Soldiers kill many bandits in Kaduna ambush, save 4 hostages

Troops recovered one AK-47 rifle and some rounds of ammunition from the bandits. An unspecified number of bandits were killed after they abducted four hostages in Ungwan Danko village, Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State. The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a security report on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 the bandits kidnapped one woman and three children from the village. Their escape was foiled when troops mobilised to the village laid an ambush and engaged them in a gunfight. “In the ensuing…

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Niger deputy governor’s residence attacked after govt demolishes illegal structures

The Niger Government, on Tuesday, started the demolition of illegal structures on Minna roads. The Acting General Manager, Niger State Urban Development Board (NSUDB), Mr Muhammed Bawa, told newsmen in Minna that the exercise, which started from the state capital, would extend to other urban cities in the state. He said that the demolition of the illegal structures on the roads was to make for the Right of Way which was part of the statutory functions of his board. “The development control is a routine activity which we started last…

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NCDC records 1,368 new COVID-19 infections, 16 deaths

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,368 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 148,296. The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new infections registered today doubled the 574 cases reported as at Feb. 15. The Agency also registered an additional 16 COVID-19 deaths, raising the total fatality in the country to 1,777 in the last 24 hours. It stated that the 1,368 new infections were reported…

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Bankers sign MOU on takeover of National Theatre

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, has led the Bankers Committee to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on takeover of the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, for the purpose of reconstructing the facility. Information obtained from CBN’s website on Sunday indicated that the MOU was signed between the committee and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Emefiele said that revamping the theatre would boost creative talents of the Nigerian youth. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support for the MOU and for…

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Gov Bagudu reshuffles cabinet with redeployment of 6 commissioners

Gov Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, in a minor cabinet reshuffle, has approved the redeployment of six commissioners, alongside the posting of three newly appointed ones, Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri, Secretary to Kebbi government, announced. Umar-Yauri, who disclosed this to newsmen, in Birnin Kebbi, on Thursday, said: “Rakiya Ayuba, has been redeployed to Ministry of Information and Culture, from Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism; and Attahiru Maccido, redeployed to Special Duties, from Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “MamudaWarra had been redeployed to Ministry of Lands and Urban Development, from the Ministry…

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Atiku receives COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai

Atiku hopes Nigerians will soon have access to the vaccines to contain the spread of COVID-19. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 2019 presidential candidate received the first of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, according to a report by TheCable. “The importance of the #COVID19 vaccine in mitigating the effect of the coronavirus cannot be overstated, particularly in Africa and Nigeria,” his spokesperson Paul Ibe said. He said Atiku, 74,…

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Accident claims 6, injures 9 on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Six persons were confirmed dead while nine others had various degrees of injuries on Tuesday in a ghastly accident involving an articulated vehicle and a Toyota bus around Car Park C on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun command, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta. Umar explained that the accident which occurred around 11:53am, was caused by the driver of the truck marked FZE 376 DI who drove recklessly, loss control and hit…

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4 die in rival cults shootout in Ijaw community, Bayelsa

The Police Command in Bayelsa on Monday said four members of rival cult groups died in a shootout at a wake in the early hours of Monday. Mr Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police and spokesman of the Command, confirmed the development to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa. Butswat, however, added that normalcy had since been restored following the swift intervention from the nearby Oporoma Division. “Two rival cult gangs clashed at Lobia Community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area on Dec. 28, at about 0230 hours. “The unfortunate…

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NCDC reports 212 new COVID-19 infections, discharges 53 patients

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 212 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country on Thursday. The NCDC made this known via its verified website. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria has so far tested 697,544 persons since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced on Feb. 27, 2020. The public health agency noted that the 212 new cases brings the total number of infected people in the country to 64,728. It added that no additional death was…

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FG worried over new cases of Lassa fever

The Federal Government has expressed concern over the number of new confirmed cases of Lassa fever in some states. The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, expressed the concern in Abuja at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. He said that there had been reported cases of Lassa fever in some states, especially as the dry season is setting in. The minister said that there were 180 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. According to him,…

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FG disburses MSME survival fund to artisans

Some artisans in Bariga Area of Lagos State on Thursday benefitted from the disbursement of the Federal Government’s N75 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) survival funds. Mr Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, spoke at the activation of the Artisan Scheme of the MSME Survival Fund by Bank of Industry (BoI) in Lagos. According to him, the fund is to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses in Nigeria. He said that plans to kick off the payroll support scheme were underway.…

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Nigeria’s most wanted robbery kingpin, Shina Rambo resurfaces, says he is born again

One time Nigeria’s most wanted criminal, Shina Rambo, has resurfaced in the Ekiti capital professing that he is now a changed man working for God as a preacher of the gospel of Christ. He spoke on Sunday night on a weekend Yoruba programme monitored on Fresh FM Radio, Ado Ekiti, and anchored personally by prominent ace gospel musician and owner of the radio station, Yinka Ayefele. Rambo, who gave his real name as Oluwasina Oluwagbemiga, confessed to be the same person whose gang terrorized some parts of the country for years…

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