NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday,  13 April, 2018.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Row yesterday broke out over President Muhammadu Buhari’s London statement on killer-herdsmen.


 
In the Senate, tempers flared as it discussed the statement.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it showed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) could not handle security challenges.

Two former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidents Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Wole Olanipekun (SAN) criticised the President.

But three other Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Prof. Itse Sagay, Bolaji Ayorinde and Festus Keyamo, as well as Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) leader Balarabe Musa said the President could not be   faulted.

In Taraba and Benue states, 30 persons were killed in fresh herdsmen attacks. Twenty five were killed in Taraba and five in Benue.

At the Senate, its Leader, Ahmed Lawan, and his deputy Bala Ibn Na’Allah rose against Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for what they described as his uncomplimentary remarks on the President.


 

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It took the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s intervention to restore order.

The President on Wednesday in London said the late Libyan President Muammar Gadaffi’s gunmen were the killer-herdsmen.

The gunmen, he said, infiltrated Nigeria and other West African countries after Gadaffi’s death in 2011.

At plenary yesterday, Abaribe drew senators’ attention to the President’s statement, which he described in unprintable words.

He said: “This chamber has discussed the killings in Nigeria. I recall that on the matter of herdsmen and farmers’ clashes, two explanations were given by high-ranking security personnel. The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said these killings were as a result of laws being passed by states.

“Secondly, the Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali said that these killings were as a result of the blockade of grazing routes. And we continued to look at all these explanations.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) in London, President Muhammadu Buhari said that these killings were as a result of the people who were trained by Muammar Gaddafi.

“Mr. President was implying that these people who are doing the killings in Nigeria are invaders from outside of Nigeria.

“If so, it validates my point in this chamber that when a Commander-in-Chief says he cannot take care of invaders, why is he still a Commander-in-Chief?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday said there was no controversy over the lifting of the suspension on trading on Oando Plc’s shares.

Its acting Director-General, Dr Abdul Zubair, explained to reporters in Abuja why it directed the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to lift the technical suspension on the shares.

He said before the decision was reached, the Oando management and  the umbrella body of all shareholders’ union in the company visited SEC and made written submissions for the lifting of the suspension.

The lifting of the suspension, he said, was also sequel to the withdrawal of all litigations by the company and shareholders challenging the suspension.


 
According to him, the suspension of shares from trading on the floor of the NSE was usually for a short period, but that of Oando extended beyond the normal period owing to litigations instituted by the shareholders and Oando, Zubair said.


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“As a result of the court cases, the commission as a law abiding agency of government was constrained to continue with the forensic audit or lift the suspension.

“However with the withdrawal of the suit in February, the forensic audit being carried out by Deloitte has resumed while the technical suspension has been lifted,” he said.

Zubair reiterated that an independent forensic audit was still being carried out by Deliotte, an auditing firm, adding that if Oando was found to have broken any rules,  it would be sanctioned.

The SEC boss revealed that the commission would soon receive the preliminary findings on Oando Plc from Deloitte.

He, however, said since it was an independent audit, there was no time limit to the duration of the audit, thus its conclusion would depend on the situation the audit firm meets.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
A battle for the ownership of three oil blocks may lead to a breakdown of law and order in Enugu, Anambra and Kogi states, a senator claimed yesterday.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North) urged  the Senate to intervene  to prevent possible  loss of lives and property in the fight over the ownership of OPL 915, 916 and 917, being contested by the three states.

The Enugu North lawmaker said matters came to a head a few days ago when one Mike Emuh who claimed to be chairman, oil bearing host communities told a gathering of Anambra traditional rulers that the state had been designated oil producing state in exclusion of Enugu and Kogi States.

He said stakeholders in Enugu and Kogi States were embarrassed about the claim especially when senators from the three states were working assiduously to make raise the status of the states to oil bearing.

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He said they also agreed that the 13 per cent derivation should be shared by the three states based on what each had pending the report the National Boundary Commission working on the delineation of the area.

Utazi said that the area bearing the oil blocks was contiguous with people from the three states working together.

He said Emuh’s announcement created problem in the area leading to people carrying arms against one another.

Utazi said, “The oil has been there. It was during President Goodluck Jonathan the issue came up. People did not bid for the oil because it was landlocked. But some business men from Anambra State agreed to build a refinery there. Jonathan on Enugu soil on August 30, 2012 declared Anambra oil producing state.”

He said the pronouncement of Jonathan led to massive protest which forced the president to invite the three state governors for discussion on how to address the issue.

Utazi said after explanation by the governors, Jonathan withdrew his recognition and directed the National Boundary Commission to look into the matter and determine who owns what.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
There was pandemonium yesterday in Akobo, Ibadan home of Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Lekan Balogun, as two suspected kidnappers stormed the house and abducted his five-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.

Details of how the incident occurred were  sketchy last night.

Efforts to get the monarch’s comment were fruitless, as he was said not to be available.


 
The mother of the children was said to be recovering from the shock at an unnamed hospital in Ibadan.

Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.

He said: “We have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers. We will rescue the children.


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“We received a report that two of the traditional ruler’s children were kidnapped in Akobo. The command is doing everything to rescue the children unhurt.

“We are aware of the incident. We hope to rescue the children as soon as possible.” Police Commissioner Abiodun Odude has ordered the Anti Kidnapping Squad to rescue the children.”

An unconfirmed report said the suspected kidnappers demanded N100 million ransom.


Fri, 13 Apr 2018
THE Supreme Court has fixed July 6 for judgment in the appeal by Senate President Bukola Saraki against the December 12, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

The Appeal Court had ordered him to enter defence in respect of three out of the 18 counts contained in a false assets declaration charge brought against him by the Federal Government.

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Dattijo Muhammad chose the date yesterday after parties adopted their written briefs of argument in relation to the appeal by Saraki and the cross-appeal by the prosecution.

Saraki was arraigned before the CCT on an 18-count amended charge bordering on corruption and false declaration of assets.


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At the conclusion of the prosecution’s case, Saraki made a no case submission, which the CCT, in a ruling on June 14, 2017, upheld and discharged and acquitted him on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove its case.

Upon appeal to the Court of Appeal, Abuja by the prosecution, the appellate court, in its December 12, 2017 judgment, held among others that the prosecution was able to establish a prima facie case against Saraki in three of the 18 counts. The three counts are: 4, 5 and 6.

The Appeal Court ordered that Saraki be made to enter defence in respect of the three counts and for parties to return to the CCT for the continuation of trial.

Saraki appealed the judgment and asked the Supreme Court to set aside the aspect of the judgment where he was ordered to enter defence before the CCT in respect of the three counts.

The prosecution also cross-appealed the judgment and urged the Supreme Court to restore the full charge it brought against Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). It wants the Supreme Court to set aside part of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in which it voided 15 out of the 18 counts in the charge.


Fri, 13 Apr 2018
President Buhari has finally declared publicly what, based on his body language, most Nigerians have speculated for months. He is running for a second term in 2019 in response to the clamor by Nigerians.The announcement before the National Executive Committee (NEC) of APC was without fanfare, made off the script of his prepared statement which was subsequently released to the public by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity. Nonetheless, it reverberated across the political landscap 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Herdsmen have, again struck in Taraba and Benue States, killing 30 people in separate attacks yesterday.The presence of Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris and a military probe panel in Taraba State yesterday did not deter the marauding herdsmen from carrying out their onslaught.They killed 25 residents of Jandeikyula village in Wukari local government area last night.Taraba State police spokesman David Misal, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) , confirmed the attack and killings. 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
20 marriages, 72 births recorded during service The curtain has dropped on the 2016/17 Batch A (Stream 1) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme across the land yesterday. BASSEY ANTHONY, OKODILI NDIDI, KOLADE ADEYEMI report the passing out or Corps members at the various Orientation campsIt was harvest of marriages, births and sanction for some members of the 2016/17 Batch A (Stream 1) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).More than 100 Youth Corps members have had their service 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
THE Senate was yesterday thrown into confusion over President Muhammadu Buharis claim that killer- herdsmen marauding in parts of the country were trained by the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gadaffi.It took spirited attempts by Senate President Bukola Saraki to bring the situation under control.Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe stoked the fire, when he drew the attention of the upper chamber to what he described as the unbecoming statement of Buhari in London on Wednesday.The President was quoted to have 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Court of Appeal in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has upturned a one-year imprisonment passed on a prominent businessman in Ado-Ekiti, Alhaji Azeez Apenpe, for allegedly giving false information to the police.The Magistrates Court and High Court had convicted Apenpe of the charge preferred against him by the police after he had reported a case of theft on his farm.The three-member appeal panel in a judgment delivered yesterday by Justice Ahmad Belgore set aside the verdicts of the two lower courtsa 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
NEMA didnt receive N5b Northeast intervention cash, says DGVICE President Yemi Osinbajo is to appear before a House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Management to answer questions on the reasons behind the suspension of six senior officers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).The House ordered that the suspended officers should be recalled while EFCC investigate the case against them.Also to appear alongside the Osinbajo is Acting Chairman of the Economic and 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
A group, the Just Keep Following Group (JKFG), has welcomed the decision of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to run for governor in Ekiti State.The Coordinator, Comrade Bisi Dada, and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Victor Irewolede, said Fayemis return will bring progress to the state.The group said Fayemis entry will enrich the governorship race and give him an opportunity to offer his service to the people.The group noted that the Minister would be seeking the nominati 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
AN Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Mr. Kayode Ojo, has informed party executives of his ambition to contest for .The aspirant, who hails from Ikoro-Ekiti, Ekiti Central Senatorial District, said he has not stepped down for any contender, adding that his agenda focuses on agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and human capital development.He said his administration would ensure capacity development and entrepreneurial skills of the youth.Ojo noted that the gap in th 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
A social critic, Ademola Opetuga, spoke with reporters in Lagos on President Muhammadu Buharis second term bid and other national issues. RAYMOND MORDI was there.Given the groundswell of opposition against his second term ambition, do yousupport President Buharis bid for 2019' Frankly speaking, I would advise him to go and rest, because of his health and his age; so that he can spend the remaining years of his lifetime peacefully. But, I can see from his body language that he is bent on see 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Surulere Federal Constituency 1, Lagos State, have endorsed the House of Representatives Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, for a fifth term. LEKE SALAUDEEN reports.Given the groundswell of opposition against his second term ambition, do you roads; so he makes the money to reach out to the grassroots. But the local councils and the local council development areas are not measuring up to the governors pace; they consume the money before it gets t 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Fela Durotoye, a motivational speaker, is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN). He spoke with EMMANUEL OLADESU on his vision, the quest for generational shift and other partisan issues. You are known as a public speaker and leadership coach. How does it feel to be a politician'I know what it is to be a technotician, which is what we are in the ANN. I dont know whether I will need to learn what it means to be a politician, but we are technocrats here 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Onto has nabbed her very first win in the Big Brother Naija Show.This occurred during a task organized in favour of the Smartphone Network brand, Airtel.The task brief expected housemates to find a solution to the nagging education system of the Country, if they were put in a hypothetical condition of Special Adviser on Education.Lolu was the first housemate to begin the task, as housemates continued to follow in a successive manner.Biggie slipped up slightly when he commended Antos eloquent spe 

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Fast-rising comedian, Akinbode Gabriel, popularly known as Ogbenigabu has urged his fellow young comedians to stick to their originality and stop lobbying for shows.According to the comedian who carved a niche for himself by spinning comedy skits and songs on Instagram; Every young comedian needs to work hard and be discipline as a professional for them to realise their potentials. This is an entertainment industry unlike other type of industry where comedy currently has no association that chec 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Afrofolk musician Oluko has come out with his debut album tagged Bowale which means Return Home in Yoruba.The album which was recently released has five tracks Good morning, Africa, Bowale (ft Alex Seun), Enu Agba (ft Mr Olanrewaju) and Tiwa n tiwa.According to Oluko whose real name is Oluseun Jacob, the album title and the track BOWALE was actually inspired by the lady who Ive had a crush on for seven solid years.He also disclosed that the dearth of quality indigenous music informed his decisi 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Over the years culture has been described by many scholars as a unifying factor which comprises the totality of a group of people. It covers the entirety and total being of a people.Entertainment, on the other hand has been exploited in different ways by brands in appealing to target consumers. Taking a cursory look at successful brands, it will be discovered that at one time or the other they have used music to catch their consumers fancy or patronage.Considering the importance of entertainment 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Shortly after shooting Odun Ibole, a story of cultural values and traditions, Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Yewande Adekoya is not slowing down. She has embarked on the shooting of another culturally inclined project titled Ewatomi.Known for her love in promoting her culture to her environs and beyond, the actress has said that she is not ready to let 2018 go without making an impact in the movie industry. To that end, she has lined up several projects, which she says she will gradually unvei 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Recently out with a new single titled Dansaki, up and coming hip hop act, Ruqqi Cextus, has said it is challenging managing himself as an artiste.Though, the young act who is yet to be signed to a record label has dropped 29 songs from two EPs in nine years, he admitted that it has not been easy.I got no record label, no sponsors, no management, Cextus who has featured Terry Apala and Brymo on songs, said.He started singing fully in 2007 while he was the president of a musical group, ACA Voices. 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Salzburg, Marseille, Atltico and Arsenal are the semi-finalists in the UEFA Europa League.Salzburg beat Lazio 6-5 on aggregate, scoring four goals in 20 minutes of the second half to edge out the Italians. Italians had won the first leg 4-1.French team Marseille ousted the Bundesliga team Leipzig 5-2.Arsenal survived a scare and drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow, going through with 6-3 aggregate. Atletico endured a 0-1 loss at Sporting Lisbon, to go through 2-1 aggregate.In Moscow, Fedor Chalov and Kiri 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Bayern Munich have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League after playing out a goalless draw with Sevilla in their quarter-final second leg to progress 2-1 on aggregate.The hosts began brightly as James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski all weighing in with early efforts, the latter heading on target and forcing a save from David Soria.Sevillas opening contributions to the game were two bookings within the first 11 minutes, before Pablo Sarabia rifled an effort high over Sve 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday commenced the disbursement of N26 billion Agribusiness/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) fund contributed by all deposit money banks to finance eligible projects, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele said.Speaking at a ceremony to commence disbursement of the fund, he said lenders contributed five per cent of their annual Profit After Tax (PAT) annually to the AGSMEIS fund which is expected to exceed N60 billion by June this year.He sai 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Nigerias inflation rate measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped from 14.33 in February to 13.34 per cent in March year-on-year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) CPI report for March has shown.It stated in the CPI report released yesterday in Abuja that the figure showed 14 consecutive reductions in inflation rate since January 2017.However, in another survey report titled Conflict In Nigeria And Food Insecurity In Conflict-Affected Areas, the NBS noted that conflicts involving 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has commended the Nigerian Academy of Engineering for its leadership and promotion of policies that led to the general advancement and promotion of excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation.Dr. Baru spoke in Lagos yesterday at the induction ceremony of Group Managing Director of Arco Group, Mr. Alfred Okoigun as Fellow of the Academy. He said in the over two decades of its exi 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The past few days have seen a high-powered delegation from MTN Group hold planned strategic sessions in Nigeria solely to underscore the African multinationals commitment to the country. The sessions were also geared towards the planned listing of MTN on the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) as well as finalising partnership with Ecobank Group on the provision of mobile financial services across Africa.While in the country, the delegation which included Chairman, MTN Group, Mr. Phuthuma Nhleko; Group 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has stressed the need to train desk officers for effective implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).It said this is in view of the many challenges being faced by the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPC) including different interpretations of some provisions of the Act by retirees and over/under remittance of entitlements leading to delays in processing retirement benefits.Speaking at the opening of the workshop designed to train Pension Desk O 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Supporting Micro Small and Medium Enterprises through funding and other operational tools will boost their contributions to economic development, the Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dikko Radda, has said.He spoke during the knowledge sharing session under the Enterprise Network Initiative (ENI) held in Lagos.Radda, who was represented by Friday Okpara of the Strategic Partnership and Liaison Department at SMEDA, said Nigerias MSMEs are equal 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has entered into a partnership with the worlds largest crop chemical producer to ensure food security for Nigeria.Speaking at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NIRSAL and Syngenta Agrochemical Company in Abuja on yesterday, the Managing Director of NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu A. Abdulhameed said Nigerian farmers need simple and reliable ways to maximise their yields.The thrust of the agreement, he 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Heritage Bank Plc has entered into a strategic partnership with the Choice International Group (CIG) Motors Limited to introduce a new vehicle finance scheme aimed at assisting interested and pre-qualified customers to buy brand new GAC Vehicles with ease and at affordable prices.The initiative tagged: Go CAR-razy, was facilitated by the sole representative of GAC Motors in Nigeria known as CIG, which enables individuals who meet the prescribed conditions to pay an equity contribution of 10% wit 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The board of directors of Lafarge Africa Plc has recommended distribution of N13.01 billion to shareholders as cash dividend for the 2017 business year. The dividend represents 43 per cent increase on the dividend payout for the 2016 business year.For the second consecutive trading session, Lafarge Africas share price rose by 35 kobo to close at N44 yesterday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), playing a contrarian stock to the negative average day-on-day overall market return of -0.09 per cen 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
About $200 billion has been lost in the last eight years to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).Former President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) Comrade Achese Igwe, who disclosed this at the fourth quadrennial delegates conference of the union, in Port Harcourt, said the delay in passing the bill was a disincentive to the economy as it has stifled direct foreign investment (DFI) into the country. According to him, it has also resulted in the 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Senator Danjuma Gojes fury over the performance of the National Social Investment Trust Fund (NSITF) has brought to the fore the concern of Nigerians over some of the activities and programmes of the Buhari administration. While seeking to replace former President Goodluck Jonathan as president in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari had decried the level of poverty and the unacceptable level of youth unemployment and pledged to tackle them headlong if elected.One major programme that the government 

Fri, 13 Apr 2018
For the otherwise high-flying Ambode governorship, the present refuse crisis in Lagos is a threatening legacy blight.How can Governor Akinwunmi Ambode brilliantly succeed on so many new fronts, yet fail on the notorious Lagos refuse, which even the most skeptical of Lagosians had thought the continuum of Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola governorships had resolved for good'That explains the bitterness and anger, among the populace, as they scowl at the rising mountains of refuse in places l 

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