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By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

For their alleged involvement in frauds worth over $6million, the United States has indicted six Nigerians.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FIB) named the suspects as Richard Uzuh, Micheal Olorunyomi, Alex Ogunshakin, Felix Okpoh, Nnamdi Benson and Abiola Kayode.

In a statement on its website, the US Department of State, said the six persons “manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources”.

It said they targeted American businesses and individuals using “business email compromise and romance fraud” while impersonating American business executives, requesting and receiving wire transfers from their accounts.

The Department of States explained they specifically targeted women, especially those who just lost a spouse, deceiving them with affection through calls and constant chats until they gain their trust and swindle their unsuspecting victims.

US Department of Justice declared that “all property and interests in property of the designated persons that are in the possession or control of US persons or within or transiting the United States are blocked, and U.S. persons generally are prohibited from dealing with them”.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, warned: “The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology. The United States will use all of the tools at our disposal to defend the American people and businesses from malign actors that seek to target them, including cyber-enabled actors who prey on vulnerable Americans and businesses.”

Suspects’ Profiles

1. Richard Uzuh, m, born April 29, 1986; Passport no, A05284868

Richard Uzuh, m, born April 29, 1986; Passport no, A05284868

According to the US Department of Treasury Office, Uzoh was designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended, for having engaged in fraudulent cyber-enabled activities.

From early 2015 to September 2016, Uzuh and an accomplice sent emails to victims appearing as though they were coming from a company’s true business executive and would request and receive wire transfers of funds from the businesses’ accounts. He targeted over 100 businesses in a single day and a loss in excess of $6,300,000 can be attributed to a scheme he led.

2. Michael Olorunyomi, m, born May 12, 1983; Passport no, A50143448

Michael Olorunyomi, m, born May 12, 1983; Passport no, A50143448

Olorunyomi was designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended, for having engaged in scandalous cyber-enabled activities.

From September 2015 to June 2017, Olorunyomi and an accomplice led a scheme that victimised Americans through the use of romance fraud. He and his co-conspirators created fictitious profiles on dating websites and posed as individuals looking for love. He developed online relationships with victims to either obtain funds directly from them or used their bank accounts to funnel fraudulently obtained money. Losses exceeding $1,000,000 can be attributed to the romance fraud scheme he led.

3. Alex Ogunshakin, m, born February 23, 1983; Passport no, A05285583

Alex Ogunshakin, m, born February 23, 1983; Passport no, A05285583

Ogunshakin was designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended, for having provided financial, material, and technological support for Uzuh.

Ogunshakin conducted business email compromise and romance scams and provided Uzuh and other co-conspirators with bank accounts that were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers.

4. Felix Okpoh, m, born March 9, 1989; Passport no, A06415967

Felix Okpoh, m, born March 9, 1989; Passport no, A06415967

Okpoh was also designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended, for having provided technological support to Uzuh by availing hundreds of US bank accounts that were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers from victims of BEC and romance fraud.

5. Nnamdi Benson, m, born March 21, 1987; Passport no, A06417829

Nnamdi Benson, m, born March 21, 1987; Passport no, A06417829

Benson was also designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended, for having provided support to Uzuh, working closely with Uzuh in romance scams and money laundering. He communicated with multiple romance fraud victims to obtain their bank account details, and provided the account information to Uzuh to receive fraudulent wire transfers from US businesses.

6. Abiola Kayode, m, born November 1987; Passport no, A05637743

Abiola Kayode, m, born November 1987; Passport no, A05637743

Lastly, Kayode was designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended for working closely with Uzuh and others involved in the scheme. He provided US bank accounts to individuals involved in the scheme, one of which was then used to receive a $69,150 fraudulent wire transfer.

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Victor Giadom, the deputy national secretary of the All Progressives Congress, who seized control of the party today, has cancelled the screening for the Edo State governorship primary.

His action may have put the party’s plans for a 22 June direct primary asunder.

The party’s screening notably disqualified the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating.

Obaseki on Tuesday announced his resignation from APC as he was set to join the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

He indicated he may reverse himself, now that Giadom appears to have given him a lifeline.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, he said he has not left the APC.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki: says he has not left the APC

He added that his main focus is to control the spread of COVID-19 ravaging the country and not the governorship election slated for September in his state.

He said: “I have not moved to a new platform yet to seek re-election.

“My focus now is to control the spread of the coronavirus (#COVID19) pandemic, which is ravaging our country and threatening our healthcare system.”

Giadom explained that he has taken over the party based on a previous court order empowering him to do so.

According to him, he has the backing of the members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

The APC had announced ailing Abiola Ajimobi, the national deputy chairman, as acting chairman, based on the party’s constitution.

But the snag was that Ajimobi is not available to flex any muscle, as he is bedridden.

Ajimobi is hospitalised in Lagos for a serious COVID-19 illness.

Giadom’s lawyer Wole Afolabi, said Giadom becomes the acting national chairman, following the upholding of an earlier High Court order by the Appeal Court on Tuesday.

The order cited was not the one given by Justice Danlami Senchi on 4 March, but a consequent one given by Justice S.U. Bature on 10 March.

Bature specifically ruled that “Chief Victor Giadom is to act as the National Chairman.”

The implication of the Appeal Court judgment on Tuesday, according lawyers, is that all the actions taken by Oshiomhole after March became a nullity.

And this would include the emergence of Ajimobi, as deputy chairman and Waziri Bulama, as acting national secretary.

Both filled vacant positions.

Ajimobi replaced Adeniyi Adebayo, who is now minister of industries.

Bulama replaced Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, who is now governor of Yobe.

A statement issued by Afolabi, justifying Giadom as acting national chairman read:

“COURT RECOGNIZES VICTOR GIADOM AS ACTING NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF APC

Our attention has been drawn to a Statement purportedly issued by the Publicity Secretary of the APC to the effect that Senator Abiola Ajumobi is to act as the National Chairman of APC following the suspension from office of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the Court of Appeal.

We wish to state that the statement must have been issued in complete ignorance of the order of the FCT High Court issued on 16th of March, 2020, by Hon. Justice S.U Bature in Suit No. FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 to the effect that Chief Victor Giadom is to act as the National Chairman of the party due to the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman.

The order was given the same day that the Court of Appeal earlier gave Oshiomhole a temporary respite by staying the execution of the said order suspending Oshiomhole. Now that the Court of Appeal has affirmed the order of suspension, it is only proper that the Order recognizing Chief Victor Giadom is implemented.

Consequently, we have written to all law-enforcement agencies to implement the said order and any one who attempts to parade himself/herself other than Chief Victor Giadom as the Acting Chairman of the APC would be facing contempt of court proceedings.

Justice Bature’s judgment

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The All Progressives Congress said its court-suspended chairman Adams Oshiomhole will hand over to Senator Abiola Ajimobi, deputy national chairman, for the south.

The party said it was guided by the advice of its legal department, according to a statement by national publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

“According to Section 14.2. (iii),of the APC constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, North/South “Shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”.”

But there is a snag.

Ajimobi is right now critically ill in the hospital, battling a serious COVID-19 infection that has made doctors put him on the ventilator for close to two weeks.

Asked about what the party would do, since Ajimobi may not be available, a party source said the party will look further into the hierarchical structure and pick the next person in line.

On March 4, Justice Danlami Senchi, a judge of the FCT High Court in Abuja, ordered the interim suspension of Oshiomhole as national chairman.

Victor Giadom, the deputy national secretary took over the running of the party.

Since then, the APC had filled all its vacant executive positions and appointed a substantive national secretary and vice chairman.

Oshiomhole will now need to go back to the high court to defend the substantive suit.

”Oshiomhole will remain suspended pending the determination of the suit”, the judge had ruled in March. .

Oshiomhole’s problem started from home in Edo State, when he was suspended as a member of the party by his ward, a fallout of his battle with Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The suspension was upheld at all levels, up to the state level. Oshiomhole did not challenge the action.

This made Justice Senchi to observe that it was wrong of the APC to have kept Oshiomhole as chairman after he was suspended by his state chapter of the party.

Later, one Afolabi approached the court to get a court backing for the suspension.

This led to the March 4 ruling that threw Oshiomhole out of his chair as APC chief executive..

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the community continues to mourn the deaths of two women, activists and celebrities took to social media to advocate for justice.

The bodies of Oluwatoyin "Toyin" Salau, 19, and Victoria "Vicki" Sims, 75, were found Saturday at the same location in Tallahassee after police used GPS to track Sims' cellphone. It is unclear whether or not the women knew each other before their deaths.

Aaron Glee Jr. was arrested Sunday in the Orlando, Florida, area, hours after the women's bodies were discovered inside and near his home, according to court records released Tuesday. He was charged with felony murder and kidnapping.

Two petitions have received nearly 400,000 signatures. One of them, created by Hana Bangura of New York, was aimed at the Tallahassee Police Department and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to further investigate Salau's death. It has gone viral as celebrities including Academy Award winner and former NFL wide receiver Matthew Cherry and rapper Yung Baby Tate have shared them on Twitter.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), actress Alyssa Milano, George Floyd family attorney Ben Crump and "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins also have expressed their support for justice in the disappearance and death of the activist.

Salau was reported missing June 6 and Sims was reported missing June 11. It's unknown exactly when they died.

Here's what we know about their deaths and the suspect:

Who is Oluwatoyin Salau?

Black Lives Matter demonstrator Oluwatoyin Salau, pictured during a protest at TPD, has been missing since June 6.

Salau was an activist who was found dead Saturday night.

She was affiliated with Movement 850, which describes itself as "student leaders and community residents working together to demand justice and policy change" for police reform in Tallahassee. She spoke at recent protests and spent her final days carrying signs that pleaded for justice in the wake of Black lives lost.

“Those lives may be lost, but we cannot be scared," Salau said last month, during a protest in front of the Tallahassee Police Department. "You are angry and it’s OK to be angry.”

In a series of tweets that were sent on the afternoon of June 6, Salau talked about a man who molested her earlier that day. She said the man offered her a ride back to a church where she had been staying.

On June 9, Tallahassee police posted on social media a missing persons flier for Salau, saying she was last seen June 6 in an area about a quarter mile from where she tweeted she was picked up for a ride and later sexually assaulted.

Meanwhile, the Kearney Center, a homeless shelter, reported that Salau sought help June 8 and was given phone numbers for people who could directly help her seek emergency shelter. They have no record of her trying to get in touch with those case managers.

Background: Florida protester Oluwatoyin Salau killed in Tallahassee

Vigil: Mourners remember Salau near site where activist's body was found

Who is Vicki Sims?

Victoria Sims, 75, a volunteer for AARP, was reported missing Saturday night. On Sunday, AARP officials confirmed she was dead, the victim of a homicide.

Police say Sims was last seen June 11. Police reported her missing June 13 after a neighbor went to check on Sims and found the front door to her apartment ajar. Her home is about a mile from the area Salau said she was sexually assaulted.

Officers found her home ransacked, burglarized and her car missing, police confirmed in an update Tuesday. Friends and family mentioned she occasionally gave rides to a man named Aaron, who lived on Monday Road.

Sims was a retired state worker, grandmother and volunteer who was well-known for her work in local Democratic politics.

In a statement released Sunday, Dave Bruns, spokesman for AARP, said, "Vicki worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others – as a dedicated advocate for older Americans; a committed volunteer for AARP, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend and other community causes; a devoted mother and grandmother; and a passionate, fully-engaged citizen, helping our nation to achieve its highest ideals."

Timeline: Toyin Salau, Vicki Sims' disappearance, death in Tallahassee

Suspect Aaron Glee Jr. arrested

Aaron Glee Jr.

Glee Jr., 49, was arrested early Sunday morning in Orlando on a warrant for murder,according to jail records.

The arrest came hours after police descended on his dilapidated home on Monday Road on Saturday night, when police found Salau and Sims' bodies on the property.

According to jail records, the original charge against Glee was kidnapping with intent to terrorize.

Glee was also arrested May 29, on separate aggravated battery charges after an officer spotted him kicking a woman in the stomach, according to police reports. After, the woman told police she had rejected a sexual advance from Glee, who had become angry. The victim in that case was neither Sims nor Salau.

Salau’s description of the alleged abuser that she posted to Twitter and provided to police before disappearing doesn’t match Glee Jr.

More on Glee's arrest: Suspect in killings of Victoria Sims and Oluwatoyin Salau arrested in Orlando area

Cellphone trace leads to bodies

Court documents released Tuesday say police ran a trace on Sims' cellphone. When they arrived at Glee Jr.'s house, they found Sims' white Toyota, stuck in mud.

"It appeared as though the driver was attempting to drive north of the stopping location, but was unsuccessful," court documents say. "There was a white sheet covering the rear of the vehicle, including the license plate. The license plate was bent upward, as though attempting to conceal the vehicle's identity."

Officers knocked on the door, but no one answered. Concerned Sims was inside and in danger, they broke in. They found Sims' body in a bedroom, covered with a white blanket that was soaked with blood. Her wrists and ankles were bound behind her back, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Officers and a police dog found Salau's body covered in leaves, about 200 feet northeast of the house.

Glee is being held in the Orange County Jail in Orlando. It's not clear when he will be transported to Tallahassee for his first court appearance.

Contributing: Nada Hassanein, Daniella Medina, Tallahassee Democrat

This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: Oluwatoyin Salau death: Aaron Glee Jr. arrested in Orlando; Vicki Sims

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020 12:46

Obaseki officially dumps APC

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has formally resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor announced this on Tuesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

His resignation, as expected, came days after the All Progressives Congress disqualified him from contesting in next week’s primary election – jeopardizing his bid to win a second term in the September 19 governorship election.

He was disqualified on the basis of his certificates – a reason believed to be widely influenced by Adams Oshiomhole, the APC’s national chairman, Obaseki’s political ally turned adversary.

However, Governor Obaseki had met high-ranking personalities of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the past few days and believed to be headed to the main opposition party ahead of the September election.

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed shock that the Buhari administration in the first quarter of 2020, spent 99 percent of revenue to service debt.

“No one should be deceived. This is a crisis!”, Atiku said in a statement today.

“Debt servicing does not equate to debt repayment.

“The reality is that Nigeria is paying only the minimum payment to cover our interest charges.

“The principal remains untouched and is possibly growing”.

The statement entitled “Nigeria In Financial Crisis: Robbing Our Children to Pay for Our Greed”, was signed by Atiku himself to underscore its significance.

The former vice-president was alarmed by what he called a shocking revelation in Nigeria’s first quarter 2020 financial report.

“Nothing has shocked me in my entire life in public service as the revelation from Nigeria’s First Quarter 2020 financial reports in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, which shows, alarmingly, that whereas Nigeria spent a total sum of ₦943.12 billion in debt servicing, the Federal Government’s retained revenue for the same period were only ₦950.56 billion.
This means that Nigeria’s debt to revenue ratio is now 99%.”

“We are at a precipice. If our revenue figures do not go up, and go up quickly, Nigeria risks a situation where our revenue cannot even sustain our debt servicing obligations. Meaning that we may become insolvent, and our creditors may foreclose on us, as has occurred in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

`’In my opinion editorial of December 17 2019, titled ‘Endless Borrowing Will Lead Nigeria to Endless Sorrowing’, I had cause to counsel the Federal Government to desist from indiscriminate lending, and offered suggestions on ways to both increase revenue, and reduce expenditure, however, my counsel fell on deaf ears. And now we have come to this.

“Again, on May 15, 2020, I counselled that the Federal Government ought to reduce Nigeria’s budget by at least 25%, to reflect the economic realities of the times that we live in. Again, my entreaties were brushed aside.

“As part of an administration that paid off Nigeria’s entire foreign debt, I am concerned by the alarming and avoidable unprecedented increase in our debt to GDP ratio and debt to revenue ratio. The alarm I sounded last year is now sounding louder.

“Not only have we squandered our opportunities, we have also squandered the opportunities of our future generations by bequeathing them debt that they neither incurred or enjoyed”, he wrote.

Atiku then went on to suggest some urgent measures to push Nigeria from the financial precipice. One of them is that Nigeria sell off the planes in the presidential fleet and also cut off wasteful spendings.

“As a matter of utmost urgency and importance, I call on the Federal Government to take immediate steps to drastically reduce its expenditure, especially on wasteful projects, such as maintenance of the Presidential Air Fleet, and unnecessary renovations of buildings that could serve as is, limousine fleet for top government officials, overseas travels and treatments, and the ₦4.6 billion Presidential villa maintenance budget, etc.

“We cannot be on the verge of economic ruin, while still maintaining a Presidential Air Fleet that has more planes than the Presidential fleets of those from whom we take these loans.

“In fact, Nigeria must sell those planes and channel the revenue to other vital areas of need, while taking additional steps to reduce the cost of running our government.

“The Federal Government cannot continue to justify these unsustainable numbers by pointing at Nigeria’s debt to GDP ratio. That is only half the picture.

“Our debt to revenue ratio paints a much more realistic portrait of our financial situation, especially as our revenues are majorly tied to a mono product, oil and gas, which are very vulnerable to global shocks.

“Again, I warn that Nigeria is facing a crisis, and we cannot continue to keep up appearances by taking out more loans to prop up our economy.

“That will amount not just to robbing Peter to pay Paul, but to robbing our children to pay for our own greed!”, the former vice president concluded.

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Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja and AlaoAbiodun/ The Nation

THE Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Sunday closed down the popular Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja indefinitely after the facility violated the Presidential Task Force’s (PTF) directives on the ban on public gatherings as part of measures to curb the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The order issued by the FCT Task Force on COVID-19 is coming a day after popular musician, Azeez Fashola, known as Naira Marley, featured and entertained fun-seekers at the mall.

Naira Marley came under intense criticism for performing at the concert that recorded massive attendance.

It was gathered that Naira Marley flew from Lagos to Abuja with Ex-BBNaija star, Kim Oprah, despite the ban on interstate movement and flights.

Speaking to reporters in Abuja after sealing the mall, Chairman of the Ministerial Enforcement Task team on COVID-19 restrictions, Ikharo Attah, lamented that despite several warnings from the PTF and the FCT Administration on guidelines to operate, the mall management chose to permit a concert by Naira Marley and also conducting business activities exceeding the normal hours allowed by the authorities.

He added that the administration has secured a judgment from a mobile court headed by Magistrate Idayat Akonni, who sat in the mall’s premises in Jabi to seal up the mall for two weeks for default of the COVID-19 protocols following three count charges.

Ikharo, who explained that the seal-up order was necessitated by the unlawful and the embarrassing event at the mall on Friday night.

When asked if the FCT administration plan to declare Marley wanted, Attah said: “He flew into Abuja Friday from Lagos and returned back the same day to the nation’s former capital city. We are convinced that the Lagos State government, which had in recent past had an unpleasant experience with the artist will do the needful since he also breached the interstate travel ban, which applies to Lagos State.”

Many Abuja residents have criticised the organisers of the event for holding such during the COVID-19 pandemic saga.

They are of the views that Naira Marley should be sanctioned for performing and violating the PTF protocols.

The event, which was meant to be a “drive-in concert”, was was organised by Play Network Africa, Traffic Bar, El’Carnival and sponsored by Glenfiddich with tickets sold between N20,000 and N250,000.

According to reports, it was gathered that fans at the concert defied the social distancing order as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Fans trooped out of their vehicles to the stage ground to witness Naira Marley’s performance.

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Oluwatoyin Salau, a 19-year-old Black Lives Matter(BLM) protester who begged for justice in the wake of Black lives lost, has been killed.

Police and her family confirmed the death Monday morning.

Salau was found dead Saturday night after she went missing more than a week ago, on June 6, family members told the Tallahassee Democrat, part of the USA TODAY Network.

Salau was one of two homicide victims discovered Saturday night in southeast Tallahassee, a couple miles from where she was last seen at a library.

Victoria “Vicki” Sims, 75, who also had been reported missing, was the second victim. She was a retired state worker and grandmother well-known for her volunteerism and work in local Democratic politics.

Aaron Glee, arrested for killing Oluwatoyin Salau

Police identified the suspect as Aaron Glee Jr, 49, who had been arrested twice recently for violent offences.

However, investigators have not released a motive or any other details about what led to the double homicide.

“There is no justice that can be served that will replace my sister’s life,” her brother, Oluwaseyi Salau said.

Oluwatoyin Salau was reportedly active at all demonstrations before she was declared missing.

She recited the names of Black people killed, such as Tony McDade of Tallahassee and George Floyd of Minneapolis.

“I don’t want their names gone in vain,” she said during one protest in front of the Tallahassee Police Department last month.

Though she went missing June 6, newly surfaced surveillance footage shows on Wednesday, June 10, Oluwatoyin Salau walked into Big Easy Snowballs in Tallahassee, according to owner of the ice cream shop. She asked to use the restroom.

That was the last known day she was seen alive.

The suspect in her killing, Glee, a black man, was arrested May 29 on a charge of aggravated battery after an officer stopped at a light spotted him kicking a woman in the stomach, according to police reports.

The victim in that case was neither Sims nor Salau.

The woman told police she and Glee had been drinking alcohol together and were walking down the sidewalk when he propositioned her for sex.

“She told him no. So Glee became angry, shoved (her) to the ground and began kicking her in the abdomen,” the police report says.

Online Leon County Court records show a misdemeanor battery charge filed against him June 6. However, those reports were not immediately available.

Glee was arrested last year on a charge of possession of marijuana. However, prosecutors dropped it, according to court records.

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By Abankula/ PM

Ibidunni Igbodalo, wife of the popular Lagos Pastor, Ituah Ighodalo, is dead.

She reportedly died of cardiac arrest in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Sunday morning. She was in her forties.

The former Miss Lux Beauty Pageant was the CEO of Elizabeth R Events.

She was also the founder of the Ibidun Ighodalo Foundation.

The foundation has helped couples have children via IVF.

Ibidunni Ighodalo with her husband Ituah Ighodalo

Asue Ighodalo, brother of Ituah later issued a statement confirming Ibidunni’s death:

“The Ighodalo and Olaleye Ajayi families are deeply saddened to announce the sudden loss of our beloved wife and daughter Mrs. Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo who passed away in the early hours of today.

“As you will understand, this is a difficult time for our families and we will appreciate some privacy during this time.

“All information of burial proceedings will be provided in due course.”


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Pastor Enoch Adeboye announced on Sunday that he and his wife will not attend church services as the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG re-opens in Nigeria.

He spoke today during the online Sunday service of the Church broadcast on Dove Television.

The 78 year-old General Overseer said he and his wife will not be part of such gatherings in Lagos in observance of the protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The NCDC advises people above 65 years to keep off large gatherings, such as religious services.

Adeboye also said his grandchildren will not be part of the services because they are under 15.

He said he will continue to conduct online services for some weeks.

He said Pastors under the Church are free to resume services with their congregation or continue with the virtual worship.

“We want to thank the Almighty God that some of us will begin to gather again as from next Sunday.

“I believe that some of you are already gathering in some parts of the world and we believe that you will now begin to enjoy power of corporate prayers once again.

“But as you gather together in all those places where you are free to gather, please remember those of us who cannot gather with you yet.

“People like me and my wife cannot gather with you in Lagos because we are over 65 years of age and my grandchildren cannot gather with you yet because they are under 15 years of age.

“So, remember us in prayers, so that very soon, we will be able to join you. And now that you are able to pray together corporately.

“I am sure that your prayers will be far, far more effective against this plague so that very soon, all will be well.

“For those of you who are still at home, I think I will be reaching out to you again for a couple of weeks more.

” And for those of you who can gather, your Pastors can go back to their assignments.

“If they still want to join those of us who are still on lockdown, they are welcome of course.”

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