FlashBack: COVID-19 Vaccination, Sadiq Daba’s Death, #FreeSenegal and Other Top Stories From Last Week 


There was a major boost in the fight against COVID-19 as Nigeria commenced its vaccination exercise after receiving its first shipment of AstraZeneca-Oxford Vaccine. Many prominent Nigerians paid glowing tributes to veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba who died last week. Also the abducted Jangebe schoolgirls regained their freedom. The Politico, therefore, highlights some of the top stories from last week. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Exercise Commenced in Nigeria

Nigeria started COVID-19 vaccination exercise after the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine arrived the country. Nigeria took delivery of 3.94million doses of the vaccine brought via Covax facility. Vaccination began with frontline health workers while President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also took the vaccine to boost the confidence of Nigerians in its efficacy. Meanwhile, the week ended with 158,237 cases in the country while death toll increased to 1,964. The number of persons who recovered also increased to 137,645. Globally, confirmed infections increased to 117,081,668 while fatalities and recoveries increased to 2,600,048 and 92,655,967 respectively. 

Sadiq Daba Died

Tragedy struck in Nollywood once again as veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba passed away. Daba died at a Lagos hospital after losing battle against prostate cancer and leukemia. His remains were buried at a cemetery in Lagos. His last movie appearance was in Kunle Afolayan’s movie , ‘Citation’ which was released in October 2020.

Jangebe Students Freed

Abducted students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe regained their freedom last week. This followed negotiation between government and bandits who kidnapped them. Governor Bello Matawalle who received the freed 279 students in Gusau said no ransom was paid to secure the schoolgirls’ release. Gunmen who dressed in military outfit had recently stormed the school and abducted the students barely a week after a similar incident in Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State. 

Okonjo-Iweala Resumed Officially 

Former Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, officially resumed as the Director-General of the WTO. She became the first woman and the first African to lead the organisation. 

Buhari Declared No Fly Zone in Zamfara

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the declaration of Zamfara as a “No Fly Zone” as part of efforts to tackle banditry in the state. Buhari also directed the suspension of all mining activities in the state. This was disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, after the National Security Council meeting last week. The directive came on the heels of the abduction of 279 students in Jangebe, Zamfara State. Monguno added that the President had directed security agency to clamp down on bandits in the state and other areas in the country. 

Enugu Water Scarcity 

The social media, Twitter especially, was awashed with complaints of water scarcity in Enugu State. Many residents took to social media to express their frustration at the development with pictures of long queues of persons and containers. The worst hit were residents of Independence Layout, Community Layout in Transekulu, Achara Layout and Emene.

North Food Blockade on South

Some states in the Southern part of the country witnessed rise in prices of food items last week as the Amalgamated Union of Traders and Cattle Breeders Association Union (AUTCBAU) embarked on food blockade to the South. The association said it would not end the blockade until the Federal Government compensated its members who were attacked in the South. The blockade had resulted in scarcity and an increase in the prices of food items in the south — while supply disruption crashed prices in the north. The intervention of Governor Yahaya Bello however led to the end of the blockage as transportation of food items and cattle to the South resumed. 

Mass Protest Hit Senegal 

#FreeSenegeal was one of the trending discussions on Twitter last week as massive protests hit the West African country. The arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko pushed his young supporters to the streets. Sonko, the Pastef party leader, considered to be a major challenger to President Macky Sall, was arrested for alleged rape. The 46-year old considers the allegation as politically motivated. At least four people have been killed in violent clashes which broke out in the past few days.