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Chris Oyakhilome Foundation Donates Relief Items To 2000 Households In Edo

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As part of efforts to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the novel Coronavirus, Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI), yesterday donated relief materials to 2000 households in Ewu and nine other communities in Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State.

COFI is a non-profit and non-political organization that is established to help individuals, communities, nations to live a purposeful and productive life through the sponsorship of different initiatives that are inline with the founder’s mission.

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It has, since inception, impacted more than 500 communities of 1 million persons in 23 Africa countries, including Indian, and has also endowed tertiary institutions with infrastructure and amenities essential for learning.

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Speaking, the Chief Team lead of the foundation, Pastor (Mrs.) Omoh Alabi, said founder of the Foundation believes government alone cannot cushion the effect of the lockdown, hence it becomes imperative in complementing government’s effort.

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Some of the relief items distributed at Ewu today.

She noted that it is part of the Foundation’s emergency food donation, stressing that it is going on across the six geo-political zones of the country.

According to her, impact of the Coronavirus and the consequent lockdown on the livelihood of the people is huge hence it becomes imperative in joining government in assisting the people.

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” This is part of Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International emergency food response programme, which is ongoing in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria and other nations.

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” I sure you know so many countries including Nigeria adopted lockdown as a measure in containing the pandemic. And the impact on the livelihood of the people is so huge. People are suffering. They have been unable to earn any income as a result of the Lockdown.

” This is one of commitments to working with the government in strengthening families that have been affected as a result of this COVID-19 19. And Today, we are serving nine communities in Ewu kingdom. In this course, we are supporting 2000 households with palliatives”, she said.

Accepting the donation on behalf of Ewu kingdom, the Onojie of Ewu, His Royal Highness, Abudu Rasak Ojiefor Isesele the III, thanked founder of the Foundation, Pastor Oyakhilome for the kind gesture, adding that it will go a long way in ameliorating the suffering of his people particularly in this COVID-19 period.

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Scene of the food items distributed today.

” Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, you have brought a huge succour to the communities and the kingdom at large. 2000 households is no joke; it will go way in ameliorating the suffering of my people particularly in this COVID-19 period. The people of Ewu are proud him, he is our illustrious son”, he said.

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Some of the beneficiaries who could not hide their joy thanked Pastor Chris for the kind gesture as they pray God to use him the more for the people particularly the less privilege.

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JUST IN: OPEC Secretary-General, Barkindo, Is Dead

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The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Muhammad Barkindo, is dead.

Barkindo died late Tuesday.

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, announced Barkindo’s death in a tweeted posted to his verified Twitter handle, @MKKyari, in the early hours of Wednesday.

“We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,” Kyari tweeted.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had, on Tuesday, honoured Barkindo, describing him as a worthy ambassador of the country, at the State House, Abuja.

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Reacting to Barkindo’s death, a former lawmaker in the eighth Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, tweeted to his Twitter page, “Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”

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‘Go Spiritual,’ Army Chief Tasks Troops To Complement Kinetic Efforts

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, has asked troops to complement the Nigerian Army’s kinetic engagements with spiritual efforts.

He advised them to seek counselling, guidance, and divine supplications in ongoing military operations across the nation.

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The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Yahaya gave the charge during an interdenominational church service to commemorate the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022, held at Saint Mark Military Church (Protestant), 34 Brigade Obinze Barracks in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The army chief who was represented by Major General Victor Ezugwu, according to Nwachukwu, noted that the theme of the interdenominational service “Promoting National Unity through Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence” was apt.

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He urged the Christian faithful across the nation to continually promote peace and unity in complementing the efforts of the army to surmount contemporary security challenges bedevilling the nation.

Yahaya also appealed to all to desist from the use of misinformation, deceit, and issues capable of disintegrating the nation, stressing the unity in Nigeria’s unique diversity.

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The interdenominational service was held in all formations and units of the army across the nation.

The church service had in attendance representatives of the President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), principal staff officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, corps commanders, general officers commanding, commandants of Nigerian Army training institutions, soldiers, and their families.

 

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Man Docked For Alleged Intimidation, Falsehood Against High Court Judge

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A Minna, Niger State-based land speculator, Ibrahim Tukura, has been remanded in correctional custody till July, 7 on the orders of a Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah over alleged intimidation and injurious falsehood against a High court judge, Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in the state.

Tukura had allegedly filed a case before the Niger State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, and requested that his case over a parcel of land presided by Justice Gambo of High Court No 6 be transferred from her court.

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The defendant claimed that the disputed parcel of land of which, he is claiming ownership with suit No: NSHC/MN/173/2021 was pending in High court No. 6 presided by Justice Gambo.

He alleged that the plaintiff in the disputed land, Malam Isah Nagoji, had given the said land to the presiding judge handling the case, hence his petition to the acting chief judge, demanding that the case be transferred from her court.

Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in her reaction filed a Direct Criminal Complaint against the defendant to the Chief Magistrate Court No., Hauwa Kulu Isah, requesting a police investigation into the allegations levelled against her by the defendant.

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Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah, forwarded the complaint to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department (SCIID), for discreet investigation and afterwards, arraigned the defendant in court for prosecution.

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The defendant was consequently, booked on a four-count charge of injurious falsehood, use of abusive or insulting language, criminal intimidation as well as inciting disturbance.

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According to the head of the prosecution unit of the SCIID, Abdullahi Mayaki ASP, the charges contravened sections 393, 399, 397 (b), and 114 of the penal code.

However, when the presiding Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah read the charges to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered to be remanded in Correctional custody.

Magistrate Isah then adjourned the case to July, 7 for further mention

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