Couple disagree on who has greater anointing, seek divorce

A 51-year-old Pastor,  Rotimi Michael, has told an Oke-Ogbere Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve his 11- year-old marriage to his wife, Dolapo, alleging that she is destroying his ministry as a cleric.

Michael, resident at Olubonku-Olodo area of Ibadan told the court that his wife had made nonsense of his calling as a minister of God and might end his ministry if he did not end the marriage with her.

“To say the least my lord, I have for too long tolerated Dolapo’s arrogance, disrespect, stubbornness and stone-heartedness to me, probably due to my silence.

`She doesn’t even take instructions from me; instead, Dolapo consults other pastors around.

“Rather than supporting my ministry, she causes pandemonium that leads to crises in the church.

“In fact, Dolapo keeps nagging and I am completely fed-up with her, ‘’ Rotimi said.

The respondent (Dolapo) who consented to the suit could not deny the allegations levelled against her but explained the reasons for her action.

According to the 48 -year-old Prophetess, God had ministered to me that I must marry Pastor Rotimi.

“Rotimi no longer wants to see me because he now knows that my anointing is greater than his.

“Anytime I have a revelation for our congregation in the church, Rotimi, as the church overseer will not want God’s revelation to be shared because he feels that I might be greater than him.

“He prefers to tell lies to the congregation and his attitude is against my calling.

“For two years now, Rotimi has been starving me of sex. This is due to the fact that he has another wife in Lagos State.

“Besides, Rotimi is making desperate moves to terminate my life in another revelation by our son.

“He is currently blackmailing me around that I am a fake prophetess.

“Rotimi lacks any milk of human kindness because he no longer fends for the children and me.

“The land on which his church is built is jointly owned by both of us,’’ Dolapo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that most of the witnesses called to testify in the matter wanted the marriage to be dissolved for peaceful coexistence.

However, some senior pastors of the church prayed the court to give them a grace of four weeks to intervene for amicable settlement.

The court’s President, Alhaji Suleiman Adeniyi, however, said that he was adjourning the case for the last time because he had done it on several occasions without any remedy.

Adeniyi adjourned the case till March 20 for judgment.

Polls: EFCC raise alarm over fake dollars

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has raised the alarm over the circulation of fake Dollar notes ahead of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

In a statement signed by the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, the agency stated that the warning follows intelligence gathered in the build up to the elections.

Magu said the intelligence indicates that the Dollar notes have features of genuineness, but forensic analysis by the Commission reveals otherwise.

“We, therefore, warn the BDC operators to be cautious in their transactions from now till the end of the elections,” he stated.

My wife is destroying my ministry, pastor tells court

A 51-year-old Pastor, Rotimi Michael, has told an Oke-Ogbere Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve his 11- year-old marriage to his wife, Dolapo, alleging that she is destroying his ministry as a cleric.

Michael, resident at Olubonku-Olodo area of Ibadan told the court that his wife had made nonsense of his calling as a minister of God and might end his ministry if he did not end the marriage with her. “To say the least my lord, I have for too long tolerated Dolapo’s arrogance, disrespect, stubbornness and stone-heartedness to me, probably due to my silence. `She doesn’t even take instructions from me; instead, Dolapo consults other pastors around. “Rather than supporting my ministry, she causes pandemonium that leads to crises in the church. “In fact, Dolapo keeps nagging and I am completely fed-up with her, ‘’ Rotimi said. The respondent (Dolapo) who consented to the suit could not deny the allegations levelled against her but explained the reasons for her action. According to the 48 -year-old Prophetess, God had ministered to me that I must marry Pastor Rotimi. “Rotimi no longer wants to see me because he now knows that my anointing is greater than his. “Anytime I have a revelation for our congregation in the church, Rotimi, as the church overseer will not want God’s revelation to be shared because he feels that I might be greater than him. “He prefers to tell lies to the congregation and his attitude is against my calling. “For two years now, Rotimi has been starving me of sex. This is due to the fact that he has another wife in Lagos State. “Besides, Rotimi is making desperate moves to terminate my life in another revelation by our son. “He is currently blackmailing me around that I am a fake prophetess. “Rotimi lacks any milk of human kindness because he no longer fends for the children and me. “The land on which his church is built is jointly owned by both of us,’’ Dolapo said. The News Agency of Nigeria BENGBENRO NEWS reports that most of the witnesses called to testify in the matter wanted the marriage to be dissolved for peaceful coexistence. However, some senior pastors of the church prayed the court to give them a grace of four weeks to intervene for amicable settlement. The court’s President, Alhaji Suleiman Adeniyi, however, said that he was adjourning the case for the last time because he had done it on several occasions without any remedy. Adeniyi adjourned the case till March 20 for judgment. BENGBENRO NEWS

Election : JAMB to shift UTME date

This development comes as an effect of the postponed 2019 general election.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is considering shifting the date of this year’s examination, an official has said.

The polls were to open on February 16 with the presidential and parliamentary elections until the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a shift.

The 2019 presidential election will now hold on February 23 while the state elections will also hold a week later on March 9.

This year, the sale or registration forms to all candidates (UTME/DE) including those outside Nigeria, started January 10 and will end February 21.

The examination is expected to begin on March 16 and end on 23 at JAMB’s computer-based test centres nationwide.

Meanwhile, officials close to the board said the examination date has been shifted from March 16 to April 16 because of the general elections.

Nigerians in diaspora beg Boko Haram to free Leah Sharibu

The Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation Americas (NIDOA) USA, has appealed for the release of Miss Leah Sharibu who was abducted in 2018 by a faction of the Boko Haram terrorists group.

NIDO, in a statement by its Board Chairman, Ms Patience Key, said it was disheartening that Sharibu was still being held in captivity by the factional Boko Haram terrorist group after one year.

“NIDO remembers and is deeply saddened by the predicament of Leah Sharibu,” the statement said.

“We call on the Nigerian government, Nigerians and the international community to unequivocally and forcefully denounce the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu, and to do everything in their power to secure her unconditional release.”

NIDO condemned all forms of terrorist atrocities, and and unequivocally denounced the practices of targeting schools and attacking children, it said.

“At no time and under no circumstance should a child, or any human being, ever be subjected to such brutal and inhumane violence and terror.

NIDO regretted that Feb. 19 marked one year that Sharibu had been held captive because of her refusal to renounce her faith.

“NIDOA USA, Nigeria and the international community must continue to insist on Leah Sharibu’s unconditional release, and ensure she returns and reunites with her heartbroken parents,” it noted.

The organisation condemned the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and any group involved in the devaluation of life and rights of Nigerians.

Leah Sharibu was abducted on Feb. 19, 2018, alongside 109 other children by Boko Haram terrorists during an attack on the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe.

How village head was abducted in Nasarawa

The police command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of Alhaji Yakubu Dauda, Village Head of Sabon Gida-Barkin Kogi in Lafia Local Government Area by unidentified gunmen.

ASP Samaila Usman, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) on Tuesday in Lafia.

Usman said that the monarch was abducted from his house at about 1:25 am on Monday.

According to him, the abductors came to the house, shot sporadically before whisking the village head away to an unknown destination.

“When the incident was reported, the Commissioner of Police Bola Longe, visited the village and directed for his rescue.

“The search and rescue team comprising Police Mobile Force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad as well as local hunters and vigilante groups are combing the bushes around the area,” he said.

He said the police have also beefed up security in the area and all roads linking other villages and towns such as Assakio, Obi and Lafia.

He said the command would not relent until the victim was rescued, and the culprits arrested and brought to justice.

Kajuru killing: Gov. El-Rufai says death toll now 130

Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state says the death toll as a result of the communal clash in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state has risen to 130 as against the previous figure of 66.

El-Rufai stated this when he spoke to State House correspondents after briefing a security meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.

The governor had on Friday through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Samuel Aruwan, disclosed that 66 people were killed by unknown attackers in Kajuru Local Government Area.

El-Rufai, who alongside the governors of Borno and Adamawa briefed members of the security committee on security situations in their respective states, frowned at those who questioned the initial casualties’ figures of 66.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that several individuals and organisations including the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) and Human Rights Lawyer, Chidi Odinkalu had expressed doubt over the occurrence of the killings of the 66 persons.

He said: “The last report we got is that over 130 people were killed not even 66 and the Fulani leaders have provided the names of all these people.

”We have the list, we can release it to the Press and I don’t want to be gross but we can release pictures of the people killed and how soldiers have to be there to help bury them, two days after they were killed because the bodies were decomposing.

”Whoever still doubts that this did not happen is being grossly irresponsible.’’

The Ag. Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who also spoke to the correspondents, said the police were ready to protect eligible Nigerians following resolution at the meeting that adequate security be provided within the country.

Adamu said: ”Today, members of the security community and intelligence community came and briefed Mr President on the security situation in the country.

“We deliberated on the consequences and came up with the resolve to further provide adequate security within the country so that the electorate will come out and cast their votes without any fear of molestation.

“Every Nigerian is encouraged to come out on the Election Day and cast his or her vote without any fear of molestation,” he said.

According to him, security personnel are ready and prepared to protect everybody.

He further warned that, “anybody that feels that he can come out and disrupt process should have a rethink because that situation will not be allowed.

“If you plan and allow yourself to be used as touts, whatever happens to you, you will take it.

“Ballot snatching, ballot buying, thuggery will never be allowed, anybody that is planning to snatch ballot boxes or planning to be used as a tout, will have his or herself to blame on the Election Day. So you better don’t allow yourself to be used.”

Coalition of 24 CSOs names Buhari Anti-corruption Champion

A coalition of 24 Civil Society Organisations, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Justice and Equity (CCSO-JE) has passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari.

The group while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, noted that it had reviewed the anti-corruption fight of President Buhari and adjudged it as successful.

Chief Convener of the Coalition, Olayemi Success, while speaking, said that the anti-corruption fight in the last four years had recorded many successes that are worth recommending.

“Some of the achievements include the full enforcement of BVN and  TSA, securing the conviction of some politically exposed person, recovery of many looted and abandoned  funds via whistle blowing policy.

“Apparently, the fight against corruption is effective amongst Nigerians as many more are now conscious of their integrity with great reduction in lawlessness and impunity.

“Nigerians now have more regards for labour, there is high reduction in flamboyancy and unethical expenses, clear reduction of inflation, auditing of some key Federal Government agencies, leading  to discovery and blocking of loop holes.

“These and many more are some of the indices we have used to draw our conclusion,” the coalition.

The group said that the image of Nigeria had improved among the international community and boosted the willingness of other countries to do business with Nigeria.

“The respect and trust in our leaders by the western world is high, hence, the reason for the repatriation of some looted funds back to our economy.

The group commended Buhari for fighting corruption even at the highest level with the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

The coalition stressed that President Buhari had proven to be above board and had shown that he had the interest of Nigeria above personal interest.

“After all the aforementioned reasons we hereby pass vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, affirming him as a true, sincere and genuine champion.

“We therefore call on all eligible voters in Nigeria to massively re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari as the President come 23rd February 2019.

“That will comfortably consolidate the achievements of this Government for the Progress and Development of our Nation,” it said. BENGBENRO NEWS

Caretaker Committees : C’River APC drags Gov Ayade to court over action

…GOV ayade employed self help,action an affront to rule of rule

The All Progressives Congress.APC, in Cross River State has concluded plans to drag Governor Ben Ayade to court for constituting caretaker committees to administer the 18 local government areas in the state describing the action as illegal and constitutional.

Counsel to APC and human rights activist, Barrister Utum Eteng told journalists in Calabar on Tuesday that the action of the governor amounted to gross lawlessness and that the party was heading to the court to challenge it.

The governor had on Thursday 14 February constituted a 21-member committee for each of the 18 local government areas of the state barely 48 hours to the presidential and governorship elections which were later postponed.

His words: “What Governor Ayade did was gross lawlessness. A matter instituted by APC is pending in the High Court over the issue but he decided to embark on self help by constituting caretaker committees for local governments. It is very unfortunate.

“As a lawyer, he is supposed to obey the rule of law. Constituting caretaker committees is an infringement of the constitution which disallows it. If he was sincere, he should have released funds for local government election since December 2016 when the tenure of the elected council chairmen elapsed.”

“The 21-member committees for each of the 18 local government areas were appointed to populate the council with their surrogates to use them for the governorship and other elections. It was well timed. He released the names of the appointees 48 hours before the elections. He can’t get away with it because the Supreme Court had ruled on it in the past and declared it illegal.”

He said the former state Chief Judge, the late Justice Okoi Ikpi Itam, had made a pronouncement that caretaker committees were illegal, and called on elders in the state to speak out against the illegality. “We the people of this state only know how to complain.

We don’t do anything when laws are breached or our rights are infringed upon. His actions is an affront to the rule of law ,if he was sincere why didn’t he raise money to conduct the elections ,why did he have to wait 48 hours to General elections before constitution such committee.

“It is just a means to populate their surrogate in all the local government areas in a bid to carry out their nefarious plans but God intervened by the postponement o the election and their plans failed,” he said.

When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita said that what was constituted was a security committee and not caretaker committee and if anyone had an issue with that they should go to court and challenge that.

“The problem with the APC is that we don’t even know the one that is authentic because we don’t know who is even taking the action because there are so many factions in the party in Cross River state. If they can explain why APC had caretaker committee in their own state then we will also respond to them.” he said. BENGBENRO NEWS

Man bags 4 years imprisonment for cutting off neighbour’s hand

A Lugbe Magistrates’ Court, Abuja on Tuesday sentenced Suleiman Ayuba to four years imprisonment for cutting off his neighbour’s hand.

Ayuba, a resident of Aso Sabo Lugbe Airport Road, Abuja, was arraigned alongside his brother, Suleiman Zakari, on a three-count charge of disturbance of public peace, assault and causing grievous hurt. The Magistrate, Mr Idharhi Samuel, in his judgment, sentenced Ayuba to four years imprisonment without option of fine. Samuel ordered that the convict should be taken to Kuje Prisons where he is expected to serve the prison terms. The magistrate also sentenced Suleiman Zakari to six months imprisonment with an option of N6, 000 fine. He warned the convicts to desist from committing crimes after serving out their punishment. The magistrate said that the punishment would have been more severe if they had not pleaded guilty and saved the court the pains of prolonged prosecution. He held that his judgment would serve as deterrent to others and ordered the police to bring Iliyasu Abdullahi, whose hand was cut off to the court after his treatment. The Prosecutor, Mrs Ukoha Ndidi, had earlier told the court that the three men  were arrested and brought to Lugbe Police Station on Feb. 2. Ndidi said that on the same date, at about 9: p. m., Ayuba, Zakari and Abdullahi for no reason, violently engaged themselves in a fight resulting in disturbance of public peace.

She said in the process of mediating peace by Rakiya, surname unknown, Abdullahi brought his cutlass and cut her. The prosecutor said in return Ayuba intentionally and violently used the same cutlass and cut off Abdullahi’s hand. The prosecutor explained that as a result, Abdullahi sustained grievous hurt and was rushed to the hospital. She said they were immediately apprehended and handed over to the police. Ndidi said that during police interrogation, they could not give a satisfactory account of their actions. According to her, the offences contravene the provisions of Sections 79, 113 and 247 of the Penal Code. The convicts did not deny the charges preferred against them after their arraignment. BENGBENRO NEWS