NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 JULY, 2018].

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How 3,000 were killed in Zamfara in two years
Fri, 13 Jul 2018

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About 3,000 persons were killed in Zamfara State by bandits in the last two years, with over N1.2 billion paid as ransom to secure the release of residents abducted during the period.
This was disclosed by a former Senator Sa’idu Dansadau during a press conference in Abuja yesterday. He said the killings took place between June 2016 and June 2018.

He said 682 villages and towns were sacked by the bandits causing residents to flee to neighbouring states of Katsina and Kebbi. The former lawmaker said 2,706 farms were also destroyed, just as 13,838 cattle, and 11,088 sheep and goats were looted.
Reeling out the statistics of the banditry, Dansadau said of the 682 villages and towns destroyed and deserted, residents were only able to return to 374 of them because of the intensity of the crimes. He said the bandits during the period under review stole motorcycles totalling 2,244.
Dansadau, who urged President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the aid of the residents of the state, said he arrived at these figures by multiplying the figures obtained from Dansadau state constituency by 22 other constituencies affected by banditry.
He said of the 25 state constituencies in Zamfara, only three had not suffered from similar or worse losses occasioned by the activities of the bandits.

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During the briefing, the former senator provided documents containing the names and villages of people killed, names of people abducted and the ransom paid, as well the list of villages destroyed, at least that the Dansadau state constituency.
He urged former Head of State retired General Yakubu Gowon to lead other members of the Council of State to plead with President Buhari to declare an emergency rule in Zamfara state.
“Any remedial measure taken by the federal government short of declaring an emergency will not produce any positive result,” the former lawmaker said.
He said the military operation in Zamfara State is not yielding result because a section of the most senior functionaries of the Abdulaziz Yari-led government are “informants of the criminals.” Dansadau didn’t provide any evidence to back up this claim.
He said the fact that Governor Yari had since resigned as chief security officer of the state “depicts his incapacity, unsuitability, and impropriety to continue to function as governor and expect people of Zamfara State to be safe from the criminalities of these terrorists.”
The former lawmaker said he’s aware of the Supreme Court judgment that said the president can’t remove elected governors and their deputies excerpt as provided in Sections 143 and 144 and Sections 188 and 189 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“We are not requesting President Buhari to remove Abdulaziz Yari from office by declaring state of emergency but to suspend all elected public officers in the stare for six months to enable Major General Abubakar Maikobi, the Force Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke II with operational Headquarters in Gusau, Zamfara State, consult widely in executing the military operation which Governor Yari refused to do “in spite of all entreaties from different quarters.”
In a letter addressed to Buhari, dated June 18, 2018, entitled “Re-request to take extraordinary measures in accordance with the constitution to halt the high level of mass killings in Zamfara State,” Dansadau said emergency rule in the state is inevitable because of Yari’s inability unlike his counterparts in Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger states “who brought the situation under control” in their states because of their proactive approach.
Daily Trust reports that this letter is a reminder to an earlier one with the same subject dated June 14, 2016, written to Buhari by Dansadau.

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He said the governors of these states with borders with Zamfara substantially reduced the banditry in their states “they (governors) reside in and work from their states, consult with their elders, and traditional institutions.”
He, however, lamented that Zamfara’s situation “has gone out of control because the governor would do none of those things.” He said the inability of the police to safeguard the people of Zamfara may be linked to the “disconnect” between them and the governor “who is rarely in Zamfara to provide leadership as the chief security of the state.
The former lawmaker renewed his appeal to the president to “invoke his powers under Section 305 (3) (c) (d) and (f) & (5) of the Constitution and declare State of Emergency in Zamfara state to deal with the rampant, horrific, indiscriminate and daily killings and violations of innocent people of Zamfara by an emboldened band of criminals in order to restore normalcy.”
Dansadau part of Zamfara’s problems – Yari’s aide
Reacting to Dansadau’s comments last night by telephone, Governor Yari’s special adviser on public enlightenment, media, and communication, Malam Ibrahim Dosara, said: “the governor won’t join issues with him (Dansadau).”
He said already the governor has set up “a committee of elders to fish out anybody involved in banditry in whatever capacity – be it informant or bandit. It is good for Dansadau to go back to his emirate and give his advice.”
Dosara said for saying no action has been taken to end the killings, Dansadau “is unreasonable and irresponsible in his calls and utterances against both the federal and Zamfara states governments.”

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579 Nigerians in 4 states killed in farmer-herder clashes
Fri, 13 Jul 2018

At least 579 people have been killed from January to June in clashes and reprisal attacks between farmers and herdsmen in four states alone, a Daily Trust check reveals.
The deaths come from four north-central states of Benue, Plateau, Kogi and Nasarawa.

Some 503 people, including farmers, a village head, two priests and several churchgoers and travellers were killed in attacks across the four states in the first six months of 2018.
In the same period, 76 herders were killed in attacks in Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau, including 25 by soldiers in Benue. No herder death was recorded in Kogi.
Only 98 cows were rustled—some killed, others wounded—all in Nasarawa alone in the first half of the year.
And efforts to get security difficulties under control have not gibed with the public.

Public outrage over the killings demands that government take necessary steps to protect lives and properties.
Media reports and comments by government officials and security agencies seem not to have transformed into action that would bring the violence to an end.
Available data on killings in the four states and other parts of the country is indicative of a dangerous state of insecurity in the country.

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Days after the latest round of violence, public officials, including Senate president Bukola Saraki and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, have visited Plateau.
Former education minister Oby Ezekwesili went on a solo protest to the Aso Villa but was stopped by security.
Up to 22,000 people have been displaced in the latest round of violence, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nigerian Red Cross.
But estimates indicate the number of people displaced could be higher—and has been increasing over time as communities come under tension.
Sources familiar with the area speak of entire villages along Birnin-Gwari axis between the states of Kaduna and Niger uprooting and leaving their homes after threats.
Several calls have been made to bring the perpetrators on both sides to book, and seek justice for the dead.
“You cannot bring back the lives, but finding and prosecuting the perpetrators will go a long way in helping to calm people and ease the pain that they are going through,” Saraki said during his visit.
“Therefore, yet again, we call on our security agents to ensure that they find the perpetrators that have done this and make them account for their detestable actions.”

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APC picks holes over PDP claim
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The APC has rejected the claim by the PDP that policemen were drafted to Ekiti State to harass its supporters in tomorrows governorship election in favour of the APC candidate, Dr.
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Fayemi punctures N18bn poll fund allegation
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has debunked claims by the Olusola Eleka Campaign Organisation alleging the movement of N18 billion from Akure Airport to Ekiti State for the election of the APC governorship candidate, Dr.
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PDP protesters storm N/Assembly
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The leadership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, led a peaceful protest to the National Assembly over the alleged assault on Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and other members of the party in a rally in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.
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PDP senators demand probe
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Senators elected on the platform of PDP have demanded a thorough investigation into the alleged attack on Governor Ayo Fayose.
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“Obono-Obla’s WAEC result not with Law School” – DG
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The Director-General of Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Prof.
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INEC distributes sensitive materials to LGs
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Ekiti State Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Olayinka Raji said on Wednesday that the commission has distributed sensitive materials
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We are working on winning FCT in 2019 Candido
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has said members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the council are hopeful of winning the 2019 elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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FCDA enlightens Garki stakeholders on resettlement
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) have organised a sensitisation campaign for original inhabitants in Garki chiefdom.
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FCTA plans 4 new districts Director
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration has concluded arrangements to create four new districts in the territory to generate more plots.
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Aspirant donates air conditioners to Kwali hospital
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
An aspirant vying for a ticket for Abuja South Federal Constituency in the 2019 elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmad Abubakar Sadiq, has donated air conditioners to Kwali General Hospital.
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Gunmen abduct Chinese national in Zamfara after asking for interpreter
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Unidentified gunmen abducted a Chinese national identified as Ren Dajun in a bush near an Irrigation Scheme in Amumu village in Bakura local government area of the state.
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Suspected Herdsman kills policeman inspector in Kebbi
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The Police Command in Kebbi on Thursday confirmed that a suspected herdsman had killed a policeman, Umaru Danladi, at Kaoge in Bagudo Local Government Area of the state, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports.
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My daughter not lover of yahoo boy, mother of slain OOU student says
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
With tears and in an emotion-laden voice, Ola Chinelo Ofor, the mother of 18-year-old Julia Eke Imaga, who suspected cultists murdered nearly two months ago in Oru-Ijebu alongside her male friend, Oriade Adebisi, had refuted the claim that the girl was the girlfriend of a suspected fraudster.
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FSDH expects inflation rate to to 10.94% in June
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
FSDH Research says it expects inflation rate (year-on-year) to drop to 10.
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US$55m debt: Pay or lose licence, Reps warn firm
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating oil revenue leakages of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday gave New Cross Energy Ltd till July 18 to pay up royalty arrears of $55 million or risk losing its operating licence.
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New Abuja terminal to be operational October – FAAN MD
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The managing director/CEO, Federal Airports Authority (FAAN), Engr.
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Nigerias timid pension industry
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
There is no doubt that the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) was put on the right footing by the competent and focused leadership provided by its widely respected first Director-General, Mr.
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Workers should target 75% salary as pension Report
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
A recent report on pension has suggested that workers should target a pension equivalent to a third of their salary when they retire.
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FG to payroll 3,542 Delta Steel pensioners in August PTAD
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has concluded the computation of pension benefits for 3,542 Delta Steel Company (DSC) and they will be payrolled in August 2018.
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NYSC opens skills acquisition centre in Bayelsa
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
The Bayelsa State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Loto Bolade has commissioned a Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Centre in Yenagoa to train corps members in various trades.
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Ebuehi resumes training at Benfica
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Super Eagles fans favorite Tyronne Ebuehi has resumed pre-season training with Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Benfica.
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Giwa pledges N.5m per goal for Flying Eagles
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Nigeria football Federation President, Ambassador Chris Giwa has promised the Flying Eagles N.
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Williams to face Kerber in Wimbledon final
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Serena Williams will face Germanys Angelique Kerber for an eighth Wimbledon singles title after both won their semi-finals in straight sets.
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Fiat workers strike over Ronaldo signing
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Workers at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy are to strike after its main investor decided to pay 112m (99.
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What we did to beat England in World Cup semi-final – Croatia coach
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes his side were better “in all segments of the game” as they beat England to reach the World Cup final for the first time.
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Russia 2018: When is the World Cup third-place match
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
England and Belgium lost their World Cup semi-finals, but they still have one more game to play: the third-place play-off.
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What you don’t know about new Arsenal signing Matteo Guendouzi
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Arsenal have signed 19-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient, but who is the France youth international’
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