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The Nigerian military is alleged to have had fair warnings of the movement of Boko Haram members long before the kidnap of the Dapchi girls.

The girls, numbering over a hundred, were abducted from their school in a manner reminiscent of the 2014 abduction of the Chibok girls. This similarity stretched to the response of the government which, in both cases, first denied the occurrence of the event.

This allegation was made on Tuesday by the Amnesty International (AI). According to AI, security services in the region were called repeatedly between the 2pm and 6pm and told that Islamist fighters have been sighted in the area.

This was in addition to calls from Gumsa, a town bordering Dapchi, where the terrorists had stayed, warning Dapchi of the impending arrival of the terrorists, AFP reports.

The security operatives had taken the calls and the army command in Geidam stated that they are aware of the situation.

AI director (Nigeria), Osa Ojigho. said the Dapchi girls episode points to the fact that no lesson was learnt from the abduction of the Chibok girls. She said there is a need for an immediate probe to find reasons for the “inexcusable security lapses”.

“The government’s failure in this incident must be investigated and the findings made public — and it is absolutely crucial that any investigation focuses on the root causes,” she added.

“Why were insufficient troops available? Why was it decided to withdraw troops? What measures have the government taken to protect schools in northeast Nigeria?

“And what procedures are supposed to be followed in response to an attempted abduction?”

The federal government has vowed to negotiate for the release of the girls. This decision might well be playing int the hands of the terrorists who might have carried out the act for the probable ransom payments they would receive.

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Okorocha To FG: Give Me N76billion And I’ll Create One Million Jobs From Cattle Business

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Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo state, says he can create one million jobs from cattle rearing if provided with the financial capital.

In recent times, Nigeria has witnessed a spate of farmers-herders crisis in many parts of the country, which has led to the loss of lives and property.

As a result of the crisis, 17 southern governors, last Tuesday, resolved to ban open grazing in their region, after a meeting in Asaba, Delta state.

Speaking on the development in an interview on Sunday Politics, the senator representing Imo west said the country should look into the business of cattle rearing, noting that billions by not handling it well.

“Let me talk to Nigerians for the first time as a businessman. Do you know how many billions of dollars this nation is losing by not handling this business of cattle well in the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

“This business of cattle can create one million jobs for Nigerians, if well-managed. I wish Nigerians can call me or the government will call me and say Okorocha this seventy-six billion.

“We want to give you, it is your share, take it and fix the cattle business. If I do not create one million jobs within the shortest time, just know I’m not Rochas.

“This is business. See money and people are just joking with it. We used to be exporters of leathers, skins. What about dairy products and milk?

“Assuming we have this business, do you know how many welders and fabricators will build body carriers for the cows, while we import the head from China and fix it.”

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Daily COVID Tracker: NCDC Records Seven Infections ,Lowest Single-Day Count In 5 Months

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the country recorded seven fresh coronavirus infections on Sunday — representing the lowest single-day count so far in 2021.

The latest cases of COVID-19 were recorded in two states, according to the agency’s update for May 16, 2021.

States that recorded new positive samples are Niger (5) and Rivers (2).

The NCDC reported zero death from COVID-19 complications on Sunday, leaving the death toll at 2,066.

Also, one person was discharged on Sunday after recovering from the infection.

Out of a total of 165,709 COVID-19 cases now confirmed across 36 states and the FCT, 156,413 patients have recovered.

 

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JUST IN: Yoruba Nation Protesters Storm Osogbo [VIDEO]

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Scores of youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United have stormed the streets of Osogbo capital of Osun State to agitate for the Yoruba nation.

The protesters converged on November 27 bridge in the Africa area, Osogbo for the protest.

They marched from the November 27 bridge through Ogo-Oluwa, Aregbe junction, Fakunle, Ola-Iya, and Odi Olowo areas.

The protesters carried placards, banners chanting secession songs, and distributing handbills to people along the streets.

They are heading to Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage.

The Nation had reported there was heavy security presence in major junctions of Osogbo as men of DSS, Police, JTF, Amotekun and other local operatives were on the ground.

Details shortly….

 

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