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Nnamdi Kanu sick in prison – IPOB

 The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) said its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is presently ill at the Kuje Prison, where he is being held for alleged…

 The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) said its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is presently ill at the Kuje Prison, where he is being held for alleged treason.

The group, in a press statement signed by its spokespersons; Emma Nmezu and Clifford Iroanya described as most shocking, the arrest and detention of any member of his family who dared to visit him in prison.

“We condemn the incessant harassment and security threats towards our leader, who has been indetention since Oct 14th 2015 in Kuje prison Abuja and the harassment of the members, friends and relatives, who went to visit him in prison,” the statement said.

IPOB also accused prison authorities of shooting poisonous gas into Nnamdi Kanu’s cell to suffocate him.

“We have warned before and will continue to warn mankind that the world should pray nothing happens to our leader, because if his present illness gets worse the IPOB worldwide will not take it easy with the Nigerian government,” the group added.

Kogi probes diversion of N230m pension funds

Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Kogi State Government has said it is investigating five officials of the State Pension Board over alleged diversion of N230million pension funds into private pockets.

The Auditor-General for Local Government in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Ododo disclosed this at the weekend, while speaking on the ‘Radio Kogi Guest Forum Programme’ monitored by our correspondent.

Ododo, who is a member of the ongoing staff verification exercise in the state, said the fraud in the pension board was uncovered in course of the committee’s assignment.

He said the five officials facing investigation over the fraud would be made to refund all monies if found culpable of the allegation, adding that they would also be made to face the wrath of the law so as to serve as deterrent to others.

Ododo said “The screening of workers and pensioners is going to be a continuous exercise. No authentic staff or pensioner would have any cause to fear. Governor Yahaya Bello led administration in the state has high regards for both workers and pensioners.”

Daily Trust reports that the state government owes 9,000 pensioners arrears of pensions ranging from four to eight months, a situation that has been blamed on the alleged diversion of the pension funds.

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