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Boko Haram sect kill four UN workers

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Boko Haram terrorists killed four aid workers of the World Food Programme, (WFP) , have been kidnapped in Borno State, the WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations.

According to the WFP, the  gunmen ambushed one of their military-escorted convoy of food trucks taking supply to an internally displaced persons camp in Ngala village of Borno State on Saturday.

Four persons were confirmed killed during the attack. Sources also told this medium that three other persons were abducted the by the gunmen, suspected to be members of Boko Haram.

According to the WFP’s Communication Officer at the Maiduguri area office, Adedeji Ademigbuji, two of the four persons killed were the truck driver and his assistant.

But sources familiar with the attack confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that three other persons were taken away by the gunmen who drove the food trucks to an unknown destination. WFP in its confirmation email was silent about the abduction of the three other persons.

“WFP can confirm that a convoy escorted by the Nigerian military including WFP hired trucks was the subject of an attack by armed groups 35km southwest of Ngala in Borno State on Saturday (16 December)”, said Mr Ademigbuji.

“Four people, including the driver of a WFP-hired truck and a driver’s assistant, were killed in the incident. WFP extends its condolences to the bereaved families.

“WFP is working with the authorities to determine the whereabouts of the trucks,” he said.

The source who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to speak to the media said one of the trucks was burnt by the attackers.

It has not been ascertained if the other two people killed in the attack are civilians or members of the military escort.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UNOCHA) had in its October report expressed concern that some remote locations of Borno State could not be assessed by humanitarian workers due to activities of the insurgents.

The military is yet to issue a statement on this incident.

The Boko Haram activities in Borno and neighbouring states have caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009.

Source: ( Premium Times )

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Court Remands Nigerian Senator, Ali Ndume, In Prison

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Court Remands Nigerian Senator, Ali Ndume, In Prison

Ali Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial district has been ordered on Monday by a federal high court to be sent to prison.

The order follows his inability to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, whom he stood as surety for in his corruption and money laundering trial.

The high court, sitting in Abuja was presided over by Justice Okon Abang and ordered Senator Ndume to be remanded in Kuje correctional centre.

Also Read: Alleged Money Laundering: Court Orders Arrest Of Abdulrasheed Maina

Justice Abang, however, gave three conditions upon which Ndume can regain his freedom namely payment of N500m bail bond into the Federation Account of the Federal Government and present evidence of such payment in court or the FG sells the property situated in Asokoro, Abuja which Ndume pledge as security for the bond and present evidence of sale and payment of the N500m realised into the Federation Account or he (Ndume) produces Maina, who is believed to have now jumped bail, in court.

Shortly after the pronouncement by the Judge, Senator Ndume was led away from the courtroom by security operatives.

 

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CCB Invitation: Magu Can’t Access Assets’ Documents, Says Lawyer

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CCB Invitation: Magu Can’t Access Assets’ Documents, Says Lawyer

Ibrahim Magu

The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has explained why he failed to honour the invitation of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Recall that it was reported that CCB is planning to charge Magu for failing to declare his assets after failing to honour the invitation of the bureau.

Quoting portions of Magu’s letter in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘CCB invitation: Magu lacks access to relevant documents – Lawyer’ the embattled former EFCC boss lawyer Wahab Shittu said some of the documents requested by the CBB have been seized by the DSS and the retired Justice Ayo Salami-led panel.

Also Read: Corruption Allegation: Salami Panel Submits Investigative Report On Magu

He stated that Magu told the CCB that DSS removed the documents from his office while he was in detention following his suspension from office to pave the way for his probe by the panel.

Mr. Wahab Shittu also asked the CCB to reschedule the invitation till when Magu would have access to his office and the relevant documents.

He said, “We wish to state that our client did not shun the CCB invitation as the media reportage did not reflect the true position of the narrative.

“We wish to state with high sense of responsibility that we have written two letters to the Chairman of the CBB, intimating him about the inability of our client to have access to the relevant documents as required by the CCB.”

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Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

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Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has condemned the recent attack by gunmen on a mosque in Zamfara state which led to the killing of some worshippers.

Saraki in his reaction on Monday, condemned the activities of the criminals in its totality, calling on the government and security agents to step up their game in securing the lives of the citizens.

He added that the frequent cases and reports of insecurity in the country should be a source of concern for all Nigerians.

Recall that gunmen on Friday stormed a Friday mosque in the village of Dutsin Gari in Kanoma, Zamfara State, and abducted about 40 worshipers and an Imam.

Five worshippers were killed while several others were also injured.

Reacting to this development, Saraki wrote on his Twitter page:

 

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