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Today's Headlines: Bandits invade Kaduna Airport staff quarters, abduct nine

FG begins relocation of pupils from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

Following the series of mass abduction of schoolchildren by Boko Haram terrorists and other criminals in the northern part of the country , the Federal Ministry of Education says it has begun the relocation of pupils from Borno , Yobe and Adamawa states to other states.

It also said the Safe Schools Initiative of the government had not stopped , noting that its implementation was being intensified and re -invigorated .

The Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Ben Goong , stated these in an interview with our correspondent.

Boko Haram terrorists had in the past abducted pupils , women and girls from the three states, including Chibok in Borno State and Dapchi in Yobe State . Also, criminals had in recent times kidnapped pupils from some North -Western states.

Bandits invade Kaduna Airport staff quarters, abduct nine

Some bandits were said to have invaded the staff quarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria , Kaduna and abducted six family members , a woman and two children .

At the end of the operation which lasted for several hours according to an eyewitness , nine persons were kidnapped by the bandits .

The FAAN quarters is located near the Kaduna International Airport in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state .

Sunday PUNCH gathered that the bandits stormed the area on motorcycles at 1 am on Saturday after gaining access to the quarters through the airport runway.

It was further learnt that the bandits invaded the quarters with sophisticated weapons but were able to gain access to only one house .

The source noted that soldiers engaged the bandits in a gun duel and the bandits were able to escape with nine persons.

Presidency dismisses fear of COVID-19 vaccine side effects on Buhari, Osinbajo

The Presidency has again reassured Nigerians on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine administered on President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday.

The president’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, gave the assurance in a statement in Abuja on Saturday evening while reacting to press enquiries.

The statement read in part: ”In response to press enquiries, I like to assure all citizens, and to dispel fears and misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine administered on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, earlier this morning.

ECOWAS recommends compensation for vaccine side effects, injury

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Vaccine Taskforce has recommended compensation for citizens who suffer side effects or injury from the COVID-19 vaccination.

Prof. Stanley Okolo, the Director-General of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), disclosed this at the 5th Regional Steering Committee meeting of the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) project on Saturday in Abuja.

Okolo said that the recommendation was one of the resolutions adopted by the taskforce and presented to the ECOWAS Ministerial Coordinating Committee to encourage citizens to receive the vaccine.

He explained during the REDISSE virtual meeting that the issue of indemnity was being taken up by the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, the global initiative aimed at equitable access to the vaccine, led by Vaccine Alliance, World Health Organisation, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, among others.

Police rescue 7 abducted travelers in Osun

The Osun State Police Command Saturday morning confirmed the release of the seven abducted travelers along Osogbo/Obokun road.

The Nation reports that suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday night around 7:30 PM stormed the road after Ajenbandele village in Ibokun Council Area of Osun State and abducted an unknown number of travellers.

During the attack, one yet-to-be-known man was shot dead while two women sustained injuries. The Commissioner of Police, Osun State, Mr Olawale Olokode, had said his men, Amotekun Corps, Vigilante and Hunters are combing the forest to secure the release of those that were abducted.

A statement by the spokesperson of Osun Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola started that, with the frantic efforts of Police and support from other security outfits, they have secured the release of seven abductees kidnapped along Ibokun/Osogbo road on 2nd March 2021.

CBN boosts diaspora remittances with N5 for every dollar

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced a rebate of N5 for every $1 remitted to Nigeria through licensed International Money Transfer Organisations (IMTOs).

This rebate will be paid into the bank accounts of beneficiaries, following receipt of remittance inflows.

CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, who disclosed this at virtual event on Saturday, said: “This new measure will help to make the process of sending remittance through formal bank channels cheaper and more convenient for Nigerians in the diaspora.”

This new policy is expected to take effect on March 8, 2021.

According to the CBN, the average cost of sending $200 worth remittances to Nigeria from the US is roughly 4.7 per cent.

Emefiele said: “Studies have shown that even a 1 per cent decrease in cost of sending remittance can result in a significant boost in inflows.

“Countries in South Asia, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, are aware of this impact and they introduced reimbursement schemes to support inflows.”

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