* Benue Killings: Buhari summons IG over breach of Presidential order (Nation) * Senate, House consult as Buhari rejects elections reordering (Punch)

* Benue Killings: Buhari summons IG over breach of Presidential order (Nation)             * Senate, House consult as Buhari rejects elections reordering (Punch)



Benue Killings: Buhari summons IG over breach of Presidential order (Nation)

President Mohammodu Buhari on Tuesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to answer query as to why he breached a Presidential order to relocate to Benue following reported killings in the state. It would be recalled that President Buhari had on Jan. 9 directed the Inspector-General to move to Benue with a view to check the reported cases of attacks on innocent citizens in the state. However, President Buhari who was on official visit to Benue on Monday in continuation of his tour of troubled areas in the country was told by Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue that the Inspector-General refused to obey his directive, alleging that Idris only spent 24 hours in Benue, and later moved to neigbouring Nasarawa state. Read more

Senate, House consult as Buhari rejects elections reordering (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, which seeks to re-order the sequence of polls in 2019. Buhari, in a March 8, 2018 letter written to both chambers of the National Assembly, said the amendments by the lawmakers were in conflict with existing laws. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the letter on the floor of the upper chamber on Tuesday. At the House of Representatives, the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, read the letter to lawmakers. The letter read, “Pursuant to Section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision on 3rd March 2018, to decline presidential assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly. Read more

Buhari sacks Boroh, Names Dokubo Amnesty Programme Coordinator (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buharion Tuesday sacked Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd) as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and replaced him with Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo. A statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, said Dokubo is currently the Director of Research and Studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA). Adesina who said Dokubo obtained PhD in Strategic Studies from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, added that the academic hailed from Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government of Rivers State. Read more

Buhari to meet Dapchi girls’ parents in Yobe (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari wil today meet with parents of the 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on February 19 in Dapchi, Yobe State. They will be among the stakeholders at the parley in the Yobe State Government House in Damaturu during a one-day presidential visit. Buhari has visited Taraba, Plateau and Benue states, where killings by herdsmen took place. He is also due to visit Niger State tomorrow. Yobe government officials said yesterday that the President is not likely to visit Dapchi, unless there is a last-minute change in plans. Read more

NBA holds protest, demands review of Land Use Charge (ThisDay)

A sizable number of legal practitioners from the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Tuesday protested the decision of the Lagos State Government to increase land use charge between 200 and 400 per cent. The protest, which started at the Ikeja High Court and terminated Lagos House, was supported by the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR),National Conscience Party (NCP) and Joint Action Committee (JAC), among others. The legal practitioners who flooded the streets singing songs of protests and displaying placards with inscriptions: ‘Stop killing justice in Lagos. We say no to hike in Land Use Charge. Nigeria is hard enough. Do not add to it. We say no to taxes without consultation. Lagosians commit suicide daily. Stop this hardship.” Read more

Okorocha to conduct LG Polls in June to garner support for Son-in-Law (ThisDay)

For the first time in seven years, Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has decided to conduct local government elections in June this year to elect chairmen and councillors to shore up support for the governorship ambition of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu. This came just as the governor directed the state House of Assembly to tidy up the local government laws for the supposed election. The governor spoke at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport yesterday on arrival from a foreign trip. He, however, expressed displeasure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is weak in the South-east and promised to take steps to strengthen the party in the zone and also inject life into the President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign structures in the region. Read more

50 oil, gas experts storm Lagos for confab (Guardian)

Over 50 leading oil and gas experts will gather in Lagos on March 20 and 21 to brainstorm on the challenges and opportunities in the volatile sector.The event is the 2nd Lawyers in Oil & Gas Conference holding at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. The conference, which will also herald the inaugural “Lawyers in Oil & Gas Awards,” is coming on the heels of threats posed by a shift by several countries towards the green economy, with serious consequences for governments and operators in the sector. Read more

World Glaucoma Week: Me Cure offers free eye screening in Lagos (Vanguard)

ME CURE Eye Center will today flag-off a 3-day free eye screening to safe Nigerians from needless blindness as part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Glaucoma Week. Speaking on the need for such exercise in Lagos, Chief Operating Officer, Me Cure Eyes Center – Oshodi, Dr. Adegboyega Alabi said: “Globally, more than 200 million people are suffering from visual impairment of which glaucoma contributes about 41 million. “Unless people know their eye status, it may be difficult to achieve early prevention. “Once glaucoma damages the eye, it is irreversible. But the good thing is that the damage is usually gradual and with early detection, it can be appropriately managed.” Read more

WAEC records ‘mass failure’ in February diet exam (Guardian)

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) yesterday released the result of its newly-introduced February diet for private candidates with only 1,937 out of 11,727 candidates who sat for the examination, obtaining minimum credits and above in five subjects, including English and Mathematics. The figure, representing 17.13 per cent, was lower than the 26.01 per cent recorded for private candidates in 2017. A summary of the result, as announced by the council’s Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Olu Adenipekun, during a briefing held at the council’s national office, Yaba, showed that 8,113 candidates, representing 71.75 per cent, obtained credits and above in two subjects; 6,375 candidates, representing 56.38 per cent, obtained credits in three subjects while 4,762 candidates, representing 42.12 per cent, obtained credits in four subjects. Read more

Police release detained Daily Trust reporter, Abdullahi Musa Krishi (Guardian)

The House of Representatives Correspondent of Daily Trust newspaper, Mr. Musa Abdullahi Krishi, who was detained at the National Assembly Complex at 11:30 a.m. yesterday by armed policemen, has been released following public outcry and condemnations.Krishi was released at 4:00 p.m., some hours after his detention. The correspondent was handed over to armed policemen by the National Assembly Divisional Crime Officer (DCO), Dele Olaoye.An eyewitness said the operatives whisked the reporter into a Hilux Van with Registration Number ABJ RSH 850 AH from the Divisional Police Office at the National Assembly en-route to Kano for interrogation over a paid advertisement placed in the Daily Trust newspaper recently. Read more

NITDA Startup Friday hits Akwa Ibom (SUN)

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has launched the Startup Friday programme in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, last week. The project, an initiative of the agency executed by its subsidiary office, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entreprenuership (OIIE) is aimed at identifying and developing indigenous talent in the sector and was the first of its kind in the South-South region. In his welcome address, Governor Emmanuel Udom, represented by the commissioner for science and technology, Prof. Nse Essien, expressed delight over the choice of the state as the beneficiary of a developmental event of its magnitude. Read more

FG lists Enugu, Kano, Port Harcourt airports for certification (SUN)

A team of safety and security auditors from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), have commenced work geared at preparing four of Nigeria’s international airports in Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Kano ready for international certifications, says Managing Director/CEO of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma. Dunoma, who addressed aviation reporters in Lagos, yesterday, also announced that all ongoing airports’ remodelling work in the country would be completed by June 2018. Read more

Shell, Eni preempt possible US probe over Malabu deal with Filings (ThisDay)

Royal Dutch Shell and Eni have voluntarily filed to the United States authorities internal probes into how they acquired Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 245 in Nigeria, as the companies seek to fight corruption allegations in Europe and Nigeria. This is just as the federal government said yesterday it will begin cutting the sulphur levels allowed in imported fuels from July, a year after West African countries promised higher quality fuels by July 2017, as part of a United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) campaign that only Ghana has met.The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) also announced yesterday that it will start the overhaul of the refineries in the second quarter of 2018, having reached the final stages of talks with consortia including top traders, energy majors and oil services companies on the revamp of its long-neglected oil refineries. Read more

FG developing solar energy city, says Fashola (Punch)

The Federal Government is currently developing a solar energy city, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. Fashola, who did not give details on how the government was going about the initiative, however, stated that the solar energy city was being developed in Jigawa State. The minister made the announcement in Abuja on Tuesday while inaugurating the 12-member Governing Council of the Federal School of Survey, Oyo State. Read more

Customs arrests Chinese for allegedly exporting N1.7b pangolin scales (Guardian)

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested a Chinese in connection with about 329 sacks of pangolin scales with a duty-paid value of N1.7 billion thus making it two Chinese nationals apprehended in one week for the same offence. Recall that last month over 55 sacks of the same pangolin and 218 pieces of elephant tusks were handed over to Nigeria Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA). Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Mohammed Uba, said that the act is against the international convention law which prevents some species of animals from going extinct through human activity. Read more

SEC sanctions KPMG, Deloitte for poor audits (SUN)

The United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday charged the foreign affiliates of KPMG, Deloitte & Touche, and BDO for their involvement in audit work that circumvented the full oversight of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The firms agreed to settle the charges by paying penalties or disgorging their profits from the audits. According to the SEC’s orders, the Zimbabwe affiliates of Deloitte & Touche and KPMG improperly audited the majority of assets and revenues of a publicly traded company without registering with the PCAOB.  The two principal auditors – KPMG’s affiliate in South Africa and BDO’s Canadian affiliate – were registered with the PCAOB but improperly relied upon the work of the two unregistered foreign component auditors to complete their audits of the company.  This violated PCAOB standards requiring sufficient analysis and inquiry when using the work of another auditor. Read more

Another 25 persons killed in fresh attack on Plateau Village (ThisDay)

There appears to be no let up in the gruesome bloodletting in the Benue-Plateau region in North-central Nigeria, as yet another 25 persons were reportedly killed in the wee hours of Tuesday in an attack on Dundu village in the Kwal District of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. Confirming the attack, the President of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Hon. Sunday Abdu, said the suspected Fulani herdsmen swooped on the community Monday night and raided it for hours, leaving at least 25 persons dead in the aftermath. Read more

Policemen kill 16-year-old Lagos pupil while chasing protesters (Punch)

One of the bullets reportedly fired by policemen attached to the Ijora Badia Police Division, Lagos State, has killed a 16-year-old pupil at Randle Secondary School, Apapa, Emmanuel Chukwu. The Senior Secondary School 2 pupil was said to be in front of his parents’ residence on Fadaini Street, Ijora Badia, watching some protesters when he was hit by the bullet. PUNCH Metro gathered that some youths of the area had stormed the station around 8am on Sunday to protest against the rescue of a suspected female kidnapper by policemen. Read more

NNL boss commends Samson Siasia Stadium pitch (Punch)

The Nigeria National League chairman Offor Okenwa  has expressed  his love for the Samson Siasia Stadium turf. Okenwa, who  was in Yenagoa  to inspect the 10,000-capacity arena ahead of the upcoming NNL  season,  said he was impressed with the pitch. The football chief said, “The pitch in Yenagoa is simply magnificent. It is world-class and I just hope other states would do what  (Bayelsa State) Governor  Seriake Dickson has done. The contractor that did the job Monimichelle deserves a pat on the back. I’m particularly happy that the pitch,  which is not only lush green but a FIFA-approved geo-technology grass,  was done by an indigenous contractor.” Read more

Okunowo seeks support for 3SC (Punch)

Former Shooting Stars  midfielder, Gbenga Okunowo, has warned  his former club that  they will find it difficult to  gain  promotion back to the Premier League if they refuse to take the welfare of their  players seriously. The 2000 Africa Cup of Nations silver medallist, who played for Barcelona between 1998 and 2001, spoke with our correspondent in Ibadan on Tuesday.  He called on the Oyo State Government, who owns the outfit, to back the club  with adequate  funding to enable them take care of the players. Read more

Rio Ferdinand reveals exactly why Manchester United lost to Sevilla (Express)

Manchester United were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Sevilla and crash out at the first knockout stage of the Champions League. After the first leg ended 0-0 in Spain, United knew they had to be wary of conceding an away goal tonight. But after failing to score themselves for the first 74 minutes, substitute Wissam Ben Yedder provided the killer blow for Sevilla. The striker scored twice within the space of four minutes, meaning Romelu Lukaku’s late goal was nothing more than a consolation for United. And Ferdinand says United played like a team of strangers. Read more

Premier league transfer news: Arsenal ready to oust star player, Manchester United block move (Newsweek)

English football’s top teams are preparing for another summer of changes as they look to gain ground on Manchester City. The clubs are already putting the foundations in place, identifying which players will help strengthen their squad and compete with Pep Guardiola’s champions elect. Here, Newsweek guides you through all the news and rumors swirling around the Premier League’s transfer market on Tuesday (March 13): Read more

The loneliness of the American Paralympics Reporter (Nytimes)

When the Olympics conclude and the assembled news media depart, the venues in the host city are not razed, the volunteers do not scatter and the appetite for more competition does not wane. Another major international sporting event is in the offing. That is when I pack my bags and go. On the evening of March 4, nearly 23 hours after I left my home, I arrived at my accommodations here, to cover my third consecutive Paralympics, the Olympics for athletes with impairments. Read more

Russia warns UK: ‘No one should threaten a nuclear power’ (Scotsman)

The Kremlin hit back at a demand to explain its involvement in the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, demanding access to samples of the nerve agent identified by UK investigators. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted Russia was “not to blame” for the attack and summoned the UK Ambassador in Moscow to protest against a deadline set by Theresa May of midnight last night. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “Who does Britain think it is, issuing ultimatums to a nuclear power?” Read more

El Salvador woman freed after 15 years in jail for abortion (BBC)

A 34-year-old woman in El Salvador has been freed after spending 15 years in jail for having an abortion. Maira Verónica Figueroa Marroquín was released after her 30-year sentence for aggravated murder was reduced. Abortion is banned in El Salvador, a predominantly Roman Catholic nation, in any circumstances. Ms. Figueroa always maintained her innocence. She said she suffered a stillbirth in a house where she was working as a maid in 2003. Read more

Homelessness in Australia up 14% in five years, ABS says (Guardian)

Despite steady economic growth in Australia, homelessness increased by 14% between the 2011 and 2016 censuses, with 116,427 people now thought to have no roof over their head. This means that for every 10,000 Australians, 50 are homeless. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which released the data on Wednesday, estimates that more than 43,500 homeless people are under 25. The Mission Australia chief executive, James Toomey, said the figures were an “international embarrassment” caused by a lack of serious political commitment nationally to building more social housing and affordable homes. Read more


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