News 7.6.21

1.

pastor of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, Prophet T.B Joshua has died at the age of 57.
This was announced in a statement titled, ‘Prophet TB Joshua – June 12th 1963 to June 5th 2021,’ issued on the verified Facebook page of his ministries on Sunday.
The cause of his death was not revealed. However, the statement said the clergyman spent his last moment on earth in the service of God.
“On Saturday 5th June 2021, Prophet TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything – time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service.”
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.
As Prophet TB Joshua says, “The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it”.
“Prophet TB Joshua leaves a legacy of service and sacrifice to God’s Kingdom that is living for generations yet unborn.
“The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family.
“Here are Prophet TB Joshua’s last words: “Watch and pray.”
“One life for Christ is all we have; one life for Christ is so dear,” the statement read.

2

Ten persons were killed on the spot in a motor accident involving 20 passengers along Zaria-Kano highway at the weekend.
The accident was said to be a head-on collision between two vehicles, resulting from dangerous driving and overtaking along a diversion point on the highway.
A statement by Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said, “Security agencies have reported that several persons lost their lives in a road traffic crash along Kauran Wali axis of Zaria-Kano Road.
“Over 20 persons were involved in the crash; 10 persons died on the spot and others died later at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika. Those injured remain in the hospital
“The fatal crash occurred in the afternoon of Saturday 5th June 2021, and involved a Hummer Bus belonging to Kano Line (KN90H42), and a private Toyota Rav4 SUV (ABC550NV). The bus was Kano-bound, while the SUV was headed for Zaria.
“According to eye-witness reports, the crash was a head-on collision between the two vehicles, resulting from dangerous driving and overtaking along a diversion point on the highway.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the reports with sadness and prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives, while sending condolences to their families. He wished the injured a quick recovery.” – The Sun.

3.United Nigeria Airline aircraft dodges mishap

United Nigeria Airline aircraft on a flight number U50515 from Port Harcourt to Abuja airport yesterday made air return to Port Harcourt on almost getting to Abuja after running into turbulence at Abuja.
Passengers on board aircraft were seen on their knees on the tarmac to thank God after surviving a 30-minute mid-air turbulence last Friday.
Mr Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, Head, Corporate Communications, United Nigeria Airline, in a statement yesterday said : ” A United Nigeria flight number U50515 from PHC to ABV departed PHC with clear and good weather forecast.”
“However on approaching Abuja experienced moderate turbulence which necessitated diverting back to Port Harcourt as weather conditions were below our operating requirements.The crew took the required and correct decision to return to PHC.”
” Hence, at no time was the flight or aircraft in any danger whatsoever. Our experienced crew acted with utmost professionalism which the passengers highly and profusely commended and complimented”.
” They praised United Nigeria for its high standards as well as professionalism. We however understand that passengers react to weather turbulence in different ways, but it would help to verify facts before going the social media route”.
” At United Nigeria, we take safety seriously and as our number one priority and we reassure you that our crew exercise utmost care in all situations”.
” We are in the rainy season and flight disruptions and turbulence will be experienced which regular travelers are well aware of,” he said.

4.

Another top Nigerian pastor dies in Port Harcourt
Reverend Stephen Akinola of Redemption Ministries is dead.
Akinola’s church has its headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
His death coincided with the shocking death of televangelist, TB Joshua on Saturday night..
A former Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria Apostle Eugene Ogu confirmed Akinola’s demise on Sunday.
The Rev. has reportedly been in Abuja for his second kidney transplant after spending several months in India for a transplant which didn’t work out.
Akinola is a native of Igboho, Oyo State.
He was however born in Tamale, in the Northern part of Ghana.
He was the youngest of his parents 10 children. He lost his father to an accident when he was just 13 years old.
Educated in Ghana, he returned to Nigeria in 1971, after completing his secondary education.
In Nigeria, he took on a teaching job in the Baptist Primary School, Igboho.
After two years, he was admitted into the Yaba College of Technology, in Lagos.
After completing his studies, he decided to go into the ministry, right from when he went for the National Youth Service.
He joined the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DLCM). He left In January 1987, and started his won ministry the Redemption Ministries.
His church expanded, with branches in Brazil, Canada and United Kingdom.

5.Twitter ban: Be ready to build more prisons for erring Nigerians – Ozekhome advises fed govt



Human Rights Activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Mike Ozekhome, has asked the federal government to ready to build more prisons to accommodate “erring” Nigerians who are likely to bypass the ban on Twitter usages.
In a piece made available to Vanguard on Sunday in Abuja, Ozekhome also revealed what he described as a new game plan by the federal government to arrest the opposition, rights Activists, dissenters, plural voices, and perceived enemies to the ban.
He said decried the speed with which the government announced the ban without thinking about the economic consequences.
He said: “The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has just ordered the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation to immediately prosecute offenders contravening the Federal Government’s ban on twitter operations in Nigeria. Indeed he wants the DPP to liaise with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the National Communications Commission (NCC) and other relevant Government agencies to ensure “speedy prosecution of offenders without further delay”.
“How I wish that Malami’s APC Government, has displayed such alacrity and sense of urgency on the grave insecurity challenges of the country; the parlous economy and the mounting corruption ravaging our land.
“Malami did this with Lai Mohammed apparently being aware that many knowledgeable Nigerians had started to use different Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to clearly bypass the blockage.
“This government must be ready to build thousands of prisons across all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria so as to accommodate the deluge of ‘erring’ Nigerians.
“This government does not appear to have weighed carefully the serious implications of its actions and the likely ricochetting effects. Many Nigerians run global businesses with links and business partners across the world. They carry on business using the social media of Twitter. Secondly, many Nigerians, especially the jobless youth who have been rendered destitute by this thus anti-masses government.
“They rely heavily on legitimate income realized from the platform through advertisement of their products and services and act on behalf of their not so ICT-compliant clients who desire to reach out to the world banning Twitter is akin to what this government did in a kneel-jerk action on coming to power whether thoughtlessly banned Nigerians from operating their domiciliary foreign accounts. The naira has never recovered from this shock treatment.
“Perhaps, more important is that the ban outrightly denies citizens of their individual and collective right to freedom of speech and right to freedom of expression and the press, contrary to section 39 of the Constitution. The cumulative effect of these negative acts is a serious blight on Nigeria’s image both at home and abroad.”
Revealing a conspiracy and game plan to arrest some Nigerians who are eager to resist the ban, Ozekhome recalled that the courts have been under lock and key due to the industrial strike action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN.
Contrary to his earlier stance, Ozekhome called on JUSUN to call off its strike, noting that the judges whom the workers were fighting for had carried on, delivering judgments.

6. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm the ban on Twitter

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm the ban on the micro-blogging giant, Twitter by the Federal Government was a prelude to a clamp down on the media in the country.
In a statement on Sunday by spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party fingered the national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as being behind the ban.
The PDP said “revelations” available to it showed how APC leaders at one of their party’s national caucus meetings recommended the regulation of social media in Nigeria and how they have been plotting to obliterate internet-based interaction platforms like Twitter.
The main opposition party recalled how the APC has been pushing bills in the National Assembly, particularly in November 2020, seeking to enforce a draconian regulation of social media.
According to the PDP, the move was a veiled attempt to gag Nigerians from exposing the administration’s “atrocities, including human right abuses, treasury looting, nepotism and sectional marginalization by the APC administration”.
“Nigerians can also recall how the APC administration, in carrying out the agenda of its party, haas been using the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to suffocate the media space with humongous fines and threats of suspension of operating license on broadcast stations.
“The PDP wants the APC to know that their plot against Nigerians have been exposed and cannot stand.
“Our nation is known for her resilient citizenry and no leader or political party has been able to suppress the wishes of Nigerians.
“The APC, in spite of its machinations, cannot vanquish Nigerians in their determination for a free and democratic nation where sovereignty belongs to the people”, the statement added

7.Biafra: Two die as army, police invade Kanu’s lawyer’s house

Two persons were feared dead when security operatives believed to have come from the joint team of the army, police and Civil Defence Corps invaded the country home of Ifeanyi Ejiofor, personal lawyer of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday, June 6.
A family source who pleaded anonymity told Daily Sun that the attackers stormed in 15 Hilux vans, abducted Ejiofor’s elder brother, Joel, personal driver and two others, after shooting the lawyer’s personal assistant.
“They invaded and laid siege on Ejiofor’s family hose at about 2.30am and left around past 4am on Sunday, June 6. The invading security operatives had jumped the perimeter fence of the compound after cutting its security cable and shot in different directions. They had stormed the scene with about 15 hilux vans.
“Ifeanyi Ejiofor, human rights lawyer, who is also the principal attorney to IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was unable to be tracked and abducted or instantly shot dead because he was hiding somewhere in his house.
“The security operatives shot his personal assistant, one Samuel Uzo Okoro (Biggy) who was killed inside the compound. Unable to locate the lawyer, and having killed the personal assistant, the security operatives took his corpse into the boot of a car belonging to Ejiofor, and ordered his chief driver, fondly called Papa, to drive the car and follow them. The attackers also abducted Ejiofor’s elder brother, Joel, and the lawyer’s two domestic staff, Ugochukwu and Chikezie, and bundled them away.”
Several efforts made by our reporter to get across to Joel Ejiofor for his own side of the story was unsuccessful as at press time.
Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Command, Ikechukwu Ikenga, denied having knowledge of the attack.
“The headquarters is not yet aware of the said attack. We shall investigate, and get back to you, please,” he said.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abuja Branch (Unity Bar), has condemned the attack on Ejiofor’s house, describing it as barbaric.
A statement by Bulus Atsen, chairman of the Abuja branch, read: “It is instructive and unfortunate to note that this assault and harassment by agents of the state on account of Mr. Ejiofor’s legal representation of Nnamdi Kanu at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, now seems to be the modus operandi of the Federal Government.
“The NBA, Abuja branch, condemns the reckless use of state powers to attack lawyers for discharging their functions pursuant to Section 36(6) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

8.Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives asked the Federal Government to lift the ban on Twitter

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives asked the Federal Government to lift the ban or it would take legal action against it.
Leader of the PDP caucus, Kingsley Chinda, made this known in a statement on Sunday and titled ‘Press Release on Suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.’
On his part, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said that the ban had no solution to any of the myriad of problems confronting the nation.
Ortom described the ban as an ill-advised diversion from the core issues of insecurity and injustice plaguing the nation.
According to the statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Ortom said, “The Twitter ban offers no solution to any of the myriad of problems facing the country.
He stressed that the move was only capable of heightening tensions and fuelling suspicions among Nigerians.
Meanwhile, a lawyer, Dr Kayode Ajulo, said the order of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for the prosecution of violators of the Twitter ban was contrary to provisions of the nation’s constitution.
Ajulo made his position known in a statement titled, ‘Legality or otherwise of the directive to prosecute violators of Twitter ban in Nigeria – Ajulo.’
He was responding to Malami’s directive to the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation to prosecute all those found to be violating the Twitter ban

9.

Hoodlums set ablaze country home of Imo commissioner


Gunmen have razed the country home of Imo Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba.
Emelumba hails from a village in Oru East Local Government Area.
According to reports, the gunmen stormed the commissioner’s Ubulu-Ihejiofor community in Oru West L.G.A in the early hours of Sunday and set the two houses in his compound ablaze.
Heavy shooting was reported in the hitherto peaceful community as villagers ran into the bushes for safety.
Chief Emelumba confirmed the incident to sympathisers.
“ In the early hours of today(Sunday) between 1am and 2am, some people called me from the village that heavily armed gunmen stormed my compound, broke the gate and set the buildings ablaze.
“My gateman, who was the only person around when the gunmen came, managed to escape unhurt but the bandits had easy access to the building and completely burnt down everything.” – The News.

10.

Gunmen bomb Delta police station


A gang of heavily armed men on Sunday invaded and razed down the Ashaka Police Station in Ashaka, Ndokwa East Local Government Area
Several vehicles parked in the station premises were also damaged in the attack.
The unidentified attackers were said to have come with improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), with which they razed the building to ground level.
It was learnt that the police station was built through communal efforts in partnership with the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
One of the vehicles burnt, a patrol van, was also said to have been provided by the Ashaka community to support policing of the area.
However, no life was lost during the frightening invasion of the police station that residents said practically turned the quiet agrarian community into a theatre of war of sorts as the invaders reportedly shot sporadically and shattered the buildings, apparently with, improvised explosives.
The state police command spokesman, Bright Edafe, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), who confirmed the two incidents in Asaba on Sunday, said that the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ari Muhammed Ali, has, nevertheless, vowed to continue to pile the pressure on criminals operating in the state until crimes were reduced to the barest minimum.
The spokesman, who described as “enemies of the community and of the police” the hoodlums who levelled the divisional police headquarters in Ashaka and also burnt down every vehicle in sight, disclosed that the attackers came in a large number at the unholy hour.
Wielding lethal weapons, the criminals “threw IEDS at the station, shot sporadically, and set the police station that was built by the community/DESOPADEC ablaze”, he said.
“They also burnt down one patrol vehicle, which was also bought for the police division by good people of the community, the attack was obviously to ensure that police presence is not felt.”
Edafe, however, said with relief that no policeman was killed during the attack on the Ashaka station, adding that “no arm was taken away”
Nonetheless, the police command spokesman said of the killing of the six armed robbery and kidnapping gang members, that CP Ali had dispatched the joint tactical crack team to the criminals’ hideout at 2.35pm on Saturday, “acting on tip-off”.
In the ensuing gun duel, “the joint team killed six of them” while others fled into the bush ostensibly with gun shot injuries, Edafe said.
He revealed that “one Ak 47 rifle, one pump-action gun, one AK 47 magazine with 25 live ammunition were recovered during the operation on Saturday night.

11.

Makinde sues for calm in Igangan after attack by Fulani herdsmen

…war is imminent – Gani Adams warns


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has asked Igangan residents to remain calm after the attack by Fulani herdsmen.
Herdsmen at midnight invaded Iganga town, in the Ibarapa North LGA, attacking people and destroying properties.
The governor who reacted to the incident on his verified Twitter account described the attack as shocking.
He said security operatives are now in control of the situation.
“I have received the shocking news of the attacks on residents of Igangan, Ibarapaland, in the early hours of this morning. I am currently being briefed on the incidents. I urge residents to remain calm as security operatives are now in control of the situation,” he tweeted.
Oladiran Oladokun, Convener of Igangan Development Advocate (IDA), who had previously confirmed the attack alleged the invasion was due to the banishment of the Seriki Fulani in the town.
He said that Fulani herdsmen had been threatening to attack the town since the Seriki Fulani was banished from the town.
Fifty people were said to have been killed but the Police Command in Oyo State stated that only 11 people were killed by marauding armed herdsmen in Saturday’s night attack.
Gunmen invaded the town around 11:10 p.m on motorcycles and opened fire on innocent citizens.
They also burnt the palace of the town’s monarch, Asigangan of Igangan, a petrol station and many other homes.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Adewale Osifeso, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Ibadan.
Meanwhile, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams on Sunday declared in clear terms that with the killing of over 50 people in Igangan town, Ibarapa, Oke Ogun area of Oyo state, it is evident that war is imminent in the country.
Adams, while condemning the gruesome murder of innocent residents of the town warned Fulani herdsmen and bandits to stay away from the southwest or be ready to face stiff resistance.
Speaking shortly after news of the killings and destruction filtered in, with gory videos of the massacre, Iba Adams said the North had waged war against the southwest and had also unleashed terror on the region, stressing the need for the southwest region to rise and defend themselves without looking back.
“In a situation like this, you rise and defend yourself. Where are the police when the bandits started killing our people in Igangan today? Even the palace of Asigangan of Igangan land,Oba Adewuyi Olaoye, was not spared and the monarch, according to reports had been whisked away by the bandits.
“Three days ago,the Director-General of Oyo state Southwest Security Network Amotekun,Gen. Kunle Togun(Retd) raised the alarm that herdsmen had invaded the southwest. I corroborated his statements and called for urgent surveillance across the southwest. Now with the recent onslaught on Igangan people, it is evident that the Fulani herdsmen are on a predetermined mission to kill, maim and decimate the southwest.
This is one killing too many, I will not fold my arms seeing the blood of innocent people being shed like it is in Igangan.
Lamenting the failure of the Federal Government to rise to the security challenges, Adams said now that the North had declared war on the southwest, we will never silent or compromise on the homicide going on in the southwest. I want to charge all the governors in the southwest,as well as the traditional rulers to rise to this occasion.
The Yoruba generalissimo, however, warned criminal herders to stay away from the region, as the southwest can no longer accommodate killers. OPC and other local security operatives will continue to ensure that the region is safe for residents.
“Those killed in Igangan town have their families and friends, there is blood flowing in their veins, and in a moment their lives were cut short by killer herdsmen and bandits in their home”.
Adams admitted that information at his disposal indicates that bandits and killer herdsmen have invaded the southwest thus pushing the security outfits to the wall. He, however, urged all the governors to beef up the security of their respective states in order to provide adequate security for the people of the region.

12.Akeredolu: Amotekun corps in all Southwest to carry out joint operations after Igangan attack


The Southwest Governors have described as rude shock the attack on Igangan in Ibarapa LGA of Oyo state by suspected herdsmen.
They said the Igangan attack was a provocative onslaught, one too many.
In the aftermath, the governors have asked for a joint meeting of all the commanders of Amotekun now in five states, to enable them plot a synergy in terms of immediate joint operations.
The decision of the governors was conveyed in a statement released on Sunday, by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who doubles as the chairman.
“We have just received with rude shock premeditated attack on our people at Igangan, Ibarapa, Oyo State, in the early hours of today. This cowardly onslaught on a peaceful community has occasioned loss of lives and property on a large scale. It is horrendous, callous, and highly provocative. All well-meaning Nigerians must condemn, in the strongest term possible, this latest assault on decency and communal harmony.
“While we will encourage the security agencies to get to the root of this latest act of provocation, we have directed the Commanders of the South West Security Network, Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all Commanders in the South West with a view to commencing joint operations in the region immediately.
“We must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the peoples of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end. They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realized. It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.
“We on our part are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression. On this, there will be no compromise. We call on our people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement in their communities. In addition, they must be united in the task of defending our lives and properties. We cannot afford to fail.”

13.

2023: Atiku-Soludo presidential campaign posters appear in Abuja


The sudden appearance of the campaign posters bearing the picture of former vice president Atiku Abubakar and that of an erstwhile governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, is currently generating controversy among members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
Soludo is the favoured choice of the APGA leadership as candidate of the party in the Anambra Governorship election slated for November this year.
Our correspondent observed on Sunday that the posters titled, “The Great Alliance: PDP & APGA. Atiku /Soludo as President and Vice President 2023, were conspicuously displayed along Wuse area and the Airport Road in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The posters which appeared in two different designs with both Atiku and Soludo, dressed in corporate and traditional attires, claim that only the alliance could rescue Nigeria from the brink of collapse.

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