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Abducted OSUSTECH lecturer found dead

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A professor in the Department of Mathematical Science, Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State, Gideon Okedayo, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen last week has reportedly died in the captivity.

The Chairman, Joint Action Committee of Staff Unions of OSUSTECH, Mr. Temidayo Temola confirmed this to the Punch on Tuesday.

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Gunmen kill journalist in Nasarawa

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Gunmen have killed a former treasurer of the Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Benjamin Ekom.

The Newsmen reports that the killing of Ekom, who was also a former Information Officer with the Akun Local Government Council of the state, comes barely seven days after the killing of five people in the state.

On July 27, five people were reported killed with 14 others still missing at the Dausu community in the Toto Local Government Area of the state.

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The traditional ruler of the Aren-Akun community, Alhaji Usman Galadima-Umbugadu, who spoke to reporters on the incident on Tuesday, described the killing as unfortunate and barbaric.

Ekom, who was also a former Secretary-General of Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA) was killed late on Aug. 3 at his house in Washo, Akun.

Galadima-Umbugadu described Ekom as a committed subject whose contributions would be missed by the chiefdom.

“Yes, it is true that my subject, who served as the ECDA secretary, was attacked and killed in his house in the Washo community by gunmen.

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“This is unfortunate, barbaric, and uncalled.’’

The monarch said that Ekom contributed a lot to the development of the chiefdom, advising the family and the community to take solace in God.

Also speaking, Mr. Adams Makka-Nangba, District Head of Wakama community, described Ekom’s death as not only a great loss to the family but to the entire Akun chiefdom.

“It is said that Benjamin Ekom, the former ECDA Secretary-General, was assassinated in his house yesterday night.”

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Makka-Nangba prayed for the repose of the soul of the former information officer.

Spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, Mr. Ramhan Nansel, told Newsmen that he was yet to receive information on the death of Ekom.

“I am yet to get that information. I will make my finding,’’ Nansel said.

Meanwhile, the corpse of the murdered journalist has been deposited at a hospital mortuary in Akwanga.

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British monarchs celebrate Meghan Markle on her birthday

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The members of the British royal family have taken to social media to wish Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, a happy birthday as she turns 39.

The head of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth, took to the royal family’s official Instagram account to send good wishes.

The celebration is expected to be low key as she now lives in pandemic wracked California, where she moved with her husband, Prince Harry and son Archie early this year.

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For the UK Royal family, however, Meghan being out of sight is not out of mind, as the Queen led the tweeting of birthday greetings.

The Royal Family in a tweeted message, accompanied by a balloon and cake emoji, said:

“Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday!”

It was shared alongside a photograph of the Queen and Meghan during a visit to Chester in 2018 – the only engagement the former actress performed solo with the Queen during her time with the Royal Family.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William then joined in the well-wishing, with Kensington Palace sharing a photograph of Meghan smiling at a child along with the message: “Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex today!”

Charles and Camilla’s account, Clarence House, then added: “Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!”

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74-year-old woman exhumes husband’s bones, attempts to fly it in luggage to Armenia

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A 74-year-old Armenian woman was stopped at Munich airport and human bones were found in her luggage, German federal police said on Tuesday.

Officials found the remains in a wooden box and subsequently called on customs officers, a doctor and the public prosecutor to examine the strange case.

Together with her 52-year-old daughter, the woman wanted to fly the bones from her home in Greece to Armenia, via Munich and Kiev.

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The deceased was to be laid to rest in his former home country.

Documents showed that the man had died in 2008 and was buried at his place of residence near Thessaloniki.

Federal police found the transfer of the remains to be lawful, and the public prosecutor also saw no grounds for a criminal investigation.

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The women were allowed to continue on their journey, together with the bones.

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