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Photo News: RCCG Members Take A Prayer Walk Against Insecurity, Killings

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In line with the directives of the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Samuel Ayokunle, and the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, region 13 of the RCCG, Benin City, staged a Prayer Walk, Sunday, February 2, against insecurity, killings of innocent Nigerians.

The Prayer Walk was led by the Pastor in charge of the Region, Pastor ‘Dele Balogun which took them through the ever busy Sapele road and its environs.

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Members used the opportunity to prayer for Nigeria and degree peace into the country.

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CAN President, Ayokunle had ordered christians across the country to stage a peaceful rally in a way to express their displeasure on insecurity and the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians particularly christians in different parts of the country.

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Pastor Adeboye, while delivering his Sunday sermon which was monitored live via television, consequently ordered all members of the RCCG across the country to take a Prayer Walk inorder to cry to God for intervention and also to pass message to the government that members are not happy with the unabated killings.

Recall CAN Chairman in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Pastor Lawan Andim was gruesomely murdered some weeks ago.

The Chairman was abducted and ransom of N50m was paid after much bargaining yet he was killed by his abductors.

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Below are pictures of the Prayer Walk

Pastor ‘Dele Balogun (left), Regional Pastor, Region 13 leading the Prayer Walk in Benin on Sunday.

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City, during the Prayer Walk on Sunday.

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Still the Prayer Walk scene

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Nursing mothers were not left out in the Walk.

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

Members of the RCCG, Region 13, Benin City during the Prayer Walk on Sunday

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N25.7bn Fraud: Appeal Court Affirms Ex-bank Boss’ Conviction, Reduces Jail Term

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday affirmed the conviction of former Managing Director of defunct Bank PHB Plc, Francis Atuche, for N25.7bn fraud but reduced his sentence of 12 years to six years.

The court also affirmed the conviction of Atuche’s co-convict Ugo Anyanwu, who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by the lower court for stealing and conspiracy to steal.

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Anyanwu’s jail term was also reduced to eight years.

Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court sitting at Ikeja had on June 16, 2021, sentenced Atuche, to 12 years’ imprisonment for N25.7bn fraud in the bank.

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While his former Chief Financial Officer, Ugo Anyanwu, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for stealing and conspiracy to steal and Atuche’s wife, Elizabeth, was discharged and acquitted.

But dissatisfied with the judgement of the lower court, Atuche approached the court of Appeal to challenge the judgment.

Details later…

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Warri Chief Docked, Remanded In Edo Prison

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The police in Edo on Tuesday arraigned 54-year-old Chief Johnson Asteruleghe the Iyesere of Warri, before a Benin High Court, over alleged assault, malicious damage in Ologbo Dukedom, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

The defendant, Johnson Asteruleghe, the Iyatsere of Warri, is being tried on a seven -count charge of assault and malicious damage with charge No:B/Co 126/22

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Police Prosecutor, DPP, Okunbor Orobosa Esq. told the court that the defendant committed the offence on the 2nd day of February, 2022, at Ologbo in the Benin Judicial Division.

According to him, “You did conspire amongst yourselves to carry on warlike undertaking malicious damage, punishable under section 517 of the Criminal Code, cap.48.vol.11. laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976 as applicable in Edo state.”

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Okunbor urged the court not to grant the defendant bail, maintaining that he is fond of fermenting trouble when granted bail, citing previous criminal cases of murder against the defendant in which he was granted bail before he committed these offences.

The defendant’s Counsel, Eghedosa Imhandegbelo (SAN) in his oral bail application urged the court to grant the defendant bail.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

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The presiding judge, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba adjourned the case to 27th of June 2022 for hearing of application for bail.

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Court Remands Book Publisher Over $156,711 Fraud

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Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos State, on Monday, ordered one of Macmillan’s book publishers, Fasasi Bola, to be remanded in a custodial centre over alleged fraud.

The defendant, alongside Macmillan Nigerian Publishers Limited, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an amended six counts bordering on obtaining goods by false pretences.

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The charge read, “Macmillan Nigerian publishers, Professor Adesanya Iyiola Adelekan, who is now at large, and Fasasi Bola, sometime in 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired among yourselves to obtain goods by false pretences, property of BHS Printing SDN BHD of Selangor Malaysia.

“That Macmillan Nigerian Publishers, Professor Adesanya Iyiola Adelekan (now at large) and Fasasi Bola, sometime in 2018 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, obtained books for sale worth $156,711.87 by false pretences from BHS Book Printing SDN BHD of Selangor, Malaysia, under the pretences that you would sell the books and remit the money from the sales within two weeks of receiving the bill of lading, which pretence you knew or ought to know is false.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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The EFCC prosecution counsel, Ayanfeoluwa Ogunsina, however, prayed the court for a trial date and that the defendant be remanded.

Justice Dada adjourned the matter till July 8, 2022, for further hearing.

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