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Police Arrest Pastor, 43, for Alleged Defilement of 16-yr-old Girl 

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The Ogun Police Command says it has arrested a 43-year-old pastor, Clinton John, for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl (name withheld) at Agbado area of the state.

The command’s Spokesperson, SP Omolola Odutola, disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen in Ota on Saturday.

Odutola explained that a family at Giwa Agbado reported a case of alleged defilement of their 16-year-old girl by John at the Agbado Divisional Police Station.

“The family reported that their daughter had been repeatedly treated for recurring infections and exhibited frightful tendencies that made them suspect that she might have been involved in sexual intercourse.

“But she was concealing the identity of the person as the parents needed to persuade her and she later confessed that one John, a pastor of Mega Healing Ministry, had fiercely been having carnal knowledge of her, since November 2022.

“Their daughter further stated that the pastor threatened to kill her, if she ever revealed the cagey affair to anyone,” the PPRO added.

She further stated that the suspect on interrogation confessed to the crime and admitted that he severally had unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl.

According to Odutola, the rape survivor has been issued with medical forms for treatment and examination, while the suspect will be transfered to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta, for discreet investigation. (NAN)

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Tinubu Orders State House to Pay its Electricity Bill

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President Bola Tinubu has directed the immediate payment of outstanding electricity bill due to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

The order is contained in a statement by Mr Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that the president’s directive followed the reconciliation of accounts between the State House Management and AEDC.

Onanuga said that contrary to the AEDC’s initial claim of N923million debt in a paid advertorial in newspapers, the State House outstanding bill is N342,352,217.

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The presidential aide added that the clarification is contained in a letter by the management of AEDC to the State House Permanent Secretary dated Feb.

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”Having reconciled the position to the satisfaction of both parties, the Chief of Staff to the President, Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has given assurance that the debt will be paid to AEDC before the end of this week.

”Following the example of the Presidency, Chief of Staff also urged other MDAs to reconcile their accounts with AEDC and pay their electricity bills,” he said.

The AEDC has advertised the names of its debtors, which include the State House, MDAs, State Governments and local councils within its franchise areas. NAN

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NARTO Suspends Planned Nationwide Strike

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Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has suspended its planned nationwide strike following a meeting with the Federal Government and stakeholders on Monday.

The strike was intended in response to the harsh economic conditions affecting tanker drivers who had halted operations and refused to transport petroleum products.

NARTO members had threatened a countrywide shutdown starting Monday due to the exorbitant cost of automotive gas oil (diesel), which is essential for fueling their trucks used in transporting petroleum products across Nigeria.

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Gov Alia Sacks three LG Caretaker C’ttee Chairmen, Forward New Names to State Assembly.

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Benue State Governor, Rev Fr. Hyacinth Alia, on Tuesday forwarded the list of sacked caretaker committee chairmen for three local government councils to the Benue State House of Assembly for ratification. 

The affected caretaker committee Chairmen are that of Ukum, Katsina-Ala, and Gboko local government councils of the state.

 

The Chairmen were sacked for alleged gross misconduct, embezzlement of local government revenue funds and indulging in unwholesome activities unbefitting of the office the Chairman of a Local Government.

The chief press secretary to the speaker of the State Assembly, Ambassador Ralphel Akume, said the letter conveying the sacking of affected chairmen by the governor, was read on the floor of the house by the speaker Aondona Dajoh.

Ambassador Akume in a statement issued and made available to newsmen in Makurdi, explained that the speaker, Dajoh, put a question before the house seeking their approval to accept the governor’s decision.

He said the members gave expressly accepted that the chairmen should be sacked and handover to their deputies immediately.

The house however went ahead to confirm the names sent to them by the executive Governor, in place of the sacked ones.

According to the statement, Mr. Tervershima Abraham Agber of Gboko local government council has been sacked as caretaker chairman and replaced with Mr. Verlumun Avar.  

“Rev. Pastor Gideon Haanongon is sacked as Caretaker chairman for Ukum local government and is replaced by Victor Iorzaa , while Mr. Francis Zazan was sacked as caretaker chairman for Katsina- Ala local government council

and replaced with Shaku”, Akume said.

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