THE NATION

  1. Our ordeal inside bandits’ camp, by freed passengers

Some of the abducted passengers of a bus, who regained freedom at the weekend, on Monday relived their ordeal in the hands of the bandits.

One of them, Hajiya Jumai Isa, said: “It was a terrible experience but we thank God that we are safe now. They threatened us, they beat the men, they really beat the hell out of them. They told us they didn’t want anything from us but money. They said they wanted money, that we should give them money, that our people should bring money so that they would free us and that if not, they would kill us.”

  1. What you need to know about Buhari’s new ADC, Lt. Col Dodo

President Muhammadu Buhari’s new Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Lt. Col Yusuf Muktar Dodo, on Monday, officially resumed duties. Lt. Col. Y M Dodo hails from Katsina Local Government Area of Katsina State. Dodo took over from his predecessor, Colonel Mohammed Lawal Abubakar.

  1. Gumi: bandits not Boko Haram insurgents

An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Monday said bandits are not Boko Haram insurgents but people pushed into crime by poverty. Gumi warned that “we have to be very careful” in handling their case to prevent they’re being lured by Boko Haram. He said that unlike Boko Haram insurgents with international connections and resources,  ”bandits are victims of circumstances.”

Gumi said: “I can say categorically that they are not Boko Haram but we have to be very careful because if the pressure is too much(on them), they can be lured by the Boko Haram. Boko Haram insurgents are more internationally connected and richer.

  1. PTF warns Nigerians against getting COVID-19 vaccines at black market

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Pandemic has warned Nigerians not to patronize uncertified vaccines from the black market. Its Chairman and Secretary to Government of Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha, who gave the warning during the task force’s news conference in Abuja yesterday, assured that Nigeria would soon receive the initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines.

According to him, the PTF would ensure that safe and efficacious vaccines would be made available to all citizens, pleading for patience and vigilance, even as everyone continues to observe the advice to stick to the non-pharmaceutical interventions.

 

PUNCH NEWSPAPER

  1. Division among bandits delays abducted Niger schoolboys’ release

There were strong indications on Monday that a disagreement among bandits in Niger State was delaying the release of 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, who were abducted on Wednesday.

A top government source, who confided in The PUNCH, said the bandits, who carried out the abduction, had not agreed with the warlord government negotiated with.

There was controversy over the release of the abductees on Sunday. Earlier in the day, officials of the Niger State and security sources said the abductees had been released and were on their way to Minna, the state capital. But later, the state Governor, Sani Bello, said the abductees were still in captivity.

2. Okorocha boasts of presidential bid, 14 ex-aides get N70m bail

THE Peoples Democratic Party on Monday accused the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, and a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, of turning the state into a war zone. The PDP spokesperson in the state, Ogubundu Nwadike, in a statement on Monday said the clash between the supporters of Okorocha and Uzodimma on Sunday at Royal Spring Estate, Owerri, was “disgusting”.

Nwadike spoke on the heels of the disagreement between Uzodimma’s administration and Okorocha who is currently the lawmaker representing Imo West in the Senate. The statement alleged that the actions of Uzodimma and Okorocha were causing tension and apprehension in the state.

3. Student convicted, Ogun socialite arraigned over N35m scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Monday, arraigned one Mary Akerele before Justice Abiodun Akinyemi of the Ogun State High Court 4, Abeokuta, on five counts bordering on stealing to the tune of N35,520,000.

The Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, indicated that trouble started for the 46-year-old socialite, who resides in the Aseko area of Idiroko, Ogun State, when the commission received a petition alleging that she collected the said sum in instalments from one Alhaja Abike Oladoja to supply four truckloads of rice from a milling company in Bida, Niger State, but allegedly diverted the funds.

4. Ortom attacks Mohammed, calls Bauchi gov ‘Fulani terror’ member

BENUE State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday said he remained convinced that his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, is a member of the Fulani terrorist group terrorising Nigeria. Governor Ortom, who stated this during a press conference in Makurdi, also cried out that his life was being threatened by his counterpart’s outburst.

He said the Bauchi governor was part of the conspiracy against him, adding that with the manner Mohammed was attacking him, his life is no longer saved.

 

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