NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’ GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 JUNE, 2018].

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DSS arrests two suspected IS commanders in Abuja
Fri, 22 Jun 2018

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested two commanders of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) at Kukuntu village, Gwagwalada, Abuja.According to a statement by the spokesman of the agency, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja, yesterday, the suspects, Bashiru Adams and Rufai Sajo, were picked up May 5, after special operations.He said that in a related operation on April 28, the service also arrested one Umar Dogo, a suspected member of ISWA at Muda Lawal market in Bauchi.

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The announcement followed a report within the week that the Islamic State was sneaking jihadists into Nigeria from Syria.Opuiyo said the suspects had concluded plans to disseminate the ideals of the group in the area, and in collaboration with Boko Haram, carry out violent attacks on innocent persons.The operative said that following intelligence reports, two experts in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Adamu Hassan (aka Bale) and Abubakr Abubakar (aka Alhaji or Buba), were arrested.

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Opuiyo said that between May 9 and 29, several associates of alleged kidnapper, Terwase Akwasa (aka Ghana) were also arrested at various locations in Benue, and that three suspects, Ada James, Tikaa Desmond and Joseph Ikpa, were arrested with a Toyota Venza Sport Utility Vehicle.He said that in another operation in Katibu village, Lau Local Government Area of Taraba, a joint team of the service, military and police encountered 100 armed herdsmen, and that “during the confrontation, 10 herdsmen were killed and several others escaped with bullet wounds.”

He noted that items recovered from them include two AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, three Dane guns, two cutlasses, and four motorcycles.The DSS also arrested former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam.He was invited to the agency’s office on Tuesday and has been held since.

The service said it recovered arms and ammunition allegedly belonging to Suswam.In a statement, Opuiyo said: “The DSS wishes to inform the public that on February 24, 2017, between 2100 hours and 0242 hours, the service executed a search warrant, at the property of Dunes Investment and Global Properties Ltd, located at No 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, Abuja.

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Benue groups kick over N170 billion vote for cattle ranches
Fri, 22 Jun 2018

Three major socio-cultural organisations in Benue State have rejected the move by the Federal Government to spent N170 billion of public funds to construct ranches for what they term ‘a private business of cattle rearing.’The groups equally spurned the push for actualisation of grazing routes and cattle colonies.

In a statement in Makurdi by President General of Mzough U Tiv, Chief Edward Ujege; President, Idoma National Forum, Amali Odoya Amali; and President General, Omi Nyi’Igede, Ben Opka; the organisations, however, applauded government for accepting ranching as the global best method of animal husbandry.Their words: “While we appreciate the Federal Government’s position to accept ranching as the global best method of animal husbandry, which has been our position in Benue State, we, however, reject the idea by government to use public funds to construct ranches for a private business of cattle rearing.

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“Moreover, the proposed project, which includes Benue, has a 10-year plan estimated to gulp N170 billion and N70 billion is to be sourced by the Federal Government to commence the project.“We wish to state that cattle rearing remains a private business in the world, and Nigeria in particular, just like crop farming and should be treated as such.”

They stressed that there was an extant law, Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment 2017, in Benue that makes provisions for those interested in the business of cattle rearing to acquire land and build ranches.

According to them, the herders would also have to abide by the laws of land acquisition as well as those of the host communities to instill a sense of belonging.”They added: “As we reaffirm our support for this law and all its provisions, we view the attempt by the Federal Government to build ranches for herders in our state as a grand plan to grab our land and give it to herdsmen.”

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Ahmadiyya leader advocates fairness, equity, justice
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
This Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim Jaam’at Nigeria, Dr Mash’ud Aderele Fashola has advised every citizen of Nigeria to trend the path of righteousness, fair play, and respect for the rights of others, which will eventually result in desirable changes towards sustenance of security, peace and prosperity.
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Why Nigerian universities rank poorly globally, by Okebukola
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola, has attributed the poor rating of Nigerian universities globally to lack of adequate funding.
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Minister unveils second National Strategic Health Development Plan
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, yesterday unveiled the second National Strategic Health Development Plan for effective health care delivery in the country.Besides, the minister ruled out the possibility of settling the May and June salaries of health workers in federal health facilities across the country.
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Why we can’t secure Nigeria’s borders, by Dambazau
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau(rtd), has revealed that the close family relationship between traditional rulers in Nigeria and the neighbouring countries constitute a strong hindrance to efforts at securing the country’s porous borders.He spoke at the opening of the International Press Institute …
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Nigeria back to last chance salon as Eagles battle with Iceland
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
It is back to 2010 for Team Nigeria at the on-going FIFA World Cup in Russia. As it was the case at the first World Cup hosted by Africa in South Africa, Nigeria must beat or get at least a draw with Iceland to resuscitate its hope of qualifying for the second round of the competition.
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Lexus ES debuts with all-new chassis, exterior
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The seventh-generation Lexus ES is set to redefine its status among entry-level executive sedans. Long known for its unparalleled comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the 2019 Lexus ES builds on its strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and the introduction of the first ES F SPORT.
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Kaduna arraigns El-Zakzaky for murder amid police, Shiites clash
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The Kaduna State government yesterday arraigned leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, for murder, amid clash between his followers and policemen.The pandemonium that ensued forced workers and traders to flee their work places and business premises for safety.
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Channel VAS secures intellectual property rights for products, services
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
Channel VAS Group, a fintech and data analytics company, has been granted exclusive Patents and Intellectual Property rights for its airtime credit and data credit products and services.
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