* Non-submission of audited accounts: Senate threatens to withhold EFCC, others’ budgets (Punch) * Ortom pleads with FG to stop further killings in Benue (ThisDay)

* Non-submission of audited accounts: Senate threatens to withhold EFCC, others’ budgets (Punch)             * Ortom pleads with FG to stop further killings in Benue (ThisDay)



Non-submission of audited accounts: Senate threatens to withhold EFCC, others’ budgets (Punch)

The Senate has given  an ultimatum to over 256 Federal Government’s agencies and parastatals to present reports of their audited accounts up to 2017 or have their 2018 budgets withheld. The upper chamber of the National Assembly issued the ultimatum while considering the report by the Committee on Public Accounts on the ‘Status of Compliance of Parastatals’ Submission of Audited Accounts’ at the plenary on Wednesday. The Senate decried that only about 10 per cent of the 491 bodies had presented reports of their audited reports to the Auditor-General of the Federation as required by Section 85(3) of the 1999 Constitution. Read more

Ortom pleads with FG to stop further killings in Benue (ThisDay)

The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has for the umpteenth time called on the federal government to stop the killings of innocent citizens in his state by suspected herders of cattle. Ortom made the call yesterday when he met with a group of women under the auspices of the Nigeria National Network for Peace-building in West Africa at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi. His remarks came on the heels of the reaction by the Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Mr. Mohammadu Nuru Abdullah, who decried the fresh attack on his kinsmen in neighbouring Plateau State that claimed three lives on Monday night, describing it as an act of terrorism. Read more

El-Rufai, Ganduje, Bello under fire over ‘attack on senators’ (Nation)

Three governors – Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) – came under fire in the Senate yesterday. They were accused of unleashing unwarranted attacks on senators from their states. The lawmakers said the governors should be called to order. The senators took turn to describe what they tagged “despicable and unacceptable politically-motivated attacks on senators in various states.” They warned that except the trend was halted; there could be mayhem which would affect the 2019 elections. Read more

UNICEF honours Aisha Buhari (Punch)

The United Nations Children’s Education Fund has said it will present its global award and certificate to the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, this month in appreciation and recognition of her contributions to the well-being of vulnerable children, women and the less privileged across the globe. A statement on Wednesday quoted the Country Representative, UNICEF Nigeria, Mr. Mohamed Fall, as saying this during a media chat in Abuja, that Mrs. Buhari stood tall after a thorough appraisal and rigorous analysis by the committee of the global body. Read more

Afegbua at police hqtrs, says ‘Babangida fully behind me’ (Guardian)

The spokesman for former military President Ibrahim Babangida, Kassim Afegbua, yesterday reported at the Police Headquarters 48 hours after being declared wanted over the controversial press statement he issued on behalf of his principal. Afegbua, who arrived at the Louis Edet House of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja, at about 10:10 a.m., and accompanied by his legal team, led by his lead counsel, Kayode Ajulo, said: “The former president is fully behind me and he had been in touch with me. There’s no need for him to say anything more than he had already said.” Read more

CBN must contain rising banking sector risks, says IMF (Punch)

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to contain rising banking risks in the country, while also commending the regulator for its recent decision to stop weak banks from paying dividends to shareholders. Against the backdrop of huge non-performing loans, which have weakened the capital base and asset quality of the country’s Deposit Money Banks, it also called on the apex bank to carry out an asset quality review in order to identify any potential capital need among the lenders. Read more

VAIDS: 262 Nigerians paid N20bn in eight months, says Fowler (Punch)

A total of N20bn has so far been realised from 262 taxpayers who have declared their assets under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme by the Federal Government. The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr Babatunde Fowler gave the figure on Wednesday night while featuring on a live television programme, ‘The Core’, which aired on Channels Television. Read more

After 7-Year trial, Court sentences Charles Okah to Life Imprisonment (ThisDay)

After a trial that lasted more than seven years, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, finally sentenced Charles Okah and his accomplice, Obi Nwabueze, to life imprisonment for their complicity in the October 1, 2010 independence day bombings near the Eagle Square, Abuja, that resulted in the deaths of 12 persons. The judge handed down the sentences yesterday, having found them guilty in five of the eight charges preferred against them by the federal government. The judgment, which lasted for about six hours, has finally brought to a close the protracted trial over the independence day bombings in Abuja. Read more

Oil dealer, Tony Rapu, victim of N23m fraud (Punch)

Tony Rapu, who was among four persons allegedly defrauded by a businesswoman, Olaremi Dilureni, has been found to be a player in the oil and gas industry. A source told Punch Metro on Wednesday that a Lagos-based pastor, Tony Rapu, who shared the same name with the business executive, was usually mistaken for the victim. The News Agency of Nigeria had reported on Tuesday that Pastor Rapu, who is a senior pastor at the House of Freedom Church, was the victim of the fraud. Read more

FG orders comprehensive audit of Dana Airlines (ThisDay)

Disturbed by the recent air mishaps involving Dana Airlines, the federal government rose from a seven-hour Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House, Abuja Wednesday, with a resolution ordering a complete audit of the airline. The airline was within two weeks involved in two near-fatal air incidents. The first was when the door of one of its aircraft fell off after landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on February 8. Then on February 21, another aircraft belonging to the airline overshot the runway and ran into the bush at the Port Harcourt airport. Read more

World Bank raises the alarm over learning crisis (Guardian)

The World Bank Group has raised alarm over looming global learning crisis, saying education is presently tilting towards schooling without learning.This was contained in the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 launched in Abuja in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance and Education.The report titled, ‘Learning to realise education promise’ at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, said schooling without learning was not just a wasted development opportunity, but also a great injustice to children and young people worldwide. Read more

Truck drivers ordered to vacate Bridge in 48 Hours (ThisDay)

Stakeholders, including the Nigerian military and the Lagos State Government wednesday gave a 48-hour ultimatum to all tanker drivers to vacate the bridge in national interest and security. The resolution was reached during a stakeholders meeting at the Naval Base in Apapa, comprising the military, Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), LASG, Nigerian Union Petroleum Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG). Others who attended the stakeholders meeting were representatives of the Nigerian Police, Dangote Group, Apapa Residents Association, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Apapa Government Reserved Area Residents Association, among others. Read more

Housemaid beats boss to a pulp in Lagos, steals money, property (Punch)

Doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, are battling to save the life of a civil servant in the state, identified only as Mistura, after she was allegedly attacked by her maid in the Ejigbo area. Punch Metro learnt that Mistura had been in a coma since Monday, March 5, 2018, when she was attacked with blended pepper and a wine bottle by the maid, identified as Susan Samson. Our correspondent was told that despite a three-hour surgery on Wednesday, the victim had yet to come round and was in the intensive care unit of LASUTH. Read more

Ibadan killing probe on course, say police (Nation)

The Oyo State Police Command has said it is investigating last week’s killing of a 30-year-old man, Kehinde Adeleke, during an argument at the car park of Trans Amusement Park in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Police Commissioner Abiodun Odude described the incident as unfortunate. He said it would be thoroughly investigated to unravel the mystery behind the shooting and killing of the man. Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), quoted the commissioner as saying the suspected killer would soon be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation into the incident. Read more

Stranded student allegedly disappears from police station (Punch)

The family of a final year student of Accounting at the Osun State University, Okuku campus, Yemi Olaniyan, have been thrown into confusion over his whereabouts. He allegedly last spoke to a colleague, Oyin, on Tuesday, February 28, around 7.30pm, telling her that he was stranded and would pass the night at the Ojodu Police Station, Lagos State. But the Lagos State Police Command said the division had no record that Yemi visited the station or was detained there. Read more

Eagles call-up delights Ajayi (Punch)

Al Ahly forward Junior Ajayi has expressed his excitement to have earned  his first call-up to the Super Eagles. Ajayi becomes the second player to be invited to the Eagles  from Egypt in recent time after Zamalek’s Moruf Yusuf was invited last year. The 22-year-old,  who was named by Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr in his 28-man squad for the  friendly matches against Poland  in Wroclaw on March  and Serbia in London four days later, has been in superb form for his Egyptian side this term. Read more

Enyimba shine, Akwa fail (Punch)

Enyimba on Wednesday in Cotonou won their first leg match in a CAF Confederation Cup first round fixture by beating Energie of  Benin Republic  2-0, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Two goals very early in the game gave the former African champions a valuable result which will serve them in good stead in the second leg match on March 18. The Aba side who drew bye in the preliminary round owing to their record on the continent took the lead through an own goal by Aime Santou after three minutes. Read more

Joel Obi returns as Rohr snubs Martins, Ajiboye (Punch)

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has rewarded Torino midfielder  Joel Obi with a recall to the Super Eagles  after four years in  the international wilderness. The 26-year-old, whose electric start to his career at Inter Milan was ruined by injuries, has continued his blistering form  for Torino  this season since returning to the field after missing the first half of the 2015–16 season. Rohr proved he has been monitoring Obi’s performance in the Italian Serie A this season as he on Wednesday  named him in his 28-man squad for  Nigeria’s  friendly matches against Poland and Serbia ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Read more

Fight against ISIS in eastern Syria slowing down as some Kurds leave battlefield (Abcnews)

Offensive ground operations against ISIS in eastern Syria have slowed down as hundreds of Kurdish fighters have left the battlefield to potentially assist Kurdish forces in Afrin, in western Syria, who are fighting the Turkish military. Meanwhile, the U.S. is monitoring the build-up of a pro-Assad regime force massing in the same area, where in February, another similar force attacked Kurdish and U.S. forces. U.S. airstrikes used to repel that attack killed up to 100 pro-regime fighters, including dozens of Russian private military contractors. Read more

Trump-Pena Nieto meeting depends on US-Mexico progress – ministry (reuters)

A possible meeting between Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump will depend on how much progress the two countries make on issues of mutual interest, Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry issued a statement after talks between U.S. officials, including Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, and Mexican officials in Mexico City on Wednesday. “The officials from both countries agreed that realizing said (presidential) meeting will depend on the level of progress reached on … NAFTA and other issues relating to security, migration and economic cooperation,” the ministry said. Read more

Climate change ‘impacts women more than men’ (BBC)

Women are more likely than men to be affected by climate change, studies show. UN figures indicate that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women. Roles as primary caregivers and providers of food and fuel make them more vulnerable when flooding and drought occur. The 2015 Paris Agreement has made specific provision for the empowerment of women, recognising that they are disproportionately impacted. Read more


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