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Policeman shoots Nigerian, one other dead in Ghana

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A Nigerian has been shot dead by a police officer in Ghana while reportedly partying at a hotel.

The unidentified man was allegedly gunned down while the police were trying to disperse attendees at the party.

A video posted on YouTube by the deceased’s friends indicate that another unnamed man was also killed during the incident.

A corpse was seen in the video being taken to the hospital by some people.

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Our correspondent could not immediately ascertain the date and the city where the shooting happened.

In the footage, a lady was lamenting the killing, saying Ghanaian police were always attacking Nigerians.

Speaking in pidgin English, she said,

“What happened this night was tragic. The police have just killed a Nigerian man. He simply came to pick his girlfriend and they shot him. But he was foolish, he shouldn’t have engaged the policemen in an argument; they simply wasted him.”

The police were seen taking away the fun-seekers ostensibly for violating social distancing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ghana currently has 5,735 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 29 deaths while 1,754 persons have recovered.

Though the government had lifted the national lockdown, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture said drinking bars and night clubs must remain closed, while food chains and restaurants, including hotels can operate takeout and delivery services only.

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Senior Advocate of Nigeria Badejo slumps, dies

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Senior Advocate of Nigeria Badejo slumps, dies

The legal profession on Friday lost two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Chief (Sir) Alfred Oghogho Eghobamien and Sir Jadegoke Adebonajo Badejo.

Eghobamien was born on June 5, 1935 (85 years). He is the father of Mr Osaro Eghobamien SAN.

Sir Eghobamien was called to the English Bar and the Nigerian Bar in the years 1972 and 1973 respectively. He was conferred with the rank of SAN in 1995.

Badejo, the Principal Partner of Bonajo Badejo & Co, died as he was walking out of his home. He was was born on the 6th of March, 1959 (61 years).

The official GSM line of his law firm rang out yesterday, but a source told The Nation how the incident occurred.

“He was fully dressed about to step out of the house. He was getting ready to leave home for work yesterday when he slumped and passed on,” the source said.

Badejo was called to Bar in 1980 and took Silk in 2009 with conferment serial no. 311.

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He had an LL.B from the University of Ife and an LL.M from the University of Lagos, among other qualifications.

The Body of SANs (BOSAN) mourned their deaths in two statements on Saturday.

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“As an eminent lawyer in matters of Edo State politics, Sir Eghobamien represented Edo State at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference (CONFAB). He has later appointed a Life Bencher in 2017,” said BOSAN secretary, Mr Seyi Sowemimo, SAN.

For Badejo, Sowemimo said;

“We deeply mourn the sad demise of our colleague and we pray that the Almighty God grants his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“Funeral arrangements as released by his family will be announced in due course,” said BOSAN secretary, Mr Seyi Sowemimo, SAN.

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Sir Badejo acted as Legal Consultant and Company Secretary to many blue-chip companies and orthodox religious bodies in Nigeria.

Some of his religious friends paid tribute to his memory at https://www.forevermissed.com/sirbonajo-badejosankjw/about a website set up in his honour.

“I sat beside you as time keeper at the March constitutional review conference of our church held at Hoare’s memorial; to say you displayed your usual brilliance and zeal is an understatement. A soft spoken, quiet achiever but loud committer of time and resources. We have been hit below the belt. May God bless your beautiful and pleasant soul. Great tree that fall and emptied the forest!,” said Kolade Fadahunsiu.

Others who paid tribute include Erimakpe Adelemoni and Busyi Agunbiade.

“You taught me, you tutored me, you were tough yet caring, I feared you like a son his father, I respected you and adored your hard work and dedication to work and humanity. The news of your passing has been one of total shock and disbelief. Sir, you were a good man. May heaven open its doors for your soul, may the Lord welcome you into His eternal rest. Rest well sir,” Adelemoni said.

“What a day for humanity. Sir Bonajo Badejo, we were still in grief of the colossal loss, in person of Sir Oluremi Omotoso, when we had that your Maker has also called you home. Though it pains to lose two giants of faiths like you even within a decade, our comfort is in the fact you died as a dedicated, committed, productive, humble servant of God. Good night servant of God,” Agunbiade said.

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Pastor, pregnant wife killed on their farm in Taraba left behind eight children – Report

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The Rev. Emmanuel Saba Bileya and his wife, Juliana, who is said to be pregnant, were killed by gunmen who have yet to be identified, according to a statement released by the Hausa Christians Foundation.
The Rev. Emmanuel Saba Bileya and his wife, Juliana, who is said to be pregnant, were killed by gunmen who have yet to be identified, according to a statement released by the Hausa Christians Foundation.

A Nigerian Christian pastor who graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in Michigan was gunned down along with his wife Monday while working on their farm in the Taraba State.

The couple leaves behind eight children ages 1 to 19.

The Rev. Emmanuel Saba Bileya and his wife, Juliana, who is said to be pregnant, were killed by gunmen who have yet to be identified, according to a statement released by the Hausa Christians Foundation.

“It was an attack on the pastor and his wife on their farm. While they were working on the farm, suddenly armed men came and opened fire on them, leading to the death of the pastor and his wife,” a spokesperson for the state police said in a statement shared by the foundation.

Bileya served as a pastor at a Christian Reformed Church in the Donga local government area. Bileya received a Master of Theology from Calvin in 2014 and served for the last five years at Veenstra Theological Seminary in Donga, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“In what is being noted as systematic direct war against Christianity in Nigeria, pastors, Christian leaders and seminarians are either being kidnapped or killed every week,” the Hausa Christians Foundation statement reads.

“Christians in Nigeria have been the target of many attacks by the vicious Boko Haram jihadist Islamist terrorists, herdsmen attacks and many other kidnappings in recent times.”

In a statement released through a spokesperson, Taraba Gov. Darius Ishaku condemned the murder of the pastor and his wife. Ishaku said he sympathizes with the surviving members of Bileya’s family and members of the Christian Reformed Church in Nigeria.

“The killing of the pastor and his wife is wicked and inhuman,” the governor’s statement reads, according to Nigeria’s This Day newspaper.

“Killings of this nature have happened too often recently in Southern Taraba communities and this is unhelpful to the ongoing efforts of the government to achieve lasting peace among communities in the area.”

Biyela was a doctoral student at the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies, a nondenominational graduate school in Jacksonville, Florida.

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He enrolled at IWS in 2014 and was in the final stage of his doctoral program. He took a thesis course in 2019.

“It is with a broken heart that IWS announces the deaths of D.W.S. student Emmanuel Bileya, his wife Juliana, and their child in utero, whose name is known only to God,” an IWS statement reads. “Their martyrdom was the result of an ongoing ethnic war in their home country of Nigeria.”

According to IWS, Emmanuel and Juliana will receive Christian burials on Friday.

According to IWS, Biyela wrote an explanation of the escalating tribal conflicts ongoing in his local area as recently as two weeks ago.

According to IWS, Biyela wrote:

“This war has been going on for about a month now in my area, since April 2020. Another tribe has destroyed our churches and rumoured that they plan to come to destroy the church where I am working at, which is in a town called Mararraba located in Donga LGA of Taraba State in Nigeria. For some time now, many people have fled the town for safety including my family but I have remained in Mararraba praying and hoping for God’s restoration of peace and protection of the town and church….

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The truth is that the war started from a farm dispute. One man, a member of my branch church kindly gave part of his farmland to a man from another tribe to farm. But this year, 2020, the man encroached more into the farmland, of which the owner disagreed. A farm dispute resolution committee with a membership of both tribes was set up to resolve the issue. Although yet to be resolved, the man from the other tribe invited 200 other people who came with guns and forcefully went ahead to farm on the land. When the owner saw them and tried to stop them, they beat the life out of him to the point of death….

While we were trying to calm the situation in town, youths retaliated by beating a man on his farm. After this, 4 of my church members who decided to leave the village and go to a different peaceful village to look for a job were shot: 2 were killed, 2 survived. I buried the 2 boys. In summary, the people from one tribe attacked my village 2 times without success but succeeded on the 3rd attempt, they killed some of the villagers and burnt down the whole village with our branch church and the pastorium.”

A fellow Nigerian IWS student who spoke with Biyela five days before his death told IWS that Biyela “mentioned that he sent his children to the headquarters town of his church, but that he and his wife had stayed back.”

According to IWS, that decision saved the children’s lives.

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“Born on Christmas Day of 1968, his family gave him the name Emmanuel, ‘God with us,’” the IWS statement continues. “For all in the IWS community who were blessed to meet Emmanuel, share a class with him, or enjoy a meal alongside him, it can truthfully be said that ‘God with us’ was an apt name for him.”

The institution states that the deceased student’s humility and gentleness “spoke to all of the voluminous love of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.”

“Without fail, any email or letter from Emmanuel would begin the same way: ‘Calvary greetings,’ IWS noted. “This constant reminder of Christ’s death was, as Emmanuel well knew, also a reminder of Christ’s victory over the grave.”

“We know that at this time, Emmanuel would want those of us who grieve to place our focus not solely on these tragic deaths, but ultimately on the victory over death that Christ has secured for all who place their faith in Him.”

IWS will release more details on how people can help support Biyela’s children.

Nigeria ranks as the 12th-worst country in the world for Christian persecution on Open Doors USA’s 2020 World Watch List.

Estimates suggest that over 620 Christians have been killed in Nigeria by radical herdsmen and Islamic extremists so far in 2020 as thousands have been killed in recent years.

While the government has maintained that the escalation of violence is a result of ethnic conflicts between predominantly Christian farming and predominantly Muslim herding communities, advocates for Christians contend that religious elements are a factor.

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Kaduna: 70 killed as troops battle bandits in forest

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Kaduna: 70 killed as troops battle bandits in forest

During a clearance operation by troops in Kachia forest in Chikun Local Government Area of the Kaduna, 70 bandits and cattle rushers terrorizing the state were killed.

Two of the bandits’ logistics suppliers were also captured by troops at the outskirts of Kankomi village.

The operation was conducted by troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE under Operation ACCORD in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and Local Vigilantes.

According to a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, “in a combined ground and air offensive on 5 June 2020, troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE under Operation ACCORD in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and Local Vigilantes conducted a clearance patrol to Kachia Forest and neutralized some armed bandits/cattle rustlers.

“This followed timely and credible information on the bandits’ movement within the area. Troops pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun LGA into the forest. Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships. After the air interdiction, seventy (70) bandits were confirmed killed by human intelligence while others escaped with injuries. The troops are exploiting the forest.

Details to follow as they unfold.

“As a matter of security concern, people in this general area should report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces. This is to ensure that the escapees are mopped up.”

It added that “relatedly, troops of Operation YAKI in blocking positions for Operation ACCORD at outskirts of Kankomi village apprehended 2 bandits’ logistics suppliers. Items recovered include: recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries.

“The Military High Command congratulates Operation THUNDER STRIKE, Operation YAKI and Air Component of Operation ACCORD, for their dexterity. While the general public is requested to continue to provide timely and credible information that would assist in eliminating bandits and other criminal elements in the Country.”

 

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