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The Nigerian army has expressed its disappointment as the Federal Government under the Buhari administration released 1,400 “ Boko Haram repentant” suspects.

The soldiers said their effort to have fought against Boko Haram, only for the terrorist to be released after being captured is a wasted effort. They said they do not understand why the suspected Boko Haram members are being released in large numbers.

“A lot of soldiers are not happy about this. We were there at the Maimalari barracks when some of these Boko Haram people were released,” one of the soldiers who doesn’t want his name mentioned said.

The authorities are releasing them, but Boko Haram are killing soldiers that they capture. This does not make sense to us at all. We continue to sweep across the bushes to flush these people out, and then the government will release them. Does that not amount to wasted efforts?

You wonder why Boko Haram members are on the increase? When we arrest them and bring them here, some top people would come and start negotiating their release. But, I will tell you some of these so-called suspects are returning to the bush and they were never repentant.

Borno Commissioner for Information, Babakura Jato while addressing the release of the repentant Boko Haram said it is true that the insurgent were released in large numbers.

He also said that most of the persons released in three tranches since the Operation Safe Corridor began were actually not Boko Haram members but relatives of terrorists or persons found in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The commissioner said that there have been a series of releases. They were released in three tranches. The first set was released during Governor Shettima’s time while two sets have been released under Prof. Zulum.

The total number of persons released is 1,400. Out of the 1,400, the majority of them are cleared suspects. These were people who were suspected of being members of Boko Haram and it was discovered that they were not.

The rest are children of Boko Haram or actual Boko Haram members. I cannot give you a breakdown of the figure now for security reasons.

Nathaniel Samuel, a suspected suicide -bomber was arrested on Sunday in Living Faith Church popularly known as Winners Chapel at Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State.

The lone bomber had entered the church when the Close Circuit Camera of the church picked the suspect carrying a bag containing explosives into the church auditorium.

The chief security of the church, Ekpenyoung Edet, said, the suspect had been monitored on CCTV and was promptly accosted by the security on ground. Edet said “ he (suspect) successfully gained access and was seated before he was suspected and the bag searched, only to find explosive devices”

The chairman of the Christain Association of Nigeria in the state, Rev Joseph Hayab said that the three day fasting and prayer embarked by the CAN leadership was already working. “ we have taken security measures to protect our members in this place. I got this information at about 12:20pm that somebody was caught with bombs at Living Faith Church.

But why carry bombs to church? When we said they are attacking churches and you said no” Hayab said

DSP Yakubu Sabo, the Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, confirmed that the suspected bomber has been handed to the police.

Sabo said that the suspect, a middle-aged man, identified as Nathaniel Samuel, was arrested with items  suspected to be IEDs. he said that investigation has started to ascertain suspect’s mission

Three weeks after four students of the seminary were abducted when heavily armed gunmen invaded their school located at Kaukau in Chikun Local Government Area, on January 9, 2020

The Registrar, Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Rev. Father Joel Usman, announced on Friday, January 31, 2020, the release of three out of the four students, declaring that one was still missing.

However, in less than 24 hours after the announcement of the release of the students, the Registrar announced the only missing student has been found dead.

He confirmed the killing of the fourth seminarian abducted by bandits suspected to be kidnappers in Kaduna. He gave the name of the seminarian as Nnadi Michael.

The registrar called for more prayers for Nigeria while expressing appreciation for the support. He said, “On a sad note!!! This is to inform all our friends and well-wishers that the remaining abducted Seminarian has been found dead.

“Thank you very much for your prayerful support. Let us keep praying for Nigeria in great distress. Please let us remain faithful in the Risen Lord. May the soul of our Brother Nnadi Michael and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace with the Lord. Amen.”

Leah Sharibu’s family react to media report that their daughter who was abducted by Boko Haram has converted to Islam and has also delivered a baby boy for the Boko Haram commander.

Sharibu and over a hundred others were abducted by the Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School, Dapchi, Adamawa State in 2018. While others were released, Sharibu was held back because she refused to renounce her faith.

A recent report by Sahara Reporters alleged that Sharibu was forced to accept Islam before being married to the Boko Haram commander.

The family spokesperson and a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu said the report was a rumour. He also said that the only desire of the family was to have their daughter with or without a baby

“I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumor as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand,” Puldu said according to Punch.

“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.” he added

The federal government has said that it is making necessary efforts to secure the release of Leah. according to reports, Leah would have been released months ago but for her pregnancy she was held back.

The Economic Financial Crime Commission arraigned Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as mama boko haram. She is the chief executive officer of Complete Care and Aid Foundation. She was brought before a Maiduguri High Court. 

The other two persons arraign along mama Boko Haram are Tahiru Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyade, the program Manager and the Country Director of the NGO respectively.

 EFCC brought a 5- count charge of conspiracy and cheating against Mama Boko Haram and the two others. They were arraigned before Justice Aisha Kumal.

Benjamin Manji, the prosecutor, said that three persons and one Saidu Mukhtar (at large) since June and august 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State conspired to obtain money under false pretense, contrary to section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Fraud Related offense Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act

They were also charged with obtaining “ with the intent to defraud” the sum of 45 million from one Mohammed Umar Mohammed of Nyeuro International Limited under the pretense of executing a contract, which is an offense contrary to section 1 (1) of the Advanced Free Fraud Act and punishable under law. 

Also cheating, contrary to the section 96 (a) and punishable under section 97 of the Borno state penal Code Law Cap102, as well as all induced “ with the intent to defraud” 

The fifth charge was that they collected 3000 bags of 50kg white beans worth 65 million under “false “ contract , contrary to section 320 and punishable under section 322 of the Borno state penal Code Law Cap 102

The three accused pleaded not guilty