Tuesday Update: Another Niger Abduction, States Get Covid Vaccine & Women’s Day

Good morning.

We are leading with another incident of kidnapping in Niger State, the roll-out of vaccines to states across the federation, and the global celebration of women.

Niger is a state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria and the largest state in the country.

Another Abduction In Niger State

Women and children were among 25 individuals abducted in another kidnap operation carried out by gunmen in Niger State on Monday.

According to residents of Kutunku community in Wushishi Local Government Area, the armed men began shooting sporadically around 10 am as they carted away about 20 persons.

Meanwhile, five persons were also abducted in Rafi Local Government Area and several other persons were injured at Panku Gari Council Area.

An eye-witness said the bandits, who were well-armed with dangerous weapons, carried out their operation brazenly in broad daylight.

State authorities, including the police, were yet to comment on the attack as of Monday evening

Context: Niger, the largest state in the country which shares a long border with the Federal Capital Territory, has experienced similar attacks in recent times. In February, tens of schoolboys were kidnapped in Kagara, a community in the state. Some 53 travellers, including 20 women and nine children, were also abducted while transiting on a state-owned bus earlier that month, although they have now been released.

The insecurity in Niger shadows the general situation across the country, although the Federal Government has repeatedly reiterated its commitment to restoring peace.

Ogun is the first state to receive the first batch of the vaccines. Photo: [email protected]

States begin to receive Covid Vaccine

Ogun State became the first regional government to receive the Covid vaccine after taking delivery of 50,000 doses of the Astrazeneca-Oxford jab.

The State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, promised that the doses will be immediately deployed to all the Local Government Areas in the state and across its 236 wards.

He added that the state is still awaiting the second batch of another 50,000 doses.

Strategic Leaders: Members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid, including Chairman Boss Mustapha, publicly received their first jabs of the Astrazeneca vaccine in Abuja on Monday.

According to Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the decision to administer the vaccine on members publicly was to help the government combat vaccine hesitancy, which the task force identifies as a potential…

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