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Emir of Kajuru, one Baptist School student regain freedom

The kidnapped Emir of Kajuru in Kajuru Local Government area of Kaduna State, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, has been released by his abductors.

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The Emir of Kajuru, Alhassan Adamu, who was abducted by bandits in the early hours of Sunday has been freed by his captors.

Also, one of the students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna, has been released by their abductors.

The spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, Mohammad Jalige confirmed the release of the emir in a telephone interview with THISDAY on Monday in Kaduna.

Jalige said, “The Chief is back and he is currently in his palace as I speak with you”.

He however said he was not in a position to say whether the 10 family members of the emir were also released as he was yet to receive comprehensive report from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Kajuru.

“I am not in a position to say whether other family members of the emir that were abducted were released too because we are yet to receive comprehensive report from our DPO who is there.

“I will give you details as soon as we receive comprehensive reports from the DPO”, Jalige said.

The 85 year old emir, alongside 10 of his family members were abducted in the early hours of Sunday when bandits invaded his palace in Kujuru, headquarters of Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state at about 12:30am on Sunday.

The bandits had earlier demanded for N200 million for the release of the emir.
Similarly one of the students of the Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna, have been released by their captors following ill health.

Chairman of Kaduna state Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Joseph Hayab confirmed the release of the student in a telephone interview on Monday in Kaduna.

He said the kidnappers themselves called to say that they had released the boy who was becoming “weak”.
“The kidnappers themselves called us today. I think they kidnapped some people somewhere and one of the persons was sick.

“So they now called us and said that one of the boys is weak and they will release him with that sick person to come back.

“The boy is yet to be be with us but any moment from now he is going to be with us.
“So we have one of the b

He said negotiations were still going on for the release of the students, adding that the food stuff demanded by the bandits had been delivered to them.

“We are still negotiating with the bandits, we have given them the food stuff they demanded for. We are trusting God and we are appealing to spirited Nigerians to help us put pressure on government to do what is right.

“So with the release of one of the students, now we have 120 students with the bandits”, Hayab said.

The students were abducted on July 5, when bandits invaded the school and abducted 121 of them.

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Former Ogun First Lady celebrates 96th birthday

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Mama Lucy Onabanjo, wife of the first civilian Governor of Ogun State, the late Chief Victor Olabisi Onabanjo (Aiyekooto) celebrated her 96th birthday on Tuesday.

Lucy Onabanjo is the oldest surviving former first lady.

Born in Ijebu Ode on October 26, 1925, Mama Onabanjo was trained as a teacher.

It was after her training as a teacher that Lucy started dating the Late Bisi, who was working with a local newspaper called Gaskiya Tarfi Kobo (Truth is more than a Kobo).

Few months after meeting Bisi , she walked down the aisle and said “I do.”

The humble ceremony would blossom into a life of civil service from teaching to the Government House, Abeokuta and beyond.

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It’s illegal to pay petrol subsidy from federation account, Sanusi tells FG

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Former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, has said the federal government is indulging in illegality by paying petroleum subsidy from the federation account.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor spoke virtually as a panelist on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the just concluded Nigerian Economic Summit held in Abuja.

He also said the Nigerian daily oil consumption data is suspect thus there is endemic corruption in fuel subsidy payments.

“This money coming from petrol belongs to the federation account, and the federal government doesn’t have the constitutional right to pay subsidy on behalf of the federation.

“So it is a fundamental constitutional issue because this is money that should go to the federal, states and local governments. Yet money that belongs to the federation is carried out as federal government expenditure. So, there are so many complex issues, legal and economic issues. We need to stop these issues” he said.

He also advocated for the end of fuel subsidy and electricity subsidy, saying the money saved should be invested in critical sectors like education and health adding that the long-term gains far outweigh the short-term pains.

“I have said this before even as a CBN Governor under the previous government. What I say is not of a particular government. Take petroleum subsidy.

“In 2015 or 2016, Minister Ibe Kachukwu said Nigerian was importing 30 million litres of PMS per day after eliminating corruption. In 2019, the NNPC said we are importing 59 million litres per day after oil prices have gone up. And I have been asking the question, what happened between 2015 and 2019 that our oil consumption has almost double?” he asked.

He noted that “this is what also happened under the previous government. When oil prices go up, NNPC said they are importing more because of the arbitrage. Thus, when the oil prices go high, there is an incentive to inflate the number” he noted.

On electricity tariff, he said it should also be stopped as even poorer countries are paying cost reflective tariffs and enjoying uninterrupted electricity.

The Chairman, the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, also agreed that subsidy payments had to end for resources to be free up for critical investments.

He also said that the government must focus on education and healthcare provision.

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