NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday,  4th April, 2018.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
There were indications that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress governors’ meeting at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday ended in deadlock as the two parties failed to make any decision on the tenure of the APC National Working Committee members.

It was learnt that both the President and the governors later agreed that the committee set up by the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on the issue earlier on Tuesday should be allowed to do its work and submit its report.


 
The APC governors kept mum after meeting the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting which was held inside the Council Chambers started around 2.15pm and ended at 3.30pm.

At the end of the meeting which sources described as stormy, the governors who were approached for comment told State House correspondents that they had resolved not to speak to journalists.

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Those who were approached included the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha; Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

Some other governors held their lips to express their non-readiness to speak to reporters.

The contentious issue of tenure extension for members of the party’s National Working Committee was said to have dominated discussions at the meeting.

After the meeting reportedly ended in deadlock, it was also learnt that there was a sharp disagreement among the governors over the choice of date to reconvene.

Before the meeting went into a closed door session, Buhari had nominated Lalong and the Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, to say the opening prayers.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The police have arrested six persons for allegedly aiding the escape of six suspects from police custody in Division ‘A’ Lokoja, Kogi State, on Wednesday, last week.

Those arrested include John Beneche, 22, Seye Atowoju, 27, Danjuma Yunusa, 35, Egga Ochai, 50, Abbas Haruna, 30, and Gloria Audu, 28, sister to Emmanuel, one of the re-arrested prime suspects in the Senator Dino Melaye’s arms case.


 
The force, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by its spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, explained that the six suspects played criminal roles in the escape of Kabiru Seidu (a.k.a. Osama), Nuhu Salisu (a.k.a. Small), Aliyu Isa, Adams Suleiman, Emmanuel Audu and Musa Mohammed.

Their escape led to the removal of the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, who was replaced by Sunday Ogbu. Thirteen other police officers are also being detained over the incident and are facing disciplinary action.

Seidu and Salisu had alleged that Melaye, representing the Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly, gave them guns and some money to disrupt the 2019 general elections.


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The police said the six principal suspects and the accomplices that aided their escape were re-arrested in different locations and had been transferred to a detention centre in Abuja last Saturday.

The statement explained that Beneche took four of the fugitives to a hideout at Ganaja village, Lokoja, adding that Atowoju was arrested in the process of relocating Seidu, Salisu, Mohammed and Audu to another location to escape police re-arrest.

The police further stated that Yunusa accompanied the gang leader, Seidu, to the house of one Egga Ochai by Waterside, Lokoja.

“Ochai harboured  Seidu in his house for two days and thereafter went to the village of the principal suspect in the Dekina Local Government Area and brought one Abbas Haruna (his Mallam) to Lokoja.

“Haruna orchestrated his movement from Lokoja to his hometown in the Tafa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State where both of them were arrested,” the statement said.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State fell off while alighting from his official car on Friday, March 30, and injured his left foot, a statement from the Kogi Government House, Lokoja, said on Tuesday.

The statement signed by the Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, said the incident happened at the Old Market area in Lokoja, when the governor was waiting to receive the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.


 
The Speaker had visited Lokoja for the burial of Mr. Umar Buba Jibril, a member of the House of Representatives, who died in Abuja on Friday.

“The injury prevented the governor from attending the burial of Jibril. He was represented by his deputy, Mr. Simon Achuba,” the statement said.

It dismissed claims that Bello was hospitalised and incapacitated, stating that the governor was promptly treated by his doctors, who bandaged the leg and discharged him.


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The government thanked the governor’s supporters for their concern over his health, saying that Bello was doing well and would resume work after the Easter holidays.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the clarification was necessitated by reports that the governor was critically injured in the accident.

However,  a source who witnessed the accident told one of our correspondents that the governor, who was trying to alight from his car, a  BMW which is  smaller than his official Prado Jeep, tripped and sprained his left ankle and his two arms.

The eyewitness disclosed further that the car dragged the governor for some metres before he was rescued by some people and his security details.

He added that the governor was rushed to one of the private hospitals in Abuja for further treatment.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Emergency Management Agency to commence an assessment of the extent of damage in communities affected by violence caused by herdsmen-farmers clashes in some parts of the country. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this during the inaugural meeting of the recently composed Governing Council of NEMA at [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says former President Olusegun Obasanjo has no moral right to accuse anyone of being corrupt. Describing Obasanjo as a whited sepulchre, Adebanjo said the former President had not disputed that he had only N20,000 in his bank account as of when he returned from the prison in 1999 [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and Olaleye Aluko The United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has condemned the Easter Sunday Boko Haram attack in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, noting that at least 120 civilians has so far been killed by the terrorists in 2018. The UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri A nonagenarian, Pa Conleth Omeka, has said he would lead a protest if Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State fails to conduct local government elections within the next two months. The visually-impaired explained that there was no need for general elections in the state if for seven years, Okorocha had vehemently refused [] 

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Peter Dada, Akure A family court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, has sentenced a man, Praise Akinloye, to three years imprisonment with an option of N250,000 fine after being found guilty of having unlawful sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl. It was gathered that the 35-year-old man was arrested by the men of [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday joined the All Progressives Congress family in congratulating a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, on his 65th birthday. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President Buhari felicitated with the former governor, his family, friends and colleagues. [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
DEMOCRATIC consolidation and rule of law in South Africa have reached a new level with the resolve to put its immediate past president, Jacob Zuma, on trial. He will appear in court on April 6 to face 18 charges, bordering on alleged money laundering, corruption and racketeering in connection with a $2.5 billion arms deal [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The Katsina State Government has reopened the Government Science Secondary School, Kurfi, which was shut down a fortnight ago, following the outbreak of what was described as a mysterious epidemic which claimed lives of eight students of the school. The State Science and Technical Education Board directed the reopening of the school [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin STREET sweepers in the Benin metropolis have staged another protest over the alleged non-payment of their outstanding allowances by the Edo State Government. The protesters claimed that they were owed allowances spanning six months. The sweepers had in December 2017 protested the non-payment of their eight-month stipend. But Governor Godwin Obaseki said [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola World Quality Alliance has said that with increased competition, tough economy and complexity of the global market, organisations must think differently and inspire their employees by devising new means of achieving set quality goals. According to a statement obtained on Tuesday, the Country Director, World Quality Alliance, Desmond Esorougwe, said this while speaking [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Eniola Akinkuotu and Olaleye Aluko The Peoples Democratic Party and the Coalition for Nigeria Movement have supported former President Olusegun Obasanjo's assertion that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is a failure. The PDP and the CNM, which stated this in separate interviews with our correspondents on Tuesday, advised Buhari to accept criticisms. The opposition [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
John Alechenu, Eniola Akinkuotu, Leke Baiyewu and Olaleye Aluko The Independent National Electoral Commission says the delay in passing the budget for the 2019 elections gives cause for concern. The Commissioner for Voter Education at INEC, Solomon Soyebi, said this on Tuesday on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television. Soyebi said the conventional budget [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Chief Medical Director of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, Dr Kolawole Ogundipe, has lamented that workers were leaving the hospital for better pay elsewhere. He blamed the situation on economic recession, which he said had made it difficult to get the necessary infrastructure, equipment and personnel despite [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The Senator representing Taraba South in the National Assembly, Emmanuel Bwacha, has said he is not interested in the Taraba State governorship seat as widely speculated in the state because he wants Governor Darius Ishaku to complete his eight-year term as a governor. Bwacha, who is the Deputy Senate Minority Leader, spoke [] 

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday said he desired to increase productivity, urging the state civil servants to eliminate waste in the system. The governor spoke at the opening ceremony of two-day training for top civil servants in Ikeja. Ambode said, The Lagos State Civil Service has come a long way in [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos East Senatorial District executive has passed a vote of confidence in the Senator representing the district in the Senate, Gbenga Ashafa, and backed his re-election bid. A statement on Tuesday said the executive of the district and members of Ashafa's ward in the Bogije Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State, as [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Government has urged officials of the Citizens Mediation Centre to be more dedicated to resolving conflicts among residents of the state. The Chairman of the CMC Governing Council, Justice Oluyemi Gbajabiamila (retd.), gave the advice during a familiarisation tour of all the CMC units across the state, a statement said [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A governorship aspirant in the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Adeolu Akande, has said he is convinced that the next governor of the state will come from the Oke-Ogun area of the state based on Governor Abiola Ajimobi's promise. Akande is one of the aspirants of the APC [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Gunfire erupted at YouTubes offices in California Tuesday, leaving at least three people injured and sparking a panicked escape before the suspected shooter a woman apparently committed suicide. Amid a chaotic scene in the city of San Bruno, a woman believed to be the shooter was found dead at the scene of the [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu As BMW has confirmed that it is about to unveil a series of new all-electric vehicles this year, a company executive has said that the automaker is considering getting rid of its current only all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3, and their plug-in hybrid of the same sub-brand, the BMW i8. In an interview [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria said Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index closed March at 56.7 index points as level of business activities in the country continued to increase. The 56.3 index points indicated expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 12th consecutive months, the report by the CBN said. The CBN had reported 56.3 [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Access Bank Plc has partnered PayAttitude and Unified Payments to provide another payment solution called 'PayAttitude Digital'. PayAttitude Digital was described as a smart, trendy and convenient mobile app that enables Access Bank accountholders to use just their phone number for transactions at the Automated Teller Machines, web and Point of Sale terminals. It also [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
A state funeral is being planned in South Africa for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of civil rights icon Nelson Mandela. Winnie died Monday in Johannesburgs Milpark Hospital, where she was being treated for a kidney infection. She was 81. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking outside of Winnies home, confirmed an official memorial is [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Experts in the Nigerian payment industry are of the opinion that the success of the financial inclusion drive will be guaranteed through the deployment of simple technologies and processes that align with the realities of the target audience who are mainly at the bottom of the pyramid. This was one of the recommendations made by [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
A 13-year-old boy has been rescued after spending 12 hours trapped in a maze of sewer tunnels in Los Angeles. I was just praying to God to help me and to not die, Jesse Hernandez told NBC News. You could just hear the water running through. You couldnt see anything. Jesse was on an Easter [] 

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday attended a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on crutches. The meeting was between President Muhammadu Buhari and all state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Bello attracted the attention of his colleagues and others when he arrived the [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Femi Asu Foreign portfolio investors' transactions at the Nigerian Stock Exchange dropped by N123bn in the first two months of the year. Domestic transactions fell to N128.83bn in February from N274.32bn recorded in December, according to the NSE Domestic and FPI Report obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday. Foreign portfolio investment stood at N83.22bn in [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
London stocks started the second quarter by adding to the losses of the first, with solid manufacturing data and an upbeat start on Wall Street not proving strong enough catalysts. The FTSE 100 closed down 26.15 points or 0.4 per cent to 7,030.46, while the pound was up 0.2 per cent against the dollar at [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Stanley Opara As part of its ongoing expansion drive, Presco Plc says its recent investment in green energy will boost its corporate earnings and increase returns to shareholders. The firm has also set aside 15,000 hectares for cultivation in Edo State. The Managing Director, Mr. Felix Nwabuko, in a statement on Tuesday, explained that with [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
China and Hong Kong stocks fell on Tuesday as trade war fears resurfaced after Beijing unveiled retaliatory trade measures against the United States. At 0404 GMT, the Shanghai Composite index was down 0.93 per cent at 3,133.67, while China's blue-chip CSI300 index slipped 0.71 per cent to 3,859.49, according to Reuters. Chinese H-shares listed in [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu and Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Toyota has redesigned its RAV4 for the 2019 edition with special features that will enable it to function in more difficult terrains than the original design. The all-new Toyota RAV4 unveiled last week at the New York Auto Show, according to an online auto journal, MotorTrend, has become the first [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors has called on the Federal Government to raise the audit standards in the country so as to curb the high level of fraud in the country's financial system. The President of the institute, Victoria Enape, who said this in Abuja, noted that the move [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday told member countries of the Niger Basin Authority to pay their contributions in order to effectively develop the region, which currently has over 130 million people. According to the government, the development of the Niger Basin cannot be achieved without adequate funding, as the livelihood of millions [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday inaugurated Oando Plc's new office space, called the Wings Office Complex, in Lagos. Oando said it got the support of two South African companies, RMB Westport and Redefine Properties, who put equity in the project. 'This is the first time that [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Anna Okon Genesis Worldwide Shipping Company which owns Integrated Oil and Gas Company, has announced that the total amount that will go into completion of its industrial free trade zone, also known as Tomaro Island, will be about $450m (N137.5bn). The Chairman of the company, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, disclosed this on Tuesday while leading men [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria has decried the negative impact of multiple taxation on business operations in the telecommunications industry. The association said the Amended Taxes and Levies Order, 2015 failed to fix the taxable rates, which had led to the imposition of arbitrary levies and charges on telecom firms [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The World Bank and senior officials of the Federal Government on Tuesday commenced a discussion aimed at explaining new environmental and social framework that would guide the bank's investment in Nigeria beginning from October. The Senior Communications Officer, Nigeria, World Bank, Olufunke Olufon, who disclosed this in a statement made available to [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Inclusiveness is a value that governments, societies and businesses are currently encouraged to embrace, because of the dividends of sustainability and general well-being it is expected to deliver in any environment where it is practised. Entrepreneurs, therefore, as path beaters and solution providers need to explore this emerging global thought to create businesses that provide [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Nowadays, a lot of Nigerians go to higher institutions for the sole aim of getting paper qualification that make them eligible 'to get white-collar jobs' after graduation. This kind of dream is like one learning to become a well-paid slave forever. Even, the so-called jobs being prepared for are in short supply and many times [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Kia Motors Nigeria Limited has expanded its business in the country with a new service centre in Lagos. The firm said the development was part of its efforts to remain a driving force in the auto industry and strengthen its market acceptance in the country. According to the Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors, [] 

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu Nine new national winners have emerged in the 2018 edition of Toyota Dream Car Art Contest organised by Toyota Nigeria Limited. The nine students, representing three age groups (below eight years; eight -11 years; and 12-15 years), will represent the country at a global contest of the event later in the year, according [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc has been given the Airport Ground Handling Special Achievement Award at the Nigeria Aviation Awards held in Lagos recently. Other institutions and individuals in the industry were also given awards in different categories. NIGAV is a prestigious air transport award held with an annual event organised by [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Eternity Technologies Limited has announced the appointment of African Automotive Limited, the parent company of Infinity Tyres Limited, as exclusive distributors of its products. African Automotive said in a statement that its appointment by Eternity Technologies was based on its rapid diversification into renewable energy solutions, standby and telecom network power sector. According [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Cheques are often used for large payments, but you can't tell if a cheque is good by looking at it. Unless the cheque writer has sufficient funds available when your cheque is presented to the bank, the cheque will bounce. If that happens, you'll pay fees to your bank, and you have a worthless piece [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Technology and automotive companies touting self-driving cars as the future of transportation may have some work to convince San Franciscans, who keep attacking the vehicles, independent.co.uk reports. This is coming after a self-driving Uber taxi killed a woman in Arizona. A third of traffic collisions involving autonomous vehicles in 2018 so far featured humans physically [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The first lesson I learnt in my military training is to never reinforce failure. What we have now is failure. It will be foolhardy for Nigerians to reinforce failure by re-electing an ineffective and incompetent government in 2019 Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday, April 2, 2018 Nigerian politicians are at it again! They have started [] 
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