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Retired NIS officer, three others abducted in Abuja

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A retired Assistant Comptroller-General of Immigration, Abdulahi Rakieu, and three others have been abducted in the Tungan Maje area of Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory
The kidnappers were said to have raided the victims’ house and whisked them away.
This is as the FCT Police Command has arrested six suspected kidnappers along the Apo axis of the nation’s capital.
The suspects, Frank Ozor, 26 years, Nweke Uche, 19; Chester Uzor,25; Chukwu Bethrand, 27; Chukwu Samuel, 25 and Kelechi Ngene, 26, were intercepted by police operatives on patrol on Saturday, after they had earlier abducted three persons.
The police spokesperson, ASP Mariam Yusuf, said the suspects were arrested while attempting to relocate one of their victims.
“Further investigation led to the successful rescue of two other victims who identified the suspects,” she said in a statement titled, ‘Police rescue victims, arrest six suspects.’

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Yusuf explained that the command has launched a strategic counter-kidnapping operation to checkmate the rising insecurity in the FCT.
According to her, the police have deployed undercover operatives across Abuja as part of covert operations against kidnappers and other criminals.
She said, “We have deployed covert and overt crime-fighting strategies to strengthen security across the Federal Capital Territory, especially in areas with rugged terrain.
“Furthermore, the command is working closely with sister security agencies, key stakeholders and community leaders to rid the FCT of criminal elements.”

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Oil Spill Shuts Down Fishing In 10 Delta Communities

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Oil spillage in Delta

A devastating oil blowout has grounded fishing occupation at over 10 oil communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area in Delta State.
Some of the affected communities were Benikrukru, Kokodiagbene, Oporoza, Azama, Inikorogha and Kurutie and the leak was reportedly, at the weekend, spreading to more communities in the area.
Thousands of fishermen in the communities, their families and buyers from different from different parts of the state and beyond have been stranded as a result of the spill.

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Villagers, who spoke, complained that there was palpable fear in the affected communities, as some people have falling sick due to pollution of bodies of rivers which are major sources of water supply to the people.
One of them, therefore, called on concerned stakeholders to live up to expectations by engaging the affected communities, rather than staying mute and denying its involvement in the spill.

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Ikeja Electric Schedules All Customers For Metering Under National Mass Metering Programme

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Ikeja Electric Schedules All Customers For Metering Under National Mass Metering Programme

Ikeja Electric (IE) Plc says all unmetered customers under its business unit, have now been scheduled for metering under the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP).
Mr Felix Ofulue, Head, Corporate Communications, IE, confirmed the development in a statement issued to newsmen on Sunday in Lagos.

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According to Ofulue, a total of 106,000 customers of the electricity Distribution Company, would be installed with free prepaid meters, under the first phase of the NMMP.
He, however, advised customers not to make any payment to Meter Assets Providers (MAP) installers, or IE staff, during the field survey and meter installation.
Reports show that the Federal Government had on Oct. 30, 2020, flagged off the NMMP.
The programme is aimed at meeting the target of closing the metering gap in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, by December 2021.
It would assist in reducing collection losses, while at the same time, increase financial flows, to achieve 100 per cent market remittance obligation of the DisCos.
Part of the objectives also include the elimination of arbitrary estimated billing, improving network monitoring capability and provision of data for market administration and investment decision-making.

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Pope Condemns Mass Abduction Of Nigeria Schoolgirls

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Pope Condemns Mass Abduction Of Nigeria Schoolgirls

Pope Francis condemned on Sunday the kidnapping of more than 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria last week as “vile”.
“I join the bishops of Nigeria in condemning this vile abduction of 317 young girls,” the pope said following his weekly Sunday Angelus address to the Catholic faithful on Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
Several hundred girls are still missing after a raid by suspected armed bandits on a school hostel on Friday in Zamfara, northwest Nigeria.

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Heavily armed criminal gangs in northwest and central Nigeria have stepped up attacks in recent years, kidnapping for ransom, raping and pillaging.
Suspected Bandits in the northeast had previously shocked the world by snatching hundreds of girls from their schools, as part of an attack on supposedly western education practices.

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