The main headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers of Tuesday, February 19, are focused on insecurity in Nigeria, which is said to have worsened; a report by World Bank that the country's economy has been slipping since 1995 and continued till 2018 among others.
Vanguard reports that no fewer than 12 persons were reportedly killed during a clash by cultists in two local government areas of Rivers state.
Seven people, including a police inspector, were also sent to their early graves in Ondo as a new generation bank in Idoani, Ose local government area of the state, was stormed by armed robbers.
Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina has described the level of kidnapping the state as alarming.
Special squad units have been deployed by the inspector general of police to beef-up security in eight front line local government areas in Katsina.
The IGP said: “The squad will be camped in three strategic locations covering the eight local government areas of the state with a mandate to identify, engage and arrest suspected bandits and also to respond to distress calls within their locations.
“I am appealing to members of the public to support and partner the Nigeria Police Force by providing credible information that would lead to the arrest of suspected persons in connection with these heinous crimes.”
The Guardian reports that federal government of Nigeria needs to revamp security checks at the country's airport if it is serious in putting a stop to drug trafficking.
Recall that a Nigerian identified as Kudirat Afolabi was recently executed by Saudi authorities for drug trafficking.
On Friday, April 5, the senior special assistant to the president on diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said another Nigerian was apprehended at Jeddah airport for alleged drug smuggling.
She said: “The sad thing is that there are about 20 Nigerians on death row. Eight have been executed. Just yesterday, another Nigerian, Wahid Somade, was arrested at Jeddah airport with about 1,138g of cocaine. The latest one would be added to those that could be executed. We keep appealing to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure trial is fair.”
The Nation on its part reports that 20 people were reportedly killed in a fresh attack by unknown gunmen in Angwan Aku community, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.
According to a resident, the attack was launched at about 7am on Monday, April 8, by gunmen that were said to have dressed in military uniform and armed with AK47 rifles, machetes and sticks.
The source said: “The attackers stormed the village and they were shooting indiscriminately and everybody started running into the bush. They were pursuing us as we ran. Some people were killed in the bush.
“Some of them were wearing military uniforms with bulletproof vests… I saw them from where I was hiding.”
“The police came in eight Hilux vehicles, but instead of pursuing the bandits who ran into the bush, they just turned back."
This Day reports that the Supreme Court denies report that the resignation of Walter Onnoghen as the chief justice of Nigeria had ripped it apart, adding that it remains a united institution,
The director of press and information of the supreme court said in a statement: “It is necessary to state categorically clear that the publication is false and misleading in its entirety. There is no iota of truth in the story, as every word in it only exists in the realm of rumour and mischief.
“For the umpteenth time, let it be known to all and sundry that no judicial officer is appointed on account of religious or tribal affiliation, as such, the discharge of their judicial obligations cannot be dictated by such extraneous considerations. As it has always been, the Supreme Court justices and the entire management are united, cohesive and indivisible in the quest to move the court to an enviable height.”
Punch reports that World Bank said Nigerian economy has been slipping since 1995 and it continued till 2018.
World Bank released a report titled Africa Pulse. In the report is the taxonomy of growth performance in sub-Saharan Africa, which focused on the macroeconomic and financial features that led to growth resilience on the continent.
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