Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped Mrs Betinah Okunwa Benson, the mother of Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Hon Friday Konbowei Benson.
It was gathered that the 86-year woman was kidnapped by gunmen from her residence at the old Assembly quarters, Azikoro road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.
Recall that Benson, who was Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly between 2012 and 2019, had relocated his mother from his village, Korokorosei in Southern Ijaw on Jan 14, 2013, after she was kidnapped by ten gunmen.
The abductors of the then 78-year-old Madam Benson had demanded a ransom of N40 million but was released after eight days.
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Breaking: Tinubu Returns To Nigeria From UK
Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu returned to the country Thursday from the United Kingdom.
Tinubu, who left the country on September 24, returned on Thursday.
The last time he was seen attending a public event physically was on September 22, when he met with members of the Pentecostal bishops’ forum in Abuja
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Tinubu Reading January Newspaper In October, This Photo Is A Disappointment – Omokri
Nigerian socio-political activist, Reno Omokri, has taken to the microblogging platform, Twitter, to mock the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congres (APC), Bola Tinubu, over a viral photo showing him reading a January 2022 newspaper in October 2022.
Recall that Tinubu had posted a photo of himself earlier on the bird app reading a newspaper.
Tinubu’s photo which is perceived to be an attempt by the presidential hopeful to dispel rumours about his health status has since generated a barrage of reactions on social media.
Joining the host of others in making a mockery of the presidential candidate, Omokri on Thursday afternoon wrote: “This story was published on January 23, 2022. First an old video of your riding an exercise bike. Now, an old photo of your reading ab outdated newspaper? Bola, you should definitely fire the propagandist handling your Twitter account.”
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2023: No State Or Community Will Be Left Behind If I’m Elected President, Peter Obi Assures Nigerians
Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has promised that no state or community will be left behind in moving Nigeria forward.
He noted that if elected, his administration will tweak the security architecture, which will entail reform of security and governance. “We will restructure, re-equip and reorient the Nigerian Police: This will include 3 levels of policing- federal, state, and community,” he said.
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Obi said he will ensure that in moving Nigeria forward, no state or community will be left behind. Pursuant to its statutory responsibility to protect, our government will promote equity in power and resource sharing.
“The federating units will enjoy discernible autonomy. Resources will also be shared equitably. A higher derivation paid to oil or solid minerals-producing states will not be tantamount to other states not receiving federal allocations that should keep them viable.
“We will tweak the security architecture, which will entail reform of the security sector and governance. We will restructure, re-equip and reorient the Nigerian Police: This will include 3 levels of policing- federal, state, and community.
“We will build a compact, robust and ready mobile police force with rapid response deployment capabilities; and legislate the establishment of state police based on community policing. We will raise the population-to-police officer ratio to a higher level” he added.
On Nigeria’s role in Africa and insecurity, he added that we must think seriously about a leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility, and commitment. Accordingly, we will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, and the security of lives and properties.
He added his administration will ensure that they have these assets in place and stress asset optimization.
“We will strike a strategic balance that allows us to promote and protect national interest while meeting our ECOWAS obligations.
“We will rebuild Nigeria’s military power, promote economic growth, and enhance its technological prowess with a view to improving Nigeria’s diplomatic influence in sub-regional, regional and global affairs.
He added that restoring leadership will require that we reassert proactively, Nigeria’s leadership role in African affairs through constructive engagement, peacekeeping duties, and using existing sub-regional and regional forums as well as bilateral platforms for dialogue on current and emerging challenges. We will continue to enhance our sphere of influence via peacekeeping, and trade and investment initiatives.
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