Nigerian Newspapers:

Things you need to know this Thursday Morning 18th February 2021.

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has charged security agencies to ensure swift and safe rescue of students, teachers and others abducted from the Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State. He has also vowed that his administration would support the armed forces in their war against terrorism and banditry.

  • INSECURITY: FCT Police Command deploys anti-riot personnel
  • The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Police command has deployed a total of 150, anti-riot policemen to deal with rising cases of kidnapping which is ravaging most villages and towns in the nation’s capital. The 150 police personnel comprise mostly operatives from the Mobile Police Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and Special Forces.

KIDNAPPING: Federal, Niger State Governments use third party for rescue

The federal and Niger State governments are currently using a third party to reach out to the bandits who abducted schoolboys and their teachers at the Government Science College, Kagara.

4.The Senate, yesterday, told President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency. It made the call, following a point of order by Sani Musa, on the abduction of students and staff of Government Science Secondary School in Kagara, Niger State in the early hours of yesterday.

  1. The Nigerian Governors ended their meeting in Abuja with a declaration of commitment to protect lives in their respective states. The governors are hopeful that a new security architecture will emerge and expressed readiness to support the military by dedicating funds from the excess crude account.
  2. Governors of the 36 states of the federation under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), yesterday unanimously voted against open grazing, declaring that it is no longer fashionable. This decision was reached at their first physical meeting since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.
  3. A pregnant lawyer, Nkiru Agbasu, was on Wednesday shot dead by suspected armed robbers on the Warri-Sapele highway in Delta State. The deceased was said to be returning to Warri from Sapele when the incident occurred.
  4. The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday arrested a 28-year-old medical doctor, Chijioke Precious, and 17 others over alleged Internet fraud in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
  5. Members of the Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday met with former Governors elected on the platform of the party in seeking a solution to the crisis currently rocking the party.
  6. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 869 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria. This brings the total number of recorded infections in the country to 149,369.
  7. One Student Killed, Others Abducted As Gunmen Attack School In Niger
    One student has been killed and several other students abducted as armed bandits attacked Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
    The bandits also kidnapped some teachers and their family members residing within the College Staff Quarters.
    According to a government source who spoke to Channels Television on Wednesday, the students and teachers were abducted at about 2:00 am on Wednesday when the bandits stormed the school.
  8. Kagara School Abduction: We Won’t Pay Ransom – Niger Gov Tells Kidnappers
    Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello on Wednesday told kidnappers responsible for the abduction of some students and staff of Government Science College in Kagara that they won’t get any ransom.
    The Governor vowed that the kidnappers won’t get any ransom from the state government but will ensure the students and staff return safely.
    Bello who addressed newsmen in Minna, the state capital on Wednesday said: “It is not in our policy as a government to pay ransom to bandits because we have noticed that they use this money to buy arms and ammunition. However, the government will be ready to support and assist repentant bandits.”
  9. Insecurity: Senate Asks Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency
    The Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhmmaadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency on insecurity affecting the country’s peace.
    The Red chamber made this known during Wednesday’s plenary reacting to the kidnap of students and teachers of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State by gunmen on Wednesday morning.
    Earlier reported that one student had been killed and several other students abducted as armed bandits attacked Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local government area of Niger State.
  10. Presidency Reacts To Abduction Of Staff, Students In Niger State
    President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the abduction of students and staffs of the Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State in the early hours of Wednesday.
    The President reacted in a statement released through his spokesman, Garba Shehu.
    The presidential aide wrote, “President Muhammadu Buhari has received reports of the brazen attack on Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, following which a yet to be ascertained number of staff and students have been abducted by gunmen.”
    “Following these reports, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives. The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College.”
  11. Kagara School Abduction: Nigeria Needs Solutions – Atiku Tells Buhari
    Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has told the federal government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive actions against criminals in the land.
    Atiku spoke in a personally signed statement on Wednesday where he reacted to the abduction of some students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.
    The former Vice President in his reaction warned that government has to stop rewarding crime by paying ransom to the kidnappers but has to unleash the laws of the country on them to serve as a deterrent to others.
    He urged the government to be proactive rather than reactive on security issues as well.
  12. Fulani Herders Deserve Sympathy For Their Suffering – Miyetti Allah
    The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on Wednesday called on Nigerians not to treat all Fulani herdsmen as criminals.
    The association further stated that Fulani herdsmen have economic value in the South-West region.
    The National President of MACBAN, Muhammad Kirowa, further stated that over 8,000 cows are consumed in the South-West region on a daily basis.
    Kirowa stated this at the stakeholders’ meeting on farmers and herdsmen’s clashes in Ogun State as they concerned the recent troubled communities.
  13. Senate Confirms Fresh Buhari’s Appointment
    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Mr. Aghughu Adolphus as the new Auditor-General for the Federation.
    The Upper Legislative chamber confirmed Aghughu following the presentation of a report of the Committee on Public Accounts by the Chairman, Senator Urhoghide Mathew (PDP-Edo) which was considered during plenary.
    During his presentation, Senator Urhoghide said the committee found Aghughu qualified to be appointed, given his experiences, pedigree and performance over the years at the Audit House.
    According to the lawmaker, the nominee sufficient experience to occupy the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation if the Senate confirms him.
  14. Reps Begin Screening Of New Service Chiefs
    The House of Representatives has announced the commencement of the screening of the newly appointed Service Chiefs.
    Security heads slated for screening include Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Lucky E.O Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amao.
    Speaking before the start of the exercise, Chairman of Committee on Defence, Hon. Babajimi Benson, said the screening of the service chiefs will be transparent and free of bias.
  15. Bukola Saraki, PDP Reconciliation Committee Meets Former Govs
    Members of the Peoples Democratic Party Reconciliation and Strategy Committee on Wednesday, February 17 held a closed-door assembly with former governors elected under the umbrella party.
    Former President of the senate of Nigeria, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki disclosed this in a post on his verified Twitter handle.
    Saraki who chaired the Reconciliation Committee disclosed that the meeting was held behind closed-doors at the Legacy House Maitama Abuja.
  16. Ologbondiyan Speaks On PDP NWC Members Sacking Secondus As Party Chairman
    The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Ologbondiyan has denied media reports that the party’s National Working Committee(NWC) wants to remove Prince Uche Secondus as the national chairman before 2023.
    He spoke with journalists on Wednesday in Abuja at the end of the day’s NWC meeting.
    According to the PDP spokesperson, there is no discord between the NWC and the party chairman, adding that the party is focused on returning to victory in 2023.
  17. More Than 1.2 Million Abortions Have Been Performed In 2021 – WHO
    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday revealed that more than1.2 million abortions have been performed worldwide in the first 10 days of 2021.
    WHO’s revelation is coming barely two months into the new year and the organization is given surprising facts on numbers of abortion conducted so far.
  18. See Details of Buhari’s Letter Read on Senate Floor
    The Senate on Wednesday received the 2021 budget proposal for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund for consideration and approval from President Muhammadu Buhari.
    Buhari’s request letter was read on the Senate floor during a plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
  19. Buhari Tells Envoys-Designate to Project Nigeria’s Image, Bring Honours Home
    The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has charged newly appointed ambassadors to project the country as a great land for investment, filled with good people.
    The President made the call during the virtual induction/orientation for the ambassadors-designate, Consuls-general and Charge’ D’ Affairs En titre at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Auditorium in Abuja on Wednesday.
  20. EPL: Marcus Rashford Named Among TIME’s Next 100 Most Influential People In The World
    Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford has been announced as one of TIME magazine’s ‘next 100 most influential people in the world’, which aims to celebrate emerging leaders.
    The English Premier League (EPL) star was recognised as part of a new generation of global leaders thanks to his tireless work to fight against food poverty in the United Kingdom (UK).
  21. Ash Wednesday: Catholic Cleric Reminds Christians Of Transience of Life
    As Catholics worldwide commemorate Ash Wednesday, Rev. Fr. Cyprain Mbamara, has urged Christians to be reminded of mortality and the transience of creation.
    Mbamara, the Associate Parish Priest of St. Andrews Catholic Church Lusada, Ado-Odo/Ota, Ogun, in his homily on Wednesday, said that the Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent and the commencement of 40 days fasting by Catholics.
  22. Australian Open Live: Tsitsipas Beats Nadal In Thrilling Five-set Clash To Reach Semis
    Greek tennis player, Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday beat Rafael Nadal of Spain 3-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the 2021 Australian Open.
    Nadal, 34, was beaten from two sets up for only the third time in his career.
  23. When is Easter 2021 in Nigeria?
    When is Easter 2021? Many Christian faithful in Nigeria want to know the exact date. AllNews provides you…
    Easter 2020 was drastically changed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, but how Easter 2021 will be celebrated will be a bit different from last year’s, considering the reopening of houses of worship in major Nigerian cities.
  24. Jeff Bezos Reclaims Spot As World’s Richest Man
    Jeff Bezos, the 57-year-old American billionaire and founder of Amazon — the world’s most valuable online retail company, has just reclaimed the title as the world’s richest person, after surpassing Elon Musk some hours ago, according to real-time data from the Bloomberg Billionaire index.
    Jeff Bezos, who’d held the title for more than three years until last month, reclaimed his No. 1 position with a net worth of $191.2 billion, or $955 million more than Musk.
  25. 2023 Presidency: Saraki Shuts Down Talks Of Jonathan’s Defection
    Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday said the former President Goodluck Jonathan has reassured the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of his unwavering commitment to the party.
    Saraki said those disturbing Jonathan to defect to another party should forget the thought, saying the former president remains a PDP main man.
  26. NEXIT Portal: Exited N-Power Beneficiaries Express Concern Over Nonoperational CBN Empowerment Programme
    Erstwhile beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s famed N-Power scheme are expressing serious concern about the much-publicised NEXIT Portal, an initiative the Nigerian government says is a portal designed for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) empowerment programme for exited N-Power volunteers.
    Since releasing the NEXIT Portal on November 30 2020 – four months after exiting N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria which is saddled with N-Power duties have not effected the CBN Empowerment Programme.
  27. Nigerian govt’s capacity to rescue abducted Kagara students not in doubt – APC
    The All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Wednesday the Federal Government’s capacity to end criminals’ attacks on soft targets was not in doubt.
  28. FG completed 29 road interventions in Nigeria’s institutions – Fashola
    The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola said on Wednesday the Federal Government has so far completed 29 road interventions in various tertiary institutions across the country.
  29. 869 new COVID-19 infections take Nigeria’s total caseload to 149,369. Deaths, recoveries updated
    Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 869 fresh COVID-19 cases.
  30. DEVELOPING STORY: Niger govt says only 27 students, 22 teachers of Kagara school abducted
    The government of Niger State says only 27 students and 12 teachers of Government Science College, Kagara, may have been abducted by bandits who stormed the school.
  31. Tension in PDP as NWC considers sack of Secondus as national chairman
    The National Working Committee (NWC) of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday held a meeting to deliberate on the way forward for the party towards 2023.
  32. Court orders banks to block Shell’s accounts over alleged $2.7bn oil theft
    Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Wednesday granted an interim Mareva injunction known as a freezing injunction directing commercial banks to block accounts belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
  33. More troubles as Naira inches closer to N500/$1
    The Naira depreciated against the dollar to close at N478/$1 at the black market on Wednesday, data posted on, a website that collates parallel market rates in Lagos showed.
  34. NSE: Investors lose N15.19bn in stock market
    Investors lose over N15.19 billion at the close of trading on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday.
  35. NFF wants Falcons to win world titles as coach Waldrum officially signs contract
    Randy Waldrum on Wednesday officially signed his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as head coach of the Nigeria women’s football team, the Super Falcons.
  36. D’Tigers become first team to qualify for 2021 FIBA Afrobasket
    Nigeria men’s basketball team, D’Tigers have become the first team to qualify for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Championship.
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869 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria ;

Akwa Ibom-19
Cross River-10

149,369 confirmed
125,722 discharged
1,787 deaths
Today’s report include:
377 community recoveries in Lagos State, 70 in Plateau State & 28 in Benue
Data from Taraba State reported over the last three days
A breakdown of cases by state via
Compiled by Abdurrahman Ahmad Katsina.