October 2019 - ESUT PARROT

SERAP writes Trump, seeks travel ban for Governors jailing journalists

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the US President Donald Trump asking him to exercise his constitutional powers “pursuant to the Presidential Proclamations 7750 and 8697 to instruct the US Secretary of State and US Ambassador in Nigeria to temporarily ban Nigerian state governors and other senior public officials misusing the criminal justice system to jail journalists, bloggers and activists reporting on allegations of corruption from entering the US.”

SERAP also urged Mr Trump to “use Presidential Proclamation 8697 (which allows the US Department of State to deny visas to foreign officials, their families and friends) who participate in serious human rights violations and other abuses such as misusing the criminal justice system to jail journalists, bloggers and activists to prevent them from reporting on allegations of corruption and other related cases.”

The letter followed SERAP’s report titled “A Downward Spiral: How Federal and State Authorities are Tightening the Screws on Media Freedom in Nigeria” and launched yesterday in Lagos.

MTN DEACTIVATES 600,000 SIMS, GROWS BY 12%


MTN Nigeria said it deactivated 600,000 active subscribers in compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission to deactivate partially registered SIM cards.

The telecommunication company recorded 61.6 million subscribers at the end of the third quarter, adding 100,000 users quarter on quarter, the Q3 unaudited financial report ended September 30, 2019 stated.

In the report published on Wednesday, MTN said service revenue increased by 12.1 per cent to N854.9bn, largely driven by increases of 10.1 per cent and 34.9 per cent, respectively in voice and data revenue.

The financial report stated that earnings per share rose by 29 per cent to N7.29 while capex increased by 39.5 per cent to N154.1bn

MTN said its fintech business gained traction with 21.7 per cent year-on-year growth in revenue, driven by increased adoption of the Xtratime service, allowing subscribers to borrow airtime.

The telco said it launched its super-agent services in August 2019 and recorded 66,000 registered agents.

Commenting on the performance of the company, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, said MTN recorded double-digit growth in service revenue despite the challenging business environment.

According to him, the telco added 1.6 million active data subscribers and 4G population coverage reached over 35 per cent in 64 cities.

EFCC ARRESTS 30 STUDENTS OF OOU, FUNAAB, MAPOLY


 The   Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested  30 students of   Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, as well as those of Olabisi  Onabanjo University.


The anti-corruption body arrested FUNAAB, MAPOLY students on Wednesday, after storming the Ibogun campus of the OOU  in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State to arrest some students of the school.


A student of OOU, Samson Adeyemi, who is also the students’  spokesperson, claimed the EFCC  agents took away 18 students from the Ibogun campus.


According to him, the agents arrived at some students’ hostels around 12am on Tuesday and broke in through the windows and the doors before making arrests.


Our correspondent learnt that operatives raided student apartments, claiming that they were Internet fraudsters. Some cars, laptops and phones were taken away.


It was learnt that they carried out the operations in Safari, Abule-Ojere, Gbokoniyi, Kemta and Alabata, all in Abeokuta,   reportedly dominated by  MAPOLY and FUNAAB students.

An eyewitness, who recorded a 25-second video of the raid on a building in Abule-Ojere,  said the operatives carted away from a car, laptops, but could not get the suspected  Internet fraudsters living in those apartments.

A student,  who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was accosted on his way home by  EFCC officials, but was later released after they searched him and could not find any incriminating material on him.

Our correspondent also obtained a 50-second  video from one of the victims whose apartment was allegedly raided by the  EFCC.


In the video, the victim believed to be a student of MAPOLY lamented that he was not a fraudster, but his apartment was raided.


The victim claimed that the operatives broke into his room through the windows and ransacked his apartment.



Our correspondent also obtained a video where a vehicle carrying the EFCC operatives was  moving around Abeokuta.



Meanwhile, the  Public Relations Officer of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Student  Union, Johnson Idowu, said the school had not received any report of arrest of  MAPOLY students by the EFCC.



He said, “We learnt that the EFCC came to Abeokuta, but there was no pictorial evidence to prove that.






“We have not received  any report that our students are among those arrested.”



However, spokesman for the   EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the operations.”



Uwujaren told our correspondent that they arrested about 30 people over alleged  Advanced Free Fraud.



He said,   “Yes, our people are there for an operation and made some arrests.



 “At the moment, they are screening them and  once they finish the screening, those who are not linked  to the crime will be allowed to go home while we will continue with further investigation.”



When asked of the whereabouts of the students, Uwujaren said “I don’t think that is an issue. They are safe. About 30 people are involved".

NICKI MINAJ'S BUYS HER $1.1M WORTH DIAMOND RING


Nicki Minaj's husband went to great lengths to put a ring on her finger ... overseeing the making of her wedding band every step of the way and throwing down a massive wad of cash to secure it.

Nicki is finally showing everyone the diamond goods ... and the jeweler who made it tells us Kenneth Petty handled the design, delivery and paid for it on his own. We're told the band is valued at $1.1 million.


Rafaello and Co tells us Kenneth commissioned them to make their wedding rings, working together on a design for several months. Nicki's custom bling features a 17-carat center with VVS2-clarity diamonds.

The jeweler tells us Kenneth wanted a traditional wedding ring for Nicki -- nice diamonds and nothing too gaudy -- because he knows that's her style.

As for Kenneth's band ... we're told it's customized with the words "Ken & Barbie" on the inside of the ring. Nicki's doesn't have an inscription, but we're told there was simply no room for one.


We're told the jeweler flew from New York City to Los Angeles a few days before Nicki's wedding to deliver the rings ... they came in a customized the jewelry box that plays a photo slideshow of the couple to the tune of Nicki's song, "Come See About Me."


TMZ broke the story ... Nicki and Kenneth got hitched last week in L.A. in a super low-key ceremony, rushing to the altar with her pastor because their marriage license was about to expire.

Sounds like things are going great for the newlyweds ... their jeweler tells us Nicki and Kenneth are "definitely in love and happy."





Man who dresses like a lady and started a relationship with a man is arrested and stripped (photos)

A man who indeed looks like a woman, and has put it upon himself to always dress like one has been arrested and stripped!

So he started a distance relationship with another man and he was nabbed in the process.

Twitter user, Solomon_uwadi who gave the gist however didn't mention, if the stripping and nabbing took place when the man went visiting his fellow man. But ofcus he shared photos 👆




Abdulmumin Jibrin sues segalink, demands N3bn compensation for 'defamation'

A member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin has sued human rights activist and social media influencer Segalinks with real names as Segun Awosanya over defamation of character.

According to the lawmaker, Segalink had tweeted about him having foreign accounts and hiding it.

Jibrin through his lawyers have asked Segalink to publicly apologise for the statement and pay a sum of N3,000,000,000 as damages, else they would be heading to court.

Segalink has also replied asking Mr Jibrin to bring it on, while also saying, he is not the originator of the story, but Nigerian newspapers. His tweets below...





Nigeria and Vietnam agree on visa waiver

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja, proposed a toast to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The vice president’s toast was proposed at a dinner organised in honour of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Prof. Vuong Hue.

Osinbajo, had earlier, at the Presidential Villa, received Hue and his team and witnessed the signing and exchange of the Memorandum of Understanding on waiver of visa requirements for holders of valid diplomatic and official passports.

The vice president, during the toast said that Hue was his long-lost brother as both of them were born in the same year and same month– March, 1957.


Osinbajo added that he and Hue were both lecturers and professors.

He said that Nigeria and Vietnam had maintained long standing diplomatic relations since 1976 but no high-level engagements.

“So, this visit is very significant because we will be looking at the possibility of setting up a bilateral commission between Vietnam and Nigeria so that we can concretise the existing areas of cooperation that we discussed earlier today.

“I am confident that we can build on the successes recorded in the past while we work on boosting cooperation in business, trade and investment and social and cultural relationship between both countries.

“We agreed on promoting a friendly football match between Vietnam and Nigeria.

“The Super Eagles and the Vietnamese national team and as well the female national team of Vietnam and our Super Falcons.

“First toast to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; long live the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; the next will be the Federal Republic of Nigeria, long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.

In his response, Hue said that Nigeria and Vietnam had a lot of things in common.

He said that aside boosting economic and trade ties, there was need to enhance cultural relationship.

Amnesty International Nigeria takes a swipe at the Government?

Well they listed the names of all these people believe to be in one prison or the other and asked Nigerians what they share in common. They got responses too...






Supreme Court ruling: Atiku releases statement

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, criticised the verdict of the Supreme Court on the 2019 presidential elections on Wednesday.

Atiku, the main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari at the election, said the top court has been hijacked by Mr Buhari’s dictatorial tendencies, even though he accepted its verdict. Read his full statement below...


Supreme Court Judgement, Part of our Democratic Challenges

It is said that the Supreme Court is not final because it is infallible, but that it is infallible because it is final. While I believe that only God is infallible everywhere, and only Nigerians are infallible in our democracy, I must accept that the judicial route I chose to take, as a democrat, has come to a conclusion.

Whether justice was done, is left to the Nigerian people to decide. As a democrat, I fought a good fight for the Nigerian people. I will keep on fighting for Nigeria and for democracy, and also for justice.

I thank all Nigerians who have stayed the course since the commencement of trial in the petition on the February 23 presidential election.

The judgement is part of democratic challenges we must face as a nation.

The Nigerian judiciary, just like every estate of our realm, has been sabotaged and undermined by an overreaching and dictatorial cabal, who have undone almost all the democratic progress the Peoples Democratic Party and its administrations nurtured for sixteen years, up until 2015.

Can Nigeria continue like this? Recently, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, averred that Nigeria had rolled back the democratic gains she made in 2015. When democracy is rolled back, the economy, the society and the judiciary will not be far behind. Today, the nail has been put on the coffin and the gains we collectively made since 1999 are evaporating, and a requiem is at hand.

In a democracy, you need a strong judiciary, a free press and an impartial electoral umpire. Nigeria has none of those three elements as at today.

One man, one woman, one youth, one vote, should be the only way to make gains in a democracy. And when that is thwarted, the clock starts to tick.

Two and a half millennia ago, Sophocles said “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: “Thou shalt not ration justice.” Nigeria will do well to observe this warning.

To those who think they have broken my spirit, I am sorry to disappoint you. I am too focused on Nigeria to think about myself. I gave up that luxury twenty years ago. The question is not if I am broken. The question is if Nigeria is whole?

This is not a time for too many words. It will suffice for me to remind Nigeria of this – we are an independent nation and we are the architects of our fate. If we do not build a free Nigeria, we may end up destroying her, and God forbid that that should be the case.

I was a democrat, I am a democrat, and I will always continue to be a democrat. May God bless Nigeria.

30th October 2019

Atiku Abubakar

Naira Marley tells couple who are childless they are still SINGLE as long as they don't have kids

He made the shocking claim on his twitter page!


Man beat fiancée to death at home after she confessed to cheating

A man bludgeoned his fiancée to death after finding out she was having an affair with a work colleague, a court heard.

Roderick Deakin-White, 38, is claimed to have murdered 35-year-old Amy Parsons, after the Australian secretary started seeing James Saunders, who worked with her at a City insurance firm.

Jurors heard the couple had been together for several years before Ms Parsons became unhappy with the Deakin-White's cross-dressing fetish.

After learning of Ms Parsons' affair with Mr Saunders, Deakin-White, who had admitted manslaughter, sent a flurry of angry messages to friends calling his love rival a 'bastard, creep, and bloody nobhead.'

He slammed the victim as a 'sneaky bitch' and a 'nasty, nasty person' in further texts before telling a friend he was going to do 'something stupid,' jurors heard.

Deakin-White allegedly decided 'if he couldn't have her no one can' after discovering love messages between Ms Parsons and Mr Saunders.

Ms Parsons was about to end their relationship when Deakin-White battered her to death in the shower, the court heard.

Police went to their upmarket apartment in Crowder Street, Whitechapel, and found Ms Parsons lying in a pool of her own blood in the bath inside the fifth-floor flat.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem exam revealed she had been struck several times with severe force.

The killer has admitted manslaughter but denies murder.

Deakin-White sat in the dock supported by his parents in the public gallery at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Denrele Edun releases new photos after a while

It's been long we saw him, so we think it's cool. Two more photos below...




Taylor Swift to smash Michael Jackson’s AMA record with Artist Of The Decade win

Taylor Swift looks set to smash Michael Jackson’s all-time record for the most AMA wins as it's confirmed she'll receive the coveted Artist Of The Decade award at this year’s ceremony.

The 29-year-old has already picked up 23 American Music Awards during her career, with this award equalling the King of Pop’s tally of 24.

The announcement was made on the official AMA Twitter account, with the excited post reading: “She's won more #AMAs than anyone this decade… She's a five-time 2019 #AMAs nominee… AND she's performing at this year's #AMAs LIVE on Nov. 24… @taylorswift13 is our ARTIST OF THE DECADE”.

The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 24 on American network ABC, with Taylor taking to the stage to perform a medley of her biggest hits from the last decade.




Geek Trivia: The Killer In 1978’s Horror Hit Halloween Wore A Mask Of Which Sci-Fi Actor?

Geek Trivia: The Killer In 1978’s Horror Hit Halloween Wore A Mask Of Which Sci-Fi Actor?

World's oldest woman dies in Russia aged 123

A great-great grandmother in Russia, said to be the oldest woman in the world, has died aged 123.

Tanzilya Bisembeyeva, born two months before the coronation of tragic last tsar Nicholas II in 1896, had lived during three centuries, it is claimed.

She survived the Russian revolution, the tyranny of Stalin and the Soviet collapse through “optimism and hard work”.

She also drank kefir - fermented milk - and friends said she was over 100 before she went to see a doctor.


Nurgali Baitemirov, the senior official in her district in Astrakhan region, told Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta: “She died peacefully, she was buried in the family cemetery. The whole village came to see her depart on her last journey.”

She was 53 when she had her first child, a son, by her second husband. She had two more sons, then 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Her claim to be the oldest woman in her country was recognised by the Russian Book of Records and evidently the Russian government.


Ciara and her husband pay tribute to Beyonce and Jay Z with incredible Halloween costume

Singer Ciara has paid the ultimate tribute to Beyonce and Jay Z with her Halloween costume. Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson transformed themselves into music's biggest power couple.

They imitated the iconic video for Beyonce and Jay Z's track Apes**t.

In the video, Beyonce and Jay Z both wear silk trouser suits with a ton of bling and stand in front of the Mona Lisa - they even rented out the Louvre to pull this off.

Ciara, 34, and American football player Russell, 30, replicated the outfits perfectly, right down to the hairstyles.


But instead of the Mona Lisa, Ciara and Russell pose in front of a framed picture of former US president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama.

Ciara posted a photo on Twitter , and received a fantastic reaction from her fans.

One wrote: "Ya’ll not only win at Halloween but y’all win at life. HOW? LOOK AT YA’LL. I can’t. This is legendary. Wow."




Court jails three Internet fraudsters in Ibadan

Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Wednesday, sentenced three Internet fraudsters to jail.

The judge had found them guilty of the criminal charges preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The convicts, Jamal Ajao, Joel Olawale and Tobi Kehinde, were re-arraigned after approaching the commission for plea bargain.

Ajao and Olawale were jointly brought before the court on an amended charge of fraudulent impersonation contrary to Section 27(1) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.


They pleaded guilty to the charge.

The counsel for the EFCC, Oyelakin Oyediran, thereafter prayed the court to sentence them according to the terms of the plea bargain agreement.

The judge sentenced to six months’ imprisonment each.

Kehinde, who was tried separately, was originally arraigned on June 28 on three counts bordering on possession of fraudulent documents, contrary to sections 6 and 8(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.

He later approached the commission for plea bargain.

Based on the plea bargain agreement, he was re-arraigned on October 7, 2019, on an amended charge of fraudulent impersonation, which he pleaded guilty to.

The presiding judge sentenced him to one year in prison on Wednesday.

Justice Abdulmalik ordered Kehinde to forfeit to the Federal Government his iPhone 6s Plus, a Nokia phone, an HP Laptop, a ZTE WiFi modem and an Itel phone.

Apart from their jail terms, the court also ordered Ajao and Joel to pay their victim, through the Federal Government, the sum of $800 in restitution.

They are also to forfeit all items recovered from them during the investigation.


Airport worker returns Ondo accountant-general’s iPhones, N300,000

A worker of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two has been rewarded for finding and returning two iPhones, N300, 000, an iPad and other items belonging to a passenger.

The aviation security personnel, Babatunde Ajala, was said to have found a brown unaccompanied leather bag while on duty at the departure hall of the MMA2.

The owner of the bag, according to BASL was later identified as the Accountant-General of Ondo State, Mr Herbert Akindolire.


According to a statement by BASL, Ajala, had out of curiosity picked up the bag and after close examination, found N300,000, two iPhones, one iPad and some complementary cards.

 “Akindolire, who before this time was worried because he had searched everywhere for the bag, was elated on learning about the discovery. He extended his gratitude for the sincerity of the staff and the professional way the whole matter was handled by BASL security management team,” the firm said.

 The firm stated that in another development, another passenger who was scheduled to travel with an Abuja-bound Dana Air lost his phone at the airport.

BASL, however, stated that its security staff, Henry Akhile, found it by carrying out comprehensive CCTV playback.

The Head of Human Resources, BASL, Mr Ayoola Ajayi, said the two employees had proved to be worthy ambassadors for their display of maturity, sincerity and professionalism.



Kenya Moore breaks silence on split from husband

Kenya Moore is setting the record straight about her surprising split from husband Marc Daly.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, who shares 1-year-old daughter Brooklyn Doris with Daly, opens up for the first time about the breakup exclusively in this week’s issue of PEOPLE — saying that the two haven’t filed for divorce yet and she’s hopeful they can find a way back together, but only if she and her estranged spouse can work through their issues.

“I didn’t get married to quit,” Moore says. “I love my husband. I don’t doubt that he loves me. Let me be clear, I took my vows seriously. I believe in for better and for worse and I believe in trying it all before you walk away, especially when we do have a child and we are a family.”


Unfortunately, she “doesn’t get the sense that [Daly] feels the same way.”

“I am hopeful, and have always wanted to work on our relationship. But I just don’t know if that’s even a possibility at this point, honestly,” Moore admits. “Marc doesn’t seem to be there. I’d feel more comfortable calling it quits if I knew I’d tried everything and it still didn’t work. And we definitely didn’t do everything we could have done to save our relationship.”

Back in September, Moore, 48, and Daly, 49, shocked fans when they announced in back-to-back statements exclusively to PEOPLE that they were going their separate ways after two years of marriage.



Actor Cuba Gooding Jr charged with unlawfully touching third woman

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr, already facing a criminal case over accusations he touched a woman's breasts in a bar and pinched another's buttocks in a nightclub, has been charged in connection with a third woman, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Gooding is expected to appear in court Thursday and plead not guilty to the charges, according to his lawyer, Mark Heller.

The charges are not yet public, and a spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined to provide details. Heller said the charges stemming from the third accuser were "similar" to those involving the other two women, and that all are misdemeanors.



First Lagos Military Governor, Mobolaji Johnson dies

Brigadier General Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson, first Military Governor of Lagos State is dead.

His son, Deji, confirmed that the retired soldier passed on few hours ago.

Johnson was born on February 9, 1936 to the family of Joshua Motola Johnson and his wife, Gbemisola Johnson (née Dudley-Coker), his father was of Egba heritage and was a member of the Royal West African Frontier Force during World War II. His grandfather’s last name was previously Osholero but he changed it to Johnson after the priest who converted him to Christianity.

Johnson retired from the Nigerian Army in 1975 and went into private business. He has four children, three sons and a daughter.


Supreme Court Judgement: Tinubu asks Atiku to join APC in nation building

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday urged the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to join hands with the ruling party in moving the nation more assuredly forward.

In a statement he personally signed on Supreme Court’s affirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, Tinubu commended PDP and Atiku for their tenacious pursuit of what was their legal remedies.

In statement entitled: “Presidential Election: Supreme Court Affirms Will of The People”, Tinubu also congratulated President Buhari and the APC on a well-deserved legal affirmation of a hard-won electoral victory.


“The rule of law conclusively affirmed the collective voice of the people by dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and their presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

“The sun rose high in the Nigeria sky today to shine its light over the entire land.

“Atiku should now channel the energy and intellect deployed in the electoral and legal processes toward joining APC “to move this nation more rapidly and assuredly forward.”
“On February 23, the people tendered the foremost expression of their sovereign, democratic will by voting for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This decision and this day will be recorded as important milestones on Nigeria’s inseparable march toward perfecting democracy and the rule of law across our land,” he said.

The APC national leader commended the Supreme Court for its expeditious and highly competent treatment of this important matter.




Rihanna holds her friend's newborn baby as she visits her at the hospital

Rihanna held her friend's newborn baby in a shot she shared on her Instagram page Tuesday evening.

The 31-year-old vocalist added the caption 'Aunty Oh NaNa x JJ,' to a post in which she cuddled the tot named Justin Joshua, who's the son of her friend Jennifer Rosales and her husband, Aaron Davis.

The Umbrella singer's hair was braided and she wore a black sweater at the medical facility the shots were snapped at.


The You Da One singer posted a separate shot that was snapped from behind, saying she was happy to be present on the joyous day.

'I’m so grateful that I was here for your first day on the playground kid!!' Rihanna said. 'Aunty loves you so much already. CONGRATULATIONS to the Davis fam!'


Eminem's daughter sparks engagement rumours with cryptic Instagram post

Eminem's daughter Hailie Mathers, 23, has prompted rumours she's engaged. She posted a photo of herself dressed up as singer Airana Grande for Halloween , posing in Ariana's trademark hoodie and knee high boots.

She captioned the photo with a series of diamond ring emojis and nothing else, which had her followers wondering if she had some big news.

One fan wrote: "Please don't tell me you are engaged."


Another questioned: "Are you engaged???"

Pop princess Ariana herself commented on the photo with some diamond ring emojis of her own in appreciation of the post.

Hailie, whose dad is famous rapper Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, boasts an impressive 1.7million followers on Instagram .


Kaduna schoolgirls parents speak, reveals Ex-Governor's role, give shocking details

Three days after their release, parents of the kidnapped Kaduna schoolgirls have disclosed that they paid ransom to the abductors before their children were released.

Even as they refused to disclose the amount paid to the kidnappers, the parents who addressed a press conference to appreciate Nigerians and those who played roles in their children’s safe release said, they paid the ransom on instalments.

The six female students and two staff of the Engravers College, Kakau Daji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State were kidnapped by armed kidnappers within the school premises in the first week of October.

The parents while speaking on Tuesday said, their children were set free by their abductors after meeting the ransom demanded by them.

Spokesman of the parents, Engr. Ohemu Fredrick disclosed that, a former Governor of the state who neither knew them or ever met them raised money alongside his friends, for them to pay the kidnappers.

He also said the former Governor also rendered the children and the two staff free medical treatment aside from providing the victims ambulance that conveyed them.

Corroborating the story, one of the parents told newsmen shortly after briefing that the police merely gave their children and the two staff ride after the kidnappers had set them free.

He explained that after the kidnappers had set them (the children and the two staff) the police merely picked up the children and dropped them near the Kaduna tollgate, about 5kilometre away from the city centre.

“We thanked them (police) for giving the children and the two staff a ride.

“What happened was that when the children and the two staff were released, they had no shoes or footwear’s on them. So, out of the ransom paid, the kidnappers gave the victims transport money to come back to the town. It was out of that money that the principal crossed over to the other side of the road to buy footwears(slippers) for the victims. It was at that point that police arrived and offered to give the victims lift.

“Even the first time we paid part of the ransom, the kidnappers also gave the ransom bearer transport fare back to town. So, we really appreciate the police for giving our children and the staff lift.”

The parents, however, recounted that the girls and their teachers were really tortured by the kidnappers. “The children and the two staff really suffered while in the hands of their abductors. They tortured them each time they called us so that we could hear them.

They, however, expressed appreciation to all Nigerians, the former Governor and all who played roles to get their daughters released.

Woman plunged 60ft to death from waterfall after touching moment with boyfriend

A woman plunged 60ft to her death moments after sharing a touching moment with her boyfriend atop a waterfall in the Peak District, an inquest heard.

Seconds before she fell, Hannah Lowe and her partner were chatting about how happy they were and excited at the prospect of buying their first house together the next day.

The 29 year-old was an experienced hill walker and climber and had taken on the challenges of some of Britain's biggest mountains with her family and boyfriend Adam Stanaway.

But on Easter Monday this year - the day before Adam's 30th birthday - the pair decided on a relaxing walk in the Peak District with Hannah's mother and sister and set out from the village of Edale just after noon.

After three hours they reached the top of Kinder Scout and shared a picnic with Hannah's family before wandering off for a few precious moments alone.

The pair sat at the top of the Kinder Downfall and spoke about their future and of their dreams of building a home together, but as they got up to leave Hannah slipped and plunged to the foot of the waterfall.

In a statement read to Chesterfield Coroner's Court Adam relived the horrifying moment the women he loved fell from his grasp as he tried to save her from the terrifying drop.

"We went for a little wander and sat on some rocks," he said.

"We were both very happy as we were buying our first house the next day, which was also my 30th birthday.

"We were only there a few minutes, then we got up to go.

"Hannah turned around and lost her footing on the rocks. I reached around to grab her bag but I couldn't grab it in time and she fell.

"I looked, but I could not see her because my eyes are not that good.

"I shouted for Hannah's mother and she came over. We tried to get down but had to go back up."

Thirty minutes later he was told the devastating news that Hannah was dead.


Kendall Jenner goes braless under clinging white blouse to lunch with rapper pal Taco Bennett

She is known for her style on and off the runway.

And Kendall Jenner demonstrated her dress sense again on Tuesday while out to lunch in Los Angeles with her pal Travis 'Taco' Bennett.

The globetrotting 23-year-old supermodel went bra-less beneath a clinging and slightly sheer white top that emphasized her slender frame.