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The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:

NEWS

  • Nigeria ranked 3rd Worst nation in new global Good Governance Index

Nigeria has been ranked in the 102nd position out of 104 countries captured in the inaugural Chandler Good Government Index (CGGI) which classifies countries in terms of government capabilities and outcomes. The data is aggregated to produce a score on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 1 (highest), and Nigeria scored 0.319 points.

The CGGI list measured countries using data from over 50 publicly available sources such as the World Trade Organisation, United Nations, and World Bank.
The index focuses on seven pillars: leadership and foresight; robust laws and policies; strong institutions; financial stewardship; attractive marketplace; global influence and reputation; and helping people rise.

The report noted that countries that have done well under this pillar are all market economies with sound property rights and stable business regulations.
It added that the ability to effectively tackle corruption is the indicator with the strongest correlation with overall good government rankings.

  • Insecurity: Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency

Members of the House of Representatives have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency on security. Considering the present situation, they believe this will ensure the fast track of all measures towards restoring peace in the country. The call formed part of the resolutions reached at the closed-door session to discuss pressing national issues, on Tuesday at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, noted that the House Security Committees were mandated to immediately commence a comprehensive audit of all military and paramilitary assets and arms and revert back within four weeks. The lawmakers condemned the attacks on security personnel and formations and parts of the country and sympathized with their families, as well as the families and communities that have been victims of banditry, terrorism, and criminal acts

  • President Buhari seeks help from U.S. over rising insecurity

After being assailed by unrelenting insecurity across the regions of the country and yielding to calls for international collaboration, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sought the help of the United States government to contain the situation in the country.

During a virtual meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Anthony Blinken, Buhari stressed the need for the U.S. to consider relocating its Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa, nearer the Theatre of Operation, while urging the international community to support Nigeria and the sub-region in tackling growing security challenges to avoid spillovers.

  • FG Approves Strategy To Combat Poverty, Osinbajo To Chair Implementation Committee

The Federal Government has approved a strategy to address the worsening rate of poverty in the country. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, informed State House correspondents that the issue of poverty was debated on Wednesday at the Federal Executive Council meeting. He said the Muhammadu Buhari administration acknowledged that there was poverty in the country and has put measures in place to fight the scourge.

Part of the measures to address the situation was the approval of a National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy presented at the meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who heads the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), would chair the steering committee to provide overall guidance for the implementation of the strategy.

  • Soyinka To FG: Seek Help Over Insecurity, Stop Blame Trade

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has called on the Federal Government to seek help where necessary to regain peace in the country and chart a way forward without using Nigerians as victims. He made the call in a statement while reacting to the killings across the country by bandits, terrorists, and other gunmen in the country.

He decried that these gunmen have sacrificed and traumatized the country’s youths beyond their capacity to cope. According to him, the country is at war and it is time to stop pretending while the government should put in more efforts to stop the killing of youths who are the future. He also condemned the practice of blame trade, saying it should be left for later.

  • SERAP demands probe of ‘missing’ $30 million safe school funds

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate allegations that $30million safe school fund is missing, mismanaged or diverted, and to bring to justice anyone suspected to be involved, as well as recover any missing money.

The body urged Mr. President to direct Malami and the anti-corruption agencies to investigate the reason the Safe Schools Initiative (SSI), established to bolster security at schools in response to the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, has failed to stop frequent abduction of students, and to ensure safety and security of Nigerian children in schools across the country.

SERAP, in a letter, also urged Buhari to ask the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, to wait for the outcome of any investigation into the spending of the $30million initially budgeted for the SSI, before leading the international community and donors to push for more funds for the program. The call for probe followed the killing of three abducted Greenfield University students, and the plan launched by the Federal Government last week to raise additional funds for ensuring the safety of schools.

  • Nigeria will regret if Pantami is sacked – Sheikh Gumi

Controversial Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has warned against the removal or sack of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami. In the past week, there have been calls for the resignation of the Minister over his past support for terror groups, which he has since renounced.

Many Nigerians have demanded his sack or resignation, insisting his renunciation was not enough. But Gumi during an interview with Roots TV monitored said the allegations against the embattled Minister were not true and should be discarded.

  • Current challenges preparing Nigeria for the future – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the current challenges facing Nigeria, including security, are only preparing the country for the future. He admitted that the nation is facing security challenges and there is a need to reorganize its security architecture. He added, “There is no question at all that we are facing security challenges, but we are able to overcome them. The role of the leadership is to sit down to think through the problems.

According to a statement titled ‘We are re-organizing Nigeria’s security architecture – Osinbajo said: “I believe strongly that the reason why we are experiencing what we are going through today is that we are being prepared for the future. A future where we will take into account all of the problems because if we haven’t gone through the problems we are going through now, it will be difficult for us to appreciate the importance of fairness and justice, the importance of giving people a voice and a representation.”

  • Army phases out Operation Lafiya Dole launches Operation Hadin Kai

The Nigerian Army has renamed the flagship counterinsurgency operation, Operation Lafiya Dole Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK). The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, approved the name change.

According to a statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General, Mohammed Yerima, the change was as a result of the fact that the Nigerian Army has recorded progress over the years and needs to realign.


ECONOMY

  • FG Declares May 3 Public Holiday To Mark Workers Day

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 3, 2021, as a public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers Day Celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.

He congratulated commended Nigerian Workers for their patience, understanding, and support in driving the policies and programs of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. He called for more dedication and patriotism from all Nigerian Workers and the Labour Unions, saying the challenges of the moment will soon be over as the government is committed to the security of lives and properties of all Nigerians.

  • Electricity tariffs may rise in July, NERC plans review

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Monday announced that another tariff review for Nigeria’s 11 power distribution companies would hold in July.
It disclosed this in its notice of Minor and Extraordinary Review of Tariffs for Electricity Transmission and Distribution Companies, a development that might lead to a rise in the tariffs payable by electricity users.

The commission explained that the extraordinary tariff review was a result of changes in inflation, foreign exchange, gas prices, available generation capacity, and capital expenditure. It said the Multi-Year Tariff Order provided for minor reviews every six months and major reviews every five years.

  • Governors seek an end to petrol subsidy

Governors will back the withdrawal of petrol subsidy to end fleecing of the country, newsmen learned on Thursday. They also opened discussions with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the oil giant’s “zero remittance for May” letter. A governor, who spoke in confidence, told newsmen that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) was on the same page with the NNPC because they feel “fuel subsidy is a scam”.

The source added: “It is a case of heavens falling. All will be affected and hopefully, we will stop living a lie. We cannot continue with this scam called the subsidy regime. Certainly, states may back the withdrawal of fuel subsidy to have more funds for far-reaching and impactful projects for Nigerians.”

BUSINESS

  • First Bank directors were fired to protect customers, minority shareholders – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday fired all the directors of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc and appointed new persons to fill the positions. CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, announced the removal of the First Bank directors at a press briefing in Abuja.

He said the decision was taken by the management of CBN, the apex regulator of Nigeria’s financial sector, following the query which the CBN had earlier issued the Board of First Bank for removing Adesola Adeduntan as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, without regulatory approval. After removing the directors, the CBN governor announced the appointment of new persons as directors in FBN Ltd and FBN Holdings Plc.


POLITICS

  • PDP backs Reps asks Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday, backed the call by the House of Representatives that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), declare a state of emergency on security, with the growing spate of attacks and kidnappings across the country. The party’s position was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party on Thursday in Abuja.

The communiqué signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, partly read, “NEC lamented the heightened insecurity pervading all parts of the nation due primarily to the misrule of President Muhammed Buhari and All Progressives Congress as well as their failure to decisively tackle the menace of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, bloodletting and acts of violence in our country.

“NEC urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a national state of emergency on security. “NEC also urged President Buhari to, without delay, convoke a national conference on Security so as to galvanize ideas and options to tackle insecurity in our country.

  • INEC Announces Date For 2023 General Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the date for the 2023 general elections in the country. INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu made the announcement on Wednesday during a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021, organized by the Senate Committee on INEC.

According to Mahmood, the 2023 general elections is scheduled to hold on 6th November 2021, exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days from today. He said the 2023 General Election will hold on Saturday 18th February 2023.

  • Nigeria cannot afford another civil war – Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria cannot afford another civil war because it will not augur well for the country. Osinbajo said this at an interactive forum of All Progressives Congress Anambra governorship aspirants organized by the state chapter of APC Patriots in Abuja.

Osinbajo said the political elite must rise up to the challenge by speaking the truth and taking action to address the situation in the country. He, therefore, urged the political elite in the country to always speak up and stand for the interest of the country and the general public.

  • 52 Northern groups ask UN, others to back Biafra agitation

A coalition of 52 northern groups on Monday called on the global community to intervene in persuading the Nigerian government and United Nations to facilitate the final actualization of the Biafran dream by the Igbo. The spokesperson of CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman described as empty and of no effect “threats and promises” made by President Muhammad Buhari.

According to him, Northern Nigeria has never experienced the present level of exposure to criminals and bandits as it is experiencing under the régime of Buhari. He said: we wish to renew our request for the global community’s intervention in persuading Nigerian authorities and the United Nations to facilitate the final actualization of the Biafran dream by the Igbo.

  • INEC Proposes Creation Of Additional 2,424 Polling Units In Rivers

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has proposed the creation of additional 2,424 polling units in Rivers State. INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Obo Effanga stated this during an interactive session with journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

He said that at least 2,424 voting points in Rivers State are likely to be converted to full-fledged polling units, noting that the state currently has 4,442 polling units across the 23 local government areas. If the proposal is ratified by the commission, the number of polling units in Rivers State will increase to 6,866.

  • AAC revalidates Sowore as chair at NEC meeting

The African Action Congress (AAC) has revalidated the position of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow, as its national chairman. The party at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja insisted at no point did it suspend or expel its national chair.

A faction of the AAC led by Dr. Leonard Nzenwa expelled Sowore from the party for using it as a platform to mobilize for his revolution against the Federal Government and other anti-party activities. The party, in a communiqué, demanded the “recognition of Omoyele Sowore as the National Chairman of the African Action Congress and other National Officers who were elected along with Sowore at the Lagos Convention by INEC.

  • 2023 Elections not realistic if security issues are not addressed – Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, says the much-expected 2023 general elections are not realistic if the worsening security situation persists in Nigeria. He stated this on Thursday at the Emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee at the Wadata Plaza in Abuja.

Secondus, therefore, urged the All Progressives Congress government of President Muhammadu Buhari, to constitute a National Security Conference immediately to address the insecurity in the country.


HEALTH

  • Nigeria To Receive 29.8 Million Doses Of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The Nigerian government is expecting about 29.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine, Dr Faisal Shuaib said on Monday. DR FAisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), disclosed this at the weekly media briefing of the COVID-19 Presidential Steering Committee in Abuja. He added that the government signed off to receive the vaccines through the African Union (AU), while vaccine deliveries through the COVAX facility were expected by the end of May or early June.

He noted that by then, Nigeria would have completed the process of administering the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to those who got the first dose. He revealed that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has continued discussions with manufacturers to examine their vaccines, in anticipation of emergency use listing from the World Health Organisation.

  • NAFDAC Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the use of Pfizer COVID-19 in Nigeria. NAFDAC’s approval is coming a few months after it gave a nod for the use of the Oxford-Astrazeneca jabs.

The Director-General of the agency, Mojisola Adeyeye announced this during a virtual meeting on Friday in Abuja, explaining the vaccine is for emergency use.


EDUCATION

  • Pass Colleges of Education Act, COEASU urges Fed Govt

Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has urged the Federal Government to ensure speedy passage of the Colleges of Education Act before the National Assembly. The union stated that passage of the Bill and eventual assent by President Muhammadu Buhari would no doubt usher in a new dawn in the Colleges of Education, especially the six Colleges upgraded to Federal institutions recently.

COEASU President, Nuhu Ogirima, urged the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu to vigorously pursue and ensure quick passage of the Bill. The union praised the federal government for the appointments of Governing Councils, Visitation Panels and Principal Officers of the new federal colleges of education.

  • CONUA rejects remittances to ASUU

The Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has condemned the remittance of its members’ check-off dues to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
In a statement, its National Coordinator, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, said members from all CONUA branches complained that union dues deducted from their salaries were being remitted to ASUU even though they were CONUA members.

Sunmonu said CONUA had written the Accountant General of the Federation to request for stoppage of the remittance of its members’ check-off dues to ASUU with the hope that the matter would be urgently investigated and addressed. He said that the leadership of ASUU, through its president unilaterally withdrew money running into millions of Naira in 2017, from the account of the OAU branch. This illegal act necessitated the request to stop check off dues deduction.

Sunmonu urged the Accountant General of the Federation to also ensure the refund of what had been deducted from CONUA members, adding that it is inappropriate and against the tenets of the law to deduct check-off dues of CONUA members for a union they do not belong to.

AVIATION

  • NAMA trains, certifies 24 new air traffic controllers

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has obtained licenses for 24 newly recruited air traffic control officers from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Organisation after undergoing the necessary training and examination on Aerodrome and Approach Control. The new air traffic controllers are currently being posted to strategic aerodromes in the country, NAMA said in a statement on Monday, adding that the deployment will boost the capacity and efficiency of air traffic management in Nigeria.

The agency also recertified 30 air traffic controllers in different categories of air traffic control including Terminal Approach Radar, Area Procedural Control and Area Surveillance Control after passing the required proficiency and rating tests and after certified mentally fit in line with Annex 1 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and part II of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation.


WORLD

  • Flutterwave Makes Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Companies For 2021

Fintech firm, Flutterwave has been named a “Pioneer” by Time Magazine in its list of the 100 Most Influential Companies making tremendous impacts across the globe. The Nigerian fintech company is also the only African company that made the list which included Apple, Twitter, Facebook among others.

Flutterwave made the news earlier in March when it reached a tech-unicorn status, raising about $170 million in Series C funding from investors. The development raised the company’s value to more than $1 billion. Other companies which made the “Pioneer” list are Rihanna’s SAVAGE X FENTY, Bumble, Beyond Meat, Hello Sunshine, Strava, Klutch Sports Group.

  • UK Signals Self-Driving Cars Could Hit Road This Year

Self-driving vehicles could hit the road this year on motorways in Britain, the government said Wednesday, under plans to permit motorists to temporarily take their hands off the wheel. The Department for Transport (DfT) said in a statement that it will allow hands-free driving in cars equipped with lane-keeping technology, for use during slow motorway traffic.

Automated Lane-Keeping System (ALKS) technology, which has been internationally adopted for the development of autonomous cars, limits speed to 37 miles (60 kilometers) per hour. The “first type of self-driving vehicles could be on UK roads by the end of this year”, the DfT said Wednesday, adding this could “ease congestion, cut emissions and reduce human error”.

  • India Records Over 400,000 COVID-19 Cases In 24 Hours

India recorded on Saturday over 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours for the first time, the first country to do so in the pandemic, official data showed.
According to the health ministry, 401,993 new infections were registered taking the total caseload to 19.1 million. There were 3,523 deaths, bringing the toll to 211,853. Many experts suspect that because of insufficient testing and inaccurate recording of cause of death, the real numbers are much higher.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Alleged Rape: Lagos lists possible charges against Baba Ijesha

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Team has said that it is actively following up on the case of James Olanrewaju a.k.a. Baba Ijesha. The Nollywood actor is in police custody for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl. The agency, in series of tweets, stated that it was also in direct contact with the complainant with a view to providing the necessary support.

“We have absolute confidence in the criminal justice system as well as social support structures in Lagos State in ensuring justice is served in this matter and, most importantly, the survivor receives the relevant support on her journey towards healing,” it added. It reiterated the Lagos State Government’s position on zero tolerance to all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and its firm commitment in ensuring justice for survivors.

  • ‘Nomadland’ Wins Big At Pandemic Oscars As Zhao Makes History

US road movie “Nomadland” emerged as the big winner at the Oscars on Sunday with three major prizes, including a history-making award for director Chloe Zhao, as Hollywood celebrated its most glamorous night with a unique pandemic-era gala.

Zhao’s drama about marginalized Americans roaming the West in vans was honored for best picture, director and actress for Frances McDormand, who now is in elite company with her third Academy Award for performing. Zhao is the first woman of color ever honored as best director.

  • Kodak Black enters plea deal in sexual assault case

American rapper Kodak Black has avoided jail time in his sexual assault case involving a teenage girl. According to reports, the 23-year-old rapper, born Bill Kapri, was sentenced to 18-month probation after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree assault and battery.

Kodak was originally indicted on a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and faced up to 30 years in prison; however, the victim agreed to the terms of a plea deal that Kodak ultimately accepted. As part of the agreement, Kodak is required to get counseling as well as apologize to the girl who accused him of rape in 2016.

  • Grammys Scrap ‘Secret’ Nomination Committees After Criticism

The organizers of the Grammys said Friday they were scrapping the “secret” committees that select which acts get nominated for the prestigious music awards following criticism from artists and allegations of rigging. The Recording Academy said nominations for the 2022 awards would be decided by its entire voting membership of more than 11,000, rather than the anonymous 15-30 member expert committees who had previously made the selections.

The Academy said the “significant changes” to the awards process “reflect its ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape and to ensure that the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable.” The changes come after R&B star The Weeknd in November accused the Grammy organizers of being corrupt after he surprisingly received no nominations, despite a big year commercially.

SPORTS

  • Nagelsmann To Take Over As Bayern Munich From Next Season

Julian Nagelsmann will take over as Bayern Munich coach from next season to replace Hansi Flick, the reigning German and European champions announced on Tuesday. Nagelsmann has never hidden his desire to coach Bayern, especially as he comes from the Bavaria region.

Nagelsmann, 33, will move from RB Leipzig on a five-year contract after Flick, whose relationship with the club’s powerful sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has deteriorated, asked to be released from his contract.

  • Thierry Henry, Shearer Inducted Into Premier League Hall Of Fame

Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer were on Monday named as the first players inducted into the official Premier League Hall of Fame in recognition of a combined 435 goals and seven Golden Boot awards.

Arsenal’s all-time top scorer Henry won two Premier League titles under Arsene Wenger and was part of the “Invincibles” team that went unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 title-winning campaign. Shearer, who won the title with Blackburn in 1995, is the Premier League’s record goalscorer, netting 260 goals in 14 seasons for Blackburn and Newcastle.

“Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry are two world-class players who lit up the Premier League throughout their time in the competition,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. “Both players were capable of scoring every kind of goal, including some of the best we have ever seen.”

  • Djokovic Withdraws From Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the Madrid Open, the tournament announced on Wednesday. A message from the tournament’s official Twitter account read: “Novak Djokovic will not be playing in the Mutua Madrid Open. ‘Sorry that I won’t be able to travel to Madrid this year and meet all my fans”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic has only played four tournaments this year, having decided to take a break following his 18th grand slam success at the Australian Open in February.
The world number one suffered a surprise defeat to world number 28 Aslan Karatsev in the semi-finals of the Serbia Open on Saturday, after also losing to Dan Evans, ranked 33rd, earlier this month in Monte Carlo.

  • Japan’s Olympic Host Towns Pull Out Over COVID-19 Pandemic

Hundreds of Japanese towns and cities have been forced to rethink plans to host Olympic teams because the coronavirus will prevent public appearances and require costly safety measures. The western town of Okuizumo spent more than $5 million preparing to welcome India’s hockey team for a pre-Games training camp, only to scrap the visit because of Covid-19.

After sinking money into upgrading sports facilities, Okuizomo balked when it became clear it would have to provide bubble-like biosecurity measures with regular virus tests and medical care. More than 500 municipalities signed up to host athletes and officials in a scheme aimed at broadening the Olympics’ benefits beyond Tokyo. Some, like Okuizumo, have already scrapped plans to host overseas athletes, while others are devising careful programmes they hope will keep everyone safe.

  • Tokyo Olympics Could Be Held Without Fans – Games Chief

This summer’s virus-postponed Olympics could be held behind closed doors, Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto told AFP on Friday, pledging to ensure the Games will be safe. Former Olympian Hashimoto said the Games could only be a success if organisers “completely protect” athletes and people in Japan, and that she is hopeful people will “be glad” the event went ahead.

Overseas spectators have already been barred from the Games, and this week a decision on domestic fans was delayed until June, with organisers citing a new wave of infections in Japan. With the medical system already under pressure, Olympic organisers have been criticised for requesting volunteer medical staff for the Games. Hashimoto said cutting spectators could ease pressure on the medical system.

METRO PLUS

  • ‘Nobody Is Safe Anymore’ – Gov. Bello Confirms Boko Haram Invasion In Parts Of Niger

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents in Kauri Community of Shiroro Local Government Area have hoisted their flag. “…I just heard they have already placed their flag in Kauri which means they have taken over the territory”, he lamented. He confirmed the presence of the insurgents in the community on Monday.

He warned that the Boko Haram terrorists are trying to make Kauri their home and headquarters as they did to Sambisa forest, adding that while Sambisa forest is several kilometres away from Abuja, Kauri is only two hours’ drive to Abuja. He described the situation as critical and terrible, noting that is high time for well-coordinated actions in order to address the problem.

  • Bandits Trying To Blackmail Kaduna Govt With Killings – Spokesman

The Kaduna State government has condemned the recent killings of some students of tertiary institutions abducted by bandits in the state. In a statement on Tuesday, the governor’s media adviser, Muyiwa Adekeye, sympathised with their families over the loss. He said the ruthless resort of the kidnappers to murdering young persons is part of their effort to blackmail the government.

He added that the bandits were also engaging in such an action to compel the government to abandon its ‘no ransom, no negotiation’ policy. He also reacted to a viral video of an interview of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in 2014 and faulted those blaming his principal for his stance on the security situation in the state.

  • Mainok Airstrike: Army Confirms Killing Of Officer, Six Soldiers

An officer and six soldiers died on Sunday in a counterinsurgency operation in Mainok, Borno State, Nigerian Army authorities have said. Five other soldiers who sustained various degrees of injuries have been evacuated to the military medical facility for treatment. Although they did not specifically explain how the security operatives died, reports had emerged that some soldiers were killed in an airstrike by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Sources claimed that the air force bomber accidentally hit the wrong coordinates while targeting Boko Haram insurgents who had attacked the troops. Amid the controversy sparked by the incident, NAF said it was investigating the airstrike and would give an update as soon as it could.

  • Painter impersonates Oba Elegushi, defrauds Facebook lover of N51m

The Lagos State Police Command, on Thursday, paraded a painter, Moses Olaitan, and his accomplice, Segun Omoshola, for allegedly impersonating the Elegushi of Ikate land, Oba Saheed Elegushi, and using his image to defraud a woman they met on Facebook of N51m.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, while parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Ikeja, said after a report was made, detectives tracked down and arrested Olaitan and Segun three months after perpetrating the crime.