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Pastor Adeboye Hits FG Hard, Condemns Border Closure, VAT Increase, Others

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General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has kicked against the proposed increase of VAT from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent by the federal government.

The proposal, he said, will further increase the burdens on Nigerians.

Adeboye also said the proposed reintroduction of toll gates on the federal government was insensitive.

The plan, he said, shouldn’t be considered at a time most federal roads were in pitiable conditions.

The federal government, as far as Adeboye is concerned, should refocus its plans and programmes toward initiatives that would lessen the suffering and burdens of Nigerians.

He spoke last Sunday at the Special Independence Day Celebration of the church at its headquarters, RCCG, Throne of Grace, Ebute-Metta, Lagos.

The programme tagged Arise attracted worshippers and traditional rulers led by the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, His royal highness, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

He further pointed out the closure of borders to importation of rice was ill-conceived because it has made the stable unavailable to most Nigerians.

Adeboye said as the country celebrates at 59, the federal government should henceforth focus on initiating policies that would lessen the sufferings and burdens of Nigerians.

Such policies, he said, should have the capability to move the country out of doldrums, make her arise and pitch her tent with the comity of nations.

Speaking through the Assistant General Overseer, Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, Adeboye emphasised a lot of policies of the government are not helping Nigerians.

He lamented many Nigerians were suffering when the wealth of their nation are just in few hands who have refused to let go.

The respected preacher also criticised how banks are fixing the interest rate, which he described as one of the highest in the world, saying the development was making business environment unfavourable for Nigerians.

He bemoaned the condition of commoners, saying it was insensitive for the federal government to consider bringing back toll gates when the roads were in bad conditions.

Oba Gbadebo appreciated God for the independence celebration, saying that God has helped us a lot as Nigeria has remained one the federation that has remained strong and indivisible since independence in 1960.

He appealed to Nigeria leaders to consolidate on the success and achievements made so far in Nigeria by working for the interest of the people rather than their personal interest and gain.

He restated that leaders in the position of authority are put there by God and will one day give an account of their stewardship to him.

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LASTMA Official ‘Stabs’ Lover, ‘Kills’ Self Over Alleged Infidelity

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Homicide detectives of the Lagos State Police Command have commenced investigation into an alleged attempted murder and suicide by a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Emmanuel Mekuri, 47.

Mekuri, a resident of Araromi area of Morogbo allegedly stabbed himself to death after stabbing his live-in lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on the right thigh.

It was gathered that the incident occurred around 1am in front of Ogunshola’s 13-year-old daughter.

The Nation reports that this incident is the second spousal homicide in two weeks on grounds of alleged infidelity.

Trouble was said to have started between the couple after Ogunshola accused her partner of infidelity.

The duo was said to have had an arguement that degenerated into physical fighting around past midnight.

Although it was unclear which of them introduced a knife in the fight, The Nation gathered that Mekuri stabbed the woman on her thigh and aimed for her head but she fled the room.

Mekuri allegedly stabbed himself on the stomach such that his intentines came out and he died on the spot.

The teenager, said to be the man’s stepdaughter, was said to have raised alarm and attracted neighbours’ attention who called in the police.

Detectives were deployed to the scene immediately and a knife covered in blood was found.

Confirming the incident, police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Superintendent (SP) said investigation was ongoing, adding that the woman was in stable condition.

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632 Students Fail Law School Final Exams, No Date Yet For Call To Bar Ceremony

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A total of 632 students failed this year’s Law School final examinations out of the 2,515 students who sat for the examinations held in January.

The Director General, Nigerian Law School (NLS), Professor Isa Hayatu Chiroma (SAN) said, in a statement on Sunday, that the Council of Legal Education (CLE) held a virtual meeting last week to consider and approve the release of the results.

Chiroma said a breakdown of the results showed that five students got First Class and were placed under the category of ‘”outstanding performance,”constituting 0.2 percent of the total students that sat for the examinations.

He aded: “Candidates graded in Second Class Upper: 77 (3.06 %).

“Candidates graded in Second Class Lower Upper: 633 (25.17 %)

“Candidates in Pass: 1,067 (42.42 %)

“Candidate with Conditional Pass: 82 (3.26 %)

“Candidates who failed: 632 (25.12 %)

“Absent: 17 (0.7 %)

“Withheld: 2 (0.08%)”

Chiroma said the dates for screening and call to bar would be communicated to the affected students in due course.

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COVID-19: SGF Boss Mustapha, Others Attend Church Service, Pray Against Virus

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, other government officials and Christian leaders on Sunday attended the interdenominational church prayer service against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The service is the culmination of three days of fasting and prayer organised by the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had asked Christians and Muslims to resort to prayers as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the country.

An Islamic prayer was held on Friday in Abuja where special prayers were rendered against the deadly virus.

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