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Nigerians, Presidency Joyfully Welcome 21 Chibok Girls Back.

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The Presidency, yesterday, confirmed the release of 21 Chibok school girls, following dialogue with leaders of Boko Haram, their abductors, after 911 days in captivity. “We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released, safely, to us by 5.30 this Thursday morning (yesterday) and they were flown to Kaduna from the location of their release.

This is the most glaring manifestation, to date, of the unwavering commitment of Mr. President to secure safe release of the girls and reunite them with their families. It is also a result of the round-the-clock efforts by the administration to put a closure to the sad issue of the kidnap of the girls.

We expect the released girls to land in Abuja shortly,’ the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said.

Lia Mohammed speak with the 21 returned Chibok girls.

Lia Mohammed speak with the 21 returned Chibok girls.

According to the minster, “there is no truth in reports that the girls were swapped with detained Boko Haram insurgents. The girls’ release was secured based on a very delicate negotiation and confidence built over the time,” he stressed. It had been earlier reported that the girls were freed in a swap for detained Boko Haram leaders. According to the report, four detained Boko Haram leaders were released on Wednesday night at Banki, a town on the northeast border with Cameroon.

The girls were among the 219 students abducted by the insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014. One of them, Amina Ali Nkeki, had earlier this year, escaped from the abductors’ grip and was received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Negotiations failed last year, when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of $5.2 billion for the girls’ freedom, according to a recently published authorized biography of President Muhammadu Buhari by American historian, John Paden. Indeed, an elated President Buhari, who jetted out to Germany, yesterday, welcomed the release of the girls and promised to discuss the issue with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

“As I depart Abuja for Germany on an official visit, I welcome the release of 21 of our Chibok Girls, following successful negotiations,” Buhari said on Twitter, a few minutes after the news broke out. “The Department of State Services (DSS) has briefed me on the matter, and will continue to provide updates. Cooperation on the security and humanitarian situation in the Northeast will form a significant part of my discussions with Chancellor Merkel,” he added. Freedom for the 21 girls elicited joy in the Borno State Government House and from the Bring Back Our Girls group, BBOG, which has been in the vanguard of the crusade to get the girls freed.

In the absence of President Buhari, the girls were received by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Welcoming the girls, Osinbajo said: “Welcome back girls!” “I am sure you know that the whole country has been waiting for you to come back, all these many months, the whole country has been waiting that, one day, we will see you again and we are very happy to see you back! “We are going to bring your parents, your parents will be coming here to join you. “You can’t immediately be taken out of here because we need to be sure that you are in very good health. “I am sure you are going to be very well taken care of.

We have provided very good accommodation for you where you will stay, where you will sleep and your parents will come and meet you there also. “We are also going to see to it that everything that you require going forward, perhaps your education, those who need to go back to school, those who need to find employment, we are going to make that we make all the provisions for you.” Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who also confirmed the release of the 21 girls, stated that the the girls, who were in the custody of the DSS would be received by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The girls were eventually received by Osinbajo and other dignitaries, including the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The names of released girls The 21 girls whose names were released, last night, by the Presidency, included Mary Usman Bulama; Jummai John; Blessing Abana; Lugwa Sanda; Comfort Habila; Maryam Basheer; Comfort Amos; Glory Mainta; Saratu Emmanuel; Deborah Ja’afaru; Rahab Ibrahim and Helen Musa. Others are Maryamu Lawan; Rebecca Ibrahim; Asabe Goni; Deborah Andrawus; Agnes Gapani; Saratu Markus; Glory Dama; Pindah Nuhu; and Rebecca Mallam.

21 Chibok girls, recently returned from Boko Haram 911 days captivity

21 Chibok girls, recently returned from Boko Haram 911 days captivity

“The release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The negotiations will continue.

The President welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism,” Shehu said in a statement. FG assembles team of doctors, psychologists, others for freed girls Ahead of the arrival of the girls in Abuja, Lai Mohammed told journalists that the Federal Government had assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts, etc, to properly examine the girls, especially because they had been in captivity for so long.

He also disclosed that government will adequately debrief the girls and had started contacting their parents as part of the necessary verification exercise.

Source: vanguard.ng

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Biodun Stephen’s “Muri and Ko” Leads Nollywood Films At The Box Office

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The Nigerian box office witnessed a power shift this week, with Nollywood’s “Muri and Ko” making a surprising climb to the top. Let’s take a closer look at how these films are performing.

Debuting at number six, “Muri and Ko” defied expectations by surging to the coveted second-place position.

This heartwarming story follows the unexpected turn of events for a thief named Muri. After stealing a car, Muri discovers a child inside. Forced to go on the run from the police with a bounty on his head, an unlikely bond begins to form between Muri and the child.

This unique premise and strong performances seem to resonate with Nigerian audiences, propelling the film to financial success.

Hollywood’s action-comedy juggernaut, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” continues its reign at the top of the box office chart for the third week. This highly anticipated sequel to the popular “Bad Boys” franchise continues to rake in the big bucks. It grossed an impressive ₦100.8 million this week. With a total haul of ₦216.5 million so far, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

After holding the top spot for three consecutive weeks, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti,” a biographical drama chronicling the life of the famed Nigerian activist, has been dethroned by “Muri and Ko.”

This week, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” only managed to secure ₦15 million. The movie dropped down to fourth place with a total gross of ₦156.5 million. While it seems to have lost its initial momentum, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” still holds a respectable position at the box office.

The action thriller film, “Criminal,” took a hit this week. It experienced a significant drop in its position on the charts. Falling from fourth place to sixth place, “Criminal” brought in only ₦8.2 million this week. This brings its total gross to ₦45.7 million. The reason behind the film’s decline in popularity could be due to a combination of factors. These factors can be competition from new releases or negative word-of-mouth.

The Nigerian box office is a dynamic landscape, and these rankings can fluctuate from week to week. However, the success of “Muri and Ko” demonstrates the potential for Nollywood films to capture the hearts and wallets of Nigerian audiences. This can happen with captivating stories and strong performances.

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Victony Drops Debut Album “Stubborn”

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Nigerian artist Victony, known for his global hit “Soweto,” has finally dropped his debut album, “Stubborn.” This highly anticipated release marks a turning point in Victony’s musical journey.

Victony collaborates with a star-studded lineup. This includes Afrobeats giant Asake, Shallipopi, American rapper Teezo Touchdown, and Guyanese-American star Saint Jhn. This impressive roster blends musical styles. Also, it showcases the rich tapestry of African music for the world.

Released on June 21st, 2024, “Stubborn” is more than just music.

The album is a testament to Victony’s resilience. Three years ago, he was in a near-fatal accident that tragically took his best friend’s life. Victony required extensive surgery and rehab to walk again. The title “Stubborn” reflects his unwavering determination to return to music stronger than ever.

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Vows To Disrupt Any Film Set That Engages The Service Of Actress Angel Unigwe

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Veteran Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo is raising a red flag about working with young actress Angel Unigwe. In a recent Instagram video, Kanayo expressed his frustration with Unigwe’s mother, who he believes is managing her daughter’s career unprofessionally.

Kanayo admitted hearing rumours about unprofessional behaviour but didn’t take them seriously until he had a personal experience. He had apparently cast Unigwe in a film and reached an agreement with her mother, the details of which weren’t mentioned. However, the agreement wasn’t honoured, prompting Kanayo’s public warning.

Furthermore, Kanayo urged other movie producers to avoid working with Angel Unigwe.

He went as far as saying he would disrupt filming sets if he saw her working on a production. This is a serious move in the Nollywood industry. Also, it highlights the level of Kanayo’s frustration and his desire to protect other producers from similar experiences.

He stated,

“I am making this video to protect the entertainment industry in Nigeria. A particular woman has been holding producers to ransoms and it is unfortunate it has happened to me. Unfortunately, she is Angel Unigwe’s mother. A contract is breached by every producer, orally or written and it’s all respected but I found out that immediately this woman takes money from you, everything changes. She took her daughter at 9 pm when the particular date that we agreed hadn’t expired. She came at 9 pm and took her daughter.

“I have gotten reports from people before it happened to me. This is a Clarion call to producers, I beg you in the name of professionalism, from this moment to the first day of July 2024 any set that employs the services of Angel Unigwe, I will come to that set and make sure filming doesn’t hold. Her mother has been threatening many producers.”

 

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