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Nigerian Government Attempts To Bribe London-based Activist To Cancel Protests Against Buhari’s Medical Vacation

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The Nigerian government is attempting to bribe a London-based lawyer and activist involved in the protest against the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom.

SaharaReporters learnt that the government is trying everything to keep her quiet and get her to influence other protesters to stop holding rallies at the Abuja House in London, where Buhari is staying.

Buhari is currently in London where he would be spending two weeks to enable him to undergo a medical checkup.

To express their displeasure at the medical trip, some Nigerians, including the activist have been protesting at the gate of the Abuja House, brandishing placards with different inscriptions.

Sources close to the activist told SaharaReporters that she has also been threatened for her involvement in the protest against the President’s penchant for medical tourism, especially with the abysmal state of health infrastructure and poor treatment of health workers in Nigeria.

Buhari left for his medical checkup in the UK at a time when the National Association of Resident Doctors were going on strike.

One of the sources said, “Regarding the London protest, they called an activist involved in the protest, asking her to bring an NGO they could fund so she she could call off the protests and enable Buhari to move around.

“We understand the Nigerian government got in touch with her through someone called General Tafa, asking her to have a meeting with them, to tell them what she and her NGO want. But funnily enough, the activist does not even have an NGO. She is just an independent person concerned about the state of the country. They are trying to use every means to silence her – threats and bribes.”

Another source told SaharaReporters that the activist was already afraid for her life and the lives of her family members over the death threats they had been receiving from the government and Pro-Buhari people.

“She is now afraid to be on camera due to the death threats to her and her family. Even one of her relations working with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is threatened because Buhari got her boss the job. I don’t think she can return to Nigeria anytime soon because of the death threats she has been receiving,” another source said.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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JUST IN: 15 Die In Niger Boat Mishap

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At least, 15 people have died in a boat mishap in Tijana, Munya Local Government Area of Niger State while several others are still missing.

The boat mishap occurred at about 6:00 pm on Saturday when the villagers were returning from a local market in Zumba, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

The Sarkin Kasuwan (Head of the Market) of Zumba, Mallam Adamu Ahmed, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, said the local boat was carrying over 60 people, including women and children when it capsized due to a heavy windstorm.

Among the victims were some returnees who had earlier fled their homes with their children due to bandits’ attacks.

Ahmed said 17 people have been rescued alive through the efforts of local divers who swung into action immediately after the incident was reported.

The local divers had defied the heavy downpour to continue their rescue operation as at the time of filing this reports as no help yet from the government.

It could be recalled that a similar boat mishap in the area claimed 13 lives in 2017 when a boat carrying 30 people capsized midway into their journey to the same Zumba market.

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BREAKING: Abducted ABSU Student Regains Freedom

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The only student of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, still left in the custody of a criminal gang, which abducted some persons while journeying along the Okigwe-Uturu Road, has been released.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made this known this evening via his official Twitter handle@GovernorIkpeazu.

Governor Ikpeazu, who thanked God, security agencies and the management of ABSU for the release of the abducted student, expressed joy at the development and vowed that he will surely take justice to those involved in the kidnap and will not share the State with criminal elements.

His full tweet reads:

“It is with exceedingly great joy and a very pleasant sense of relief that I announce that the only kidnapped ABSU student who was still in the custody of the hoodlums that abducted some people a few days ago along the Okigwe-Uturu Road has been freed. I spoke with her and …her mother minutes ago and want to thank God, our security agents and the management of ABSU for a job well done leading to this good news.

“Our administration has since taken measures to strengthen the security around the area where the incident happened and even beyond it ensure the security of lives and property which remains my number one assignment as Governor and it is one duty I will never take lightly. We will surely take justice to those who abducted our student as we will not cohabit this state with criminals”.

DAILY POST gathered that the yet-to-be-confirmed number of students were kidnapped while transiting on a bus on Okigwe-Uturu Road.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the Abia State University, Professor O. M Ogbulu confirmed that two of the students escaped from the hoodlums while one student was still being held by them.

Addressing journalists in a press conference held in Umuahia, on Friday, Vice-Chancellor had assured that the school authority was working assiduously with security agencies to ensure the release of the students and prosecution of the culprits.

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Kogi Miyetti Allah Chairman Damina Regains Freedom

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The Chairman of the Kogi Chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Wakili Damina, who was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday, has been released.

The state Secretary of the association, Mr Adamu Abubakar told newsmen in Lokoja on Saturday that Damina was released in Abuja late night of May 7.

Adamu said from Damina’s account, he was released by men suspected to be from one of the security agencies and not kidnappers as earlier suspected.

He said that Damina arrived at his Chikara home in the Kogi Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Saturday to reunite with his family.

Adamu had announced to newsmen in Lokoja on May 4, that Damina was taken away from his house by eight men dressed in military camouflage.

He said that the men forcefully took him away in a white bus.

He also said that all efforts to get across to him proved abortive as his telephone lines were switched off.

However, the secretary, said that the national body of the association had taken the matter up to ascertain why Damina whisked away in such a manner.

He also said that the group had instructed a lawyer to take the matter up.

Adamu then expressed the gratitude of the association to the state government, police, media and members of the public for their support and concern during the period.

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