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Pope lambasts Boko Haram, commends Catholics

On Tuesday, an official letter titled, ‘Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Bishops of Nigeria,’ written and posted on the  Catholic Church worldwide website.

The Pope Francis in the letter lambasted the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, for its onslaughts against Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

Also written in the letter the Pope said “Many Nigerians have been killed, wounded or mutilated, kidnapped and deprived of everything: their loved ones, their land, their means of subsistence, their dignity and their rights. Many have not been able to return to their homes. Believers, both Christian and Muslim, have experienced a common tragic outcome, at the hands of people who claim to be religious, but who instead abuse religion, to make of it an ideology for their own distorted interests of exploitation and murder.”

He however expressed his deeply concern about the tragic happenings, especially in the North-East zone of Nigeria and urged catholic priests and missionaries in Nigeria not to give up in tendering to the flock under their care.

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NSE: Investors lose N428.7bn in three days

In three days trading at the Nigerian Stock market, investors have lost over N428.7 billion as the market capitalisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE further declined by 0.40 per cent yesterday.

The market capitalisation represents the total value of shares traded on the exchange. The NSE market capitalisation, which opened at N10.250 trillion on Monday dropped by N428.768 billion to close yesterday at N9.822 trillion.

ETI dropped by 4.99 per cent to close at N17.15, followed by Fidelity Bank which dropped by 4.90 per cent to close at N1.36. Zenith Bank declined by 4.51 per cent to close at, N17.15 followed by Access Bank which nosedived by 3.34 per cent to close at N6.36. FBNH shed 1.74 per cent to close at N7.90 followed by Diamond Bank which dropped by 1.00 per cent to close at N3.95 and GTBank declined by 0.81 per cent to close at N22.01 contributed significantly to drag down the Banking sub sector.

While  Dangote Flour declined by 4.76 per cent to close at N3.20, followed by Unilever which declined by 3.86 to close at N33.65.

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Silverbird Cinemas worker was parents’ only child – Guardian

On Saturday, a staff of Silverbird Cinemas Ikeja,  Aishat Noble-Mustapha, was attacked and stabbed to death in her residence by a yet-to-be identified assailant.

She was said to be pregnant as at the time of her death.

On Wednesday, her guardian, Mr. Abubakar Haruna,  PUNCH Metro that her parents, who live in the Etsako-West, Auchi area of Edo State, have been informed of the tragedy and she was their only child.

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DSS nabs 6 kidnappers, impersonator in Edo

Men of the Department of State Services, DSS, in Edo State, recently nabbed six men said to be involved in the kidnap of a former local government chairman in the state, Mr. Anselm Adima and were also said to be involved in the kidnap of a woman, who was raped in the presence of her daughter, with the pictures of the act taken.

The Director of the state command of DSS Mr. Bello Bakori while parading the suspects yesterday before Governor Adams Oshiomhole, said: “This group of criminals here paraded are those involved in fraud, kidnapping, car snatching and robbery.

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