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May 28, 2018

Panic in Enugu as security men arrest 21suspected insurgents

There was panic in Enugu State, when 21 suspects believed to be members of Boko Haram travelling to Kano with several military uniforms concealed inside a luxury bus were arrested at Obollo-Afor.  It would be recalled that about 486 Boko Haram suspects were arrested by soldiers in Aba, Abia State two weeks ago. The Enugu suspects were intercepted by the National Task Force (NAT-FORCE) at Amala in Udenu Local Government Area. They reportedly left Aba, Abia State at about 2pm for Kaduna and were intercepted in the wee hours of Wednesday at a boundary community in Enugu State, leading to…

Afrobeat and Musical Critique of Religion in Nigeria in the Age of Boko Haram 2

It seems then that Boko Haram, and indeed all those who subscribe to fundamentalist interpretations of the Holy Scripts do in fact place their interest in the “foreign religions” over and above the sustainable development and stability of their country, an issue that Rev. T.B. Joshua tried to address in one of his recent sermons in response to the threat on Lagos.This is clearly exemplified in the fact that basically every slightest literary or performative criticism of Islam or the founding prophet from anywhere in the world (e.g the release of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, Danish cartoon of the prophet,…

Rochas back from Turkey with 171 entourage

–  says it’s economic trip Ironically with nothing going on in the only industrial layout of the state, the Imo state Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha and a good number of government officials and House of Assembly members as well as some local government Caretaker Committee Chairmen, who left the state on Friday, June 20, 2014 for Turkey on business and capacity building trip, have returned. The trip was claimed to be at no cost to the state government. Some major investors in Turkey, who own some of the big companies in that country, with appreciable interest to invest heavily in Imo…

Two cyclists escorting corpse jailed in Mbano – for disorderly conduct

It is often said that one might not appreciate the true value of freedom until it is lost. So did it happen on Friday 13th June 2014 as the Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Umelemai Isiala Mbano, convicted two motorcyclists, a.k.a Okada men for conducting themselves in a disorderly manner thereby causing public disquiet and nuisance. The prosecution alleged that the Okada-men committed the offence same-day while escorting a corps removed from a mortuary in Agbaja Ehime Mbano to its home somewhere in Isiala Mbano. Our source has it that the convicted two were among five cyclists arrested by the…

Akwakuma Parish dedicates new tabernacle

It was a joyous and memorable day as Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Parish, Akwakuma, Owerri, dedicated its new tabernacle, June 19. The dedication Mass was presided over by the Vocations Director of Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Msgr. Kevin C. Akagha, who was delegated by His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri.  He was assisted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Kevin Ugoamadi. At the beginning of the Mass, Msgr. Akagha explained that the Archbishop couldn’t make it to the occasion due to other pastoral engagements. He stressed that the blessing of a tabernacle is the duty of…

2015 ELECTION TIME-TABLE

October 2 – December 11, 2014 Primary Elections of political parties   November 4 – 11, 2014 Collection of forms for all elections by political parties   November 16, 2014 Commencement of political campaigns for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.   November 30, 2014 Commencement of Political Campaigns for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.   December 18, 2014 Last day for submission of forms CFOO1 and CFOO2 at INEC Headquarters for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.   December 25, 2014 Last day for submission of Forms CFOO1 and CFOO2 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.  …

Fake Rev. Father nabbed in Anambra

A suspected fraudster, Kevin Ogbonna has been nabbed in Anambra State parading himself as a Reverend Father. The fake priest, according to Crime Watch investigation had allegedly been using his fake identity to perpetrate illegal activities, especially escaping police security checks. Ogbonna, now in the custody of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the state police command was arrested by the Army Commander in-charge of 302 Battalion Onitsha. According to the Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, Ogbonna was arrested along Enugu/Onitsha Expressway in full Rev. Father Cassock. He said the Army Commander flagged him down and when he…

I get prophetic messages to impregnate my church members – Enugu Pastor

The Police in Enugu State have arrested one Timothy Ngwu, the General Overseer of Vineyard Ministry of the Holy Trinity, located at Ihe/Owerre, Nsukka in Enugu State. Before his arrest last week, the self acclaimed Pastor, who said he was obeying God’s command, has put no less than 20 members of his church in a family way. DailyPost gathered that Ngwu does not spare married women in his evil act. The spokesman of the Enugu State Police Command, EbereAmaraizu, DSP, disclosed that “the pastor claims to be obeying prophetic/spiritual injunction to do the will of God, which is to impregnate…

Holy See Reminds UN that Family is Good for Individuals

The family “continually exhibits a vigour much greater than that of the many forces that have tried to eliminate it as a relic of the past, or an obstacle to the emancipation of the individual, or to the creation of a freer, egalitarian and happy society” Here is the address given by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council on Item No. 8- General Debate in Geneva on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. Mr. President, My Delegation supports the importance…

Christian Woman Condemned for Apostasy Re-Arrested

A Sudanese Christian woman, who was condemned to death last month for allegedly committing the “crime” of apostasy, then released Monday, has now been re-arrested. According to reports, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was stopped at an airport in Khartoum along with her husband and two little children. They were then detained and interrogated at Khartoum’s national security headquarters. Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, an American citizen, said the family intended to leave for the United States. On Monday, Ibrahim had been released from custody following a ruling by an appeal court in which her death sentence was cancelled. Ibrahim was convicted…

Pope at Audience: Your First Name Is “I Am a Christian, ” Last Name “I Belong to the Church”

– Says Identity of All Christians Is One of Membership Pope Francis has said that no Christian should feel isolated because all faithful belong to the family of the Church, which sustains and supports its members. Continuing his series of catecheses on the theme of the Church, the Pope exclaimed to the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square at this morning’s General Audience that: “We are not isolated” and “We are not Christians as individuals, each to his own: our identity is membership!” The Holy Father reminded faithful that in the Old Testament, God gathered a people to himself. As…

Holy Trinity World Bank Celebrates Feast Day

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, World Bank Estate, New Owerri has celebrated its 2014 Parish Feast Day. The occasion took place on June 15, being observed worldwide as Trinity Sunday. Activities marking the Feast Day which started on Saturday June 7, 2014 included a retreat for the parishioners. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru who presided over the Sunday Mass and also delivered the homily, had Rev. Fr. Simon Nwachukwu as celebrant. According to him, living a spiritual life as Christian and more so as a Holy Trinity Family, means living in the same communion with the three persons in…

CHARLY BOY SAGA: Open letter to Okorocha’s media aide, Sam Onwuamaedo

One begins to wonder why a governor will be attending a burial service with not less than 30 peasant women, more than 50 students under the APC students group called NUISS, and when his name is called, even inside the church, all you will hear is “Owelleeee”. This is just to deceive the visitors that he is on ground not knowing that those shouting are rented crowd mounted inside the church just to shout “Owelleeee”. Instead of our governor to berate his SSG who hails from Uguta, and his protocol officers, he is busy pointing fingers on Abuja based politicians….

Knights of St. Mulumba celebrates feast of Patron

Emeka Ani Reports   Activities marking the feast of St. Mulumba, Patron of the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba, have ended at the Pastoral Centre Owerri, June 15, with a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Dr. Longinus Chinagorom.  It coincided with the feast of Holy Trinity. The actual date for the feast (Martyrs of Uganda) is June 3.  It was however shifted to June 15 because of other pastoral engagements. The celebration was preceded by a one-day retreat moderated by Rev. Fr. Philip Igbo CMF on the theme – “Abiding in Christ and Economy of Trinity”. In his…

Abuja bomb blast: Soldiers kill suspect, arrest another

The Coordinator, National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said on Wednesday that soldiers killed one of the suspected bombers of EMAB Plaza in Abuja and arrested another. Omeri told newsmen in Abuja that the attackers came on a power bike and planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) by the entrance of the shopping mall. He also confirmed the death of 22 persons and 17 others injured in the blast which also damaged several vehicles. NAN gathered that the suspects, who attempted to flee the scene of the incident, were shot and arrested by personnel of the Guards Brigade on patrol…

Chibok: Snakes Fight Boko Haram in Sambisa

The Boko Haram members are now fleeing from Sambisa forest to local government areas across Borno State owing to strange developments in the forest, believed to be a spiritual attack. One of the arrested sect members, Kolo Mustapha, told Dailypost that snakes were attacking them in the forest. “They (our leaders) told us that it was the people of Chibok that are hunting us through diabolical means in the form of snakes. “Most of us are fleeing because there are too many snakes now in the forest, once they bite, they disappeared and the victims do not last for 24…

Overseas Medical Treatment – a slap on Nigeria’s face

EDITORIAL  Nigeria is not the only third world nation where people travel to the developed countries for specialized medical treatment, if the need arises. But sadly Nigerians rank high as health tourists compared to other developing countries. Again, Nigeria is the only developing country where overseas medical care has become a fad for public officers and their families, simply because they have access to public funds and spend it as they like. It doesn’t matter whether the ailment can be treated locally or not – they jet off to Germany, London, United States and, now, India, after helping themselves with…

On Saints Peter and Paul

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the two main pillars of the Christian Church. Christ chose Peter to be “the rock” upon which to build his Church. This is the same Peter who denied the Lord thrice. Also,Christ chose Paul to be the Apostle to the Gentiles (nations). This is the same Paul who led a great violent persecution against the infant Church – he witnessed and approved the killing of St. Stephen(Acts 8:1).Christ chose Peter not because he was a top class resource or personnel manager, but rather in spite of his obvious frailties. The…

Sunday Readings: 29/06/2014 SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON These men, conquering all human frailty, shed their blood and helped the Church to grow. By sharing the cup of the Lord’s suffering, they became the friends of God.   OPENING PRAYER God our Father, today you give us the joy of celebrating the feast of the apostles Peter and Paul. Through them your Church first received the faith. Keep us true to their teaching.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 12: 1-11 Theme: Now I know the Lord really did save me from Herod. King Herod started persecuting certain members of the…

2014 Odenigbo Committee inaugurated – Holds minute silence for Akunyili

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and founder Odenigbo Lecture Series has inaugurated the committee to organize this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day/Odenigbo lecture. Speaking while commissioning the Committee June 12, Archbishop Obinna paid glowing tribute to late Prof. Dora Akunyili, who delivered the 2007 Odenigbo lecture titled: “Ogwudire, Ezi nka na nruu aka” (Effective medicine: Original and fake drugs).  He called for a minute silence for the Odenigbo laureate after which members took turns to extol the qualities of the former Director-General of National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and later resolved to play…