1. The students and teachers of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State who were abducted by bandits last week, have been released. They were dropped off at different locations on Sunday night. The State government confirmed the development to newsmen in a statement.
2. All passengers abducted by suspected bandits while travelling with the Niger State Transport Agency, NSTA, have been released. The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello made the announcement yesterday.
3. A Nigerian Air Force passenger plane crashed just outside Abuja Airport due to engine failure on Sunday, killing all 7 people on board. Air force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola who confirmed this in a statement on Sunday, said the Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en route Minna.
4. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, yesterday ordered troops of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ to recapture Marte Local Government of Borno State from Boko Haram insurgents in 48 hours. The army Chief gave the order while addressing troops of the Nigerian Army Super camp 9, Dikwa in Borno State.
5. The immediate past Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha has been arrested after he dared Governor Hope Uzodimma to reopen the Royal Palm Estate sealed by the State Government. Prior to his arrest, he was accompanied by his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu to break the keys in a bid to recover the estate belonging to his wife, Nkechi.
6. Again, some bandits on Sunday razed a church building and two other houses in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. A statement issued by the State Commissioner for Internal security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident.
7. A Butcher at the popular Sapele main market in Delta State, simply identified as Efe, was on Sunday shot dead in the community by unknown gunmen. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Delta State Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident on Sunday.
8. Boko Haram, on Sunday killed many members of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) during a gun duel between the two groups. A statement by Al Thabat confirmed the killings.
9. The All Progressives Congress, APC, has extended the ongoing registration and revalidation of members till the end of March. APC Director of Organisation, Prof. Al-Mustapha Ussiju Medaner, made this known in a statement on Sunday.
10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 521 fresh cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The development brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 152,074.
Rotimi Amaechi uncovers biggest obstacle to Nigeria’s development
Amaechi, in an opinion on Friday, revealed that rail projects around Nigeria were built for the improvement of the country’s economy rather than racial biases.
The former Rivers State Governor recognized what he called politicising of railway development as one of the main challenges thwarting the government’s effort to boost the economy.
The minister, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the Annual Public Lecture of the Department of Economics at the University of Lagos, commented that transportation as a criterion involved logistics.
Ameachi said, ”It’s a key element in driving the development of economies all over the world and it creates possibilities for other sectors; therefore, you cannot even create employment if you don’t create logistics.
“Nigerians are too ethnically conscious. You think first of your ethnicity before you think as a Nigerian.
”Ethnicity is putting pressure on the economics of railway construction. What you hear is, ‘I am a Yoruba man, I am a Hausa man, I am an Igbo man.”
“Railway is fuelled by economic activities, it is not fuelled by tribes.
Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.
The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.
The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.
The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .
According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.
“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.
Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits
Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.
The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.
The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.
“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.
“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.
“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.
“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.
“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.
Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”
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