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Boko Haram frees Winners’ pastor, woman after seven months in captivity

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The abducted pastor of the Living Faith Ministries (Winners’ Chapel), Moses Adeleke, who was abducted in April by Boko Haram alongside a woman, one Ndagilaya Umar of the Government Science Secondary School, Askira Uba, in Borno State, have regained their freedom.

A report by a news platform, DESERT HERALD, said the pastor’s freedom was initiated by the state Governor, Babagana Zulum, through the help of two influential non-governmental organisation with sufficient knowledge and contacts with the dreaded insurgents.

DESERT HERALD reported that the NGOs, Initiative for Peace Building Movement and the Kalthum Foundation for Peace, with the support of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services secured the freedom of the duo.

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The Initiative for peace is being run by Hammajam Adamu and Inuwa Yikala, while Kalthum is led by a woman, Ummukalthum Umar.

Both Adamu and Umar were said to have the listening ears of the Abubakar Shekau’s led Boko Haram.

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It was gathered that the mission that led to the freedom of Oyeleke and Umar started penultimate week with briefings and discussions with Zulum before the military was informed.

The DESERT HERALD reported that on Saturday, November 9 2019, when President Muhammadu Buhari gave his approval, a special team from the Nigerian Army, the DSS and three persons representing the two NGOs begun the risky journey.

The captives were eventually released on Sunday, November 10, 2019.

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A source told the news platform that the Borno State Government sponsored the trip and coordination of the rescue mission, adding that no ransom was given to the Boko Haram insurgents.

DESERT HERALD reported that due to the latest understanding and the peaceful nature of the pastor’s release, many of those that were abducted might soon regain their freedom.

The freed pastor and woman were subsequently handed over the Borno Deputy Governor, Usman Kadafur, on Monday.

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COVID-19: Nasarawa cabinet members go on self-isolation

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Mr Dogo Shammah, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism says all members of the state executive will go on self-isolation, from Friday, to avoid COVID-19 infection.

Shammah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday, that the commissioners decided to self-isolate following the positive testing of the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Abdulkareem Kana for the coronavirus.

NAN reports that a reliable source who pleaded anonymity had earlier on Friday in Lafia hinted on the development, prompting the confirmation from Shammah.

The commissioner said the self-isolation was to begin immediately until when results of tests of samples taken from the commissioners are returned, to know their status.

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He said the step was taken as a precaution because the infected attorney general had attended a State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, chaired by Gov. Abdullahi Sule on July 3.

Shammah said the directive was from the governor, on the advice from the state Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, who is also the Chairman of the state COVID-19 task force.

The commissioner called on residents of the state, not to panic but continue to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others.

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Kana had also confirmed to NAN via a telephone conversation on Thursday that he tested positive to the novel coronavirus.

He said that he fell sick, last weekend, with fatigue, catarrh and sore throat.

“Towards the end of very stressful days last week, I became slightly sick, with fatigue, catarrh and sore throat.

“Since I was not sure of what it was, doctors prescribed the standard malaria drugs – coartem and vitamin c tablets – which I took,’’ the attorney general told NAN.

“As at Friday, July 3, I started feeling better but in order to be more careful, conscious of my type of work involving meeting with hundreds of people every day, I decided to invite the state COVID-19 test team that took my samples on July 4.

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“As at Monday, July 6, I was already feeling a lot better, but the result of the test I took, days earlier, returned positive for COVID-19.’’

He said that he was currently on self-isolation and responding to treatment.

NAN reports that the state currently has over 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am not competent to speak on issues regarding Magu, says police spokesman

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Police spokesman Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said he was not competent to speak on issues concerning Magu since he was neither the spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), nor that of the Presidential Investigative Committee (PIC).

“I am not competent to speak on issues touching on the Acting Chairman of EFCC. I am neither the spokesman of EFCC nor an official panel,” he said.

However, police sources told The Nation that it was untrue that the Inspector-General (IG), Mohammed Adamu, was the one detaining Magu since the ongoing probe was being carried out by the Police.

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A source added that the police can only act in the matter when invited to do so either through a petition or a complaint, adding that it was mere speculation for anyone to say the IG was detaining the embattled acting EFCC chair.

The sources said there were procedures to commence internal disciplinary action against any erring officer, adding that Magu’s case will not be different.

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EFCC never searched my house, says Abdulsalami

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The former head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on Thursday denied that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) searched his house in Minna, Niger State.

A statement by his Military Assistant Captain J. Mfon (rtd), said:

“The attention of His Excellency, Gen. A A A Abubakar has been drawn to reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) searched his house in Minna, Niger State, on the orders of its Acting Chairman, CP Ibrahim Magu, and he feels the need to put the record straight: his house has never been searched by either EFCC or any security agency.

“However, sometime in 2017 operatives of the Commission from Kano zone came to Minna to search a house in Tunga. The team ended up at His Excellency’s Guest House in Minna and told the security officers on duty that they had instructions from their zonal head to search the property.

“The officers said since the numbering of houses in Tunga was haphazard, it must be a case of mistaken identity. When CP Magu was contacted, he said he was not aware of the operation. Thereafter, the EFCC team from Kano left. His Excellency’s understanding is that they realised they came to the wrong address. However, no search was conducted in the guest house.

“His Excellency as a rule does not comment on media publications directed at or concerning him. He has taken this step in view of the reactions these reports are generating. His Excellency felt the need to provide this important clarification due to the ongoing media frenzy insinuating His Excellency’s role in Magu’s issue.”

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