NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Saturday,  7th April, 2018.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
About 18 All Progressives Congress (APC) governors yesterday moved against a plot to use state chairmen of the party against President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Executive Committee meeting of the party on Monday.

Some leaders of the party and a few governors had on Thursday held a secret session with the state chairmen in Abuja to persuade them to mount a “block vote” against the President’s proposal for congresses and national convention.

Although the meeting was boycotted by some state chairmen, some forces behind tenure elongation were hopeful that Buhari’s proposal would be defeated on Monday.

Also, there were indications last night that the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) members are facing another dilemma if they want to re-contest their various offices.


 
The omnibus provisions in APC Constitution makes it compulsory for Oyegun and all NWC members to resign at least 30 days prior to the date of nomination or party primary for the office he or she is seeking to contest.

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But the preparation for NEC meeting was not without some drama yesterday as Oyegun shielded the report of Governor Simon Lalong Committee from NWC members.

Upon collection of the report, Oyegun cuddled it like a baby and kept it in his custody,

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that after much furore on the legality of the NEC meeting on Monday, the NWC yesterday issued letters of invitation to all statutory members of the committee.

But there had been series of secret sessions between members of the Oyegun-led NWC and state chairmen.

It was learnt however that the agenda still border on either tenure elongation as desired by Oyegun and his team or the need for elective congresses and national convention. 
A top source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent said: “What we have on the agenda is a continuation of the last NEC meeting.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
WILD jubilation seized Dapchi on March 21 as Boko Haram insurgents returned 105 of the 110 secondary school girls abducted from the town. The parents of the abducted schoolgirls trooped to the scene in bated anxiety to retrieve their children. Some of them, however, returned home disappointed because their children were not among those returned by the insurgents. Five of them were said to have died in the stampede that attended their abduction, leaving their parents in deep sorrow.

The scene was also an anti-climax for the parents of one of the schoolgirls named Leah Sharibu, who was said to have been held back by the insurgents because she refused to denounce her Christian faith and profess Islam. Like other parents, Leah’s mother had rushed to the scene to welcome her, only to be told by one of the returnees that the hapless girl was still in the custody of the insurgents.

But Leah’s absence is not only felt by her parents. Her pastor says she has been sorely missed in her ECWA Church where she had been a very active member, particularly in the choir. Pastor Daniel Auta, who said that hope of Leah’s release was hinged on prayers by the good people in the town, added that the church, made up of about 65 worshippers, was missing Leah’s commitment to the choir, bible studies and youth programmes.

Auta said: “Leah was an active member of the choir in the church and an active member of all youth programmes in the church. She is very committed to her faith and church activities. She does not joke with her midweek prayers and bible studies.

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“She is a great source of encouragement and inspiration to the choir and the youth in the church. Her absence has even weakened the entire choir as well as affected the morale of the church in Dapchi. But we remain strong, praying for her safe return from the hands of the insurgents.

“We have been fasting and praying since the day she was abducted, and we will not stop until she returns. As the scriptures say, He that is in Leah is greater than he that is in the world.”

Auta appealed to the insurgents to embrace the teachings of God and set Leah free, saying that there is no compulsion in religion and no one should be forced to renounce his or her religion in favour of another. “If it is for this reason that the insurgents are holding her, they should release her unconditionally without further delay,” he said.


Sat, 07 Apr 2018
BARELY over a year after the military flushed out militants and pipeline vandals from the creeks of Ikorodu and neighbouring Lagos and Ogun communities, the hoodlums are back to the spots where they once terrorised residents, creating fear and panic in the affected communities. Disturbed residents say the fears may heighten in the weeks ahead except something is done by security agencies to contain the hoodlums.

It will be recalled that the military on December 28, 2016 launched an exercise code-named Jagunlabi, to flush out kidnappers, armed robbers and militants from Lagos State. The exercise, an offshoot of Operation AWATSE, launched at Majidun in Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb, covered all Lagos backwaters and hinterlands.

The Nation gathered during a visit to the communities including Ishawo, Owutu, Ogijo, among others, that the militants found their way back into the communities about two months ago and had carried out series of pipeline vandalism in some oil installations outside the radar of security forces.

Sources at Ishawo told The Nation during a visit to the community that the militants have been using the community as a base to shield themselves from the prying eyes of soldiers stationed around the area, while they vandalise pipelines around Ogijo, a community that shares border with Ikorodu town.


 
A resident of Ishawo, Arthur Aladelola, said: “There was a reprieve after soldiers drafted here displaced the militant boys and armed vandals from the creeks, following heavy shelling. But they secretly returned to the community this year to continue from where they stopped their illicit activities.

“This time around, they are not operating from the creeks around here because of the heavy presence of security forces. But they have been wreaking havoc in places like Ogijo where they have vandalised some pipelines on more than two occasions.”

Although Aladelola said the hoodlums had not destroyed the pipelines located in the community, he was quick to add that they had been robbing innocent residents of valuables, especially at nightfall when many residents who work in the city are returning home.

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He said: “The militants have come back to terrorise us. Their return has led to rising cases of robbery attacks. Not a few residents have been dispossessed of valuable items while they are returning from work in the night, and this has caused the people to live in fear.

“Police and security forces should not limit their operations to the creeks and location of oil facilities here alone; they should also carry out surveillance on the neighbourhoods to fish out the bad boys who usually mingle with unscrupulous persons in the community to smoke cannabis like chimney.”


Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Offa, Kwara State remained in shock yesterday, 24 hours after a gang of robbers attacked five banks and a police station in the town, leaving massive blood on their trail.

The Kwara State Police Command confirmed yesterday that nine of its personnel were killed by the robbers.

Seven other people lost their lives in the attacks, spokesman for the command, Mr.Ajayi Okansanmi, told reporters in an update on the mayhem.

Unofficial accounts yesterday said the death toll might have risen to 23, including two policemen allegedly shot by the robbers in Okuku, Osun State while returning from the operation.


 
Three vehicles were reportedly abandoned by them.

Angry residents called for an immediate review of the security architecture for banks in Kwara State.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, reacting to the incident on his Facebook wall, called it a despicable act committed by cruel individuals.

He said he had spoken with Governor Fatah Ahmed on the development and both of them agreed that no stone would be left unturned until the bandits were found and prosecuted.


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One of the casualties was said to be pregnant. Sources gave her name as Omilola Korede.

She reportedly went to one of the banks to lodge a complaint about a transaction.


 
She had gone to the bank with her young son but both of them were sprayed with bullets.

Three other women identified as Bunmi Mesan, Iya Muji and Mama Big Club, were also killed.

A survivor, who said he hid inside one of the banks during the attack, was still in shock when he shared his ordeal with our reporter yesterday.

He said: “My brother, it is not something to recall or witness. I don’t even pray it for my enemies.

“I saw death staring at me and others. I still can’t talk much about it.”

He pleaded not to be named.

The paramount ruler of the town, the Olofa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi, was lost for words when he was contacted yesterday.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
There was pandemonium yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, after angry residents resisted the demolition of some shrines and sacred trees by officials of the state government.

The ongoing demolition of structures in Ado-Ekiti is part of the urban renewal policy of Governor Ayo Fayose’s administration.

During the pandemonium, adherents of the deities at the shrines almost attacked men of the demolition squad but the intervention of armed security men deployed to the scene saved the day.

The residents of neighbourhoods in the Oja Oba area insisted the shrines would never give way for the urban renewal exercise which they said was done in bad faith by the state government.


 
They had mobilized themselves on sighting two bulldozers deployed to pull down the two shrines in the vicinity.

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The Ogun shrine and the Ejeye Oka Ere shrine are located in the court of the Arowa of Ado-Ekiti.

Armed security men were mobilized to the scene and entrance to Ewi’s Palace, to prevent breakdown of law and order.

The protest led to temporary suspension of work on the shrines and the sacred trees.

But the locals remained at the scene raining curses and pouring invectives on the government for the action they described as “desecration of tradition which will have dire consequences.”

The latest demolition operation which started on Thursday saw at least four corpses exhumed from where they were buried which angered the deceased’s family members.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
KANO State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, yesterday explained why he joined other party members to frustrate the bid by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other party leaders to elongate their tenure.His explanation came ahead of another emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party, which is expected to end the ongoing controversy about the tenure of the partys leaders at all levels.The governor, who spoke at an interactive 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
The Benue State Police Command confirmed yesterday it had recovered 10 bodies of villagers killed by herdsmen in Tse-Audu and Enger villages in the Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.Spokesman for the command, Moses Yamu,an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said the bodies were victims of the Thursday attacks on the villages.He said they had been found by the mobile police contingent deployed in Naka, the headquarters of the local government area.He attributed the deaths to arm 


Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Worried by the challenges faced by women, particularly single ladies, a retired medical records officer and ordained pastor, Mrs Comfort Luwei, took up the challenge of providing succour and advice to ladies through her Women Intercessory Interdenominational Ministry. Her efforts in the past 19 years are believed to have saved many Nigerian marriages from collapsing and have won her awards within and outside the shores of Nigeria. She spoke with GBENGA ADERANTI about the challenges involved in r 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday attended 2018 Greater Pastors Conference in Ibadan and emphasised that Nigeria has bright future.Osinbajo, who is a member of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), said the country would be great again in spite of challenges facing it.He urged Nigerians to assist leaders and the administration with prayers, saying the country would soon be one of the greatest countries in the world.On the outcome of the conference, the vice president said it was a family 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Activities marking the 2018 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) , Ikorodu Branch commenced yesterday with lawyers partaking in the Jumat service at the Majolape Mosque, Ebute, Ikorodu.A church service will also take place tomorrow at the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG), Overcomers Parish, Pashoku, Ikorodu ,The Chairman of the branch, Mr Levi Adakwaone disclosed this during a press conference to announce activities for the Law Week.According to Adakwaone, members of the branch wi 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Former Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Adebisi Omoyeni, has been adopted as the consensus candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the July 14 governorship poll.Omoyeni, was the deputy governor to Governor Ayo Fayose in his first term, where he served only for three months before resigning to assume the position of Group Managing Director of Wema Bank Plc.He was formerly in the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) before moving to SDP, with his supporters citing cases of alleged manipulati 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
This years Bola Tinubu Colloquium, marking the 66th birthday of Asiwaju Tinubu, may have come and gone, but it was an occasion many will not forget in a hurry. The galaxy of dignitaries in attendance, the high quality of presentations made and speeches delivered and the moving accounts rendered by beneficiaries of the social investment programmes of the government made the event a highly memorable one. This 10th edition of the colloquium confirms the platform has come to be accepted as a forum f 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Growing up in a family of music, it was not much of a surprise that London-based Nigerian, Folashade Aboderin, also known as ShadyBlue, went into music. In this interview with ADENIYI ADEWOYIN, she talks about her entry into music, her return and why she doesnt feel intimidated. Excerpts:You have been releasing singles frequently. What really prompted this' After almost seven years break from my music career, to raise my children and focus on other aspects of my life, I was yearning to get 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
After releasing her latest video, Magic, Afro soul singer, Aramide has taken to social media to flaunt her new set of pictures.Aramide expresses thoughtful and playful emotions throughout the three minutes twenty seconds video directed by Bashem.The video also shows Aramide in different costumes during a photo shoot. And taking to Instagram posts, she shares some still photos from the Magic video.The singer posted photos showing her wearing a red dress with an embroidered rose on it and compleme 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
His frequent visit to Nigeria may have showed his affinity for his root, but it became clearer when British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega expressed his interest in shooting a Nollywood movie, albeit a low budget flick he estimated at N9billion.The Half of a Yellow Sun actor told CNBC Africa that he is interested in telling the Nigerian stories having reached a vantage position in the American movie industry.He spoke to Power Lunch West Africa host, Onyi Sunday during the promotion his new movie Pa 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
As the world is set to converge on Cannes again this year for the 71st Cannes International Film Festival, iconic Iranian filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi, is in the spotlight again for another feat that will surely be the talk of town.Farhadi who in 2012 was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world is one of the filmmakers described in my previous articles as bagging the glory of their passion for film activism in exile.As a film director and screenwriter, he ha 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Few days after his successful Easter show which held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, comedian Ayo Makun, known as AY, has revealed that watching his daughter playing the piano that ushered 2Baba to the stage was his most interesting part of the concert.He wrote: The most interesting moment of AY Live for me was watching my daughter Michelle playing the Piano to bring in the legendary @official2baba on stage, after wowing the audience with a spectacular performance.The comedian/ 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has congratulated Nigerian-British rapper, Joseph Junior Adenuga, popularly known as Skepta as he was conferred with a chieftaincy title Chief Amuludun of Odo-Aje in his hometown, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State last Wednesday.Taking to Instagram, Campbell who is Nigeria felicitated with Skepta.Congratulations Chief Joseph Olaitan Adenuga! she wrote.The rapper had earlier expressed his gratitude on his Instagram to the King and fellow chiefs of Odo Aje.Thank you to the Baale, Chi 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Ibadan-BORN artiste, Okunlola Babatunde Ayobami, known as Clevante-Wokilumo is back with another single titled, Potom.Produced by Disana Beat and mixed and mastered by Mr. Magic finger BTP (who is also the CEO, Royal Revolution studios, Ibadan), Potom is an improvement from Wokilumo, being an afro instant street hit, as, he dived into the highlife world with this superb jam mixed with rap punch lines.Coontrary to the rumour mill going on online, Wokilumo who is yet to sign with any record label 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
As the world celebrated the World Theatre Day recently, the League of Lagos Artistes marked the day with a stage play titled Erinlakatabu (The Indisputable) at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.The drama revolves around a city called Orita Aje which was in need of a ruler. In the contest of picking a reputable God-fearing man, the Alakoso told the chiefs and the people that theres a man that is pure in heart and will do the will of the people in the city that will bring about transformation 

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Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Popular actress/producer Yewande Adekoya who is presently working on a new project has teamed up with some top Yoruba actors the shoot of the movie, Odun Ibole.This is coming months after she was allegedly placed on house arrest in Atlanta over a purported credit card scam.According to the actress, Odun Ibole tells a story of culture, values, standard and tradition in Odun Ibole.The actress is noted for promoting Yoruba culture and sparking conversations through her movies.Adekoyas dynamism in s 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Ever since he returned to active performance after serving as Commissioner of Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo has been spilling fire, rivaling younger actors to movie roles, and showing no signs of slowing down.At 56, his latest presence on stage was in the just concluded 5th edition of Arise Fashion Week were he rocked the runway as British supermodel, Naomi Campbell.Aside the buzz around Campbell, RMD and ex-Big Brother Housemate, Leo, was the talk of to 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
DTigers of Nigeria fell to New Zealand in their first game of the XXI Commonwealth Games holding in Australia 110-65.New Zealand dominated and won all the quarters on a night that the Ike Diogu-captained side will want to forget in a hurry as they focus on the next game against North American side, Canada today.After a close game in the first and second quarters which ended 24-15 and 26-20 respectively in favour of New Zealand, DTigers could not cope with the firepower of the team currently rank 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Nigeria weightlifter, Fatima Yusuf suffered a cruel fate at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia yesterday following her disqualification from the weightlifting event.Yusuf who was scheduled to start from the 74 kg had her wears torn at the foot of the stage just as she was about making her first attempt. While her coach was making frantic efforts to mend it, the mandatory six seconds elapsed and she was timed out by the announcer.In defiant mood, Yusuf still went ahead to lif 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
France on Friday defeated Super Falcons 8-0 in an international friend match played in Paris.The Most Valuable Player of the match was Gauvin Valerie for grabbing a hat-trick.She scored the three goals in the 36th, 70th and 78th of the encounter.It was Thomas Dennerby baptism of fire as head coach of the womens team.Nigerias Faith Ikidis scored an own goal to give France its seventh of the nightFrance got their fourth goal in less than 12 minutes into the second half. Aminata Diallo(One of Franc 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Premium Lager beer, Heineken, has continued to share love for football with fans across the country with its exclusive UEFA Champions League viewing experiences.The Official Sponsor of the League transformed the Tak Klub House, Abuja and Ember Creek, V.I., Lagos, into enviable premium viewing centres for fans to enjoy the Liverpool vs Manchester City and Barcelona vs Roma matches.The Wednesday matches were broadcast live and the centres were filled with football fans.Fans while watching the matc 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Reigning African footballer of the year and Liverpool talisman, Mohammed Salah has continued to touch lives in the land of the Pharoahs, Egypt.Salah who spearheaded the defeat of about to be crowned premier league champions Manchester City in the Champions league clash Wednesday, has increased the number of people keying into the Say No To Drugs campaign currently on-going in Egypt.Reports emanating from Cairo indicate that the rehabilitation hotline has hit all time 400% increase in calls as mo 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Deborah Danladi, 30, is the first and the only female engineer in Ashaka Cement Plant, Gombe. She is the process engineer at the plant. She is also the first and only female engineer from her tribe and local government area, Kaltungo, Gombe State. Danladi, in company with other male colleagues, led a team of reporters on tour of Ashaka Cement Plant. She spoke with MUYIWA LUCAS, on what it takes to survive in a profession that is male dominated, and also coping with being a mother and an engineer 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Pre-approachThis is the planning and information gathering stage. At this stage the salesperson will have to learn relevant facts about the prospects and their needs and such information to plan their sales presentation. The two major activities involved in the pre-approach:. Customer Research: It is important that the salesperson learn everything possible about the business of the prospective customer its size, location, names of key staff that will make the buying decision and those who will 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
The Federal Government has come out with a document that will match skilled students under the ITF with jobs, the Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari has said.Ari, who stated this yesterday during the official presentation of a report on ITF, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) skills gap assessment in Nigeria, said this document will guide us to work with greater exactitude and reasonable sense of purpose.He said the report will also assure that t 

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