On Tuesday, former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar warned of danger over the continuous attacks on schools in the country.

Atiku warned that darkness awaits Nigerians if the attacks on schools are not stopped. He said this as he condemn the abduction of three students of the University of Agriculture in Makurdi, Benue State yesterday.

The former Vice President lamented that the latest abduction was one too many.

He said “It marks both an unacceptable escalation and an expansion of this menace, and we must not only ensure that the abducted youths are rescued, but even more importantly, we must put in measures to prevent future reoccurrences.”

This must not be allowed to become our new normal. It is time for us as a nation to face the reality that we have an emergency on our hands. A catastrophe that must be decisively dealt with before it snowballs into an existential crisis. We must stop treating these acts of criminality with kid gloves. Enough is enough! There must be the safety of lives and property in our citadels of learning.”

Hon. Idris Garba Rikiji, the Director-General of Zamfara State, Urban and Regional Planning Board, has said that any structure erected in the state without the approval of the board must be demolished irrespective of political status of the person.

He noted that nobody is a sacred cow or untouchable, saying that all are equal before the law.

He said this in a press statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Gusau, the state capital. According to him, all structures are to be erected only with due permission of the board after fulfillment of the prerequisites, including evidence of payments where necessary, obtained from the board.

He said “We are assuring the people of Zamfara State of excellent service. It is also pertinent to inform you that, the board will henceforth not hesitate to challenge any irregularity aimed at jeopardizing the mission and vision of the board and by extension the state government in promoting and providing conducive environment and proper positioning of structures in an acceptable plan” 

President Muhammadu Buhari is hosting the new President of Niger Republic, Mohamed Bazoum, in the State House Abuja.

Bazoum was inaugurated as President of Niger Republic on April 2, 2021, after winning the elections held on December 27, 2020 and took over from his predecessor, Mahamadou Issoufou.

President Bazoum was accompanied to the State House by Governors of some northern states, which share boundaries with the neighbouring country.

The Governors are Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi); Babagana Zulum (Borno); Abdulahi Ganduje (Kano); Mai Mala Buni (Yobe); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).

The Minister of Defense, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd); Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva; the National Security Adviser NSA Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd); Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, were with the President to receive the guest.

On Wednesday, Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq, a chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, has said that it is now very obvious that Vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is no longer wanted at the Presidency.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday left Nigeria for the United Kingdom where he will spend two weeks on routine medical checkup.

The President, as usual, did not officially hand over to his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and this, Mr. Bamgbose, a senior lawyer described as unconstitutional and diplomatically unacceptable. He said the Presidency has already told Nigerians that Buhari will govern the country from wherever he is, insisting that it is unnecessary for him to transmit power to Osinbajo.

He said “It has gone to show without any iota of doubt that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is not giving his rightful regard in the Presidency. He is no longer wanted in the Presidency” 

Nigeria is not Buhari’s private estate, it’s a nation of about 200 million people. This is a country that has a law. It’s ethically wrong for President not to hand over power to Osinbajo when he will be out of the country for two weeks.

I’m aware that those who are supposed to know the right thing are advising him wrongly. It’s a very pathetic situation. In essence, Nigeria will be without a leader for two weeks. This does not make sense. What happens in case of emergency? Will Buhari come back from the UK to deal with it or give orders from the UK? This is certainly not the best practice as far as running of government is concerned.”

Nigeria has been ranked 16th in the FBI’s list of countries that are worst affected by internet crimes.

The data, which covered last year, includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime, an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019. The report listed Nigeria and South Africa among the ‘worst’ 20. While South Africa was rated sixth with 1,754 victims, Nigeria had 443 victims.

A further breakdown of the statistics revealed that publishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and extortion were the top three crimes reported by victims in 2020, and it was also learnt that victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, romance and confidence schemes, and investment fraud.

The FBI stated that it released the 2020 Internet Crime Report to remind the public to immediately report suspected criminal internet activity to the IC3 at ic3.gov.

The American agency added that by reporting internet crime, victims are not only alerting law enforcement agents to the activity but aiding in the overall fight against cybercrime.

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, immediate past Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakassai, has relocated overseas.

Newsmen had reported Ganduje relieved Tanko Yakasai of his appointment over continued unguarded comments and utterances deemed contrary to the stand of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government which he was serving.

Yakasai was earlier suspended by Ganduje after his remark on Buhari during the #EndSARS protest but was reinstated weeks after.

In February, the ex-aide called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to either deal with bandits or resign. Yakasai was picked up by the Department of State Services (DSS) shortly after his criticism but the DSS said he was picked due to “issues beyond the expression of opinions on social media”.In a tweet on Wednesday, Yakasai, popularly known as Dawisu, said “goodbye” to Nigeria. While he did not indicate where he was heading to, he shared images of himself at the airport about flying out with Qatar Airways. “Japa….. Goodbye Naija! Alhamdulilah!” he tweeted. His post elicited a flurry of reactions on social media

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm public relations have announced the  extension of the ban on Nigeria flights till March 20, 202. 

They said customers from both Abuja and Lagos would not be accepted for travel before or including this date. The statement said, “In line with government directives, passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until March 20 2021.”

“Customers from both Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travel before or including this date. Passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not allowed entry into the UAE (whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai).”

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had on February 5 barred the carrier from Nigeria, alleging flouting of COVID-19 protocols and the introduction of rapid antigen test as a requirement for Dubai travellers against the Nigerian government’s negative PCR requirements.

Coordinator of the Kwara State chapter of Miyetti Allah Association of Cattle Breeders, Aliyu Mohammed, has said that the blockage of cattle and foodstuffs to the South West through Kwara State will continue until the safety of Fulani is guaranteed in the region.

Shortly after a meeting of the association in Ilorin on Sunday, Mohammed said the action is a warning to make sure there is a peaceful operation of businesses by the Fulani.

He said that not all of them, Fulanis, were criminals, he added “Just as you have in any society where there are good and bad people. It is not only Fulanis that commit crimes in the country, but it was sad that everything happening now is heaped on Fulani herdsmen.”

Mr Aliyu said the association is ready to flush out the bad eggs amidst the good ones. He said “We have concluded at our meeting today that anybody who comes to Kwara State claiming to be Fulani herder under questionable circumstances, will be reported to the security agencies for necessary action. Our vigilantes will monitor the bush and the forests where there are no security agencies and report suspected cattle rustlers who disguise themselves as cattle herders to perpetrate crimes.” 

He praised Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State for his support in accommodating and cooperating to ensure the safe landing of Fulanis in the state.

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

A train, on Monday, reportedly had a head-on collision with a vehicle in Lagos.

The incident occurred at about 8.52 am at Mofolasayo Drive, Jonathan Coker Road Level Crossing, Iju/Ishaga, Lagos.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), on Monday said that there was no casualty in the early morning train accident at Iju level crossing in Lagos.

Eyewitnesses’ account said the incident has disrupted the free flow of traffic in the axis as motorists have been advised to seek alternative routes.

Dr. Joel Eleojo Adams, a graduate of the Niger Delta University (NDU),Bayelsa has made history in the United Kingdom (UK), as he becomes the first non-British as a Nigerian to be appointed as an Aero-Systems Specialist Engineer and also to the rank of a Flying Officer in the British Royal Air Force.

Adams, who obtained his B.Eng. (1st class honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, was the best graduating student of the year at the university and also a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Scholarship for Innovation and Development (PRESSID).

 He was awarded the Queen’s Commission as an Officer in the British Royal Air Force. He was also made a British citizen shortly after because of his great potential of his research work for military application.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has sued President Muhammadu Buhari for prolonging the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, who has attained the maximum 35 years of service on February 1.

The president has on February 4 announced the elongation of the tenure of Mr Adamu as the IGP by three months.

The NBA argued through its suit filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos, that the tenure extension was “outside and in excess of the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

It maintained that the Nigerian Constitution and the Police Act, which was signed into law by Mr Buhari last year, prevents a retired police officer from holding the office of the IGP.

The need to prevent abuse of power necessitated the filing of this action by the Nigerian Bar Association, whose main objective is to promote the rule of law,” Charles Mekwunye, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who leads the NBA’s legal team, argued in the suit.

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, affirms that his governance will tighten the bonds and relationship between the state and the United States. 

Douye Diri notes that the synergy between Bayelsa and the United States is undoubtedly an asset to his state as well as the country. 

The Governor made the disclosure when delegates from the American Embassy Political and Economic Affairs Bureau under the Political / Economic Chief, Brandon Hudspeth, visited him in Government House, Yenagoa. 

Daniel Habrah, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, also said Diri was optimistic and confident about the fruitful result the partnership would yield to the people of Bayelsa. 

Diri also emphasized that the state government would make security a priority. He said, “Security is one area that this government has taken very seriously and as we celebrate our first anniversary, we look back and we thump our chest that we have done very well in terms of peace and security in the state. “

Hudspeth commended the governor for making important projects the priority which will attract several investments from the government of the US to various private partners. 

In the meantime, the Opu-Nembe Council of Chiefs in Nembe Council of Bayelsa State warns the youths of the state against vandalism of the government’s project. 

They also advise parents and guardians of the youths to caution them against things that could slow down federal projects in Nembe and the state entirely 

Peter Clava Nantuo,The Volta Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service has stopped 70 Nigerian migrants who entered Ghana through illegal routes.

The Regional Commander said “What is happening is that our brothers, especially from Nigeria, use transport networks to transport Nigerians across Benin, Togo and dump them at the Ghana-Togo border and ask them to find their ways and means to enter Ghana.”

He said the regional Command are on high alert and would ensure that all illegal immigrants are stopped.

Nantuo believes that this is because they are beginning to see Ghana as a fertile ground for cyber fraud. He pledged not to tolerate them.

The former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, retd, who was nominated and appointed as a non-career ambassador by the President in February faced criticism and opposition from the people.

The former COAS and other service chiefs resigned from office on January 26 after several calls for them to be sacked following the rising insecurity in different parts of the country, and were replaced by the President and subsequently appointed as non-career ambassadors.

The PDP and many other Nigerians accused the Buhari administration of attempting to shield the ex-service chiefs from investigation and subsequent prosecution for alleged crimes against humanity.

The former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, retd, has said “he performed well as the Chief Of Army Staff(COAS), noting that he owed nobody explanation over his ambassadorial appointment, he is not a politician.”

The presidency has said the nomination of the immediate past service chiefs is a reward for “hard work and exceptional sacrifice”

The minister disclosed this in an interview with newsmen shortly after a tour of the ongoing NIN enrolment exercise at NIMC and other designated centres in Abuja.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has said the Federal Government has a plan to replace Bank Verification Numbers with the National Identity Numbers.

The minister stated that BVN was only for account holders with various banks, the NIN is for all Nigerians, irrespective of their status. 

He said “We need to replace BVN with our NIN number, the reason is very clear. BVN is a CBN policy, while the National Identification Number is established by law. So the strength of the law, wherever you go, is not the same with the policy of only one institution.”

The Nigerian Center For Disease Control has disclosed that Nigeria now has over 53,000 of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the 221 new cases recorded on Wednesday night making it 53,021 cases.

This was made known in tweet from the NCDC, which revealed that Plateau State had the highest number of infections on Wednesday night with 60 cases, with FCT State following with 33 cases.

It was also revealed that 40,281 patients have now been discharged, with 1,010 patients losing their lives to the Coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 306 evacuees have arrived Nigeria from United Arab Emirate (UAE). They were conveyed by Air Peace flight  and arrived the country at about 8.44am on Wednesday.

The was made known via a tweet by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).

“Air Peace flight conveying 306 evacuees arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport, Abuja at about 0844HRS from UEA, today Wednesday, 5th of August, 2020. Some Evacuees will disembark in Abuja while others will proceed to MM Int’l Airport, Lagos. All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 and will now proceed on a 14 day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),” the tweet read.

Sequel to the Federal Government’s directive that all Secondary schools in Nigeria should resume, on Tuesday, secondary schools reopened for classes almost four months after they closed due to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

The final-year students have two weeks to prepare for their exams. 

Preventive measures such as wearing of face masks, social distancing and hand-washing facilities are mandatory within all schools, the education ministry has stated.

The Country Director for Chastex Consult, Ini Archibong ShopRite Nigeria has debunked the rumours that it intends to close shop in Nigeria.

Ini Archibong said “Shoprite is not leaving Nigeria.

We have only just opened to Nigerian investors which we have also been talking to just before now. We are not leaving, who leaves over a $30billion investment and close shop? It doesn’t sound right.

We only just gave this opportunity to Nigeria investors to come in and also help drive our expansion plan in Nigeria. So we are not leaving.

I have tried to say this to as too many people as I can. There should be no panic at all and all of that. There is no truth in that report.”