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Today's Headlines:Kidnappers Kill 1 Abduct 3 In Kwara, Emeritus Methodist Prelate Mbang Dies At 86

Suspected Kidnappers Kill 1, Abduct 3 In Kwara

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The Police Command in Kwara has confirmed the killing of one person and abduction of three others by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.

The Spokesman of the command, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said the incident took place on Tuesday at Ijara-Isin, in Isin Local Government Area of the state.

Okasanmi said that operatives have been drafted to the area to rescue the victims and arrest the suspects.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, gave the name of the dead person as Adeyemi of Pamo Isin.

Emeritus Methodist Prelate, Mbang, Dies At 86

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The Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr Sunday Mbang, has died at the age of 86.

The Conference Secretary of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Babatunde Taiwo, in an announcement, said Mbang died on Wednesday.

Mourning the deceased, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Mbang displayed exemplary courage, forthrightness, wisdom, intellectualism and selflessness during his service to God and humanity.

He said, “I commiserate with all Methodists in Nigeria and the Diaspora, on the passing of His Eminence, Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Coffie Mbang.

“Heartfelt condolences particularly to the Mbang family, and also the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State.

“The late Prelate Emeritus Mbang was indeed a spiritual colossus at home and abroad: the longest-serving Leader, Methodist Church Nigeria; first Methodist President, Christian Association of Nigeria; first Black President, World Methodist Council, among other pioneering positions.


On behalf of the government and great people of Anambra State, the Governor, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo CFR, expresses deep condolences to the bereaved families and organisations, particularly the US Embassy, over the death of their staff and policemen who were attacked by gunmen along Atani-Osamala Road, Ogbaru Local Government Area on Tuesday, 16th May 2023 while they were on a mission in Anambra State. 

We strongly condemn the heinous and unprovoked attack. Over the last one year, we have worked very hard with our gallant security forces to massively degrade criminality and restore law and order. We can proudly assert that Anambra is currently one of the safest states in Nigeria. 

Only two weeks ago, the dreaded and notorious criminal gang leader operating mostly in a neighboring state was gunned down with four of his team members when they made incursion into Anambra and recovered huge deadly weapons. The criminals are largely on the run or feeling the heat of our zero tolerance to criminality. 

This incident in a remote riverine community in Ogbaru local government is a reminder that patches of these criminal gangs can still unleash senseless and murderous acts.

Whatever the identity or motive of the attackers, Anambra State government will actively work with the security agencies to smoke out the criminals and bring them to justice. 

We call on anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the criminals to offer same on our secured security phone numbers or to any of the security agencies and such informant will be handsomely rewarded. Investigations are underway.

We assure our residents and visitors of our continued commitment to law and order. If anything, this incident has emboldened our drive.

As the investigation continues, it is important to highlight an important preliminary takeaway from the facts so far. It is evident from reports by the various security agencies in the state that the visiting team made their own security arrangements and totally bypassed the existing security architecture in the state and the state government was not aware of the “humanitarian mission” of the visiting team.  

In a place like parts of Ogbaru where security forces have been fighting the criminals and oil bunkerers, the sight of few policemen can indeed attract vengeance from the criminal gangs. Correcting such lapses and ensuring better coordination will help prevent such avoidable incidents in the future.

The Government of Anambra State once again, expresses its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims. We reassure the United States Embassy in Nigeria of our unwavering commitment to the safety and security of its officials in our State. 

Together, we will prevail over those who seek to disrupt the peace and stability of our society.

The US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, on Tuesday, May 16, called President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

In a statement released by Blinken's office says during the call, Blinken emphasized his continued commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration. 

It further stated that the Secretary noted that the U.S.-Nigeria partnership is built on shared interests and strong people-to-people ties and that those links should continue to strengthen under President-elect Tinubu’s tenure. 

The statement added that Secretary Blinken and President-elect Tinubu discussed the importance of inclusive leadership that represents all Nigerians, continued comprehensive security cooperation, and reforms to support economic growth.

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