Presidency denies reported $50million ransom demand for abducted Chibok girls

Minister of information, Lai Mohammed has denied reports that Boko Haram is demanding $50m from the government as ransom before releasing the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls. Mohammed made the denial in an interview with the Voice of America.
“It appears we have several versions of this report. The one that we heard was from a source that (Boko Haram) wants to release 10 of these girls for 1 million euros. But the most important thing is that we’ve gone through this route before, and until and when we establish the credibility of this source and the truth behind it, the government will not be in a hurry to make a statement. However, government is using its own channels to authenticate the credibility of this source,” he said.

The Information minister described as ‘unfair’ the accusations that the Buhari administration is not doing enough to secure the release of the abducted girls.

“No day passes without the issue of the kidnapped girls not being at the front burner. But these are highly security and intelligence issues, which cannot always be discussed openly. But I can assure you that for this government, the return of these girls is what is going to bring the final closure on the Boko Haram terrorism and we are working very hard, daily on it.”

“Those who say that are being very unfair to us,” Mohammed said. “We inherited a very bad situation where the trail had gone cold, despite that every day we send out reports, we receive [information] some of them are phony some of them are just there to excoriate government. But the truth of the matter is that it’s not a matter that the government is taking lightly. Those who want a daily report on what we are doing, of course in security that does not happen. But we have channels of information in which we make available on a need to know basis,”  he said.

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Lai Mohammed apologizes To Nigerians over Fuel Scarcity, says FG is aware of hardship being faced

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has apologized to Nigerians over the lingering fuel scarcity being experienced. Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Lai said the FG empathizes with Nigerians and is doing everything possible to better the lives of Nigerians.
“I have said it on many fora that the government is keenly aware of the hardship and difficulties Nigerians have gone through in the last couple of weeks and we do empathize with them.
Not only do we empathize with them but we appreciate their perseverance and we have also been working round the clock to ensure that we are able to bring the situation back to normal. We empathize with Nigerians, we salute their courage and perseverance and I want to assure them that the change they voted for is real, that change will come and that all the challenges we are facing today are very temporary”he said

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Man and his two daughters killed after stored petrol explodes in Lagos

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A man simply identified as Shabi and his two daughters, 18 year old Mistura and 16 year old Adura, were burnt to death after some Jerry cans of petroleum products stored at their home in 5 Adebiyi Street, Somolu Oja in Lagos exploded yesterday night.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe who spoke with PM news, said the petrol was stored close to the kitchen where the family cooked their meal. In a related development, a grandfather was burnt to death after his grandchild lit a candle and went out to play at their home 48 Oyedele Street, off Liasu Road, Egbe , in Ikotun area of Lagos. The candle fell and ignited a fire which consumed the apartment and the old man

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