The chief Priest of Owerri ancient kingdom in the Owerri Municipal council of Imo State, Reginald Ejiogu, has been kidnapped.
Also, the Chairman of Umunwagbara village in Owerri Nchi-Ise kingdom, Sunny Unachukwu, has been abducted.
The chief priest and the community leader were kidnapped on Saturday in Owerri, the state capital.
An eyewitness, who does not want to be mentioned for security reasons, told our correspondent that the victims were abducted along Christ Church Road in Owerri.
“We have never seen this one before. This is a desecration on the culture and tradition of the Owerri people. The eyes of the gods, kidnapped? No, this is unbelievable,” the source said.
The police spokesperson for the state, Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to an enquiry made by our correspondent over the incident.
Akeredolu appoints chairmen, members for Ondo parastatals
The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has approved the appointment of some members of the state All Progressives Congress to the state boards and parastatals.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Richard Olatunde, made this known in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Victor Olabimtan, was appointed the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board.
The governor equally approved the appointment of Sam Erejuwa as the Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission .
Similarly, Olajide Akinroluyo has been appointed as the chairman of the Pool Betting and Lotteries Board.
“The appointments take immediate effect,” the statement read.
The statement also noted that the governor has approved the appointment of Rafiu Akinkuolie as member of the Judicial Service Commission. His name has been forwarded to the Ondo State House of Assembly for screening.
Akeredolu congratulated the new appointees and charged them to justify the confidence reposed in them by performing excellently in their new offices.
Google appeals $2.8bn shopping fine at EU court
Google on Thursday appealed an EU court decision to uphold the bloc’s 2.4-billion-euro ($2.8-billion) fine for abusing its search engine dominance.
The tech giant said it would go to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, after the General Court confirmed in November a decision by the European Commission in 2017.
At the time, the fine was the European Union’s biggest ever. But it was later exceeded by a 4.3-billion-euro fine against Google over its Android smartphone operating system.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to appeal the General Court’s decision because we feel there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,” a short statement by the company said.
The case centres on Google’s shopping service and is one of three against the search engine giant currently moving through the EU’s drawn-out appeals system.
The new appeal could take up to two years to reach an outcome, stretching the case out to well more than a decade after the commission launched its investigation in 2010.
The court confirmation on Google Shopping was a win for the EU’s anti-trust supremo Margrethe Vestager, who burst onto the scene in Brussels by scrapping her predecessor’s more conciliatory approach to the US internet giant.
Vestager had lost in the same court in a different major case, against Apple and Ireland, in which her teams had ordered the iPhone maker to repay 13 billion euros plus interest to the Irish taxpayer. The EU has appealed that ruling.
The fine for Google came after seven years of investigation launched by complaints from other price-comparison services that saw traffic plummet against Google Shopping.