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Today Thursday, the bodies of the seven Nigerian Air Force personnel who died in a crash on Sunday have now arrived at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja as the NAF commences the burial.

The deceased personnel are: Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama, the Captain; Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo, the Co-Pilot; Flying Officer Micheal Okpara, an Airborne Tactical Observation System Specialist; Warrant Officer Bassey Etim, ATOS Specialist; Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi, ATOS Specialist; Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka, ATOS Specialist; and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician). 

NAF officials, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, as well as family members of the deceased attended the burial ceremony.

Other service chiefs and the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, also attended the burial.

Fire razed a storey building in Akure, the Ondo State capital, destroying property worth millions of naira.

The building which is a residence is located opposite the Ondo State Ministry of Works complex, along Oyemekun Road, Akure, caught fire around 10 a.m.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but it is suspected that the incident was caused by a power surge.

Residents said as soon as the fire started, the Ondo Fire Service was contacted and their operatives mobilised to the scene.

In spite of the presence of the fire truck fully loaded with water, the fire engine refused to work and the officials watched helplessly as the fire consumed the properties.

The development angered the residents who expressed disappointment.

An 81-year-old community chief identified as Muri Bassey Iyamba in Calabar South council area in Cross River State, who was kidnapped on Monday night from his residence has been rescued within hours of the incident.

Commissioner of Police Sikiru Akande confirmed the rescue, saying the incident has given them a platform to prove that they can react promptly and swiftly too during emergencies.

The 81-year-old was whisked away from his house by Idang in Calabar on Monday night.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef has announced that Ghana has become the first recipient of Covid-19 vaccine doses distributed by the global vaccine sharing initiative, Covax.

These 600,000 Covax vaccines are part of an initial tranche of deliveries … which represent part of the first wave of Covid vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries,” a statement said.

A plane carrying 600,000 doses of the of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine landed in the capital, Accra, on Wednesday, 

Ghana’s ministry of information said priority will be given to health workers, the elderly above 60 years and people with underlying health conditions. Others to receive the shots are selected members of the executive, legislature, judiciary and their related staff, front line security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers and teachers.

The Ugandan Health Minister, Jane Aceng has denied reports that top government officials have been vaccinated against Covid-19 before the country formally receives vaccines.

Aceng was reacting to a report by local newspaper Daily Monitor and American newspaper Wall Street Journal.

The ministry made this known in a tweet, stating that neither the president nor his close associates had been vaccinated as alleged.

I want to categorically state that neither President Museveni nor his innher circle have been vaccinated against Covid-19,” the minister said.

On Tuesday, a bullion van was attacked at Ubulu-Okiti along the Benin/Asaba expressway, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State with one lady feared dead.

Information has it that 10 gunmen came out of a bush on citing the bullion van, shooting until the bullion van and the escorts stopped.

The gunmen succeeded in robbing the bullion van, cast away with the money and a lady was killed by a stray bullet from the gun of the armed robbery.

Everyone close to the scene of the robbery, ran for safety.

The Acting Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in the State Police Command, Mr Bright Edafe confirmed the bullion attack. However, he said, he was not aware that a female passenger was killed.

On Wednesday, hoodlums killed a police officer and set a patrol vehicle ablaze in Ekwulobia in Anambra State, Nigeria’s South-east.

Ekwulobia is said to be one of the largest cities in Anambra State after Awka, Onitsha, and Nnewi.

Haruna Mohammed, the police spokesperson in Anambra State, confirmed the incident and said the circumstances following the incident is still unknown but the body of the slain police man was casted by the road side.

The police spokesperson said they were not yet certain about the number of officers killed. “We are still at the scene as I am talking to you, so let us wait until we get details,” he said.

The attack comes less than 24 hours after a police station was attacked and two officers killed in Aba, Abia State, still in the South-east.

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), amiss corruption charges.

It was recurred that Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa was alleged to be involved in corruption and conspiracy. Titled, ‘Investigation Report – Re: Alleged Case of Conspiracy, abuse of office and criminal diversion of Federal Government Properties’, in which the suspect was Abdulrasheed Bawa, and which detailed how he was recommended for disciplinary actions.

It was learnt that the report was forwarded to the President’s office, but the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, influenced how it was dumped and not acted upon by President Buhari.

The report noted that “more disheartening is the discovery that the Zonal Head of the Port Harcourt office sold a vessel which was under his custody. The Commission that prides itself to be the vanguard in the fight against corruption cannot condone this sort of ignoble and discreditable conduct by its officers.” 

The Nigerian Air Force announces the burial of the seven Nigerian Airforce officers who died on Sunday in the air crash, they will be buried at the National Cemetery, Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja, on Thursday.

The Beechcraft King Air B350i in which they were flying crashed short of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after reporting engine failure. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, ordered an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Isiaka Amao said the aircraft had carried out several Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions in virtually all the theatres, including the North-East, North-West as well as the North-Central

An accident occurred on Monday at the Ife-Ibadan Expressway which claimed the life of one while four others sustained injuries.

It was gathered that the accident occurred when a Navy blue Toyota Sienna traveling toward Ibadan lost control and veered off the road into the bush.

Spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Osun Command, Mrs. Agnes Ogungbemi, confirmed that one person was killed in the accident while four others sustained injury.

11 passengers were inside the Sienna bus when the accident occurred as a result of speed limit violation. One male passenger died while two females, one male, and a female child were injured. Six other passengers escaped. The injured victims have been taken to Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital and the dead victim was deposited in the morgue,” she said.

Unidentified hoodlums have killed two policemen in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State in the early hours of Monday.

It was gathered that they also set ablaze a Hilux van the policemen were riding in, and reportedly carted away three police rifles.

One of the policemen was burnt beyond recognition.

Ikot Ekpene Area Commander, ACP Bello Kankofori expressed shock at the attack on policemen but pledged that the attackers would be fished out and brought to book.

Minister of Interior and former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola was reported to have received in secret 96 months salary arrears towards the end of his administration in 2018.

It is said that the former governor had boasted publicly on many occasions on how he sacrificed his salaries throughout the eight years of his 2-term tenure in office as a result of his personal conviction on inclusive governance.

It was gathered that the former Osun State governor, towards the expiration of his administration in 2018 ordered the Ministry of Finance, through the Accountant General Office to effect the payment of his salaries for the whole eight years in office, amounting to several millions of Naira, which was paid to his personal account.

It would be recalled that Aregbesola, at different occasions had also claimed not to operate any personal account throughout his tenure in office.

According to him, the former governor was paid 96 months salaries around October 2018, he said “Although, I cannot specifically state the exact amount the 96 months salaries amounted to, what I can say is that it runs into several millions of naira, and the former governor was paid towards the end of his second term tenure in office, sometime around October, 2018,”

The State Coordinator, Comrade Adediwura Ominrin, said the action of the former governor was unbecoming of a personality he claimed to be during his 8-year tenure as a governor, describing him as a “political obscurantist”.

Omirin insisted that the action of the former governor negated the tenets of progressive philosophy and the scope of good governance.

Reacting to this, the Minister’s media adviser, Sola Fasure, while speaking to newsmen  insisted that the ex-governor while in office did not collect any salary. He said, “Best to my knowledge, Aregbesola did not collect any salary and he gave the reason for that. Aregbesola said the state provided house, security, vehicle and everything he needed.”

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State was sworn in for a second term in office at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure.

His deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, took the oath of office for the first time as deputy to Governor Akeredolu. 

It is to be remembered that the governor was declared  by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the October 10, 2020, gubernatorial election in the state.

He who was the candidate of the leading party, Alliance People Congress (APC) won with a clear cut, winning 15 out of 18 local governments in the state, leaving his counterpart, Eyitayo Jegede of the second party, People Democracy Party, (PDP) with only 3 as declared by INEC. 

On Tuesday, in Awowo, Ewekoro Local Area of Ogun State, some herdsmen have been accused of setting a solar power station on fire thereby causing confusion among members of the community and residents of Abeokuta.

A report that surfaced on social media on Tuesday night claimed that Awowo was “attacked” by herdsmen, who wanted to set the community on fire.

Oba AbdulGafar Olasukanmi Tijani, the Alawowo of Awowo,, said the community was not attacked by herdsmen but it is true that Fulani cattle rearers burnt down a £15,000 worth solar power system, which he erected in his community.

He said “We were not attacked. It was careless cattle rearers. Their cattle don’t have anything to eat so they set the bush on fire; and you know there’s harmattan, so they could not control the fire. That’s what happened. It’s not that we’re attacked.”

The monarch told newsmen that the community has been living peacefully with the herdsmen, saying there are laid down rules and regulations.

He appealed to residents to remain calm, urging them not to nurse any fear.

A blue M/ Benz truck with registration number XF 259 UNZ driven by an unidentified driver, on Wednesday, crushed to death four female pedestrians, who are hawkers at popularly Upper Iweka flyover Onitsha, Anambra State.

The accident happened when the truck rolled back and crushed four Female Hawkers along the road after having disagreement with the revenue collector at the Upper Iweka flyover.

Florence Edor, Anambra State Sector Public Education Officer of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who confirmed the accident in a statement, said it happened at about 7:30 am this morning.

According to her, the FRSC rescue team, Nigeria Army and Nigeria Police rescued the victims to Toronto hospital and deposited them at the hospital morgue after the Doctor’s confirmation.

The driver of the vehicle has been handed over to the police for further investigation.

A mentally-ill girl has been released from a room where she reportedly chained by her mother in the Arochukwu area of Abia State.

The teenager identified as Ada was said to have been locked in a room with a chain around her neck and limbs. She was rescued on Sunday by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in collaboration with Vicar Hope Foundation and the Child Protection Network; a non-government organization run by Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, wife of the state governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

It was gathered that Ada’s case became public knowledge after it was published on WhatsApp, though with little detail this led to Mrs. Ikpeazu directive that it be investigated. Following its confirmation, officials of NSCDC moved in, forced open the door where the girl was held, and unchained her

The mother, identified as Blessing, has been taken into custody, but she said her mentally-ill daughter was chained to keep her from wandering off.

Spokesman of the NSCDC Ndukwe Aguiyi confirmed Blessing’s arrest as well as the rescue of her daughter.

Ogun State police force has disclosed the arrest of three suspected herdsmen who allegedly attacked residents of Bamajo village in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area.

According to police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, the herders also burnt houses in the village. While adding that they inflicted deep machete wounds on one of the villagers identified as Ismaila Alabi.

Three herdsmen were on the 18th of February 2021 arrested by operatives of Ogun State Police Command for the role they played in the attack of Bamajo village in Ayetoro area of Ogun state. The men had attacked the village where they set some houses ablaze and inflicted a deep machete cut injury on one Ismaila Alabi,” he stated.

Ian Walters, the spokesman for the American Conservative Union, has confirmed that Donald Trump will be making his first post-presidential appearance at a conservative gathering in Florida next weekend. It is said that he’ll be speaking at the group’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28.

According to an anonymous, Trump is expected to use the speech to talk about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative moment, as well as to criticize President Joe Biden’s efforts to undo his immigration policies.

CPAC is being held this year in Orlando, Florida, and will feature a slew of former Trump administration officials and others who represent his wing of the GOP, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

Seven members of the electoral commission in the Niger Republic have been killed in a landmine explosion during the second round of the presidential election in the country.

It was gathered that the team’s car drove over an improvised explosive device in the Tillaberi region in the country’s south-west.

It is not known whether the vehicle was deliberately targeted. Another three workers were injured in the incident.

Harouna Mounkaila, a local electoral commission official stated that the officials were leaving to drop off the ballot boxes and the members of the polling station.

A tanker offloading kerosene at a filling station in Aguleri in the Anambra East Local Government area has caused a fire outbreak.

It was said to suddenly go up in flames while the offloading was going on. No casualty was recorded in the incident, but the truck was gutted by fire while part of the filling station was razed.

Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident.

On 21/2/2021 at about 3:pm, there was a fire outbreak at Daymaker filling station Aguleri roundabout in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State. The fire allegedly emanated from the tanker laden with DPK (Kerosene) inside the filling station while discharging its content. As a result, the truck was gutted by fire which razed down part of the filling station. Police operatives led by DPO Otoucha Division, CSP Etah Baba, and other Sister Security Agencies quickly mobilized to the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent looting and further catastrophe. The state Fire Service promptly responded when contacted about the incident. The Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas appealed to filling station owners to always apply safety precaution while offloading fuel in order to avert similar ugly incidents which could also lead to loss of lives and injuries especially during harmattan periods,” he said.