NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday,  2nd April, 2017.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Federal Government has said the list of alleged looters, which it released earlier, was based on verifiable facts, including the amount involved, the date the amount in question was collected and from where it was taken.

Releasing a fresh list of alleged looters, in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed also said those complaining that the list was too short apparently did not understand that it was strategically released as a teaser.

“At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or just to shoot down anything coming from the government,’’ he said, adding that the Federal Government has a large number of alleged looters on its list.

Mohammed slammed the Peoples Democratic Party for, according to him, daring to challenge the Federal Government over an issue that the party knows is its weakness: looting of public treasury.

“What was the PDP expecting when it challenged the FG to name the looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch? Did the PDP actually believe that the massive looting under its watch was a joke? Did they think it is April Fool?’’ he queried.

The minister said the PDP’s reaction to the looters’ list has shown that its recent apology is an election-induced act, contrived to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians to vote for the party in the 2019 general election, even when it has not come clean on its looting spree during its time in office.

“The hysterical and panicky reaction from the PDP has shown that the party is not at all sincere about its choreographed apology. Were it not the case, the party would have followed in the footsteps of one of its leaders, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who simply owned up to his role in the party’s rigging in past elections and said he had turned a new leaf.


 
“It is said that a true confession is done in humility with an attitude of repentance. It is clear that the PDP does not know this, hence its resort to hubris instead of humility and genuine penitence,’’ he said.

Mohammed said the Federal Government would neither be intimidated nor blackmailed into silence, adding that it would also not rest until all those who looted the public treasury have been brought to justice.

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He said: “Former NSA Sambo Dasuki: Based on EFCC investigations and findings alone (this is beside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment scandal), a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million British Pounds was embezzled through his office. A good number of these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any formal contract awards; Former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madukwe: In just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving her, about N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled. She is also involved in the Strategic Alliance Contracts of the NNPC, where the firms of Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko got oil blocks but never paid government taxes and royalty.

“About $3 billion was involved. The Federal Government is charging Omokore and Aluko and will use all legal instruments local and international to ensure justice; Rtd. Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah: N13.9 billion. N4.8 billion recovered by EFCC in cash and property; Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika: N4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far; Alex Barde, former Chief of Defence Staff: N8 billion, and EFCC recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property already; Inde Dikko: former CG Customs: N40 billion, and N1.1 billion in cash recovered in cash and choice properties; Air Marshal Adesola Amosu: N21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered in cash, 28 properties and three vehicles also recovered; Senator Bala Abdulkadir, former FCT Minister: N5 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured; Senator Stella Oduah: N9.8 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured; Former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu: N1.6 billion – from NSA; Senator Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion; Bashir Yuguda, former Minister of State for Finance: N1.5 billion. $829,800 recovered; Senator Peter Nwaboshi: N1.5 billion.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of  Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey  Okorafor, has said the Imo State Government, led by Rochas Okorocha, has not only failed God, but the people of the state.

Okorafor said the governor displayed this by his undemocratic mode of  administration and his avowed determination to foist his son-in-law as his successor against the wish of the people of the state.

The cleric commended Leah Sharibu, who is being held captive by Boko Haram terrorists, for holding on to her Christain faith, and urged  President Muhammadu Buhari to match his talk with action by ensuring her immediate and unconditional release.

The Anglican prelate also urged Christians not to see the celebration of Easter as mere rituals. He said  they should  let it have a spiritual impact on them, such that they are able to pick up something that would enhance their heavenly race.

The bishop gave the charge yesterday in his homily at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu, in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, as Christians worldwide commemorate Easter Sunday.

Bishop Okorafor, who tongue lashed   Governor Okorocha over his alleged inordinate desire to install his son-in-law as his successor in 2019,  said Okorocha has not only disappointed God and the people of state with his ‘undemocratic mode of governance’, but has taken both the people and God or granted.


 
He recalled that in his presidential address in 2017,  he had advised Governor Okorocha to  resist the urge to put forward his son-in-law as his immediate successor in 2019, insisting that he ought not to be a candidate after him.

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Regardless, Bishop Okorafor admonished Christians to remember that the resurrection signified that Christ will come back and all  adherents  should be prepared of his coming. 

He said as part of the preparation, Christians should not only  assist the less privileged in their midst, but also eschew hatred, malice, envy and the likes. He said Christ is not coming again to subjected Himself to death for the second time, but to sit on the judgement throne.

He regretted that some Christians take God for granted in spite of His goodness to them and  prayed God to deliver such people from their evil ways.

Meanwhile, in his reacion to Bishop Okorafor’s comments, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Sam Onwuemeodo said: “You should have asked the bishop whether Chief Uchenna Nwosu was not created by God? I don’t believe a bishop can make such ungodly remark. Is Nwosu not a child  of God?

Is he not an lmo man? Any priest who makes such ungodly statement should ask for fresh anointing.”

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Federal Government has set up an in-house committee to investigate whether Cambridge Analytica’s work for the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2007 and 2015 general elections campaigns broke the country’s law or infringed on the rights of other parties and their candidates.

It said it was scrutinising the reports of the data mining firm which swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections in many countries including Nigeria, where it reportedly waged a campaign to perpetuate discord and hack into personal records of the then leading opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

A presidency source who pleaded for anonymity, disclosed  at the weekend that depending on the outcome, this may lead to the appointment of a special investigator and possibly, criminal prosecutions by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

A whistleblower, Christopher Wylie who worked with a Cambridge University academic to obtain the data, told the Observer, a UK newspaper that: “We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis the entire company was built on.”

Among those whose personal data was hacked into in 2015 was the then opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.


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Cambridge Analytica, according to the reports, worked with Israeli hackers who were instructed to get dirt on Buhari during the presidential campaign.

According to reports, SCL Elections, a public relations firm that later became Cambridge Analytica, manipulated Nigeria’s 2007 by organising campaigns to weaken the chances of opposition parties.

As part of its engagement, the company organised “anti-election rallies” to demoralise opposition supporters from voting in the elections, which saw the emergence of Umar Yar’Adua as Nigeria’s president.

The Cambridge Analytica team came up with a video to portray Buhari as a leader who would enforce Sharia law in Nigeria.  It was intended to sway the minds of millions of Nigerians and vote for the PDP candidate.

Currently, the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are the focus of an inquiry into data and politics by the British Information Commissioner’s Office, the United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, separately, the UK Electoral Commission is also investigating what role the organisation played in the EU referendum.


 
When contacted to comment on the issue, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said that although he had not been briefed on the issue, Nigerians deserved answers immediately from the PDP administration, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica on how and why they improperly obtained and used data to interfere in Nigerian elections.

“An investigation should help to determine if there is a linkage between the various killings and maiming that have characterised our elections since 2007 and the misinformation activities of the Cambridge Analytica (CA) data flows. It will also help President Buhari achieve his wish to leave a legacy of improved elections,” he stated.

But the PDP, yesterday, urged the government to extend the probe to the sources of the funds used for the 2015 presidential campaign of  President Buhari.

The PDP said although it welcomed an open investigation into the Cambridge Analytical hacking saga, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Federal Government are chasing shadows in their desperate plot to implicate the opposition  in the alleged hacking into the personal record of Buhari, prior to the 2015 polls.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party stated that  the government and ruling party were merely seeking to divert attention from its many scandals through the planned  Cambridge Analytical probe.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Uche Usim, Abuja The Federal Government has reeled out the numerous benefits inherent in its N500 billionThe post SIPs' N500bn targeted at human capital devt, says FG appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Admit when you make mistakes, Archbishop of Canterbury tells church Pope Francis has called for an end to the 'carnage' in Syria during his Easter message from the Vatican. He also asked God to heal the wounds in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and urged dialogue on the Korean peninsula. Pope Francis...The post Easter message, Pope urges 'end to Syria carnage' appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has said the pangs of poverty,The post Ekiti guber: Why I'm contesting again 'Fayemi appeared first on The Sun News. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
John Adams, Minna If the recent 'unity rally' by the Niger State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) isThe post PDP's resurrection in Niger state, the battle for 2019 appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Fred Ezeh, Abuja Former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, said at the weekend that no politicalThe post No political godfather made me governor 'Duke appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin A political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, at the weekend, declared that the youthsThe post Youths'll determine 2019 polls 'Utomi appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, has assured the peopleThe post You're in safe hands with Wike, PDP, deputy gov tells Rivers people appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Alleges plot to clamp down on opposition, CSO Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP),The post Mantu never rigged elections for us 'PDP appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
John Adams, Minna Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda has said it is time forThe post 2019: We must encourage new generation to take over 'IBB appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Be ready for litigation, lawyer tells Lai Mohammed 'Release list of former PDP members in APCThe post Nothing new on alleged looters list 'PDP appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Ex-VP's designer declares for House of Reps David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi;The post 2019: Atiku support group mobilises Anambra adults to get PVC appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Billy Graham Abel Yola National Vice Chair (Northeast) of the APC and member of the National ExecutiveThe post Buhari on tenure extension democracy in action, says APC northeast leader appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Monica Iheakam Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has absolved Super Eagles striker, Victor Moses of any blamesThe post Don't blame Moses for Spurs' defeat 'Conte appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr is wary of Croatia's midfield ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals whichThe post Rohr wary of Croatia's world class midfield appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Nigerian forward, Olanrewaju Kayode scored on his debut for Shakhtar Donetsk in their 3-0 away win againstThe post Kayode scores on Shakhtar debut appeared first on The Sun News. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Charles Nwaoguji After decades of fruitless search to stamp its authority on the African continent asThe post ACFTA: Big blunder or cautious step' appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Louis Ibah Managing Director/CEO of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma,The post We need technology to halt cow invasion in airports 'Dunoma, FAAN boss appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Steve Agbota styvenchy@yahoo.com 08033302331 For many years, Nigeria has been struggling to attain self-sufficiencyThe post Integrated rice-duck farming'll boost Nigeria's food security appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Commissioners of Agriculture have declared weeds as a negative influence on the yield of cassavaThe post How weeds threaten cassava yield 'Agric Commissioners appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Charles Nwaoguji When thinking of any investment to make in the area of small and medium scale industries,The post Steps to unlock treasures in footware manufacturing appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Adewale Sanyaolu The crisis surrounding the Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 310 acquisition by Lekoil LimitedThe post OPL 310: Delay in ministerial assent frustrates Lekoil's $1bn investment appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Customs Area Controller (CAC) at Seme Command, Comptroller Mohammed, Aliyu, A, has said that over 600The post Seme customs intercepts 3,400 bags of rice, tomatoes worth N67m appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Isaac Anumihe Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron has not ceased to be in the news for the wrongThe post With 6,000 petitions, MAN, Oron swims in controversy appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Caverton Helicopters Limited, says it has invested in the acquisition of 11 new aircraft which it wouldThe post Caverton Helicopters seal air transport pact with NNPC appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Louis Ibah Stakeholders in Nigeria's aviation industry are divided over the Federal Government'sThe post Knocks trail policy to arm FAAN security at airports appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Gyang Bere, Jos Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in Northern Nigeria, Rev. YakubuThe post Easter: Northern CAN canvasses prayer for Leah Sharibu's release appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
To set up 3 pilot ranches Magnus Eze, Abuja Taraba State Government has said it will not chickenThe post No going back on anti-grazing law 'Ishaku appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari'sThe post Release comprehensive alleged looters' list, SERAP tells FG appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Presidency has justified a planned amnesty for members of Boko HaramThe post Amnesty for Boko Haram, win-win situation 'Presidency appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Judex Okoro, Calabar Five people have been reportedly killed in a renewed communal clash between OdukpaniThe post 5 killed in Cross River communal clash appeared first on The Sun News. 


Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Aloysius Attah, Onitsha The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke,The post Easter: Archbishop Okeke urges Nigerians to be part of solutions not problems appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor,The post Catholic Bishop flays Buhari over Lagos visit appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
It was after a tense weekend that every Nigerian and partly the world held their breath. Nigerians watchedThe post 2015, Buhari and promises broken appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Yesterday was Easter Sunday, right' And we all went to our churches and wore our best and feasted onThe post An Easter without Leah appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Cockroach is a household pest. With its size, it can easily crush an army of ants. But whenever it fallsThe post Buhari and the fate of Nigeria's cockroach appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Itaobong Offiong Etim The spiraling destruction of both lives and livelihoods orchestrated by nomadicThe post The herdsmen killings appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Ademola Orunbon It is an acceptable norm that a democratically elected government must meet the needsThe post Development strides in Lagos appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Sisa A. Agboh With the recent inauguration of the over N50billion Sunti Golden Sugar Estates in NigerThe post Privatisation and the Nigerian economy appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Israel A. Ebije Let me congratulate parents of abducted Dapchi secondary school girls recently returnedThe post Dapchi rescue and the nemesis of propaganda appeared first on The Sun News. 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
By Emma Emeozor emma_globecomm@yahoo.com Certainly, North Korean President Kim Jong-Un doused the tensionThe post Nuclear crisis: Kim's emergency diplomacy appeared first on The Sun News. 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
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