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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are still 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.

Buhari Has Done More Than Obasanjo, Others In S’East — Andy Uba

A former governor of Anambra State, Senator Andy Uba, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has performed more than his predecessors in addressing the developmental challenges in the South-East geopolitical zone.

Uba, who represented Anambra South Senatorial District for two terms, urged the people of the state to register in the on-going membership revalidation and registration of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said it is time the people of the South East and Anambra embraced APC for the landmark projects on-going in the zone and the state. Uba made the call while addressing his supporters, shortly after revalidation of his membership in his Ward, Uga in Aguata LGA of the state.

Ortom: Hold Bauchi Gov Responsible If I’m Assassinated

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Monday, says his counterpart in Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, should be held responsible if he (Ortom) is assassinated.

Ortom also urged his Bauchi counterpart to apologise to Nigerians over his recent comments that Nigerians would be compelled to believe he is part of the conspiracy to wipe them out.

Ortom, at a press conference in Makurdi, the state capital, said it is disheartening to hear the Bauchi governor defend foreign armed herders who have “killed many Nigerians and inflicted pains on several communities across the country”.

Isa Yuguda: Fulani Are Being Treated Unfairly In Nigeria

A former Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has condemned the profiling of Fulani herdsmen as criminals.

In an interview with journalists shortly after his revalidation as a member of the All Progressives Congress, at the Destination Bauchi Hotel, on Monday, the former governor said Fulani herdsmen are being treated unfairly in Nigeria.

He said herdsmen, who have provided the country with a minimum of one million cattle to slaughter daily, have been neglected by the federal government over the years. According to him, if the government could release huge sums of money as subsidies in agriculture, why can’t the government subsidise pastoralism?

Abuja Crash: Pilot Was In Abuja To Refuel, Says Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force, on Monday, disclosed that the pilot who flew the Beechcraft King Air B350i which crashed with seven crew members on Sunday was at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to refuel.

Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, the Chief of Air Staff, revealed this when he received the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who paid a condolence visit to the Nigerian Air Force headquarters.

According to CAS, the deceased personnel had been in Minna for days on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in connection with the efforts to secure the release of the 42 students and staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

Borno Attack: Hundreds Trapped As Boko Haram Hoists Flags In Marte

Hundreds of people have been trapped in towns and villages after Boko Haram fighters dislodged Nigerian troops in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State over a week ago.

Credible sources told the Daily Trust that the terrorists loyal to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have also hoisted their flags in many places including military outposts in New Marte and Kirenowa, the biggest town in the local government.

On Sunday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru issued a 48-hour deadline for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture Marte from Boko Haram terrorists.

We Saw Hell In Captivity — Freed Niger Passengers

The abducted passengers of the Niger State Transport Authority bus, who regained freedom from captivity on Sunday, have narrated their ordeals in the hands of their captors.

They told journalists in Minna on Monday that their experience was terrible and horrible.

One of them, Hajia Jummai Isah, said: “They were threatening us and beating the men. They really beat the hell out of the men, but all they wanted from us was money. They kept demanding money from us so that they would spare us, if not, they said they’d kill us. They used to give us dirty water to drink from the stream. Their ammunition is out of this world. I’d never seen that kind of arms before in my life. They’ve different kinds of assorted weapons.”

Ex-DSS Official Reveals Gumi Met Bandits Near A Military Post

A former assistant director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Dennis Amachree, on Monday, explained that the security agents who were ordered to rescue victims of Kagara abduction didn’t engage the bandits in a gun battle in order to avoid collateral damage.

Amachree, who stated this on Channels Television morning show: ‘Sunrise Daily’, noted that the bandits could easily use the captives as a human shield if the security forces had engaged them in a battle.

He also said the compound where the popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, met bandits in a forest in Niger State to discuss the release of the abducted students and teachers of Government Science College, Kangara, was very close to a military post.

Okorocha/Uzodinma Feud: Don’t Turn Imo Into War Theatre, PDP Warns

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has condemned the clash between supporters of Senator Rochas Okorocha and the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, urging the duo not to turn the state into a theatre of war.

The supporters of Okorocha and Uzodinma had clashed on Sunday over the sealing of Royal Spring Palm Estate Hotel, Akachi, by the state government. Two persons were reportedly killed during the clash. APC in the state is enmeshed in a crisis following the political differences and feud between Okorocha and Uzodinma.

The party, through its Publicity Secretary Ogubundu Nwadike, said it was utterly disgusting that the present APC government in the state has turned Imo into a terror zone, theatre of war and conflict.

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