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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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Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye, Princess Toyin Kolade Sets To Celebrate Aje Festival 2020 In Grand Style

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The ancient and historical city of Ile Ife will be a Mecca of sorts on the 24th of February 2020 when the annual Aje Festival will commence.

The epoch event will begin with spiritual prayers and cleansing of the entire Ife kingdom at the palace of the Ooni before other activities proceed.

Having as the chief host, the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi ojaja II and Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade as host, the 2020 Aje Festival will no doubt herald a new breath of life into the commercial and economic activities not only in Ile Ife and environs, but throughout Yorubaland and the whole of Nigeria.

Prayers are going to be offered by top spiritual leaders, royal fathers and religious leaders. This is meant for the Almighty God to intervene into economic brouhaha bedeviling the growth and rapid development of Nigeria

The Aje Festival is going to be an All-White attires affair symbolizing purity, peace, unity and progressiveness. Market women and men are also expected to display their farm product, food stuffs, goods and products for the array of visitors who trooped into the Cradle of Yoruba Race to savour the natural gift bestowed upon the flourishing land of Ile Ife.

There will be enough merry making and fun with lots of entertainment and dining/wining to make the 2020 Aje Festival a memorable and indelible event.

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Culture, Class And Panache In The Mix As Aderinola Iyaniwura & Sammie Osamuede’s traditional wedding Shakes Lagos

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Culture, class and panache were on display as the duo of former Miss Aderinola iyaniwura ireyomi and Mr sammie Osamuede Imasuen were joined as a couple at a high class traditional wedding ceremony, which held with fanfare at the prestigious Landmark Event Centre, Water Corporation Drive, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Parents of the bride Barrister (Mrs.) Bolaji Elizabeth and Dr. Adeolu Akinlawon Ireyomi were full of appreciation to the family members, friends and well wishers, who serenaded them on their day of joy.

Preparation is in top gear for the white wedding, which is scheduled to hold on 1st of May, 2020 in Canada.

Colour of the day for the anticipated octane event is silver and Emerald Green.

The couple actually resides in Canada, where they are making waves in their chosen professions.

Below are exclusive images from the wedding ceremony

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We were treated, flogged like cows – OOU law graduate narrates ordeal in kidnappers den

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Motunrayo Rafiu, a graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, who regained her freedom last Sunday after spending six days in the den of kidnappers has narrated her ordeal.

She was released after her family paid a ransom of N1 million.

She told ThePunch that her abductors were Fulani herdsmen who disguised in army uniform.

Motunrayo Rafiu was abducted on February 4, 2020, by suspected kidnappers in the Kabba area of Kogi State, while she was on her way to resume at the Abuja campus of the Nigerian Law School.

It was gathered that when Rafiu could not be reached on her telephone, she was declared missing by her friends, who posted her pictures on social media.

Rafiu, who spent six days in the kidnappers’ den, was released on Sunday

Narrating her ordeal in the den of her abductors, the 22-year-old noted that she and other victims were made to walk barefooted in what she described as a wilderness.

She said,

“While on my way to resume at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, just before Obajana in Kogi State, we saw that some people numbering about 20 in army uniform blocked the road and we thought that they were soldiers on a routine patrol. But all of a sudden, they started shooting continuously and everybody ran for safety. They, however, caught up with us.

“At first, I wondered if they were Boko Haram insurgents or Fulani herdsmen because they wore masks and had sophisticated guns. You don’t have a choice but to cooperate with them.

“Eight people were abducted and we were made to trek into the wilderness. We trekked and climbed rocks barefooted for the six days we spent in their den; we were treated like cows. If you dared to walk behind them, they would flog you as if they were dealing with cows.

“When we got to their base, some of their workers that also rear cows came to greet them and they started dishing out instructions to the workers. I was made to cook food for the rest of the passengers; we were given rice and palm oil to eat.

“I only urinated three times for the whole six days because we had to take permission before we could do anything. While I was there, I believed that I would come out alive; I encouraged the other victims.”

On the ransom, Rafiu said:

“When they demanded N5m from my family, I told them the situation of things at home and where my mother works so the ransom was reduced to N1m, while others paid N2m and above, depending on their status. No one should go through this kind of experience.”

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