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Gunmen abduct clergyman in Akwa-Ibom

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Police confirm abduction of a clergyman in A’Ibom

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Mkpat Enin (Akwa Ibom), April 20, 2022 (NAN) The Akwa Ibom Police Command has confirmed the abduction of Apostle John Okoriko, the Founder of Solid Rock Kingdom Church, Ibekwe, at Akpan Nya in Mkpat Enin, Akwa Ibom.

SP Odiko Macdon, the State Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, LGA, on Wednesday.

He explained that the abduction happened on Tuesday, April 19, at about 5p.m. at his church residence in Mkpat Enin.

“We have received the report and the Commissioner of Police (CP) has ordered an investigation to commence.

“As I speak, a lot have been done already, I want to believe that we will get to the root in no distance time,” Macdon said.

Mr Macdon explained that a crime was committed and the police command is working assiduously to unravel the crime and bring the perpetrators to book.

An eyewitness, who does not want his name mentioned, said the gunmen jumped through the fence and invaded the residence of the pastor, located in the church premises, and forced their way into the sitting room.

He said the gunmen started shooting sporadically, dragged and whisked the octogenarian away.

He explained that the incident has thrown the church and the entire Ibekwe community into panic as the whereabouts of the pastor is unknown.

It was gathered that almost all the branches of the church held prayer sessions for the man of God to regain his freedom.

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NGO, The Trumpet hold leaders, media forum

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Political leaders and media professionals are gathering in Abuja on May 19, 2022 to brainstorm on national and other issues.

Tagged “Leaders- Media Forum for National Development,” the forum which will be held at National Merit House, is being put together by a non-governmental body, Good Circle International Organization, in partnership with The Trumpet newspaper.

The theme of the forum is Promoting Citizens Unity And Economic Empowerment For Sustainable National Development.

Editor-in-Chief of The Trumpet Omokioja J. J. K. Eto said that “there is no better time to hold this event as there is the need for leaders and the media as well as the general public to interact and bring lasting solutions to the challenges facing our society. “

International President of GCIO, Engr. Esanerovo Agbodo, in a statement, said: “The forum is meant to beam searchlight on issues bordering on the unity and empowerment of Nigerians toward building a virile nation. The Forum is deliberately formulated to bring leaders from different political parties under one roof as a way of promoting unity among Nigerians irrespective of political parties affiliations. All Nigerian citizens are one in their search for good governance and economic empowerment. So, what we need in Nigeria is good governance and Nigerians under any political party that have what it takes to govern the country effectively should present themselves and state clearly their visions so that Nigerians can make informed decisions in the 2023 elections.”

Leaders who are expected at the forum as speakers include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senator Rochas Okorocha as well as Governor Yayaya Bello and Nyesom Wike of Kogi and Rivers states respectively.

The 2019 Presidential Candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) ,Major-General John Gbor (Rtd) will be the chairman of the forum to oversee deliberations.

The forum will also examine the use of philanthropy as a way of complimenting government efforts in the development of citizens in order to reduce poverty and crime rate in Nigeria.

For more details, the organizers urged the public to contact Esanerovo Agbodo via [email protected] and 07036893533.

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I was robbed in 2019, will not allowed that happen in 2023 — Atiku

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Former Vice President of Nigeria and 2019 Presidential candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has insisted that he won the 2019 presidential election but was robbed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). 

He said under no circumstance will that be allowed to repeat itself again in 2023 should the party give him the presidential ticket.

Atiku made the assertion in  Kaduna on Tuesday night while he was addressing PDP delegates at the party secretariat. 

The former VP pleaded with them  to give him their votes again like they did assuring that he will not disappoint them.

According to him, if he becomes the president in 2023, he will invest in education, decisively address insecurity, and create employment for the youths among others.

The presidential hopeful also pledged to unite the country and give every part of the country a sense of belonging.

“I am here to again solicit your votes as you gave me in 2018. I won the 2019 presidential election squarely but was robbed of it, just like you people were robbed in Kaduna State using government power of incumbency. But we won’t allow a repeat of that again in 2023.

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“I therefore appeal to you to elect correct and competent leaders. If I get the mandate of the party and emerge victorious in 2023, I will unite Nigerians and give every part of the country a sense of belonging.

“If elected president, I will invest in education, decisively address insecurity and provide employment to our youths, give me your votes and you won’t regret doing so,” he told the delegates.

Corroborating Alhaji Atiku’s position, former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Makarfi and the state party chairman, Hon Hassan Felix Hyet, in their separate speeches said, “We agree in totality that PDP won the 2019 general elections both at the national and Kaduna State but was denied victory. We pray it doesn’t repeat itself again in 2023.” 

They assured that Kaduna delegates will do the needful during the primaries.

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