NEWSPAPERS REVIEW: TOP HEADLINES THAT MADE THE FRONT PAGES THIS THURSDAY MORNING


Army deploys special forces to Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa
Thur, 11 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Army has deployed Special Forces to Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States, the Presidency revealed last night.
The Presidency, in a message posted on its Twitter handle, @NGRPresidency, explained that this was to secure vulnerable communities and prevent further attacks in the three states.

“@HQNigerianArmy has deployed Special Forces To Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States to secure vulnerable communities and prevent further attacks,” the Presidency tweeted.
Earlier yesterday, Information Minister Lai Mohammed had told State House reporters that a decision on   troops deployment was yet to be made.
Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, also yesterday confirmed the deployment to the three states check the menace of herders and farmers clashes.



Killings by herdsmen: Soyinka lambasts FG, death toll in Taraba rises
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Renowned playwright, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says the Federal Government is responsible for the wanton killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen in the country.
Soyinka in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘Holy Cow: Impunity Rides Again,’ said the government was “looking the other way” as the herdsmen went on the rampage across the country.

He said, “Yes, indeed the government is culpable, definitely guilty of “looking the other way. Indeed, it must be held complicit.”

The Nobel laureate said history was repeating itself with the herdsmen’s case, recalling that Boko Haram was still at that stage of “putative probes when cries of alarm emerged.”

Why herdsmen are killing our people, by governor
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Killer-herdsmen have extended their bloody campaign to Taraba State, killing 55 people in Lau Local Government Area.

About 200 homes and huge piles of foodstuff were destroyed. Many people are missing in the attacks, which  began last weekend.

Twenty-five bodies were recovered and given a mass burial on Tuesday when reporters and Bala Dan Abu, a media assistant to Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku, visited the area.

Policemen and soldiers cordoned off the area as the burial was hurriedly done by angry youths amid fear of the attackers coming for them.

Herdsmen attacks: IPOB, rights group want deployment of soldiers to Benue, Taraba
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday carpeted President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged inability to tackle the killings of innocent citizens of the people of Benue and Taraba states by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The group demanded immediate deployment of soldiers to the affected areas to tame the situation against earlier directive of the president for deployment of policemen to the areas.
A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said the president shouldn’t have, in the first instance, directed the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue State when he knew that police could not tackle the situation.
“We are still wondering why the Nigerian Government could not send soldiers to aid its citizens in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna and other states where Fulani herdsmen are rampaging and killing innocent citizens with impunity.
“If the Nigerian government and her security agencies are sincere about tackling the menace of Fulani herdsmen, they must also deploy their soldiers to Benue and Taraba states with the same shoot-at-sight order they readily applied against peaceful Biafra agitators.”


Fayose holds security summit with hunters over killer herdsmen
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday held an emergency security summit with hunters from the 16 local government areas of the state.

Clad in military fatigue, the governor ordered the huntsmen to set up a 24-hour surveillance of the state to prevent attacks by herdsmen.

The governor’s rather unconventional approach follows the recent massacre by herdsmen of over 70 people in Benue State amid widespread condemnation of Federal Government’s poor handling of the incident.
“The Federal Government should have sent the army to Benue, not the police,” Fayose said. And to his Benue State counterpart, he declared: “Governor Ortom should fasten his belt and protect his people. Those seeking help in Abuja would not find it because Abuja also needs help.”
He told the hunter-delegates: “Tell them Ekiti is a no-go area. My state is a no-go area. Those who want to make Ekiti ungovernable are wasting their time. Don’t kill anybody but defend your towns. Keep vigil on Ekiti. Don’t sleep again. Arise and fight for our people. How can the life of a cow be worth more than the life of men? My hunters! Go and represent me well. If you have juju, use it. Make them (herdsmen) sleep off. Anything you have, use it. Make sure your people are not killed.”

Zakzaky may die in detention ' Shi'ites
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, yesterday, raised the alarm that their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky, who had been in detention for over two years, may die in government custody, following a deterioration of his health. The alarm came on a day the Police again cracked down on protesting members of the group in Abuja.
Addressing a press conference  in Kaduna, yesterday, Chairman of the Resource Forum of the IMN, Prof. Abdullahi Danladi, said a recent visit by family members of the detained leader indicated that his health had taken a dive for the worse. According to him, the detained leader’s wife, who is also being held by government, has bullets lodged in her body that had not been extracted. He said: “Following a rare visit to our leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, it was discovered that the health situation of the Sheikh has taken a nosedive for the worse. “He had suffered what turned out to be a stroke but the authorities illegally detaining him had kept a blind eye to his dire situation.

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