NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [12 April, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 12 April, 2018.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government of an orchestrated plot to intimidate and persecute opposition leaders and those that harbour presidential ambitions.

The main opposition party said apart from designating a special presidential committee to witch-haunt its members, the APC-led federal government has allegedly perfected a plan to frame the governors of Ekiti and Rivers States, Ayodele Fayose and Nyesom Wike, respectively, as well as the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

Addressing reporters Wednesday on what it termed “matters of urgent national importance”, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “Our dear nation is now passing through her darkest hour. Our constitutional democracy is under severe attack from agents of fascism who are on the prowl.

“As we speak, Nigeria as a nation is being pushed to the brink and the personal freedom of citizens under our Constitution is no longer guaranteed.

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“Today, in our country, there is an orchestrated plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government to use the state apparatus of power to coerce, emasculate and effectively decapitate the opposition and other dissenting voices, foist a one-party state and push a self-succession bid for President Muhammadu Buhari, seeing that their chances of winning the presidential election get slimmer by the day.

“Currently, the APC has fully commenced a major onslaught on leaders and key voices in the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), particularly our state governors, opposition leaders in the National Assembly as well as our presidential hopefuls.

“You are already aware of the numerous exposed plots by the APC and its federal government to frame and humiliate the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as well as PDP governors, particularly Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and his Ekiti State counterpart, Governor Ayo Fayose.

“This is in addition to advanced plots by the federal government to clampdown on key leaders of the party and begin to drop in public places, alleged confessional statements made under duress in a desperate attempt to achieve a pre-determined end of validating the bandying of corruption allegations against members of the PDP.

“We have also been made aware of a special presidential committee set up by the APC federal government to persecute our leaders. Already, no fewer than 28 cases have been filed based on trumped up charges.
“Also, we are privy to a series of clandestine meetings between agents of the APC and some compromised judicial officers to get convictions at all cost.

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“In the same vein, we are in the know of a plot to embarrass credible individuals, particularly in the PDP, known or perceived to be interested in contesting the 2019 presidential election, having realised that their party, the APC, is finally stuck with a very unpopular and rejected presidential candidate, who can no longer command the support of Nigerians.”

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The National Population Commission (NPC) has put Nigeria’s current population at 198 million people with urban population growing at an average annual growth rate of about 6.5 per cent.

Chairman of NPC, Mr. Eze Duruiheoma, stated this in New York while delivering Nigeria’s statement on Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration at the 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development.

Duruiheoma said: “Nigeria remains the most populous in Africa, the seventh globally with an estimated population of over 198 million.

“The recent World Population Prospects report predicts that by 2050, Nigeria will become the third most populated country in the world.

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“Over the last 50 years, the Nigeria’s urban population has grown at an average annual growth rate of more than 6.5 per cent without commensurate increase in social amenities and infrastructure.

“It grew substantially from 17.3 per cent in 1967 to 49.4 per cent of the country’s total population in 2017. In addition, the 2014 World Urbanisation Prospects report, predicts that by 2050, most Nigerians – 70 per cent – will be residing in cities.

“The 2010 human mobility survey report revealed that 23 per cent of the sampled population were of more females than males.”

In terms of demographics, he noted that the class of the population mostly engaged in urbanisation and migration were young people, adolescent girls and boys, women of child bearing age and the working age population.

He said existing urbanisation trends, coupled with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in cities, pose critical challenges to securing sustainability in Nigerian urban centres, including efforts to make them smart and responsive to the human influx.

“The Displacement Tracking Matrix Round XXI of January 2018 identified an estimated 1.7 million IDPs in over 321,580 households across six states of North-east Nigeria with 40 per cent residing in camp-like settings in urban areas plus 1.4 million returnees.

“The number of IDPs represented a 4.5 per cent increase compared to the 1,702,680 identified in Round XX (Dec. 2017).”

Duruiheoma said like in other developing countries, Nigerian cities host wide spread poverty, under-employment and unemployment at an average of 18.4 per cent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) 2017 report.

The NPC boss bemoaned the insecurity in the country and inadequate and inequitable healthcare services for adolescents and women of childbearing age.

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“Nigeria continues to commit to solving the challenges of insurgents in the North-east, which has induced a high number of IDPs.
“We acknowledge that women, children and particularly the girl-child are often the most vulnerable in these displacements, and in this regard, we remain focused on the wellbeing of these vulnerable parts of our population.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The price of crude oil Wednesday rose to $72 per barrel, its highest in more than three years, after Saudi Arabia said it intercepted missiles over Riyadh, worsening tensions in the Middle East.

Also comments by the U.S. President Donald Trump, who Wednesday warned Russia that missiles “will be coming,” in Syria after a suspected chemical attack, also affected the global oil market.

Reuters reported that the fallout from new U.S. sanctions on Moscow have rattled investors and fears of military action were stoked after one of Russia’s ambassadors reiterated it would shoot down any U.S. missiles fired at Syria.

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Trump, who has criticised Russia for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, shot back in a message on Twitter early Wednesday.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’,” he wrote in the post. “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” he added.

With the markets reacting, oil prices rose to their highest in more than three years after Trump’s latest comments.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 2.43 per cent to $67.10 per barrel while Brent closed at $72.50, up 2.06 per cent on the day.

Crude oil prices began to climb on Trump’s warning over Syria, then rallied further on a report that Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces intercepted a missile over the capital Riyadh.

The prices last Friday suffered their worst weekly decline in two months after they followed plummeting equity markets amid growing fears of a trade war between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies.

But on Monday, oil tracked global stock prices higher on signs over the weekend that the Trump administration might be softening its stance in the trade spat with China.

However, remarks from China’s foreign ministry and a tweet from Trump have suggested that the dispute could easily heat up again.

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Oil prices on Tuesday hit over $70 as the trade war between the U.S. and China appeared to ease.
The price had on January 25, 2018 hit $71, its highest since December 2014.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Oghenevwede Ohwovoriole in Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have signed amemorandum of understanding on ways to enhance the country's payment system. A statement from the NCC also disclosed that the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele lauded the Commission for its regulatory efforts in protecting the consumers and []The post CBN, NCC Sign MoU to Enhance Payment System appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Nosa Alekhuogie Shareholder groups under the aegis of the Proactive Shareholders Association of Nigeria (PROSAN), Trusted Shareholders Association of Nigeria (TSAN) and the Oando Shareholders Solidarity Group (OSSG) have again accused the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of frustrating the forensic audit of Oando Plc. They also vowed to resist attempts by SEC to lift []The post Shareholders Vow to Resist Attempt to Lift Ban on Oando Shares appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Okays N13bn for Warri port dredging, establishment of Army University Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The federal government wednesday in Abuja approved contracts for three road projects at the total rate of N47 billion including the redesign and reconstruction of Aba-Port Harcourt road. Briefing journalists at the end of seven-hour Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in []The post FG Approves N47bn for Reconstruction of Aba-Port Harcourt, Lagos-Ota Roads, Others appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Ortom describes attackers as terrorists George Okoh in Makurdi and Emmanuel Ukumba in Lafia Fourteen persons were wednesday killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue and Nasarawa State. In Benue State, the killing occurred when the armed Fulani militia invaded Gbeji town in Ukum Local Government Area killing six residents and burning several houses. According []The post Suspected Herdsmen Kill 14 in Benue, Nasarawa Communities appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will not introduce electronic voting for the 2019 general election. Speaking at a press conference to mark the end of the three-day international conference on the use of technology for the conduct of elections in Africa, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood []The post No Electronic Voting in 2019, Says INEC appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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