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Today's Headlines: EFCC Arrests Another Politician; EFCC Must Respect Sen Orji’s Rights – PDPCO

EFCC Arrests Another Politician

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria has arrested a former Imo State Deputy Governor, Chief Gerard Alphonsus Irona.

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According to Nigerian News Daily, Irona, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and deputy to former Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha, was arrested on Thursday by EFCC officials.

Irona was apprehended at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja around 10 a.m. and taken to the EFCC headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, for questioning.

Irona, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives from the Oguta/Ohaji Egbema/Oru West Federal Constituency, is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

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EFCC must respect Sen Orji’s rights – PDPCO

The Peoples Democratic Party Coalition (PDPCO), an umbrella body of Nigeria's main opposition party, has stated that the request by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize the international passport of Senator Theordore Orji, former Governor of Abia State and current representative of Abia Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, was an aberration.

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The PDPCO stated in a press statement signed by its National Coordinator, Chief Emeka Kalu, and sent to DAILY POST on Friday that the EFCC's action was highly condemnable, expressing dismay that there are a flood of corruption allegations on the table of the EFCC but remained unattended because they involved loyalists to the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.

Tension as gunmen kill five Modakeke farmers

Five indigenes of Modekeke town in Osun state, who were said to be on their way to their farm in Toro Village in the early hours of Friday, were reportedly killed by unknown gunmen.

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Mr. Femi Eluyinka, a community leader in Modakeke who confirmed the incident to The PUNCH, said some members of the community and police operatives had evacuated the corpses.

According to Eluyinka, the incident has heightened tensions in the community.

“Police operatives have arrived,” he said. Tensions are rising. Five of them were Modakeke residents who were killed this morning on Toro Road. They were on their way to their farm.”

Terrorist attack kills 120 people in Burkina Faso

Over 120 people were killed in a terrorist attack that occurred after fighting in a remote area of Burkina Faso near the border with Mali, according to country officials on Friday.

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According to a government statement issued Thursday night, 65 civilians and 58 jihadists were killed in the attack, which occurred near the town of Arbinda in the country's north.

A bloodbath ensued as members of a terrorist militia and the army engaged in fierce gun battles.

On Thursday, the country's police announced on Facebook that they had routed 400 jihadists.

Furthermore, security forces claimed to have recovered a large amount of weapons and ammunition from the scene.

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EFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Gerard Alphonsus Irona Orji PDP


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