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Boko Haram: Leah Sharibu Pleads With FG To Free Her, Parents Confirm Her Voice

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Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl still being held captive by Boko Haram insurgents among those abducted at the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, has made a plea to the Federal Government to set her free.

Sharibu made the plea in the audio message published on Monday by The Cable, an online news platform, with her recent picture in which she is wearing a brown hijab and sitting on a mat.

She called on President Muhammadu Buhari and others to free her from her abductors.

Sharibu said in the audio message: “I am Leah Sharibu, the girl that was abducted in GGSS Dapchi.

“I am calling on the government and people of goodwill to intervene to get me out of my current situation.

“I also plead to the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives.

“Kindly help me out of my predicament.

“I am begging you to treat me with compassion.

“I am calling on the government, particularly the President, to pity me and get me out of this serious situation.

“Thank you.”

The parents of Sharibu, Nathan and Rebecca, have since confirmed that it was their daughter’s voice in the audio message.

Nathan, who spoke with The Nation, said: “I can confirm to you that the voice that spoke is that of my daughter, Leah.

“It is her voice, no doubt.

“I am happy that I can hear my daughter speak.

“This has given me hope that she is alive.

“I am also happy to see her recent picture displayed.

“My request is the same with my daughter’s.

“The government should play their part now by intensifying efforts to secure her freedom.”

Reacting to the development, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Nigeria’s secret service, the Department of State Services, was analysing the audio.

In a tweet on his Twitter handle on Monday, Shehu said: “We are aware of the audio in circulation concerning the unfortunate situation of our daughter, Leah Sharibu. In dealing with terrorists, nothing is too trivial.

“The secret service is analysing the voice. Our reaction will follow the outcome of the investigation.

“For President Buhari, nothing will be spared in bringing all our girls home. He will not rest until all of them are freed.”

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Nigerian Government Drops Money Laundering, Cyberstalking Charges Against Sowore, Accuses Him Of Attempting To Pull Down Buhari’s Government In Fresh Charge

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The Nigerian Government has amended the charges brought against rights activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, by dropping money laundering and cyberstalking from the case.

Counsel to the government, A. Aliyu, informed Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, of the development on Wednesday during the resumption of the trial, which was later adjourned until Thursday to accommodate the new charge against the defendant.

As a result, the Nigerian Government is now accusing Sowore of attempting to overthrow the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari through revolution.

The fresh charge reads, “That you Omoyele Stephen Sowore, Olawale Adebayo Bakare and others at large under the aegis of Coalition for Revolution sometimes in August 2019 in Abuja, Lagos, and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire amongst yourselves to stage a revolution campaign on the 5th day of August 2019 tagged #RevolutionNow aimed at removing the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during his term of office otherwise than by constitutional means.”

Recall that the government through the Department of State Services had on August 3 and 5, 2019 respectively arrested Sowore and Bakare in Lagos and Osun states for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the administration of President Buhari.

They were eventually released on bail in December after months of unlawful detention.

During proceedings on Wednesday, Justice Ojukwu ordered the Nigerian Government to pay Sowore and Bakare N200,000 each for the unnecessary delay in their trials.

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VIDEO: Seasons Greetings From Zenith Bank

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May the Blessings of this Season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and usher in a prosperous new year.

Zenith Bank wishes all its esteemed customers Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

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CBN To Nigerians: Don’t Pay N50 Charges On PoS Transactions [VIDEO]

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has clarified the issue of payments of N50 charges by merchants who use Point of Sale machines for cashless transactions, insisting that nobody should pay extra on goods and services.

The CBN explained that the N50 stamp duty is a fee regulated by an act that directs merchants to pay all necessary taxes as regulated by government agencies.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Business Morning programme, the CBN Director of Payment System Management, Musa Jimoh, said the apex bank issued a circular and merchants have misinterpreted the directive.

Jimoh said: “Stamp duty has been misinterpreted, our circular that talks about merchants paying stamp duties according to the law do not say that the stamp duty should be paid by the consumer; that is a misrepresentation of CBN directive.

“What our directive says is that merchants should pay all necessary tax as regulated by government agencies, including stamp duty.

“What we told the merchants is that we would like the banks to ensure that the merchants comply with this directive by ensuring that every single payment that customers make to them, the merchants pay the regulated stamp duty of N50.

“What has happened is that they have actually transferred this fee blatantly and openly to the consumers; this is very wrong.

“No single individual should pay N50 in addition to the cost of the goods.

“Stamp duty is not to be paid by individuals that are consuming the goods and services of the merchants.

“The merchants who are receiving the money are the ones who are supposed to pay.”

Jimoh explained that because the stamp duty is not regulated by the CBN, there are no plans to stop stamp duties.

He said: “Stamp duty is not a CBN regulated fee.

“It is a fee regulated by an act and so we can’t change or push anything in that direction.

“To this end, the stamp duty remains and cannot be changed by the CBN.

“What we are doing is to ensure that the institutions we regulate (the banks) become more responsible to ensure that these fees are collected and given to the government.”

 

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