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You have a case to answer, court tells Abuja pastor who used AK-47 to illustrate sermon

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A chief magistrate court in the federal capital territory (FCT) has ruled that Uche Aigbe, presiding pastor of the House On The Rock Church, Abuja, has a case to answer over alleged unlawful possession of firearms.

On February 12, pictures surfaced on social media showing Aigbe with an AK-47 rifle while preaching.

The church said the pastor used the gun to illustrate a message on “guarding your faith”.

Shortly after, the FCT police command announced the arrest of the pastor and Musa Audu, the police inspector said to have handed over his rifle to the cleric, and who is also the church’s chief security officer.

Subsequently, the police charged Aigbe in court over criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of prohibited firearms, inciting disturbance and criminal intimidation to which he pleaded not guilty.

He was arraigned alongside Promise Ukachukwu and Olakunle Ogunleye — both pastors in the same church.

Aigbe and his co-defendants then filed a no-case submission, praying the court to quash the charge against them for want of incriminating evidence capable of warranting their trial and conviction.

However, delivering a ruling on Thursday, Abdulazeez Muhammad, the presiding magistrate, said the evidence adduced by the prosecution has established a prima facie case against the defendants.

The magistrate read out all the three counts preferred against the defendants.

Aigbe has since apologised publicly for using an unloaded rifle to illustrate his sermon.

According to him, the incident has left him “disappointed in himself“.

THE CHARGES

Count one: “That you, Pastor Uche Aigbe, male, of No.21 Mambila Plateau Galadimawa and Pastor Okachukwu Promise, male, of Mba Pada House off Galadimawa Roundabout, on the 12th day of February 2023 at the House on the Rock Church, situate at Oladipo Diya Street Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, had in your possession one{1} AK47 rifle{with breach No.3368} without a licence or formal authorization. You thereby committed the offence of unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, contrary to s 3 of the FIREARMS ACT CAP F 28 LAWS OF THE FEDERATION 2004 and punishable under section 27{1b} of the same ACT”

Count two: “That you, Pastor Uche Aigbe, male, of No. 21 Mambila Plateau Galadimawa, Abuja, on the 12th day of February 2023 at the House on the Rock Church, situate at Oladipo Diya Street, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did make some inflammatory statements with intent to cause or likely to cause breach of peace to wit: you are calling people to take up arms in order to propagate and defend their faith. Thereby committed the offence of inciting disturbance, contrary to s 114 PENAL CODE ACT and punishable under the same section.”

Count three: “That you, Pastor Olakunle Ogunleye, male, of plot 735, Behind Games Village Kaura, Abuja, on the 12th day of February 2023 at the House on the Rock Church, situate at Oladipo Diya Street, Abuja, abetted the unlawful possession of prohibited firearms by Pastor Uche Aigbe and Pastor Okachukwu Promise to wit; with a view to facilitating illegal possession of prohibited firearms, you procured Inspector Musa Abdu, who was standing on his duty post to surrender his rifle to the said pastors. Thereby committed the offence of abetment contrary to the provision of s 83 of the Penal Code Act and punishable under s 85 of the same Act.”

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Eriscofood to sue customer for N5 billion over defamation post

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Eriscofoods is gearing up to take legal action against Chioma Egodi, over “defamatory content” about the company.

They plan to sue her for a substantial sum of N5 billion.

Eric Umeofia, Eriscofoods’ founder and President, revealed this during an interview with Arise News on Thursday.

Their decision to pursue this lawsuit is rooted in Chioma’s failure to issue a public apology on social media, thereby harming the company’s reputation, an agreement he claims was reached by both parties.

Umeofia emphasized the significant challenges Eriscofoods faced due to these “baseless accusations” and underscored the importance of receiving a public apology.

He stated, We will be suing her for N5 billion. I have a credit line of $15 million from two customers that is now suspended by a Chinese company. They claim that I may not be able to repay the credit they extended to me. So, I am suing her for not posting the apology letter. If she refuses to comply, we will meet in court.”

Umeofia expressed his frustration, asserting that Chioma had never been a customer of Eriscofoods and challenging her unsubstantiated claims.

He recounted how he sought the help of the Inspector General of Police to locate Chioma, leading to a meeting with her and her family.

She eventually admitted to wrongdoing and offered a written apology, although Umeofia did not have a copy at the time.

In a heated address, Umeofia highlighted the challenges his company faced, including stiff competition and unwarranted criticism.

He criticized the situation where smaller entities could oppress larger ones without repercussions, lamenting the lack of support for larger companies.

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Independence Day: FG declares next week Monday public holiday

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The Federal Government has declared Monday, October 2 as a public holiday in commemoration of the 63rd independence celebration.

Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Minister of Interior, announced this on behalf of the government in Abuja.

Also, he congratulated all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion.

He pledged the government’s unwavering dedication to addressing the country’s ongoing challenges.

It is today a known fact that difficult Socio-Economic and Security challenges are global, and Nigeria is not isolated,” the Minister said in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade.

He also stated that;“Our warm welcoming spirit and love as well as our unbounded human capital and the richness of our land makes Nigeria unarguably the leading black Nation in the World being Africa’s pride and beacon of hope for the Renewed Hope of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR

“While wishing the citizens a memorable independence celebration, the Minister recalled that our founding fathers, despite the differences in faith, tribe, and tongue, came together for Nigeria’s freedom which we enjoy today.

“The Minister assured that this Administration through the Renew Hope Agenda will ensure a better Nigeria for all citizens, as a befitting tribute to our heroes past”, the statement added.

Tunji-Ojo said the greatness ahead of the country was achievable if all citizens worked together in unity.

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NIMET warns of 48-hour heavy rainfall across 24 states

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency has issued a notice to residents in various states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Edo, Kwara, and 22 other states, warning of 48 hours of heavy rainfall set to commence on Thursday.

In their weekly heavy rainfall forecast report released on Wednesday, the agency also alerted residents to the likelihood of flash floods in these areas.

The affected states are Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Delta, Bayelsa, Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, and Benue.

According to the bulletin,“Moderate to heavy rainfall is anticipated between Thursday, September 28th, and Friday, September 29th, 2023, in parts of Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Edo, Delta, and Bayelsa.”

“Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, Benue State, and the Federal Capital Territory.”

NiMet, in its advisory, cautioned that other regions of the country would experience light to moderate rainfall. Regarding the expected impact of the rains, NiMet warned that “the anticipated moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding in the affected areas.”

The agency also noted that strong winds would accompany the rains, with the most powerful winds expected in parts of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi State.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

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