President Buhari Welcomes Recovery Of Another Chibok Girl

Chibok Girls, Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday lauded the recovery of another Chibok schoolgirl, Rakiya Abubakar, in the Alagarno area of Damboa Local Government in Borno State.

The President said that the recovery has raised renewed hope that the other captured girls would one day be reunited with their families, friends and community.

He also commended the military for the diligent investigation which led to the recovery of Rakiya and urged them to continue in the spirit with which they cleared the Sambisa forest of terrorists.

President Buhari gave the assurance that the Nigerian Government would continue to do all within its powers to assist the military in locating the rest of the girls and eradicating the menace of terrorism in Nigeria.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, had confirmed to reporters, the rescue of Rakiya, who was abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014.

He said that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, while questioning some arrested suspected terrorists, discovered the girl with her six months old baby.

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok Girl

Preliminary investigation revealed that the rescued kidnap victim is the daughter of Abubakar Gali Mulima and Habiba Abubakar of Chibok community in northeast Nigeria.

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok Girl

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok GirlThe Nigerian Army says it has found another one of the Chibok girls, who were abducted in April 2014 from their hostel.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, confirmed this to reporters on Thursday.

He stated that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, during investigation of arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorists, discovered one of the abducted Chibok School girls, Rakiya Abubkar, with her six months old baby.

According to preliminary investigation, it was discovered that she is the daughter of Abubakar Gali Mulima and Habiba Abubakar of Chibok.

She also revealed that she was a student of Senior Secondary School Class 3B (SS 3B), before her abduction along with her colleagues on April 14, 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok Girl

Rakiya Abubakar is presently undergoing further medical investigation and would soon be released to the Borno State Government.

The Federal Government secured the release of 21 of the girls on October 31, 2016 after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.

They were released in a deal brokered by the International Committee of Red Cross and the Swiss Government.

 

Terror Attacks On Germany A Wake-Up Call — Buhari

Terror Attacks On Germany Are Wake-Up Call — BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said that the latest terror attacks on Germany are a wake-up call for the rest of the world to show sympathy and solidarity towards Chancellor Angela Merkel in the global effort to neutralise and obliterate terrorists’ agenda against humanity.

The Nigerian leader also extolled Chancellor Merkel’s strong leadership qualities and her compassion towards immigrants from the Middle East and other countries.

President Buhari said he appreciated the Chancellor’s support for Nigeria in dealing with its own domestic challenges, including terrorism.

12 people were killed with 48 injured after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in Berlin.

Initial reports suggested the driver was an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker who arrived in Germany in February.

The Berlin market attack suspect Anis Amri, was later shot dead by police on Friday morning after he was approached by police during a routine patrol in Milan.

Reports say the man opened fire on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol in the Sesto San Giovanni area in the early hours of Friday

German authorities say fingerprints they provided have confirmed the dead man is Amri. They are trying to find out if he had accomplices.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State (IS) group has released a video purporting to show Amri pledging allegiance to its leader, Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi.

He does not make any reference to the Berlin attack, which IS claimed soon afterwards. It is not clear when or where the video was filmed.

Shortly before releasing the video, IS acknowledged Amri’s death in Milan.

21 Chibok Girls Return Home For Christmas

21 Chibok School Girls Return Home For ChristmasThe recently released 21 Chibok girls will be in Chibok, their ancestral home for the first time since their abduction to join their families and friends in celebrating the 2016 Christmas.

This is following the celebrated release of 21 of the schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014.

The girls, who have now become international figures, arrived Yola International Airport secretly and under tight security were received by the Adamawa State Governor, Senator Mohammed Jibrilla.

Channels TV correspondent reports that the girls appeared tense, anxious and uncertain of what to expect as they looked forward to uniting with their families.

Accompanying the Chibok girls was CNN Correspondent, Aisha Sesay who has been involved in the welfare of the girls. She could not hide her feeling of joy.

Governor Mohammed Jibrilla thanked President Buhari for his commitment in fighting insurgency in the northeast and said that he was excited receiving the Chibok schoolgirls in Yola on their way home for Christmas.

They proceeded to one of the five star hotels in Yola where they were lodged for the night and Governor Jibrilla was back the following morning to bid them farewell as they embarked on their final trip to Chibok.

While some parents of the kidnapped girls expressed their delight, one of the 21 girls on their way home for the Christmas, Asabe Hune, said that they were praying for the release of the remaining girls under Boko Haram captivity.

“I feel happy today as we are going home, we will assist the remaining girls by praying for their release so that they can return home for us to be together again.

“I have nothing more to say except to thank the government for everything they have done to us.”

They were escorted by security operatives to Chibok for the yuletide.

The release of the girls in October was secured by the Federal Government after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.

They were released on October 31, 2016 in a deal brokered by the International Committee of Red Cross and the Swiss Government.

The Nigerian government had earlier denied reports claiming the release of another set of 21 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
Reports had claimed that the girls, who were kidnapped in April 2014, had been transported to Yola, Adamawa State, after their release on Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, said that the 21 girls reported on Thursday, were those released in October.

Recession: Nigeria Needs To Seek Non-Oil Revenue Solutions – Babajide

Recession: Nigeria Needs To Seek Non-Oil Revenue Solutions - BabajideData analyst, Babajide Ogunsanwo, believes that Nigeria would have to “put all her eggs into the non-oil revenue basket”, to lift the economy out of its current recession and into prosperity.

He said this while analysing the 2017 budget proposed by the Federal Government on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

According to him, the proposed budget, summarises the fact that “perhaps oil can lead us out of recession”.

Explaining further, he said: “Last year when the president, presented the 2016 budget, he had used the word ‘oil’ nine times, this time, he used it 20 times.

“Also, in last year’s budget presentation there was no mention of recession; this time, he mentioned recession three times and the mention of ‘non-oil’ has even reduced.

“Today’s budget says we expect to earn 1.9 trillion Naira from oil; that is higher than what we are expected to earn from either independent revenue from the government or even from non-oil revenue”.

Meanwhile, analysing how much the nation earns from oil production, Ogunsanwo compared the economies of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, alongside Nigeria.

“Kuwait exports 158 litres of oil daily, per person, Saudi Arabia 56 litres, Nigeria two litres,” he said.

Recession: Nigeria Needs To Seek Non-Oil Revenue Solutions - Babajide

Looking at this, “can oil really save us?” he questioned.

The analyst believes that “because of our population, the revenue we get from crude oil cannot lead us into prosperity” but would rather lead us into obscurity.

“The revenues we earn will not be sufficient to take care of not just this generation but will never be able to take care of the generation unborn”.

Citing examples such as Google, he then went on to suggest that “we can use ideas to push the country into prosperity”.

Libyan Plane Hijackers Surrender

Libyan Plane Lands In MaltaTwo Libyan men who hijacked a plane from Libya to Malta and threatened to blow it up have surrendered peacefully, allowing 118 passengers and crew to leave the aircraft before walking out alongside the last of the crew.

Officials said two hijackers aboard the plane that was forced to land in Malta on Friday, threatened to blow up the aircraft with grenades.

The domestic flight – Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 was hijacked after taking off from Sabha, bound for the Libyan capital Tripoli but instead was diverted to Malta International Airport.

It appears the two hijackers are supporters of Libya’s late deposed leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

Etienne Saint John, a spokesman for Malta’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Malta’s armed forces led the negotiations with the hijackers as they started allowing the passengers as well as crew members to leave the plane earlier.

According to CNN, John said: “They have grenades and are threatening to blow up the plane. No words on their demands yet”.

“The Foreign Affairs Ministry is waiting for the passenger manifest. The safety of the passengers is of the utmost importance.”

While it is unclear who exactly the hijackers are, Sabha has been a center for political tribal violence.

Deadly clashes still erupt there between tribes loyal to Gadhafi and anti-Gaddafi groups.

 

Chelsea Agree To Sell Oscar To Shanghai SIPG

Chelsea Agree To Sell Oscar To Shanghai SIPGChelsea have agreed to sell Oscar to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, for a fee of around £60 million.

The Brazil midfielder would leave Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens at the start of January, 12 months after compatriot and former Blues team-mate Ramires, joined Jiangsu Suning.

Oscar arrived in London in 2012 and went on to win the English Premier League, Europa League and League Cup, during his four and a half year stay.

The 25 year old, has featured just 11 times since Antonio Conte was appointed, but the Blues manager said this month, he was sad to be losing a player who scored 38 goals in 203 appearances.

Abuja Joins The Digital Switch Over Train

Abuja, Digital Switch Over Nigeria’s journey to full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting appears to be gaining momentum as Abuja, the nation’s capital city, joins the moving train.

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory, now have access to 30 free-to-air channels, with nearly 70 per cent local content on their television sets, following the Digital Switch Over that took place on Thursday.

According to the federal government, six more states from each of the nation’s geo-political zones will be switched over in the coming months.

The President, represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Government was also determined to ensure a seamless roll-out of the DSO in all the states of the federation because of the multiplier effect of the benefits.

“Technology is transforming our lives and livelihoods daily, in new and more dramatic ways. Perhaps more important are the doors opened by digital transition”.

According to him, the the successful launch of the pilot scheme in Jos in April, has “clearly demonstrated the gains of Digital Switch Over.

“Let me restate for emphasis that this government is irreversibly committed to meeting the June 2017 deadline for the switch over in the West African sub-region and also to the roll-out of the DSO in all the states of the federation.

With this move, the Federal Government has made good on its initial plans to launch digital broadcasting in December.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, had earlier stated that the process of digitization would also provide over a million jobs for Nigerian youths within the next two years.

He further stated that digitization of broadcasting offers Nigeria a lot of opportunities with multi-faceted and very far-reaching benefits especially in the areas of economics, politics, education, entertainment, science and technology.

 

Berlin Attack Suspect Anis Amri Killed In Milan

Berlin Attack Suspect Anis Amri Killed In MilanItalian officials say the Berlin market attack suspect Anis Amri, has been shot dead by police in Milan. 

The man was approached by police during a routine patrol in Milan on Friday morning.

Reports say the man opened fire on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol in the Sesto San Giovanni area in the early hours of Friday.

German authorities say fingerprints they provided have confirmed the dead man is Amri. They are trying to find out if he had accomplices.

The BBC reports that Monday’s attack on a Berlin Christmas market left 12 dead and 49 injured.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State (IS) group has released a video purporting to show Amri pledging allegiance to its leader, Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi.

He does not make any reference to the Berlin attack, which IS claimed soon afterwards. It is not clear when or where the video was filmed.

Shortly before releasing the video, IS acknowledged Amri’s death in Milan.

When Italian police stopped the suspect, who was on foot, at 03:00 a.m. local time, he “immediately drew out a gun” and shot at the two policemen, Italian Interior Minister, Marco Minniti, said.

One of the officer, Cristian Movio, was injured in the shoulder but his injuries are not life-threatening.

His junior colleague, Luca Scata, who had been in the police for just nine months, was the one who fired the shot which killed Amri.

Germany has been on high alert after the attack which also left 49 people injured.

They had detained the driver, who security sources said is an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker who arrived in Germany in February.

Reports however said the man was known to the police for minor crimes, but not terror links.

“Our investigators are working on the assumption that the truck was deliberately steered into the crowd at the Christmas market…,” police had said on Twitter.

Separately, police arrested two people in the German city of Oberhausen on suspicion of planning an attack.

Police Commence Investigation Into Attack On Governor El-Rufai’s Convoy

Kaduna state, police, Nasir El-RufaiThe Kaduna state police command says it has commenced investigation to fish out the masterminds of an attack on the convoy of the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, when he visited the area.

On Tuesday, Mr El-Rufai in company of his deputy and top government officials were in Kafanachan to assess the level of destruction by protesters on Monday.

It was then that some youths attacked his convoy with stones and other dangerous weapons.

The protest which  was aimed at drawing attention of government to the constant killings of their people by suspected herdsmen, had led to the destruction of property as well as cars in the convoy, the command said.

This was inspite of the 24-hour curfew, imposed by the government in Kafanchan, after getting word of the planned violence.

Briefing newsmen in his office, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, announced that an investigation team headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, has been constituted and deployed to Kafanchan to identify the hoodlums and bring them to book.

FG Clears Air On Alleged Release Of Chibok Girls 

FG, Chibok Girls The Nigerian government has denied reports claiming the release of another set of 21 Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
Reports had claimed that the girls, who were kidnapped in April 2014, had been transported to Yola, Adamawa State, after their release on Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, says the 21 girls reported on Thursday, were those released in October.
The release of the girls in October was secured by the Federal Government after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.

The government, however, said it secured the release of the girls based on trust and that no member of the terrorist group held was released  in exchange.

However, this came after the President, Muhammadu Buhari, had expressed his readiness to release the girls in a swap deal that the group had asked for.

The over 200 school girls were abducted from their hostel, in Chibok town of Borno State.

While some of them have managed to escape, a larger number still remain in the terrorists’ captivity.

The abduction of the girls on April 14, 2014 brought Boko Haram into international spotlight, with many using the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag to raise awareness for the campaign to find the abducted girls and rescue them.

U.N. Warns Of Water Crisis In Nigeria’s Megacity Lagos  

U.N. Warns Of Water Crisis In Nigeria's Megacity Lagos  The United Nations (UN), has warned that Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos state, faces a water crisis that is creating unacceptable conditions for millions of people.

According to the U.N, the 21 million residents of Lagos, which is built on a lagoon, struggle to find water suitable for drinking and sanitation.

Estimates suggest only one in 10 people have access to water supplied by the state utility provider.

Reacting to the comments, the Lagos state Information Commissioner, Steve Ayorinde, said the 2017 budget increased spending with the aim of addressing the two key issues of potable water and cleaner environment.

He however said the migration of people from other parts of Nigeria and neighbouring countries had put pressure on the city’s infrastructure.