NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THISDAY NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD JULY, 2018].

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Save Nigeria from Avoidable Doom or Step Aside, Catholic Bishops Tell Buhari
Tue, 03 Jul 2018

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently save Nigeria from avoidable doom or step aside as the country was sliding into anarchy.

The bishops, in a statement signed by the CBCN President, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, and Secretary, Most Rev. Camillus Umoh, said the ongoing killings in the Middle Belt and other parts of the country by suspected Fulani herdsmen were clear signposts to anarchy.

The bishops spoke against the background of persistent carnage in the country, particularly, the recent massacre of over 100 persons in three local governments in Plateau State, where the government Monday relaxed the dusk-to-dawn curfew it imposed in the aftermath of the bloodbath.

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The military, whose heavy presence in the troubled area had failed to contain the bandits’ aggression, in an update of its operations Monday, said it had made 11 more arrests of suspects, bringing its total haul to 21.

The bishops said the latest massacre of scores of innocent Nigerians, especially children and women, including pregnant women in Plateau State by the bandits who seemed to be operating without hindrance in the country showed that its last statement had been completely ignored by those who had the responsibility to protect lives and property of Nigerians.

Pained by this development, they said: “Once again, we ask President Muhammadu Buhari to please save Nigeria from further pain and avoidable chaos, anarchy and doom,” adding: “If the president cannot keep our country safe, then he automatically loses the trust of the citizens. He should no longer continue to preside over the killing fields and mass graveyard that our country has become.”

They said the country would witness another mass burial as a result of the serial murderous activities of a group that it said clearly seemed to be above the law in the country, and who by their actions and words had insisted that human lives were far less than the lives of cattle.

“This shameful inversion of values portrays our country as barbaric and our society as brutish,” the bishops stated.

They argued that the killings were not mere coincidence given the temerity of the Fulani herdsmen in perpetrating the killings.

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Commotion as Police Officers Protest Unpaid Allowance in Maiduguri
Tue, 03 Jul 2018

Senator Iroegbu, Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

There was commotion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Monday as riot police officers took to the street to protest the non-payment of their six-month allowance.

It was learnt that the officers were posted to the state in January to strengthen security of the troubled state, which has been battling Boko Haram insurgency for about a decade.

The officers, who were fully armed, marched in their hundreds on the Borno State Police Headquarters located on the major highway in the town, where they were, however, prevented from taking control of the complex.

The police officers subsequently barricaded the highway, shooting sporadically into the air and scaring away motorists.

But the police authorities in Abuja denied the incidence Monday, saying its personnel only went to the Borno State Command Headquarters to make enquiries about their allowance.

“It is not correct that police personnel protested in Maiduguri today (Monday),’’ said Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, in a statement, adding: “Some of the Police Mobile Force personnel on special duty in Maiduguri went to the Borno State Police Command Headquarters on enquiry over the delay in the payment of their special duty allowance in the early hours of today and not on protest as reported in some media.’’

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Apparently embarrassed by the development, the presidency Monday reportedly summoned the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, over the protest.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the IG was seen heading towards the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

A source at the Presidential Villa, who preferred to remain anonymous said that the IG was in the villa to brief the presidency on the protest.

The protesting police officers’ action had caused panic in the Maiduguri metropolis as some of the students and workers who had left home for school and office had to make a U-turn to their various homes.

Some of the officers, who spoke with THISDAY, lamented that since January when they were deployed in the state on special operation, they had not been paid their allowance.

They complained that many of them had to go through inhuman treatment as they had to sleep on the corridor of the command’s offices after returning from duty at night.

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FG Complies with Supreme Court Verdict, Sacks NFF President, Pinnick
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
As Keyamo declares Dalung’s action null and void ‘Giwa: Nigeria not signatory to FIFA statutes Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The federal government Monday sacked Amaju Pinnick as the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after it directed the executive committee headed by him to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court of April 27, []The post FG Complies with Supreme Court Verdict, Sacks NFF President, Pinnick appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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APC Crisis: nPDP in Crucial Meeting in Abuja
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Agrees to form coalition with PDP ’20 senators, scores of House members may defect this week Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja Members of the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), an aggrieved group within the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), continued their consultations on their future in the APC in Abuja Monday, holding a []The post APC Crisis: nPDP in Crucial Meeting in Abuja appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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A MOST RECKLESS MINISTER
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Dan-Ali, Minister of Defence, is increasingly becoming a liability to the government After his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari last week, following the Plateau State killings, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, hinted of a plan by the federal government to restructure the nation’s security architecture so as to put an []The post A MOST RECKLESS MINISTER appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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N’Assembly Transmits Amended Electoral Act to Buhari for Assent
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Deji Elumoye in Abuja The National Assembly has transmitted the 2018 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, which will guide the conduct of general elections in the country to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent. THISDAY gathered yesterday that the leadership of the National Assembly transmitted the Amended 2018 Electoral Act Bill with a covering letter to []The post N’Assembly Transmits Amended Electoral Act to Buhari for Assent appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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In Defence of the Fulani in Our Midst
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
TUESDAY WITH REUBEN ABATI State of the nation: In the last two weeks, over 200 persons in Plateau State were reportedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, 45 villages were ransacked and sacked and those villages we are told have been taken over by Fulanis, and the original owners have had to flee from their homes. There []The post In Defence of the Fulani in Our Midst appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Saraki’s Chief of Staff Dumps APC
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
John Shiklam in Kaduna The Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Hakeem Baba Ahmed, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Ahmed said in a statement issued yesterday in Kaduna that the ruling party has failed and should not be allowed to govern Nigeria in 2019. He said his decision to []The post Saraki’s Chief of Staff Dumps APC appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Conspiracy Against Buhari Will Fail, Says Presidency
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Presidency has accused some opposition politicians of ganging up against President Muhammadu Buhari because his administration has successfully blocked every avenue to loot the country’s treasury. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garbu Shehu stated this yesterday at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, []The post Conspiracy Against Buhari Will Fail, Says Presidency appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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French President, Macron to Inaugurate New Alliance Francaise in Lagos Tomorrow
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
French President, Emmanuel Macron, who is expected to arrive in Nigeria today, will tomorrow inaugurate a new Alliance Francaise centre in Lagos. The sprawling new edifice, which would serve as the organisation’s headquarters is located at No.9 Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. The inauguration of the new Alliance Francaise complex is expected to be one of []The post French President, Macron to Inaugurate New Alliance Francaise in Lagos Tomorrow appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Again, Court Orders Release of Dasuki on Bail
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Alex Enumah in Abuja A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday granted bail to former National Security Adviser(NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd). Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu said in a judgment that Dasuki’s continued detention without sufficient reasons violated his right to liberty. The judgment brings to six the number of times the High Courts would []The post Again, Court Orders Release of Dasuki on Bail appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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EFCC Arraigns Former Minister, Wakil, Four Others over N341m Fraud
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday arraigned a former Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, on a seven- count charge of criminal conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of over N341 million. Also arraigned alongside him were four persons Garba Abacha, Ibrahim Shehu Birma, Abubakar Ali []The post EFCC Arraigns Former Minister, Wakil, Four Others over N341m Fraud appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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