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2015 Elections: Testing the popularity of Ebira Senatorial candidates

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By Amina-Ann Onozasi Salami
On the 14th of March 2015, the clock of change stopped ticking, a huge dark cloud loomed and the embers of sorrow struck light. The evil whispers of the evening wind sang the funeral dirge " Abdulazeez Omeiza Aliyu the gallant unwavering freedom fighter have taken a bow, AOA has gone to the great beyond" Late Abdulazeez Omeiza Aliyu fondly called AOA died in a car accident alongside his brother Late have left many hearts thrown into grief and wailings, although most of us never met him personally, the shock and grief we felt were great-words cannot express.
AOA was not just a distinguished citizen he was also a noble son of Ebiraland. A young man in his prime with a great commitment to his motherland on his shoulders when he was caught mangled in the accident.
Those who rationalise sorrow in circumstance like this would offer comfort that "Only the good die young",but that is poor comfort for his family and the people of Ebiraland who h…

Breaking News: 80 year old kidnapped American missionary freed in Kogi

Per Second News has reported the release of the 80 year old kidnapped American missionary.Banabas Attah, Per Second News, Lokoja---American missionary Phyllis Sortor, who was kidnapped last month by masked gunmen in Kogi State, Nigeria, has been freed.Security agents in Nigeria refused to provide details of her release, but said it involved some form of negotiations.Per Second News report last month reveal that five men abducted Sortor, a missionary from Seattle with the Free Methodist Church, from her workplace February 23 and demanded a ransom of 60 million Naira ($301,500), and confirmed by Kogi state police Commissioner Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi said.In a week long operation led by members of the Kogi Police and a team of FBI officials who flew into Kogi last week, the 80 year old American was released Friday after a long negotiation with the kidnappers.Journalists in Kogi state had a spat with the American F.B.I agents  who refused Nigerian journalists from interviewing the released v…

Police kill notorious hoodlum in 9-hr gun battle in Ilorin

By Demola AkinyemiILORIN—A notorious hoodlum, who has been terrorising Ilorin and environ was killed yesterday at Pakata area of the city, while an army officer sustained severe injury in a fierce battle that lasted nine hours.Eye witness account told Vanguard that Anifowoshe community in Pakata, Ilorin, Kwara State capital, was a theatre of war in the battle between the hoodlum and a combined team of Army, Airforce and Police.Residents of the area were held hostage for hours, while the main road around Government Girls Day Secondary School was blocked by the security team, thus preventing vehicular movement from both sides.The suspect, believed to be in his thirties, suspected to be a policeman from Okene, Kogi State, reportedly rented an apartment in the area for his wife and aged mother  from where he had been carrying out his nefarious activities.The source said:  “In the ensuing crossfire, the suspect was said to have been gunned down,while an unidentified man of Nigeria Army amo…