Newspaper Review: Suicide Bombers Hit Park, Mosque, Scores Killed

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Nigerian national dailies of today, December 29, centered on the and Adamawa states.

The Nation reports that a source in the hospital on Monday, December 28, hinted that over 52 people died and 124 injured in multiple explosions that rocked ibeleaguered Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. It was gathered that the morgues at the Umaru Shehu Specialist Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) were flooded with bodies.

The death toll was made known by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the State Specialist Hospital, Dr. Laraba Bello, and the CMD of the Umaru Shehu Specialist Hospital, Dr. Salisu Kwaya Bura, while briefing Governor Kashim Shettima during a solidarity visit to the hospital.

According to Dr. Bello, 32 bodies were deposited at the hospitals morgue while 85 others that sustained injuries during the attack were admitted. He said nine other patients were referred to UMTH for further medical attention for burns and multiple fractures.

The Nation

The Nation newspaper

In neighbouring Adamawa state, The Punch also reported that on Sunday, December 27, there were twin explosions at a market and a motor park in another busy market. It was reported that the attack was carried out by two female teenage suicide bombers. No fewer than 30 persons were killed in the attack which occurred at Madagali, Madagali local government area of the state.

A member of the youth vigilance group who spoke with this medium said troops were engaged in a gun battle with Boko Haram members. The source described the initial gun fight as diversionary, saying the actual plan was to smuggle the female suicide bombers into the town to wreak havoc.

The Punch

The Punch newspaper

The Sun reports that few days after the tragedy that struck at a gas plant in Nnewi, a police officer on Sunday, December 27, caused another painful scene. According to an eyewitness, who gave his name as Ifeanyi, the policeman shot dead three people at a traditional marriage ceremony at Uruagu-Nnewi in Anambra state.

He said gun shots were heard from outside the compound while the bride and her Imo State-born husband were dancing. He said the alleged drunk policeman had already killed three persons said to be prominent Nollywood actors, who also came to grace the occasion before he was disarmed by fellow security agents at the scene.

The state’s police spokesman, Mr. Okechukwu Ali (DSP) confirmed the incident.

Daily Sun

Daily Sun newspaper

According to Vanguard, the World Bank and the Federal Government are having contrary economic projection on the country’s Gross Domestic Product growth rate. The World Bank pegged its projection at 3.7% but the federal government economic agenda contained in the 2016 budget breakdown insisted on GDP growth rate of 4.37% thereby making it ambitious. Recall that earlier this year; the IMF also cuts its growth forecasts for global economy following the slowdown in China.

Vanguard

Vanguard newspaper

Also banks and currency hawkers have been accused of colluding to weaken the naira, The Guardian reports.

According to Guardian investigation, as efforts by the Federal Government to strengthen the naira continue, there are indications that the Bureaux De Change (BDCs) may not have been the only source of leakages creating the weakness of the currency against its foreign counterparts.

It was revealed that there are one million street hawkers of foreign currencies, who constitute what is popularly known as ‘black market’ and are enriching themselves with the illegal business which they operate with the foreign currencies, the sources of which are unverifiable.

Investigation further fingered the deposit money banks in the shady deals that have weaken the naira, but now taking the form of alleged connivance with the street hawkers of currencies.

The Guardian

The Guardian newspaper

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