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2 fake pastors nabbed for defrauding, sexually abusing worshippers

Two fake pastors operating churches in Ondo and Kwara states were yesterday paraded by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for defrauding and sexually abusing unsuspecting worshippers. The Ondo State Commandant of the NSCDC, Pedro Awili Idebo, told DailyTrust that the duo, Messr. Dada Babaroti and Clement Olatunde Fabeku, had been extorting unsuspecting worshipers by using “diabolical and fetish” means. He said Fabeku operates the Truth and Life Bible Church located in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, while Babaroti is the General Overseer of the Blood of Jesus Christ, in Idanre area of Ondo State. He stated that men of the command moved into action and arrested the suspects after some worshippers cried out after falling victim. Mr. Idebo explained that some church...

Lagos electrician found dead in pharmacy’s attic, phone missing

An autopsy report is being awaited by the Lagos State Police Command to clear the air on the cause of death of an electrician, Idris Lasisi. Idris was found dead in the attic of a pharmacy on Abraham Adesanya Low Cost Housing Estate in Ajah on Monday. The family of the deceased alleged that he was murdered, claiming that there were bloodstains in his mouth and neck while his phone was not found. But the pharmacist, identified only as Bayo, claimed that the father of one was electrocuted. It was gathered that Bayo was being quizzed by the police at the Ogombo division on the circumstances surrounding the electrician’s death. PUNCH Metro learnt that Bayo had engaged Idris to do some electrical work at the pharmacy on Saturday. At about 7pm, the 33-year-old was said to have called his wife on...

Ikoyi whistleblower jets out of Nigeria less than 24 hours after receiving N421m reward from FG

The whistle-blower, who helped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recover the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) from an Ikoyi apartment on April 12, 2017, has finally been paid his commission, The PUNCH has learnt. It was also learnt that the whistle-blower travelled out of the country less than 24 hours after receiving part of the N421m reward. The whistle-blower’s lawyer, Mr. Yakubu Galadima, confirmed the development to our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday. He praised the government for finally honouring its agreement after eight months. Galadima also joked that his client did not run mad after receiving the money as predicted by some government officials. He, however, said his client had not been paid in full, adding that the Federal Government had promised to pay h...

Gov. Rochas Okorocha presents N190bn Budget for 2018 to State Assembly (Photos)

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has presented a budget of N190,921,464,290 to the State House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal year. The 2018 budget, which is higher than that of 2017 of N131,143,144,277 by N59,778,320,013, representing 45.58 per cent increase, is tagged “Budget of Consolidation and Continuity III.” It was gathered that out of the 2018 budget, N132.98bn has been earmarked for capital expenditure, representing 69.70 per cent of the total budget; while N57.943bn was for recurrent expenditure, representing 30.30 per cent of the total budget. Presenting the budget on Wednesday on the floor of the Imo State House of Assembly, Okorocha said, “The 2018 budget will not only consolidate our development efforts, but it will also ensure prudence and efficiency in our expenditure...

Mourinho blames selection headache for Mkhitaryan absence

Jose Mourinho has blamed the recent absence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan on having too many players to select from. Mourinho-Mkhitaryan The Armenian has not been involved in the matchday squad in seven of the last eight games and last featured as a substitute in United’s 1-0 win over Brighton on 25 November. Mourinho was asked about Mkhitaryan’s absence in his post-match press conference following the Reds’ 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The boss outlined that his plethora of options in midfield and attacking positions means that there is competition for every place in the starting line-up and on the bench. He said: “I can only have six [outfield] players on the bench and I try to have some balance on the bench – I had two defenders and [Dale...

If you take a bullet for me, I will take a bullet for you – Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that he will always work for the stability and growth of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because Nigerians are yearning for the party to restore the welfare of the citizenry. R-L: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, Rivers West PDP Chairman, Princewill Odiari, Rivers State PDP Secretary, Sam Okpoko and Rivers PDP Publicity Secretary, Samuel Nwanosike during the Birthday Dinner in honour of the Rivers State Governor in Port Harcourt on Wednesday This is as PDP leaders from across the country described the governor as a man of character who is steadfast and committed to nation-building and the survival of the PDP. They spoke on Wednesday night during a Special Birthday Service and Din...

Monaco look to revive title challenge

Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco head to Saint-Etienne on Friday hoping to put a recent slump in form firmly behind them with a third straight Ligue 1 victory. Monaco The reigning French champions sit nine points adrift of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who visit Rennes on Saturday, after following back-to-back defeats with successive wins over lowly Angers and Troyes. They should face a tougher test against Saint-Etienne, although Les Verts are also struggling at the wrong end of the table after an eight-match winless streak. “Saint-Etienne are going through a difficult time but they’re a big club,” said Monaco coach Jardim. “They have been at the top of the table in recent years. We have to respect them and play at 100 percent to get the three points.” It has been a dif...

How I became a real estate guru under 30— Founder/President, EMR Marketing Group

Omonike Fowowe belongs to the rare breed of young entrepreneurs who can turn stones to diamonds. The light skinned 27 year old damsel is the founder cum president of Express Multi Concept Resources (EMR) Group Ltd which was founded and established in 2011. Omonike Fowowe In this interview, the young entrepreneur talks about her passion for running businesses, venturing into real estate, women empowerment among other issues Can you share with us how you started out in business? EMR started from Blackberry messenger (BBM), marketing, social media marketing and direct marketing for friends and loved ones. From that point we delved into running it as a business which eventually led to the birth of EMR Marketing. Then we decided to grow bigger and we decided to look for a b...

Christmas congestion no excuse – Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says his side’s hectic festive fixture list is not an excuse for any dip in performances from the Scottish champions. Rodgers A clinical first-half performance from the Glasgow giants saw them record a 3-1 win over Hamilton on Wednesday to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 69 matches. But the Hoops, who were playing their fourth game in 11 days, tired in the second half as Hamilton rallied, with Rakish Bingham hitting the post. It comes on the back of Celtic’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Sunday, when Rodgers’s side threw away a two-goal lead with 15 minutes remaining. The Scottish Premiership leaders face another five games before the end of December, but Rodgers insists his players can cope with their heavy workload. “We know that we ...

Wike’s birthday, a celebration of treachery, fraud, deceit – APC

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress APC in a statement issued on Thursday in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital described the celebration of the birthday of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on 13th December as celebration of treachery, deceit and fraud. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wik According to the party, “it is unfortunate and sad that the almighty Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who is today the jewel and pride of the opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) doesn’t know his date of birth.” Though this maybe shocking to the outside world but those of us who are his close associates are not shocked a bit knowing his antecedents as a fellow who is capable of using any method whether sinister, unholy, untoward or otherwise to achi...

Edo pensioners get N244m in October

BEDC strategise to light up state Teachers in Edo State got N1,108,476,358.72 for their October salaries from the N2, 391,150,633 allocation accrued to the Local Government Areas from the Federation Account, while N244 million was used to pay pensioners, the Joint Account and Allocation Committee, (JAAC), has said. Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (2nd left), Permanent Secretary and Chairman, Edo State Pensions Bureau, Mr. I.D.S. Juwobor (left), Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq.(middle); Rev. Fr. Peter O. Okoh of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City (2nd from right); Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Edo State Chapter, Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun (right) during the 16th Annual National Pensioners’ Day in Benin City, Edo State capital on Monday, December 11, 2017...

Pochettino spies good omens for Man City trip

Mauricio Pochettino reflected with satisfaction on Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion despite the slightly fortunate nature of his side’s goals. Pochettino Serge Aurier’s freakish first goal for Tottenham after 40 minutes broke the deadlock at Wembley on Wednesday, his cross going straight into the net to break Brighton’s dogged resistance. A deflected header by Son Heung-min three minutes from time sealed three points that took the London club into fourth place in the Premier League at the expense of Liverpool, who drew 0-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion. Pochettino will head to Premier League leaders Manchester City in an optimistic mood, saying: “I am a positive person. I am happy we won and the three points are so important for us. “What is ...