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You are not immune to coronavirus, don’t be deceived- T.B Joshua warns Christians

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Covid-19: TB Joshua speaks God's mind after the pandemic

Prophet Temitope Balogun, simply known as T.B Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, has warned Christians against the belief that they are immune to the coronavirus pandemic.

TB Joshua gave the warning while responding to a question on whether a real Christian can contact COVID-19, on a Facebook live question and answer session.

Some pastors, such as Primate Elijah Ayodele had once boasted that none of his church members will contract the virus.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that it is no respecter of region, religion, social status or age.

Asked if Christians are not exempted, the cleric said, “Capital YES! Christians, do not make the mistake of thinking that you are ‘out of touch’. God often uses ‘anything’ to preserve us and to strengthen our desire and determination for God. Whatever your situation as a believer, it is all for your obedience to God (Hebrews 5:8).

“A Christian can contact COVID-19; it is just like any other affliction. A Christian can be sick in body and yet be a friend of God or a candidate of Heaven. Don’t let your situation mislead you and cause you to start doubting your Guard. That should be the reason to look deeper, pray the more and dream of other ways you might have ignored.

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“Do not measure your Christian life by your situation. The rich should not concentrate on their pain or riches and the poor should not concentrate on their pain or poverty because a man may be afflicted or poor and yet be a candidate of Heaven. As a Christian, what you see as COVID-19 or affliction—God may sometimes allow it as a trial.

“Oftentimes, we run from the very things that will bring strength to our lives, such as trials, affliction of any kind, all of which are meant for our spiritual benefit. They are to test your maturity. A true Christian is tested by his ability to face situations and deal with difficulties.

“Take note: As a Christian, if you contact COVID-19, don’t begin to misjudge yourself by worrying, ‘Am I really a Christian? Why me of all this? Why me of all that?’ As a Christian, you are not out of touch. Don’t worry about whatever people say.

“If truly you are a Christian, God wants you to pray the more and know what He wants you to know because what we see as a disadvantage in our lives can be turned into an advantage. God is still saying something!

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Ibadan businessman petitions new Oyo CP over alleged rights infringement

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An Ibadan-based businessman, Mr. Peter Asa, has petitioned the new Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, over alleged infringement on his fundamental rights by the police.

Asa, in his petition, entitled: ‘Save My Soul’, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan, said that his rights had been grossly infringed upon.

He alleged that some police officers were being used to silence him over a certain property sold to him by a company, UAC, in 2020 for N26 million.

Asa, popularly known as King Zion, named a certain man as the brain behind his recent detention for three days at the Iyaganku police station.

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The businessman said that the inaugural speech of the new police boss, where he pledged never to tolerate any infringement on the fundamental human rights of any member of the public by his officers and men, motivated his distress call.

Reports have it that Enwonwu, who took over from Mr. Shina Olukolu, who had been transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation Department in Lagos State, assumed duty on June 1.

Asa, while alleging that the man in question had sponsored several attacks on him, using security agents, implored the police commissioner to carry out an investigation on the case.

“Two officers from Iyaganku, on a recent Thursday afternoon, around 2 pm., at the premises of a bank in Dugbe, arrested and treated me like a common criminal.

“I was taken to Iyaganku police station and kept in detention with criminally-minded suspects for three days.

“The officers arrested me and said my attention was needed at Iyaganku.

“There is no iota of truth in what I was alleged of. They said I was responsible for the fire incident at the said property, which I duly paid for over 18 years ago.

“The ownership right on the matter is still in court and I will not want to go there. But as a pastor, I know the truth will prevail at the end, as I have faith in God that I will get justice, no matter what,” he said.

Asa said that the fire incident happened in broad daylight on April 15 and that he was arrested on May 14, allegedly on a trumped-up charge that he was responsible for the inferno.

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He said that his arrest came after the officials of the Oyo State government had fingered a welder working in one of the shops in the complex as the brain behind the inferno.

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VC harps on national re-orientation to tackle rape cases

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Prof. Charles Ayo, the Vice-Chancellor of Trinity University, Ota, on Tuesday called on government at all levels to embark on national re-orientation in order to tackle the incessant rape cases in the country.

Ayo made the call in an interview with reporters in Ota, Ogun.

He spoke against the backdrop of the gang rape of an undergraduate student at the University of Benin last week.

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Ayo, a former Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, noted that the incessant rape cases in the country were unfortunate, saying this called for action.

“The National Orientation Agency needs to redouble its efforts in addressing this menace as the nation is fast eroding its values,” he said.

Ayo attributed the causes of rape in the country to moral decadence, lack of fear of God, and respect for mankind.

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He implored the government at all levels to intensify efforts in addressing the rape challenge in the country.

“In the primary, secondary and tertiary level, the nation has witnessed rape cases due to absolute moral decadence.

“Something must be done urgently to serve as a deterrent to others who have the motive or intention of committing a similar crime, ” he said.

The don noted that most of the criminals who engaged in such acts had an evil mind.

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Ayo also called for effective community policing across the country to check the incessant rape cases.

He noted that kidnapping and other social vices could be addressed through effective community policing in the country.

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JUST IN: Churches, Mosques to remain shut in Lagos – Commissioner

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Indications have emerged that Churches and Mosques in Lagos may not be reopened soon for worshipers due to disagreement on protocols and guidelines between the state government and religious leaders.

The Federal Government had on Monday lifted the ban on Mosques and Churches in the country based on guidelines and protocols agreed with state governments.

Fielding questions from Journalists on Tuesday at a press briefing commemorating the first year in office of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu held in Lagos, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi said the possibility of reopening Churches and Mosques in the state had been ruled out.

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Elegushi said:

“Even before the pronouncement by Federal Government, we have been having meeting with the religious leaders; we even have one with safety Commission. Looking at the possibility of reopening of religious houses.

“We also had one with the leaders of the two faith and I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting, the possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally.”

He added:

“They claimed that they cannot take such responsibility of ensuring that only 20 or 50 people are praying behind them. Like an Imam said he doesn’t know what is going on at back immediately he is leading a prayer. He said if more than 20 or 50 people are staying at his back he is not going to take responsibility for their presence.

“So in the meeting we ruled out in totality the issue of reopening the religious houses until we have a clear coast for us to do so. The Federal Government mentioned it, but it never ruled out the state in achieving that pronouncement, so all states will have to look at the possibility of doing so in their respective states.

“We all know Lagos is still having more figures

“So definitely that will speak to our decision. But the governor of the state will come out with further directives. We will call the two faith together and discuss the pronouncement and I can assure you that they themselves will tell us not to do it.’’

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