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Newspaper Headlines: Death toll in Zamfara rises to 60, and Chad crisis may worsen Nigeria’s insecurity

Newspaper Headlines: Death toll in Zamfara rises to 60, and Chad crisis may worsen Nigeria’s insecurity
April 23
08:07 2021

The stance of the presidency on the alleged links of Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, with terrorist groups dominated the headlines of Nigerian newspapers. Pictures from the funeral of Yinka Odumakin, the late Afenifere spokesman, appeared on the cover pages.

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Daily Trust reports that 60 persons were buried in Zamfara on Thursday after attacks by gunmen. The newspaper says the federal government has fixed a six-week timeline for passport processing.

 

Daily Independent reports the concerns of the federal government over the Chad crisis, which it said may worsen insecurity in the country. The newspaper says gunmen kidnapped 18 passengers in Oyo and that suspected herdsmen killed six people in Benue.

 

The Nation says northern governors have taken concerns on kidnapping and killings in the region to President Muhammadu Buhari. The newspaper reports that the National Economic Council (NEC) dismissed the claim by Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, that N60 billion was printed for allocation for March.

 

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The Punch’s headline focuses on the plea of state governors to the Central Bank of Nigeria that the $2.1 billion loan support repayment should not be deducted from their monthly allocations. The newspaper’s cover picture shows the funeral of Yinka Odumakin.

 

Bashir Magashi, minister of defence, lamented the state of security, saying the country is bleeding, the Nigerian Tribune reports. The newspaper says the Buhari-led administration is standing behind Pantami amid the intense calls for his resignation over alleged links with terrorist groups.

 

The Guardian’s headline focuses on the impact of the anchor borrowers programme on south-east farmers. The newspaper says there is tension in Chad as the military government prepares to bury Idriss Déby, the late president, despite threats from rebels to attack the nation’s capital.

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