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Lagos pastor Feyi Daniels remanded for raping woman while speaking in tongues

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An Ikeja sexual offences and domestic violence court on Wednesday, remanded a bishop identified as Oluwafeyiropo Daniels, for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman while “speaking in tongues.”

NAN reports that the clergyman allegedly raped the woman at his residence in Lekki, Lagos state.

The clergyman, who is the founder of ‘I Reign Christian Ministry, was earlier remanded for allegedly raping two of his church members at his residence in June 2020.

During the trial, the victim, a member of the bishop’s church, was led in evidence by Babajide Boye, the state lead counsel.

The victim told the court that she heard her cousin listening to the bishops’s sermon on the phone while they were at her sister’s shop in Osogbo on January 2, 2019.

“I told my cousin the sermon was nice and he told me the name of the church which I searched for and followed its page on Facebook,” the victim said.

“After that, I was able to chat with Feyi on Facebook and he added me to a WhatsApp group called spiritual sonship group.”

The alleged victim said she met the pastor for the first time when she attended a three-day retreat organised by the church in 2019.

“He later had a programme at OAU which I attended and met Brother Isaac, one of his spiritual sons, and we exchanged numbers,” she said.

“From the sonship group, I took an assistant pastor / first prosecution witness (PW1) (name withheld) to be my prayer partner because, irrespective of our gender, we call ourselves sons.

“On the WhatsApp group, Feyi dropped a message that all sons should pick a convenient time to fast for 70 days, pray for two hours and break at 6.00 p.m. daily and come to Lagos for laying of hands after the fasting.

“On Sept. 8 2019, I told her (PW1) that I was going to Lagos for the laying of hands but the programme started late and there was nowhere to sleep because I had no one I could stay with in Lagos,” she said.

“PW1 told me to call and tell Feyi that I had no one to stay with for the night, and I did.

“He said there was no problem, and this made me follow him to his house with some other members, including Bro Israel and his wife, but they later left the house that same day.”

She also said a lady identified as Rachael took her to a room where they both slept in.

“The following morning, Feyi came out of his room and laid his hands on my head and started praying for me at the dining section, after I greeted him,” she recounted.

“I went inside the room to start preparing to go to Osogbo, and he told me there was food in the kitchen, that I should eat.

“I was eating at the dining when he came to meet me again and said, ‘Are you in your period?’

“I said, ‘No”, and he went back to his room. I did not see Rachael in the morning though we slept in the same room.”

She further said the pastor came to her again and told her that he had an instruction for her, adding that he would want her to hear it herself.

‘HE TOLD ME TO GO INTO HIS ROOM’

“There are two portraits of one Prophet Babajide David Olulana on Feyi’s living room whom he told me was his spiritual father,” she said.

“Feyi told me to carry one of the portraits and stare at it so that I can hear the instruction myself, which I did.

“After a while, he came out of his room and asked if I heard anything.

“I told him ‘No’. He then said that the portrait was talking to me but I could not receive it.

“He said his spiritual father would use another means to speak to me.

“I then got a text message on my phone with the sender showing Babajide. I could not call the number but the message read, ‘Whatever your father asks you to do, do it for your own good’.”

She said the pastor later came out to ask her if she had received any sign, adding that he was instructed to have sex with her.

“I told him I got a message. He said I should delete the message,” she said.

“Feyi told me that when I was born, my aunt did something to me which prevented my progress in life.

“He said the instruction he received was for him to help me so that I could be free from my aunt.

“I asked what the instruction was, and he said the instruction was for him to have sex with me.

“I was confused at this point. His eyes had already changed and he told me to go to his room.”

She added that the bishop had two portraits of Prophet Babajide on his bed when she entered the room.

“He (defendant) was playing a Christian song with the title, ‘Let Praises Rise’ on his phone,” she added.

“He pushed me on the bed, I tried to move away but he pulled me back as I was already naked.

“While Feyi was speaking in tongues, he was having sex with me.”

She further said the pastor warned her against disclosing the incident, adding that she would die if she tells anyone.

She said the pastor raped her on several occasions, adding that she later got pregnant for him but lost it during an accident on Ilorin-Ibadan road.

Ramon Oshodi, the presiding judge, adjourned the case until May 25 for continuation of trial.

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Immigration officer gets 7-year jail term for passport fraud

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has secured a seven-year conviction for Quadri Adeyinka, a staff member of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

The convict was said to have committed a travelling passport fraud.

In a statement on Monday, Demola Bakare, spokesperson for the ICPC, said the convict was arraigned before Jude Onwuegbuzie, a high court judge in Abuja, on a four-count charge bordering on gratification, conferment of corrupt advantage, and cheating.

Bakare said the offence contravened the provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act of 2000 and the Penal Code Act.

The spokesperson said Osuobeni Akponimisingha, counsel to the ICPC, led evidence before the court on how Adeyinka defrauded Ovie Ojeffia under the pretence of regularising his international passport.

He said that the convict received the sum of ₦100,000 from Ojeffia to regularise her passport but reneged.

Bakare added that the victim later petitioned the ICPC, which led to the investigation and arraignment of the convict before the court.

Onwuegbuzie, who found Adeyinka guilty on all four counts, sentenced him to seven years imprisonment each for counts 1 and 2, five years for count 4, and two years for count 3.

The sentences are to run simultaneously.

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NDLEA intercepts illicit drugs in 8 states, FCT, arrests multiple suspects

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has intercepted illicit drugs from multiple suspects in eight states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

The states include Gombe, Benue, Kogi, Kaduna, Oyo, Yobe, Bauchi, and Kebbi.

The agency disclosed the seizures in a statement on Sunday, signed by Femi Babafemi, spokesperson for the NDLEA.

NDLEA said 175,000 bottles of codeine-based syrup imported from India were seized at the Port Harcourt ports complex in Onne, Rivers state on Friday following earlier intelligence.

He added that the same amount of codeine-based syrup also imported from India was seized at the port barely one week ago.

“The two seizures followed earlier intelligence, which made the agency request that the shipment be stepped down for 100 percent examination,” the statement reads.

“The latest seizure of 875 cartons of codeine containing 175,000 bottles and weighing 26,250kg, was made on Friday 7th June 2024 during a joint examination by NDLEA, Customs Service and other security agencies. The container marked HASU 4787890 from India was enroute C to C bonded terminal in Enugu,” Babafemi said.

“NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) on Wednesday 5th June intercepted five different parcels containing illicit drugs concealed in ladies’ clothes and synthetic hair going to the United States and United Kingdom.

“Some of the seized drugs include 620 ampoules of pentazocine injection, promethazine and other opioids. The drug consignments were seized at a courier firm in Lagos.

“In Kebbi state, NDLEA operatives on patrol along Kalgo-Birnin Kebbi road on Saturday 8th June arrested a 32-year-old Nigerien, Hassan Mummuni with 4,000 pills of diazepam and 1.250kg cannabis, concealed in four pesticide tanks, while operatives in Gombe state same day arrested Ibrahim Abubakar (aka Alhajiji) at Herwagana, with 6,740 pills of tramadol and 20,000 tablets of diazepam.

“Not less than 1,098 bottles of codeine-based syrup were recovered from a suspect, Onyekachi ThankGod Iwula, 42, following his arrest in a commercial bus at Aloma junction, Otukpa, Ogbadibo LGA, Benue state.

“In Bauchi state, NDLEA officers on patrol along Ningi-Kano road on Wednesday 5th June arrested a 20-year-old lady, Hasana Usman, with 25 blocks of cannabis sativa that weighed 28.2kg, while their counterparts in Yobe state nabbed Ali Mohammed, 42, along Kano-Potiskum road, with 19,000 pills of tramadol 225mg concealed in a black sack and the suspect’s travelling bag.

“In Oyo state, 57-year-old Oladimeji Samson was arrested in a commercial bus at the Ibadan end, of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway with 79 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing of 44.4kg and 48 grams of ecstasy, all concealed in the engine compartment under the driver’s seat of the bus.

“No less than 17,980 pills of tramadol and other opioids were seized from a suspect, Ali Isiaka Mohammed, 36, following his arrest at Ganaja village, Lokoja LGA, Kogi state, while the duo of Blessing Samuel, 35, and Unnanchi Mike, 34, were arrested with 804 bottles of codeine syrup at Narayi, Kaduna state.

“Also in Kaduna, Tijjani Umar, 37, and Yahaya Suleman, 35, were arrested with 33.9 kilograms of cannabis sativa at Lafiya area, Kudan local government area of the state.

“At least, nine suspects including Salisu Sanda, 48, and James Andrew, 25, were arrested by NDLEA operatives during a raid at Toaabora hills area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Saturday 8th June with a total of 83.01kg cannabis recovered from them.

“Commands and formations of the Agency across the country continued their War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, sensitization activities in schools, worship centres, work places and communities among others in the past week.

“These include: WADA enlightenment lecture for students and teachers of Dibal Progressive Academy, Kano; students of Muslim Comprehensive High School, Saki, Oyo state; students and staff of St. David Grammar School, Ile-Ife, Osun state; students of Wisdom Rules College, Ukpakiri, Abia state; traditional rulers and community leaders in Ilorin, Kwara state as well as a WADA advocacy visit to the Cross River state governor, Senator Bassey Otu.”

The NDLEA said Buba Marwa, its chairman, commended the DOGI, PHPC, FCT, and states commands of the agency for the interception and arrests while charging them to maintain the “zeal and tempo”.

The NDLEA command in Kaduna arrested 110 suspects and recovered 520.385 kg of illicit substances in May.

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Lady stabs lover to death in Imo over failure to get share of fraud proceeds

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The Imo state police command has arrested one Oluchi Nzemechi, who allegedly stabbed Kelechi Nzemechi, her boyfriend, to death.

The 27-year-old lady was said to have been lured into internet fraud popularly known as ‘yahoo-yahoo’ by her deceased lover.

In a statement on Monday, Henry Okoye, the command’s spokesperson, said the suspect was in a heated argument with her boyfriend for failing to give her a cut of 250 million rupiah they fraudulently obtained from a victim in Indonesia.

The suspect reportedly used a kitchen knife to stab the deceased during the argument.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime, admitting that her lover lured her into internet fraud aka ‘yahoo yahoo’,” the statement reads.

“That on 02/06/2024, she had a heated argument with him for failing to give her a cut of an alleged 250 Million Rupiah they fraudulently obtained from a victim in Indonesia, during which she used a kitchen knife and stabbed him on the upper part of his body.

“The suspect further revealed that in a bid to cover up her criminal acts, she swiftly wrote on a piece of paper; ‘you think you can eat my money and go free, I am baba for the boys, I am coming for your wife and your child including your family’ and placed it on the lifeless body of the victim and ran away from the house. She also stated that she has been living with the victim since 2019 and has a child for him.

“Effort is intensified to recover the alleged 250 million Indonesia Rupiah for a possible return to the owner. The suspect is currently undergoing an investigation at the State Criminal Investigation Department and will certainly be arraigned in court.”

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