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Sex Scandal Tears Nigerian Church Apart In The U.S

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The surfacing of a video recording on social media by a man simply identified as Kole who accused another member of the church, Tuyi of having slept with his wife and also planning to sleep with his daughter has further deepened the church dispute.

The drama in front of the church building at 2226 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217 was recorded on a morning just before the Sunday service. It was confirmed that the caption on the viral video, accusing the pastor of the misdemeanour was incorrect.

It was gathered that the accuser, Kole had merely intended to dent the image of Pastor Gbangbalsa, being one of those opposed to the takeover.The alleged culprit, Tuyi is a supporter of the pastor.

He appeared in the video but did not speak.The pastor himself wearing a brown suit with a collar could be seen in the video, looking on and mute.Kole alleged that after the church member slept with his wife, he also sent text messages in December 2019 and on January 1, 2020, to his second daughter, Kunmi.

According to him, Kunmi then forwarded the text message to her elder sister, who replied the church member. He added that the accused still sent another message to Kunmi’s elder sister also.A dispute over the ownership of a Nigerian church in the United States of America has worsened with the release of a video, alleging a sex scandal in the church. 

The church, First Christ Apostolic Church WOSEM in Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America is a branch of the World Soul Evangelical Ministry (WOSEM) founded by the late renowned televangelist, Prophet Timothy Oluwole Obadare. A crisis had broken out in the church about five years ago when the Pastor-in-charge, Bankole Gbangbalasa was accused of attempting to take over the church after he decided to stop remitting funds to the church headquarters in Nigeria. 

It was gathered that Gbangbalasa was not the church’s founding pastor. He took over the leadership after the pastor embezzled the church’s funds and was sent away. On taking over, Pastor Gbangbalasa, a successful Insurance executive, was said to have used personal funds to pay debts owed by the church and also reorganised the worship centre. 

The church, however, ran into crisis when the pastor stopped to remit funds to the headquarters in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. His justification was that the Maryland branch was using the funds, which were expected to be remitted to Nigeria, to assist indigent members of the church in the United States.

The pastor’s decision, which has the backing of many parishioners, did not go down well with some who felt that it was not helpful to the head church and the memory of the late Prophet Obadare.  Several conciliatory efforts including one by a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State where many of the church members hail from have failed to thaw the ice. It was further learnt that the pastor severed relationship with the headquarters when an attempt was made to oust him. The church ownership dispute is now in court. 

The drama unfolded in front of the church, while members who were obviously embarrassed watched. Some of them made efforts to persuade the accuser to leave the church premises. One of the elderly church members opened Kole’s car door and was urging him to leave and saying the matter was personal and should not have been taken to the church. Kole warned the pacifier not to touch him and angrily retorted that the church too was involved in the matter.

He also insinuated that the pastor could not act fairly because he had shared $30,000 with the alleged culprit.It was learnt that policemen were later invited to the church premises to ensure the situation did not turn into an exchange of fisticuffs.

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Ghanaian man who impregnated his 14-year-old daughter, sentenced to 20 years in prison

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A 42-year-old man, Daniel Kwame Baah, who engaged in incest and impregnated his daughter in the process has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.

The convict, a trader, was dragged before the court last Friday and charged with the offense of defilement and incest.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and the court presided over by Christiana Cann convicted him on his own plea but deferred his sentencing to today, Monday February 24.

The convict is said to have forcibly had sex with his own daughter and continued to sexually abuse her on multiple occasions.

His first encounter with the victim, who is 14, and the oldest of his five children is said to have occurred in June last year when he forcibly inserted his finger into her private part while she slept.

He then had canal knowledge of her after the incident and continued to sexually abuse her until she became pregnant.

The vile act was uncovered by the Girl Child Advocate attached to the Anyaa L/A Primary School when they saw the pregnant victim in school uniform and questioned her.

She narrated her ordeal and the matter was reported to the police and the convict was arrested.

Daniel Kwame Baah faced two counts of defilement of a child under the age of 16 and incest.

The court in passing judgment took into consideration the graveness of the offense and the need to serve as deterrent to others who may attempt to do similar thing.

The judge sentenced Daniel Kwame Baah to 20 years’ imprisonment in hard labour for each count. But the sentences will run concurrently so he will serve 20 years instead of 40.

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How SARS Killed Our Vice Captain …Remo Stars Football Club

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Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) Assistant Captain and Defender, Tiyamu Kazeem (Kaka) has been killed by a policeman from the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) from the Ogun State Command.

The incident occurred this afternoon (Saturday) in Sagamu while he was driving along Sagamu area of Ogun State with one of his teammates, Sanni Abubakar.

According to an eyewitness, he claimed that the SARS officer stopped the footballer to label him a Yahoo Boy and they insisted on taking him to the nearby police station.

“The SARS officer stopped Tiyamiyu Kazeem insisting that he was a Yahoo Boy, he brought out his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC but the officer insisted on taking him to the nearest police station in Sagamu.”

“Tiyamiyu and Sanni obliged, followed the SARS officers, only for them to notice that they were driving towards Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, then the guys questioned to know were the SARS officers were taking them to, but this prompted them to stop the car and push him (Tiyamiyu) out of the car, whereby an unknowing vehicle knocked him down.”

He was immediately rushed to Fakoya Hospital in Sagamu, where it was confirmed that Tiyamiyu Kazeem was no more.

Until his death, he was a humble and reliable defender for Remo Stars FC in the ongoing 2019/2020 Nigeria National League (NNL).

May his soul rest in perfect peace and may the Lord help the family to bear the irreparable loss, this is a great loss to Remo Stars Family and the entire football fraternity.

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Oladimeji Oshode

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Maryam Sanda appeals death penalty

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Following her conviction by an FCT High Court over the alleged killing of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, Maryam Sanda has approached the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, asking the court to set aside the verdict and acquit her.

Sanda, who was sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Yusuf Halilu on Jan. 27, said the trial judge “was tainted by bias and prejudices.”

According to her, this led to the denial of her right to fair hearing and her consequent conviction based on circumstantial evidence despite the reasonable doubt that was created by evidence of witnesses, lack of confessional statement, absence of murder weapon, lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses and lack of autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death.

In a notice of appeal predicated on 20 grounds and filed by her legal team composed of Rickey Tarfa, SAN, Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN, Regina Okotie-Eboh and Beatrice Tarfa, the applicant said the judgment of the trial court was completely “a miscarriage of justice.”

She pointed to the failure of the trial judge to rule, one way or the other, on her preliminary objection, challenging the charge preferred against her and the jurisdiction of the court as evidence of bias and a denial of her right to fair hearing as constitutionally guaranteed.

In her application, she said: “The honourable trial judge erred in law when having taken arguments on the appellant’s preliminary objection to the validity of the charge on the 19th of March, 2018 failed to rule on it at the conclusion of trial or at any other time.

“The trial judge exhibited bias against the defendant in not ruling one way or the other on the said motion challenging his jurisdiction to entertain the charge and therefore fundamentally breached the right to fair hearing of the defendant.”

In ground II, the appellant contended that the trial judge erred and misdirected himself by usurping the role of the police when he assumed the duty of an Investigating Police Officer (IPO) as contained in Page 76 of his judgment.

It was submitted that “the circumstantial evidence which the trial court relied upon in its application of the last seen doctrine does not lead to the conclusion that the defendant is responsible for the death of the deceased.”

Consequently, Sanda prayed the Court of Appeal to allow her appeal, set aside her conviction and sentence imposed by Justice Halilu and acquit her

No date has been fixed for hearing in the matter.

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