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Otedola, Arthur Eze, Emmanuel, Others Win 2018 Zik Leadership Prize

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The chairman of Forte Oil Plc, Femi Otedola, and the governors of Akwa Ibom and Niger states, Udom Emmanuel and Abubakar Sanni-Bello, were among the winners of the 2018 Zik Prize in Leadership Awards.

Announcing the winners on Wednesday in Lagos, Pat Utomi, a member of the advisory board of the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre, said they were named after thorough scrutiny by the panel in charge of selection.

The Zik Prize in Leadership Awards was instituted in 1995 to award prizes to exceptional leaders in honour of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president of Nigeria.

“The purpose of this award is to encourage and nurture leadership in the African continent and diaspora,” Mr Utomi said.

In the political leadership category, the former Ghanaian president, John Mahama, and John Odigie-Oyegun, the first national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, were named winners.

While Mr Otedola and Arthur Eze, founder of Atlas Oranto Petroleum, were named winners in the leadership in the business category; Messrs Emmanuel and Sanni-Bello received the prize for good governance “given their achievements in governing their respective states.”

For the leadership in public service category, Shyngle Wigwe, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority, and Ibe Kachikwu, the minister of state for petroleum, were selected for the category of leadership in public service.

In the professional leadership category, Oye Ibidapo-Obe, former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, and Philips Oduoza, the chairman and founder of NOVA merchant bank limited emerged the winners.

The wife of the governor of Ekiti State, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, was named the winner of the Humanitarian Leadership category.

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Man Kills Self in Rivers After Lover Ended Relationship

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A middle-aged man, popularly known as Tailor, has committed suicide after his lover allegedly jilted him in Rivers State.

The incident, it was learnt, happened around 10pm on Saturday at Omuokiri village, Aluu community, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the victim hung himself in the night after his lover abruptly ended their relationship.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the man hailed from Kogi State, but lived in Aluu community, where he sew clothes for people.

The eyewitness added that the late tailor’s lover, whose name had yet to be ascertained, ended their relationship for reasons yet unknown after she visited him.

The source stated that neighbours tried to prevail on the lady to reconsider her decision to no avail, as she insisted on packing her belongings from the man’s apartment.

The source said, “The incident happened last night (Saturday). The young man was with his lover in the room when the problem started.

“The lady said she was no longer interested in the relationship. She packed her things and left the house. It was later that one of our neighbours found out that tailor had hung himself.

“As I speak to you, there is trouble in the compound, because the people of Aluu said what the tailor did was a taboo in the community. They have locked the gate and asked everybody to pack out till traditional cleansing is done in the compound.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were investigating the circumstances that lead to the man’s death.

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Bandits Kill 13 Family Members, One Other in Kogi

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Fourteen people, including 13 members of the same family were killed in an early morning attack by suspected bandits on Wednesday in Agudu, in the Kogi/Kotonkarfe Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba, while briefing journalists on the activities of the command, said “the 13 family members were wiped out” by the attackers, adding that another person was killed, while six persons sustained injuries.

He said when the police got to the village, the bandits had left, adding that normalcy had been restored to the area.

The CP, who noted that the attack could have been triggered by age-long communal disputes in the community, described it as unfortunate.

He said, “A man and 12 family members were killed. His son is the only survivor. Another person was killed, while those injured have been taken to  the hospital.”

The police boss further disclosed that the killers of the late Innocent Ofodile, owner of popular Chuck’s Supermarket in Lokoja, who was murdered on Lokoja-Abuja Road, had been arrested.

He explained that one Vincent Omogor, who was arrested for kidnapping, confessed that he and his gang members were responsible for the killing of Offodile.

The CP said the gang carried out the killing “on the order of one of his shop attendants, who complained of not being attended to when he approached him for financial assistance when his father died.”

Meanwhile, parading 23 other criminals, the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, said the hoodlums were picked from different parts of the state.

The PPRO explained that the suspects were arrested for armed robbery, banditry, kidnapping, and possession of illegal firearms, among other crimes.

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‘I Have Killed Five Kidnap Victims’

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A suspected member of a kidnap gang, Musa Umar, has narrated his role as the executioner of the criminal group.

Umar, 22, was paraded alongside his gang members and other suspects in Abuja on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.

The suspect revealed that he joined the gang in Kaduna about three years ago, adding that his duty was to kill kidnap victims.

The suspect, who spoke in Hausa, disclosed that he had so far killed three men and two women, all from Katsina State.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said, “I am a farmer and also a kidnapper. I was engaged to kill victims by my gang members and so far, I have killed five persons. They comprised three men and two women, and they were all from Katsina State.”

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