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Kidnapped Assistant Commissioner of Police rescued

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An Assistant Commissioner of police, ACP Emmanuel Agene, serving in Gusau, Zamfara State who was abducted while traveling with members of his family along the Birnin-Gwari –Funtua road on September 27 , 2017 has been rescued .

Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. Agyole Abeh made the disclosure of the rescue on Sunday while briefing newsmen in his office.

According to the Commissioner, “immediately we received the news of the kidnap of the ACP and his family members, the manhunt on the kidnappers was immediately activated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) intelligence team and the anti kidnappers squad of Kaduna command.

“I am happy to inform you that the police officer and others have been rescued and the officer is in a stable condition at a police facility undergoing check up”.

He explained that the kidnappers gave the officer an opportunity to speak with them perhaps not knowing who he was, and being a senior police officer, he used a coded language that aided his rescue.

“Immediately we mounted steady air surveillance at a low level following the coded information he gave as to the location, and we successfully secured their release” the Kaduna Commissioner said.

He however said no arrest of the kidnappers has been made as at the time of the briefing, but assured that the police will not leave any stone unturned towards ensuring the apprehension of the abductors.

He said that concerted effort was in place to track the telephone of the officer which is still active and in possession of the kidnappers.

It would be recalled that the police officer and three members of his family were said to be travelling in a Hi-lux van when they ran into the armed bandits who forced their vehicle to stop and whisked them away in another vehicle.

ACP Agene is of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Zamfara State who was travelling to Niger State on permission for an assignment.

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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