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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 20 February, 2021 Edition)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

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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 Strange Disease Forced Benue Govt To Shut School

Vaatia College, a private boarding secondary school in Makurdi metropolis of Benue State was earlier this week shutdown by the state government over the outbreak of an unknown ailment.

The school came under health scrutiny after nine of the students manifested symptoms of a ‘strange’ illness which the state commissioner for health later described as orepa syndrome.

It was feared that more students could become victims of the infection, hence the closure of the institution but no one had reportedly died from the illness.

El-Rufai: How Old Men Like Me Can Be Chased Out Of Politics

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has given young persons the clue they can use in chasing “old men like me out of politics”.

Speaking at ‘Radio Now’s Urgent Conversation’ in Lagos on Friday, he called on youths, corporate professionals and religious leaders to join active politics to contribute their quota and make the country work.

El-Rufai also said protests or activism will not take anybody anywhere until good people surrender themselves for public service and endure the humiliation associated with serving fatherland.

Kagara Victims Have Not Been Released, Says Niger Gov

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has debunked the news making rounds on the release of the victims abducted at Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State. A total of 27 students, nine teacher, three non-teaching staff and nine family members were whisked into the forest during Wednesday’s attack.

Daily Trust had reported how armed men broke into the school in the wee hours of Wednesday, abducting staff and students. But on Friday morning, there were many reports on social media that the victims had been set free.

However, at a press conference at Government House, Minna, the state capital, the governor said there is no truth in the report of their release. He spoke after meeting with Sheik Ahmad Gumi, who has been making efforts to get the victims rescued.

Bauchi Gov: Those Living In Ondo Forests Don’t Need Akeredolu’s Permission

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, says Nigerians don’t need the permission of any governor to reside in any part of the country.

Mohammed and Rotimi Akeredolu, his Ondo State counterpart, have been in the news over the farmers-herders crisis.

Akeredolu had given herders who are “occupying Ondo forests illegally” an ultimatum to leave. He also banned underage grazing, night grazing, and movement of cattle within the cities and on highways. But Mohammed tackled faulted the action of Akeredolu, saying it would be inappropriate to label an entire tribe as criminals, based on the crimes of a few members of the ethnic group.

Benin Republic Ready To Be Nigeria’s ‘37th State’ – Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, had expressed readiness for his country to be part of Nigeria.

Onyeama, who stated this shortly after a close door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci, said the Beninoise president gave the offer when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari, a few weeks back.

“The President of Benin said as far as they are concerned, they want (not just saying it like that) but in reality, Benin should be the 37th state of Nigeria. We should really be one. They charged us to come together at ministerial level, to work out a framework for a sustainable relationship.”

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