NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8 JULY, 2018].

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Task forces everywhere, yet insecurity on the rise
Sun, 08 Jul 2018

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While Nigerians are losing count of task forces to protect their lives, attacks are refusing to go down
As Nigerians were struggling to grapple with the news of the recent carnage in Plateau State, the Nigeria Police announced the dispatch of a special intervention force to the scene, in a move that has now become the standard practice for the Nigerian security forces. Every time there is a major security concern arising from gunmen attacks, farmer/herder clashes, kidnappings, among others, the security agencies are quick to set up an intervention mechanism through a task force.
At the last count, the military and police have formed over 20 task forces across the country. In some states, Daily Trust check shows, more than one such outfit compete for space.
Zamfara, which is fast becoming the largest killing field outside Boko Haram-ravaged areas, added a new outfit to its array of task forces when the military announced the establishment of Operation Whirl Stroke II, in the wake of attack by suspected bandits that claimed many lives.

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Before its launch, President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 launched Operation Harbin Kunama I in the state, with a charge to the outfit to flush out bandits and cattle rustlers terrorizing the people. Before then, residents of the state had been under attacks by bandits. In April 2014, more than 100 persons were reportedly killed by the bandits in a village not too far from Dansadau town.
When the attacks continued, the military created Harbin Kunama II, in the state just a year after the first one. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said the military joint patrol, was aimed at “completely wiping out terrorists in the area”. These task forces are in addition to existing 1 BAD and elements of the 223 Lt Bn, Kebbi, operating in the state.
Also, Buhari ordered the establishment of a brigade in the state.
With all the intervention, the state was thrown into panic when 23 unidentified bodies were discovered in the forest in Zurmi Local Government. The fear was heightened by the discovery of more bodies, days after, by the police, bringing the number of the unidentified victims to 41.
This year alone, over 300 people have been killed by armed bandits, a situation which caused the governor, Abdulaziz Yari, to relinquish his position as Chief Security Officer of the state.
Before the recent deployment in Plateau, the state was already a beehive of task forces and traditional security outfits.
The recent police team sent to Plateau State is expected to work alongside Operation Safe Haven, which though covers Bauchi, Kaduna and Plateau, has its headquarters in Jos. Operation Safe Haven was created at the height of crises on the Plateau and it has been in existence for about 10 years. Apart from the special operations, Plateau is home to 3 Div. of the Nigerian Army, a police command and an Air Force Base and operatives of these units also perform their statutory security functions.

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District head killed in Zamfara
Sun, 08 Jul 2018

Unknown gunmen Friday killed the District Head of Kucheri, Alhaji Ibrahim Madawaki in Isafe Local Government of Zamfara State.
It was gathered that the traditional ruler was shot while sitting in front of his house.

Residents told Daily Trust on Sunday that the assailants arrived at the residence of the district head on motorbikes, fired shots in to the air before killing him.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, confirmed the incident. He said a police team which responded to a distress call combed the surrounding areas and discovered that nothing was removed from the deceased’s home.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered investigation into the incident with a view to apprehending the perpetrators.
Shehu also called on the public to report the activities of suspected hoodlums promptly, so as to enable the police to effectively tackle the security challenges facing the state.
Meanwhile, the identities of the 41 persons whose bodies were found in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, are yet to be assertained.

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Forty one unidentified corpses were found in a forest in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state last week. Daily Trust on Sunday learnt that some of the corpses had gunshot wounds while some others were found with slit throats.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, said the identities of the victims were still unknown.
“No, we are yet to get their identities,” he said.
Earlier, the police boss said four persons were arrested in connection with the killings and that investigation into the matter was on-going.
He said they were partnering the emirs and other traditional rulers to find out if anyone is missing in their respective domains.

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Inside Plateaus latest killing fields
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Weeks before the killings of June 23, Barkin Ladi and parts of Mangu and Bassa LGAs had witnessed several tit-for-tat killings between Berom and Fulani as well as between Irigwe and Fulani.
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FIFA boss invites Thai boys to World Cup final
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has invited the Thai boys football team trapped in a cave to the World Cup final, as messages of support poured in from top players.
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Hazard breaks Etebos World Cup record
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Belgian forward Eden Hazard has broken the tournament record of Super Eagles star Oghenekaro Etebo in the encounter against Brazil.
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Nadal denies Roger Federer shot at world number one
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Rafael Nadal ensured he will finish the 2018 Wimbledon Championships as world number one with a straight-sets victory over Alex De Minaur.
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Amkar Perm release Bryan Idowu
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Super Eagles left-back, Bryan Idowu has been released by his club, Amkar Perm who have been declared bankrupt.
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Whiff of money tears NFF apart
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
For the umpteenth time, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, is in turmoil as the two factions laying claim to the leadership of the federation are once again flexing muscles.
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Sani Toro: NFF crisis is only about money
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
As a former Secretary General of the then NFA, how disappointed are you with the lingering crisis in the NFFWhat is happening is very unfortunate because Nigeria is supposed to be the leading light in football in Africa.
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