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Nigeria: Several university students kidnapped in fresh attack

– Advertisement – Several university students have been kidnapped in the south-eastern Nigerian state of Abia. Reports say the students of the Abia State University Uturu were moving in a minivan when they ran into the armed gang. According to the authorities in Umuahia, they were kidnapped alongside other travellers. Their kidnapping coincides with the release of some 29 students seized last month in the north-western state of Kaduna, reportedly after the payment of a ransom. A statement by the Information Commissioner John Kalu said two of the students escaped from…

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27 kidnapped Nigerian students freed

– – 27 students abducted from a forestry college in the Nigerian state of Kaduna have been freed. They were among 39 students abducted from their dormitories by armed criminal gangs in March. Some of them have already been released by the criminal gangs. The release of the remaining captives follows a protest by their distraught families outside the Nigerian parliament in the capital Abuja demanding more action from the authorities to rescue them. The college students were held for nearly two months by the gunmen and their release will be a…

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Nigeria: Five university students killed in less than a week

– – Two more university students have been found dead in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna. This has increased the death toll from the recent killing of university students to five in less than a week. Three students had already been killed by kidnappers on Friday. Twenty students were kidnapped last Tuesday along with three non-academic staff from the privately owned Greenfield University in the Chikun area of the state. The Kaduna state government has condemned what it calls “evil perpetrated against innocent students abducted while pursuing their education for…

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Nigeria: Three abducted students killed by kidnappers

– – Three students of the Greenfield University in Kasarami in Kaduna State have been killed by their kidnappers. They were among those abducted from the university on Tuesday. The three students were found shot dead. Authorities said their corpses were found on Friday in Kwanan Bature village, close to the university. Officials said unspecified number of students and a staff of the privately-owned university were kidnapped by gunmen. The kidnappers reportedly contacted parents of the abducted students demanding ransom. Heartbreaking to learn of the killing of 3 of the…

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Twitter office in Ghana sparks anger among Nigerians

– – Some Nigerians have not been happy with the decision to pick Ghana as host of the Africa headquarters of social media giant Twitter. Making the announcement on Monday, the US based social media company cited Ghana’s role as a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech and online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate as reasons for choosing Ghana. The company also said Ghana’s recent appointment to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with its overarching goal…

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Heavily pregnant Nigerian woman wins Taekwondo match

– – A heavily pregnant Nigerian Taekwondo athlete has received a lot of public attraction for winning a national gold medal at a sporting event. The eight months old pregnant woman, Aminat Idrees triumphed in the Mixed Poomsae category alongside her male partner Arowora Roqeeb. Idrees won the medal at the National Sports Festival held this year in Edo state, Nigeria. She and her partner Roqeeb were representing Lagos at the tournament. Here is a video of her in action shared on Twitter by the National Sports Festival. An inspiring…

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Nigeria: Boko Haram claims its fighters shot down missing jet

– – The terrorists group, Boko Haram has said that its fighters shot down an aircraft believed to the missing jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force. On Friday the Nigerian Air Force command said its alpha jet that went missing on Wednesday may have crashed. The spokesperson of the Air Force, Edward Gabkwet in a statement revealed that the “Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021…

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Nigerian banks block MTN from banking channels

– – Nigerian banks have blocked MTN from their banking channels following a feud over fees charged for the service. MTN had reduced the banks’ commission from an average of 3.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent using USSD for banking services. The feud has left millions of subscribers unable to recharge their phones using the USSD services on MTN lines on Friday. The decision by the banks to shut off the telecoms firm has led to a lot of frustration for customers. MTN had advised its subscribers to seek…

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24-year-old ex-Nigerian beauty queen shot dead in U.S

– – A former Nigerian beauty queen, studying for her doctorate degree in the United States, Najeebat Sule has been shot dead. Police say Sule was shot multiple times by an unknown gunman in Philadelphia, United States. The unknown assailant shot the 24-year-old model on March 12 while sitting in her car in the city’s Holmesburg neighborhood, Fox29 Philadelphia reported. She was taken to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital where she died, according to police who then identified her as Najeebat Sule. Sule’s father, Adewale Sule told journalists that, the suspect had just…

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Nigeria: Patients stranded as strike by doctors disrupts health services

– – Hundreds of patients have been stranded in Nigerian hospitals as a result of an indefinite strike by doctors. The strike follows an ultimatum issued by National Association of Resident Doctors to the federal government to improve wages and allowances of doctors. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, the head of the association has hinted that they will lay down their tools if their demands are not met. “The National Executive Council (NEC) has unanimously agreed that NARD should proceed on a total and indefinite strike on April 1, 2021,” he announced after a meeting…

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