Nigeria's Punch's leads with the decision by Nigeria's Army to free 128 suspected Boko Haram members arrested in different locations of Borno State on Wedneday.
The paper reports that the chief of Army staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, said the detainees had been carefully screened by a joint intelligence cell which included the Nigerian Army, the police, the special intelligence service and a representative of the Borno State government.
Meanwhile Nigeria’s Vanguard leads with a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari in which he seems to have lost hope of rescuing the Chibok girls. He is quoted as saying that the 219 girls abudcted from their school may have been dispersed and some of them, especially Christians, married off against their faith.
When he was asked whether he had received any information about the whereabouts of the kidnapped Chibok girls, he said: “They (Boko Haram insurgents) have scattered them, and (they) are being guarded at dispersed locations. Most of the girls are Christians and were forced to embrace Islam. The sect’s cruel leaders have married some of the girls, obviously against their wish. Others have been left to practice their religion but their condition could hardly be ascertained."
In South Africa, the financial daily Business Day has as one of its top stories the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema who was, according to the paper, forcibly ejected from Parliament by 16 parliamentary "bouncers" after he refused to apologise for calling Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa a murderer.
The speaker of the National Assembly, Grace Boroto, had ordered Malema to retract the statements accusing Ramaphosa of responsibility for the Marikana massacre in which 34 striking miners were shot dead by police.
After Malema's forced expulsion, he is reported to have expressed regret that the ruling African National Congress no longer respected Parliament as a place for freedom of speech.
The Star also comments about Malema's expulsion. According to the paper, he has become the first casualty of new stricter parliamentary rules.
The Johannesburg-based publication adds that he is now automatically suspended from Parliament for five days, meaning he can neither participate in legislative business nor even is he authorised to enter the premises during this time.
In Kenya, the scandal of the 'rape doctor' continues to dominate the news amid growing outrage about a video of a man raping an unconscious woman in a clinic.
Kenya’s Daily Nation says the man the police are looking for is the owner of the clinic. Social media outlets are asking the police to speed up the arrest with some saying the police were being too lenient with the suspect.
The man identified as Mugo wa Wairimu has reportedly been urging Kenyans on his own social media accounts not to believe what they saw.