Parents of abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna State have protested in Abuja on Tuesday demanding the government take action to ensure safe return of the 16 students still in captivity.
In March, gunmen also attacked the federal college of forestry mechanization ‘Afaka’ in Kaduna State and abducted 39 students. At least 29 of those students are still in captivity.
Meanwhile, northern Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, says the kidnapped greenfield university students were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram and not by bandits.
He said the government has neglected his calls on how to end banditry. Gumi urged the government not to discount the kidnappers’ threat to kill the rest of the students if ransom were not paid.
He said the Central Bank of Nigeria should pay the n100m ransom demanded by the kidnappers.
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Gov El-Rufai Sacks 99 Political Appointees
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai has sacked over 90 of his political appointees.
The governor revealed on Thursday nights that the state government had yet to disengage any civil servant as only agencies connected to the local government system have disengaged staff.
El Rufai in his statement to reporters listed those affected to include the 23 local government councils, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and the Primary Health Care Board.
He said ‘’So far, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs but we have not commenced rightsizing civil servants,” adding that “we want to be fair with regards to civil servants. We had earlier promised that before we reduce the size of the civil service, we will start with political appointees and we have done that.”
El Rufai explained that the disengaged political appointees constituted 30 per cent of the total number of political office holders in the state.
Lagos State Warns Hoodlums Against Vandalism
Lagos state Central Business District, CBD, has warned hoodlums and vandals against vandalism within the business district.
Lagos state governor’s special adviser on central business districts, Olugbenga Oyerinde has cautioned miscreants who cut and vandalize iron barriers, railings and other government road infrastructures, to desist from the act or face prosecution.
Oyerinde gave the warning on Wednesday while supervising iron barriers and railings in the Lagos Island business district. He decried the huge loss caused by the vandals who destroy government property. He urged business owners, traders and residents to be vigilant and be security conscious.
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