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Policemen raid church, dig up altar in Ondo

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The Ondo State Police Command raided the Promised Land Prophetic Ministry (formerly Christ Apostolic Church, Promised Land) located in the Shasha area of Akure and dug the altar over alleged fetish practices.

According to reports, the police action follows allegation that the founder and pastor of the church, Gbenga Akinbiyi, was engaging in fetish practices.

The policemen were said to have been sent from the office of the Inspector-General of Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

It was gathered that some former members wrote a petition that the founder buried fetish objects at the altar in order to draw more crowd to the church.

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It was further gathered that trouble started for Akinbiyi after he broke away from CAC and changed the name of the church some years ago.

 “After he changed the name of the church, some foundation and prominent members of the church observed that he was derailing from the real Christian doctrine and spirituality.

“They also observed that the pastor planted some fetish materials at the altar. Many of them left the church.

“They also wrote a petition to the police to investigate the pastor. That must have been what made the policemen to dig up the altar,” the Punch quoted an unnamed source as saying.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, said the policemen went to the church as part of the ongoing investigation into some allegations against the pastor.

“There are some allegations against the pastor of the church, but we can’t disclose them until after our investigation. What our men did in the church was part of the ongoing investigation,” he stated.

When contacted, the cleric said,

“I did not plant anything at the altar; it was the handiwork of some of my former members. I was the one that petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, initially, they didn’t want to dig the altar; I was the one that insisted that the altar must be dug. Everyone was there with the policemen on that day and they did not find anything planted at the altar.

“They have defamed my name and I won’t take it lightly. So, any moment from now we shall meet in the court.”

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France reports more than 28,500 coronavirus deaths

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France’s cumulative death toll from coronavirus infection rose by 73 or 0.3 per cent to 28,530 on Tuesday.

This is a similar rate of increase as the day before despite health authorities having resumed taking into account nursing home data after a four-day interruption.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said the number of fatalities was up 83 in hospitals, to 18,195.

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But the death toll in nursing homes has been revised to 10,335, 10 fewer than the last time it was published.

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Lagos to recruit 2,000 teachers

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The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to employ no fewer than 2,000 more teachers in its public primary schools.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the state Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo during an online show, Covinspiration show, moderated by a United Nations (UN) Youth Ambassador, Dayo Isreal, while giving scorecard of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration within the 360 days, said the move to employ more teachers was aimed at the standard of public primary school education in the state.

She lamented that the pandemic has held the ministry of education back in the completion of its plans for the sector.

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According to Adefisayo:

“The administration after assumption of office decided to address the challenges in education aggressively in 2020 but the pandemic which country’s index case happened in Lagos has halted various plans for education in the state.”

She stressed that administration went back to the drawing as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari lifted the lockdown earlier imposed on Lagos and other states so as to fast track completion of 2020 plans which includes recruitment of teachers.

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Adefisayo said,

‘The most important aspect of learning is the quality of teachers and we did not have enough teachers to actualize the set plan for learning in our public schools.

“And one of the earliest things we requested for and was granted by the governor was the recruitment of teachers.

“We have concluded the recruitment of 1,000 secondary school teachers. And we are currently working on the recruitment of 2,000 teachers for public primary schools.

“And we are looking at employing teachers every quarter because the rate of retirement of teachers is very high in Lagos.

“The administration has granted the ministry permission to replace retired teachers.

“Aside from recruitment, we have sent a lot on the training of current teachers to improve their teaching skills in classrooms. And this COVID-19 period was the time when we were able to do a lot of things in the education sector of Lagos state,” she added.

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COVID-19: Confirmed cases in Africa rise over 115,000

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday reported that coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa as at May 26, had risen to over 115, 000.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO.

“There are over 115,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 46,000 recoveries and 3,400 deaths,” it said.

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The figures showed that South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria had the highest reported cases in Africa.

According to the report, South Africa had 23,615 cases and 418 deaths followed by Algeria with 8,503 cases and 609 deaths, while Nigeria had 8,068 confirmed cases and 233 deaths.

It stated that Ghana had 6,808 reported cases and 32 deaths, while Cameroon recorded 4, 890 confirmed cases and 165 deaths.

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The report said Lesotho, Seychelles and Namibia were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.

It said Lesotho had only two confirmed cases with zero death; Seychelles had 11 reported cases and zero death, while Namibia recorded 21 confirmed cases with no death.

Meanwhile, as at May 25, the novel coronavirus had infected more than 5.4 million people and killed over 344,000 worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.

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