Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo on Friday recounted how he escaped a “potential plane crash” alongside those travelling with him. Oyedepo shared the testimony at the ‘Breakthrough Service’ held at the church’s world headquarters in Ota, Ogun State and broadcast to all the zonal centres of the church in Ota and Lagos. The Bishop told the congregation that the aircraft plunged into crisis mid-air, but “God took control and landed the plane.” He said: “There was a mid-air crisis, there was serious turbulence, but there was no apprehension. Jesus took control. He landed the plane safely. And we were just celebrating the faithfulness of God.” Although he did not disclose where he was going or coming from when the incident happened, a source told us that he might have been returning from U.K.. The Bishop said he would give the details of the incident at a thanksgiving service later on. After sharing the testimony, the bishop led the congregation to sing a thanksgiving chorus.
A Magistrate Court in Osogbo, Osun State has ordered that a man, Oyelami Okeyomi be remanded in prison custody for allegedly killing his step mother, Alice Badetito Okeyomi, after he discovered that the aged woman was responsible for his inability to father a child. Our correspondent gathered that Okeyomi had visited a herbalist's home, where it was allegedly revealed to him that Madam Alice caused him to be impotent with the use of charms. After the suspect got wind of the said revelation, he was said to have stormed Adigbo compound in Ejigbo, a town in Osun State, where his stepmother lived and confronted her with the allegation. An altercation was said to have ensued between the two of them before Okeyomi allegedly hit Alice's head with an iron rod several times until she gave up the ghost. The police were able to arrest the suspect, who was on Friday, dragged before an Osogbo Magistrate's court, on a one-count-charge of causing the death of Madam Alice Okeyomi. Prosecutor, Joshua Oladoye, told the court that the accused person committed the offence on September 23, 2017 at about 5pm, at Adigbo Compound, Ejigbo. Oladoye added that the accused person killed Alice Badetito Okeyomi by hitting her with iron rod on her head, causing her death. He said that the offence committed by Oyelami contravened Section 316 and punishable under Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 volume 11 Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002. The plea of the accused was not taken due to the magnitude of the offence. While Oyelami was not legally represented, Magistrate Ashiru Ayeni ordered the remand of the accused person in Ilesha prison custody and adjourned the case till November 7 for mention. Ashiru, however, transferred the case to the Ejigbo Magisterial District.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) is disturbed by the news of the deployment of soldiers to the Niger Delta which includes Ogoniland. In a Press Release made available to Prom Newsonline and signed by Fegalo Nsuke, the Publicity Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP),the group notes that a military operation of this kind simply refreshes memory of the years of state repression under Major Paul Okuntimo of the Nigerian Army, an experience they wish never to be reminded of. According to the group, it is disturbed that with the poor state of health prevalent in Ogoni following years of living with Shell's environmental pollution, military operations that send fierce reminders of our painful experiences with the Nigerian soldiers will only result in deteriorating health conditions of their people and eventual/sudden death. “It will be recalled that in February 2017 when military raids on some Ogoni communities only resulted in over 35 deaths including a pregnant mother Mrs Ledee” he added, He said”Our experience with the Nigerian army had unfortunately been very sorrowful and pathetic with each leaving us in pain and human losses.The only memory we have of the Nigerian Army is about the repression, deaths, pains and torture they leave with us”. The release further said that MOSOP completely rejects the deployment of the military in Ogoni and maintains that effective policing, which the government has failed to do, is a more effective remedy to the security situation in the entire Niger Delta and added that it is therefore pertinent to call on the authorities of the Nigerian Army not to throw Ogoniland into another round of morning and sorrow with its planned military operations.
It was revealed yesterday by the Nigerian Immigration service (NIS) on Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, that Sylvester Ngwuta, a suspended justice of the Supreme Court used two similar standard international passports interchangeably. Mr Tanko kutana, a Senior Staff of the service made the claim while being crossed examined by counsel for the defendant, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN). Ngwuta was among seven superior court judges that were arrested between Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, 2016 after the DSS raided their homes in what it termed a “sting operation.” The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the defendant is alleged to have been in possession of multiple standard travel passports and stashed foreign currencies in his Abuja home. The witness said the service was not in the position to doubt the defendant when he showed proof of his missing international passport. According to him, the service subsequently issued him a new one, based on the strength of the affidavit declaring his old passport missing. Kutana, however, said the service was taken aback to discover that the defendant was using the two passports stamped with visas simultaneously. When asked if the action could have been a mistake from the defendant, the witness said the action violated immigration law. He said it was outright illegality to have and use two standard passports with similar registration number interchangeably. “My Lord, the new passport was issued to Justice Ngwuta by the Immigration Service, having been convinced that he actually lost the first one. “The service replaced the lost passport because it had no cause to doubt the affidavit evidence deposed to by the defendant when he reported the loss of the document,’’ Kutana said. He said the defendant failed to report back to the service when he eventually found the missing passport. “The forensic report shows that the defendant, Ngwuta using the two standard passports interchangeable, at the time of his arrest on Oct. 7, 2016 by the operatives of the Department of State Service. “We would not have been here if the defendant had returned the recovered passport to the service when he found it,’’ he said. The witness who confirmed that four diplomatic passports and two standard passports were found in the possession of the defendant, however, said the forensic analysis on the six passports did not show evidence of forgery “I did the analysis on the six passports to determine whether there was forgery and by the time I concluded my analysis of the passports I found no evidence of forgery in any of them,’’ the witness said. He said there were circumstances under which a citizen could have more than one passport, adding that it did not include having two similar ones. Justice John Tsoho adjourned the trial until Oct. 2
It was a miserable Thursday night for Argentina as their hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were left hanging in the balance, no thanks to resilient Peru. Argentina were held to a 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires by Peru, leaving the two-time world champions outside the automatic qualification places as they head into the final round of fixtures next Tuesday. It was another desperately disappointing display by Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who once again struggled to turn a wealth of possession into goals. Barcelona star Messi hit the post in the second half but could only watch in frustration after serving up a stream of chances for team-mates who failed to convert. The result left Argentina in sixth place in the standings. The first four teams qualify automatically, with the fifth-placed team advancing to a playoff against New Zealand in November. But with only two points separating third-placed Chile and seventh-placed Paraguay, the final standings could change dramatically depending on results on Tuesday. The AFP reported that the margin for error for Argentina, however, has narrowed after their latest setback, their third consecutive draw of a faltering qualification campaign. Argentina’s final qualifier is a challenging away trip to Ecuador in the thin air of Quito. Argentina have a poor record in the Ecuadoran capital, losing two out of three of their last World Cup qualifiers there and drawing the other. The Argentines’ last World Cup qualifying win in Quito came in 2001. However a victory on Tuesday would guarantee Argentina at least fifth place in the standings, with Peru and Colombia guaranteed to drop points against each other in their final game. Brazil, who have already qualified in first place, were held to a 0-0 draw by eliminated Bolivia in La Paz earlier Thursday. That left the focus on the teams jostling behind the five time champions for the three remaining automatic spots. Uruguay, who are second with 28 points from 17 games, missed the chance to book their place in Russia after being frustrated 0-0 away at Venezuela. Uruguay’s Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani squandered a golden chance to win the game but shot wide in the 83rd minute. The Uruguayans are all but assured of qualification however, needing only a draw or a win against lowly Bolivia in Montevideo next week to book their place. South American champions Chile, meanwhile, resurrected their qualification hopes with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ecuador in Santiago. Striker Eduardo Vargas drilled in a low shot on 22 minutes to put the 2015 & 2016 Copa America champions 1-0 up. But Alex Ibarra equalised in the 82nd minute for Ecuador to silence the home crowd. But with Chile’s fans still struggling to digest Ibarra’s strike, the hosts went back up the other end and Arsenal star rammed home a close-range finish after Arturo Vidal’s shot was only partially saved. The win saw Chile climb from sixth to third in the standings. Chile will qualify automatically if they are able to beat Brazil in their final game next week. In Barranquilla, Colombia threw away what looked to be a certain victory that would have put them within touching distance of qualification as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Paraguay. Radamel Falcao scored with a deft lob to put Colombia 1-0 ahead in the 79th minute. But the Colombians inexplicably continued to press forward and were twice caught on the break by Paraguay. Oscar Cardozo bundled in the equaliser for Paraguay in the 89th minute and then Tony Sanabria punished poor goalkeeping by David Ospina to poke in a second in injury time to clinch the win. AFP
Late Nollywood actor, Okwey Chukwujeku better known as Bossman, has finally been laid to rest after he passed on September, 2017. The actor’s death came as a shock to many who are fans of the industry as many never believed the story to be true until his burial poster came out. Some Nollywood celebrities were on ground to pay their last respect to the late actor, who died at the age of 27.
A Security man attached to Halogen Security Services Limited, Lagos, Joseph Aba, 27, who allegedly stole a Hyundai Accent Car with Reg. number KJA 260 DS value at N5 million at Phase 3 Communication Nigeria Limited office,Victoria Island, has been arrested at Iyana Oworo area of the state. Aba allegedly stole the car the same day he was employed. He was arrested at Iyana Oworo bus stop area after the car suddenly stopped on his way to Benue State. The arrest of the suspect, according to a police source was made possible by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in charge of Bar Beach Division, CSP Olusegun Ajamolaya following a complaints by the management of Halogen Security Services Limited through its Compliance Officer, Mr Ezechukwu Iroha. According to the police, the incident occurred on 30 September, 2017 at 22, Ologun Agbaje Street,Victoria Island, Lagos when the suspect secured employment with Halogen Security Services Limited and was posted same day to Phase 3 Communication Nigeria Limited. The police further alleged that after all workers of the company had closed for the day, the suspect entered the office’s reception to picked the key to the Hyundai car and stole one HP Laptop valued at N124,000 and drove the car en-route to Benue State to sell, but unknown to the suspect, the car was fitted with security gadgets. A police source said that following a report of the car theft by the management of Halogen Security Services, CSP Ajamolaya swung into action with his men and tracked the stolen car to Iyana Oworo bus stop and arrested the suspect at the scene and took him and the car to the Station. During interrogation, according to the Police, the suspect allegedly confessed to the crime that he stole the car to use it for commercial purpose in Benue State or sell it off and use the money to start his life. Aba was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a one count charge of stealing. Police prosecutor, Inspector Abbass Abayomi told the Court in charge. No C/64/2017 that the accused stole the car at the premises of Phase 3 Communication Nigeria Limited where he was posted the same day he was employed to provide security. Abayomi said that the offence committed is punishable under sections 287 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State The accused however pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime and Chief Magistrate Mrs A.O Komolafe admitted him on bail in the sum of N2.5m with two surties in like. Sum. Komolafe. Adjourned the case till 14 November,2017 for mention and ordered that the. Defendant be. Remanded at Ikoyi Prison,Lagos till when he is able to
The Ebonyi state government has initiated a registration process for the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, in a bid to curb the growing agitation to restore Biafra and to make them economically independent. State Commissioner for Economic and Job Creation, Uchenna Orji, said the empowerment exercise which is ongoing in 13 local government area of the state will extend to other states of the federation including Sokoto, Kaduna, Anambra, Lagos. Mr Uchenna added that the state government’s initiative was set to create 12,000 jobs to youths, including women as they currently receive 250,000 each to start up a business of their choice. He also stated that this initiative will increase the per capita income of Ebonyi citizens, reduce social vices, and boost the economic status of the state. He said, “These IPOB youths are being registered in the Department of Education and Social Welfare in the LGAs. After the process, the state government will create a programme to train them in their chosen career. “Those of them that have taken to the streets due to lack of job will be empowered so that they can be usefully and meaningful to the society. Those who are living and staying outside the state are equally undergoing our empowerment programmes.” IPOB, a group seeking for a secession from the rest of the country, is led by Nnamdi Kanu, whose whereabout is currently unknown after a military onslaught on his community in Abia last month. The group had clashed sporadically with soldiers who were there on an exercise tagged python dance. The Federal High Court in Abuja, had on September 20, ruled that IPOB was a terrorist organisation while it also Proscribed its activities in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Army has launched a free medical outreach in Ovim, Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia, as an integral part of the ongoing Python Dance II exercise in the South-East of the country. A statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa, and made available to newsmen in Enugu, described the programme as a success. Musa said that the programme followed a directive by the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai. He said that the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and other dignitaries were present at the event. “One interesting aspect of the exercise is the generous donations of rice, dental and optometry services, malaria and de-worming tablets, eye glasses, treated mosquito nets to the locals, among others. “In addition to the de-worming tablets, school children were given packets of biscuits, chewing gum and chocolates,” Musa said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ihejirika is from Ovim. Meanwhile, Musa said that various formations and corps commanders of the Nigerian Army training institutions had been visiting areas covered by the Python Dance II. He said that the visits, as directed by Buratai, were designed for interaction with the troops and assess the success of the ongoing exercise. He said that the commanders were conducted round some field locations and check-points along Enugu-Nsukka and Enugu-Abakaliki axis. “The Commander of Nigerian Army College of Logistics, Maj.-Gen. RC Duru, visited Sector 2 Operational Headquarters, where he was briefed on the exercise. “The commander was later conducted round the hitherto volatile areas of Ohaji Egbema in Imo State. “So far, the entire South-East has been peaceful and people are seamlessly carrying out their normal businesses,” Musa said
Niger Tornadoes Football Club on Thursday qualified for the final of the Aiteo Cup men’s competition, in spite of losing to FC IfeanyiUbah of Nnewi their semi-final second leg match. The Minna side lost 0-1 but still qualified on a 4-3 aggregate after the match played in Nnewi. Godwin Obaje’s 85th minute goal from a penalty kick was all FC IfeanyiUbah could muster, as the visiting Niger Tornadoes held on tenaciously to their 4-2 first leg advantage