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Boko Haram attack: 48 schoolgirls found, 46 still missing – says Yobe govt

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94 school girls missing after Boko Haram attack All Girls School in Yobe

YOBE – Forty-eight of the missing 94 pupils of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, have come out of hiding.

The Yobe State Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, who stated this in Damaturu, added that the state government had organised search parties to look for the remaining 46 pupils.

The Busari Local Government Area, where the attack happened is 100 kilometres away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Lamin explained that the school registered 28 missing students that returned on Tuesday, saying 20 more were received from Magwaram village on Wednesday.

He said, “This has brought down the number of missing pupils from 94 to 48 as of this morning (Wednesday). We are still hopeful that more pupils will return soon.”

The commissioner asked parents to report to the school whenever their children arrived home.

An anonymous source in the school told our correspondent that the 28 students that returned were rescued by villagers from bushes around Dapchi town.

The source said, “Some of the children trekked between 15 and 20 kilometres in the bush to save their lives. We have also received calls from Fulani settlements that they are bringing more students they found in the bush.”

“So far, no dead body has been recovered, but we heard that one pupil was bitten by a snake. She was said to have been treated locally. But she would be taken to a hospital in Damaturu for proper attention.”

It was gathered that a combined team of security operatives had been drafted to the area to search for the remaining missing students.

The Yobe Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, charged the military and other security outfits to ensure that none of the pupil was lost.

The governor in a statement by his spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, said, “The Yobe State Government is working with the Nigerian Army and other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all students in the school are fully accounted for.

“As the public is aware, the pupils were helped by their teachers to escape to the surrounding bushes and villages as terrorists stormed the town on Monday.

“Many pupils are still unaccounted for, but the Yobe State Government has been receiving the girls that were found in the general area to which they escaped.

“The government is coordinating with law enforcement agencies to ensure that those girls are returned safely.”

“The Yobe State Government has no credible information as to whether any of the schoolgirls was taken hostage by the terrorists.

“The Yobe State Government assures parents and the school community that it will do everything necessary to ensure that all the missing girls are found and returned to their school and families and that security is improved in the area.”

The state government, in another statement send around 10pm, said more pupils had been rescued by by “gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.”

The government further stated that the “rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army.”

“We will provide more details about their number and condition in due course,” the statement added.

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Osun Governorship Election: Live Updates, Results and Situation Report

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Osun Governorship Election: Live Updates, Results and Situation Report

After months of electioneering campaign accompanied with accusations and counter accusations, electorate in Osun, the seat of Oduduwa, would march to the polling booths across the state to elect the next governor.

Whoever emerges winner in today’s contest will take over from the leadership of Rauf Aregbesola.

Aregbesola is expected to vacate the government house having almost completed his two terms as enshrined in the constitution.

The electoral body had earlier released names of 48 successful candidates who indicated interests in becoming the next governor of the state.

However, among the 48 contenders, five persons have been tipped for the number one stool in the state.

Among the five top contenders are: Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, who is having the backing of the outgoing governor, Aregbesola, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Fatai Akinade Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress, ADC and Alhaji Moshood Adeoti of the Action Democratic Party(ADP).

Meanwhile, heavily armed security officials, including 18,426 policemen are already in the town to forestall any outbreak of violence during and after the election.

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  • PDP governorship candidate,Senator Ademola Adeleke(in white), with his allies during visits to some heads and elders in Alagbede, Asunmo communities during the election in Ede on Saturday

  • Voting commences at Ward 13, unit 4, Fagbesa. Osogbo.

  • An INEC ad hoc staff lecturing the voters on the use of the ballot paper, at Ward 4, Unit 13, Osogbo LGA

 

  • Prospective voters check their names on the INEC list at Orisunbare Village, Unit 001, Ede South. Photo: Odutayo Odusanya

 

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Breaking: CBN revokes Skye Bank’s licence

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CBN revokes Skye Bank’s licence

The Central Bank of Nigeria has withdrawn the operating licence of Skye Bank.

Umar Ibrahim, chairman of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), made this known to journalists today Friday September 21st.

The former Skye Bank which has been taken over by the Assets Management Corporations of Nigeria (AMCON) will now be known as Polaris Bank.

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Vietnamese President, Tran Dai Quang, dies

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Vietnamese President, Tran Dai Quang, dies

Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang died Friday at age 61 after a prolonged and serious illness, state media reported.

He passed away from a “serious illness despite devoted treatment by professors and doctors” both in Vietnam and abroad, the official Vietnam News Agency said.

In office as president since April 2016 after more than four decades at the powerful Ministry of Public Security, Quang had a reputation as a tough leader with little tolerance for dissent.

Though he held one of the country’s top four positions and was officially the head of state, his role as president was seen as largely ceremonial, greeting visiting leaders and hosting diplomatic events in a bid to boost Vietnam’s profile on the world stage.

Quang had appeared thin and pale in public, and was unstable on his feet last week when he hosted a welcoming ceremony for Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi last week.

His last public appearance was just two days ago, at a meeting with visiting Chinese politicians and foreign dignitaries in Hanoi.

Quang, a member of the Politburo, had a reputation as tough and influential in the inner circles of the communist party, though often appeared uncomfortable in the public eye and lacked the charisma of some of his peers in the upper echelons of the party.

In an interview with AFP in 2016 ahead of a visit by the former French leader Francois Hollande, Quang read from a prepared statement and was quickly escorted from the room by staff when a question went off-script.

State media made a sombre announcement of his death Friday and celebrated his long commitment to public service.

His time in office was dominated by a simmering conflict with Beijing over the South China Sea, a long-running dispute between the communist neighbours that escalated on several occasions.

Vietnam cancelled at least one oil drilling project in the resource-rich region during Quang’s tenure in an apparent bid to quell tensions.

He was the administration’s most public face at a series of high-profile events, most notably at an APEC meeting in Danang in November last year where he hosted a bevy of world leaders — including US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping.

As president, he oversaw a crackdown on dissidents that rights groups have decried as a chokehold on free expression. More than 40 people were jailed this year and some 100 have been behind bars as of April 2018, according to Amnesty International.

(AFP)

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