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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 19 February, 2021 Edition)

Governor of Niger State Abubakar Bello

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Residents Killed As Gunmen Carry Out Fresh Attacks In Niger

Some communities in Gurmana Ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have been attacked by gunmen.

Daily Trust learnt that Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko and other adjoining villages were invaded by armed gangs who operated unchallenged for hours.

According to Co-convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Yusuf Kokki, some residents were killed in the attacks which happened hours after students and staff were abducted at Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of the state. “Countless deadly attacks have become daily occurrences thereby compelling the affected victims to live at the mercy of hydra-headed monsters. Defenceless, unarmed and peaceful locals have been abandoned to their fate,” Kokki said in a statement.

Dikko Inde, Former Customs Comptroller-General, Is Dead

Abdullahi Dikko, former comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), is dead.

A family source told Daily Trust that he died at his Jabi residence in Abuja on Thursday evening.

“He has been seriously and was taken to hospital close to his house in Jabi, but later died at home. A strong pillar of our family has fallen, May Allah forgive him,” he said.

Insurgency May Not End In 20 Years, Says Buratai

A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd.), on Thursday said the Boko Haram insurgency may not end in 20 years time.

He said the terrorists have, for a long time, indoctrinated the people, making it difficult to defeat them within a short period.

Buratai spoke when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening as a non-career ambassador-designate.

Second Republic Legislator, Junaid Mohammed, Dies At 73

Elder Statesman and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, is dead.

His son, Suleiman Mohammed, who confirmed the death Thursday night, told Daily Trust that his father, who took ill about three days ago, died at his residence in Kano around 10pm.

The deceased was a renowned social critic and a member of the house of representatives under the People’s Redemption Party (PRP). He trained as Medical Doctor in the Soviet Union and specialized afterward in the United Kingdom as a neurosurgeon.

House: PDP Lifts Suspension On Minority Leader, 6 Others

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives seems to have ended with the lifting of suspension on seven lawmakers who flouted the directives of the party to emerge as minority leaders.

Two factions of the PDP caucus have been in existence since the constitution of the caucuses of the parliament in 2019.

The party had endorsed the Kingsley Chinda-led caucus but Ndudi Elumelu’s faction was recognised by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. Crisis has been rocking the PDP caucus in the House, leading to the suspension of Elumelu and six others by the party.

Gbenga Daniel Registers As APC Member

A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, officially registered on Thursday as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Daniel, who was the Director-General of the campaign committee of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in 2019, registered at his ward 12, Isote in Sagamu LGA of the state.

The former governor, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Olufunke Daniel, was registered by his ward chairman, Suji Olusegun. The exercise was supervised by the state chairman of the APC Revalidation and Registration Committee, Hon Ademorin Kuye.

Daniel had on Tuesday officially joined APC and was received into the party by five governors; Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger) at his Asoludero court in Sagamu, Ogun State.

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