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Plane seen on Lagos road didn’t crash-land – FAAN

 The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reacted to the plane found in Lagos.

There were speculations that it crash-landed Tuesday evening.

The aircraft, which had missing wings, caused a gridlock on the Ikeja-Agege road.

In a terse statement posted on its social media handles, FAAN told Nigerians to disregard the news.

“The aircraft was sold by the owner to a buyer, who was taking it to its final destination”, it reads.

An aviation analyst, Daniel Dikio had tweeted his observation of the viral video.

“It is an Airbus A319, hasn’t flown domestically in years. I can see traces of a green logo, it likely belonged to First Nation Airways in its time.

“The wings are separated cleanly, this wouldn’t happen in a crash. The separation is a sign of dismantling.

“There is no damage to the fuselage, almost impossible given the purported circumstances”, Dikio noted.

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Pregnant woman and children killed in Nigeria attack

Police in Nigeria say they are tracking down gunmen who killed at least 12 people, including a pregnant woman and her four children, in the south-eastern state of Anambra.

The police have blamed the increasing violence in the region on Biafra separatists.

A community leader told the BBC that the pregnant woman and her children were returning home on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen ambushed them in the Orumba area.

Several other people were also shot dead in separate incidents on Sunday evening. Police say they are investigating.

The killings have sparked outrage on social media.

They happened a day after mutilated bodies of a local politician and his aide were discovered a week after they were abducted.

The worsening violence in south-eastern Nigeria is being blamed on a banned separatist group – the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) – which is campaigning for a breakaway state in the region.

The group has denied involvement in some of the attacks.

Security forces are also grappling with various armed groups carrying out killings and kidnappings in other parts of Nigeria.

In the north-east of the country, more than 30 people were reported either killed or kidnapped in an attack in Borno state last Sunday.

Militants from Boko Haram and an IS-linked group are active in that region.

The widespread insecurity is a major concern ahead of elections due to take place in February next year.

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Plane seen on Lagos road didn’t crash-land – FAAN

 The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reacted to the plane found in Lagos.

There were speculations that it crash-landed Tuesday evening.

The aircraft, which had missing wings, caused a gridlock on the Ikeja-Agege road.

In a terse statement posted on its social media handles, FAAN told Nigerians to disregard the news.

“The aircraft was sold by the owner to a buyer, who was taking it to its final destination”, it reads.

An aviation analyst, Daniel Dikio had tweeted his observation of the viral video.

“It is an Airbus A319, hasn’t flown domestically in years. I can see traces of a green logo, it likely belonged to First Nation Airways in its time.

“The wings are separated cleanly, this wouldn’t happen in a crash. The separation is a sign of dismantling.

“There is no damage to the fuselage, almost impossible given the purported circumstances”, Dikio noted.

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Pregnant woman and children killed in Nigeria attack

Police in Nigeria say they are tracking down gunmen who killed at least 12 people, including a pregnant woman and her four children, in the south-eastern state of Anambra.

The police have blamed the increasing violence in the region on Biafra separatists.

A community leader told the BBC that the pregnant woman and her children were returning home on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen ambushed them in the Orumba area.

Several other people were also shot dead in separate incidents on Sunday evening. Police say they are investigating.

The killings have sparked outrage on social media.

They happened a day after mutilated bodies of a local politician and his aide were discovered a week after they were abducted.

The worsening violence in south-eastern Nigeria is being blamed on a banned separatist group – the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) – which is campaigning for a breakaway state in the region.

The group has denied involvement in some of the attacks.

Security forces are also grappling with various armed groups carrying out killings and kidnappings in other parts of Nigeria.

In the north-east of the country, more than 30 people were reported either killed or kidnapped in an attack in Borno state last Sunday.

Militants from Boko Haram and an IS-linked group are active in that region.

The widespread insecurity is a major concern ahead of elections due to take place in February next year.

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Girl whose foster mother burnt her fingers needs Psychological attention – Clinical psychologist recommends

A Clinical Psychologist with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Daniel Fordjour has recommended immediate and intensive psychological attention for Stephanie whose hand was damaged by a foster mother.

Nine-year-old Stephanie had her hand held in boiling water for taking two Ghana Cedis belonging to her guardian, without asking, to buy food.

The injury was managed at home for days until the fingers began deteriorating.

Responding to cases of child abuse, where victims often do not access support from the Social Welfare Department, Mr. Fordjour stated the psychological damage on the girl may be irreparable due to the lasting imprints of the incident on her mind.

“The child is a girl. She’s going to grow up to be a mother. She is going to have anxieties about how mothering another human being is because of what she’s gone through. 

“This is a damage that is going to be difficult to repair. Even the physical ones we are struggling to do this. Psychological one will be much more difficult,” he said. 

Stephanie has undergone two surgical operations at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and there is the fear of losing some of her fingers.

Speaking to David Akuetteh on Luv Fm, the Clinical Psychologist said the actions of the foster mother will not only affect the emotions of little Stephanie but her children, too.

“What this mother has done has caused a lot of traumas for the child, including the 5-month-old baby she’s breastfeeding.  Because it is already on social media. This child is going to grow up.

“By the time they start looking at videos on social media, they will find their mother there. Their mother’s name is going to be all around and they will find out what their mother had done,” he said.

Daniel Fordjour recommends intensive psychological attention for children who suffer abuse.

“Certain psychological help that will follow-up should go on for a while to deal with all the negative conditions that Stephanie might have formed in her own mind and even will be forming per the experiences she will face as she’s growing.

“This is a long-term kind of help that this child needs,” he added. 

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Girl whose foster mother burnt her fingers needs Psychological attention – Clinical psychologist recommends

A Clinical Psychologist with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Daniel Fordjour has recommended immediate and intensive psychological attention for Stephanie whose hand was damaged by a foster mother.

Nine-year-old Stephanie had her hand held in boiling water for taking two Ghana Cedis belonging to her guardian, without asking, to buy food.

The injury was managed at home for days until the fingers began deteriorating.

Responding to cases of child abuse, where victims often do not access support from the Social Welfare Department, Mr. Fordjour stated the psychological damage on the girl may be irreparable due to the lasting imprints of the incident on her mind.

“The child is a girl. She’s going to grow up to be a mother. She is going to have anxieties about how mothering another human being is because of what she’s gone through. 

“This is a damage that is going to be difficult to repair. Even the physical ones we are struggling to do this. Psychological one will be much more difficult,” he said. 

Stephanie has undergone two surgical operations at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and there is the fear of losing some of her fingers.

Speaking to David Akuetteh on Luv Fm, the Clinical Psychologist said the actions of the foster mother will not only affect the emotions of little Stephanie but her children, too.

“What this mother has done has caused a lot of traumas for the child, including the 5-month-old baby she’s breastfeeding.  Because it is already on social media. This child is going to grow up.

“By the time they start looking at videos on social media, they will find their mother there. Their mother’s name is going to be all around and they will find out what their mother had done,” he said.

Daniel Fordjour recommends intensive psychological attention for children who suffer abuse.

“Certain psychological help that will follow-up should go on for a while to deal with all the negative conditions that Stephanie might have formed in her own mind and even will be forming per the experiences she will face as she’s growing.

“This is a long-term kind of help that this child needs,” he added. 

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Girl whose foster mother burnt her fingers needs Psychological attention – Clinical psychologist recommends

A Clinical Psychologist with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Daniel Fordjour has recommended immediate and intensive psychological attention for Stephanie whose hand was damaged by a foster mother.

Nine-year-old Stephanie had her hand held in boiling water for taking two Ghana Cedis belonging to her guardian, without asking, to buy food.

The injury was managed at home for days until the fingers began deteriorating.

Responding to cases of child abuse, where victims often do not access support from the Social Welfare Department, Mr. Fordjour stated the psychological damage on the girl may be irreparable due to the lasting imprints of the incident on her mind.

“The child is a girl. She’s going to grow up to be a mother. She is going to have anxieties about how mothering another human being is because of what she’s gone through. 

“This is a damage that is going to be difficult to repair. Even the physical ones we are struggling to do this. Psychological one will be much more difficult,” he said. 

Stephanie has undergone two surgical operations at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and there is the fear of losing some of her fingers.

Speaking to David Akuetteh on Luv Fm, the Clinical Psychologist said the actions of the foster mother will not only affect the emotions of little Stephanie but her children, too.

“What this mother has done has caused a lot of traumas for the child, including the 5-month-old baby she’s breastfeeding.  Because it is already on social media. This child is going to grow up.

“By the time they start looking at videos on social media, they will find their mother there. Their mother’s name is going to be all around and they will find out what their mother had done,” he said.

Daniel Fordjour recommends intensive psychological attention for children who suffer abuse.

“Certain psychological help that will follow-up should go on for a while to deal with all the negative conditions that Stephanie might have formed in her own mind and even will be forming per the experiences she will face as she’s growing.

“This is a long-term kind of help that this child needs,” he added. 

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Memorial lecture to be held in honour of Kojo Bentsi-Enchill Letsa

The Bentsi-Enchill Letsa and Ankomah Law firm is set to hold a memorial lecture in honour of the founder of the firm, Kojo Bentsi-Enchill.

The event comes off this Thursday, May 26 at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

A Partner of the firm, Frank Nimako Akowuah, speaking on the Super Morning Show on Tuesday, noted that “we at the law firm credit him for three things; innovation, mentorship, and research. He was noted “for creating and developing systems for the practice of law.

Memorial lecture to be held in honour of Kojo Bentsi-Enchill Letsa

“He was also concerned with training and mentorship and has trained many Ghanaian lawyers who are doing very well. He was also big on legal research and so it is only relevant that the inaugural lecture we are instituting in his honour is about the history of Ghanaian Commercial Law.

The event will be held on the theme: “the Evolution of Regulation of Commerce in Ghana.”

Memorial lecture to be held in honour of Kojo Bentsi-Enchill Letsa

Retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Prof Samuel Date-Bah will grace the occasion as a speaker.

The lecture, which will commence at 8:00am, is strictly by invitation. However, interested parties can participate via zoom and other social media handles of the law firm.

Entertainment News

Rapper Olamide buys car for fan months after berating him for seeking help

 

Olamide, the ace Nigerian rapper and singer, has bought a car for a fan four months after scolding him for begging for financial assistance.

According to a Twitter thread shared by the fan named Odunuga Oluwaseun on Monday, the YBNL records boss provided him with the vehicle despite berating him when he made the plea in January.

Oluwaseun also shared a picture of himself in the car, which he said he would use for his “Bolt business.”

“Today I am so happy because I be car owner by this post. Olamide went out of all odds and put smile on my face. You are so special. Plus, say na low key you do am. I go post am. I love you more. Thank you, boss—Asake’s manager. YBNL no go fall,” he wrote.

Olamide has yet to acknowledge or reply to the tweet, but the act of kindness has sent his name high on Twitter’s trend list.

 

In January, Oluwaseun had tabled his need in the comment section of Olamide’s tweet. He begged the rapper to provide him with a car for taxi business.

 

“Baddo, I need car for my bolt business ooo.. even na HP I go pay back. Make we run biz. Thanks,” he had written.

 

In response, Olamide slammed his effrontery and insulted him in both Pidgin English and Yoruba.

 

“Money weh you keep for my hand … Ori iya e gbaa Ile,” the ‘Wo’ crooner replied.

 

The response became a polarising topic on social media for days, with some people criticising the rapper for being unnecessarily harsh while others supported his firmness.

 

“Today I am so happy because I be car owner by this post. Olamide went out of all odds and put smile on my face. You are so special. Plus, say na low key you do am. I go post am. I love you more. Thank you, boss—Asake’s manager. YBNL no go fall,” he wrote.

 

Olamide has yet to acknowledge or reply to the tweet, but the act of kindness has sent his name high on Twitter’s trend list.

 

In January, Oluwaseun had tabled his need in the comment section of Olamide’s tweet. He begged the rapper to provide him with a car for taxi business.

 

“Baddo, I need car for my bolt business ooo.. even na HP I go pay back. Make we run biz. Thanks,” he had written.

 

In response, Olamide slammed his effrontery and insulted him in both Pidgin English and Yoruba.

 

“Money weh you keep for my hand … Ori iya e gbaa Ile,” the ‘Wo’ crooner replied.

 

The response became a polarising topic on social media for days, with some people criticising the rapper for being unnecessarily harsh while others supported his firmness.

 

  

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‘A trustee is not allowed to own the trust property’ – Martin Kpebu on Sir John’s acquisition of parts of Achimota Forest

Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu, says the late former Forestry Commission boss, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as, Sir John involved himself in a conflict of interest situation.

Mr. Kpebu noted that the facts show that until his death, he was the CEO of the Forestry Commission and the facts also show that he owns land at the Achimota Forest, which constitutes a conflict of interest.

“For the number one public officer in charge of protecting our forest, to own land in the periphery of the forest and the fact that government had not totally given out the land, its interest in the forest at the time of his acquisition, constitutes a conflict of interest,” he said.

He maintained that as the trustee, he is supposed to protect the forest, thus, he cannot turn around and own portions of the land.

“A trustee is not allowed to own the trust property,” he stressed.

The name of late former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, a.k.a, Sir John, is trending on social media.

'A trustee is not allowed to own the trust property' - Martin Kpebu on Sir John's acquisition of parts of Achimota Forest

He is alleged to have willed portions of the Achimota Forest to individuals believed to be his relatives.

A photograph of a particular page of the will, which has been widely circulated on social media, has sparked huge public criticism of Ghanaian politicians. Some people are alleging that the reason for government declassifying part of the Forest as a reserve is to legalise such allocations.

Although the Lands Ministry has launched a probe into the claims, many Twitter users have expressed misgivings about the revelation.

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Northern coalition warns against attacks on northerners, destruction of properties in S/East

 

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has bemoaned what it noted as “hate campaigns and propaganda” being conducted by certain interest groups in the South-East to carry out unprovoked evictions, attacks, killings, destructions of properties and other forms of violations against northerners in various parts of the region.

 

The CNG said it is particularly disturbed by the reports of the brutal murder of a mother and her four children for the only sin of being northerners, adding that other reports that some trucks conveying goods to the south were also set ablaze in Anambra at the weekend and the drivers and other occupants were killed, injured or disappeared without a trace.

 

The group, speaking through its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman in a statement, said, “The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has taken stock of events unfolding in South-East Nigeria, noting especially, the unrelenting attacks and killings of northerners passing through or residing among Igbo communities as minorities.”

 

It said that there is a manifestation of a dangerous conspiracy of silence days after Sunday’s killing of the northerners without any provocation, saying that the story has not been told by any of the national print and broadcast media despite wide coverage by the social media with graphic photos of the mayhem and condemnation by security operatives, groups and individuals.

 

According to the statement, “We have watched and studied these events carefully and with considerable restraint and maturity, to the point of condoning and accommodating several unreasonable and unacceptable actions that have been perpetrated against Nigerians collectively, and northerners in particular.

 

“The intrinsic bias of the media and the double standards, hypocrisy and cowardice of regional, traditional, cultural, political and religious leaders from both the South and the North have become more glaring when they condemned the Deborah incident in Sokoto but conspiratorially and deliberately decline comments on the murderous activities of IPOB/ESN terrorists including the slaughter of a legislator.”

 

CNG explained that it also noted the deliberate attempt by the media and southern leaders to conceal the true identity of the murderous IPOB/ESN terrorists by concealing them as ‘unknown gunmen’ while in actual sense they are known.

 

It claimed that it is aware that the activities of the IPOB/ESN terror groups are supported morally and politically by the vast majority of Igbo elites, politicians, traditional rulers, business persons, and the larger population of this ethnic group, alleging that it is also a situation that feeds on the docility of the affrighted section of those who pose as Northern leaders today.

 

It stated that the North’s reticence in speaking out or taking action is not born of fear or ignorance of how to respond in kind, saying that those who tempt them should know that the North is no longer going to turn the other cheek.

 

“We, therefore, invite the attention of southern leaders, their Northern collaborators and the bankrupt section of the northern political elite and other authors of mindless violence and separatism who see it as their duty to actualise what their fathers started in 1966, to remember that people from other regions are residing and doing businesses all over the North and to warn them that we shall no longer be expected to turn the other cheek if northerners would not be protected wherever they live as minorities in particularly Nigeria,” the group said.

 

CNG warned media operators of an imminent boycott of patronage all over the North unless they change to being more restrained and balanced in their reporting of all situations in the country, particularly when matters coming from or affecting northerners are reported or commented on.

 

“We caution them to desist from and to eschew the slanted reporting of events with greater bias against a particular religious and ethnic group as is witnessed in the reporting of security situations recently,” the statement stated.

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Old Mutual celebrates 177th anniversary globally; 10 years in Ghana

Old Mutual Group, a pan-African investment, savings, insurance, and banking group, is celebrating its 177 years of operation globally with the Ghanaian unit also marking its 10th anniversary.

The Ghana unit, which provides insurance and pensions services, has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative insurance and pensions products and services in the country while showing the way when it comes to diversity in the workplace and leveraging technology for business growth.

Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual Ghana, Tavona Biza, said having operated in Africa for over 176 years, the Old Mutual brand has made a mark as an outstanding and caring brand strongly known for its integrity, sound corporate governance and its contribution towards Africa’s socio-economic development. 

“Old Mutual Ghana provides life insurance and pensions solutions to its customers. We offer the best life insurance packages for corporate organizations and help individuals achieve their lifetime financial goals. Old Mutual Ghana is currently made up of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company Limited and Old Mutual Pensions Trust Company Limited,” he added.

Touching on the company’s achievements and technological advances in Ghana over the past 10 years, Mr. Biza said; “Old Mutual has a strong customer-led approach to our technology strategy. We have made investments in embedding security, ensuring our systems are always on, the simplification and modernization of our technology, ensuring our skills keep pace with the rapidly changing technology landscape and striving for a culture of innovation.”

He added that the company has also introduced a number of revolutionary products and services into the market, chief amongst them is the Old Mutual Retirement Salary Plan, which is designed to provide a steady cash flow – a retirement salary – for people during their retirement years and to alleviate the fears of outliving their savings. “We stand as the first insurance company to bring out this product,” Mr. Biza stated proudly.

Old Mutual Ghana, he added, as part of its digital strategies to be an innovative business, launched an automated WhatsApp chatbot to handle all customer queries and enquiries.

Diversity and inclusion

With 450 staff across nine locations in the country, Mr. Biza touched on the company’s diverse and inclusive structure which has led to 70 percent of its leadership being women, which is higher than corporate Ghana’s average.  

“We will continue to drive diversity and inclusion, innovate around product and customer solutions, attract and retain best talents in the market, impacting the Ghanaian market through financial education programmes and investing in technology,” he said as he nods towards a brighter future for the business.

Marking the historic milestone

Rita Adu Boateng, Customer Experience & Marketing Executive at Old Mutual Ghana explained that Old Mutual Ghana, as part of the celebrations in Ghana, will be interacting with the media to share the brand’s rich heritage and experience in the financial service space; embark on a comprehensive financial education in some selected senior high schools, donate items to students after the financial education programme and top it all off with an interactive session with employees on the brand’s 177 years.

Financial Education

Old Mutual ‘On The Money’ is a Financial Education programme which encourages people to change their financial behaviour and to understand money-related issues and new skills to help maintain positive financial behaviour. With its well-run digital campaign, the financial education programme has reached over 300,000 persons on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The campaign led to Old Mutual winning the Best Marketing Campaign of the Year at the 4th Ghana Insurance Awards.

Social investment during COVID-19

Old Mutual, during the most difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been very active in supporting communities and institutions at the frontline. The company donated GH¢150,000 worth of surgical gloves and nose masks to three hospitals in Accra and Kumasi.

“We distributed 1,750 branded nose masks in some parts of Accra (Dansoman, Kaneshie First light, Korle Bu junction, Osu Oxford, Gold House runabout and Accra mall) and customers who visit any of our branches

We partnered with Vine Christian High on their online E-Learning platform during this COVID-19 pandemic for all customers (for Grade 7 & 8 / JHS1 / 2 students) and rewarded the best five students with cash prizes and branded Old Mutual souvenirs. GH¢1,200 Education policy was given to the overall best performing student,” Ms. Boateng added.

As a digitally inclined brand, Old Mutual was and continues to be very active with social media campaign on how to keep financial stability and impact in the COVID-19 pandemic. “Covid saw an introduction of our hybrid system where employees both work from home and the office intermittently. The introduction of the telesales unit which helped in reaching customers through sales during the lockdown period,” she added.

Old Mutual Ghana

Old Mutual Ghana is Ghana’s top 10 leading financial institution with an innovative record in offering the best in insurance services to its clients. Founded in South Africa, Old Mutual has been consistent in championing mutually positive futures by offering excellent financial services to a wide range of customers across the African continent.

The company established a branch in Ghana in 2013. It operates with skilled knowledge of the Ghanaian market backed by the expertise of an international brand. In Ghana, the company is currently made up of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company Limited and Old Mutual Pensions Trust.

Music News

KiDi and Kuami Eugene’s lookalikes seen performing together

The lookalikes of musicians KiDi and Kuami Eugene seem to be getting more attention for their striking resemblance to the two artistes.

From dressing like them to acting like them, these two young men have been seen dancing or imitating the singers on numerous occasions.

But in a new video shared online, the two men were seen performing KiDi and Kuami Eugene’s songs at a private event.

KiDi’s lookalike was seen in blue pants, a white shirt which had been tucked in, and an orange beanie. Kuami Eugene’s lookalike was dressed like him to the nines with his afro hair held by a bandana.

The two were seen performing KiDi’s hit song ‘Spiritual’ which featured his label mate and Nigerian singer Patoranking.

Meanwhile, some social media users seem excited by the video.

Others were however concerned, stating that the two men were taking advantage of KiDi and Kuami Eugene.

Entertainment News

I was arrested in Dubai for illegal filming, not smoking – Tonto Dikeh

 

Controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has finally revealed why she was arrested in Dubai.

 

Recall that the mother of one was arrested sometime in 2019 in Dubai, which went viral on social media.

 

In her renewed fight with Bobrisky, the cross dresser claimed that the actress was arrested in Dubai for smoking weed.

 

However, Tonto took to her Instagram story, reiterating that she was not arrested for smoking weed in Dubai.

 

According to her, she was arrested for illegal filming and abusing a security officer in Dubai.

 

Taking a swipe at Bobrisky, Tonto wrote; “Education is very important in life; if Bobrisky had known that weed smoking in Dubai is liable to 4/6 years in jail, if you like be the President’s daughter.

 

“As a matter of fact, the ruler of Dubai has his own daughter in jail for a lesser crime going years now!

 

“My altercation with the authorities in Dubai was recorded and posted on every blog in the country, lucky enough Dubai has public records accessible to the public on my case, which was illegal filming and abusive words to a security officer. Bobrisky get a life.”

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Blasphemy: Drama as Abuja RCCG members stage protest with sealed lips

 

There was drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Central Parish) in Abuja on Sunday as members protested against the killing of Christians in Nigeria over alleged blasphemy with their lips sealed with sellotape.

 

The protest which took place after the Sunday service at the Central Parish in Wuse 2 area of Abuja was led by the Regional Pastor of the Parish who refused to give his name to journalists.

 

Another Pastor of the church said the decision not to speak on the protest was an “order from above.”

 

The protesters who declined to speak to journalists had their mouths sealed with sellotape claiming it was a silent protest against killings in the name of God.

 

A presidential aspirant for the 2023 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member and Senior Pastor of the RCCG.

 

Some inscriptions on the placards carried by them included, ‘Stop the killing! God is watching’; ‘No killings in the name of religion’, ‘Don’t defend the indefensible’; and ‘Let’s live together in peace.’

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria had called for a nationwide protest over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

Some Muslim colleagues of Deborah alleged that she blasphemed their religion, for which she was stoned to death before setting her ablaze.

The killing elicited international outcry while the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the metropolis to restore order.

 

Violence also erupted on Friday in Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State over alleged blasphemy.

 

Trouble reportedly started in Bauchi following a social media post by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department Warji Local Government, Rhoda Jatau, which was considered blasphemous to Islam.

 

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, however, instructed Christians in the country to be discreet in carrying out the protest in view of a threat by an unknown Islamic group to do a counter-protest.

 

He urged church leaders to do the protest by carrying placards within the premises of their local churches or CAN secretariats.

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Lands Commission flood: Your land documents are intact – Deputy Lands Minister assures

Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, responsible for Lands and Forestry, Benito Owusu-Bio has assured Ghanaians that all land documents at the Lands Commission Accra Regional office are safe and intact.

He said this in contrast to a news report circulating on social media that rains have destroyed all Land documents at the Greater Accra Regional Lands Commission head office including those of Achimota forest.

Addressing the media during an inspection of the flooded offices at the Lands Commission on Monday, May 23, Mr Benito said, “Yes, it is true the rain got into the building from the construction site next door but upon inspection on arrival to verify the reports, nothing has been  destroyed as most documents were safely placed on shelves above floor level.”

Lands Commission flood: Your land documents are intact - Deputy Lands Minister assures
Deputy Lands Minister, Benito Owusu-Bio

He further stated that even documents that were wet by the rainwater have been promised to be replaced.

“The Executive Secretary has assured us that all the documents the water got into will be reprinted and replaced. The electronic data are also intact and so there is no cause for alarm.”

The Deputy Minister said moving forward, they are going to ensure that no documents are kept on the floor in the offices to ensure such an occurrence does not repeat itself.

He stressed that the rain was an act of God which could not have been predicted and therefore should not be linked to the Achimota Forest land saga or any other land matter whatsoever as it will be unfair if that is considered.

Mr Owusu-Bio gave a word of encouragement and appreciation to the employees of the Lands Commission for their hard work regardless of all current happenings “we see your efforts and we appreciate it, Keep up the good work,” he said.

Lands Commission flood: Your land documents are intact - Deputy Lands Minister assures
Source: GNA

Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Mr. James Dadson pointed out that the main offices that were affected include the basement, records, records annex and the digital capturing room but he was also quick to add that most of the documents affected by the rain have been retrieved and dried up by the sun, adding that those that could not dry will be reprinted and replaced.

Mr. Dadson also assured the media and Ghanaians that the rains did not interrupt their work in any way, adding that they will be ready to work, anytime they are called upon.

“This has not disrupted any of our work. As a matter of fact, we have restored lights to all the affected offices and we are ready and will be at your service anytime we are called upon to work,” he concluded.

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Lands Commission flood: Your land documents are intact – Deputy Lands Minister assures

Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, responsible for Lands and Forestry, Benito Owusu-Bio has assured Ghanaians that all land documents at the Lands Commission Accra Regional office are safe and intact.

He said this in contrast to a news report circulating on social media that rains have destroyed all Land documents at the Greater Accra Regional Lands Commission head office including those of Achimota forest.

Addressing the media during an inspection of the flooded offices at the Lands Commission on Monday, May 23, Mr Benito said, “Yes, it is true the rain got into the building from the construction site next door but upon inspection on arrival to verify the reports, nothing has been  destroyed as most documents were safely placed on shelves above floor level.”

Lands Commission flood: Your land documents are intact - Deputy Lands Minister assures
Deputy Lands Minister, Benito Owusu-Bio

He further stated that even documents that were wet by the rainwater have been promised to be replaced.

“The Executive Secretary has assured us that all the documents the water got into will be reprinted and replaced. The electronic data are also intact and so there is no cause for alarm.”

The Deputy Minister said moving forward, they are going to ensure that no documents are kept on the floor in the offices to ensure such an occurrence does not repeat itself.

He stressed that the rain was an act of God which could not have been predicted and therefore should not be linked to the Achimota Forest land saga or any other land matter whatsoever as it will be unfair if that is considered.

Mr Owusu-Bio gave a word of encouragement and appreciation to the employees of the Lands Commission for their hard work regardless of all current happenings “we see your efforts and we appreciate it, Keep up the good work,” he said.

Lands Commission flood: Your land documents are intact - Deputy Lands Minister assures
Source: GNA

Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Mr. James Dadson pointed out that the main offices that were affected include the basement, records, records annex and the digital capturing room but he was also quick to add that most of the documents affected by the rain have been retrieved and dried up by the sun, adding that those that could not dry will be reprinted and replaced.

Mr. Dadson also assured the media and Ghanaians that the rains did not interrupt their work in any way, adding that they will be ready to work, anytime they are called upon.

“This has not disrupted any of our work. As a matter of fact, we have restored lights to all the affected offices and we are ready and will be at your service anytime we are called upon to work,” he concluded.

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Blasphemy: Drama as Abuja RCCG members stage protest with sealed lips

 

There was drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Central Parish) in Abuja on Sunday as members protested against the killing of Christians in Nigeria over alleged blasphemy with their lips sealed with sellotape.

 

The protest which took place after the Sunday service at the Central Parish in Wuse 2 area of Abuja was led by the Regional Pastor of the Parish who refused to give his name to journalists.

 

Another Pastor of the church said the decision not to speak on the protest was an “order from above.”

 

The protesters who declined to speak to journalists had their mouths sealed with sellotape claiming it was a silent protest against killings in the name of God.

 

A presidential aspirant for the 2023 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member and Senior Pastor of the RCCG.

 

Some inscriptions on the placards carried by them included, ‘Stop the killing! God is watching’; ‘No killings in the name of religion’, ‘Don’t defend the indefensible’; and ‘Let’s live together in peace.’

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria had called for a nationwide protest over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

Some Muslim colleagues of Deborah alleged that she blasphemed their religion, for which she was stoned to death before setting her ablaze.

The killing elicited international outcry while the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the metropolis to restore order.

 

Violence also erupted on Friday in Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State over alleged blasphemy.

 

Trouble reportedly started in Bauchi following a social media post by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department Warji Local Government, Rhoda Jatau, which was considered blasphemous to Islam.

 

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, however, instructed Christians in the country to be discreet in carrying out the protest in view of a threat by an unknown Islamic group to do a counter-protest.

 

He urged church leaders to do the protest by carrying placards within the premises of their local churches or CAN secretariats.

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Civil Society Organisation kicks against declassification of Achimota Forest Reserve

A Civil Society Organisation, Mass Action Committee, has kicked against government’s decision to declassify the Achimota Forest Reserve.

According to the Organisation, the move is unacceptable and must not be allowed to materialize.

The Executive Secretary, Atik Mohammed in a signed document, described as disappointing, the issuance by the government of Executive Instruments 144 and 154 relative to the Achimota Forest Reserve.

“This singular action by government does not only offend our collective effort at environmental sustainability, but it undermines our commitment to major international instruments, protocols and agreements. One such instrument that leap readily to mind is, SDG 15.

“We are enjoined by this goal among others, to sustainably manage our forests, halt and reverse land degradation. In particular, we are expected to achieve the 0.0 target in permanent deforestation – permanent deforestation is described as “tree cover removal for urbanization, commodity production and certain types of small-scale agriculture”.

“Ghana’s performance on this indicator stood at 0.8 as of 2018 (Sachs et al 2021). This reflects how badly we are protecting our forest cover. With this state, it is expected that government’s actions toward the few urban forest reserves we have especially Accra’s, would be to achieve one end only-their protection. That is why we find the Executive Instruments obnoxious in the superlative.”

The Committee also believed that the Owoo Family do not deserve any parts of the Reserve.

According to them, the reserve is the common resource and cannot be sacrificed in part or in whole to satisfy any private claim especially when such claim is not grounded in law.

“All leases allegedly granted to that family must be revoked. We must guard and preserve the entire reserve for our own benefit and the benefit of future generations.

“Meanwhile, we reject the apparent notion loudly, albeit subtly articulated by the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources that, because they find no evidence of any compensation payment to the Owoo family for the 1927 acquisition, grant of the so-called leases and the subsequent Executive Instruments have a fair grounding.”

This follows the wide circulation of an eight-page document on social media, which purported to mean that the classification of the Achimota Forest Reserve has been lifted to pave the way for a possible redevelopment for other purposes.

The Instrument gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, stipulated that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve, pursuant to Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157).

The cessation, per that document, was to be effective on May 1, 2022.

However, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has said the government is not selling the land.

According to him, plans are rather afoot to upgrade the Achimota Forest into a world-class asset.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, May 17, the sector Minister emphasised that widespread reports about the supposed sale of the Forest are false and baseless, as government has no such plans.

“The government intends to enrich the Achimota forest, revamp it and hopefully in the not too distant future, transform it into the likes of High Park of London and Central Park of New York, where Ghanaians can go and enjoy the beauty of nature and forest reserve as it happens in other parts of the world”.

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Flood at Lands Commission at this time fishy – Social media users

Some social media users have cast doubt about the authenticity of the reported flooding of the headquarters of the Lands Commission.

The Ghana News Agency sources claimed that hundreds of documents, computers, and scanners in the basement of the edifice were destroyed after Saturday night’s downpour.

The affected documents include; indentures, land maps, and land documents.

Although the weekend’s rain caused a lot of mayhem in various parts of the Greater Accra Region, some netizens are finding it hard to believe that the premises of the Lands Commission could also be flooded.

The justification for their skepticism is that over the past few weeks, these social media users have been accusing some government officials of attempting to illegally acquire lands at the Achimota Forest Reserve.

Even before the dust settled, another jaw-dropping discovery was unearthed in the will of the former Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.

In the 12-page document, it emerged that the politician, popularly known as, Sir John, owned some parcels of land in the Forest Reserve which he has passed on to inheritors forever.

As netizens gradually assimilate this news and the story of the Lands Commission getting flooded popped up, it has become difficult for them to accept that it is just another disaster.

The users believe that the flooding is just part of the scheme to cover up the illegalities perpetrated by some politicians.