Three chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party abducted in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital last week Wednesday regained their freedom yesterday.
The chairman of the party in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, Mr. Ikechi Chinda, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Chinyere Igwe, and Allwell Ihunda were abducted at the Eagle Island area of Port Harcourt while in a meeting.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, who confirmed the release of the trio, said they were set free at different times on Thursday.
Ogunsakin disclosed that while Ihunda regained his freedom in the morning, Igwe and Chinda were released in the evening.
The state commissioner of police said security operatives were working round the clock to ensure that those behind the dastard act are apprehended.
“The three abducted members of the PDP have all been released now. However, we are still on the trail of the abductors, and we shall soon catch up with them. You have to bear with us in this regard, as we cannot release further information on the incident as this might compromise our investigation, which is still ongoing”, Ogunsakin, who only just took charge at the Rivers Police Command last month, said.
The Special Adviser on Media to the state PDP Chairman, Mr. Jerry Needam also confirmed their release, expressing joy that they did not come to any harm.
“The three members of our party that were abducted last Wednesday, have been released’’ he said, adding that ‘’One of them, the Hon. Allwell Ihunwo, was released this morning (Thursday), while the other two were released late in the evening. We are grateful that the three of them were in good health, as no (physical) harm came to them”, he said.
It will be recalled that the abduction of the PDP leaders had generated tension in the already politically charged state as the PDP pointed finger in the direction of the state government and All Progressives Congress.
The party had given the state government a 72-hour ultimatum to ensure that the abducted members were released unhurt or risk the “mother of all protests” from the PDP.
But the Rivers APC and state government separately denied the allegation.
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.
This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.
Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.
Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.
Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.
The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.
Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.
“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.
“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.
Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku
Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.
Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.
He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.
Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.
Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.
“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”
“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.
He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”
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