Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
It was a black Easter in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, as no fewer than 29 persons were feared killed in a crossfire between the Boko Haram insurgents and the military on Sunday.

The confrontation ensued when the Boko Haram insurgents launched a coordinated attack on a military camp and the adjoining Bale Shuwar and Alikaranti communities on the outskirts of Maiduguri in a move to infiltrate the state capital.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, echoes from sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions which lasted for hours on Sunday evening were heard from the outskirts of the city.

The insurgents attacked the military base in the Cashew Plantation area at the entrance to the city with suicide bombers, mortars and guns, leading to a prolonged battle.

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An officer, who did not want to be mentioned, said while 18 terrorists on foot attacked the military base, firing at the troops, seven suicide bombers targeted the residents of the nearby Bale Shuwar and Alikaranti communities at 8:50 p.m.

There were conflicting casualty figures.

“So far, we have recovered 18 dead bodies from the two villages,” Bello Dambatto, an official from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) told the Agence France Presse (AFP).

“The victims were killed while trying to escape the fight between the insurgents and the military,” Dambatto said.

The Nigerian Army confirmed that 15 persons, including a soldier, lost their lives and 83 others wounded in the attacks.

Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the gallant troops repelled the insurgents’ attack.

“Troops deployed in the Cashew Plantation around Bale Shuwa and Alikaramti villages have quashed an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to penetrate Maiduguri metropolis on Sunday at about 8:10 p.m.

“The insurgents met with stiff resistance of the troops who killed the insurgents and neutralised seven suicide bombers in the encounter,” he said.

According to him, when the terrorists were unable to force their way into the metropolis, they retreated and callously resorted to attacking locals, who were fleeing in confusion from Bale Shuwa and Alkaranti villages.

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“Sadly, 15 persons including a soldier have so far been confirmed dead in the encounter, while 83 persons who suffered varying degrees of injuries are receiving due medical attention. Troops are still on the trail of the insurgents,’’ he said.

But the Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, said 29 persons, including Boko Haram terrorists, villagers, and a soldier died following the attacks, adding that 86 villagers who also sustained injuries were receiving treatment in a specialist hospital. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday demanded an immediate proscription of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for allegedly financing President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign with looted funds.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP also gave the Buhari-led presidency a three-day ultimatum to respond to allegations that it was elected with looted funds or find itself top on the list of confirmed looters.

“Instead of the presidency and the APC to come out with a response on how Buhari’s 2015 campaign was funded with looted sums, they are busy hallucinating about names of individuals whose matters are before the courts of competent jurisdiction.”

The party claimed that the APC, the Federal Government and the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, were running away from the issue of how they raised money to install Buhari as president.

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“They have pressed the panic button and resorted to unfounded allegations against PDP members just to divert the attention of Nigerians and the international community from their atrocious government and its manifold failures of leadership.”

The PDP said it would not join “the panicky APC and the Federal Government in their resort to engage in matters that are sub judice because we believe and respect the rule of law, particularly, as it concerns the rights of every citizen.

“We know those in the APC and Buhari’s cabinet who as champions of looting, plundered the resources of their various states and handed the same over for the very expensive electioneering campaign of President Buhari, who had earlier confessed of his insolvency.

“We have challenged the APC and the presidency to declare the sources of these funds and how they were used since they have been proven to come from public coffers. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Nigeria and other countries across the world will spend about $811 billion on 615 upcoming oil and gas fields in the next eight years, a research conducted by data and analytics firm- Globaldata, has revealed.

The money, specifically, would be expended on capital items, especially conventional oil, heavy oil, oil sands, and unconventional oil projects, the report said.

Nigeria, Mozambique, Australia, Canada, Norway, Indonesia, and UK, together have a total of $298 billion, averaging about 37 per cent of the total spending on the projects globally.

The Federal Government had earlier said the country would increase investments in the oil and gas sector to add over $100 billion in the next five years.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had said that recent investments in the sector is about $40 billion, but stated at a forum recently that the country would be able to boost investment in the nation’s oil and gas sector to record $100 billion in the next five years.

“The investment will be targeted at gas, gas infrastructure, replacement of existing dilapidated pipelines, which will be carried out by private sector investments,” he added.

Collectively, the oil and gas industry across the world would spend $352 billion on conventional oil, heavy oil is expected to stand at $44 billion, while oil sands takes about $43.4 billion, and unconventional oil takes $30 billion over the eight-year period.

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The report noted that conventional gas projects would cost about $363.2 billion, while the investments into coal bed methane and unconventional gas projects would cost a total of $3.7 billion and upstream expenditure was expected at $1.6 billion.

Brazil alone accounts for $76.7 billion, an average of 9.5 per cent of total spending, while the projects include 49 announced and planned fields.

The U.S. has about $75 billion of the expenditure, averaging about 9.3 per cent share in the global planned and announced projects over the forecast period.

The report also revealed that U.S. has 37 planned and announced fields, including ultra-deepwater Mad Dog Phase 2, shallow-water Smith Bay and onshore Horseshoe.

Russia is expected to contribute $72.6 billion or around nine per cent to the total capital expenditure.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Yobe State has organised special prayers for the release of the only Christian girl, Leah Sheribu, still held captive by the Boko Haram insurgents. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
An activist and community leader in Irigwe chiefdom of Bassa council area in Plateau State, Evangelist Jerry Dattim, says no fewer than 215 indigenes have been killed since September 2017 till date. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has concluded arrangements to hold its yearly general meetings and election of new office... 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Members of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) have been advised to continue to strictly uphold the age ethics of confidentiality... 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
An international psychotherapy trainer, Ches Moulton, has called on employees and managers of corporate organisations to focus more on collaborative... 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
THE Cross River Basin Development Authority (CRBDA) has constituted Advisory Council as part of efforts to reposition the Authority for effective service delivery. 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
DStv and GOtv subscribers will, over the long weekend of the Easter holidays, enjoy emore entertainment at no extra cost. 
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