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EX NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL OBODO RELEASED FROM ABDUCTORS

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Ex midfielder, Christian Obodo, who was abducted by unknown gunmen along Refinery Road, Warri in Delta State yesterday, has been released.

Delta State Police Command Public Relations Officer Onome Onovawakpoyeya confirmed to men that the 36-year-old was abducted while buying bananas along the Refinery Road.

In an interview with Brila FM, Obodo, who has 21 caps and four for Nigeria said he was locked up in a car trunk for hours and robbed by the abductors.

“It was really discomforting locked up in a hot car trunk for hours,” Obodo told Brila FM.

“The kidnappers were even telling me about how they lost money for placing bets on Nigeria to score in the second half.

“They didn’t hurt me or intimidate me but I can’t understand the reason for anyone to want to put me through this sort of thing over again.”

It’s the second time the former Udinese midfielder will be kidnapped by gunmen.

He was first abducted on June 9, 2012, on his way to church in Effurun, Warri.

But the day after he was taken, police tracked his abductors to Isoko, just outside Warri, where they found Obodo and arrested some suspects.

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Okorocha Reacts to Killing Of Borno Farmers

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Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday reacted to the recent killing of farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents describing it as a great insult to Nigeria.

Okorocha who is also a Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district called on the executive arm of government to rise up and prevent the re-occurrence of the terrible incident.

The killing in Borno State is an eyesore and very provocating. The killing in Borno is just an insult to this nation, a great insult to this country. Action should be taken to stop to show that, this is too much.

So, I urge you the executives to rise up to the occasion and ensure the security of lives and properties in Nigeria, which is the number one constitutional requirement of the government,” he said.

Okorocha made this statement during a visit to Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule over the demise of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairman in the state, Philips Shekwo.

Governor Sule had earlier on Tuesday announced that the killer of the APC Chairman has been arrested.

He identified the killer as Muhammad Usman, a notorious kidnapper who confessed to the crime

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Okonjo-Iweala Named Forbes Africa Person Of The Year

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Forbes Africa has named Nigeria’s former Finance Minister and a candidate for the office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2020.

The announcement was made this on Tuesday via a post on its official handle @forbesafrica.

“The 2020 #AfricanOftheYear Award honoree is…Congratulations to Dr. @NOlweala! Board Chair @Gavi; Board Chair @ARCapicity, gracing the cover of @forbesafrica,” the tweet read

Okonjo-Iweala in response said she is thrilled to be honoured and to be following the footsteps of her brothers Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Nigeria’s Femi Adesina.

“Thrilled to be named @forbesafrica-CNBC 2020 African of the Year following in the footsteps of my great Brothers @PaulKagame and @akin_adesina,” the  66-year-old said.

Okonjo-Iweala also dedicated the award to fellow Africans facing the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspire me!” she added.

Okonjo-Iweala’s joined the list of eminent Africans to have received the award.

In 2019, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), won the award for his outstanding work at the bank and a sterling career in agriculture and finance.

Paul Kagame of Rwanda won the same prize in 2018.

Other eminent Nigerians to have bagged the award are Muhammad Sanusi II (2011), former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Aliko Dangote (2014), president of the Dangote Group.

Sanusi won the first edition in 2011, Adesina has claimed the gong twice — 2013 and 2019, while Okonjo-Iweala is also the first Nigerian woman to be honoured with the prize.

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