UNICEF lauds army’s acquittal of 180 children of Boko Haram ties

Fred Ezeh, Abuja

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed joy at the release of 180 children that were on administrative custody in Nigerian Army detention facilities in Borno State for alleged ties with Boko Haram insurgents.

The children, 8 girls and 175 boys were between the age of 7-18. They were released by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri on Monday, after they were cleared of ties with Boko Haram insurgents.

UNICEF described the children as first and foremost victims of the ongoing conflict in the northeast Nigeria, and their release, an important step on their long way to recovery.

Its Country Representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall, said in a statement that UNICEF would collaborate with the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, and other partners to provide the children with all the assistance they need to recover.

In addition to that, the children, he added, will receive adequate and quality medical attention and psychosocial support…

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Mass defection hits Ondo APC

Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

Hundreds of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State, have defected to the Advanced Democratic Congress (ADC).

This followed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other political parties including the RAPC.

The former APC members led by Mr. Adeola Ademulegun announced their defection at a rally held, in Ondo, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking at the rally, Ademulegun attributed the defection to the crisis rocking the ruling APC at both the national and state levels occasioned by the recent congress of the party.

He lamented that the ruling APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the state had veered off its course at delivering dividends of democracy to the people.

The defectors were received by the ADC leaders in the state, including a House of Representatives aspirant,…

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Mass defection hits Ondo APC

Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

Hundreds of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State, have defected to the Advanced Democratic Congress (ADC).

This followed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other political parties including the RAPC.

The former APC members led by Mr. Adeola Ademulegun announced their defection at a rally held, in Ondo, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking at the rally, Ademulegun attributed the defection to the crisis rocking the ruling APC at both the national and state levels occasioned by the recent congress of the party.

He lamented that the ruling APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the state had veered off its course at delivering dividends of democracy to the people.

The defectors were received by the ADC leaders in the state, including a House of Representatives aspirant,…

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Police rescue abducted Catholic priest, arrest one suspect in Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu State has rescued the abducted Enugu-based Catholic priest without payment of ransom demanded by his abductors.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Catholic Priest, identified as Rev. Fr. Paulinus Udewangu of St. Marks Catholic Church, Nsude in Udi Local Government Area of the state, was abducted on July 4 during his routine jogging exercise within the axis.

The Command’s spokeman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement that the Catholic priest was released unhurt.

SEE ALSO: PHOTOS: Buhari arrives Ekiti for APC mega rally

“Father Udewangu of St. Marks Catholic Church, Nsude, was released from the abductors’ enclave located within Udi-Ozalla Forest axis of the state on July 7, following intensive pressure and search mounted by the operatives of the Command.

“The intensive pressure and search mounted by the operatives forced his abductors who were earlier demanding for N100m to abandon him, just as Police operatives acting on…

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Police rescue abducted Catholic priest, arrest one suspect in Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu State has rescued the abducted Enugu-based Catholic priest without payment of ransom demanded by his abductors.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Catholic Priest, identified as Rev. Fr. Paulinus Udewangu of St. Marks Catholic Church, Nsude in Udi Local Government Area of the state, was abducted on July 4 during his routine jogging exercise within the axis.

The Command’s spokeman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement that the Catholic priest was released unhurt.

SEE ALSO: PHOTOS: Buhari arrives Ekiti for APC mega rally

“Father Udewangu of St. Marks Catholic Church, Nsude, was released from the abductors’ enclave located within Udi-Ozalla Forest axis of the state on July 7, following intensive pressure and search mounted by the operatives of the Command.

“The intensive pressure and search mounted by the operatives forced his abductors who were earlier demanding for N100m to abandon him, just as Police operatives acting on…

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Army alert of emergence of another deadly Islamic sect

Molly Kilete, Abuja

The Nigerian army has alerted of  the emergence of another deadly Islamic sect   known as  “Hakika Islamic”. It said the group  has  strange doctrines similar to that of the Boko Haram .

The sect according to the army is headed by one Yahaya Ibrahim, and is  currently recruiting young men and women.

It disclosed that Hakika Islamic,  has operational bases around Ngwurore in Yola South local government area of Adamawa State and Toto local government area of  Nasarawa State.

Giving more insight into the activities of the sect , Army  said the group said has  controversial doctrines ranging  from non-adherence to five days prayers to non-observance of Ramadan fasting, promotion of fornication, adultery, among others.

The sect which is said to have been in existence for sometime now according to Daily Sun sources, was beginning to give army authorities fighting the counter insurgency war in  the north east part of the country a big concern.

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