The newspaper review for Wednesday June 27, leads with President Buhari's statement in Plateau state where he said it was unjust to say he was silent over deaths reportedly caused by herdsmen among other stories.
Vanguard reports that the death toll in last weekend’s attacks on some villages in three local government areas of Plateau state by herdsmen has hit 135, as President Muhammadu Buhari visited the troubled state yesterday.
The attacks which continued on Monday, despite the dawn-to-dusk curfew imposed on the three local government areas by the Plateau state government, claimed 15 persons more as at yesterday in Dorowa Babuje village in Barkin Ladi local government area.
The new toll came as the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was on an on-the-spot visit to Plateau state on Monday, warned against religious war in the country, even as the the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday removed the state police commissioner, Undie Adie, who was redeployed to force headquarters in Abuja.
On the fresh attacks on Dorowa Babuje village in Bakin Ladi local government area, on Monday, residents said the 15 victims were killed as their houses were also razed by the attackers.
The Guardian reports that the Lagos state commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal, has ordered the destruction of a shrine located under the Opebi link bridge allegedly belonging to members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC).
Edgal, who led detectives to the shrine yesterday said the operators carry out trial on their victims and declare judgment against them. According to him, going by the items found in the shrine, some of the victims were tortured to force them to own up to a particular crime they are being tried for.
He said three persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in activities around the shrine, while three POS machines allegedly being used to extort money from victims were recovered. Aside the three POS machines, other items found at the shrine included mobile telephones and ATM cards belonging to some victims.
The Punch reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday faulted those who accused him of being silent on killings being carried out by suspected herdsmen in parts of the country. He said there was injustice in such aspersions.
Buhari said people were blaming him for not talking to the herdsmen probably because he looked like them. He appealed to Nigerians to avoid inflammatory utterances that could endanger peace or promote conflicts.
The Nation reports that power generation and distribution have been decentralised to guarantee uninterrupted supply, according to Yemi Osinbajo. He said availability of power supply will attract more foreign investment.
The vice president spoke at a town hall meeting with youths at the Theophilus Ogunlesi University Teaching Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
He said he was in Ibadan for the provision of solar power in Gbagi Market as he had done in other parts of the country.
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