NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [2nd April, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 2nd April, 2018.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The federal government has set up what it described as an in-house committee to investigate an allegation that Cambridge Analytica, a United Kingdom-based data firm, was hired by a member of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to hack into personal records of the opposition party the All Progressive Congress’ (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, during the 2007 and 2015 electioneering campaigns.
The committee, according to a presidential source, would among others, investigate if the acts of the firm violated the laws of Nigeria or infringed on the rights of other parties and their candidates during the polls.
Affirming the move to investigate the firm’s activities in Nigeria during the 2007 and 2015 elections, a presidential aide, Garba Shehu said it is important for the former ruling party and both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook to clarify their positions on the weighty allegations levelled against them. He also stated that investigating the matter would assist in determining if there was a linkage between various killings and maimings that had characterised Nigerian elections since 2007, adding that such move would also be helpful to Buhari in his wish to leave a legacy of improved elections.
Immediately weighing in on the setting up of an in-house probe by the federal government, the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded that an open and independent inquest devoid of government control, be conducted not only on the Cambridge Analytica saga but also on the source of funds for the President’s 2015 campaign so that Nigerians will know the truth.
The party said the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Federal Government are chasing shadows in their desperate plot to implicate the opposition in the alleged hacking into the personal record of its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

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Cambridge Analytica was alleged to have swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections in many countries including Nigeria, where it was allegedly hired by an oil billionaire PDP member to perpetuate a campaign of discord and hack into personal records of Buhari, who is now the incumbent president.
The presidential source told journalists in Abuja at the weekend that the outcome of the investigation would determine whether a special investigator would be appointed and criminal prosecutions subsequently initiated by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on the matter.
A whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, who worked with a Cambridge University academic to obtain the data, had reportedly told the Observer, a UK newspaper, that in carrying out their nefarious acts, they exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles and built models to exploit what they knew about such persons and “target their inner demons.”
Cambridge Analytica reportedly worked with Israeli hackers “to get dirt on Muhammadu Buhari during the presidential campaign.”
Reports further said SCL Elections, a public relations firm which later became Cambridge Analytica, manipulated Nigeria’s 2007 polls by organising campaigns to weaken the chances of opposition parties through “anti-election rallies” to demoralise supporters of opposition parties from voting in the 2007 elections won by the late Umar Yar’Adua of the then ruling PDP.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The trio of Naomi Campbell, Tiffany Amber and Ozwald Boateng were part of the horde of A-list fashionistas who graced the show yesterday as the Arise Fashion Week comes to a climactic end today,
Men fashion which dominated activities that lined up the second day of the star-studded event was redefined on the runway of Arise Fashion Week as Kimono Kollection showcased iconic pieces.
From its famous tuxedos and jackets with lapels, the male models strut the brand on the runway. Adding a new twist to his collection is the new metrosexual look-a unique dungaree worn over a shirt. A daring look that raised eyebrows in the audience but may definitely point to a new fashion trend.
Nigerian top model Oluchi Orlandi and Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo were also among the models who walked the runway on the second day of the Arise Fashion Week. Donning iconic pieces of South African luxury fashion brand Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue, the Nigerian model who was catapulted into the international scene after winning the M-Net Face of Africa in 1998 oozed elegance as she strutted the runway in a gorgeous black dress, eliciting applause from her audience. Oluchi who is based in New York is one of the main highlights of the Arise Fashion Week, alongside international supermodel Naomi Campbell who had a special meet-and-greet session with other designers on the opening night of the AFW.
Also stealing the show was Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo who walked the runway for Taryor Gabriels, a Lagos-based fashion design. Taryor elevated the men’s fashion with his unique suits, jackets and senator outfits. Dressed in an embroidered Agbada with a red priest cloak draped over his shoulders, Mofe-Damijo walked the runway like a king. Although his steps were a bit fast-paced, the theatrical display fetched him a loud ovation.

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Earlier, another famous men fashion brand, Kimono Kollection showcased iconic pieces. From its famous tuxedos and jackets with lapels, the male models strut the brand on the runway. Adding a new twist to his collection is the new metrosexual look-a unique dungaree worn over a shirt. A daring look that raised eyebrows in the audience but may definitely point to a new fashion trend.Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate Leo also donned pieces of Kimono Kollection.
Making her debut in the Arise Fashion Week is Funke Adepoju of Phunk Afrique. She brought glow and frills on the runway, with most of her creations showcasing dance and movement.
Nigerian musician Seyi Shay provided the music and entertainment for the night.
Not to be left out in the parade of stars, Taryor Gabriels, a men fashion brand also showcased his pieces on the runway
Also making her debut on the Arise Fashion Week is Funke Adepoju of Funk Afrique. She brought glow and frills on the runway, with most of her creations adapted from Spain.
Nigerian supermodel, Oluchi Oluigbo also walked the runway donning a yellow patterned gown from one of the designers.
The second day of the Arise Fashion Week also saw other designers like Yutee Rone, Mustafa Hassanali , Imad Esuso  among others.
The show on the opening day kicked off showcasing Vonne Couture, owned by the Lagos based fashion designer Yvonne Nwosu. Her collection-brightly coloured apparels with floral patterns- is resplendent in the traditional Hawaii culture.
However, it was Latasha Ngwugbe, who dropped some jaws when the plus size models strut the runway. Under the fashion brand, About that Curvy Life, she celebrated big women who are rarely presented the opportunity to walk the runway. She took a bold step by dressing the models in edgy and sheer garments that speak volumes of their confidence. Jumpsuits, kimonos, lacy sequinned gowns, the models cheered by the crowd walked the runway with pride.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Federal Government yesterday reacted to calls to withdraw the alleged looters’ list because of its arbitrariness by releasing a new list of alleged looters of the treasury and clarifying that the list of alleged looters which it released earlier was based on verifiable facts, including the amount involved, the date the amount in question that was collected and from where it was taken.
Releasing a fresh list of alleged looters, in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also said those complaining that the list was too short apparently did not understand that it was strategically released as a teaser.
The latest development was however provoked by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which urged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to “immediately withdraw the clumsy, arbitrary and selective looters’ list, released last week, as the list would seem to serve a political objective or carry out political agenda.”
The organization said: “This kind of action can only diminish the government’s ability to fight corruption, frustrate its oft-expressed goal of a transparent governance, allow suspected perpetrators—whether from the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)–to escape justice, and ultimately, deny victims of corruption justice and effective remedies.”
In Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the Pioneer Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practice and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) Justice Mustapha Akanbi(rtd) has charged federal government to as a matter of priority release the name of anybody that has looted the government treasury irrespective of party affiliation.
Justice Akanbi said the naming of corrupt Nigerians must cut across all political parties in order to give credibility to President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s efforts in fighting corruption.

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had on Friday released a list of some of those who have allegedly looted the nation’s treasury. The names in the list revealed were mostly PDP chieftains who are currently being tried for corruption and financial crimes.
Addressing the media in Lagos yesterday, Mohammed clarified that ”At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to  people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or just to shoot down anything coming from the government,” he said, adding that the Federal Government has a large number of alleged looters on its list.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
As the newly confirmed members of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and Deputy Governors go in for their inaugural MPC meeting tomorrow, financial market operators would be watching to assess their monetary policy stance.
The two-day MPC meeting, which is the first this year, is expected to end on Wednesday.
There is also optimism that as the financial market re-opens tomorrow after the public holiday that was declared to celebrate Easter, financial analysts are of the opinion that since the country’s economic indicators have been positive this year, it has strengthened the argument for monetary policy easing.
Mrs. Aisha Ahmad and Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu last week formally assumed duty as Deputy Governors of the CBN, following the confirmation of their appointments by the Senate the preceding week.
In addition, the trio of Professor Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Robert Asogwa and Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi were also at the Head Office of the CBN to formally commence their tenure as members of the MPC of the Bank.

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At the last MPC held in November 2017, the MPC had retained the benchmark Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 14 per cent. Then, the committee also retained the cash reserve ratio (CRR) at 22.5 per cent, the Liquidity Ratio (LR) at 30 per cent and asymmetric corridor around the MPR at +200 and -500 basis points.
But since this year, the country’s economic indicators have been positive. Thus, it has strengthened the argument for monetary policy easing.
For instance, the fourth quarter 2017 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures released last month showed that the Nigerian economy grew in real terms by 1.92 per cent in Q4 of 2017 year-on-year, maintaining its positive growth trajectory since the emergence of the economy from recession in Q2 of 2017.
Also, the country’s external reserves currently stand at $46.3 billion, according to figures on the central bank’s website, while the naira has remained stable and inflation continues to decelerate.
To the chief executive, Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Mr. Bismarck Rewane, there is the need for the MPC to reduce the MPR.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
By Damilola Oyedele in Abuja The recent rapprochement between the Senate and the executive arm of government which led the Senate to rescind its earlier decision on the screening of presidential nominees for various position is set to be broken. In the imminent face-off, there are indications that the bid by President Muhammadu Buhari to [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
By John Shiklam in Kaduna Two people have been killed by unknown gunmen in Tsohuwar Gwari village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State. A source from the village said the gunmen who were said to have invaded the village at midnight last Saturday, also kidnapped nine people including a newly wedded bride. [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
By John Shiklam in Kaduna A total of 750 kidnappers, cattle rustlers and bandits in Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State have voluntarily sworn to an oath with the Bible and the Qur'an to renounce crime. The renunciation ceremony took place yesterday in Kubau, the headquarters of the local government area. The state Commissioner [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Limited, is set to move to site for the permanent repairs of Apapa bridge in Lagos. All parties to the construction are awaiting stakeholders' suggestion for alternative routes before the closure of bridge for repairs. The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, told the News Agency of Nigeria [] 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
By Amby Uneze in Owerri The Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Diocese, Imo State, Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, has declared that he is not afraid of arrest, even as he stated for the first time that the state Governor Rochas Okorocha's regime for the past seven years came as a default as a result of [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Says Fayose can't stop him By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, at the weekend declared interest in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former governor who was in the saddle between 2010 [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) yesterday said it had opened inquiry into the controversy about the safety of Blue Band 'Spread for Bread' when subjected to high temperature in boiling water. The council said in a statement sent to Premium Times that it was aware of a short demonstration video circulating on social media about [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Don't use Niger-Delta oil money to grant foreigners amnesty, says Ann Kio-Briggs The presidency has said granting amnesty to the Boko Haram insurgents will make them drop their arms and embrace peace which will in turn stop bloodshed and save resources for the country. It also explained that President Muhammadu Buhari has remained silent over [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who is eyeing the presidency in 2019, has stressed the need for the youths to be properly mentored before venturing into politics. He spoke as a special guest of honour at a symposium tagged: 'The Man Atiku' organised by Turaki Youth Ambassadors (TURAYA) at the weekend in Abuja. The vice [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
By Daji Sani in Yola The National Vice Chairman, North East of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a member of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC), Salisu Mustapha, has said President Muhamadu Buhari's position on tenure elongation for the party executives has given the it a bearing. He said the president's position has not [] 

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018
The Oyo State Government yesterday issued a two-week ultimatum to individuals, corporate organisations, religious bodies, schools, petrol stations, Outdoor Advertising Practitioners and other users of the signage and outdoor medium in general who are indebted to the Oyo State Signage and Advertising Agency (OYSAA) to settle all outstanding payments running into millions of naira, saying [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
By Laleye Dipo in Minna Serious infighting and power tussle between the Chairman and permanent commissioners in the Niger State Civil Service Commission have stalled the planned examination into the civil service. Not less than 3,567 applicants that applied for various positions in the civil service were to commence writing the examination on April 3, [] 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
MAKING COMMON SENSE BY BEN MURRAY BRUCE The comments made by Lt. General TY Danjuma at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University on March 24, 2018, were weighty. Very weighty. I have just read the responses from the federal government to Danjumas statements and I cannot say the same. We are not addressing [] 
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