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Court Stops El-Rufai From Licensing Pastors In Kaduna

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A Kaduna State High Court, presided over by Justice Hajaratu Gwadah, on Wednesday, declared that the Kaduna State Government has no right to screen and issue licenses to religious preachers in the state.

The State High Court, however, asserted that the government has the right to regulate religious activities in the state.

The judgement was delivered in suit filed by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), challenging the constitutionality of the bill on the regulation of religious preaching in the state. The Bill which was introduced by governor Nasir el-Rufai in the early part of his first tenure attracted controversy with both Muslims and Christians opposed to it.

Despite being challenged by the PFN, the State House of Assembly went ahead and passed the bill, few hours to the expiration of its tenure.

The PFN had argued that subjecting preachers to screening by government agency was an infringement on fundamental human right and asked the court to declare that setting up a committee for the screening and licensing of preachers, as provided in the bill, is a violation of their rights.

In her judgement, the judge noted that the bill does not seek to abolish the rights of applicants as fundamental human rights is not absolute but noted that sections 6 and 9 of the bill which seeks to screen and license preachers, violates the constitutional rights of the applicant. Counsel to the PFN, Sunny Akanni expressed satisfaction with the judgement saying that.”

In Christianity, not only ordained pastors preach. Every Christian is commanded to go ye into the world and preach the gospel.

“Section 38, (1) of the Nigeria constitution allows everybody to propagate his religion in teaching, in observance and in action. So when you now say pastors should be license you have infringed on their right.

“That is why the court agreed with us that section 6 of the bill is against the constitutional right of PFN” he said. Counsel to the state governor who is one of the respondents in the case, Sanusi Usman, however expressed dissatisfaction with the judgment.

Usman who is the Director of Civil Litigation in the state ministry of justice said he will appeal the judgment.

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JUST IN: Nigeria Police Confirm Alh. Yusuf ‘Oko Oloyun’s’ Murder

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The Oyo State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the murder of popular traditional medical expert Alh. Fatai Yusuf (Aka Oko Oloyun).

Yusuf was killed by unknown gunmen along Igbo-Ora-Eruwa Road.

Confirming the sad incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, told The Nation Newspaper that Yusuf was killed around 4:30 pm on the road while traveling to Iseyin, Oyo State.

Fadeyi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the Commissioner of Police Mr Shina Olukolu has visited the site of the incident along with some deputy commissioners for an on-the-spot fact-finding mission.

The PPRO said Olukolu has directed a high-powered manhunt for the hoodlums that perpetrated the dastardly act with a view to bringing them to justice.

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BREAKING: Trado-Medical Practitioner Oko Oloyun Reportedly Shot

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Popular Trado-medical practitioner, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, also known as Oko Oloyun has been reportedly shot by unknown gunmen.

Alhaji Fatai Yusuf is the CEO of Oko Oloyun Worldwide.

It is not clear if the highly respected traditional medicine practitioner is dead or alive.

Details still sketchy.

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BREAKING: US Will No Longer Issue Visas To Foreigners For Birth Purpose [Document Attached]

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The United States said Thursday it would no longer issue temporary visitor visas to pregnant women seeking to enter the country for so-called “birth tourism”.

In announcing the rule change, which takes effect Friday, the White House said foreigners were using the visas “to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil”.

“The integrity of American citizenship must be protected,” it said in a statement.

Calling the practice “a glaring immigration loophole,” the White House argued the crackdown on “birth tourism” was for public safety and national security as well as immigration control.

“The birth tourism industry threatens to overburden valuable hospital resources and is rife with criminal activity, as reflected in federal prosecution.”

The US constitution guarantees automatic American citizenship to anyone born on US soil.

US President Donald Trump has made restricting immigration a top priority of his administration and has threatened in the past to abolish birthright citizenship.

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