NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday,  17 April, 2018.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
DID the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus benefit from a multi-billion naira oil cash during the Jonathan administration?

Documents from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), obtained by The Nation, yesterday showed that N1.28 billion was spent on acquiring exotic vehicles for him and two others.

The others are one of his predecessors, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and Senator Albert Bassey.

A breakdown showed that Secondus got vehicles or gifts worth N310million-N472.5million; Mua’zu, N504, 500,000 and  Bassey, N303m.



But in a swift reaction last night, Secondus described the allegation as continuation of his media trial.

“We are already in court on some of these allegations. If anybody has anything to prove, let him go to court. We know that this is a continuation of blackmail and media trial against the PDP national chairman,” his spokesman Ike Abonyi said.

Also, about N250million was traced to Secondus as remittance in two tranches from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

ONSA said out of the cash, N50million was collected by Uche (Secondus) on November 7, 2014 and  one Chukwurah, who was a Special Assistant to Secondus, picked the balance of N200million in cash, on February 9, 2015.

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The desk officers who handed over the cash to the beneficiaries have made statements to the EFCC.

One of them said: “The money (N50million) was paid to Uche Secondus but the purpose was not known. It was based on the directive of a  former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.



“One could remember that a payment of N200million was made to Uche Secondus as directed by the former NSA. The purpose was unknown.”

All the payment vouchers, especially a vital one tagged 0244, have been retrieved by EFCC from ONSA.

Mua’zu, who is tagged as being on the run, it was learnt, may be watch-listed on how he came about the N504.5million worth of vehicles.

The EFCC declared that “Secondus still has a case to answer because he is on bail.”

According to the fact-sheet obtained from the anti-graft commission, the vehicles were purchased from Skymit Motors from the proceeds of what was due to the nation from the Strategic Alliance Agreement between Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Nigeria Limited and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company(NPDC).

Some of the proceeds were initially diverted to Expedia Marines from where payments were made to Skymit Motors.

The documents indicated that 50 vehicles were purchased for Secondus between June 28, 2013 and November 2014.

The fact-sheet reads in part: “As part of the investigation of Strategic Alliance Agreement between Atlantic Energy and NPDC, the EFCC team discovered that part of the  proceeds of crude oil lifting were diverted to Expedia Marines and from the company several payments were made to a company called Skymit, which deals in assorted vehicles.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he is not pre-occupied with the 2019 election in which he has indicated interest to run for a second term.

He told British Prime Minister Mrs. Theresa May in London that he is more concerned about his administration’s three-point programme than the forthcoming election.

The President declared his second term bid before travelling to the United Kingdom last Monday.

At a bilateral meeting with May at 10, Downing Street, London yesterday, Buhari said he could not afford to lose concentration on the economy, security and the anti-corruption war.



In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said “We campaigned on three major issues – to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption. We have elections next year, politicians are already pre-occupied with the polls, but I am bothered more about security and the economy.”

Recalling that Nigeria and Britain have a long history of cooperation, Buhari said: “People ought to know how they arrived where they are, if they would move forward. It was a mistake for us to have stopped the teaching of history as a subject in schools, but we are returning it to the curriculum now.”


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He praised British companies like Unilever, Cadbury, and others, “that have stood with Nigeria through thick and thin. Even when we fought a civil war, they never left.

“But like Oliver Twist, we ask for more investments. We are encouraging more British companies to come to Nigeria. We appreciate the support you have given in training and equipping our military, particularly in the war against insurgency, but we want to also continue to work with you on trade and investment.”

The President also briefed May on his administration’s strides in agriculture, which he said has put Nigeria “firmly on the road to food self-sufficiency”.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A secondary school pupil was feared killed yesterday in Abuja during a clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shiites, and the Police.

The clash occurred in Maitama during the Shiites protest of the continuous incarceration of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, however, claimed that 22 of its men were injured in the clash.

The command added that 115 Shiites were arrested and catapults, iron bars, stones and pink head bands recovered from them.



According to a member of the group, Mohammed Gamawa, the police swooped on them during a peaceful protest to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), firing tear gas, water cannons and life bullets.

He explained that the movement was going to the NHRC to report the treatment the police allegedly meted out to them last Friday.

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His words: “It was not a riot but a peaceful demonstration. We were as usual trying to make the government obey the court orders releasing Sheik El-Zakzaky and also build a  house for him anywhere he wants in the country.

“We were barred from the Unity Fountain, where we were holding our peaceful demonstrations, on Friday. We were teargassed by over 300 policemen, many of our people were critically injured and many more were arrested.

“We were simply marching to the National Human Rights Commission today to lay our complaints on the treatment meted out on us by the police on Friday and demand for the release of our leader when the policemen attacked us.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The kidnappers of the twins of Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, yesterday reduced the ransom from N40 million to N10 million.The abductors had demanded N100 million to release the twins, a boy and a girl.They initially reduced the amount to N40 million.The children were kidnapped last week at gunpoint in Akobo, Ibadan.Oba Balogun confirmed yesterday the ransom was reduced to N10 million.He hoped that his twins would soon be released.Efforts to get the police to react were futile, 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
AN Abuja Federal High Court yesterday fixed May 14 for judgment in a suit seeking to void the one-year tenure extension granted to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The plaintiff, Mr. Ademorin Kuye, led some other party members to file the suit after the party extended the tenure of NWC by one year.The defendants are: the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and National Organising Secreta 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Six policemen have been killed by gunmen in Benue and Kano states.Those who struck during an ambush in Anyone, Ayilamo, Tombo ward Logo Local Government area of Benue state are believed to be herdsmen.They killed five of the riot policemen deployed to check the wanton killings in the state.The attack in which two police vehicles were set ablaze, happenedon Sundayand yesterday morning.According to an eyewitness in Ayilamo, Tersoo Anande, a riot policeman was attacked and killed along the Ayilamo- 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Suspected herdsmen at the weekend killed about 32 people in different locations across the southern senatorial district of Nasarawa state.The attackers reportedly struck in Tiv villages across Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma Local Government Areas of the state, leaving many others injured.As at yesterday, over 10,000 Tiv villagers were said to have been trapped along the Agwatashi-Jangwa road axis in Obi Local Government Area shortly after the marauding herdsmen sacked many villages including Uvirkaa, 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Directors of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) suspended to allow unfettered probe into the billions of money traced to them, rushed to the House of Representatives to present themselves as victims, a Presidency source said last night.He added that their intention is to stall the probe.The new NEMA board headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, sent six directors and another official on suspension following the preliminary report by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Fertility problems among couples are highly emotional and often lead to break-up of many marriages in society. It is no surprise, therefore, thatProfessor Johnbull, the popular television drama series which has established a reputation for its educational value, has chosen it as the theme of this weeks episode of the programme.According to a statement by the series sponsors, Globacom, the episode, entitledChildless Wives, will seek to bring to the fore the agony of women who face fertility chall 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Peace has eluded the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, following the election of a new chairman, Soji Adagunodo. A faction, led by Senator Iyiola Omisore, is threatening to pull out. Correspondent ADESOJI ADENIYI examines the effects of the crisis on the party as the governorship election draws near.There is no end in sight to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State. The party became more divided, following its recent congress.Since 2015, the troubled chap 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Delta State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has destroyed over 300 illegal refineries in the State in the last 12 months.The Corps State Commandant, Mrs. Sam Ego Ezeagbogho made this known on Monday in Asaba when Commandant of Naval College, Port Harcourt, Rear Admiral Thaddeus Udofia and participants of Course 2 of the institute visited.She said the exercise has enabled the country save billions of naira, adding that the successes were due to collabo 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Ondo state Chapter of the All Progressives Congress( APC ) yesterday criticised the statement credited some members of Segun Abrahams camp alleging that that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was attempting to frustrate the matter filed by their Principal at an Abuja Federal High Court.Abraham challenged the declaration of Akeredolu as the winner of the 2016 APC governorship primary through application of technicalities, particularly on the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.A statement 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A year after her separation from her husband, Nollywood actress and producer, Mercy Aigbe, who is currently on vacation abroad with her kids, is thanking God for not falling into depression.Mercy, who clocked 40 in January 2018, took to her Instagram account on Monday to thank God for healing.A year thank you Jehovah for grace, for the spirit of forgiveness, for total healing, for strength and above all for Life! You are worthy to be praised, she wrote.Lanre and Mercy had a messy fight in 2017, 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Cross-over actress Eniola Badmus is taking her first movie titled Ghetto Bred to London for its premiere on May 6, 2018.Known as gbogbo bigz girl, this is the actress first movie, having featured in several movies, among which she has won awards.The movie is about Efe, a young vibrant lady who believes in power and street life. She never believed in love until Onons who spoke the language she understood came into the picture; decision and choice become the order of the day as Fred, a complete ge 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Popular comedian Jephthah Akpororo is in a celebration mood, with the arrival of his twins.Akpororo who is holding one of his comedy show in Sapele, Delta State, took to his Instagram to share the good news with his fans, by uploading a video where he is seen celebrating with friends in the traditional way of applying talcum on the body.I done born oo, he captioned the video.Akpororo wedded his wife in 2015 and they now have three children after their first who was born two years ago.The comedia 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Few weeks after her she was buried, late Ghanaian singer Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, known as Ebony, has won the Artiste of the year at the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) held last Saturday at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).The award which is to reward Ghanaian music icons for their commitment, hard work and dedication in the music career, was organised by Charterhouse.Ebony, who is the first female to win the artiste of the year award, beat Sarkodie, Ston 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Nollywood actress and The Johnsons star, Ada Ameh, has mentioned that giving birth to her daughter at an early age of 14 while in class four didnt stop her from being doing her best and becoming a notable face in Nollywood.She made this known at the Benson Idahosa Universitys 14th Cultural Day Celebration.Going through life as a single mother was not an easy thing at all, but today I am proud to call myself a proud single mother because whenever I see my daughter I am glad, she said.I want you t 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Despite the reports making round that Nollywood actress Stella Damasus has gone off social media, the actress has taken to her Instagram to speak on her next plans.My next level!, she began.We keep wondering why God is not showing us what next or taking us to the next level of our lives. Maybe its because we are not done with the level we are currently at. We have not accomplished the mission for that level so we cant skip to the next. We can only be promoted when we have excelled in our current 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
With the successful outing of Royal Hibiscus Hotel movie which was released in the cinemas across Nigeria early 2018, EbonyLife Films is set for another new feature movie titled Chief Daddy.With the project already rolling, the movie according to the producer, Mo Abudu, is being projected to be a December blockbuster.Chief Daddy tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses. Ch 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Super Eagles and CSKA Moscow forward, Ahmed Musa has promised to bang in more goals after scoring his first goal in the Russian Premier League since his return to CSKA Moscow, AOIFootball.com reports.Musa, who is on loan from former English Premier League champions, Leicester City, secured a point for his club against Sylvester Igbonus UFA FC after lashing on a loose ball in the 78th minute, his first for CSKA this season.The former VVV Venlo speed demon has however promised to get more goals be 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr is a happy man following goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwas return to training with his club, Enyimba FC.Ezenwa had a minor injury in his teams last away clash against Kwara United in Ilorin, a development which caused an uproar in the media, but the former Sunshine Stars shot-stopper debunked report it was a serious injury.Speaking to AOIFootball.com exclusively, the former FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalie revealed that he is back in training and would be fit for Enyimba FCs NPF 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Waidi Skoro Usman, on Saturday, won the African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight title by knocking out Michael Shaka Nyawade of Kenya in the eleventh round.The bout, one of the seven at GOtv Boxing Night 14, held at the National Stadium in Lagos, saw Skoro knock down his opponent four times.The Nigerian pugilist, who also holds the West African Boxing Union (WABU) title, was on a redemption-seeking mission. A shot at the title in December 2015 resulted in defeat to Ugandas Edward Kakembo.Another 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The battle for the leadership position in the ongoing ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier gets hotter today as Nigeria confronts Ghana in the second match of the day.Earlier in the day, third and fourth place teams Sierra Leone and Gambia will slug it out as the two teams are yet to win any match in the competition.Nigeria is topping the table after their emphatic victories over Sierra Leone and Gambia.On Sunday, Nigeria continued its good run, overcoming The Gambia by 55 runs, at the Tafawa Balewa 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Tyronne Ebuehi is not in tip-top condition and could be omitted from the ADO Den Haag squad for their Eredivisie clash against Heerenveen tonight.Speaking to reporters on Monday, manager of ADO Den Haag, Fons Groenendijk, confirmed that the Nigeria international right-back will have to undergo a late fitness test which will determine his availability for the game.Later in the day, well hear more about his (Ebuehis) physical condition. If he cannot play, Trevor David starts, said Groenendijk.Gop 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Organisers of the Okpekpe international 10km road race have announced award-winning insurers STACO Insurance Plc as the official insurer of the only IAAF silver label road race in Nigeria.Zack Amodu, the director of organisation for the race revealed that STACO will provide insurance Cover for the race.We have subscribed to a third party liability insurance policy to cover the risks for which we may be held liable, including any accident which might occur to athletes and officials, said Amodu, a 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Says, 13 African athletes disappeared13 African athletes have gone missing from the just concluded Commonwealth Games, in Australia.Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive David Grevemberg who revealed this stated that the 13 athletes represented Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda and Sierra Leone in Games.He explained that while Nigerian representatives can be accounted for, eight Cameroon athletes disappeared mid-way into the 11-day event, Rwanda, Uganda and two squash players from Sierra Leone go 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
*sets final target for BrazilBrazil legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento otherwise called Pele, has described football as a box of surprises because of the uncertainties inherent in the game. Pele who is marking 60th anniversary of his first world cup triumph noted that is normal to reel out big names as favorites ahead of any world cup but observed that the element of surprises cannot be wished away.The 77 year old former Santos forward who made world cup appearance as age 17, predicted that ther 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Martin Mabutho, General Manager, Sales and Marketing of Multichoice Nigeria Ltd., has credited the success of the Gotv Boxing Night to the companys determination to support boxing.No fewer than seven fights took the centre stage at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, to a sellout capacity crowd for the 14th edition of the competition.The edition saw three title fights as Rilwan Babyface Babatunde beat-up Djossou Agoy Basile from Republic of Benin by way of technical knockout i 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEC) yesterday said the country is capable of generating N5 trillion yearly from mining and solid mineral exportation.It regretted that Nigeria is not among the top 10 exporters of gemstone in Africa despite having enormous potential in about 34 different mineral items.Its Executive Director, Olusegun Awolowo who spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, during a-one day workshop for gold miners, processors and exporters, said the Council would continue to collaborate 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Oil prices at $70 may be the top of the range in the price of oil that would be seen over the next few years, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, David Kelly told Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas yesterday.Yes, weve got those geopolitical issues, but I dont know if sanctions would be that effective, it has to be a global effect, Kelly said.Based on the cuts in production and on growth in the U.S. shale industry, oil at $70 a barrel may be as high as it gets, according to the strate 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Access Bank Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc and Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc were yesterday scaled up from the main board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to the elite premium board.The migration of the four companies brought the number of companies on the premium board to seven including Dangote Cement, FBN Holdings and Zenith Bank International. The migration followed the attainment of key indices for the premium board by the companies including corpor 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
President Uhuru Kenyatta has praised an African founded and funded philanthropic organization for empowering young entrepreneurs in the continent.The President said the Tony Elumelu Foundation was doing a good job supporting growth and welcomed the selection of 74 entrepreneurs from Kenya as this years members of the 4th cohort of the foundations entrepreneurship programme.It is a great thing to see Africans coming out forcibly to build to Africa through initiatives such as this. Our continent i 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Kaspersky Lab has uncovered a new cyberespionage campaign that is targeting high-profile organisations from around the world with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.Dubbed Operation Parliament, the attacks have been active since last year and have focused on government entities, political figures, military and intelligence agencies, media outlets, research centres, Olympic foundations and large private companies.Victims were detected in 27 countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jor 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Former Interior Minister Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho has urged the Federal Government to support free trade zones.Speaking in Lagos, he said well-developed free zones would generate jobs.Importers, exporters and other stakeholders in the maritime value chain, he said, would also benefit from free trade zones.Iheanacho, who is Genesis Shipping and Integrated Oil and Gas Company Cchairman, decried the low level of awareness about free trade zones, adding that their promotion by stakeholders and Pre 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
THE Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has assured stakeholders of its readiness to complete deep seaport projects across the country.Its Managing Director, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, made the pledge on the sideline of the visit of themanagement of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), led by its Acting Director-General, Chidi Izuwah, to her office in Lagos.She stressed that early completion of the project would not only facilitate efficiency, but also strengthen the Federal Governm 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Chief Executive Officer, Hamgad Security Services, Hammed Ibrahim has said the deployment of technology would help address the countrys security challenges.He said in modern warfare, technology does the ground work which human beings complete.Speaking on the sideline of inaugurating the firms new outlet in The Palms, Lekki, Lagos, he said technology has helped to prevent the commission of crimes and helped to identify and unknot serious security challenge.If we look at the advanced countries 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA), Mr. Emmanuel Jime, has described Ayade Industrial Park, Cross River State as the best to be conceived by any state government.He spoke in Calabar, the state capital after he alongside members of the management team, embarked on-the-spot inspection of the industrial park situated along Goodluck Jonathan Bypass.He said: If you ask me, and without being immodest, I will say this is the best industrial site that has been concei 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Microfinance institutions, microfinance banks and cooperative societies in West Africa that use cloud-based toolset can grow by more than 30 per cent yearly through more efficient delivery of services, a tech firm, Oradian has said.Speaking during a networking dinner organised by Oradian at the Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos at the weekend, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) highlighted the importance of technology for digital transformation and efficient delivery of services.He 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
NASS workers deserve their dueAgainst the backdrop of the uncontroverted revelation bySenator Shehu Sani that each senator gets N13.5m monthly to cover so-called running cost, it is a shame that National Assembly (NASS) employees are allegedly being shortchanged.With so much money available to members of the Senate, and by extension to members of the House of Representatives, it is curious that the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), National Assembly chapter, is protesting again 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Deadline filing of annual reports by public companies must be sacrosanctThe 2018 federal budget is still not passed. It is still roiled somewhere between executive lethargy and legislative insouciance. We are approaching the half-year mark. Import: some short-term projections and strategic thoughts underpinning the appropriation document are already distorted.Last year, the federal budget was eventually passed by mid-year and this has been the pattern in nearly a decade; Nigeria has hardly been 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Deadline filing of annual reports by public companies must be sacrosanctThe 2018 federal budget is still not passed. It is still roiled somewhere between executive lethargy and legislative insouciance. We are approaching the half-year mark. Import: some short-term projections and strategic thoughts underpinning the appropriation document are already distorted.Last year, the federal budget was eventually passed by mid-year and this has been the pattern in nearly a decade; Nigeria has hardly been 

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