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August 14, 2018

Gunmen rob worshipers, share loot in church

Suspected armed robbers last Week invaded some churches in Akure, the Ondo State capital, and robbed worshipers of their money and other valuables. The men were also reported to have carted away the churches’ offerings, running into millions of naira. The churches affected, according to a report, were located along Ondo Road and the Fanibi area of Akure. Punch reports that the bandits also shared their loot in one of the churches before they vanished into thin air. It was gathered that while the robbery was ongoing, some church members managed to call the control room of the Ondo State…

MEETING OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS WITH HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AT THE ASO VILLA, ABUJA, 2ND MAY, 2016

AN ADDRESS BY MOST REV. IGNATIUS A. KAIGAMA, ARCHBISHOP OF JOS AND PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA. Your Excellency, On behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), we the Archbishops and members of the Administrative Board, the highest decision making body of our Conference are here in person to congratulate you our President on your election as the leader of our great country and to express our solidarity and willingness to collaborate with you and with your administration in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria. We recall with great delight your speech in February 2015…

Catholic Bishops meet Buhari … Our people are groaning

It wasn’t a kind of solidarity visit. The atmosphere was cordial and frank though worried by the increasing menace by herdsmen and kidnappers, coupled with excruciating economic hardship in the country, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa, Abuja May 2, was a somber moment. They were there to gong into the ear of Mr. President the distressing and horrible situations in the Country, asking him to do something urgently to check the brewing storm. They drew the attention of President Buhari to the mind-boggling Agatu killings, the Nimbo killings and…

Owerri Girls wins more laurels …Excels in NDDC national contests for schools

Owerri Girls Secondary School has once again come tops in a national inter-state competition. This time around the contest was organized for Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS) of SS1 and SS2 classes in the nine oil producing states of the federation.   The states are: Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Abia and Imo.   It would be recalled that Owerri Girls had in the past won laurels from both intra and inter-state competitions in several areas of endeavour, including French, Computer Science, Chemistry and sports competitions.   Reports reaching our News Desk show that Owerri…

Controversy: How APC plans to capture South-South, North-Central

  If the political strategic plans mapped out by the All Progressive Congress (APC) work out, then, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will lose political grip of the oil rich Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Ondo and Rivers states. They will also lose Kogi State to APC. “The Authority”, a new national newspaper, “exposed” the plan in its Sunday, November 8, 2015 edition. Documents made available to THE AUTHORITY on Sunday, shows that the top notch of the APC have already declared that “it was politically and economically suicidal for the country that all the key resource bearing states…

Hajj Stampede: Nigeria’s death toll rises to 64, 244 still missing

  The death toll of Nigerians from Saudi Arabia’s stampede during the just concluded hajj rite has risen to 64 with 71 others sustaining various degree of injuries while 244 others are still missing. Head, Public Relations at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Mallarn Uba Mana told newsmen in Saudi Arabia yesterday, that the commission is doing all within its power to locate the whereabouts of those still missing. “This briefing is just to give you an update of the situation of things as regard those that died, injured and those still missing after the stampede. We have…

New constitution: 20 states reject LG Autonomy —Imo, 15 others support it

No fewer than 20 states of the federation have rejected autonomy for local governments in the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). In the report of the committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution submitted by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, 20 states voted against local government autonomy while 16 states voted in support. Twenty-four states were needed for local governments to be free from control of state governments. The 20 states that voted against are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Rivers, Taraba,…

Calvary Intercessory Association celebrates 20th anniversary – Extols Spiritual Directors

Members of Calvary Intercessory Association (CIA) comprising more than eight dioceses from eight states in Nigeria, notably: Ekiti in Ekiti State, Ibadan in Oyo State, Awka in Anambra State, Umuahia in Abia State, Auchi in Edo State, Ahiara in Imo State, Issele-Uku in Delta State, Ondo in Ondo State and Mina diocese in the making, gathered in their numbers at St. Joseph’s Catholic parish Ushi, Ekiti Diocese, May 31 – June 2, 2013 and celebrated the 20th anniversary of their cherished association. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Rev. Msgr. Edward Ogidan and concelebrated by Rev. Frs. Raph Osegboun,…