The businessman who was abducted in Uso, along Akure-Owo road last week, with his wife, Mr Gbenga Ibikunle, has denied reports that the duo was rescued by the police, adding that they were freed after the payment of a ransom of N2 Million.
Recall that the businessman and his wife who were kidnapped by gunmen in Uso in Owo local government area of the state, last Tuesday regained their freedom after spending 72 hours with their abductors.
The couple faulted the claims by the police that they were rescued from the kidnappers’ den, describing the claim as a blatant lie, saying no security agency including Amotekun corps were involved in securing their release.
The Ibikunles were kidnapped while returning from an outing in Ebonyi State last week while the kidnappers left their three children behind.
Ibikunle explained that the sum of N2 million was paid to their abductors, before they were released and said, “I am surprised with the claims that we were rescued by the police. This is nothing but a lie coming from the pit of hell.
“I can say it boldly that, no security agency came to our rescue. We were released around 1am after the ransom was paid to them.”
He said further that “they collected the ransom along the road without any fear. In fact, they counted all the money before they released me to my brother, who brought the N2 million.
“We were in the bush with them for three good days without food. They treated us like criminals. They beat us with stick and cutlass.
“We met a man in their den, who was also released the same way we were. His own family parted with N10 million before he was released. At a point they wanted to rape my wife, but she tricked them that she was pregnant.”
Ibikunle who said his abductors are Fulani people, lamented that Nigeria is in a big mess, “we don’t have security in this country anymore.
“It is sad that our security agencies are not effective. The kidnappers carried out their operations with impunity. They boasted that they will kill any policeman that wanted to rescue us. I am weeping for this country because we are not safe. We can no longer travel.”
Ize-Iyamu restates commitment to Appeal suit, debunks report linking him to NDDC
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last Edo guber election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has restated his focus on the appeal filed in court to defend the legitimacy of his candidacy in the election, while also dismissing reports linking him to the NDDC Chairmanship.
In a brief statement released by his media team on Friday, Pastor Ize-Iyamu maintained that the Edo State Chapter of the APC is united and in sync with the national leadership of the party in its efforts to grow membership and strengthen the party’s bond with Nigerians across the country.
He says his exclusive focus remains on obtaining justice and establishing the truth in court, laying to rest insinuations made in certain source-less reports making unfounded speculations that a supposed contest for the NDDC chairmanship may be causing a rift in the party.
Other well-sourced reports have corroborated Ize-Iyamu’s assertion as members and leaders of the APC in Edo State have expressed satisfaction and overwhelming confidence in the party’s direction under the leadership of Col. David Imuse [Rtd].
Engineer Sule commissions remodeled Nasarawa Governor’s lodge in Asokoro
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commissioned the remodeled Nasarawa Governor’s Lodge, in Asokoro, Abuja.
Commissioning the massive edifice during a brief ceremony, Engineer Sule, emphasized that the structure is not just for the use of the Governor of the state, but the entire people of Nasarawa State, urging stakeholders to utilize the facility to showcase the state.
“This place is actually not a Governor’s Lodge but for the people of Nasarawa State. Any time you have the opportunity to invite investors, partners coming to see Nasarawa State, please feel to come here and have your first meeting with them.
“This will show them that we are serious in the state,” the Governor said.
Engineer Sule commended the immediate past administration of Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, for upgrading both the Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, as well as converting the Nasarawa State Liaison Office in to a hotel.
According to the Governor, on his assumption of office, his administration leased out the hotel built by the former governor to an investors at the rate of N100m per annum.
“Instead of using, we leased out the hotel at the rate of N100m annually to an investors. We took the money for two years and invested the N200m to remodel the Governor’s Lodge,” he explained.
On his part, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Liaison Office, Hon. Yusuf Maianguwa, said the state government lodge before the coming of the present administration was an eyesore.
While commending the administration of Engineer Sule for remodelling the lodge, the SSA however appealed for government to conduct meetings and other official engagements at the newly commissioned lodge.
Prominent sons and daughters of the state, including the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Muhammad Abdullahi Hassan, member Federal House of Representative, Hon. Abdulmumini Ari, Director General A. A Sule Campaign Organization, Senator John Damboyi, two former deputy governors namely Senator Solomon Ewuga and Chief Micheal Abdul.
Others are, Alhaji Bala Tafida, former SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Tijani and former zonal APC vice chairman, North Central, Alhaji Suleiman Wambai, among others.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s NDDC Chairmanship Ambition Causing Disunity In Edo APC Family
The embattled 2020 Edo APC Guber candidate, Pastor Osagie ize Iyamu is facing another fresh challenges that may set the party in the state on fire over his quest to get the chairmanship of the NDDC board.
In a move considered by many in the APC as wicked and greedy, the embattled Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is supporting and sponsoring one of the internally displaced Politicians in Edo State, Barr. Washington Osifo to sue the Attorney Seneral, the Senate, the minister of the Niger delta, the NDDC and the Sole Administrator.
In the originating summons, filed at the Federal High Court Benin Division , Barr Washington Osifo is asking the court to sack the nddc management board as presently constituted, to pave the way for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is pushing to be announced as the chairman of the board.
Globaltimesnigeria.com investigations revealed, that as a plan B, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has also pencilled down Mr Lucky Imasuen in the event that he fails to emerge.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu told some of his supporters that he wants the chairmanship of the board to be able to run and finance the state Chapter of the APC that is in tatters. Some of his supporters are of the view that nothing will come out of his legal tussles with the PDP and Gov Obaseki hence his quest to pursue the NDDC Chairmanship.
A section of the APC party Faithfuls are warming up for war with the Guber candidate, they are of the opinion that pastor Osagie ize Iyamu brought political misfortune upon the party and that he has lost his political capital because he even lost his local government, senatorial district and the state to the PDP.
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