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Kidnappers Free 29 Students Abducted In Nigeria’s Kaduna State

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Kidnappers have released 27 students abducted nearly two months ago from forestry and mechanization college in Kaduna. President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed the students’ release in a statement on Wednesday.

Authorities say the freed victims will be medically examined, after suffering the longest stay in captivity.  Bandits have intensified mass kidnappings of students for ransom in recent months.

The college students were among 39 students kidnapped from their dormitories in early march. Ten of them were released last month.

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi told the BBC he and former president Olusegun Obasanjo intervened to secure the release of the college students.  It’s not clear whether a ransom was paid.

Nigeria has seen a sharp rise of mass abductions of students since December with more than 800 taken as security situation continues to deteriorate across Nigeria. Most of them have been released after negotiations.

One female student could not walk alone and was carried into the building, while another was rushed to the hospital.

Police did not allow journalists to speak to the students.

Abdullahi Usman, chairman of the parents’ association, said a ransom was paid for the students’ release, but refused to say who had paid or how much.

Friday Sanni, father of two abducted girls, said police had not yet allowed parents to see them. As he waited, he fretted over the fate of his daughters rejoice, 17, and victory, 19.

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Wike Blasts Buhari Over Continued Insecurity

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Gov El-Rufai Sacks 99 Political Appointees

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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.

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Lagos State Warns Hoodlums Against Vandalism

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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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