NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9TH APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday,  9th April, 2018.


Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress will today (Monday) at its meeting take a final decision on the tenure of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee.

Ahead of the meeting, which from all indications will be stormy, governors and state chairmen of the party arrived in Abuja on Sunday.


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NEC will review the decision it took in February, when it said the tenure of the party’s officials had been extended.

The tenure of Oyegun and other NWC members will come to an end on June 28, 2018.

But NEC, at its meeting on February 27, 2018, approved a one-year tenure extension for the party’s officials.

However, at its meeting on March 27, President Muhammadu Buhari opposed the tenure extension, saying it was illegal.

Following the President’s objection, the party set up a 10-member committee to advise it on the issue.

Last week, the APC governors, who initially supported the tenure extension, backed Buhari’s call for fresh congresses.

On Sunday in Abuja, it was gathered that members of the NEC, including governors and state chairmen, who were opposed to tenure elongation for the Oyegun-led NWC,   met   to perfect their strategies ahead of the Monday meeting.

Also, Oyegun’s supporters, including the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had reportedly been mobilising support for the chairman.


 
It was gathered that some governors, who on February 28 backed tenure elongation, had changed their position.

It was learnt on Sunday that the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun; and his Kogi State counterpart, Yaya Bello, had started pushing for fresh congresses.

Apart from Amosun, governors in the anti-tenure elongation group are Abdul’aziz  Yari of Zamfara State, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Jibrilla Bindo  of Adamawa State,  Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Abubakar Badru  of Jigawa State.

Besides El-Rufai, it was gathered that Governor Abdullahi Mohammed (Bauchi) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) were in the pro-Oyegun group.

A chieftain of the APC in Ogun State, who declined to be identified, said it was not true that Amosun was still backing tenure elongation for Oyegun.

He said although the governor was one of those that ensured victory for the tenure elongation group on February 27, he had changed his position after listening to the President’s argument on March 28.

The pro-tenure elongation group had on February 27 emerged victorious with 104 votes against four recorded by opponents of tenure elongation.


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The party chieftain said the Ogun State governor changed his position when he realised that the President would not support tenure elongation.

He stated, “When it became obvious that the President is against tenure elongation, Amosun as a loyalist of Buhari is duty bound to support him  to realise his vision for the party and the country.”

Efforts made to speak with the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeleneye proved abortive.

However, the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Sola Lawal, said the party was not aware that anyone was supporting tenure elongation for the Odigie-Oyegun-led executive.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday travel to United Kingdom.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday described the President’s trip as an official visit.


 
Shehu said the President would be meeting with some persons, including the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.

Buhari’s trip is however coming more than one week ahead of the CHOGM meetings billed for between April 18 and 20.

The statement partly read, “President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday 9, April, 2018 for an official visit to Britain where he is due to hold discussions on the Nigerian-British relations with the Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April, 2018.


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“The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden, in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15bn in Nigeria’s oil industry.

“These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society.

“President Buhari is due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the President on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and in the world.

“Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain.”

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday said the Federal Government would ‘very soon’ release another list of looters.

He stated that no intimidation from any quarter would debar the Federal Government from releasing the list.


 
He spoke with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

Mohammed said,  “We are not going to ask anybody not to go to court, but what we are telling them is that they should re-examine themselves because when the government came out with its list, it was confident of the evidence it had.

“No government worth its salt would be challenged and would not come out to prove that what it is saying is correct.

“When it comes to evidence it’s for the courts to decide, but we want to make it clear that no amount of intimidation from any side would prevent the Federal Government from releasing the next batch of looters’ list and what you have seen so far is the tip of the iceberg. You will see that many people that Nigerians did not suspect partook in the national looting.”

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“Interestingly, we have people saying that they are going to court, you see courts are for the accused person and the accuser, courts are for the rich and the poor, courts are for the government and the governed. So, anybody that says that he’s going to court, that shouldn’t frighten anybody.”

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
A former governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, to adopt a “ruthless” measure against alleged looters of the nation’s treasury.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Oshiomhole disclosed this on Sunday in Benin, Edo State.


 
He described as mindless the stealing by the then Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government.

The former governor noted that it was the right of Nigerians to know the level of rot that transpired in former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

“I think that if other Nigerians don’t understand the power of transparency, the right to know, the media should uphold that right and defend it. What was stolen was not from private purse; the house that was destroyed was not a private residence.

“We are talking of resources, which if it is distributed on the basis of equality, to 180 million people you will be a lot richer.

“I think my only complaint is that the Federal Government should be more ruthless because there are a lot of people who should be in court who are not there.

“When I was still in the office and I said the kind of money they stole was huge in dollars they paid hired writers to ask how I knew.

“I have interacted with power vertically and horizontally. I know that we cannot be lamenting today without understanding that the treasury was burgled yesterday.

“I think the promise of democracy is that good or bad, the people have the right to know and that is the starting point and particularly important.


 
“I think the people have the right to know and if any of them think that what has being said is not true, they can go to court.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Peter Dada, Akure A man, Kehinde Akinsowon, has died after he slumped at a filling station in the Yaba area of Ondo town, Ondo State. It was gathered that the 40-year-old might have suffered from cardiac arrest. According to a source, the late Akinsowon, who was said to be a member of the executive of [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has backed the proposal by the Federal Government to grant amnesty to repentant Boko Haram members. Kukah said there was the need for the government to accommodate the complaints of the aggrieved persons and put human face to resolving the insurgency in [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have confiscated over 500 bags of foreign rice and 20 loads of second-hand clothes valued at N10m. The Kano/Jigawa Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Yusuf Abba-Kassim, said four suspects were arrested during the operation, adding that they are currently with the legal department and would soon be [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The police command in Lagos State has arrested a 23-year-old man for alleged vandalism of the rails on the Eko Bridge. The spokesman for the command, SP Chike Oti who confirmed the arrest on Sunday, said the suspect would be charged to court on Monday (today). The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suspect [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The police have the responsibility to conduct stop and search on any property or a personal belonging that they have reasonable suspicions that it is a subject of crime. If it is not a subject of crime, they cant hold on to the object but the law permits the police to go to any length [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Students of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan have been ordered to vacate their hostel after they staged a protest against what they described as unfair introduction of a professional training fee by the school authorities. The students claimed that the fee, coupled with an increase in accommodation fee, was capable [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Troops of the Nigerian Army under the Operation Lafiya Dole said they rescued 54 women and 95 children held in Boko Haram captivity in Yerimari Kura, an area in Borno State. The military said after the rescue on Saturday, soldiers also killed three Boko Haram insurgents and captured five others. The army [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Punch Editorial Board The precarious fiscal health of Nigerias component states was once again brought into focus recently by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, which revealed debt burdens far in excess of their revenues. With no fewer than 18 of the 36 states borrowing over 200 per cent of their earnings, salaries of public sector workers [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), has filed a fresh fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja demanding his unconditional release from the custody of the Department of State Services. Dasuki, who has been detained by the DSS since December 29, 2015, also [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has described his predecessor, Senator David Mark, as a patriot and a statesman. Saraki, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, said Mark had distinguished himself as a Nigerian with vast leadership experience, [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Federal Government on Sunday said the bank robbery at Offa in the Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State in which over 30 persons died and millions of naira was stolen on Thursday shocked and grieved the nation. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has asked intending pilgrims to Jerusalem to represent Nigeria well by eschewing all attitudes capable of bringing the country to disrepute before international communities. The Chairman of the Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Bishop Olusola Ore, stated this on Friday during the 2018 April/May administrative/medical screening for intending [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola The people of Michika in Adamawa State have asked the Federal Government to reconnect Michika and Madagali communities back to the power grid following the return of peace and normalcy to both communities. The call was made on Saturday by residents who lamented that the Federal Government has abandoned the two communities, [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Sunday said that the Federal Government would very soon release another list of looters. He stated that no intimidation from any quarter would debar the FG from releasing the list. Mohammed spoke with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. He said, We [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Monday, travel to United Kingdom. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday described the Presidents trip as an official visit. Shehu said the President would be meeting with some persons, including the British Prime Minister, Theresa [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi with agency report Youths suspected to be political thugs on Saturday attacked Alhaji Dahiru Yabo, a critic of the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal. Yabo is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the state. The attack, according to eyewitnesses, took place in front of Tambuwal's private residence shortly after the wedding [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The crisis rocking the apex Igbo socio-political body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, escalated on Sunday as the youth wing of the association, Ohanaeze Youth Council, announced the 'suspension' of the President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo. The leadership of the women wing of association was part of the decision to suspend Nwodo, according to a [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu The Chairman, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, is set to bow out of active participation in the day-today-running of the auto company when he turns 80 on June 14 this year. He hinted about his retirement in Lagos during the Toyota award and customers' night, where he allayed the fear that his [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Managing Director, AG-Dangote Construction Company, Mr. Ashif Juma, has said the firm will deliver the Obajana-Kabba Road in Kogi State by December. According to Juma, the project will be the longest concrete road in the country and will traverse the North and South. 'So far, 33km earthwork and 22km concrete pavement have [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Some chief executive officers of government agencies are currently being probed for infractions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, has said. Mustapha said this at the 2018 procurement retreat for chief executive officers of Federal Government agencies in Abuja on Saturday. [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
The establishment of the Single African Air Transport Market has necessitated that Nigeria reviews its air transport agreements with member states, MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI writes More airlines from African countries are expected to begin frequent flights into Nigeria in the coming months following the inauguration of the Single African Air Transport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Industry [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Sunday announced the completion of the outstanding audit of its group financial statements from 2011 to 2016. It said the audited statements had been formally approved by its Board in line with extant laws governing the operations of the national oil firm. The Chief Financial Officer/Group [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola Being an entrepreneur not only requires a business idea but also relies on raising capital. Realistically, no business can be started or expanded without money. Small business owners often have financial difficulties that make some of them to give up on what would have been a global changing idea. There are many financial [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The outcome of the recent lawsuit that was filled against the Federal Government by power generation companies will determine the November 2017 payment, which the Gencos are meant to get from the N701bn Payment Assurance Guarantee, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said. Earlier in March this year, some power generating firms [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, North-Central Zone, Mr. Slaku Bijimi, has said that poor planning for the provision of infrastructure can be an aggravating factor in the severity of natural disasters. He noted that developers and contractors involved in rapid building construction in urbanising areas do cut corners on good [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola Regulators of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Lagos State and federal level are working together to implement new guidelines that have been introduced since the amended of the Pension Reform Act in 2014, investigation has revealed. After the amendment of the Pension Reform Act in 2014, the National Pension Commission introduced some draft [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola The National Pension Commission said that it had reviewed the provision for voluntary contribution under the Contributory Pension Scheme to address some concerns which include combating money laundering. According to the Circular on Voluntary Contributions, which was released by the commission and obtained by our correspondent, PenCom issued a circular on withdrawals from [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The naira is expected to remain stable, following the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria's Monetary Policy Committee to retain the Monetary Policy Rate at 14 per cent. The committee maintained its tight policy on interest rates to support currency. The MPC had last Wednesday kept the benchmark interest rates on hold [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi An estate surveyor and valuer, Chief Kola Akomolede, has advised the National Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, review the Land Use Act, which the country has been operating for the past 40 years. Akomolede, who is also the Principal Partner, Kola Akomolede and Co., stated that the amendment would, among other [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institute of Architects has revealed plans to help in the provision of affordable housing in the country, using locally sourced materials. The NIA President, Mr. Adibe Njoku, said the project would be launched next year, with a prototype in Abuja. Njoku explained, 'The walls may be made of mud and not [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Accommodation brand, Student Accomod8, has called on concerned agencies to look into the possibility of students getting convenient accommodation close to their schools in order to improve their living conditions and enhance assimilation rate. According to the firm, proximity of students accommodation directly influences their academic performance, adding that majority of tertiary institutions [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Following the release of the 2018 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, the Ogun State Government has asked residents to desist from indiscriminate waste disposal. The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, said residents must play a part in keeping the state flood-free by clearing their drainages and road medians. He [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Stanley Opara May & Baker Nigeria Plc has reported a profit before tax of N605.6m for the full-year ended December 31, 2017. The health-care firm recorded significant growths in sales and profitability in 2017 as it continued the implementation of its medium-term strategic plan targetted at enhancing shareholders' value. In its results filed with the [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria grew its total income by 63 per cent from N919m to N1.5bn in the 2017 financial year. The institute also grew its Internally Generated Revenue by 40.93 per cent from N646.24m in 2016 to N910.76m in the financial year under review. The CIBN disclosed this during [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Femi Asu Trading at the nation's stock market is expected to be mixed this week, as investors expect the filing of annual financial statements by companies that missed the March 31, 2018 deadline. Some of the companies, including Presco Plc, A.G. Leventis (Nigeria) Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, and Linkage Assurance Plc, gave [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye Over 500,000 daily commuters on the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit system can now board buses using a contactless card payment system. It is an enhancement that makes the Lagos Connect Card launched last November by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode usable on mass transit systems anywhere in the world. Powered by Lagos State, Lagos Metropolitan [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc said its profit before tax rose by 66.8 per cent from N658.64m in 2016 to N1.1bn in the 2017 financial period. A statement obtained from the firm on Sunday said its profit after tax also rose by 62.1 per cent from N561.85m to N910.71m in the period [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has approved the redeployment of Dr. Okwy Nnana from the Financial System Stability Directorate to the Economic Policy Directorate. The redeployment was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Acting Director, Communications, CBN, Isaac Okorafor. The apex bank in the statement [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Tunde Odesola (tundeodes2003@yahoo.com) The thrifty history behind his mane notwithstanding, as one of his acolytes, I should warn Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, not to visit some Nigerian university for now, otherwise, a pair of covenant shears would scissors his crown-like shock of wispy hair sssha! sshaa! ssshaa!, and the spongy white strands of [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Eze Onyekpere censoj@gmail.com; 08127235995 It is no longer news that Nigeria is in the throes of mindless killings. Every new day is the story of not just one avoidable death, but of numbers of deaths and sometimes in dozens. The brutality and bestiality that attend these killings and their gory nature would make a scene [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Henry Boyo The Central Banks Monetary Policy Committee, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, decided to retain its Monetary Policy Rate at 14 per cent, while the mandatory Cash Reserve Ratio for banks would remain at 22.5 per cent. Disturbingly, however, there is no real hope that such rates which have subsisted for almost three years [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Earth Hour may have come and gone and perhaps even unnoticed for many in Nigeria; but for close observers across the world, it was a moment to switch off non-essential appliances, lights and signage of some of the most iconic buildings, structures and monuments around the world between 8:30pm and 9:30pm (WAT) in support of [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Samson Folarin A suspected robber, Rilwan Wasiu, has been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command. The 20-year-old was reportedly beating up his girlfriend on Thursday under the Adeniji Adele Bridge when he was caught. According to the police, some officers who were on patrol around 10pm on [] 

Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi A35-year-old man, identified simply as Sikiru, has drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel in the Ishashi area of Lagos State. It was gathered that Sikiru and his girlfriend had visited the hotel Regional Hotel and Suites on April 2 when the incident happened. The girlfriend was said to have [] 

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Police Command says marks of violence were found on the bodies of the late Nigerian singer, Zainab Nielsen, aka Alizee, and her daughter, Petra. The command on Sunday said the artistes younger sister had reported to the facility manager of Bellasta Tower, Banana Island, Lagos, where the family resided, that [] 

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