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Today's Headlines: Residents Flee As Soldiers Clash With Boko Haram, We Won’t Pay Ransom- Lai

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By Messymellycara | self meida writer
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1)Kagara: We Won’t Pay Ransom, Says Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, said the Federal Government is not considering paying ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.


On Wednesday, armed men broke into the school premises while students and staff were asleep.


Speaking when he featured on a Channels Television Programme on Saturday morning, Mohammed dismissed social media reports that the federal government has paid N800,000 milli0n ransom.


“We employ kinetic and non-kinetic (measures), you don’t throwaway invitation to engage but the overall strategy you keep to your chest.”


2) Borno Residents Flee As Soldiers, Exchange Gunfire With Boko Haram

Hundreds of civilians fled their homes when gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents attacked a town in the central part of Borno State on Friday.


The deadly group reportedly stormed the ancient town of Dikwa around 6:05 pm, shooting sporadically but troops engaged them immediately.


The gun battle was said to have lasted for hours.


“They came into Dikwa around 6:05 pm, shooting sporadically,” a witness told Daily Trust.


“They took soldiers by surprise. Thousands of our people are taking refugee in the bush as we speak. I just spoke with an International Non-Governmental Organisation worker who told me that the sounds are deafening.


3) We Can’t Dictate To Bandits’ – Niger Govt Speaks On Delay In Rescue Of Kagara Victims

The Niger State Government says it cannot dictate to the gunmen who abducted students and staff of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.


The victims have been in captivity since Wednesday despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that they should be rescued immediately.


Matane debunked the rumour making round that the federal government has paid N800million for the release of the victims.


He said the federal government can not pay such amount to bandits.


4) Gunmen attack Adamawa United FC, Kidnap team driver

Gunmen have attacked the Adamawa United FC, dispossessed players of valuables and kidnapped the team driver.


The gunmen are said to have demanded N50 million ransom for the driver.


It was gathered from sources in Adamawa State on Saturday that the incident occurred earlier in the day, at about 6.30 am, along the Benin-Ore-Lagos road while the team was travelling for a game in Lagos.


5) Insecurity: Defence minister’s comment sign of failure, says NBA

The Nigerian Bar Association has slammed the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (retd.), over his call on Nigerians to defend themselves against gun-wielding bandits and kidnappers.


The NBA described such call as “a sign of failure” on the part of regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).


It also urged the Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the murder of a pregnant Warri-based lawyer, Nkiru Agbasu, who was reportedly shot dead by yet-to-be identified gunmen along Warri-Sapele Highway in Delta State on Wednesday.


6) Herdsmen: Don’t set Nigeria on fire, Akeredolu warns Bauchi gov

Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, has weekend described the statement credited to his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, that Nigerians don’t need his permission to live in forests reserve as “provoking and insensitive.


Akeredolu has therefore asked Mohammed “not to set Nigeria on fire with his statements.Recall that Akeredolu had directed herdsmen in the state government forest reserve in Ondo state to vacate or register with the state following the spate of kidnappings, killings, rape and other criminal activities.


7) Gumi playing your script, announce Nigeria’s break up – Giwa to Buhari

The cleric wondered why Gumi, “who goes about holding meetings with bandits and negotiating for them”, has not been grilled.


“Gumi is only playing the script of President Muhammadu Buhari and other Fulani politicians. By now, Gumi ought to have been arrested, interrogated and jailed for knowing where the criminal Fulani herdsmen live.


“Didn’t I say president Bubari has created jobs for his fulani kinsmen? Are they Nigerians and why should federal government compensate criminals who rape, kidnap and kill innocent Nigerians?


“I doubt the existence of Nigeria if this could be happening in the presence of security operatives. President Buhari cannot intimidate or frighten me.


“Why is it that they panic each time they hear disintegration or breaking up? If you don’t want us to break up, then, address hunger, insecurity, injustice and unemployment.”


Giwa added that talks with criminal Fulani herdsmen or propositions for amnesty would only encourage them.

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