Despite the directives given by the federal and state governments on gathering of not more than 50 worshippers across the country over coronavirus, christian worship centres in Anambra State were on Sunday filled up with thousands of christian faithful who came out in their numbers to pray against the global disease.
Tribune Online, who visited some churches in the state capital to ascertain the situation, gathered that at the Christ Holy Church Awka, a lot of worshippers were seen praying tirelessly to cast coronavirus out of Nigeria.
Some prayed that God should send back the virus to whosoever invented it in China.
The head of the Parish, Reverend Alex Anyakorah, who spoke to Tribune Online shortly after the service, commended the government on its quick response to curtail the virus.
He said that christians are not against the government directives, but the individual prayers at home in a critical situation like this may not help the devilish scourge.
He said, “The large turnout you witness today in this church follows the directive given by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that all christians across the country should pray against coronavirus and also our one-year anniversary celebration.”
Anyakorah, therefore, called on all orientation agencies in the country to intensify the awareness campaign to protect the citizens against the dreaded pandemic.
At Winners Chapel and Dunamis Church also, there was a large turnout. Worshippers prayed along with their general overseers, Bishop David Oyedipo and Pastor Paul Eneche, via television and were sighted raining causes against the spirit of coronavirus.
Again, at the Province 1 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Awka, christian believers were equally seen praying fervently, casting the pandemic “back to the sender.”
Pastor of the province, Pastor Emmanuel Kayode, who spoke to Tribune Online, said they had no choice than to obey because the church’s General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, ordered all branches to obey the preventive directive given by the federal and state go.
100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month
The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.
Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.
He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.
Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.
According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.
“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”
“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement
“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”
The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.
He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.
INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.
Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.
He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.
”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.
”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.
”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.
”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.
Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48
The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.
Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.
According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”
Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.
He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.
He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.
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