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Kogi state government seals off ‘prayer house offering blood transfusion and psychiatric services’

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The Kogi state government has ordered the immediate closure of a prayer house allegedly operated by unlicensed medical practitioners.

According to a statement by Onogwu Muhammed, chief press secretary to the governor, the prayer house, named ‘The New Jerusalem’, was sealed off on Monday over “alleged unwholesome practices”.

Muhammed said the pastor in charge of the facility is currently under investigation, while some persons, “mainly young women who claimed they came for prayer and had spent months at the place, including others mentally unstable placed under chains”, were found at the centre.

“Pastor of the church, Adeiza Peter, is being investigated by the Police for some criminal activities ranging from fraud, use of his prayer house for medical quackery by taking deliveries and also running psychiatric services, even when it has been discovered he has no medical training,” the statement reads.

“The state government delegation comprising the commissioner for information and communication, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo; his counterpart in health, Dr Zakari Usman; the State Security Adviser and Navy Commander, Jerry Omodara (rtd), supervised the enforcement of Governor Yahaya Bello’s directive.

“It was gathered that a number of deaths have been recorded at the prayer house, including pregnant women and others suffering from various ailments, after charging their relatives huge sum of money.

“His supposed assistant, Eneji Seidu, from Adogo, Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State, said the Pastor, who was a musical artist before he received a call to be a Pastor, has been his close friend, noting that he is a true man of God who has been called to help those in need.

“He admitted that people receive medical attention at the church, but denied knowledge of deaths of sick people at the prayer house, saying God had used the Pastor to heal many who comes with challenges.”

Muhammed added that Fanwo said those found at the prayer house would be reunited with their families, just as he urged residents to desist from patronising quacks.

According to the statement, the health commissioner said the pastor has no medical training, but was involved in “taking deliveries and transfusing blood, as well as keeping people with mental illness, and extorting money from them under the guise of spiritual materials”.

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Deeper Life Bible Church bars members from dropping old naira notes in offering box

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently redesigned Nigeria’s currency, the Naira, and with the redesign came a number of monetary policies and directives.

One of the Central Bank’s more urgent directives following the Naira’s redesign is to completely phase out the old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes by the end of January.

This rush to phase out the old notes have begun to ripple through major institutions in Nigeria such as schools and churches.

Numerous churches in Nigeria, ahead of the CBN’s January 31 deadline of phasing out the old notes, have instructed their members to offer only new N1,000, N500 and N200 notes. Schools and retailers have also set time limits for the collection of the old currencies.

This instruction is coming despite the shortage of new Naira notes that have been reported since the currency’s redesign. Even ATM machines at this point still dispense old currencies in large quantities, leaving Nigerians unclear on where to get these new currency notes from.

While each day sees a rise in the number of new Naira notes in circulation, there are still large quantities of old notes still being used for transactions, especially considering that the deadline is in less than a week.

According to a report by the Punch Newspaper, the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, a premier church in Nigeria released a memo directing its church leaders to stop the collection of the old naira notes before the end of the month.

A copy of the memo which was signed by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry Church Secretary, Pastor S.M. Afuwape, was obtained by Punch.

The internal memo, titled, ‘lodgement of old naira notes’ reads, “Calvary’s greetings to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is to inform you that the Central Bank of Nigeria deadline of 31st January 2023 on the validity of the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes in circulation is drawing near. “The church would like to inform you to sensitize your members and the brethren to lodge all Tithes and Offerings collected in the Group on or before 29th January, 2023.

Also, no old notes in the specified denominations above should be paid as offerings as from 29th January 2023. To this end, any old notes (in the prescribed denominations) brought to the headquarters which were not lodged in the bank will be paid for by the Group. Thanks for understanding and cooperation.

This sort of directive has been given across numerous churches in the country.

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“When a man impregnates his wife, he has committed sin” – Evangelist tells bus passengers (Video)

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An evangelist has averred that having impregnating one’s wife is an abominable sin as he cites verses to defend his stance.

The evangelist was spotted in a video preaching to commuters who were in a bus in an unknown state.

In the video making the rounds online, the man preaching to the passengers said that having intercourse with one’s wife is a sin.

According to the evangelist, intercourse is a thing of the world and shouldn’t be indulged.

When one passenger challenged him saying that if it were so, then he wouldn’t have been born into the world.

He retorted by asking whether he had asked to be born as he insisted on his stance on it being a sin.

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Methodist Church of Nigeria ordains Nkechi Nwosu as first female bishop

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The Methodist Church of Nigeria has ordained Nkechi Nwosu as the first female bishop of the church in the country.

Nwosu was ordained on Sunday by Joseph Nnonah, archbishop of Kaduna, at the Christ Methodist Cathedral, Jos, Plateau state.

She will serve as bishop of the Jos diocese.

Speaking with journalists, Nwosu said God is using her ordinance to tell the world that it is time to release women to fulfill their destinies.

“God knew that by creating only Adam, He will not be able to bring his heart’s desire, so He had to make the woman to complement him,” NAN quoted her as saying.

“So, for the word of God to reach the end of the world, man must put their hands together to serve God, irrespective of gender, because God is a spirit.

“And when men or women of God in charge of denominations understand this, I believe we will conquer more for the Lord than what we have done.”

On the forthcoming general election, Nwosu called on Nigerians to listen to the voice of God who knows the best leader for the country at the moment.

She said God has also given Nigerians power, and that the power is in the permanent voter card (PVC).

“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God and do what God said we should do,” she said.

Samuel Uche, prelate emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, during whose tenure Nwosu was elected bishop, said people who have reached menopause can hold responsible office in the church because they have the capacity.

“They have the ability; they are meticulous, resourceful and spiritual,” he said.

“So, we decided that we should have a woman bishop and I know that some time ago, the president of the British Church was a woman from Ireland.”

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