NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 JUNE, 2018].

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Plateau killings: Military, police deploy more troops, helicopters
Tue, 26 Jun 2018

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The military and the police have deployed troops in support of efforts to quell the crisis that erupted in parts of Plateau State over the weekend, leading to the death of 86 persons.
This is just as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited the state yesterday where he met stakeholders and leaders of Berom and Fulani communities at the Little Rayfield Government House.
Osinbajo said the resurgence of violence in Plateau State was inexcusable adding that the state had in the last three years been used as a model of how other communities could live together peacefully.
Osinbajo said everything possible must be done to ensure that the crisis does not degenerate into religious violence which “nobody can survive.”
He described as unfortunate that the social media was besieged with all sorts of true and untrue stories that could escalate the situation.
Perpetrators will be arrested, prosecuted – Lalong
Also speaking, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong said he was disappointed that violence had returned between the Berom and Fulani especially since the two communities were instrumental to the drafting of the road map to peace document.
“We have used the Berom and Fulani template to encourage other people in the state to live in peace. But if I say I was disappointed in what led to this crisis, it would be an understatement but God knows everything,” he said.
Lalong also vowed to ensure that the perpetrators of the killings were arrested and prosecuted, adding that “the resurgence of violence in the state is a stark reminder of the magnitude of peace and security challenges.”

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The governor had in a state wide broadcast commiserated with the families of those killed and stressed that his administration remains committed to arresting the vicious circle of violence as well as laying the foundation for sustainable peace.
2 killed, 30 houses burnt in fresh violence
Two persons were killed and over 30 houses and shops set ablaze yesterday in Dorowa-Babuje community of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State.
Daily Trust reports that Dorowa, a community inhabited by both Christians and Muslims had been tensed since Saturday’s attack that led to the death of over 86 persons in some communities of Barkin Ladi.
By 6pm, Abubakar Aliyu and Dauda Daniel told journalists that the intervention of Operation Safe Haven had averted serious break down of law and order.
16 travellers, police ASP killed, over 10 missing
At least 16 travellers including a police ASP were ambushed and killed along Anguldi, Mararaban Foron and Mararaban Jama’a in Jos south on Sunday in a reprisal meted on travellers following attacks in some villages of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State.
Daily Trust reports that some of the victims were burnt beyond recognition in their vehicles while eight out of the 16 were said to be Fulani youths from Kanke and Pankshin on their way to the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Shere Hills for the annual peace youth camp organised by a popular nongovernmental organisation.
Sources from the NGO yesterday told Daily Trust that the remains of two of the youths were recovered yesterday and a meeting was held with security operatives to alert them that the families of the youths were yet to be notified of their children’s fate.

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Buhari: Human life becoming cheap in Nigeria
Tue, 26 Jun 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that human life was becoming increasingly cheap in Nigeria.
Buhari said this was because desperate people pursued their quest for instability and chaos which they hoped would give them an advantage in the coming elections.

The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, was reacting to recent clashes in Plateau State which left scores dead.
President Buhari said his government was aware that politicians were taking advantage of the situation.
“We know that a number of geographical and economic factors are contributing to the longstanding herdsmen/farmers clashes. But we also know that politicians are taking advantage of the situation. This is incredibly unfortunate,” he said.
Buhari said Nigerians affected by the herdsmen/farmer clashes must always allow the due process of the law to take its course rather than take matters into their own hands.
The statement said the information available to the Presidency indicated that about 100 cattle had been rustled by a community in Plateau State, and some herdsmen were killed in the process.

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“The state governor, Simon Lalong, had invited the aggrieved groups and pleaded against further action while the law enforcement agents looked into the matter. Less than 24 hours later, violence broke out.
“Some local thugs then took advantage of the situation, turning it into an opportunity to extort the public, and to attack people from rival political parties. There were reports of vehicles being stopped along the roads in the state, with people being dragged out of their cars and attacked if they stated that they supported certain politicians or political party.
“On his way back to Jos after attending the All Progressives Congress (APC) Convention in Abuja, the state governor had to dismantle a number of illegal road blocks set up by these thugs. There were also a number of dead bodies thugs had killed, lying along the road,” the statement read in part.

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INVESTIGATION: Concerns over Kurdula solar power, 5 months after installation
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
It has been over five months since the inauguration of the 80kmp off-grid mini solar power plant at Kurdula in Tangaza local government area of Sokoto state.
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Babagana: Super Eagles will soar over Argentina
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
A member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee and chairman of Borno State Football Association, Alhaji Babagana Kalli has expressed confidence that the Super Eagles will win todays final group match against Argentina at the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
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Lawal, Enosoregbe in bright start at CBN Tennis Championship
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
A former champion and old war horse, Shehu Lawal, yesterday defeated Anthony Enebeli 6-1, 6-1, as the 2018 CBN Tennis Championships got underway at the Package B of the Abuja National Stadium.
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Spain, Portugal reach World Cup knockout round
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Spain and Portugal reached the World Cup last 16 yesterday on a dramatic evening dominated by VAR decisions.
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JUST IN: Neymar gives conditions to join Real Madrid
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Neymar has reportedly demanded that Real Madrid sell Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
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Real Madrid offer Gareth Bale to Liverpool
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Real Madrid have reportedly offered Gareth Bale to Liverpool as bait to tempt Mohamed Salah to the Bernabeu.
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Chelsea join race to sign Cristiano Ronaldo
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Chelsea are reportedly plotting to battle Manchester United for the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Cristiano Ronaldo makes decision over Manchester United move
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly made a decision on his future amid interest from Manchester United.
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