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Muslim students hold special prayer for Attahiru, Palestine

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Students under the aegis of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, on Thursday, prayed for the departed souls of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Attahiru Ibrahim, and others who lost their lives in a plane crash.

The students also prayed for peace in Palestine, where thousands have been killed in a recent attack by Israel before a ceasefire.

The prayer held during a virtual Special Usrah to commemorate the 2021 MSS Week in Lagos.

During the prayer, the Amir (president), Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, Mallam Miftahudeen Thanni, described the death of the military officers as painful.

He, however, urged the late officers’ colleagues to be undaunted in the fight against terrorists despite the loss, saying that the roles of the deceased would not be easily forgotten.

Thanni said, “This is a great loss at this trying period in the country. It is our prayer that Allah showers His all-encompassing blessing on the departed soul of his servant as we pray Allah to admit him into Al-Jannat ul-Firdaws and grant the family fortitude to contain the loss.”

The Muslim students’ leader also advised the Federal Government to review Nigeria’s military aviation over the recurring air crashes.

“Honestly, the crash is becoming too many and it’s not good on the country’s fight against insurgency. This is not good for the military. The Federal Government should kindly look inwards and find out what is happening concerning our equipment,” he added.

He also called on Nigerians to intensify prayers toward ensuring that national disasters are prevented from reoccurring.

Thanni faulted the forceful occupation, indiscriminate killing, maiming and total abuse of human rights in Palestine.

He described the ceasefire agreement as temporary, urging Israel to give the original owners of the land their rights.

While urging Nigeria to show solidarity by supporting Palestinians’ cause, he told Muslims that Palestine needed their prayers and support to succeed.

He said, “We cannot but add to the growing voices seeking an end to the unlawful occupation and persecution of the Palestinians in the hands of the Israeli forces.

“As humans but most importantly Muslims, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

“The world must not fold its hands, stand aloof, and watch injustice prevail in a sane world.

“We must all lend our voices and ensure a stop to the overzealousness and callousness of Israel under the pretext of war and politics.”

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Bandits releasing our children in batches torturing, say Kaduna Baptist students’ parents

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  • 21 students still in captivity after freeing 10 Saturday

Parents of kidnapped Kaduna Baptist school students say the strategy of releasing their children in batches by the bandits is torturing.

They stated this in reaction to the latest release of 10 of the abducted students on Saturday evening, leaving 21 others still with the abductors.

Chairman of the Kaduna chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Joseph Hayab, said the students were released on Saturday.

He said the released students had reunited with their parents, adding that 21 others are still with their captors.

He said, “The bandits have released 10 more of our students to us this evening, remaining 21. They were released this evening and parents were taking their children home.”

Hayab lamented that releasing the students in batches amounted a “torture” for the parents.

“What the bandits are doing is to torture us. We are celebrating the return of 10 students, but we are having the challenge of those parents who have been waiting and every time, their child is not among those released,” he said.

“It is very painful, but we thank God that 10 students are back.”

The bandits invaded Bethel Baptist High School in Damishi, Kaduna State, on July 5, 2021 and abducted 121 students.

The bandits had subsequently said the students would be released in batches when they freed the first set of 28 on July 25, 2021 — after they reportedly collected a ransom of N100m.

Following the release of the 28 students, the bandits were said to have demanded another N80m as ransom for the remaining students.

President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Israel Akanji, had earlier said that no ransom will be paid for the release of the students.

 

 

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10 dogs devour two-year-old in Anambra • Irate youths set them ablaze

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A two-year-old prospective school pupil has been devoured by 10 dogs belonging to a private school in Amokpo, Umuanunwa, Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State.

The child was said to have been taken to the school for enrollment by his parent when the incident occurred.

The school’s owner, a UK returnee identified as Chinedu Oka, reportedly reared dogs in the school premises despite the community’s warning against it.

A resident who preferred anonymity told The Nation that the child’s parent was perfecting the documentation and registration of the child when he strayed away to where he was devoured by the dogs.

He said: “The parent was busy with the child’s registration when he wandered off to where the dogs, 10 in number, rushed at him, dragged him into their pen and devoured him with nobody on sight to rescue him.

“It’s a taboo to rear dogs here and the owner was warned, but he didn’t heed the community’s instructions.”

The Nation further learnt angry youths in the community instantly invaded the school compound and shot all the dogs dead, while parents hurriedly withdrew their children and wards on hearing about the tragic incident.

Confirming the incident, the traditional ruler of Nteje, Igwe Rowland Odegbo, described the act as an abomination in the community, assuring that justice would be served appropriately.

He said: “The man knew that dogs were prohibited in Nteje, but he still went ahead to rear and surround himself with dogs despite warning from the community.

“To us, the young man committed murder and we have handed him over to the appropriate authorities. We will make sure that justice is served because we don’t condone evil.

“The youths have killed and burnt the dogs and we are in support of their action.”

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Military invades Katsina forest, smokes out bandits, rescues kidnapped victims

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No fewer than 20 kidnapped victims have escaped from the deadly Rugu Forest in Nigeria Northwest after bandits who held them bound for over five months fled for dear lives on citing an air force fighter jet.

Among the victims are 18 females and 2 males abducted five months ago from Katoge village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

One of the victims, Rabiu Mannir said they managed to escape from the hoodlums when a jet of the Nigerian Air Force caused a scare while flying over the bandits’ camp on Friday night. The development he said caused the criminals to scamper for safety, ignoring their captives.

Also, one of the female victims identified as Sahura Haruna was said to have delivered a baby girl at the kidnappers den recently as she was already pregnant before being abducted by the bandits.

“I put to bed five days ago. According to the Doctor, my baby and I are not very sound. The Doctor said our body system lacks adequate water,” Sahura said.

The Secretary to the Katsina State Government, SSG, Dr Mustapha Inuwa, said the rescued victims were brought back to Katsina by authorities in neighbouring Zamfara State and they have been medically examined and handed over to the authorities of Batsari LGA to reconcile them with their families once again.

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