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Bokoharam terrorists can never repent, so no wisdom in giving them amnesty-Ndume

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Bokoharam terrorists can never repent, so no wisdom in giving them amnesty-Ndume

The Senate Committee chairman on Army,
Senator Ali Ndume has disclosed that a repentant Boko Haram member, who was recently integrated into the community, killed his father, stole his wealth and disappeared.

The lawmaker, who represents Borno South in the Senate, had taken exception to the amnesty  granted terrorists by the Federal Government.
Ndume who made the disclosure on a BBC Hausa programme monitored in Abuja, Wednesday could therefore not fathom the motive for spending the nation’s funds to ‘reform’ the terrorists.
The lawmaker alleged that many of the ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members had since gone back to their former den. He said: “They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since ran away. They will never repent. The government should know what to do about them, but not re-introducing someone who killed your parent or relations to you.
“Haba, not that he even apologised to the government. His thinking is that the government has failed; hence they are being pampered.”
According to him, the government’s amnesty programme is unacceptable, insisting that the right thing is to stop the banditry.
“If there is sincerity of purpose in this, those in the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps should have been trained in various trades, so that they could start life again,” he added.

The BBC also featured a widow, who condemned the programme because the terrorists killed her husband.
“This thing is hurting. They killed my husband and son in my presence. I am left suffering with four young orphans. Till death, I will never forget that day.
“Look at the kind of care given to the Boko Haram members. We that have suffered for six years now are not taken care of. Truly, government has not done justice here,” she said. A male victim also told the BBC that Boko Haram killed his relations and chased them out of their home.
“They killed four of my close relations. In what capacity are we going to live with them again? Do we see them as human beings or animals? Or do they want us to meet them and take revenge? There will be a serious problem.”
“Go to Gwoza and Bama; many of the ‘repentant’ terrorists have rejoined the bandits. There is nothing you can do to change a Boko Haram member,” he added.

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

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The Nigerian police Kogi State command has described as fake news reports that eighteen (18) traders from Kano travelling to Aba were kidnapped in Kogi State.

This was coming against the backdrop that the Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) had appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.
The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
He indicated that 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.
Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.
He said the kidnapped traders, were from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.
In a swift reaction the Kogi State Police Command indicated that no such incident occurred any where in Kogi State.
In a press statement that was signed by the command public relations officer DSP William Ovye Aya said the news of the purported kidnap of the 18 Kano traders in Kogi State is fake and capable of misleading the public on the Security situation in the State.
“It is pertinent to let the public know that, the Kogi State Police Command in collaboration with other Security agencies is determined to guarantee the protection of lives and property in the State.
“The Commissioner of Police Ede Ayuba Ekpeji urges members of the Press as well as social media handlers to always find out the true nature of incident and its location before publishing the story so as not to misinform the general public and create mistrust among the good people of Kogi State and Nigeria in general.”


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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.

The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

No fewer than 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.

Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.

He said the kidnapped traders, were from from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.

“I am appealing to the government and security operatives to do everything possible to rescue our members unharmed.

“Though, the kidnappers have reached out to the families of the abductees demanding for N50 million ransom and they later came down to N27 million before they free all of them” he said (NAN)

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Anambra ex-commissioner’s family raises the alarm over his safety in kidnappers’ custody

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Anambra ex-commissioner’s family raises the alarm over his safety in kidnappers’ custody

The family of the former commissioner for Diaspora Affairs in Anambra State, Dr Christan Madubko, has raised the alarm over an alleged attack against him and his subsequent abduction by agents of the State Government.
They also called on the Federal Government and the international community to help save his life that is at the mercy of his abductors.

They alleged that he had become a soft target for attack and abduction over his disagreement with the state government on corruption related matters in the state.
This was contained in a statement that was signed by a member of the family, Dr. Justin Madubuko and issued in Abuja yesterday.
Dr. Madubuko indicated that his brother was kidnapped in the evening on  13/1/2020 in Awka by a team of gunmen suspected to be agents of the Anambra State Government. 

He claimed that the ex-Commissioner had tendered his resignation letter to the Governor alleging massive corruption in government just as he advised the Governor to rise up to the challenges of leadership and take charge of his government.

“The news of his resignation and information contained in the resignation document did not go down well with the Governor as the document tends to negate the integrity mantra of the state Governor and his party, APGA. 

“Although Dr Madubuko refused to speak to the media since the incidence of his resignation, information available to the media indicated that the Commissioner was whisked away to an unknown destination by unknown gunmen.

“We are using this medium to draw the attention of Nigerians and the international community to the ill treatment being meted out to the former commissioner.
“We are also asking the international community and well meaning individuals to prevail on the Anambra State Government to leave an innocent man that has served them sincerely,” ” Justin said.

“He served Governor Obiano government meritoriously and in no small measure worked for the significant increase in the State Internally Generated Revenue.

 “Madubuko had ran an internal battle with the agents of those very close to the seat of power in Awka on who controls the State revenue – the State Government or individuals

“A sitting Commissioner in Obiano’s cabinet who would not want his name in print revealed that Governor Obiano had on the 1st of June 2020 during an Executive Council Meeting at the Governor’s lodge, Amawbia warned Dr Madubuko to be careful because some men were already in search of him to be killed. 

“Few days later, the Governor redeployed Dr Madubuko to the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs claiming he acted to save the life of the Commissioner.

“As we pray for his release unharmed, we ask the Federal Government of Nigeria and the international community to intervene to save him,”Justin said.

He said it is the second time the former commissioner is being attacked, adding that he was first attacked in December last year in the state.

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