NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines [02 June, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 02 June, 2018.
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
Against the backdrop of incessant killings in Nigeria, particularly the predominantly Muslim herdsmen slaying Christian farmers, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended to the US government that Nigeria should be designated as a “Country of Particular Concern”, CPC.
This recommendation is contained in the latest report of the USCIRF titled, “2018 Annual Report–Key Findings and Recommendations,” obtained yesterday by THISDAY on the website of the US Department of State.
 
While on Thursday, at a telephonic press conference on the latest report on religious freedom with Samuel Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, in Washington, D.C., it was disclosed that plans were underway for the American envoy to visit Nigeria and later for religious leaders in the country and other African countries to be invited to the US to discuss the issue of religious violence and freedom with the Donald Trump administration.
Touching on prevailing violent conflicts having religious connotations in Nigeria, the report said: “Religious freedom conditions in Nigeria remained poor during the reporting period. The Nigerian government at the federal and state levels continued to repress the Shi’a Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), including holding IMN leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, without charge, imposing state-level bans on the group’s activities, and failing to hold accountable Nigerian Army officers who used excessive force against IMN members in December 2015. 
“Sectarian violence between predominately Muslim herders and predominately Christian farmers increased, and the Nigerian federal government failed to implement effective strategies to prevent or stop such violence or to hold perpetrators accountable. Finally, other religious freedom abuses continue at the state level. Based on these concerns, in 2017 USCIRF again finds that Nigeria merits designation as a country of particular concern (CPC) under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), as it has found since 2009.” 
In the 2018 Annual Report of the commission, documenting religious freedom violations and progress in 28 countries during calendar year 2017, the following recommendations were made to President Trump: “Designate Nigeria as a CPC under IRFA; Seek to enter into a binding agreement with the Nigerian government, as defined in section 405(c) of IRFA and to train specialised police and joint security units to respond to sectarian violence and acts of terrorism. 

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The report also recommended that the federal government should conduct thorough investigations and prosecute future incidents of sectarian violence and terrorism and suspected and/or accused perpetrators. 
Similarly, it advised the Trump administration to support the Nigerian government in the development of counter and deradicalisation programmes, ensuring that all military and police training educates officers on international human rights standards.
When asked about his planned visit to Nigeria and the proposed meeting with Africa’s religious leaders, Brownback said: “We will certainly invite foreign ministers from Africa. We’ll invite NGOs and religious leaders from Africa as well. And there will be issues of concern that exist in Africa that we’ll be discussing. I’m planning soon a trip to Nigeria, where there’s been a great deal of conflict between Christians and Muslims in that country. The president of Nigeria was recently in the United States meeting with President Trump, and one of the discussion items was the reduction and the need to reduce violence, particularly that spawned and done to religious organizations and around churches and mosques, so these topics will come up, they’ll be addressed.
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
The Presidency yesterday released the record of its economic performance since 2015, stating that the new forex (FX) window introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in April, 2017, yielded an average of $1 billion turnover every week and $25 billion inflows in one year.
According to a release by Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the fact-sheet contained in a 41-page document showed that FX Window inflows culminated in a total turnover of $47.14 billion, which it said signalled a rising investors’ confidence in Nigeria.
 
The release which said the 41-page document highlighted successes of the administration on economy, security and the fight against corruption, disclosed that $10 million was spent by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) in March 2018 for the establishment of a world-class Cancer Treatment Centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

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It also said another $5 million each was invested in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, to establish modern diagnostic centres. 
Disclosing that the diagnostic centres would be completed before the end of the year, the release further said Nigeria’s economy was back on the path of growth after the recession of 2016-17 with 1.95 percent growth in the first quarter of 2018.
It also said inflation had fallen from 18.7 percent in January 2017 to 12.5 percent in April 2018 while external reserve had doubled its former size as of October, 2016 and capital importation standing at $6.3 billion. 
The release also said tax revenue rose to N1.17 trillion, representing 51 percent increase from the generation in the first quarter of 2017 while N2.7 trillion was spent on infrastructure in 2016 and 2017 fiscal years and administration’s priority sectors of agriculture and solid minerals maintained consistent growth throughout the recession.
The release said: “Inflation has fallen for the fifteenth (15th) consecutive month, from 18.7 percent in January 2017 to 12.5 percent as of April 2018. External Reserves of US$47.5 billion are the highest in 5 years and double the size as of October 2016. Total exports in 2017 were 59.47% higher than for 2016
“The first quarter of 2018 saw the fourth consecutive quarterly increase in capital importation since Q2 2017. The total value of capital imported in the quarter stood at US$6.3 billion, which is a year-on-year increase of 594.03%, and a 17.11% growth over the figure reported in the previous quarter.
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja cried out against alleged forces being mustered by the opposition, saying the power of incumbency at his disposal could not match the volume of alleged mischief from the opposition.

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Buhari who made this remark while addressing members of the Buhari Media Organisation in the State House, said members of the opposition were firing from different angles and the volume of resources at their disposal made him afraid.
 
According to him, the consistency of the group had been helpful in defending his government from the barrage of such mischief from the opposition, pointing out that such a degree of consistency and steadfastness from the group gave him confidence.
Buhari who again restated how those he jailed as the military head of state on account of corruption in the 80s had their loot returned to them when he himself was jailed for 18 months, recalled how he was only released upon his mother’s death so that he could bury her.
He thanked members of the group whom he said had made huge sacrifices in support of him, saying having been in power for three years, they had proven that they were not following him in search of material things.
He also commended them for their courage to remain firm in their belief in him, arguing that irrespective of their feelings, citizens of the country would remain grateful to them for the degree of courage they had deployed in carrying out research which he said had equipped them to appropriately respond to the “mischief” from the opposition.
“I don’t think I can thank you enough for your steadfastness under very difficult circumstances. It is not easy to defend this administration and more in particular, to defend me. But your consistency has given me a lot of confidence. And I know you are doing it as a sacrifice – physical, mental and material. 
“As I keep on saying, the opposition now is sitting on incredible resources which I am afraid we might not match it at all. For that reason, the opposition is sponsoring mischief from different angles which in spite of the incumbency of government, we cannot absolutely stop. 
“It is you that are fighting it and I cannot thank you enough for that. Most of the people I jailed have been given back all what they have taken before I was jailed. Most of those people that were being judged by various tribunals have been given back what they have taken. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
By Obinna Chima The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has put the total amount of recovered debt as of the end of 2017 at N740 billion. This is just as the corporation’s 2017 results showed that its loss position reduced significantly by 90 per cent to N16.41 billion in 2017, compared with the N164.94 []The post AMCON Recovers N740bn from Debtors, Trims Losses to N16bn appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Protesting N/Delta Youths Demand Removal JTF Commander
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
Military commander blames Businessman Aiteo: We have paid JTF N1.192 bnin 3 yearsfor pipeline protection By Onyebuchi Ezigbo, Chineme Okaforin Abuja andObinna Chimain Lagos Hundreds of youths from the Niger Delta region yesterday stormed Abuja to protest alleged wrong doings of Commander of the military task force, Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Apochi []The post Protesting N/Delta Youths Demand Removal JTF Commander appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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Sat, 02 Jun 2018
By Alex Enumahin Abuja A Federal High Court, Abuja will on June 12, 2018, commence hearing in a suit seeking for the declaration of Fulani herdsmen as terrorists. The date was fixed by the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole. In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/499/18, the plaintiff, is also seeking the prohibition of all activities []The post Court Commences Hearing of Suit to Declare Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Sat, 02 Jun 2018
By Senator Iroegbuin Abuja andMichael Olugbode,in Maiduguri Officials and internally displaced persons at camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Friday defended the Nigerian military over the allegation of rape and sexual assault raised by Amnesty International. This is as the military in a separate forum, again denied that its personnel neither molested, []The post Borno IDPs, Officials, Military Deny Amnesty International Rape Allegation appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
By David-Chyddy Elekein Awka A 60-year-old man, Mr. Cletus Aguluka of Ndiagu Igboezue in Osikwu village, Awgbu, Orumba North council area Thursday morning stabbed his daughter, Miss Onyinye Aguluka to death, while she was asleep. THISDAY gathered that the incident has thrown members of the community into mourning. The unfortunate incidence happened around 1am []The post Man, 60, Kills Daughter over Missing Torchlight appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
By Seriki Adinoyiin Jos Community Policing will help to mop up unlicensed firearms in civilian possession, remove suspicion and foster cordial relationship between the Police and the public, says the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. The IGP stated this yesterday during the Graduation Ceremony of The Tactical Leadership and Command Course, held at []The post IGP: Community Policing Will End Proliferation of Firearms Weapons appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
By BayoAkinloye Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on his successor, the incumbent Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to not only abstain from food during the Ramadan fast but also to eschew lies as Jonathan refuted a claim by the Presidency that his administration failed to save money in the Sovereign Wealth Fund. In []The post Sovereign Wealth Fund: Stop Lying Against Me, Jonathan Tells Buhari appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
While some Nigerian entertainers were receiving and celebrating their Headies awards, Ruggedman was honoured with a very special award. The entertainer, who just got back from Cross River State, where he kicked off the first edition of his 9-City PlayStation 4 virtual soccer competition ‘Rugged Premier League’, received The African Integrity Prize for Integrity in []The post Ruggedman Receives African Integrity Award appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Sat, 02 Jun 2018
AB Rollings Clothiers, owned byFashion entrepreneur, Abiodun Adenegan Odukoya, is set to thrill its clients with an out-of-the-world outing of new collections at the upcoming Open Mall Fashion Show. The event, which is billed to hold today, at the Lagos City Mall, Onikan Lagos, will showcase some of the best fashion designers. AB Rollings Clothiers []The post AB Rollings to Headline Third Open Mall Fashion Show 2018 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
By BennettOghifo Jaguar Land Rover is developing autonomous cars capable of all-terrain, off-road driving in any weather condition. The world-first ‘CORTEX’ project will take self-driving cars off-road, ensuring they are fully capable in any weather condition: dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog. As part of the project, a ‘5D’ technique combining acoustic, video, radar, light []The post Jaguar Land Rover is Developing Off-road Self-driving SUVs in Project CORTEX appeared first on TH 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
The Maserati Alfieri has been an on-again-off-again halo product that the somewhat troubled brand has struggled to bring to market, but it now seems as though the sports coupe is finally on the way. Fiat Chrysler presented its five-year product strategy during a special presentation in Italy today, which included a concrete plan to release []The post Maserati Alfieri: 0-60 MPH in 2s, Active Aero, Full Torque Vectoring appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
Toyota aims to encourage a love of cars and the fun of driving among children and their parents through a travel-oriented display at the upcoming Tokyo Toy Show. The Toyota Camatte Journey exhibit enables children to drive a three-seat concept car through images of scenery, such as cherry-blossom lined roads, projected onto a surrounding screen. []The post Toyota Inspires Children With Fun of Driving appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
Fiat Chrysler presented its highly anticipated future product strategy today and the Italian-American automaker didn’t disappoint. Part of its five-year plan will include a wide expansion of its Alfa Romeo premium brand. The most exciting products in Alfa’s future strategy will be the 600+ hp Giulia-based GTV Coupe and a 700+ HP 8C supercar with []The post Mid-Engine Alfa Romeo 8C Supercar, Giulia GTV Coupe Confirmed appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
By BennettOghifo The four-yearly vehicle handover ahead of the World Cup finals is thus a familiar event; with two weeks before the first game, the ceremony for 2018 has just taken place. This year, a total of 530 Hyundai-branded vehicles will be used by World Cup players, match officials and VIPs. The bulk of them []The post Hyundai Handover 530 Hyundai Vehicles for FIFA World CUP Russia appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
Uber has said it plans to create 50,000 direct economic opportunities in Nigeria by 2020, as well as bring additional socio-economic value to the country. A team of Uber officials stated this during a courtesy visit of Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo to the Uber Greenlighht Hub in Abuja, recently. The vice president was received by []The post Uber Plans 50,000 Direct Economic Opportunities in Nigeria appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Sat, 02 Jun 2018
Safety features usually rank very high on a parent’s list of priorities when looking to buy a new family car. But with so many advances in technology and engineering in the auto industry over recent years, it can be a bit overwhelming for buyers to make sense of all the terminology, and know exactly which []The post 10 Vehicle Safety Features for Children appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 02 Jun 2018
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