Nigerian Daily Trust Newspaper

Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 16 January, 2021 Edition)

Governor Yahaya Bello

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Daily Trust Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Daily Trust News.

How Gunmen Kidnapped 18 Kano Traders In Kogi

Gunmen in Kogi State have kidnapped 18 Kano traders who were travelling to Abia. The victims, all from the popular Kantin Kwari Textile Market, were travelling to Aba in Abia State to buy goods when their vehicle was attacked by gunmen who herded them into the bush.

Daily Trust gathered Thursday that the traders had left Kano on Sunday with the intention of reaching Aba before they were intercepted.

Abductors of the 18 traders have already contacted relatives with ransom demands, Daily Trust learnt.

Landmine Kills 5 Soldiers, Injures 15 Others In Borno

Five soldiers, including an officer from the 117 Battalion, 28 Task Force Brigade, have been killed while 15 others were injured when they ran into landmines planted by Boko Haram insurgents during an operation in a remote village in the southern part of Borno State on Thursday, sources said.

It was learnt that the incident happened at 10.20am near Kwada Kwamtah Yahi village in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno when their vehicle ran over a massive bomb that exploded, killing one army officer and four others.

A top vigilante member, Yohanna Bitrus, who was part of the troops’ clearance operations in Kwada Kwamtah Yahi village, disclosed that a utility operation vehicle ran over a buried improvised explosive device (IED) and loud explosions ensued, resulting in casualties among troops in the two Hilux vehicles.

‘Nigeria Needs N1.5tr Yearly To Improve Renewable Energy Access’

The Minister of State, Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba has said Nigeria would require $4 billion (about N1.525 trillion) annually to increase access to clean and renewable energy to boost the supply of electricity to consumers in Nigeria.

The minister spoke recently during a virtual global power sector players’ conference presided over by the United Nations Secretary General, His Excellency Antonio Guternes.

A statement from his office said, Mr Agba outlined the challenges as well as achievements recorded in the power sector in the last five years by President Muhammadu Buhari led administration. The minister told the United Nations and officials of the participating countries that the Nigerian government is demonstrating its commitment especially with the ongoing five million solar home system connection programme under the COVID-19 recovery strategy tagged, Economic Sustainability Programme (ESP).

Change Security Chiefs , Wike Urges FG

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on the Federal Government to change the Security Chiefs in order to give room for fresh ideas and strategy in tackling the threats to internal insecurity.

Governor Wike made the call during the wreath laying and parade ceremony organised to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Port Harcourt on Friday.

The governor, who acknowledged the efforts made so far by the country’s security chiefs in the battle against insurgents, noted however that despite full military engagement with Boko Haram and killer bandits, the threats appear to be overwhelming on the country’s security agencies.

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