Jonathan Blew N150bn Days To 2015 Elections-Osinbajo And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has slammed former president Goodluck Jonathan who he claimed spent N153 billion on infrastructure in three years but frittered away N150 billion in one single transaction a few weeks to the elections of 2015.According to DAILY SUN and THE GUARDIAN the VP who spoke at the seventh Presidential Quarterly Business Forum for Private Sector stakeholders at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, while the current administration with less revenue has  increased capital funding by 400 per cent in power, works and housing, defence, transportation, agriculture sectors, the Jonathan administration with surplus funds spent N14 billion on agriculture in 2014 and N15 billion on transportation. “So if your total infrastructure spending is N150 billion and you can share N153 billion, that is completely incredible. That sort of thing doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. And when we are talking about the economy, we must simply understand that that is the problem,” he said.

On the unfortunate issue of the Dapchi school girls NEW Telegraph reveals Amnesty  saying Security forces were alerted before abduction. Amnesty International, yesterday, revealed that Nigerian security forces got advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards Dapchi, a town where 110 schoolgirls were abducted by terrorists on February 19. The girls were abducted from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State in an assault reminiscent of the infamous Chibok girls’ abduction of April 2014. In a report on the incident released yesterday, Amnesty International said that at least five calls were made to security forces between 2p.m. and 6:30p.m. on that fateful day, warning them that the armed group was on the way to Dapchi. According to the report, the first call was made to the Nigeria Army Command in Geidam, 54km from Dapchi, informing them that Boko Haram fighters had been seen at Futchimiram heading to Gumsa, a village about 30km from Dapchi. However, the evidence documented by the group shows that the military did nothing to engage with Boko Haram and ensure the protection of civilians.

VANGUARD reports the CJN saying Corruption in judiciary goes beyond bribery. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Monday, maintained that corruption in the judiciary was not limited to bribe-taking, saying it includes the giving of judgments or orders based on considerations other than legal merit. He said the National Judicial Council, NJC, under his watch, would tackle the canckerworm head-on with a view to weeding out some “questionable characters” from the Bench.

Moving to insistent attacks by suspected herdsmen, Herdsmen kill Monarch, wife, nine others in Kogi Attack heads DAILY INDEPENDENT and NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. Eleven persons, including a traditional ruler, the Onu Agbenema, Musa Edibo, and his wife, were on Monday killed in separate attacks on Agbenema, Aj’Ichekpa, Opada, and Iyade villages in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State by suspected herdsmen. Several houses were burnt down by the herdsmen who were armed with sophisticated weapons, according to residents. They hid in the bushes around these villages from where they launched deadly attacks on their targets, they said.

46 Senators sign up to back Buhari in polls order battle heads THE NATION today. Some Senators are planning to resist the National Assembly’s plot to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on amendments to the Electoral Act, The Nation has learnt. Their major concern is to ensure that the President’s veto survives, especially the rejection of the new Order of Elections for 2019. No fewer than 46 of the 108 senators have signed a register to stop moves by the Senate to pass the amendments to the Electoral Act without Buhari’s assent.

FRC: Lagos, Osun, C’River’s Debts Exceed Revenues By Over 480% heads THE PUNCH. The debt status of most states of the federation exceeds 50 per cent of their annual revenues. For 18 states, the debt profiles exceed their gross and net revenues by more than 200 per cent. Lagos, Osun and Cross River states record over 480 per cent debt to gross revenue. The Fiscal Responsibility Commission, which stated this in its 2016 Annual Report obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, said the development was contrary to the guidelines of the Debt Management Office on debt sustainability.

Finally CBN dollar reserves to hit $57bn by year end heads BUSINESS DAY. Nigeria’s foreign currency reserves is expected to hit $57 billion by year end, several analysts and a senior official at the central bank told BusinessDay over the weekend.








Apc Moves To Reconcile Buhari, Saraki, Others And Many Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

All progressive Congress (APC) leaders have launched a peace move to change the frosty relationship between the Executives and the national Assembly. THE NATION reports that Lawmakers are threatening to override president Muhammadu Buhari ‘s veto on the Electoral Act amendment  especially the reordering of the sequence of the 2019 elections.

THE PUNCH is coming with the reports on the National Budget saying that the senate and the House Of Representatives have asked ministers and heads of agencies to heed president Muhammadu’s sack warning by appearing for the defence of the 2018 budget this week.

On the revenue loss in the aviation sector, THE GUARDIAN  reports that differences in the passangers traffic figures in the avaiation sector released by relevant government agencies may have caused revenue loss in excess of the N6.7b in 2017 lone.

New development coming from VANGUARD on the abducted Dapchi school girls states that defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali has given hoped thst the 110 abducted students of Government  Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi, Yobe State might be released by the Boko Haram in the next two weeks noting that the Government is closing in on them.

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE has this to say on the herdsmen troubles in the country. Five persons were killed by suspected herdsmen in Ovia North East and Esan south-east local government areas of Edo State on Saturday, while several other people were said to have been injured during the attack on these communities.

DAILY INDEPENDENT on whether or not the presidency is declaring his ambition 2019 says that Presidency on Sunday gave reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari may be dilly-dallying in declaring his ambition in the 2019 elections, saying that it is a deliberate ploy to prevent opponent from sabotaging the country.

Also on reasons  Buhari wont declare now, DAILY SUN reports  President Muhammadu Buhari cannot declare his intentions to contest next year’s presidential elections because he wants to prevent opponents from sabotaging the country, the presidency has said.

Also on elections matters, NEW TELEGRAPH reports that  National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) chief John Odigie-Oyegun has decalred that the PDP has no presidential candidate to match president Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

And finally on the business news, BUSINESS DAY reports that a number of pension Fund Administrators have been slammed with fines by the National Pension Commission or PENCOM suboptimal investment returns in their fixed income portfolios in 2017 after an audit by the regulators, business day has learnt.

Anxiety In Senate, House As Buhari Rejects Polls Bill And Many Other Interesting  Headlines For Today.

All the newspaper headlines have the same captions as regards President Mohammadu Buhari Poll rejection. THE NATION reports that there was anxiety in the Senate and the House of Respresentatives yesterday following President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the bill on the reordering of the 2019 election sequence.

Also on the same caption, THE PUNCH says President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday withhold the assent to the 2010 Electoral Act(amendment) Bill 2018 passed by both chambers of the National Assembly which reordered the sequence of the 2019 general elections.

The GUARDIAN reports that president Mohammadu Buhari yesterday disc;osed the withholding of assent to the Electoral Act amendment Bill 2018, heighting tension in the political drama that could determine the outcome of the new year’s general elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday dared the National Assembly by withholding the assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018 recently transmitted to him following its passage by the lawmakers. Coming from the DAILY INDEPENDENT.

DAILY SUN Ssays that the Executive and the legislature may be heading for another major showdown following the decisions of President Muhammadu Buhari  to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018.

Still on the same caption, VANGUARD also says that strong indications emerged yesterday that another crisis may be looming between the Presidency and the Legislative arm of government , as President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate, declining assent to the new amendment to the Electoral Act, which seeks to re-order the sequences of polls during 2019 general elections.

And NEW TELEGRAPH says that President Muhammadu Buhari has dared the National Assembly by declining assent to the Electoral Act (amendment) bill 2018, citing citing constitutional breaches in some of the actions of the law makers in the alteration of process.

And Finally ThHE PUNCH goes off the much discussed news of the bill rejection of Mr President  with the news of the IG of police. Buhari queries IG, demands full reports of police operations.  President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari seized the opportunity of the encounter to query Idris for flouting his directive that he should relocate to Benue State following the killings recorded in the state

Nigeria’s Democracy Risks Military Takeover- Ekweremadu And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

DAILY INDEPENDENT and NEW TELEGRAPH have both revealed I their headlines the words of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu on the situation of Democracy in the country. He said the seeming inaction of government in promptly resolving the numerous challenges currently facing the nation has given rise to his pessimism. Ekeweremadu expressed this concern on Wednesday while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Ahmed Ogembe, senator representing Kogi Central. DAILY SUN however has a different angle to Ekweremadu’s words with its headline reading; Senate Indicts Govs Over Power Abuse. Daily sun started his story by quoting the words of the Senate deputy leader saying

“The problem in Nigeria now is that our democracy is receding and the international community needs to know this. Who says that the Army cannot take over in Nigeria? It is possible. So, let us not joke with our democracy, especially with the way they are going.”

Truck Drivers Get 48hrs To Vacate Lagos Bridges heads THE NATION. This ultimatum was given by the military and the State Government during a stakeholders meeting  at the Apapa Headquarters of the Western Naval Command (WNC). At the meeting  were the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) WNC, Rear Admiral Slyvanus Abbah; Permanent Secretary (PS), Lagos State Ministry of Transport, Dr. Taiwo Salau; Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army (NA), Brig.-Gen. Adiku Attu; Base Commander, Nigerian Air Force  (NAF), and Air Commodore Mike Olatunji.

IMF discloses that Nigeria’s High Inflation, Worsening Unemployment Worrisome heads NIGERIAN TRIBUNE and THE GUARDIAN revealing Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expressing worry over sluggish growth in Nigeria’s non-oil sector, stubborn inflation and worsening unemployment.

In their report on Article IV consultation, which ended on March 5, the Fund’s executives observed that the economy is exiting recession but remains vulnerable.

“New foreign exchange measures, rising oil prices, attractive yields on government securities, and a tighter monetary policy have contributed to better foreign exchange availability, increased reserves to a four-year high, and contained inflationary pressures.”


Moving on to the Power sector, VANGUARD disclosed that Electricity Firms Drag FG To Court Over N1 Trillion Debt. The power crisis in the country may worsen as the Power Generation Companies in Nigeria, GENCOs, have dragged the Federal Government before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, over alleged preferential treatment to two of its competitors with intent to harm their business interests.
Finally on to BUSINESS DAY, the raging debate over a controversial land use law in Nigeria’s commercial city took a confusing turn on Wednesday with fresh criticism directed the way of lawmakers who initially admitted that inserting “Alpha Beta’, a private company into law was a “mistake” but later recanted after realizing the implication of such an admission and said that it was a ‘mirage’.




Over 24 Killed In Fresh Attack By Herdsmen In Benue And Many Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today.


Herdsmen have reportedly clashed with the Benue people once again with  over 24 lives claimed. NIGERIAN TRIBUNE reports that no fewer than 24 people have been killed again in Benue State. The killng occurred on Monday afternoon in Omusu Edimoga, in Okpoku Local Government Area of Benue State, mostly after affected women and children.

Ogwuche according to THE PUNCH newspaper explained that some herdsmen had reported to the police, the loss of their cows some kilometres away from their villages. A peace meeting  had already been called by Ogwuche when reports got to him that the herdsmen has already invaded the village and killed people.

VANGUARD says that the a particular source in the community disclosed that the well armed herdsmen stormed the village about 4pm, shooting sporadically at anything they sighted and burning down houses in the community. His words “ it was a bloody day evening in Okpokwu, armed herdsmen stormed the Omusu village and opened sporadic fire on the locals killing and butchering  anyone and anything they came across.

DAILY SUN reports that the incident came barely a month after the remains of 73 peoples killed in a midnight bloody attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Guma and Logo local government areas were given mass burial on a site at the industrial layout along Naka Road in the state capital. President Buhari is billed to visit Benue any moment incontinuation of his tour of security-challenged states, to condole with the government and people over recent attacks.

NEW TELEGRAPH says that the Governor, who condemned the attack has accused the Fulani of taking laws into their hands and further demanded the arrest and prosecution of the herdsmen. He described the attack as unfortunate and such barbaric act was unacceptable in the 21st century.

And finally with THE NATION shifting grounds, reports on  alleged N4.478b contracts fraud with eight firms indicted. Eight companies which got N4.478 billion to supply 104 Unity Colleges science kits disappeared with the cash . the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has written the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to admit that the kits were not supplied.

Sudden Return Of Fuel Subsidy Among Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

The sudden return of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit P.M.S otherwise known as Petrol is giving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC a serious headache. With the NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru saying N24bn is used to subsidize fuel monthly with the demand of 50 million litres everyday, major Nigerian National newspapers caption the alarm with various inscriptions on their front-pages.

The PUNCH says Petrol Subsidy now N24bn Monthly, Daily Demand 50 million litres – NNPC; GUARDIAN says Oil Subsidy may return as cross-border losses hit N774m daily; Fuel Subsidy Gulps N774 million daily is the banner headline on The SUN while Daily INDEPENDENT writes We Spend N774m Daily To Subsidise Petrol – NNPC.

The Group Managing Director of the nation’s oil firm, Maikanti Baru is saddened that the multiplication of filling stations had energized unprecedented cross-border smuggling of petrol to neighbouring countries, making it difficult to sanitise the fuel supply and distribution matrix in Nigeria.

The ongoing confusion over the whereabouts of young girls abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state three weeks ago takes the centre stage on The NATION where the Military is tackling a member of the house of Reps, Hon Goni Bukar over his claim that the 110 girls are still in Yobe state. A top military anonymous source told newsmen over the weekend that Goni and other politicians talking about the issue are “bunch of confusionists.”

Nigerian Tribune leads with politics in; Tinubu Lost Bid to “restructure” APC with the paper understanding that the factors that led to the appointment of the National Leader as the mediator in the APC Crisis has failed with the tenure extension of the NWC led by Chief John Oyegun. It said if Tinubu’s plan to step Oyegun’s leadership aside in restructuring the party for the 2019 elections with him bringing Chief Bisi Akande on board had been successful, the decision of the last NEC to make Oyegun stay in office till after the presidential elections might not have hold water.

And lastly from VANGUARD comes the story of one of the midwives abducted by Boko Haram at an IDP Camp in Maiduguri last Thursday, Hauwa Mohammed sending a whatsapp message to her parents saying her life is in danger. The paper says In a video message composed in Hausa in the heat of the sporadic shooting by the insurgents at the military base they fled before the shooting, Hauwa, 25, asked her friend to tell her parents that she was being taken away by her abductors.

Newspaper Headlines For Sunday 4th March, 2018

Here are some newspaper headlines for Sunday, 4th March, 2018.


*Group bars kinsmen from contesting against Ikpeazu

*Firm seeks support for Ile-Epo market re-development

*APC riding waves of impending partition

*Third Force vs 2019: Crowding or cleansing the electoral space

*2019: Pro-Biafra agitators, campaign disruption as option in Southeast

*Not-Too-Young-To-Run: Women, youth, join Kogi 2019 race

*Hate speech: Nigerians react on death penalty for offenders

*ITF requires over N5bn for technical equipment, others, says DG

*Vandals burnt to death stealing crude

*Governor Masari describes Almajiri system as un-Islamic

*No input for farmers as planting season beckons

*Lawmaker disappointed over Asaba Airport

*NACA boss wants legal protection from HIV-related discrimination

*Lagos deputy governor wants women to be active in politics

*Women farmers identify challenges in the sector

*Adesina seeks American support to boost agriculture in Africa

*Agro Park task Nigerians on commercial agriculture

*Nigeria Info launches maiden Visual Radio

*Fashola promises speedy completion of Sagamu-Ore-Ofosu highway

*Strengthening weak institutions, way to end corruption, says group

*Adamawa Elders endorse Fintiri as governor in 2019

*Kogi APC crises: Ametu-led exco dismisses faction’s claims

*Okowa tasks FG on solution to herdsmen crisis

*North East: Group urges government to negotiate for peace

*Comptroller General, minister face contempt charge

*Eight State Assemblies back council autonomy, says NULGE

*Edo holds peaceful council election

*Traditional rulers pass vote of confidence in Okowa

*Former VP’s wife decries drug abuse among youths

*Edo calls for maize, cassava, rice offtakers

*Nigeria’s future looks brighter with IITA innovations, says NABG

*Edo plans merger of Agric Institutes

*NLC AT 40: Challenging OBJ’s abuse of power was my most difficult time as labour leader –…

*A Mother’s cancer story: ‘My only child died in my hands on Christmas Day’

*Nowhere to live and worship because of Boko Haram —Anglican Bishop Morris

*DAPCHI SCHOOLGIRLS: Confusion over Boko Haram negotiator

*Nigeria recorded N4.035 trillion positive trade balance in 2017 —NBS

*Nigeria looks to local skills to develop oil and gas

*OPL 245: Trial of Shell, Eni Executives Begins Monday in Milan Court

*Buhari, 22 Govs Honour Ganduje, Ajimobi at Children’s Wedding

*Rann: UN Demands Arrest, Prosecution of Attackers

*FG Moves to Recover $3bn Unremitted Taxes from Addax Petroleum

*Adeniran: PDP Has Been Purchased, Pocketed

*Mambilla: Death Toll Rises to Ten as Ishaku Sues for Peace

*APC Sweeps Edo Council Polls as PDP Boycotts Exercise

*Kachikwu: My Alleged Governorship Bid is Cheap Gossip

*Underage Voting: Disregard ‘No Evidence’ Report, Says INEC

*I’m the only artiste of my generation legally married to one woman –Shina Peters

*Why Olamide is unhappy with my version of Science Student –Comedian Oluwadolarz

*Ekiti PDP gov aspirants to contest primary — Mark

*Double registration: I’m not aware of INEC’s probe, says Bello

*Dead workers’ relatives got N129bn pension, insurance settlements —NPC

*Senator escapes death in Kogi

*Why I left PDP with my supporters –Adeniran

*We won’t create ranches to enforce anti-grazing laws – Govs

*EFCC seizes Stella Oduah’s passport over alleged fraud

*2019: PDP, APC differ as EFCC moves to stop money sharing at conventions

*Officials wrangle over maintenance of Lagos sports facilities

*We fled to the bush while our daughters were being carted away — Parents of abducted schoolgirls

*Five killed in fresh Mambilla attacks

*Plateau sets up 42-member panel for Buhari’s visit


*Al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Burkina Faso attacks

*Dispute over Ethiopia emergency rule vote after footage posted online

*U.N. halts aid work in northeast Nigeria town after humanitarian workers killed


*China says it does not want a trade war with U.S

*Australia checks if listeria contaminated rockmelons were exported

*Vietnam seeks to pacify China as landmark U.S. carrier visit signals warming ties

*Dozens of refugees leave Nauru for resettlement in US

*Donald Trump praises Xi Jinping’s powergrab: ‘Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day’

*South Korea names envoys in bid to arrange U.S.- North Korea talks

*At least 36 dead after Turkish forces hit pro-Syrian government troops

*Australia: Barnaby Joyce attacks media intrusion and casts doubt on paternity of partner’s child


*Moses raises fans hope as Chelsea travels to Man City

*Mikel impressive despite Tianjin Teda home draw

*Top 16 Cup: Assar reclaims title from Quadri in Kenya

*Trainer jailed for groping women during massages

*VAR set to debut at the World Cup in Russia

*Rohr to consider Swiss-born Sebastian for Eagles

*Ikeme back in Eagles for friendly against England


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Rep: We Have Idea Where Abducted Dapachi Girls Are And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Security agents searching for the 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls got a clue yesterday. According to The Nation, a member of the House of Representatives said the girls were still within Yobe State. The Rep Goni Bukar, representing Busari/Yunusari/ Gaidam Federal Constituency, said the girls are in Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government. However the Vanguard and New Telegraph reports that The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, said yesterday that the Federal Government must spare no effort to immediately rescue all the abducted Dapchi school girls and others in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.

Still on Security Daily Sun reveals that the Defence Headquarters has confirmed the killing of two officers by Boko Haram terrorists. The soldiers, Lt-Col. A.E. Mamudu, a commanding officer of the Nigerian Army Strike Force Group, and a young naval officer, were both killed by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Sambisa Forest while on patrol in Operation Deep Punch 2.  However, the ongoing war against Boko Haram and the crackdown on remnants of the group in Borno State had another major breakthrough as Nigerian troops killed five members of the terror group.

N’Assembly Rejigs Nation’s Audit Structure In Anti- Corruption Fight heads the Guardian saying the National Assembly yesterday passed the Federal Audit Services Bill, which grants autonomy to the auditor general of the federation. The “landmark achievement in the fight against corruption,” according to Senate President Bukola Saraki, would give the office of the auditor general unfettered access to the books of agencies and parastatals. The Daily Independent and Nigerian Tribune however revealed that the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly on Thursday told the leadership of the National Assembly that they were convinced based on their interactions with Nigerians that what the people desired most was devolution of power and not just cosmetic constitution reviews.

The Punch goes to the economy of the country disclosing that the Federal Government on Thursday said it would name, shame and prosecute tax evaders who fail to take advantage of the amnesty provided by the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme to regularise their tax profiles. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said this at a VAIDS stakeholders’ symposium held in Kaduna State.

Finally Business Day discusses “Why Nigerians Has Little To Cheer Despite Rise In Capital Importation”. According to the newspaper It is hot money that is bringing dollars into Nigeria, not the more economy-friendly Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and that should worry fiscal authorities. Propelled by a 304 percent surge in portfolio inflows to $7.3 billion compared to the previous year ($1.8 billion), total capital imported into Africa’s largest economy more than doubled to a 3-year high of $12.2 billion last year from $5.1 billion in 2016, data agency, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday.






UN Demands Release Of 110 Dapchi Schoolgirls And Many Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

UN Demands Release Of 110 Dapchi Schoolgirls And Many Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today.

The United Nations has requested the release of the 110 abducted students of Government Girls Science and Technical School Dapchi, Yobe state from their abductors. THE NATIONS reports that the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he ‘ very much hopes that the perpatrators will be brought to justice and just as importantly, that the girls will be found and returned to safety’. The VANGUARD also reports the trauma of one of the girls who escaped the kidnapping who says that she isn’t going to school again. Mariam Muhammed Miko, 15, said though she wished to be a health technologist so has to help her, community, the horror she saw is just enough reason she isn’t returning to school. To make the search a lot more intensified, NIGERIAN TRIBUNE shows that the Military has employed the services of indigenous fishermen and farmers to search for the missing Dapchi girls. The Theatre Commander, ‘operation Lafiya Dole’ Major-General Rogers Nicholas, said the reason was to make the search a lot easier, faster and more serious. In relation to again to how seriously the military teams have taken the issue having employed the services of fishermen and farmers, THE PUNCH reports one of the quotes of the theatre commander who said ‘what this means is that nobody is sitting down. The government is serious about rescuing the missing girls. That is why the NSAis here to see things for himself and add value to what we are seeing’.

The herdsmen news is up again on the DAILY INDEPENDENT with the headline Outrage As Herdsmen Kill PDP Scribe, 24 Others In Adamawa. 30 people were injured, houses were burnt with residents fleeing the villages. Residents also reported that the assailants told them about the attack and they informed the Police about the information. The police combined with the military and swung into action killing 10 suspected herders, arrested six and recorvers AK47 rifles. The NEW TELEGRAPH also on the same new reports that the government cannot prosecute herders without creating ranches. This statement was made by the Inspector –General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris. He also said that the clashes between farmers and herders will not stop until ranches are created and herders will only be punished if they stray outside the ranches provided by the government.

The DAILY SUN has the caption ‘Inec releases 36-Year Elections Timetable. This means that the time table of elections till 2055 is officially fixed. INEC said it released the time table in an attempt to engender certainty in the electoral calendar and allow for long-term planning.

A new senate bill was passed and it has to do with hate speech offenders. THE GUARDIAN reports that Hate speech offenders are to die by hanging, a verdict in the new senate’s bill. The bill says, any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person shall die by hanging upon conviction.

The Economic plans for the next election is what the BUSINESS DAY reports and it points to one of the 2019 presidential aspirants who outlines reform plans for Nigeria. Kingsley Moghalu said if he is elected President  in 2019 polls, the former deputy governor of the CBN will replace the current government’s N500billion social intervention programme for s similar-sized venture capital fund that will finance businesses and create jobs.


Row Over Security Presence In Dapchi And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

There is a growing row over the withdrawal of Nigerian Army troops from Dapchi town in Yobe, Northeast Nigeria after the kidnap of more than 100 girls by the Boko Haram Insurgent group last week. While the Army says it has left the security of the area in the Hands of the Nigerian Police with the latter denying such.

Major National Newspapers like The PUNCH, Nigerian TRIBUNE, The NATION and VANGUARD report the story in different versions. NATION understands that the Army said it “formally” handed over security in Dapchi to the police as its men moved to another operation, but the police said there was no such handover.

According to the Nigerian TRIBUNE, the police in a statement by the state commissioner of Police, Sumonu Abdulmaliki, said the statement by the military of formal handing over of Dapchi town to the police division in Dapchi was untrue.

In another twist, parents of the abducted schoolgirls are giving a contrast figure apart from the one the Federal Government gave on Sunday. VANGUARD reports that the Chairman of the forum of the missing girls, Bashir Manzo, who said he was not aware of a meeting with stakeholders including Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed at the Government House in Damaturu, denied knowledge of the figure of 110 as announced by the minister.

The GUARDIAN reports that Some Residents of Kaduna were killed with houses burnt in fresh religious crisis between some Christian and Muslim Youths just as President Muhammadu Buhari admits that the war against Boko Haram is far from over yet. This according to DAILY INDEPENDENT was evident in the statement saying the rescue and release of the abducted UNIMAID lecturers and women was not easy as different groups were responsible for the incident.

The state of the economy is what is reported on the BUSINESS DAY with the headline Nigeria Narrowly Escapes Recession as Economy Expands 0.9%. It writes that the mean estimate of 12 economists polled in a Bussines Day Survey was a 2 percent growth in Q4, while a separate estimate points to full-year growth of 1 percent.

FG Confirms 110 Dapchi School Girls Missing And Other Interesting Headlines Today.

The Federal Government has confirmed that 110 pupils of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are still unaccounted for after Boko Haram terrorists invaded their school on Monday last week. The PUNCH reports that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser, Segun Adeyemi.

VANGUARD also reports that 110 Yobe girls confirmed missing- LAI MOHAMMED.The Federal Government on Sunday confirmed that 110 schoolgirls of Government Girls Technical School Dapchi, were unaccounted for in the Boko Haram attack on the school last Monday. Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gidan (R) speaks with Information Minister Lai Mohammed (C) and the head of the military force fighting Boko Haram, Brigadier General Rogers Nicholas, on the premises of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 22, 2018.

Again O the missing Yobe girls The NATION says Air Force Step UP Search For 110 Kidnapped Girls. The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has deployed more assets in a day and night search for the 110 schoolgirls abducted last week by suspected Boko Haram men. The Federal Government said yesterday that 110 pupils of the Government Girls’ Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi are unaccounted for.

And finally on the DAILY INDEPENDENT. APC Divided Over Tinubu’s Demand For Oyegun, NWC Exit. As the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are locked in a battle of wits over the ongoing reconciliation of aggrieved party members, indications emerged at the weekend that majority of party members are divided over the request of the former Lagos State governor that the John Odigie-Oyegun led executive must vacate office to allow him do the job assigned him by President Muhammadu Buhari. The president had on February 6 appointed Tinubu to lead an APC consultation, reconciliation and confidence building team toward improving cohesion in the party ahead of the general election in 2019.