Parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls has rejected claim by the military that a second girl has been rescued from Boko Haram.
The army had identified the girls as Serah Luka, the daughter of a pastor.
However, the head of the Chibok Abducted Girls Parents, Yakubu Nkeki, said they had no record of the girl and none of the parents was a pastor.
He also said the military did not consult them before announcing the rescue of the second girl, making it impossible for them to point out the fact that none of the abducted girls bore the name Sarah.
Nkeki, an uncle to Amina Ali, who was rescued on Wednesday, said his records showed only two girls with the surname Luka.
He said, “These are Kauna Luka Yana and Naomi Luka Dzakwa. Among the list of parents we have only four priests and none of them is Luka.
“Among the girls none of them is from Madagali. They were either from Chibok, Damboa, Askira and Uba (all in Borno state). So I can say… that this girl is not among the abducted Chibok girls.
“We were never contacted by the military for verification of the girl’s identity before the announcement was made.”
Farmers lament as herdsmen take over farmlands in Enugu
Farmers in Ugbene Ajima community, Uzo-Uwani council area of Enugu State are living in a state of fear as herdsmen from the north have taken over their lands destroying their crops.
According to Vanguard, a farmer from the Enugu community who gave his name as Edward Ugwu said he lost over N500, 000 when herdsmen harvested his cassava to feed their cattle.
According to Ugwu, farmers are afraid to go to their farms in the community for fear of herders attack. He said there is the fear of famine in the community as most farmers have left their farms for fear of attacks.
Another farmer, Regina Iggah said she has not recovered from the shock since she was attacked on her farm. Iggah said her crops worth over N800, 000 were destroyed by herdsmen who allegedly invaded her farm with their cattle even as she appealed to the state and local governments to come to her rescue.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Romanus Eze confirmed that he had been receiving a series of complaints from farmers over the destruction of their crops by herdsmen.
He said he and the council chairman, Chukwudi Nnadozie have been obeying the peace initiative of the state government to settle all farmers/herders issues amicably.
“The herdsmen problem is like a sucking mosquito on a man’s scrotum. If you hit it hard, you will severe the genitals. If you leave it there, it would suck your blood and invariably give you malaria.
“We have been advised by the governor to manage them peacefully. We normally engage the herdsmen in a peace talk and where they are culpable; we mandate them to pay for damages on people’s farms. Our forest guards and vigilante groups have been playing their roles to curtail these clashes,” the monarch said.
Strangely, some farmers equally alleged that certain persons collect money from the herders to allow them access into the community, an action that emboldens the herdsmen.
Ondo Government declares seven days mourning to honour late Commissioner for Health
The Ondo State government has described its late Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro as a General who died in the battlefront.
According to the State Government, Dr Adegbenro who died of COVID-19 complications died while healing others.
He was said to be battling underlying health complications before he contracted COVID-19
Meanwhile, the state government also declared Friday a work-free day in the state as well as seven days mourning where flags will be flown at half-mast in honour of Dr Adegbenro.
While describing the late Adegbenro who was the Chairman, Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee Against COVID-19 as an embodiment of selflessness and relentless professionalism, the state government via a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo said the late Health Commissioner served humanity with attendant kindness.
“The least we can do for this Medical Hero is to plant a seed of honour for him. Accordingly, the Ondo State Government has directed that all flags in the State must fly at half-mast for 7 Days from today Thursday, 2nd of July, 2020.
“Similarly, the Ondo State Government has declared tomorrow Friday 3rd July a work-free day to honour his memory as the family will commit his body to the mother earth. Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN will in a short while, commiserate with the family of the deceased as well as the good people of Ondo State, virtually.”
Big Brother Naija season five housemates begin quarantine
Reality TV show, Big Brother Naija is set to begin the show’s season five on July 19, with plenty of social media buzz and fan anticipation.
According to a report by Tribune online, the organisers of the reality show at a virtual press briefing, revealed that selected housemates, after a rigorous verification and online sorting of over 30,000 entries, have proceeded on quarantine since yesterday, in line with the guidelines provided and approved by the NCDC.
They hinted that this year, carefully tested measures have been put in place to ensure minimal contact with outsiders once the housemates enter the house and also revealed that the favourite ‘ninjas’ may not be very visible during the show due to COVID 19 realities.
The main sponsors on the show, sports betting company, BetWay, also revealed a bigger payout for the winner of the show this year as well as other mouth-watering prizes for fans of the show.
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