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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning
By on December 2nd, 2020. News
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. Boko Haram insurgents have claimed responsibility for the massacre of rice farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the killings in his latest three minute, 37seconds video released online.

2. Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has declared support for Governor Babagana Zulum’s request for President Muhammadu Buhari to engage mercenaries to fight Boko Haram.

Ishaku said they should be involved to assist the Nigerian military in its ongoing fight against terrorists.

3. The House of Representatives at Tuesday’s plenary passed a resolution to invite President Muhammadu Buhari, to brief the house on the true state of security in Nigeria.

The House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the State by Boko Haram insurgents.

4. Nigeria Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

His confirmation followed a satisfactory report presented by the Chairman Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, who said he was screened and found worthy to continue for another term as the head of the electoral umpire.

5. The Nigeria police have begun the processes for the extradition of the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrashid Maina, who was arrested in Niger Republic on Monday.

The Nigeria Police Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement on Tuesday, said Maina would soon be brought back to the country to continue with his ongoing trial.

6. The Senate on Thursday advised that President Muhammadu Buhari should begin the replacement of service chiefs following the killing of 43 farmers.

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan told Buhari to immediately restructure the country’s security architecture in order to fight against insurgents and secure the lives of citizens.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as the new Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Until her new appointment, she was a member of the Nasarawa State Economic Advisory Council, as well as Special Adviser on Strategic Communication to the Minister of State for Education.

8. Five children have been declared missing from the Stella Obasanjo Motherless Children’s Home in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

They were said to have disappeared at night and their whereabouts have since remained unknown to the Ogun State Government.

9. The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has said the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed some residents of Boko Haram leaders in Sambisa forest and Yale areas of Borno State.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the air raids were carried out after credible intelligence and a series of aerial surveillance missions.

10. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has absolved its members from the attack at the church of River State Governor, Nyesom Wike’s father’s church.

IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful accused Wike of peddling propaganda against the group, maintaining that IPOB does not indulge in explosives.

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