Today's Headlines: Sponsor Of Imo Attacks Arrested, "Goodluck Jonathan Pushed Back Boko Haram"- PDP

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Bandits Vows To Kill Greenfield Students Tomorrow, Shehu Sani Reacts.

A former federal legislator, Shehu Sani, has called on those in authorities to do everything possible to ensure that the abductors of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna State, do not kill them.

The kidnappers, who are suspected bandits, have vowed to kill the remaining 17 students if ransom is not paid.

DAILY POST reports that about 22 students were abducted from the university campus on April 20 when gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded the school premises.

The gunmen within a week, killed five of the victims as the state governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai vowed not to engage in negotiations with any bandit.

Leader of the bandits who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, while speaking in an interview on Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA) said the remaining students would be killed if the government failed to meet their demand.

According to him, the demand includes N100 million and 10 brand Honda motorcycles which he referred to as ‘Boko Haram’.

The former lawmaker further warned the Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, who recently asked Nigerians to seek divine intervention to the security issues bedevilling the country.

"Goodluck Jonathan Pushed Back Boko Haram"- PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again tackled President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising insecurity in Nigeria, saying that Boko Haram insurgents now act confidently.

Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP, said while the party is willing to help address the security challenges, Buhari must live up to his responsibilities rather than “simply wishing that the problems will go away.”

Many states across the country have been seeing a spike in criminal attacks in recent months.

Udom Emmanuel Promises Justice For Slain Jobseeker.

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has promised that the government will ensure the killer of Miss Iniubong Umoren does not go unpunished.

He made the promise on Monday when he led some members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

Umoren was the lady kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a young man who had promised her employment.

A suspect identified as Uduak Frank Akpan has since been arrested by the police in connection with the killing.

Governor Emmanuel, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, lamented that the whole state was saddened by the gruesome murder of the young jobseeker.

He condemned the killing of Umoren which he said was at variance with the state government’s efforts at encouraging the youths to be engaged in profitable ventures.

The governor decried that the late young lady was awaiting her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) call-up letter for her mandatory national service before the incident.

He was, however, confident in the ability and commitment of the police to ensuring that justice was served, adding that the state government would not interfere with the investigations.

Speaking on behalf of Umoren’s family, her brother and sister, Ukeme and Ifiok, thanked the governor for the visit and appealed to him to ensure that justice was allowed to take its course.

The state government entourage on the visit included the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Emememobong; Commissioner for Education, Idongesit Etiebet, and the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Ini Adiakpan.

Microsoft To Train 5 million Nigerians.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria is to partner tech giant, Microsoft Corporation, to accelerate the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) on a deepened digital economy.

Mr Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday, in Abuja, said that the vice president said this at the virtual formalisation of the partnership.

The vice president said the partnership would leverage Microsoft’s experience in the utilisation of technology as an enabler for the delivery of public and social good.

Under the partnership, no fewer than 5 million Nigerians would benefit from a digital upskilling programme.

The partnership, anchored on connectivity, skilling and digital transformation, was sequel to discussions between both parties led by the vice president.

Sponsor Of Imo Recent Attacks Arrested.

42-year-old man, identified as Nnamdi Okafor from Amanachi community in the Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state, has been arrested by security operatives for allegedly sponsoring the recent deadly attacks in the state.

In some of the attacks, policemen, police stations and other government facilities, including the Owerri Correctional Centre, have been targeted.

The country home of the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, was also recently attacked by gunmen who killed two security guards attached to the governor and burnt the building.

According to Vanguard, Okafor was arrested at Aboha-Ohi around Lifeline Assembly, Owerri/Orlu Road in Imo state.

It was learnt that security operatives had been watching Okafor for some time before his arrest.

The suspect was also identified as a director of Pecubel Hotel in the state.

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