NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 APRIL, 2018.]



Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 11  April, 2018.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
From the presidency came yesterday a declaration that Muhammadu Buhari’s statement in 2011 that he would only be president for one term was not applicable anymore.The renouncement came barely 24 hours after the president, at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, declared his intention to seek re-election on the platform of the party in 2019.

Specifically, Buhari had, in the lead story of a newspaper of February 6, 2011 captioned “2011: Why I’II Serve for Only One Term” given reasons he would not spend more than four years in office if elected president of the country.Below are Buhari’s responses to whether or not he would seek re-election.

You have been quoted as saying if you don’t win the election in 2011 you wouldn’t go to court?
Yes, I said that!


Even if you have evidence that you are rigged out?
Having been in court for 50 months between 2003 and 2008, if I’m rigged out again, I will not go to court. I will leave the party to deal with the case. The CPC can, but I, as the presidential candidate, I’ve made up my mind never to go to court again on that issue.

Is it because of the expenses involved?
There are the expenses, but look at what happened in 2007. The decision of the case split the Supreme Court in the middle. But look at what they came up with.

Why did you say you will do just one term, if elected?
I’m not getting younger. If I succeed and do one term, I will be 73 years old.

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If you’re doing just one term, you may want to urgently do some things? What are they?
There are two issues and I have said them in one sentence. Security and power. This country has to be secured and managed. People in Nigeria must not go about fearing that they would be abducted. You must not be afraid to the point that you can’t drive from Kaduna to Kano any time of the day. If you are in Lagos, you should have jobs to the point that you can afford to have three shifts in a day. That is eight hours each. But people are now very scared wherever they are. People have built houses worth over a billion naira, but they are afraid to live in them. What is the use? So, security is number one.

Number two is infrastructure. We have to revive the electricity sector so that people will have access to power to carry out their businesses. Others include the roads, the railways, the shipping lines. We used to have all these things. In spite of what we earned in the last eleven years, the whole infrastructure has already collapsed.”

Twenty days after swearing-in, precisely 17 June 2015, Buhari told Nigerians resident in South Africa, after taking part in the 25th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Johannesburg, that his performance would be limited by old age.

“I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor, just a few years as a young man. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do,” he said.But yesterday, Femi Adesina, the spokesman of President Buhari, said his principal’s 2011 statement that he would only be president for one term was not applicable anymore.

Speaking on a national television programme, Adesina said Buhari entertained pleas for him to be president for the past one year before declaring his intention.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
About 160 projects, with an overall estimated cost of some $156 billion, are being undertaken by members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the oil and gas upstream sector.
Besides, Nigeria, a member of OPEC, expects oil and gas investment to hit $40 billion in the next five years.OPEC, which made this known its upstream investment plans that was released recently, said that regardless of all the challenges and uncertainties, OPEC members continue to invest in additional upstream capacities.

It added that on top of the huge capacity maintenance costs that member countries are faced with, they continue to invest in new projects and reinforce their commitment to the oil and gas market as well as to the security of supply for all consumers. “Needless to say, this is only a reflection of OPEC’s well-known policy that is clearly stated in its Long-Term Strategy and its Statute,” it added.

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The Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, said that OPEC members were committed to invest in existing and new production capacity. 

According to him, OPEC remained unswerving in its commitment to meeting the future requirements of consumers in a timely and sustainable manner.He stated: “At the global level, however, the situation that has evolved over the past two years or so is putting this future at risk given the dramatic drop off in investments.Global oil and gas exploration and production spending fell by around 26 per cent in 2015 and a further 22 per cent drop is anticipated this year.Combined, this equates to above $300 billion.

“If market and financial conditions do not improve, there is the distinct possibility that we could see a third year of investment cutbacks.  To put this into some oil industry context, there has never been a consecutive three-year decline in its history.

“This is a major concern for an industry that needs regular and predictable investments to provide the necessary supply in the medium- and longer terms.“It is why we at OPEC have been undertaking intensive consultations over the past few months about how best to return stability to the market.”

Speaking recently on the investment opportunities in Nigeria oil sector, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said: “There are major plan, there are opportunities in the oil sector for investment. We have been able to, through a lot of struggle, change the funding capacity for the upstream and that had sort of energized investors in the upstream sector.

“Now, we are beginning to see projects like Egina, worth $15 billion; Zabazaba, $10 billion; Bonga, $10 billion and the likes. So many other investment, put at over $40 billion potential investments over the next five years if we do the right thing, set the right models and set the right policies. That is very key and that is coming from a country where investments had run away for nearly seven to 10 years.”


Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema yesterday pleaded not guilty to 24-count charges brought against him in court.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had instituted the charges against him, which bordered on criminal beach of trust, fraud, conspiracy and forgery, among others.

Shema is standing trial with three others who were members of his administration while he was governor.They include Lawal Ahmed Safana, Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba and Sani Hamisu Makana and who were alleged to have diverted local government funds amounting to over N11 billion.

The EFCC had in February 21, 2017 taken the Shema to court as the case was adjourned several times before sitting resumed yesterday.But Shema, who was represented by his counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), yesterday pleaded not guilty to all the charges.


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Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) was prosecution witness, while Maikaita Bello presided as judge at the High Court. Hearing in the case continues tomorrow.Meanwhile, the Federal Government has re-arraigned Nanle Dariye, son of former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, before a Federal High Court, Abuja for alleged money laundering.

The EFCC had slammed a six-count amended charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.5 billion against him.When the matter was mentioned, prosecuting counsel, George Adebola, informed Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu that the matter was for re-arraignment of the defendant.

He, therefore, prayed the court that the charge be read to enable the defendant take his plea.The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him, after which Justice Ojukwu adjourned the matter to April 27 for commencement of trial.

The EFCC had earlier arraigned Nanle on February 27 on the same charges alongside, Apartment le Paradis, a hotel where he was director.It alleged that the defendant failed to report a cash transaction to the tune of N1.5 billion sometime in 2013, which he received through the hotel’s account through a bank.

According to EFCC, the amount was above the N10 million threshhold permissible by law and the hotel was also not registered as Designated Non-Financial Institution (DNFI).The EFCC, therefore, held that the offense contravened Section 5 (1) (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 5 (b) of the Act.However, following his earlier plea of not being guilty to the charges, he was admitted to bail with N5 million with two sureties in the like sum.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has vowed that it would not rest until the Nigerian Army court marshals its officers involved in extra-judicial killings of Igbo youths during the Operation Python Dance last year.
It said soldiers massacred scores of youths were massacred in the Southeast during the exercise, stressing that the action was against the rules of engagement.

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, disclosed this in Enugu, during the “Night of Tributes” in honour of its former Secretary-General, Col Joe Achuzia (rtd), who died at the age of 90. The event put together by Ohanaeze Ndigbo and leadership of the Enugu Sports Club saw Igbo leaders pouring encomiums on the deceased Biafran warlord.


Nwodo stated that the leadership of the apex Igbo organisation, had since the end of the military exercise, followed with protests and correspondences to the Nigerian Army’s high command about the killings of innocent Igbo during the operation and would not relent until those involved were brought to book.

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He said: “I had the opportunity to confront the Army over the Operation Python Dance and they assured me that they will court martial all soldiers who are identified who were involved in the extra-judicial killing of our children contrary to their rules of engagement.

“I have been following this matter with correspondence and I will continue to follow it until we know those who massacred our children without cause and ensure they are brought to book.”

Nwodo, who lamented that the authorities had shown less concern in the massacre of no fewer than 700 Igbo youths of Delta State extraction by federal troops during the war, stated that the act should not be allowed to continue in Igboland.

“I am happy that I led the national executive of Ohanaeze to Asaba last year when we remembered 700 of our people who were murdered by federal troops contrary to the rules of engagement, similar to what we experienced during Operation Python Dance,” he said

He added that Achuzia’s death was an opportunity for Ndigbo “to dramatise our brotherhood, our oneness in recognition of the tremendous carnage that befell our brothers in the cause of the war.”

Nwodo said Achuzia was an Igboman to the core, stressing that he did all in his power to represent Ndigbo at all times as well as relocating from Asaba to Enugu as Secretary General of the organisation.

Also speaking, former Military administrator of Imo State, Navy Commodore James Aneke, disclosed that Ndigbo had to fight the war to prove to other Nigerians that its people should not be taken for granted.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Nigeria and seven other countries are expected to benefit from $5.2 million contribution from the Government of Japan to support projects implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization... 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Between 2014 till date, a total of 1,315 armed robbery attacks, 359 cult-related cases and 392 kidnapping cases were recorded in Lagos State, the state's Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, has revealed. 

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
In line with theInspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris' directive to mop-up armsacross the country, the RiversState Police Command says it has recovered 179 arms after a sensitisation programme in the state. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The trial of former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema was yesterday adjourned at the instance of the prosecution. Shema is standing trial alongside three of his aides for alleged misappropriation of N11billion during his tenure. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
One of the first injunctions a reporter is given on arrival at Rutam House, home of The Guardian, the flagship of the Nigerian newspaper industry, is the principle of being different. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, says civil-military cooperation is a vital instrument for societal peace and harmony. He made the remarks at the 2017 West African Social Activities (WASA) of the Nigerian Army at the 3 Armoured Division, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Rukuba Barracks in Jos. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Twenty of the 43 licences granted by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to set up private refineries in Nigeria have expired without going beyond the initial level of Licence to Establish (LTE). 

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