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Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the on Media and Publicity, said that the administration would not give up on the safe return of Leah Sharibu, a student of Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary , Dapchi, who was abducted by the ISWAP faction of in February 2018.

Shehu who disclosed this as he spoke to a group of journalists on Saturday in Abuja, said: “Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors.”

PM News reports that the spokesman was giving a response to speculations on whether the abducted school girl had come under harm in the hands of her captors.

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Speaking to reporters, he was emphatic as he stated that much of what was written about the girl in the press was fake news.

“Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.

“Contrary to false reports, she is alive – given assurances from our security agencies-, and the government is committed to her safe return, as well as all other hostages to their families.

“Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment.

“With the abduction of loved family and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.

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“We must commit to law and communication, using the breadth of strategies at our disposal: legal initiatives, stakeholder cooperation, involvement of all relevant parties and the use of the latest hostage negotiation techniques.

“Kidnapping for ransom is rising across the Sahel. We must – collectively – make sure we implement best practice to prevent its exploitation,” he said.

The Presidential spokesman who assured that the administration is fully conscious on the issue as any mistake on the delicate issue could prove costly appealed that the public should exercise patience as results would soon manifest.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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How Nigerian govt, States, LGs shared N7.8 trn in 2019 [Breakdown]

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A new by PRNigeria’s Economic Confidential has revealed that the Federal Government of Nigeria, 36 states and 774 local government councils, shared a total sum of N7.8 trillion from the Federation Account in .

The federal government and its agencies received over N3.3 trillion.

States and Local Councils got N4.4trillion, N100billion lesser than the N4.5 trillion allocated to them in the previous year of 2018.

Delta State received the highest sum of N282billion in the twelve months of 2019.

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It is followed by Lagos State with N270billion, Akwa Ibom State – N241billion, Rivers State – N219illion and Kano State – N181billion.

They got over a quarter of the total allocation in 2019.

Others in the top 10 states are Bayelsa – N176billion, Katsina – N136billion, Oyo – N131billion, Kaduna – N129billion and Borno – N121billion.

States that received the lowest allocations are Kwara – N80billion, Ekiti – N78billion, Nasarawa – N77billion, Ebonyi – N76billion and Gombe – N75billion.

Edo and Ondo States, both oil-producing states, got N108billion and N103billion respectively, while another producer Cross River State received N90billion.

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Factors that influence allocations to states and local councils include population, derivation, land mass, terrain, revenue-generating efforts, enrolment, health facilities, water supply and equality of the beneficiaries.

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Niger Police parades four over conspiracy to sell Dangote trailer

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The Niger State Police Command has arrested four persons in Gurara Local Government Area allegedly involved in a conspiracy to sell a Dangote Company trailer.

The police also said the four including a staff of the company were involved in the diversion of 900 bags of cement.

A press statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Wasiu Abiodun said the arrest was based on a tip-off given to the police in the area.

The PPRO explained that Saidu Ayaba was nabbed by the police with an empty Dangote trailer truck with Reg. No. KMC 544 XA Reg at Dikko junction, Gurara LGA, while attempting to sell the truck.

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Abiodun disclosed that during interrogation, the suspect confessed that on 26th of May, 2020, he was entrusted with 900 bags of cement to be delivered at Depot 3, Kano State.

He said instead of doing what he was assigned by his company, Ayaba confessed to having conspired with the other three suspects and sold the bags of cement to one Alh Aminu of Tsafe, Zamfara State, who is presently at large at the rate of N2,160,000.00k.

The other three suspects are one Habibu Isah of Shiyar Numo, Tsafe LGA Zamfara State, Mudashiru Dahiru of Madobi LGA Kano State, and Abdullahi Mohammed of Buratai, Biu LGA Borno State, a truck mechanic.

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According to him, Abdullahi Mohammed being a mechanic disconnected the tracking device in the truck.

“The said Habibu Isah and Mudashiru Dahiru aided in diverting and selling of the cement to one Alh Aminu ‘m’ of Tsafe, Zamfara State, presently at large at the rate of #2,160,000.00k. After selling the bags of Cement, they further conspired in an attempt to sell the empty truck.”

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include the trailer truck and 754 bags of cement.

He stated that the case is under investigation and suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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