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4 NSCDC Officers Kidnapped In Kogi

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Four officers of the Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) were reportedly kidnapped on Thursday around Ajegwu, Ofu LG, by unknown gunmen.

The officers were said to be on their way to Benue State, to attend a promotion examination.

A source close to one of the victims said that the officers were traveling in an official vehicle when they were cornered and kidnapped around the Ajegwu Junction, along the Itobe-Anyigba.

The source who pleaded anonymity added that a fifth person escaped while they were being marched into the bush.

He added that the kidnappers have already established contact with the families of the victims, and are demanding N30 million ransom for their release.

It would be recalled that 10 persons were abducted along the same axis, on Sunda, while six persons including a student of the Nigeria Law School, were similarly kidnapped along the Obajana-Kabba road.

When contacted, the Corps Commandant of the state command, Mr. Peter Samuel Maigeri said he could not confirm the development. He said that he will get back to our correspondent as soon as clearer information on the incident is made available to him.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Williams Ayah, however, confirmed the development.

Ayah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said that more than four persons including the NSCDC fell victims to the abductors, just as he promised to update our correspondent on the development.

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Court Orders Immediate Release Of Orji Kalu

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Nigerian Correctional Services to immediately release a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

Kalu is in the Kuje Correctional Service centre following his conviction last December for looting N7.65billion belonging to Abia State.

Justice Mohammad Liman granted the lawmaker’s application for release moved by his counsel Lateef Fagbemi.
The judge made the order after he received no opposition to Kalu’s application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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BREAKING: Senator Muse Dies

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Munir Adekunle Muse, is dead.

Muse was a former lawmaker who represented Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Senate between 2007 and 2011.

His death was announced by his son, Sulaimon Muse, on Tuesday.

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Rivers Govt Begins Decontamination Exercise

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The Rivers State Government has kick started the decontamination of public places as part of measures to keep the state safe from coronavirus.

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who flagged off the programme today at Government House, Port Harcourt, said with the commencement of the exercise, all public places in the state will be decontaminated.

He restated his administration’s commitment to the protection of the lives of everyone living and doing business in the state.

“I have always said that the lives of Rivers people and those living and doing business in the state is paramount. Part of the reason why markets are still shut is because we have not decontaminated them.

“As we decontaminate the markets, particularly the ones in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Area, traders will undertake to abide by all relevant protocols because we are talking about the lives of people.

“All public and private schools will be decontaminated before schools open. Churches and motor parks will also be decontaminated,” he stated.

The Governor reiterated that coronavirus is real and that people who denied its existence have started believing due to the number of persons that had died.

 

He warned that government will not allow recalcitrant persons who refuse to obey government advisories to infect law abiding citizens with the virus.

“This issue of COVID- 19 is real and government will not hesitate to seal up and prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, business places or offices that fail to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in their premises,” he said.

He urged the Decontamination Team not to compromise standards but to put in their best to ensure that the entire state is decontaminated.

In his speech, the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency, Bro. Felix Obuah said the Decontamination Team made up of medical and environmental experts was put in place in line with the governor’s directives to decontaminate public places in the state.

The Leader of the Decontamination Team, Dr. Ian Abraham Gobo pledged that the team will carry out the exercise with utmost dedication.

He commended the Governor for putting Rivers people first in his fight against COVID-19,adding that the decontamination of the state will give the people a new lease of live when normal business activities resume.

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