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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 * * VOLUME 26

NO. 181

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Kattey: Kidnappers fed me with roasted plantain DENNIS NAKU, Port Harcourt

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•L-r: Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings and Transcorp; Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East and Africa; Dr Awele Elumelu, Chairman, Transcorp Hilton Ikoyi and Valentine Ozigbo, MD/CEO, Transcorp Hilton Hotels, at the signing of a management agreement for the development of Transcorp Hilton Ikoyi, at Heirs Place, Lagos, yesterday.

Ombatse militia:

HE 65-year old ArchBishop of the Niger Delta North Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey, yesterday narrated his ordeal in the hands of kidnappers,saying that he was fed with roasted plantain and fast food. Also, he faulted claims by the Police that the security outfit rescued him. He also said his captors made him to lay on the bare ground in the rain, with his legs chained and was bitten by mosquitoes for seven days. Kattey,whospokeatapress conference in Eleme, near Port Harcourt, Rivers State, further said his abductors moved him from one place to the other inside a forest, adding that his experience in captivity shows

FG deploys troops to Nasarawa

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•Boko Haram kills 50 in Borno

that his captors are hungry and in dire need of survival. The cleric who spoke to the press for the first time since he regained freedom last Saturday, however, thanked the police for their efforts, but insisted that contrary to claims, the security outfit neither Continues on Pg 6

APC Reps woo Baraje’s loyalists CHUKWU DAVID, Abuja EMBERS of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives have cashed in on the current crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Part, (PDP) to woo their colleagues in the embattled party to join them. The lawmakers also urged all Nigerians of voting age to join in the new movement of the opposition to liberate Nigeria from what they claimed

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FG to spend N409bn on fuel subsidy in 2014

AKEEM OYETUNJI, Asst News Editor, and ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja

OVERNMENT has G perfected plans to cut the nation’s annual fuel

subsidy budget to N409 billion in 2014 as Ministries of Petroleum and Finance press on with sanitization of the fuel import arrangement under the Petroleum Continues on Pg 6

Okonjo-Iweala to Amaechi:

I won’t resign

LEKAN AMUDA, Abuja HE Coordinating Minister for TMinister, the Economy and Finance Dr. Ngozi OkonjoIweala, yesterday dismissed call for her resignation by Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, insisting that she is not

quitting the federal cabinet. Members of the Amaechi-led faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) had on Thursday urged Okonjo-Iweala to resign her appointment if she knew she would not be able to adhere strictly with the 2013 Appropriation Act.

But Okonjo-Iweala while addressing journalists in Abuja on recent developments in the economy said as minister working under President Goodluck Jonathan, she would prefer to ensure that Continues on Pg 6

PROTEST... (L-r) National Vice President NLC Isa Aremu, Edo State Governor and former President NLC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, President Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar and others matching to the National Assembly during their protest against the Senate recommendation to remove National Minimum Wage from the Exclusive List to ConcurrentList PHOTO:

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