NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday,  17 April, 2018.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Scores of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were injured on Monday in Abuja during a clash with policemen at the Maitama area of the city.

It was gathered that the police arrested about 115 Shiite members who were protesting against the continued incarceration of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky, by the Federal Government.


 
The protesters had moved to the National Human Rights Commission when the police swooped on them and fired tear gas canisters at them to break up the protest.

The Shiite members in turn, threw stones at the policemen, damaging many parked vehicles and injuring passersby and motorists.

Their action infuriated the cops who responded with live bullets, some of which hit the Nigerian Communications Commission building and other offices in the vicinity.

The security personnel also scalded the mob with hot water from their cannon truck.

The development paralysed commercial activities in the area as everyone fled while vehicles avoided the neighbourhood.

The police had last Friday cordoned off the Unity Fountain where the Shiite members usually hold their rallies.

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They also arrested an activist and convener, Concerned Citizens, Deji Adeyanju, who had been championing the protests for over seven weeks.

The activist was also said to have been detained at the police command shortly after the clash between the police and the Shiite members on Monday.

 
A member of the IMN, Mohammed Gamawa, accused the police of firing live bullets at the protesters. He said many of the injured were taken to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad office.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Federal Government is currently investigating 28 of its Ministries, Departments and Agencies over allegations of contract inflation and conversion of government assets to personal use.

The probe is currently being done by the investigative section of the whistle-blower unit.


 
The Director, Special Projects, Ministry of Finance, Mohammed Dikwa, confirmed these in a presentation at an evaluation workshop on the whistle-blower policy and asset tracing team organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption.

The purpose of the workshop was to initiate a discussion on how to improve the implementation of the policy in accordance with global best practices.

In the presentation, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent on Monday, Dikwa said that 791 investigations were being carried out by the whistle-blower unit.

Giving an analysis of the 791 cases, he said the unit was investigating the payment of unapproved funds in 27 MDAs, while allegation of diversion of excess crude oil funds was being investigated in five MDAs.

He stated that one agency of government was under investigation for improper reduction of financial penalties.

Other investigations being conducted are non-remittance of pension and National Housing Fund deductions (102 cases completed, 35 ongoing); failure to implement projects for which funds had been provided; and embezzlement of funds meant for payment of personnel emoluments (113 cases completed, 35 ongoing).

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Dikwa also said the unit was investigating 137 cases of non-procurement of equipment required for aviation safety.

Out of these, he noted that 102 had been completed, while the remaining 35 cases were still being probed.


 
In the same vein, 87 cases of financial misappropriation are being probed, out of which 76 have been completed, while 11 cases are pending.

He added that concealment of bailout funds was also being investigated in four states, while the probe of 33 cases of illegal recruitments had been concluded.

The director noted that violation of the Procurement Act was another issue being investigated in government agencies, adding that 32 of such cases had been concluded, while four were still ongoing.

Dikwa, who is also the Secretary, Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, stated, “The objectives of the whistle-blower policy is to increase exposure of financial or related crimes, support the fight against financial crimes and corruption.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, allegedly received N250m from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of the embattled former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s report has said.

The report, which was sighted by one of our correspondents, stated that Secondus allegedly received the money during the build-up to the 2015 general elections.


 
Secondus, who was the Deputy Chairman (South) of the PDP at the time, allegedly collected the money for ‘special duties.’

The report partly read, “Uche Secondus received N200m in cash from the ONSA with voucher 0244. His Special Adviser, one Chukwurah, signed for the money on his behalf on February 2, 2015. Earlier, he had collected N50m which was personally received by him on November 7, 2014.

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“The funds were approved by Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) for unknown reasons but were merely referred to as ‘special duties.’”

The report also accused Secondus and erstwhile Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, as well as the lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District, Senator Bassey Akpan, of receiving vehicles worth about N1.1bn from Babajide Omokore, an oil magnate standing trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

According to the report, the vehicles which ranged from Mercedes Benz luxury cars to campaign buses and trucks were bought with the proceeds of fraud.

The report added, “Adamu Mu’azu received vehicles worth N504, 500, 000 including a Benz G63 worth N45m between May and August 2014.

“Secondus received vehicles worth N310m. On June 28, 2013, he received a Benz G63 worth N36m; on April 8, 2014, he received two Toyota Hilux vehicles worth N14m.  On July 8, 2014, he received 10 Hiace buses worth N90m while on November 13, 2014, he received 15 Hiace mid-roof buses worth N120m. He also received a N50m Range Rover Biography SUV.”

The report accused Senator Bassey Akpan of receiving vehicles worth N303m from Omokore while he was the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance as well as the Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee whose job was to ensure that government projects were completed using direct labour approach to save some money for the state.


Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, says Nigerians no longer take him seriously because he annulled the June 12, 1993 Presidential election adjudged as the most credible election in the history of Nigeria. Babangida said this during a programme on Channels Television titled, Roadmap 2019 on Monday. When asked to explain further [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Federal health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions says it will on Tuesday (today) embark on an indefinite strike following the failure of the Federal Government to implement the agreement it reached with health workers last year. JOHESU said this in a statement signed by its National Chairman, [] 


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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Peter Dada, Akure Kidnappers of two members of staff of the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, Mr. Marcus Akinduko and Mr.Gabriel Ajayi, have demanded N50m ransom for their release. Some gunmen abducted the two council officials, on Saturday on Owo-Idoani Road in the Ose LGA of the state while returning from an [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Umar Mohammed and John Charles Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders have allegedly killed 32 Tiv villagers at various locations across the southern senatorial district of Nasarawa State. The coordinated attacks reportedly took place on Saturday and Sunday. The Punch learnt that the attacks were carried out simultaneously in Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma local [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Kamarudeen Ogundele President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said Nigerian politicians were currently preoccupied with the 2019 general elections. He, however, said unlike other politicians, the nations security and economy were what concerned him. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President made his [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri Soldiers on Operation Delta Safe have invaded Okpare, Otor-Edo and Iwhrekreka communities in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State searching for oil pipeline vandals. It was gathered that the soldiers, attached to the 222 Battalion, Agbarha-Otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area, laid siege to the three communities for about [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, has called on Nigerians to take away their focus from what will happen in 2019 and rather concentrate on how to make the country better before the next general elections. The US envoy, who spoke at an event organised to mark the 2018 [] 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Monday said properties worth N12.8bn were lost to fire tragedies, while properties worth N76.9bn were saved from destruction in 980 fire calls between May 2017 and April 2018. The government also said no fewer than 84 people were lost to the incidents. The Commissioner for Special Duties and [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
WITHIN the last three years, six million people have embraced rice farming to increase the number to 11 million, thereby leading to over 90 per cent drop in the products import. This revolutionary turnaround should be protected if the current effort to escape from the rice trap is to become irreversible. Rice, a staple in [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has filed an interlocutory appeal before the Supreme Court, seeking an adjournment of the N11.5bn fraud case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. His co-defendants, Ayoola Agboola and Femi Babalola a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The Aku Uka of Wukari and chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs, Dr Shekarau Masa Ibi (Kuvyo II), on Monday said Nigerians had lost confidence in the military. The monarch made the comment when he received the Army Probe Panel investigating the allegations of military collusion with armed bandits in [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A former Vice-Chancellor of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Prof. Ikenna Onyido, has raised the alarm at the rate Nigerian universities are churning out what he called lazy professors. He also condemned the way PhD certificates were being awarded to undeserving persons, describing such practice as more dangerous [] 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday faulted the 90-day ban on grazing in some communities in Edo State by Governor Godwin Obaseki, describing it as insufficient to address the challenges posed by armed men. Obaseki on Sunday banned herdsmen from operating in Odighi, Odiguetue, Owan communities and their environs in the Ovia [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Often, certain things happen despite the fact that other things happen or fail to happen. No matter what the circumstance, such things will occur. Maybe it is the nature of life that, no matter what factors are constant, the element of surprise will always be there. That is why words such as although, though and [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Miss Elah Ajene of Nigeria Tulip International School, Abuja; and Prosper Okarike of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, have been named the in-country winners of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition for 2017. While Ajene emerged winner in the essay category, Okarike emerged winner in the poster category. According to a statement on Monday, the [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Ikenga Development Union has commended the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for developing the state, saying his re-election will help the state. A former president of the Lagos chapter of the union Nze Ikechukwu Anako, who gave the commendation on behalf of the group, said, We have no doubt in our minds that his [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Ahead of the 2019 governorship election, the Ogun West Senatorial District is set to hold a day political summit, where it will fine-tune the processes to break the 42-year jinx of not having been able to produce a governor. The district represented by the Ogun West Elders Council said this on Monday [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti One of the Independent National Electoral Commission accredited observers in Ekiti State, Kalu Victor, of the African Initiative, has urged the commission to extend the date for the Continuous Voter Registration to capture more electorate. According to him, the huge turnout of electorate at ward level is a strong reason for [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, said on Monday that the judiciary had adopted the use of Information and Communication Technology to address the delay in the nations justice system. He said, as he earlier disclosed in February this year, that by July, the Supreme Court would only accept filings [] 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has criticised the state government's spending policy. In a statement from his campaign organisation, which was signed by the media coordinator, Dotun Oyelade, Makinde accused the state government of manipulating fiscal disbursement in favour of a few people. The statement read, [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A professor of Metallurgical and, Material Engineering and Member, University of Uyo Governing Council, Prof. Linus Okon Asuquo, has been elected as Fellow of the highest engineering body in Nigeria, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. A release by the Secretary and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Prof. A. O. Denloye, indicated that the [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja After ensuring system stability for more than two months, the country's power grid collapsed twice in the past five days. Electricity generation figures obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in Abuja on Monday showed that the grid recorded partial collapses on April 12 and 14 this year. Generated [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Akeem Lasisi Leaders in various areas of life joined the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday to chart a new course for tourism in the state. It was at the first Lagos State Tourism Summit held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, where dignitaries that included the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Peter Dada, Akure No fewer than 31 students of the Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, got first class out of the 340 students that graduated from the institution. This was disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi, at the seventh convocation and 10th anniversary of the institution, held on the campus [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Femi Asu A former Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has said the discretionary award of oil licences is bringing about mediocrity in the nation's oil and gas industry and stifling its growth. She stated this in Lagos on Monday at the first National Education Summit organised by the Oil and Gas Trainers Association [] 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Federal health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions says it will on Tuesday (today) embark on an indefinite strike following the failure of the Federal Government to implement the agreement it reached with health workers last year. JOHESU said this in a statement signed by its National Chairman, [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Katsina State Police Command has arrested eight suspected kidnappers terrorising residents of the state. The commands spokesman, DSP Gambo Isa, made this known in a statement in Katsina on Monday. Isa said that the first four suspects Joshua Yohanna, 22; Musa Ibrahim, 25; Nafiu Umar, 32; and Kabir Lawal, 28; were arrested in Kafur [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The African Development Bank says its board has approved the support of private health care system in Lagos, Nigeria with a loan of $20m. A statement issued by the bank in Abuja on Monday said the fund would help Santa Clara Medical Limited to finance the development of a hospital and referral [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Nigeria Communications Commission has said it will not approve the sale of 9mobile to any bidder without technical competence. The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said this in Lagos on Monday in an interview with journalists, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. He said that a preferred bidder for 9mobile had [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Union of Air Transport Employees has said it will embark on an industrial action to protest against the sacking of 22 Nigerians by the management of Kenyan Airways. The General Secretary of NUATE, Mr. Olayinka Abioye, told our correspondent on Monday that the airline's action was a violation of Nigeria's labour [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, says the Federal Government is willing to work with development banks, foreign investors and private firms to bridge infrastructure funding deficit in the country's aviation industry. Sirika stated this on Monday at the 59th Airports Council International, Africa Conference, hosted by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria in [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Monday announced that it had migrated Access Bank Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc to its Premium Board. It said the companies applied and met the Exchange's listing requirements for the board, a platform for showcasing companies that are [] 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The foremost accountancy body in Nigeria, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, has condemned in strong terms the proposed bill seeking to establish the Chartered Institute of Forensic Accountants of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors in Nigeria. The 53rd President of the institute, Is'maila Zakari, spoke at the induction of [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
When you deposit a cheque, you probably just expect the money to show up in your bank account ' and you expect to be able to use that money when you need it. In most cases, that's exactly how it works and there are no problems, according to www.thebalance.com. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a problem: [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Legacy USD Bond Fund, a mutual fund managed by First City Asset Management Limited, has recorded a 244.44 per cent subscription in its initial public offering. The result of the IPO, which has been approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission, implies the fund attracted $6.111mn. This represents an oversubscription of 144.44 per cent above [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Ernst & Young Nigeria has concluded arrangements to bring together banks' audit committee members across board, to brainstorm on governance-related issues. This is expected to bring into perspective the evolving demands of businesses, regulators and investors. According to a statement by the professional firm, the Audit Committee Forum, tagged, 'The future of governance'digital, technology and [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited has been awarded ISO 2007:2013 and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards certification by the PECB Canada, a leading organisation in audit management systems and processes. The certification is the world's highest accreditation for Information Security Management System. The bank, in a statement, said it was awarded the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 [] 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari are smart thinkers. Having reviewed their three years in office and come to the realisation that there is no major achievement to flaunt in the build-up to the 2019 election, they have decided to make corruption, which is not tangible and easy to measure, the centre of [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Niyi Akinnaso There are two major sources of funding for university education worldwide. The first, and more recognised source, is subvention. This is provided by the proprietor, which may be the government; an organisation or association; an individual; or a group of individuals. In addition to subvention, the proprietor may also provide financial aid in [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti is one of almost 100 private universities that have emerged from the ruins of federal and state universities in the last 20 years in Nigeria. Founded only in 2009, it has outgrown and outpaced many of the forerunners of such initiatives around the country. Its rise close to the top [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
What has gradually become a norm in our country today is the reluctance to give change by sellers to buyers of goods and services. It is an embarrassing situation that people have found themselves in almost on a daily basis. When a buyer purchases an item with a higher money denomination in anticipation of collecting [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Samson Folarin There was confusion in the Alapere area of Ketu on Sunday after the Divisional Crime Officer of Sagamu Road Police Division, Ikorodu, SP Opawoye Adetunji, allegedly shot a bus passenger. Adetunji was said to have been attacked by a mob, who beat him to a pulp. The police officer was reportedly rushed to [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri There was pandemonium in Anara, in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday as two policemen allegedly shot two persons during a traditional wedding. The development, our correspondent learnt, made guests to abandon the ceremony and run for dear life. The two policemen, whose identities had yet to [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has said the varsity may involve the police to verify a telephone conversation involving a professor at the institution who was accused of demanding sex from a female student. The VC said this while speaking to our correspondent in Osogbo on [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Abdulrahman Mohammed for allegedly impersonating a medical doctor and operating a clinic in the Idi-Araba area of the state. Mohammed, a primary school-leaver, had allegedly paraded himself as a doctor for four years before luck ran out on him on Saturday. Drugs, stethoscope, used syringes, [] 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A student of Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe,Bayelsa State, identified simply as Ade, has drowned in a river close to the institution. Ade reportedly drowned in the river bordering the polytechnic on Sunday while trying to fetch water for domestic use due to lack of water on the campus. As [] 

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