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The week, 14th to the 20th of February change into one other eventful one in Nigeria, with a brand new build of controversies and tragic events that would also simply have sadly turn into normal in Nigeria’s nationwide lifestyles.

Occasions starting from the abduction of 27 students and 15 workers of the Executive Science College (GSC), Kagara, Niger Direct to the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the brand new Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Commission (EFCC), the gale of defections to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Nigeria’s exit from recession dominated the news within the previous week.

Moreover for for the exit from recession, nothing mighty known as for cheers within the previous week, as the media house change into as soon as more dominated by one controversy or the notify.

Kagara Abduction

In the early hours of Wednesday, February 17th, 2021, gunmen, reportedly carrying militia uniform and believed to be bandits, stormed the Executive Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Executive Spot of Niger Direct.

In response to experiences, the bandits first overpowered the protection guards at the college ahead of going ahead to behavior the factitious of the day, which is to decide students and workers of the college into captivity. On the tip of the operation acknowledged to have lasted about two hours, one student, apparently attempting to destroy out factual love others did, change into shot ineffective while 27 students and 15 contributors of workers were taken away by motorcycle driving bandits.

The assault on the college in Kagara, though the first assault on a college in Niger Direct, came barely 72 hours after 18 passengers of the notify transport company, NSTA were kidnapped within the identical LGA.

The notify has been ravaged by the bloody activities of bandits who raid communities, homicide and kidnap harmless folk at will, with four local governments acknowledged to be worse hit.

Defections

– Captured Daniel

On Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, a veteran Governor of Ogun Direct, Otunba Gbenga Daniel announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Birthday celebration (PDP) to the ruling APC, asserting he has been ‘captured’

In a immediate insist, Daniel wrote: “I have since skilled an avalanche of encouragement to advance help on board.

“On the other hand within the excellent 48 hours things took a dizzying trudge with the resolution of the APC Nationwide Chairman soliciting for to seek the advice of with me at Asoludero on Wednesday with about three Governors.

“Whereas planning for the seek the advice of with, Governor Abiodun also determined to seek the advice of with me later this present day with one other build of Governors.

“It, therefore, technique that I have within the waste been ‘captured’. I knowing I must mute immediate immediate the house ahead of the news trudge viral. Thanks for your understanding.”

With this immediate insist, Gbenga Daniel’s breeze to the APC, which started at some level of the 2019 overall election grew to turn into decent. On the election, despite being a campaign supervisor for veteran Vice President, Atiku Abubakar within the South-West for the PDP, Daniel threw his weight within the help of Governor Dapo Abiodun, who change into then the candidate of the APC in Ogun Direct, directing his followers to vote for him.

For many, Gbenga had been within the ruling occasion since then, in particular with the defection of his veteran deputy, Alhaji Sinatu Badaru and majority of his followers to the APC nearly two years within the past.

– Iyiola Omisore

Similarly, a day earlier, Monday 16th of February, one other great fish jumped the political boat in Osun Direct, when a veteran deputy governor and a two term Senator, Iyiola Omisore dumped the Social Democratic Birthday celebration (SDP) for the APC.

Omisore’s defection seals a romance that started quickly after the inconclusive governorship election in Osun Direct. Coming third on the election consequence, Omisore grew to turn into the final note bride to the APC after the Autonomous Nationwide Electoral Commission (INEC) ordered contemporary polls at some polling items within the Ife axis, Omisore’s stronghold, the build election were cancelled for one reason or the varied.

Abdulrasheed Bawa’s Appointment

On Tuesday February 16, the chequered tenure of the suspended performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu change into within the waste dropped at a conclusive quit with the announcement of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the brand new boss of the anti-graft agency.

Bawa, 40 and a pioneer cadet detective of the EFCC, also a Deputy Detective Superintendent, change into appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in total departure from the norm for the rationale that inception of the agency, coming as the first Chairman of the Commission that is no longer either a retired or serving police officer. He also comes as the first core workers of the EFCC and the youngest person to maintain the predicament.

Though his appointment has introduced up new controversies, bordering on alleged rotten practices, in particular allegations that Bawa illegally bought off 244 trucks seized from alleged treasury looters at ridiculous prices, thereby denying the nation of about N4.8 billion in recovered loot, the EFCC has, however, advance to his defence, claiming he change into never fascinated about this form of shady deal.

Furthermore, there are arguments over his qualification to maintain the office of chairman, with arguments that as a stage 13 officer, he change into no longer qualified since he is no longer at the stage of an ACP as stipulated within the EFCC Act. On the other hand, to build particular does no longer turn into a narrate, experiences have it that the agency has since promoted Bawa and his Course 1 mates to stage 14, therefore, paving the technique for a subtle screening and affirmation by the Senate barring any varied topic.

Ex-CDI Usman’s Revelation About Dapchi Ladies Abduction

Nigerians were greatly greatly surprised on Thursday, the 18th of February, 2021 with the confession of the prompt previous Chief of Defence intelligence (CDI), Air Vice Marshall Muhammad Usman, that the militia had intelligence picture that Boko Haram insurgents will assault and kidnap female students from a college in Dapchi, Yobe Direct in 2018.

Usman, who is one among the retired high militia brass appointed as ambassadors-designate by President Buhari, made the confession when he appeared ahead of the Senate Committee on International Affairs for his screening.

He acknowledged: “There change into an intelligence picture on Dapchi ahead of it came about. We noticed indicators building up however it change into no longer managed successfully.

“Direct governors have a job to play attributable to if you happen to are given intelligence, we ask troops to skedaddle in however this does no longer happen within the North-East attributable to unhealthy roads and titillating terrains.”

Though the retired CDI tried to shield the failure of the militia to behave on the intelligence at its disposal, blaming unhealthy roads and titillating terrains and tactically transferring accountability for his or her failure on notify governors, many Nigerians imagine the failure to behave and pause the girls from being kidnapped is the identical reason the war towards insurgency has persevered to plug.

Matawalle’s No longer All Bandits are Criminals

Zamfara Direct Governor, Bello Matawalle on Thursday, February 18, 2021 added to ongoing debates over armed bandits terrorising the North-West and aspects of the North-Central geopolitical zones when he change into quoted to have acknowledged “No longer all bandits are criminals.”

The governor, whose notify change into at a level the epicenter of bandits activities, with the sizable forests within the notify firmly below their control till date, acknowledged: “No longer all of them are criminals.

“Whereas you investigate what’s taking place, and what made them pick the licensed guidelines into their hands, about a of them, as soon as quickly were cheated by the so-known as vigilante groups.

“They generally trudge to their settlements and homicide property and pick their animals. They did not have someone to communicate with, so as soon as quickly, they trudge for revenge. When the vigilante neighborhood assaults them, they trudge for reprisals.”

Matawalle, who made the insist while talking to Direct Dwelling Correspondents quickly after a gathering with President Muhammadu Buhari, came below assault, with Nigerians questioning how a governor, who had to contend with the criminal activities of these bandits be claiming that no longer all of them are criminals.

The insist credited to Matawalle, however, fits into the legend being pushed by revered Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi, who has continuously acknowledged lately that the bandits are battling towards injustices carried out to them.

Gumi’s Mission to the Bandits

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, as soon as more remained within the news within the previous week, attributable to his advocacy for amnesty for bandits and his interface with bandits who allegedly kidnapped students and contributors of workers from the GSC, Kagara, Niger Direct.

Gumi change into at the Executive Dwelling, Minna on Thursday, a day after the abduction of the students and college workers, the build he pledged to work for the begin of the abductees. And factual to his promise, he change into within the forest of Dutsin Magaji, bordering Niger, Zamfara and Kaduna states, the build he, allegedly met with the bandits. It is miles however, but to be viewed how efficient this interface perchance and the absolute most sensible intention soon the abductees shall be launched.

Exit from Recession

Essentially the most cheering news within the center of the week ended 20 of February is the picture of the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that the nation has exited recession and help to the depart of enhance.

The NBS picture acknowledged: “Nigeria’s pass domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.11 percent (one year-on-one year) in right terms within the fourth quarter of 2020, representing the first particular quarterly enhance within the excellent three quarters.

“Though former, the actual enhance shows the gradual return of industrial activities following the easing of restricted movements and restricted local and world commercial activities within the earlier quarters.

“As a consequence, while the Q4 2020 enhance payment change into lower than enhance payment recorded the outdated one year by –2.44 share suggestions, it change into greater by 3.74 share suggestions in contrast with Q3 2020.

“On a quarter on quarter basis, right GDP enhance change into 9.68 percent indicating a second particular consecutive quarter on quarter right enhance payment in 2020 after two negative quarters.

“Overall, in 2020, the annual enhance of right GDP change into estimated at –1.92 percent, a decline of –4.20 share suggestions when in contrast with the 2.27 percent recorded in 2019.”

Reporting the exit, Bloomberg acknowledged “Africa’s most attention-grabbing financial system with out discover exits recession”, underscoring how the news change into taken even begin air Nigeria.

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