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Pope Condemns ‘Terroristic Massacre’ Of Nigerian Farmers

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Pope Francis has condemned the killing of rice farmers and villagers in Borno northeast Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants as a “terroristic massacre” that offended the name of God.

Hundreds were slaughtered and killed, official figures show 43 whom were beheaded in the attack, in the village of Zabarmari, and the U.N. estimated that at least 110 persons were killed across the Jere local government area of Borno State. Another Islamist militant group, Boko haram, claimed responsibility for an attack on 28 November that killed dozens of farmers in Borno.

Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of Saturday’s attack during his weekly general audience, held virtually from his library in the vatican because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The pope said “I want to assure my prayers for Nigeria, which unfortunately once again has been bloodied by a terroristic massacre.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed it has kidnapped a red cross employee in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State on Tuesday.

In a brief statement on Wednesday, the group said the aid worker was taken at a fake checkpoint on the road linking the towns of Kareto and Gubio in Borno.it gave no details about the purported abductee’s identity nor made a demand or threat. The two jihadist groups are active in north-east Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

Is had declared war on aid agencies in Africa in August and its leadership reiterated the message in October, accusing humanitarian workers of implementing anti-Islam agendas.

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Alleged N2bn Fraud: Maina Appeals For Bail Over Health Condition

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Former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has again approached Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja for another bail.

Maina said the application is important because of his bad health.

Maina had earlier pleaded not guilty to the 12-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

Maina told the court that he had reasonable and responsible persons who were willing to act as sureties if granted bail.

He said his health had worsened as a result of his re-arrest and detention.

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INEC Fixes Anambra Election For November 6

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Anambra governorship election has been fixed for November the 6th, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the guidelines, timetable and schedule of activities yesterday.

In a statement by INEC’s national commissioner in charge of voter education and publicity, Festus Okoye, the electoral body said the guidelines and schedule of activities are in line with the constitutional provisions.

Okoye says the election into the office of a state governor should hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office.

The commission has also advised that the primaries be rancour-free, and should guarantee level playing field for all aspirants.  It also calls for due diligence on all forms and documents that will be submitted to the commission.

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FEC Approves New Bill To Increase Teachers Retirement Age

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The Federal Executive Council has approved the harmonised retirement age for teachers bill, 2021 which adjusts the teachers retirement age from 60 to 65.

The bill, which is on its way to the national assembly, also seeks to change the years of service for teachers from 35 to 40.

Other highlights of the bill include the introduction of bursary awards, special rural posting allowances, and other measures to attract the best brains to the profession.

Adamu says the bill seeks to enhance the teaching profession in the country.

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