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Rage of residents over ravaging flood

Bauchi State, it would appear, is still battling to come to terms with the lives lost and property destroyed during recent flood incidents in the state. Many residents of the state, especially those living in the rural areas were forced to abandon their homes to seek refuge elsewhere, even in unpleasant places. Precisely on August 15, 2013, there was a heavy downpour that lasted for several hours in the state. The resultant flood affected several households as many buildings collapsed and properties were destroyed.

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Those who use Church’s resources to buy private jets have questions to answer – Archbishop Ekpu

…Says ‘I paid over 100 priests’ school fees’
*Warns against hasty judgment on clerics owning jets *Killings by Boko Haram, inexcusable

A retired Archbishop of Benin Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace, Archbishop Patrick Ebosele Ekpu, recently, marked 50th anniversary as a priest. Since his retirement three years ago, the Uromi born cleric has dedicated his life to praying for the Church. On October 26, 2013, His Grace will be marking his 82 birthday. Sunday Vanguard met him last weekend for this interview. He spoke on how he trained over 100 priests in school, the crisis in Benin Catholic Archdiocese, insecurity in some northern states, the acquisition of private jets by men of God, gay priesthood and some national issues. Excerpts:

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Divinely healed of paralysis: Girl, 17, now wants to be a doctor

ABUJA- SOME might call this a miracle, others might say she is favoured, but whichever way one chooses to classify this, it is interesting to know that Binta Danjuma, 17, could walk again after being paralyzed for over six years with a strange illness termed “Tuberculosis (TB) of the spine”. The girl, who is now a star in her school because of her superlative performance, was taken to several hospitals within the period of her paralysis in search of healing but the best the medical doctor could do was to recommend a wheel-chair for her so that she could be taken anywhere she wanted to go.

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Edo Police declare war on kidnappers

Following what could be described as the persistent effort of kidnappers to ensure that residents of Benin City does not sleep and have their eyes closed, security agencies in the state have stepped up their efforts too to ensure that Edo state is not made a haven for kidnappers. The trend became worrisome recently, after three primary school teachers, Mrs Patience Osadolor, Patience Oroghene and Aisha Momodu were abducted by suspected kidnappers.

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