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How Kidnapped Delta Council Vice Chair Regained Freedom

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The kidnapped vice-chairman of the Isoko North Local Government Area in Delta State, Frank Ozue, is now free.

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He was reportedly released after his captors received a N5 million ransom payment.

The council vice chairman was reportedly freed on Wednesday night after being kidnapped on Sunday night by unknown armed men as he was leaving a nightclub on the Iwhre-Ovie/Oviri-Ogor road in Ogor town, off the Ughelli-Evwreni portion of the East-West road in Ughelli North Local Government Area.

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The kidnappers first requested a N30 million ransom when they contacted his family. Later, this sum was reduced to N10,000,000, N7,000,000, and finally N5,000,000.

It was discovered that his captors allegedly repeatedly used his ATM cards to withdraw cash from his bank accounts before the ransom was paid to free him.

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It has been claimed that the victim’s frightened wife organized the collection of the ransom from her husband’s friends and political allies.

The victim’s Ughelli home apparently became a beehive as well-wishers flocked there to celebrate with him.

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Some family sources, however, have expressed worry about the kidnapping case, stating that it appeared to be a staged abduction.

Following rumors of the kidnapping, attempts were made to get in touch with Ozue, but he did not respond to texts sent to him about the development, despite the fact that his phone was ringing in an effort to speak with him directly about the allegation.

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Ozue, however, took to his Facebook page to confirm his release from the alleged kidnappers’ hideout and to thank everyone who prayed for him and worked to secure his release.

“Words are not enough to thank God for his mercies.” Your fervent prayers were truly answered. I regained my freedom from Dare-devil extremists, Hausas leaving within us, now turned Boko Haram in our communities.

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Truly they are here. I will do a documentary on my 4 days in captivity. May God bless you All. I love you All. Thanks,”he wrote.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, responded when contacted that he had not yet received a briefing on the incident and that he would get back to our correspondent. But at the time that this report was being written, he still hadn’t.

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Many Die In Bullion Van Accident

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The Kebbi police command has confirmed the death of six people including three policemen in a multiple accident on Tuesday along Argungu-Birnin Kebbi road in the state.

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The spokesman of the command, Abubakar Nafi’u, said in a statement on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.

“The accident occurred when a Carina E car, carrying jerry cans of PMS was suspected to have been pursued by a Nigeria Custom Service patrol team from Birnin Kebbi.

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“On getting to Jeda village, the Carina E car had a head on collision with the Bullion van, as a result, bursting into flames and consumed three other cars.

“Consequently, a total of five vehicles and one motorcycle were burnt to ashes.

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“Six people including three policemen also died in the inferno, while five other people and three policemen sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Federal Medical Center, Birnin Kebbi for medical attention,” he said.

Mr Nafi’u said that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, had visited the accident scene.

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“He prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the lives of the departed souls an eternal rest and give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“Magaji-Kontagora is also assuring members of the public that a thorough investigation will be carried out to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident,” he added.

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Elderly Woman Falls On Her Knees To Pray For Peter Obi In Jos Rally

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As political campaigns for the 2023 general elections commenced on Wednesday, a elderly woman has been captured praying for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, during a solidarity rally held in Jos, Plateau State.

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The Director-General of the Obi-Datti Campaign organization, Doyin Okupe, in a tweet on Wednesday disclosed that the LP candidate and his vice, Datti Baba Ahmed, will attend the Jos rally although the party is yet to commence campaigns officially.

”Today in Jos, HE Peter Obi & his running mate Datti-Ahmed, will honour an invitation from the Middle Belt forum to attend a solidarity rally. We are yet to commence our own campaigns.

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To comfort our students, We urge the FG to quickly resolve the lingering ASSU Crisis,” the tweet read.

Amongst persons seen at the venue to welcome the LP flag bearer was an elderly woman on her knees in the midst of other supporters praying for Peter Obi at the Rwang Pam Stadium Jos, Plateau state.

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UNIBEN releases post-UTME, DE screenings date

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The University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.

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The university in a notice by its Registrar, Ademola Bobola on Wednesday in Benin, said the exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and 25.

Bobola said the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer Based Test mode.

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“Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and Direct Entry admission and chose the University of Benin as First Choice and scoring 200 and above for UTME candidates are eligible for this screening exercise,” the registrar said.

Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the institution to the university’s official website.

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