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JUST IN: 10 abducted Bethel Baptist High School Students Regain Freedom

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Ten more out of the 21 students of Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna, kidnapped by bandits on Sunday regained their freedom.

The students were released this afternoon and have since been returned to their parents.

The state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. John Joseph Hayab, told DAILY POST that the remaining 11 students are still in the hands of the bandits.

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He said, “We are still pleading with the bandits to please have mercy on the students and the parents to release the students for them to be reunited with their parents and for the parents to have peace in their hearts.

“The trauma that both the abducted students and the parents have gone through for about three months is so devastating and hope the bandits will please see reasons to release the students to their parents.”

He thanked have all Nigerians for their prayers and support and expressed confidence that the prayers of his children would not go in vain, calling on Nigerians to continue to pray for the release of those in captivity.

Recalls that the 121 students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna, were abducted in their school on 5th July 2021 and since then they have been released in batches with 11 of the abducted students still in the hands of the kidnappers.

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READ ALSO: JUST IN: Again, Gunmen Attack Kaduna Community, Abduct 18 Residents

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Drama As Ortom Busts Illegal Revenue Checkpoint In Benue, Arrests Operators [PHOTOS]

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Luck ran out on a gang of illegal checkpoint operators at Abinsi, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Sunday, October 24, 2021, when Governor Samuel Ortom busted their operations.

Governor Ortom’s attention was drawn to the activities of the illegal revenue operators when he noticed the harassment of heavy-duty vehicles that were detained at the checkpoint on his way from Kwande Local Government.

He then ordered his convoy to stop to find out why many vehicles were parked at the checkpoint.

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As soon as he alighted from his car, some of the youths at the checkpoint took to their heels.

He discovered, during an interaction with drivers of the vehicles, that the checkpoint operators were collecting money from motorists without issuing them receipts, a development that prompted the Governor to order the arrest of four of the operators who could not run.

The Governor directed that those who fled should also be apprehended and thoroughly investigated alongside the four suspects to unravel benefactors of the proceeds from their illegal collections.

He explained that within a very short time, the checkpoint operators collected more than N20,000 from the commuters without issuing them receipts.

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Governor Ortom lamented that despite the collections, nothing goes to the government as such monies are diverted into private pockets for individual use.

READ ALSO: Ortom Vows To Drag Akume To Court Over Allegations

DAILY POST reports that he vowed to sanction the management of the Board of Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, for failure to supervise and ensure the right thing was done.

Governor Ortom said he will henceforth, personally carry out surprise checks on the activities of checkpoint operators in the state.

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The four suspects were then handed over to the Police for further investigation.

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EFCC Grills Ex-Senate President

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A former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is currently being grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a case of corruption and diversion of public funds.

Anyim who arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3pm, is currently being grilled by a team of operatives.

Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, were sketchy as of press time, a source familiar with the case informed that, it is tied to the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Senator Stella Oduah.

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Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.

READ ALSO: Varsity Graduate Awaiting NYSC Mobilization, Allegedly Raped To Death

When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said he has not been briefed.

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Mr. Macaroni Confronts Policemen Over Alleged 30k Extortion Of A Young Man

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A video making the rounds shows actor, comedian and content creator, Mr. Macaroni (Debo Adedayo), confronting policemen over their dealings with a young man.

In the video, a young man carrying dreadlocks and backpack can be seen explaining to Mr. Macaroni that he was made to transfer N30,000 to an account by the officers.

Some of the officers then started pleading with the comedian-turned activist.

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However, one of the policemen could be seen recording the person making the video in spite of his colleagues’ attempt to stop him.

Some youths that recognised Debo, stopped to ask what was happening.

One of the officers was heard telling them “kosi kan kan” (‘nothing is wrong/happening’).

On the body of a police Hilux truck packed at the scene was written “The Nigeria Police Ogudu Division”.

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A source said the event was streamed live on Instagram by Mr. Macaroni.

The star was a key figure of the #EndSARS movement that climaxed with the Lekki Tollgate shootings.

READ ALSO: State Of The Nation: Clergy Berates FG For Hoarding Truth from Nigerians

Also, last Wednesday, which was the first anniversary of the infamous October 20, 2020 incident, saw Mr. Macaroni and other stars at Lekki Tollgate for a memorial.

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