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Just In: Gunmen Kidnap Edo Head of Service

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, on Saturday, kidnapped the Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, along Oza Road, in Orhiomwon Local Government Area of the state. They also reportedly killed Okungbowa’s driver.

The incident was confirmed by an official in the Edo State Government House who preffered anonymity.

“He was kidnapped on his way back to Benin City after attending an event in Oza. His driver was killed. It is very sad,” the source told Punch.

Another top civil servant, who is close to the kidnapped Head of Service, and worked in the Ministry of Justice where Okungbowa was promoted to the rank of HoS, said, “We just got the information. It is true.”

In many parts of Nigeria, kidnapping seems to have become a business, especially for otherwise unemployed youth. SB Morgen expresses concern that kidnapping will increase as Nigeria falls into recession driven by the coronavirus and the fall in oil prices, putting more people out of work.

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Emulate Buhari’s Ideology, Prof. Abubakar Urges Nigerians

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The Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone Limited, Professor Muhammad Abubakar has urged Nigerians to take a leaf from the ideology of President Muhammadu Buhari so as to contribute their quota for the growth and development of Nigeria.

According to a press statement signed by Tasiu Muhammad Pantami, Media Assistant to the Managing Director, “Professor Abubakar made this call early this week at the public presentation of a book in honour of His Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the Army Resource Centre, Abuja.”

The book titled “THE BUHARI IN US”, was written by Abdullahi O. Haruna popularly known as Haruspice.

The Managing Director who represented the Minister of Communications Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami emphasized the need for youths to strive to excel in various endeavours of life.

While congratulating the author of the book, Abubakar described him as one of the most resilient, and resourceful Nigerians.

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PRP suspends National Legal Adviser for embarrassing conducts

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The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has suspended its National Legal Adviser, Prof. M. M. Aliyu for conducts that the party considered embarrassing.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja on Monday.

The communique signed by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR and the National Secretary, Mr. Babatunde Alli added that the party also appointed Barr. Juliet Anyata Ogba as the acting National Legal Adviser of the party with immediate effect.

The party has also set up a constitutional amendment committee with Barr. Hajiya Aishatu Dankani as Chairman and Barr. Juliet Anyata Ogba, Barr. Ahmed Umar Farouk Gwadabe as members. The committee was given a period of one month to submit its report.

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PRP: INEC Refuses to Witness Sule Bello’s Delegates Conference, Declares It Illegal

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared as illegal the purported 2nd National Delegates Conference held last Saturday by Sule Bello and his hoodlums in the Zaria town of Kaduna State.

The top management of the commission disclosed that invitation was extended to them by Sule Bello requesting them to witness the conference but they refused to honour the invitation considering the fact that the purported conference is nothing but an utter illegality.

The commission further revealed that to the best of its knowledge, Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR is the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

It could be recalled that Sule Bello had convened a conference that he tagged 2nd National Delegates Conference in Zaria last Saturday. The conference, which had few people in attendance, was not witnessed by INEC officials or any security agents.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been making it clear that Sule Bello is not the National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party.

On its own part, the leadership of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) had stated that Sule Bello had never been a member or stakeholder of the party at any level or time.

Further checks by our correspondent at the INEC headquarters and its website had shown that Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR is the National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) while Mr. Babatunde Francis Alli is the National Secretary of the party.

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