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Uzodinma: CAN, Enugu Catholic diocese keep mum on Mbaka

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The Christian Association of Nigeria and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu have failed to make any comment on the alleged misconduct of the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.

Mbaka had prophesied during his December 31, 2019 New Year’s Eve service that the then governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, would emerge as governor of the state.

Though Uzodinma was declared winner of the governorship election by the Supreme Court on January 14, the reverend father’s prophecy sparked controversy.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Adewale Martins, had alleged in an interview with BBC Igbo that Mbaka could be banned from preaching if he continued deviating from the doctrines and tenets of the Catholic Church.

Martins said, “Fr. Mbaka falls under the authority of the Bishop of Enugu Diocese and therefore he has the responsibility of cautioning him. I can imagine that this must be giving the bishop some challenges.

 “It must be giving him a bit of a headache and I feel sorry for him and I hope he will find some way of dealing with this matter that has been recurring. 

“Of course, what could be done in the end is either to say, ok you receive the sanction of being stopped from public ministry. That is a possibility. If it is not done, there must be a reason.”

However, when our correspondent contacted the Communications Director of the Enugu Catholic diocese, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, he stated that the matter was under deliberation and that he could not speak on it.

 Achi said, “We have put discussions about that issue on hold for now. We will have to issue an official statement on that. When that happens, it will be made public.”

Similarly, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, the spokesman for the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, said that the apex Christian body could not speak on individual clerics.

Oladeji said, “Can doesn’t react to individual pastors (and priests). You may ask the Catholic bloc to speak about it, but CAN? No. It is not part of our terms of reference as a body.

“The church and the government are our brief. We believe that if individual pastors or priests misbehave, their own bloc has the power to sanction them. So, it is better you call the Catholic secretariat.”

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Edo to launch sex offenders’ register

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The Edo State Government, on Wednesday, said it was working with consultants to domesticate the sex offenders’ register as part of its stance against rape and other forms of gender-based violence.

The Chairperson, Edo State Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, who addressed journalists in Benin City, said the government remained committed to its zero-tolerance for any form of gender-based violence.

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Omorogbe, who is also the state’s attorney-general and commissioner for justice, stated,

“I am hoping that in the coming months, after working with our consultants, we will be able to launch our own Edo State sex offenders’ register, which is expected to be a live register to prevent manipulation.

“I want to send a message to the perpetrators out there. We are coming for you. To all those who take pleasure in inflicting violence on their spouses, children and others, know this day that your days are numbered.”

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Amnesty International to Buhari: Declare rape a national emergency

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A global human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to declare rape a national crisis in the country.

Amnesty International Nigeria said on Wednesday that it joined its voice to other civil societies demanding justice for Uwaila and Barakat.

The AI Nigeria, in a series of tweets, noted that a “toxic culture that encourages men to see women as passive sex objects” must be discouraged.

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The organisation tweeted,

“The government’s response to rape continues to be woefully inadequate. Frequent reports of rape across Nigeria are a gruesome reminder of the violence women and girls face. Violence against women and girls is often not properly registered or investigated.

“The rape and murder of 18-year-old student, Barakat Bello, in Ibadan is shocking. Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to declare a national crisis on rape. Women and girls’ safety must be paramount across Nigeria.

“Dear President Buhari, declare rape a national crisis. Rape is a crime. If there is no consent, it is rape, even if the victim stays quiet and does not resist. The ‘boys will be boys’ mentality warps sex into something for men, done by men to women, without regard for the woman’s well-being. This toxic culture that encourages men to view women as passive sex objects needs to be addressed.

“We are joining people in Nigeria to demand justice for Omozuwa (Uwaila), who was raped and murdered in a Nigerian church. Violence against women must stop. Authorities have to ensure justice for her and other women.”

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 348 coronavirus cases, total now 11,166

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Nigeria has recorded new Coronavirus cases with the NCDC announcing 348 new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Newsone Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 348 new Coronavirus cases in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday evening, June 2.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the NCDC noted that of the 348 COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday evening, 163 were detected in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, FCT-76 Ebonyi-23 Rivers-21 Delta-8 Nasarawa-8 Niger-8 Enugu-6 Bauchi-5 Edo-5 Ekiti-5 Ondo-5 Gombe-5 Benue-4 Ogun-2 Osun-1 Plateau-1 Kogi-1 Anambra-1, southeast Nigeria.

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To be continued……

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