* I won’t go back to Dapchi School – Student (Vanguard) * APC Caucus meet in Aso Rock, to discuss report on True Federalism, others (Nation)

* I won’t go back to Dapchi School – Student (Vanguard)      * APC Caucus meet in Aso Rock, to discuss report on True Federalism, others (Nation)



I won’t go back to Dapchi School – Student (Vanguard)

A year two senior student of the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, has said she will not return to the school, even after Boko Haram returned nearly all 110 students kidnapped from the school. Rakiya Adamu, SS2, who was among the lucky few that escaped on February 19, when dozens of her friends and schoolmates were kidnapped, said: “I will not go back to Dapchi again.” Although Rakiya had a lucky escape when the terrorists struck, she shared her horrific experience in the current edition of The Interview magazine. Read more

APC Caucus meet in Aso Rock, to discuss report on True Federalism, others (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night presided over resumed meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Caucus at the Aso Rock, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the closed doors meeting started at about 8.20 p.m at the new Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja. NAN gathered that the meeting would deliberate on reports on review of APC Constitution and consideration of report on True Federalism as well as other matters. Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state chaired the APC Committee on true federalism and the committee submitted its report in October 2017. Read more

Legalise Indian hemp use, UN urges Nigeria (Punch)

The United Nations has said it has approved the use of Indian hemp for medical purposes, urging Nigeria to relax laws restricting usage to allow its prescription for Nigerians. The UN also decried criminalisation of hard drugs’ use, noting that those addicted to them are sick and need treatment, care and rehabilitation. The Project Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Nigeria, Harsheth Kaur Virk, stated this in her presentation at a one-day public hearing on the rising abuse of pharmaceutical drugs among youths in Nigeria. Read more

Last 3-yrs has been turbulent for Nigeria, Buhari laments (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday said that the past three years of his administration has witnessed great turbulence and that the country’s need for critical job creating sectors that had been abandoned in the past has been revived and has started yielding results. The President also stated that the arable land the country is blessed with is meant for farming, grazing and forestry, adding that any strategy for land and water management must take cognizance of the interconnectivity of all the aforementioned key sectors to ensure equity and sustainability. Read more

Mr. President, stop herdsmen killings now – Northern Christians (SUN)

The Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) on Monday called on President Buhari to halt the armed herdsmen killings ravaging the country in the interest justice, equity and fairness to all. This is as the NGO said criticisms of the ‘defend yourselves’ comment by former Minister of Defense and elder statesman, Lieutenant-General Theophilus Y. Danjuma (retd), were unnecessary because he was entitled to his opinion on any national issue. Fielding questions from members of Nigerian Union of Journalists’ when the Congress visited the secretariat in Kaduna, Chairman of CNNC and former Vice Chancellor, University of Benin and Nasarawa State University, Professor Adamu Bakie, also raised concerns over one of the recently freed Dapchi Girls, Leah Sharibu, who was the last girl to be released by Boko Haram as she reportedly would not renounce her Christian faith. Bakie noted that the act would only further divide the country across religious lines. Read more

Lawmaker urges Gowon, Shagari, Others to Join Danjuma against Military Impunity (ThisDay)

A member of the sixth and seventh House of Representatives from Plateau State, Hon. Bitrus Kaze, has commended the former Defence Minister, Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) for his exemplary courage to expose “the complicit roles of armed forces in the anti-terrorism war,” adding that the precarious situation makes his advice for self-defence inevitable and well timed. He urged leading fathers of the nation like Gen Gowon, President Shagari and Col. Dangiwa Umar to heed to the clarion call to speak out and halt Nigeria from heading the Somalia-wards. Read more

EFCC committed to judicial precepts — Magu (Guardian)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is committed to judicial precepts in the discharge of its functions as anti-corruption watchdog.

Its Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, stated this in Enugu on Monday, according to a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren. Uwujaren said Magu spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Ngozi Emehelu, in Enugu. “We are here to thank you for all your support and also to solicit for more, knowing that we are not above board and will constantly need directions and guidance in the work we do. Read more

Abia: We’ve fulfilled pact with Workers, Pensioners (ThisDay)

The Abia State Government has declared that it has religiously kept and fulfilled its pact with workers and pensioners within the last three years of the administration. The clarification is a response to a recent editorial in one of the national dailies (not THISDAY) alluding that the governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has failed in his promises to both the workers and pensioners in the state.The said editorial alluded that “We agree with a majority of Abia people that Governor Ikpeazu has not fulfilled his campaign promises to the people of the state. That Abia civil servants, teachers and other workers are owed months of salary arrears is an indication that the government has failed to meet its obligation to them. The same thing applies to pensioners that the government owes several months of pensions. Read more

APC has been rejected by Nigerians, PDP replies Lai Moh’d (SUN)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a swipe at Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for urging the electoral commission to withdraw the party’s registration certificate. Spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, on Sunday, said the APC has been rejected by Nigerians who are only waiting for 2019 to oust the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ologbondiyan’s statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a press statement by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, wherein he demanded that the certificate of registration issued to the PDP by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be withdrawn because the PDP lost in an election and according to him, does not know how to function as an opposition party. Read more

Rising drug abuse threatening internal security, says Saraki (Guardian)

President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said that the rising menace of drug abuse in the country poses a great danger to internal security. Saraki said this on Monday while declaring open, a public hearing on: “The Need to Check the Rising Menace of Pharmaceutical Drug Abuse among Youth in Nigeria’’ in Abuja. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was organised by Senate Joint Committees on Drugs and Narcotics and Health. Represented by Sen. Lanre Tejuosho, Saraki emphasised that the increasing dependent on narcotics, drugs and other controlled substances by members of the public was disturbing. Read more

Nigerian envoy presents Letter of Credence to Fijian President (SUN)

The Nigerian High Commissioner to Australia, Ambassador Bello Kazaure Husseini, has presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the Republic of Fiji, Major General Jioji Konusi Konrote (retd). The development in the Nigerian High Commission in Australia was made available to Daily Sun in Abuja by the Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Adeleye Elias-Fatile. The Nigerian High Commission in Canberra, Australia, has concurrent accreditation to New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanautu. The presentation, according to Elias-Fatile, was made at the Fijian Government House in Suva. “The occasion was memorable, colourful and splendid, with inspection of Guard of Honour. Read more

Respite for residents as Lagos dredges Ebute-Ojo Jetty (ThisDay)

For several years, residents of riverine areas in Ojo, a suburb in Lagos State have had to contend with their worst fears. Water transportation system, their major means of moving in and out of their vicinity was fast becoming a threat. The shallowness of the water had made it practically impossible for boat operators in the area to move smoothly. In some instances, the result is fatal. A resident, Hazeez Sulaimon said the situation was one of their worst nightmares. “It was a difficult period for us. Boat operators in the area became apprehensive to ply the waters for fear of having their boat capsize.” Read more

AVSEC now authorised to be armed in Nigerian airports (SUN)

The Federal Government has approved and authorised civilian Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel employed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to bear arms as part of new measures aimed at boosting security and safety across Nigerian airports. Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, said this on Monday at a retreat organised by AVSEC personnel in Katsina, Katsina State. “The Federal Government has given approval for Aviation Security (AVSEC) to bear arms, which is a notable achievement in this administration’s effort at improving the general safety of its citizenry and passengers passing through our airports,” said Sirika. Read more

South Africa’s Zuma in court on April 6 on graft charges (Guardian)

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is set to appear in court on April 6 to face corruption charges, police said Monday. Zuma is accused of taking kickbacks before he became president in 2009 from the $5 billion purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military equipment manufactured by five European firms. He resigned on February 14 when the ruling African National Congress party turned against him after a nine-year reign scarred by corruption allegations, an economic slowdown and diminished popularity. Read more

Abia Police parades cultists, armed robbers, car snatchers (Nation)

Abia State Police Command on Monday in Umuahia, Abia State capital paraded suspected cultists, armed robbers and others accused to be involved in snatching cars of their victims at gun points. The State Police Commissioner, Anthony Ogbizi told journalists that the suspects were arrested in different parts of the state through intelligence report, while others were arrested at the scene of the crime. Leader (Capo) of the Black Axe confraternity, Princewill Okechukwu, a final year student of Political Science in ABSU was also among the people that were paraded by the Police Commissioner. The Police Commissioner added that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was concluded. Read more

Boy’s hands amputated after he was punished by his teacher (Punch)

In a rare case of child abuse, a 12-year-old boy, Zubair Abubakar, has had his two hands amputated after the punishment his teacher meted to him for allegedly stealing a phone led to the cessation of bloodflow to his hands. Doctors said they had to amputate the boy’s two hands because they had become infected and gangrenous. Zubair was alleged to have stolen a cellphone, which made the head teacher of his school, Malam Sirajo Mohammed, to tie his hands as a punishment. Read more

Iceland announces diplomatic boycott of 2018 World Cup (Punch)

Iceland announced Monday it will stage a diplomatic boycott of the football World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain. “Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with the Russian authorities,” the foreign ministry said in a statement said. “Consequently, Icelandic leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” it said. The Reykjavik government also exhorted Moscow to provide “clear answers” over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in southwestern England on March 4. Read more

Enyeama praises Eagles, says future looks bright (SUN)

Former Super Eagles’ number one shot-stopper, Vincent Enyeama has hailed Nigeria’s 1-0 win over European powerhouse, Poland in an international friendly played on Friday, saying it’s a clear sign the future of the country, and indeed African football is bright. Enyeama, who is Nigeria’s most capped player with 101 appearances after making his debut in 2002 against Kenya, went on to represent the country at three World Cups and leading the country to glory at the AFCON 2013, praised the resolute display of the boys against the Polish national team. “Amazing results tonight. Congratulations to @NGSuperEagles for your victory over the Poland national football team. Future looks bright for naija football”. Read more

Ighalo: We must do more despite Poland win (SUN)

Super Eagles and Changchun Yatai striker, Odion Jude Ighalo is adamant that the team must do more, despite beating European giants Poland in a friendly played on Friday night. The former Watford striker who spoke to AOIFootball.com exclusively after the game said he was happy with the result and hopes the team keeps the momentum ahead of the World Cup. “It was a good game for the whole team; we are happy we were able to win against all odds and this will help boost our confidence going forward. Read more

Flying Eagles tackle Egypt’s Pharaohs in Alexandria’s main stadium (SUN)

Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles, flew into the Egyptian port city, Alexandria on Saturday after a four-and-half hour flight from Kano, and immediately settled down to business ahead of a two –match program against the Junior Pharaohs of Egypt.  Officials of the Egyptian FA received the Nigeria delegation on Saturday. The Flying Eagles’ players and officials are staying at the Tulip Hotel in Alexandria. On Monday, 26th March, both teams go for each other’s jugular at the Borg El-Arab Stadium, the famous cauldron where the Pharaohs defeated Congo 2-1 to in November to reach their first FIFA World Cup finals in 28 years. Read more

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host revealed June 13 (Guardian)

The host of the 2026 World Cup is set to be revealed on June 13, FIFA said Monday as it published the official details of bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada, currently the front-runner. The decision will be announced at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The bidding process that awarded the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively came under intense scrutiny, causing widespread upheaval at FIFA. Read more

New Slovak government wins confidence vote in parliament (Washingtonpost)

Slovakia’s new government has won a confidence vote in parliament amid the political crisis sparked by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. Prime Minister Robert Fico’s three-party coalition stepped down following large street protests sparked by the shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova a month ago. Kuciak was investigating possible widespread government corruption. President Andrej Kiska swore in a new Cabinet on Thursday made up of the same three parties from Fico’s government. Read more

China’s space station may crash to Earth on April Fools’ Day (Nytimes)

The sky is falling. Again. China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, abandoned and out of control, is expected to drop out of orbit around this weekend, with pieces of it likely to survive the fiery re-entry and crash somewhere on Earth.

Don’t worry. According to space debris experts, the chances that you personally will be hit by of a chunk of space metal are essentially zero — less than one in a trillion.“It’s really very, very, very tiny odds,” said Andrew Abraham, an analyst leading efforts to track and predict the demise of the space station at the Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit that performs research and analysis for the United States Air Force. “I certainly would worry about things like crossing the street far more than debris from Tiangong.” Read more

DR Congo massacre: ‘My daughter was slashed with a machete’ (BBC)

BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane writes about the anger and anguish of villagers caught up in the latest spiral of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A dark line ran across the small, beautiful face. On either side were stitch marks that ran up under the white bandage covering the top of her head. The wound was deep. The scar would be with Rose all of her days. I was sitting a few feet away, a stranger, someone from another world. But she was without curiosity. It was as if I did not exist at all. As her father said, she was “far away. It’s as if she hears and sees nothing.” Read more

Argentine families visit graves of newly identified Falklands War fallen (ITV)

The families of 90 Argentine soldiers killed in the Falklands War have visited the graves of loved ones for the first time after their remains were finally identified. The identification is the result of a forensic study by a multinational team led by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Until the results came through last year, the gravestones in the Darwin military cemetery on the remote South Atlantic islands had read: “Argentine soldier known only to God.” But on Monday more than 200 relatives of the soldiers killed in the 1982 conflict between Britain and Argentina travelled there to pay their respects. Read more

Nerve agent attack: Dozens of Russian diplomats expelled across globe (Skynews)

Dozens of Russian diplomats have been ordered to leave capital cities across the globe, as the West unites behind Britain over the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Some 60 Russians are to be expelled from the US, while suspected intelligence officers in Canada, Ukraine, Albania, Macedonia and a number of EU states will also be ejected. Forty-eight of those being kicked out of the US are attached to Russian diplomatic missions and the other 12 are accredited to the United Nations in New York. Read more

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