The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, April, 12 2018, are focused on the fresh killings in Benue state, the linking of arms carrying herdsmen to Gadaffi by President Buhari amongst other stories.
Punch reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the killings in some parts of Nigeria would soon come to an end as his administration was finding solutions to them.
The President’s assurance followed a fresh attack by Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday night, during which 10 persons were killed, while many others were injured in the Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state.
The president said this while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in London.
The Guardian on its part reports that President Muhammadu Buhari clarified his declaration of intention to run for another term in office on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby, in London, the United Kingdom yesterday, Buhari said he declared because Nigerians were talking too much and he needed to break the ice.
“I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy and anti-corruption crusade.
“We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”
The Nation reports that a Yaba chief magistrates’ court in Lagos has remanded a Danish citizen, Peter Nielsen, suspected of killing his wife, Zainab Nielsen, and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Petra.
Chief magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye remanded Nielsen, 53, in Ikoyi Prison, following an application by the police. Nielsen was docked on a two-count charge of unlawful killing. The charge, marked B/87/2018, was read to the defendant in English.
It reads: “That you Peter Nielsen, male, on April 5 at Block 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, did unlawfully kill your wife, one Zainab Nielsen, 37. That you Peter Nielsen on April 5 did unlawfully kill your daughter, Petra Nielsen, aged three- and-a-half years”
Vanguard reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed late Libya president, Gaddaffi for the escalating farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria.
President Buhari made this claim while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London.
Responding to his guest’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, the President submitted:
“The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region. These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms.
“We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram. Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.”
This Day on its part reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government of an orchestrated plot to intimidate and persecute opposition leaders and those that harbour presidential ambitions.
The main opposition party said apart from designating a special presidential committee to witch-haunt its members, the APC-led federal government has allegedly perfected a plan to frame the governors of Ekiti and Rivers States, Ayodele Fayose and Nyesom Wike, respectively, as well as the deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu.
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