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Let’s pray for the church, says Sam Adeyemi on rape allegation against Fatoyinbo

Sam Adeyemi, senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, has demanded prayers for the church and families of the accused and accuser in the allegation levelled against Biodun Fatoyinbo.

On Friday, Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo had alleged that she was raped in her teenage year by Fatoyinbo, founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), an allegation the pastor denied.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Adeyemi said there should be a legal process to establish the truth on the rape allegation against Fatoyinbo.

“My attention has been drawn to the allegations of rape made against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo by Mrs Busola Dakolo. These are, no doubt, serious allegations. Rape is a crime and I say a firm NO to rape,” he said.

“As Christians, it is only appropriate for us to seek for truth, justice, healing, and restoration for all involved. The Bible instructs us to do this with humility (Galatians 6:1).

“While these are still allegations, I emphatise with Mrs Dakolo and everyone that has been affected, and I pray God’s peace for them at this time.

“While the allegations have been refuted, I hope there will be a process, legal or counseling, to establish the truth in these circumstances.

“Meanwhile, let us pray for peace and strength for everyone hurting in this process, for the families of the accusers and the accused, and the Church.”

 

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My attention has been drawn to the allegations of rape made against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo by Mrs Busola Dakolo. These are, no doubt, serious allegations. Rape is a crime and I say a firm NO to rape. As Christians, it is only appropriate for us to seek for truth, justice, healing, and restoration for all involved. The Bible instructs us to do this with humility (Galatians 6:1). While these are still allegations, I emphatise with Mrs Dakolo and everyone that has been affected, and I pray God’s peace for them at this time. While the allegations have been refuted, I hope there will be a process, legal or counseling, to establish the truth in these circumstances. Meanwhile, let us pray for peace and strength for everyone hurting in this process, for the families of the accusers and the accused, and the Church. #truth #justice #healing #restoration

A post shared by Sam Adeyemi (@thesamadeyemi) on Jul 1, 2019 at 6:01am PDT

PHOTOS: Atiku cooling off in Dubai

 

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is currently in Dubai with some of his associates.

Timi Frank, a former deputy spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is among those with Atiku.

Reno Omokri, a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, tweeted pictures of Atiku’s visit to the oil-rich city.

The last time Atiku was seen publicly in Dubai was in the buildup to the 2019 elections. Below are pictures of his recent visit.:

We have over 400 witnesses against Buhari, PDP tells tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has over 400 witnesses willing to testify at the presidential election petition tribunal.

Levi Uzeugwu, PDP’s lead counsel, said this during proceedings at the tribunal in Abuja on Monday.

Uzeugwu was responding to a question from Mohammed Garba, chairman of the tribunal.

Garba had asked the counsel the number of witnesses he had to present in a bid to determine the time that would be allotted to parties to cross examine the witnesses.

“We have over 400 witnesses [willing] to testify. If we are able to present up to 300 we will review our case,” the PDP counsel said in response to Garba.

He then prayed the tribunal to stand down for 30 minutes to enable them decide on how many witnesses they would eventually present.

His prayer was granted.

Earlier, the court reserved ruling on a pre-hearing on an application by the All Progressives Congress (APC) which challenged the validity of PDP’s petition.

PDP argued that the application – which is similar to another one that the APC had filed – should have been struck out instead of the allowing the ruling party withdraw it.

Atiku Abubakar, PDP presidential candidate, is challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the last general election.

Abubakar, in his petition claimed that he polled 18,356,732 votes while Buhari secured 16,741,430, citing INEC’s server.

However, the electoral commission said Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat the former vice-president who secured 11, 262,978.

Pregnant officer shot dead as gunmen raid Bayelsa police station

Suspected gunmen have reportedly invaded a police station in Bayelsa, killing four officers, including a pregnant policewoman.

According The Punch, suspected hoodlums invaded the station in Agudama community of Yenagoa local government area in the early hours of Monday, opening fire on the officers.

Also said to have been killed was the divisional police officer (DPO) and two other policemen who were on duty during the attack.

Sources in the community were quoted as saying the attackers also made away with the rifles and ammunition during the operation that began at about 2am.

“At dawn, we heard one policeman escape, while another, who was shot on the leg survived the attack”, a resident was quoted as saying.

No civilian was said to have been attacked during the incident, while the officers’ bodies have been taken to the Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa, the state capital.

Our correspondent  could not immediately reach Asimin Butswat, the state police command spokesman as he did not pick his calls while a text message sent is yet to be replied.

The attack comes about a week after two police officers in the state lost their lives in an encounter with gunmen.

Ruga: Outsiders won’t take our land, says Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, says outsiders will not take over lands in Ekiti as long as he is in charge of the state.

Speaking during a condolence visit to Orin-Ekiti where Emmanuel Ilori, a 65-year-old hunter, was shot dead during the weekend, the governor vowed to tackle the incessant killings in the state.

He said efforts were in place to arrest Ilori’s killers, adding that additional security operatives would be deployed in Ekiti.

Fayemi asked non-indigenes wishing to engage in businesses in the state to respect the culture of the people and pursue their interest in line with the laws of the land.

He spoke at a time when there is controversy over Ruga, the federal government’s plan of settlements for herders across the nation.

It is unclear if the governor was speaking against initiative Ruga as he did not use the term during his speech.

“Nobody is coming to take our land in Ekiti; the governor of Ekiti state has power over the land of Ekiti and it is the person that the governor gives land in Ekiti that can use the land of Ekiti,” he said.

“If there are negative comments being peddled around that some people are coming to take over Ekiti land, it’s mere hearsay. It cannot happen in Ekiti except I am no longer the governor of Ekiti state and there is nobody that can be governor in Ekiti that will cede Ekiti land to outsiders because our land is not even enough for us.

“Adequate security of our people is what concerns me most in Ekiti and Nigeria and I want our people to ignore the lies and falsehood some individuals are spreading around. There is nobody that will be governor in Ekiti that will allow outsiders to take over our communities from the people here or say that people coming from elsewhere should come and take over Ekiti land.”

He condemned those politicising Ilori’s death, saying politics should not be played at the expense of lives.

“Those saying this are only playing politics with the matter. This is not politics, security is an issue that concerns all of us,” he said.

“Some individuals have been spreading baseless rumours to cause disaffection because they are no longer in power and it is their wish that Ekiti should be consumed by anarchy.

“I want to assure you that our government has not stopped work on security. No single individual or group can provide security; the local hunters know their terrains very well than our security agents and it will serve the people well if they work together.”

BREAKING: Court orders forfeiture of Patience Jonathan’s N9.2bn, $8.4m

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sums of N9.2bn and $8.4m recovered from wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun ordered that the funds should be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The judgment followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which said the funds were proceeds of crime.

Though Mrs. Jonathan , through her lawyers, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), opposed the application and insisted that the funds were legitimately her own, the court held that the EFCC proved its claim beyond reasonable doubt.

Court orders arrest of Amajo Pinnick over alleged N4bn embezzlement

A Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four other officials of the organisation accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the football body.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order on Monday after the case involving the NFF officials was called and they were absent in court.

Also, the be affected by the arrest order are NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.

The Federal Government had earlier this year filed a 17-count charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, before the court, in which its accused the NFF officials of alleged misappropriation of $8,400,000 belonging to the football body.

The money was said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group state of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The defendants are also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn” belonging to the NFF without the consent of the NFF.

Justice Ojukwu gave the order for the arrest of the defendants upon an oral application by the prosecution lawyer, Celcius Ukpong when the case was called and the defendants were absent.

Diezani Bribe: INEC deputy director bags six years, another gets 7-yr jail term

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Kano zonal office on Friday, June 28, 2019 secured the conviction of a Deputy Director of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Auwal Jibrin and one Garba Ismaila, before Justice Yusuf Birnin-Kudu of the Jigawa State High Court sitting in Gumel, on a six-count charge bordering on unlawful enrichment and gratification.

The journey to prison for them started after the Commission received intelligence report that they benefited from the $115,010,000 largesse of a former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

Investigations showed that they benefitted the sum of N45,000,000 (Forty Five Million Naira) out of the N250,000,000 disbursed in Jigawa State to influence the outcome of the election.

Upon arraignment, they pleaded “not guilty” to the charges thereby setting the stage for full trial.

During the course of trial, the prosecution presented five witnesses and tendered 20 exhibits to prove the case against them.

One of the charges reads: “That you, Auwal Jibrin, while being a public Servant (Deputy Director with Independent National Electoral Commission, Dutse) sometime in 2015, at Dutse within the Judicial Division of this Honourable court dishonestly received the sum of ₦45,000,000 (Forty Five Million Naira) from Garba Ismail, which you were not authorized to receive and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 122 of the Penal Code.”

Delivering judgement, Justice Birnin-Kudu held that: “The prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt, all the elements and facts of the case as contained in the charge and the testimonies of prosecution witnesses and exhibits tendered.”

The court added that the defence team failed to counter the evidence presented by the prosecution through its witnesses.

Thus, the court found the first defendant guilty as charged on count two, while the second defendant was found guilty on counts one and three.

The court, however, discharged them on counts four, five and six.

Consequently, counsel for the EFCC, Mohammed Gambo, urged the court to sentence them accordingly.

Counsel representing the second defendant, Jonathan Methezidie, who also held the brief for counsel representing the first defendant pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing the defendants.

After listening to the plea of the defence for mercy, the trial judge sentenced the first defendant to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine on count one, while the second defendant who was the INEC Deputy Director was sentenced to six years each on counts one and three.

The court further ordered the final forfeiture of the recovered monies and properties attached to the investigation with the exception of a three-bedroom flat attached at No. 1 Hadeja Road, Birnin kudu, Jigawa State.

Umahi: We won’t allow ‘Ruga’ in any part of south-east

Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, says there is no plan to establish Ruga settlement in any part of the south-east and south-south zones.

He disclosed this in a statement by Emma Uzor, his chief press secretary.

Umahi, chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, said the region did propose a deal with the members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) as panacea to achieving lasting peace between farmers and herdsmen.

He, however, denied any plans by governors of the zones to cede any part of their land for Ruga settlement.

“There is no plan for any Ruga settlement in any part of south-east and south-south zones; but we made a proposed deal with MACBAN that can allow the zone to become very good business with sale of grasses to the herdsmen in exchange for meat,” he said.

“There will be no part of the south-east that will be given out for the purpose of establishment of Ruga, the zone is purely agrarian with limited landmass for farming and therefore can not accommodate Ruga establishment.

“We actually proposed a deal with MACBAN to take their cattle to the northern parts where grazing reserves were established long time ago and rely completely on the grasses grown in the south for feeding of their cattle.”

Umahi, who was the chairman of technical committee on farmers and herdsmen clash carved from the national economic council headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the committee had recommended the revamping of existing grazing reserve in Nigeria.

He said revamping of the already existing grazing reserves in various parts of the north as recommended by the committee was to enable farmers have unhindered access to their farmlands while herdsmen rely solely on proceeds from the farmers.

“Part of committee’s recommendations to the federal government was the revamping of grazing reserves in the North where all the cattle rearers in the south will take their cattle to these places and rely on the grasses that are grown in the south,” he said.

“The way it works is that the herdsmen will bring down their cows to the south-east and sell to us as meat while they will load the grasses which are grown here in the same vehicles with which they transported their cows to feed their cattle in those grazing reserve.

“With this proposed deal, herdsmen are expected to embrace anti open grazing by returning to the ranches in the north and do their business on the trade by barter basis of selling cows to the South and buying grass to feed their cows in the north.”

Umahi called for tolerance among youth of various ethnic nationalities to solve the problem of hate speech.

JUST IN: COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo steps down

Biodun Fatoyinbo, the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), says he has decided to step aside from the pulpit of the church.

Fatoyinbo announced this in a statement released on Monday where he said the move was the advice of his mentors.

The statement read, “the past few days have been very sobering for me. I have taken time to pray and seek spiritual counsel from Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing reports in the media.

“I have solicited their advice on actions I should take that are honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and the work he has called me to do.

“Drawing from their counsel and that of the leadership of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly and owing to my love for God and the sacred nature of my calling, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.

“This step enables me to submit to the concerns of my spiritual methods as they consider all the issues that have been raised against me. My confidence in the Lord remains unwavering.

“Though I do not understand what is happening, I trust the Lord to lead and guide me one step at a time.

“Kindly pray for me and the congregation of COZA as we seek the face of God during these turbulent times,” Fatoyinbo wrote.

Consistent calls had been made for Fatoyinbo to resign following the allegations by celebrity photographer Busola Dakolo that he raped her as a teenager.

The calls trended online with the tags #PastorStepDown and #NotMyChurch and culminated into peaceful protests at COZA branches in Lagos and Abuja.

AFCON 2019: Madagascar beat Nigeria to top group B

Madagascar pulled off one of the great shocks of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after defeating the Super Eagles of Nigeria to finish top of group B.

The newcomers, who had never scored against the Super Eagles, defeated the three-time champions 2-0 on Sunday at the Alexandria Stadium to advance to the knockout stages.

The Super Eagles had the bigger share of possession and had an effort on goal in the early stages.

Odion Ighalo was fouled metres away from the box. Ahmed Musa took the free kick which went off target.

The Indian Ocean islanders raced in front after a mix up at the back in the 12th minute. Leon Balogun was slow to John Ogu’s diagonal pass and Lalaina Nomenjanahary stole the ball, rounded past goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa before firing to the empty net.

The Eagles surged forward in numbers and searched for the equalizer. Samuel Kalu tried a shot from the edge of the box but his effort went inches wide.

Musa also wasted the chance to equalize. Oghenekaro Etebo stole the ball near the Madagascar box, his pass found Ahmed Musa who couldn’t score.

It was 1-0 in favour of Madagascar at halftime.

Madagascar scored their second goal from a free kick in the 52nd minute through Carolus Andriamatsinoro.

Substitute Wilfred Ndidi tried a shot from inside the box but the goalkeeper saved it.

Madagascar finished top of the group in their first ever appearance at the AFCON while Nigeria qualified as runners-up.

 

Power grid suffers total collapse as fire breaks out in Benin

 

The nation’s power grid experienced a total collapse on Sunday, plunging consumers across the country into blackout.

Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc disclosed on its Twitter handle that the present loss of supply in the entire South East “is as a result of a system collapse which occurred at 09:21 am of today, 30th June, 2019.”

It said, “This is as a result of fire outbreak on Benin 330KV transmission line reactor. As a result of this unfortunate development, there is zero supply to all customers in our franchise areas as all our injection substations are affected.”

Kaduna Electricity Distribution Plc also informed its customers of the system failure from the national grid.

“Dear esteemed customers, we are currently experiencing a system collapse from the national grid hence the power outage in our franchise states. Normal supply to our customers will resume as soon as the national grid is back up and stable,” it said on Twitter.

The Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria, Mr Usman Mohammed, confirmed the development to our correspondent on the telephone, saying the TCN would issue a statement soon.

The TCN, which manages the national grid, is still fully owned and operated by the government.

Rape allegation: COZA declares seven-day fast

Amid allegations of rape levelled against its Senior Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly has declared seven days of fasting starting from Monday.

This comes as protesters have vowed to continue to demand for justice following allegations by Busola Dakolo, wife of popular Musician, Timi Dakolo, that Fatoyinbo raped her 20 years ago.

Addressing congregants on Sunday, Fatoyinbo said the yearly special programme titled, ‘Seven Days of Glory’, which usually takes place from July 1 to July 7, had been suspended.

The programme has in the past attracted international preachers like Creflo Dollar and Bishop T.D Jakes.

However, Fatoyinbo, who claimed to be speaking under the instruction of God, said the programme had to be cancelled because he did not want the invited preachers to go through the embarrassment of being heckled by protesters.

Fatoyinbo added, “We will have prayers for those who are interested in coming but we are not going to have the seven days of glory. It has been suspended because I don’t want all those kind of stuff.

“So, if you want to pray, come but the regular seven days of prayer, having preachers, come in, you don’t want to put your guest speakers through that. We love to host people properly.”

His speech was greeted with chants of ‘We love you pastor’ from worshippers.

In a prayer that ensued, he added, “As we start our fasting, even though we are not doing the seven days of glory (programme) as we usually do, those of you who are led to come and pray here, as you come, the Lord will lift you up.”

Shortly after Fatoyibo’s speech, his wife, Modele, attested to the integrity of her husband, insisting that he was not a rapist.

Mrs. Fatoyinbo said, “Not even as an unbeliever would my husband rape someone. Hello, let me talk, please, not even as an unbeliever.”

However, her husband quickly grabbed the microphone from her, saying, “The elders are stepping into it, please let them handle it.”

Earlier, the church, which usually begins its sermon at 10am, held a session of testimonies by female members, apparently with the aim of rubbishing allegations that Fatoyinbo was a rapist.

About seven women came out one after the other to share their ‘COZA Experience’.

The women all claimed their lives had hit rock bottom but God used Fatoyinbo to save them from destruction.

While Fatoyinbo was being eulogised inside the church auditorium, he was being heckled by protesters outside.

The protesters, mainly women, demanded justice and asked for the pastor to step down.

The #ChurchToo Movement, a group of at least 126 civil society organisations and individuals, which organised the protest, marched to the church premises around 9.30am clad in white t-shirts and holding placards that read ‘We are watching you,’ ‘Your pastor is not your God,’ ‘Thou shall not rape’ and ‘No to sexual abuse in my church,’ among others.

At the scene of the protest, COZA protocol officers formed a barricade against the protesters as officers of the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps accosted protesters and journalists who tried to intercept the barricade.

A convener of #ChurchToo, Bukky Shonibare, said, “We demand that the board and leadership of COZA commence investigation into the allegation of rape levelled by Busola Dakolo and any other member of the church against its lead pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo.

“While the investigation is being carried out, Pastor Fatoyinbo must be asked to step down from any leadership role in the church to avoid partiality.

“The Christian Association of Nigeria, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and other relevant Christian bodies must show leadership by condemning these crimes coming from the church, while ensuring relevant actions are taken. The continuous harassment and intimidation of Busola and Timi Dakolo, and other victims must stop forthwith.”

Atiku files N2.5bn libel suit against Buhari’s aide

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has filed a N2.5 billion defamation suit against Lauretta Onochie, special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media.

Atiku filed the suit before a federal capital territory (FCT) through Mike Ozekhome (SAN), his counsel.

Onochie had tweeted that Atiku was on the watch list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates and had travelled “to shop for terrorists in the Middle East”

TheCable had fact checked her claim and found it false.

Denying the allegations contained in the tweet, Atiku said it was “politically orchestrated solely to cause maximum damage to his high reputation” while challenging the victory Buhari in the last presidential election.

“To say that the claimant is shopping for terrorists knowing same to be untrue and without any foundation is not only dishonest and reckless, but is calculated and politically designed to instigate security agents against him not only in the UAE, but across the world,” he said in a statement of claim accompanying the suit.

The presidential candidate of the PDP had demanded an apology, retraction and payment of N500 million compensation from Onochie “to assuage” the damage her social media post caused him.

He had also threatened to sue her should she fail to accede to the demand within 48 hours.

But Onochie did not retract the statement. A development Atiku interpreted to mean that she was unmoved by his demand. He said rather than show remorse, she made another derogatory publication and also published same globally online in the social and other print media against his person, on May 20.

“Atiku on UAE watchlist- Security sources Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice Pres Atiku Abubakar who has been in the Middle East nation for several weeks now What is he doing there? Me: Shopping for Terrorists?”

NGE deputy president dies in road crash

Umar Tudunwada, deputy president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), is dead.

Tudunwada, who was managing director of Kano State Radio Corporation, met his untimely end at Kura town in Kura local government area of Kano state, on Sunday.

He was said to be on his way back to Kano from Abuja where he attended a meeting of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON).

A source disclosed that the deceased was in the vehicle with one of his wives, a daughter, and his driver when the accident occurred 30 kilometres away from Kano metropolis.

Those who survived the accident are currently receiving treatment at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital while Tudunwada has been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.

He served as the media aide of Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano. Tudunwada was also a former assistant general manager at Freedom Radio Group.

In 2006, he joined the Voice of America (VOA), Hausa Service, where he translated daily news from English to Hausa.

He returned to Freedom Radio in 2009 and was appointed general manager operations and later editor-in-chief.

Umar cut his journalism teeth at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) where he started as news assistant in 1980. In 1983, he joined the Kano State Television Corporation better known as CTV 67 as reporter but rose to the position of an editor.

He was at one time a correspondent for Deutsche-Welle (Voice of Germany), Hausa Service.

2 confirmed dead ,15 missing as boat capsizes in Lagos waters

The Lagos State Emergency Management (LASEMA) has reported that a boat carrying over 17 passengers capsized at the Ikorodu area of Lagos state on Saturday, June 29.

Oke Osanyintolu, LASEMA’s chief executive officer, disclosed that while two persons were confirmed dead in the sad incident, three other passengers were rescued and taken to hospital.

The boat mishap occurred at the above location yesterday 29th of June, 2019. Investigations conducted revealed that the boat was enroute Badore (Ajah) to Egbin (Ikorodu) with between 17 and 21 passengers on board. “The boat allegedly capsized due to overloading. It was gathered that the boat was overturned by the heavy current.

Unfortunately, the lifeless body of an adult female, identified as Aniyikaye Oluwaseunfunmi, 40 years old and unnamed person were found and bagged by the Agency’s response team.

COZA security guards attack protester in Abuja (VIDEO)

Security guards at the CommonWealth Zion Assembly (COZA) in Abuja manhandled a protester who was trying to make his way to the front of the church on Sunday.

The male protester joined the #ChurchToo Movement, which is protesting the alleged rape of Busayo Dakolo, celebrity photographer, by Biodun Fatoyinbo, COZA pastor.

The pastor has since denied the allegation, threatening to take legal action.

Below is a video of the incident:

AFCON 2019: Rohr makes five changes as Super Eagles face Madagascar

Coach Gernot Rohr has rung five changes in the Super Eagles’ line-up as the three-time African champions look forward to a Group B encounter against Madagascar in the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Both sides clash at the Alexandria Stadium with contrasting pictures in their heads before kick-off.

Nigeria are comfortable and already have a ticket into the round 16 with six points from their first two matches in the group phase, while Madagascar have four points and must record a positive result to be sure of a place in the last 16.

Super Eagles coach Rohr will deploy 4-2-3-1 formation against the well-organised Madagascar team.

Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong will play as centre-backs while Ola Aina and Chidozie Awaziem will operate as left and right backs respectively.

John Obi Mikel, Oghenekaro Etebo and John Ogu are the three midfielders named for the game.

Odion Ighalo will lead the line for the Eagles and will be ably supported by Samuel Kalu and Ahmed Musa.

Nigeria’s six points have come from wins over Burundi and Guinea.

 

AFCON 2019: Rohr makes five changes as Super Eagles face Madagascar

Trump invites Kim Jong Un to White House after historic trip to North Korea

President Donald Trump has invited Kim Jong Un, North Korea leader, to the White House, the seat of power in America.

Trump extended the invitation to the North Korean leader on Sunday when he made history as the first sitting American president to visit the Asian country.

Trump met with Jong Un at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), separating North Korea and South Korea after leaving Osaka, Japan, at the end of the G20 summit.

The US president initiated the visit via Twitter.

“Good to see you again. I never expected to meet you at this place,” Jong Un told Trump as both men shook hands.

Trump announced after the meeting that lasted about an hour that both countries would resume negotiations.

“Leaving South Korea after a wonderful meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un. Stood on the soil of North Korea, an important statement for all, and a great honor!” he wrote on Twitter.

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Both men had in January 2018 over possession of and threats to use nuclear weapons by North Korea.

Though the leaders signed an agreement committing to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”,  little progress has been made.

They met again in June 2018 where Trump said the tmeeting went better than expected.

Their last meeting in February ended in a no-deal. It held in Hanoi, Vietnam capital.

The Holy Spirit has spoken to me — Fatoyinbo

Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder of the Commonwealth Zion Assembly (COZA), has announced a suspension of a seven-day programme of the church, saying the “Holy Spirit” directed him to do so.

Tagged “Seven Days of Glory”, influential preachers from the US, including TD Jakes, have graced the annual programme.

But speaking when he mounted the pulpit on Sunday, the pastor said he was unhappy about the scandal rocking the church.

Fatoyinbo has been under pressure since Friday when Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer, accused him of raping her as a teenager.

Although he denied the allegation, the pastor has been widely criticised, with some Nigerians on Twitter asking him to step down.

Protesters marched to his church in Lagos and Abuja on Sunday, mocking him and his members.

But the pastor asked his congregation not to be provoked as they make their way out of the church.

The service ended one hour earlier than usual, with many vacant seats at the church’s branch in Ikeja, Lagos.

“I have been relating with all my mentors, you know I am a man under authority. I really love to listen to them,” he said.

“So, I am going to be giving a few instructions as time goes on but the first instruction I want to give is, with what is going on, we are going to be having prayers every day for those who are interested to come. But we are not going to have the seven days of glory.

“I don’t want all these kinds of stuff. I think last month we prayed for a whole month and we do all of that. Please, let’s be people of peace. So, if you want to pray with us, you can come here to pray. But the regular seven days won’t hold this year… you don’t want to put your guest speakers through all of that.

“You know we love to host people properly. And you know some of them, apart from the fact that the Holy Spirit spoke to me about that, my mentors said to me, this is what we need to do while we step in and make sure we see what is going on. And you know what we stand for in COZA.

“So, please let’s obey God in our mentors and be a people of peace. Also, when you are going out, they are going to direct you how to go out, please don’t fight anybody, don’t reply anybody, you came to worship. They may say things to you, it doesn’t matter. Please, behave yourselves and make sure everything is in place.”