NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 APRIL, 2018.]


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 14  April, 2018.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Twenty-six more bodies were yesterday recovered following attacks by suspected herdsmen in military uniform at the Benue State border communities of Akaanya, Tse Gbum, Kpete and Ulam, all in Ukum Council, bringing the death toll to 67.
The Guardian gathered from sources in the areas that the attacks were carried out by men dressed in Army uniform, who were said to be looking for their missing persons in another border town in Taraba State.

An aide to the Chairman of Ukum Local Council, who did not want his name in print, said the 26 bodies were only those recovered yesterday morning. He said: “As it is now, we have recovered 26 bodies. Yesterday, about 41 persons were killed in Jande Ikura, a community between Benue and Taraba states. We learnt that during the attack, three bodies recovered were those of men dressed in military uniform.”

According to the aide, between 10:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. yesterday, the same suspected gunmen in Army uniform crossed over to some communities in Benue and started shooting and killing people, claiming that they were looking for their missing persons.“They entered Akaanya, Tse Gbum, Kpete, which is a riverine area, and Ulam, all in Benue, and killed the 26 persons there. Many people are still missing.

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“These people came from Kente in Taraba State to launch the attack and after that, they retreated to their base at Kente,” he disclosed.But fielding questions from journalists yesterday after the state Security Council meeting, the state Deputy Governor, who is the acting governor, Benson Abounu, denied knowledge of the killings in Ukum, but said only two persons were killed in Makurdi metropolis by herdsmen.

According to him: “I have not been briefed on the casualty killings in Ukum. We have had a Security Council meeting, but nobody mentioned anything like that to me.”

On whether he had received a briefing from the Ukum Council chairman, Abounu said: “No, the Ukum local government chairman has not briefed me yet.“In the Security Council meeting, we emphasised the need for security in the state to be proactive, rather than being reactive.

“What they have been doing is that they only go to repel attacks and return, instead of mounting checks on the flashpoints.“With this kind of strategy, before sometimes before they get to where the attacks are taking place, the damage is already done.”

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
For the parents and guardians of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls still in Boko Haram captivity, it has been a torturous four years no one but they alone could feel bitter about.And for the parents of Leah Sharibu, the sole remaining captive from the Dapchi abduction by the insurgents, the length of captivity of the Chibok schoolgirls and the circumstances regarding how their daughter was held back after the release of her peers, offer neither succour nor hope.

This is just as the Presidency last night confirmed that negotiations between it and Boko Haram for the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls suffered some unexpected setbacks. It said the development was due mainly to a lack of agreement among their abductors, whose internal differences have led to a divergence of voices regarding the outcome of the talks.It added: “We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four whole years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you.

“However, this government is not relenting. We will continue to persist and the parents should please, not give up. Don’t give up hope of seeing your daughters back home again. Don’t lose faith in this government’s ability to fulfill our promise of reuniting you with your daughters.“Don’t imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about your daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost cause. “Their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate, despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists,” the Presidency said.



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Today, the Chibok schoolgirls still being held have spent four years of their youth in captivity, while Leah, despite having almost breathed freedom, has spent 55 days in captivity.Out of the about 276 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, kidnapped by the insurgents on April 14, 2014, as they prepared to write their West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, about 112 still remain in captivity, as others were either released or died while being held.

All the living Dapchi girls abducted on February 19, this year, except Leah, have been released, with some reported to have died in captivity.Controversy, allegations and counter-allegations have trailed and still trail the abduction of the Chibok girls regarding the authenticity and actual number of abductees, as some people remain in denial.It was one of the contentious issues of the 2015 presidential election and a little over a year to the next election, the issue of Leah, the only Christian captive who remains in captivity because she could not recite the Quran or refused to do so, being against her faith, is still a thorny issue.

There have been series of videos released by the captors on the Chibok girls, who have been used as cannon fodder and bargaining chips by the insurgents to extort money from government and get their arrested members released in exchange. Former minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, and Aisha Yesufu, among others, have been at the forefront of calls for their release, through the now famous Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign.


As the federal government intensifies efforts to secure their release, including through dialogue, for the parents of the kidnapped and still in captive, the waiting continues until their children are back, preferably alive.A statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, yesterday quoted the President as assuring that as long as he remained the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Chibok girls would never be forgotten and all would be done to have them reunited with their families.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Sharmaine Aderemi has worked within the fashion industry for over 15 years as a branding, wholesale, sales and product development expert. With over a decade of experience within the fashion industry, developing branding and licensing opportunities across fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Working with talent and influencers to created product ranges such as home fragrance, apparel, accessories and much more.

Sharmaine’s client list includes Acne, Buckingham Palace, Burberry, Calvin Klien, Celine, Gina, Karl Lagerfeld, Swarovski, Charlotte Olympia, and many more. She has travelled extensively across the globe throughout her career to regions such as the Far East, Europe and the USA on behalf of factories, brands and retailers.Sharmaine’s approach to all clients and products draws upon her deep industry knowledge and wide sight, providing clients with visionary advice and strategy.

As a leading expert in fashion, branding and retail industry, Sharmaine has helped companies accelerate brand growth in new and established market.
Her experience with new start-ups to world famous labels and everything in between enables her to help companies fine-tune all aspects of what they create; from choosing international suppliers to advertising how to access factory costs and margins for different markets, determine the most effective and efficient method to improve profitability. From determining inbound and outbound logistics to refining sales processes and steering product development. She has worked within a variety of market – emerging, established, and start-ups. Whilst providing guidance on growing brands, sourcing factories for production worldwide and assisting with price strategy.

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Sharmaine is currently working with Storm Model Management in London, strategically developing and implementing strong brand partnerships, licensing and collaboration deals for various models, talent and influencers that are signed to Storm.Storm Models is synonymous with the discovery of the world’s most famous models, such as Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne. Storm maximizes and develops creative and commercial opportunities for significant talent outside and inside the fashion industry. She was currently in the country with 10 top models from the agency to grace the just-concluded Arise Fashion Week in Lagos. In this interview Sharmaine takes GuardianWoman through her life career, family and impression about Nigeria’s fashion industry

Let’s meet Sharmaine. Tells us about your family background, education, career and so on 
I am Nigerian, born and raised in London. I was brought up within a strict Yoruba family. I was sent to Boarding school in Nigeria (Benin) and that was when my life changed and I realised I had a passion for fashion. I came back to London after graduating from SS3 and went to The London College of Fashion to study Fashion Management. I knew I loved fashion, but I was more interested in the business side of things rather than the design, I wanted to know how and where clothes were manufactured, I wanted to know how retailers made profit, who wore the clothes, why, I was intrigued.

You came to Nigeria for the Arise Fashion Week 2018. How deeply involved were you? What’s your partnership deal with the organisers? 
I worked on the model side of things, casting 10 models from London that are from different parts of the world. They all have their own individual different looks.

What does your job entail at Storm Models? 
I work across all boards at Storm (Mens, Womens, Artists, Creative and Vision). I work on branding, collaboration, licensing for the models and talents we represent. I also work on campaigns and ambassadorships for brands. We are always interested in signing new talent, so that’s another part of my role. I sign artists, performers, actors, footballers and DJ’s.

Since you represented the prestigious Storm Models London here, who are the star models that came with you to rule the runway?
All 10 girls are stars in my eyes, some of them have walked the runway for some of the world’s most successful brands, been part of successful campaigns and also worked on great editorials like DAZED, Vogue, Wonderland etc.

How’s your agency ranked among many top modelling agencies worldwide? 

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Storm is one of the most successful agencies in the world, Storm is known for scouting boys and girls and turning them into successful models. Kate Moss and Jourdan Dunn were scouted at a young age by our CEO, Kate was scouted in Luton Airport and Jourdan was in Primark and now they are both known around the world. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
A rivers State High Court, yesterday, granted the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, leave to issue a writ of summons to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Federal Government, to be serve by substituted means.
The state Chief Judge (CJ), Justice A. I. Iyayi- Lamikanra, who presided over the matter, also ordered that all the originating processes, alongside accompanying processes be published in ThisDay newspaper, even as the case was adjourned until Monday, April 23, this year.

Secondus had instituted the case against Mohammed for defamation of character, accusing him of mentioning his (Secondus) in a list of alleged looters of the country’s treasury, claiming that he collected N200million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki.

Embarrassed by the allegation, Secondus denied ever collecting any money from the former NSA and wrote to the minister through his lawyer, Emeka Etiaba, seeking the immediate retraction of his name from the list, payment of N1.5billion damages and public apology within 48 hours.

Having failed to meet the demand, Secondus on Friday, April 6, filed the suit, claiming among other things, that the court should award him the sum of N1.5billion, being damages for humiliation, castigation, vilification, attack on his person and integrity, as a result of the publication.

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Joined in the suit are the federal government through the Attorney General of the federation and the Vintage Press Limited, publishers of The Nation newspapers.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Ike Abonyi, Secondus in the suit No PHC/1013/2018, is also claiming that Mohammad’s publication is defamatory and as such asked the court to direct him to retract the said publication and apologise in writing, publish the retraction and apology in all the social media, including, but not limited to The Nation, ThisDay, The Sun, The Guardian and Punch, as well as in Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Channels Television, among others, where the said defamatory story was published.Secondus is also asking the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further publishing defamatory materials against him. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Lagos State government yesterday said it has paid about twenty two billion Naira as pensions and gratuity in the last 12 months.Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Akintola Benson, revealed this while giving account of his ministry's activities.... 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Rapper Ruggedman, is back and this time speaking for oppressed police victims in latest hit, Is Police Your Friend.The 253 seconds video showcases the rapper lending his bars to the protest against police violence and gross abuse to human rights as captured... 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
A kogi State high Court sitting in Lokoja has issued a bench warrant against the second accused in Senator Dino Melaye's alleged assassination case, Ade Obege.Obege failed to appear in court at the resume hearing of the case yesterday, resulting in the trial being stalled. 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The on-going public service reforms by the present administration in Bayelsa has thrown up more staggering revelation with the discovery of over 8,000 inherited appointments. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has alleged that the press in Nigeria has been gagged and he called on the Nigerian press to wake up and defend Nigerians suffering untold hardship under the failed All Progressives congress (APC) led Federal Government. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Following allegations of a murder case against him by the police, Senator representing Kaduna central senatorial zone, Senator Shehu Sani, has said that some people in government are now using security forces to frame him. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Fashion designers, producers of fashion accessories and enthusiasts all gathered at the 10 Degrees Events Centre in Ikeja last weekend for The Ready to Wear (R2W) expo which is first of its kind. 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The Internet world is like a city, jam-packed with information and resources worthy of the finest museums, but also holding menace for the unwary. You wouldn't let your child wander unsupervised and unprepared in any city. 

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