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Family Cries Out Over Fate Of Abductees Five Months After

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Family Cries Out Over Fate Of Abductees Five Months After

Five months after the abduction of mourners from Rivers State, their family has expressed worry over their whereabouts.
The kinsmen, under a socio-cultural organisation, the Bonny Gentlemen’s League, at the weekend noted that the victims were whisked away during a burial at Banigo in Bonny Local Government.

Calling for their rescue, the league said nothing had been heard about the victims since masked gunmen stormed the burial, shot sporadically and took them to an unknown place.

The league made its position known in a communiqué issued at the end of its 41st annual convention, signed by its Chancellor, Squadron Leader Olam Allwell-Brown (rted).
It said despite the strategic economic importance of the Bonny Island to the country, the island was battling with security challenges, including banditry, militancy and cult-related clashes along the Bonny-Port Harcourt sea route.

It said: “The league further notes that the activities of gangsters/sea pirates who routinely attack boats, rape, kidnap, dispossess passengers of their property and even kill their victims, have turned the Bonny waterways into a travellers’ nightmare and put the livelihood of the people and residents of Bonny Kingdom in unmitigated peril.

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“The league notes with dismay that to date, five Bonny sons who were kidnapped by criminal gangs on Bonny Island since September 12, 2020 are still being held hostage with no hope of their release by the abductors or their rescue by security agencies.

“The league therefore calls on the Federal Government to deploy offensive platforms in men and equipment, including helicopter gunships along the Bonny-Port Harcourt marine corridor, to tackle the emerging threat to the residents of Bonny Kingdom and the operations of the IOCs, especially the upcoming NLNG Train 7 project.”

The league noted that Bonny was also host to Exxon-Mobil and Shell, which contributed major foreign exchange inflows into the nation’s economy on a daily basis, but that the Island was isolated and only accessible by boat.

“The league further calls on the Rivers State Government to, as a matter of urgency, provide standard, safe and secure ferryboats with capacities of 50 passengers and above to ply the Bonny-Port Harcourt sea route and reduce the daily harrowing experience of passengers.

They urged the Federal Government to speed up the completion of the Bonny-Bodo Road project, and called on the Rivers State Government to provide standard, safe and secure ferryboats with capacities of 50 passengers and above to ply the Bonny-Port Harcourt sea route and reduce the daily harrowing experience of passengers.

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Aisha Buhari Withdraws Defamation Case Against University Student Aminu Mohammed

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Aisha Buhari Withdraws Defamation Case Against University Student Aminu Mohammed

First Lady Aisha Buhari on Friday withdrew a defamation case against a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

The prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, told the court in Abuja on Friday that the president’s wife withdrew the case due to the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

The first lady has been under pressure since news of Mohammed’s arrest broke last week.

Celebrities, social media influencers, students, politicians, media analysts have been commenting on the plight of Mohammed, who landed in trouble over a comment that the wife of Nigeria’s number one citizen found offensive.

Back in June, Mohammed had tweeted that the First Lady was feeding ‘fat’ on poor people’s money.

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The tweet, which was posted in Hausa, read: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi.” It loosely translates as “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”

A picture of Aisha Buhari was posted with the tweet to match the post.

 

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Labour Party Rejects Suspension Of Okupe As Campaign DG

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Labour Party Rejects Suspension Of Okupe As Campaign DG

The Labour Party has rejected the purported suspension of its presidential campaign council (PCC) director-general, Doyin Okupe.

Umar-Farouk Ibrahim, the national secretary of the party said this when he addressed reporters in Abuja on Friday.

Ibrahim said that the national leadership of the party was surprised at the suspension by the Ogun chapter which was without due process.

“The Ogun State Chapter has acted outside its constitutional jurisdiction; the party has an internal conflict resolution mechanism of handling cases against members as enshrined in the party’s constitution.

“There are also disciplinary measures to be taken, for example, before you discipline any member, there are certain procedures that you have to follow, you have to issue a query among other procedures, and that has not been followed.

“No complaint was written by the state chapter, his ward and his local government, so we are saying the national headquarters is not aware of what they are doing, they are doing it on their own.

“The National Working Committee(NWC) is going to set up a committee and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against the perpetrators in the state exco and we are going to fish them out and take appropriate action,” he said.

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Ibrahim said the suspension was void as Okupe remained a card- carrying member LP and the DG PCC.

He said that the party was not unaware of attempts by opposition parties to infiltrate its structures at all levels.

Ibrahim said that the party’s leadership would do everything within its powers to ensure that its cohesion was not tampered with and would not be distracted by the antics of the opposition candidates until all its candidates were victorious in the 2023 general election.

He expressed worry over recent attacks on party members, candidates and officials in some states, particularly Edo, Ebonyi states and Kaduna where the state women leader was gruesomely murdered.
(NAN)

 

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BREAKING: Wike Dares Buhari To Name Governors Diverting Council Funds

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BREAKING: Wike Dares Buhari To Name Governors Diverting Council Funds

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Friday challenged to name the state governors who diverted local government allocations.

The challenge came from Rivers State Governor Nyesome.

The president had at an event on Thursday alleged that some state governors divert allocations to local governments councils sent from the federation account.

He also accused the governors of making the council bosses sign undertakings for money not received and agreeing to have received the full allocation.

But on Friday, at the commissioning of a project in Port Harcourt, Gov. Wike claimed that he has never touched monies meant for the local government since he came on board in 2015.

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The governor also claimed that none of the G5 governors in the Peoples Democratic Party has ever touched local government allocations.

He then challenged the President to name the governors who tamper with local government allocations.

Wike said ” I challenge Mr. President, you must come out and tell Nigerians those committing this offence.

“You said the Governors are taking local government funds. I want to say, in the name of Almighty God, I’ve never touched local government funds one day. I have never and I have no reason to do that.

“So Mr President, tell us who are those people? You know them, tell us.

“I’m not one of those governors. Mr President tells Nigerians that the Integrity Governors are not part of them.

“Do us a favour to announce all those states that are taking local government funds”.

 

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