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PFN condemns FG new marriage certificate fees

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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has alleged that churches are being targeted by the Federal Government following the new marriage certificate law introduced by the Ministry of Interior.

PFN’s National President of the fellowship, Rev.(Dr.) Felix Omobude, lashed out at the Ministry of Interior over the imposition of a compulsory N30,000 charge licence for Christian worship centres for the conduct of statutory marriages in churches and N21,000 for each marriage certificate.

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He alleged that it is an attempt to commercialize Christian marriages in the country.

Omobude called on the Federal Government to shelve the unpopular policy which he said is exploitative and targeted against Christian marriages in the country.

He added that they will use every legal means to stop the new marriage certificate law.

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He said;

“This is very unfair and to the best of our understanding, the new law is targeted against the Church because the Traditional and Islamic weddings are exempted from paying the new marriage certificate fees.

“PFN is at a loss as to why Church Marriages should be in the exclusive list of the nation’s constitution. The PFN, therefore calls on the Federal Government to immediately shelve the unpopular policy targeted against Christian marriages in the country.

“If the Ministry of Interior is in dire need of funds, it should look elsewhere and resist the temptation of placing an extra financial burden on the Christians and their churches.”

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COVID-19 patient gives birth in Oyo

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Oyo State has recorded the first delivery of a COVID-19 patient at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, Ibadan.

This is as nineteen new cases returned positive while two deaths were recorded.

Chairman, State Task Force Governor Seyi Makinde gave the update on Saturday.

While noting that the new baby and mother are both doing well, Governor Makinde said the latest death brings to 14 the number of casualties recorded in the state.

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He said “We had our first Covid-19 patient delivery at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo. The mother and baby are doing well.

“The Covid-19 confirmation tests for nineteen suspected cases came back positive.

“The cases are from Ibadan South East (3), Ibadan North (3), Akinyele (3), Lagelu (2), Oluyole (2), Ibadan North West (2), Egbeda (1), Ido (1), Ona Ara (1) and Oyo East (1) Local Government Areas.

“So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State today is 1451.

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Five killed, 10 injured in Somalia bomb attack

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At least five people were killed and ten others injured following a bomb attack in Baidoa, southwest Somalia on Saturday, officials said.

Somali government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar confirmed the attack, saying the militant group al-Shabab was behind the latest attack in Baidoa town, the administrative capital of Southwest State in Somalia.

“Remote control landmine blast killed five people and injured 10 others. Most of the victims of the attack were civilians and the casualties could rise as this is the initial report,” Omar told journalists, noting that the situation was still tense.

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Omar said the casualties were innocent civilians who were going about their daily routines in the area.
Local residents said the explosion targeted a local tax collection center, south of Baidoa town but exploded at a nearby restaurant.

“The remote-controlled explosive device targeted a tax collection center which is located in the town on Bardhere road. The casualties included passersby and some security officers,” said a resident who declined to be named.

On Saturday morning, another bomb attack happened in front of the revenue headquarters in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, injuring seven people, including security guards.

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The Somali government has condemned the two attacks, saying the two incidents will not deter its resolve to stabilize Somalia.

The Somali security forces backed by allied forces have stepped up their air and ground operations against the militants in the country despite the militants’ continued resistance, at times targeting military bases, hotels, and other public places.

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Pantami: I have earned more as a professor than as minister

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has said that his salaries and allowances fall below his earnings as an academic at the International University Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

Pantami said this while reacting to a report that he had procured three houses since his assumed office as a minister barely a year ago.

In a statement by Uwa Suleiman, his spokesperson on Friday, July 3, 2020, the minister said he has not purchased a single property anywhere in the world.

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The statement reads in part,

 “For the purpose of setting the records straight, the Honourable Minister has not purchased a single property anywhere In the world, in the period he has been in office as a Minister. One of the apartments in the images published is one which the Honourable Minister has occupied since January 2017, more than two years before becoming a minister, while the other one is a house he rented since 17th December 2019. Two of the images are not even known to him.

“It is worthy of note that as a serving Minister, Dr Pantami’s salaries and allowances fall below his earnings as a Professor at the International University Madinah Saudi Arabia, where he still holds the record of being the first Nigerian to lecture at that level. He only returned to Nigeria out of the zeal to contribute his quota to national development.

“Dr Pantami is one of the few Nigerians who are driven by nothing, but an unequalled sense of patriotism and selfless service as demonstrated in his act of sacrifice, to answer the call to serve his country as a sign of his patriotism and selfless service.”

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