The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, April 26, are focused on the recent killings in Benue state and the House of Representatives' decision to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the killings.
The Nation reports that there was outrage across the country yesterday following the spate of killings, especially in Benue state where for the second day running, gunmen attacked villages, killing 13 people.
On Tuesday, 19 people, including two priests, were killed in two attacks in Ukor Mbalon Gwer Local Government Area.
The first attack was at dawn during a Catholic mass; the second during a burial.
Vanguard reports that less than 24 hours after two Catholic priests and 17 worshippers were killed by suspected herdsmen, the marauders late Tuesday night and early yesterday, launched fresh coordinated attacks on three communities in Guma local government area of the state, killing no fewer than 39 persons.
Several persons also sustained injuries, with over 160 houses, huts and farmlands in the communities razed.
Punch reports that the House of Representatives has invited President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it to explain the actions he had taken to halt killings in the country.
The House members, who debated the incessant killings by herdsmen in Benue state and other parts of the country, said the unending attacks had confirmed that Buhari’s administration had “failed.”
The House asked the president to deploy full military presence in Benue state “within 24 hours to smoke out killer herdsmen for prosecution.” It also resolved that the killer herdsmen should be declared as “terrorists.”
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This Day reports that the House of Representatives has also resolved to suspend plenary for three legislative days as a mark of solidarity with Nigerians over the continued bloodshed in the country.
The lawmakers also passed a vote of no confidence on all the service chiefs and security advisers of the president, calling for their replacement to engender fresh ideas targeted at tackling the lingering state of insecurity.
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