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No fresh kidnapping in Borno – FG

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The Federal Government, yesterday, denied reports of a mass kidnapping by Islamist group Boko Haram, in recently retaken Damasak, Borno State as widely reported.

“There is no fresh kidnapping in Damasak,” Coordinator of National information centre, Mike Omeri told AFP.

Residents of Damasak had claimed that the insurgents kidnapped over 400 women and children. “They took 506 young women and children, killing about 50 of them before leaving”, a trader, Souleymane Ali, told Reuters.

“We don’t know if they killed others after leaving, but they took the rest with them”.

Lt.-Col. Toumba Mohamed, the Nigerien commander of the Niger-Chad forces in Damasak also confirmed to Reuters that residents reported between 400 and 500 women and children kidnapped.

However, Omeri said Nigeria has no information about a mass abduction. A senator who represents the area and a senior intelligence source also cast doubt on the reports.

The alleged abduction is reminiscent of the April 14, 2014 abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terrorists, which sparked global outcry and beamed spotlight on the security situation in the northeast. The girls are yet to be found.

Senator Maina Lawan, whose constituency includes Damasak, said: “I will be extremely surprised that such a huge number of my constituents would be abducted without me being informed.

“It is very unlikely that Boko Haram would have abducted such a huge number of people from Damasak because most of the people had fled months ago when Boko Haram took over‎.”

Vanguard quoted a senior intelligence source in Borno’s capital Maiduguri to have said there was “no iota of truth” to the mass abduction claims.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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