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The remaining 112 abducted Chibok girls still being held by the Boko Haram insurgents have sued the Federal Government for allegedly failing to rescue them from the terrorists’ captivity since April 2014.

Joined as a defendant in the suit is the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami.

Their lead counsel, Mrs. Funmi Falana and other lawyers of the Falana & Falana Law firm, had on behalf of the girls, filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/913/2018, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, on September 10, 2018.

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The fundamental human rights enforcement suit sought, among others, an order of court mandating the Federal Government to rescue the girls.

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The suit which did not pray for any monetary damages or compensation also sought an order compelling the government to file a monthly report in the registry of the court on the efforts being made to free the girls.

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While the names of the 112 girls were listed as the applicants, the Federal Government and the AGF were named as the respondents.

Mrs. Oby Ezenkwesili, a leader of the Bring Back Our Girls, deposed to the affidavits filed in support of the suit.

The BBOG is a group that has been championing the campaign for the rescue of the Chibok girls who were originally 276 when they were abducted on April 14, 2014.

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Don’t break govt seals on properties sealed for breaking laws- LASG



The Lagos State Government says it will sanction property owners and developers that break the government’s seals on their properties sealed for breaching various physical planning laws.

Dr Idris Salako, the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, made the assertion at the ongoing Special Enforcement Operations, saying that the state would no longer tolerate such infractions.

Salako, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Spokesman, Mr Mukaila Sanusi, gave the warning while directing the resealing of a commercial building on Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi, for various infractions of the construction code.

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He said that some unscrupulous developers were in the habit of breaking the government’s seals to continue construction overnight, thereby putting structures and people’s lives at risk.

“Those who are in the habit of breaking government seals should desist from such acts or face the full wrath of the law,” Salako said.

He advised developers to always secure Planning Permit from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and notify the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), prior to the commencement of any construction works.

The commissioner advised Lagos residents to support the government’s effort to curb the menace of illegal, and unapproved development, as he supervised the sealing of 52 additional unapproved structures in different parts of the state.

“Forty-one of these structures were sealed on Festac Link Road in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area.

“The remaining 11 structures were sealed in Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area and Eti-Osa Local Government Area, in locations such as Awolowo Road, Igbo Efon and Ikate Elegushi.

“I urge all Lagos people to be part of the vanguard to checkmate the menace of illegal building construction, by tipping-off the authorities when you discover any illegal development.

“It has been observed that some developers build overnight in order to circumvent procedure,” the commissioner said.

Other team members on the enforcement operation included the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr Ganiyu Ayuba; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Foluso Dipe; General Manager, LASBCA, Mrs Biola Kosegbe; operatives of LASPPPA and the Special Operations Team of the Governor’s Office.

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JUST IN: Fire guts CBN branch in Gombe



A raging inferno on Friday gutted a section of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Gombe branch destroying the office of the Branch Controller.

When the Nation visited the scene of the fire incident, the CBN staff were seen running for safety.

Our source say a number of staff members were injured in the incident but did not disclosed their identity even as he begged for anonimity.

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We also gathered that some of the injured staff and those who inhaled carbon monoxide have been rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe for medical attention.

However, our source said the inferno did not extend to the vault and other important areas.

“So far no life was lost but due to the smoke, some were taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe for resuscitation. It majorly the office of the controller that was affected destroying documents but it didn’t extend to the vault,” the source stated.

Meanwhile a tweet by the Central Bank of Nigeria has denied loss of lives adding that the incident was caused by electrical fault.

“Today, a minor fire incident was reported at our Gombe branch. The fire which started from an electrical fault and partially destroyed some furniture in the Branch Controller’s office, was promptly put out. There was no injury and no record or other asset of the Bank was affected,” said the tweet

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NIS arrests kidnap suspect, murderer in Oyo



The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Oyo State Command, on Friday arrested a 29-year-old, suspect, Lekan Raheem over alleged kidnapping and murder.

NIS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Olufemi Adetunji, disclosed this to newsmen at the Command’s office, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan, while handing over the suspect to the Oyo State Police Command.

Adetunji said that the suspect was arrested based on a tip-off from the Okada riders within the vicinity of the command’s office that the suspect has duped some of their members in time past.

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He added that the suspect was arrested based on this and later confessed to some other crimes.

“The suspect confessed that he not only involved in duping but also in Kidnapping and selling of human parts to ritualists.

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