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FG paid huge ransom for Dapchi girls – UN
Fri, 17 Aug 2018

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The federal government paid a large ransom to secure the release of the over 100 schoolgirls kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State by insurgents, according to a report by the United Nations.
Daily Trust reports that all but one of the girls, Leah Sharibu, were freed after a month in captivity. Security sources have said that negotiations are still on to free Leah.

The UN report contradicts the statement of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, that the girls were released with no money paid.
“It is not true that we paid ransom for the release of the Dapchi girls, neither was there a prisoner swap to secure their release,” Mohammed had said in March.
No ransom was paid, FG insists
The minister insisted in a statement last night that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the Dapchi girls.
But the UN report said the girls were freed by the Boko Haram terrorists in exchange for a large ransom payment, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported yesterday.
It said kidnapping for ransom remains one of the main sources of funding of Boko Haram activities and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region. Apart from the Dapchi girls, many others have also been abducted in the North East by the Boko Haram and other insurgents.
The report is titled “22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, pursuant to resolution 2368 (2017) concerning Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – ISIL – (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities.”
The report, which was submitted to the Security Council Committee, said “Meanwhile, Boko Haram (QDe.138) and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have had a similar impact in their areas of control, including the Lake Chad basin.
“The predominance in the region of the cash economy, without controls, is conducive to terrorist groups funded by extortion, charitable donations, smuggling, remittances and kidnapping.
“In Nigeria, 111 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped on 18 February 2018 and released by ISWAP on 21 March 2018 in exchange for a large ransom payment.”
The UN said the number of doctrinally based non-governmental organisations sending funds to local terrorist groups was growing, and Member States were concerned that radicalisation was increasing the threat level in the Sahel.
The report, according to NAN, was signed by Edmund Fitton-Brown, Coordinator, Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, who said the report was “comprehensive and independent”, and Kairat Umarov, Chair, Security Council Committee.
The UN Security Council committee on al Qaeda sanctions blacklisted and imposed sanctions on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in 2014 after the insurgents kidnapped more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls.
The designation, which came into effect after no objections were raised by the Security Council’s 15 members, subjected Boko Haram to UN sanctions, including an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban.
The UN Security Council had last week said it remained concerned at the security and humanitarian situation caused by the Boko Haram terrorists and other armed groups in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.

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Gombe assembly minority leader dumps APC for PDP
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Minority Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Haruna, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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Dauras Sack is Not Enough
Fri, 17 Aug 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 was a proverbial day of sorrow for the siege on the institution that gives vent to the country’s democracy – the National Assembly. That day’s abnormal incident will last longer than months or even years of freedom in the legislative body.
On an instruction from an ‘authority from above’ who is yet to be unmasked, hood and mask-wearing operatives of the Department of State Security prevented elected representatives of the people, the legislators, and other supporting staff of the National Assembly from carrying out their legitimate assignments. The operatives turned the gates of the National Assembly into the eye of the needle. Only few lawmakers who threw civility to the air and bare the fangs of crude anger could slip through it into the complex. Even after subduing the hurdle at the entry point, the courageous ones found their legislative chambers and offices fastened with chains they could not break.

Though Alhaji Lawal Daura claimed he instructed his men to carry out the ugly act to prevent a impending security breach at the legislative chambers, the uncouth act rubbed our nose in the sand and turned Nigeria into a laughing stock. However, acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s timely and decisive sack of Daura from the sensitive job saved the day and also saved our face. For that bold step, we commend the acting President .
We strongly condemn the ill-advised action of the DSS operatives because it was tantamount to a sacrilege at the altar of Nigeria’s democracy. Among the three arms of government, the Legislature is closest to the people because that wing of democracy is populated by individuals from senatorial districts and federal constituencies of voters and peasants. Secondly, the activities of the Legislature provide the clear evidence of democracy in action in the form of debates, consideration of motions, resolutions and bills. Obstructing Nigerians who are empowered by their people from carrying out their constitutional assignments is no less an affront on the people that elected them. Impunity of this nature should not be condoned in our democracy.
Perhaps, Daura was encouraged to send his operatives on that infamous assignment because such acts of impunity in the past were never met with deterring and punitive actions. Such complacency on the part of the Executive toward such disruptive acts by our security agencies in the past earlier sent a coated message to the people that the hand was that of Esau but the voice was of Jacob. However, acting President Osinbajo’s swift sack of Daura showed that The Presidency did not order that ‘security measure.’

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2019: I will go anywhere for Saraki to win – Baraje
Fri, 17 Aug 2018

The former Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, yesterday said he is fully committed to the realisation of the presidential ambition of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Baraje, who said this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on the sideline of the graduation ceremony of students from the Baraje Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies, said Saraki has what it takes to become the president of Nigeria.

He said the Senate president had been nursing the ambition since 2011 but withdrew voluntarily for both Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari in 2011 and 2015.
“Saraki has been trying his luck to be president since 2011 but withdrew for Jonathan and did same thing for Buhari in 2015. With his ambition, it is right and I will go to any place for him to win because what Nigerians are looking for is in him. He is the only one that can right the wrongs in Nigeria today and I will give him my strong support,” he also said.
While reacting to a question on the alleged plan to impeach him by the ruling APC over his seat in the Senate, Baraje said only the senators could elect and impeach their president.
On whether Saraki’s defection is a miscalculation, the PDP chieftain said “Anything that is politically blended is politically possible. Saraki considered a lot of things before decamping. For those of us who know him know that he consulted widely before taking a decision. In fact, he consulted up to a fault before decamping to the PDP and did a lot of consideration.”
Baraje also disclosed that his formal declaration for the PDP would soon hold in his ward, adding that he belongs to where his leader is.

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Gombe assembly minority leader dumps APC for PDP
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Minority Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Haruna, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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Bauchi group petitions Oshiomhole over opposition to direct primaries
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Bauchi Coalition Against Financial Crimes and Injustice (BACAFCI) has petitioned the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, alleging that House of Representatives member, Hon.
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Group lauds INEC over voter registration extension
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
A group, under the aegis of Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari (GMB), has commended the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof.
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PDP asks N/Assembly to override Buhari on electoral act amendment bill
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the National Assembly to override President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
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Electoral act: PDP asks National Assembly to override Buhari
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the National Assembly to override President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
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2019: Why Nigeria can’t wait for N/Assembly September resumption – Monitor
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Election Monitor (EM) has said that the September 25 planned resumption of the National Assembly could doom the conduct of the 2019 General Elections as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be handicapped without its budget for the elections.
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Manager, guard docked over wrongful restraint
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The police on Wednesday arraigned a company manager and a security guard in a Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for an alleged joint act and wrongful restraint.
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Why Borno butchers reject armys ban on cattle transportation
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Borno State Livestock Traders Association (BSLTA) and the National Association of Butchers (NASB) have criticised the five months ban on transportation of cattle issued by the Nigerian Army.
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N1.2bn Obolo-Afor truck parkll be ready in 2019 Shippers Council
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has presented the Outline Business Case (OBC) compliance certificate on the Obolo-Afor Truck Transit Park (TTP) to the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC).
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Science roadmapll facilitate rapid economic development – Minister
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr.
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GenCos threaten to shut power plants
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos) have threatened to shut down their plants over repeated directives from the National Control Centre (NCC) to generate below optimal level.
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NIRSAL trains 55 on agribusiness in Borno
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Nigeria Incentive Risk-based System for Agric Lending (NIRSAL), an affiliate of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has commenced a capacity building programme for 55 Agricultural Value Chain Actors (AVCA) in Borno State to boost their capacity in agribusiness.
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Where is the retirement benefit redemption fund
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Overall the Pension Reform Act 2004 (as amended in 2014) is ordinarily a good piece of legislation that changed the way the right and privileges of retirees who become pensioners are managed, but beneficial as it is, the Act has a major loophole that put retirees awaiting to be pensioners at a serious precarious financial position.
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Micro-pension needs customised features to succeed PenOp
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Pension Fund Operators Association (PenOp) has said that the micro-pension scheme needs to be backed up with customised features for the scheme to success.
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Aero Contractors plans N50m monthly payment for disengaged staff
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
A Nigerian carrier, Aero Contractors, says it has intensified efforts to pay the entitlements and benefits of some of its workers declared redundant in March 2017.
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Air Peace boss disowns fake birthday alert, Facebook accounts
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema has disowned several fake Facebook accounts allegedly created by fraudsters in his name to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
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2018 SATUC World Cup champions back to Abuja
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Nigerias representatives in the 2018 SATUC five-aside World Cup, John Utaka Foundation Football Team will return to Abuja tonight after winning the competition.
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2018 FIBA World Cup: DTigress back to Lagos Monday
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Nigeria womens senior national basketball team, DTigress will arrive on Monday for the next phase of their 2018 FIBA Womens World Cup in Spain.
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Djokovic through in Cincinnati
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic struggled with a stomach issue as he came from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino and progress in Cincinnati.
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Muguruza in surprise Cincinnati loss
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza suffered a surprise defeat by Lesia Tsurenko in Cincinnati.
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Ayagwa says Lillestrom move is dream come true
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Former Lobi Stars and Plateau United attacking midfielder, Raphael Ayagwa has described his recent move to Norwegian top division side, Lillestrom as dream come true.
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BREAKING: Spain kick Nigeria out of FIFA World Cup
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Nigeria”s U-20 Women”s football team Falconets, have crashed out of FIFA U20 Women”s World Cup after losing 2-1 to Spain in the quarterfinal match decided on Thursday evening.
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2018 SATUC World Cup: Nigeria beat Liberia 4-0 to emerge Champions
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Nigeria”s representatives in the 2018 SATUC five-aside World Cup, John Utaka Foundation Football Team on Wednesday walloped Liberia 4-0 in the final to emerge world Champion.
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