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BREAKING: COAS Orders Release Of Detained Romantic Soldier

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has ordered the immediate release of a detained female soldier, Hannah Sofiat.

In a video clip that surfaced online, Sofiat had accepted a marriage proposal from a male corps member at the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara.

Sofiat was subsequently detained for ‘violating military rules and regulations’ by getting involved in a public display of an amorous relationship with a paramilitary trainee – a corps member.

Her detention elicited reactions from Nigerians who believed she should not be denied the right to love.

Several groups and individuals had been urged the Nigerian Army authority to release the female soldier.

However, a military source told one of our correspondents on Saturday that the Chief of Army staff had intervened and asked that she should be pardoned.

The source at Army Headquarters said that the COAS took the decision in the spirit of Christmas.

The source said that the female soldier had been warned and reprimanded for breaching the extant rule guiding the conduct of military personnel.

He said that the soldier had been forgiven and freed from detention to join her family and friends to celebrate Christmas.

According to the source, this is in line with the COAS vision to have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria.

The source told The PUNCH, “The Chief of Army staff has intervened in the matter. He asked that she should be pardoned. The military authorities have considered the plea of the COAS and said she be released forthwith. Before the end of the day, she should have reunited with her family. ”

When contacted, the Army Spokesperson, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the development.

He said, “What you are being told is correct.”

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Organ Harvest: Senate Sends Delegation To London Over Ekweremadu’s Arrest

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The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday disclosed that it would send a high-powered delegation to meet with Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice in London following the alleged purported Organ harvest against them.

JomogNews recalls that Ike Ekweremadu, who was the former Deputy Senate President, was detained alongside his wife over alleged “organ harvesting” in the United Kingdom.

The Senate’s decision was after they met behind closed doors for two hours on Wednesday.

The Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan commended defence lawyers to Senator Ekweremadu and his wife, who he said were working hard to get them out of detention.

He disclosed that he met with the British High Commissioner who briefed him on progress of the case as well as details of what transpired

Lawan added that the Senate delegation would include the members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Lawan also noted that the Senate will continue to engage the Nigeria High Commission on the matter relating to Ekweremadu.

He said that he had a robust engagement with the Nigeria High Commissioner, Ambassador Ishola Sarafa on the alleged Organ harvesting, adding that as Senators, they will continue to support their colleague.

Resolutions of the Senate came on the heels of a motion about the arrest of the former Deputy Senate President and his wife in London last week over charges of conspiracy and organ harvest.

 

 

 

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Just In: Kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna Train Passenger Shot In Captivity

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Tukur Mamu, media aide to Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has disclosed that one of the passengers of the Kaduna-bound train that was attacked by terrorists in March has been shot in captivity.

Mamu a publisher who has been negotiating with the terrorists, identified the shot victim as Mohammed Al’amin, noting that he is currently in critical condition.

Mohammed Al’amin

Mamu, who facilitated the release of 11 of the passengers, confirmed the development to Daily Trust.

“I can confirm to you that the said passenger has been shot and the information is credible. It could also be intentional from them for the purpose of sending a message. Killing of their victims is something we know they can do. They have threatened to do that before,” he said.

He said the government must be prepared to take full responsibility if they fail to act on time.

Mamu said there has been constant communication but government is yet to take action.

“I know what is in this crisis and that is why I keep emphasising that President Buhari must be prepared to take painful compromises if they are really committed to securing these innocent victims alive,” he said.

“With what we have succeeded in doing, the windows and opportunity we opened which there’s none hitherto, the government has the power to bring this to an end within three to four days.

“I assure them we can do it with their support and cooperation, and if it didn’t happen as long as government do the needful I will agree and accept to take full responsibility. Cases of emergency such as this doesn’t require unnecessary bureaucracy.”

 

 

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Buhari To Swear In Justice Ariwoola As Acting CJN Today

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected on Monday (today) to swear in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) following the resignation of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on health grounds.

This follows the resignation of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad over health challenges.

Justice Ariwoola is currently the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court.

He will act as CJN pending the time his name will be sent to the Senate by President Buhari for confirmation as the substantive CJN.

He is expected to be sworn in today by 2 pm, according to sources within the presidency.

Born on 22 August 1958, Justice Ariwoola from Oyo State was a Justice of the Court of Appeal before being elevated to the Supreme Court bench in 2011.

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