Names, Photos Of 21 Chibok School Girls Released By Boko Haram

Osun Defender has obtained photos of the 21 Chibok School Girls released by their Boko Haram captors yesterday.

The 21 girls with one who already has a baby born to a Boko Haram father met with Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Aso Villa yesterday.

See names and photos of the girls below:

1. Mary Usman Bulama
2. Jummai John
3. Blessing Abana
4. Luggwa Sanda
5. Comfort Habila
6. Maryam Basheer
7. Comfort Amos
8. Glory Mainta
9. Saratu Emmanuel
10. Deborah Ja’afaru (baby: Bukar Amos)
11. Rahab Ibrahim
12. Helen Musa
13. Maryamu Lawan
14. Rebecca Ibrahim
15. Asabe Goni
16. Deborah Andrawus
17. Agnes Gapani
18. Saratu Markus
19. Glory Dama
20. Pindah Nuhu
21. Rebecca Mallam

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27,000 Poor Persons To Benefit From Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme In Osun

A total of 27,000 people in Osun State are to benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme of the Federal Government, an official said on Thursday.

Idiat Babalola, the Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Federal Matters, made the disclosure at Owode-Ede during a two-day step down training programme organised by the state Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs.

The special adviser said that the beneficiaries were selected without “bias, favour, political affiliation, culture or religion”.

Babalola said that the programme was being coordinated by the office of the Vice President.

She urged local government facilitators to ensure adequate counselling of those selected, to ensure proper utilisation of the fund.

In her address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Omolara Ajayi, said that the scheme was being supported by the World Bank and states to empower one million extremely poor and vulnerable households across the country.

Ajayi, who was represented by the Director, Finance and Administration of the ministry, Kehinde Odediran, said that 12 local government areas in the state had been selected to benefit from the scheme.

Ajayi urged the local government facilitators and stakeholders to contribute their quota to ensuring the success of the state’s social investments programmes, and the cash transfer scheme.

Dr. Lawrence Martins, the State Director of the National Orientation Agency, said the Federal Government had concluded plans to support and uplift the poor and vulnerable persons across the country.

Photonews: Aregbesola Meets Farmers On Agricultural Development

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola met with a number of farmers today at Okomaje, Oja Oko in
Otan-Ayegbaju on Thursday to discuss efforts to develop agriculture in the state.

The visit is a continuation of the regular meetings promised by the governor to farmers in the state to increase engagement around issues holding back the sector in the state. Pictures from the meeting are found below;

Governor State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, addressing farmers,
during an interface on Agric development. With him is former Agric
Commissioner, Hon. Wale Adedoyin (3right); former Commissioner for
information and Strategy, Hon. Sunday Akere (right); SSG, Alhaji
Moshood Adeoti ( left) and others, at Okomaje, Oja Oko in
Otan-Ayegbaju on Thursday 13-10-2016

Governor State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, addressing farmers,
during an interface on Agric Development. With him is Chief of Staff,
Alh Gboyega Oyetola (left); SSG, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (2nd left) and
others, at Okomaje, Oja Oko in Otan-Ayegbaju on Thursday 13-10-2016

Governor State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola coming out of Okomaje
village, after an interface on Agric Development, Oja Oko area in
Boluwaduro Local Government in Otan-Ayegbaju on Thursday 13-10-2016

Governor State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola coming out of Okomaje
village, after an interface on Agric Development, Oja Oko area in
Boluwaduro Local Government in Otan-Ayegbaju on Thursday 13-10-2016

How We Secured The Release Of 21 Kidnapped Chibok School Girls – Lai Mohammed

Information Minister Lai Mohammed confirmed that 21 of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents were returned to safety on Thursday morning.

Addressing the press on Thursday in Abuja, Mr. Mohammed stated that the girls were flown to Kaduna after being dropped off by the insurgents in the Banki area in Borno State. He said they would later be relocated to Abuja where they will be examined by psychologists, medical doctors, social workers, and trauma experts. The names of the girls will be released to the public after these examinations, Mr. Mohammed added.

The Information Minister further explained that President Muhammadu Buhari, the Department of State Security (DSS), and the Nigerian military had been working closely with “a friendly European country and a renowned international humanitarian organization,” later revealed to be Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross, respectively, in order to secure the girls’ release.

Mr. Mohammed emphasized that the rescue operation was not a “swap,” saying that it was the result of “painstaking negotiations” between the two parties. He did not clarify, however, what the negotiations entailed or whether or not the government paid Boko Haram for the girls’ release.

He concluded the press conference by applauding the Nigerian people for their support, saying that this release represents a major step in rescuing the remainder of the abductees.

“We see this as a credible first step in the eventual release of all the Chibok girls in captivity. It is also a major step in confidence-building between us as a government and the Boko Haram leadership on the issue of the Chibok girls,” Mr. Mohammed said.

Boko Haram Releases 21 Chibok Girls To Nigerian Government

Boko Haram militants handed over 21 Chibok schoolgirls to Nigerian authorities Thursday after a series of negotiations, Nigeria’s government said, in the first mass release of any of the more than 200 girls and women kidnapped from their school two years ago.

The 21 former captives were freed at about 3 a.m. in the northeastern Nigerian town of Banki, near the border with Cameroon, a source close to the negotiations said on condition of anonymity.

They are said to have been among the 276 girls that Boko Haram militants herded from bed in the middle of the night at a school in Chibok in April 2014 — a kidnapping that spurred global outrage.

As many as 57 girls escaped almost immediately, and one was found this spring. Just under 200 remain unaccounted for after Thursday’s release.

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government brokered the deal between the Islamist militant group and the Nigerian government, said Mallam Garba Shehu, spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Negotiations will continue,” he said on Twitter.

Terms of Thursday’s deal were not immediately announced, but no captive Boko Haram fighters were released in exchange for the girls, the source with knowledge of the negotiations said.

After their release, the girls went to meet with the governor of northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state, and they will be taken to the central Nigerian city of Abuja, Borno officials said.

“We welcome reports … of the negotiated release of 21 of our abducted #ChibokGirls today,” the Nigeria-based #Chibokgirls campaign said in a statement Thursday. “Following this development, we trust that our government will continue to work to keep the safety, security, and well-being of the other girls a high priority.

“We further urge the international community to continue to support our government’s effort to rescue all other abducted Nigerians, so that parents, the Chibok community, the nation, and the world can finally put an end to this nightmare once and for all.”

The 2014 kidnapping prompted global figures such as Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and first lady Michelle Obama to support a #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media.

Thursday’s development comes after Boko Haram released a number of videos showing some of the kidnapped girls, including one video — believed to have been recorded in December — that CNN exclusively obtained in April.

Boko Haram aims to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Africa’s most populous nation, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.

In previous videos from the militant group, its leader, Abubakar Shekau, demanded the release of Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the Chibok girls.

EFCC South-South Zone Secures 26 Convictions, Recovers Over N1 Billion

The South-South Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ishaq Salihu, today disclosed that the zone has secured 26 convictions and recorded over a billion Naira recoveries in the last ten months. He made the disclosure at the zone’s maiden media briefing in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“In the last 10 months, we have upped the ante in the fight against graft in the South-South Zone with remarkable success. In 2015, we secured 18 convictions and recovered N420,922,599.38.  This year, we have already secured 26 convictions and recovered one billion, sixty million, two hundred and fifteen thousand, two hundred and sixty eight Naira, sixty kobo (N1,060,215,268.60) and Ninety One thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty US Dollars ($91,650) for both the federal government and individuals,” he said.

He challenged journalists in the zone to partner with the EFCC in the fight against corruption. “We invited you here to update you on our activities in the South South Zone of the Commission and to encourage you to use your medium to educate the public on the activities of criminals and fraudsters who are bent on destroying our nation and reaping where they have not sowed,” he said.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu for their support and commitment to the anti-graft war. “Let me state that our success would not have been possible without the unflinching support of President Muhammadu Buhari who provided the political will and the enabling environment for the fight against corruption to thrive. Also, the no-nonsense approach of the Ag. Executive Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, who read the riot act to staff once he got the mandate to lead the crusade.”

He also seized the opportunity to inform the media of the fraudulent activity of one Dr. Love Iwori Arugu, 53, a senior lecturer at the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State. Though currently being prosecuted for offences bordering on issuance of dud cheque and obtaining by false pretenses , two new cases with similar ingredients involving her, confirms Arugu as a serial offender. “We want the public to be aware of this in order to prevent others from falling prey,” he stated.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
12th October, 2016

Tinubu vs Oyegun: Lagos Assembly Questions Presidency’s Silence

The Lagos State House of Assembly has questioned the presidency’s silence in the wake of the recent rift between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

Speaking at the House’s plenary, Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Tunde Braimoh, drummed up support for Tinubu, putting into consideration the years of sacrifice and financial commitments he gave to the emergence of the party.

The lawmaker and his colleagues said that nobody can whittle down the political power and influence of the National Leader of the APC.

They noted that an insult to the personality of Tinubu was synonymous to insulting the entire Yoruba race, especially given the leadership role he (Tinubu) has played in the unification of the Yoruba nation.

“The situation does not speak well for the internal democracy of our party and efforts must be made by stakeholders to arrive at a quick resolution.

“To achieve this, we call on the party’s leadership to call the executives to order with a view to ensuring that adequate respect and honour is given to party leaders, including Asiwaju Tinubu,” Braimoh said.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Muyiwa Jimoh, noted that the “ongoing fight is not just against Tinubu, but against vision and posterity”. He added that “Asiwaju Tinubu is too big a personality for anybody to toy with”.

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa argued that rather than be seen as apathetic to the development, President Muhammadu Buhari should play the role of a father and unite everybody.

“The signal coming from the presidency is not good enough. Appointments have been made without Tinubu’s knowledge and major decisions have been made without adequate consideration given for his view and opinion. We believe this is not good enough and it is a sign of disrespect for a personality like Tinubu, whose contributions to the consummation of APC in Nigeria can never be brushed aside,” Obasa said.

13 Shiites Killed, 20 Injured In Kaduna And Funtua

As Shiites Muslims today Wednesday 12/10/16 commemorated Ashura Day in major cities across Nigeria, at least 13 of them has being allegedly killed by a combined teams of Nigerian security forces and hoodlums who accompanied them.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria says, “as the Ashura Day processions moved on, they attacked by a combined force of security agents and some others dressed as hoodlums as well as paid thugs escorting them, resulting in deaths in Funtua, Sokoto and Kaduna of at least 13.”

The procession of the martyrdom of Imam Husain started in Funtua, Katsina state peacefully, but was later stopped by a team of policemen who were drafted to the scene to forcibly stop the march. After firing teargas canisters on the procession, the police opened fire with live bullets killing nine instantly and injuring about 20 others. There are reports that they went with some victims.

In Kaduna, the peaceful Ashura procession was concluded without any incident. However, armed paid thugs attacked some members of IMN on their way to their various homes injuring them. This was followed by torching of Islamic Centre of IMN at Tudun wada Kaduna and subsequent demolition by a combined team of policemen and the Army. Three members of the Movement were killed there.

The story was similar in Jos, Plateau state, where armed soldiers brutally attacked the Ashura procession, then proceeded to invade the Islamic Centre belonging to IMN, making some arrests while threatening to demolish the worship complex.

Nevertheless, peaceful Ashura processions were conducted in Katsina, Yola, Potiskum, Suleja, Bauchi, Gombe, Lafia and Kano among many towns. In Kano though, the police arrested some Musulim sisters of IMN on their way to their various homes. These have been taken to Bompai police headquarters. A number of arrests were also made in Kaduna and were arraigned before the Shariah Court Daura road. These were sent to prison.

We are following developments and Will update as appropriate.

We Have No Regrets Focusing Our Resources On Education – Aregbesola

*Unveils Church’s classrooms in honour of Ex-Gov, Akande

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Wednesday said his government has no regrets whatsoever committing the largest chunk of the state’s resources to changing the face of education.

He said his government is preparing the state’s future leaders for the next 25 years in what the government wants them to be in a new world order.

The Governor spoke at the unveiling of a new block of 10 classrooms built by the Anglican Church in honour of former Governor of Osun and a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande.

Aregbesola said, “Education, by far, has commanded our greatest engagement and resources and we owe no one any apology over this,” adding, “As I often let people know, we are preparing for the next 25 years, what we want our children to become and where we want them to be in an increasingly digitised and fiercely competitive world.”

The Governor said that the dedication of the classrooms resonates with the vision of his government’s education programs.

He added, “Osun was the cynosure of all eyes when President Muhammadu Buhari came to commission the state of the art Government High School, Osogbo, just one of the 3,000 pupils-capacity 20 high schools our administration is building. The others being 900 pupils-capacity each 100 elementary schools and 50 middle schools.”

The Governor regretted that education has failed to achieve its purpose in many individuals noting this is the root of many problems confronting the society today.

“We are in trouble today, we are under-developing and are at war with each other, as a people, because we have forgotten these fundamentals.

“Any educational system or any faith, for that matter, whose goal is not to develop and bring harmony to human society by first cultivating human intellect and then imbue man with a higher moral standing, is not worth its estate and will soon be discarded into the dustbin of history. Same will happen to any faith that continues to foment trouble and divisiveness in human society,” the governor warned.

He explained that education serves the min to fit in and live successfully in this earthly realm adding that humans are already projecting to colonise other planetary bodies.

Speaking earlier, the former Governor of Osun state, Akande in whose name the school was commissioned attributed decadence and immorality in Nigerian schools to the forceful take-over of the missionary schools by the past successive military governments.

Akande said the consequence of the military take-over of the schools across the country resulted in the displacement of people with moral integrity by fraudsters, drug barons, thugs and the vagabonds from political leadership space.

The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress asserted that the major reason why the military took over schools from missionaries was to lay the foundation for their own immorality and corruption.

According to him, whether in Islamic schools or in any evangelical learning centres, all Missionary schools known to Nigerians were institutions for moral instructions.

He said: “Military intervention in governance itself is immoral and ungodly. Those Nigerian military adventurists, who forcefully seized power in Nigeria, deliberately came to violently loot our resources.

“In order to lay the foundation for their stupendous immorality and corruption, the military therefore had to snatch schools from the missionaries and to retire from the inherited public life with immediate effect men and women with some moral credentials who were old products of the missionary schools.

“Consequently, today, the fraudsters, the drug barons, the thugs and the vagabonds compete effectively and successfully to displace gentlemen and women of moral integrity from political leadership space.

“The overall result of the military interventions in governance in our polity is the pain Nigeria suffers today from lawless and lackadaisical attitudes of everybody to work.

“The resultant effect of the populace’s criminal attitude to work is a major plank providing the bedrock for the ongoing economic recession in our country.”

In his remarks, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria ( Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, said religion remains a veritable tool for the promotion of peaceful cohabitation and tolerance in the society.

Okoh, who frowned at religious crises in some parts of the country, expressed hope that, with a Christian faith building a school in honour of a Muslim statesman, Nigeria would soon get out of religious vendetta.

He described Akande as a “True Muslim whose ideology and faith have impacted greatly in the lives of fellow beings without discrimination.”

Obasanjo Slams Governors For Incapacitating LGAs

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the governors remain the “greatest obstacles” to having a virile and functional local governments in the country.

He said this on Tuesday during an interactive session shortly after delivering his keynote address at the maiden International Conference on Politics, Security and Development held at the Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State.

The conference with the theme, “Forty years of Local Government Reforms and Democratic Development in Nigeria: Critical Perspectives,” was convened by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Veronica Adeleke School of Social Sciences, Babcock University.

It was chaired by a former Managing Director of Nigeria Airways, Alhaji Jani Ibrahim.

Obasanjo alleged that the state governors “steal” council funds under the pretext that they have done something for the councils or on their behalf.

According to him, as soon as the Local Government Allocations were released from the federation account, the state governments simply deduct from the source, whatever amount they claimed were spent on behalf of the local governments.

Obasanjo, who recalled that he initiated the local government reforms in 1976 to make the LGs autonomous, functional and developmental, lamented that once such money was illegally deducted by governors, no LG chairman dare questioned or challenged such an illegality.

Reading from his keynote address, the former President said good leadership at the state and the local government levels with integrity, dedication and lack of corruption was what could make local governments work to achieve their purpose for the people.

He said, “An effective, efficient and performing local governments system and operation will enhance the delivery of dividends of democracy and governance in Nigeria.

“Not allowing local governments to work and stealing their funds from source by states is one of the greatest disservices of all political parties in the present dispensation of our democratic experiment.

“In fact, experiences in many states of the federation have shown that local government administrations have become the most constitutionally-abused matter in the country since the 1999 Constitution became operational. Only a handful of states had held local governments’ election.

“Others have carried on as if it is legal to run local governments without the constitution that created them.

“Most state governors floated the idea of appointing transition committees comprising of their surrogates to oversee the affairs of the councils. The trend, sadly, has been maintained in some states till now.

“In others where the polls had been conducted, the governors, in connivance with corrupt electoral officials subservient to the governors and the ruling party committed malpractices which make a mockery of the process.”

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by the Secretary to State Government, Adeoluwa Taiwo, at the event, said his administration recognised the constitutional provision of the local government which informed why it had conducted council elections twice in 2012 and 2016.

He also said contrary to the allegations that state governors in Nigeria routinely tampered with the councils’ funds, his administration had never dipped its hand into the local governments’ purses.

In the contrary, he said, he had always come to the aid of the councils augmenting their funds so they could meet their financial obligations.

The Vice-Chancellor, Babcock University, Prof. Ademola Tayo, said the relevance of the local governments in the country had been eroded.

People Causing Divisions Within APC – Aisha Buhari

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday accused some unnamed people of creating divisions among members of the All Progressives Congress.

Mrs. Buhari levelled the allegations in an interview she granted the Hausa Service of the BBC which was aired in part on Tuesday.

The President’s wife, who was responding to a question by her interviewer, said, “This worries us a lot now. Because they believe they are the ones who suffered, but are no where today. Those who didn’t do anything who don’t even have voters’ card are the ones in position, doing everything.”

In another part of the interview she said, “What I am afraid for them is the rebellion of 15 million people,” she was perhaps talking about the number of voters who made her husband’s ascension to power possible.

In response to a question on whether the President knew those causing the problems for his government, Aisha Buhari said, “Whether he knows or he doesn’t know, those who voted for him know. There is nothing I will tell him. He can see. Among all the people he selected, if he is asked among 50 people, he doesn’t know 45. I don’t know them despite staying with him for 25 years.”

Mrs. Buhari who also revealed that her husband had not told her his plans for 2019, saying “He has not told me but I have decided.”

The BBC promised to air the full interview on Friday and Saturday where her full views would become public.