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Plateau by-election: NOA cautions against vote buying

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Mr Bulus Dabit, the Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Plateau , has cautioned against vote buying in Saturday’s State House of Assembly  by-election  for Pengana constituency in Bassa Local Government Area of the State.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had scheduled Aug. 3 for the by-election following the demise of the member elect, Mr Ezekiel Afon.

Dabit said on Saturday in Jos that vote buying and selling could lead to electing unpopular leaders.

“The election should be conducted according to the rules and regulations governing the process; vote buying distorts the emergence of good leaders and breeds bad stewardship,” he said.

He urged the electorate to vote leaders who were concerned with the welfare of the people and would shore up development in the constituency.

The director also urged security agencies and INEC officials to ensure good conduct of the election, while calling on the youths to be law abiding during the process.

NAN reports that the election will take place in 60 polling units in seven registration areas.

Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf

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Enugu hospital turns to pilgrimage ground as residents catch glimpse of quadruplets

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The Mother of Christ Specialist Hospital, Enugu, has been turned to a pilgrimage ground as residents of Enugu throng to the hospital to catch a glimpse of newly delivered set of quadruplets.

Most of the residents of the metropolis that visited came to witness the testimony and tap from the uncommon miracle and natural delivery of the quadruplets.

Speaking to newsmen that visited the hospital on Saturday, the father of the babies, Mr Cajetan Adiele, said that the conception and delivery of the bouncing set was a “miracle’’.

Adiele, who is aide to the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, said that they were conceived and delivered naturally without any artificial pregnancy or delivery treatment or process attached to it.

“It is a thing of great joy that my wife just delivered a set of quadruplets and we got wedded on Oct. 20, 2018.

“To the grace of God on Nov. 6, my wife delivered the set of quadruplets and they are three girls and a boy.

“Actually the pregnancy was a miracle from God; when she initially got pregnant after few days she started having abdominal pains and when we carried out pregnancy test it was positive.

“But when we went for scan, the scan could not read pregnancy.

“After two days, the doctors through scan confirmed a growth in her abdomen that needed to be removed through a major operation. The major surgery was done.

“After the surgery, two weeks we were discharged from the hospital and after two days, she started having symptoms of vomiting (pregnancy).

“We were asked to go for pregnancy test again and we went and it was still positive for pregnancy.

“The doctors could not even believe that the pregnancy stayed after the major abdominal surgery and they asked us to go for pregnancy scan.

“This time, the scan read it that she was actually pregnant and she was carrying a set of quadruplets,’’ he said.

Adiele said that for almost nine months his wife and he had been visiting the hospital as their second home until Nov. 6, when God in His grace made his wife to deliver without hitch.

He noted that he was overwhelmed with joy as the “Good Lord that brought them to live after their strenuous journey to earth will definitely provide what will sustain them’’.

“However, the family will welcome any assistance from any individual, group and corporate organisation that wants to share in our testimony and joy,’’ he said.

The mother of the quadruplets, Mr Blessing Adiele, said that they are miracles babies in that they passed through a lot of discomfort in their journey to earth especially surviving a major surgery and multiple scan.

“I am grateful to God and so happy for this rare blessing to me and my family which many people are looking for seriously.

“I pray for other women looking for the fruit of the womb that God Almighty will grant them their heart desires,’’ she said.

A doctor on duty, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the babies had been under close supervision for a month now and they are “very healthy and acclimatising to the weather condition’’.

“They are bouncing, healthy and well-feed and soon they will be discharged from the hospital,’’ he said.

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

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Exhibit more political will in tackling nation’s security challenges, Cleric advises FG

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A cleric, Pastor Isaac Ogbah, has advised the Federal Government to exhibit more strong political will in tackling the nation’s security challenges.

Ogbah, Senior Pastor, God’s Signature Royal Assembly, Ota, gave the advice on Saturday at the church’s 6th Edition of Rhythm of Praise at St. Michael Primary School, Ota, Ogun.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Praise Concert, convened by Ogbah, had over 10,000 people in attendance.

According to him, there is need for the Federal Government to exhibit more strong political will in eradicating insecurity as it has done in checking smuggling activities, which has brought sanity to the nation’s land borders.

Ogbah, who is also the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Sango-Ota branch, said that the concert was in appreciation of God’s faithfulness to us as individual and the country as a whole.

The cleric said that organising the concert was a command and also in accordance to Psalm 150: 6 in the scripture, which state, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”.

“We are praising God so that He can bless us more particularly in Ogun and the nation generally,” he said.

Ogbah stressed the need for all to return all glories and honours to God for all He has done for us as individual and also as a nation.

Edited by: Olagoke Olatoye

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Anambra Commissioner sue for peace in markets

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Chief Uchenna Okafor, Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Wealth Creation in Anambra, has called on leaders  of all  markets in the state to eschew acts capable of  disrupting  peaceful market environment.

Okafor made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Awka.

He said that markets leaders should at all times promote activities that would bind all traders together and create a safe and conducive market environment.

“Markets should be safe for both traders and customers who patronise their wares. Actions that portray insecurity must be stopped,” he said.

Okafor said that traders had right to pray as often as they wished in the markets and urged the market leaders not to disrupt prayer sessions of members.

He said that peace and understanding among all the affiliate trade unions in the market would promote unity.

He said that activities which bred unity should be pursued instead of seeking for acts that could lead to problems.

Okafor said that state government had put in place measures to ensure adequate security in all markets across the state both during and after the Christmas celebration.

He urged traders and customers not to exercise any fear while conducting their trading activities during the festival period and reassured people going for shopping not to entertain fear of being attacked.

Okafor said that the state government had shown committed efforts in securing lives and property of its people and assured that tight security would  be maintained all through the festivity.

The commissioner commended the traders for their support for Gov. Willie Obiano-led administration and assured the traders and affiliate trade unions in the markets of support from the government.

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

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Adeboye tasks Nigerians on divine faith to solve challenges

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Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, has urged Nigerians to exercise divine faith in order to attract God’s intervention in the challenges.

Adeboye gave the charge on Saturday morning during the 2019 Holy Ghost Congress holding at the Redemption Camp, LagosIbadan Expressway.

He said that Nigerians should trust God for solutions to whatever challenges they were facing.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the week-long event, which began on Monday, has the theme: “The Great Turnaround”.

The pastor further stated that God loves to spring surprises, saying, “Nigerians should tap into this character for their turnaround.”

Adeboye who took his sermon from Mark 10: 46-52, the story of blind Bartimaeus said “our turnaround and blessings begin the moment we say enough is enough.”

“The moment we say no to suffering, sickness, loneliness, fruitless efforts and barrenness in our lives, our turnaround begins.

“ As you go out today, remember the story of blind Bartimaeus; problems are not limited to poor homes, you will be amazed that many area boys are from wealthy homes.

“Let us say without any doubt that we are tired of suffering, the devil does not respect titles, sickness does not recognise that you have doctorate degrees,” he said.

Adeboye announced that 36 children had been delivered at the campground, comprising 22 boys and 14 girls.

Edited by: Azubuike Okeh/Donald Ugwu

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Oyo CP urges police officers to operate with fear of God

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Mr Shina Olukolu, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, has urged police officers in the command to undertake their duties with the fear of God.

Olukolu made the call on Friday evening during a dinner and award presentation ceremony held at the state police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

He said that men and officers of the force should endeavour to wear human faces in their dealings with members of the public.

“We have to work with the fear of Almighty God, we must also be mindful of how we pursue material things,” he said.

The police commissioner stated that only the grace of God could uplift humans in their careers, saying, “we must shun dubious acts.

“If humans do not see the things we do, God watches and sees us; He also knows how to reward us.

“When we shout at you, our whole intention is to show good mentoring in your interest and that of the society which we serve,” he said.

Olukolu used the occasion to commend the police management team and officers in the state for a cordial working relationship.

In his remark, Rev. Moses Aransiola, President, Gethsemane Prayer Ministries International, said that the ministry and the police had been partnering on the annual event in the past 22 years.

Aransiola said that the partnership was in the area of law enforcement and the enthronement of peace and security.

“The commitment to national service gave birth to the annual police dinner and award presentation 22 years ago.

“It is our way of encouraging and empowering Nigeria Police officers who are doing their best in the discharge of their duties in spite of obvious challenges,’’ he said.

He urged corporate organisations and good spirited individuals to evolve ways of supporting the police to perform more effectively.

Speaking on behalf of the recipients, ASP Ogunlade Kehinde, Area Commander, Ogbomoso thanked the police management team and the Gethsemane ministries for the wards.

Kehinde said the award would serve as motivation for them to perform better in future.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the award ceremony was organised by Gethsemane Prayer Ministries International, Ibadan, in collaboration with the Nigeria Police, Oyo state Command.

Edited by: Azubuike Okeh/Donald Ugwu

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