BREAKING: Court orders immediate release of Nigeria Shi’a leader, El-Zakzaky

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Friday ordered the release of the leader of the Shi’a Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Mr. El-Zakzaky was arrested by the military on December 14, 2015, after a clash between the movement and officers of the Nigerian army.

The army killed at least 347 members of the group.

Mr. El-Zakzaky approached the court to demand his release, months after he was arrested without being charged to Court.

He asked the Court to declare that his arrest and continued detention violated his fundamental rights.

His lawyer, Femi Falana, said the court should declare that the continued detention of his client without charging him, was unlawful.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, rejected the submission of the counsel to the State Security Service, Tijjani Gazali, that Mr. El-Zakzaky was kept in protective custody of the SSS.

He said the decision to hold the Islamic cleric and his wife for their safety was not based on law.

“I have not been shown any incident report or any complaint lodged by residents around the neighbourhood that the applicant has become a nuisance to his neigbourhood,” said the judge.

He said the decision of the government to hold the applicant for so long amounted to great danger.

Citing the death of former leader of the Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, the judge said; “If the applicant dies in custody which I do not pray for, it could result in many needless deaths”.

Mr. Kolawole said the government should within 45 days release the applicant and his family to the police, who shall within 24 hours take them, guarded by escort, to a safe place.

He added that the SSS will pay a fine of N25 million each to Mr. El-Zakzaky and his wife, making N50 million.

Re-run: Wike To Release Video Implicating CP

Rivers  State  governor,Mr.  Nyesom  Ezenwo  Wike,has  announced  that  the state government would, in the  coming  weeks,  release audio-visual footages of the  state commissioner of police, Mr.Francis Odesanya, allegedly plotting with politicians on the methods  to  be  adopted  in  rigging  the December 10 rescheduled legislative elections.

Governor  Wike,  in  a  press statement  signed  by  his  Special Assistant,  Electronic  Media,  Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, made the announcement while flagging off rehabilitation works of the General Hospital,  Abonnema  in  AkukuToru  Local  Government  Area  of the state, yesterday.

According  to  him,  the  audiovisual  footages  would  be  made public  through  different  media platforms  to  expose  the  extreme rigging  desires  of  the  Independent  National  Electoral  Commission  (INEC),  with  the  backing of  the  police  and  other  security

agencies. The  governor  further  alleged that  600  policemen  working  with the  Special  Anti-Robbery  Squad (SARS)  in  the  state  have  already been distributed to prominent APC leaders on local government basis by the Police Commissioner for the indiscriminate  arrest  of  Peoples  Democratic  Party  (PDP)  supporters a few days to the election. The governor added that the 600

SARS  personnel  so  distributed would also be used to unleash unprecedented  violence  on  the  people  on  election  day,  so  that  APC leaders would have time to substitute result sheets handed over to them by the INEC leadership.

“We  are  now  in  possession  of the  DVD  of  how  the  Police  Commissioner  and  some  politicians were  planning  on  how  to  rig  the forthcoming  legislative  re-run elections  in  Rivers  State.  At  the  appropriate time, we shall release the  materials  for  Nigerians  to understand the depth of the electoral  fraud  being  perpetrated  by

INEC and Police. “For  the  security  of  this  all important  audio-visual  material, we have mass-produced them and kept  them  at  different  locations. Nigerians  are  entitled  to  know the  truth  about  the  unfortunate rigging machine. “Now that we have caught them on tape, this will shake the world.

Rivers State is not like other states  where  you  can  plot  and  execute easy rigging plans.

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Our Role In Release Of 21 Chibok Girls- Red Cross

The Red Cross has explained its role in the Boko Haram release of 21 of the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by the terror group in 2014.

The Red Cross and the Swiss Government mediated in the release of the girls, the Nigerian government said on Thursday.

“The role we played was neutral intermediary. We were not involved in the negotiation,” Elodie Schindler, the spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Africa said, Thursday, in an exclusive interview.

“What we usually do is when two parties are negotiating, we don’t get involved. But when they have struck a deal, they can then call us in to mediate.”

Ms. Schindler said when the Nigerian government and Boko Haram reached a deal, they contacted the Red Cross to come in, inspect, and receive the girls.

She said her organisation played no other role beyond that.

The Swiss Embassy is yet to speak on its role in the release of the girls.

The Nigerian government is known to have made fruitless attempts in the past to have Boko Haram release the girls.

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BREAKING: President Buhari reportedly orders Dasuki’s release.

President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered the release of National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki.

According to a report by Vanguard Newspaper, President Buhari recently directed relevant authorities to recover funds said to have been misappropriated by Dasuki while in office and set him free.

The aide said, “I can tell you that the President is not comfortable with the continued detention of Dasuki despite the offences he allegedly committed against Nigeria and its people.

“The only condition Mr President has asked Dasuki to fulfil is to refund the huge sum of public funds which were allegedly diverted under his watch as the NSA.

“And I want to tell you that we have the approval of Mr. President to release him (Dasuki) from detention as soon as he brings the money,” the official said.

This is coming few weeks after the ECOWAS regional court has granted Dasuki bail saying his arrest by the Federal Government is not in accordance with his Human Right.

In December 2015, the Department of State Services, DSS, had arrested Dasuki for allegedly misappropriating $15 billion of funds meant for purchase of arms for troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.

DSS Releases All The Detained Judges

The State Security Service has released all the judges arrested during a nationwide sweep between Friday and Saturday, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Sources in the agency said all the seven judges were released on self-recognition.

“They were all released on bail yesterday(Sunday) on self recognition,” one of our sources said.
“They reported this morning (Monday) and they have all gone back home. They will be coming back tomorrow. And everything went very procedurally well and civil.

“They were released on bail on self recognition based on the fact that given their standing in the society, they cannot run away. They were instructed that they should come back today by 10am.

“They did report for investigation this morning and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues and preparation to charge them to court continued.”

The source added, “Also, action was sequel to lack of cooperation by National Judicial Council. Such as refusal by the NJC to allow the affected persons to be questioned by the DSS. Investigation started some seven months ago, precisely in April 2016.”
The crackdown has continued to generate mixed reactions across the country.

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Why Nigeria should totally ignore ECOWAS order for Dasuki’s release.

Jokes for days. Pure jokes. That’s what you’ll want to regard the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) court ruling ordering the Nigerian State to set free former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

To make the joke even more of a rib cracking one, the ECOWAS court ruled that the Federal Government should pay N15m in damages to Dasuki.

To compensate a man who allegedly diverted $2.1bn earmarked for the purchase of ammunition with another N15m, is the stuff that stand up comedy shows are made of. It’s akin to rewarding the Fox for storming through the barn door and making away with the Hen.

To placate a man with N15m for allegedly ending the lives of hundreds in the war thorn North East, is sick comedy.

Sometimes, these jokes write themselves. And ECOWAS’ ruling should have been funny if it wasn’t so tragic.

The ruling is premised on the alleged arrest of Dasuki by the State without a search warrant.

Online Newspaper Premium Times, reported the ruling this way:

“On Tuesday, a three-member panel led by Justice Friday Nwoke said Nigeria’s government was wrong in arresting Mr. Dasuki without a search warrant, adding that the pattern of arrest negates the provisions of Section 28 of the Nigerian Police Act.

“According to the said section, a superior police officer may authorise the search of a resident belonging to a suspect assumed to be in illegal possession of an item, if the officer so authorised has a search warrant….According to the judge, the search warrant presented before the ECOWAS court was not certified and therefore lacks verifiable authenticity….”

Dasuki is being held for a slew of offences including illegal possession of firearms, corruption and money laundering. To negate all of these alleged crimes and set him free on account of a flawed search warrant will amount to a travesty of justice.

In the past, the Department of State Security (DSS) had said it did have a valid search warrant with it before storming the home of the erstwhile NSA last year.

How ECOWAS will declare that search warrant “uncertified and inauthentic,” should be the subject of another round of litigation and not a call for the outright freedom of the man.

It is also subject to debate if ECOWAS has the jurisdiction to rule in a case before Nigerian courts. Are we out-sourcing our judiciary now? Have we ceased being a sovereign state? Where does the jurisdiction of the Nigerian legal system end and that of ECOWAS begin?

There’s precedence to draw from here:

In May, 2016, IPOB (Independent People of Biafra) leader Nnamdi Kanu, who is being held for secessionist threat and gun-running among other offences, ran to the ECOWAS court as well in a last ditch attempt to evade justice.

In its preliminary objection, the Federal Ministry of Justice, submitted that the sub-regional court lacked, “the requisite jurisdiction” to hear and determine the matter before it.

The government also averred that in running to the ECOWAS court before the domestic courts were given a chance at hearing the defendant’s bail application, Kanu and his counsels were subjecting the Nigerian law to ridicule and abusing the processes of the court.

The government’s objection had also read inter alia: “The corporate existence of Nigeria as a united, harmonious, indivisible and indissoluble sovereign nation is certainly greater than any citizen’s liberty or right……once the security of the nation is in jeopardy…and it survives in pieces rather than in peace, an individual’s liberty or rights may not even exist.

“It is trite law that a court cannot assume jurisdiction over ancillary claims when it has no jurisdiction to entertain the main claim, since an ancillary claim can only be properly determined by that court. Thus, it is improper to approach a court which is incompetent to determine only some of the issues in a case if there is a court with jurisdiction to determine all the issues.”

Dasuki was brought before the court within the jurisdiction that is called Nigeria. Besides, a regional court like ECOWAS should only have jurisdiction over member states or communities. Last we checked, Dasuki is not an ECOWAS member State. He’s a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It was an abuse of court process by the Ex-NSA to have run to an ECOWAS court in the first instance, with his case before courts in Nigeria.

The prosecuting agencies–EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) and DSS–should be made to answer before the laws of the land if they took Dasuki away without a valid search warrant. But to negate a case premised on much more than national security because of a search warrant, will be stretching the liberty of the law a bit too far.

The ECOWAS court should really mind its business and allow our courts to sort out Dasuki and the mess he left behind in the Nigerian military. No interference please!

Enough said.

Again, Group Gives FG 1-week Ultimatum To Release El-Zakzaky

Again, group under the umbrella of Save Zakzaky’s life group of Nigeria has issued a one week ultimatum to the federal government to unconditionally release their leader Ibraheem El-Zakzaky from detention.

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh El-Zakzaky has been in DSS detention since December, 2015 following their clashes with the Nigerian Army.

According to the National coordinator of the group, Bashir Marafa, “We call on the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to release Sheikh Zakzaky who has been unjustly in detention without trial for the past nine month unconditionally.

“No doubt, Save Zakzaky’s life group of Nigeria, with the supports and aspirations of millions of Zakzaky’s followers within Nigeria and beyond, are greatly concerned over the deteriorating health condition of our great leader Zakzaky, who has been denied access to seek for good medical care, while he is being detained with no reason whatsoever, except what we see as “great oppression”, and denying his fundamental human right as a Nigerian citizen, by the Buhari administration.

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Governor Ahmed Approves Special Release of N36m for COED Salaries

Following the release of N86, 996, 422.00 as the last quarterly subvention to the State-owned Tertiary Institutions for 2016, the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Friday approved a special release of another N36, 091, 000 to the College of Education, Oro.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, who disclosed this, noted the N36m release to COE, Oro is to assist the school to pay its workers’ salaries.

Alhaji Banu said that the State government is working with the College management to find a permanent solution to the salary crisis facing the institution.

He said Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed is optimistic that the Visitation Panel to the College will come up with relevant recommendations that will assist the government in making the school financially independent.

Recall that the State government recently set up a Visitation Panel to among other functions assess the operational practices of the College; examine the management of its finances as well as assess the relevance of courses offered.

 

The Panel is headed by Prof. K. S. Adeyemi of the Department of Economics, Kwara State University.

Details Of FG’s Readiness To Negotiate Chibok Girls’ Release & Buhari’s Threat To Niger Delta Militants

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday restated the readiness of his administration to dialogue with the Boko Haram sect for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls who are in captivity.

Buhari, who spoke with journalists in Nairobi where he attended the Sixth Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD VI) at the weekend, said the Nigerian government was ready to dialogue with bona fide leaders of the terror group who know the whereabouts of the girls.

“I have made a couple of comments on the Chibok girls and it seems to me that much of it has been politicised. What we said is that the government which I preside over is prepared to talk to bona fide leaders of Boko Haram. If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised non-governmental organisation, convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.

“If they do it through the ‘modified leadership’ of Boko Haram and they talk with an internationally recognised NGO, then Nigeria will be prepared to discuss their release,” he said.

Buhari, who spoke on the sidelines of the conference, warned that the Federal Government would not waste resources on “doubtful sources claiming to know the whereabouts of the girls. We want those girls out and safe. The faster we can recover them and hand them over to their parents, the better for us.’’

The president maintained that the terror group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS, has been largely decimated by the gallant Nigerian military with the support of immediate neighbours: Chad, Cameroun, Niger and Benin.

While the president waved an olive branch for the militants in the Niger Delta to sheath their swords and embrace ongoing efforts to dialogue, he said the government would not hesitate to crush them the way it did to the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Buhari’s warning of the militants came against the backdrop of reports of disagreements among leaders and elders from the zone, which the president observed has made discussions impossible for the government.

‘‘We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate? We also need to understand other relevant issues,’’ he said.

Also speaking at a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on the sidelines of the conference, Buhari outlined several steps taken by his administration to secure the country and ease doing business in Nigeria, noting that with the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists by the military, the attention of the administration is now focused on putting an end to the destruction of the country’s economic assets by militants in the Niger Delta.

He said the militants must dialogue with the Federal government. “We are talking to some of their leaders. We will deal with them as we dealt with Boko Haram if they refuse to talk to us.”

But efforts by leaders of the oil-rich region to raise a team to dialogue with the Federal Government is being undermined by the split in the leadership into the camps of Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark and King Alfred Diette-Spiff .

Apparently miffed by an agreement reached at the weekend by the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Clark and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, some militant groups, comprising Reformed Egbesu Fraternities, Egbesu Boys of the Niger Delta, Red Water Lions, Egbesu Mightier Fraternity and the Sea Commandoes yesterday lampooned Clark, insisting he can’t lead the pan-Niger Delta development group.

They claimed that during the meeting with the minister, Clark “attacked” their representatives, including monarchs drawn from all the Niger Delta states, elders and youth leaders, and barred them from airing their views.

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Frank Ocean Thanks Fans In Note Following Blonde Release

It’s been a good weekend for fans of Frank Ocean, who has released two albums since Thursday — but it’s been a long wait, one he vaguely acknowledged in a note posted to his Tumblr.

“I had the time of my life making all of this,” he wrote. “Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll. Haha. Love you.”

By “all of this,” Ocean’s referring to visual album Endlessreleased Thursday, and Blondea collection that dropped Saturday. He also released a Boys Don’t Cry magazine at pop-up shops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London Saturday. A car-themed excerpt from the magazine is now available on his Tumblr.

These records are the first Ocean’s put out since 2012’s beloved Channel Orange. He’s been teasing new music for over a year now, and Channel Orange producer Malay Ho recently addressed the holdup in a Reddit AMA

“To be fair, art cannot be rushed,” he said. “It’s about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error… That goes for any creative [situation].”

Endless is now available to stream on Apple Music, while Blonde is available both to stream on the service and for purchase on iTunes. 

Turkey To Release 38,000 Jailed For Pre-coup Crimes

Turkey will grant early release to some 38,000 prisoners who committed crimes before July 1, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday, amid reports of prison overcrowding after the failed coup.

Bozdag said in a series of messages on Twitter that the move was “not an amnesty” and the convicts were not being pardoned but released on parole.

It will not apply to convicts guilty of murder, terrorism or state security crimes, or the thousands jailed after the putsch which took place on July 15.

“The regulation refers to crimes committed before July 2016. The crimes committed after July 1 2016 are outside its scope,” Bozdag said.

“As a result of this regulation, approximately 38,000 people will be released from closed and open prisons at the first stage.”

The timing means that it is impossible that anyone detained for complicity in the coup can be released as part of the mass parole move.

There have been reports in Turkish media that jails in the country were suffering severe overcrowding due to the influx of tens of thousands of prisoners in the wake of the failed July 15 coup.

According to Turkish officials, over 35,000 people have been detained since the coup attempt although almost 11,600 of them have since been released.

It is likely that releasing convicts not linked to the coup will make room for the alleged coup plotters who still face trials and heavy jail sentences.

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“I Am Not Opposed To Negotiation, I Want To Go Home” – Nnamdi Kanu

Detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abuja on Friday said he was willing to enter into negotiation with the Federal Government to secure his release and end the political crisis that has continued to trail his continued incarceration.

 

He also denied claims that he was working with some militant groups in the Niger Delta region, including the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta and Niger Delta Avengers.

 

Speaking through his lawyers, Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Amobi Nzelu, at a press briefing, Kanu said he was not opposed to negotiation to secure his freedom from detention which he described as “politically motivated and orchestrated.”

 

The lawyers who, addressed a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, said such negotiations could only take place after he is released from incarceration where he had been for over a year.

 

According to them, it is impossible for just one individual to commit treasonable felony as Mr Kanu is accused by the Federal Government.

 

The lawyers, Mr Amobi Nzelu and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, made it clear that he was not part of the bargaining chip of neither the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) nor the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), who have both said he should be released, as part of their own negotiations with the federal government.

 

Mend has no implied, direct or express authority of Nnamdi Kanu to represent him or IPOB in any purported negotiation going on between mend and the federal government,” the lawyers stated.

 

The self-acclaimed leader of the IPOB and two others are standing trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a six-count charge of treasonable felony, managing unlawful society and concealing goods.

 

At the last hearing, the lead prosecution counsel was absent in court, and the case was adjourned to September 26 – 29, 2016.

Lawmaker Demands Release Of Detained Legislative Aides

A member of Kogi State House of Assembly, Idris Ndako, has expressed concern over the continued detention of some legislative aides and called for their immediate and unconditional release from police detention.

Ndako condemned what he said was the illegal arrest and detention of four legislative aides on account of disrupting the sitting of the House members last week, adding that they were their legislative aides and were arrested at Crusher Village while waiting for their principals who resumed on Thursday.

The lawmaker told journalists in Lokoja that the workers were standing beside the cars of their principals when the police swooped on them and took them away.
He said, “That is why we keep telling the police to work with their own intelligence, and not rely on the one given to them by some people. They have been giving the police wrong information with the intention to destroy the G15.

“The security forces do not have credible information, that is why they arrested wrong people.

“Imagine, the police claimed that the four men our suspected to have come to disrupt our sitting. How can my Personal Assistant who drove me to the assembly complex turn to be a thug?

“After all, our sitting that day was peaceful. Except that the police wanted to lock us out. The police must have acted on a script.”

The Kogi State Police Command had on Thursday disclosed that it has arrested four suspected thugs at Kogi Assembly complex.

While parading the suspects at Command headquarters in Lokoja, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Yakubu Usman, said he had a distress call that thugs have invaded the House Assembly.

Usman stated that it is responsibility of the police to protect lives and property of the people of the state.

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Why Buhari Did Not Release Details Of Stolen Asset Recovered From Corrupt Officials– Lai Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari did not release details of looted asset, recovered from corrupt persons, due to “legal reasons”, an official has said.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Sunday evening, hours after Mr. Buhari’s Democracy Day broadcast.

“Yes, he initially said so (that he’ll give specific details about recovered loot), but he was advised against doing so for legal reasons,” the Cable Newspapers quoted Mr. Mohammed as saying during an interview on Channels Television.

Mr. Buhari had on May 14 in London promised to provide specific details of stolen asset by former public officials.

“So far, what has come out, what has been recovered in whatever currency from each ministries, departments and individuals, I intend on the 29th to speak on this because all Nigerians are getting from the mass media because of the number of people arrested either by the EFCC, DSS. But we want to make a comprehensive report on the 29th,” Mr. Buhari had said.

But during his nation-wide address on Sunday morning, the President failed to make the details public. Instead, he said, the Information Ministry would soon release relevant details.

The development immediately drew the ire of Nigerians, who became outraged that their leader has once again failed to live up to his words.

But Mr. Mohammed said his principal has the right to reverse himself.

“Of course, he has a right to reverse himself on that,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed, however, said the administration will publish some details of recovered loot, but a far cry from what the president initially promised.

“We will get the list but not today; before the end of the week. But I must say not with the names,” he said.

But the claims that legal consequences prevented the president from announcing the names appear to be in sharp contrast with what the president did in January when he released the names of former military officials, private individuals and companies.

On January 15, Mr. Buhari published up to 41 names of former services chiefs, firms and individuals said to be responsible for over $2B arms procurement fund that was unaccounted for.

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FG Denies Reports Of $50m Ransom For Release Of Chibok Girls

The federal government on Sunday denied media reports that the militant group, Boko Haram, is demanding $50 million from it as ransom before releasing the abducted Chibok school girls.

In an interview with the Voice of America (VOA), the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said ransom reports were not new.

The minister said: “It appears we have several versions of this report. “The one that we heard was from a source that Boko Haram wants to release 10 of these girls for one million Euros.

“But the most important thing is that we’ve gone through this route before, and until and when we establish the credibility of this source and the truth behind it, the government will not be in a hurry to make a statement.
“However, government is using its own channels to authenticate the credibility of this source,” he said.

Mohammed according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), promised that President Muhammadu Buhari would deliver on his promise to do all he could to ensure the release of the school girls.

He stressed that the promise by the president, following his recent meeting with parents of the abducted girls at the presidential villa, was sacrosanct.

Mohammed noted that the accusations that the Buhari administration appeared not to be doing enough to secure the release of the more than 200 Chibok girls was not fair.

“No day passes without the issue of the kidnapped girls not being at the front burner. But these are highly security and intelligence issues which cannot always be discussed openly.

“But I can assure you that, for this government, the return of these girls is what is going to bring the final closure on the Boko Haram terrorism and we are working very hard, daily on it,” he said.

The minister restated government’s position that it had made significant progress in the fight against Boko Haram.

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Court Orders Release Of Dasuki’s Former Aide

An Abuja High Court sitting at Jabi has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Nigerian Army, to forthwith, release Col. Nicholas Ashinze, a former aide to the erstwhile National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), who has been in detention since December 23, 2015. ?

In a judgment on Monday, Justice Yusuf Haliru, directed the respondents to immediately release the applicant on self-recognition, saying his detention for over three months without trial, was “?illegal, wrongful, unlawful and constituted a blatant violation of the fundamental rights of the applicant”.

The court also ordered immediate release of documents and items the anti-graft agency seized from the house of the applicant. Col. Sambo Dasuki ?Justice Haliru blasted both the EFCC and the Army which he said acted as if Nigeria was still under military ?dictatorship.

“The EFCC is a creation of the ?law. The court will not allow it to act as if it is above the law. It is remarkable to note that the motto of the EFCC is that nobody is above the law, yet they are acting as if they are above the law.

“The EFCC Act is not superior to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The respondents in this matter have not behaved as if we are in a civilised society. They have behaved as if we are in a military dictatorship ?where they arrest and release persons at will. ?

“The respondents, I must be bold to say- the EFCC and the Army- have behaved like illiterates”, the Judge added. ? He said the constitution stipulated that any person so detained should be charged to court within reasonable time not exceeding two months from the date of arrest. Justice Haliru stressed that under section 36 of the 1999 constitution, as amended, an accused person is deemed innocent until his guilt is established.

? “Why has the 1st respondent kept the applicant without bringing him to court? Why was the applicant, being a serving military officer who could be easily reached, not granted administrative bail? Or is it that the applicant has been found guilty and already serving his jail term?

? “Nobody should be subjected to the whims and caprices of the EFCC. The essence of the rule of law and constitutional provisions is to ensure a just balance between the ruler and the ruled, between the powerful and the weak.

“Though the EFCC has the responsibility to investigate financial crime, it must however conduct its operations in accordance with the rule of law.

“The court is empowered to guard against i?mproper use of power by any member of the society or agency, EFCC inclusive.?

“The detention of the applicant, for all intent and purposes, is not just unfair but unfortunate”, the court held.

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Court Orders Release Of Jonathan’s ADC

A Federal High Court in Abuja says the detention of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ADC by the EFCC without trial is unlawful and that he should be released immediately.

According to Trial Judge, Yusuf Halilu, the EFCC is a statutory government agency set up to save the country from corrupt practices and not to serve as a holding prison for the Nigerian Army under which Colonel Adegbe is still serving.

Justice Halilu ordered the EFCC to release him immediately until it is ready to arraign him before a competent court of jurisdiction.

Justice Halilu, however, struck out two other reliefs sought by Colonel Adegbe asking the EFCC to apologize and pay him 100 million Naira in damages on the grounds that Colonel Adegbe is a serving officer in the Nigerian Army.

Counsel to the former ADC, Mr Ogwu Onoja, had approached the Federal High Court to enforce the fundamental human rights of his client whom he said was still in detention with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since his arrest two weeks earlier.

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Army Frees 271 Nigerians, 4 Foreigners Detained In Error For Being Boko Haram Members

The Nigerian Army on Friday released 275 detainees after they had been cleared of being members of the Boko Haram terrorists group.

 

Maj.-Gen. Hassan Umaru, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, handed over the detainees to Gov. Kashim Shettima at a ceremony in Maiduguri.

 

Umaru said that the detainees included 271 Nigerians and two nationals each of the republics of Cameroon and Niger.

 

“Today we are releasing 275 persons who have been in detention over suspicion of being involved in terrorism. Our crack team of joint investigators has screened and cleared the persons that are in the process of being released here today,” he said.

 

He said that the detainees included 142 males, 49 females, 22 under aged and 50 children of cleared females.

 

“The persons being released comprise 142 males 49 females, 22 under aged, 50 children of cleared females, two Nigeriens and two Cameroonians,” the theatre commander said.

 

He said that they were being released in line with the principles of justice and fair play.

 

“Inline with the principles of justice, equity and fairness, we deem it fit to release them to their families,” he said.

 

He expressed sadness over their detention and urged them to consider it as their contribution to efforts to return peace in the country.

 

“Their stay in detention had not been palatable due to restrictions imposed on them and loss of freedom. However, I see it as their sacrifice and contribution toward the return of peace in our country,” Umaru said.

 

He said that the army had transferred eight other suspects to the police for further investigations.

 

“Eight cases that are criminal in nature will be transferred to the police for further action,” Umaru said.

 

“We wish to assure Nigerians that no individual will be unjustly or unduly incarcerated. We remained committed to the protection of fundamental Human rights of every citizen of Nigeria and foreigners alike”.

 

Receiving the detainees, Shettima commended the military for a job well done.

 

“Today bears a sense of professionalism, justice, equity and fairness of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The 275 suspects were picked from several locations at different times and were adjudged to be clean after through investigations,” he said.

 

Shettima said that the action had confirmed that the military was a respecter of the law.

 

“This action bears testimony to the fact that we are running a very professional force, contrary to insinuations from several quarters speculating arbitrary killings, detention and dehumanisation of suspects.

 

“This is about the third or the fourth time we are receiving detainees to be reunited with their families,” he said.

 

Shettima added: “The Nigerian Army deserves special commendation for all the sacrifices it has been making for us to have peace in this part of the world.

 

“We want to urge the detainees to be worthy ambassadors to go back home and be the catalysts for promoting peace and development in our society”.

 

“As a responsible government, we are going to give tokens to each of the detainees. Those that can be trained in vocational skills and other professions will be trained in specific professions. For those of school age, we will insist with the parents that they must have access to education.

 

Education is a right and not a privilege and it is compulsory in this part of the world,” the governor said.

 

 

 

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Lawyer Withdraws Suit Seeking Metuh’s Release From EFCC’s Custody

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Lagos-based lawyer, has announced the withdrawal of a suit he instituted against the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) seeking the release of the national publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, from the custody of the Commission.

Adegboruwa, on Monday, filed the suit before the Federal High Court, Lagos, alleging that Metuh’s fundamental rights have been violated.

Metuh was arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on January 5, 2016, in his house in Abuja and he has been kept in custody ever since, without access to his family, lawyers or doctors.

In the suit filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Adegboruwa contended that under Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, the EFCC had exceeded the maximum time allowed by law for detention of a citizen, without trial in any court.

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PDP Reps Give 48 Hours Ultimatum For Metuh’s Release

Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives on Tuesday demanded the release of the party’s National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh.

Metuh has been under detention for more than a week by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly collecting N400 million from the $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram, which the commission is investigating.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the PDP Reps led by their leader Leo Ogor said Metuh’s continued detention was a breach of the rule of law and demanded that the EFCC should either release him on administrative bail within the next 48 hours or take him to a “competent court of law.”

Ogor said failure to do so would leave them with no option than to follow all democratic processes on the matter, including going international if need be.

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Metuh Sues FG, Seeks Release From Detention

The detained National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Monday filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit before a Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking his immediate release from custody.

Metuh had since January 5, 2016 been taken into custody by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for questioning for allegedly benefiting from the $2.1bn arms funds allegedly diverted by a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

The EFCC believed that Metuh received N400m of the allegedly diverted arms funds, but the PDP spokesperson had reportedly claimed that the sum was for an undisclosed service he rendered to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

On Monday, Metuh claimed in the suit he filed through his lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, that his arrest was part of the grand plan of the ruling All Progressives Congress to silence the opposition and make Nigeria a one-party country.

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Lawmaker Begs Kidnappers To Release His 78 Year Old Mother

Lawmaker representing Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency and son of Madam Mabel Dagomie Abiante, Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante, has pleaded with the abductors of his mother, kidnapped at Ngo Town, Andoni local government, Rivers State, three weeks ago, to release her unconditionally owing to her deteriorating health condition.

Ma Abiante was kidnapped on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at about 8:30pm from her residence, at Ngo town headquarters of Andoni local Government area of Rivers state.

Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante whose his seat at national assembly was nullified by the Appeal Court made the passionate appeal to the kidnappers today in Port Harcourt.

The abductors have turned down all entreaties by the family of 78-year old woman, insisting that a ransom of N50 Million be paid or she would be killed even as her health worsens.

Before she was kidnapped, the septuagenarian was recuperating from a major surgical operation.

The kidnappers, who shot their way to the victim’s house, made their first contact with the family on Friday December 4, 2015, demanding N50m.

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Abuja Bombings: National Hospital Allegedly Refuses To Release Corpses To Families

National Hospital, Abuja, yesterday refused to release corpses of victims of Friday’s twin bomb explosions to their families.

The hospital said it would hold on to the corpses until police concluded their investigation into the identity of the bodies.

Head of Communications at the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, said management would make sure that police did their work and that the corpses really belonged to the relations who claimed them. He said:

“For the 12 corpses, we need to involve the police in terms of identification as we can’t release them to just anybody.

“It is more or less a coroner case which will have to involve the police. We have reported it to the police and they are also around to make sure they do their normal work and thereafter, the corpses will be released to relations of the victims.”

Haastrup further explained that even though some relations have identified some of the victims, the hospital had not released any of the corpses.

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Falae Speaks About His Release, Abductors

Former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Olu Falae, on Monday, admitted that his family paid ransom to his abductors before he was freed on Thursday.

This is even as former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade, on Monday, described Fale’s abduction as a big insult to the Yoruba nation and called the Federal Government to find a solution to the incessant activities of kidnappers which are gradually using the South west as an abode.

The former SGF made the disclosure when the former Chief of Defence Staff visited him at his Oba Ile residence, in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

He said the kidnappers only freed him after they received payment, adding that he trekked for 15 kilometres before he was picked up by the police in Owo, several kilometres from Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Falae, who was kidnapped and released last week, provided shocking details of his ordeal at the hands of his abductors, narrating how he was deprived of food and made to trek several kilometres to freedom.

The Afenifere chieftain said he was kidnapped by six Fulani herdsmen last Monday at his Ilado farm in Akure.

Falae, who spoke to journalists in his home in Akure, said the armed hoodlums threatened to kill him every 30 minutes until they received information that money had been given to them as demanded.

He said: “There were six of them with three or four guns and every half an hour or so they will say, ‘Baba we are going to kill you, if you don’t give us money, we are going to kill you.

“On Wednesday, one of them came and said ‘look we are going to leave here on Thursday morning. Since we cannot leave you here alone, if we don’t get what we want, we are going to kill you.”

“And they said they gave me until 3pm and if at 3pm they don’t get the money, they would execute me. I thank God that at 21 minutes to 3pm, one of them came and said, ‘the money don complete’.”

Giving details on how he was kidnapped, he said: “When the hoodlums came, they slashed me with their cutlasses, they said I was not cooperating. And they dragged me barefooted into the bush.

“After dragging me around for about two hours, they stopped somewhere for us to rest and there they asked me to phone my wife and tell her that I have been kidnapped and taken out of Ondo State by car which was a lie.

“It was about 2.30pm on Monday. We started walking with very few stops until 2am the following morning. I suspect that I must have covered a minimum of 15km. That morning I did not take anything. So all day I had no food, no water and I walked close to 15km. How I survived I cannot really remember. I had no food in my stomach, I had no shoes, and my clothes were torn to shreds.

“At some point, one of them gave me a rubber slippers. We walked until about 2am. At some point they called for an Okada. At about 2.30am, the Okada man took me way down I had no clue where we were going. Finally, they dumped me somewhere, where I was until I was released on Thursday.

“In that place, we all slept on the floor on leaves, unfortunately the rain came in the night and I was thoroughly drenched where I was lying down. One of them brought a small umbrella to cover my head, my head was covered, but the rest of my body was not covered.

“They offered me bread, but I told them I could not eat it. I demanded for a bottle of coke, which was what I drank every day to have the requisite strength to survive and to continue on the march, because they were permanently moving.

“They were changing locations at two to three times a day. I suspect because they did not want the police to succeed in tracing them”.

He noted that although the confirmation of the payment of ransom was made on Wednesday afternoon, he was not allowed to go until Thursday morning.

“So the following morning, they said I should go. One of them took ropes to stitch my buba which was already in tatters, so that it could at least stay on me and I wound not look like a lunatic while leaving that place,” he explained.

“So when I came out of the bush, I was able to find an Okada, a man riding bike, who gave me a lift to Owo.

“The place was about 10km from Owo town. The place was between Owo and Ifon. And I walked most of the distances between my farm to that place and as the farrow flies, that is about 25km that we had to trek.

“As I said miraculously I was not tired, I was not hungry and I was not afraid of them at all. Each time they said, ‘Baba we will kill you,’ I will tell them, ‘no, insha Allah, you will not kill me’.

“I did not break down, but I want to tell you that when I got back home, I became completely exhausted. But I am now 80 per cent fit and I know in the next few days I will be up again.”

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Release Chibok Girls, Get Amnesty, Buhari Tells Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to grant amnesty to Boko Haram fighters on the condition that they release all the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

The President, who on a three-day visit to France, said this during an interview with Agence France Presse on Wednesday.

Buhari told AFP that the Federal Government was talking to Boko Haram’s prisoners and could offer them amnesty if the extremist group hands over more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from their hostel at the Chibok Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.

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Buhari Tasked On Release Of Chibok Girls

Professor Bruce Onabrekpeya, a renowned sculptor, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to fast-track his efforts toward the release of the abducted Chibok girls by the Boko Haram insurgents.

While lauding the President in his effort so far, he said there’s a need to quicken the process to save the young girls and bring succour to their parents.

The foremost Nigerian art icon made the call during a speech at an art exhibition sponsored by Greenhouse Art Empowerment Center Olambe, Ogun State, as he presented an installation work dedicated to the Chibok girls, entitled,’Sambisa Forest.’

In his statement directed to Chibok girls, he said: “This is to let you know that our spirits are there with you in the Sambisa forest where you have been suffering for a period of 510 days.”

As grand parents, parents,brothers and sisters, friends, citizens of Nigeria and the world, we share your pains. We pray daily for your release from the forbidden forest. I feel intensely what you are going through because I too was kidnapped as a child during the Ekene festival but was miraculously rescued before being taken away into the forest. I dedicate the Installation called ‘Sambisa Forest’ to you.”

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President Buhari Set To Release Ministerial List Soon- APC

All Progressives Congress(APC) has commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance over the delay in the appointments of ministers,saying that the list would be released soon.

National publicity secretary of the party, Alh Lai Mohammed speaking with journalists at Oro, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Thursday at the 9th annual Ramadan lecture also admitted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would have fared better had the ministerial appointments been made before now.

Lai Mohammed however explained that the delay was basically caused by the transference ?of government from one political party to the other.

He recalled that? when transition in government took place within the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), ministerial appointments were usually made two weeks after inauguration.

?According to him, “The concern of Nigerians over the delay in the release of ministerial appointments is genuine. But the fact is that this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that the opposition party will take over government from the ruling party.”

“Our plan was to interface and interact with the outgoing government, but it didn’t just work out so  the party set up transition committee which later presented 800 pages handover documents to  Mr. President”

“So, in this kind of situation we found ourselves, we have to be thorough in making appointments ?because Nigerians expectations are very high and it’s understandable. So, in a couple of days the ministerial cabinet list would be made available and it would be a thing of the past”

Continuing, he said “We might be slow, but in reality when we make the right appointments, we will make up for all the shortcoming Nigerians have been complaining about”.

He also decried the comment of the opposition PDP on the performance of President Buhari’s 30 days in office, saying, “the PDP is just revelling in its new found role of opposition, they are entertaining themselves and Nigerians”

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President Buhari Orders Release Of N4 Billion To Fight Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate release of $21 million (N4.2 billion) to the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF. The money is to be released within the next one week to the multi-country military agency fighting the insurgent group, Boko Haram.

Nigeria made a pledge of $100 million as part of funds needed by the MNJTF- made of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon – to fight the war against Boko Haram.

Speaking while chairing the Peace Security Council meeting at the ongoing 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Buhari said it is time to put an end to the crisis in the African region before the 2020 target.

“Our continents is inundated with conflicts of diverse forms. They include the crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali, Libya, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, and more recently in Burundi.

“As you are aware in 2013 during our 50th anniversary celebration of our union, we as African leaders committed ourselves to the objective of silencing the local guns in Africa by 2020.

Mr. Buhari said though achieving a conflict free continent within five years might seems doubtful with the numerous conflicts persisting, efforts must be made for peace to exist.

He spoke about the Boko Haram crisis and the global dimension to the crisis and added that countries need to partner to curb the crisis.

“In particular, we are witnesses to the rampant destruction of homes, roads, communications lines, vital infrastructures and displacement of persons not to mention terrible loss of lives.

“The Boko Haram insurgency has extended its reach to Nigeria’s neighbours but is not necessarily limited to these immediate countries as terrorism is a global phenomenon with linkages across the globe.

“In this regard, the member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin, met recently where far reaching decisions were taken to immediately put into operations the Multinational Joint Task Force.

“To this end, the summit approved the immediate provision of $30 million for the Multinational Joint Task Force.

“Consequently out of the pledge of $100 million which Nigeria made to the Multinational Joint Task Force, I have directed that $21 million be released within the next one week,” Mr. Buhari said.

Mr. Buhari lamented the situation in South Sudan and Burundi and criticised their leaders for what he termed “bickering”.

“Today’s meeting of PSC, which is to discuss the situations of South Sudan and Burundi, requires us to put these situations in proper context. The people of these countries are suffering while their political leaders are bickering among themselves.

“I believe that it is incumbent upon us as leaders to always place the interest of our countries above narrow and personal interest.

“It is therefore my expectations that at the end of this summit, the PSC will come out with a united message to call on all parties to act in the interest of their people and the entire continent.

“We must change the face of Africa, we must give hope to the hopeless.

“The time to do so is now as we look forward to the much await 2020 to deliver a continent that is at peace with itself, prosperous, a global partner and a democratic show case,” the President said.

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Jonathan Orders Release Of Missing $20 bn Report

President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate release of the full audit report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, accused of diverting $20 billion oil money.

The president gave the directive Monday, a day after the president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, pledged to launch an investigation into the claim made by a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi.

The government immediately released the report following the president’s directive. The presidency criticised the All Progressives Congress, APC, for accusing Mr. Jonathan of indulging in last minute illegal acts ahead of handover of power on May 29.

“President Jonathan is also deeply concerned by the continuing suggestions that his administration still has anything to hide about the unproven allegation that about $20 Billion is unaccounted for by the NNPC during his tenure,” said a statement by presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati.

“To lay the matter to rest, President Jonathan in line with Section 7(2) of the NNPC Act, has directed that the full report of the PWC Forensic Audit of the NNPC accounts be released immediately to the public so that all Nigerians will be properly informed on the matter.”

Read full statement from the president’s office:

We have noted with concern, the allegation by the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lai Mohammed that officials of the Federal Government are engaged in “last minute looting of the nation’s resources, rushed privatization of key institutions and hurried recruitment into the public service”.

We also consider as most unfortunate and uncharitable, the suggestion by Mohammed that the Jonathan Administration is trying to “tie the hands” of the incoming government merely by continuing to discharge its constitutional responsibilities until the end of its tenure.

The Jonathan Administration which continues to do its best to ensure a smooth and peaceful handover over of power to the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, deeply regrets the unfairness and combative frame of mind reflected in Mohammed’s statement.

President Jonathan has done his best in the past five years to discharge his constitutional responsibilities for good governance and effective leadership of the nation.

Without any prejudice whatsoever to the freedom of the incoming administration to do as it pleases, within the confines of extant laws when it assumes office, the Jonathan Administration will continue to discharge its responsibility to govern until May 29, 2015.

In continuing to fulfil the obligations of his office however, President Jonathan has not, and will never condone any form of unscrupulous conduct on the part of state officials.

President Jonathan will also never authorise any attempt to create any problems for the incoming administration as the APC spokesperson, who ought to know that the outcome of the March 28 presidential elections does not imply a cessation of governance, unjustly alleges.

As Mohammed threatened in his statement, the incoming administration will be perfectly within its rights to review all actions of the present government as it may deem fit.
We see nothing wrong with that. After all, the present Administration reviewed the actions of previous governments on assumption of office with resultant benefits for policy and project implementation.

President Jonathan is also deeply concerned by the continuing suggestions that his administration still has anything to hide about the unproven allegation that about $20 Billion is unaccounted for by the NNPC during his tenure.

To lay the matter to rest, President Jonathan in line with Section 7(2) of the NNPC Act, has directed that the full report of the PWC Forensic Audit of the NNPC accounts be released immediately to the public so that all Nigerians will be properly informed on the matter.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 27, 2015

Boko Haram Releases About 190 People

Boko Haram released about 190 captives, who returned to their community in the northeast state of Yobe between Friday and Saturday, while other people were still being held, local and state officials said.

“The people will be presented to the government tomorrow (Sunday) for assistance as their houses were set ablaze when the insurgents attacked the village, Katarko in the Gujba local council,” Goni Mali, a community leader of Katarko said.

Abdullahi Bego, spokesman for the state governor, said the militants released young men, women and children who were kidnapped on Jan 6. At least 20 other people were still being held. Boko Haram has been waging a five-year insurgency to establish an Islamic state in the northeast of the country. Borno state is the worst hit followed by Adamawa and Yobe.

Some of the women who were released said the militants let them go after they resisted following the rules of the group. “They say since you have refused to accept our mode of religious teachings, go and follow your ‘Infidels’, we hereby order you to leave,” one of the women said.

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Boko Haram Release Hostages As Chad Joins Fight

Boko Haram freed two dozen hostages after a mass abduction by its militants in Cameroon, as Chad prepared Monday to engage in the international battle against the extremist group.

Twenty-four of the 80 people taken hostage by Boko Haram in the north of Cameroon Sunday were released as Cameroonian armed forces pursued the Islamist extremists, according to a government source.

The Boko Haram fighters then fled back into Nigeria, with the fate of the rest of the hostages taken in the raid, the worst of its kind to date, still unknown.

An army officer based in Cameroon’s far north said Boko Haram had attacked two villages and kidnapped what Cameroonian state media said were 80 hostages.

As the militants retreated, the Chadian army said it was putting 400 military vehicles, attack helicopters, and still unspecified number of soldiers amassed in northern Cameroon into action against Boko Haram, as part of what has become a regional effort to defeat the notoriously violent group.

“We are going to advance (Monday) towards the enemy,” Chadian army colonel Djerou Ibrahim, who is leading the offensive against Boko Haram, told AFP from the strategic crossroads town of Maltam in northern Cameroon.

“Our mission is to hunt down Boko Haram, and we have all the means to do that.”

But Cameroonian Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary warned the armies of the two nations still had considerable planning to complete before being able to launch offensives against Boko Haram.

“Military planners must evaluate the forces being coordinated and coalesced,” he said. “That takes time. Don’t expect to start seeing the results of that tomorrow.”

Chadian President Idriss Deby has clearly stated his determination to re-capture the strategic town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria, which Boko Haram stormed in murderous attacks in early January.

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Fingers Crossed for Chibok Girls’ Release

Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh announced two weeks ago that the boko haram had agreed to a ceasefire following an agreement reached by both the government and militants, after which one Mallam Danladi Ahmadu, who addressed himself as the Director General of Boko Haram repeatedly gave the assurance that the latest deal will end the violence and release the Chibok girls.

According to Ahmadu, the Chibok girls will be released today,  being 27th October 2014, to the Chadian President Idris Derby, for onward presentation to the Nigerian Government.

The entire nation awaits with fingers crossed on the authenticity of the claims by the Director General of Boko Haram, Mallam Danladi Ahmadu, which will be determined by the release of of over 200 Chibok girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect on April 14 this year.