“How we rescued 137 abducted Kaduna schoolchildren in Zamfara” – Nigerian Army

The Defence headquarters has shed more light on the operation that led to the rescue of schoolchildren kidnapped in Kaduna State earlier this month. The military had yesterday morning announced that it had rescue the children from their captors. Providing more details on how the kidnapped victims regained their freedom, the military disclosed that the students from Kuriga in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State were rescued in Zamfara State. The Director of Defence Media Operations, Edward Buba, in a statement on Sunday, disclosed that 137 hostages were rescued.…

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Tinubu hails security agencies over release of Kuriga schoolchildren

President Bola Tinubu has hailed the National Security Agency, (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu and other security agencies over the safe release of the Kuriga school children in Kaduna State. About 287, were kidnapped on March 6 when the gunmen on motorcycles rode through their school, taking them away in an incident that sparked outrage and condemnation from several quarters including the UN children’s welfare agency, UNICEF. Two weeks after their kidnap, the children were rescued by security agencies. The military, yesterday, said the victims were rescued in Zamfara State in the…

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Katsina: Bandits attack mosque during Ramadan prayers, kill politician, abduct wife, daughters

Bandits terrorising the North-West region have attacked Faskari local government area of Katsina State. One Alhaji Lado, a politician, was reportedly gunned down during the attack. The politician was killed on Saturday when the armed non-state actors attacked a mosque at Mairuwa village in Faskari during Ramadan prayer. Although, details of the incident are still hazy as of the time of filing this report. It was however gathered that the victim was killed when he refused to follow the orders of the assailants. According to reports, the attackers kidnapped the…

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‘Ramadan feeding programme gulps N1.97bn, not N6bn’ – Kano Gov.

Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, has denied media reports that his administration allocated N6bn for the Ramadan Feeding Programme. The governor made his position known in a statement on his X handle yesterday. He wrote, “Over the past few days, I’ve observed heightened media speculations about our government purportedly budgeting the sum of N6bn for the Ramadan Feeding Programme. “I wish to categorically state that the actual amount for the programme is the sum of N1.97bn for the whole month. I also counsel the media to ensure that they get…

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4 perish during Bauchi Zakat stampede

Four people have lost their lives in a stampede during an almsgiving zakat exercise for the poor in Bauchi State. The stampede occurred at the Shafa Holdings Company Plc headquarters along Jos Road, yesterday, at about 10 am. Another individual, 17-year-old Naima Abdullahi, is currently receiving medical treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital in Bauchi. The Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakili, verified the incident to newsmen, but guaranteed that the situation is currently stable. He stated that the Police acted swiftly upon hearing the news, and…

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“Bread no longer affordable”, many FCT residents lament

With the continuous increase in the price of bread, many residents of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), have lamented that they are struggling to keep up with the cost of the staple food. The residents, who spoke to journalists in Abuja yesterday, pleaded for the Government’s intervention. They expressed concern that bread is slowly becoming a luxury item rather than a basic necessity. Recall that the latest National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Food Price Report for February 2024 said the average price of 500g sliced bread increased by 89.48 per…

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“Obey court ruling, stop pension to ex-Govs, deputies”, SERAP urges Tinubu

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has urged President Bola Tinubu to stop the payment of pensions to former governors and their deputies. The organisation recalled that in 2017, it filed a suit seeking the repeal of pensions for former governors and their deputies across all states of the Federation. In 2019, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos State, ordered the Federal Government to recover pensions collected by former governors serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly. The ruling, SERAP said, was “blatantly”…

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€63m ransom paid for release of Kaduna school children – Investigative journalist reveals

A investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, has disclosed that a total of €63 million was allegedly paid to secure the release of over 200 Kaduna school children recently abducted.  Olunloyo made this revelation through her official Facebook page. Recall that the State Governor, Uba Sani, had announced the release of the victims yesterday morning, sparking relief across the nation.  President Bola Tinubu has also commented on this development. With the current exchange rate standing at €1 to ₦1,587.905, Olunloyo’s claim puts the ransom at a staggering ₦100,038,015,000.  “Don’t let anyone fool…

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