• Abducted former Minister, Bagudu Hirse regains freedom

    Abducted former Minister, Bagudu Hirse regains freedom

    Mr Bagudu Hirse, former Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), who was abducted by gunmen in Kaduna on Sunday, Nov. 20, has regained his freedom, his brother, Mr John Hirse, has confirmed.

    “Bagudu was released in the early hours of Saturday,” John, retired permanent secretary in the federal civil service and currently District Head of Mangu, in Plateau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos on Saturday.

    He said that the former minister was “hale and hearty”, and thanked Nigerians for […]

  • President Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert de Niro, Diana Ross and More

    President Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert de Niro, Diana Ross and More

    Basketball star, Michael Jordan, actor Robert De Niro and music legend, Bruce Springsteen, were among the 21 people honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by outing President Barack Obama.

    During a ceremony at the White House, President Obama gave out the awards which is the nation’s highest civilian honour – for his last time to a diverse group of sports stars, scientists, artistes and philanthropists. “Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful personal way,” Obama said.

    “It’s […]

  • Kidnapped Ekiti INEC secretary regains freedom

    Kidnapped Ekiti INEC secretary regains freedom

    It was gathered that the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ekiti State, Mr. Muslim Omoleke, who was kidnapped the some gunmen at around Iwaraja, Osun State on Thursday, has been released.

    The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, said this in Osogbo on Friday evening.

    His release came barely 24 hours after he was abducted and whisked away to an unknown destination,

    The CP said, “I am happy to let you know that the gentleman has […]

  • I upheld freedom before and after speech for all Nigerians – Jonathan

    I upheld freedom before and after speech for all Nigerians – Jonathan

    Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated his support for freedom of speech for Nigerians, as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

    Addressing a gathering of lawyers at a dinner he attended in the United States on Saturday, the former Nigerian leader told the gathering that he was proud to say that his administration never placed ethno-religious interest above the individual values of Nigerians.

    “I am proud to say that while we were conscious of the Federal Character, as our constitutional guiding principle, […]

  • Jubilation in Anambra as 11 detained Biafra agitators regain freedom

    Jubilation in Anambra as 11 detained Biafra agitators regain freedom

    There was jubilation in some parts of Onitsha and Okpoko towns in Anambra State following the release of 11 of the 14 members of the Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) in police custody.

    Those released by police included Lady Pauline Muoghalu, Nze Duru Alisi and nine others, who were among the 34 members of the group arrested by the Joint Task Force (JTF) last month.

    The BIM members were arrested and taken into police custody during a peaceful procession on September 13, 2016 […]

  • How we negotiated Chibok girls’ freedom – Shehu Sani

    How we negotiated Chibok girls’ freedom – Shehu Sani

    A key player in the negotiation that led to Thursday’s release of 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls spoke yesterday on the effort that went into the deal.

    Vocal civil liberty activist,Senator Shehu Sani drafted the master plan for the negotiation and facilitated the involvement of Switzerland in the talks as well as the Internantional Red Cross in transporting the girls to safety.

    He told newsmen yesterday that with the confidence built on both sides,it might not be long before the remaining girls […]

  • More Chibok girls to regain freedom soon – Buhari assures

    More Chibok girls to regain freedom soon – Buhari assures

    President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism on the release of more of the kidnapped Chibok girls, after 21 of them were freed by Boko Haram, following more than two years of captivity.

    Speaking at a joint press conference with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in Berlin, President Buhari said negotiations will continue until all the girls secure their freedom.

    “On the Chibok girls, we have been able to secure the release of 21 of them, so over 100 more are […]

  • Kidnapped Romanian Engineer, others regain freedom

    Kidnapped Romanian Engineer, others regain freedom

    It was gathered that the kidnapped Romanian Engineer, Mr. Nedeclu Christian and two Nigerians in his official team have regained their freedom after about 72 hours in the custody of   their abductors

    Nedeclu, 52 and his Nigerian colleagues were abducted by gunmen last Sunday at Railway Village in Owa-Oyibo, Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.

    The victims are staffers of  construction giants, Julius Berger attached to the company’s operational base at Abavo, Ika South Local Government Area of the […]

  • Kidnapped Lagos teachers, students regain freedom

    Kidnapped Lagos teachers, students regain freedom

    Respite came the way of authorities of Model College, Epe, Lagos and parents, as the kidnapped teachers and students regained freedom last night.

    Gunmen had stormed the school last week and abducted the school’s vice principal, four students and four teachers. Two students were immediately released by the kidnappers same day.

    It was gathered that the teachers and students, were, last night, dropped off by the kidnappers, from where policemen picked them. The students were returned to their parents.

    The gunmen had stormed […]

  • How Germany fought for my freedom from Abacha’s jail – Obasanjo explains

    How Germany fought for my freedom from Abacha’s jail – Obasanjo explains

    Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday disclosed how Germany worked the diplomatic channel to ensure his release from jail under the military regime of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

    The former President was speaking at the 40th anniversary of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German non-governmental organisation, NGO, in Nigeria, held at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.

    Obasanjo recalled how the organization was among those that fought for his freedom, adding that it bestowed on him a Human […]

  • Kidnapped BUK lecturer regains freedom

    Kidnapped BUK lecturer regains freedom

    It was gathered that the authorities of Bayero University, Kano, have confirmed the release of its lecturer, Mr Saminu Aliyu-Kiri, who was kidnapped in Kaduna State on Thursday night.

    The Director, Public Affairs of the University, Malam Ahmed Shehu, confirmed the release of the abducted lecturer in an interview in Kano on Sunday.

    Shehu said the lecturer, who regained his freedom on October 7, had since been reunited with his family in Kano.

    “As I am talking to you now, the lecturer has […]