Kidnappers re establish contact with parents of abducted Lagos pupils,  reduce ransom to N600m

Lagos pupils’ abduction: Kidnappers call parents again, reduces ransom to N600m

Afeez Hanafi

After three days of being incommunicado , abductors of the six pupils of the Lagos State Model College , Igbonla , Epe , re – established contacts with some of the victims ’ parents on Tuesday .

PUNCH Metro learnt that the kidnappers had reduced the N1 bn ransom earlier demanded to N600 m and briefly allowed the parents to speak with the children to confirm their safety .

Despite the parents ’ pleas that they were poor , the gunmen were said to have insisted on N 100 m for each pupil.
Our correspondent had reported that the gunmen stormed the school premises at about 6 am on Thursday , three days after writing the school authorities , informing them about the attack .

They broke the hostel doors , seized 10 Senior Secondary School pupils and led them to the shore where their boat was anchored .

After profiling their family backgrounds , four pupils were released , while the assailants whisked away the remaining six pupils , identified as Peter Jonah , Isiaq Rahmon , Adebayo George , Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf .

The kidnappers had earlier called some parents of the victims on Saturday, demanding N400 m each from two parents while two others were asked to pay N 100m each .

But the Lagos State Government declined ransom negotiation with the kidnappers , insisting that the pupils would be freed by security agents.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy , Mr . Steve Ayorinde, had said , “This is a security matter and the security agencies are handling it as carefully as necessary . We should allow the security operatives to handle this issue with the care and expertise it deserves . They have used their expertise successfully in the past. The government trusts them enough to also effect a safe release of the students this time around . ”

Our correspondent gathered on Tuesday that the kidnappers were not giving in to the pressure mounted by security agencies as they called some parents again , demanding N100 m ransom for each victim .

Although the parents were not willing to disclose the development, one of them, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said he begged the kidnappers to no avail .

He said , “ They called this morning ( Tuesday ) and gave the phone to my child to speak with me. Immediately , I heard his voice , they collected the phone from him .

“ They said they did so for me to be sure that he is fine . They are now demanding N100 m for the release of each child . I pleaded with them that I am poor , they just cut off. ”

Meanwhile , the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole, said operatives had intensified efforts to free the children.
He said , “ All hands are on deck and we are on top of the situation. We are just making sure that they are safe . There will be good news very soon . ”

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​Biafra Day shuts down Southeast

Biafra Day shuts down Southeast


Posted By: Nwanosike Onu, Awka Chris Oji, Enugu, Sunny Nwankwo, Aba, Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa and Precious Dikewoha, Port Harcourt 

Major Southeast cities were grounded yesterday — no thanks to a sit-at-home order by two pro-Biafra groups to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the stillborn republic.

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and a faction of the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) declared May 30 “for sit-at-home”.

They also said they wanted to remember those who died in the 30-month Nigerian civil war, which ended in January 1970.

Markets, schools, government and private offices were shut in Awka, Onitsha, Aba, Umuahia and Enugu. The action was partially successful in Abakaliki, Bayelsa and parts of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

MASSOB factional leader and Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) boss Ralph Uwazuruike, said the two groups under him were not part of the call.

Umuahia

In Umuahia, workers in federal establishments and those of the Abia Government stayed away from their offices.

Abia State Secretariat Complex, public and private schools, markets and major supermarkets in the city were shut and transporters stayed off the roads.

Umuahia’s city centre, known as Isi-gate, was empty and quiet. The shops in the area and the adjoining streets were all closed.

Many residents remained indoors, while children used the opportunity to play football on some streets.

On the streets, detachments of police and other security agents patrolled, while a police helicopter hovered in the sky to monitor events.

Police spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna said there was no threat to public peace.

Commissioner of Police Leye Oyebade led a combined team of security agencies to maintain the peace.

Owerri

In Owerri, two major markets, Eke Onuwa and Relief Markets were closed. So also were shops on major streets – Wetheral Road and Mbaise Road.

The busy Douglas Road, which usually brims with heavy traffic, was free as traders stayed at home.

Banks, eateries and boutiques also closed business activities.

There were few commercial vehicles on the road, while Imo Transport Company shut operations.

Some passengers who arrived at motor-parks were stranded.

Mrs Oluchi Uchenwa said she arrived in Owerri at 7a.m. to travel to Port Harcourt but could not get a vehicle.

Students also failed to turn up in school in spite of their teachers reporting for work.

The situation also affected activities at the courts with some sitting and others not working.

A lawyer who did not want to be named, called on the Federal Government to look into the agitation of the pro-Biafra groups and others.

Awka

The sit-at-home order was a huge success in Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka.

Though in Awka, the compliance was not total, banks, markets and schools were closed.

At the state secretariat, i civil servants were seen going and coming out of their offices without working, despite the directive by the state government.

Onitsha

The commercial city of Onitsha was like a ghost land. In Nnewi, the home of the late Biafran leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the compliance was partial.

The spiritual leader of MASSOB, Ndubuisi Igwekani, told reporters in Awka, that he came to monitor activities in the state. He described it as a success.

Igwekani, popularly known as (Agu-Biafra), said MASSOB, IPOB and BIM leaders would be called to a round table to explain their programmes towards achieving Biafra.

From the Head Bridge in Onitsha to the streets in the commercial city, traders stayed away from their shops. There were no vehicles for those who wanted to go out.

The Onitsha-Owerri Express way, the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway and the Onitsha-Enugu Express way were all empty.

Security agents in their patrol vehicles were seen on the streets of Onitsha and Nnewi.

Soldiers were at the usual check points at the entry into Onitsha and exit to Asaba.

Police from Fegge Division were drafted to the Bridge Head by the Divisional Police Officer Mr. Rabiu Garba, to give helping hand.

Navy Officials were equally seen at the usual check point at Atani road Junction Onitsha, mounting their guard.

Inside Onitsha, the, the popular roads and streets, as Awka road, Upper New Market road, Old Market and New Market roads, Oguta road, Old Enugu road, Kirk road, Modebe road, Onitsha Nsugbe and Onitsha Nkwelle Ezunaka roads, were all deserted.

Enugu

Coal City Enugu wore the look of a national clean-up day.

Traders in the major markets of Ogbete, Kenyatta, Artisan and New market kept away as the markets were shut.

Major shopping malls and super markets were closed for business. The Enugu secretariat was virtually empty as civil servants kept away from their offices.

Commuters who dared to come out were stranded as no commercial vehicles were on the roads.

Although the banks were in operation, there were no customers to attend to. All schools were shut, although most of them started their mid-term break on Monday.

Aba

Economic and business activities were totally shutdown as markets, businesses, shops and offices closed for business in total compliance. Major markets: Ariaria, Cemetery, Ahia Ohuru (New Market), shopping Centre, Asa Nnetu Spare parts markets and others remained closed. Government offices of Aba North, Aba South and Osisioma headquarters were closed as motor parks were devoid of the hustling and bustling. Roads like Azikiwe, Asa, Aba-Owerri, Faulks, Ariaria and Enyimba junctions, Ehi, Aba-Ikot Ekpene Expressway and others were without the usual traffic jam with them. A worker with one of the commercial banks said they were doing skeletal work as there was no directive from their headquarters urging them to stay at home, but that they chose to partially observe the sit-at-home directive in the interest of their customers.

Port Harcourt

Business activities in some parts of Port Harcourt were on a low ebb as many traders closed shops

Major business areas, especially those dominated by Igbo traders, were shut down.

Some traders who were seen around their business premises said they came to monitor the situation and not to open for business.

Some normally very busy roads, such as the Port Harcourt/Aba expressway, Ikwerre Road and the East/West Roads witnessed light traffic.

Some traders at the Building Material Market and the Nkpolu Oro-worukwo Shopping Centre, Mile Three Diobu, Port Harcourt, expressed support for the groups’ call.

Chief Ike Nwaugo, a trader said that the market union had given a directive stopping traders from opening their shops for business during the holiday.

“Nobody will open for business today; it is a directive even from the union in compliance with the call by the agitators of Biafra,’’ he said.

A trader at the Oyigbo Truck Park, Mr Ignatius Okorie, said that the holiday declared in honour of Biafra was responsible for the low economic activity in the area.

However, a lawyer, Mr Chijokwu Wombu, criticised the observance of the holiday by some traders in Port Harcourt, saying, “ it is of no meaning.’’

Yenagoa

Most Igbo people residing in Yenagoa, the Bayels State capital, yesterday, shut down their business premises.

But others opened their shops, stalls and other business premises to attend to their customers.

There was partial compliance at the popular mechanic and computer village located around Tombia and Elebele road in Yenagoa as some shops opened for business while others were shut down.

Persons, who were seen transacting their businesses, said they took the action because they considered the sit-at-home order as voluntary.

A supermarket owner, who identified himself as John, said it was not compulsory to ask Igbo traders to halt their business to mark Biafra.

“Some of us opened because it is not compulsory. But I only opened one of the doors to attend to my customers because some thugs might seize the opportunity to break into my shop”, he said.

But Stephen said that some Igbo people in the state were able to do their business because Bayelsa was not in support of Biafra.

Source: The Nation

Alleged infidelity: ​Woman sets husband, self ablaze weeks after wedding

Woman sets husband, self ablaze weeks after wedding
Ted Odogwu, Kano

Tragedy struck in the ancient city of Kano on Tuesday morning when a newly – wedded woman set her husband and herself ablaze over alleged infidelity .

The woman was said to have lit a keg of petrol in their No 54 Middle Road residence in the Sabon Gari area of the city , which exploded and engulfed her and the husband .

The husband , who did not die on the spot, was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention where he later died .

It was learnt the woman accused her husband of infidelity shortly after she overheard a conversation between him and an unidentified lady on the telephone .

The burnt building

She reportedly got angry and lit a keg of petrol which exploded and engulfed their home at about 12 am on Tuesday .

An eyewitness disclosed to our correspondent that the wife , who was burnt beyond recognition, died at the scene of the incident , while her husband later died at an undisclosed hospital , where he was rushed to after receiving first aid at Fortress Hospital at Sarki Yaki within the metropolis .

Another eyewitness , Mr . Emmanuel Okorie , who simply identified the late husband as Emeka , disclosed that the couple hailed from Anambra State .

He said the late couple got married about five weeks ago .

He said the woman whose pregnancy was about seven – months- old , joined the husband in Kano three weeks later .

Okorie , who could not confirm if it was the alleged telephone conversation that led to the tragedy .

When contacted , the spokesperson for the Kano State Police Command , DSP Musa Majiya , said detectives from the Command had commenced an investigation into the incident .

Meanwhile , policemen from Nomansland Division had since deposited the remains of the couple at an undisclosed mortuary.

​Five mistakes you make while charging your phone

Five mistakes you make while charging your phone

With Ozioma Ubabukoh
Many phone users tend to complain that their device’ s batteries discharge quickly . They also typically blame the product manufacturer for this issue. However , the manufacturer isn’ t always at fault . Here are five mistakes that users typically make when charging their phones :

Waiting for the battery to reach low levels before charging

Avoid waiting for your battery to reach a critically low level before charging. The effect of this on the phone battery is not immediate , but over time it begins to manifest and it eventually stresses out the phone battery ( yes , batteries get stressed too ) and shortens the battery life. Think of your battery as a human body , you really don ’ t need to wait until you ’ re about to die before you rest and eat to recharge yourself .

Keeping your phone case on while charging

Your phone typically emits heat when charging. To avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures , it is advisable to remove the phone case while charging so that the heat emitted from the phone while charging can escape . This way , you can prevent your device from becoming hotter and potentially overheating when charging. Charging your battery at uncomfortable temperatures can permanently damage the battery capacity .

Charging your phone in the wrong places

You should mind where you charge your phone, because not doing so can negatively affect the battery capacity . Phones have a temperature range for which they can function normally and charging your phone in a hot area can raise the temperature and stress the battery out . In addition , charging your phone in especially low temperature areas , like in front of an air conditioner, can also cause problems for your battery that will eventually affect its optimum performance .

Charging your phone overnight

The least you will sleep throughout the night is most likely going to be between five to eight hours , and your smartphone battery typically only needs two to three hours to fully charge. Charging your phone overnight constantly stresses the battery each night . Sooner than later , your phone is likely to have battery problems . In addition , the temperature rises when the battery is overcharged . So , apart from shortening battery life , it can also threaten user’ s safety in the event it quickly heats up and explodes. It is better to charge your phone before you sleep and switch it off while sleeping to preserve the battery till the next day .

Plugging whatever charger fits

This, especially applies to smartphones . Most smartphones users use a micro USB as charger and for this reasons, most people tend to switch and swap chargers since they fit into and work on their phones. However , this is not appropriate and in the end , it can negatively affect your phone battery . The fact that most smartphones have the same micro USB doesn’ t mean all chargers and phones are compatible . Some chargers function differently and that difference can be detrimental to your device if care is not taken .

Takeaway

Battery

An electric battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells with external connections provided to power electrical devices such as flashlights , smartphones and electric cars. When a battery is supplying electric power , its positive terminal is the cathode and its negative terminal is the anode . The terminal marked negative is the source of electrons that when connected to an external circuit will flow and deliver energy to an external device.

When a battery is connected to an external circuit , electrolytes are able to move as ions within , allowing the chemical reactions to be completed at the separate terminals and so deliver energy to the external circuit . It is the movement of those ions within the battery , which allows current to flow out of the battery to perform work.

Historically, the term “ battery ” specifically referred to a device composed of multiple cells ; however , the usage has evolved additionally to include devices composed of a single cell .

Primary (single – use or “ disposable”) batteries are used once and discarded ; the electrode materials are irreversibly changed during discharge . Common examples are the alkaline battery used for flashlights and a multitude of portable electronic devices . Secondary (rechargeable ) batteries can be discharged and recharged multiple times using mains power from a wall socket ; the original composition of the electrodes can be restored by reverse current . Examples include the lead- acid batteries used in vehicles and lithium – ion batteries used for portable electronics such as laptops and smartphones.

Batteries come in many shapes and sizes , from miniature cells used to power hearing aids and wristwatches to small , thin cells used in smartphones, to large lead acid batteries used in cars and trucks , and at the largest extreme , huge battery banks the size of rooms that provide standby or emergency power for telephone exchanges and computer data centres .

According to a 2005 estimate , the worldwide battery industry generates $ 48 bn in sales each year , with six annual growth .

Batteries have much lower specific energy (energy per unit mass ) than common fuels such as gasoline . This is somewhat offset by the higher efficiency of electric motors in producing mechanical work, compared to combustion engines .
Source: The Punch 

FG employs teacher to tutor Chibok girls to speak English 

We’re teaching Chibok girls to speak good English –FG

Eniola Akinkuotu , Abuja

The Federal Government says it has begun teaching the rescued Chibok schoolgirls how to speak proper English .

The government has also employed 20 teachers to help the girls with remedial classes.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, said this in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving the recently rescued 82 Chibok schoolgirls .

At least 219 girls were kidnapped in April 2014 from Government Secondary School , Chibok , Borno State , where most of them were preparing to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination .

About 24 were released in 2016 while another 82 were released by the Boko Haram terrorists , who abducted them over three years ago , on May 6 , 2017 .

After their rescue on May 6 , 2017 , the 82 girls were kept in a health facility under the supervision of the Department of State Services , where they underwent medical tests and treatment .

While receiving the 82 girls at the National Centre for Women Development , the minister said the 82 girls would be taught English .

Alhassan said the 24 girls , who were released last year, had improved on their spoken English .

The minister stated , “I thank the teachers and vocational trainers for training them. The 24 girls who could not speak good English , can now speak good English and I am sure by the time they handle the new ones ( 82 ), they will also speak good English and will be able to pass JAMB , WASSCE and NECO when they go back to school . ”

The minister said by September, the rehabilitation of all the girls would have been completed and they would be enrolled in school .

She said since the girls had missed three years of school , they would need to take remedial classes.

Alhassan added, “ We are going to keep them till the school year starts in September . Dr . Anne ( Okoroafor ) said they are both medically and psychologically stable . The therapy will go on for four months till September when they will be enrolled in school . “ Therefore, the programme will last from now till September when they would be in school . By then , they would have overcome the trauma . ”

A reliable government source told our correspondent that due to the poor academic foundation of the girls , some of them might have to return to junior secondary school .

The minister , who conducted journalists on a tour of the hostel where the girls will reside , said the girls would be taught handcrafts , including sewing and baking .

Alhassan stated that some of the girls had learnt how to bake cakes and some of their products had been sold .

She said the girls would be taught skilled and semi- skilled labour so that they would be able to compete with their peers in the outside world .

The minister denied allegations that the girls were being held against their will, adding that the girls and their parents consented to the arrangements .

The UNFPA ’ s Deputy Representative in Nigeria , Mr . Eugene Kongnyuy, commended the Federal Government for the rescue of the girls , saying the agency would continue to support the Federal Government.

Speaking with our correspondent on the sidelines of the event , Kongnyuy said the United States President , Donald Trump , had cut funding to the agency which had already hurt their ability to help kidnapped women and girls recover after being freed from Boko Haram.

He , however , said some other countries like Canada had increased donations which would help reduce the effect.
Source: The Punch

News Headlines May 31, 2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

News Headlines May 31, 2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 





The Punch 


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One die in Navy, police clash in C’River
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Resign if you love Nigeria, Fayose tells Buhari
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ThisDay



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• Signs two new laws to ease access to affordable loans by SMEs
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The Nation



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 Olubadan: I can’t be intimidated, says Ajimobi
 How strong is EFCC’s prosecuting arm?
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Nigeria, U.S trade volume hits $5.3b
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CBN lifts naira with $482.6m cash injection


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Senate passes Nigeria Football Federation bill
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Aisha joins Buhari in London 

Buhari’s wife joins President in London

President Muhammadu Buhari, left, and Aisha Buhari

Olalekan Adetayo , Abuja

The wife of the President , Mrs . Aisha Buhari , on Tuesday left Nigeria for London , United Kingdom , to join her husband who has been on medical vacation since May 7 .

According to a statement by her spokesperson , Bisi Olumide – Ajayi, the President ’ s wife thanked Nigerians who have been praying for her husband .

The statement read , “The wife of the President , Her Excellency , Mrs . Aisha Buhari today ( Tuesday ) left for the United Kingdom .

“ Her Excellency will spend some time with her husband , President Muhammadu Buhari , who is presently on medical vacation .

“ She expressed her appreciation to the millions of Nigerians who have been praying for his quick and safe return . ”

Mrs. Buhari ’ s journey came three weeks after her husband embarked on his latest medical vacation .

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Mr . Femi Adesina , had announced shortly before President Muhammadu Buhari left the country that the duration of his stay in London would be determined by his doctors .

The statement read , “ President Muhammadu Buhari proceeds to London tonight for follow- up medical consultation with his doctors .

“ He had planned to leave Sunday afternoon , but decided to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day .

“ The President wishes to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry . He is very grateful for the prayers and good wishes of the people, and hopes they would continue to pray for the peace and unity of the nation.

“ The length of the President ’ s stay in London will be determined by the doctors . Government will continue to function normally under the able leadership of the Vice President .

“ President Buhari has transmitted letters about the trip to the Senate and the House of Representatives, in compliance with Section 145 (1 ) of the 1999 Constitution . ”
Source: Punch