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Pastor Adeboye Son's Death Not Related To COVID-19 — Redeemed Christian Church

6 May 2021 - 8:36am


Dare Adeboye

The Redeemed Christian Church of God has said the death of Pastor Dare Adeboye, the third son of the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, is not related to COVID-19.

The church, in a post on its verified Twitter handle, @rccghq said Pastor Dare died on Tuesday, May 4. 

Dare Adeboye

The statement signed by the church's spokesman, said it is the wish of the family to be left alone at this critical time.

The tweet read, “It is with a deep and heartfelt sense of loss we announce the departure of our beloved son, brother, husband and father, Oluwadamilare Temitayo Adeboye. Who went to be with the Lord on the 4th of May, 2021. 

“His life was well lived as he served the Lord without reserve, giving effortlessly and leading fearlessly.

“He was crowned by the Lord with blessings of 3 seeds and a beautiful wife.

“Though shaken, our anchor remains Jesus Christ in whom we have the assurance that we will one day meet in a place where there is no pain.

“It is the wish of the family to be left alone at this moment, and we pray the Lord to keep you as you honour this humble request.

“Oluwadamilare Temitayo Adeboye, June 9th 1978 - May 4th 2021. Remain forever in our heart.

“Please note that this is not a COVID-19 related death.”

Dare died in his sleep in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, where he was based with his family.

The deceased, who would have turned 43 on June 9, 2021, was a life coach, visionary leader, motivator and bridge builder.

Before his death, Dare was the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35.

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BREAKING: Gunmen Abduct Abia State University Students

6 May 2021 - 8:26am


Gunmen on Wednesday night kidnapped some students of Abia State University, Uturu. 

It was also gathered that the hoodlums whisked the students into the forest shortly after they ambushed them while journeying on a bus along Okigwe-Uturu Road, Punch reports.

There appears to be more of such attacks in the South-East recently.

In April, a divisional police station in Uzuakoli, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, was razed early one morning. It was gathered that the armed group attacked the police station around 2:00am and freed suspects in cells before burning the station.
 

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Umoren: Nigerians Sign Petition Demanding Televised Trial For Akwa Ibom Suspected Killer

6 May 2021 - 8:00am


Nigerians are demanding a nationally televised court trial of Uduak Frank Akpan, a prime suspect in the abduction and murder of slain Akwa Ibom job-seeker, Iniubong Umoren.

A petition on change.org has been created to this effect. The petition was started by Faith Ogochukwu to the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Ministry of Justice.

The petition details read, “This is a collective demand for public, televised trial of the suspected rapist and murderer Uduak Frank Akpan, his father, his cousin, girlfriend and whoever has been alleged to be involved in the luring, kidnapping, rape and eventual murder of Iniubong Umoren.

"The kidnap, rape and gruesome murder of Iniubong Umoren is a matter of public and in fact National interest, one that must not be handled with any form of levity or swept under the carpet.”

The petition has garnered 301 signatories out of 500 targeted signatories as at the time of filing this report. See Also Sahara Reporters Umoren: Protest Rocks Akwa Ibom As Women In Black Attire Demand Justice For Rape Victims 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

Umoren's story had surfaced online last Thursday when her friend, Umoh Uduak, raised an alarm on Twitter that she had been unable to reach her friend, who was invited to the outskirts of Uyo for a job interview.

The 26-year-old graduate of the University of Uyo had dropped a tweet on her handle last Tuesday seeking a job and got many replies in that regard.

She wrote, “#AkwaIbomTwitter please I'm really in need of a job, something to do to keep mind and soul together while contributing dutifully to the organisation. My location is Uyo, I'm creative, really good at thinking critically and most importantly a fast learner. CV available on request.”

Rather than employ her, it was gathered that the suspect, Akpan took Iniubong to his house, where he killed her. See Also Sahara Reporters Shallow Graves Uncovered As Youths Vandalise Home Of Suspected Killer Of Akwa Ibom Job-Seeker, Umoren 0 Comments 16 Hours Ago

There are allegations that Akpan belongs to a syndicate and probably has the backing of influential people.

Many Nigerians have expressed fear that the course of justice might be truncated in the case of Iniubong's murder, but the state government has vowed to ensure justice for the deceased.

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Corruption, Extortion At Police Stations Push More Nigerians To Use ‘Online Police’

6 May 2021 - 7:25am


A growing number of Nigerians who experience assaults and other infractions from the police have now found a new way to report to police authorities and enforce their human rights.

Checks by SaharaReporters show that more Nigerians now patronise the Police Complaints Response Unit which gets a number of enquiries, cases and reports daily from Nigerians who prefer the “online police station.”

SaharaReporters observed that apart from the Police CRU being accessible, Nigerians prefer to use this new medium because they can attach photographs and sometimes videos of the erring personnel or the incident as evidence.

The police personnel and authorities, who on Twitter, are constrained to request for bribes or show favouritism, are then obligated to look into the enquiries and follow up on the reports.

Some Nigerian users told SaharaReporters that the Police CRU on Twitter is becoming more common among the people because it is unlike the situation in conventional police stations where cases are investigated after “mobilisation fees” have been paid.

“Even when they commence investigation into your matter, they are prone to show favouritism because no one is watching or tracking. But on Twitter, it is a level-playing ground and the police have nowhere to hide. You are able to tag prominent human rights activists to also amplify your case,” a user, who wanted to be anonymous, told SaharaReporters.

A few other users interviewed agreed that the Police CRU’s Twitter handle, @PoliceNG_CRU is becoming a formidable “online police station” for Nigerians to bring their cases and reports to the attention of the police.

The Police CRU’s Twitter handle, @PoliceNG_CRU, was established in 2015, but became more popular during last year’s EndSARS protests when police personnel’s excesses and abnormalities came to a head in the country.

Presently, the police Twitter handle has whooping 162,000 followership and more Nigerians are still subscribing, mainly due to the ability of the unit to investigate cases to logical conclusions.

One of the latest examples was on April 27 when the Ogun State Police Command dismissed three policemen, who were involved in the forceful extortion of N153,000 from one Sheriff Adedigba, a student of the Lagos State University. 

The command stated on Tuesday that the three policemen namely Inspector Sunday John, Sergeant Jimoh Asimiya and Sergeant Solomon Adedapo were found guilty after an orderly room trial and dismissed. 

They forcefully extorted the said amount from the victim while he was traveling from Abeokuta to Lagos but the matter was brought to the attention of the Police CRU with pictorial evidences. 

Having heard about the incident on social media, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, ordered the immediate arrest and detention of the officers involved in the dastardly act. The three policemen were quickly identified and apprehended. 

Also, in January 21, the police began an investigation of power-drunk policemen who tortured a University of Lagos student, John Akinwale, to a coma in the Mosafejo, Oshodi area of Lagos State.

The police CRU confirmed this, after it had been reported that the operatives demanded N20,000 bail from the UNILAG student, who is also an activist, after dragging him to a police station.

In response to the allegations, the NPF CRU said, “Your complaint is hereby acknowledged and investigation has been initiated.”

In December 2020, a citizen also posted the video of a policeman in Abia State caught on camera, extorting money from a tricycle driver.

The policeman had been on duty along Obikabia/Ururuka road, Aba area of the state, and he was recorded by a camera by one of the passengers, while he was extorting money fron the driver.

The video of the officer was, however, sent to the Police CRU which replied, “Your complaint is hereby acknowledged and investigation has been initiated. Your tracking number is #CRU420938, Thank you for contacting NPF-CRU.”

Also in June 2020, the Lagos State Police Command sanctioned three of its personnel – a corporal and two constables – when a video of them assaulting a woman in the Ajegunle area surfaced on the Police CRU.

The policemen are identified by nicknames, Ade, Tom Polo and Walter.

Also in July 2020, the police CRU initiated investigation into the alleged killing of a businessman, Adeyemi Ajayi, by policemen in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Thirty-two-year-old Ajayi had been killed in the Iwo Road area by policemen said to be attached to the Area Command, Agodi, Ibadan.

Eyewitnesses said one of the three policemen said to be on patrol reportedly had a heated argument with Ajayi, who was on his way to his workplace in company with his cousin, identified as Kayode Atanda.

The policeman said to be drunk thereafter shot at the businessman.

In 2017, the police CRU said 498 complaints against officers of the Nigeria Police Force were recorded between January and March alone.

The police said the unit was able to resolve successfully, 355 of the received cases, while 65 received cases were found to be false or unrelated. Also, 78 cases are said to be still undergoing investigation.

Police sources within the CRU agree that more Nigerians will desire to avoid the bribery, favouritism, lack of human relations and bureaucracies which are characteristic of most physical police stations nationwide and report their cases to the CRU via Twitter and other channels.

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How House Of Reps Frustrated Probe Of $1billion Arms Purchase Under Buratai, Others

6 May 2021 - 7:20am


The House of Representatives has stopped investigation into the purchase, use and control of arms, ammunition and related hardware by the former and present military chiefs, including the $1 billion Excess Crude Account Fund.

Also, the committee handling the probe has been discharged from the assignment.

The ad hoc committee had at its last public sitting given the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Atahiru, some time to go back and prepare a comprehensive position for presentation.

It also asked the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to do the same and report back.

SaharaReporters had on April 14 reported that Attahiru had asked the House of Representatives committee investigating the $1 billion Excess Crude Account fund meant for the purchase of arms to ask “the specific individuals” how the money was spent as he assumed office only two months ago. See Also Military Ask Former Service Chiefs How $1billion Arms Fund Was Spent, Not Me—Army Chief 0 Comments 3 Weeks Ago

Appearing before the Olaide Akinremi-led House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the matter in Abuja, the COAS had said it behoved the lawmakers to ask the individuals involved in the deals to account for the funds budgeted for procurement of weapons over the years.

“You may wish to recall that I took over the mantle of leadership barely two months ago. The period from which you wanted this report, having been summarised in the executive summary, explains whatever details you will require; issues of procurement that you so demand to know were done by specific individuals.

“I will rather you call these individuals to come and explain to you very specific issues. The general issue has been contained in the report and the summary. It goes to speak about the entire report and it explains it,” he had said.

Attahiru’s predecessor is Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.).

However, the committee was part of the 12 committees whose assignment was discharged by the House at yesterday’s plenary in accordance with Order Eighteen, Rule 3 (1) (g) of the Standing Order of the House, as they had failed to submit its report within the stipulated time.

However, a member of the committee, Bede Eke, rose to protest the decision to discharge the committee of its assignment, saying he was aware that the majority of the members had signed an interim report, which was to be presented to the House.

Eke said discharging the committee of the assignment would amount to denying them the opportunity to present the report and appealed to the House to give them till Thursday (today) to submit the preliminary report.

Responding to the appeal, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila said discharging the committee of the assignment should not stop them from submitting their report, adding, however, that they had till Thursday to submit their report as requested.

SaharaReporters had on March 16 exposed that the $1 billion set aside by President Muhammadu Buhari from the ECA to buy military ammunition was actually released to the military, and shared among the air force, the army and the navy under the immediate past service chiefs.

SaharaReporters learnt that the $1 billion release, which was greeted with widespread criticisms when President Buhari announced so in April 2018, was approved by the National Assembly and shared to the military arms in 2019 without public knowledge to avoid more criticisms.

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Freed Kidnapped Kaduna Students Undergoing Medical Checkup—Commissioner

6 May 2021 - 6:49am


Kaduna State Government has said that abducted students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka recently released are currently receiving medical attention following their experience in the past seven weeks.

The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Awuran, told journalists on Thursday that the students were being attended to by medical doctors and experts dealing with different medical complications.

He said the "students are undergoing thorough medical checkups in view of the situation they have found themselves within the last 7 weeks. This is the situation at the moment".

He added, "Medical doctors and other professionals who are vast in managing trauma and other challenges are attending to them and they were responding where I left them (last) night and we're happy with this development and grateful to all that made this a reality.  See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Bandits Release 27 Kaduna Forestry College Students 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

"We're also using this opportunity when we told the students during our first conversation with them that they should look at this as a motivator..."

Some gunmen abducted 39 students on March 11, and later released 10 of them in two batches of five each.

The newly released 29 students, on Wednesday, nearly two months after they were kidnapped, arrived at the police headquarters in Kaduna.

Samuel Awuran, however, expressed his gratitude to every party involved in the released of the students and encouraged the students to see prospects in the future ahead of them.

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Nigerians Blast Catholic Church For Suspending Father Mbaka

6 May 2021 - 6:13am


Nigerians on social media have lambasted the Catholic church over the suspension of Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka.

SaharaReporters reported how the Catholic Diocese of Enugu suspended Mbaka from church activities for one month over his political escapades.

Mbaka was asked to proceed on suspension with effect from May 3 after being summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop.

Onaga called Mbaka following his repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the church's image, the largest of any Christian organisation worldwide, church officials familiar with the matter told The Gazette.

Last Wednesday, Mbaka criticised the Buhari-led government over its inaction on the widespread killings across the nation.

Many Nigerians have attributed Mbaka's suspension to the criticism stating that the church was already being partisan.

Some social media users opined that Mbaka ought to have been praised for speaking against bad governance.

A tweep, @lucasuzoka wrote, “What a shame! The Catholic church is not even a church that can stand the taste of time, just imagine you suspend someone for saying the truth. Catholic faithful should even suspend the Catholic church from Nigeria.”

Another Twitter user, @inspiredson, said Mbaka had once criticised former President Goodluck Jonathan and was not suspended.

He wrote, “I recall that he criticised GEJ, a Christian, over insecurity even alleging an attempt on his life, yet he was not suspended. But when he criticises PMB, a Muslim, on the same insecurity issue, he gets suspended. Outright double standard and cowardice of Catholic leadership.”

@BarrROUN1990 said, “While Gumi and Pantami, being terrorism suspects, are unpunishable, Mbaka has been suspended for committing no crime. After losing several priests & Christians to insecurity, calling for Buhari's resignation was proper & in tune with Nigeria's current situation.”

Another user, @midasnonso, opined, “Fr. Mbaka said all he said during GEJ's reign and enjoyed freedom. Only his first fallout with this government, his robe has been taken away. We should be mindful of the evil we admit in the form of support.”

@F_Matesclothing suggested, “This issue can be handled better. Send him on a mission to an African country for a year, suspending him is calling for a confrontation or split between lay faithful and his lordship.”

@NoahNwosu75 tweeted: “The core North across the political divide including govt supported #IsaPantami but here Catholic diocese of Enugu is hanging out Mbaka to dry for being courageous enough to criticise Buhari incompetence & discrimination against the South. Let this not be true, Enugu Catholic diocese.”

@iam_foleymessi wrote, “They did not suspend Ejike Mbaka when he supported Buhari but can now suspend him for being against Buhari. Now I know why most church leaders are not speaking against this government. They are either in support or scared.”

@khrisempress, “The catholic church did not suspend Mbaka when it was needed, it is now that he is talking against this government that they decided to carry out this suspension. Make it make sense please."
The church has yet to make an official statement on the suspension of the controversial cleric.

Some sources in the church had said Mbaka's latest suspension was being viewed as significant for its undertone, but not the first time the fiery priest would face administrative action.

"We know people will link this to his confrontation with Buhari, but he was once demoted from a parish priest to a deputy under a parish priest," a church official told TheGazette.

"He had also been transferred from bigger parishes to smaller ones for his frequent infractions in the past."

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Do Not Condemn Father Mbaka, Nnamdi Kanu Tells IPOB Members, Igbo People

6 May 2021 - 6:12am


Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has cautioned members of the group and Nigerians of Igbo extraction, urging them to desist from condemning Catholic priest, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka.
 
Mbaka has been in the news for calling for the impeachment or resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari for his incompetence in governing the nation.

He was however threatened to be reported to the Pope by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu for asking the president for contracts, which he replied later that he had got direction from God to curse Buhari’s government.
 
The leader of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN) whose brief disappearance caused panic and protest in Enugu resurfaced later. 

 While Mbaka has been a subject of controversy, the IPOB helmsman, in an audio broadcast warned people from the South-East not to join in condemning the clergyman.
 
Kanu reiterated that there are Nigerians like the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai who have grievous cases hanging on them, and appear to be sacred cows in Nigerian society.
 
He accused them respectively of falsification of age, supporting terrorist groups and killing residents of his state, adding that Mbaka who only called for the impeachment has a milder case.
 
“Before your eyes, Tinubu cut his age to 69, you accepted. Yoruba people have not risen up to condemn him. Pantami the terrorist, is a minister. El-Rufai that said he went outside to pay Fulani killers to come to Nigeria to kill, he’s still a governor. Some pastors are even praying for him. The same man that supplies guns to Fulani murderers in Southern Kaduna to slaughter people. Some of you are even talking about him as the future President of Nigeria. Nobody has condemned these people and you want me to condemn Father Mbaka.
 
“Let me tell our people something they don’t understand. In a normal country so to speak, the condemnation of Father Mbaka you may welcome it somehow. I know sometimes regardless of our shortcomings, we are brutal in the way we think. Biafrans are very brutal, very very pure. We see what is bad and say is bad.
 
“It doesn’t matter who is doing it. That’s why a lot of people came down heavily on Father Mbaka but I’m telling you this, yes in Biafra, we can do anything we like to him. But, in Nigeria, as far as Nigeria is concerned, never ever condemn your own.
 
“Only those that have used their own mouths to condemn themselves like that Minister of gutter and drainage in Lagos. For these ones, there is no forgiveness even in hell, we shouldn’t forgive him.
 
“Mbaka said impeach this incompetent idiot. Instead of people focusing on what Mbaka said, to see if there is merit in it or not, you abandoned what he said and started to attack him. Typical black people. Is there any merit in what he’s saying? Exactly what they did to IPOB, what they did to me. They will always abandon the message,” Kanu said.
 

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Shallow Graves Uncovered As Youths Vandalise Home Of Suspected Killer Of Akwa Ibom Job-Seeker, Umoren

6 May 2021 - 6:08am


Over twelve shallow graves have been uncovered in the compound of Mr. Uduak Akpan, the suspected killer of one Miss Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of philosophy in the guise of offering her a job in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Daily Post reports.

The suspect who is now cooling his feet at the police station in Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo was alleged to have lured late Umoren to his place at Nnung Ikono Obio in Uruan Local Government Area of the State, raped, killed, and eventually buried her in a shallow grave in his father’s compound.

The youths of the community enraged with the news stormed the compound, and vandalised the building, using pebbles after setting ablaze the security house of the one storey building.

It was gathered that the vandalisation started on Tuesday night as it was alleged that the youths carted away property in the compound and handed the boy’s father(whom they accused of being an accomplice) to the police.

About twelve (12) shallow graves were seen in the large compound and a skeletal bone suspected to be that of a child lying on the floor was also seen.

Also old bags were seen scattered near the graves as the youths who conducted journalists round the compound claimed that they were used for packing human parts they buried.

The youths said the suspect and his family are strangers living in the community as their real community is Nnung Ikono Ufok in Uruan LGA.

One of the youths identified as Akpan Shadrach James said that the family of the suspect erected the building about four years ago and do not live there permanently but only come occasionally since they have another building in Uyo town and nobody actually knew what they do inside the compound.

“People thought that they were living here, they don’t, they only come and go. They are from the next community. They don’t have friends in this community as their gate is always closed and they wrote the notice, ‘beware of dogs’ on their wall. We didn’t know that such a thing was happening here.

“We want government to investigate this matter and bring justice to that slain orphan. We are grieved with this incident and we don’t want this matter swept under the carpet.”

Also speaking, the youths President of the community, Etubom Sunday Essien said the youths were disappointed over the act, adding that such offence is not condoned in the community.

He said, “there is nothing happening apart from the one you have already heard. It’s not good for the boy to kill his fellow human being. We don’t know that, that is what he has been doing. We, the youths will never allow such things to be happening in our community. That is the reason we took this action.

He, however, exonerated the chairman of the LGA, Mr. Iniobong Ekpenyong saying he played the role of a Chief security officer of council by calling on the police to arrest the culprit.

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Panic In Lagos As Hoodlums Unleash Mayhem

6 May 2021 - 6:04am


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There was confusion on Thursday morning at Mile 12 in the Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos state as hoodlums in the area engaged one another in a supremacy fight.

The fracas which began around 7am has paralysed activities in the area, with several persons injured and many vehicles vandalised.

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A source said the hoodlums took advantage of the clash to rob unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables.

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident. 

He said, “Normalcy has been restored to Gengere, Mile 12 area of Lagos State following a fight that broke out between some hoodlums in the area. The command will give details soon.”

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Why Father Mbaka Was Suspended By Enugu Catholic – Diocese Sources

6 May 2021 - 6:03am


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Hours after the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu State, Rev Father Ejike Mbaka, resurfaced on Wednesday after being incommunicado, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu suspended the controversial cleric for one month.

SaharaReporters learnt from sources in the Catholic Diocese that the Reverend Father was suspended not because of his political missiles towards the Muhammadu Buhari government.

Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka

A source stated that Mbaka was suspended rather for allegedly inciting his congregation to lead a protest and vandalising the residence of the Enugu Catholic Bishop, Most Rev Callistus Onaga and for showing support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

“Who told you that the Enugu Catholic community does not like how Mbaka is criticising the Buhari presidency? Has the conference of Catholic Bishops not many times in the past also voiced out their criticisms of the ineptitude and inefficiency of the present government?

“The Catholic Church suspended Father Mbaka over the assault on his boss, the Bishop of Enugu,” the source stated.

Another source added that Mbaka was suspended for making inflammatory political remarks, especially by making his support for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, “ridiculously obvious.”

“Do you know that the Catholic Church suspended Father Mbaka not because he was intensifying his criticism of Buhari? But it was because of his too many prophecies and confusing utterances especially about his deep love for Kanu publicly. That looks like drumming for secession, which deviates from the Catholic norms to promote good governance and peace,” another source added.

After he resurfaced and addressed his supporters on late Wednesday, Mbaka had himself stated that that his disappearance happened because he spoke favourably about the leader of the IPOB, Kanu.

Mbaka said he was only released because the adoration faithful protested his unexplained disappearance.
He said Bishop Onaga upon seeing the protest over his predicament allowed him to go.

Mbaka said the church was strong against him for blessing Nnamdi Kanu. “Are you the owner of my mouth? You can’t tell me who to bless? If you are not happy that I blessed someone, you have your own mouth, you can curse the person.

“They didn’t treat me in a pastoral way and I was asking am I being punished for what? “They said it was a meeting, but even before I reached the Bishop’s house, the conclusion has already been made. What happened to me was like the day I was shot on the road.

“Unfortunately for them, even before the meeting, a woman was already going around bragging that the Bishop will call me for a meeting, and that I was going to leave my house here for 30 days, and that after the 30 days, I would be sent to Rome, and Adoration ministry will be closed.

“In a time and cases like this, don’t give me a punishment that will cause troubles for us because I’m not alone.”

However, he has been asked to proceed on suspension with effect from May 3 after being summoned by Callistus Onaga, the diocesan bishop. 

SaharaReporters had reported last Wednesday Mbaka's criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari regime over its inaction on the widespread killings across the nation.

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BREAKING: Assemblies Of God Former General Superintendent Is Dead

6 May 2021 - 5:58am


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A Former General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church in Nigeria, Reverend Charles Osueke, is dead.

Osueke, who led the church for 22 years as General Superintendent before his retirement in November 2010, died in the early hours of Thursday, a source said.

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According to Vanguard, the 79-year old preacher was hospitalised last week following a decline in his health but was later discharged from the hospital.

It was gathered that the cleric had his night devotion as usual on Wednesday night before going to bed but could not make it in the morning as he passed on later.

Confirming the news of his demise, a former Executive Council member of the church, Reverend P. K Emeaba, when contacted, said he had arrived at the Enugu residence of the former GS to condole with the family.

He said Osueke was reported sick a few days ago and taken to the hospital but discharged two days ago, adding that upon the receipt of the sad news he left Okpoto where the church leaders had gathered for a summit, to commiserate with the family.

The late Osueke who was born on May 31, 1942, hailed from Umuomumu, Mbieri, Mbaitolu in Imo State.

Some of his major achievements as the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Nigeria include the launch of the Decade of Harvest which resulted in great missionary work and revival across Nigeria, Evangel University, Evangel Camp Okpoto, Peniel annual convention of the church, among others.

He is survived by his wife, Reverend Blessing Osueke, three children and many grandchildren.

Facebook is inundated with tributes and pictures of the late cleric by millions of members of the church and other sympathizers.

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Sheikh Gumi Appears Like An Agent For Bandits—Ex-DSS Director

6 May 2021 - 5:57am


A former Director of the Department of State Services, Mike Ejiofor, says it appears like controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi is an agent for bandits killing and kidnapping in the northern part of Nigeria. 

Ejiofor said this in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday, while reacting to the spate of banditry and kidnappings in the country and Gumi’s involvement in negotiating with criminals.

Sharing his view on the people’s call that the DSS should arrest Gumi who seems to know in and out of the bandits terrorising the nation, Ejiofor said the case is precarious which might cause an uproar.

Calling on the government to pay ransom to bandits who had kidnapped students in Kaduna state, the cleric had said, "The money they are asking for is too much; if I give you that money, you cannot run away with it. Nobody can run. So, why not give them the money, they release the boys and then we pursue them and get our money back and do what is necessary; it is simple logic. So, bring the money from the central bank. How can they move that money? We should not be stupid.”

But regarding the calls for Gumi's arrest, Ejiofor said, “If you go and arrest him, you are going to provoke his supporters or the people he is working for and if you don’t arrest him, people will say why has he not been arrested as other people who acted, in the same manner, have been arrested? So, it becomes a very dicey situation that needs to be handled with care.”

The ex-DSS director also said it was wrong for the controversial cleric to come out publicly asking the CBN to pay N100m ransom requested by the kidnappers of the students of Greenfield University, Kaduna.

"I have never supported Gumi’s position because it is like he is now becoming an agent of the bandits but on the other hand, he cannot just come openly to tell the government to pay (ransom). Even if the government will use the backdoor to pay the ransom, it shouldn’t be made public," he said. 
 
He also said that Nigerian security agencies need technology-driven operations to tackle security crises confronting the nation.

Ejiofor gave a hint that the United States special forces rescued an American hostage, Philip Walton from his abductors in the Niger Republic on October 31, 2020, through the aid of technology.
 
“We have serious security challenges facing the security agencies. Our security agencies are ill-equipped to fight this. You will remember the American who was kidnapped in Niger and brought to Nigeria, how he was rescued through the use of technology.
 
“There is nothing wrong with our government to use technology like drones to know exactly where these people are. Government should approach the issue of insecurity, especially kidnappings with technological driven operations,” the former ex-DSS director said.

No fewer than 23 students and a member of staff of the university were abducted from the school on April 20, 2021. A few days later, five of the students were killed by the bandits.

On Monday, one of the bandits, Sani Jalingo, in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, demanded N100m and 10 motorcycles for the students to be freed.

He threatened that the failure of the Kaduna State Government or families of the students to meet the demands, would lead to the killing of the abductees.

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Eight Things To Know About Late Pastor Adeboye’s Son, Dare

6 May 2021 - 5:47am


Dare Adeboye

Pastor Dare Adeboye, the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Enoch Adeboye, is dead.

Dare, a pastor in one of the RCCG branches in Eket, Akwa Ibom state, was discovered dead in his bedroom on Wednesday.

Dare Adeboye

Here are eight things to know about the deceased: 

1. Apart from pastoral work, he was a life coach, visionary leader, motivator, bridge builder.

2. He was the third child of Adeboye.

3. He was one of the most influential youth pastors in the RCCG worldwide.

4. He was commonly referred to as “Pastor Dee”.

5. The deceased was the assistant pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35.

6. He would have turned 43 on June 9, 2021.

7. He had held previous posts in the RCCG with evangelical missions in England, Kaduna, Abuja, Niger, Benue, Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, and Plateau states.

8. He was married to Mrs. Temiloluwa Adeboye and they are blessed with children.
 

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Over 1,000 Gunmen Attack Niger Town, Kidnap Scores Of People

6 May 2021 - 5:47am


Unknown gunmen have kidnapped over 100 people in Shadadi town in Niger state, killing 8 and leaving 4 injured.

A source who spoke with BBC Hausa said more than 1, 000 gunmen attacked the town on Wednesday and perpetrated the act.

The attack comes just days after Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello confirmed the activity of Boko Haram militants in the state.

The worst place affected by the latest attack is Shadadi town under Mariga Local Government Area where eyewitnesses said thousands of residents have fled the town after the incident.

According to some residents, people who were killed and kidnapped from Wednesday's attack are up to 100 but the state government said those who were kidnapped are lesser than that.

An eyewitness from another town said the gunmen had arrived in large numbers and started shooting sporadically at the people, killing 8 people instantly while 4 persons sustained injuries.

The resident stated that most of the people in the town have now relocated to neighbouring towns including Kontagora.

The Niger State Commissioner For information, Sani Idris, who confirmed the incident to the BBC, said the number of those killed and kidnapped is not up to 100 as eyewitnesses claimed.

He further stated that the government is still compiling the figures and that the state government is seeking the federal government's assistance regarding the insecurity disturbing the state.

As of the time of filing this report, it is not clear if the attack was carried out by bandits or Boko Haram militants but both parties have yet to take responsibility for the attack.

The Niger State Governor recently said Boko Haram terrorists hoisted their flag in a part of the state.

The governor said the insurgents also forcibly took the wives of some of the villagers for themselves.

“I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements here in Niger state, here in Kaure, I am confirming that they have hoisted their flags here.

“Their wives have been seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram members. I just heard that they have placed their flags at Kaure, meaning they have taken over the territory.

 “This is what I have been engaging the federal government on, unfortunately, it has now got to this level. If care is not taken, even Abuja is not safe.

“We have been saying this for too long. All our efforts have been in vain,” the governor said.

Bello said the terrorists were trying to turn Niger into another Borno State, which has been their base for some time.

“Sambisa is several kilometres from Abuja but Kaure is just 2 kilometres from Abuja. So, nobody is safe anymore, not even those in Abuja.

"This is the time to act. All hands must be on deck, it is not a fight for Niger state alone,” he said.

The governor however vowed to “take action”, saying he would no longer wait for anybody.

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How Our Husbands Are Tormented By Nightmares— Wives Of Soldiers Fighting Boko Haram

6 May 2021 - 4:48am


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Wives of soldiers of the Nigerian Army fighting the Boko Haram insurgency war in the North-East have lamented that their husbands are haunted by nightmares, insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep) and other disorders whenever they are allowed to be back home.

 

The women, under the aegis of Defence and Police Officers Wives Association, stated in Abuja that these psychological changes call for a post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.

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The DEPOWA President, Mrs Victoria Irabor, who led her members on courtesy call to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, at Army headquarters, said officers and soldiers usually return from conflict zones with physical injuries and suppressed emotional trauma.

 

Mrs Irabor said, as such, they had concluded plans to establish a state-of-the-art Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnostic centre, saying consultations with medical experts showed that those behavioural changes were triggered by trauma and could be known as PTSD.

 

“One of the major issues is the distinct behavioural traits of returning officers such as nightmares, anxiety, insomnia, and bursts of anger, among others. These were not synonymous with our husbands’ characters before deployment.

 

“Consequently, we intend to collaborate with the Chief of Army Staff to provide solutions by uniting our voices. It is our desire to have a reintegrated structure for our officers and husbands to ensure that they return to us in good health and total wellness.

 

“It is for this reason that I wish to propose the establishment of a PTSD evaluation and rehabilitation centre.

 

“It will evaluate, counsel and provide adequate support to officers, soldiers and by extension their wives prior to reintegration from conflict zones.

 

“We have a good number of medical facilities across military formations in the country, but they do not provide thorough diagnostic services to tackle some of these emerging challenges,” she said.

 

Responding, Attahiru commended DEPOWA for its foresight in addressing the physical and emotional needs of personnel and their families.

 

The army chief said the various programmes being executed across barracks were beneficial to all, assuring that all the services would support DEPOWA.

 

The issue of soldiers’ welfare and allowances has been controversial in recent times with some of the personnel also claiming they were not adequately remunerated.

 

In 2018, the then Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.), also had pointed out that the Armed Forces Act 2004 needed an urgent amendment, as it did not provide any entitlement for soldiers killed or injured during war.

 

He had said, “The Armed Forces Act, like any other human document, is not perfect. Several attempts have been made since 1993 to amend it. We have no issue with any amendment that will improve the welfare and rights of our citizens. While the military remains law abiding in its efforts, the terrorists, especially in the asymmetric warfare we are fighting, have nobody to account to.

 

“It is in this light that I consider amendments in the Armed Forces Act that will accord statutory entitlements to members of the armed forces that are killed or wounded during action as such provision are not available in the extant enactment.”

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BREAKING: Unknown Gunmen Attack Anambra Police Station, Kill Two Officers, Free Detainees

6 May 2021 - 4:33am


Unknown gunmen have attacked Obosi police station in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

 

SaharaReporters gathered that the gunmen struck on Wednesday night and killed two policemen.

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They also set free all detainees in the cell and razed down the police station.

 

The incident is the latest in what appears to be a growing trend of attacks on police stations and security personnel in the South-East region of the country.

 

The governors in the region recently announced the set-up of a joint security outfit, codenamed ‘Ebube Agu’ to battle rising insecurity.

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Boko Haram Terrorists Kill Five Nigerian Soldiers, 15 Civilian JTF Members, 10 Others In Fresh Attack On Borno Village

6 May 2021 - 3:52am


Militants of the Islamic State backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, have killed five soldiers in Ajiri.

 

Ajiri is a community in Mara Local Government Area of Borno State, which is about 52km from Maiduguri, the state capital.

SaharaReporters gathered that the insurgents who came in several trucks fitted with machine guns on Monday evening also killed 15 Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members and 10 residents.

 

Security sources said some CJTF members have still not been accounted for 48 hours after the attack.

 

The incident has since sent panic across the area with residents said to be fleeing the community for fear of another attack by the insurgents.

 

“They attacked a military base, killing five soldiers and 15 CJTF members. For now there's no single human being in Ajiri,” a source said.

 

The incident comes few hours after the insurgent invaded the military base in Ajiri, killing an army commanding officer.

 

SaharaReporters had on Sunday reported how the terrorists attacked the military camp, dislodging the troops.

 

It was gathered that the troops fought a two-hour gun battle with the insurgents who eventually breached the military base and forced the soldiers to withdraw.

 

Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.

 

The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.

 

In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who waylay them.

 

Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2021.

At least 33 soldiers were recently killed when two explosive-laden vehicles rammed into a military convoy in Wulgo.

 

The suicide bombers were identified as Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Bana Jundullah. The group also claimed four military vehicles were destroyed.

 

In February, about 20 soldiers were also killed in Malari, Borno State by the insurgents.

 

SaharaReporters gathered that the soldiers were on patrol to clear some Boko Haram elements in the area following a credible intelligence when they were ambushed by the group.

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Nigerian Students, Workers' Groups Call For Nationwide Protest Over Insecurity, Worsening Economy

6 May 2021 - 3:31am


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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and All Workers Convergence (AWC) have called on Nigerians to start mobilising for nationwide protest from May 24 and beyond, till their demands are met. 

 

They also noted that the protest could start immediately, while urging Nigerians not to wait for anyone to push them to demand their rights. 

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NANS Zone D and AWC in an open letter jointly signed by students' body Coordinator, Kowe Odunayo Amos; its General Secretary, Giwa Yisa Temitope and All Workers Convergence National Coordinator, Comrade Emelieze Andrew to Nigerians on Wednesday, titled 'Letter to Nigerian prople', lamented the insecurity in the country, saying something must be done urgently to reverse the situation. 

 

It read, "The next question is that, are we ready to end the ugly situation? We are quite sure every person is saying that 'we are ready!' It is to this end that we are calling on all and sundry to start mobilising for mass protest across the federation starting from now and culminating in mass action from 24th May, 2021 and the protest should continue until the people triumph. 

 

"However, immediate protest can also commence across the country while all efforts should be made to ensure that the protest goes national on or before May 24. Our destiny is our hands and we must not wait for anyone to mobilise us, we should mobilise ourselves."

 

Lamenting the current situation in the country, which necessitated the move, the bodies said, "We the Nigerian workers, students and youths bring you greetings and our best wishes. We write you this letter with a troubled heart, because we are disturbed at the pace of things in this nation. We are afraid about the further degeneration of the situation of things in Nigeria. We are also worried by the implications of this abnormality on the future of Nigerians. We are equally suprised that despite the EndSARS movement and despite all indications that we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder, our government has refused to improve.

 

"The situation of things across the country have assumed an alarming proportion to the extent that our living conditions are daily drifting from bad to worst. Great Compatriots, we are tired of lamenting over the woes visited on us as a result of a failed system and bad governance in Nigeria. In our own country, our daily existence is not different from a war situation. Human lives no longer matter as our people are daily massacred and, most unfortunately, the killings are not abating. 

 

"Our national economy is in comatose with our so-called government delibrately devaluing our naira. The lives of the Nigerian people have been made meaningless and miserable to the extent that our people now resort to suicide. Development has been stagnated and there seem to be no hope of a better tomorrow.

 

"The questions we want to ask ourselves is that how long are we going to cope with these abnormalities? Obviously, we know that we are all not comfortable with the pace of things in Nigeria neither are we happy with the reign of terror in the land." 

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Nigerian Government Blew N10trillion On Worsening Insecurity In Six Years — Report

6 May 2021 - 3:09am


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.


A non governmental organisation, BudgIT Nigeria says the Nigerian Government in its 2021 Annual Budget plans to spend a whopping sum of N39.5 billion on 316 duplicated capital projects contributing to the acute corruption in the country.


The organisation also revealed that about N10.02 trillion spent on security sector of the nation has no audit records from 2015 to 2021, which is evident in the worsening security situations in Nigeria.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.
BudgIT disclosed further that non-security related agencies also received 'security votes' without accountability which is deepening the corrupt system of this nation.


In its press statement posted on Twitter, BudgIT made the disclosure on Wednesday.


The revelation buttressed the cries of the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who on Tuesday lamented the recycling of capital projects by the federal institutions, thus saying the Nigerian government may cut down on the salaries of the federal workers to reduce cost of governance.


BudgIT said, "Our analysis of the #2021Budget reveals over 316 duplicated capital projects totalling N39.5bn, among other loopholes for corruption.
 
"BudgIT also found ZERO audit records of the N10.02tn received by the security sector between 2015 & 2021."


BudgIT stated that security sector has gulped a huge chunk of the budget with no fruitful results to show, adding that other sectors of the economy suffer funding instead.


"2021 has been a horrifying year for Nigerians concerning security – as the country combats mutating forms of crime and terror – across all its 36 states. This is despite allocating over N10.02tn to security between 2015 and 2021.
 
"In the 2021 budget, the entire security sector’s allocation was N1.97tn, representing a 14% increase from the N1.78tn allocated in 2020.
 
"Increased resources allocated to the security sector means that less money is available to develop other sectors; thus, there is a need for more scrutiny of how these allocations are budgeted and spent.
 
"Likewise, our publication (to be released later today), noted that various non-security related government agencies now request and receive allocations for “Security Votes,” an opaque feature of the Nigerian security ecosystem devoid of accountability.
 
"In the 2021 budget, a total of 117 federal agencies received allocations for 'Security Votes' worth N24.3bn, despite many of these agencies already having allocations for 'Security Charges' to cover each agency’s security needs," the statement partly read.


In its revelations, BudgIT showed how some federal corporations got budgetary allocations for the projects they could not execute, therefore throwing the country into penury.


"Furthermore, BudgIT observed that the little budgetary allocation provided to other sectors are plagued with various loopholes for leakages and theft of public funds.
 
"Our investigations into the 2021 budget revealed at least 316 duplicated capital projects worth N39.5bn, with 115 of those duplicate projects occurring in the Ministry of Health.
 
"This is very disturbing especially considering the health infrastructure deficit and the raging COVID-19 pandemic affecting Nigeria.


"Even worse, agencies now receive allocations for capital projects they cannot execute. For example, the National Agriculture Seed Council has an allocation for N400m to construct solar street lights across all six geopolitical zones.
 
"While the Federal College of Forestry in Ibadan, Oyo State, got N50m for the construction of street lights in Edo State. These are aberrations that need to be corrected.


"Nigeria is already haunted by a staggering N3.31tn debt servicing burden which will wipe out nearly 41.63% of the projected N7.99tn 2021 revenue. @NigeriaGov and @nassnigeria can maximise the little public funds left by blocking the leakages BudgIT has identified," BudgIT finally said in the statement.
 

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