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Politics / Re: Lagos APC Former Executive, Ramota Bankole Dies In Mecca, Party Mourns by Morbeta11(m): 10:38am
Rip to her.....but I want to clear this embedded curiosity, is their provision for Virgin boys gift for women that died propagating Islam.
Travel / Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Deny Associating With Fugitive Allen Onyema by Morbeta11(m): 6:48am
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle deny associating with fugitive Allen Onyema, say Tinubu’s CDS organised Nigerian tour

“Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud,”

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have set the record straight, stating that their visit to Nigeria was to honour an invitation by Chief of Defence Staff Christopher Musa and insisting that it had nothing to do with U.S. fugitive Allen Onyema, who volunteered his airplane as a ride for the couple to tour Nigeria in April.

Sources close to the couple issued the rebuttal to Daily Beast after British media linked the ex-royals Nigerian visit to Mr Onyema who was embroiled in money-laundering allegations going as high as $20 million in the U.S.

The sources, seeking to protect the reputation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, noted that Air Peace was a leading airline in Nigeria and West Africa that daily flew commercial planes to the UK’s Gatwick airport. This was done in an attempt to water down any perceived relationship between the couple and Mr Onyema.

Mr Onyema was not a stranger to criminal allegations as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern District of Georgia charged him with “bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents” in 2019.

“Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in the indictment sheet.

Stanley Olisa, a communications lead at Air Peace, parroted Mr Onyema’s generosity to Sussexs’ explaining that they flew on chartered planes at no cost and were given preferential treatment given their ties to the British monarchy.

“The chairman of Air Peace gave Prince Harry and his wonderful wife Meghan free flights to Lagos and back as part of his contribution to the successful hosting of the couple,” Mr Olisa told UK’s Mirror in May.

“The planes were chartered. It was just the royals and their entourage. They were not flying with other passengers. We understand that they are royals so we gave them top-tier treatment on board,” Mr Olisa said. “They were given everything they wanted. It was an exclusive experience. And we flew them back to Abuja in the evening. Everything was complimentary.”

https://gazettengr.com/prince-harry-meghan-markle-deny-associating-with-fugitive-allen-onyema-say-tinubus-cds-organised-nigerian-tour/

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Crime / Official Vehicle Of The Police Affairs Ministry Stolen In Abuja by Morbeta11(m): 9:15am On Jun 20
An Official Vehicle Of The Police Affairs Ministry Has Been St0Ien In Abuja

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Politics / Re: FG Eyes $4.4bn New Loans As Debt Hits N101tn by Morbeta11(m): 3:30am On Jun 20
We just won Guinness World Record in Borrowing.....

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Politics / Re: Senator Kalu Sympathizes With Ezeukwu Community Over Damaged Road by Morbeta11(m): 3:02am On Jun 20
Mumu man, wetin concern soil texture with very poor and low quality job...una sins will always find you out.
Politics / Re: Fubara Has Succeeded In Taking Rivers State Political Structure by Morbeta11(m): 9:43pm On Jun 19
rumu3485:


Very gone.
The ogboni thug has been demystified. Good riddance 💯
But fools like whalis are still having wet dreams... 😂🤣

He will be suspended from his ward and that will be checkmate.

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Politics / Re: Recruitment Saga: PSC Calls For IGP Egbetokun's Sack by Morbeta11(m): 3:52pm On Jun 19
Nigerian Police is the most disorganised police service in the world.

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Foreign Affairs / Re: Putin Gifts Kim Jong-un A Russian Bullet Proof Limousine "Aurus Senat" (photos) by Morbeta11(m): 3:14pm On Jun 19
Justiceganduje:
He still won't use it.


Never!
Politics / Re: 2025: Ifeanyi Ubah Will Fix Anambra Without Big Grammar -- Owelle Mbaso by Morbeta11(m): 11:10am On Jun 19
Hmmmm....without big grammar.
Crime / Kogi Govt Threatens To Pull Down Houses, Hotels Occupied By Yahoo Boys by Morbeta11(m): 10:12am On Jun 19

Kogi govt threatens to pull down houses, hotels occupied by Yahoo Boys

The Kogi State Government has threatened to demolish houses occupied by internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys in the state.

The State Security Adviser, retired Commander, Jerry Omodara gave the warning when he appeared on Monday’s edition of the “State of Kogi” a Radio Kogi Audience Participatory programme which was monitored by DAILY POST in Lokoja.


Omodara said the government needed the assistance of the public in the Area of provision of information to arrest internet fraudsters in the state.

He said security agencies will soon go after hotels used by yahoo boys to perpetrate crime. ”It should be noted that appropriate sanctions will be handed to those harbouring the fraudsters”.

The State Security Adviser cautioned landlords against giving their houses to “Yahoo Boys”, pointing out that such structures will also be pulled down.

According to him, the government in partnership with security agencies have identified houses built with proceeds of criminal activities and those housing men of the underworld would soon be demolished.

He stated that Security Agencies and local hunters have been directed to arrest or gun down anyone carrying arms in the forest.

The Security Adviser while commending the effort of Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo in tackling insecurity, called on companies and well-to-do individuals to assist the government by donating to the State Security Trust Fund.


DAILY POST gathered that the activities of internet fraudsters in Kogi State have been on the rise, prompting the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, to arrest many earlier this year.

https://dailypost.ng/2024/06/17/kogi-govt-threatens-to-pull-down-houses-hotels-occupied-by-yahoo-boys/

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Crime / Police Rescue Three Abducted Fouani Brothers, Others by Morbeta11(m): 6:14am On Jun 19

Police rescue three abducted Fouani brothers, others

The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed that the abducted Fouani brothers and two others have been rescued.

The spokesperson for the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, made this known via a text message to our correspondent on Tuesday.

According to him, the brothers identified as Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani, and Amtal Fouani, who were abducted on June 14 around 6pm in Lagos were rescued last night in Orugbo Iddo by men of the Marine Police.

One of the brothers is the Managing Director of Fouani Nigeria Limited that specialises in electronics and is the sole distributor of LG, Hisense, and Maxi products in Nigeria.

The three brothers were said to have been returning from their factory by boat when they were abducted.

A source familiar with the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to its sensitive nature, told our correspondent that the kidnappers contacted the victims’ families, demanding ransom.

However, Hundeyin confirmed they have been rescued and reunited with their family.

He said, “Yes five of them were rescued. Three Lebanese, the boat captain and his assistant.

“They were rescued late last night in Orugbo Iddo. Our Marine Police, with the support of the Nigerian Navy, brought them to shore.

“Thereafter, our tactical team in the area took them home on Banana Island in the early hours of today.”


https://punchng.com/breaking-police-rescue-three-abducted-fouani-brothers-others/

Sports / Ghanaian Court Orders Auction Of Michael Essien’s Properties by Morbeta11(m): 4:39am On Jun 19
Two mansions belonging to former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien are reportedly set for auction following a court order from the Accra High Court.

The sale was ordered by the Deputy Sheriff of the High Court (Commercial Division) on June 12, 2024, following a recent court ruling against the former midfielder.

The Daily Guide reports that the properties are located at Stephen Quarshie Crescent, East Legon, House Number 9 and House Number 204/205, Trassaco (Phase 2), Adjiringano, all in Accra.

The report also mentioned that one of the properties is valued between $20 million and $30 million.

Essien’s current financial troubles are due to large loans he took from different banks and financial institutions in Ghana, according to Africa Soccer.

During his playing days, 41-year-old Essien played for top clubs such as Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Lyon.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2024/06/ghanaian-court-orders-auction-of-michael-essiens-properties/

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Politics / MKO Abiola's Children Who Couldn't Afford Drugs Have Died In Last 30 Years by Morbeta11(m): 4:29am On Jun 19
Some Of My Siblings, MKO Abiola's Children Who Couldn't Afford Drugs Have Died In Last 30 Years – Abdulmumuni Abiola Laments

Abdulmumuni Abiola, one of the sons of late Chief MKO Abiola, has berated his elder brother, Kola Abiola, over the alleged mismanagement of their late father's wealth and throwing the rest of the siblings into abject poverty.

Speaking in a podcast on Mic On with Seun Okinbaloye, Abdulmumuni lamented that Kola had mismanaged their late father's wealth and sidelined him and other members of the family to the extent that in the last 30 years, some of Abiola's children had died because they could not afford to buy medicine to treat and take care of themselves.

Asked if he blamed Kola for the manner in which things had gone and whether he believed the legacy of Abiola would have been properly sustained rather than it was now, Mumuni said, "I definitely do because he was in a better position, especially after the whole crisis.”

Speaking further, Abdulmumuni said, "First of all, if he listens to what my father said in the Will and does what he is supposed to do like every other one has done, there wouldn't be a problem.

"We have lost so much. There are so much properties my father has in this country that we can never get by because people sit on it and they are using it to take care of their own families. The issue is, who is losing?

"It is our money that they used to buy those things. Those properties now cannot be bought with the same amount, with the kind of money that would be spent today. I'm talking about the silo in Lafia Agil in Kwara State - 20,000 metric tonnes Silo with 10,000 hectares of land. How much would be paid for that land now?

"It is so sad that your father was rich to a certain level and you cannot continue from where he stopped. I would like him to explain to me why exactly he has gone with this direction. It is like going down the deadened road and you are seeing the signs but you are still going.

"This is 30 years down the line. It is not like I waited for a year after my father died and started making these accusations. Abiola's children who could not buy medicine to take care of themselves have died in this 30 years. This is sad and I'm sure my father will not be pleased about it. So, I am not pleased.”

He added, "I wake up in the morning and my phone is inundated with text messages of people who ask for help. How many people can I help? If I want to help somebody, I need to first help myself. It is important we do things the right way."

Asked if he has spoken with Kola about his grievances, Mumuni said he is talking about the properties in Nigeria only.

He said, "You must understand that I'm talking about their properties in Nigeria only. This is not where Abiola has his wealth. Abiola had those companies in Nigeria just to help Nigerian people.

"They were losing money and they were building money. But he did this (established companies in Nigeria) because he knew they needed something to do so that they don't pick up guns. He (Abiola) understood that.

"Abiola's wealth was from outside this country. He was an accountant and when he was the state director of ITT, there was money that owed the company, when he was able to retrieve the money from the military government then, he went back to his masters in England.

"They wanted to offer commission but he asked them to give him shares. So, my father has shares.

"I told brother Kola when I got back that I don't want to disturb him about the money outside Nigeria. That it is for him, he should do whatever he wants with it. But the ones in Nigeria, we will die there."

Abdulmumuni said he had taken over Concord Newspaper but "at the time we took it, he took me to Kabiyesi Akiolu's Palace to tell me why I should leave the place."

https://saharareporters.com/2024/06/17/some-my-siblings-mko-abiolas-children-who-couldnt-afford-drugs-have-died-last-30-years#google_vignette

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Music/Radio / Re: Emilokan - Eedris Abdulkareem (Video) by Morbeta11(m): 5:34pm On Jun 18
helinues:
The initial video of Sani dent the whole video. Starting the video with fabricated story..

There is no proof of any of those arrested during the end SARS protest still being in detention .

Lyrically and rhythm, no consistency

Btw, some people's button was pressed to promote the song... Too Emotional things now


Something must be giving you this courage to standby your political belief, its either you are way to wealthy to careless( which I doubt) or you are too jobless and wretched to careless too....your belief is too consistent even on empty stomach....man I salute your courage.

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Religion / Re: Man Chooses ₦10M Over Adeboye’s Prayer (Video) by Morbeta11(m): 6:37pm On Jun 17
Adeboye don cast 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Romance / When Is The Ideal Time To Wear This Protection.. by Morbeta11(m): 5:53pm On Jun 17

When is the ideal time to wear this and under what circumstances...

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Politics / Re: Army To Deploy 5,937 Soldiers To Fight Banditry, Secessionist Agitation - COAS by Morbeta11(m): 10:10am On Jun 17
They have given info to the enemy so they can prepare ahead of deployment.....watch as bandits will use latest technologies to fight back. What happen if these preparation is coveted....bandits are now using drones.

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Travel / Tug Boat Piloting Barge Load Of Containers Sinks At Tin-can Port by Morbeta11(m): 7:36am On Jun 17
Tug boat piloting barge load of containers sinks at Tin-can port

As rescue efforts on Thursday failed


A tug boat piloting a barge loaded with containers have sank at berth 10 of Tin-can Island port, with the pilot of the tug boat said to have escape death by the winkers.

The berth is operated by Five Star Logistics Nigeria Limited while the tug boat belongs to Medlog, said to be the logistics aim of one of the multinational shipping lines.

On the reason for the sinking of the tug boat over a week ago, Vanguard gathered that there are conflicting reasons. While a dockworker said the crane hook which was to discharge the containers had fallen on the tug boat causing rapture that result in it taking in water rapidly; a staff of the Five Star Logistics said that the tug boat in its effort to berth the barge had rammed into the quay apron causing a rapture that resulted in the barge in taking water.

The dockworker who said that the incident occurred on Thursday last week, further disclosed that the tug boat sank shortly after before efforts to rescue it could be done.

When Vanguard visited the site of the incident Thursday, efforts were on by the terminal operators to savage the vessel. Two heavy duty barge cranes were on down, with divers trying to connect both hooks of the cranes to the vessel under the water.

A such at the terminal told Vanguard that the rescue effort was unsuccessful as cable of the two cranes snapped just as the tug boat was being pulled out of the water.

Vanguard had earlier gone to the Apapa office of Comet Shipping Line, the parent company of Five Star Logistics where our correspondent met with Mr. Kingsley of the Shipping department who directed Vanguard to Five Star Logistics office at the port.

At the Tin-can island office of Five Star Logistics, Vanguard was informed that the General Manager was not around and that there was no one to speak on the issue. Similarly, efforts to speak with the Port Manager of Tin-can Island Port, Sylvester Egede, proved abortive as he neither picked his calls nor respond to a text message sent to him.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2024/06/tug-boat-piloting-barge-load-of-containers-sinks-at-tin-can-port/

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Politics / Kano Residents Applaud Calm As Sanusi, Bayero Lead Sallah Prayers by Morbeta11(m): 3:30am On Jun 17
Kano residents applaud calm as Sanusi, Bayero lead Sallah prayers

Kano residents on Sunday lauded the peaceful atmosphere that greeted the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir in the town despite the ongoing emirate crisis.

This was as the police command expressed satisfaction with the peaceful and orderly manner the Sallah prayers across the state were conducted.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Gumel, who had just been promoted to Assistant Inspector-General, lauded the residents for their orderly conduct at various prayer grounds, both within and outside the Kano metropolis.

According to reports from all the 44 local government areas, the festivities were celebrated in a peaceful atmosphere, devoid of rancour.

There had been palpable fears that skirmishes might mar the Sallah celebrations, especially given the lingering emirship tussle in the state.

The state police command, on Thursday, banned the Kano Durbar, following a clash of orders over the celebration.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi and the deposed Emir Ado Bayero had asked the police for security during the celebration of the Durbar after the Eid-el-Kabir, a decision the police command viewed might lead to anarchy.

There had been a royal crisis in the ancient city following the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi as the 16th Emir of Kano, after the state House of Assembly repealed the Kano Emirate Law 2019 and enacted the Kano Emirate Law 2024 on May 23, 2024.

Governor Abba Yusuf, while signing the new bill into law on May 24, 2024, announced the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi, and had since recognised his authority on the emirate, while he sacked the rulers of five emirates – Kano, Bichi, Karaye, Gaya and Rano – earlier formed by ex-Governor Umar Ganduje.

Following the order banning the Durbar and that contending emirs should pray at different mosques, Bayero was at the Nassarawa Mosque while Sanusi prayed at Sheikh Tijjani Mosque at Kofar Mata, Kano.

The PUNCH observed that the governor and some dignitaries in the town joined Sanusi for the prayers.

Sanusi, during his sermon after leading the Eid prayers, stressed the importance of following Prophet Muhammad’s teachings, which emphasised helping the needy, especially during Eid-al-Adha celebrations.

The residents were happy the celebration was incident-free in the town.

Alhaji Mohammad Abubakar from Tauroni Local Government praised the peaceful conduct of the prayers and commended the police and security agencies for ensuring the sustenance of a peaceful atmosphere.

Alhaji Isa Musa from the Charanchi area, however, called for continued security presence beyond the Sallah celebrations.

Alhaji Kabiru Danlami from Dorayi quarters urged residents to support efforts by the security agents by providing information on suspicious individuals, to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Meanwhile, a group, the Arewa Youth Advancement Forum, in a felicitation message to Bayero on Sunday, urged him to forgive his enemies.

In a statement issued by its President, Nuhu Magaji, it saluted the monarch’s commitment to the progress and development of the state, even in the face of adversity and commended him for his unwavering dedication to the peace and progress of the state.

“As the Muslim Ummah celebrates the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Arewa Youth Advancement Forum wishes to extend its warmest felicitations to His Highness, Emir Ado Bayero.

“Despite the recent unfortunate events, we stand in solidarity with Emir Bayero, a symbol of peace, progress, and stability. His wise leadership and vision have been a shining example to our generation.

“Emir Bayero’s dedication to the emirate and the state is unwavering, and his legacy continues to inspire us. We recognise his tireless efforts to promote unity, understanding, and progress in Kano and beyond. His door has always been open to the people, offering guidance and support in times of need,” the statement noted.

It called on Kano residents to remain peaceful and united, working together for the greater good of the state.

https://punchng.com/kano-residents-applaud-calm-as-sanusi-bayero-lead-sallah-prayers/

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Politics / Tinubu Inherited Dead Economy – Presidency Replies New York Times by Morbeta11(m): 8:59pm On Jun 16

Tinubu Inherited Dead Economy – Presidency Replies New York Times


The Presidency has reacted to a report published in the New York Times criticising the Nigerian economy as facing the worst trajectory in a generation.

Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, responded on Sunday to the report by Ruth Maclean and Ismail Auwal.

According to the Presidency, the feature story, titled ‘Nigeria Confronts Its Worst Economic Crisis in a Generation’ and published on June 11, reflected the typical predetermined, reductionist, derogatory, and denigrating way foreign media establishments have reported on African countries for decades.

Onanuga stated that due to the ‘misleading’ slant of the report, the government needed to clear up some misconceptions conveyed by the reporters regarding the economic policies of President Bola Tinubu’s administration, which took office at the end of May 2023.


He noted that the report painted a dire picture of some Nigerians’ experiences amid the inflationary spiral of the last year and unfairly blamed it all on the new administration’s policies.

He argued that the report, based on several interviews, is at best jaundiced, portraying all gloom and doom without mentioning the positive aspects of the economy or the amelioration policies being implemented by the central and state governments.

Onanuga emphasized that Tinubu did not create the economic problems Nigeria faces today but inherited them.

“As a respected economist in our country once put it, Tinubu inherited a dead economy.

“The economy was bleeding and needed quick surgery to avoid being plunged into the abyss, as happened in Zimbabwe and Venezuela,” he noted.

He explained that this context led to the policy direction taken by the government in May/June 2023, including the abrogation of the fuel subsidy regime and the unification of the multiple exchange rates.

Onanuga highlighted that Nigeria had maintained a fuel subsidy regime for decades, which consumed $84.39 billion between 2005 and 2022 from the public treasury, in a country with significant infrastructural deficits and a high need for better social services.

He also alleged that the state oil firm, NNPCL, had accumulated trillions of Naira in debts due to unsustainable subsidy payments.

“The budget itself had a striking feature: it planned to spend 97 per cent of revenue servicing debt, with little left for recurrent or capital expenditure. The previous government had resorted to massive borrowing to cover such costs.”

Onanuga further explained that like oil, the exchange rate was also subsidized by the government, with an estimated $1.5 billion spent monthly by the CBN to defend the currency against the unquenchable demand for the dollar.

“This low rate led to arbitrage and failures to fulfil remittance obligations to airlines and other foreign businesses, drying up foreign direct investment and investments in the oil sector.

“To address these issues, Tinubu rolled back the subsidy regime and floated the naira on his first day”, Onanuga said.

Despite initial challenges, Onanuga noted that some stability is being restored, with the exchange rate now below N1500 to the dollar and prospects for further appreciation.

He cited a trade surplus of N6.52 trillion in Q1, as opposed to a deficit of N1.4 trillion in Q4 of 2023, and renewed interest from portfolio investors as indicators of improving economic confidence. Loans from the World Bank, AfDB, and Afreximbank are also contributing to Nigeria’s renewed bankability.

Onanuga highlighted efforts to control inflation, especially food inflation, through increased agricultural production and state-led initiatives to sell food at lower prices.

“The Tinubu administration has invested heavily in dry-season farming and provided incentives to farmers.”

He concluded by comparing Nigeria’s economic challenges with those faced by the USA and Europe, emphasizing that the Tinubu administration is working hard to overcome these difficulties.

“Our country faced economic difficulties in the past, an experience captured in folk songs. Just like we overcame then, we shall overcome our present difficulties very soon.”


https://reubenabati.com.ng/newss/new-york-times-nigeria-confronts-its-worst-economic-crisis-in-a-generation-presidency-replies/

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Sports / Re: Finidi George: Victor Osimhen Drops Another Video, Reveals What Really Happened by Morbeta11(m): 8:00pm On Jun 16
Oshimhen Prease forget this colocodile tears and sort my neighbours out, they are 🐏 Lamless as am typing....no Lam to celeblate ileya.
Family / Re: Hetty Green: The Most Stingy Woman In History by Morbeta11(m): 7:46pm On Jun 16
ceejay80s:

Crook
shameless tadpole...

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Family / Re: Hetty Green: The Most Stingy Woman In History by Morbeta11(m): 7:27pm On Jun 16
ceejay80s:

U thief my thread come enter front page.
Nigerians are not innovative, they only steal from u to become rich

https://www.nairaland.com/8119585/hetty-green-most-stingy-woman

Is she your mother? Or are you the only person privy to this information? ......grow up loser, your father is neither Bill Gates nor Philip Emegwali that someone else don't have right to read and share interesting stories on the Internet....why didn't you trademark the story since your are direct decendant of Madam Hetty Green....Anuamapa! I posted my story on Jun 9 by 11:02am and your posted on Jun 9 by 5:46pm....who is the thief here?

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Religion / RCCG Member Kicks Over Iluyomade’s Resignation by Morbeta11(m): 4:10pm On Jun 16

RCCG Member Kicks Over Iluyomade’s Resignation


Following the recent resignation of one of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Trinity Towers’ Senior pastors, Idowu Iluyomade, a church member, Funsho Olufemi, who resides in Lagos has expressed his displeasure towards the development.

Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Olufemi noted that the Iluyomades have done so much to build the church of God and to strengthen Christianity in Nigeria, hence they should be reconsidered.

He, however, cautioned the church to desist from politicking which he assumed forced Iluyomade out of RCCG.

He stated, “I wish to make it crystal clear that this use and dump system did not start today. What happened to the Iluyomades is a culture in RCCG. The RCCG has long been rewarding its good and diligent members with frustration and punishment. Those who helped the church to grow are cast away like worthless orange peels.”

He buttressed, “I will give some indisputable examples among many. The first is the case of Pastor Tony Rapu, who pastor This Present House presently.

However, further checks, however, revealed that Pastor Tunde Bakare (now of the Citadel Global Community Church) pioneered the model Parish of the RCCG in 1988, before Pastor Rapu was seconded to assist him.


The RCCG member remarked that past pastors had gone through the phase the Iloyomades are currently experiencing.

He noted, “I heard that Pastor Rapu’s successor Pastor Agu Irukwu is facing the same fate today. He is the son of the late insurance mogul, Prof. Joe Irukwu. Pastor Agu as he is popularly known, built Redeemed church into the second biggest and most influential church in London, so big that the current King of England, King Charles III worships there occasionally and even celebrated his birthday at the church. But how was Pastor Irukwu rewarded?

“He was allegedly forced to step aside last year and a young Pastor of Yoruba extraction was used to replace him. This made some members to start saying that it was because both Pastors, Rapu and Agu were Igbos and that Redeemed church under Pastor Adeboye is Yoruba in heart and mind.

“But if you perceived tribal sentiment in their ouster, what about Pastor Ituah Ighodalo? He is practically Yoruba even though hd hail from Edo state.

“Though, his mum is Yoruba and some say she was even related to the G.O. Once Ituah, a most likable Pastor turned Christ Church parish of RCCG at Gbagada into a celebrity and youthful parish, the RCCG hawks from the Camp came after him, as the Governing Council, doing a hatchet job, said he was divorced and so should not head a parish.”

Olufemi further stated, “Idowu Iluyomade whose leadership of City of David has made RCCG a truly global church, especially because of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) which cuts across many countries.

“How can a Pastor build a structure like Trinity Towers, RCCG’s best building in the world and the best way to appreciate his effort is to force him out of the church in a deceitful manner that seeks to humiliate him and his wife? With a lame reason that his wife had a birthday party after the death of a member of the church, although very sad, as an excuse to force them out.”

He queried, “Where is God in all these acts of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man? Why is RCCG looking so political, so devoid of soul and human feeling?”

He added, ”It is true that Herbert Wigwe’s death was tragic and painful. But nobody talks about the fact that the same Pastor Iluyomade-led COD held two special services in his honour, two services fully dedicated to the memory of Wigwe.

“Pastor Iluyomade and his wife wept endlessly over his passing. But all that we read was about how the late banker donated so much money to the ‘ungrateful church’

“The hard truth that must be told here is that Wigwe indeed raised a significant sum with his friends during fundraising for the Trinity Towers which he chaired.

“Now that they have taken over Trinity Towers, can they now leave the man and his wife at peace while they celebrate their unkind and temporal victory?

“Hence, the discontent in the church presently is sizzling. It is easy to see.

“The disillusionment in RCCG in general is worsening. People who love Pastor ID and his wife, other Pastors who have been oppressed and suppressed and their voices silent, are bracing up to challenge this cruel determination to humiliate Pastor Idowu Iluyomade and his wife, Pastor Siju Iluyomade because they see it as an opportunity to speak out. And there are many of them,” Olufemi averred.


https://leadership.ng/rccg-member-kicks-over-iluyomades-resignation/

Politics / Anambra Offers Appointment To Rehabilitated Tennis Star, Tania Okpala by Morbeta11(m): 4:00pm On Jun 16

Anambra offers appointment to rehabilitated Tennis star, Tania Okpala

The Anambra State Government has offered the rehabilitated Tennis star, Tania Okpala, an immediate appointment as a Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Works in the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare.

The wife of the state governor, Dr Nonye Soludo, disclosed this to journalists at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka, on Friday, adding that Tania is expected to use her life’s story to educate the younger ones and offer her best to social interventions and helping humanity.

Tania was seen in a viral video that circulated on social media in January roaming and wandering the streets of Awka and her deplorable condition captured the attention of the state government and other Nigerians a former tennis champion.

After the video went viral, Tania was thereafter taken to a rehabilitation centre by the state government through the state Ministry of Women and Social Welfare.

Speaking while presenting the new-look Tania to her family members in the presence of her father, Joel Okpala, Soludo stated that the state government made arrangements for the best rehabilitation facility in the state, moved her there and made sure she received the optimum care in a private ward.

Soludo said, “I’m super grateful to God for today. Around six months ago, precisely on January 28, 2024, when I came across the viral amateur video of Tania Okpala on social media, I immediately called the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, to search for her and began immediate processes for her rehabilitation. I took a passionate interest in Tania’s case because I saw a pretty woman in need of help.

“I saw a resilient soul clamouring for dire assistance. At that moment, I discussed it with my husband, Mr Governor, and we came to an agreement that the government would cater to Tania’s rehabilitation and onward integration into a fresh society.

“We made arrangements for the best rehabilitation facility in the state, moved her there and made sure she received the optimum care in a private ward. Thanks to the Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, who was consistently following up on her treatments and recovery.

“Though I wasn’t in the country at the time, I spoke with her often and made sure she got everything that she needed to be in the right shape. I arrived in Anambra State in the afternoon of February 23, 2024, and in the evening of that same day, I headed off to General Hospital, Awkuzu, where Tania was already recovering. We chatted, and I was impressed with the speed of her recovery.

“We took a list of other things that she needed, including books and sports gadgets, and I immediately asked my Personal Assistant to buy them that day. The next day, I asked that Tania join me in the Sunday Mass at the Governor’s Official Residence. Afterwards, we shared the dining table and chatted on a few things. She needed that motherly closure, and I was committed to supporting her through the whole recovery journey.

“After she was certified fit to leave by her private doctor, I thought of the best place to keep her so we don’t end up going back to the same old story. I got suggestions to get her a house, pay for the rent, as well as her caregiver. I wasn’t comfortable with that idea. I needed my eyes to be on her on a daily basis, and the only way to achieve that was to keep her close to me. So we got her an accommodation in one of the private staff quarters in the Governor’s Official Residence.

“Because of her love for lawn tennis, we enrolled her into a tennis club close to the governor’s residence, got her a coach, and all the gadgets needed for the sport. We felt that could help her recovery. We also got her personal psychologist who gave her routine counselling. While we were sure that she was back to her feet, we made arrangements for her admission into the university where she opted to study Psychology.”

The governor’s wife said Tania is presently studying Psychology at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka under the watchful eyes of routine psychological evaluations, ensuring that she takes her medications at the right time.

She added that Tania’s recovery is a miraculous story, revealing that her story of resilience and tenacity is one to inspire everyone.


“Today, I’m proud to say that Tania Okpala is back. God did it. We give Him all the glory. Having done our part as an administration that thinks humanity first and in fulfilment of the government’s pledge to see Tania through recovery and give her everything she needed to become a valuable addition, the Anambra State Government has decided to offer her an appointment as a Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Works.

“She will work with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare and will use her life story to educate the younger ones and offer her best to social interventions and helping humanity.

“We’re motivated by Tania’s energy and zeal. Personally, I admire her intelligence and positive approach to things. I strongly believe that she can use that to bring great impact to this new task.

“As we hand her over to her family, it is our firm belief that she will use her story to redefine the world around her. I have no doubt about that as I wish this beautiful woman all the best. Thank you all, and may God bless you.”

Tania’s father, Joel, while appreciating the kind gestures of the state government, said his daughter became devastated and started wandering about shortly after her mother passed away.

He said, “Tania loved her mother so much that when the mother died, it dealt a heavy blow to her. We thank the Anambra State government for what they have done in rehabilitating her and bringing her back to life.”


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Pastor sentenced to 35 years for stealing churches

. Foster purchased one church for $10
. Foster was previously convicted of identity theft and arson
. The jury heard evidence of seven similar EDT



(NewsNation) — A Texas pastor has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a jury convicted him of stealing three churches valued at more than $800,000.

Whitney Foster, 56, the pastor at the True Foundation nondenominational church in Dallas, was sentenced after he was convicted of theft of property involving three local churches, Dallas County prosecutors announced.

Foster was the pastor of a small congregation that did not have a physical place to meet. Foster was accused of stealing real estate from three local churches after prosecutors said he filed fraudulent property deeds, listing a fake pastor or other church officials of the congregations from which he was found guilty of stealing property, officials said.

On the deed documents, he listed his church as the grantee in his own name. The value of the three properties totaled more than $800,000, prosecutors said.

The First Christian Church in Lancaster, Texas, Canada Drive Christian Church and Church at Ninevah were listed as the three churches that had property stolen, prosecutors said. Two of the three churches are still listed in Foster’s name.

Prosecutors said that Foster’s congregation was still meeting at one of the properties and that the third property remains embroiled in legal complications because of the pastor’s actions.

“Stealing real estate is an incredibly serious and damaging crime,” John Creuzot, Dallas County criminal district attorney, said in a statement Monday. “It’s worse than the theft of someone’s vehicle or other possessions. When someone steals property, we must hold them accountable because they are hurting people.”

The jury was presented evidence of seven additional fraudulent acts in addition to the three of which Foster was convicted. Foster was previously convicted of identity theft and arson, prosecutors announced.

“Property ownership is a bedrock of our society – it provides security, a home, a place to love and welcome each other,” Dallas County prosecutor Phillip Clark said. “It also represents a very active part of our economy, both in terms of buying, selling, and renting property, as well as property taxes that support everything our government does for the citizens of Dallas County.”

In 2021, the pastor of the Lancaster, Texas, church learned that the congregation no longer owned the building after it was deeded to another person for $10, a Dallas television station reported.

The property, valued at $700,000 at the time, was signed over to someone else after someone claiming to be the chairman of the church deeded the building over to a non-church member for $10.

At the time, Foster told the television station that he believed the church building to be vacant.

“You can acquire a property for $10 with nonprofits,” Foster told the local news station. “The church is community property. … It wasn’t Whitney buying it. Our church was getting it. I was fixing to open up a church there.”

Clark said that the area has seen an uptick in deed fraud cases in the country in recent years.

“Deed fraud cases are not simply disputes; they are lies and fraud – they are theft – and they are deeply damaging. I’m so grateful that the jury saw the truth in this case and held the defendant to account.”

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