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Following the killing of 4 students at Nasarawa State University due to a protest, the institution has been shut down indefinitely.

Boko Haram on Monday released a video online, which showed seven French hostages kidnapped from Northern Cameroon with three masked militants.

The Future Project – an annual high-level leadership platform focused on building capacity for the new generation of Nigerian leaders – has announced the second edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders.

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Police And Army Deny Involvement As 4 Students Are Shot Dead In Nasarawa State University Protest
Following the killing of 4 students at Nasarawa State University due to a protest, the institution has been shut down indefinitely.
The students were reportedly protesting over the scarcity of water and power on the campus for several days. The students of the institution were said to have blocked the Abuja/Keffi road during the protest.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the Nasarawa State Police Command, Michael Ada confirmed the killing of the students and said that seven others received gunshot injuries. About 17 other students were arrested by security agents, including the institution’s President of the Students Union.

During the protests, policemen and soldiers were dispatched to the area to restore normalcy. However, both the Police and Soliders are denying their involvement in the killing of the students.

Ada while speaking with Nigerian Newspaper Punch said that the Police were not involved in the shootings and that they only cleared the highway blocked by the protesting students. He said that any question relating to the incident should be directed to the Army. Some students who were eyewitnesses to the incident have also attested to this.

However, the Army has denied their involvement in the killing too. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, said that soldiers were on patrol duty during the demonstration at Keffi but did not have any altercation with the students whatsoever.

The institution has now been shut down till further notice.

Boko Haram Releases Video Of Kidnapped French Family On Youtube
Boko Haram on Monday released a video online, which showed seven French hostages kidnapped from Northern Cameroon with three masked militants.

The video according to France 24 Live shows the 7 hostages with a man claiming that the sect group holding the French nationals.

The masked militant said the sect kidnapped the Moulin Fournier family — three adults and four children — who were taken from outside a national park in Cameroon on Feburary 19.

The video, posted to YouTube, lasts 3:25 minutes and the man spoke in Arabic saying Boko Haram has taken them hostage over the French military intervention in northern Mali.

“The French president has chosen to go to war with Islam, and we are going to go to war with him.”

The man also threatened the Nigerian and Cameroonian government, calling on them to release their imprisoned members.

The man threatened to kill the French hostages if group’s demands were not met.

The authenticity of the video which has since been taken off Youtube was however not verified though it shared similarities with some Boko Haram propaganda videos published in the past.

However, in the current video, the man spoke in Arabic, while in previous ones, its leader, Abubakar Shekau, spoke in Hausa.

Boko Haram has not published video featuring hostages before.

Ekiti State Government To Host The Future Awards Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders
The Future Project – an annual high-level leadership platform focused on building capacity for the new generation of Nigerian leaders – has announced the second edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders,

Governors with Pat Utomi on stage at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders 2012

The event will hold at the Ikogosi Resorts in Ekiti State, Nigeria from 4 – 7 April, 2013.

“We are very excited to be presenting the second edition of this historic platform which provides a very important pan avenue for a purposive national conversation about how the new generation of leaders can avoid the pitfalls of our history,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is the executive director for The Future Project. “We are even more excited to announce that the event will be hosted by the Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria at the soon to be commissioned Ikogosi Resorts which has been constructed to world-class standards by the Governor Fayemi administration.”

The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, a platform leading from The Future Awards is the next stage of its involvement in building a new generation of leaders: creating a critical mass of new leaders who are already blazing a trail and managing systems – including business and political leaders, media leaders, thought leaders, civil society and public service leaders.

The first edition of the Symposium held in Lagos on March 19 and 20 2012. The Headline Speaker was then Vice-President of the World Bank, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili and its Host was Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who was Minister of Youth Development.


Headline Speaker and World Bank Vice-President for Africa, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili speaking at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders 2012

“We are delighted to host this platform in 2013 – in the Land of Honour Ekiti State, Nigeria,” said the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. “Ekiti has always led the charge for democratic values, and good governance in the country, and we are passionate about sharing those lessons that we have learnt with the next generation of national leaders.


Executive Governor Ekiti State and Lead-In Speaker Governor Kayode Fayemi delivering his address at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders 2012

“We are also proud to host The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders as one of the first programmes to be held at the Ikogosi Resorts which our administration would be unveiling soon. I am certain that the comfort offered by the world class service and facilities at Ikogosi coupled with the relaxing natural ambience of one of Africa’s finest resorts, would augur well for robust engagements amongst all participants at the symposium. It will be an enriching national conversation.

This year’s Symposium is focused on Nigeria’s next general elections – and young people effectively engaging the process across board, from business to politics and civil society.

To register, please go to the website and fill the form or email info@thefuturenigeria.com. Successful registrants will be contacted by the Central Working Committee.

The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders is presented by The Future Project, in partnership with EnoughisEnough Nigeria and with support from the Nigeria Leadership Initiative. Media partners are Channels Television, Silverbird TV, LASAA and Cool FM. Official media partner is Y!/YNaija.com.

More information is available on the Future Nigeria Website

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