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APC Crisis: Give Peace A Chance, PFN Urges Warring Leaders

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National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, has called on members of the political class, particularly leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State to settle their differences and give peace a chance.

Dr. Omobude who is also the General Superintendent of Gospel Light International Ministries (GLIM) – New Covenant Gospel Church (NCGC) with headquarters in Benin City, capital of Edo State, expressed concerns over the ongoing political crisis rocking the ruling APC in the state.

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He said it was worrisome for the APC leaders in the state to engage in a political battle without an end, noting that power belongs to God and that all those that seek political positions should do so with the fear of God.

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In a press statement endorsed by his Media Aide, Deacon Ralph Okhiria, in Benin City, the national president of PFN, said Edo State is well known for its peacefulness as he urged the political class not to do anything that could set the state on the path of retrogression.

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“Politicians should always learn to place the interest of the people and the state above their political goals because power belongs to God and He gives it to the person He wishes to give it to.

“It’s painful that the two main actors in the ongoing crisis in the APC (Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki), are illustrious sons of the state who have contributed immensely to the development of Edo State.

“It’s a pity that they both know the right thing to do but unfortunately decided to do otherwise. They should learn to forgive each other and tell their followers to accommodate one another.

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“They should be told that Edo State belongs to all of us and that the people need peace to be able to support and vote for them during elections.

“As the governorship election draws near in the state, all hands must be on deck to ensure a peaceful election that we all can be proud of “, Dr. Omobude added.

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Speaking on the National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged Edo 2020, holding in the state from March 22 to April 2, 2020, the PFN leader congratulated the state government for preparations made so far towards making the sporting events huge success.

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He called on Edo people to be fully prepared to be good hosts by giving the visiting sports men and women reasons to be happy throughout the duration of the sports festival.

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Our Leaders Told Us Jonathan Isn’t Muslim, He Brought Boko Haram, Northerner Confesses

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The video of a Northerner sharing his view on Nigeria’s 2023 presidency is going viral.

The young man is trending for demanding a power shift from the North to the South next year.

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Dressed in a native attire with a cap to match, he accused Northern leaders of misleading the people.

The citizen is a supporter of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

He recalled they were told that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was not a Muslim.

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He also said the former leader was accused of being the mastermind of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

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Parts of his words: “We were deceived during the time of Goodluck (Jonathan) that he was not a Muslim.

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“We were told he was the one that brought Boko haram. Tribalism always happens when it comes to elections.

“Look at our northern brothers that have been in government for years, what good have they done for us?”, he quipped.

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How Three Ex-bank Workers Planned With Hackers To Steal N20bn – Witness

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The trial of three former workers with the First Bank of Nigeria facing attempted fraud charges before a Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, continued on Wednesday.

The defendants, Ozioma Ugorji, 35; Ugwu Emeka, 32; and Obike Chukwuka, 38, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission for allegedly attempting to steal N20bn from the bank.

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PUNCH Metro learnt that the defendants conspired to tap into the bank’s server to grant access to a syndicate.

They were, however, apprehended by the EFCC on March 6, 2021, following an intelligence report.

During cross examination by one of the defence counsel, Uchenna Ozoagbo, a prosecution witness, Adamu Dahiru, told the court that the defendants were apprehended after one of them connected a laptop he collected from the syndicate to the bank’s server.

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He said, “They conspired to give access to a fraudster to defraud the bank of over N20bn. The report we gathered was that the money was in the cloud and they needed to bring it out.

“The second defendant (Emeka) had a meeting with the syndicate at a hotel.

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“When the first defendant (Ugorji) was arrested, he made a statement that he was introduced to the syndicate by the third defendant (Chukwuka) and that they had communicated with someone from the headquarters.

“The second defendant made a statement that a laptop was given after several promises that he should connect the laptop to the bank’s system.

“When he was on duty, he connected the laptop to the banking system, but during the connection, the I.P. of the laptop was picked up and the system was destroyed.”

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The judge, S.O. Solebo, adjourned the case till October 5, 2022, for continuation of trial.

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ICPC Clarifies Discovering Billions In Buratai’s Home

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday clarified report that it recovered N170 million cash, $220,965, G-Wagon from the residence of Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Reports had it that the ICPC recovered N1.85 billion from a house and office said to belong to Buratai in Abuja.

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The huge sum said to have been recovered was part of the billions of naira earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

But the spokesperson of the commission, Azuka Ogugua, denied that the house belonged to Buratai.

According to Ogugua, facts available indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.

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“The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some inaccurate and concocted reports in the media about the seizure of multibillion-naira cash, dollars, Rolex watches stockpiled in an Abuja property.

“The Commission wishes to state that ICPC operatives raided a property in Wuse 2 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, 16th June, 2022 between 5:00pm and 12:00am on suspicion of money laundering. Facts available for the time being indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor,” Ogugua said.

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The Commission added that it recovered N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, three Rolexes, and some property documents from the house.

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