Monday Update: A Fatal Crash, Hope For Kagara Abductees And A 48-Hour Ultimatum

Good morning.

It’s a new week. We are leading with the military plane crash in Abuja, the rescue mission of the Kagara abductees, and a 48-hour ultimatum from the army chief.


Caregivers work at the scene of an accident involving a Nigerian military aircraft which crashed killing seven occupants on board at the Airport runway near Nigeria’s capital Abuja, on February 21, 2021.  KOLA SULAIMON / AFP

A Fatal Plane Crash

Seven Air Force officials died after their military plane crashed in Abuja shortly after take-off from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Sunday.

The cause is still being investigated but the Air Force has released the names of the officers who died in the Beechcraft Kingair B3501 plane crash.

The officers were en route to Niger State on a surveillance mission, as part of the military’s efforts to secure the release of the abducted students and staff of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara.

Condolence: President Muhammadu Buhari said he was deeply saddened by the news and joined Nigerians in mourning the unfortunate loss of the dedicated and courageous officials who died in the line of duty.

Related: A United Airlines flight landed safely in Denver, US, after its right engine failed; debris from the plane scattered over the residential area over which it was flying,


File: Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, during a state broadcast on May 4, 2020.

Hope In Kagara Rescue Operation

It’s almost a week since staff and students of GSSS Kagara were abducted by bandits in Niger State. They are yet to regain their freedom.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, said the general location of the Kagara abductees has been identified.

“The students of Kagara are located around  Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State which I believe very soon they would be back home,” the governor said.

Kaduna: In another attack, bandits have killed a man and his son during an attack on Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

Ogun: Police in the state say they have arrested three herdsmen for their alleged role in the attack on Bamajo village in Ayetoro, Yewa North.


The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru addresses troops in Dikwa Local Government, the headquarters of the Super Camp 9 Operation Lafiya Dole on February 21, 2021.

Army Chief Gives Ultimatum

The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, has given a 48-hour ultimatum for troops to clear out Marte and three other communities in Borno state of terrorists.

Boko Haram had last week hoisted its flags in parts of Marte, but the military has been on a voracious offensive. On Friday, the military successfully repelled attacks on Dikwa, another Borno community.

Quote: “In the last few days we have had attacks in your Area of Responsibility,” Attahiru said. “It is now high time we get back and fight through and support our forces ahead of you. Areas around Marte, Chukungudu, Krenoa, and Kirta Wulgo must be cleared in the next 48 hours . . . Go there and do the needful and I will be right behind you. Ensure you do your job, and do your job well.”

Orlu: Calm appears to have returned to the south-east city after a military operation against illegal camps caused residents to panic.


What else is happening?

Herdsmen: Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, has reiterated that open grazing is no longer acceptable in Nigeria.

Price hike: The federal government met with Organised Labour late Sunday to discuss the impending increase in petrol prices and electricity tariffs.

SERAP: The civil rights organisation has asked the President to order the probe of the alleged missing billions from the Universal Basic Education Commission and State Universal Basic Education boards.

Rochas Okorocha: The former Imo State Governor is in police custody over his involvement in a property dispute in his home state.

Watch: Our correspondent Dare Idowu, in this special report, attempts to connect the dots of the possible causes of pipeline explosions in Nigeria.

Ebola: Four people have now died from a new outbreak of the deadly disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where people are reportedly resisting measures to contain the spread.

Serie A: Romelu Lukaku was instrumental as Inter Milan beat city rivals AC Milan 3-0 to extend their lead at the top of the league.


And that’s it for today. Join us tomorrow.

Ayade Congratulates New Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Attahiru Ibrahim

Chief of Army Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru.

 

The Cross River state governor,  Ben Ayade, has congratulated Major-General Attahiru Ibrahim on his new appointment as Chief of Army Staff, saying President Muhammadu Buhari would not have made a better choice.

A statement signed by his Special on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, quoted the governor as describing General Attahiru’s appointment as fitting, proper and deserving.

Ayade recalled that the new Army Chief has a long history with Cross River having served in the state as the Commander of the 13th Brigade, Calabar.

“As a state, we are not surprised at General Attahiru’s appointment as the new Chief of Army Staff. His emergence clearly shows that a golden fish indeed has no hiding place. General Attahiru is a thorough breed officer who distinguished himself professionally while here as a Brigade Commander.

“Indeed, President Buhari could not have made a better choice because in General Attahiru you have a meticulous, cerebral, and brave officer. His appointment is, therefore, fitting, deserving and proper”, the governor said.

Continuing, Professor Ayade emphasized that “General Attahiru’s appointment is again for our dear state for this fine officer has a long history with Cross River. He is one of our own having served as the Commander of the 13th Brigade, Calabar.

“We are indeed joyous that one of our own is on the saddle. We congratulate the new Chief of Army Staff and look forward to a robust working relationship with him nay the Army.”