NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH APRIL, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Wednesday, 4th April, 2017.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Heated caucus meetings of governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC] continued in Abuja as we went to press late last night following their deadlocked meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the fate of the party’s Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee and state committees. 
A participant in the meetings told Daily Trust there were “fireworks” as the governors broke into factions, with some pushing for Oyegun’s retention while others pushed for a replacement after the NWC’s tenure ends in June.

 
Buhari, govs meeting deadlocked
Our correspondent reports that President Buhari’s meeting with the APC governors, held earlier in the day over the fate of tenure elongation for the Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC ended in a deadlock. 
Yesterday’s closed-door meeting, which was held inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, lasted one-and-half hours. 
The governors of Yobe and Katsina States were absent at meeting; while their Bauchi counterpart, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, was represented by his deputy. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, were also in attendance. Three hours ahead of the meeting, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai arrived at the president’s office. It was not clear whether he had an audience with Buhari.

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Before Buhari arrived for the meeting, there were murmurings at the Council Chambers as the governors stood in groups, and engaged in arguments. One of them was overheard vowing that “What they are bringing here today will not work. This is a coup. It will not stand.” 
After the meeting, another governor was overheard saying that: “Some people who think they are tall think that they can control us. That will not work.” 

None of the governors spoke to State House correspondents, because it was agreed that the outcome of the meeting should not be disclosed. When the chairman of the APC Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, attempted to address the journalists, his Oyo State counterpart, Abiola Ajimobi, prevailed on him not to do so.

At the meeting, some of the governors were said to have insisted on tenure elongation for the party’s NWC, but were countered by others who suggested that a caretaker committee be constituted to be headed by a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole. 
This was said to have caused a rowdy session as both groups were attempting to outwit each other. The governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, who attended the meeting in crutches due to an injury he sustained during the Easter break, was said to have described the decision to stop Oyegun as a coup.
The meeting, according to sources, was brought to an abrupt end when the governors of Zamfara and Kaduna States, Abdulaziz Yari and Nasir El-Rufai respectively, clashed over Buhari’s request for a date to reconvene the meeting. It was gathered that no sooner had Yari proposed April 9 and 10 than El-Rufai tackled him and demanded an explanation on what informed such a proposal. It was observed that most of the governors looked deadpanned while leaving the Presidential Villa.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar yesterday deployed the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Forces to Gusau, as part of efforts to stop deadly attacks by bandits in Zamfara State.
The action followed a recent attack on Bawan Daji community in Anka Local Government Area of the state, where many lives were lost.

 
A statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the Special Forces were trained in asymmetric warfare and airlifted from Kaduna with the NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft.
The troops are to complement efforts of other security forces on ground to prevent further attacks on innocent citizens. 
The personnel and other supporting staff would operate from the recently established 207 Quick Response Group in Gusau, where they would reinforce the existing regiment personnel in the unit in support of the ongoing Operation SHARAN DAJI in the state.

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Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshal Ismaila Kaita addressing the troops in Gusau said the Special Forces would be further deployed to remote areas of Zamfara State, where they would engaged in Internal Security operations.
He urged them to effectively utilize their experience and training to protect the lives and properties of the people of Zamfara State. 
“In addition to earlier established Quick Response Groups and Wings and the deployment of NAF Special Forces to various states, the NAF recently established Quick Response Wings at Agatu, Doma and Nguroje in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states respectively, to bring security closer to those in the relatively remote areas”.
“Arrangements are also ongoing to establish a new Quick Response Group in Jalingo, Taraba State to compliment the activities of the 3 new Quick Response Wings,” he said.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
A former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Cross River State, Mr Eyo Ekpo, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to implement last February’s judgement of the  Supreme Court by redrawing the Bakassi boundaries so that people in the area will exercise their franchise during elections.
Ekpo, who made the plea in an interview with newsmen, said while he was a commissioner, they had legally redrawn new boundaries by carving out three political wards from the present Akpabuyo Local Government Area which had 10, to create the new Bakassi Local Government Area by the state Law No. 7 of 2007.

 
He said the move was to accommodate the mass return of people from Cameroon. He alleged that  INEC had consistently refused to recognise the new wards.
He also lamented  that  political leaders in the state, such as the deputy governor who was by law in charge of the state boundary commission, the speaker of the state assembly, the political adviser to the governor and others who ought to impress on the governor to put pressure on INEC, had refused to do so. 

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to depart for London, the United Kingdom, on Monday.
A Presidency source disclosed this to our correspondent yesterday.

 
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said that the trip was to enable the president to attend to some private matters.
The source, however, refused to give the details of those private matters.
The president’s private visit is ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to hold in London from April 15 to 20.
When contacted, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, declined comment.
President Buhari was in London last year, for several months, to receive treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
State Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, declined comments on the outcome of the meeting. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted a committee to advise it on the way forward following President Muhammadu Buharis recent opposition to its National Working Committees (NWC) tenure extension. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with governors elected on the platform of the All Progresses Congress (APC). 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
A Bauchi-based political group, ''Bauchi Concerned Citizens'' has called on Nigerians to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to complete his reforms and projects.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has commenced the training of 40 youths from three states of the North-west on modern animal fattening and sorghum cultivation. 

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Clearline Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) and Glanvill Enthoven Insurance Brokers (GEIB) have partnered to introduce a new health insurance plan for the Nigerian populace. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Kano state government has yesterday declared that to create an enabling business environment in the state, it has delegated issuance of Governors consent to all land transactions as a means of perfecting land titles to the attorney general of the state thereby reducing the timeline from 30 days to 7 days. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The leaders of Turkey and Russia marked the official start of work to build Turkeys first nuclear power station on Tuesday, launching construction of the $20 billion Akkuyu plant in the southern province of Mersin. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Twenty-one graduates of cosmetology under Lend a Hand Initiative have been tasked on using the skills they acquired during their training to progress into big ventures and enterprises that prioritises adding values to home grown cosmetics. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Chelsea are facing one of their biggest summers of the Roman Abramovich era as Antonio Conte fights to save his reputation before his anticipated departure. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Pep Guardiola could field a weakened team in Saturdays Manchester derby to keep his Champions League ambitions on track. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
David de Gea is poised to sign a new five-year Manchester United deal worth 350,000 a week. 

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Olympiakos players have been fined 400,000 euros (350,000) and ordered to go on holiday by the club president following poor results. 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that his team were too confident ahead of the 2017 Champions League final against Real Madrid. 

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