NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 17 April, 2017.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
There was pandemonium in Abuja, the nation’s capital, yesterday as protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with officers of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agents. Members of the group popularly known as Shiites, who had been around major streets of Abuja since last week, are protesting the continued detention of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). Eyewitnesses at the scene of the clash told LEADERSHIP that the maturity and emotional restraint of the security operatives were all it took to prevent the fracas from degenerating into a more bloody mayhem.  “The Shiite members were seen throwing stones and sticks at an armoured tank mobilized to the protest scene. They were several attempts by the protesters to break into the armoured vehicle. The Shiites members were not moved by the teargas continuously fired by security agents to disperse them”, one of them who spoke to ur correspondent said. The FCT Police Command was however said to have restored normalcy after the incident had resulted in the destruction of some government and Police operational vehicles. According to spokesperson of the Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, the members of the Shiite group
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also injured 22 Police personnel during the protest. Manzah said, “The FCT Police Command later restored normalcy at parts of Maitama following a violent protest by members of the El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) who went on rampage and were attacking innocent citizens, disrupting business activities, obstructing traffic movement and smashing windscreen of innocent citizens’ vehicles in the affected areas “Following the unfortunate incident which also resulted in the destruction of some government and Police operational vehicles, the members of the Shiite group also injured 22 police personnel during the protest.” Manzah said the police also arrested 115 members of the sect, recovered catapults, iron bars, stones, ball bearings and pink head bands from them. DSP Manzah further said, “A Joint Team of detectives from the Command in conjunction with operatives from the IGP Monitoring Unit have commenced investigation into the incident. The arrested suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation. “The FCT Police Command hereby warn members of Shiites movement from further disrupting the peace, harmony and free flow of traffic in FCT. “This is to also to urge the members of the public particularly parents not to allow their children or wards to be used as instrument of violence in any demonstration by any group that could jeopardise public peace and harmony.  It is therefore imperative to state that anyone caught in the act of violent demonstration or any act capable of causing the breach of public peace will be made to face the wrath of the law.”


Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The list of the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) convention committee released on Sunday has polarized the Senate, with some Senators elected on the party’s platform faulting the constitution of the committee. LEADERSHIP gathered that the lawmakers who are not inclined to the formation of the committee are insisting that the list will further heighten their grouse with the presidency to the extent that it may likely visit such vexations on the pro-Buhari Senators. Some of the Senators, it was further gathered, are not happy that one of the much-discredited Senators among them was made the secretary of the APC convention committee secretary. Senator Ben Uwajomogu (APC, Imo North) who was named member/secretary of the APC convention committee was among the ten Senators that staged a walkout on the Senate plenary in protest against Senate resolution reordering the general election sequence on February 14, 2018. Out of the eleven serving Senators that make the APC Convention Committee list, only one is considered as closely associated with Senate President Bukola Saraki, while the rest are pro-Buhari senators. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta central, APC) who was suspended last Thursday is also a member of the committee. Senate had suspended Senator Omo-Agege for 90 legislative days over unproven allegations against his colleagues that the new amendment to the Electoral Act regarding election sequence in the 2019 general election was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senators in the committee are Ahmed Yerima, Adamu Aliero, Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adamu, George Akume, Ovie Omo-Agege, Andrew Uchendu, Abdullahi Danbaba, Baba Kuka and John Enoh
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A Senator who did not want his name mentioned in print told our correspondent that his colleagues opposed to the APC convention committee list viewed it as a means to swell-up the pro-Buhari Senators’ list, showing that there is a reward for filing behind Buhari in the Senate. He said, “This list is also meant to create fears amongst APC Senators that not many of them will likely secure their party (APC) tickets to enable them return to the upper chamber in 2019 “This will lead to unsavory actions to be taken against pro-Buhari Senators and the next person on line now, Senator Adamu Abdullahi (Nasarawa west, APC), call it a reprisal attack or whatever. “This is why there is palpable fear already that his case might be determined to become the next casualty of the subsisting and deepening Senate-Presidency cold war any moment from now”. LEADERSHIP recalls that Senator Adamu and 9 others had declared in their separate submissions on February 14, 2018 that the passed Electoral Act will not see the light of the day because it was targeted at President Buhari. There had been rumours that Senator Adamu who was subsequently accused on the floor of the Senate of allegedly plotting to spearhead the impeachment of Senator Saraki as the Senate President may be suspended for the rest of the days of the 8th senate.
 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The three-pronged focus of the current administration resonated in yesterday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and British prime minister, Theresa May, at 10 Downing Street, London. This was disclosed in a statement by the special adviser on media Femi Adesina. “We campaigned on three major issues: to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption. We have elections next year; politicians are already pre-occupied with the polls, but I am bothered more about security and the economy,” said the president. Recalling that Nigeria and Britain have a long history of cooperation on several fronts, President Buhari stated: “People ought to know how they arrived where they are, if they would move forward. It was a mistake for us to have stopped the teaching of history as a subject in schools, but we are returning it to the curriculum now.” He commended British companies like Unilever, Cadbury, and many others “who have stood with Nigeria through thick and thin. Even when we fought a Civil War, they never left. But like Oliver Twist, we ask for more investments. We are encouraging more British companies to come to Nigeria. The president thanked his host country for its support to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram. “We appreciate the support you have given in training and equipping our military, particularly in the war against insurgency, but we want to also continue to work with you on trade and investment,” he said. President Buhari briefed Prime Minister May on his administration’s strides in agriculture, which he said has put Nigeria firmly on the road to food self-sufficiency. “I am very pleased with the successes in agriculture,” he said. “We have cut rice
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importation by about 90 per cent, made lots of savings of foreign exchange, and generated employment. People had rushed to the cities to get oil money, at the expense of farming. But luckily, they are now going back to the farms. Even professionals are going back to the land. We are making steady progress on the road to food security.” On education, President Buhari said more investment was being made in the sector, “because people can look after themselves if well educated. In this age of technology, education is very important. We need well-staffed and well-equipped institutions to move into the next generation.” Climate change and environmental issues also came up for discussion, and President Buhari brought up the necessity of inter-basin water transfer from Congo Basin to Lake Chad, which had shrunk to a tenth of its former size, to boost the economy around the region. According to him: “The Lake Chad is now about 10 per cent of its original size, and it is perhaps one of the reasons our youths dare both the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean to get to Europe. But if there is inter-basin water transfer, about 40 million people in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and other countries stand to benefit. I made the case during the Climate Change Summit in France. “If Lake Chad is recharged, it will reduce the number of youths coming to Europe to increase social problems. We brought back about 4,000 people from Libya recently. Almost all of them were below 30, and Libya was not their final destination. They were headed to Europe.” Prime Minister May, in her remarks, said Britain would continue to work with Nigeria in the areas of training and equipping the military.


Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Comrade Ifraimu Dauda has declared interest to run for Bwari/AMAC federal constituency seat in the House of Representatives. Declaring his intention at the Esu Ushafa palace at the weekend, Comrade Ifraimu said his decision is to liberate his people from constitutional loopholes that need amendment to ensure that FCT natives get what rightly belongs to []The post 2019: Dauda Declares For Bwari /AMAC Federal Constituency appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Trouble is gradually brewing between staff and the interim management team of the Abuja Investment Company Limited (AICL), over alleged move by the management to sack over 80 per cent of its workforce, on the ground of 'incompetence'. Recall that in August 2017, the interim management team of the company was involved in []The post Abuja Investment Company Workers Demand Sack Of Interim Head appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL, in this report, examines reactions trailing President Muhammadu Buhari's announcement that he will seek re-election. For months, Nigerians remained in the dark on whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari would seek a second term in office. While the speculation lasted, a section of Nigerians (individuals and groups) had mounted pressure on him to []The post 2019: As PMB Heeds The Call For Second Term appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Lagos State Government yesterday revealed that the State Fire Services and other emergency agencies in the state salvaged property worth N76.9billion from destruction in 980 fire calls recorded in the state between May 2017 and April 2018, while property worth N12.8bn were lost to the fire outbreaks in the state. The state's Commissioner for Special []The post Lagos Saves N76.9bn, Loses N12.8bn To Fire Outbreaks appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said massive opportunities abound in the nation's tourism sector, saying activities within the tourism sector contributed about N800billion to the States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017. The Governor, who spoke at the Lagos Tourism Summit, held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, with the []The post Tourism Contributed N800bn To Lagos GDP In 2017 ' Ambode appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved verification exercise and payment of three months stipends for new batch of Libya returnees of Edo State origin. Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, disclosed this during the verification exercise. 'The approval for the verification exercise and []The post Obaseki Approves Payment Of Stipends To Libya Returnees appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspap 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Lagos State Police Command yesterday said that the autopsy report has revealed that Mrs Zainab Nielsen died from trauma suffered as a result of the impact on her head. Zainab and her daughter, Petral were reportedly found dead on Thursday, April 5 at their Banana Island resident, Ikoyi where she resided with her husband, []The post Forensic Evidence Indicts Peter Nielsen ' Lagos CP appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Reaps benefits of pan-African expansion Dangote Cement Plc recently released its full-year earnings report for the period ended December 31, 2017 to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), strengthening investors' interest and confidence. It was also helped by the impressive dividend proposed on the strength of a significant improvement in performance. The growth in the Pan []The post Dangote Cement Maintains Dominance With Strong Earnings appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, yesterday disclosed that out of the $20 billion spent annually by the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to engage foreign contractors, $14 billion would now be retained in-country in the next 10 years. Giving this assurance in Lagos yesterday, Wabote in his []The post Nigeria Targets $14bn Annual In-country Spending In Oil & Gas Sector appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) says it is set for industrial action with the management of Kenya Airways over the recent sack of no fewer than 22 Nigerians. Mr Olayinka Abioye, the General Secretary of NUATE, told the newsmen on Monday in Lagos that the union was unimpressed with the shabby treatment []The post Union, Kenya Airways Bicker Over Sack Of 22 Nigerians appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
In partnership with Verve International, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced a promotion to reward its customers for using their FirstBank Verve card to purchase petrol at selected Oando filling stations in Lagos. FirstBank Verve Card holders would receive free extra litres of petrol each time they use their FirstBank verve cards to purchase []The post Firstbank Customers To Get Free Fuel With Verve Card appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
In this piece, MARK ITSIBOR reports that the disbursement of facilities to over 380 young entrepreneurs by the Bankers' Committee last week, will reduce the huge financing gap for MSMEs and indeed, change the perception of banking operation in Nigeria The worsening unemployment rate in the country obviously poses grave concerns and risks for the []The post Bankers' Committee Revs MSMEs Operations appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Nigeria is capable of generating N5 trillion from mining and solid mineral exportation, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has disclosed. The agency, however, lamented that the country is not among the top ten exporters of gemstone in Africa despite that it has enormous potential in about 34 different mineral items. The executive director, NEPC, Olusegun []The post Nigeria Can Generate N5trn From Mining, Solid Mineral Exportation ' NEPC appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) migrated United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc to its premium Board, in what capital market analysts describe as an attestation to the Bank's strong adherence to international best practices on corporate governance. The Premium Board is the listing segment for the elite group of issuers that meet the Exchange's most stringent []The post UBA Meets NSE's Stringent Corporate Governance Conditions appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Access Bank, UBA, Lafarge Africa and Selat Petroleum Development Company yesterday listed shares worth N1.491 billion on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Premium Board. A breakdown shows that Access Bank, UBA, Lafarge Africa and Seplat listed N347.12 billion, N374.48 million, N378.60 billion and N391.37 billion respectively. The four companies' sequel to then applying and meeting []The post Access Bank, UBA, Lafarge, Seplat List N1.5trn Shares On NSE Premuim Board appeared first on Leaders 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta the commission's technical evaluation of the bid process for the sale of 9Mobile, Nigeria's fourth largest mobile operator, would eventually determine who emerges the new owner of the network. Speaking at his annual press conference held in Lagos yesterday, Danbatta while answering questions on []The post 9Mobile Sale: NCC's Technical Evaluation To Decide Bid Winner ' Danbatta appeared f 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Forte Oil Plc has recorded N2.963 billion in profit after tax for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018. The company is the first to fill in its first quarter result for 2018 on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The company's profit after tax went up by 57.27 per cent from N1.884 billion in the []The post Forte Oil Reports N2.96bn PAT In 3 Months appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Former Super Eagles winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, has urged Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr, to look for a befitting strategy that will favour his players before the World Cup, saying a wrong style or approach in Russia could spell doom for the nation. With Rohr trying different kinds of formation in the Eagles' last three games []The post World Cup: Change Your Tactics If Nigeria Must Excel, Amuneke Tasks Rohr appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses has been shortlisted for Chelsea's Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season. According to official statement on the club, the Nigerian international was amongst the thirty players who made appearances for Chelsea's first-team nominated for the prestigious award. It would be a tall order for Moses to win the []The post Victor Moses Shortlisted For Chelsea Award appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Ocean of confusion created by the advent of social media, the readiness of the conventional media to be used as a derogatory pawn, the desperation of the political class to intimidate and harass the truth as well as the unfortunate gun-to-the-head of facts have combined to create a centrifugal force against the laudable leadership []The post Looters' Insanity Against Sane Governance: The Kogi Example appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
One of the constitutional duties of the minister of justice is enforcing the laws and guide them from being broken. This responsibility is not limited to individuals but extends to organs and institutions of government. We do not expect the Attorney General to take any preventive measures on issues that are still recondite. But when []The post Omo-Agege: Why AGF Should Protect The Constitution appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
For two years, workers in Nigeria under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been battling with the government for an upward review of the national minimum wage from the current N18, 000. However, the antagonist of a new minimum wage argue that an increase to workers earning []The post Will New Minimum Wage Improve Workers Productivity' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Electricity is considered to be one of the drivers of a modern economy. However, TARKAA DAVID writes that the dream is far from being achieved in Nigeria, especially in Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where the residents pay for black out. Electricity is reckoned as the greatest driver of a country's []The post Looking At The Plight of Bwari Residents In Access Power Supply appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Recently, science supporters in Nigeria trooped out in their numbers to join more than 1 million people in over 600 locations across the world to march in support of science. Enthusiastic science lovers made up of scientists, farmers, civil society groups, lawyers and journalists took to the streets in Abuja to stand up for science []The post Why Nigerians Must Treasure Science ' Oguntunde appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
It is a long-held belief that behind every successful man, there stands tall and towering, a dedicated woman of character and great conviction. A woman who can go to every length to help her husband achieve his dreams, especially if they involve community service and prudent and transparent leadership. It is only natural for these []The post 2018 Zik's Prize Award: Hajiya Hadiza And The Reward of Excellence appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 


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