Here is a summary of top Nigerian news headlines today, Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018
1. President Buhari’s administration is a failure – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has again tackled the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, accussing him of a failed administration.
He also warned Nigerians against “reinforcing failure” through re-electing ineffective and incompetent government.
2. South Africa’s Winnie Mandela dies at 81
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, foremost South African activist, politician and wife of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa has died aged 81.
President Buhari has described her death as a great loss to Africa.
3. Secretary to Ebonyi state government resigns appointment
The Secretary to Ebonyi state government (SSG), Prof. Bernard Odoh has resigned his appointment
Prof. Bernard, who gave several reasons why for resigning in a three-page letter he wrote to Governor David Umahi dated April 2, 2018, pointed out that his decision was born out of the fact that despite his sincere effort in working to move the government and the state forward, Umahi never had trust nor confidence in him.
4. 29 killed in fresh bomb attack in Borno
Boko Haram, on Sunday unleashed strings of suicide bombers who killed no fewer than 25 persons and injured 80 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, who briefed journalists on the incident on Monday, said the high number of casualties was as a result of the insurgents’ strike at a social gathering, wedding ceremony, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
5. Army extends exercise cat race in Taraba state
The Nigerian Army has announced the extension of the exercise AYEM AKPATUMA (cat race) in Taraba state by two months.
The development is contained in a press statement released by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director Army Public Relations.
6. Police captures escaped kidnapper linked to Senator Dino Melaye
The Nigerian police force has finally captured the last of six kidnappers that escaped from police detention in Kogi state.
Kabiru Seidu a.k.a Osama, the last of the suspected criminals linked to Dino Melaye, a Senator representing Kogi West, was rearrested on Sunday.
7. IPOB reacts to FG’s plan to grant amnesty to Boko Haram
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has said the move by the federal government to grant amnesty to the Boko Haram sect, was a confirmation that the All Progressives Congress, and the APC-led government was in a collaboration with the terrorist group.
This is contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the group, Comrade Emma Powerful.
8. Beware of imported rice, FG warns Nigerians
The federal government has cautioned Nigerians over the unhealthy status of imported rice smuggled into the country.
Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, at a press briefing in Lagos, said the government could not guarantee the healthy status of the rice having spent months on the high seas and warehouses.
9. Soldiers rescue Gombe senator from hostage
A detachment of soldiers have successfully freed Joshua Lidani, senator representing Gombe south, from youth who held him hostage on Monday after he visited the headquarters of Balanga local government area of Gombe.
The youth accused the senator of abandoning them since he got elected in 2015.
10. I won’t run for president in 2019 – Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki has denied claims that he wants to contest the 2019 presidential elections in the country.
He described news of his 2019 presidential ambition as false.