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Breaking News: Kidnapped Okonjo-Iweala’s Mother Released!

Reports from Delta State and some close associates of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala have confirmed that the mother of the Minister, Prof. Dr. Kanene Okonjo have been released by her abductors.Armed kidnappers numbering about 10  kidnapped the mother of the Minister of Finance around the palace of her husband, Professor Chukwuka Okonjo the ruler of Ogwashi-Uku. Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan had assured the royal family of Professor Obi Chukwuka Okonjo and the entire people of Ogwashi-Uku that Prof. Kamene Okonjo, mother of the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, would be returned safely and in good state of health.Sources told Pointblanknews.com that Security forces broke into the hide-out of the kidnappers and freed Prof. Dr. Okonjo. It was not immediately clear if the kidnappers were arrested.Press Secretary to the Delta State Governor, Mr. Felix Ofou when contacted said information at his disposal indicated the abducted mother of the Finance Minister has been released but he cannot authoritatively confirm. “I have received the information too that she has been released but I cannot authoritatively confirm. I am still trying to reach my colleagues to ascertain the authenticity of the report.”

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Gunmen Kidnap Federal Lawmaker’s Mother In Ogun

A five-member armed gang yesterday evening kidnapped mother of House of Representatives member, Hon. Abiodun Abudu Balogun.

Alhaja Obedatu Abudu Balogun, the mother of a federal lawmaker representing Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside, Federal Constituency on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), was abducted from her residence at Ita-Otu in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun State by unknown gunmen.

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Abductors seize seven in Edo, Ogun

ABDUCTORS have resumed their nefarious activities in Edo and Ogun States by abducting seven persons.

Two of the latest victims are the principal of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Demonstration Senior Secondary School (UDSSS), Mrs. Julie Oboite and the proprietor of City Hotel and Suites, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Chief Segun Oyebolu.

Oboite was reportedly abducted on Monday night as she was driving into her compound at Ugbowo, Benin City.

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Man petitions IG over kidnap of 80-year-old mother

A MAN, Mr. Uche Ughanze, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, appealing for help to secure the release of his 80-year-old mother, Mrs. Roselyn Ughanze, kidnapped three months ago by unknown gunmen at Alor, Idenmili council area of Anambra State.

In the petition dated September 10, 2012 and made available to newsmen on Monday, Ughanze also alleged that his life is under threat as he has been hiding since the kidnap of his mother, following attempts by the same group to kidnap him too. Continue reading

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Kidnapped Edo Deputy Gov’s CPS regains freedom

BENIN—Chief Press Secretary to Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Kelly Odaro, who was abducted on Saturday by suspected kidnappers, regained his freedom, Tuesday.

Odaro, who thanked God for spearing his life when members of the Edo State chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, led by its interim Chairman, Mr Tunde Egberenwen, paid him a visit, said it was a traumatic experience but thanked God for His grace. Continue reading

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Kidnap of Delta judge: Governor Uduaghan apologises to judiciary

ASABA—DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, formally apologised to the state judiciary over the kidnap of Justice Marcel Okoh, kidnapped sometime last month, assuring that his administration was tackling the menacing issue of kidnapping headlong. Continue reading

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Boko Haram kills Borno AG, ex-prison C-G, two guards

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The Joint Military Task force yesterday secured another major victory in its battle against Islamic sect, Boko Haram after killing its spokesman, Abu Qaqa and arresting two other members on Monday as the task force yesterday destroyed the operational base of the sect in Kano where bombs, arms, ammunition and several laptops were recovered.

The victory of the task force, however, came on a day terrorists, believed to be Boko Haram members killed the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Borno State, Mr Zannah Mallam Gana and a former Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons, Alhaji Ibrahim Jarma Katagun in Bauchi.

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JTF Takes Over Boko Haram’s Command Centre

The Military Joint Task Force (JTF) claimed, yesterday, that it had taken over Boko Haram’s command centre in Kano, an action that has further dealt a massive blow on the capability of the sect.

Two members of the sect had been captured and killed in the early hours of yesterday after a gun battle with the military and officers of the State Security Services (SSS). One of those captured was said to be Abu Qada, its spokesman. Continue reading

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British Trust Fund Accused of Financing Boko Haram

A member of the British House of Lords, David Alton, has accused a London-based charity organisation, Al-Muntada Trust Fund, of financing the operations of Boko Haram.

According to the London-based Guardian newspaper, the parliamentarian raised concerns about the Al-Muntada Trust Fund’s activities with Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell in July, as well as with the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission and the Metropolitan police.

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Nigeria: Kidnapped Lebanese Released In Lagos

Ahmed Mohammed, the 23-year old Lebanese kidnapped in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, last Monday has been set free by his captors.

Sources said Mohammed regained his freedom Sunday almost a week after gunmen seized him in front of Tawouq King restaurant located at 35, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja.

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