Presidency Questions Accuracy Of Benue Massacre Reports

The presidency has said it is checking the accuracy of the reports claiming that 81 people were killed by herdsmen in Benue State.

The presidency, through its digital communications office, yesterday said some of the pictures in circulation were from the genocide in Congo, back in 2014.

The digital communications arm of the presidency, according to The Cable, said the police are currently investigating the reports and would release a statement shortly.

“Law enforcement agents are working to ascertain the accuracy of reports of fresh killings in Benue State. The @PoliceNG will issue a statement,” presidency said in a Tweet.

Reports had claimed that gunmen believed to be nomadic Fulani herdsmen had killed scores of villagers in the state in a long-running conflict over grazing rights.

A national television had put the number of dead at 81 in the past two weeks after attacks on farming villages in the Logo and Ukum areas of the state.

“The magnitude of killings is enormous. Scores of people were killed in the past two weeks by Fulani herdsmen in at least 10 local government areas of the state,” spokesman Tahav Agerzua told AFP.
The state government was collaborating with security agencies to contain the violence, which is the latest flare-up between local farmers and the herders in the state.

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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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Blogger In Court Over Adultery Reports On Bank Chief With Genevieve Nnaji

A blogger, Desmond Chima, was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday for allegedly publishing two defamatory stories against United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc Managing Director, Philips Oduoza.

The police said he connived with some persons who are at large to post a story entitled: Randy UBA MD, Philips Oduoza in adultery mess…romances star actress, Genevieve Nnaji.

He was arraigned on two- count charge of cybercrime before Justice Mohammed Yunusa.

The blogger was also alleged to have posted a second with the title: Randy UBA MD, Philips Oduoza’s wife to divorce him over affairs with actress Genevieve.

Police prosecutor, Henry Obiazi, claimed the blogger published the stories knowing them to be false.

According to him, it was for the purpose of annoying Oduoza and causing him ill will and needless anxiety.

Obiazi claimed that Chima violated Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015. Chima pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice Yunusa adjourned to November 6 for hearing of his bail application.

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Onyeka Onwenu Finally Reports At ICPC, Granted Bail

The director-general of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Onyeka Onwenu, has finally honoured the invitation of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the alleged N17million contract bribe and was granted administrative bail.

According to a reliable source at the ICPC office, the NCWD DG appeared before the anti-graft agency on Monday and after answering some questions, she was allowed to go home on recognition, while investigation into the alleged bribe continues.

The source, however, would not confirm the outcome of the investigation on whether the renowned songstress was indicted or not but promised to make the matter public when the need arises.

The NCWD boss had declined to appear to before the anti-corruption agency when invited last week, claiming that she had to attend to her health first.

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