NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 JUNE, 2018].

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Amnesty indicts government for killings
Fri, 29 Jun 2018

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Amnesty International (AI) has blamed the wanton killings across the country on the failure by the Federal Government to “hold murderers to account.” By so doing, “Nigerian authorities are encouraging impunity that is fuelling rising insecurity across the country.”

The human rights watchdog said it independently verified estimated figures showing that since January 2018, at least 1813 people have been murdered in 17 states. It said this doubles the 894 people killed in 2017 and that the death tolls reflect killings as a result of farmers-herders conflict, communal clashes, Boko Haram attacks and banditry.

The Federal Government is expected to issue a statement dismissing the indictment, as has been the case with past AI findings critical of the authorities.

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“We are gravely concerned about the rising spate of killings across the country, especially the communal clashes between farmers and herders and attacks by bandits across at least 17 states.

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“The authorities have a responsibility to protect life and property. But they are clearly not doing enough, going by what is happening. The latest incident in Plateau State, where armed gunmen attacked 11 villages on June 23 for at least seven hours and killed at least 200 villagers without intervention from security forces should be investigated,” said Osai Ojigho, Director, Amnesty International Nigeria.

That the violence in Plateau started after an attack, which was followed by reprisals from Thursday 21, shows unacceptable security lapses, the organisation said in a statement yesterday.

Despite the deployment of security forces, including the military in over 30 states, the escalation of these attacks shows that whatever is being done by the authorities is not working, said AI.

Stressing the urgent need for people who are suspected of committing crimes to be held accountable, it said: “We hope that President Buhari’s commitment to bring those suspected to be criminally responsible for the killings in Plateau State to justice will break the impunity that has spread through the country.

“In addition, government must answer these questions: who are these attackers? Where do they come from? Where do they go after attacks? Who arms them and why is security forces’ response time very slow?”

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Many feared dead in Lagos petrol tanker fire
Fri, 29 Jun 2018

Ten people were feared killed, yesterday, when a petrol-laden tanker burst into flames at the Otedola Bridge area of Ojodu-Berger, Lagos.

Some eyewitnesses expressed worry the death toll could be worse.

Dozens of cars were destroyed in the blaze.

A police source said the tanker, which had been heading towards the Ibadan Expressway, fell on the bridge, with the ensuing fiery spill engulfing cars and people on its path.

The incident brought traffic to a standstill in the area and other parts of the city.

Lagos State police spokesman, Chike Oti, said: “It is a black Thursday. I am personally not in a happy mood. The police and other agencies are on ground. So far, we have counted 67 vehicles burnt, while 10 persons were confirmed dead. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos command, is using this opportunity to advise tanker drivers to make safety equipment available in their operations.”

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General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Tiamiyu Adeshina, however, said nine persons died, while four others were rushed to the hospital by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS).

“About 60 cars were burnt to ashes. But we can be thankful that a lot of people had the presence of mind to abandon their cars on the spot and scamper to safety. We have no idea what made the tanker lose control yet. Investigations would take place as soon as we finish recovery. As at this evening, the fire has been brought under control and we are trying to salvage as much as we can,” he said.

The state government, meanwhile, has commiserated with families of the victims.

A statement signed by Commissioner for Information and Strategy Kehinde Bamigbetan described the incident as sad, most unfortunate and regrettable.

It reads in part: “On behalf of the Lagos State Government, we extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as property to the incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief.

“As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure the safety of life and property of all residents.”

Bamigbetan disclosed that Governor Ambode directed all relevant agencies to move into the area to normalise the situation and ensure persons in need are adequately cared for.

The governor noted that efforts to clear the highway of damaged vehicles and re-establish normal traffic flow would continue throughout the night.

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World Cup 2018: The positives and negatives
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
As the curtain comes down on Nigeria’s run at the World Cup in Russia, there are a number of contrasting emotions.
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Troops kill six terrorists, rescue 33 hostages in Borno
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East have killed six terrorists and rescued 33 hostages during a clearance patrol of Damboa and Bama council areas of Borno State.
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Abia CJ prescribes life jail for paedophiles
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The Acting Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Onuoha Ogwe, has recommended life jail for minors’ rapists.
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Preparing Nigerian pilgrims for successful 2018 hajj
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Expectations are high that Nigerian pilgrims participating in the forthcoming 2018 hajj would perform excellently in conformity with rules and regulations of the Saudi Arabian authority.
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Nigeria set to eradicate polio, says Ogunbadejo
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The 37th District Governor of District 9110, Rotary International, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, will on July 1 bow out of office for the 2017/2018 service year.
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Why you should never drink after exercise
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
If the exercise is of long enough duration, the fuel stored in our muscles for energy (glycogen) can become depleted too.
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Exchange admits N1.2 trillion government bonds in six months
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has admitted about N1.21 trillion worth of Federal Government’s new supplementary issuances in its daily official list in the first six month of 2018.
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Ondo TUC refutes alleged N10m bribe from Fayose
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Ondo State has refuted allegations by the state government that it received N10 million from Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to cause industrial crisis in the state.
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