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Oyakhilome sanctioned by UK regulator for ‘airing harmful statements’

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The United Kingdom’s Communications Regulator, Ofcom, has sanctioned LoveWorld Television Ministry, a Christian network founded by Chris Oyakhilome, for airing “potentially harmful statements” about the COVID-19 pandemic.

ln a statement, Ofcom said that the programmes aired in early April by Oyakhilome’s LoveWorld perpetuated baseless conspiracy that the virus is linked to the roll-out of 5G phone networks and insinuations of a “global cover-up.”

Ofcom said the LoveWorld programme also echoed claims from US President Donald Trump that an anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, was a cure for the virus.

“LoveWorld News featured potentially harmful statements about the Coronavirus pandemic and adequate protection was not provided to viewers,” it said.

“We have imposed a sanction on the broadcaster, requiring it to broadcast statements of our findings. We are considering whether to impose any further sanction,” Ofcom added.

Oyakhilome’s Loveworld, also known as Christ Embassy, is based in Lagos but has operations in several countries across the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

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The church has at least 90 branches in the UK and an estimated 13 million followers around the world, according to one estimate.

In footage of sermons circulated on social media during the pandemic, Oyakhilome was seen criticising lockdown measures and casting aspersions on the value of a vaccine.

Ofcom said there is no prohibition on broadcasting controversial views, which diverge from, or challenge, official authorities on public health information.

“Given these serious failings, we conclude that Loveworld Limited did not adequately protect viewers from the potentially harmful content in the news programme and the sermon, and the news reports were not duly accurate. We have directed Loveworld Limited to broadcast statements of our findings and are now considering whether to impose any further sanction.”

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CAN gets new exco in Plateau

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Plateau Chapter, has elected new officials who would steer its affairs for the next three years.

The election held on Saturday in Jos, had Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos emerged as Chairman.

Lubo, who took over from Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang, had served as the State Secretary of the association in the state.
In a keenly contested election, Lubo scored 43 votes to defeat his opponent, Rev Dr. Steven Dangana of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) who secured 36 votes.

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Other officials elected are Bishop Stanley Fube, Secretary, Senior Apostle Maximian Ewurum, Assistant Secretary, and Rev Dr. Laje of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) emerged, Treasurer.

Speaking to Journalists shortly after taking the oath of office, Lubo, the newly elected chairman, promised to stand for the course of Christians in the state.

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He added that one of his cardinal agenda would be to unite all Christians in the state.

“I am praying to God to give me the wisdom and strength to stand for the right of Christians

“We shall work hard to unite all Christians irrespective of our denominations in Plateau,” he said.

The Newsmen reports that the election was conducted by Rev. Dr. Israel Akanji, the Chairman of CAN in the North Central Zone.

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Sokoto discharges all 101 COVID-19 patients

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Sokoto is currently COVID-19 free after discharging all 101 isolated Coronavirus patients in the state.

The state’s commissioner for health, Dr Ali Inname also disclosed that the state recorded 14 Coronavirus deaths at a news conference.

He said the first index case was recorded on April 19 with 731 samples collected, while 655 contacts completed a 14 day follow up.

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Inname explained that the Sokoto State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 which he heads, received 839 alerts from across the state and that all of them were investigated.

He added that the patients were from eight local government areas of the state.

Men constituted 85 per cent of the patient population, while women made up the remaining 24 per cent.

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The commissioner who advised residents of the state to observe safety guidelines to curb the spread of Coronavirus said that the committee’s activities would continue as many test results were still pending.

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Pastor Adeboye celebrates Kumuyi as he clocks 79

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Pastor Adeboye celebrates Kumuyi as he clocks 79

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye celebrated William Folorunso Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, as he clocked 79 today.

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The General overseer of RCCG  took to Twitter as he prayed to God to grant Kumuyi the ability to end well.

He said: “Happy birthday beloved Pastor W.F Kumuyi.

“Pastor F.A Adeboye and I join the rest of the world to celebrate God’s faithfulness in your life, family, and ministry.

“May you finish strong and end very well in Jesus’ name.”

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