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Lands Commissioner warns against erection of structures on Oruru Egwu layout, others

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Imo State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, Chief Enyinna Onuegbu has warned those erecting structures in Oruru Egwe/Station Layout, Oguta in Oguta Local Government to desist forthwith as the land belongs to the state Government.

 Addressing Executives of Oguta Amaeshi Community Development Union in his office on Thursday, February 4, Onuegbu expressed the displeasure of the state Government that some unscrupulous persons in previous administrations disenfranchised original owners of their Certificate of Occupancy for the land, warning that those erecting unauthorized structures in the land are doing so at their own peril.

The Commissioner commended the Oguta Amaeshi Community Development Union for conducting their affairs in a lawful manner, and advised them to investigate further on the status of the litigation in the Court, saying that despite the injunctions in the court, some people are still building on the land.

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 The Commissioner gave the assurance that the Government of Governor Hope Uzodinma is determined to set things right and make the people happy, assuring them that they will hear from the state Government within 7 days.

 Earlier in an address presented by Barr. R. N. Mberekpe, President General on behalf of Oguta Amaeshi Community Development Union, the Oguta people appealed to the Commissioner to reactivate the Special Committee for the Actualization of Oruru Egwe/Station Layout, Oguta saying that the layouts came on board during the time of late Sam Mbakwe in 1983 and was backed up with a gazette and statutory rights of occupancies given out to beneficiaries.

 According to them, the layouts were dormant for about 37 years , and appealed to the Commissioner to approach Governor Uzodinma on their behalf to get the suspension lifted and constitute a new Committee so that developments will continue to thrive in the area.

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Three construction workers kidnapped in Ondo

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Nigerian Police

Three construction workers have been kidnapped along Ikaramu-Akunnu Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State on Tuesday evening by some unknown gunmen.

The workers whose name has not yet been revealed were working at the ongoing rehabilitation of Ikaramu-Akunnu road when the hoodlums struck.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident, saying an investigation had commenced into it.

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“Our men are already in the area to rescue the victims,” the PPRO stated.

The traditional ruler of Ikaram, Oba Andrew Momodu, in a reaction, confirmed that the workers were kidnapped after they closed for the day’s job.

According to him, the hoodlums struck when the expatriate contractor handling the project had just left with his policemen.

The monarch appealed for more security men to comb the forest for a rescue operation.

Similarly, the Alauga of Auga Akoko, Oba Samuel Agunloye, added, “The incessant kidnapping and other criminal acts are now worrisome in the area.”

It was gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Okeagbe Akoko, Mr Ade Akinwande, has led other officers to search the forest in a bid to rescue and release the victims.

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Airtel signs $500m loan with Bank of America, others

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Airtel signs $500m loan with Bank of America, others

Airtel Africa has announced the signing of a new $500m loan facility with a group of relationship banks to partially refinance the group’s €750m Euro-denominated bond (c.$880m) due May 20, 2021.

In a statement signed on Wednesday, by its Group Company Secretary, Simon O’Hara, the banks that participated in the facility include, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citibank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, and two Indian relationship banks, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank.

O’Hara said the new committed facility consisted of a combination of a revolving credit facility and term loans with tenor of up to four years.

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He stated that the balance of the Euro-denominated bond would be repaid with existing group cash to reduce gross debt and associated interest costs.

“The new loan facility further strengthens the core liquidity of the group,” the group said in the statement.

The telecommunication company also said it had prepayment flexibilities that would allow the group to optimize the efficiency of its capital structure with the free cash flows and cash receipts anticipated over the next 12 months, following the recent announcements related to tower sales and mobile money minority investments.

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Reigning Mrs. World, Caroline Jurie resigns, runner up takes over

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Reigning Mrs. World resigns, runner up takes over

The reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, has resigned her title, the organization running the pageant, said late on Tuesday, weeks after she was involved in a controversy at the Mrs Sri Lanka event.

I stand proud today, knowing that I stood up for what is right. I believe the Mrs World Crown stands for a purpose,” Jurie wrote in a statement shared on her Instagram page.

She continued: “I know Mrs World Inc. does not condone malpractices. Therefore, wearing the Mrs World crown and holding the title on unfair grounds go against the purpose of ensuring a fair and equal stage for every woman.”

” Hence, I am stepping down from the title of Mrs World 2020 and I am handing over my Mrs World 2020 Crown. I hereby terminate the Mrs World 2020 contract I entered into on November 4, 2019, with Mrs World Inc.”

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Jurie was arrested and released on bail this month after a fracas at the Mrs Sri Lanka pageant in Colombo, where Jurie forcibly removed the winner’s crown, claiming the other woman was a divorcee and not qualified to win the title.

“Her voluntary resignation decision was made solely by Caroline herself,” Mrs World Inc said late on Tuesday, in a news release on social media.

Jurie was not immediately reachable for comment.

Kate Schneider of Ireland, the runner-up in the 2020 contest which Jurie won, will be the new Mrs World 2020, the organization said.

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