Southern Kaduna Crisis: BBOG challenges Buhari to personally visit area


The BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to personally visit Southern Kaduna and access the level of wanton killings allegedly perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen. BBOG said the President’s visit to the volatile area will help pave way for and ensure quick stability in the area. The coalition group made the call in a statement […]

Southern Kaduna Crisis: BBOG challenges Buhari to personally visit area

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I made those remarks in the heat of Boko Haram crisis – Oyedepo

David Oyedepo, founder of The Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel, says he made the comments in the video trending online, during the heat of the Boko Haram crisis.

In the video, Oyedepo said he had placed a curse on those attacking Christians, and charged the people to rise up and defend themselves.

He said he heard that there was a plan to attack his church, and told his members to resist such plot and “spill the blood” of those behind it.

But speaking through Sheriff Folarin, chairman of the church’s editorial and media board, Oyedepo said he cannot make such utterances at the moment in light of the challenges the country is experiencing.

He said mischief makers were circulating the video to make it look as if he was commenting about the recent happenings in southern Kaduna.

Oyedepo said he has not made any comment, “either in private or public”, about the crisis in Kaduna state, which he described as his second home.

“The video from which the quotes were taken is a 2015 video at a Sunday service in the heat of the Boko Haram crisis, when churches, including our northern assemblies were under frequent attacks. This was before the present administration took office,” read statement signed by Folarin.

“The message bears no relevance to today’s happenings; not even developments of 2016. The reporter(s) made the 2015 message look like a 2017 church service message. The trending video is NOT a 2016 or 2017 video.

“To this end, we can unequivocally and authoritatively say that this quote, the report and other similar reports do not fit the context of the Kaduna crisis or any developments whatsoever in the last one year.

“Bishop Oyedepo has not said, either in private or public, anything related to the Southern Kaduna killings: not now, not hitherto. If there has been anything done, it has been prayer for peace and unity of Nigeria. The intent of the original author(s) or fabricators is best known to them.

“For the records and for posterity, Bishop Oyedepo will not say any of those things in view of current dire straits in which Nigeria has found itself. There are too many problems at hand, which require divine intervention. He will not add to the throes and utter such divisive words.

“As a father of the nation and a Pan Africanist in his own right as a religious leader whose ministry spreads across the continent and beyond, he is a huge believer in the corporate entity called Nigeria and has been a messenger of national love, hope, peace and unity.

“While he feels for the victimised people across the length and breadth of the country and his heart goes to them, he has always worked with government at all levels to keep Nigeria safe and strongly unified.

“The Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners’ Chapel International) has never been a Yoruba church, or a Southern Nigeria church; it has always been a church for all Nigerian church, a platform where all persons of all walks of life bond in the name of Jesus Christ. For those who may not know, Bishop Oyedepo’s first major break in Christian ministry was in Kaduna, his second home, where he is a friend and father to millions of people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.

“Indeed, our church has been a catalyst for the Nigerian hope and dream and with its two universities and numerous secondary and primary schools nationwide, the church has made it possible for Nigerians to come closer as one people to rebuild our fatherland.”

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Obasanjo allegedly apologises to Awujale of Ijebuland

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reportedly apologised to the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona in his letter to the Awujale to debunk allegations levelled against him in the monarch’s autobiography.

Obasanjo had described the respected traditional ruler of being a peddler of falsehood and a rumourmonger in his letter dated December 30, 2016 and addressed to the monarch. This was in response to the unpleasant remarks about Obasanjo and his alleged use of Nuhu Ribadu’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to witch-hunt and extort Globacom Chairman, Dr Mike Adenuga during his tenure as President.

But Sun Newspaper on Saturday gathered that due to the tension generated so far, Obasanjo picked his phone to call the Awujale on Thursday January 5 tand make peace with the Ijebu monarch.

A reliable source very close to Obasanjo confirmed to SUN newspaper that “Baba Obasanjo pleaded with the Awujale not to allow the media come in between them.”

Ironically, Obasanjo made the call on the same day his letter to the monarch was published widely by some national newspapers.

(Sun Newspaper)

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How pregnant woman masterminded kidnap of admirer

A pregnant woman, Eniola Kareem, her husband Paul Kareem and another suspect, Ayoola sodiq (21) have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for alleged kidnap of one Idris Saheed.

The 21-year-old pregnant woman and her husband aged 23 according to the police, were arrested last week after the kidnap and payment of N100,000 ransom into her husband’s account by the parents of the 23-year-old victim.

According to the woman who claimed to be the mastermind of the kidnap, “ Idris has been making advances at me and I thought  I could milk him without having anything to do with him.

“One day,  during a telephone conversation with him, he informed me that he was coming to Mowe and would like to see me since I lived there. I obliged him. Thereafter,  I muted the idea of kidnapping him because I know how rich his parents are. I told my husband about how we would kidnap him and tie him with a rope.

I told him that when he comes to the house, I will do anything he wants . I planned the kidnap with my husband and his friend Sodiq and we demanded N100,000 from his parents before we released him.” On his part, Mr.Paul said: “I planned it with my wife who I met in a club where I dance and we started dating.

The person we kidnapped told my wife that he was coming to the house, thinking she was still single and that was what prompted the kidnap. We did not harm him or use any ammunition, it was a docile operation. The boy is gentle and cooperated with us . My wife told me that the boy is from a very wealthy home and that his father is a multi-millionaire but we only requested for N100,000 and we were paid three days later..  We are not real  kidnappers and we have not done this before.

Immediately he entered the house to see my wife, we pounced on him and tied him to a chair and demanded that he should call his parents and tell them that he had been kidnapped and needed a sum of N100,000 to be released.” Speaking, the third suspect, Ayooala sodiq, said ‘’Paul is my friend .I met him at a club at Mowe Ibafo where he was a dancer.

There he introduced me to this business and told me how he was planning to kidnap the victim. He called me and told me about his plan of kidnapping a young boy with his wife . She called the boy and when he came to the house, they pounced on him and told him to sit on the floor.

After that , they called his parents and informed them of the kidnap demanding that they pay N100,000 to her husbands account . After the kidnap , I was given N30,000 while Paul took N40,000 and gave the left over which is N30,000 to his wife.

The police tracked me and arrested me after they already arrested Paul and his pregnant wife and since then , I’ ve been in police custody.

The suspects according to the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos would be charged to court.

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