* Heads must roll over Dapchi Schoolgirls – JNI (Leadership) * PDP lauds Reps decision to probe Dapchi girls’ abduction (Nation)

* Heads must roll over Dapchi Schoolgirls – JNI (Leadership)          * PDP lauds Reps decision to probe Dapchi girls’ abduction (Nation)



Heads must roll over Dapchi Schoolgirls – JNI (Leadership)

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) yesterday demanded that the federal government identify and punish those on whose watch the Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists. The JNI also urged the federal government to do everything possible to immediately rescue all the abducted schoolgirls and others in the captivity of Boko Haram. Leadership Friday recalls that 110 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, were kidnapped penultimate Monday evening from their dormitory, with their location and condition as yet unknown by Nigerian authorities. A statement by the group’s secretary general, Dr Khalid Aliyu, said the circumstances of the abduction raised serious concern about the genuineness of some security agents in the fight against insurgency. Read more

PDP lauds Reps decision to probe Dapchi girls’ abduction (Nation)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the House of Representatives for setting up an ad hoc committee to investigate the abduction of 110 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe. The party made the commendation in a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja. It urged the lawmakers not to lose sight of the claims that the abduction was preceded by the withdrawal of troops guiding the area. It said that Nigerians were eagerly looking up to the lawmakers for credible findings, particularly following the blame game among security agencies involved in the provision of security in the area. “We believe more in the House of Representatives as the reports of the various committees set up by the government have been gathering dust on the shelves. Read more

Saraki won’t sneak out of APC – Aide (Punch)

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has explained why he was absent from series of meetings by leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress. His reasons were stated in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Thursday night. It was entitled, ‘Much Ado About Saraki’s Absence from APC Meetings.’ Olaniyonu stated “clearly” that Saraki was not one “to sneak into a room via the window.” He said Saraki would rather “enter through the front door so that his entry is well noted and acknowledged.” Read more

Stock market starts March in loss, sheds N175bn (Punch)

The Nigerian stock market recorded a decline of N175bn on the first day of the new month after 31 stocks plummeted. At the close of trading, the Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation slumped to N15.374tn from N15.549tn. The NSE All-Share Index fell by 1.1 pe cent to settle at 42,843.38 basis points while the year-to-date return contracted to 12 per cent. Profit-taking in Dangote Cement Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc contributed largely to the market fall as the stock prices declined respectively by 1.8 per cent, 3.6 per cent and two per cent. Read more

We can’t provide details on subsidy, NNPC tells Falana (Punch)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has told a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), that it cannot provide information on the amount of money spent on petrol subsidy and turnaround maintenance of refineries. The NNPC said this in a letter titled, ‘Re: Request for Information on Proposed Review of the Pump Price of Premium Motor Spirit’ dated March 1, 2018. The letter was in response to an inquiry made by Falana on how much had been spent on subsidy, maintenance of refineries and sale of crude oil. Read more

Refineries production capacity to increase by 555,000 bpd (SUN)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed plans to increase the name plate capacity of its refineries to one million barrels of crude oil per day from its current 445,000 bpd. Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, stated this at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum 2018 with theme: ‘‘The Nigerian Oil Industry in a world of Changing Energy Supply- Are we prepared?”   ‘‘Furthermore, we are looking at the total revamp and comprehensive rehabilitation of our refineries to ensure that we refine all our in-country requirements. We are in the process of reversing the trend of massive importation of finished products as this is unsustainable, therefore, upgrades of our refineries is the way to go,” he said. Read more

Passage of PIB to attract $10bn Investment – Baru ( Leadership)

Stakeholders in the nation’s oil and gas industry yesterday called on the federal government to ensure the proper implementation of policies that will encourage investment in the sector. Also, the full implementation of the Seven Big Wins and the quick passage of the petroleum industry bill (PIB) have been described as key factors that could facilitate investment in the sector. According to the group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, if the PIB is passed, the sector stands to attract a potential $10 billion held up in what he called ‘uncertainty’. Baru made this disclosure at the 2018 edition of the annual Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum, in Abuja yesterday. Read more

‘Fayose has misruled Ekiti’ (Nation)

Former Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Bode Olowoporoku has described the construction of N14.5 billion flyover by Governor Ayo Fayose as a “misplacement of priority.” Olowoporoku, who spoke in his Ilawe-Ekiti country home after hosting his supporters, said the multi billion naira flyover could not be justified, amidst “acute and unprecedented hunger in the state.” He said the money spent on the construction of the bridge should have been ploughed into agriculture, tourism and investment in human capital. The former senator, who represented Ekiti South District between 2003 and 2007, has signified intent to run for the governor on the platform of Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN). Read more

19m babies risk brain damage due to lack of Iodine – UNICEF (Leadership)

Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to lack of iodine in the earliest years of life. A UN-backed report released yesterday said the figure represents 14 per cent of the total global population of children, according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Senior Nutrition Adviser, Roland Kupka. The report from UNICEF and its partner, the Global Alliance of Improved Nutrition (GAIN), noted that insufficient iodine during pregnancy and infancy resulted in neurological and psychological deficits, reducing a child’s IQ by eight to 10 points. Read more

Hunted for IPOB (Nation)

You have not heard the last of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) or of the people who embraced its cause. Late last year a military onslaught codenamed Python Dance routed the group in Abia State. The home of its leader Nnamdi Kanu’s father near Umuahia was raided, with some claiming that the secessionist group suffered heavy casualties. Kanu himself has since disappeared, and the group has gone quiet. But the hunt for its members has continued apace. It is reckoned that many of them have been rounded up, even those who demonstrated their support in foreign lands. Johncollins Osuji, a staunch member of the proscribed group, is one such person being hunted for his role in a protest last year in Germany. Johncollins hails from Ihitte Afara in Mbaitoli Council Area of Imo State, where his family is said to be constantly harassed by security forces looking for him. Read more

Tax evaders risk 5-year jail term from March 31 –FG (SUN)

Federal Government yesterday gave  tax evaders till March 31, 2018  to  declare their income and pay appropriate taxes under the  Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) window or be  prosecuted and jailed for  five years. Giving the warning during the official launch of the scheme in Kaduna, Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said that while the Federal Government was making sure to improve service delivery, citizens must play their part of accurate tax payments for their  properties. According to her, available data showed that only low income earners and mostly civil servants whose taxes are deducted at source are complying while some business tycoons who earn more pay little or nothing. Read more

Anambra presents compendium (Nation)

A new book, the Anambra State Compendium, a comprehensive and officially endorsed manual on everything Anambra, describes the state as, “a state with a rich culture, known for its great myths, giant strides and creative, hardworking and innovative people. Its history is as mythical as its great people, as there are diverse perspectives to the origin of the people.”This 800-page history photo book documents the rich history and colourful cultural heritage, religion and traditional institutions, its people, arts and lifestyle, and tells the story of Anambra the way no other book has attempted in the past. The beauty of the book is the depth of information, presented in a concise form, accompanied with different dimensions of beautiful photographic images that conjure life into the pages, taking the reader on a fun, but educative journey, across Anambra communities, in their glorious splendour. Read more

Enugu set for biggest trade fair (Nation)

The Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) is set to host the 29th Enugu International Trade Fair expected to be the biggest so far. The United States of America is one of the 15 countries that have indicated interest in the fair. Japan, Indonesia, Turkey, South Africa and Ghana are also said to be desirous of participating in the fair, whose theme is ”Engendering the Competitiveness of Nigerian Products in the Global Market”. The event, which is expected to be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari, will hold between 16th and 26th of March. The president of ECCIMA, Sir Emeka Udeze optimistically told reporters in Enugu:  ”It is my pleasure to inform you that a good number of corporate bodies/business organisations as well as government agencies have indicated serious interest to participate in this fair. We wish to acknowledge that a good number of enquiries are being made concerning participation in the fair. Read more

Ambode leads NWFL’s girl-child mentoring programme (Vanguard)

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode is expected to lead Nigeria Women Football League’s (NWFL) mentorship programme, which aims at teaching over 1000 school girls from across the country how to make the best use of the opportunities available to them. The programme will hold today at the Government Girls Secondary School, Agege, Lagos. The programme will focus basically on career, the importance of education as well as sports in the whole wellbeing of the girl child. The talk shop is the key part of programmes lined up by the women league body to celebrate the maiden feast of football, NWFL Champions Shield between league champions, Nasarawa Amazons and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels on Sunday at the ultra-modern Agege Stadium, Lagos. Read more

Onyenwe’s August Meeting for Lagos Theatre Festival (Punch)

As the Lagos Theatre Festival begins, an emerging producer, Chioma Onyenwe,  will stage her debut play, August Meeting, during the fiesta. The festival, running between February 27 and March 4, will showcase some 100 plays, theatre workshops and more. Onyenwe believes the audience will have a great treat in August Meeting. The play, which will premiere at the MUSON Centre on March 2 and 3, features seasoned actress Gloria Anozie, crooner Ego Ogbaro, Ijeoma Aniebo, Inna Erizia, Odera Orji and Deola Gimbiya and is directed by Kenneth Uphopho. Read more

7 die as meningitis hits Katsina council (Punch)

There has been an outbreak of meningitis and whooping cough in the Jibia Locàl Government Area of Katsina State with no fewer than seven deaths already recorded. The deaths are from meningitis. The Jibia Local Government Area shares border with the neighbouring Niger Republic. Sources said the deaths were recorded at Jaja village in the Gangana ward of the local government. It was learnt that the seven dead were five males and two females while other persons affected, mainly children, were being treated at the Jaja Primary Health Centre. Read more

Lagos residents accuse police of vandalising 200 vehicles (Punch)

Residents of Idi-Oro, Mushin, have accused operatives of the Lagos State Police Command of invading 14 streets and vandalising no fewer than 200 vehicles. However, the police command denied the allegations, saying hoodlums resisting police arrest damaged the vehicles with stones. But residents who spoke to Punch Metro on Thursday alleged that the operatives aside from damaging vehicles parked by the roadsides, also entered into mechanic workshops and destroyed the cars they found there. Read more

Army fails to identify soldiers involved in Oyo park killing (Punch)

The Nigerian Army has yet to identify and produce soldiers involved in the killing of a 30-year-old fun seeker, Kehinde Adeleke, at Pete’s Bar and Lounge located on the premises of Trans Amusement Park in Agbowo, Ibadan, Oyo State. Kehinde was allegedly shot dead with the gun of a soldier attached to the Oyo State joint security outfit, Operation Burst. The officer in charge of operations at Operation Burst headquarters in Ibadan, Captain Alkali Alkaleri, told one of our correspondents on the telephone on Thursday that the formation had no news on the soldiers involved in the killing. Read more

FIBA Ranking: Nigeria remains number one in Africa (Nation)

Nigeria retained its leading position in Africa after the latest FIBA ranking was released yesterday. The country was a non-mover in the latest ranking, which placed it at 32. The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, was updated following the conclusion of the February 2018 window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers. The Nigerian team, D’Tigers inspired captain Ike Diogu won all its three matches at the qualifiers held in Bamako, Mali. The Nigerians beat Uganda, Rwanda and host, Uganda as they began the qualifiers on a strong footing. Also in Africa, Senegal move up one spot into 35th place after getting their qualifiers underway with two wins and one loss in Group D. Mozambique, who hosted Group D action in Maputo, made good use of the home court advantage to also register two wins and one loss and, in the process, climb up to 76th in the world. Read more

Zenith/ Delta Principals’ Cup final holds (Punch)

The  final of the Zenith /Delta Principals’ Cup football competition  for all secondary schools in the Delta State takes place on Friday  between  Marvel International School Ughelli and St. Paul’s  College Ozoro. In the first  semifinal, Marvel  defeated Otokutu  3-1 on penalties to reach  the final while St. Paul’s  beat  Boys Secondary School Obiaruko 2-0 in the second semifinal. Only on Wednesday, Otokutu   beat  Obiaruku 7-6  in a  penalty shoot-out to win the third-place match. Read more

Figo warns Kane, Alli about Real Madrid (Punch)

Harry Kane might not find it as easy to score goals at Real Madrid as he has Tottenham, according to club legend Figo, Express.co.uk reports. Kane has been a prolific goalscorer for Tottenham, having already passed 20 Premier League goals for the season, the fourth time in a row he has managed the feat. His form even earned him a place in the world’s top 10 players at the Ballon d’Or voting and the striker is now reportedly being courted by Real Madrid. Read more

Valverde slams ‘invisible penalty’ after Barcelona draw at Las Palmas (barcablaugranes)

Ernesto Valverde was not happy with the decision to award Las Palmas a penalty during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw on Thursday night. It was not completely clear what the penalty had been awarded for, but Jonathan Calleri smashed home the spot kick to level it up after Lionel Messi had bagged the opener. Speaking after the game, Valverde was critical of the decision to award the penalty and also said goalkeeper Leandro Chichizola should have been sent off for handball. Read more

Ronaldo’s worth to Real Madrid is increasing, not diminishing (Kwese.espn)

Real Madrid recently enjoyed their longest winning streak of the season with five in a row. It came to a screeching halt against Espanyol on Tuesday night, however, with a monotonous display that resulted in a last-minute winner off the boot of Gerard Moreno that saw Real lose 1-0. Zinedine Zidane rested Cristiano Ronaldo for the game with an eye on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League second leg next week, but all it did was serve as a reminder as to how important their No. 7 is and how late-career Ronaldo could be the answer to Real Madrid’s issue at centre-forward. Read more

Why India celebrates Holi: the legends behind the festival of color (CNN)

Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the start of Spring.

Celebrated across India, it’s an ancient festival with the first mentions of it dating all the way back to a 4th century poem. It was even described in detail in a 7th century Sanskrit play called “Ratnavali,” written by the Indian emperor Harsha. “Witness the beauty of the great cupid festival which excites curiosity as the townsfolk are dancing at the touch of brownish water thrown … Everything is colored yellowish red and rendered dusty by the heaps of scented powder blown all over,” wrote Harsh. Read more

Carles Puigdemont quits bid for Catalan presidency (CNN)

Catalonia’s former separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont, has withdrawn his candidacy for president of the Spanish region after months of political deadlock with Madrid. Puigdemont was the only candidate put forward by Catalonia’s parliament in Barcelona and lawmakers were expected to vote him in for another term as president. But Puigdemont has been unable to overcome Madrid, which continues to seek the arrest of the separatist over his aggressive push to break Catalonia away from Spain. The independence drive plunged the country into its worst political crises in decades. Read more

Putin Dismisses Worries of New Cold War As ‘Propaganda’ In Second Megyn Kelly Interview (Dailybeast)

Vladimir Putin has found a new bestie in American media.

The Russian president, fresh off a state of the nation address that featured digital renderings of an “invincible” nuclear weapon targeting the state of Florida, sat down for the second time in less than a year with NBC’s Megyn Kelly on Thursday. In the interview, Putin denied that the creation of a warhead “invincible in the face of all existing and future systems of both missile defense and air defense” in any way fomented the beginnings of a new cold war. “The individuals who have said that a new cold war has started are not really analysts—they do propaganda,” Putin told Kelly when asked if Russia had started an arms race. “If you were to speak about arms race, than an arms race began at exactly the time and moment when the U.S. opted out of the anti-ballistic missile treaty.” Read more


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