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Anambra Bishop Gets Major Appointment From Pope Francis

Anambra Bishop Gets Major Appointment From Pope Francis

Pope Francis has appointed the auxiliary bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, Denis Isizoh, into the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Naija News reports that Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, the Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, disclosed this in a congratulatory message to Isizoh on Tuesday, July 14.

The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese described Isizoh’s appointment as a cheering one, adding that his elevation would bring about a lot of positive developments and goodwill to the people of God, especially to the Nigerian Catholics.

His words: “Bishop Isizoh’s appointment is a square peg in a square hole. He is more than qualified and grounded in that area. It is a familiar terrain for him. He worked closely with Cardinal Arinze. He knows his onions. I am happy with his latest appointment. It is a move in the right direction. I know he’ll succeed.

‘I want to thank Pope Francis for the appointment. The Supreme Pontiff took a very wise decision. We all will benefit from Bishop Isizoh’s elevation. We are here to support him. We owe him our prayers”.

Meanwhile, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue which was established by Pope Paul VI on the Pentecost Sunday, 19 May 1964, during the Second Vatican Council, as the Secretariat for Non-Christians,  is a special department of the Roman Curia for relations with the people of other religions.

It was renamed the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue by St., Pope John Paul II, on 28 June 1988.

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U.S. Supreme Court Approves First Federal Executions In 17 Years

The United States Supreme Court has approved the execution of a federal prison inmate, removing a hold placed hours earlier by a trial judge.

Naija News learnt that the justices voted to allow the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee to proceed at a federal prison in Indiana.

Daniel Lewis Lee, who was convicted of killing an Arkansas family in a plot to establish a whites-only nation, was executed by lethal injection early Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute.

“I didn’t do it,” Lee said before he was executed. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer. … You’re killing an innocent man.” He was pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m.

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Dead Man Forced Out Of His Casket By Family In Anambra – [Video]

A now viral video on the microblogging site, Twitter, has caused a barrage of reactions among netizens after a family in a community in Anambra State were captured forcing a dead man out of his casket

According to a source that shared the video on social media on Tuesday, July 14, the body of the deceased was forced out of the casket after allegedly refusing to be conveyed to his home land where other family members awaits his body for proper burial.

Naija News learnt report that everyone involved in attempting to transport the body of the deceased to his home town while still in the casket to were spiritually faulted.

Some people on the social media alleged that the body had refused to be transported because the person involved died untimely death and to successfully conveyed him, the gods must be appeased.

Some other persons who seems to be in the know claimed that all that is needed is to hang a leaf on the vehicle transporting the body and there wouldn’t be more trouble.

Watch below the graphics video of the moments the body was lifted out of the casket and an individual;

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Ondo: Ajayi Accuses Akeredolu Of Sponsoring Some PDP Aspirants Against Him

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The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, was on Tuesday accused by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, of sponsoring attacks on him.

The governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party accused Governor Akeredolu of funding some of the aspirants within the party to purchase the party’s nomination form in order to undermine the chances of the PDP at the governorship election.

Ajayi further stated that the attacks against him were launched to destroy his reputation ahead of the July 22, 2020 governorship primaries of the PDP.

Naija News had earlier reported that some aggrieved members protested at the party’s secretariat following allegations that Ajayi manipulated the delegates list.

The Ondo State Deputy Governor in a statement released through his spokesperson, Allen Sowore, noted that the attacks may be connected to the “fact that the Akeredolu-led government has so far found it arduous to come out of coma and fill the gap the exit of the Deputy Governor created.”

One of the aspirants in PDP, Eddy Olafeso, while reacting to the allegation of Akeredolu sponsoring aspirants in the party said the deputy governor is entitled to his opinion.

Olafeso who reacted through his campaign team Publicity Secretary, Ayo Fadaka, said that “Our State has been terribly mismanaged by the Akeredolu/Agboola Ajayi administration and what we desire absolutely is a clean break from this ineffectual team and enthrone an administration that will be effectual in charting a new developmental agenda for our State.”

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Afe Babalola Tells FG What To Do About WASSCE Cancelation

Afe Babalola Berates FG Over WASSCE Cancellation

Nigerian Legal luminary, Professor Afe Babalola, has kicked against the decision of the Federal government to cancel Nigeria’s participation in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination WASSCE.

Recall that on July 8, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced that Nigeria will not be reopening schools for graduating students scheduled to write the examination due to the increasing number of confirmed COVID19 cases in the country.

 

Babalola is of the opinion that the decision of the Federal government to cancel the examination is flawed. In a statement released today July 14, Babalola said rather than cancel the examination, the Federal Government should allow schools conduct the examinations within their halls so the students can obey all the COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing and others.

 

His statement entitled, ‘Nigeria’s non-participation in the 2020 WASCE: Irreparable damage,’ reads in part

If the Federal Government insists that there would be no WASSCE this year, the students are not just losing one calendar year, but losing an integral part of their entire lives which is gone forever by such declaration. We should always remember that after all, ‘time is life and life is time’.

The Federal Government should allow the WASSCE to take place in the empty spaces which are wasting away in our tertiary institutions.

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14-Year-Old Pregnant Girl Commits Suicide

Anita Haledu Ibrahim, a 14 year old girl has committed suicide by swallowing herbicides , after she got pregnant.

According to the Nations, Anita who is a student of Government Science school Andaha near Akwanga, killed herself on Saturday, July 11.

she was said to have been impregnated by her boyfriend, a who she met in Andaha during the COVID-19 lockdown.

When she took in, she was said to have told him about it.

He however absconded to Abuja from the village but later accepted the pregnancy and agreed to come back, after her parent called him.

He further agreed to take responsibility for the child and marry her.

Anita however decided to take her life after her father, Haledu Ibrahim, beat her up over the pregnancy. She took the herbicide on Saturday and was immediately rushed to a hospital in Akwanga where she died in the early hours of today July 14.

In another news, One Victoria Okocha has  narrated how she was kidnapped by some herdsmen, gang raped and forced to drink the blood of another victim as water, while in the captors den.

Naija News learnt that Okocha had left her home town in Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government of the Delta state on Friday, July 10, for Asaba, the state’s capital.

She said she boarded a bus, but the bus stopped when the got to Isa-Ogwashi because there was a fallen tree on the road.

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Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Bows To Pressure As Ohanaeze, IPOB Reconcile

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Bows To Pressure As Ohanaeze, IPOB Reconcile

The leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has finally bowed to pressure by retracting his threats on Nnia Nwodo, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Naija News recalls that Kanu had in one of his outings on social media, a fortnight ago, directed Igbo youths to stone the Ohanaeze leader to death anywhere they saw him. Kanu’s statement, which went viral has dominated public discourse across towns and communities in Igbo land and beyond.

However, on Tuesday, the apex Igbo socio-cultural Organisation and Kanu led-IPOB agreed to work harmoniously towards the interest of the Ibo. The IPOB and Ohanaeze Ndigbo which had been at loggerheads especially in recent times brokered peace at the instance of First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazuluike Amechi.

Chief Amechi who addressed journalists after the peace meeting at the elder statesman’s house in Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, ]described as unnecessary any form of the altercation between Ohanaeze Ndigbo and IPOB.

Amechi, the only surviving member of the Zikist Movement, said both bodies were fighting for the welfare of Ndigbo even as he expressed joy over the withdrawal threat by Mr Kanu of stoning Nwodo as well as agreeing to work harmoniously with Ohaneze Ndigbo for the interest of the South East.

The elder statesman also revealed that part of the resolution from the meeting was the demand for de-proscription of IPOB which he described as illegal, urging the Governors and State Houses of Assembly in the region to commence action towards lifting the ban.

His words: “I summoned the two bodies of Ohaneze Ndigbo and IPOB to express my displeasure with what I have been reading in the newspapers about Kanu giving orders for the stoning of Chief Nwodo by IPOB.

“I’m happy that even before this my peace meeting, Kanu has retracted the statement. We, therefore, appeal to Nwodo to accept the retraction and get it off his mind as IPOB has agreed to work with them.

“The two bodies realizing that it is the same battle they are fighting, marginalization, killings and denial of Federal Government to develop South East and Igbo land, in general, have agreed to work together for the welfare of Ndigbo.”

On the other hand, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, a counsel to Kanu, who represented IPOB, said he was at the meeting with the blessings and instructions of his clients, just as he thanked Amaechi who he said was not a stranger to what he was doing having been once declared a terrorist.

The lawyer of the IPOB leader confirmed the retraction of his client’s threats on the Ohaneze President-General, describing it as one spoken at the heat of the moment.

While stressing the urgent need for regional security, Ejimakor insisted that such would not be achievable without the de-proscription of the pro-Biafran body, saying “it has to participate as the muscle of building the security.”

His words said: “There was a synergy between us and the Ohaneze. Nobody is leaving this place with acrimony. There’s peace in Igbo land. Anybody coming in to take advantage of some leadership crises in Igbo land is actually making a mistake.

“The Igbos are united and love themselves, otherwise, they couldn’t have sustained themselves for the 3-year civil war. Whoever saying anything contrary is sowing a seed of discord.

Meanwhile, State President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, who spoke on behalf of the apex Igbo socio-cultural Organisation, said the body endorsed all that were contained in the communique.

“Those who thought our fences are fallen will know that the fences are much stronger than they thought,” he said.

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Imo AG Urges Panels To Suspend Okorocha Probe

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The panels put in place by the Imo State Government to investigate the administration of former Governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, has been advised by the state Attorney- General and Commissioner of Justice, Cyprian Akaolisa, to suspend their proceedings.

The counsel to the Attorney-General stated this on Tuesday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, while working alongside with the undertaking that charged the panel to stop the investigation pending when the court would determine if it has the jurisdiction to hear the suit instituted by Okorocha.

Recall that the former Governor of Imo State, in a case filed through his lawyer, Oba Maduabuchi (SAN), charged the court to make an order of interim injunction suspending the panels’ proceedings.

The plea was, however, rejected by Justice Mohammed.

The judge noted that he would rather go by the undertaking made by Mr Joseph Mola, who appeared for the AG and members of the various panels at the July 8, 2020 proceedings, to advise the AG to inform the panels to halt sittings in respect for the pending court case.

Justice Mohammed then adjourned the hearing till Wednesday for a report of compliance with the undertaking and with the court’s directive for the AG and the rest of the defendants to file a formal application challenging the court’s jurisdiction which they claimed the court lacked to hear Okorocha’s suit.

Ikeusan on Wednesday noted that the judge had filed the notice of preliminary objection and that Okorocah’s lawyers had responded to it.

He also said he complied with the undertaking made on behalf of the AG on July 8.

He said, “We have advised the panels, especially the 3rd to the10th defendants, who are the members of the probe panel set up by the Imo State Government, to desist from any action or conduct that will overreach or prejudice the determination of the suit.”

But Okorocha’s lawyer, Emeka Okoye, insisted that the panel, particularly the Justice E. C Iheaka-led Imo State Probe Panel on awards of Contracts from May 2006 to May 2017, joined as the 3rd to the 10th defendants in the suit, had continued with its proceedings till Monday.

Justice Mohammed while reacting to Okoye’s statement charged him to file an affidavit deposing to the fact that the panel continued sitting.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sued as the 1st defendant in the case was not represent by any lawyer on Tuesday.

Ikuesan said his law firm had made futile efforts to have the commission served with the processes his clients had filed against the suit.

But Okoye said he had successfully served the commission with the originating summons and other processes, advised the defence lawyer to engage the court bailiffs instead of his chambers’ staff members.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed advised Ikuesan to explore the suggestion by Okoye, then adjourned till July 21 for a report of service and possible hearing.

He ordered that hearing notice be served on EFCC.

Okorocha, who currently represents Imo West in the Senate, had on May 18, 2020, filed his suit seeking an order stopping the 48 respondents in the suit from to stop probing “purported financial infractions” said to have been committed during his tenure as Governor of Imo State between May 2011 and May 2019.

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Drogba ‘Presidential Bid Suffers Major Set Back

Didier Drogba’s hopes of becoming the next president of the Ivory Coast’s football federation has suffered a serious setback after the failure of his fellow players to support his candidacy.

Drogba, 42, is one of three candidates standing for election as president of the Ivorian Football Federation in September but is yet to win the endorsement of any of the five special interest groups needed to get onto the ballot.

He was expecting to be backed by the footballers’ union, headed by former teammate Cyrille Domoraud, but they are supporting Idriss Diallo, one of the two other candidates. Diallo had also previously received the backing of the local coaches’ association.

Drogba has also failed to win the endorsement of the referees and the association of former professionals, who are supporting rival Sory Diabate.

Drogba played in three World Cups with the Ivory Coast and twice helped them to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, also earning cult status among fans for his exploits with Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League.

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Online Church Service Unscriptural – Okotie

Rev Chris Okotie 'Explodes' Over Guidelines For Reopening Worship Centres

Pastor Chris Okotie of the Household of God Church International Ministries, on Tuesday, stated that online church service, which was employed by many churches during lockdown is unscriptural.

The cleric further stated that Christians must physically gather together to be able to truly worship God.

Pastor Okotie in a sermon titled, ‘The COVID-19 Mystery’ added that COVID-19 is a satanic conspiracy to challenge the power of God by keeping Christians out of the church.

Okotie said, “We are dealing with one of the most sinister conspiracies in human history. What we call the online church is absolutely untrue, because for you to be in church, you have to be ecclesia, which is translated from the Greek word, ec, which is out, and the word caleo, called out.”

“You cannot gather unto God until you are called out. That’s why Israel was called out of the world. So, this thing, this phenomenon that we are talking about, the Internet and cyber churches, is totally unscriptural.”

“God knows where you are; if He was not interested in the assembly, you don’t need to come to church; you can pray in your house. I pray in my house. You praise in your house. I praise in my house. He can see all of us. He doesn’t need computers. But that denies Him who He is; so, we must – that’s why the bible puts that verse as an imperative – you must not forsake the assembly of yourselves together.”

Okotie had recently opposed government’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines for churches, describing the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria as “modern-day Pharisees bereft of any authority to speak on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ.”