No New Chibok Girls Released– FG

The Nigerian government has denied reports claiming the release of another set of 21 Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram.

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 Garba Shehu denied that more girls had been released.

“No new girls have been released,” Mr. Shehu tweeted. “To my friends spreading the news of a further release of Chibok Girls, we are not there yet. But, by God’s grace, they will be. Happy Christmas, everyone.”

Mr. Shehu said the 21 girls reported Thursday were those released in October. He said they were being escorted by security to Yola on their way home to celebrate the Christmas with their families.

“Today, the DSS took the 21 Girls already secured to Yola, Adamawa State on their way home to celebrate the Christmas with their families.

“The negotiations are ongoing and the Department of State Service, DSS is full of optimism that they will be successful,” he wrote.


More Chibok Girls Will Be Released- FG

The Federal Government yesterday stated that dialogue was still ongoing to ensure the release of more Chibok girls and other persons held hostage by terrorists , even as it has threatened to deal with sponsors of Boko Haram as terrorists.

Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity , Dr Femi Adesina made the assertion in Lagos after presenting a paper titled ‘ The Challenges and Expectations of the Media in Military Operations’ at a workshop organised by the Directorate of Army Public Relations, DAPR for its officers, Commanding officers and Defence correspondents.

Reiterating federal government’s resolve at ensuring that those held hostage by members of the Boko Haram sect were released in good condition, Adesina said ” This government is doing all it can to tackle insurgency. If it knows the sponsors and is double sure they are the sponsors, it would be left with no choice than to treat them like Boko Haram ”

He stated that those so far released from terrorists’ den by the military, were being rehabilitated “physically, psychologically and in all aspects. Their education is being taken care of as well. Talks are ongoing on the release of the remaining girls. Many more would be released,” he assured.

During his presentation, Adesina called on the need for there to be synergy between the Military and the media , in the former’s bid to tackle insurgency. He said “There must be synergy between the military and the media for national development. The military must arrange controlled access for the media at all times. It must know that communication with the public is not optional but an obligation and in national interest.

“All the media wants is information. So, the military should ensure that the media is fed on the need to know basis. Meet the reporters midway by providing information that would not jeopardise operations. There should be opportunities for open and independent news coverage facilitated by the military.

“Both the media and the military run on ethics. But, they are not mutually exclusive of each other. A relationship of creative tension must be accepted as a democratic necessity,” he said

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Fani-Kayode Released After 24days In Detention

Former spokesperson of ex- President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has been released from detention at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC cell and Kuje prison after spending twenty four days in these places. Fani-Kayode who was released Monday said he gave thanks to God and Nigerians who were with him during the travail.

A statement in Abuja Monday by his Media Advisor, Jude Ndukwe read thus, “After 24 days in detention at the EFCC and Kuje prison and after meeting all the conditions of bail that was granted to him by the Federal High Court in Abuja, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has been released.

“He gives thanks to God for everything and he has asked me to convey his heartfelt appreciation and love to all those that prayed for and encouraged him and his family at this difficult time and indeed throughout this ordeal.

“He will now focus on getting the medical attention that he needs. He wishes to let all those that have offered him support and that have stood by him throughout this period know that his resolve to help build a better Nigeria and stand up for righteousness and truth remains strong.

“No matter what comes our way we trust the Lord and we believe that we shall prevail”


Chibok Girl’s Baby Not For Boko Haram, Report Says 21 Released Girls Were Not Sexually Abused

One of the Chibok schoolgirls that came back with a child was already pregnant before she was abducted along with 219 other girls by Boko Haram gunmen on 14 April 2014.

A source close to negotiations to free the remaining schoolgirls told newsmen that there was no truth whatsoever in stories making the rounds that the girl was impregnated by one of her Boko Haram abductors.

The informed source clarified that contrary to some media reports, the girl had conceived before her abduction after being properly married.

“The girl and her parents have confirmed this. The child is not a Boko Haram Child,’’he said. The source also debunked stories that one of the girls came back pregnant, with some reports specifically saying one was four months pregnant.

“None of the girls released was sexually harassed or abused while in captivity by their abductors,” he said. “The current state of the girls is a source of joy as they are receiving the best medical, psychological and other forms of support from the authorities as directed by the Federal Government “All groups including the families, The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) and Chibok Community are happy with their condition as medical experts work to address their health conditions.

“The girls have been visited by members of International Committee of the Red Cross, which played a great role in getting the girls freed. “It is obvious to everyone that having been in captivity, the girls were traumatised but since their release, they are showing signs of recovering well,’’he said.

Rumours, speculative reports about the state of the 21 released Boko Haram captives, are said to be creating stumbling blocks to further talks with the insurgents. The insurgents were said to be angry with Government for breaching some understanding reached with them when the 21 girls were being handed over 13 october.

However, government sources have denied any link with various speculative reports, especially in the social media.



UNICEF Urges FG To Rehabilitate Released Chibok Girls

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to provide intensive support for the 21 released Chibok girls to safeguard their future.

The group made the call in a statement signed by Mr Gianfranco Rotigliano, its Country Representative and made available to newsmen in Maiduguri.

“The release is a great news and we are delighted to see the girls back with their families. “But we must keep pressing for all the women and children held by Boko Haram to be freed.

“And we must bear in mind that all of those who have been held by Boko Haram will face a long and difficult process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable trauma they have suffered,”

Rotigliano said. He also said that the more than 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 were among thousands of women and girls that UNICEF estimated had been held and subjected to violence by the group. “UNICEF has supported hundreds of women and girls who have already been released or escaped from Boko Haram.

“The girls’ report that they have been subjected to rape – frequently in the form of forced marriages – beatings, intimidation and starvation during their captivity. Many returned pregnant or with babies as a result of rape.

“When they do reach safety, girls who have been held by Boko Haram are often ill, malnourished, traumatised and exhausted.

“They are in need of medical attention and psychosocial support so that they can begin to come to terms with their experiences and reintegrate with their families and communities.

“Frequently, returning to their families and communities is the beginning of a new ordeal for the girls, as the sexual violence they have suffered often results in stigmatisation.

“People are also often afraid that the girls have been indoctrinated by Boko Haram and that they pose a threat to their communities. “The use by Boko Haram of children – mostly girls – as so called ‘suicide bombers’ has fueled such fears.

“Children born as a result of the sexual violence are at even greater risk of rejection, abandonment and violence.

“Since January, UNICEF and its partner International Alert have been providing psychosocial support for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence in the hands of Boko Haram.

“UNICEF and International Alert are also working with affected communities through a network of trained religious and community leaders to promote acceptance and to address negative perceptions that hamper the reintegration of women and girls who have suffered such violence.

“Funding from the Swedish International Development Agency and the UK Department for International Development has so far this year enabled UNICEF to provide a comprehensive programme of reintegration assistance to more than 750 women and girls subjected to Boko Haram-related sexual violence.

“With such large numbers of women and girls having been held by the group, however, the long-term provision of much-needed support remains heavily underfunded,’’ the UNICEF official said.


See Photo Of Some Of The 21 Released #ChibokGirls Having Refreshment & Resting

The news of the release of 21 Chibok girls has brought relief and hope for the release of the rest of the girls. Here is a photo of some of the girls resting and enjoying a little refreshment shown in Banki, Nigeria, near the Cameroonian border.

Some of the 21 released Chibok girls are shown Thursday in Banki, Nigeria, near the Cameroon border, in a photo. CNN.


How Kidnapped Lagos Teachers, Pupils Were Released

Kidnapped four pupils and two teachers of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla Epe, were ferried to safety in two speedboats by their abductors on Tuesday, it was learnt yesterday.

The victims – Abu, Emmanuel Okonkwo, Jeremiah Ruth, Isaac Adebisi – Junior School Vice Principal A. O. Oyesola and English teacher Lukman Oyerinde, were dropped off inside a forest where they trekked for over two hours before meeting their relatives.

Our reporters learnt that they were asked to walk in a line and not look back until they got to the point where family members had waited for over four hours.

The vice principal led the pack and the English teacher was asked to stay at the rear, leaving the pupils in-between.

The victims were taken to the Epe General Hospital for check-up.  Some of them were diagnosed with typhoid and malaria.

The father of one of the victims said: “They spent many hours at the hospital and were later moved to a house in Epe where the principal addressed them.

“Two parents went to a designated place in Epe, where the kidnappers directed them to. They were at the place around 6pm and stayed there till about 10pm without any sign of the victims.

“As it was getting late, they said they were scared but had to remain there because that was the kidnappers’ instruction.  So, around 10:30pm, they showed up, saying they had trekked for over two hours.

“I received the kidnap news with rude shock and since then, my family has been disorganised. I was not staying in Epe. My wife and I relocated to Epe ever since the bad news broke.

“I thank God when I was called by 10:30pm to inform me that the victims have been released. When I arrived at the school, I saw my son alive.

“I was not afraid that something sinister might happen to them because I have been praying alongside with many other sympathisers and I have the assurance that they would come out alive. God has really done it.

“Let’s not talk of ransom, I did not pay any. I don’t know whether anyone paid. I did not pay. My joy is that my son and others are hale and hearty. I want to thank the state government and the police for the roles they played while the victims were in captivity.”

Ruth’s sister who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “We suffered hell when we went to pay N1 million for our sick child. The kidnappers after two days of playing pranks with us dropped them off in the bush and gave them a description on how to come out to the road.

“Our joy knew no bounds when we saw our children and their teachers coming out alive. I was deeply involved because our child was described as being ill, but, not as ill as we were made to believe”

Police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP) said they were neither assaulted nor traumatised.

She stated that the medical examination carried out on the victims indicated that none of them was molested.

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Bruno Mars Just Released His First New Single In 4 Years

Bruno Mars just dropped his first new single in four years — and it’s about to uptown funk you up.

After revealing the artwork for his highly-anticipated new album on Thursday night, the superstar singer decided to spoil his fans by releasing the single “24K Magic” and its accompanying music video ahead of schedule.

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Video Of Police Killing 6 Year Old Autistic Boy Released

A court in the US state of Louisiana has released a video showing law enforcement officers fatally shooting a 6-year-old autistic boy last November.

The tape shows two deputy city marshals opening fire on a car, killing the boy and critically wounding his father in the city of Marksville.

Jeremy Mardis, who had autism, died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds. His father, Chris Few, survived.

Prosecutors showed the tape in court to support their claim that one of the deputies had a pattern of using excessive force.

Police say the officer’s chased the boy’s father after he drove off from an argument with his girlfriend.

Defense attorneys argued the deputies acted in self-defense and claim the boy’s father rammed into a deputy’s vehicle before they fired.

However, the judge said the footage doesn’t show the boy’s father using his car as a deadly weapon at the time of the shooting.

The release of the video came days after several African American men were killed by police in the states of California, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

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Shi’ites Threaten To Occupy Abuja If Zakzaky Is Not Released In Two Weeks

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) under the umbrella of the ‘Save Zakzaky’s Life Group’ has threatened to occupy Abuja in thousands if their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky is not released.

The group in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Malam Bashir Mafara also accused the Buhari-led government of conspiring with foreign and international allies to wipe out the movement.

The group further observed that there is a deliberate and calculated delay by Nigerian Government to release Zakzaky, who has been in detention without trial since December 2015, after the clash between the Nigerian Army and the IMN.

He added, “at this point, SHAIK ZAKZAKY’S LIFE GROUP OF NIGERIA, after a carefully and sensitive analysis,  has realised that,  Buhari’s government is deliberately frustrating the life of Shaik Zakzaky in custody, with its worrisome hidden agenda; if not,  why not release him to go for a proper medical examination; why not take him to the court of law; why are you violating the rule of law?”

The group called on President Muhammad Buhari’s government to release Zakzaky unconditionally within two weeks from today, adding that, “at the expiration of the deadline and without the release of Zakzaky, members of the movement including men, women and children, would storm Abuja,  Nigeria’s capital,  for a peaceful and well organized “SIT AROUND”, and we would not leave until our leader, Zakzaky is unconditionally released.”

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Names & Job Titles For Buhari, Ministers’ Relatives ‘Released’ In CBN Recruitment Scandal- Report

News website, Sahara Reporters, has published the positions and job titles of 91 children and relatives of politically exposed person secretly recruited by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Top government officials and party members whose children or relatives were hired in secretly hired by the bank include President Muhammadu Buhari, whose niece was employed; former Vice President Abubakar Atiku; Mamman Daura, a close ally of the president; Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase; the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, whose sons were hired, and the Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Danbazzau.

The presidency has not commented on the report, neither has any of the named ministers.

Quoting a top official of the CBN, Sahara Reporters said the governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, had arranged the hiring as way of endearing himself to the presidency and in return for saving his job.

The website on Wednesday published the positions and job titles of 91 beneficiaries of the clandestine recruitment.

1. Fatima Baba Shehu – Assistant Manager Step 01

2. Carpenter Barka Muhammad – Assistant Manager Step 02

3. Abiola Ologburo Adeniran – Assistant Manager Step 01

4. Akinwunmi Ayodeji Akintola – Assistant Manager Step 01

5. Abubakar Mohammed Yahaya – Assistant Manager Step 01

6. Usman Buba Jalo – Assistant Manager Step 01

7. Aduwak Laraba – Deputy Manager Step 01

8. Aina Michael O – Deputy Manager Step 01

9. Taslim Ganiyu Olalekan – Deputy Manager Step 01

10. Ethel Isioma Ojije – Deputy Manager Step 01

11. Abdulnasir Haruna – Deputy Manager Step 02

12. Iheomamere Chikezie Chikwendu – Deputy Manager Step 02

13. Solomon Ezra Monde – Deputy Manager Step 02

14. Aminu Ahmadu Dauda- Manager Step 01

15. Sunday John Momoh – Manager Step 02

16. Mustapha Mariam Bukola – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

17. Ayoola Oluwabukola – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

18. Adefela H. Adejuwon – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02

19. Owoade Adedamola Kazeem – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

20. Omitokun Omolola Temitope – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

21. Ibrahim Ahmed Lawan – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

22. Maryam Adamu Bahamas – Senior Supervisor 1 step 0

23. Olajide Tolani Kudirat – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

24. Temitope Adeola Odunowo – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

25. Mohammed Ameer Ibrahim Bunu – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

26. Hajara Sani – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

27. Abdulmalik Atta – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

28. Nagode Abdulrahman – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

29. Ahmed Aminu-Kano – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

30. John Irimiya Balewa – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

31. Na’abba Fatima Ghali -Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

32. Abdullahi Mohammed Nuradeen – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

33. Sadiq Inuwa Baba – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

34. Sadik Uba Sule – Senior supervisor i step 01

35. Olawunmi Adedoyin Kayode – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

36. Ibironke Ifeoluwa Adetunbi – Senior supervisor 1 Step 01

37. Ikyembe Terseel Ikyembe – Senior supervisor 1 Step 01

38. Princewill Eva – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

39. Abdul-hakeem Mohammed Ali – Senior Supervisor 1 step 01

40. Mbwiduffu Ibrahim Auta – Senior supervisor 1 step 01

41. Essien Innocent Joshua – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

42. Titilayo Tola Olowoniyi – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

43. Aminu Halimat Sadia Abdullahi – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02

44. Abba Mustapha Shettima – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02

45. Farida Zuhair – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02

46. Ekayi Nyofo Shitta – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

47. Omoile Kingsley Ucheka – Senior supervisor 2 Step 01

48. Muhammed Hassan – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

49. Ukute Patrick Ewere – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

50. Ibrahim Kabir Tijjani – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

51. Maryam Abubakar – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

52. Odelola Oyekunle Isimenme – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

53. Yinusa Bilikis Orekuleyin – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

54. Muhammad Muhammad Magasa – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

55. Ayoola B Oyebanjo – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

56. Mohammad Ahmad Adamu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

57. Alexandar Chukwuka Okakwu – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

58. Okocha Uzoma Meshwork – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

59. Hassan Usman – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

60. Dahiru Isa Abba – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

61. Joel Ugochukwu Jones – Senior Supervisor 2 step 01

62. Ibrahim usman – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

63. Fatima Imam – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

64. Yisa Daniel Nma – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

65. Yamani Sanusi – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

66. Ejike Emmanuel Ibe – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

67. Jibril Abdullahi Ibrahim – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

68. Shima Kuma – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

69. Loretta Laye – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

70. Hanafi Abubakar Mujeli – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

71. Ahmed Zainab Shehu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

72. Musa Ibrahim – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

73. Oruche Chukwudubem Godwin – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

74. Yakub Umar Yakub – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

75. Idigo Ifeanyi Charles – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

76. Asuzu Obioma C – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

77. James Elizabeth Edidiong – Senior supervisor 2 Step 01

78. Salami Bashirat Omolola – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

79. Ibrahim Muhammed Kabir – Senior supervisor ii step 01

80. Kamaludden Tukur Tafida – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

81. Ibeh Nnadozie Nathaniel – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

82. Samaila Shehu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

83. Mohammed Ali – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

84. Rabiu Musa Mbulo – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

85. Aliyu Aisha Yakubu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

86. Yahaya Sani – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

87. Muhammad Isah Rumu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

88. Onoja Uwane Jessica – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

89. Ahmad Aminu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

90. Nasreen Mamman-Daura – Senior Supervisor 2 step 02

91. Babayo Abdulhakeem Abdullahi – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

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Abducted Olomoro Traditional Ruler Released

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Celestina Kalu, has confirmed the release of the kidnapped traditional ruler, Odio Ologbo of Olomoro Kingdom, HRM Omosioni Aghaza.

The Olomoro was abducted on Friday, February 29, from his palace and taken away in a dark-green Range Rover SUV.

According to the Police PRO, the monarch was recovered by combined efforts of Police and vigilante while conducting a guided search in a bush around Sapele area.

The victim has been escorted to his palace where he has since reunited with his family.

Meanwhile efforts are being made to arrest the miscreants.

Barely a week earlier, the traditional ruler of Ubulu-Uku, Obi Akaeze Ofulue the III, was found dead in the thick bush of Umunede, Ika Local Government Area after being held for about two weeks by his abductors.

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Olisa Metuh Released On Bail

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh has been released on bail.

Mr Metuh walked out of Kuje Prisons on Thursday afternoon after meeting the bail conditions given to him by the court.

A Federal High Court had on Wednesday, varied the bail conditions given to Mr Olisa Metuh.

Justice Okon Abang, signed his release warrant, upon being satisfied with the verification of the details of the two sureties provided by the accused and the title documents of the property owned by the sureties.

The verification exercise was done by the Chief Registrar of the court with the involvement of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, whom the judge directed must verify the residential addresses of the two sureties.

A court official confirmed to our correspondent that Metuh met the bail conditions and presented the necessary documents just before the close of work on Thursday.

Trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, changed his earlier order that the sureties must be property owners in the Maitama area of Abuja only to an order that the two sureties must be owners of properties in any area of the Federal Capital Territory.

He, however, retained the sum of bail which he put at 400 million Naira.

Justice Abang declined the request of the prosecution, who asked the court to expunge him as part of the verification exercise of the bail conditions on the ground that it is not in his place to make orders for the court.

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Read Why EFCC Released APC’s Jafaru Isa, Still Detain PDP’s Olisa Metuh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied claims it was on a witchhunt of leaders of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party after its continued detention of Olisa Metuh and release of Jafaru Isa, an All Progressives Congress chieftain.

Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, told journalists Monday that while Mr. Isa had begun the process of refunding the money in his possession, Mr. Metuh had refused to do same.

?”From the records, Metuh got over N400 million, he has not said anything because we need the public money to be returned so that it’s going to be used for public good,” Mr. Magu said during a meeting with online media publishers in Lagos.

“Also Jafaru Isa, what Dasuki gave him was N170 million. He also agreed…of course he has collected that money, he was with us for 4-5 days and then he made a deposit of N100 million and entered an undertaking to bring the rest. That does not mean we will not prosecute him.”

“But this other Metuh, instead of going for a refund, he has admitted he collected money…. so instead of… he still has the money because the money is too much. Instead of returning the money, he preferred to go on strike.”?

Mr. Isa, a former military governor of Kaduna State, was arrested last Wednesday by EFCC operatives for allegedly receiving N170 million from the embattled National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Mr. Metuh, the Spokesperson of the PDP, has been in EFCC custody since January 5?.

The EFCC boss insisted the Commission is not selective in its anti-corruption war?, noting that only people involved in “some certain action or inaction of corruption” are being invited for questioning.

“Nobody who is not corrupt, who is not involved, is with us,” he said.

“In all the cases, we conduct preliminary investigation. We work hard. If it is company you used, we unveil the profile of the company to see who owns the company. If it’s money, we make sure we follow the money, in your account.

“So it is not true that we just go and carry people and dump them?. Sometimes you have to give chance to the person accused to say his own side of the story. And in the process the man will disclose a lot of things that you may not know. So it is very necessary for you to follow up on the information received from the person arrested, to strengthen whatever you have.

“We don’t keep people for more than 10-15 days. In fact, in most cases, we obtain relevant court orders. In all cases, if you see we keep somebody, there must be a supporting court order.

“If you are not corrupt, we will not have any cause to invite you. So we only invite corrupt people, no selective.”

Mr. Magu also said he had begun an internal cleansing of the EFCC to weed out corrupt operatives from the anti-graft war.

“I don’t want to disclose what the Commission is doing but I’m telling you I will not work with anybody who is corrupt because there is no moral justification to come and make noise?, and chase corrupt people when you are yourself corrupt.

“We do not have sufficient personnel – lawyers, detectives the way we want. But the little we have we try to make use of whatever we can lay our hands on.”

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Bill Cosby’s Mug Shot Revealed As Comedian Is Released on $1 Million Bail

Hours after being charged by authorities in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County with aggravated indecent assault, Bill Cosby arrived in court Wednesday afternoon for his arraignment. The 78-year-old comedian, who stepped out in what many would agree to be a very Cosby sweater, arrived with a cane as he entered the Elkins Park courtroom. ABC News reports that his bail was set at $1 million. Cosby, who turned over his passport to the court, did not enter a plea.

Following the court hearing, Cosby reported to the Cheltenham Police Department, where he was processed and fingerprinted. The Montgomery County Sheriff has since released Cosby’s official mug shot:

People reports that Cosby, who was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004, was released on bail after posting 10 percent in cash.

Cosby’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2016.

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How Sun DMD’s Wife Was Released

Freed wife of The Sun Deputy Managing Director (DMD) Mr Steve Nwosu, Toyin yesterday relived her experience in kidnappers’ hands. She was abducted on Monday and released early yesterday.

She said she was well treated, adding that the kidnappers served her food, but she could not eat.

Mrs Nwosu was released around 2.20am when the kidnappers took her to the First Avenue/Amuwo Odofin Link Bridge and gave her a phone to call her husband.

It was gathered that the kidnappers, who had demanded N100 million ransom, blindfolded her before taking her to the bridge, which is less than 15 minutes drive to the Nwosus’ Ago Palace Way, Okota home on the outskirts of Lagos.

After her call, they collected the phone from her and left in their speed boat.

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Kentucky Clerk Released From Jail, Vows To ‘Keep On Pressing’

Kentucky clerk who defied orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples was released from jail Tuesday, but her lawyer says she will continue to resist until officials find a way to accommodate her religious opposition to gay unions.

Kim Davis emerged from the Carter County Detention Center to a swell of cheers from Christian supporters who’d been rallying outside the gates since she was ordered behind bars on Thursday.

She later was introduced to the crowd to the song “Eye of the Tiger,” raising her hands above her head and weeping on stage with her husband, lawyer and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Out before her flew a variety of signs and banners, including an American and a Confederate flag. Davis thanked the supporters and encouraged them to act as they believe God wanted.

“Just keep on pressing,” Davis said. “Don’t let down. Because He is here.”

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Why ISIS Released 22 Assyrian Christians

The Islamic State has freed 22 Assyrian Christians abducted from villages in northeastern Syria. Their release marks a largely unnoticed trend in IS (also known as ISIS) – comparative safety for Christians.

Why would IS, a group known for its gruesome beheadings of civilians and its vision of a purely Islamic world, allow Christians to go free?

Graeme Wood, a political scientist at Yale University, suggests that Islamic law protects them. In The Atlantic, Mr. Wood writes it appears that Christians who don’t resist the new IS government are permitted to live as long as theypay a special tax known as “jizya.”

“The tax on Christians finds clear endorsement in the Surah Al-Tawba, the Koran’s ninth chapter, which instructs Muslims to fight Christians and Jews ‘until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued,’ ” writes Wood.

Other scholars point out that Jews and Christians are known to many Muslims as “People of the Book,” who Mohammed instructed his followers to treat with respect.

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Abducted Ex Gov’s Wife Released On “N8.2 Million Ransom”

Martha Binabo, the kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa, Nestor Binabo, has been released.
Ms. Binabo, abducted on June 29, was freed on Sunday.

A family source who wished to be anonymous said on Sunday that the woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers in the early hours of Sunday.

According to the source, the family complied with the kidnappers warning not to involve the police. The kidnappers gave their victim N18,000 for transport and a big fish when she was released. They reportedly told their victim to prepare pepper soup for her husband with the fish.

It was gathered that a ransom of N8.2 million was paid to secure her freedom. The spokesperson of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Astimin Butswat, who confirmed the development, said the command is yet to get full details on her release.

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Jailed South African Athlete, Pistorius, To Be Released August

South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, who was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, will be released on probation by 21 August, South African authorities said.

Pistorius will be released after a recommendation from South Africa’s correctional services department, the BBC reported Monday. Pistorius was acquitted on murder charges. A state appeal against the ruling is due in November. South African law allows Pistorius to be released having served a sixth of his sentence.

South African Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise told the BBC that the case management committee at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, where Pistorius is being held, made the recommendation last week.


May 29TH: Official Portraits Of Buhari, Osinbajo Released (SEE PHOTOS)

The official portraits of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President-elect, Yemi Osinbajo, were on Sunday released to the public.

The release of the portraits came as the inauguration ceremony, schedule for May 29th, approaches, a statement by Alexander Yangs of StateCraft, the communication firm that worked with the All Progressives Congress during the campaigns, said.

“The photographs were taken by Bayo Omoboriowo, the StateCraft Inc. photographer responsible for many of the iconic images from the recently concluded election season that culminated in Buhari’s victory,” Mr. Yang said.


Finally! Liberia’s Last Ebola Patient Released

Liberia released it’s last confirmed Ebola patient on Thursday. According to the Associated Press, the patient was a 58-year old English teacher named Beatrice Yardolo who was undergoing treatment at a Chinese-run Ebola center in the capital of Monrovia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed with TIME that the country currently does not have any confirmed patients in its Ebola treatment centers. Starting Thursday, Liberia can begin its count to 42 days of no new cases—two times the typical incubation period for the virus. At that point, Liberia can be declared Ebola-free.

However, the situation is still fragile, according to the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Though MSF is not treating any confirmed patients in its Liberian Ebola treatment center, they still accept suspected cases. It’s quite possible that a person with suspected and later confirmed Ebola comes into their facility at any point.

“This is an encouraging sign for Liberia. However, there is no room for complacency as the overall number of new Ebola cases in [West Africa] has risen this week,” MSF said in a statement sent to TIME. “From the outset, this outbreak has been characterized by its unpredictability and geographic spread. People move easily over the porous borders that separate Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, so until 42 days pass without a new case in any of the three worst-affected countries we need to remain vigilant.”

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