NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 APRIL, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Saturday 14 April, 2017.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid may hit the rocks because of the murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen in the middle Belt and some southern states.

Statistics recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC) showed that the country as of January 2018 had a total of 73,944,312 registered voters.

Herdsmen have killed hundreds of farmers, and other villagers in the Middle Belt states with thousands displaced this year alone. Reports are suggesting anger against Buhari who is perceived as being lenient with the attackers.

The North Central (Middle Belt) has 10,586,965 voters with  Benue which is the hardest hit by herdsmen’s bloody campaigns having 2,184,403 registered voters; Plateau has 2,176,023.

Taraba State which has 1,505,902 voters also suffers regular attacks by herdsmen.

Buhari’s North West zone has 18,505,984 voters, the South West with 14,626,800 has also had its share of attacks by herdsmen.

Reuters news agency reported on Friday that President Buhari’s ‘bid for re-election next year could hinge on the swing states of the country’s “Middle Belt”. Worryingly for him, a surge in violence there and rising food prices are chipping away at his support.

Buhari contested both the 2011 and 2015 elections against then president Goodluck Jonathan.

The 2015 figure of registered voters was 68,833,476 out of which less than 30 million voted.


Seven years ago, Buhari – a Muslim from the north – was defeated after winning in the northern states while Jonathan was victorious in the south and central states.

Buhari won in 2015, becoming the first candidate to defeat an incumbent president, in part because he gained votes in the Middle Belt, where the predominantly Muslim north and Christian south collide.

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“The region includes several states that are likely to be hotly contested, including Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory, which the PDP won by margins ranging from three percent to 12 percent in 2015,” said Ben Payton, head of Africa research at Verisk Maplecroft.

In 2011, 694,776 people voted for Jonathan in Benue state and 109,680 backed Buhari. But support for Buhari surged in the state in 2015, where he secured a narrow victory with 373,961 votes to Jonathan’s 303,737.

The Middle Belt states could play a key role again in a tight race, but Buhari’s stronghold will remain the north and he is unlikely to make inroads in the south, said Malte Liewerscheidt, west Africa analyst at Teneo Intelligence.

“The southwestern region will again prove crucial in deciding the election,” he said, pointing to the coalition that created the ruling APC by enlisting political godfathers in the southwest to bolster northern votes.

“Provided the APC’s constituent parts stay together the party will be very difficult to beat, even though Buhari’s popularity has certainly suffered,” said Liewerscheidt.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The police have arrested 12 suspects who were directly involved in last week’s deadly bank robbery in Offa, Kwara State.

Four of the suspects str indigenes of the town, the police said.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), ACP Jimoh Moshood, who disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Abuja, said the suspects were arrested in Offa, Ilorin [both in Kwara State], Ibadan [Oyo State] and Lagos following a tip-off.


 
According to him, items recovered from the suspects include guns, handsets, ipads and SIM cards belonging to victims of the robbery.

Other items recovered from them are two pistols, 20 rounds of live ammunition and four phones.

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He stated that immediately after the incident, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, deployed additional police personnel in Kwara State and the teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop-and-search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols and intelligence gathering which led to the arrest of the suspects.


 
Some of the arrests involved serious exchange of gunfire between the police and the suspects in their various hideouts, he said.

“All the suspects, during investigation, confessed to the various roles they played in the commission of the crime. However, investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice

“The Nigeria Police Force, once again, deeply commiserates with the government and people of Kwara State, most especially the people of Offa and the families of the victims.


 
“The Force will leave no stone unturned in unravelling this dastardly act and bring all those responsible to justice. The Force appreciates the support from members of the public so far and calls for calm and their cooperation to sustain the normalcy that has been restored in the state,” Moshood said.

A statement released by the FPRO reads in part: “The following are the suspects arrested who have admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the banks robbery attacks and are also assisting Police investigation into the incident.

“(I) Adegoke Shogo, 29 years, native of Offa Kwara State, he was arrested in Offa after the bank robbery and the attack on the police station. He is a drug baron and also an Indian hemp dealer in Offa, Kwara State. According to intelligence gathered from cultivated and reliable informant, he is alleged to be one of the sponsors of the robbery attack and the attack on the police station in Offa. He has made useful statements with regard to the roles he played in the armed robbery.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Allegations of delays and favouritism trailed the registration of prospective voters in Ekiti State, on Friday as people trooped out to register to vote in the July 14 governorship election in the state.

The state government had declared Friday a work-free day to allow workers in the state to register in the voter registration exercise, and the turnout of the people had created what some of the prospective voters said was “some problems for the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC).”


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A prospective voter lamented that she had been visiting the registration centre for days without getting registered, saying the INEC officials were attending to the list of names they had collected before Friday.
 
A prospective voter, who gave her name as Bisi Adigun alleged that some of the officials were demanding money for undisclosed reasons, claiming that “where I would have registered at St. Paul Anglican Church,  Odo Ado, INEC officials are demanding for a sum of N1,000 from each person to get them registered and this is because there is also so much crowd here and this is the  centre catering for many communities around here and in many miles apart.”

At L.A Nursery and Primary School in Okesa, Unit 16 polling centre, Mr. Ilesanmi Susan, said “I have been coming here since Thursday. I have been here since 6am this morning and after five hours, I haven’t been registered.”

He alleged that the officials of the commission were unfriendly.”


Sat, 14 Apr 2018
THE deputy governor of Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka has said that he was proud to be the anointed candidate of the state governor, Ayodele Fayose for the gubernatorial contest.

Eleka speaking after the submission of his nomination form on Friday said that he was in the race based on his personal conviction to further better the lot of Ekiti people by consolidating on the dividends of democracy provided by the Fayose administration and that he did not see anything wrong in being supported by the state governor who had personal right of supporting whoever he likes.

According to him, “to be anointed is not a new thing. God himself anointed Jesus Christ for a purpose. Every one of us has a destiny to fulfill and it is going to be through certain means and persons


 
“Governor Fayose has the right to pick interest in someone and I don’t think he should be crucified for that. I have been under his tutelage for over two years now, I have acquired a lot of experience from him. He is my leader, my mentor and my benefactor.”

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On the allegation that Fayose had been using both state and party apparatus to intimidate other aspirants and their supporters to con script support for him, Eleka said he was not aware that anybody was being intimidated for his sake.

He said that by virtue of his upbringing, belief and academic exposure, he would never subscribe to illegality and would not be party to a rancorous primary but subject himself to a free, fair and transparent primary.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
THE senator representing Ekiti West Senatorial District and the Deputy Senate Minority Whip,Senator Abiodun Olujimi, speakingwith newsmen after the submission of her nomination form for Ekiti governorshipelection in Abuja on Fridaydeclared that she would not [...]The post I cant be intimidated by Fayose 'Olujinmi appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
AHEAD of July 14th governorship election in Ekiti State, the Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday read riot act to all the aspirants seeking for the party ticket to avail themselves with [...]The post Ekiti guber poll: PDP reads riot act to aspirants appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
ON the fourth year anniversary of the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured their parents that 'their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to [...]The post Chibok girls will never be forgotten 'Buhari appeared first on Tribune. 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Professor Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), on Friday hinted at the creation of a special fund for a financial reward for pre-emptive whistleblowing. Sagay dropped the hint at an [...]The post FG to create special fund for whistleblowers 'Sagay appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
There are various reasons people engage in alcohol, ranging from show off, relaxation, performance booster, depression, peer pressure, confidence, to overcome a trying moment, greed, and even for nothing. There is almost no good side [...]The post Why women are greater alcohol abstainers than men appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Ahead of the forthcoming general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed deep concern over the volume of unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in its custody. Speaking with Senior Deputy Editor, TAIWO AMODU, [...]The post 2019: It is worrisome that 7 million PVCs remain unclaimed 'Soyebi, INEC National Commissioner appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Those who named the most populous state in the country Eko Akete sure saw wonders ahead. What is not happening in the state isn't happening anywhere and if it is, it won't be Akete in [...]The post Lagos Mallams 'export' dirty Naira notes to Northern states appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
A woman, Oluwaseun Okunlola has dragged her husband, Kareem Okunlola to court, praying that their nine-year-old marriage be dissolved. Oluwaseun accused her husband of neglect, adding that he was a brute. The plaintiff prayed the [...]The post 'I fed and clothed him but he rewarded me with tearing my clothes, punching me' appeared first on Tribune. 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
She's only 26, but she has found her path and passion. And what a unique path it is! Folashade Fagorusi is a painter; but she doesn't paint with brushes: she does it with needle and [...]The post 'It's exciting to paint and create with needle and thread' appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Francis Rotimi Adeniji (FRA), a legal practitioner and businessman, is an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Oyo State. He was the 2015 Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State. In this interview, BY [...]The post 2019: Ajimobi will support the best candidate 'Rotimi Adeniyi, Oyo APC guber aspirant appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
The greatest talking point in our country this week has been the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that he would seek a second term in office next year. And naturally so. Desire by any President, [...]The post 'Another term for Buhari 'll take nation building far' appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari announced on Monday he wants to seek another term in office in February 2019 elections. With that declaration, the race to lead Africa's largest democracy is underway. The path ahead could [...]The post The race for Nigeria's presidency in 2019 appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, an online medium, Friday, last week, was at the Gamaliel Onosode Hall, University of Ibadan for a town hall meeting with enthusiastic youths who are in support of [...]The post I can run Nigeria better than Buhari, even with my eyes closed 'Omoyele Sowore, Publisher, Sahara Reporters appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
Each time I brush my teeth, my gums will start to bleed. Please let me know what to do about this very frightening situation. Obi (by SMS) Gums can bleed when a very hard [...]The post Bleeding from my gums appeared first on Tribune. 

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018
I am a 15-years-old man. All my mates have pubic hair except me. Every time we have our baths, they always make fun of me. I will appreciate it if you can let me know [...]The post No pubic hair at 15 years appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
I have been feeling feverish for the past three weeks. Each time I carried out any laboratory tests, the result will come out negative for malaria and typhoid fevers. I don't know what else to [...]The post I always feel feverish appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
MRS Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance, on Friday appointed Ms Mary Uduk, as the new Director-General, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following the redeployment of Dr Abdul Zubair, who had held forte since December [...]The post Adeosun removes Zubair as Ag SEC DG, appoints Uduk appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
THE Lagos State Government said on Friday that it paid N9.3 billion as pension to 2,466 retirees in the state, between May 2017 and March 2018. Dr Akintola Benson-Oke, the state Commissioner for Establishment, Training [...]The post Lagos pays N9.3bn as pension in 1 yr appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018
ENABLING Environment, Soft Loans and Grants, Availability of rawmaterials and Elimination of multiple taxations have been identifiedas key to sustaining Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). These were the position of speakers at the National [...]The post MSMEs will drive national economy 'Experts appeared first on Tribune. 

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