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$2.1m Seized Cash: I’m Not Running From EFCC, Says Ex-NHIS Boss, Femi Thomas

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Femi ThomasA former Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Femi Thomas, has described as untrue, reports that the he is on the run to escape arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

We’d reported on Thursday that Dr. Thomas went underground after a bureau de change operator, Mr. Ibiteye John Bamidele, was arrested with $2.1million (N413million) at MMA Terminal 2 (MMA2) Lagos by NDLEA officials. During interrogation, the suspect claimed that the money belonged to the former NHIS boss.

After confirming the money was not proceeds of narcotics, the NDLEA handed over Mr. Ibiteye to the EFCC for further investigation.

However, efforts to locate Mr. Thomas at his known addresses were unsuccessful, leading to plans by the anti-graft commission to declare him wanted.

“We have plans to declare the man wanted. We urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Commission or the nearest police station”, the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren said.

Speaking in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Sola Adeyemi, on Thursday, Mr. Thomas said he was in the country and ready to honour the invitation of the EFCC whenever he is summoned.

“Dr. Femi Thomas is a law-abiding public individual that has traceable addresses in Lagos and Ekiti. As of this moment, we are yet to receive any formal invitation from any quarter on the allegation.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Thomas is not on the run; he is in Nigeria. He is available and ready to present himself to EFCC as soon as he is invited”, the statement read.

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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