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COZA: We strongly condemn this ignoble conduct – PFN blows hot

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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has condemned the appalling rape allegations trailing senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo.

PFN said the acts that have been alleged are not only criminal in nature but antithetical to the tenets of Christianity and a violent breach of the trust that ought to exist between members of the congregation and a Minister of the Gospel.

In a statement on Tuesday, signed by its President, Rev. Felix Omobude, and made available to journalists in Benin, PFN warned​ that it would not shield pentecostal pastors will not shield anyone who crosses the line.

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“The PFN is utterly shocked at these allegations, as the acts that have been alleged are not only criminal in nature but antithetical to the tenets of Christianity and a violent breach of the trust that ought to exist between members of the congregation and a Minister of the Gospel,” he said.

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While condemning in strong terms, allegations levelled against Fatoyinbo, Omobude, however, expressed the support and prayers of the PFN for the embattled man of God.

“We strongly condemn this ignoble and bastardy conduct as alleged against Pastor Fatoyinbo. Our prayers, thoughts and support are with all those who have fallen victim as have been reported.

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“PFN strongly believe in the pursuit of truth and will ensure that truth is unveiled in this whole matter and appropriate sanctions served.

“Although Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has, not in the past subscribed to the PFN, we recognize that he is a Pentecostal Pastor,” Omobude concluded.

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Australian woman smashes police officer’s head into concrete when told to wear face mask

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A woman in Australia reportedly smashed a police officer’s head onto a concrete slab after being asked why she wasn’t wearing a face mask.

As per Melbourne police, two female police officers approached a 38-year-old woman, who was not wearing a face covering, near a shopping centre in Frankston on Monday evening.

On being asked the question, the woman lashed out at the two female cops, pushed one officer and struck the other in the head. Some of the policewoman’s hair was also ripped out during the incident.

“After a confrontation and being assaulted by that woman, those police officers went to ground and there was a scuffle.

During that scuffle, this 38-year-old woman smashed the head of the policewoman several times into a concrete area on the ground,” Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said in a press conference on Tuesday, as reported by The Age.

“That behaviour is just totally unacceptable. That’s someone who thinks they’re above the law,” he further said.

 

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The 26-year-old female Victoria Police officer suffered significant head injuries and was treated at Frankston Hospital before being released. She is currently recovering at home after suffering a concussion.

Police have charged the alleged attacker with nine offences, including two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and one count of recklessly causing injury.

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The woman was also fined $200 for breaching coronavirus restrictions by not wearing a face mask or covering.

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Gunmen kill journalist in Nasarawa

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Gunmen have killed a former treasurer of the Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Benjamin Ekom.

The Newsmen reports that the killing of Ekom, who was also a former Information Officer with the Akun Local Government Council of the state, comes barely seven days after the killing of five people in the state.

On July 27, five people were reported killed with 14 others still missing at the Dausu community in the Toto Local Government Area of the state.

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The traditional ruler of the Aren-Akun community, Alhaji Usman Galadima-Umbugadu, who spoke to reporters on the incident on Tuesday, described the killing as unfortunate and barbaric.

Ekom, who was also a former Secretary-General of Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA) was killed late on Aug. 3 at his house in Washo, Akun.

Galadima-Umbugadu described Ekom as a committed subject whose contributions would be missed by the chiefdom.

“Yes, it is true that my subject, who served as the ECDA secretary, was attacked and killed in his house in the Washo community by gunmen.

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“This is unfortunate, barbaric, and uncalled.’’

The monarch said that Ekom contributed a lot to the development of the chiefdom, advising the family and the community to take solace in God.

Also speaking, Mr. Adams Makka-Nangba, District Head of Wakama community, described Ekom’s death as not only a great loss to the family but to the entire Akun chiefdom.

“It is said that Benjamin Ekom, the former ECDA Secretary-General, was assassinated in his house yesterday night.”

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Makka-Nangba prayed for the repose of the soul of the former information officer.

Spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, Mr. Ramhan Nansel, told Newsmen that he was yet to receive information on the death of Ekom.

“I am yet to get that information. I will make my finding,’’ Nansel said.

Meanwhile, the corpse of the murdered journalist has been deposited at a hospital mortuary in Akwanga.

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British monarchs celebrate Meghan Markle on her birthday

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The members of the British royal family have taken to social media to wish Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, a happy birthday as she turns 39.

The head of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth, took to the royal family’s official Instagram account to send good wishes.

The celebration is expected to be low key as she now lives in pandemic wracked California, where she moved with her husband, Prince Harry and son Archie early this year.

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For the UK Royal family, however, Meghan being out of sight is not out of mind, as the Queen led the tweeting of birthday greetings.

The Royal Family in a tweeted message, accompanied by a balloon and cake emoji, said:

“Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday!”

It was shared alongside a photograph of the Queen and Meghan during a visit to Chester in 2018 – the only engagement the former actress performed solo with the Queen during her time with the Royal Family.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William then joined in the well-wishing, with Kensington Palace sharing a photograph of Meghan smiling at a child along with the message: “Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex today!”

Charles and Camilla’s account, Clarence House, then added: “Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!”

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