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Chibok girls are in Gwoza, freed captive says

An online medium, The Cable on Wednesday quoted Mbutu Papka, a woman who was reportedly seized alongside many others when Boko Haram attacked Gwoza on July 4, recently freed after eight months in the sect’s captivity, to have said that more than 200 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from government secondary school, Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014 are in Gwoza.

Papka, made this revelation to the international centre for investigative reporting, said “In the camp at Gwoza, there were clear demarcations between where people were kept. The Chibok girls, other captives and Boko Haram members and their family members all had their separate areas secured, though the security in the area where the girls are kept is visibly different and much tighter.

Papka also added that no one was allowed anywhere near the specific location of the abducted girls, which was being guarded round the clock.

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FG closes land and sea borders for polls

On Wednesday, the Federal Government ordered the closure of all land and sea borders with neighboring countries from midnight of Thursday to the midnight of Saturday to allow for a hitch-free poll.

David Parradang, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, made this announcement in Abuja. He said immigration personnel had been deployed in land borders to ensure that no illegal migrants entered the country during the election.

Parradang cautioned foreigners resident in Nigeria against coming to vote during the elections, adding that any non-Nigerian caught voting would be prosecuted for violating the electoral laws and be jailed.

He advised embassy officials and community leaders to ask their nationals to keep off polling centers.

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Oil Industry Operators Urge FG to Deploy Modern Technology in Combating Pipeline Vandalism

Some oil and gas experts on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to deploy modern technology in combating the activities of crude oil thieves in the Niger Delta area.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that such technology should include Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and other electronic devices that could indicate that a pipeline was being tampered with.

Mr. Simon Francis, the Managing Director, Tec Flow Oil and Gas Limited, said the issue of oil theft was a serious challenge that needed to be dealt with through a new mechanism.

He added by saying that the use of technology would contribute immensely to combating crude oil theft and incessant vandalism in the nation’s pipeline network.

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Uganda stun Nigeria as Enyeama gets 100th cap

On Wednesday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria faced the Cranes of Uganda in Uyo, but were defeated 1 – 0 by the Cranes of  Uganda.

The match which was meant to be a preparatory session for their upcoming AFCON qualifiers and also the celebration of the 100th cap for Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama turned out to be the opposite, as their fans and supports booed them.

The high point of the match was when Vincent Enyeama, the team captain of the Super Eagles and Lille goalkeeper was awarded his 100th cap at his home state, Akwa Ibom.

He said, “This is a milestone and I am glad to have achieved this. I thank God for making it possible. I also say thank you to the fans who have supported me all the way.”

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1,000 children of slain soldiers get scholarships

The Nigerian Army, during its monthly press briefing in Abuja, on Wednesday said that 1,000 children and dependents of slain army officers have been awarded scholarships.

Sani Usman, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said that the Nigerian Army had commenced payment of scholarship entitlements to children and dependants of all deceased personnel who died in active service.

He said “The payment which started in February 2015, is scheduled for completion at the end of March 2015”.

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