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How UBEC Boss, Daughter were Kidnapped – Police

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The Kaduna Police Command has confirmed the abduction of Muhammad Mahmood, the chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and his daughter, along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

The force, in a press statement by its spokesperson, Yakubu Sabo, said the abduction occurred around 3.30 p.m. on Monday.

Police said Mr Mahmood’s driver died in the attack.

A graphic video according to PREMIUM TIMES showed a man said to be the late driver in a pool of blood while security operatives and passersby looked on in pity.

The police said the attackers, dressed in Army uniform, abducted Mr Mahmood and his daughter.

“Today 29/04/19 we received information through DPO Katari that at about 1530hrs, he got a distress call that Armed Men in military uniform intercepted a Land Cruiser Jeep with Reg. No 07E o4 FG and Toyota Sienna with Reg. No SLJ 465 TN at Kurmin Kare Village along Kaduna – Abuja Express Way,” the police statement said.

“They opened fire on the vehicles, and in the process, the driver of the jeep was shot dead while the occupants; Dr. Muhammad Abubakar who is the chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and his daughter were kidnapped.

“The occupants of the Sienna; one Alowonle Olalere and Onuka Victor both of Ibadan Oyo State were injured and rescued to Katari Police Station. They were said to be returning from Kano where they went to shoot a film titled ‘the last step,” the statement reads.

Hussaini Danladi, an aide to the UBEC chairman, had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that the attack occurred in the afternoon.

“My boss has been kidnapped. I received the information around 3.30 pm. He was going from Kaduna to Abuja.

“Up till now they (the kidnappers) have not reached and we are still waiting for information,” he said.

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UN Retracts Claim 110 Died in Borno Boko Haram Attack

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The United Nations on Monday recanted an earlier claim that 110 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community, Borno State.

The Borno State government had said at least 43 farmers lost their lives in an attack by insurgents on a rice field.

On Sunday, the Borno governor, Babagana Zulum, had during a mass burial of the deceased farmers, told journalists that 43 farmers were killed.

Later on Sunday evening, the UN issued a statement which quoted the head of the UN System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, saying that at least 110 farmers were killed in the said attack.

The UN version of the death toll from Koshobe rice field went viral.

In the initial UN statement, signed by Eve Sabbagh, UN’s Head of Public Information at the OCHA in Nigeria, Mr Kallon said he was “outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri.”

He added that “at least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”

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In a new release on Monday, the UN said its initial statement was inaccurate.

The UN’s head, public information, said the earlier numbers quoted by Mr Kallon were not correctly sourced.

In an email circulated to reporters, Ms Sabbagh asked journalists to disregard the earlier statement.

“Please note the number of 110 civilians killed on Saturday’s attack is an unconfirmed number and the correct version of the statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator is the one published yesterday on Reliefweb and used on OCHA Nigeria’s Twitter account:

In the fresh statement, the humanitarian agency replaced the portion where it quoted “110 deaths” with “unspecified figure”.

This time around, Mr Kallon was quoted saying “tens of civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”

The remaining paragraphs of the one-paged statement remained the same.

The UN did not, however, add how it got the earlier figure it released and which was quoted by at least one international media outlet.

Meanwhile, sources in Zabarmari had confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that a search party was still combing the bushes for other missing farmers at the time our reporter visited the farm.

“The number of death remains the same,” he said. “We have not had any other corpses other than the 43 we buried yesterday; even though we know about 70 farmers were involved in the incident.”

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Nigeria’s Electricity Grid Collapses – Offical

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Nigeria’s electricity grid on Sunday experienced multiple tripping, leading to the collapse of the system, an official of the Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) has said

Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

According to her, TCN regrets to inform electricity consumers nationwide that at 11:25 a.m. today, the nation’s electricity grid experienced multiple tripping, which led to the collapse of the system.

Mrs Mbah said TCN had since commenced grid restoration; power has been successfully restored to every part of the country, except Calabar, Ugwuaji, Markurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola and Maidugiri axes.

“Effort is, however, ongoing to ensure full restoration nationwide.

“We regret the inconvenience this has caused electricity consumers. Investigations would be conducted to establish the immediate and remote cause(s) of the multiple trippings as soon as the grid is fully restored.

“Considering that the grid had been relatively stable in the last couple of months,” she said.

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Opinion: Think About It

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By Tolulope A. Adegoke

“Your decision empowers your mission, based on the vision you have been exposed to; it now takes your willful activation of it, by a well-strategized action towards fulfilling its desired intention. Don’t give up trying, don’t give up at all. You can always be the very best you intend to be.”Tolulope A. Adegoke

If you don’t give it a thought, you may never have it.

If you have never followed faithfully, you can hardly lead successfully.

And if you have ever led successfully, then you should be able to follow faithfully.

I charge you to think! The things you do under the umbrella of “it does not matter”, have given others what to think about you. Be a thinking king!

It is not actually getting the job that matters, it is having what you need to keep the job.

Think! Life gives you two options in all of its situations, and you can only choose one; think before you choose!

Every phase in life prepares us for the next stage, and every leader was once a follower; think!

If your attitude does not recommend you, it will definitely reject you, I charge you to think!

If you are too cheap, if you are too expensive, things and people will never come your way; even if they come your way, they won’t stay. I charge you to think!

The things you like so much will always be your tempting point, think!

If you are too proud, you will not get everything you deserve, think!

If you will be at the top someday, you must give it a thought this day, think!

Can I ask you this question, if you are handed power to rule as president of your beloved country, corporate head of institution, will it succeed or fail?

If it will succeed, how? And if it will not, why? Just think about it, because every action you make now comes with a decision.

Your decision empowers your mission, based on the vision you have been exposed to; it now takes your willful activation of it, by a well-strategized action towards fulfilling its desired intention.

Don’t give up trying, don’t give up at all. You can always be the very best you intend to be.

Listen and download Spoken word single (MP3), titled: “THINK ABOUT IT” By Tolulope A. Adegoke via the link below:

https://www.reverbnation.com/tolulopeaadegoke/song/31233417-think-about-it-spokenword

OR contact: adegoketolulope1022@gmail.com

Thank you!

Watch out for the Book titled: “The Power of an Empowered Zero” (From Zero to HERO) by Tolulope A. Adegoke. Foreword by Dr Yomi Garnett (CEO/Chancellor, Royal Biographical Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A., U.K., Abuja, Nigeria.) Edited by Ola Aboderin.

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