Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Thursday 11th April 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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UN calls for protection for women, men, children forced to relocate to Maiduguri
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Mr Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, has called on Federal Government to protect up to 10,000 women, men and children who were forced to relocate to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, from a town 40km.Kallon in a statement by Samantha Newport, Head of Communications, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on Thursday in Maiduguri, the Nigerian military ordered the immediate departure of and relocation of up to 10,000 civilians in the middle of the n
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Filmmaker X-rays Lagosians in new film, Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Imoh Umoren, film director Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic, says the film x-rays the multi-faceted lives of Lagosians from all walks of life.Umoren is known for his socially conscious work, especially producing the first black and white silent film in Nollywood Hard Times which won an Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2015.Indie filmmaker, Imoh Umoren (Source:Umoren)News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the trailer for Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic sees actor, Kelechi Udegbe playing
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Nigerian Helen Joseph feared by American female boxers
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Nigerian-born female boxer, Helen Joseph, popularly known as The Iron Lady has challenged her counterparts in the United States to a fight, saying she is ready to knock out her competition.The former IBF champion in the featherweight division said during a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Consul General in New York, Mr Benayaogha Okoyen, that she wanted to put Nigeria on the world female boxing map.Joseph, also nicknamed The Princess of Africa in her boxing world, had three different boxing titles
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Atiku denies paying US lobby group $30,000 to stop Buharis inauguration
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, Atiku Abubakar has denied paying a United States lobby group $30, 000 to persuade the US Congress to stop the May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.The Buhari Campaign Group had alleged that Atiku paid the group to push for his recognition as the winner of the February 23 presidential election, which he lost to incumbent President Buhari.In a statement yesterday by his media adviser, Mr Paul Ibe, t
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APC legal team set to defend Gandujes election victory spokesman
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The All Progressive Congress (APC) legal team in Kano State on Wednesday expressed its readiness to defend the victory of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ganduje was declared winner of the March 23 supplementary election held in the state.Mr Maaruf Mohammed-Yakasai, A member and spokesman of the legal team, made the APCs position known while addressing a news conference in Kano on Wednesday.He said the legal team found it necessary to explain its position in
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Abe: I knew Supreme Court would strike out my motion
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Nactional leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State Senator Magnus Abe is not surprised that the Supreme Court struck out his motion seeking to validate his factions primaries because the Court wrote him a letter before the election, explaining that it will hear the pre-election matter after the conclusion of 2019 elections.Abe, who spoke on a television programme, said the Supreme Court had premised its decision to hear the pre-election matter after the 2019 elections on a p
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Lamido didnt import fetish blind men for Bindows election, says royal family
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
THE Modibbo Adama Descendants Liaison Office, a body of descendants of the founding Lamido of Adamawa, has dismissed claims that the incumbent Lamido, Muhammadu Musdafa, imported three blind men from Burkina Faso to perform fetish acts to win the March 9 governorship election for Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow.The group described the claim as a brazen and misguided form of hate speech by its author, Ibrahim Mustapha, otherwise called Baba 10, in an advertorial published in a newspaper.The Mod
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Air Force bombs bandits
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Eight fighter jets have been deployed in Zamfara State to chase out bandits who have seized the state by the throat, The Nation learnt on Wednesday.In fact, a primary school that served as a base for the bandits has been shelled by the Air Force, according to a source who pleaded not to be named because of the security implication of being identified.The news came as senators took turns to lament the security situation, with some calling for state police to stem the tide of violence.The source a
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I was blindfolded, says freed Fire Service chief
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Freed Acting Director of Lagos State Fire Service Rasaki Musibau said he could not recognise the two suspects arrested by the police because he was blindfolded by his abductors.Musibau addressed a jubilant crowd on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Fire Service at Alausa, Ikeja.The Lagos State Police Command had earlier said it had arrested two suspects in connection with the abduction.Police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), released the picture of the suspects.When asked
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Polls: INEC chair, IGP, others blame politicians for violence, malpractices
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Politicians and their agents should carry the can for the malpractices and violence that characterised the 2019 general elections.This was the submission of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Mahmood Yakubu; Acting Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba as well as other stakeholders.They spoke on Wednessay in Abuja at the Forum of Anti-corruption Situation Room organised by the Human and Environmental Developm
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IMF cautions Nigeria against borrowing from China
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned Nigeria and other emerging market countries taking loans from China to consider the terms of such facilities, especially their compliance with the Paris Club arrangements.Speaking yesterday at the ongoing IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in the United States, Director, IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department, Tobias Andrian, said there was nothing bad in borrowing from China, except that the terms of such loans are always questionable.He said: L
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446 Nigerians in UAE prisons, says ambassador
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Mohammed Rimi, Nigerian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, says 446 Nigerians are currently serving different terms in the UAE prisons. Rimi broke the news during President Muhammadu Buharis town-hall meeting with Nigerians in the Emirates on Tuesday.The ambassador said the 446 Nigerians are serving different jail terms for crimes ranging from possession of hard drugs to engaging in robbery.Although there is no exact record of our citizens in the UAE, owing to the inability to register them
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FG opts to continue Onnoghens trial as counsel submit final addresses
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
There were strong indications on Wednesday that the Federal Government has opted to continue with the trial of the outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).It was confirmed on Wednesday at the CCT that Onnoghens lawyers have filed their final address.The prosecution team is expected to submit its final address today.Justice Onnoghen is said to have bungled his chances to meet with President Buhari to resolve the impasse amicably in the inte
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Court gives Evans till May 17 to get lawyer
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Lagos High Court has given kidnap suspect Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans till May 17 to get a lawyer to defend him.The order came 12 days after a similar directive by an Ikeja High Court where he is also standing trial.Justice Adedayo Akintoye on Wednesday told Evans, whose case has suffered three adjournments because he has no lawyer, that he now has only three options :* defend himself;* get a new counsel;*or the court will appoint a Legal Aid counsel for him.The judges warning followed
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WAEC, JAMB working on clashing timetables
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said it will work out the clash between its timetable for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates and that of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which begins tomorrow.WAEC Nigerias Head of Public Affairs Mr. Demianus G. Ojijeogu told The Nation at its headquarters in Yaba, Lagos, that the council was in touch with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), and would work o
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Is state police not the answer
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The moment of truth has come. The reality has dawned on the privileged class that the danger is real. As targets of kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorism, the rich are crying.Senators are waking up from their deep slumber. Their constituencies are not insulated from crime that has the tendency of threatening their lives and those of their immediate families. Security is at its low ebb. In their view, state police is the answer.The agitation is just beginning to catch up with the proposals enjo
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Okowa and challenges of second term
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The governorship election has been won and lost in Delta State. Senior Correspondent Okungbowa Aiwerie examines the challenges that will confront Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in his second term.On May 29, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa will be sworn in for a second term as governor of Delta State, following his victory at the just concluded polls.Okowas administration has achieved modest success in many areas, especially in health, education, infrastructure and social investment schemes in his first tenure.Despite
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Ijaw group petitions Akeredolu, alleges marginalisation
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Indigenes of Arogbo Ijaw community in Ese-Odo Local Government of Ondo State resident in Lagos have rejected the composition of the 11-man committee recently inaugurated by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for the creation of local council development areas in the state.In a communiqu after a meeting convened by the Arogbo Ijaw Community Organisation (AICO) to deliberate on the matter, the community said though the idea of creating more council areas as a catalyst for development is a step in the right
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Rivers APC Primaries, INEC and Supreme Court uncertainty
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
In this piece, Kenneth Atavti examines the discord in the Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) and the danger of relying on litigation, instead of seeking political solutions to intra-party conflicts.Although the 2019 general elections in Rivers State have come and gone, the controversy surrounding the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from fielding any candidates at the elections shows no sign of abating.In an unprecedented decision, on 7 January 2019, Hon. Justice
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INEC was unfair to Rivers State
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and spokesman for the Tony Cole Campaign Organisation Prince Tonye Princewill spoke with reporters in Lagos on the outcome of the general elections and the future of the party in the Southsouth state. Excerpts:What is your reaction to the outcome of the Rivers State governorship election’What has happened teaches me a lot of things. Some Nigerians do not care enough about our corruption. At least, not enough to call a spade a spade when
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Oil rises above $71 on tight supply
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Oil prices raced on Wednesday to five-month highs hit the previous day as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production cuts and United States (U.S.) sanctions on Iran and Venezuela continued to tighten supply, though economic worries increased.Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were up 77 cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $71.38 per barrel U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures rose 33 cents, or half a per cent, to $64.31 per barrel.Oil marke
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Kachikwu: Firms should raise Nigerias oil production to 7m bpd
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has challenged exploration and production companies in Nigeria to strive to raise daily crude oil production to seven million barrels per day (bpd) from the about 2.1 million bpd currently produced.Kachikwu, who spoke at the just concluded second edition of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair (NOGOF) organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, urged all stakehol
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We ll deliver on state infrastructure master plan
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The incoming administration in Lagos State to be led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has pledged to make use of the existing state infrastructure master plan.The states Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, made the disclosure while addressing Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA), Lagos chapter in Lagos.It was at the associations 19th edition of her public lecture/luncheon, where Hamzat was the guest speaker.Hamzat, whose lecture generated series of responses from th
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Sahara Group seeks intra-Africa solution for oil sector issues
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Sahara Group has urged for collaboration among financial institutions, development agencies, trading companies, National Oil Companies and other stakeholders in , saying it would enhance the contribution of intra-Africa led solutions to addressing the petroleum sectors trade and project finance challenges on the continent.Executive Director, Sahara Group, Wale Ajibade, made the submission when he gave a keynote address on Challenges of financing and investing in the African oil industry at the j
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Climate change: Shell plans $300m investment to tackle Co2 emissions
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, has said it is investing $300 million over the next three years in natural ecosystems as part of its strategy to act on global climate change including addressing carbon dioxide (Co2) emissions generated by customers when using its products.The programme will contribute to Shells three-year target beginning in 2019, to reduce its Net Carbon Footprint by two per cent to three per cent, the company said.According to the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell, Be
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Firm ties refinery construction to full downstream deregulation
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Petrocam Nigeria Limited has said it would build a refinery in-country only when the Federal Government fully deregulates the downstream subsector of the oil industry.The Chief Executive officer of the firm, Mr. Patrick Ilo, stated this at the opening of the firms 10th retail outlet in Abule Ado, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Lagos. Ilo said the company as part of its strategic plans in the country would leave a footprint in the retail and refining segments of the petroleum industry.The firm is an a
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Shell bags Most Impactful Local Content Company award
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Shell Companies in Nigeria have emerged the International Oil Company with the most impactful Local Content Initiatives in the upstream category at the 2019 edition of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair (NOGOF) held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.Shell beat other competitors ,Total and ExxonMobil to the second and third positions respectively at the second edition of the fair organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr. Simbi
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NGA business forum reinforces gas impact on economy
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) will host industrys prominent and influential executives involved in the oil, gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power generation value chains, the Associations President Mrs. Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, has saidAccording to Publicity Secretary, Violin Antaih, the forum, which will bring together governments officials, gas off takers and developers, gas upstream suppliers, pipelines operators, construction firms, equipment providers, and financiers to its first Gas Bu
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Cybercrooks breach cloud server honeypot
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
A global leader in network and endpoint security, Sophos, yesterday said cybercriminals have attacked one of the cloud server honeypots within 52 seconds of its going live.On average, the cloud servers were hit by 13 attempted attacks per minute, per honeypot.The honeypots were set up in 10 of the most popular Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in the world, including California, Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Mumbai, Ohio, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Sydney over a 30-day period. The attac
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Ibadan DisCo official electrocuted
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has expressed shock and sadness over the electrocution of one of its members of staff, Mr Adewale Adegoke, at Onireke Road, Ibadan, Oyo State.The Companys Head, Corporate Communications and Strategy, Mrs Angela Olarenwaju, told reporters that the incident occurred during the early hours of Saturday while the deceased was official duty.Olarenwaju said: With great sadness and heavy heart, the management of IBEDC hereby confirms the
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