NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 JULY, 2018].

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Controversy over alleged missing Nigerian soldiers
Tue, 17 Jul 2018

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The Nigerian Army has denied any of its personnel were missing in an attack by Boko Haram on Saturday.

However, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported yesterday: “No fewer than 23 Nigerian soldiers are yet to be accounted for after Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a military convoy at Boboshe village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno.

“Five officers, 18 soldiers and eight trucks were missing after the attack which occurred early on Saturday.

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“The military, acting on intelligence, mobilised troops in a convoy of 11 trucks to clear the insurgents from the deserted village. The insurgents were believed to have been those who escaped the ongoing offensive by the military to flush out Boko Haram terrorists in the fringes of Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region.

“A competent military source told NAN that the insurgents in the hundreds ambushed the troops, and in the process many of them have been missing. He disclosed that only three of the 11 trucks deployed in the area returned to their base in Maiduguri, after suffering huge loss in the battle with the insurgents.”

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NAN quotes the source as saying: “There was a quick response by the army when they received reports that hundreds of the insurgents gathered at Boboshe on the Maiduguri-Konduga-Bama road. The insurgents ambushed the gallant soldiers. Only three of the 11 trucks returned to the base. It is not clear what happened but it was assumed the soldiers were missing following the ambush.”

Also, quoting “security sources”, AFP on Twitter yesterday announced: “Dozens of soldiers feared dead after a Boko Haram attack Saturday on a military base in remote northeast Nigeria.”

But in its rebuttal yesterday, the army dismissed as “untrue” and “misleading” reports of alleged missing soldiers and military vehicles in an attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, urging people to disregard it.

In a statement in Maiduguri, Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to state categorically that the report is blown out of proportion by the media. Contrary to the report, the Nigerian Army wishes to put the record straight on the issue and assure members of the public, particularly residents of the northeast, to disregard the report, as their safety is guaranteed.

“The Nigeria Army wishes to state that there was an attempted attack on troops at Kwakwa and Chingori communities in the Bama area of Borno State by suspected Boko Haram terrorists as a result of difficult terrain where our vehicles (were) bogged down.

“The terrorists also attempted to cart away troops’ operational vehicles, but were successfully repelled by our gallant troops with the support of the Nigerian Air Force.”

Chukwu disclosed that the troops killed 22 insurgents, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds. He said efforts were being intensified by the troops to get the fleeing terrorists.

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He said one officer and a soldier, who sustained injuries in the attack, were receiving medical attention at a military medical facility, and tasked the media to always verify facts.

“Certain facts must be reported with caution, particularly now that numerous successes have been recorded by the troops in the fight against insurgency,” Chukwu said, urging people to go about their normal businesses, as the army is on top of the situation.

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Observer groups reject Ekiti election results
Tue, 17 Jul 2018

A coalition of observer groups and civil society organisations have rejected the outcome of Saturday’s Ekiti State governorship election.

In a statement by spokespersons Comrade Haruna Farouk and Nze Adachi Okoro, they said the exercise did not reflect their findings, promising a full disclosure tomorrow.

“Other incidents that we recorded will be made open in our findings, which will definitely shock Nigerians and expose the conspiracy of INEC, security agents and the APC to keep the people of Ekiti from expressing their constitutional rights,” the statement said.

The Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) yesterday also restated it would not accept the result.

It described the outcome of the poll won by former Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, as a “stolen mandate” and promised in “a matter of time” that it would “use every constitutional means” to reclaim the victory.

The state’s party chairman, Gboyega Oguntuase, while addressing journalists, blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the “robbery”.

He said: “This election was far from being free, fair and credible. In Ilejemeje, Ilawe, Ikole, Ise/Orun, Oye, Ado and other major towns in Ekiti, APC thugs aided by security men beat many of our people. As we speak, the results declared by INEC that gave victory to Fayemi were more than the number of accredited voters. So, where did they get the additional votes?”

This was as the Akwa Ibom PDP chapter denied an allegation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Governor Udom Emmanuel spent N5billion to boost PDP’s chances in the Ekiti election.

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The State publicity secretary, Ini Ememobong, said persons still nursing the pains of losing the 2015 Ekiti election to the then ruling PDP were behind the allegation.

“The APC in Akwa Ibom State has for the past few days exhibited unbridled capacity in concocting falsehood engineered by crass ignorance and mischief. The claim that Governor Udom Emmanuel donated N5 billion to the Ekiti State government for the prosecution of the just-concluded election is manifestly false and can only be a product of minds seeking political attention from the government and their pay masters,” he said.

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All-conquering French team arrives to rousing welcome
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic French fans celebrated the return of their World Cup-winning team yesterday, jumping and chanting ‘We Are The Champions’ as…
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Oshiomhole, Osun APC youths differ on direct primary for gov candidate
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leaders in Osun State have locked horns with the party’s national secretariat over the preference of direct…
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Civil servants threaten industrial action over cancellation of promotion interview
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has flayed the Federal Government over cancellation of promotion interview organised…
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TUC wants government to spend Abacha loot on development projects
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has rejected plans by the Federal Government to share the $322 million recovered Abacha loot to the poorest of the poor citizens.
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CP vows to gun down robbers who sent letters to Lagos community
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Following a letter sent by armed robbers to residents of Igando, Egan, Akesan and Obadore communities in Lagos, the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal…
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Danslei debuts to help SMEs gain market relevance
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Danslei Nigeria Limited has debuted in Lagos providing public relations, media sales and marketing services, with focus on helping Small and Medium Enterprises…
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IPMAN petitions AGF, IGP, EFCC, others over NIPCO’s planned AGM
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has petitioned the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Inspector General of Police…
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Eliminating import duties will boost intra-African trade by 53 per cent
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
The President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Dr. Benedict Oramah has said that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) has the potential…
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Accountants move against bill on forensic, investigators auditors
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has condemned the consideration of a bill for the establishment of Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigators Auditors (CIFIAN) by the National Assembly. ICAN declared that forensic accounting is adequately covered within the scope of the training that the institute provides and therefore, the quest for a []
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Diversify products to attract patronage, expert tells operators
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Insurance operators in the country have been urged to ensure the development of value-oriented products to gain more patronage for the industry.
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