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FG Will Not Pay Ransom For Abducted Girls, Jonathan To Decide On Emergency Rule This Week – Presidency

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goodluck jonathan-school girlsThe Presidency has ruled out negotiating with the Boko Haram sect for the release of the schoolgirls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

While claiming responsibility for the April 14 abduction in a video obtained by AFP, the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had threatened to sell-off the over 200 girls, who he called ‘slaves’.

His statement was deconstructed as a subtle way of asking for ransom from the government for the release of the girls.

But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, weekend, said the government would not pay ransom or engage in any form of sale of human beings.

Abati stressed that no amount of provocation would push the government to get involved in any act that was related to slavery.

Speaking to PUNCH, Abati said, “The Federal Government is not going to engage in any form of selling human beings. The sale of any human being is an assault on the dignity of that human being.

“Slavery is one of the major crimes against humanity in the UN Conventions. There will be no amount of provocation that will push the Federal Government of Nigeria to engage in anything that is remotely associated to the promotion of slavery.

“The position of the Federal Government is that even if Boko Haram goes ahead with its threat to sell human beings, whoever buys such human beings will be held culpable for promoting slavery.

“What we are dealing with and which must be stressed is that when there is a crime against humanity, the whole world must come together to condemn that crime.

“The question of turning human beings into merchandise and that being supported by government should be ruled out. I don’t think that will happen.

“But government of course will do everything within its capacity to ensure that the girls are brought back to safety. But turning them into items of merchandise is not part of the strategy at this time”.

On government’s response to the demand by some North-East leaders that President Goodluck Jonathan should not extend the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, the Abati said the president would make his position known on the matter this week.

He noted that the decision would, however, not be premised on what the elders wanted but on the interest of the people of the affected states and Nigeria in general.

“President Jonathan has already addressed this (the issue of state of emergency) in his last media chat. I think that in the coming week, it will be exactly six months since the last state of emergency was declared.

“By next week, we are likely to see the President taking a close look at the issue and taking a decision on it.

“It is not a question of what the North-East leaders want, it is a question of what is in the best interest of the people of the affected area and in the best interest of Nigeria”, he stated.

Abati also shed more light on the steps taken by President Jonathan to find lasting solutions to the security challenges in the country.

According to him, the president had met twice with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on the need for Israel to support Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.

Abati said, “President Jonathan has very excellent relationship with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  All the times they have met, first when President Jonathan visited Israel and then later when they had a second meeting in Europe, the Prime Minister had always made it clear that at any time, he would be ready to support Nigeria either in the fight against terrorism or in other aspects”.

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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