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Gunmen Go Wild, Shoot Businessman, Abduct His Wife In Kogi

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Chinwe Obi, a dealer in building materials, has been shot and his wife, Rosemary, abducted by suspected gunmen in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

The couple were said to be on their way home after closing from work when the incident occurred at Peace Community junction.

It was learnt that the gunmen had trailed Obi and shot at his car, forcing him to stop.

They were said to have taken his wife and left him behind in the vehicle with the injuries he sustained while struggling with them.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya, said the command was on the trail of the kidnappers.

Aya also said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Eboka, visited the scene of the incident and assured that the perpetrators would be fished out.

He, however, called on anyone with useful information to contact the police.

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Provide Details To Enable Us Rescue Your Father — IPOB Tells Nollywood Actor, Odoputa

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The Indigenous People of Biafra says it is willing to help in efforts to rescue Kenneth Odoputa, father of Nigerian Nollywood actor, Uche Odoputa who was kidnapped some weeks ago.

Uche had, in an Instagram post on Monday, cried out for help to secure the release of his father from the abductors.



The Nollywood actor, who also shared a picture of his father, had also solicited prayers from his colleagues and fans for the safety and release of his father.

“Friends please join me in praying for my father’s safe return from the hands of kidnappers that took him over two weeks now. Mr. Kenneth Odoputa,” Uche’s post read.

Reacting, IPOB through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said the group was willing to support rescue efforts to connect Uche back to his father.

Powerful, in a text to SaharaReporters, said Uche should endeavour to contact the group and give details of the location of the kidnap incident, the date it happened and other necessary details so as to fast-track the rescue mission.

He said, “Please find out who this is and tell him to provide evidence of the incident, picture of his father, the village where this happened and the date. If you know him, let him know about this, please. We are willing to step in.”

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Buhari Signs New Health Insurance Bill Into Law, Ends Old Scheme, NHIS

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed the new National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 into law.

Announcing this on his verified Twitter handle, Buhari said that the new law was part of his government’s efforts to achieve universal health coverage for Nigerians.



“As part of our healthcare reforms, I have signed into law the recently passed National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, which repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme Act. We will ensure the full implementation of the new Act, to provide coverage for all Nigerians,” Buhari said.

Buhari noted that the new health insurance law will repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act of 2004.

According to him, the new law will work in line with state governments health insurance schemes by empowering them (state governments) to accredit primary and secondary healthcare facilities and ensure the enrollment of Nigerians in the scheme.

Note that the chairman of Nigeria’s Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, had, since the bill was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, repeatedly advocated for Mr. President to sign the bill into law.

Oloriegbe, representing Kwara Central Senatorial District in the red chamber, had maintained that parts of the content of the new bill made health insurance mandatory for all Nigerians.

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