…Boko-Haram used native gangs to kidnap college students — sources
…We’ll be in Kankara college till our kids return dwelling — Dad and mom
…FG hasn’t learnt from earlier kidnaps— CAN
…Coalition of Northern Teams strikes to Katsina
…No sleep till the scholars are rescued; Buhari protected in Katsina — DHQ
By Kingsley Omonobi, Ibrahim HassanWuyo, Luminous Jannamike & Olayinka Ajayi
Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, yesterday, stated that the gunmen who attacked Authorities Science Secondary College, Kankara, and kidnapped schoolboys have been contacted and have been negotiating the boys’ freedom via the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation of Nigeria, MACBAN.
About 17 of the schoolboys have escaped and returned to their households. He denied that any of the kidnapped college students had died.
Additionally, safety and native sources have informed AFP that Boko Haram recruited three native gangs to kidnap tons of of Authorities Secondary Science College, GSSS, Kankara, Katsina State.
The jihadist group had claimed accountability for Friday’s abduction of effectively over 300 college students.
This got here as dad and mom of scholars, yesterday, stated thy can be coming to the college on a regular basis till their youngsters returned dwelling safely.
In one other improvement, the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, CAN, has described the scholars’ abduction as one other tragic chapter within the historical past of the nation occasioned by the legal actions of some hoodlums amidst the individuals, who now function, in latest instances, with impunity as if our safety businesses are on vacation.
Additionally, the management of the Coalition of Northern Teams, CNG, has relocated to Katsina city to push for the discharge of kidnapped college students nonetheless below captivity.
In the meantime, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has stated there was no trigger to fret over the protection of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State. Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche said this when he featured on Come up TV, yesterday.
Additionally, the Navy Excessive Command disclosed, yesterday that troops wouldn’t sleep till they be sure that all of the kidnapped college students have been rescued.
‘We’re in talks with the abductors via Miyetti Allah’
Talking in an interview on Channels Tv’s Politics Right now, yesterday, Governor Masari of Katsina State stated his administration is in discussions with the suspected abductors via the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation of Nigeria, MACBAN.
He stated: “We’re discussing via the management of MACBAN, Miyetti Allah with these suspected to have carried out the kidnapping and I had a gathering with the Commissioner of Police and heads of safety businesses two or three hours in the past.
“There are talks. It’s not about who’s in cost, however what’s of paramount concern to me because the chief safety officer of the state is that these college students return dwelling safely and that is what we’re speaking about.
“It’s pure for patents to be indignant, however I because the state governor, I’ll reply for my deeds right here and past. So, I’m extra involved in regards to the rescue of the kids and security of individuals of the state.”
‘Native gangster labored for Boko Haram’
Sources informed AFP the kidnap of the scholars was carried out on Boko Haram’s orders by a infamous native gangster known as Awwalu Daudawa.
The 43 year-old labored in collaboration with Idi Minorti and Dankarami, two different underworld kingpins with robust native followings, they stated.
Daudawa “was an armed robber and a cattle rustler earlier than he turned to gun-running, bringing in weapons from Libya, the place he had obtained coaching, and promoting them to bandits,” stated a safety supply.
“Over time, he cast an alliance with Boko Haram and have become their gunrunner, taking weapons the group seizes from Nigerian safety forces in raids and ambushes and promoting them to bandits for a minimize.
“Awwalu Daudawa was noticed within the forest within the Kankara space the place he just lately relocated and there have been stories that he was planning one thing but it surely was not clear what it was.”
One other supply with intimate information of “bandit” actions in Katsina and Zamfara states stated: “From out there info, Awwalu Daudawa was ordered by Abubakar Shekau to kidnap the schoolboys and he enlisted the assistance of Idi Minorti and Dankarami.
“After the kids have been taken, they went throughout the border into Zamfara state and break up them amongst totally different gangs ‘for protected holding’. And among the gangs have been in contact with the authorities for the discharge of the boys.”
The jihadists made a declare of accountability in a four-minute audio, despatched to AFP via the identical channel as earlier messages from the group.
Shekau was behind the 2014 abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok that sparked world outrage, however one other supply stated that the 2 incidents weren’t instantly comparable.
“There may be an ongoing peace pact between bandits and (the) Zamfara State Authorities which the bandits don’t need to breach. They’ve been below intense strain to launch the boys.
“This time, the bandits who’re holding the kids maintain the ace, not Shekau.”
We’ll come to Kankara college till our kids return dwelling — Dad and mom
Though faculties within the state have been closed down due to the incident, some dad and mom and relations of the kidnapped college students have been visiting the college with lots of them sitting outdoors the college’s premises from morning until night.
Investigation revealed that lots of them are from different cities outdoors Kankara .
One of many dad and mom, Hajiya Binta Muhammad, whose son she merely known as Muhammad, was among the many kidnapped college students, stated she wouldn’t be uninterested in coming to the college each day till her son is rescued.
She begged Governor Masari over her plight, pleading for the rescue of her son and different college students who have been nonetheless within the abductors den.
Hajiya Binta who spoke in Hausa via an interpreter in Kankara, yesterday, stated: “Please, assist us attraction to our authorities and all Nigerians to help within the rescue of our kidnapped youngsters. I’ve been coming to Kankara since Saturday hoping that my son can be freed and returned dwelling with me. I will likely be coming to the college till my son is rescued. I cannot be uninterested in coming right here.
“Since Saturday, no one has known as us to make any demand for the discharge of Muhammad. They haven’t allowed him to talk with us too. I’m making passionate attraction to Governor Masari to return to our assist to assist our kids return dwelling, safely.”
One other lady, Murjanatu Danja, who was additionally on the college, stated her son, Hussaina Nasiru, was among the many kidnapped college students.
She stated: “My husband and I’ve been coming right here since Saturday, hoping that our son will likely be introduced again. On Tuesday, my husband was right here whereas I’m right here at this time. We’re interesting to the federal government to make sure fast launch of our kids. Up until now, we’ve not heard something about them.”
Calm in Kankara
In the meantime, a delegation of the Nationwide Affiliation of Katsina State College students, NAKATSS, led by Aliyu Usman, yesterday paid a go to to the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, urging him to not relent within the present efforts at rescuing the kidnapped college students.
The Police Commissioner assured the scholars physique that each one attainable efforts are being made to make sure that the kidnapped college students return dwelling safely.
Buba stated: “We’re doing all the things attainable to make sure that the kidnapped college students return dwelling safely and with none hurt. The Inspector-Common of Police has supplied us with further logistics, basically for this goal and we’re certainly grateful to him for this. All arms are on deck for the protected return of the scholars. Individuals ought to train persistence and we all know that by the grace of God, the scholars can be again dwelling very quickly, unhurt.”
Bandits negotiating via instructor – Masari
Earlier, Governor Masari of Katsina State had stated that the gunmen have made contact. In accordance with the governor, the bandits have been negotiating the boys’ freedom via a instructor.
Masari disclosed this in an interview with CNN, whereas explaining what the federal government was doing regarding insecurity and the destiny of the kidnapped schoolboys.
It is going to be recalled that as a part of measures to make sure the protection of different college students, Governor Masari on Tuesday, ordered all faculties within the state shut.
No kidnapped pupil is lifeless
Governor Masari additionally stated that no kidnapped pupil of the college is lifeless.
The governor, in an interview on Channels Tv’s Politics Right now, stated: “The youngsters are alive and we’ve not obtained any report that anybody had fallen sick. So, we assume that each one is effectively with the kids.
“I used to be in contact with at the least two of the scholars that escaped on Saturday. I used to be additionally in contact on Monday with two that got here again.
“With the 4 which have been reunited with their households, none of them reported any of the scholars died.”
Requested who was liable for the kidnap of the scholars, the governor stated, based mostly on safety stories at his disposal, bandits have been liable for the incident.
Although Masari didn’t rule out the potential for Boko Haram terrorists concerned within the operation, he, nevertheless, defined that some bandits have been making contact with some terrorists.
“The stories we’ve and from the data out there to us, this abduction was performed, executed by the native bandits which might be identified to all of us.
“I’m not discountenancing any international (connivance), both ISWAP or Boko Haram not directly working with the bandits.
“For over one 12 months, there are indicators that among the parts of the bandits are making contacts with among the parts of the Boko Haram,” he added.
Northern Coalition strikes to Katsina
Officers of the Coalition of Northern Teams, CNG are becoming a member of different members from Jigawa, Kano and Katsina within the take-off of indefinite protests to compel motion to rescue the kidnapped college students quick, alive and protected.
Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, CNG spokesperson, stated: “On Thursday, the train, hash-tagged #BringBackOurBoys which is able to kick off in Katsina is predicted to proceed to Daura to register the present considerations with Mr President.”
Led by its Board of Trustees chairman, Nastura Ashir Shariff, the CNG stated it’s already in contact with dad and mom of the kidnapped college youngsters and warranted them of assist via this attempting second.
Suleiman stated: “It is going to be unreasonable to count on any Northerner and different well-meaning Nigerians to fold their arms and watch the North, a major factor of the nation deserted to the mercy of bandits and murderers and kidnappers.
“The police in Katsina is seen in an enormous reinforcement across the state which requires warning on the a part of authorities in opposition to makes an attempt at suppressing official protests that will likely be performed peacefully,” he stated.
Buhari protected in Katsina — DHQ
Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Main-Common John Enenche, who featured on Come up TV, yesterday, stated: “One of many main duties of the Armed Forces of Nigeria is to make sure that you shield the federal government and the state actors and in that regard, the Commander-in-Chief may be very protected in Katsina and anyplace that he’s or will likely be always.”
Enenche dismissed claims by Boko Haram that it was liable for the kidnapping of the scholars.
In accordance with him, the rebel group solely claimed accountability for the assault simply to instill worry in individuals.
He, nevertheless, didn’t state who carried out the assault.
“On the premise of the traits of terrorists all around the world from the time of Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Al-Shabaab, all of them, no matter that may increase their ego or present relevance, that’s what they may do.
“What did they even do? Any individual spoke on audio and stated, ‘I’m Shekau.’ Shekau on a secondary word is a model. All that must be finished is someone utilizing his voice. The whole intention of terrorists is to instill worry into individuals even past their scope of affect.
“So, it’s simple for the layman to agree that it’s them (Boko Haram) as a result of even whether it is kidnappers or armed robbers, their intention is to instill worry and kill.”
Enenche stated efforts are on to be sure that “the kids come out unharmed with no file of lack of life.”
FG but to study from earlier kidnappings, says CAN
The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, CAN, on its half, stated the truth that the unlucky incident occurred whereas the Chief Safety Officer of the nation, President Buhari, was in his dwelling state means these criminals have despatched a powerful message to him that the safety structure of the nation has been compromised below his watch.
CAN in a press release by the Particular Assistant (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, stated: “It additionally means all stakeholders within the training sector have learnt nothing from the 2 historic tragedies even if our safety businesses have didn’t safe the discharge of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and the one Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, who remains to be losing within the den of the terrorists.
“From all indications, our governments aren’t bothered in regards to the safety of the individuals regardless of all of the killings being recorded day by day. The President turned down the invitation of the Home of Representatives to clarify and rub minds with the legislators on the best way out of our deplorable safety scenario within the nation.
“What an perspective of ‘I don’t care.’ President Buhari ought to do not forget that historical past is being written about him with the best way he’s addressing all these safety challenges simply as we’re speaking in regards to the Chibok schoolgirls and the Jonathan administration.
“This was what CAN foresaw lengthy prior to now after we have been calling on the President to sack the service chiefs and by extension to overtake the safety structure. However he was not able to take heed to the Voice of Knowledge.
“We advise President Buhari to revisit all his electioneering guarantees on safety and evaluate them with what safety has change into below his watch. We urge the President to ignore the unhealthy recommendation from the cheerleaders round him who’re saying that each one is effectively in order that they could hold their jobs.
“They’re enemies of the nation and of his administration. The nation is sort of changing into a failed nation. Kidnapping has reached unimaginable proportions, with no clues to it from the safety brokers. Victims’ relations and mates are being left on the mercy of the abductors as they cut price for the discharge of their individuals as if they’re commodities put out on the market.
“Week after week, we proceed to witness main assaults or debilitating assaults on harmless residents. Is there no authorities in place anymore? Is that this the best way different governments of the world reply to life-consuming threats as we’ve?”
CAN known as on all related safety businesses to stand up and liberate all of the harmless college students earlier than they might be used as suicide bombers.
“Our hearts exit to the dad and mom of these harmless college students and we pray that very quickly, they may reunite with their youngsters in Jesus’ identify. It’s regrettable, disturbing, disheartening and unlucky that regardless of the menace of insecurity and its attendant penalties, there’s nobody who has the conscience to comply with the trail of honour.
“CAN requires the suspension of the boarding amenities in all personal and authorities faculties within the Northern a part of the nation till the safety scenario improves.
“We equally advise the Federal Authorities to direct the Nigerian Safety and Civil Defence Corps to supply safety for faculties and faculties nationwide particularly within the areas the place safety seems compromised,” the assertion added.
No sleep until all the scholars are rescued — Navy
The Navy Excessive Command disclosed yesterday that troops of the Nigerian Navy wouldn’t sleep till they be sure that all the scholars of Authorities Science Secondary College kidnapped by bandits in Kankara LGA have been rescued
“Each member of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, we’re all dedicated to getting these youngsters again protected and sound. These are our kids. They’re our very personal. We’re not sleeping. No sleeping for anyone. We’re all there (Forest) to make sure these youngsters come out alive.”
Main-Common John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, who made this identified at a briefing in Abuja, stated no one, not one of the youngsters has died.
He stated: “As at at this time, it stays as it’s; the 333 college students are nonetheless lacking and the 17 that have been discovered as disclosed by the Katsina State authorities. No one is lifeless. Troops are on guard there. They’re intact and they are going to be rescued alive.”
Requested if the navy was partaking within the negotiation between the Katsina State authorities and the bandits for the discharge of the scholars, Common Enenche stated: “I don’t know anyplace on the earth the place the navy go into negotiations when it come to ransom to criminals. There may be nothing connecting the armed forces with negotiations.
“However whether or not there’s negotiation or no negotiation, something that’s coated below our guidelines of engagement and throughout the regulation is what we are going to do. Most instances, these individuals speak from each side of the mouth. So we’ve to watch out.
“There may be nowhere on the earth the place you cease kinetic motion as a result of they are saying negotiation is happening.”
Controversial Prophet Onyeze Jesus Reportedly Arrested By Police
Prophet Onyeze Jesus
A Nigerian prophet recognized for performing ritual for his purchasers to earn a living has been reportedly arrested by the police.
Onyebuchi Okocha, popularly often known as ‘Onyeze Jesus’ is the Founding father of Kids of Mild Anointing Ministries, Nkpor, Idemili North native authorities space of Anambra state.
He was reportedly arrested by operatives from Anambra Police Command, in accordance with a supply near the investigation.
In response to the supply who doesn’t want to be named as he’s not authorised to talk on the matter; “Onyeze Jesus is in police custody. He was arrested on Wednesday, 27th January 2021, and can seemingly be arraigned for varied offences on Thursday, 28th January, 2021”.
Recall that on Monday, 25th January 2021, Anambra state authorities via an announcement issued by Mr C. Don Adinuba, the Commissioner for Info and Public Enlightenement warned Onyeze Jesus towards his practices which the federal government termed ‘prison and indecent conduct within the identify of faith’.
Additionally, in a associated assertion, Anambra state Ministry of Well being had on Wednesday, 27th January, 2021 warned hospitals and mortuaries working within the state towards permitting ‘Onyeze Jesus’ entry to their amenities to hold out his broadly publicised declare, and deliberate ‘magic’ that he would increase 7 corpses from the lifeless on the 28th of January, 2021.
Many individuals have expressed dismay over a number of the movies that ‘Onyeze Jesus’ usually posts on social media together with parading folks bare in a river (indecent publicity), abuse of the Nigerian Naira foreign money, animal cruelty and his get-rich – fast guarantees to gullible members of the general public.
Those that know the self styled Prophet say that he’s from Amafor village in Nkpor, is about 32 years of age, was as soon as a bus conductor, and by no means studied past Major Six.
BBNaija’s Erica Baggage Multimillion Naira Endorsement Deal With Cellular Cellphone Model
BBNaija actuality star, Erica Nlewedin has introduced a brand new endorsement deal she simply signed.
In keeping with studies, the actress bagged a multi-millionaire endorsement cope with a cell phone model, Companion Cellular Nigeria.
The 26-year-old actress took to her verified Instagram web page to announce her newest deal to her followers and followers.
She shared a photograph of herself holding one of many cell phone fashions and wrote,
“Say hello to the brand new @partnermobileng ambassador”
Nigeria Data 1861 New Circumstances Of COVID-19
Nigeria Data 1861 New Circumstances Of COVID-19
As Nigeria battles the second wave of coronavirus, 1,861 new circumstances of COVID19 was confirmed on Wednesday, January 27.
In accordance with the Nigeria Middle for Illness Management, Lagos recorded 773 whereas the FCT recorded 285.
Different states with contemporary circumstances embody Oyo-138, Rivers-111, Plateau-92, Nasarawa-83, Kaduna-59, Enugu-57, Imo-57, Edo-43, Kano-27, Kwara-20, Ebonyi-19, Abia-17, Ogun-12, Osun-12, Katsina-8, Bayelsa-6, Bauchi-5, Delta-5, Borno-4, Jigawa-Four and Zamfara-1.
Nigeria now has 126, 160 confirmed circumstances of the illness. 100, 365 sufferers have been efficiently handled and discharged. Sadly, 1,544 deaths have been recorded.
See a breakdown of the variety of circumstances per states beneath;
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