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Imo chief priest, 2 councillors, community leaders abducted

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From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

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Barely 24 hours after a security task force and the Imo State Government evacuated dead bodies from a kidnappers den at Orsu Local Government Area, hoodlums have reportedly abducted the Chief Priest of Owerri, Reginald Ejiogu, and 2 councillors from Orsu whose identities are yet to be identified as at the time of this report.

The Chairman of Umunwagbara village in Owerri Nchi Ise kingdom, Sunny Unachukwu, has also been kidnapped.

A source from the area told The Sun that the chief priest and the community leader were abducted at Christ Church road, Owerri.

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Residents of the state who have described the abduction as desecration of the customs and traditions of Owerri people are afraid of who the next victim would be.

‘We have never seen this one before. This is a desecration of the culture and tradition of the Owerri people. The eyes of the gods, kidnapped?. No, this is unbelievable,’ one of the sources said.

He added: ‘Onyeishi Ala Owerre, Reginald Ejiogu, together with Umunwagbara village Chairman, Sir Sunny Unachukwu, were this morning, 18th Dec 2021, abducted by unknown gunmen at Christ church road by Ihugba street.

‘The entire Owerri indigenes are apprehensive about the whereabouts of their Chief Priest, having gone round all police stations in Owerri without any tangible success.’

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The police spokesperson for the state, Micheal Abattam, said he was not aware of the incident.

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So-Safe Corps arrests Beninoise for allegedly stealing vehicle in Ogun

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Ogun State Government-owned security outfit, the Community, Social Orientation and Safety (So-Safe) Corps has arrested a 40-year-old bricklayer, Saheed Erinfolami, for allegedly stealing a vehicle in Ilaro area of the state.

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Erinfolami, said to be a native of Ipobe, Republic of Benin, was employed as a driver by a bread baking company known as Igbeyinadun, in Ondo State.

The man was said to have absconded with a Volkwagen bus registered as ‘REE 907 XA’ and Chasis number ‘WV2ZZZ70ZVH079738’.

According to a statement by the corps spokesman, Moruf Yusuf, it was learnt that men of the security agency, having been contacted over the stolen vehicle, quickly embarked on special duties in border areas to ensure the vehicle was not exported to the neighbouring Benin Republic.

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“The State Operation Team and Ilaro Area Command of the Corps swung into action and were able to gather intelligence that the car is still within Ilaro axis. The suspect was smoked out of hiding and he was arrested at about 7:4500hrs,” Yusuf said.

The suspect was said to have confessed to the crime, saying that the stolen vehicle belonged to his employer, one Mr Tajudeen, popularly called Igbeyinadun.

“He further confessed that after the bread was supplied, he decided to go away with the car and took it to a brother called Elewedu in Ilaro to get buyer for the stolen vehicle.

“The suspect and the recovered vehicle have been transferred to the Nigeria Police in Ilaro division for further investigation and likely prosecution,” he added.

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Sen Gyang condoles NCPC’s Rev Pam over mother’s passing

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From Gyang Bere, Jos

Senator Istifanus Gyang (PDP – Plateau North) has commensurate with the Executive Secretary Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev Yakubu Pam, over the death of his mother, Ngo Zimi Pam.

She died after a briefed illness at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

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Sen Gyang who was at the residence of Rev. Pam for the condolence visit, described late Ngo Zimi as a virtuous woman who lived a godly life and trained her children in the way of the Lord.

He explained that the visit was on behalf of the Plateau North residents who valued the moral contribution of Mama while on earth.

“I consider this visit very necessary to convey my sincere condolences and appreciate God for giving her the opportunity to live a life which is being celebrated.

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“The ministry which God give the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ to enable her fulfilled the scripture shows how women a valuable.”

He said late Mama Zimi was among the mothers whom God has used to generate credible and good leaders after she raised and groomed her children in the way they are impacting Nigeria positively.

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“We appreciate the work you are doing for the nation and we pray that God will continue to endow you with more knowledge and wisdom to accomplish the mission and mandate given to you.”

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Sen Gyang prayed that the legacies mama left behind will continue to speak loud and strengthen those coming behind, and prayed that God comforts the entire family.

Rev Pam in his reaction appreciated Senator Gyang for the visit and extolled his leadership style and quality at the National Assembly.

He said, “Mama has gone and she has performed her earthly assignment. She was a devoted Christian and a disciplined woman. When she was still lived, if you don’t find her in the Church, you will certainly find her in her farm.”

He described the visit of the Senator as a big relief to the grieving family which will go a long way in consoling them.

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Rev Pam described the leadership quality of his late mother to the community as very wonderful which contributed immensely in moulding them and other children vowed to ensure its translation at the national level.

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