Female pastor arraigned for allegedly stealing member’s 4 months old baby



A 52-year-old old female pastor, Charity Okpara, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a four-month-old baby girl from her church member.

Okpara, a resident of No. 10 Abiodun Kayode St., Araromi Bus Stop, Ojo in Lagos was arraigned on a four-count-charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful abduction and child trafficking.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde alleged that the defendant stole the four-month-old baby, Princess Oluchi, daughter of one Mrs Blessing Okon.

Ayorinde told the court that the defendant committed the offences with others still at large on Nov. 5 at No. 5 Kayode St., Ajangbadi in Lagos.

The prosecutor submitted that the defendant fraudulently took away the baby from her mother.

“All efforts made to locate the baby proved abortive,” he said.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B. O. Osunsanmi, admitted the defendant to a bail of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Osunsanmi ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

NAN reports that the offence violates Sections 141, 277(1) 277(b) and 411 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State 2015, (revised).

The Magistrate adjourned the case until Feb. 24 for substantive hearing.

Edited & Vetted By: Maureen Atuonwu



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Buhari condoles with Pastor Itua Ighodalo over wife’s death



President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock at the passage of Mrs Ibidun Itua-Ighodalo, wife of Pastor Itua Ighodalo of Trinity House, based in Lagos.

The president made his feelings known in a condolence message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday.

The president said he shared the pain and sorrow of the family at the sudden death, and prayed God’s comfort for the entire family, friends and members of Trinity House.

According to him, Pastor Ighodalo is one person who faithfully prays for the country and the government.

He noted that Ighodalo sent him a personal letter of condolence when his former Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, passed away in April.

“Please accept my condolence. May God give you the fortitude to bear the loss, and strengthen you at this trying time,” he said.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Female student allegedly raped, macheted to death in a church building in Ibadan



A 21-year-old female student of Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State, Grace Oshiagwu, has been macheted to death by an unknown assailant(s) in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state. SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan.

Fadeyi said that the deceased was macheted on the head in a church building in the Idi-Ori area of Shasha, off Expressway, by an unknown assailant at about 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The PPRO said that investigation into the death of the 21-year-old Oshiagwu had begun and the police tactical teams were on the trail of the assailant(s).

“While efforts have been intensified, we want to solicit for credible information from members of the communities around the area and the general public, to enable us to unravel the misery behind these dastard killings,” Fadeyi said.

He said that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road, Ibadan, for autopsy.

However, a source who pleaded anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria that Oshiagwu was raped and macheted to death.

NAN recalls that there have been frequent killings and rape cases in the Akinyele local government area of Ibadan in recent months.

An 18-year-old Barakat Bello was reportedly raped and killed on May 31, by unknown hoodlums.

Similarly, 29-year-old woman, Azeezat Shomuyiwa said to be seven months pregnant, was killed on June 5 in that axis.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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COVID-19: Pastor Adeboye lauds FG’s efforts



Adeboye gave the commendation during his June thanksgiving sermon which was held online.

He thanked God for what the government had been doing to tackle the spread of the virus to its barest minimum through the lockdown initiative.

We thank God for what the government has been doing,” he said.

The popular cleric, who said the lockdown would  be over sooner or later, prayed it would be a blessing to everyone who served and worshiped God.

He also prayed for every problem troubling the world to be over before the end of the month.

In his thanksgiving sermon entitled, ” Flying Over Mountains, ‘ Adeboye enjoined everyone to wait on the Lord.

“For you to fly over your mountain, you have to wait on the Lord; read Issiah 40: 28-31, John 19: 28 and Psalm 132: 7-8.

By waiting on the Lord, you have to invite and offer Him water, give Him food which is worship and treat Him with honour by offering Him praises till He is satisfied.

By waiting on Him, you can fly over the mountains of failure, poverty, barrenness and physical lockdown,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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Pastor drums support for security agencies



Buru made the appeal on Thursday when he donated some working tools to members of Civilian Joint Task Force in Kaduna.

He stressed that providing support to security agencies,  especially timely information on movement of suspected criminals, would ensure peace and stability in communities across the country.

The cleric added that it was important to also provide working tools to such agencies including community watch groups such as the C-JTF, to enable them perform effectively.

Buru urged Christians and Muslims to embrace dialogue for sustainable peace in Kaduna State and across the country.

The state Chairman of the C-JTF, Shehu Dan-Tudu, commended Buru for his assistance to the group, which has over 30,000 members in the state.

“10,000 among them are currently supporting state government activities in providing essential services during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“They are currently participating towards making sure that citizens obey all the rules and regulations which include social distancing, use of face masks and the stay-at-home order,” he said.

Dan-Tudu warned youths against drug abuse and other social vices, and urged parents to always monitor the movement of their children and wards to insulate them from bad behaviours.

He assured that the group was fully committed to supporting government’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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