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After attending prosperity preaching church for years, angry poor man sets three churches on fire

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Police are holding a man who allegedly burnt three churches in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District.

Reagan John Ngobi, a resident of Namugogo Division, is accused of torching St. Noah Catholic Church Kasokoso, Liberty Church of Christ International and God’s Tour Promising Church – all in Uganda – at the weekend.

The fire at St. Noah Catholic Church Kasokoso destroyed books, bibles, alter wine, curtains and plastic chairs values at Shs1.5 million.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect broke a window to access St. Noah Church.

He allegedly piled the items, doused them in petrol and set them ablaze.

Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, said that the suspect surrendered to police while brandishing three knives.

According to Mr Owoyesigyire, the suspect confessed to have torched the churches because they preach the gospel of prosperity yet he’s poor.

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Police say that the suspect used two litres of petrol and one litre of paraffin to accomplish his mission.

Mr Owoyesigyire said that the suspect told detectives that he carried the knives for self-defence in case anybody tried to stop him.

According to Mr Owoyesigyire, the suspect will be subjected to a medical check-up to establish his mental state.

According to a police statement issued shortly after his arrest, Mr John Reagan Ngobi, 21, told them that he got angry because he has remained in poverty.

“That his poverty situation motivated him to buy two litres of petrol and one for paraffin which he used to burn church property with the intent to burn the churches completely to ashes. In his minds up to now since he left the fire burning in these respective churches, he still believes that the churches were completely burnt,” in part reads the statement from police.

The churches which were burnt include; St Noah Catholic Church Kasokoso under the leadership of Rev Father Mathias Mulumba Kalemba; Liberty church of Christ international for Born Agains under the leadership of Pastor Bageya Vincent; and God’s Tour promising church located in Kasokoso under Pastor Odinga Kadika Nandere.

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Police said in a statement that:

“In one church, things like sofa set, alter wine, curtains, and church books whose value is not yet established, were burnt. In another church, clothes for the reverend, church books, alter wine, curtains and plastic chairs all valued at Shs1.5 million were put on fire with intent to burn the whole church but the fire did not spread further.”

The LC1 chairman Kasokoso, Mr Ali Mwanda told Daily Monitor in an interview that he was working with the police to make sure that more evidence is recovered.

“We are currently working with the police and we are at the scene of the crime. We hope that justice will be brought and the matter resolved shortly,” he said.

Mr Ngobi reported himself at Kira Division, where he is being held armed with three brand new knives which he told police that they were for self-defence in case he was caught in action.

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Police are yet to examine the culprit to establish whether he is in a sound mental state or search his home to recover any material of evidential value and profile the culprit with a view of knowing his background and previous criminal record.

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Lagos police arrest young man kissing three-year-old passionately on the lips

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Lagos police arrest young man kissing three-year-old passionately on the lips

Recall that a  young man went viral on social media for passionately kissing a little girl on her lips.

Less than 24 hours after the Nigerian police launched a manhunt against the young man identified as Oluwatosin Babatunde, the Lagos state police have finally arrested him.

The  400 level Botany department student of Lagos State University, went viral after kissing his three-year-old step-sister passionate on her lips.

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The incident happened on June 2 in their home in Shagamu, Lagos.

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The police command spokesperson, Bala Elkana, in a statement said the state Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu saw the video and instructed detectives from the Gender Unit to analyze the video and apprehend the suspect.

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He has been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for prosecution in Court.

Recall that Babatunde reacted shortly after the video went viral, saying he is not a rapist or paedophile, that the little girl is his sister.

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Court acquits man, 52, of attempted homosexuality

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An Ogbeson Chief Magistrates’ Court in Benin, on Friday, discharged one Mike Aibueku, 52, of an alleged attempted sexual conduct with a man.

The Chief Magistrate, Mutairu Oare, dismissed the charge following the prosecutor, Insp. Charity Asemota’s request for withdrawal of the charge against the defendant.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, Asemota urged the court to dismiss the case as the complainant, Mr. Omele Friday, had applied for the withdrawal of the charge against the defendant.

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The prosecutor had arraigned the defendant on a two-count charge of attempt to commit an unnatural offense and conduct himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace.

Asemota alleged that on June 2, along Benin-Agbor Road, Benin, the defendant attempted to have carnal knowledge of the complainant.

The prosecutor also alleged that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause the breach of the peace by “giving the complainant his breast to suck’’.

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The prosecutor said the offense contravened sections 215 and 249(D) of the Criminal Code of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable to Edo.

For a convicted offender, the first count charge attracts seven years imprisonment while the second attracts one month.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Family of six, pet, found dead inside car with cryptic note

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A father, mother, and four kids between ages 11 months to four years were found dead in a car in what is believed to be a murder-suicide in Texas.

The family of six was found dead in an SUV parked in a garage at a home in Stone Oak on Thursday, June 4, San Antonio police said. Their cats were also found dead inside a basket in the car.

Officers were first dispatched to the home in the 100 block of Red Willow after a friend of one of the residents notified police that he hadn’t heard from him in a while.

When officers arrived for a welfare check on Thursday morning, they entered the home and smelled “heavy, noxious fumes” coming from inside the residence.

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The officers immediately backed out of the house, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

On the front door of the house, the officers found a note containing military jargon and a cryptic message. The father, who was found dead with his entire family, is in the military.

Officers were able to interpret the message in the note. It claimed that there were “bodies or people inside of the home, animals were in the freezer, and do not enter,” McManus said at the news conference.

Since officers couldn’t get into the house, they used drones and a robot inside the residence and found what they initially believed to be possible explosives. McManus said the home could be “booby-trapped.”

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However, police were eventually able to enter the garage of the home on Thursday evening and discovered the family of six dead in the car, McManus said.

The husband and wife were both in their 30s and their four children, ranging from 11 months old to 4 years old, were all found dead in the vehicle, police said. The victims have not been identified.

Two cats were also found inside of a basket in the vehicle’s front seat, according to McManus.

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McManus said evidence suggests that the six deaths were not an accident and appear to be a suicide. He also said no explosives were found at the scene like previously suspected.

The fumes that initially caused officers to exit the home were later identified as carbon monoxide.

Photos from the scene appear to show what was likely a chaotic scene at the home.

Pictures obtained by reporter Emily Olson showed broken windows in the garage door, as well as throughout the house. Car seats were sitting on the front lawn. The photos may show the extent to which officers tried to get into the home.

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