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Fake miracles: Pastors arrested for hiring women to give false testimony

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The Police have arrested four self-acclaimed pastors alleged to be conducted fake miracles and prophecies within Lekki and Epe areas of Lagos State.

According to reports, the suspects were arrested on 30 November around 5 am by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).

They were said to have just finished a vigil.

The SCIID operatives made the arrests after monitoring activities of one Pastor Ikpom David alleged to have procured fake testimonies from hired members for his church Wonders Assembly Ministry located opposite Lagos Business School, Ajah.

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The cleric was said to have hired a woman, Rukayat Folawewo, who pretended to have received miraculous healing from car accident after the pastor prayed for her.

Pastor Ikpom was also also alleged to have hired one Bunmi Joshua to testify that her speech and hearing impaired child was healed by another pastor, Favour Elijah Chimobi.

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Chimobi, the founder of Elijah Ministry at 9, Igirita Street, Port Harcourt, Rivers State allegedly conspired with Ikpom to fleece unsuspecting members of the public of their money and other valuables through their dubious practices.

Sources at the SCIID said that testimonies by the women were investigated and found to be false and all suspects were moved to the department for further investigation.

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Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu assured residents that the suspects would be charged to court once investigation was concluded.

 

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No Nigerian killed in Beirut explosion – FG

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The Federal Government said on Monday no Nigerian was killed in last week’s explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed over 100 people and wounded several others.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement titled: “FG commiserates with Lebanon over the deadly explosion,” and signed by its spokesman, Ferdinard Nwonye, in Abuja, commiserated with the Lebanese government on the incident.

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The federal government, according to the statement, was in solidarity with the Middle Eastern nation in the period of grief.

The federal government urged the international community to support the Lebanese government in the rebuilding process.

The statement read: “The Federal Government of Nigeria wishes to commiserate with the government and people of Lebanon over the August 4, 2020, deadly explosion that occurred in the main seaport in Beirut.

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“The Government of Nigeria is in solidarity with the nation of  Lebanon in this period of grief and calls for international support to facilitate the rebuilding process.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the general public that reports from the Embassy of Nigeria in Beirut indicate that, so far, there is no reported case of Nigerian nationals among the dead but the host authorities are still assessing the impact of the damage caused by the massive explosion.”

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Buhari signs instrument for African Trade Insurance Agency

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)  has signed the instrument to establish the African Insurance Agency.

The President  Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, “The Agreement and the Agency are registered with the Secretariat of the United Nations in accordance with Charter of the United Nations and is incognizant of the truth that lack of satisfactory political, non-business and business threat insurance coverage is a big obstacle to the supply of finance for investments in Africa and the growth of African international commerce and intra-Africa commerce.

“The Agency when executed will acknowledge earlier multilateral efforts made by the African States in the direction of regional financial integration via co-operation in commerce liberalization and growth in order to attain sustainable development, promote financial exercise, and create an enabling setting for international commerce, in addition to cross-border and home investments.

“Recalling the financial aims and goals of the African Union, there are a number of African Treaties on regional financial integration, together with the Treaty Establishing the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the Treaty Establishing the Southern African Development Community and the Treaty Establishing the Economic Community of West African States.

“A memorandum from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said that the request for the President’s signature on the settlement was a sequel to the directive of the Federal Executive Council, that the instrument is ready and forwarded for execution.

“The ratification was adopted at Grand Bay within the Republic of Mauritius on May 18, 2000.

“The object and function of the Agency are to present, facilitate, encourage and in any other case develop the availability of, or the help for, insurance coverage, together with coinsurance and reinsurance, ensures, and different monetary devices and providers, for functions of commerce, funding and different productive actions in the African States in complement to these which may be provided by the general public or non-public sector, or in cooperation with the general public or non-public sector.

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Masari bans NGOs from IDPs camps

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has warned Non-Government Organizations against going into any of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state under any guise

Masari who issued the warning on Monday at the Army Special Super Camp IV, Faskari, stated that “we will not allow these NGOs under whatever guise into our IDPs camps.

“We know that the fight against bandits and banditry is not over but we can handle our displaced persons adequately because we have sufficient food, clothing, shelter, and security for them while we strengthen efforts in restoring security for them to return to their respective homes.

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“We want the IDPs to return to their homes as soon as possible because leaving them at the camp is what is giving an opening for those wanting to prolong the banditry.”

While commending the military for their renewed effort in fighting the bandits in the North West, Masari said the government needs to take more kinetic and administrative actions that would completely end the menace.

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He lamented that the 1976 local government reforms had stripped district heads of powers to effectively intervene in such situations.

The governor, however, said that the state government had formed committees to revisit the Act in order to give powers to traditional rulers, from the district upward, with a view to sustaining the peace so far achieved.

Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who had led the governor on a tour of the camp where they were shown the capacity of soldiers and weapons for the onslaught to decimate the bandits.

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Buratai who was represented by the Army Chief of Training and Operations, Maj. Gen. Enoch Udo thanked the governor for the visit and support of the troops.

He assured that the Army would continue to push until banditry is completely eliminated in the North West zone

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