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Robbers Invade Church, Rape Teenager, Shot Another

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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Robbers Invade Church, Rape Teenager, Shot Another. Armed robbers on the early hours of Wednesday invaded one of the Assemblies of God churches in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, and raped a girl inside the church.
The hoodlums reportedly shot another girl on the laps while she was trying to resist also being raped.
The Assemblies of God church where the incident occurred is under construction and is located at Azuiyiokwu in the capital city.
Youths belonging to the drama wing of the church were said to be having all night rehearsal in preparation for a drama programme scheduled for Friday, when they where attacked by the hoodlums.
The attack was said to have occurred between 1.00 and 2.00am.
The hoodlums also carted away some equipment belonging to the church during the attack
Other members who were in the church for the same programme were said to have fled for safety when the robbers struck.
When our correspondent visited the church, the pastor in charge was not available, but some elders of the church confirmed the report, but pleaded for time to gather all the necessary information on the incident before speaking.

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West African Examination Council To release results on monday

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West African Examination Council (WAEC) To release results on monday

The West African Examination Council WAEC has announced that they will be releasing their SSCE results on Monday the 2nd of November 2020

The examination board announced this on their Twitter account

Recall that the results were meant to be released last week but they announced that it was postponed to this week due to the security problems and riots in the country.

The West African Examination Council announced that the results will come out by 10:30 am

West African Examination Council (WAEC) To release results on Monday

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US Special military forces rescues an American citizen in Nigeria

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US military forces rescued an American citizen in Nigeria, the Pentagon said on Saturday, days after he was kidnapped by gunmen in the south of neighbouring Niger and apparently taken across the border.

The hostage, Philip Walton, was abducted Monday night on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border with Nigeria.

Walton is safe and in the care of the US State Department, the Pentagon said in a statement. US forces did not suffer any casualties in the rescue operation, it added.

“The United States is committed to the safe return of all US citizens taken captive,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement.

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“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a US citizen,” he said.

President Donald Trump hailed the rescue operation.

“Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today. Details to follow!,” he tweeted.

Niger’s Defence Minister Issoufou Katambe had earlier confirmed the hostage release to AFP without giving details about how he had been freed.

Local officials had said this week that the kidnappers had called the man’s father to demand a ransom, though the family did not confirm this.

Walton had been living in Massalata with his wife and child for two years, according to his father, who himself has been in Niger for nearly 30 years.

Niger lies in the heart of the vast Sahel region, which is struggling with a jihadist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.

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US forces have two drone bases in Agadez and Dirkou, in northern Niger. Their aircraft provide significant support to the French anti-jihadist Barkhane force.

In October 2017, four American Special Forces soldiers and five Nigerien soldiers were killed in an ambush in Tongo Tongo, near Mali, in southwestern Niger.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

Several Westerners are currently being held hostage in the region, including American aid worker Jeffery Woodke, who was kidnapped in the central town of Abalak in 2016 and is believed to be in neighbouring Mali now.

Three Europeans, including 75-year-old French charity worker Sophie Petronin, were released by their captors in Mali earlier this month under a prisoner swap arranged by the Malian government.

In August, six French aid workers and two Niger citizens were killed in the Koure wildlife reserve west of Niamey, in an attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.ci

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FG threatens to make migration difficult for doctors

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Dr Osagie Ehanire, The Minister for Health, made it clear that the federal government will do everything within her power to discourage doctors from travelling outside Nigeria.

The Minister said that the government will provide adequate medical facilities and also provide incentives that will discourage the Doctors from traveling outside the country, he said this on Friday in Abuja after inspecting the Cancer Centre in the National Hospital Abuja.

He said “I have heard the challenge of doctors leaving the country. We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria and make such migration unattractive,”

Dr Osagie Ehanire praised the hospital staffs and administration, and encouraged them to better, he urged the hospital to be ready incase the global corona virus resurface again as seen in other countries. He advised the hospital to make judicious use of the funds made available to them.

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He added “Schools are resuming, people are travelling in and out the country so we must be prepared for any emergency”.

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