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We won’t surrender Nigeria to terrorists, says FG

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said the Federal Government will not surrender the country’s sovereignty to terror groups causing political instability in some parts of the country.

He stated this in Abuja Tuesdy evening at a peace walk against incessant invasion and kidnapping of students in the educational institutions.

The SGF, who was Special Guest of Honour at the event organised by the Peace Corps of Nigeria in collaboration with African Union (AU) and other stakeholders, spoke through the Director of Nigeria National Volunteer Services at the OSGF, Mrs Olusola Aina.

The forum was meant to create public awareness of the menace of banditry and terrorism in the country.

The SGF said the government would effectively deploy an approach with protective measures to tackle the menace of terrorism and banditry.

He urged all well-meaning Nigerians to collaborate with the Federal Government and its security agencies to prevail in the battle against the twin scourge of banditry and terrorism.

The SGF lamented that over 10.5 million schoolchildren had been forced out of schools in some parts of the country by criminal elements while several schools have also been shut as a precaution against the students being abducted by kidnappers, who habitually demand a ransom before releasing the students.

He said the North-East was the worst hit by insecurity, adding that the situation had been compounded because the region was noted for low school enrolment before the banditry.

He pleaded with Nigerians not to wait until they fall victims before rising to the challenge.

Mustapha said, “We must not allow bandits and terrorists to threaten our unity. Safe school initiative of the federal government will be strengthened to safeguard our children in their schools.”

In his remark, the National Commandant of the Corps Ambassador, Dickson Akoh, said 1,179 schoolchildren were abducted in the recent past by bandits from various schools.

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‘Buhari-Must-Go’ protesters block Abuja airport road

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Some anti-Buhari protesters on Monday morning blocked a section of the Umaru Yar’Adua Way, Abuja, as they set fire on the road, preventing free flow of traffic.

This caused commotion along the road leading to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The protesters chanted ‘Buhari Must Go’ and carried placards with different inscriptions showing their disdain for the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Motorists were forced to slow down to avoid running into the bonfire which was set up right in the middle of the road.

The last time a similar protest held in the nation’s capital was on June 12 and many of the protesters were arrested.

Convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, shared videos and pictures of the protesters on social media.

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Kidnappers release pictures of abducted Kebbi teachers, students

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Kidnappers of abducted teachers and students of Federal Government College, Birin Yauri, Kebbi State, have released pict

An unspecified number of students and four staff were kidnapped last Thursday when the gunmen invaded the college and reportedly overpowered security operatives at the school.

The military authorities later said some of the victims were rescued after a gun battle with the attackers.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has assured the parents and family members of the victims of government’s efforts to secure their release.

 

 

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We’re still probing Tinubu, says EFCC chairman

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is under investigation.

He stated this in an interview published by ThisDay, adding that investigation does not end in a day.

He said, “You asked me a question earlier about arresting people before investigation and now you are saying why didn’t we arrest Tinubu? Why didn’t you just say ‘arrest him?’

“Investigation is ongoing. When you are investigating matters like this, they don’t end in a day. Thousands of investigations are going on on a daily basis.

“You understand? You know you are from the media; after, you will say we are doing media trial.”

Bawa was reported to have asked for Tinubu’s assets declaration form when he was the head of Lagos Zonal Office.

Meanwhile, a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta LLP, Mr Dapo Apara, has filed a suit demanding a Lagos State High Court to stop Tinubu from “controlling the finances of Alpha Beta.”

The suit was filed on Wednesday by Apara’s lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN).

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