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Pastor Arraigned For Stealing $90,000, N4.5m From Winners Chapel

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A Pastor, Afolabi Samuel, on Monday, was arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos for allegedly stealing the sum of $90, 000 and N4.5million property of the Registered Trustees of the Living Faith Church, Canaan land, Ota, Ogun State.

Pastor Samuel, an accountant and member of the church, was docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.

The EFCC prosecutor, S. O. Daji, said that the defendant, who worked as the treasurer of the church, the committed the alleged offences sometime in September 24 and December 31, 2018, in Lagos.

Daji told the court that the offences contravened Sections 278, 285 and 490 of the Criminal law of Lagos State No. 11, 2011.

The EFCC alleged that Samuel and one Mrs. Blessing Kolawole, a staff of the Covenant University (now at large), conspired and dishonesty stole money and property of the Registered Trustees of the Living Faith Church.

The pastor and Mrs. Kolawole were accused of dishonestly converting the sum of $90, 000 and N4.5 million to their own personal use.

However, according to a petition to EFCC dated June 26, 2019 and signed by Chioma Okwuanyi & Co Legal Practitioners, Pastor Samuel was employed in the Accounts Department of the church to maintain proper records of funds.

The firm, acting as Solicitors to the Registered Trustees of the Living Faith Church, said that both Pastor Samuel and Mrs. Kolawole connived with other criminals and started taking criminal advantage of their positions as the Church’s Treasurer and a staff of the university respectively.

 

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26-Year-Old Mother Of One Fakes Own Kidnap, Demands N10m Ransom From Employer

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Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 26-year-old mother of one, Ataghar Namdoo, for allegedly faking her own kidnap.

DSP Bala Elkana, the Command’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Elkana said the suspect conspired with her boyfriend, Emmanuel Idu, and one Okpe David, to produce two short videos of herself being kidnapped.

He said: “In the videos, the lady was blindfolded and driven to a bush in a truck at Sangotedo area, Ajah, where she was threatened by a man wearing a mask and holding a Jackknife.

“Police, upon investigation, later identified the masked man as Idu, who is the boyfriend of the lady.

“The abductors were demanding for N10 million as ransom from her employer with a threat to kill her and also go after the family of the employer if the ransom is not paid.”

Elkana said the frightened employer, who was into fleet business, reported the case to the Police.

He added: “On the receipt of the case, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the anti-kidnapping unit to carry out an in-depth investigation into the case.

“The videos were thoroughly analyzed alongside other vital leads and a well-coordinated operation was put in place which led to the successful rescue of the victim and the arrest of the two suspects.”

Elkana said that Okpe David was in police custody, while Idu was on the run.

He said: “The three suspects all come from Benue State. They have known each other for so many years. Both the lady and the man arrested confessed to the commission of the crime.

“It is worthy to note that it is a criminal offense for anyone to fake his or her kidnapping.

“Under the Lagos State laws, the offender upon conviction is liable to 14 years imprisonment.
“The suspects will be charged to court.”

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Many Die, Over 200 Houses Burnt As Fresh Pipeline Fire Rocks Lagos [ Graphic Videos]

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The National Emergency Management Agency on Sunday said two bodies had been recovered from the explosion site of a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline at Ile Epo axis of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

However, from gory videos and pictures released by The Eagle Online, several persons died in the inferno that followed the fire outbreak.

Over 200 houses and vehicles were reportedly burnt as at press time.

Several persons also suffered varying degrees of injury from the fire.

NAN reports that the raging fire caused panic among the residents of Abule Egba, Ile Epo and Ekoro Road due to the thick smoke, which oozed out from the explosion scene.

Farinloye said several buildings and articulated vehicles were engulfed in the inferno which happened on Sunday night.

He noted that the cause of the incident had yet to be ascertained, saying emergency responders immediately swung into action after receiving distress calls from some residents of the area.

He said: “NEMA and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency officials are here.

“The Lagos State Fire Service officials are here trying to put off the fire.

“We have contacted NNPC to shut down the pipelines and so far, we have been able to recover two bodies.”

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director General, LASEMA, also confirmed the incident in a statement.

Oke-Osanyintolu said: “A raging fire from the explosion of a vandalized NNPC pipeline has caused panic among residents within Awori, U-turn and Pipeline communities in Abule Egba.

“LASEMA, Lagos Fire Service are responding and are on top of the situation.”

It will be recalled that a similar incident had occurred on December 5, 2019, after some suspected pipeline vandals disrupted the Atlas Cove-Mosinmi Pipeline, part of the System 2B Pipeline at Peace Estate, Varies in Idimu axis of the state.

 

 

 

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Meet TV Producer And Content Guru Prince Adewole Liepede [PHOTO]

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Adewole Lipede, is an entrepreneur and sole proprietor of Back home Productions and is best known for his work in Marketing Strategies, Event Planning, Branding and as a Producer. For the past 10 years, he has hosted over 100 events in Los Angeles, CA and other metropolitan cities in the US.

He is also the talent liaison for BET International during the Annual BET Awards show every year. He has produced and consulted for TV projects with the intent of increasing exposure to African entertainment and culture.

His previous project was a comedy show in Hollywood and a line of children’s books called Back home Kids, which was inspired by his son to expand reading to kids.

His newest venture named “My Tribe” is geared towards the values of all people in the development to instill long-standing regard for the customs that originated back home. Adewole is an alumnus of Morgan State University with a BA in Theatre Arts. He enjoys spending time at home with his family.

Mr. Adewole Lipede is the grandson of the late King Oba Oyebade Lipede the late Alake of Agba land; Adewole is also working on a project with the presidency. Details are not entirely known to the public but it’s sure about African content and building African in Africa and also in the diaspora.

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