Parents of the abducted Chibok schools girls that were abducted over two years ago by some suspected Boko Haram terrorists have called on Federal Government not to allow their children schooling in United State become money making tools.
Speaking shortly after a meeting with the minister of women Affairs, Sen. Aisha Alhassan yesterday, the chairman of the association of the abducted Chibok girls, Mr. Yakubu Nkeki said they learnt that their children are being used as money making tools and are being moved from one place to the other instead of schooling.
“Our children were taken to US not for tourism but to come back to us with certificates, so we call on the Federal Government to intervene to save our children,” he stated.
He said, “We also disassociate ourselves from any persons or NGO making any abusive words on Federal Government, we are behind the FG and the military and are calling on them to rescue our children healthy and sound. We in Chibok respect constituted authorities.”
Earlier in her remarks, the Minister Of Women Affairs, Sen. Aisha Alhassan said she was in Maiduguri to meet with the parents of the abducted Chibok girls to chart a way forward.
She said, “Although I am in Maiduguri to represent the wife of Mr. President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari for the official launching of microfinance scheme to about 1,000 women in the state, I used the opportunity to meet with parents of the missing and rescued Chibok schoolgirls to know the true position of things.
“As you were all aware that over 200 Chibok girls were abducted by insurgents in the last two years during the previous government, where some of them were able to escape from captivity, thereby generating a lot of heated debates as the issue is now being politicised”, she added.
The Minister said, “We met with some of the affected parents and guardians of these missing schoolgirls, and we found out that, none of these 15 much talked about rescued ones were admitted in any school to further their education in US as claimed.
“Rather, they have become an avenue to generate money for NGOs who took them from their parents in Chibok some months back. These NGOs according to our investigation normally takes these girls from one parliament to another and collected money for their own interest at the detriment of these victims.
“It is unfortunate to note that, until when we had contact with Murtala Mohammed Foundation based in US before they were able to adopt and approve taking proper care of five out of these 15 rescued Chibok girls, while the other ones went into wrong hands, as they were never admitted into any school, but turned slaves,” The minister stated.
The meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Presidential Lodge 1, Government House, Maiduguri, according to the minister, was at the instances of Mr. President to find out modalities on how the Federal Government will liaise with US foreign agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria trace the whereabouts of these girls.
She said that the federal government is committed to ensure that the other schoolgirls in captivity are freed soon, so that they will continue their education in better schools in the country.
In their separate remarks, Chairman of Chibok Council Area, Mr. Yarakawa thanked President Buhari for his commitment towards degrading remnants of Boko Haram and restoring peace in the north east, adding that, they want their rescued girls in US back to Nigeria in order to continue their schooling locally or nationally.
He however called on the military to intensify efforts in rescue of the over 200 of their daughters still in captivity, even as they caution Bring Back our Girls (#BBGs) group to ‘desist from destructing federal government’s sincere move to rescue the girls in their unwarranted protests and comments on the saga on the streets of Abuja’.
Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash
Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.
The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.
Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.
Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.
Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.
A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”
It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.
One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.
Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage
District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.
The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.
In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.
Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.
Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial
Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.
It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.
Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.
In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.
A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.
He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.
Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”
A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.
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