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THE Federal Government has been faulted over its plan to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram.
A pro-Igbo socio cultural group, the Biafra Liberation Council (BLC), told the Federal Government to “reconsider its plans.”
"It is  unimaginable that a group, which has killed hundreds of people in the north simply because they failed to embrace Islam is being considered for amnesty," the group said.
Maintaining that any amnesty to Boko Haram  would be counter-productive, as it would encourage other groups to carry their own arms and begin to unleash mayhem on innocent people, the group warned that if the government should go  ahead with the amnesty plan , it would no longer continue to restrain militant Igbo groups from embarking on reprisal attacks against northern elements within the territory of Biafra or anywhere else for that matter.
The group, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Amaechi Nwaofia, said: "We urge the Government of Nigeria to drop any plan aimed at granting any form of amnesty to the terrorists as such plan amounts to treating certified criminals like sacred cows and rewarding them positively for terrorism.

WIFE of Borno State governor, Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima, has empowered 500 less privileged women  with soft loans to enable them engage in petty trading.
Her pet project, SWOT Foundation, is specifically targeted at women, most of whom are orphans and widows, in order to assuage their loss to the Boko Haram crisis and alleviate poverty in the state.
Inaugurating the scheme at the multipurpose Hall of the Borno State Government House in Maiduguri, she said the loan was designed for the economic empowerment and educational advancement of the vulnerable women.
Stressing that  it was her dream in life to render assistance to the less-privileged, Hajiya Nana said the need for the establishment of SWOT Foundation was to achieve such an objective.

JOINT team of Nigerian Army and Naval officials has discovered over 23 illegal oil bunkering sites in Anambra State and bunkering equipments worth about N500 million.
The sites were visited by the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adebayo Olaniyi , who led a team to Ogbakuba in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra State.
During the visit, Olaniyi expressed surprise at the discovery, describing it as “a high level of economic sabotage.”
Similarly, he said, “the current spate of illegal oil bunking business in various parts of the country has continued to undermine the nation’s economy.
He vowed that the Army and other security agencies would intensify efforts to address the ugly situation.
"I am short of words. What is happening here is very alarming and I make bold to say that this is at variance with the developmental agenda of Mr. President because where oil bunkering thrives; it will continue to sabotage our economy. It is very bad.

A former Customer Service Manager, Tosin Lawal and her husband, Michael, both of whom allegedly defrauded Ecobank of N179.83 million, have been arraigned before an Igbosere High Court in Lagos.
The husband and wife are facing an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy and theft, preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The couple, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
They were formerly charged before Justice Candide Johnson of the Igbosere High Court, who granted the first defendant bail in the sum of N5 million, before the case was transferred to another court.
Prosecuting Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that  the accused conspired to defraud Ecobank of N179.83 million through fraudulent sales of foreign currencies.
It said the offences contravened Sections 390 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.

REIGNING most Beautiful student in Nigeria(MBSN), Miss Jasmine Mbonu, a third year student of Linguistic and foreign languages at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has volunteered affectionate parenthood to orphans in Anambra State.
She made the declaration during a birthday party organized by her team at the Model motherless babies’ home in Awka recently adding that her crown represents services to humanity but with more concentration to the motherless children who did not have the privilege of enjoying parental affection.
Mbonu declared that her affection will not be limited to feeding them with fish but will extend her gesture to teaching them how to fish as they grow into adulthood and offer them scholarship to acquire education.

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