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Like a dream come true – Chibok girls back home!
Protesting South African Students are like Boko Haram – Don.
Kenya rules! Kenya overturns Nigeria’s 25 years lead in stock trading.
Please tell Buhari IDPs are suffering.
Soldiers, officials, vigilantes demand sex before IDPs can go out of IDP camps – foreign experts.
Nigerians say #LetHabibaGo.

The Chibok 21 and the Katsina Girl

While the release of the 21 Chibok girls was fantastic news to celebrate the girl child, something worrisome was being reported in Katsina. The report said another of those dubious marriages involving an underage girl happened with the endorsement and protection of the Katsina Emirate Council. A certain Isyaku Tanko had petitioned the police over the alleged abduction and forceful marriage of his daughter, Habiba, whose age he put at 14, as of when the abduction happened last August.

Tanko accused one Jamilu Lawal of forcefully taking his daughter from the Government Senior Secondary School, Kudun Kankara, Kastina State and taking her to the Emir of Katsina’s Palace where he, Jamilu, works. The report indicates that the Emir admitted to the incident but claimed that the girl had converted from Christianity to Islam “on her own volition” and had “indicated her interest in marrying Jamilu, who is from the same area with her, and that the Emirate Council married her to her heartthrob, who paid 50,000 Naira as dowry.”

The Emir’s palace further claimed that the father of the girl had written an apology to the palace after discovering that he had made wrong accusations to council. The news report said a copy of the apology letter was presented to journalists.

The above is the height of madness and irresponsibility, to put it mildly. It does not matter if the parents of the girl acceded to the said marriage. To the extent that the girl is under 18, she cannot legally be married under Nigerian law. And the police again deserve all the condemnation for failing to act on a petition and information of forceful seizure of a school girl, report of conversion of religion and marriage to a man, all within a few weeks. Instead, the police handed over their statutory powers to investigate and resolve an alleged crime to the Katsina Emirate Council to resolve, conscious that the same council is cited as an accessory to the crime.

This latest act of criminality is one too many, recalling how a certain Ese Oruru was abducted in Bayelsa, by one Yinusa Dahiru and taken to Kano and again allegedly married by the abductor, after claiming that the victim had converted to Islam and agreed to marry him. The police, the National Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Women Affairs must speedily get involved in this Katsina sordid drama and rescue the present victim. We cannot continue with this form of criminality and impunity.

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Ondo guber: Jimoh Ibrahim is our candidate – Sheriff
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83 Chibok Girls Expected as Sources reveal Cash was Exchanged for Freedom
Okorocha says APC chieftains complain about Buhari “everyday”
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Listen to your wife, Reps tell Buhari

SOME members of the House of Representatives, yesterday, threw their weight behind wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, for her bravery in speaking out on the state of the All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration in Nigeria.

The lawmakers’ verdict was unanimous at the weekend as they advised President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to his wife’s counsel and use it to better his administration.

Chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Budget, Timothy Golu, in his reaction to the first lady’s interview with BBC, said Mrs. Buhari was closer to her husband than any other person and as such, understood him better.

He said: “She’s drawing her husbands attention to issues that sycophants around him would not tell him. But she has come out with the truth and is saying it because she loves the husband.”

“She is closer to the man (Buhari) more than any other person and since she has voiced this out, the husband should take it and review some of his actions and decisions.

“It will not be good for the President to ignore the complaints from the wife. She has been with him and is disturbed by certain things happening around the husband, so it’s natural for her to talk.”

Speaking almost in the same vein, Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal constituency, said the first lady’s interview had vindicated most of them who had continuously maintained that the President had been hijacked by a cabal.

He called on Nigerian women to rally round the first lady and support her “in her campaign to save Nigeria from the hands of a few selfish individuals.”

He also noted that the first lady must have swallowed her worry for long and had decided to speak out in frustration.
From The Vanguard

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Southern Kaduna attackers are Boko Haram terrorists not Fulani herdsmen – Senator La’ah
When The 21 Freed Chibok Girls Met Their Parents
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No devil can stop us from preaching in Kaduna – Dr Paul Enenche dares El-Rufai
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Release of Chibok girls, good hope for Nigeria – IBB
Nigeria: 21 Chibok schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram reunite with parents
Lagos crucial to nation’s recovery from recession — Utomi
I warned Nigerians against voting for Buhari – Senator Okurounmu
Jegede, Ibrahim bicker over Abuja ruling

No devil can stop us from preaching in Kaduna – Dr Paul Enenche dares El-Rufai

The senior pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr Paul Enenche has affirmed that there no law will stop him or any other person from preaching in Kaduna State.

The fiery preacher said he can preach in any part of the state, including the stadium.

Dr Enenche was apparently referring to the recent declaration by the state governor against public preaching in the state.

Reacting however, Dr Enenche said the devil was not in charge of the state and as such, he cannot hinder anyone from preaching in the state.

Speaking in Kaduna on Sunday during a programme tagged Apostolic Invasion in Kaduna State and monitored by DAILY POST, the man of God said he had the right to preach in any part of the state.

According to him “On my way here, I discovered that some persons were sitting in the staircase. The whole place is filled up. I think this kind of thing should be happening in the stadium.”

When he apparently remembered the standing law, he quickly said, “don’t worry, no devil can stop us from preaching in Kaduna State. They’ve not born the devil. We are in charge and no devil can stop us from carrying out our assignment.”

Just few months ago, the founder of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman vowed that El Rufai will die if he didn’t drop the anti religion bill.

“His days are numbered. It has started with slap, watch out for what will happen. I am not a rabble rouser, neither am I running my mouth. In the 1999 constitution, chapter four under the fundamental human rights, section 38; it says that: every one has the freedom of thoughts, conscience and opinion and they are very free to exercise their religion either in a community, in public or in private. In public means putting the speaker anywhere.

“That means he is going against the nation. He is going against the constitution. The Herod said he did it in Abuja and nothing happened. He entered a Christian community in Kaduna and demolished the place and nothing happened. If I be a man of God, the Herod of Kaduna will die,” Suleman had warned.

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Herdsmen Attack Military Outpost, Kill 20 in Kaduna

Gunmen in their hundreds, believed to be Fulani herdsmen, at the weekend invaded Godogodo and neighbouring villages in Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State killing 20 people.

Several others were said to have sustained injuries from gunshots and machete cuts.

The bandits were said to have embarked on the onslaught after attacking a military outpost in Godogodo area where many of the villagers were killed after which other some neighbouring villages were raided and several houses burnt.

The incident led to the declaration of a 24-hour curfew by the interim management committee of Jama’a Local Government Area declared following tension

Chairman of the interim management committee, Dr Humble Katuka, who imposed the curfew directed residents to remain indoors pending when the situation is brought under control.

An eyewitness said the attacks started at about 9p.m. last Saturday and lasted till the early hours of yesterday leading to killings and burning of houses.

Those who tried to escaped were said to have been shot or cut down with machete.

A community leader in the area said many villages have been sacked following the frequent attacks and killings by the herdsmen.

The community leader who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “People have abandoned their homes to other safer zones, our farm have been over run by herdsmen. We no longer go to farm again because that is suicidal.

“The government needs to take concrete steps to stop these attacks. These people are well armed; they have sophisticated weapons and we are at the their mercy.”

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, said there had been an invasion of Godogodo by some hoodlums.

He also confirmed that some parts of the town was burnt down, saying however that he was not in a position to confirm the casualty figure.

“As I speak, the state Police Commissioner has ordered the deployment of more units of anti-riot policemen and conventional police to the town. They should have arrived there by now.

“Last Friday, same armed men ambushed our men around Godogodo, killed two officers and fled. We shall surely get them soon,” Usman promised.

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Tension in Delta community over alleged monarch removal
Buhari/wife interview: Joke taken too far – Okorocha
Chibok schoolgirls reunited with families
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Torrent of Emotions as Chibok Girls, Parents Reunite After Two Years Apart

Obanikoro Returns to Nigeria Today

Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who has been out of the country for over a year will return to the country today to answer to some of the allegations against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

THISDAY has it on good authority that the former minister, whose family members have had very rough engagements with the EFCC over different allegations involving money decided to return to the country after the commission formally extended an invitation, but not before breaking into his home in Park View, Ikoyi, months back.

Obanikoro, who is expected to touch ground early this morning in Abuja, the nation’s capital enroute London Heathrow, was said to have stayed away first, because no formal invitation had been extended to him, noting that all that had been said and reported about him were not in official capacity.

But as soon as a formal invitation was sent to him, his lawyers were said to have promised the commission that he would honour it, more so that he had nothing to hide.

Apart from his studies, one other reason he was said to have stayed back in the US was to address some health issues, sources claimed was very crucial.

He was recently said to have had a spinal cord surgery.

Family sources said although Obanikoro had reservations about coming home to confront the allegations given the commission’s penchant for disregarding the rule of law, he however gave in when the need to clear his name became even more compelling.

More importantly was an email allegedly sent to him by the US Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton campaign group, following the boasting by the Republican Candidate, Donald Trump that he would jail her if he became president.

Thus, while sharing her thoughts with Obanikoro being a supporter of the Democratic party, Clinton, THISDAY learnt, wrote in the email: “Muhammed, last night, Donald Trump said that if he were elected president, he’d target Hillary and said she would be in jail if he were in charge.

“Threatening to jail political opponents isn’t what we do in America, Muhammed. Those are the words of totalitarianism.”

Obanikoro, sources said, was moved by those words of Clinton and her team and decided to return to the country to clear the mess once and for all.

A family source who claimed to be privy to some of the facts of the case claimed the commission had deliberately slanted the facts of the case in order to have a reason to bring Obanikoro in, otherwise, the money in question was not in anyway connected to the arms deal but from the imprest accruable to the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

He also claimed that some of the disputed funds were used when Lagos was under the threat of Boko Haram, while the rest were given to Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and Senator Iyiola Omisore to prosecute their elections in 2014.

Efforts to reach Obanikoro did not yield as family members said he would not speak until he is done with the EFCC. But THISDAY gathered that he would be led to the commission by his two lawyers, Mr. Lawal Pedro and Mr. James Onoja, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN).

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Academic compares UCT protesters to Boko Haram

Cape Town – A prominent academic has likened UCT protesters to Nigerian terror group Boko Haram militants after they allegedly punched the university’s vice-chancellor Max Price.

Professor Achille Mbembe, who has worked at University of the Witwatersrand in Joburg and other institutions worldwide, on Sunday angered protesters after he penned and published online a response to the alleged altercation between students and Price on Friday afternoon at UCT.

Mbembe defended Price as the vice-chancellor of “one of the most important institutions of higher learning in our continent”.

“He has been at the receiving end of some of the most vicious and despicable attacks vice-chancellors in South African universities are nowadays routinely subjected to,” said Mbembe.

“He has been demonised by student militants and vilified by right-wing white constituencies which are nostalgic of the days of segregation.

“As I write, it is difficult to say when this will stop and who will stop what looks more and more like a Boko Haram style of violence – intimidation, filibustering, name calling, emotional blackmail and, increasingly, physical assault, the destruction of precious public assets and the use of fire as a sacrificial and pseudo-purificatory weapon.”

UCT arts student Dean Hutton, who has worked as a photojournalist for a number of years, responded to Mbembe.

“I am not Boko Haram and neither are any of the people I have associated with and this is a very, very damaging thing to evoke,” she said.

Mbembe replied: “I have no reason to not believe you. Boko Haram style or not, I simply do not see how physically assaulting Dr Price will bring about free education. If we cannot draw the line here, then we condone the unjustifiable.”

He said Boko Haram aimed “to decolonise so-called western knowledge and science”.

“We know where it ended up – atrocities, hostage taking, scorched earth tactics.”

Hutton asked Mbembe whether he had an “idea the kind of abuse of power any of us face when it comes to private security and police”.

She said Mbembe’s comments are the kind that “gives the state the excuse to continue throwing stun grenades, and shooting rubber bullets, then water cannons, and then live ammunition”.

Another response, from writer Gillian Schutte who has tackled racism and education previously, indicated frustration with Mbembe’s stance.

“Funny how Achille Mbembe has f*kall (f*ck all) to say on the trauma the students have had to deal with from the violence aimed at them by the securocrat neoliberal system,” said Schutte.

“How much longer is he going to demonise this student movement with poetic hysteria?”

Cape Town filmmaker Nadine Cloete, who made the film Action Kommandant about slain anti-apartheid activist Ashley Kriel, said she was at the meeting between Price and students on Friday.

“I was there when he was coming to make an appearance.When he left he was the one who pushed people out of the way,” said Cloete.

“There was a confrontation between him and students. But I didn’t see anyone touch him. All of a sudden there were stun grenades. Police were also there with cameras filming students.”

From IOL

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How $3bn Nigeria-bound rice rots away in Benin Republic

An estimated $3 billion bags of rice destined for the Nigerian markets are stuck in various warehouses in Benin Republic due to the Federal Government’s refusal to allow importation through land borders and fierce customs anti smuggling drive.
The annual routine of importing rice into the neighbouring country from July to December to make massive sales in Nigeria during Yuletide period has hit a brickwall this year as Controller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali has insisted that his men have tightened the frontiers.
Nigeria shares major border frontiers with Benin Republic at Seme Border (Lagos), Idiroko (Ogun), Shaki (Oyo),Chikanda (Kwara) and other smaller openings . Prominent among them is Seme where the highest volume of trade and largest smuggling opportunity exist because of its easy access to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital city.
Seme Border which hitherto was a major transit point for foreign rice importation suddenly became impenetrable for smugglers as almost daily seizures of 50kg bags have taken a good portion of the customs warehouse in the area.
A recent visit to Benin revealed that most of the warehouses where the bagged rice are kept before shipment into Nigeria are now battling for space.
Some consignments of imported rice no longer have storage space at the popular stores and so are exposed to rains, weevils and other unhygienic forms of storage.
Popular warehouses no longer receive rice shipments as thousands of bags earlier delivered to them since July could not be evacuated into Nigeria as planned as was the case in previous years.
Popular Cherika Warehouse in Akpakpa near Cotonou with a capacity to store 25,000 bags is fully loaded with Thailand rice with no hope of evacuating them into Nigeria except government relaxes its policy of rice importation through border.
Defezi Warehouse close to the Cotonou Port is filled with over 40,000 units of 50kg bags of Indian and Thailand rice. Defezi got occupied earlier due to its proximity to the port but was not evacuated as the owners could not risk entering Nigeria with it.
Cica Warehouse in Missebo area of the Cotonou outskirts that suffered lack of patronage in the past due to distance from Seme Border and bad road presently has over 15,000 bags.
Some grains are getting moulded, caked with their bags torn and quantity reduced while endlessly awaiting shipment into Nigeria.
As hope of smuggling them into Nigeria gets slimmer by the day, there is a conscious effort to bring in the commodity without using bags.
The unwholesome method requires pouring grains of rice into various compartments of vehicles like the boots, bonnets, inner parts of the doors, under the seats and other spaces meant for spare tyres and tools.
Sources disclosed that the more the attempt to smuggle hundreds of bags into the country, the more customs in Seme and Idiroko make more seizures.
Unfortunately, some of these grains are no more safe for human consumption and so cannot be donated to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) as was done in the past.
Over 37,000 bags of rice have so far been seized in Seme and Idiroko between January and September 2016 including the 13 vehicles laden with smuggled rice.
From the owners of the rice to the transporters, loaders, landlords and operators of warehouses, there is a general lull as it has been a season of stockpiling without transiting.
They expressed frustration at the government policy but more on what they described as Seme Customs lack of cooperation.
Nigerian Customs had in an October 2016 press statement reiterated government’s ban on rice importation through the borders. The statement signed by Wale Adeniyi, customs spokesman reinforced its resolve to protect government’s attempt to improve local rice capacity.
Part of it reads: ‘’We like to reiterate the position that importation of rice remains banned through our land borders, and we have the commitment to partner government agencies and stakeholders to enforce this restriction. While this restriction is in force, rice imports through the ports are still allowed subject to payment of extant charges.
‘’It is equally important to restate the confidence of the Nigerian Customs Service in the ability of Nigerian rice producers to fill the existing sufficiency gaps in the supply of the product. The service has noted with satisfaction the ongoing rice revolution undertaken by many state governments, and strategic interventions by the Federal Government agencies.’
‘’The service is convinced that the bumper harvests expected from these efforts will address the supply gap in 2017. It is our belief that continuous waste of scarce forex on a commodity that can be produced locally makes no economic sense, most especially at a period of recession. The service will therefore advocate a total ban on rice importation into Nigeria with effect from 2017’’
There are loud cries in Benin over what is going on at Seme and other borders. A respondent simply identified as Mr. Sewanu said things have taken a turn for the worse as every attempt to bring rice into Nigeria has failed.
‘’You can see we are idle here because rice is not entering Nigeria through Seme Border. We can’t work. Each day we come here , it is in prayer that the customs should cooperate with our bosses so we can have jobs to do to survive.
‘’By this time in previous years, thousands of bags of rice had entered Nigeria from here and more ships had been discharging at the Cotonou Port. But this year is different, nothing is working.
‘’Seme customs have spoiled the business for us.We don’t want to take the risk of transporting rice through any other border because Lagos is the largest market. Once you enter through Seme,you are already in the market.
‘’If this continues, we may die of hunger. Benin customs in Krake cooperates with us but the customs in Nigeria are our only headache. We want the Controller removed. He is making things difficult,’’ Sewanu lamented.
A visit to the border shows smooth running and processing of imports into Nigeria and there are so much activities in the banks. People were seen paying customs duties for items not on Nigeria’s import prohibition list.
While the stockpiling of imported rice continues to increase in Cotonou and neighbouring towns, there may never be a market for them as they face the risk of either being expired or going bad due to poor storage condition.
Benin Republic with an estimated population of 11 million persons and closest to Togo with a little above 8 million, there appears to be no market for the stocked rice as these countries lack the population and luxury to consume them.
Prices of rice which presently sells for between 11,000 and 13,000 in Cotonou is expected to crash ahead of the Yuletide period as they continually face difficulties in getting them into Nigeria.
From Sun Newspaper

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Torrent of Emotions as Chibok Girls, Parents Reunite After Two Years Apart

Girls were starved for 40 days, narrowly escaped bomb blasts
IBB: Hope not lost for others

It was a torrent of emotions during a special thanksgiving service held yesterday at the Department of State Services (DSS) health facility, when the 21 Chibok girls released from captivity reunited with their parents, family and friends for the first time in more than two years since their abduction by Boko Haram from their school dormitory.
One weeping, overjoyed mother even wrapped her daughter around her back, reenacting a period when she backed her daughter as a baby and toddler almost two decades ago.

Representing the federal government was the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who termed the reunion a “day of joy”.

The 21 girls were released on Thursday following negotiations by the DSS in collaboration with the Swiss Government and the Nigerian military, on behalf of the federal government, with the leadership of Boko Haram.

Presidency sources reliably informed THISDAY that the federal government was forced to part with an undisclosed amount of money to secure the release of the 21 girls, while negotiations continue for the release of another 83.

Unfortunately, the fate of 114 other girls remains in the balance, as they are believed to have been either killed, married off, or radicalised and have no desire to return to their families.

THISDAY gathered that the families of the 21 girls left Chibok town in Borno State by road in two buses on Friday and arrived Abuja on Saturday night, and were reunited with the girls at the DSS health facility yesterday.

One of the girls, Gloria Dame, who spoke on behalf of her classmates in an emotionally laden voice, said: “We stayed for one month and 10 days without food. I narrowly escaped a bomb blast in the forest. We never knew there would be a day like this but God has made it possible for us.”

Gloria, who spoke in Hausa, appealed to Nigerians and the international community to continue to pray for the speedy release of her remaining colleagues still in captivity.

Dr Shiktra Kwali, who delivered the sermon during the interdenominational service, told the girls that as they start a new life in freedom, they should not allow the experience of the past to weigh them down, and urged them to remain steadfast in their service to the Lord, who did not forsake them even in captivity.

Several ministers of God, including the President of the Church of Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), Reverend Joel Bilili, also offered prayers for the girls.

The information minister said the reunification was a day the world had been waiting for, saying: “It is day of joy.”

He promised that the federal government would continue to negotiate to secure the release of the remaining girls and appealed to the public against making careless statements that could truncate the rescue operation.

“There are many reckless analysts and commentators who are not helping the situation. We still have many of our children in captivity. Therefore we have to be careful with the kind of comments that we make.

“We must not make comments that will make the release of these girls difficult or impossible,” he said.

Mohammed, who quoted from the scriptures, saying: “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” noted that those who doubted the sincerity and commitment of the present administration to the safe release and reunion of the abducted Chibok girls with their parents were disappointed.

“When the president said that the Boko Haram saga will not be closed until all the girls abducted have been released and reunited with their families safely, those who doubted did not believe us, so we thank God this day has come,” he added.

The minister also appealed to the parents of the girls whose daughters remain in captivity to continue to persevere, saying: “This is the beginning and we are very optimistic that very soon another batch bigger than this will be released. I want to assure you that these negotiations are ongoing even as we speak.”

The Chairman of the Parents of the Abducted Chibok School Girls, Mr. Yakubu Nkeki, re-echoed the minister’s plea by appealing to members of the public to stop spreading rumours, particularly on the social media that could put the lives of the girls still in captivity at risk.

He also debunked reports that 18 of the 21 freed girls were pregnant or that the girls had been radicalised by Boko Haram.

Nkeki thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for summoning the courage and the political will that eventually led to the release of the abducted girls.

The thanksgiving service ended with an identification parade that entailed each of the freed girls identifying her parents who in turn made brief remarks, with many of them thanking the president for ensuring their safe return.

BBOG Identifies Girls

Meanwhile, the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group, which has remained at the vanguard for the release of the abducted Chiboks girls, has confirmed that the 21 girls released on Thursday were part of the 276 abducted by the deadly terrorist group 914 days ago, adding that the minor differences between their names and the federal government’s list were immaterial.

In a statement jointly signed by the coordinators of the group, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, the group said by working with the Kibaku Area Development Association – representatives of the Chibok community in Abuja – it had successfully matched the names of girls rescued with their positions on its list.

They identified them as: Mary Usman – 159, Jummai John – 78, Blessing Abana – 90, Luggwa Sanda – 27, Comfort Habila – 24, Maryam Basheer – 195, Comfort Amos – 10, Glory Mainta – 22, Saratu Emmanuel – 76, Deborah Ja’afaru – 123, Rahab Ibrahim – 96 and Helin Musa – 175.

Others included Maryamu Lawan – 35, Rebecca Ibrahim – 52, Asabe Goni – 100, Deborah Andrawus – 190, Agnes Gapani – 191, Saratu Markus – 164, Glory Dama – 139, Pindah Nuhu – 133 and Rebecca Mallum – 86.

The group added: “Kindly note the following full name: Mary Daniel Bukar Usman, appears as Mary Daniel on our list, but Mary Usman on this (federal government’s) list; Lugwa Sanda on ours but as Luggwa on this list; Maryama Bashir on this list is also called Mairama Bashir; Saratu Mutah Emmanuel is Saratu Emmanuel on this list.

“Deborah Jafaru on ours, but appears as Deborah Ja’afaru on this list; Helinna Musa on ours, but as Helin Musa on this list; Rebecca Ibrahim appears twice on ours (52 and 188) they are namesakes – Rebecca Ibrahim Yakubu (52), Rebecca Ibrahim Pogu (188).

“Mary Dama appears twice on ours (68 and 139), an error. One of them is Glory, not Mary. Glory Dama Aimu, her full name and Pindar Nuhu on ours but as Pindah Nuhu on this list.”

The group, which reiterated its delight over the return of the 21 girls, congratulated the federal government and Buhari for providing the leadership that led to the successful rescue, while applauding the resilience of the men at the frontlines, and heads of the military and security establishment for their sacrifices that provided the environment for the release of the girls.

“Our movement is very supportive of an immediate commencement of the programme for the physical, mental, emotional and social recovery process of our girls and stand ready to support the federal and Borno State Government in every relevant respect,” the group added.

“Nine hundred and fourteen days since the abduction, our hope is renewed that our government will fulfill the pledge it made to rescue all our ChibokGirls as well as every other abducted citizen of our country.

“We have therefore decided to step down the release of the Chronicles of False Narratives II. We will continue with our one month monitoring of the federal government’s renewed rescue activities,” it said.

The group added that it would continue to make demands for the rescue of the remaining 197 Chibok girls with greater expectations of their quick return, saying its members trust that the federal government would continue to work to keep their safety, security and well-being a high priority.

The group thanked the international community, especially the Swiss government and others involved in securing the release of the 21 girls and urged them to continue to support the Nigerian government’s effort to rescue all other abducted Nigerians, so their parents, the Chibok community, the nation, and the world could finally put an end to the nightmare.

The group also remembered Elvis Iyorngurum, a passionate advocate of the Chibok girls, who passed away on October 14, 2015, adding: “One year on, his resilient and unwavering call for the rescue of our girls continues to inspire.”

IBB: Hope Not Lost for Others

Also, expressing relief over the return of the 21 girls, former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, said yesterday that the girls’ release after more than two years in captivity had signalled hope that the remaining girls would be released alive.

Babangida made the observation in Minna while commending Buhari for recovering the girls and reuniting them with their parents.

“It is a thing of joy for the girls to have been reunited with their families after being taken away in such a painful and abrupt manner for over two and a half years,” he said, adding that their release signalled hope for those still in captivity.

He also lauded the efforts of the president and the resilience showed on the release of the abducted Chibok girls despite the general lethargy and disappointment exhibited by Boko Haram.

He urged the federal government, the security agencies and other partners to hasten negotiations to secure the remaining girls and rehabilitate them from the psychological trauma they might have encountered since their abduction.

The former military president also reaffirmed his belief in the professional capability of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies in ensuring that an end is brought to the activities of the Boko Haram sect.

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Kenya overturns Nigeria’s 25 years lead in stock trading

The value of shares traded on the Kenyan stock exchange surpassed Nigeria’s for the first time on record in September. The value of shares traded on Nigeria’s exchange fell to $139m, near the lowest since Bloomberg began compiling such data in 2009. In Kenya, which has an economy an eighth the size of Nigeria’s, but which is set to grow by almost six per cent this year, the value rose 4.2 per cent from August to $152m, according to Bloomberg.

Nigeria is caught between the highest inflation rate in more than a decade and an economy set to contract for the first time since 1991. The naira was allowed to float from June 20, losing more than a third of its value against the dollar since and weakening beyond 300 per greenback for the first time on July 22. The float is anything but free, with Aberdeen Asset Management and Duet Asset Management among investors saying the central bank is holding the naira in a tight range.

“Nigeria’s in a recession and it’s got issues around foreign-exchange liquidity,” Yvonne Mhango, a sub-Saharan Africa economist at Renaissance Capital, said by phone. “If you compare that to Kenya, an economy that’s growing at 5 or 6 percent, a currency that’s stable, basically you’re seeing a reflection of greater interest in Kenya simply because there is growth”.

“Over and above that, in the case of Kenya, if they want to repatriate their money tomorrow, the foreign-exchange liquidity is available, whereas in Nigeria it’s more of an issue: you have to wait a longer time to get your dollars out of the country,” Mhango said.

The lack of foreign-exchange liquidity looms as a greater obstacle to foreign investment in Nigerian than the moribund economy, according to Mhango. “As that clears, you’ll see improved interest, even before the economy starts showing positive growth — as long as the liquidity issue is addressed, you’ll see a pickup in activity.”

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Shell faces possible Dutch lawsuit over Nigerian activist’s execution

The widow of a Nigerian activist is planning to sue Royal Dutch Shell in the Dutch courts alleging the oil company was complicit in the execution of her husband by the Nigerian military in 1995, court documents filed in the United States last week show.

Esther Kiobel has filed an application in New York to secure documents from Shell’s U.S. lawyers, which she could use in the Dutch action.

The filings with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of New York said she planned to begin that action before the end of the year.

“Ms. Kiobel will demonstrate that Shell encouraged, facilitated, and conspired with the Nigerian government to commit human rights violations against the Ogoni people,” a memorandum in the application filed last week said.

A Shell spokesman said on Sunday: “Shell remains firmly committed to supporting fundamental human rights in line with the legitimate role of business. We have always denied, in the strongest possible terms, the allegations made by the plaintiffs in this tragic case.”

Kiobel previously took her lawsuit to the United States but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the case could not be heard because the alleged activities took place outside the country.

In 2009 prior to that ruling Shell had agreed in the United States to pay $15.5m to settle lawsuits related to other activists executed at the same time as Barinem Kiobel, including author and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Kiobel’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

John Donovan, who runs the royaldutchshellplc.com protest website, and who has advised Kiobel on the case said: “She’s going after Shell in their home country, the Netherlands”.

The Nigerian military cracked down heavily on local opposition to oil production by a Shell joint venture in the Niger Delta in the early 1990s. Kiobel alleges that Shell provided support to the military in its crackdown.

A Dutch court ruled in December that Shell may be sued in the Netherlands for oil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria, although it did not say Shell was responsible.

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Nigeria: Donors Dither As Bureaucrats Exploit Nigeria’s Humanitarian Crisis

Even as we rejoice over the release of 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted two years ago, it bears remembering that north-eastern Nigeria is mired in a grave humanitarian crisis.

Endangering, impoverishing, and displacing more than two million people, it is the grim legacy of Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups. Worried about the situation, U.S. officials will have talks this week with 12 northern governors to discuss ways in which Washington can help them cope with the crisis and tackle the poverty, underdevelopment, conflict and violent extremism that threaten their region.

However in order to help, the United States, other donors, and humanitarian organizations operating in the north-east will have to confront the Nigerian government’s ongoing mismanagement of the crisis, the systematic corruption of its humanitarian relief efforts and its transformation of camps for displaced persons into abusive, military-run internment sites.

Nigeria’s partners face the risk of being denied access to sites by Nigerian bureaucrats or the military if they try to work around them. Some partners – including the U.S. Agency for International Development – have become as tight-lipped and opaque as Nigerian officials, who now routinely restrict access to humanitarian information in the name of “national security”.

Instead of embracing outside help and expertise, Nigerian relief officials appear to resent it, their profiteering alter-egos seeing it as a threat to their existence.

In September, for example, senior officials of Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) lashed out after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned of a “grave humanitarian crisis”, citing “severe acute malnutrition” in some IDP camps. NEMA’s top official in the north-east denied having “such cases of malnutrition as claimed” and accused MSF of misleading donors “to generate more money for them.”

Since outside help apparently played a role in the release of the Chibok girls, this moment provides an opportunity for the Nigerian government to signal a new attitude towards the assistance needed to confront the dire humanitarian crisis.

As U.S. officials meet with the governors, they have an opportunity to start an awkward and unpleasant, but necessary conversation about how bureaucratic failures and malfeasance are compounding human suffering in north-east Nigeria. If Washington fails to sound the alarm and push the Nigerian government to mend its ways, no amount of outside help will improve the plight of the millions who are struggling to survive in the wake of Boko Haram.

As we saw first-hand on a recent road trip through the north-east, fraud, waste, and abuse by Nigerian bureaucrats and security officials are exacerbating and prolonging the suffering of the country’s internally displaced persons (IDPs). U.S. policymakers and international humanitarian organizations seem to be turning a blind eye to the situation and don’t appear to be asking themselves: is working through the Nigerian government the solution to or the root of the problem?

According NGOs we spoke to, nine in 10 of IDPs in north-eastern Nigeria are in the same situation as those we met: living in host communities rather than in formal government-run camps. Almost all of these community-dwelling IDPs are ignored by the government and receive no assistance at all, except for ad hoc donations from roving international charities such as Save the Children. While the murky status of IDPs outside government camps has some advantages – freedom of movement and from sexual abuse by camp workers and security personnel – theirs is a daily struggle to acquire food and other basics.

None of the IDPs we met had been visited by government officials. Not even their hometown politicians – their state legislator or local council chairman – had bothered to come to see them or advocate on their behalf. Even after the IDPs and host community, with the help of a local NGO, counted themselves and presented their needs to state relief officials, no aid came.

When confronted, the state officials gave conflicting alibis, claiming that they sent help, but that it was stolen by local officials. Given how little oversight there is over a humanitarian relief effort opaquely micromanaged by corruption-prone bureaucrats, it is no surprise that very few of the two million IDPs have received any meaningful help.

One could argue, however, that the “invisible IDPs” we met are luckier than those living in government-run camps, which are described by experts as dreadful places where malnourishment and sexual abuse are rife. In these supposedly safe locations, women and girls are forced into prostitution by errant soldiers, vigilantes, and relief workers.

“When they want to go out, access food, or get help, they are forced to give sex [to the soldiers and vigilantes]”, an aid worker recently lamented. An IDP living at a government-run camp recently told one researcher how soldiers and police officers come to the camps to select young girls for their personal use, taking them away from the camp for weeks at a time.

“The abuses [at the camps] are rampant”, the researcher said, “and the international community turning a blind eye is a shame.”

Matthew T. Page is a consultant and co-author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know, forthcoming from Oxford University Press next year. Until recently he was the U.S. State Department’s top expert on Nigeria. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewTPage.

A. Carl LeVan is Associate Professor at American University and the author of Dictators and Democracy in African Development: the Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria. He tweets @Dev4Security and is writing a new book on Nigeria.

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