NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [3rd April, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018.


Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately proscribe the All Progressives Congress (APC) following allegations that it financed President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign with looted funds.

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday, also gave the Buhari-led presidency a three-day ultimatum to respond to allegations that it was elected with looted funds or find itself top of the list of confirmed looters.

The party said instead of the Presidency and the APC to come out with a response on how President Buhari’s 2015 campaign was funded with looted sums, they are busy hallucinating about names of individuals whose matters are before the courts of competent jurisdiction.

In the meantime, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, former PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, erstwhile governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu and Fani Kayode, including a senior lawyer have reacted separately to the newly released list by the APC-led government with some of them threatening to take legal action to put the records straight.

In the same vein, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has told President Muhammadu Buhari to stop castigating the members of the PDP as being corrupt, saying the president is superintending over the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria.

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He said Buhari has been busy shielding looters of the treasury in his government, saying: “Nigerians have seen through their deceit and will no longer buy that fake image of integrity they are trying to sell.”

The governor said: “With the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index saying that corruption has become more endemic in Nigeria than it was in the last 16 years, with the country moving 12 places below its rating, a honourable government would have stopped using the fight against corruption as its major achievement and releasing names of people that are still under trial as looters just to cover up its failure.”

He said the first list of alleged looters released by the government was politically motivated and the second one was an afterthought that was done to cover the shame of the government because Nigerians questioned the first list.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Ologbondiyan, on Monday, also gave the Buhari-led Presidency a three-day ultimatum to respond to allegations that it was elected with looted funds or find itself top of the list of confirmed looters.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Arise Fashion Week came to an exciting end Monday with international models drawn from across the globe and a cross-section of Nigerians who religiously followed every minute of the show explicitly betraying their nostalgic emotions and wishing the three-day show never ended.

They relished every moment and the fun they had, particularly meeting the headline act top model Naomi Campbell and New York-based Nigerian model, Oluchi Orlandi.
As the show drew the curtain Monday, the organisers intent on closing on a high, introduced head turning designers who included Odion Mimonet, Re, House of Nwocha, Dzyn, Maxivive and Sunny Rose.


 
Also among the major models that headlined the show were new international catwalk modelling sensation – Imaan, Nigeria’s export, Oluchi and scores of other male and female models who kept the audience engaged and glued to their seats throughout the show.
The major dignitaries who graced the show were the wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, Tein George, George Hotel, Ikoyi, Helen Prest, Dbang, Albert Okunagba and Nigerians from all walks of life.

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Reactions were very positive and with some describing it as the biggest fashion show in Africa.
“It’s been an amazing journey for me,” gushed 19 year-old Michael Chima. “Last night I had the opportunity to walk the runway with Naomi Campbell for Ozwald Boateng. The female model in front of me was dazed and nearly broke down when she saw the top model. But Naomi noticed how overwhelmed she was and hugged her. The designers too have been very expressive with their pieces. Some of them are so nice like Tinnie Tempah who gave us the shoes we wore. I will generally miss the ambience.”

18-year-old Beth model, Glory Egwede, however, expressed her happiness, stressing that “I’m so happy the show is coming to an end. It’s been very exhilarating with the rehearsals, fittings, photo sessions. Yes, I’m excited about today but in a way not too excited because of the great moments I have had.”

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Winnie Madikizela Mandela, the former wife of South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela, died on Monday aged 81, according to Reuters news agency.


 
The death of the controversial anti-apartheid campaigner was announced by her personal assistant.
From Abuja, the federal capital, President Muhammadu Buhari Monday night described the passage of Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela as the great loss of an African woman.

The president, in a statement by one of his media aides, Malam Garba Shehu, described Winnie as a woman of uncommon determination, steadfastness and perseverance whom he said held aloft the torch of the struggle against institutionalised discrimination even while her ex-husband, Mandela, was incarcerated.

BBC on Monday quoted a family spokesman Victor Dlamini as saying in a statement: “She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of the hospital since the start of the year.

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“She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.”
She earned the moniker “the mother of the nation” thanks to her marriage to Mandela and her anti-apartheid activism.

Winnie Mandela, whose reputation became tainted legally and politically in later years, was regarded with her late former husband as icons of the anti-apartheid struggle, which lasted for nearly three decades. Indeed, both were pictured hand-in-hand as Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years.
But her legacy as an anti-apartheid heroine was soon washed-up after the veil was lifted on her activities, which revealed the ruthless side of her.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Despite assurances of adequate security from the federal government to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their ancestral homes claiming to have decimated the Boko Haram sect, the extremists returned with vengeance Sunday unleashing strings of suicide bombers who killed no fewer than 25 persons and injuring 80 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as confirmed by the state police command.


 
Reacting to news of the attacks, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has expressed shock over the deaths of several persons with scores injured following yet another attack by the suicide bombers in Maiduguri.
Atiku said he was concerned by the senseless attacks on innocent citizens even after reports that government has opened the windows for talks on the prospects of a ceasefire with Boko Haram.

The Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, who briefed journalists on the incident on Monday, said the high number of casualties was as a result of the insurgents’ strike at a social gathering, wedding ceremony, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
He said 18 persons were lost on the spot as five male suicide bombers lounged at a gathering of people attending a wedding ceremony.
He said the five suicide bombers were mangled beyond recognition and they were packed alongside 18 other corpses to the mortuary.
He said later on Monday two other persons died among the 86 persons injured as a result of the multiple explosion.

He said: “On April 1, 2018, at about 2020 hours, Boko Haram terrorists in an attempt to infiltrate into Maiduguri through Bale Kura, Bale Shuwari, Jamine and Alikaramti villages of Jere Local Government Area, outskirts of Maiduguri township detonated IEDs.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Paul Obi in Abuja The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Monday expressed great concern over the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. They said the inability of the federal government to ensure that Leah regains her [] 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
TUESDAY WITH REUBEN ABATI Less than a year to the next general elections in Nigeria, the biggest deficit in the political process leading to that moment is the absence of a robust, virile and effective opposition. The role of the opposition in a democracy is to question, criticize, challenge, and audit the governments of the [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will constitute a committee to review its decision to extend the tenure of its national leadership and other party executives at all levels. The party had agreed at its last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to reconsider the one year tenure extension [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja Kabiru Seidu (aka Osama) and Nuhu Salisu (aka Small) who alleged that Senator Dino Melaye gave them arms were yesterday re-arrested by the police. Seidu and Salisu who escaped from police custody in Lokoja alongside four other suspected criminals were re-arrested in different locations. The two suspect had earlier alleged that [] 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Emma Okonji Nigerian-based Terragon Group, Africa's leading mobile marketing company, has closed a $5 million funding deal led by Africa-focused TLcom Capital, to scale up internet data penetration in Africa. The company announced that the funding would be used to develop further its proprietary marketing technology, which connects online and offline mobile channels to provide [] 


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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday invaded some settlements in Tombo ward, Logo Local Government Area in Benue State. The herdsmen, who arrived the communities in SUV, came with their cattle which grazed freely on farmlands. The leader of the community, Chief Job Tiza, told THISDAY that the herdsmen destroyed farm crops and razed houses in [] 
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