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Abaribe Emerges Senate Minority Leader

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has named senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe as the Senate Minority leader of the ninth Senate.

Also, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha from Taraba South retains his position as Deputy Minority Leader.

The Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory, Phillip Aduda, also retained his position as the Minority Whip.

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These decisions were reached at a meeting held on Thursday between PDP leaders and PDP Senators in Abuja.

The party is expected to formally write the Senate, later today on its decision.

Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to release a list of its choice candidates for other leadership positions in the ninth assembly following the National Assembly inauguration where the party’s choice candidates clinched all the four leadership positions in both chambers.

Sanwo-Olu to LASTMA: If my brother breaks traffic law, arrest him

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday told officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA not to spare anyone who violated traffic laws, even if it was his brother.

Sanwo–Olu, who was at LASTMA office in Oshodi, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Friday said emphatically that if his brother broke traffic law, he should be arrested.

According to him, there would be no sacred cow in the enforcement of the law, saying that if anyone broke traffic law and was arrested and he said he knew the governor, “tell him to call the governor to pay the money for the offence.”

He told them not to listen to anyone from his cabinet who might want to use his position to get someone arrested by the officers off the hook.

Sanwo-Olu also made it clear that he would not condone corruption or bribe-taking from any LASTMA official.

Details later…

Source: PM News

Update On Boko Haram Attack: Lieutenant Colonel Killed, Many Soldiers Missing

Military sources confirmed on Friday that a Lieutenant Colonel, who was the Commander of the 153 Troops Battalion in Kareto was among those killed by Boko Haram jihadists when they raided the military base in Borno near the border with Niger.

The sources also confirmed that the insurgents killed several troops and stole weapons.

The insurgents said to be fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in eight guntrucks launched a pre-dawn attack Thursday on the base in Kareto village, 335 kilometres (210 miles) north of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, they said.

“The terrorists attacked the 153 Troops Battalion in Kareto around 4:00 am (0300 GMT) and subdued the soldiers who were forced to withdraw after a hard fight,” an army officer who did not want to be named told AFP.

“We lost several men but we are still working to establish their number. One thing we are sure about is that the base commander, a lieutenant colonel, was among those killed,” he said.

He said the insurgents ransacked the base and carted away weapons and vehicles.

The Islamists “took troops by surprise” while they were working to fix communications equipment that had been destroyed in a rainstorm, said another officer, who also sought anonymity.

The troops could not seek support from two nearby bases because of the faulty equipment, he said.

Search and rescue teams were combing the area for missing soldiers and dead bodies, they added.

Kareto has been repeatedly attacked by ISWAP fighters who have since July last year targeted dozens of military bases in attacks that have left scores of soldiers dead in the volatile region.

Two weeks ago, the jihadists carried out multiple attacks on military bases in Borno state, overrunning three of them and stealing weapons after killing soldiers.

On Sunday, ISWAP attacked a Cameroonian military base near the border with Nigeria in the Lake Chad area, killing at least 24 people, including 16 troops, according to Cameroon’s defence ministry.

The ministry also claimed that 64 jihadists were killed in the incident.

Boko Haram’s decade-long insurgency has killed 27,000 people and displaced about two million in Nigeria.

The violence has spilled over into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to defeat the hardline jihadist group.

Source: PM News

Supreme Court sacks APC senator, declares opponent winner

The Supreme Court on Friday declared Mohammed Sani Musa the winner of the last election for the Senate held in the Niger-East Senatorial District of Niger State.

The court set aside the April 8, 2019 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which declared Senator David Umaru, ex-Chairman, Senate Committee Chairman on Justice, Human Rights and Legal Matters, the valid candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who won the election.

In a unanimous judgment on Friday, The Nation reports that a five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, upheld arguments by Musa’s legal team, led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) to the effect that Musa won the primary of the APC for the election and was the actual candidate for the election.

The apex court allowed the appeal filed by Musa marked: SC/405/2019 and affirmed the February 7, 2019 judgment by Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which declared Musa the validly nominated candidate of the APC for the election

Details shortly.

Source: PM News

Boko Haram insurgents Overrun another army base, kill commander

Islamist insurgents overran a Nigerian army base in the country’s northeast, killing at least the commander, two Nigerian security sources said on Thursday.

Militants on Wednesday took a Nigerian army base at the village of Kareto in northeastern Borno state, some 130 kilometers from state capital Maiduguri, the security sources said.

No other details about possible further casualties were available.

Nigerian army spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The latest development is at odds with the Nigerian military’s public statements as recently as Monday that their campaigns against Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West African branch are making “major breakthroughs”, statements that frequently describe the insurgents as “remnants”.

It was not immediately clear whether the attackers were affiliated with Boko Haram or Islamic State.

The insurgents were said to have overrun troops from the Nigeria Army’s 158th Battalion stationed at Kareto, killing at least their commanding officer and causing the remaining soldiers to flee, one security source said.

After the assault, the militants left Kareto, but remained in the area, they said.

The insurgents had on 2 June captured Marte, headquarters of Marte Local Government Area of Borno State after sacking Marte military base, 153 Task Force Battalion.

President Muhammadu Buhari in his second-term inaugural speech on Wednesday said Nigeria was meeting security challenges “with much greater support to the security forces in terms of money, equipment and improved local intelligence”.

The government has said the Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group, are on their last legs.

But sustained efforts to eradicate the militants have failed and the military continues to suffer heavy losses.

The insurgency has killed over 30,000 people and displaced millions of civilians in affected areas.


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Nigerian Anglican bishop-elect Augustine Unuigbe accused of heresy

Rev. Dr. Augustine Unuigbe, Anglican bishop-elect for the US-based Diocese of the Trinity(ADOTT) of the Church of Nigeria, has been accused of heresy and being a false gospel teacher.

According to Anglican.ink, the accusation was made by a senior ACNA clergyman, Matt Kennedy, who raised questions about Unuigbe’s qualification.

Unuigbe is scheduled to be consecrated suffragan bishop of the US diocese by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, on 3 July 2019 in Lagos.

While a priest of the Diocese of CANA East, a complaint was lodged against Dr. Unuigbe alleging he was a false teacher and propounded the “word of faith” and “prosperity gospel”.

It is unclear if the charges were resolved before Dr. Unuigbe was incardinated into the ADOTT last year.

However the New Jersey minister told Anglican Ink the accusations of his being a word of faith devotee are untrue while supporters state his entry into the ADOTT was in good order

Word of faith, or word-faith, is a neo-charismatic theology that teaches the believer may access the power of God through uttering faith speech. As the Lord created the universe by speaking it into existence (Genesis 1), word-faith preachers such as Kenneth Hagin argued that God has endowed believers with this power. Citing Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, word-faith preachers believe that by making a “positive confession” of God’s promise and believing God’s word stirs the power of resurrection which raised Christ from the dead. A word-faith believer thus can “decree and declare” health, prosperity and protection for others.

Popular word-faith preachers such as Hagin, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn teach the believer should expect health and prosperity as an outworking of their faith. It holds that the believer are “little gods”. Citing Psalm 82:6, Kenneth Copeland told believers that “You don’t have a God in you. You are one.”

The 2018 GAFCON conference held in Jerusalem denounced the prosperity gospel as a heresy and a form of witchcraft.

When the issue arose earlier this year, the Bishop of Cana West, the Rt. Rev. Felix Orji, released a pastoral statement forcefully denouncing prosperity gospel/word-faith teachings as being contrary to Scripture and the catholic faith.

The Rev. Matt Kennedy, rector of Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Binghamton, NY published a critique of Dr. Unuigbe’s Pentecost Sunday sermon noting that the bishop-elect’s teaching is that the believer can use “the name of Jesus to claim riches and wealth for yourself.”

Last Sunday’s sermon was “right down the line word of faith, prosperity gospel,” he observed, arguing that these teachings speak of a great crisis in the Church of Nigeria and GAFCON.

“I don’t know what has been told to Archbishop Okoh,” about Dr. Unuigbe’s teachings. But it can be demonstrated that “he has not recanted these teachings,” and is a “false teacher who shouldn’t be standing in the office of bishop,” Mr. Kennedy said.

Mr Kennedy’s critique of Dr. Uniogbe’s Pentecost Sunday sermon can be found here.

Senior Church of Nigeria and GAFCON leaders are aware of the controversy, Anglican Ink has learned, and stated the matter has been passed on for review. If the allegations of false teaching, which have not been adjudicated by ecclesial authorities, are correct it would likely cause a breach in fellowship within the GAFCON movement as sharp as the divide over homosexuality within the larger Anglican Communion.

Source: PM News