New Nigerian Newspaper https://newnigeriannewspaper.com NNN Sun, 07 Mar 2021 07:17:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.2 100775232 Nigeria’s COVID-19 Update: 195 New Cases, Total 158,237 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/nigerias-covid-19-update-195-new-cases-total-158237/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/nigerias-covid-19-update-195-new-cases-total-158237/#respond Sun, 07 Mar 2021 07:17:43 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153913 By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said it found 195 new cases of Novel CoronaVirus disease (COVID-19) in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on Saturday 6th March 2021.
The COVID-19-infected areas were: Lagos 70, Kaduna 22, Abia 20, Edo 18, Kano 10, Akwa Ibom 9, Rivers 7, FCT 7, Borno 6, Bauchi 5, Osun 5, Oyo 5, Plateau 3, Ekiti 3, Niger 2, Ogun 2 and Zamfara 1.
As of the end of Saturday, Nigeria had a total of 158,237 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since it was first attacked by the pandemic.
Out of the total, the nation had treated and discharged from its COVID-19 isolation centres 137,645 patients who tested positive for the global virus, while, to date, the country had reported 1,964 deaths which were caused by the pandemic.
COVID-19 killed 10 persons in Nigeria on Saturday.
“Our discharges today includes 282 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines,” NCDC announced on its twitter account on Saturday.

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We Are Rewarding Rivers Peoole With Infrastructure For Resisting Army Attempt To Rig 2019 Polls – Gov Wike https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/we-are-rewarding-rivers-peoole-with-infrastructure-for-resisting-army-attempt-to-rig-2019-polls-gov-wike/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/we-are-rewarding-rivers-peoole-with-infrastructure-for-resisting-army-attempt-to-rig-2019-polls-gov-wike/#respond Sun, 07 Mar 2021 07:13:25 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153911
By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said that the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to Rivers people who steadfastly resisted attempts to use the Army and other security agencies to rig his government out of power in 2019.
Governor Wike stated this at the flag off of the 802 meters long Orochiri/Wurukwo flyover bridge, made up of a deck span of 315m, north and south side ramps of 238meters and 249 meters respectively in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
“Why we are doing this is because you too played a role in bringing us to Government. We also have to pay you back. Remember during the last election how the Army and other security agencies tried to rig us out in that election . All of you here came out and resisted that.  So, for us, having given us that privilege, we have no other choice but to give you good infrastructure.”
He explained that the construction of the Orochiri-Wurukwo flyover bridge at the intersection of Olu-Obasanjo Road and Port Harcourt -Aba Expressway junction is intended to address traffic jam that will arise when the construction work on the Rumuola and GRA junction flyovers are completed.
Governor Wike said the reason why the eight flyover bridges have been awarded to construction giant, Julius Berger, is because of the company’s proven integrity and his administration conviction that Rivers people deserve the best infrastructure. He noted that people often complain about Julius Berger projects being expensive, but on the contrary it is not so.
“I know a road that Julius Berger bid for and one other company bid for that road. Julius Berger bid for that road was N14 Billion, and then the other company which I will not mention bid for N6billion. Now, we said well, let’s give it to the company that bid N6billion. And we did not give Julius Berger. That was not my administration, but I was in the administration then. At the end of the day, we spent over N20 Billion in doing that work. So from onset if we had given it to Julius Berger it would have been better for us and that road is what we call Obiri Ikwerre Road.”
He appealed to motorists and commuters to bear the inconvenience they will experience throughout the duration of the construction of the eighth flyover.
Former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia, who flagged off the Orochiri-Wurukwo flyover, commended Governor Wike for fulfilling his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“You are fulfilling your promises to the people of Rivers State. And besides that, road network is an establishment for the future. It’s a way of connecting today for tomorrow. Like you rightly said here, if you don’t it now, somebody will do it at a later time. And you have shown that you have the vision in the administration of the state.
“The population of Rivers State today is not the same thing ten years ago. The population of Rivers State today is not the same thing twenty years ago. The ability to foresee what the state you are looking after will be like in 5, 10, 20 years is what you are doing now, the construction of these bridges for the purposes of traffic.“
Omehia urged the State government to declare Olu Obasanjo road a business district zone and to specify the kind of buildings that should be allowed in the area.
Rivers State Commissioner of Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi,  said the construction of the Orochiri-Wurukwo flyover will eliminate vehicular traffic conflicts and maintain a free flow on the intersection of Olu Obasanjo road and Port Harcourt-Aba Express way.
“The flyover when constructed, will be 802m long, made up of a deck span of 315m, north and south side ramps of 238m and 249m respectively. It will be dual carriage on the bridge and on the ground, that being 8 lanes in total. Complete of course with street lighting and good sub surface drains. Its construction will not only aid socio-economic activities but will cater for future population growth projections as well as the rising number of vehicles in the State capital.”  

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OAU Asks Students To Show Up For Practical Contents https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/oau-asks-students-to-show-up-for-practical-contents/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/oau-asks-students-to-show-up-for-practical-contents/#respond Sun, 07 Mar 2021 07:10:44 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153909 *to comply with COVID-19 protocols while on campus 

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile Ife on Saturday asked students in some of its  faculties to show up for the practical contents of their courses.
The university in a statement  by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abiodun Olarewaju made available to journalists listed the affected faculties as Science – Parts 1 to 4, Pharmacy – Parts 1 to 4,  BMS Parts 1 to 2 Nursing and 1 to 3 Med. Rehab, Clinical – Parts 1 to 3, Dentistry – Parts 1 to 3, Education (Science related) – Parts 1 to 4 and Social Sciences – Parts 1 to 4

Others included “Administration – Parts 1 to 4”, Agriculture – Parts 1 to 3, 5, Arts – Parts 1 to 4,  EDM – Parts 1 to 5,  Technology -Parts 1 to 5, Education (Arts related) – Parts 1 to 4.
It stressed that the affected students “are to  comply strictly with COVID-19 protocols while on campus.”

The statement reads, ;  “Students from these Faculties are expected to come to campus on the scheduled date against their Faculties for the practical contents of their courses. They are to  comply strictly with COVID-19 protocols while on campus”.
” First Group:Monday, 8th of March,2021 to Friday, 26th of March, 2021
1. Science – Parts 1 to 4
2. Pharmacy – Parts 1 to 4
3. BMS Parts 1 to 2 Nursing and 1 to 3 Med. Rehab
4. Clinical – Parts 1 to 3
5. Dentistry – Parts 1 to 3
6. Education (Science related) – Parts 1 to 4
7. Social Sciences – Parts 1 to 4
Second Group : Monday, 29th of March, 2021 to Friday, 16th of April, 2021
1. Administration – Parts 1 to 4
2. Agriculture – Parts 1 to 3, 5
3. Arts – Parts 1 to 4
4. EDM – Parts 1 to 5
5. Technology -Parts 1 to 5
6. Education (Arts related) – Parts 1 to 4.ENDS.

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Wake Up In Fight Against Insecurity, Foundation Tells Women https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/wake-up-in-fight-against-insecurity-foundation-tells-women/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/wake-up-in-fight-against-insecurity-foundation-tells-women/#respond Sun, 07 Mar 2021 07:07:39 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153907

By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna

Nigerian Women have been called upon to wake up in the fight against insecurity  in the country, faced by primary and secondary school children.

The call was made by the Director, Wowenhood Foundation, Dr Nurudeen Bello during the Women 
International Day Celebration  held at the Womenhood School of Health  on Friday  March 5, 2021  in Kaduna.

According to him, women need to be conscious of happenings in the society especially in area of security as school children face serious challenges while in  bandits or kidnappers den especially the girl-child.

”What is happening is  threat to women going to  school as such women should come out and fight against the menace,”  she said.

Also, Hajiya Fatima Abdutlmumin, the Head of Department, Health, Womenhood Foundation School said that women are facing serious challenges in the society which include
rape, kidnapping and trafficking 

She said that therefore, there is the   need for women not to be challenged by all these, 
the theme,  “Choose Not To Be Challenged” implies.

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Handball Federation Lauds Kwara Governor For Reappointing Alhaji Attahiru SA Sports https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/handball-federation-lauds-kwara-governor-for-reappointing-alhaji-attahiru-sa-sports/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/handball-federation-lauds-kwara-governor-for-reappointing-alhaji-attahiru-sa-sports/#respond Sun, 07 Mar 2021 06:58:48 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153905
By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos


The President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) Mr. Sam Ocheho has praised the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for reaappointing Alhaji Attahiru Ibrahim as his special Adviser for Sports and Youth.
Ocheho, who described him as an astute administrator who has contributed greatly to the development of handball in the country, declared that his wealth of experience will help the government on its drive to grow sports in the state.
He praised Governor AbdulRazaq for ensuring that qualified technocrats such as Alhaji Attahiru are selected to serve their fatherland. 
Ocheho also appealed to the Kwara State Governor to sponsor the winners of the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League, Adorable Angels of Ilorin to the 2021 African Club Championship holding in Algeria in May.

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NDLEA Boss Warns Officers Against Hostage Arrest, Illegal Detention https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/ndlea-boss-warns-officers-against-hostage-arrest-illegal-detention/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/ndlea-boss-warns-officers-against-hostage-arrest-illegal-detention/#respond Sun, 07 Mar 2021 06:55:15 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153903
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos. 

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd) has warned commanders, officers and men of the agency against the detention of suspects beyond the limit allowed by law.
Similarly, he has prohibited the arrest of a relation, spouse or acquaintance of a suspected drug offender, often referred to as hostage arrest.
The directives were contained in the reviewed operations and investigations guidelines to all commands of the Agency across the country. 
The Agency’s Director, Media and AdvocacyMr. Femi Babafemi made the disclosure in a release made available to journalists on Saturday.
According to the release, Marwa said the order has become imperative in view of the current democratic dispensation in the country and the need to adhere strictly to constitutional provisions regarding arrest and detention of suspects.
To avoid a breach of the operations guidelines, the NDLEA chief executive said, “arrangements must be made for the filing of charges in court within 24 or 48 hours as may be applicable. Where this is not possible, a detention order must be procured from the Federal High Court for the continuous detention of an arrested person.”
He further directed that “investigations in all cases must be concluded not later than one (1) week”, adding that “in all cases of raid operations, all non-culpable suspects must be separated from those culpable and released immediately.” 
Equally, he demanded that all prosecutors must ensure prompt filing of charges in courts and pursue timely arraignment of suspects.
While reaffirming that NDLEA personnel remain empowered to arrest and carry out search whenever there is reasonable ground to suspect that a drug related offence has been committed, he however warned that “detention of persons for purposes of obtaining information and/or intelligence without such a person committing any drug related offence is hereby prohibited.”
“The agency and its personnel shall in the course of arrest and search respect the dignity of the human person of the suspect. 
Accordingly, a suspect shall not in any way be ill-treated. Leg chain and handcuff may only be used where the person is violent and/or resistant to arrest such that reasonable force is required to restrain him/her”, Gen. Marwa added.  

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Insecurity: Let’s Continue Living Together In Peace, Harmony In Yorubaland – MUSWEN https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/insecurity-lets-continue-living-together-in-peace-harmony-in-yorubaland-muswen/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/insecurity-lets-continue-living-together-in-peace-harmony-in-yorubaland-muswen/#respond Sun, 07 Mar 2021 06:52:30 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153901
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), on Saturday asked Nigerians to encourage living together in peace and harmony 
MUSWEN in  a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its Media Consultant, Alhaji Femi Abbas expressed worries over the dangerous trend of insecurity in some parts of Yoruba land with its attendant linkage to ethnicity and religion.
The umbrella body for all the Muslim Communities/Councils and Organizations in the six states of the South West region, maintained that the ethnic laden crisis in the South West of Nigeria drew another global attention to Nigeria.

According to MUSWEN , it is now time to douse the dangerous trend of insecurity in the South West by living together in peace and harmony by focusing on “factors like considerateness, patience, tolerance, and endurance ” which “must reflect in our conducts as evidence of piety.”
“This is the time to know, in Nigeria, that security is neither by the quantity or quality of bayonets with which the army or the Police are equipped nor by flexing of muzzles by ethnic groups to demonstrate superiority of power. Rather, security is about good governance, absence of corruption, reduction of poverty, adequate care for the underprivileged and intelligentsia watch.”, It said. 
MUSWEN added,  “if, despite the differences in our ethnic, cultural and ideological backgrounds, we can still trade together in the same markets and our children can attend the same schools as friends and compatriots, we must know that there is much more to gain from harmony than from disharmony. “

“In the past few weeks, the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), which is the umbrella body for all the Muslim Communities /Councils and Organizations in the six States of the South West region, was compelled to watch, helplessly, the dangerous trend of insecurity in some parts of Yoruba land with its attendant linkage to ethnicity and religion.

“Coming shortly after a social national imbroglio that was precipitated by the ‘End-SARS’ saga of misfortune, which almost ran the country aground, the ethnic laden crisis in the South West of Nigeria drew another global attention to this so-called giant of Africa.The whole scenario worrisomely came, not just as a mind bugler, but also, as a reminder that, by nature, human life, like environmental weather, does not have a permanent feature. It is from the combination of turmoil today and calmness tomorrow that clemency arises to ventilate the atmosphere for peace.”

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NIS Assures Of Resolve To Boost Nation’s Economic, Investment Base https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/nis-assures-of-resolve-to-boost-nations-economic-investment-base/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/07/nis-assures-of-resolve-to-boost-nations-economic-investment-base/#respond Sun, 07 Mar 2021 06:47:55 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153898
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


With its rating among the top 10 highest revenue generating agencies in the country, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has assured that it will continue to strive to keep its position to boost the economic and investment base of the country.
The Service gave the assurance in a statement at the weekend  by its public relations officer DCI Sunday James on behalf of the Comptroller General.
According to the statement, the Nigeria Immigration Service has attained another lofty height in the revenue generation drive  of the country, when it was listed among the Top 10 Highest Revenue Generating Agencies in Nigeria 2021.
Stating that NIS is 5th on the list, the Agency asserted that the rating is a yardstick for accountability,prudent,transparent and resourceful management by the service leadership emplace which is visible in the yearly/ annual project assessment and review.
Under the leadership of the current administration, it stated that there is no room for financial leakage, adding that every money generated for government is paid into the right account using government approved platforms thereby resulting in the high revenues generated by the service in recent times.

It added that many avenue for abuse and neglect of duty were addressed with the Comptroller General giving marching orders to supervisors at the Headquarters, Zonal and Command levels,and all the service windows, blocking all financial leakages,defaults and non compliance with financial  and Service Rules and other procurement procedures,ethical practices which has helped in re-positioning the service  ,with the introduction of digital e -system in passports, Visas,payment platforms.
The Agency also said the body language of the leadership of the service for zero tolerance to corruption,indolence and deliberate abuse of office by officials has led to summary dismissals,convictions in court,and even handing over to anti graft agencies like ICPC,EFCC and even police for summary investigation of any officer found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties or abuse of office,which hitherto would have embarrassed the service and its leadership.
The statement titled,  “Nigeria Immigration Service Digital Deployment and Improved Service Delivery ,Revenue Generation for Nigeria:” reads ” The Nigeria Immigration Service under the leadership of Muhammad Babandede MFR Comptroller General of Immigration Service has added another plus to its leading position among government agencies in Nigeria,after the landmark event of the virtual Commissioning of its Data Processing and Command Control Centre by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR the giant turnkey edifice hub of Immigration intelligence  and database for the collation and storage of Biographics and demographics of Nigerians and Non Nigerians in Nigeria who were captured by the NIS using  its diverse digital platforms deployed by the service  at the Foreign Missions,Airports,Land and Sea borders,passport processing offices and centres,Visa issuing offices,Migrants e-registration Centres,and every other special units and formations where migrants and other travellers,visitors data were harvested including that of Nigerians holders of the passport to improve service deliveries,ease of doing business and attract investment into the country, as well making Nigeria a most preferred destination.
The Nigeria Immigration Service has attained another lofty height in the revenue generation drive  of the country, when it was listed among the Top 10 Highest Revenue Generating Agencies in Nigeria 2021 according to the report online, NIS is 5th on the list,this rating is a yardstick for accountability,prudent,transparent and resourceful management by the service leadership emplace which is visible in the yearly/ annual project assessment and review where Zonal Coordinators, State Command Comptrollers and Comptrollers of Special Formations including training schools turn up to give account of stewardship and supervision of projects undertaken in their Commands and formations vis-a-vis funds released to contractors and level of completion of projects which has yielded desired results with the completion of many which were commissioned and others at various levels of completion,the Comptroller General does not entertain abandonment of project,no matter how little to justify monies released for which projects must be completed ,no contractor is sacred ,a failure to execute on standard and time agreed  in the contract agreement attracts sanctions not limited to being forwarded to ICPC or EFCC as the case may be or revocation and refunds using legal processes for recovery from defaulters, which  has helped guide the conscience and consciousness of the contractors by delivering on target time without compromising standards.    
 The body language of the leadership of the service for zero tolerance to corruption,indolence and deliberate abuse of office by officials has led to summary dismissals,convictions in court,and even handing over to anti graft agencies like ICPC,EFCC and even police for summary investigation of any officer found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties or abuse of office,which hitherto would have embarrassed the service and its leadership ,many avenue for abuse and neglect of duty were addressed with the Comptroller General giving marching orders to supervisors at the Headquarters, Zonal and Command levels,and all the service windows blocking all financial leakages,defaults and non compliance with financial  and Service Rules and other procurement procedures ,ethical practices which has helped in re-positioning the service  ,with the introduction of digital e -system in passports, Visas,payment platforms for all facilities issued by the service,there is no room for financial leakage and every money generated for government is paid into the right account using government approved platforms thereby resulting in the high revenues generated by the service in recent times ,with the 2021 rating among the top 10 highest revenue generating agencies in the country, the service will continue to strive to keep its position to boost the economic and investment base of the country in the facilities issued and sources of revenue generation available to the service.                      
The Comptroller General of Immigration Muhammad Babandede MFR  invited  to the Service Headquarters for a Strategic meeting the Deputy Comptroller General at the SHQ,all Assistant Comptrollers General in the Headquarters and Zones,Comptrollers at the Headquarters , Zones ,Commands and Special Formations for a special briefing for the year 2021 as a way forward to sustain the tempo and give direction in line with government expectations from an evolving world class Immigration service,it is not going to be business as usual with the digital age attained by the service”.
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Charity To Cheer Foundation, Premium Pensions Provide Free Cataract Surgeries In Zaria https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/06/charity-to-cheer-foundation-premium-pensions-provide-free-cataract-surgeries-in-zaria/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/06/charity-to-cheer-foundation-premium-pensions-provide-free-cataract-surgeries-in-zaria/#respond Sat, 06 Mar 2021 23:34:08 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153889 By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria

The Charity to Cheers Foundation (an NGO) in collaboration with Premium Pension Limited has provided free cataract surgery for the aged and less privileged in Zaria.

Hajiya Maryam Mohammed, the President of the foundation said that the organisation with the support of Premium Pensions Limited supported the 75 beneficiaries to access the services free of charge.

She stated this during opening ceremony for the programme in Zaria at the weekend, adding that 40 out of the 75 beneficiaries benefitted on
Friday while 35 beneficiaries would be concluded after the opening ceremony.

According to her, the beneficiaries are mostly senior citizens who cannot afford the cost of cataract surgery.

She said that at the last exercise in December 2020, only 45 people benefitted from the programme and the foundation with the support from Premium Pensions Limited increased the beneficiaries to 75.

Mohammed said that the foundation would strengthen its collaboration with key stakeholders to scale up the programme.

In his remarks, Mr Ismail Abdussalam, Head Business Development of Premium Pensions, said the support was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and it is part of the nationwide interventions.

He said the intervention was one the company’s efforts to touch the lives of the people where it operates.

Mr Bitrus Dauda, Chief Optician, Gambo Sawaba General Hospital commended the foundation for choosing their facility for the programme.

He said the hospital conducts cataract surgeries twice weekly and on the average, over 120 cataract surgeries are conducted at the hospital on monthly basis.

He appealed for more equipment to improve service delivery in the facility, adding that with the improved equipment, the hospital has the strength to provide over 200 cataract surgeries every month.

Corroborating, Dr Faruk Garba, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria and head of surgical team, said that with improved equipment at the facility, the team could do more surgeries.

He said Kaduna State Government has subsidized cataract surgery at the hospital where patients pay N17,500 while in some private facilities, same costs between N100,000 up to N600,000.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malam Hassan Ahmad expressed gratitude to Allah for the successful surgery, also thanking the supporting partners for the gesture.

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Law Firm, Celestial Church Plan To Offer Free Legal Services To Inmates https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/06/law-firm-celestial-church-plan-to-offer-free-legal-services-to-inmates/ https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/2021/03/06/law-firm-celestial-church-plan-to-offer-free-legal-services-to-inmates/#respond Sat, 06 Mar 2021 23:04:49 +0000 https://newnigeriannewspaper.com/?p=153884  

By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


The law firm of Barrister Monday Ubani has resolved to partner with Prophet Isreal Oladele Ogundipe, founder of Celestial Church of Christ, Genesis Global Parish to assist in rendering free legal representation to indigents inmates awaiting trials  at the Correctional Centres across the country.
Barrister Monday Ubani Esq, who made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos at the weekend, said the decision was predicated on the spiritual and human efforts of the man of God towards those who are in custody at the Correctional Facility at Kirikiri, Apapa.
He hinted of Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe’s intention of establishing his Prison Foundation, which is to be called Israel Oladele Prison Foundation which in part will be working in collaboration with Onyekachi Ubani’s Foundation to assist the less privileged who are denied justice through the nation’s skewed administration of criminal justice system.
Ubani, a former 2nd Vice President Nigeria Bar Association ( NBA), posited that his firm is more attracted to the Oladele’s efforts in winning  more souls for Christ, donations of food and toiletries to the inmates, an act he described as the true exhibit of  traits of true Christianity which is represented by love for God and humanity. 
It would be recalled that Prophet Isreal Oladele Ogundipe, founder of Celestial Church of Christ, Genesis Global Parish is serving a two year jail term at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre in Lagos.

According to the statement, Ubani asserted that he was more excited about the issue of facilitating the release of some of the inmates that have been in detention awaiting trials for good number of years by the prophet.
The legal practitioner recalled the story of one Azeez Ibrahim who regained his freedom recently at the instance of the prophet.God, adding that “the number we gathered who have regained freedom so far through the effort of the prophet and his church has risen to about 82 inmates”.
 The statement titled “THE ISSUES OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE STORY OF PROPHET ISRAEL OLADELE OGUNDIPE OF CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST GENESIS GLOBAL PARISH” reads, “What attracted me to the gentleman Prophet is the stories I read about his spiritual and human efforts towards those who are in correctional custody in our Correctional Facility at Kirikiri, Apapa. The story out there are his efforts in winning  more souls for Christ, donations of food and toiletries to the inmates which to us is the true exhibit of  traits of true Christianity which is represented by love for God and humanity.  Of utmost excitement to me personally and our law firm is the issue of facilitating the release of some of the inmates that have been in detention awaiting trials for good number of years.  I am sure you aware of the story of one Azeez Ibrahim who regained his freedom recently at the instance of the prophet. The man narrated how he wrongly served 10 years and 6 months at Kirikiri Correctional Centre for wrong identification. He regained freedom as a result of the intervention of the man of God.  The number we gathered who have regained freedom so far through the effort of the prophet and his church has risen to about 82 inmates.  We got interested in knowing this great apostle of God and we are interested in partnering with him to secure the lives of those that are being wasted in prison by our imperfect administration of criminal justice system.  However we got more than we bargained for. He told us the story of his sojourn to the correctional Centre at Apapa. We demanded a copy of his judgment that pronounced his conviction and sentence.  Sad at some of the events that led to his conviction. We are glad that the conviction is being challenged seriously by a very senior and competent lawyer based in Lagos. It is our conviction that justice shall be served at the Appellate jurisdiction.  There are clearly yawning gaps in the entire story leading to his trial and conviction. We are worried that the exonerating report of the Alagbon Police Authority that was the last to investigate the whole incidence was never taken into consideration at the trial court. As said earlier, these and many more shall be strengthened in due course. We shall refrain from going into the facts of the case as the matter is presently subjudice. We promise to examine the legality of the trial and conviction whenever the appellate options are exhausted.    Concerning his conviction and sentence, Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe strongly disagrees and has appealed against his conviction-challenging the conclusion and position of the trial Court, and he is  bewildered on how a matter which was earlier reported to the Police for threat to life, metamorphosed all of a sudden into a case of stealing and obtaining money by false pretenses leading to his conviction and sentencing, a fundamental issue he has raised in his appeal. However, out of respect for the judicial process, and due to the fact that, his appeal is still pending before the honorable Court of Appeal, we will for now, leave details of his Ordeal, Trial and Conviction until a future time when his appeal must have been determined whether in his favor or otherwise.  Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe maintained his innocence as argued by his Counsels during trials at the lower Court, and continues to maintain his innocence even as he serves out the  time in a federal correction facility, but as a human being , Prophet  Ogundipe upon his conviction and sentencing, felt he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice, felt betrayed and  dejected , but in a divine twist, he will later come to realize that, just as many great Prophets and famous world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Olusegun Obasanjo, Rev. Martin Luther King etc. who were once jailed and sentenced for various offences in the past, he,  Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe the Shepard of CCC Genesis Global is  not exempted from prosecution  and who knows whether he  has been  sent to prison on a divine account and for a divine purpose? Which is why we applaud his zeal in getting those who are wrongly incarcerated justice through getting them out of the correctional centre using the judicial process.  Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe who is presently serving time in a federal correctional facility is spending much of his time interceding with various inmates, and teaching them the word of God, listening to their various stories and the ordeals that landed them in a federal correction facility and counseling them in preparation to life outside prison. It is becoming clearer to the Prophet  the salient reason the Almighty God ordained his journey to the correctional facility. Upon being emotionally touched by the stories and the various ordeals of these inmates,  the Prophet  according to him started  to care for the families of these inmates, by paying for their children’s school fees, providing them with feeding allowances, paying legal fees for those awaiting trials etc. an act of philanthropy that Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe was famously known for before his unfortunate incarceration and this led him to reach out through his aides and representatives to the law firm of Ubani and Co. expressing his desire to team up with our  law firm in order to give comprehensive legal representations to various inmates whose stories and ordeals are quite compelling both at the trial  and at the Appellant Courts.   In turn, the law firm of Ubani and Co. has expressed its willingness to partner with Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe upon conclusion of terms and we are throwing these open to any meaningful Nigerians, individuals, or organizations regarding this noble cause or humanitarian activity of helping in getting justice to those who are languishing in various correctional centres across the country to come on board with us. We must endeavor to rescue our fellow brothers and sisters that are victims of our faulty system.  Please note that this is in furtherance to Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe’s intention of establishing his Prison Foundation, which is to be called Israel Oladele Prison Foundation which in part will be working in collaboration with Onyekachi Ubani’s Foundation to assist the less privileged who are denied justice through our skewed administration of criminal justice system. These two foundations with their mission and core value will focus on addressing social vices, counseling, youth empowerment and rendering of legal representation to indigents in need of legal services, especially those at the Correctional Centres across the Country awaiting trials that are never held.  Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe continues to reiterate his undying commitment to the word of God and believes that, “tears may endure through a long night, but Joy comes in the morning”. We shall celebrate his freedom soon believing that he will learn all the lessons that God wants to pass to him through this temporary incarceration, which we call “restriction of physical movement but not spiritual empowerment”.   

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