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Gunmen abduct Imo Catholic priest

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On Friday gunmen kidnapped a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Mathias Opara. The priest was abducted along Ejemekwuru-Ogbaku Road, a highway linking Oguta and Mbaitoli local government areas of Imo State.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the priest was cornered while driving back to Owerri, the state capital, after the burial rites of the father of one of his colleagues at Izombo community, in the Oguta LGA.

The victim was said to be in charge of Man of Order and Discipline of the Catholic Archdiocese, Owerri.

The source said, “Rev. Fr. Mathias Opara, popularly known as Owu Ujo, has just been kidnapped along Ejemekwuru/Ogbaku Road. He was kidnapped alongside others he was in the same vehicle with.

“The incident happened right before us. We were also coming back to Owerri from the funeral rites of the father of another Catholic priest at Izombo in the Oguta LGA.”

When contacted, the Director of Public Communications of the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Raymond Ogu, confirmed the incident.

Recall that just last week, the Catholic priest in charge of Christ the King Catholic Church, Ezinachi/Ugwuago, in the Okigwe LGA of the state, Jude Maduka, was kidnapped.

Also, the Catholic priest in charge of St. Paul’s parish in Osu, Isiala Mbano LGA, Rev. Fr. Micheal Asomugha, was also abducted.

Source: PUNCH

In other news – Two arrested for attempting to sell two-month-old baby

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad have arrested two women for attempting to sell a two-month-old baby.

This was made known in a statement posted on the force’s Twitter page on Saturday and signed by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin.Learn More

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Alia moves to resolve land dispute between Air Force, Benue communities

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Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia has met with a delegation from the Nigerian Air Force, as well as representatives of Ugondo and Mbaivur, to deliberate on ways to peacefully resolve the lingering land dispute between Air Force and the two communities.

In his address during the meeting on Wednesday in Makurdi, Alia said he was pleased to host the warring factions, stating that peacefully resolving the dispute around the area will attract more Federal Government presence, thereby bringing more development to the state.

Alia, who appreciated the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, for his efforts to ensure that the standing dispute is resolved, reiterated his administration’s readiness to continue to press and ensure that more developmental projects are brought to the state.

The governor, who also visited the area after the meeting, promised to construct a road that will link up to the borders of Makurdi and Gwer-West, and up to the Gwer-West boundary with Gboko Local government, in order to make the communities more accessible. He added that the road would serve as a permanent boundary between the natives and the Air force.

Earlier in his address, the leader of the delegation and the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Nigerian Air Force, Makurdi, AVM F O Edahosa, noted that efforts were made in the past to resolve the land dispute, to no avail.

He said the Chief of Air Staff has also shown interest in the resolution of the case, considering how strategic Benue is, and is willing to ensure that the dispute is amicably resolved.

He appreciated the governor for his tireless efforts and desire to ensure peace in the state, pointing to some of the meetings the governor has held with different security heads since he assumed office.

Responding, the Mue Ter Ugondo, Chief Clement Kurugh, as well as Amir Ishor, the representative of the Ter Makurdi, all appreciated the governor and the Chief of Air Staff for wading into the existing land demarcation dispute, saying they trust the governor’s efforts to resolve the issue and bring a lasting solution.

Source: People

In other news – Labour Party chairman, Abure, others released

The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, who was arrested on Wednesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, alongside other party members, has regained freedom.

Julius Abure

Abure and the Edo state chairman of the party, Mr Kelly Ogbaloi were arrested by a combined team of police officers and operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Read more

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Labour Party chairman, Abure, others released

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The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, who was arrested on Wednesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, alongside other party members, has regained freedom. Abure and the Edo state chairman of the party, Mr Kelly Ogbaloi were arrested by a combined team of police officers and operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS.

The arrest followed a petition by the LP Youth Leader, Comrade Eragbe Anselm Aphimia, who is reportedly loyal to the factional chairman of the party, Lamidi Apapa.The youth leader petitioned the CP alleging that he was attacked by some party members in December 2023.

Abure was forcefully arrested barely 48 hours to the party’s primary election ahead of the September 21 gubernatorial polls in the state.

However, DAILY POST gathered that Abure was released on Wednesday night on bail. Addressing supporters on Thursday morning, Abure said, “let me thank all of you for your solidarity and support. We have been facing several battles since the last election ended.

“Yesterday, we were making arrangements for the primaries and the police swamped on us, arrested us, over what I will not discuss now because investigation is still going on. I must, however, state clearly that following several interventions, they have graciously released me on bail

Source: businessday

In other news – I keep my relationship private because of my past mistake – Mercy Eke

Big Brother Naija reality star, Mercy Eke has claimed she keeps her dating life and relationship private because of her past experiences.

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Speaking in a recent episode of the Celebrity Quickies posted on comedian AY’s YouTube page, Eke disclosed that she found love again but decided to keep the identity of her new lover secret. Read more

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INEC fixes date for Saki rerun election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed Saturday, 3rd February, 2024, as the date for the conduct of a rerun election in two polling units in Saki West State Constituency, Oyo State House of Assembly. INEC made this declaration via a statement issued by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Rahman Adeniran Tella.

The REC in the statement made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, said that the conduct of the rerun election was in compliance with court order.Tella said the affected polling units include, Odo-osun 007 in Ogidigbo area and Ogbalanja polling unit 019 in Sepeteri/Bapon registration area.

The REC said only eligible voters with permanent voters’ card (PVC) who registered in the two affected areas would be qualified to vote during the rerun.

He added that the Biomodel Accreditation System (BVAS) would be deployed for the exercise. He urged the candidates for the election to begin campaigns immediately

Source: Naija News

In other news – Peter Obi, Sowore wouldn’t have ended suffering experienced under Tinubu – Daddy Freeze

Nigerian media personality Daddy Freeze has said the presidential candidates of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, and his counterpart from African Action Congress, AAC, Omoyele Sowore, might not have ended the sufferings Nigerians are experiencing under President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

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He, however, noted that a younger president like Sowore or Obi would have attracted more investments to Nigeria unlike Tinubu’s administration. Read more

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