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Following the success of his debut movie, ‘Brother Jekwu’, star actor, Mike Ezuruonye, is poised to raise the bar in Nollywood. The actor has wrapped up plans for his next film entitled, ‘Divorce? Not Allowed’. Hear him: “The movie is a romantic comedy and the story we are telling is one that will engage viewers such that they are not just viewers but also participants as it will ignite discussions among them. “We are going to be shooting this movie on a different pedestal; people get to see my directorial skills and what I have to offer after going to ...
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This is exclusive. TV show host, Denrele Edun, is on the march again! The On-Air-Personality has landed a mouthwatering deal with American cable channel, Fox TV. Speaking exclusively with TS Weekend during the launch of Dabyna’s three-in-one-album, held at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos recently, Denrele narrated how it all began. “I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag yet but God has been blessing me. He keeps shocking and surprising me all the time. When I got a call from Fox TV saying they wanted to do a programme around me, along the line of ‘Fresh Prince ...
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It was fun and excitement at the closing/graduation ceremony of the 2017 edition of Janggu Drum Festival tagged: Janggu with Papa 2017, which held at Artiste Village, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, penultimate weekend and which was sponsored by the Korean Cultural Centre, Lagos. Among others the event also witnessed the graduation of 16 students who had mastered the art of playing the Janggu drum and an awards ceremony. Speaking, Isioma Williams, the coordinator of the festival in Nigeria said: “We trained for four month and it was quite challenging and we thank God for the quality of drumming we have ...
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In continuation of its charity drive, Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM), in conjunction with an NGO, Life Changing Humanitarian Services (LCHS), visited three hospitals in Ojo Local Governmental Area of Lagos State and distributed provisions, toiletries, blanket and also off-set the bills of 14 patients.  At Oyems B Hospital at Iyano Oba, Lagos, expressing her gratitude, mother of twins, Joy Chilaka said: “This is a very kind gesture. May God bless MMM and Life changing Humanitarian services. Adisa Olashile Jamiu from another hospital who was treated for fibroid had this to say: “I have been living with this condition for a ...
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TOPS Music, Tony Okoroji’s record label, will tomorrow at his Lagos office unleash its next act, Dolzi aka King of Melody, on the music scene. According to Okoroji, Dolzi is silky smooth, good looking and immensely talented. “On Saturday, June 24, the music of the King of Melody will be unveiled. His CD, Believe, will be presented to the media in Lagos as he begins his journey to conquer the world of entertainment,” he says. Born Chiedozie Emmanuel Ugoala in 1990 in Lagos, Dolzi at the age of seven joined the junior choir of his church and later graduated to ...
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Coming on the heels of the success of her show, D’Lyte and D’Stars, fast rising singer, D’Lyte, will on Saturday July 1 thrill her fans with the best of live music at the Slay Karaoke Lounge, Lekki, Lagos. Time is 7pm. Speaking, D’Lyte said: “Hangout with D’Lyte is a monthly hangout session in a beautiful atmosphere with live music, dance, comedy and networking. It’s an atmosphere where entertainers can hang out and be celebrated, display their creativity, network and have fun. “The July edition will feature the likes of Azeezat, the Queen of Love, Humble Smith, the Osinachi crooner, and Dezign ...
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Child act turned-model, Sybil Sparkle aka Millennium Baby, is stretching barriers courtesy of her recent nude shoot with photographer, Chris Agana Nwobu aka Funky Nomad. And the hot pictures are causing a stir on social media When asked her reason for posing nude, Sparkle whose parents are also entertainers, explains: “I think I am comfortable in my own skin and I like to flaunt it since I am not ugly. I am proud, pretty and sexy. I am an artistic person and a musician. I am into shoe making and I am a social media person so, the nude shoot ...
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Having written over 40 songs and co-written 10 with colleagues, Babatunde Bello also known as Marv, is set to make a debut with a single entitled, For You. According to the singer, For You is a simple expression of how much love a young man feels for his lady, as he invites her to join him in a romantic dance. The visuals, directed by Lucas Ried, features some of Marv’s friends including Reekado Banks, Falz The Bahd Guy, Attitude, Deshinor, Egar Boi, Baby Fresh, Sess and UK-based Ashleigh Naila. “MARV, who is also known as Mr. Melody, is sure here ...
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For ace TV producer, Tunji Fatilewa creativity is second nature and the same runs in the family. When his son, Tolani, took to music, not many people were taken aback. The 21-year-old graduate of Economics from Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo’s love for music is traceable to his secondary school days. According to the Afrobeat musician, he recorded his first song as a 15-year-old. Inspired by the legend, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti only recently, Tolani, released a song entitled, No Yawa (No Qualms). According to him, the song, which is enjoying airplay in some radio stations in Lagos, was prompted by the ...
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As part of his multi-city tour tagged ‘Ebo Tour’, which kicked off at the Somerset Festival, England on June 17, veteran percussionist and Grammy award winner, Lekan Babalola, has released a new single, Mr. Lakaye. In the single produced by Will Angelero and which has Babalola as co-producer, the musician’s voice booms in Yoruba over a bouncing tune enriched with infectious electronic elements and complemented with his signature percussion sound. According to Babalola, the song is dedicated to Ogun, the Yoruba god of iron, while the title is inspired by the deity’s oriki (praise). He said further that Mr. Lakaye ...
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By Ayo Alonge Topnotch comedians including AY, Seyi Law, Osama, Acapella, Kenny Blaq, Woli Arole, Adviser, Laff Doctor, Ovie, E Don Do, Kefas, and Xplicipt are in for a rib cracking battle at this year’s edition of Akpororo versus Akpororo comedy show holding at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday June 25. Packaged by Lanre Makun Events and beginning with the red carpet slated for 6pm, star actress, Funke Akindele popularly known as Jenifa, will anchor the show. Jephthah Bowoto aka Akpororo has been known for rib-cracking stand up comedy shows with a Christian bent ...
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Leading events promotion company, Iconic Events Ltd, has announced His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr) Ade-Oriyomi Akeem, Oyebo II, the Obateru of Egbin Kingdom, as patron of Taste of Lagos, a festival of food, drinks and entertainment. Taste of Lagos’s coordinator, Mr. Abiodun Fagbohun, made the announcement recently during the formal presentation of certificate of appointment to the monarch at his palace in Ijede, Ikorodu, Lagos. “Kabiyesi combines all attributes of a true leader and custodian of the tradition and culture of Egbin Kingdom and, indeed, the entire Yorubaland and, therefore, fits our profile of a patron of Taste of Lagos, ...
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In a bid to deal with ‎the issue of incest, Bola Akande, daughter of stage icon, Ishola Ogunshola popularly known as Dr. Isho Pepper, has rolled out a movie entitled, Broken, which is set to premiere tomorrow, Saturday June 24, 2017 at Ozone Cinema, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos. According to Akande, Broken explores the topic from the point of view of a victim. “Incest is a taboo in African culture, a topic that is hardly talked about, making it look as though it doesn’t happen. Yet a large number of people are victims. Broken, the movie, explores this topic from the point ...
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From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo and former Abia governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, have commended aspirants for the Anambra State governorship poll on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their exemplary conducts, so far. Speaking when the committee met with all the APC aspirants in Abuja yesterday, Nwobodo urged them to continue with their rancour free approach to the November poll and reminded them that there can only be one governor among them. Exchanging pleasantries with aspirants before the commencement of the meeting, Kalu stole the show when ...
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From Okey Sampson, Aba     Industrialists in Aba, Abia State, under the aegis of Association of Aba Industrialists (AAI), took to the streets yesterday to protest high tariff and disconnection of power supply to their industries by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).  The protesting industrialists, who marched through some streets of the commercial city before ending up at the major entrance to Ariaria district office of EEDC on Calabar Street, Aba, carried placards, some of which read:  “EEDC anti-business,” “EEDC cheats Aba industrialists,” “EEDC, major cause of unemployment,” “EEDC tariff is unbearable and EEDC, enough is enough.”  Addressing newsmen at ...
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From Petrus Obi, Enugu Enugu State House of Assembly has frowned at the deplorable state of facilities at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, calling on the Federal Government to undertake an urgent rehabilitation of the airport to give it international status. The position of the House was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance brought before it by the member representing Nsukka East Constituency, Chinedu Christian Nwamba. Nwamba told his colleagues that facilities and structures at the airport are in a deplorable state, hence, “the need to urgently undertake its rehabilitation in the interest of users of the ...
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By Ikenna Emewu Years back then in the Department of Archaeology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, now Department of Archaeology and Tourism, in the course of my grooming, I came across a man that influenced me most as far as teacher/student relationship is concerned. A little to graduation, an issue arose that needed the intervention of a just and honest leader to resolve. It was about my final result and grade. Then Prof, Vincent Emenike Chikwendu was the head of the department. On a certain day, he invited me to his office for a discussion, not just as the president of ...
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•Senate president, Govs Ugwuanyi, Umahi, others in attendance By Sunday Ani The wedding ceremony between the son of the former governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu and the daughter of the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Professor Madu Iwe, which took place in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, attracted a galaxy of high profile politicians, academic and business executives, among other crème de la crème of the Nigerian society. The atmosphere appeared serene, halcyon, majestic and ecclesiastical, setting the tone for the epoch-making event. Nigerians from all walks of life and from ...
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By Vincent Kalu The National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Victor Oye, has maintained that there was no crisis in the party, but that some people wants to use the judiciary to cause disaffection in the party, adding that their mission was to truncate the second term ambition of Governor Willy Obiano. He however said they won’t succeed. APGA has been in the news over your removal as its national chairman, what actually happened? I was abroad when the news broke and everybody was surprised, as I also was. There was no time; nobody gave me any ...
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By Ismail Omipidan Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West senatorial district, is no doubt facing what could pass for the toughest political battles, since his foray into politics. With the submission of the petition against him to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, the stage appears set for the process of recalling the lawmaker, the outcome of which may make or mar him politically. Historically speaking, especially since the country’s current democratic dispensation in 1999, Melaye will not be the first lawmaker to be faced with such a threat. But like all the previous attempts at recalling lawmakers, ...
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By Chinelo Obogo Minority leader in the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, has stated that the legislature has the constitutional right to veto President Muhammadu Buhari’s decisions and will not concede its powers to the executive. He said this recently on a Television interview, monitored in Lagos, while defending the decision of the lawmakers to insert new items into the 2017 budget. There are concerns that the delay in the signing of the budget comes with its own challenges. For example, there are reports that you and your colleagues inserted over 400 new items into the budget. Why did that ...
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By Justin Igho Just last week, Ibrahim Dikko, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, was quoted in the media as stating that the telecoms company “considers it pertinent to state that parties to the negotiation are considering a number of options and discussions are at an advanced stage, regarding the syndicated loan agreement with the banks. It will, therefore, be presumptive and in bad faith to begin to predict the outcome. “Discussions have so far been quite collaborative and we expect to reach a final resolution next week, by which time we will be in the position to make a ...
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By George Aluo The nation’s soccer governing body, NFF is tinkering with the idea of drawing up a new  rule that would make the Super Eagles camp a no go area when the team re groups in Uyo for the all- important Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon. Daily Sunsports scooped exclusively from a competent NFF source that the present situation where every Tom, Dick and Harry had access to the team’s camp would change ahead of the game against Cameroon. Our source pointed out that the Eagles camp before the match against South Africa was like a market ...
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Players and match officials of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) are to turn out with black arm bands to honour a former coach of prominent NPFL clubs, Kelechi Emeteole who passed on in the early hours of Wednesday. Emeteole, nicknamed ‘Caterpillar’ in his playing days for various league clubs in the country died in India where he underwent surgery for throat cancer. Shehu Dikko, the Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) expressed grief at the demise of the Coach who in addition to managing several league clubs also worked with national teams including the Super Eagles, the Flying ...
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The management of Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has condoled the families of former Green Eagles player and Coach, Kelechi Emetole who passed on Tuesday  night. In a release in Umuahia, the Chairman of the club, Chief Emeka Inyama described the demise of the man popularly called “Caterpillar”  as one death too many within the football circle in the last one year  “it is precisely one year that we lost both Coaches Shuaibu Amodu and Stephen Keshi, now it is another of the veteran coaches Kelechi Emetole. We pray that God should grant his family the fortitude to bear ...
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Former Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has welcomed the signing of Burkina Faso international Herve Koffi by the French Ligue 1 side, Lille. Koffi, 20, left Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas and penned a long-term contract with the three-time French champions on Wednesday. Enyeama, who joined Lille in June 2011 and has made 164 appearances, said he was delighted with the arrival of another African goalkeeper. “Koffi is a fantastic young goalkeeper and I’m very proud to see another African come to the club,” Enyeama told BBC Sport on Thursday. “It’s heart-warming to see a young African goalkeeper earn a move to ...
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Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf has lost his mother Hajia Binta Yusuf, early Thursday morning. Hajia Binta Yusuf was aged 88, according to a Tweet on the official handle of the Super Eagles of Nigeria. The cause of her death was however not revealed. “We regret to announce that our chief coach, Salisu Yusuf lost his mother, Hajia Binta Yusuf, earlier today, (Thursday). She was aged 88,” the tweets reads. She is expected to be buried later today according to Muslim rites in Zaria, Kaduna State. Only on Wednesday, former ex-international and former Beach soccer head coach Kelechi Emeteole ...
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By Monica Iheakam  The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has named a three-man referee team for the 2017 ITTF World Tour tagged Nigeria Open billed for  the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. The ITTF World Tour Coordinator, Emese Barsai, said the team would be led by Algeria’s Abdallah Boudjahem who will serve as the tournament’s referee. South Africa’s Roderick Volkwyn is the deputy referee, while Nigeria’s longest serving umpire, John Peters is the tournament’s assistant referee. According to the Tournament Director, Femi George, this year’s tournament hopes to be glamorous as top stars across the world have agreed to be ...
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All over our cities, especially Lagos and Abuja, streets are named after supposedly deserving Nigerians. I believe this is in keeping with some lines in our National Anthem; that the labour of our heroes past shall not be in vain.     However, some of these names are less than honourable. But we still adore them anyway. Some of them already convicted of one financial crime or the other, others still going through our crawling legal processes. While that is on -going, we play politics with those whose credentials are so deserving of immortalization. Shamefully, we are still playing politics ...
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Borussia Dortmund are set to spark a bidding war for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after admitting they were willing to listen to offers for the Bundesliga top scorer. The Gabon hitman netted 31 goals in just 32 games last season and looked set for a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain. But despite making an official approach for the striker, PSG pulled out of a move that may now spark interest among a number of Premier League clubs. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has now revealed he is willing to sell the striker who previously claimed he would only leave Germany to play for ...
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Cameroon and Australia  played out a 1-1  draw in Saint Petersburg yesterday in a physical game that left both teams facing early exits from the Confederations Cup. The result extends a winless run at FIFA tournaments for two sides that lost their opening game in Russia and all three matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Cameroon took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa deftly flicked the ball over advancing Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan after running on to a lofted long pass. The goal was loudly cheered by Russian fans who led chants of Cam-ay-roon ...
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…As analysts predict CBN intervention likely By Olabisi Olaleye A new market sensitivity analysis report has revealed how local banks’ exposure in the $1.2 billion (about N377.4 billion) syndicated loan granted Etisalat Nigeria by a consortium of 13 Nigerian banks worsened their loan books over the last few years. The report shows, for instance, that Zenith Bank’s exposure in the Etisalat loan accounts for about 3.5 per cent of its total loan book. The report published Thursday by an independent investment banking services specialist firm, Exotix Capital Limited, showed that Zenith Bank accounted for about N80 billion of the total ...
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By Steve Agbota The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed it expended about N192 billion on currency management over the past five years. According to Assistant Director, Currency Operations Department of the apex bank, Benedict Maduagwu, the whopping sum was spent on managing the naira between 2005 and 2010. Maduagwu, who stated this in Lagos while addressing the media at the ongoing CBN Fair with the theme, “Promoting Financial Stability and Economic Development”, said presently, the huge cost of currency management in the country has grown more than that N192 billion in recent times. His words: “CBN is  promoting ...
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By Isaac Anumihe As part of efforts to make Africa compete favourably with other maritime nations in the world, the Federal Government through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) plans to  support  the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) through a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).  The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who made this known during a working visit by the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) to the agency led by its Director General, Mr. Kwame Owusu,  stated that in carrying out its statutory functions, NIMASA  is strengthened by three important Acts of Parliament namely: the Merchant Shipping ...
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From Uche Usim, Abuja When 18 utility firms under the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) were privatised in 2014, Nigerians thought the epileptic electricity supply nightmare would be addressed.  Unfortunately, over three years after the exercise, customers’ expectations are yet to be met, even as the issue of voltage surge and electrocution is said to be on the rise.  In dissecting the power situation in the country, several surveys have pointed to high expectations in the resolution of customers’ challenges including metering, power outages, safe and efficient network, improved customer services and a fair tariff/billing system. However, 43 ...
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Sterling Bank Plc, is powering the Sexually Confident Woman programme holding at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Lagos this month through one of its products, the One Woman. The programme with the theme: Self-love and with a sub-title “I’m in love with the shape of you” is being put together by Mrs. Tope Mark-Odigie, a beauty consultant and Head, Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe at TVC connect as well as a Creative Director at Ewebala. The objective of the programme is to encourage the woman who is self-conscious about her weight and/or appearance to stop the self-doubt and embrace her inner ...
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…As SEC commends DMO on N100bn Sukuk Stories by Chinenye Anuforo Against the backdrop of the renewed pressure on oil prices, the Nigerian stock market yesterday extended losses as its All Share Index declined 1.6 per cent at the close of trade to settle at 32,928.44 points, taking Year-To-Date return of the benchmark index to 22.5 per ceent.    The market capitalisation declined N190 billion to close at N11.4 trillion just as activity level was mixed with volume traded improveding 0.2 per cent to 509.8 million while value traded dipped 21.3 per cent to N5 billion respectively. Analysts say the ...
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From Sola Ojo, Kaduna A High Court  sitting in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, has granted an interim injunction restraining Governor Nasir El-Rufai and others from sacking over 4,000 traditional leaders across the state for several reasons including lack of finances to manage them. The presiding judge, Justice S.S Daka, noted that the restraining order, which was signed by him and also signed by the Assistant Chief Registrar, Esther B. Yayit on June 20, 2017, was based on the presentation of Abdullahi Bello counsel to the applicants having perused the nine paragraph affidavit in support and five exhibits marked MK A. The ...
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From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye Abuja and Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has  ordered the deployment of extra military battalion, police reinforcement and also, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to Taraba State, to curtail violence attacks in Mambilla Plateau. Fresh outbreak of crisis, which reportedly led to the deaths of over 100 people and destruction of property worth millions, was described as a sad development by Governor Darius Ishaku. The renewed crisis erupted on Mambilla Plateau, on Monday, was due to disagreement between two people which escalated and led to killings and destruction of property. Chairman of Sardauna ...
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From Tony John, Port Harcourt   Rivers State Police Command, said it has rescued nine kidnap victims and shot dead four suspected armed robbers at different locations in the state.  Police Public Public Relations Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the story, disclosed that the nine persons rescued were abducted two weeks ago from a commercial bus in Ogba/Egbeme/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state. Omoni also said that the four robbery suspects were killed during a gun battle with the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Team, led by CSP Igwe Bennett,  when the team responded to a distress call ...
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