NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD SEPTEMBER, 2018].

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FRSC officials to bear arms
Mon, 03 Sep 2018

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Sooner than later, personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) could turn up at their duty posts armed.
A member of the FRSC board, who sought anonymity, told The Guardian: “The FRSC has built its armoury in Gwagwalada Abuja, while there are weapon rooms in all the commands of the corps.

We are waiting for government to gazette the approval and equip the armoury in line with the act that established the corps.

The essence of the ongoing training and workshop for the personnel is to prepare them on how to comport themselves while bearing arms on duty.”

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The commission’s spokesman, Bisi Kazeem, however, disclosed that though the act permits FRSC personnel to bear arms, the corps is waiting for government to gazette the approval.

“I am not aware that the government has perfected a plan to gazette the approval. I am not aware of that,” he said.

In December 2016, the FRSC was forced to release a statement urging members of the public to ignore reports that the corps had begun distributing and mandating its personnel to carry arms.

It followed a complaint by Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi that 70 officers lost their lives that year to reckless motorists.

Kazeem had told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the rumour was being circulated by mischievous elements seeking to provoke disorder in the society.

Some “irresponsible” people took a statement by the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, out of context to suit their agenda, he said.

“The Corps Marshal only stipulated that such a high number of loss could have been avoided, if FRSC personnel were carrying arms, as allowed by the law.

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Buhari accuses media of biased reports on conflicts
Mon, 03 Sep 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday accused media organisations of bias in reporting conflicts in the country.

He made the accusation during an interactive meeting with the Nigerian community in China yesterday.

He said while security agencies were doing their best to curtail clashes, the Nigerian media should complement the efforts through objective and informed reportage.

“To my disappointment, the members of the press in Nigeria do not make enough efforts to study the historical antecedents of issues that are creating national problems for us,” the president said.

He therefore appealed to the media to understand the cultural and historical implications of some of the misunderstanding especially between herders and farmers.

Buhari, who is in Beijing for the seventh Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, explained that due to the effects of climate change, a farm that used to belong to five people now belongs to 50 and that the weather condition, particularly the rainy season, has become unpredictable.

He partly blamed the farmers/herders controversy on the shrinking of the Lake Chad, which according to him has forced many cattle nomads to seek greener pastures for their herds in other parts of the country.

According to the president, he is not intimidated at the prospect of a credible process in the 2019 general elections.

“I have no fear about free and fair elections because that is what brought me to the present position. I know what I went through, and very few Nigerians could boast of trying four times.”

Buhari’s complaint about the media came as the Nigerian Army also condemned what it described as a flawed reporting of its operations against Boko Haram.

The army yesterday denied the alleged killing of 30 soldiers by the insurgents at Zari village in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that an international wire service had stated that the troops were killed when Boko Haram launched a deadly attack Thursday evening.

According to the report, many jihadists in trucks stormed the base, seizing it briefly after a fierce battle.

The director of army public relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, however denied the report in a phone interview with NAN.

He said the alleged killing was the “figment of the imagination of the news agency”.

Chukwu said contrary to the claim, the insurgents did not attack any military formation but rather came to loot foodstuffs and extort money from the locals.

He said land troops of 82 Task Force deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole, aided by the Air Task Force, successfully repelled the insurgents.

“During the fight, an overwhelming volume of fire was unleashed on the insurgents from both the air and ground troops, neutralising several of them and their weapons.

The Boko Haram fighters took some of their corpses and fled while others escaped with bullet injuries,” he said, adding that normalcy had been restored in the affected communities.

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Don’t underrate Seychelles, Adepoju warns as Eagles camp opens today
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
Former Super Eagles’ Midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju has advised the senior national team against underrating Seychelles in their second game of the Cameroon 2019 African Nations Cup qualifying series this weekend.
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Amaechi reiterates December completion date for Lagos-Ibadan railway
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has again assured Nigerians that the Lagos-Ibadan railway will be delivered December this year. The minister, who confirmed 60 per cent status of the project during his monthly tour, said 12 kilometres of the 156-kilometre track had been laid by the contractor, China Civil Aviation Construction Company (CCECC). The []
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NCAA gets N14.3b from ticket sales
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday said N14.339 billion was generated from the mandatory Ticket Sales Charges (TSC) between January and August this year. The sum, according to the apex regulatory body, accrued from at least $16.98 million TSC on international passengers and over N9.16 billion from local airlines using the automation system. The []
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FG urges dismissal of suit seeking non-convening of Senate
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
The Federal Government has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to dismiss a suit filed by two former All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, Rabiu Ibrahim Adebayo and Isa Hamma Misau, to stop the Senate from reconvening without the notice of its president, Bukola Saraki. The plaintiffs are now of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In []
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Lagos State, others may be submerged by 2050
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) yesterday said Lagos and other coastal cities globally that are less than one metre above sea level could be submerged by 2050 if the surge continues, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). ‘The projection by scientists in the United Nations who are the authority in climate change effects, []
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MTN’s $236 million offering in Ghana falls short of target
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
MTN Group’s unit in Ghana raised 1.1 billion cedis ($236 million), selling about a third of the shares made available in an initial public offering, according to a document seen by Bloomberg
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Police arrest most wanted suspected robber, cultist in Ejigbo
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
The entire Ejigbo community in Lagos State was thrown into jubilation at the weekend after an alleged notorious armed robbery suspect, who is also the leader of cult group, Eiye confraternity, identified as Segun Kazeem, aka ‘No Case’, was arrested.
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Government must withdraw completely from private businesses
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
Austine Avuru, a co-founder of Seplat, was appointed Chief Executive Officer on May 1, 2010. Prior to joining Seplat, Avuru spent 12 years at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), beginning from 1980, where he held various positions including wellsite geologist, production seismologist and reservoir engineer. In 1992, he joined Allied Energy Resources in Nigeria, []
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Akanu Ibiam airport unsafe for travellers, say South East governors
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
Governors of the five South East states have decried the deplorable state of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, maintaining that the facility was no longer safe for travelling. Rising from their meeting yesterday in Enugu, they called on the Federal Government to urgently commence rehabilitation works, especially on the runway and the lighting system. Lamenting []
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Al-Makura denies receiving N10billion from guber aspirant
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State has debunked speculations that he received N10billion from one of the gubernatorial aspirants in the forthcoming All Progressives Congress (APC). In a statement, Director General of Strategic Communication and Press Affairs to the governor regretted that some detractors who were out to blackmail the governor in search of []
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