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Gunmen Attack Plateau College, Kidnap 300L Female Student Of UNIJOS

A 300-level female student at the University of Jos, Plateau State, identified as Helen, has been kidnapped by gunmen, The PUNCH reports.

It was learnt that the undergraduate studying Zoology was kidnapped by the gunmen, who attacked the staff quarters of the Federal College of Land Resources Technology in the state, on Tuesday night.

An eyewitness, who narrated the incident to The PUNCH in Jos on Wednesday, said the student and other members of her family, including her mother were about going to bed when the gunmen stormed their house at the staff quarters, located at Kuru community, Jos South Local Government Area around 8:30 pm.

According to the eyewitness, who did not want her name mentioned, the gunmen forcefully entered the house and beat Helen’s mother, who is an administrative staff of the college, with heavy sticks before whisking her daughter away to an unknown destination.

The eyewitness said, “We were in our house around 8:30 pm when a voice from outside asked us to open the door. Five of us were in the house including my mother and my sister (Helen).

“My mother demanded to know who was at the door but the voice insisted that we must open the door. They started shooting and before we knew it, they entered our house after using a heavy stone to forcefully open the door.

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“They collected our cell phones and threatened to kill all of us if we make any move.

“They asked my mother who my sister is to her and she (mother) said she is her daughter. The gunmen then said they would go with her. They also left a message that they won’t release Helen until a ransom is paid.”

A spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Ubah Ogaba, could not be reached to speak on the matter.

However, sources at the command headquarters in Jos said police and other security agents had visited the staff quarters and had commenced an investigation into the incident.

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N50,000, N30,000 To Be Distributed Among 433,000 Nigerians, Businesses By FG

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Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to  President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.

NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.

The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.

Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’

Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.

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He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.

“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’

The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.

At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.

He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.

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