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Boko Haram terrorists kill 43 farm workers in Borno



  • Killing, senseless – Buhari

Suspected members of the terror group, Boko Haram, on Saturday invaded Kwashebe Zamarmari in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, killing 43 people working in a farm.

The victims were reportedly harvesting rice when the terrorists pounced on them.

The assailants reportedly tied up the farmer workers and slit their throats in the village of Koshobe.

Leader of anti-jihadist militias told Babakura Kolo AFP on Saturday that the group had recovered 43 bodies, all of them slaughtered, with six others injured.

“It is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram who operate in the area and frequently attack farmers,” he said.

Also, Reuters, citing a village leader, a local fighter with the Zamarmari group and a police source, also reported the attack, putting the death toll to at least 40 people.

A search by the authorities for the attackers had been launched, it added.

The victims were labourers from Sokoto State, about 1,000 kilometres away, who had travelled to the North-East to find work, said another militiaman Ibrahim Liman.

“There were 60 farmers who were contracted to harvest paddy in the rice fields. Forty-three were slaughtered, with six injured,” Liman told AFP.

Eight others were missing, presumed to have been kidnapped by the jihadists, he said.

The bodies were taken to Zabarmari village, two kilometres away, where they would be kept ahead of burial on Sunday, said resident Mala Bunu who took part in the search and rescue operation.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has described Saturday’s killing of 43 farmers in Borno as insane.

Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, late Saturday night expressed grief over the killing of farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State.

He condemned the killing, saying the entire country is hurt by these senseless killings.

Buhari said his government had given the necessary support to the military to protect the country’s population and territory.

”I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings.

“My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls Rest In Peace,” he said.


Senate forms panel to investigate CBN’s N30 trillion loan to FG



Senate forms panel to investigate CBN’s N30 trillion loan to FG

The Senate has established a nine-member committee to probe the N30 trillion Ways and Means advances provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the federal government.

During Tuesday’s session presided over by Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin, Senator Jibrin Isah (representing Kogi East) was appointed the committee’s chairman.

The Senate’s decision to investigate the utilization of the loan follows its adoption of the report from the Joint Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Finance, National Planning, Agriculture, and Appropriations last week.

Ways and Means is a loan facility extended by the CBN to the federal government to address budget shortfalls.


The loan facility has stirred controversy, with experts raising concerns over the CBN surpassing its lending limits to the federal government, contrary to existing laws.

Barau, in his statement before announcing the committee’s composition, highlighted that excessive borrowing has contributed to inflation in the country.

He remarked, “The financial obligation to the CBN now stands at N30 trillion. It is therefore imperative to scrutinize the N30 trillion Ways and Means loans to recover whatever is feasible.”

The ad hoc committee includes Ekpeyong Asuquo, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Victor Umeh, Olamilekan Adeola, Sani Mohammed Musa, Aliyu Wadada, Abdul Ningi, and Ipalibo Banigo Harry. They have been granted four weeks to submit their report for further legislative action.

Senate forms panel to investigate CBN’s N30 trillion loan to FG

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NLC suspends nationwide protests, gives govt fresh March 13 ultimatum



NLC suspends nationwide protests, gives govt fresh March 13 ultimatum


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its two-day nationwide protests.

It also announced a March 13 ultimatum to the government to meet all its demands.

The NLC disclosed these in a communiqué issued Tuesday night but declared that its nationwide action would continue on Wednesday with press conferences.

The union had declared a two-day nationwide mass protest for February 27 and 28, over the economic hardship facing millions of Nigerians since the removal of the petrol subsidy in May 2023.

The NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on February 8, gave a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government over the rising cost of living in the country.

A late night meeting on Monday between the Federal Government and the NLC was failed to stop the nationwide protests.

On Tuesday morning, the protesters began their marches from the Labour House in Abuja and the Ikeja under-bridge in Lagos, while chanting solidarity songs and slogans.

Joe Ajaero, NLC president, and Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2023 election, led the Abuja rally.

But in a communique at the end of its national executive council meeting on Tuesday, the NLC said the objectives of the protest were achieved on the first day of the demonstration.

It stated, “Consequently, NEC-in-session resolved as follows: to suspend street action for the second day of the Protest having achieved overwhelming success thus attained the key objectives of the 2-day protest on the first day.

“However, nationwide action continues tomorrow with simultaneous Press Conferences across all the states of the federation by the state councils of the Congress including the National Headquarters.”

The NLC NEC also resolved in its meeting, to “reaffirm and extend the 7-days ultimatum by another 7 days which now expires on the 13th day of March, 2024 within which the government is expected to implement all the earlier agreements of the 2nd day of October, 2023 and other demands presented in our letter during today’s nationwide protest.

“To meet and decide on further lines of action if on the expiration of the 14 days government refuses to comply with the demands as contained in the ultimatum.”

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Tinubu launches initiative to balance expatriate quota in Nigeria 



Tinubu launches initiative to balance expatriate quota in Nigeria 


President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday launched the Expatriate Employment Levy (EEL), an initiative aimed at facilitating homegrown skill retention and technology domestication.

It is also to balance employment opportunities between Nigerians and expatriates in foreign firms in Nigeria.

Speaking at the launch of the EEL handbook, the President said the aim is to close wage gaps between expatriates and the Nigerian labour force, while increasing employment opportunities for qualified Nigerians in foreign companies operating in the country.

Tinubu, however, warned that the scheme should not be used to discourage foreign investors.

The President said, “We expect improved revenue generation; improved naturalization and indigenization; we anticipate the employment of more qualified Nigerians by foreign companies operating in this country.

“We seek a greater balancing of employment opportunities between Nigerians and expatriates and the closure of the wage gap between expatriates and the Nigerian labour force by making it more attractive to hire Nigerians.

“I declare my support for the Expatriate Employment Levy scheme, and I will continue to encourage the operators, practitioners of immigration matters and expatriate quotas, but I emphasize: do not use it as a bottleneck; do not use it as an obstacle to frustrate potential investors.

“There will be clear lines of implementation and effective acceleration of aims and objectives of this programme.

“Officials in charge of immigration matters, expatriate quotas, and relevant stakeholders have to be effectively guided to make Nigeria the focus of the objective of this EEL.”

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