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Two abducted Chibok girls escape from captors

Written by on April 25, 2023

Two among the remaining 98 Chibok school girls have escaped from their captors in the Sambisa forest in Borno State.

The girls reportedly escaped from captivity last Sunday.

Sources say the escape was a result of intense military operations in the forest.

Meanwhile, a security source identified the escapees as Hauwa Mutah and Esther Markus.

This has reduced the number of Chibok schoolgirls in captivity from 98 to 96.

As that is unfolding, the Zamfara State Government has approved the reinstatement of Aliyu Marafa, the suspended emir of Yandoto emirate who was asked to step aside following a public outcry after he appointed a notorious terrorist, Ado Aleru, the Sarkin Fulanin Yandoto.

You’ll remember that there were plans last July, by the emirate to honour Aleru, who leads hundreds of fighters to terrorize residents and motorists in Zamfara and other north-west states.

The emirate council had said Aleru would be turbaned as part of efforts to bring peace to the area.

He was eventually turbaned after which the state government, claiming it was not consulted, suspended the emir.

In a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Balarabe, the government said it took the decision to reinstate the emir based on the recommendations of the panel constituted to investigate the circumstances leading to the event.

Meanwhile, the Acting Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory, Ahmed Musa, has met with leaders of the Hausa and Gbagyi communities in Gwarinpa following a recent clash in the area.

A statement by Josephine Adeh, the police public relations officer in the FCT, says one person died in the clash and another was hospitalised.

She says the meeting was necessary due to the tension generated along 3rd Avenue at the Gwarinpa axis because of the squabble between some Hausa and Gbagyi youths on Saturday.

The command spokesperson adds that a suspect had been arrested and currently assisting the police to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the fracas.

Still on security concerns but outside of the North of Nigeria, the Bayelsa Federal Commissioner at the National Population Commission, Gloria Izonfuo has been abducted by gunmen.

Police spokesperson in Rivers State, Grace Iringe-Koko who confirmed the abduction says Mrs. Izonfuo was abducted alongside her driver and maid at the Ogbakiri Junction on the East-West Road.

The trio were returning to Port Harcourt after a trip to Brass in Bayelsa State when they were abducted.

Miss Iringe-Koko, a superintendent of police, adds that police tactical teams had been deployed to ensure the rescue of the commissioner and her aides.

The abducted Izonfuo was formerly head of civil service in Bayelsa.

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