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Obasanjo, Gov. Adeleke, Ooni, CAN President, others celebrate 16 years of Love of Christ Generation Church



Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo led a train of dignitaries to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Love of Christ Generation Church, Cherubim and Seraphim and 2nd year thanksgiving service of its Lagos Cathedral in an event titled “Divine Victory” on September 10, 2023.

Dignitaries included the supreme head, C&S Unification church worldwide, His Eminence Solomon Alao (Baba Olori), His royal majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II Ooni of Ife, Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Sarah Tunji Isola OFR, Olori Dr Onikepo Akande CON, the chairman of the Lagos state parks management committee, Alhaji Musiliu Ayinke Akinsanya, Chief Dele Momodu, and many others.

The church’s founder, Rev Esther Ajayi, who hosted the event, thanked God for the milestones in her opening remarks. “I am filled with gratitude, excitement, and overflowing with the joy of the Holy Spirit today. Whoever is grateful for what he/she receives will receive another. This is to thank God for being faithful all through another year. Happy anniversary to the church of God.”

In his exhortation, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), commended Rev. Ajayi for her excellent course in Christendom.

He said, “We enjoy victory in Jesus Christ, and we must be grateful and not take his gift of victory for granted. In Nigeria, we must come back to thank God for the sustainability of ministry. We have gathered to thank God for the victory given to the Love of Christ Generation Church over the past year’s challenges, either being read or heard of as testimonies today through a strong woman in Africa. Despite the general issues faced by African women, such as discrimination, segregation, harassment, and the like, Iya Adura defied all odds and overcame them. This is a triumph story indeed.”

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the father of the day, said, “Esther is a very good daughter of mine. She has proven to be a strong lover of God and the things of God over the years. She brings everyone together, and that’s what Christianity is all about. Let us continually encourage her in every possible way to achieve her mission here on earth.”

The former President congratulated Gov Adeleke; he described the governor as an example of a leader who is not ashamed to praise God despite occupying the highest office in the state.

As the Royal father of the day, HRM Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in the company of other traditional rulers, ushered prayers on Rev. Esther and her family. He also spoke about the importance of giving to the vineyard of God and the beauty in unity.

“There is absolute beauty in the unity in diversity. We should always take advantage of an environment that helps bring people of different cultures, beliefs, histories, and the like together. Humans can demonstrate this through giving and constant prayers for those God has put in charge of a ministry,” he added.

Earlier, on September 8, there was a seven-hour marathon praise night that featured gospel singers including Temitope Samuel, Evangelist Yewande Agbugan, Ambassador Shina Harmony, Williams Addo, Segun Praise, Tolani Soul Province, and Laolu Gbenjo.


Kidnapping: Senator tasks NASS on new robust strategies



Sen. Ned Nwoko (PDP-Delta) has urged the National Assembly to recommend robust strategies to prevent kidnappings in the country.

Nwoko representing Delta North, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.

He said the joint committees of the National Assembly on security agencies should interface with relevant stakeholders and come up with novel measures to tackle the menace.

According to him, kidnapping has increasingly made life difficult for citizens and is affecting the economy, including food security.

Nwoko said this would have far reaching effects on the country’s prosperity.

The senator particularly said that the kidnappers had gradually made life difficult for residents of the FCT, particularly in Kuje Area Council.

Nwoko said in spite of the efforts being made by security agencies, a lot needs to be done in tracking and apprehending the kidnappers.

He also called for enforcement of the 2023 law that criminalised payment of ransom to kidnappers.

The lawmaker, whose legislative aide and 18 others were recently abducted in the Galadimawa area of Abuja, said it was important to take appropriate measures to end the menace.

He, therefore, called for a joint operation involving the Army, Air Force, Police, and Department of State Services (DSS) to intensify the search efforts for the captives.

Nwoko also urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to seek funding for  installation of CCTV cameras in strategic locations within and around Abuja, and along the highways, and major capital cities to bolster surveillance and deter criminal activities.

“The IGP  should also urgently increase security patrols and surveillance within Abuja and across the nation to proactively combat and prevent further kidnappings.

“In view of this, I recently moved a motion on urgent action needed to fortify security, and tackle the surge of kidnapping in the FCT,” he added.

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Military neutralises terrorist kingpin, others in Niger air strikes – NAF



The Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch, has eliminated a dreaded terrorist and kidnap kingpin, Yellow Jambros, and scores of other terrorists in airstrikes in Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) made this known in a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Sunday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said the terrorists met their end while attempting to cross the Jikudna River in Galadima Kogo District, heading towards Wurukuvhi axis of Chikun LGA.

He said that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts were trailed from Zamfara into Niger riding 13 motorcycles along the Kaduna-Niger State border, precisely heading towards Kusasu in Shiroro, prior to the strike.

“At Kusasu, five other motorcycle-riding terrorists joined Yellow Jambros’ convoy, bringing the total number of motorcycles to 18, which then headed to the bank of River Jikudna.

“At the river bank, the terrorists and their 18 motorcycles boarded a large motor-powered canoe in an attempt to cross and link up with other terrorists across the river.

“It was at this point that the authorisation to undertake a strike was given.

“The precision strike was adjudged effective as it neutralised Yellow Jambros and his colleagues, destroyed their motorcycles and sank the boat.

“Though it was unusual for terrorists riding in a convoy of 18 motorcycles to travel in broad daylight, it was apparent that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts had assumed that air strikes were suspended following the unfortunate incident at Tudun Biri in Kaduna State and wanted to exploit the perceived window of opportunity,” he said.

The NAF spokesman said that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts had been responsible for several kidnappings and killings along the Abuja-Kaduna Road and in several communities in Kaduna, Niger, Katsina and Zamfara States.

He said a kidnap kingpin, known as Mohammed Sani, who arrested by the Police in Zamfara in October 2020 for murdering over 50 of his victims due to their inability to mobilise ransom, had claimed that he worked for Yellow Jambros.

According to Gabkwet, the terrorist revealed that Yellow Jambros usually supplied him with fake military and police uniforms, guns and other weapons needed to execute his operation.

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ECOWAS meeting holding in Abuja



The 64th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Heads of State and Government is holding in Abuja, Nigeria.

The session, to be chaired by President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, is attended by Heads of State and Government in the 15-member block.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that countries like Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone are already at the venue at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Other members attending are Benin, Gambia, Togo, Cape Verde and Senegal.

The ECOWAS Commission and other stakeholders like former President Goodluck Jonathan, the U.S. Lead diplomat for Africa, Molly Phee, the African Union (AU), and the UN Secretary General Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Leonado Simao, are also attending the meeting

The end-of-year meeting is expected to review various decisions and agreements taken and initiated by the body including that of the adoption of the ECO as a common currency for the region.

The issue of the coup d’etat in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea would also be deliberated on by the regional body at this meeting.

Other issues are climate change, democracy, bilateral relations as well as the African Continental free Trade Agreement.

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