Here is a summary of top Nigerian news headlines today, 10th April, 2018
1. President Buhari declares intention to contest 2019 presidential elections
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Abuja,officially declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election for a second term as president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
He made the disclosure during the APC National Executive Council meeting which held at the party secretariat in Abuja.
2. Buhari seeks soft landing for Oyegun and other party executives
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that members of the John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are not eligible to seek reelection in the forthcoming congresses and national convention of the party except they resign and re contest for interested position(s).
He however asked for waivers for current officers interested in seeking re-election.
3. Buhari leaves Nigeria for United Kingdom
President Muhammadu Buhari has proceeded to the United Kingdom where he is expected to hold discussions on Nigeria with the British Prime Minister Theresa May.
It is reported that the president would also be attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.
4. Buhari yet to authorize withdrawal of $1b to fight Boko Haram – Presidency
The Senior Special Assistant to the President, National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, has clarified that the president has not authorised the spending of $1b for the fight against insurgency.
According to his statement, the approval of the National Assemblyis needed before such funds can be withdrawn and spent.
5. Nigeria’s foreign reserves hit 5 year high of $47.3 billion
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Monday said the country’s foreign exchange (FX) reserves had risen to $47.3 billion as of April 5.
Speaking at a seminar for Finance Correspondents and Business Editors in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Emefiele, who was represented by the new Deputy Governor, Corporate Services, Mr. Edward Adamu, expressed optimism that the reserves would hit $50 billion before the end of the year.
6. Army sets up panel to probe allegations by Gen. Danjuma
The Nigerian Army on Monday constituted a 10-man panel to investigate the allegations of abuse and collusion by its troops in Taraba and other states with suspected Fulani herdsmen and other criminal groups to perpetuate heinous crimes, including killings.
The committee is expected to submit its report by April 19.
7. MTN has paid half of its N330bn fine – NCC
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said that MTN has paid N165 billion out of the N330 billion fine imposed on it due to its inability to disconnect improperly registered SIM cards.
Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC said this on Monday in Abuja when MTN Group, led by its Chairman in Nigeria, Pascal Dozie, visited the commission.
8. UTME 2018: Unseen results have been withdrawn – JAMB
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the 2018 Unified Tertiary University Examinations (UTME) may have withdrawn results of those who are finding it hard to access their results.
This was disclosed to newsmen by the Board’s Head of Media, Fabian Benjamin, in an interview in Abuja.
9. Why IPOB can’t be declared a terrorist organization – Prof Nwabueze
Former National Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof Ben Nwabueze, has called on the federal government to delist the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group and also de-proscribe the group.
He accused the federal government of double standard in dealing with IPOB and the likes of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen.
10. OAU lecturer, Prof. Richard Akindele, involved in sex for mark scandal
Richard Akindele, a Professor at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, is in trouble for demanding to have sex five times with his student before passing her.
The female student, whose identity is still unknown, in a telephone interview posted on YouTube, called the Professor to inquire about his earlier demand for sex to pass her in the lecturer’s course that she supposedly failed.