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January 26, 202050

News makings rounds show that Leah Sharibu, the last remaining Dapchi schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity have given birth to a baby boy early Saturday.

But no actual source could be quoted as saying so but Boko Haram usually reveal to sources news it wants published.

In this case, No actual source has been quoted and Daily Mail could not verify this claim. Boko Haram too has not dispute this claim.

According to the report, Leah was married off to a top Boko Haram commander who lives outside Nigeria.

The reports quoted “a source” saying “Leah was delivered of the baby early Saturday in Niger Republic.”

The source further alleged the terrorists added had wanted to release her but promised they would after she gave birth.

Daily Mail reports that Boko Haram has no known source to verify claims. No comment yet from the Nigerian government.

Meanwhile, Leah’s family has described reports that she had a baby boy in captivity as a rumour.

alive, with or without a baby.

Some media reports had earlier reported that Leah had a baby for a Boko Haram commander in Niger Republic and that she would have been released some months ago but for her pregnancy.

Dismissing the reports, Puldu said, “I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumour as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see a proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand.

“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.”

Puldu also noted that they had unconfirmed information that Leah was still alive.


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January 25, 2020120

 

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu has said Nigerians have no reason to be poor with her hugely endowed  human and material resources.
Magu stated this on Saturday in Abuja, during the EFCC’s Fitness Exercise with the theme: “Let’s Unite in the War Against Corruption.”
The exercise which was organised in collaboration with the EFCC Ambassadors saw the attendance of notable comedians such as ‘I Go Die’, ‘Ambassador Wahala’, music icon, African China among others.
According to Magu, Nigerians desire for better living condition has made them to be found everywhere in the world because the common patrimony has been frittered away, living the vast majority of Nigerians in penury.
Magu, who was represented by Mr Tony Emekodor, his special adviser on Media, pointed out that, only the collective will and support of Nigerians would help the commission attain desired results in the war against corruption.
“Nigeria belongs to all. It’s a collective work and needs all support,” he said.
He added that, “Nigeria is one of the richest countries in the world. Anywhere you go in the world, you will see Nigeria, so we must change the narrative. That’s all, its a collective journey.”
Speaking at the event, ace comedian, Francis Agoda popularly known for his stage name as ‘I Go Dye’, said N14 trillion allocated to the Niger Delta region could not be accounted for, “meaning they have been stolen.
“I was passing through Port Harcourt, Rivers State a few weeks ago when I saw the militant blocking the road complaining of the underdevelopment of the region .
“I alighted and spoke with them for 20 minutes, telling them that those who stole the money meant for the development of the region are flying jets and not the public who use the road that they have blocked them from accessing.
“They listened to me. I want the EFCC to investigate these people who stole the money meant for the region,” as well.
He charged Nigerians to support the anti-graft agency to enable it deliver on it mandate to roll back corruption.
“If you were given position today go and serve the people,” he advised.
Speaking after crooning one of his trademark songs, Mr Chinagorom Onuoha, known for his music name as ‘African China’ said, it appeared he saw ahead when he sang the song his first hit song, which happened to be a theme song, ‘No Condition Is Permanent, Mr President’.
“People have stolen so much and fly on private jets. Majority of Nigerians are poor. We don’t need to be poor like this.
“When I sang that song, I never knew it would be more relevant today. Today as we can see, people have stolen such that we have no money to do road.
“We have no money to provide electricity. No money for good medical services,” he pointed out.
He advised Nigerians to eschew corruption and work with EFCC to ensure a corrupt-free society that everyone would be proud of.
Daily Mail reports that the EFCC Ambassadors act like the face of the anti-graft agency to ensure the promotion of anti-corruption campaign.

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January 24, 202090
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja attended the wedding (Nikkah) of his niece, Hajiya Hadiza Lawal, who got married to Muhammad Tukur Ibrahim, at the National Mosque.
At the event, the President blessed the couple, while clerics used the opportunity to pray for peace and stability in the country.
In his sermon, the Administrator of the National Mosque, Ambassador (Professor) Shehu Galadanchi preached the virtue of love among humanity, urging obedience to Allah.
He also called on leaders to be truthful to their followers and sustain their trust.
The President’s family at the Islamic wedding was represented by Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Musa Bello alongside the Dan Madamin Daura, Alhaji Musa Haro.
The President’s presence at the National Mosque provided opportunity for more prayers for the nation and meeting the clerics since he refrained from attending Friday prayers at the mosque due to heavy human and vehicular traffic.
Most times,  President Buhari observes prayers at the Presidential Villa.

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January 24, 2020240
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai on Friday emerged Daily Asset Man of the Year.
This was revealed by the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Cletus Akwaya who paid the Army a courtesy call at its headquarters in Abuja.
Explaining the rational for the award, the publisher said, “We have observed the activities, the achievements and operations from the leadership of the current Chief of Army Staff. We are very happy with his achievements.
“We can’t account for all his achievements but what’s visible is the war against boko haram.”
He said no one can dispute the achievement as “everyone knows that the Army has been visible in fight against terrorism.”
He praised the leadership of the Army in what he listed as  renovation of barracks, on going constructions among others.
“No one can dispute,” those achievements, he noted.
He added that it was the decision of the editorial board, and in their assessment, the paper found Buratai “suitable as the recipient of Daily Asset Man of the Year.”
He further noted that no one influenced the management of the Daily Asset to arrive at the decision.
“We have no contact to any senior person in the Army, it was based on reports from reporters in the field and the internal assessment of the editorial board.”
Responding on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General, Mohammed Aliyu who is in charge of Project and Program of the Nigerian Army, said it was an honour for such an award to be given to the Chief of Army Staff.
“We are honoured with your choice of the Chief of Army Staff,” for the award.
“One thing the Chief of Army Staff  is interested in is the accuracy of reportage,” he averred.
He advised that anyone who wants to seek clarification should do so, as there’s a section dedicated for that at the Army Headquarters.
“Theres nothing that requires hiding in the operation of Nigerian Army today,” he said pointing out that, based on integrity, the publisher should maintain accuracy of what is correct.
“If there’s anything that needs clarification,  fall back on us to tell you whatever is the truth.
“That’s the directive from the Chief of Army Staff to all of us.
“He’s not only fighting terrorism but seeking an end to all sort of insecurity in every part of Nigeria,” he informed.
Daily Mail reports that the award comes up in February 2020.

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January 22, 2020170
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Baratai, on Wednesday inaugurated the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Nigerian Army Polo team.
The event took place at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking during his opening remarks, Buratai charged them to be diligent and ensure the game is developed in Nigeria where it can complete with others across the world.
He pointed out that the formation of the Nigerian Army Polo Team was aimed at
tapping the full benefit of the polo game in the country.
According to him, the Nigerian Army would encourage and develop the game in the country.
“We are looking at participating in all global polo competitions,” assuring that the “process has begun by getting horses and handlers, players so we can fully start and promote the game.”
He said members of the BoT were “carefully selected for their qualification, passion, and interest in the game of polo.
“This is to carry Nigerian Army polo club to a greater height,” he declared.
He assured members of the Army’s full supports
We will provide “All necessary supports and hope we will cooperate with Nigerian polo association and all groups to partner with them so we can work together in this and promote the game.”
He pointed out that there’s adequate potential in the game. “We want to develop it and tap the full benefit in this important and noble game.”
Speaking for members of the BoT,
Major General Mohammed Garba (rtd) who represented Col Danjuma Umar, pointed out that the game has come a long way assuring that the board members were keen and interested in developing the game,  game of kings, king of games.”
He dispelled insinuations that the game was meant for the rich, hoping that “We will see more of this and hope to see other countries that have been invited by Nigeria to participate in the scheme.
“We will do our best for the progress of this game and enhance the discipline in the Army,” he further assured.

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January 21, 202050

18 Nigerians to be extradited soon to face corruption charges – Magu

About 18 high profiled Nigerians in different parts of the world will be extradited soon to face corruption charges, Acting Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Ibrahim Magu, stated on Tuesday.

He told reporters in Ilorin, capital of Kwara that, “The request of President Muhammadu Buhari in London for the extradition of alleged looters is just the beginning of the fight against corruption in Nigeria. We are going to extradite more Nigerians to come and face trial in Nigeria.

“We will bring back all the looters who are hiding outside this country. The fight against corruption has just started I am telling you. It will be renewed this year. It is going to be vigorous.”

Magu described the insinuation that the EFCC is established Kwara purposely to deal with former Senator Bukola Saraki as unfair.

“Kwara is one of the oldest states in the country. It deserves the headquarters of the EFCC. There was a time there were 12 states in Nigeria and Ilorin was a state capital of Kwara.

“You should be protesting why EFCC was not brought here earlier. Not because of an individual, far from that,” he added.

Speaking on his non confirmation as the substantive EFCC chair, Magu said: “I feel great. I am not worried. It is Gods that appoints and does otherwise. If God says you are holding a position, whether you are confirmed or unconfirmed when it is your time to leave you will leave. I believe very much in that.”

(With agency reports)


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January 21, 202040

Boko Haram insurgents have cut off Maiduguri, Borno state capital, from the national electricity grid. 

In a statement on Monday, Ndidi Mbah, spokesperson of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said the insurgents damaged the electricity equipment serving the state capital and its environs.

She said the agency is making efforts to restore electricity supply in the area as soon as possible.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby inform the public that Maiduguri and its environs have been cut off from the National Grid since January 17, 2020, due to damages to TCN’s equipment by insurgents,” Mbah said.

“The incident affected the 330kV transmission line between Maiduguri and Damaturu. Also, the Damboa – Maiduguri 132kV transmission line has equally been disconnected from the grid for sometime, for the same reason.

“TCN has located the fault on the Maiduguri – Damaturu line and has arranged to repair the line. Bulk electricity would be restored to Maiduguri on or before January 20, 2020.

“TCN pledges to continue to work to ensure bulk electricity transmission and grid expansion nationwide. The company wishes to use this opportunity to commend the Nigeria Armed Forces for their continued support especially in areas prone to insecurity.

“TCN regrets inconveniences caused by this problem to electricity consumers in the affected areas.”

Boko Haram insurgents have sustained attacks on villages along Damaturu-Maiduguri road in the last one month.

Two weeks ago, Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, confronted soldiers who were allegedly fleecing residents of the state at a checkpoint along Damaturu-Maiduguri road.

Following the incidents, some residents said soldiers got so angry and left them at the mercy of the insurgents.

(Cable)


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January 17, 2020170

As more and more continental and international personalities continue to endorse One United Africa project towards African peace and unity, former Secretary General of the CommonWealth Of Nations, Emeka Anyaoku has endorsed the laudable project.

He urged African leaders, all and sundry to embrace and support the initiative.
Mr Anyoaku played host to the leaders of One United Africa on Thursday, led by the founder of the project, Honourable Bimbo Daramola in his residence in Abuja.
The Nigerian elder statesman received a frame from the organisation as presented to him by Honourable Daramola on behalf of the group.
Speaking, Anyoaku said he had lost hope for African peace, unity and oneness until he began to hear of the project.
“I had began to lose hope about that African Unity dream,” he said, adding that, “listening to you in the One African crusade, I can say there’s a resurgence of hope in the younger generation to sustain the dream and vision of a United Africa.”
He opined further that ” I am reassured that with as few as three of your ilks in our nations’ parliaments, the vision we had for Africa can be truly revived again.”
Speaking during the visit, Honourable Daramola said the purpose of the visits was to inform him of the new agenda for African peace while soliciting for his support.
He promised to ensure the project finds solutions to the scourge of violence against fellow blacks in the continent, expressing the hope that the elusive economic development can be realised when peace pervades.
Mr Anyaoku joins many other personalities such as former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Founder of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, among others who have endorsed the project.
One United Africa project is geared towards African Unity, peace, brotherhood and prosperity. It seeks to involve all Africans beyond the continent to embrace peace and reinvent pan-Africanism that was the rallying cry of freedom fighters and abolitionists in the continent and across the world.
It draws inspiration from that works of Julius Nyerere, Martin Luther king whose black African dream saw to the emergence of Barack Obama, the first and only African American President of the United States with his famous ‘I have a dream…’
The organisation recently launched a website where One million people are expected to sign their signatures denouncing violence and embracing peace in the continent. So far, close to one hundred thousand people have signed the document.
The initiators believe peace and prosperity would be realised in the continent if leaders and corporate organisations support and sponsor the project to enable the grassroots to be properly aware and involved.

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January 8, 20201270

Former Member of  The House of Representatives, Bimbo Daramola has condemned the deportation of South African singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka from Uganda, and warned that attacks on fellow blacks could get worse if urgent actions were not taken.

Daramola handed down the warning on Wednesday in the face of the deportation of the respected singer, few days ago.
The former former Chief of Staff to Deputy Speaker who is the initiator of One United Africa Foundation wondered why some people feel smooth or black on black attacks would go away.
“Did we not say it will get worse? If we do not take this seriously Africa has another thing coming, the fire this time is not in Soweto but in Africa,” he told Daily Mail.
Going down memory lane, he said, “I moved the motion on the floor of the House of Representatives on March 8 2012 to sensitise Africa to this growing and creeping reality of Africans frittering away our communality and the brotherhood bond that binds us seems to be getting weaker, a few people said I should face my immediate challenges .
“Seven years later on September 2nd; 2019, the worst happened , the chickens came home to roost.”
He reminded that, “Violent attacks erupted in South Africa, the World Economic Forum holding at the time was disrupted by the withdrawal of continental leaders,well after lives have been lost and 500 Africans had to be evacuated from another African nation who are not at war!
“Sadly what I warned about in 2012 was confirmed.
“What did we do corporately to put this matter to rest?”
The former lawmaker hopes that One United Africa would sensitive the people and engage the people directly to ensure that continuous black violence against fellow blacks can be the thing of the past.
Many continental leaders no less former Nigerian presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan have endorsed the new drive to create the much sought after peace in Africa.
Series of activities lined up include music involving known African artists, dialogue, summit among others that would directly address the scourge on the continent.

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January 5, 20202170

As the quest for a peaceful and united Africa begins, former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan have endorsed the first real effort geared towards African brotherhood for peace and development.

The two former presidents lead the way of national and continental personalities that have endorsed what is being described as commendable efforts to rein in black on black violence, end discrimination against one another and chart a new course for African Unity and prosperity.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama holding the endorsement frame with founder of the group, Honourable Bimbo Daramola during the endorsement

In a separate endorsement, African who is highly revered across the continent and regarded as an international elder statesman said the endorsement tallied with his position of African Unity.

Obasanjo who was appointed Chairman of former presidents of the world and had during quest for end of apartheid in South Africa and White dominance in former Rhodesia preached independence of Africans and unity believes only a United Africa can end violence, poor governance, create jobs for the ever increasing youth and take her place in the world.

According to Obasanjo, “Today, we are in danger if we don’t take partnership seriously. Partnership within our people and partnership within Africa.”

Ooni of Ife with founder of the group, Honourable Bimbo Daramola during the endorsement

Ooni of Ife with founder of the group, Honourable Bimbo Daramola during the endorsement

He commented the founder of One United Africa, Honourable Bimbo Daramola, for his effort and foresight.

On his part, Jonathan said African Unity has always been paramount in his effort to ensure peace and prosperity for her people.

While expressing happiness that this would greatly eradicate violence among fellow Africans, he calls on everyone to queue behind the project to ensure the dreams of the founding fathers were realised.

The former Nigerian president said, “To make meaningful progress, Africans must be encouraged to treat one another as brothers and sisters, in love and unity. Relations within and between nations should never be allowed to degenerate to a level where citizens will resort to self-help by visiting violence on fellow Africans and their legitimate business interests.

“Growth and development can only be cultivated and sustained when leaders ensure that the rights and freedoms of citizens as well as migrants are respected and protected.”

Speaking, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoferry Onyeama expressed optimism that this will compliment government’s effort to ensure peace and unity in the region.

On his part, Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed said peace is crucial for any meaningful achievement to be made in Africa and calls on everyone to fall behind the project.

Founder of AIT, Raymond Dokpesi with founder of the group, Honourable Bimbo Daramola during the endorsement

Speaking during his endorsement of the project, Raymond Dokpesi, founder of African Independent Television, AIT, urged Nigeria and Nigerians to rise to the needs of Africa and Africans.

He said, I believe that we can work again and walk together as African.”
According to him, since other previous attempts left the discussions only at the level of the Governments without result,
AFRICA2020 agenda which is”people-to-people” initiatives as a complement to bilateral efforts between Governments was a sure way to arrest the scourge of violence and poverty in the continent.
He added that, “now is the time to get people involved as the whole efforts to have to be driven by the people.”
The founder of the group, Daramola pointed out that,  was Africa already ravaged by poverty, diseases, infant and maternal mortality, hunger, unemployment, bludgeoning population among others, and things could get worse, “When you slam it with the malaise of hate and resentment.”
According to him, every part of the world where people have to sow a seed of hate, leaves bad mark while making life difficult for the people.
He cited Sudan as an example saying the country is still embroiled in chains of violence because of hate and resentment which affect people’s life.
Former Presidential Spokesperson, Segun Adeniyi with founder of the group, Honourable Bimbo Daramola during the endorsement

Others who have endorsed the new initiative are Ooni of Ife, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, former President Africa Business Round table, Basorun Dele Momodu, Publisher Ovation Magazine International, Mr Segun Adeniyi, Ace Journalist, former Presidential Spokesperson and Chairman Editorial Board of Thisday Newspapers.



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