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Armsgate: THISDAY Publisher, Nduka Obaigbena Reportedly Surrenders To EFCC

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Nduka-ObaigbenaIndications emerged on Tuesday that the publisher of THISDAY Newspapers, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, may have turned himself in to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over his alleged involvement in the arms deal scandal for interrogation.

Mr. Obaigbena was alleged to have received N620 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). Investigations by the EFCC linked the payment to part of the $2.1 billion arms fund that was diverted and misappropriated by the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

However, Obaigbena had in a letter to the anti-graft commission explained that N500 million was compensation for the 2012 bombing of THISDAY offices in Abuja and Kaduna by Boko Haram while the remaining balance of N120 million was money he received on behalf of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) for the loses some of its members incurred when their newspapers and circulation vans were impounded by the military authorities in 2014.

He said the payment to NPAN was to forestall a major class action suit by the affected newspapers, which were to receive N10 million each as compensation. After deductions, the newspapers walked away with N9 million each.

However, since the disclosure and revelation that the money came from the controversial arms deal fund, some newspapers that collected compensation from NPAN refunded their share while others, on whose behalf the money was collected by Mr. Obaigbena for their loss, distanced themselves from him, denying ever receiving any money from NPAN.

It remains unknown if Obaigbena, who arrived at the EFCC headquarters about 10:00am on Tuesday, was allowed to go home at the time of filing this report.

There was also no official confirmation of the report as the Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, was unavailable to pick his calls or respond to the sms sent to his phone last night.

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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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