* Buhari in close door meeting with Security Chiefs (Vanguard) * Boko Haram: Buhari approves release of $1bn for security equipment (Punch)

* Buhari in close door meeting with Security Chiefs (Vanguard)         * Boko Haram: Buhari approves release of $1bn for security equipment (Punch)



Buhari in close door meeting with Security Chiefs (Vanguard)

Barely 24 hours President Muhammadu Buhari, had met with All Progressives Congress (APC), Governors, the President is currently having a meeting with Security Chiefs at the State House, Abuja after cancelling the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting today. Recall that when APC Governors came out from their closed door meeting with President Buhari, yesterday they sealed their lips and did not reveal their conversation with the President. However, further reports on Wednesday have it that the APC governors had made a u-turn and agreed on congress. Meanwhile, there has been speculations that incessant killings in some parts of the country by armed bandits, call to arms declaration made by the former Chief of army staff T Y Danjuma last week and other insecurity challenges may be the reason for the meeting. Newsmen equally gathered that President Buhari will be travelling to London for his annual leave next week Monday. Read more

Boko Haram: Buhari approves release of $1bn for security equipment (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of $1bn for the procurement of security equipment to fight insurgency. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting Buhari had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday. The President was also said to have asked the security chiefs to intensify efforts aimed at securing the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram because she allegedly refused to renounce Christianity. Read more

Obasanjo Under Attack Over 2019 Comments (Leadership)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday came under attack for imploring Nigerians not to vote President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming general election. Obasanjo had on Monday implored Nigerians not to vote the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) in the 2019 general polls. Speaking when he received a youth group in his home in Ogun State, the former Nigerian leader described the Buhari administration as ineffective and incompetent, saying it has made Nigerians victims and casualties. Read more

Jang to sue Lai Mohammed over looters’ list (Vanguard)

A former Governor of Plateau State now Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Jonah Jang has described the recent looters’ list released by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed which alleged that Jang embezzlement N12.5billion as “laughable on preliminary evaluation, and pathetic when considered on the scales of truth and reality.” Jang in a statement issued Wednesday said, “The so called list of looters is a testament to the desperation which holds the All Progressives Congress in its firm grip after what is now certainly an infamous cameo in power considered by many to be tragic and regrettable.” Read more

We’re on same page with Buhari—APC governors insist (Nation)

Governors of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) on Wednesday dismissed media reports that there was disagreement between them and President Muhammadu Buhari over tenure elongation for the APC national and state executives. Gov. Abdul-aziz Yari of Zamfara stated this when he briefed State House correspondents alongside Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo on the outcome of the meeting between the APC governors and the president in Abuja, on Tuesday. He said that all the 24 governors of the APC were on the same page with President Buhari over the issue of the national leadership of the party. Read more

APC Mourns Sen. Mustapha Bukar (Vanguard)

The All Progressives Congress APC has mourned the death of its Senator representing Katsina North in the Senate, Mustapha Bukar. In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, APC said; “Although, a first-time federal lawmaker, the late Senator Bukar made his mark in the Senate through his progressive and pro-people legislative interventions, particularly through his Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Capital Market. Read more

Saraki, Ekweremadu mourn Senator Bukar (PremiumTimes)

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday expressed grief over the death of a Senator, Mustapha Bukar. Mr. Bukar died after a brief illness on Wednesday, Premium Times learnt. He represented Katsina North until his death. In separate press releases on Wednesday, the leaders of the Senate expressed sorrow over the death of the Senator. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Mr Saraki described the death as one too many, coming a few weeks after the upper legislative chamber lost Senator Ali Wakili. Read more

I have nothing against Catholic Church – Okorocha (Nation)

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, said on Wednesday he has done nothing to pitch the Catholic Church against the All Progressives Congress (APC) as alleged by the  Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu. The governor insisted that he has instead shown amazing love and unbridled respect for the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna and “has no problem of any kind with the Catholic Church.” He also made a donation of N100 million for the completion of the Okigwe Catholic Diocese Cathedral. Read more

Lagos convenes security summit to tackle arms proliferation, crimes, others (Vanguard)

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said plans have been firmed up to convene a security summit where a comprehensive strategy and homegrown solutions will be developed by critical stakeholders to myriads of security challenges confronting the State such as cultism, drug abuse, gender-based crimes, arms proliferation, among others. Executive Secretary of the State’s Security Trust Fund, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun, who said this at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja on the forthcoming summit scheduled to hold on April 9, 2018 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, said other critical topics including terrorism, transnational crimes, intelligence and community policing would also be examined at the summit. Read more

Nigeria’s central bank meets after months of limbo (Guardian)

The Nigerian central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee will hold its first meeting this year on Wednesday after a political standoff between the executive and the senate prevented a quorum for months. Experts predict that the committee will hold rates at a record high of 14 per cent before cutting later this year if inflation continues to slow. Inflation has been steadily coming down in West Africa’s largest economy, opening the door for easing monetary policy, though there are still concerns about foreign-exchange pressures. Read more

Sweet Sensation’s Easter Promo records Success (Nation)

Sweet Sensation Confectionery has announced a remarkable success of its Easter Pick and Win Promo. The Easter Pick and Win Fiesta attracted more customers’ participation at its outlets and had in attendance, a strong presence of popular DJs featuring comedy skits, dance sessions, karaoke and loads of fun.  A lot of freebies, gift items were up for grabs. A lot of customers were rewarded with exciting gifts ranging from assorted Sweet Sensation OMG Cakes, Soup Bowls, Yummy Shawarmas, Family Loaf, UAC Ice cream, Fruits Juice drinks and Tee Shirts. The promo ran from Saturday, March 31 to Monday, April 2 across 10 of Sweet Sensation strategic outlets. Read more

Police apprehend prince for alleged human trafficking (Tribune)

Benue State Police Command has arrested a prince involved in alleged trafficking of 23 people from Buruku Local Government Area of the state to Kwara. Disclosing this to newsmen in Makurdi on Wednesday, the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said that the prince, Messenger Tar was caught while conveying the 23 people out of the state in an 18-seater bus belonging to the Benue State Transport Company known as Benue Links. The police boss said that a team of policemen on routine patrol intercepted the vehicle on Easter Sunday around the Buruku area on suspicion that the victims who are between the ages of 45 and 12 were being transported illegally for trafficking purposes. Read more

Zamfara Carnage: NEMA confirms 54 dead, 7000 displaced (PremiumTimes)

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday confirmed that 54 persons were killed by suspected cattle rustlers in Bawar Daji District, Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara state last week Wednesday. The agency also confirmed that a woman and her child were among those who lost their lives during the attacks. The agency which disclosed this based on-the-spot assessment conducted by staff recorded 71 persons injured with over 7000 displaced persons. NEMA said the attacks affected places like Baudi, Tungan Turkish, Doka, Zanoka, Akuzo and Dogon Ruwa. Read more

Driver, 35, defiles neigbour’s 4-year-old Daughter (Leadership)

A 35-year-old driver, Daniel Mark, was on Wednesday arraigned by the police in a Daura Road Chief Magistrates’ Court, Kaduna, for allegedly defiling a neigbour’s daughter. The defendant, a resident of Nasarawa Ward, Kaduna, is standing trial on a two-count charge of act of gross indecency and assault. The prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Baba, told the court that the defendant’s neighbour, one Maryam Umar, reported the matter at the Kakuri Police Station on Feb. 28. Baba told the court that the matter was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation. Read more

3 dead as billboard falls on bus in Lagos (PremiumTimes)

At least three people died Wednesday when a billboard fell on a coaster commercial bus in Lagos. Premium times learnt that about seven other people who sustained various degrees of injuries were rescued from the scene. The incident happened around Ilasa bus-stop, along the Oshodi-Apapa expressway, Lagos. A witness told premium times a construction truck working on the highway hit the electronic billboard, causing it to fall on the commercial bus. Read more

Obanikoro, at Real Madrid Clinic, calls for coordinated grassroots football development (Vanguard)

Former Nigeria’s High Commissioner in Ghana, Musiliu Obanikoro, says well-coordinated grassroots football programme will engender the development of the sport in the country. He spoke at the flag off of the Real Madrid Football Coaching Clinic for boys and girls at Campos Square Mini-Stadium on Lagos Island. No fewer than 200 young footballers of ages 11 and 17 are attending the clinic which will run from April 4 to April 14. The clinic will afford those that excel an opportunity to be part of Real Madrid training development. Read more

AC Milan v Inter Milan kicks off a big week of derbies with Everton (Dailymail)

AC Milan’s Serie A meeting with Inter Milan at San Siro kicks off a fascinating week of derbies – one in which Manchester City can clinch the Premier League title. Milan have lost just once in their last five games and host an Inter side that has won back-to-back victories on Wednesday night. Saturday’s Premier League action could see the race for the league title settled early if City can beat Manchester United in the Saturday evening kick-off at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola’s side will break the record previously set by United for the earliest title-winning date. In 2001, United won the title on April 14. City will beat that record by seven day if they win on Saturday. Read more

Commonwealth Games athletes to receive support from chaplaincy team (Christaintoday)

Commonwealth Games athletes will be supported by almost a dozen chaplains from around the world over the next two weeks. The 21st games were officially opened by the Prince of Wales, representing the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, on Wednesday. More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will gather on Australia’s Gold Coast to compete for 275 gold medals over the next 11 days. They will be supported by 10 international chaplains, including two from the UK based Christians in Sport Group. Graham Daniels and Jules Wilkinson held an Easter day service for athletes at the Team England camp on Sunday. Read more

A look inside Russell Crowe’s £1m divorce auction (Skynews)

Out of all the different ways to settle a divorce, auctioning hundreds of belongings has to be among the strangest. But that’s what Hollywood actor Russell Crowe and his soon to be ex-wife Danielle Spencer are doing, partnering with Sotheby’s to sell personal items valued at £1m. A total 227 of them are now for sale to the highest bidder, including Crowe’s massive guitar collection, Spencer’s jewellery and dozens of movie props. “I’m a collector so the things that I’ve bought I’ve bought with a passionate eye, you know? It hasn’t just been random,” Crowe said. Read more

Austria wants to ban headscarves in elementary schools and kindergartens (Usatoday)

Austria’s government announced plans Wednesday to ban headscarves in primary schools and kindergartens. Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said the draft law, which should be ready by summer, would be a “symbolic” act, regardless of how many girls were affected, the AFP news agency reported. Education officials could not provide details of how many girls actually wear the garment, the Kurier newspaper reported. Headscarves, or hijabs, are worn by many Muslim girls and women after they reach puberty. Younger girls wearing them is an increasingly common phenomenon. Some opponents say hijabs sexualize young girls, while supporters say many girls simply want to copy their older relatives. Read more

Facebook criticised for removing Jesus advert over ‘excessively violent’ crucifixion depiction (Inews)

A university has struck out at Facebook after an advert it posted featuring Jesus’ crucifixion was removed for being “excessively violent”. The social media site banned the ad for Franciscan University, in Steubenville, Ohio, over it’s portrayal of Jesus on the cross. In an post on the university’s website entitled “he was rejected”, the bemoaned the decision – saying the image of the crucifixion is supposed to be shocking. “We posted yesterday a series of ads to Facebook to promote our online MA Theology and MA Catechetics and Evangelization programs,” the post read. “One ad was rejected, and an administrator of our Facebook page noticed this rejection today. The reason given for the rejection? Read more

Trump vows immigration action on Wednesday (Reuters)

President Donald Trump said his administration would “be taking strong action” on immigration on Wednesday, a day after he said he would deploy the U.S. military to protect the southern border with Mexico. Trump continued his criticism of U.S. border security in a Twitter post, again urging Congress to enact stronger laws. “Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW!” he said. “We will be taking strong action today.” Read more


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