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COVID-19: We’ll Accept 1st Dose Of Vaccine – Northern Govs
The governors of the northern part of the country under the auspices of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) have agreed to take the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine when it arrives the country.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, made the disclosure in his address at a webinar on the safety and efficacy of vaccine organised by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF).
The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Danladi Atu said the decision was taken to take away fears and controversies surrounding the vaccines.
Gunmen Kill 10 In Katsina, Abduct 81 In Niger, Taraba
Bandits and kidnappers have launched multiple attacks in Katsina, Niger and Taraba states, killed many people, injured dozens and abducted over 80 others, including women and children.
In Katsina, Daily Trust reports that at least 10 people were reportedly killed and dozens injured when bandits attacked Unguwar Sarki of Shema Village in Faskari Local Government Area at night on Wednesday. It was learnt that the bandits in large numbers attacked the community at about 11 pm and operated for hours before they left in the early hours of Thursday.
Reports from Niger State in North Central indicate that over 50 people were abducted by bandits in Bassa community in Shiroro Local Government Area on Thursday. Also, unidentified gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted 25 youths along Wukari-Takum road at about 6 pm on Wednesday.
N10bn Libel Suit: Ortom Seeks Definite Hearing Against Oshiomhole
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Thursday, urged a Makurdi High Court to fix a date for definite hearing in his N10 billion libel suit against a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and the APC. Ortom sought for definite hearing against the former party chairman over his alleged unseriousness with an out-of-court settlement.
The former APC Chairman had asked for an out-of-court settlement with Governor Ortom, a move which was communicated to the court on October 13, 2020. Consequently, the Presiding Judge, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman, had adjourned the case to October 29, 2020, for a report on the out-of-court settlement. But, after two adjournments, with the last one done on December 16, 2020, the case resumed Thursday for a report on the out-of-court settlement earlier canvassed by Oshiomhole.
Ladi Achibong, who held the brief of Ortom’s counsel, Samuel Irabor, told the court that the out-of-court settlement had failed, and it appeared the defendants are not serious with the out-of-court settlement. Archibong submitted that she had the express instruction of Irabor to ask the court to fix a date for definite hearing of the N10 billion libel suit against Oshiomhole and the APC.
APC Will Retain Plateau In 2023 – Lalong
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State, yesterday, said his party, APC, will retain power in 2023 in the state because of the peace being enjoyed in the state.
He said the peaceful coexistence restored by the APC in the state was what gave people the confidence that the party would take the state to the Promised Land, adding that before the party took over there was no peace in the state.
He said: “The people of Plateau State know where we took over from and the difference we have made. There is substantial peace and more visitors and investors are coming to the state.”
Why APC Will Disintegrate Before 2023 – Sule Lamido
A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has predicted that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will be in disarray and eventually disintegrate by 2023.
Lamido, a chieftain of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the declaration in Kano at the sideline of his meeting with the newly elected chairmen of the party in the 27 LGAs of Jigawa State.
He said the party will disintegrate because President Muhammadu Buhari, the main appeal for the party will no longer have any use for them and will therefore no longer be able to serve as the magnetic force for the party. “He (Buhari) was the magnet, the character and the aura that led to the formation of the party,” he said.
Obasanjo Nearly Retired Me From Army 21 Years Ago – Buratai
The outgone Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, nearly retired him as a young officer in the Nigerian Army 21 years ago.
Buratai, who said he was at the rank of Major at that time, described his attainment to the peak of his career, Lieutenant General and Chief of Army Staff, as historic.
The former Army Chief spoke at the Army headquarters in Abuja during a formal handing over to Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru who was, on Tuesday, appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo almost retired me 21 years ago when I was a Major. My retirement after 40 years of Service is historic, hence, calls for gratitude.”
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