Hot news from Naija: 10 things you need to know this Monday, 16th April 2018

April 16th, 2018 | by Sidomex
Hot news from Naija: 10 things you need to know this Monday, 16th April 2018
Good morning! Freshly baked news headlines from Nigeria newspapers this Monday morning.

1. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday, announced a 68-member national convention planning committee, headed by Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State. In the list posted yesterday on its newly-unveiled website, the party listed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State as vice chairman and Senator Ben Uwajumogu as secretary while other members of the committee are Senator Ken Nnamani, Governors Rochas Okorocha, Kashim Shettima, Aminu Bello Masari, Abiola Ajimobi, Ibrahim Gaidam, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai, Simon Bako Lalong, Bindow Jibrilla, Yahaya Bello and Godwin Obaseki.

2. A former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has declared support for Social Democratic Party (SDP). According to him, he would have joined the party if he was younger, adding that the vision he had for the country is the same vision as that is shared by the leaders of the Party.

3. President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned those he said plundered the country, stressing that the nation’s resources were wasted by previous governments. The president told the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Mr Charles Efe Sylvester in London that his government will do its best to justify Nigerians’ trust and confidence.

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4. No fewer than five persons have been reportedly killed in a fresh communal clash between Igala, and Bassa Kwomu speaking tribes in Kogi State. It was gathered that over 50 houses were razed at Aloko-Oguma in Bassa Local Government Area. The incident was precipitated by a disagreement between the Bassa Kwomus and the Igalas over the harvest of some disputed cashew nuts.

5. The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has announced the shortlist of three names for possible replacement of the embattled president-general of the apex-Igbo socio-cultural organization. Those in the list were Prince Richard Ozobu, Sir OAU Onyema and Prof Eche Ugwu, all from Enugu State.

6. No fewer than 17 of the parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have reportedly died as a result of trauma associated with the abduction. The coordinator of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in Lagos State, Mrs. Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, who made the disclosure at the weekend said though some of the girls had regained freedom, the fact that 112 of the girls were still with Boko Haram was unacceptable.

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7. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has recorded a huge success in the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) in eight countries. The board’s Head of Media and Information Department, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said not less than 297 foreign candidates participated in the 2018 UTME in countries like the UK, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa.

8. The president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has called for concerted efforts to rescue the remaining 112 Chibok Girls and the Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, from Boko Haram’s captivity. Saraki, however, said that this would require the collaboration of governments, security agencies, religious and community leaders.

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9. A former governor of Kaduna State in the Second Republic, Balarabe Musa, says nobody can become the president of Nigeria without first being a thief or supported by thieves. According to him, there is hardly how anyone can legitimately raise the kind of money required for a presidential campaign in the country.

10. The chairman of Donga Local Government in Taraba State, Mr Nashuka Ipeyen, yesterday, confirmed the killing of four persons in an attack at Sabon Gida hours after soldiers were withdrawn from the area. Nashuka also said an internally-displaced person (IDP) was killed at Tunari and three others missing, when they went to pick some of their valuables and get some foodstuff for their families.



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