Starting last weekend, a series of attacks began in Plateau state when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked villages in Barkin Ladi Local Governement Area of the state, reportedly leading to a death toll of over 100 men, women and children.
On Saturday, scores of Nigerians were reportedly murdered by armed men believed to be herdsmen in Barkin Ladi, Plateau.
On Sunday afternoon, in Jos, rioters attacked other Nigerians they believed to be Muslim in Jos, in apparent reprisal attacks.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) June 25, 2018
Just hearing unconfirmed-but-heartbreaking news about YET another round of killings in Plateau state. My God. When will this ever end, Nigeria?!?!?!
— Banky Wellington (@BankyW) June 26, 2018
Enough is Enough!!!
Plateau lives matter!!!
— Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman (@LindaEjiofor) June 27, 2018
The people of Plateau have stormed the government, demanding the resignation of their Governor. pic.twitter.com/NtIlhpMxc6
— Lagos Otunba (@LagosOtunba) June 27, 2018
Plateau citizens came out to protest #PlateauKillings. The matched to the government house in their numbers demanding to hear from the governor. @obyezeks @segalink @DrJoeAbah pic.twitter.com/kNgcbGArLb
— Nelson Apochi Owoicho (@apochiowoicho) June 27, 2018
— A Boy Is Black (@blaqboi_vic) June 27, 2018
Some posts tagged false were making rounds on social media
This is not Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria and it can never be JOS as been propagated by some enemies of the country. pic.twitter.com/dNVk2xtgxc
— Channel News (@FembrosTV) June 28, 2018
“There is nothing i can do to help the situation except to pray to God to help us out of the security challenges"
President Buhari, Tue, June 26th 2018 in Plateau
Ladies & gentlemen, if the commander in chief of armed forces of our dear country can say this; then it is finished
— OLÓYÈ T.D Esq⚖️‼️ (@BolanleCole) June 27, 2018
The president’s condolence visit
— Jack Obinyan (Osinbajo) 🇳🇬 (@JackObinyan) June 26, 2018
President @MBuhari yesterday in Jos, Plateau State where he met with traditional rulers and other State’s stakeholders over the recent killings in some part of the State, at the meeting he reassured them that the FG will do everything to bring a lasting resolution to the crises. pic.twitter.com/iuVjvu2Ua0
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) June 27, 2018
Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, during a condolence visit to victims of the recent mayhem in Plateau State, gives his administration a pat on the back for curbing the growing insecurity in some parts of the country.#Quote #Buhari #PlateauKillings #WeJosWantPeace #Nigeria pic.twitter.com/BRdJmMoHCb
— The Guardian Nigeria (@GuardianNigeria) June 28, 2018
BREAKING: DSS Has Reportedly Picked Pastor Isa Elbuba In Jos, Plateau State Today For Condemning The Fulani Herdsmen Who Are On Bloodshed Across Nigeria.
You remember him right? He's the bold pastor who made this video few days ago . He has just been arrested. pic.twitter.com/CYiebdgai4
— Mazi Chosen One (@chosenone107) June 27, 2018
Things are hard enough for Plateau residents and many other people in Nigeria. Our security forces are stretched. don't make things harder by misinforming people. Stop sharing false pictures and videos. The retweets won't make you richer. Don't make things harder.
— Olukayode bakre (@kayodebakre8) June 27, 2018
Here’s what the presidency claims to have done to address the unrest
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) June 27, 2018
Plateau Killings: Presidency accuses PDP of crocodile tears, says more murdered between 1999, 2015 https://t.co/l6j8XFR8Nt
— Premium Times (@PremiumTimesng) June 28, 2018
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) June 27, 2018
Read more reactions here. And below for other trending topics on social media this week.
D’banj loses his son
Last Sunday, news of the death of D’banj’s 13-month old son, Daniel III spread through social media like wild fire. The popular musician was away at the BET Awards ceremony in the US when his son was reported to have drowned in his Ikoyi home’s indoor pool.
A few reactions to the news.
May God comfort Dbanj and his house hold 🤲🏽 no amount of word is enough to heal or console at times like this but strength from the almighty to see you through it we pray for 🤲🏽
— Olamidé (@Olamide) June 25, 2018
I pray God will give DBanj and his wife peace that will override the blames and guilt that will plague them the rest of their lives. Everyone will keep rewinding moments before it happened and trying to figure out what they could have done better.
— SisiYėmmié.com 💛 (@Sisi_Yemmie) June 25, 2018
Prayers up for Dbanj and his family ❤️🙏🏾
— Bollylomo®️ (@ItsBollyLomo) June 25, 2018
Apparently, D’banj’s posted the video below a few weeks ago and many of his fans warned him to keep his son away from the pool.
Not 1, not 2, not 3… up to 7 angels in the form of followers raised an alarm 5wks ago when they noticed the indoor pool in a video dbanj posted with his now late son. My heart is crying. 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/ThkPmSmI5s
— $TS (@tobysamson) June 25, 2018
Someone should be held responsible
— Diplomat_ (@_diplomatic_str) June 24, 2018
My heart goes to DBANJ & FAMILY.
BUT you must be questioned for negligence. An indoor pool not barricaded.
That was how someone that took a child to the office left the child in the car and forgot till after closing time.. The child died.
— Mazi (@nairawall) June 25, 2018
My condolences goes to Dbanj! What a sad and trying time. The police should investigate the death of that child! That's a huge level of negligence and the parent should be questioned! Justice must be served!
A one year good of child drowned in the 'home' pool. Justice please!
— TROUBLEMAKERPHD (@troublemakerphd) June 25, 2018
Dbanj's son's death isn't a shock to me,I smell illuminati playing games with us here
— Mr. A k (@am_abdulkarim) June 26, 2018
Someone his mourning his child and some useless uneducated bunch of unscrupulous elements are saying "Dbanj sacrificed his son for Illuminati " like seriously!!! Sometimes I just wonder if some people have a conscience sef… So sad!!
— MrsX💚🇬🇧🇨🇦 (👑 Queen Of Petty)🙄🙄 (@MishyDeevaX) June 25, 2018
The Nigerian Police Force has directed D’banj and his wife to make a formal report on the circumstances that led to the death of their son. Read all about it here.
Nigeria’s World Cup 2018 journey ends
This week, Nigeria’s Super Eagles exited the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 following a 2-1 loss to Argentina.
Nigerians were very optimistic about the match
If Nigeria wins today I'll give 20k to 5 random tweeps. #NGRARG
— val 👨🏿💻 (@yuteoflondon) June 26, 2018
This cat predicted victory for Nigeria;
Report reaching us is that, The popular Cat called ologbo has predicted that Nigeria would with Argentina
— Josh Euronaire (@Euronaire) June 26, 2018
But their hopes were chattered
— Omachile (@__Abbah) June 26, 2018
We weren’t clinical enough, No natural finisher.
Poor defending on the goal.
Two obvious penalty, although one should be given but we didn’t protest for it.
Changes came too late, we could have used fresh legs.
— Prince Adewunmi 👑⚽️🐕✨ (@Omobaadewunmi) June 26, 2018
I am a Nigerian
I am an Arsenal fan
I use GLO network
My President is Buhari.
— Sheni Coker (@sheni_coker) June 26, 2018
Ighalo was trending for losing many chances
"All hail DisGrace, Ighalo of House Mumu, First of HisKind, Humpity Dumpity, Owner of 2 Left Legs, Misser of Goals, King of Failure, and Breaker of Hearts." pic.twitter.com/r74NRtbnID
— Unapologetic (@praaguu) June 27, 2018
— baby girl 🥺🥺 (@Adeoluwajoju_) June 26, 2018
— NeduHandiworks (@nedudotcom) June 27, 2018
That #NGRARG commentator was the most biased commentator I've had the displeasure of listening to in a long time. Trash.
— Idah Waringa (@IdahWaringa) June 26, 2018
Lesson from #NGRARG
Take your chances
Give it your best
Expect no favors
Don't just score 1 goal, score 7. Be ruthlessly efficient
— All about Quality (@lovdayo) June 26, 2018
After a pondering on the #NGRARG game, I can confidently say it's the jealousy of shaku shaku that cost us the game.
Just imagine having two export items (fine jersey and shaku shaku) and you end up showcasing just one of them.
Simple shaku shaku after scoring issit hard?
— chill-kzie (@chiikeziie) June 26, 2018
— ☆Hamza Jibril☆ (@hamxahbj) June 26, 2018
Read more reactions here.
From Berger to Ajah
On Wednesday this week, a Nigerian Twitter user (@Omogedami) called another Twitter user (@UcheDandyMUFC) out on account of his “rapey” tendencies. She accused him of trying to rape her friend.
His response to the allegation;
She responded by sharing an anonymous screenshot of someone who he had allegedly “tried to rape” about two years ago. Uche eventually found out the identity of the other accuser, another Twitter user, @B_moree_).
Read the gist here.
Here’s a summary;
Uche used VAR from 2016.. pic.twitter.com/Vn9sMKtCxp
— Tolu. (@KaineSays) June 27, 2018
Imagine if Uche did not have screenshots, imagine if this guy losses everything. His life, job, respect and love. And we never found out the truth. Imagine if it was never rape. Just imagine.
— Lord Scummander Rtd. (@zhurg_) June 28, 2018
In her defence; Bimbo( @B_moree_) said she accused Uche of coecion and not rape.
Why are you people saying that the Bmoore person falsely accused that guy of rape when she never said he raped her? Am I missing something?
— Oga Livi (@OBI_NJ) June 28, 2018
Just saw Berger to ajah trending and I thought Ambode had commissioned railway. pic.twitter.com/RTONVflT3j
— Edward (@Ed_whord) June 27, 2018
Berger to Ajah and you are making noise. Have left Lagos to Jos for dick and the most frightening moment was when I had an accident and people died at the spot. Sad news is we no longer together. I would have just died Sara death.
— OlaOluwaSubomi (@Olami_Liz) June 28, 2018
Uche Bmore careful
— El’ hadj Ragna (@YinkaDerek) June 28, 2018
The drama continues, read it here.
Crisis in Bodija
Yesterday, butchers and Policemen in Bodija market, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital were at loggerheads. The clash eventually resulted in the burning down of the Bodija police station and the death of an innocent trader.
If you are in Ibadan please stay away from bodija the meat sellers have set the police station on fire, the market is in disarray.
Rt this information might help someone.
— Chioma😍 (@chezzyice) June 28, 2018
Update: The police station at Bodija market Ibadan was set on fire as a result of the on going clash between meat sellers and the police force. Stay safe. Kindly rt
— Lord Scummander Rtd. (@zhurg_) June 28, 2018
What Happened in Bodija market today could have been avoided, these people tried to protest yesterday and the day before , you oppressed them, shut them out and locked gates to the State secretariat, now they are shooting back at the Police.
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) June 28, 2018
Eye witness reports
The kin run wey I run today for inside bodija with my mom and sister ,I've never done this kind race before damn
— Tee (@Mz_Tunmie) June 28, 2018
Bodija Market Ibadan earlier today.
I’m sick of this country 💔 pic.twitter.com/IANwxdLgDo
— Ibadan👑Golden💦Son (@TheGreatHabeeb) June 28, 2018
I saw what a gunshot in the neck looks like today…😢😢😢
May the lady's soul RIP!!!
STAY AWAY FROM BODIJA MARKET!!!!
— Anonymousvvip (@Anonymousvvip1) June 28, 2018
Following the clash, the Oyo state government has reportedly shut down the Bodija market. Read other reactions here.
Tanker Explosion in Lagos
While Nigerians were still brooding over the unfortunate events of the week, a petrol tanker and about 53 other vehicles burnt down on the Otedola inward bridge in the Berger area of Lagos yesterday.
-All motorists plying the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway are advised to take alternative routes due to the explosion of a tanker laden with PMS at the Otedola Bridge INW Berger.
Atleast 54 vehicles are reported to have been caught up in flames along with the tanker.
— FRSC, NIGERIA (@FRSCNigeria) June 28, 2018
A tanker which had break failure loaded with PMS caught fire on the Otedola Bridge INW Berger.
The number of vehicles affected is 20+, Traffic Situation is @ a stand still, all alternative routes advised ATM pic.twitter.com/4m1becbVm5
— LASTMA (@followlastma) June 28, 2018
"@rrslagos767: A tanker is on fire on OTEDOLA Bridge outward LAGOS. LASEMA and Lagos Fire Service mobilised. RRS men on ground to manage the situation. #GIDITRAFFIC @Gidi_Traffic pic.twitter.com/abm0hEeqUL
— GIDI (@Gidi_Traffic) June 28, 2018
According to reports, in an attempt to avoid hitting a commercial bus that parked on the road, the tanker fell, spilling its content, leading to an explosion and the loss of many lives.
Eye witness reports
— Absolute Hearts Media (@absolutehearts) June 28, 2018
As Nigerians we need to stop fighting each other. Some of us really need to drop this mentality of brain or sense superiority if we are ever going to move forward.
— Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) June 29, 2018
Oh Allah, You are the source of peace and from You come peace. Grant us peace in Nigeria. 🙏🏾#PrayForNigeria
— OSINACHI 👳🏿 (@BITO_WALE) June 29, 2018
The incident today makes you realize , its a blessing to go out in the morning and be able to come back alive, it's sad. #PrayforNigeria
— 🦉🧘♂️Tinuoye🤴 (@TinuoyeMD) June 28, 2018
"@FuelBiko: If you type "otedola accident" on twitter search, it lists out accidents reported almost every year for close to 10 years on that bridge. we can then deduce that this accident will HAPPEN AGAIN @Gidi_Traffic @FRSCNigeria.
FG PLS DO SOMETHING!!
— GIDI (@Gidi_Traffic) June 28, 2018
If rail is taking fuel from Apapa to diff locations in Nigeria, Otedola fire outbreak might not occur! If more refineries are working, pressure won't be much on Lagos. If truck's movt has been restricted, Ojuelegba incident might not occur.
Unfortunately, nothing works here! 😢
— Opeyemi Babalola (@CACCOT1) June 28, 2018
I have no words for what is happening at Otedola. The lives wasted, dreams cut short, people incinerated, hopes destroyed, families decimated.
I don't have the strenght or the tears again. My heart is even too heavy to pray.
Why so much sorrow and horror?
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) June 28, 2018
My mind goes to those hustling young people selling foods & drinks daily inside Lagos traffic.
Only God knows how many of them that would be unfortunately get caught in that Lagos-Ibadan expressway inferno.
God have mercy on our nation.#PrayForNigeria
— Olamide Obe (@olajideobe) June 28, 2018
What a week
Nigeria is now becoming a classic tragedy that goes consistently from bad to worse. In the last week alone, Jos killings, Ebonyi killings, #Otedola deaths this evening and yesterday my close friend, Okon Iyanam, was assassinated in Mowe. May God heal our land. #PrayForNigeria
— Dr Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) June 28, 2018
What a week, what a month!
Can't even catch a break as a Nigerian, bad news everywhere.
God have mercy 💔
— Tee (@_Titilola_) June 28, 2018
May the souls of the departed rest in peace.