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Ex-Minister Recounts Ordeal In Kidnappers’ Den, Says “I Didn’t Eat Food Throughout”

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Amosun-AnisulowoA former Minister of State for Education, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, who was abducted last Wednesday, has described her seven days ordeal in the kidnappers’ den as “terrible and dehumanising”.
Anisulowo, who was abducted on the Sawonjo-Iganokoto road in Yewa-South Council Area of the state, arrived at Government House at Isale-Igbehin at about 10.p.m. Tuesday in company of the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali.
Narrating her ordeal, Anisulowo, who represented Ogun West Senatorial District between 2003 and 2007, expressed her appreciation to God, the governor and security agencies for her freedom.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain said said the courage and the fighting spirit of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in securing her freedom, was what kept her alive and hopeful that she would eventually regain freedom from her abductors, who demanded N200 million ransom.
The former minister, who wore a peach lace, recalled that she refused to eat food offered by her abductors and survived only on water throughout her captivity.
“I’ve been on water, I did not eat anything throughout”, she said.
Anisulowo continued: “I’m short of words, but I want to thank the Governor and also thank God. I want to thank His Excellency, for all the effort you have put in with the security agents.
“I know the courage you have and the spirit to fight to the end and that was what kept me in the bush, there.
“I have an assurance that with the security agents that you have, you will work it through. I thank God”.
Governor Amosun disclosed that the kidnappers told him during a telephone conversation that they had wanted to ask for N100million as ransom but had to raise it to N200million because of his efforts to secure freedom for the former minister.
Amosun added that the kidnappers even threatened to deal with him and teach him a lesson.
“They even threatened me and every other persons. They said they will teach me, the IG, the Brigade Commander and all others lesson. They were abusing everybody on phone, but we thank God the way it is resolved. All glory to God.
“I think it is a big shame that we find ourselves in a situation where we should not be. Young people that are supposed to be working are demanding ransom of N200 million.
“They even said because I got involved they increased it from N100 million to N200 million. They insisted from the second day that their ransom is N200 million. They said they had wanted to collect N100 million and I told them that they will face the law, and that it is in their interest to release her.
“I can say it authoritatively that no kobo was paid to them. Of course, we did all that we are supposed to do. They reduced the ransom to N150 million, we asked them to come and take, but they did not come. We didn’t pay a kobo to anybody. We thank God that she is here live and direct”, the governor said.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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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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