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August 15, 2018

I made over N100m from kidnapping, my ‘Oga’ has killed many people – Herdsman confesses

  A Fulani herdsman, identified as Muritala Umaru, has confessed to making over N100 million through kidnapping in Edo State. The state Police Command paraded the notorious kidnapper, yesterday. The State Police Commissioner, Babatunde Kokumo, described him as a kidnapper, who disguised as one of the herdsmen. “The man has been in and out of prison. He has kidnapped in Edo and other states. The prison official he kidnapped identified him,” he said. He said Umaru was arrested with an AK-47 rifle, breech number KO340119 and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. The suspect confessed that he began kidnapping four years…

Eight Libya returnees die in auto crash on their way to see T.B. Joshua

  Eight Libya returnees have been reported dead, with seven others injured in an accident along Sagamu expressway. The accident, which occurred along Ore-Ijebu Ode-Sagamu expressway, Ogun State involved a white Toyota Hiace 18-seater commercial bus marked AYB 479 XA and a blue and white Volvo truck registered as KSF 79 XL. It was gathered that the victims were on their way to Lagos to see Pastor T.B. Joshua to seek spiritual and financial assistance, after being informed that the pastor gives out N50,000 each to Libya returnees, who arrived through Lagos. According to the Nation, the bus conveyed 15…

Rev. Sisters narrate experience in kidnappers’ den

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent

  One of the six freed Reverend Sisters kidnapped in Edo State has narrated how they were praying for their abductors while in their custody. Sister Veronica Ajayi described the experience as “horrible and painful.” She spoke at a thanksgiving Mass held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Benin on Sunday. It was held for the safe return of three Reverend Sisters and three aspiring ones from kidnappers den in Ovia South West Local Government Area. Gunmen had on November 3, 2017 at the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent in Iguoriakhi, Ovia South West Local Government Area abducted Sisters Veronica Ajayi,…

Abducted Rev Sisters released – After nearly two months in kidnappers den

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent

  The six females, including three reverend sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent, who were kidnapped by gunmen in Edo State in November 2017, have regained their freedom. Superior-General of the Convent, Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, who confirmed the development on Sunday, said the sisters returned unhurt. According to her, “we are happy; to God be the glory! One (Ajayi) was released yesterday (Saturday) and the others were  released later, the next day. They are fine. They are receiving some medical check-up in a hospital.” Recall that armed men had, on November 13, 2017, invaded the convent of the…

Gunmen Kill Man During Mother’s Burial

  A forty-four-year-old man identified as Dupe Idahor has been killed by unknown gunmen at the burial ceremony of his mother, Deaconess Taiwo Albert. The tragedy occurred at the weekend at No. 2, 4th Nosayaba Lane, off Nosayaba Street, off TV Road, Benin City, around 9:00 p.m. He was said to be under a canopy with friends and relatives when the gunmen arrived in a car and opened fire on him. After killing him, the armed men were said to have abandoned their operational vehicle, snatched another car belonging to the deceased’s friend and sped off. The vehicle was abandoned…

Landlord sacks five tenants for supporting APC

For supporting the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming Edo governorship election, a landlord, David Agberemole, has evicted no fewer than five tenants in his house located in Uzea Community in Esan North East Local Government Area of the state. Lamenting their ordeal, The Nation reports that the tenants, Mr Sylvester Chukwuemeka, Okosun Christiana and Ogbeide Elizabeth, stated that they had suffered untold hardship from their landlord for not supporting the PDP, for which the landlord has sympathy. One of the tenants, Okosun Christiana who spoke in her native Esan dialect said, “We…

“Christians commit more crimes than terrorists” – Sultan alleges

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III has said that though Christians were not believed to be terrorists but they commit wicked crimes against humanity. Sa’ad Abubakar III spoke in Benin City at the General Assembly and Executive National Council Meeting of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). Abubakar, however, hailed the Pope for making a very strong statement defending Islam as a religion of peace. On the hijab controversy, he stated that putting on hijab is a right and not a privilege for Muslims across the nation. The Sultan said: “Hijab is our right not a privilege….

Gunmen attack Cardinal Onaiyekan

Cardinal John Onaiyekan was unhurt after the vehicle he was travelling in was shot at by gunmen Two bishops from southern Nigeria condemned an attack on a vehicle carrying Abuja Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan and appealed to the government to tackle the issue of growing instability in Edo state. Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubueze of Benin City and Bishop Donatus Aihmiosion Ogun of Uromi said the situation was becoming more serious because herdsmen committing the attacks were becoming more brazen. The April 29 attack on the car carrying the cardinal occurred around 5pm, as he was en route to Uromi. Cardinal…

Could There Be Development Cum Corruption?

(A Review of an African Situation) ABSTRACT Nigeria is among the countries presently engaged in a unique process of socio-cultural change where cultural transition and developmental activities cannot but coincide; – a country struggling to consolidate its ‘independence’ after long period of colonial domination; while it faces the task of inserting itself within the contemporary world modernization programs. Transition! This word strikes a warning about the socio-cultural state of any nation: It calls the people to watchfulness, discernment, diligence and dynamism; being a delicate period, liable to erroneous handling. Some irrationality and disproportionate haste could beset a people’s ardent desire…

National Youths Day ends in Benin City

  Some of the delegates from Owerri Province at the Youth Day programme The 2015 National Youth Day has ended in Benin City, Edo State with a call to Nigerian youths to contribute their quota to the development of the society. The National Youths Day (NYD) celebration with the theme “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy”, taken from Matthew 5:7 was attended by the Catholic Youths Organization of Nigeria (CYON), National Association of Catholic Corps Members (NACC), Young Catholic Students of Nigeria (YCSN) and National Federation of Catholic Students (NFCS) from various dioceses of the country. Delivering…

Adams Oshiomhole, marries Cape Verdean model, Iara Fortes

  It was glitz, glamour and a list of who-is-who in the country was in attendance as Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Friday, exchanged marital vows with his heartthrob, former Miss Iara Fortes. The governor and his bride signed the dotted lines at a private marriage registry attended only by family and a few friends at his Iyamho residence after which top dignitaries in the country were led by the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to the wedding reception held at the People’s White Hall  in the governor’s country home.  Among other top dignitaries who also graced the ceremony were the…

2 Robbers Shot Dead Fleeing With N.95m Church Offering

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

Two suspected armed robbers who allegedly stole N954,000 church offering, have been shot dead by the police while trying to escape. They attacked St. James’ Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State. The third suspect who was the informant is being interrogated by the police. According to police sources, the suspect (names withheld) who is a close confidant of the Bishop Court, was the adopted son of the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Jolly Oyekpen and his family. He was alleged to have informed his other two accomplices about the N954,000 in the place which was the offering from church services yet…