cleaning tools to some Lagos residents. The initiative, which was in commemoration of the 2018 World Health Day, saw officials of the company partnering with the Lagos State Government to create more awareness on [] 


Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Nigeria's used-car buying service has signed a deal with a Rensource, a renewable energy firm on power supply through renewable energy sources. The deal will see Rensource deploying renewable power solution infrastructure to over 100 Cars45 inspection centres across Nigeria. The signing of the agreement has already seen the implementation of the first phase of [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Peter Dada, Akure Last week, some pregnant women, numbering over 100 stormed the premises of the Ondo State Specialists Hospital in Akure, the state capital to protest against the alleged hike in the cost of antenatal services and some other miscellaneous expenses at the state-owned hospital. Specifically, they alleged that the antenatal registration fee which [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Ife Diocese of the Anglican Church is still in shock about the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against a Venerable in the church, Prof. Akindele who is also a Professor at the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Clergymen and members of the church are obviously crestfallen [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Tunde Ajaja It was a gathering of thinkers in the society, from professionals to entrepreneurs, select politicians and media practitioners, among other eminent individuals that graced the occasion with their presence. Venue was the Banquet Hall of Sheraton Hotels in Ikeja, Lagos, which was filled to capacity, on Monday, April 9, 2018. The programme, tagged, [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured the parents of the schoolgirls, that were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno, that their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate. President Buhari gave the reassurance in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
directs Uduk to take over as acting SEC DG Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Friday removed Dr. Abdul Zubair as the acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The removal was confirmed in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the minister of finance, Mr. Oluyinka Akintunde. [] 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the tendency now is to twist and slant every word from President Muhammadu Buhari in the negative, all in a bid to demean, de-market, and demonise him, and make him unattractive to the electorate. Adesina said this in response to [] 

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