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FG Declares Zamfara ‘No-Fly Zone’, Bans Mining Activities

Security

The Federal Government has on Tuesday declared Zamfara State a ‘no fly zone’ as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state. The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (rtd.) made the disclosure in an interview with State House correspondents following a National Security Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, saying President Muhammadu Buhari approved the declaration as well as the recommendation of halting mining activities in the state.

Lagos Court Fines Arrested Cubana Nightclub Fun Seekers N6.8m

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A mobile court sitting at the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit in Oshodi has convicted 172 fun-seekers arrested at Cubana Night Club, Victoria Island, on Saturday by the state police command for violating COVID-19 protocols. The presiding judge requested each of the 172 violators to pay a fine of N40,000, and also sentenced them to community service. Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had while parading them at the command headquarters in Ikeja, said, “Despite all the efforts and COVID-19 policies being rolled out by the government, most youths, who are leaders of tomorrow, still find it difficult to comply. Self-compliance is what matters most; the ladies and gentlemen here were arrested around 2 am on Saturday at the Cubana Nightclub on Victoria Island.

Senate Confirms The Appointment Of Service Chiefs

Security

The Nigerian Senate has today confirmed the appointment of Service chiefs nominated by president Buhari following the exiting of former Service chiefs Tukur Buratai and others. The confirmation followed the report submitted by the Senate Committee on Defence to the plenary. The committee chairman who is also a former Governor of Sokoto state, Aliyu Magatakardan Wamako, explained in his report that all the nominees made themselves available for the screening to the lawmakers conducted on 3rd February 2021.

Lagos Court Fines Arrested Cubana Nightclub Fun Seekers N6.8m

Crime Watch

A mobile court sitting at the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit in Oshodi has convicted 172 fun-seekers arrested at Cubana Night Club, Victoria Island, on Saturday by the state police command for violating COVID-19 protocols. The presiding judge requested each of the 172 violators to pay a fine of N40,000, and also sentenced them to community service. Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had while parading them at the command headquarters in Ikeja, said, “Despite all the efforts and COVID-19 policies being rolled out by the government, most youths, who are leaders of tomorrow, still find it difficult to comply. Self-compliance is what matters most; the ladies and gentlemen here were arrested around 2 am on Saturday at the Cubana Nightclub on Victoria Island.

Gunmen Abduct Over 300 Schoolgirls In Zamfara

Crime Watch

At least 300 schoolgirls have on Friday been abducted by suspected bandits from Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe town, Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State. According to some school staff, the bandits who disguised themselves as security personnel arrived at the school around 2 am, shooting sporadically before breaking into the school and abducting the schoolgirls from the hostel in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles.

JUST IN: Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of Rochas Okorocha’s Properties

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Barely four days after the Imo state police command arrested and released the senator representing Imo West constituency, for breaking into a government sealed ‘Royal palm spring estate’, High Court in Owerri on Thursday ordered an interim forfeiture of all properties allegedly ‘acquired illegally’ by Rochas Okorocha, while he was in office.

Edo Won’t Negotiate With ‘Politicised’ NUT - Obaseki

Education

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state will not negotiate with a ‘politicised’ Nigeria Union of Teachers, noting that their demand should fall within the program he has designed for primary school. At a stakeholders forum organised by the State Universal Basic Education with the theme “Improving collaboration in the provision of basic education” in Benin on Monday, the Governor said there was no going back in his quest to improve basic education, which he said was the foundation of whatever the people are today.

NASU & SSANU Suspends Strike

Education

The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has suspended the indefinite strike it had embarked on - on Feb. 5 over outstanding arrears of minimum wage and other demands. NASU and SSANU under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) had embarked on a nationwide strike on Feb. 5, to compel the Federal Government to address their demands;

Scientists Have Successfully Cloned The First US Endangered Species, A Black-Footed Ferret

Education

Scientists in a groundbreaking feat have cloned the first U.S. endangered species for the first time, a black-footed ferret duplicated from the frozen genes of an animal that died over 30 years ago. The clone, named Elizabeth Ann was revealed to the world on Thursday by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in Fort Collins, Colorado. FWS coordinator Pete Gober said “You might have been handling a black-footed ferret kit and then they try to take your finger off the next day,” “She’s holding her own.” "Genomics revealed the genetic value that Willa could bring to her species," added Ryan Phelan, the executive director of conservation organization Revive & Restore, which was involved in the project.

FG Declares Zamfara ‘No-Fly Zone’, Bans Mining Activities

Security

The Federal Government has on Tuesday declared Zamfara State a ‘no fly zone’ as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state. The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (rtd.) made the disclosure in an interview with State House correspondents following a National Security Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, saying President Muhammadu Buhari approved the declaration as well as the recommendation of halting mining activities in the state.

Senate Confirms The Appointment Of Service Chiefs

Security

The Nigerian Senate has today confirmed the appointment of Service chiefs nominated by president Buhari following the exiting of former Service chiefs Tukur Buratai and others. The confirmation followed the report submitted by the Senate Committee on Defence to the plenary. The committee chairman who is also a former Governor of Sokoto state, Aliyu Magatakardan Wamako, explained in his report that all the nominees made themselves available for the screening to the lawmakers conducted on 3rd February 2021.

Just In: Released Jangebe Schoolgirls Arrive Zamfara Government House

Security

The just-released students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, GGSS, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area, LGA of Zamfara State have arrived at the Government House, Gusau, about 4 a.m. on Tuesday. Zamfara State Governor, Dr. Bello Matawalle, who confirmed their release in a Tweet on Tuesday, expressed delight over their freedom. He said “It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity. This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe.”

384 Stranded Nigerians Evacuated From Saudi Arabia Arrive The Country

Religion

The first batch of stranded Nigerians that cried out in a viral video to be evacuated from Saudi Arabia have now arrived the country. The returnees arrived aboard Saudi Arabia Airlines at about 1 pm at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission announced the return of the 384 Nigerians today. The returnees are part of the 802 stranded in Saudi that the Nigerian government had promised would be evacuated to Nigeria on Thursday and Friday. Announcing the return of the first batch, NIDCOM said out of the 384 returnees, 300 are males while 83 are females with one infant whose gender the Commission declined to reveal.

Attack On Buhari Government: Bishop Kukah Denies Calling For Military-Coup

Religion

Following the reaction that greeted Bishop, Mathew Kukah of Sokoto diocese's statement concerning President Buhari administration, the clergy kicked that he was quoted out of context as he did not call for a military coup.

Arewa Consultative Forum Blow Hot Over Bishop Kuka’s Coup Comment, Demand His Arrest

Religion

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has called on the Nigerian security agencies to arrest Bishop Mathew Kukah for interrogation over his insightful coup comment against the government of President Buhari. Last Friday, Kukah, a bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese accused President Buhari of nepotism and at the same time calling for a coup against the government.

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