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June 18, 2018

  • Court convicts former Governor of Plateau State

    Another ex-Nigerian Governor convicted of fraud

      Few weeks after a former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, was jailed 14 years for fraud, the Federal Capital Territory High Court has found former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, guilty of fraud and sentenced him to 14 years. He is currently a senator on the platform of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, to which he decamped in 2016. He was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr Dariye was charged for allegedly diverting about N1.2 billion while he served as governor of the North-central state. He was brought to court on a 23-count charge for the alleged…

  • Why we included Arabic questions in police recruitment examination – JAMB

      The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has denied claims that Arabic was made compulsory in the recent police recruitment examination, noting that the subject was included as a dummy. JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, on Monday, June 11, told the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) who visited him at the board’s headquarters in Abuja that no candidate was instructed or made to forcibly attempt any question in Arabic. Oloyede stated that the examination questions were set by workers who are Christians, and that that Arabic questions were not part of the examination but were simply…

  • June 12: Buhari apologizes to Abiola family

      President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, openly apologized to the late Chief MKO Abiola, winner of the June12, 1993 presidential election, for the injustice done to him by the Gen. Ibrahim Babangida led military junta. This is even as he assured that “Nigerians will no longer tolerate such perversion of Justice again. The election of June12, 1993 poll said to be the freest and fairest election in the nation’s history was annulled by the military president, Gen. Babangida. President Buhari tendered the apology at the investiture of Chief Abiola as Grand Commandeer of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR)…

  • Gen. Danjuma, Governor Ishaku storm US over killings by Fulani herdsmen

      Former Minister of Defence and respected business mogul, General TY Danjuma (Rtd) has taken his protest against killings in the Middle belt to the United States of America. Speaking at a session hosted by the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), in collaboration with Heritage Foundation and 21 Wilberforce, he said the issue of extremism among some Fulani people has led to horrific attacks on villages that echo Boko-Haram tactics. General Danjuma who was at the event with Taraba State Governor, Daruis Ishaku discussed implications of Nigeria’s escalating religious and ethnic violence. Representatives from the U.S. government and prominent NGOs also…

  • How reggae star, Ras Kimono died

    How reggae star, Ras Kimono died

      More facts have emerged on how Reggae music Icon, Ras Kimono, born Ukeleke Onwubuya, passed on last week. Our correspondent gathered that the dread-locked musician had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States, on Saturday night, June 9. According to sources close to him, Kimono was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ikeja and then taken to another hospital on Lagos Island where he later died on Sunday morning. The artiste was a native of Onicha Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State…

FEATURES

2018 World Cup …Pope prays for athletes, fan, organizers

Jun 18, 2018

  Pope Francis looked ahead to a month of top class football during his General Audience expressing his hope the FIFA World Cup Russia will favour solidarity and peace among nations. Pope Francis expressed his hope that the Football World Championship which began on June 14, will prove to be an occasion for “encounter, dialogue and brotherhood between different cultures and religions, and that it will favour solidarity and peace among nations.” Speaking at the end of the weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, on Wednesday the Pope prayed for the success of the event and sent his cordial…

Five sentenced to death for killing one herdsman

Jun 18, 2018

  Terrorist Fulani Herdsmen have continued their heartless slaughtering of innocent people, in Benue State. But a court in Adamawa has sentenced five men to death by hanging for killing one of them. Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri of the Yola High Court sentenced Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi, all from Demsa Local Government Area (LGA)of the state, to die for the murder of Adamu Buba, a cattle herder. In the judgement which was passed on Monday June 11, 2018, the judge found the accused men guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, which contravened section…

Buhari Declares June 12 Democracy Day

June 12 Blame Game

Jun 16, 2018

  June 12 has become a mantra to Nigerians. In fact, beside our October 1st Independence Day, no other date has gained greater fame and popularity or even notoriety among Nigerians as June 12. Twenty-three years after the event leading to the date occurred, Nigerians still talk about June 12 with such emotion and that goes to show how important and significant the date is to our people, despite the demise of the principal figure of that day, Chief M.K.O Abiola. Nigerians make so much fuss about June 12 because it is the day the unimaginable and unforgettable happened –…

The International Ecumenical Dialogue (IED) holds in Owerri

Int’l Ecumenical Dialogue holds in Owerri

Jun 11, 2018

  …As DG, Dr. Akubuiro launches book The International Ecumenical Dialogue (IED), a conference initiative of Nigeria professionals and concerned citizens was Thursday May 31held at the De Legend Hotel Owerri with the theme: Involvement of Christians in politics – the Nigerian experience. The maiden conference which featured book launch authored by its Director General, Dr. Chris Akubuiro was an opportunity for Christians and people across board to share views and positions that would provide strong voice in matters concerning the common good of the people. Justice B.C. Iheka, Judge of Imo State High Court chaired the event, while Prof….

The Catholic Church and abolition of Osu Caste System in Igbo land: Locating the problem

Jun 10, 2018

  Several efforts have been made by the Catholic Church and concerned stakeholders of Igbo society in South Eastern Nigeria for abolition of Osu caste system to free them from bondage, stigma, odium and to balance the equality of man at different stratum in our contemporary Igbo society as well as consolidate man’s reconciliation with God through salvation of Christ, according to the Christian theology. Effort made by secularists to abolish Osu Caste system has yielded below 30% positive result due to man’s dogmatic attitude towards a traditional dogma developed for unknown reason. From a secular perspective, the total abolition…

killings by Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists in Nigeria

Herdsmen Rampage: Matter of the truth

Jun 10, 2018

  For several months now, Nigerians have watched with amazing docility, somnolence, and helplessness as Fulani “herdsmen” rampage several communities across the nation laying waste lives and property with impunity and reckless abandon. They have terrorized the middle belt, sacked several communities and decimated their population, in the manner of ethnic cleansing. They have equally touched parts of Kogi, Nasarawa and Southern Kaduna and have brazenly spilled over, unrestrained; into communities in the border area of Enugu State in the Eastern States and parts of the South West. These unmistakable jihadists are armed to the teeth and would brook no…

EVENT

Fr Basil Opurum flanked by the Awardees and other priests

Feast of Sacred Heart & Immaculate Heart observed in Owerri

  Annunciation Catholic Parish World Bank, Owerri played host to members and friends of the Owerri Archdiocesan Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary Association on Saturday June 9. The annual celebration was preceded with a 9-day novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Provincial Chaplain of the Association, Rev. Fr. Basil Opurum presided at the Mass with the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Eziamuche Onuoha, and Rev. Fr. Alex Okere concelebrating. Delivering the homily, Fr. Okere harped on love as what characterizes the Sacred Heart of Jesus and that of Mary, adding…

Mothers called to propagate faith - Fr. Onyenagada

Mothers called to propagate faith – Fr. Onyenagada

  … As Mater Dolorosa Parish Ihitte honours  7 with Ezinne Award Rev. Fr. Anthony Chidi Onyenagada, Parish Priest, Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Ihitte, Ihitte Uboma LGA, Imo State, celebrated the Eucharist heralding the bestowment of Ezinne Awards to 7 members of the Catholic Women Organization on Sunday May 27, 2018. Fr. Onyenagada concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Edwin Njoku (curate) and Monsignor Simon Anyanwu. Among the distinguished recipients of the Ezinna Awards included: Ezinne Perpetua Onuoha (nee Amah), Ezinne Fidelia Egwuekwe, Ezinne Susan Oluchi Anyanwu, Ezinne Philomena Obi, Ezinne Martha Korie, Ezinne Angelina Ononiwu and Ezinne Josephine Anyanwu. In his…

28 couples wed at Sacred Heart Parish Oguta

28 couples wed at Sacred Heart Oguta

  …As Parish marks feast Day To ensure that this year’s feast of Sacred Heart remained not just socially enriched but also spiritually impactful, worshippers at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Oguta kick-started their feast Day with a historical mass wedding where 28 couples received the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Saturday June 9. This reporter who witnessed the event noticed how the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Mike Chiagoro, his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Julian Iro and parishioners exuded joy as they continued to thank God for the newly embraced life of the couples who hitherto were living for years without tying…

Mrs Perpetua Onuoha bags Ezinne award

Mrs. Perpetua Onuoha bags Ezinne Award

It was with glamour that the children of Ezinne Perpetua Onuoha (nee Amah) celebrated in a grandiose style, the Ezinne (Good Mother) status bestowed on their Mother at their Nnachievu-Ekwereocha, Amakohia country home, Ihitte Uboma L.G.A. on Sunday May 27, 2018. Their abode was set agog as the younger siblings of Oliver De Coque thrilled and mesmerized the audience with their rhythmic High life music. The mother of 10 was overwhelmed with joy and excitement with the lavish reception accorded her by her children who put in everything to ensure maximum entertainment and enjoyment of guests. Ezinne Perpetua Onuoha was born…

Archbishop Obinna visits St Peter Parish Awo Mbieri

Archbishop Obinna visits St. Peter’s Awo Mbieri

…Makes case for peace, unity Peaceful coexistence among family and community members as well as entire Igbo land has been described as not only panacea for economic development but also foretaste to righteousness and godliness. The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna dropped the hint at St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Awo Mbieri while delivering a homily at the Eucharistic celebration he presided last Sunday. Archbishop Obinna who was rounding off a two-day Pastoral Visit in the area where he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to over 150 candidates stressed the need for peace and unity of purpose…

The International Ecumenical Dialogue (IED) holds in Owerri

Int’l Ecumenical Dialogue holds in Owerri

  …As DG, Dr. Akubuiro launches book The International Ecumenical Dialogue (IED), a conference initiative of Nigeria professionals and concerned citizens was Thursday May 31held at the De Legend Hotel Owerri with the theme: Involvement of Christians in politics – the Nigerian experience. The maiden conference which featured book launch authored by its Director General, Dr. Chris Akubuiro was an opportunity for Christians and people across board to share views and positions that would provide strong voice in matters concerning the common good of the people. Justice B.C. Iheka, Judge of Imo State High Court chaired the event, while Prof….

St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Owerri

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Owerri

  The Parish Pastoral Council members and C.W.O. gracing the occasion.   The foundation of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Women Organization Hall/Parish Secondary School was laid by Rev. Fr. Kenneth K. Nzewuji on 28th May 2018. Pix shows the Parish Priest, CWO President: Mrs. Justina Amadi, Council Chairman: Mr. Aloysius Onyechege, Catechizer: Mr. Izuora Malachy, The building Committee Chairperson: Golden Ugoeze Echegiri Juliana, CWO executives, parish pastoral council members, CMO, CWO and some parishioners.

Peoples Club International, Owerri Branch embarks on humanitarian services

Peoples Club to embark on more humanitarian services – Chairman

… As branch swears in new officers A foremost social club, The Peoples Club International, has announced its determination to embark on more humanitarian services, including scholarships and charity, in order to touch the lives of downtrodden Nigerians. Chief ABC Uche (KSC) newly elected chairman of the Owerri Branch, said this while chatting with the Press, after the swearing-in-ceremony of new officers at the Club’s Office Amakohia Owerri, Wednesday May 30, 2018. According to him, the Club’s philosophy of Unity, Love and service would be translated into action through more support to charity homes and people undergoing distress conditions. The…

Obilobi Sir A.C. Oparanozie displays his award

Obilobi Sir Oparanozie honoured by Holy Trinity Catholic Station Umuakali Naze

St. Jude’s Catholic Parish Naze, Owerri North LGA,, celebrated the feast of Holy Trinity on Sunday May 27, 2018. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Julius Anuonye celebrated the Holy Mass to mark the occasion at Holy Trinity Catholic Church Umuakali Naze. Some parishioners who distinguished themselves in selfless services to the church were honoured at the occasion. Earlier in his homily Fr. Anuonye said that “Holy Trinity” (Three persons in one God) is more than human understanding, as nobody can explain it. It is a mystery. He said there are five fingers in one hand but they are not doing…

Archbishop Obinna visits Holy Family Uratta

Archbishop Obinna visits Holy Family Uratta

…Confirms about 120 candidates As crusade against Osu/Ume/Diala divide continued to dominate the pastoral teachings and directives of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, his pastoral visit to Holy Family Catholic Parish Uratta, Owerri North LGA last Sunday was not different as the Archbishop descended heavily on the segregative syndrome. The Archbishop who arrived the Catholic community the previous day where he had interactive session with parishioners and community members also administered on the visit the Sacrament of confirmation on no fewer than 120 candidates. Preaching on Sunday at the Eucharistic celebration, the Chief shepherd said…

Killings: Prayer- Protest Holds June 5 in Owerri

  The Prayer-Protest in solidarity with victims of Benue State massacre and other security challenges, holds on Tuesday June 5, in Owerri Archdiocese. The protest earlier scheduled for May 22, 2018 was postponed due to security concerns. The programme begins with Rosary Procession at 8am from Villa Maria, along Wetheral Road, passing through Government House Roundabout, through Assumpta Avenue to Maria Assumpta Cathedral where the procession will be concluded with Holy Mass at 12 noon. The faithful are expected to dress in their various group uniform.    

Chukwunyere Parish marks CMO Day

Show leadership qualities, fathers charged

As Chukwunyere Parish marks CMO Day Christian fathers have been advised to radiate the fullness of God’s grace into every nook and cranny of the world, particularly where they live and work. Ezinna Charles Chima Mgbaraho, President, Catholic Men Organization (CMO) Chukwunyere Catholic Parish Mmahu in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, gave the charge in the Address he presented during this year’s Father’s Day celebration on Sunday May 6, 2018. Ezinna Mgbaraho, who described members of CMO as leaders in their homes, church and larger society said that it was incumbent on them to manifest the expected fruits of the spirit at all…