NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [8th May, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 8th May, 2018.

Tue, 08 May 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will Tuesday embark on a four-day trip to the United Kingdom where he will see his doctors.

A statement by Malam Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity Monday night, said the president had a meeting with his doctor last Thursday when he had a “technical stopover” for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back to Nigeria from Washington where he had met United States President Donald Trump.

According to Shehu, the doctor asked the president to return for another meeting, which he said Buhari agreed to do.
The statement added: “President Buhari will return on Saturday, May 12th.

“On his return, the president’s two-day state visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) ward congresses will now take place on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May.”

Buhari’s four-day medical trip to the UK will be his fifth to the country that will be made public since he assumed office three years ago.

The president first proceeded on medical vacation on June 7, 2016 over what the presidency described as a persistent “ear infection”.

At the time, Buhari was forced to cancel a two-day visit to Lagos to inaugurate projects in the state due to the “ear infection” suspected to be Ménière’s disease.

His trip at the time occurred days after presidential spokesman Femi Adesina was quoted as saying Buhari was as “fit as fiddle” and “hale and hearty”, to much criticism by political analysts and several Nigerians.

On January 19, 2017, the president embarked on yet another medical vacation and was billed to return on February 6, 2017, following what was described as a “routine medical check up”, but did not return until March 10, 2017.

Although information was limited during his stay in London, he was pictured on March 9 meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Abuja House, the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK.

Tue, 08 May 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has frowned upon the recent invasion of the National Assembly by unknown persons who carted away its mace, describing the development as an embarrassment and promising to investigate the incident.

Buhari, whose reaction came at a private meeting he held with Senate President Bukola Saraki and his House of Representatives counterpart, Yakubu Dogara, reportedly said the development was not only an embarrassment to the legislature but also to the entire country, adding that a proper investigation to unravel the masterminds was imperative.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, the Senate President said the meeting was summoned at the instance of the president with the aim of briefing them on the outcome of his trip to the United States and also to find out the state of the budget.

According to him, they reported the invasion of National Assembly to him, pointing out that the president expressed concern over the development, describing it as an embarrassment and promised to ensure that it is investigated.

“Well, we came on the invitation of Mr. President. He wanted to brief us on his trip to the United States and also the issue of the budget. We also talked on the issues of concern to us – the invasion of the National Assembly, which he showed great concern about and said action would be taken to investigate that.

“Of course, he sees it as an embarrassment to the country and that there will be a proper investigation because it is something that is not just about the National Assembly, it is about the country,” Saraki said.

On when the 2018 budget will be passed, he said the Appropriation Committee would submit its report to the Senate this week and the Appropriation Bill would be passed next week.

“Well, hopefully, it should be laid this week. If it can be laid this week, it can be passed early next week but we are hoping it will be laid this week,” he added.

On the cat and mouse relationship between the two arms of government, Saraki, who said the National Assembly was ready to give the required support to the executive, disclosed that they reported the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris’ perceived penchant for disobedience to constituted authority to the president. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The pan-African financial services institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA), in partnership with MasterCard International has released a revolutionary solution to one of the critical challenges being faced by small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and micro small businesses in Nigeria and across Africa, with the introduction of UBA MasterPass QR Bot, which will ensure faster and easier payment for goods and services provided by these important economic groups.

MasterPass QR Bot is part of UBA’s efforts targeted at supporting SMEs, which remains a critical catalyst for the overall development of the continent’s economies. It is also in line with the bank’s vision to create a sustainable and all-inclusive solution to the digital needs of businesses and individuals on the African continent.

Specifically, this revolutionary solution developed by MasterCard International in partnership with Facebook will also enable small businesses in Nigeria and across Africa to receive digital payments from their customers through scanning, using their Facebook accounts and, Master Pass ‘Quick Response’ (QR).

More importantly, with the UBA’s MasterPass QR, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) will enjoy zero cost of enrollment, as they do not have to pay to enroll, while transaction costs will remain at par with existing charges used at PoS.

Apart from assuring the freedom to shop across devices and channels, UBA’s MasterPass QR will revolutionise payment by democratising the payment process, thereby eliminating a key challenge that merchants currently face, which is payment for goods and services beyond their current location.

Tue, 08 May 2018
The death toll in Saturday’s attack by armed bandits in Gwaska Community, Birnin Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State has reportedly risen to 61.

Sources said more corpses were recovered in the surrounding bushes during a search for missing persons by members of the local vigilante group and security agents.

Meanwhile to forestall a recurrence of the incessant killings around the communities, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, and a new Police Area Command, in the area.

The president, according to a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, strongly condemned the latest massacre of innocent Nigerians in the area.

The military in its ongoing onslaught against terrorists scored a major victory as the troops of the 22 Brigade, Borno State yesterday rescued about 1000 hostages captured by Boko Haram terrorists.

The rescue of the hostages was as a result of the combined efforts of troops in the North East, where the military have continued to engage the Boko Haram terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Monday visited Gwaska community to commiserate with the people over the killings.

Before proceeding to the village, El-Rufai visited the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Mallam Jibril Zubair II in his palace to commiserate with the traditional ruler over the killings.

“I came here to share the pains and anguish of our people, the predicament of innocent citizens whose lives were cut short due to the terrorism of bandits and criminals who have been tormenting us,” the governor told the emir.

He said the purpose of the visit was to console the people, see things for himself and talk directly to the people. He assured that everything was being done to end the killings.

“I want to say again, that we are not sleeping and by the grace of God we will overcome this evil act and the terrorism being unleashed on our people,” the governor said. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Following the killings of 45 persons in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, and a new Police Area Command, in the area.

The president, according to a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, strongly condemned the latest massacre of innocent Nigerians in the area.

Shehu quoted the president as saying that he was “deeply outraged by this unwarranted, unprovoked and reckless destruction of lives by bandits who belong to the lowest level of civilisation. I feel the pains and devastation of the families of the victims, and this administration will do everything possible to ensure we defeat these enemies of humanity.”

The statement said the new Army Battalion and the Police Area Command were the latest in a series of law enforcement measures to ensure a more effective protection of lives and property, in and around Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara and Nasarawa States.

It also disclosed that last week, the Nigerian Air Force took delivery of two new helicopter gunships, for deployment to parts of the country affected by banditry.

It also added that a Quick Response Wing has been established by the Nigerian Air Force in Taraba State, while a Joint Military Intervention Force is fully on ground in Benue.

According to the statement, Buhari assured that security remained a priority of his government, threatening that his administration would not tolerate the persistent killing of innocent people in order to set Nigerians against one another.

The statement further quoted Buhari as saying “these persistent killings are not spontaneous; there are subterranean forces with a sinister agenda to instigate a war in the country for selfish purposes.

Tue, 08 May 2018
In the latest development, troops of the 22 Brigade, Borno State Tuesday rescued about 1000 hostages captured by Boko Haram terrorists

The rescue of the hostages was as a result of the combined efforts of troops in the North East, where the military have continued to engage the Boko Haram terrorists.

Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu told THISDAY that “the operation to rescue hostages captured by Boko Haram started on the 28th April 2018.”

He explained that hostages were kept by the terrorists in different locations in Borno State and other parts of the North East.

Chukwu had earlier in a statement stated that the “troops of 22 Brigade deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole rescued over 1000 hostages from the Boko Haram Terrorists enclave.

“The operation which was conducted in conjunction with allies of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), rescued the hostages from Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora villages of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

“The hostages consisted mainly of women, children as well as some young men who were forced to become Boko Haram fighters.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to remind the public of its resolve to rout out Boko Haram and rescued all hostages.

“The public is also advised to report any suspicious character to the appropriate authority for prompt action. However, the rescue persons are being attended to in a military medical facility,” Chukwu stated.

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja Monday adjourned Senator Dino Melaye's bail application for further hearing on Thursday. Melaye is standing trial on a seven-count charge bordering on illegal possession of firearm, among other charges before the court. The trial judge, who is also the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah []The post Melaye's Bail Application for Thursday appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
The United States has said it will only deal with Nigeria on a government-to-government basis for the restitution of $500 million Abacha loot, senior presidency sources have informed TheCable. Officials of the US Department of Justice (DoJ), according to the sources, told President Muhammadu Buhari pointblank during his visit to the US that they would []The post US Blocks Malami's Lawyers from Taking a Cut on $500m Abacha Loot appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Says no ward congress held in Zamfara Tobi Soniyi Zamfara State Governor, Alhajji Adul'azizi Yari, is working with some other members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sabotage the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, the senator representing Zamfara Central in the National Assembly, Garba Marafa, has alleged. Speaking with THISDAY on the phone, []The post Marafa: Yari Working with Others to Sabotage Buhari's Re-election appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Tue, 08 May 2018
Martins Ifijeh The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Bioraj Pharmaceuticals and Peace Standard Pharmaceuticals for their alleged roles in the distribution of Codeine syrups in black market. Stating this in a statement made available to THISDAY last night, and signed by the Director General of []The post Codeine Crisis: NAFDAC Shuts Emzor, Bioraj, Peace Standard Pharmaceuticals appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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