16 killed as armed bandits raid Zamfara villages

No fewer than 16 persons, including a policeman were feared killed on Monday by dare-devil bandits in Maru local government area of Zamfara State. According to the Police PRO of the state Command, Lawal Abdullahi, about 150 armed hoodlums riding on motorcycles perpetrated the act. He said the hoodlums had invaded the three villages of…


Horror of Horrors in Enugu, Husband and Pregnant Wife slaughtered.

FROM ALOYSIUS ATTAH, Nsukka  There is apprehension in Okpo Community, Enugu  Ezike, Igbo- Eze North Local Government Area of  Enugu State following  the murder of a man and his seven-month pregnant wife. The victims, identified as Ogbuenyi Idoko, were murdered in their  bedroom, had their throats slashed with a sharp knife while their blood  was collected…


Anambra State: Anglican cleric arraigned for kidnapping, gun running

From EMMANUEL UZOR, OnitshaAcleric of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, is cooling his  feet in prison pending the perfection of his bail application following  his alleged involvement in series of kidnapping and gun running in  Anambra State.The suspect, Rev Christopher Nwoye, a native of Umunze in Orumba  South council area of the state was…


Subsidy fraud: Court orders arrest of oil marketer

A Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja has issued a bench warrant  against an oil marketer, Mr. Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, for his continuous  failure to face trial.Ogunbambo and Habila Theck, alongside their company, Fargo Energy  Limited, are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes  Commission (EFCC) for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government to the  tune…

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‘How T.B. Joshua Took My Wife’ – Pastor Peter Kayode Opens Up

Pastor Peter Kayode Falarungbon is the Head Pastor of Awakeners Chapel  International. He was the first Head Pastor of the Ghana branch of T.B.  Joshua’s Church, Synagogue Church of All Nations.In the latest edition of the world acclaimed Nigerian Religious  magazine-Lifeway, Pastor Kayode reveals how the Head Pastor of the  Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua, virtually sent him  into exile in Ghana in order to have canal knowledge of his (Pastor  Kayode’s) wife, Lola.This is his story:It was in 1991 that my wife, Lola, and I went to the Synagogue. We  went there because we had been married for nine years without any child.  When we met Joshua he looked like a gentleman, a kind person and  someone that could be relied on. I saw him as someone representing God  because of his physical and outward appearance. Within two weeks of our  going there, he had gotten very close to my wife. That got me concerned  but then I concluded that it could be because my wife hailed from the  village next to his in Ondo State, Nigeria.One day my former wife told me that the Prophet wanted her to work  with him; that she had to do this before God could answer our prayer for  a child. Since I did not want to be an obstacle, I gave her the go  ahead. Suddenly I found myself going there every day because we wanted  the fruit of the womb. One day, Lola told me the Prophet wanted to see  me. T.B. Joshua told me God wanted to use me and that I should surrender  myself to the service of the lord. It was a big battle in my heart and  with my family but finally I succumbed.The first thing he did was to relocate me from where I lived in a  three bedroom apartment at Ipaja road. He gave me a Chamber and hall at  Ikoutun Egbe. He told me that if I wanted to serve the Lord, I have to  separate myself from the world, from my family and my friends. That was  the beginning of my journey. I abandoned my parents and refused to see  any of my siblings. I was placed in the evangelical department to study  the scriptures. However, because of my Salvation Army background, I  found loopholes in some of the things he taught us but I could not  openly challenge him.He later asked my wife to move into the church permanently, while I  continue to stay in the chamber and hall. I would leave the house in the  morning, go straight to the church and return home in the evening  alone. On Sunday mornings, she would rush in early in the morning around  6am, take a change of clothing and rush back to the church. Anytime I  showed my desire for intimacy, she will refuse on the grounds that the  Prophet said we should not engage in sex yet.After going through the Bible Training course for about three to four  years, most of my colleagues left. I was one of two or three people who  remained from my set. After a while, a Ghanaian named Ben and I came to  Ghana in 1997 to plan a crusade, We contacted the Ghana Pentecostal  Council and we marketed Joshua very well to them even though many of  them did not know him. We returned to Nigeria and about months later. I  was sent back to Ghana to start a fellowship. We began to grow from  there. Up till this time, my former wife remained in Lagos; we could not  talk on the phone and I could not talk to my family as well. Once in a  while, maybe once in six months or once in a year, Joshua would call me  and put my wife on the line. Our conversation usually went like this:  “How are you?” “I am fine.” “Well I just want to find out if you are  okay.” That was all. Meanwhile, the real reason why we went to Synagogue  was yet to be resolved – that was our childlessness.At some point during the years, I began to awaken from my spiritual  slumber. I took a series of decisions. One of them was I must see my  parents. Early one morning, while in Lagos on his orders, I left Ikotun  Egbe at 5.am.for Agege and traced my parents. They received me coldly. I  was not in the least surprised. But then my mum later disclosed to me  that my wife had told one of my old friends that Joshua told her it was  impossible for her to conceive through me, that the lack of conception  was my fault.An incident I witnessed convinced me there was something between  Joshua and my wife. Joshua used to flog his followers, old and young. I  was privy to him trying to flog my wife once, but she just walked out on  him without anything happening. For her to have the guts to walk out on  him when he was flogging others convinced me there was more to their  relationship.


Boko Haram: Court returns varsity don, two others to prison

A  Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday issued a fresh order  remanding in prison custody three suspected Boko Haram members,  including a university don, Dr Mohammed Yunus.The trial high court judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, gave the remand  order after a four-hour legal argument by counsel in the case on why or  not bail should be granted the accused persons pending trial.He also fixed February 28 to deliver a well considered ruling on  their arguments. Yunus and the two others; Umar Musa and Salami  Abdullahi, are facing trial for purportedly using their alleged  membership of the proscribed Boko Haram sect to terrorise people of Kogi  State.The Federal Government had filed an eightcount charge against them  and they were later arraigned last week before Justice Kolawole.  Specifically, they were accused of engaging in acts of terrorism and  unlawful possession of weapons and ammunition; recruiting members for,  supporting and funding the Boko Haram sect, among others. The  arraignment came after being detained by the SSS for over three months.But the three pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to  them. Upon their non-guilty plea, the judge ordered that the three be  remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja. He adjourned till yesterday to take  their bail applications.At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, counsel to the  university don, Hassan M. Liman, SAN, begged the court to admit his  client to bail. He argued that the offence committed by his client is  bailable and does not carry death penalty to warrant denial.Citing Section 118 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Act, he maintained  that the court even has the discretion to admit an applicant charged to  court on any offence including a capital offence. In a separate address  filed by James Ocholi, SAN, on behalf of the second accused, he begged  the court to admit him to bail on health ground.He said he had attached a medical report from the Garki Hospital,  Abuja indicating that his client has been suffering from hypertension  and he has been on drugs. In his argument, Ocholi said there was no  credible evidence against the accused, adding that there was no link  between them or any other person.Counsel to the third accused, on his own, called on the trial judge  to grant bail liberally and generously on the matter as the accused does  not pose any danger to the witnesses in the case as stated by the  prosecuting counsel in his counter affidavit. Replying, the prosecution  counsel, M. B. Jones Nebo, opposed the bail application on the grounds  that the accused persons might abscond from trial based on the weighty  punishment awaiting them upon conviction by the law court.Nebo in her submission said that the trial borders on national  security and Kogi State in particular, and that granting the bail will  amount to security risk and threat to the unsuspecting public.


NUPENG threatens to halt fuel distribution

LAGOS—NIGERIA Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday in Lagos threatened to stop fuel distribution and shut down the nation’s oil sector over alleged unfair labour practices and other nefarious activities by major oil marketers and multi-national oil companies in Nigeria.NUPENG claimed the activities of oil marketers and multi-national companies amounted to economic…


Atiku’s associate warns Jonathan’s adviser Gulak against ‘disrespectful’ comments.

An aide of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has warned the political  adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, to weigh and guard  his utterances especially as they affect senior citizens of Nigeria. The warning came from Danladi DanAsabe, an associate of Mr. Abubakar,  and Chairman of Adamawa Think Tank group, in a statement sent to …

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Anxiety In Cross River Over Demarcation Of Land With Cameroon

There is anxiety in Cross River as the United Nations joint commission demarcates boundary between Nigeria and Cameroun.Cameroon, which is the country’s neighbour alongside officials from the United Nations is already carrying out the demarcation of her border with Nigeria and in the process, carving the villages as part of her territory. The towns involved…


Tension over Cameroon/Cross River border. Nigeria to lose more communities to Cameroon

Barely 12 years after Nigeria lost Bakassi Peninsula, there anxiety over boundary demarcation between Cross River and Cameroon, following fears that no fewer than 10 communities in Ikom, Obudu, Obanliku and Boki local government areas of Cross River may be ceded to the Francophone country. The Cross River State government, speaking through the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, however, said there’s no cause for alarm, as no community has been ceded to Cameroon. An indication to this effect emerged recently following the purported delineation of Nigeria and Cameroon international boundaries at the Central and Northern axis of the state by the United Nations (UN) boundary delineation experts.