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Controversy, Denials As Man Accuses Pastor of Snatching, Marrying His Wife

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A man, Bright Ben, has accused his pastor and General Overseer of the World Bank Assembly in Eneka, in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Moses Adeeyo, of snatching his wife, Tina.

Bright claimed that trouble started after his wife of 12 years was made an assistant choir mistress in the church and she moved out of the house with their two children.

The aggrieved husband said he had been searching for her and called the pastor to seek advice on the matter.

He stated that he knew his wife’s whereabouts on Sunday when he saw pictures of her remarriage.

Bright, in a Facebook post with photos of the alleged marriage of his wife to the cleric, wrote, “As shameful as it sounds, it is a true-life story. My pastor married my wife. I’ve been married to Mrs Tina Bright for over 12 years with two children. I introduced her to my General Overseer of the World Bank Assembly in Eneka, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers State. We started attending the church and became full financial members.

“My wife was given an immediate appointment (assistant choir mistress) seven months ago. She moved out of the house with our children before I got back from work. I searched everywhere and called everyone, even the general overseer. Unknown to me, the G.O. was the architect of my problems.

“After some time, he stopped picking my calls and blocked my number. I’ve been looking for her until I saw these pictures yesterday online. He claimed that the Holy Spirit told him that she is his wife. Is the Holy Spirit an author of confusion? My wife of 12 years is now his.”

You’re a liar, you assaulted, sent me packing – wife

In her reaction, Tina, who also took to social media, said she left her husband over alleged assault and maltreatment.

She said, “Bright wants to make me a bad woman on social media. When we were together, he made me incur a lot of debts that I am still paying. He accuses me of infidelity and even disallowed me from pursuing my music career. He once told me that there is no marriage between us and that I am just here to take care of his children. He promised to make my life miserable, including putting acid in my cream. Now, he’s coming on social media to destroy another man’s name. It is my time to shine.

“He is lying that he doesn’t know my whereabouts. I left his house after he locked me inside the house and kept the keys in his pocket. It was then I packed my things and told him it was over. He even told me to leave and that I was only useful for the children. My children got the spare keys, gave them to me and told me to escape at night. On the morning of November 28, 2020, I came to the house with a taxi, packed my load and took my children away. I put my children at my mother’s place and went to Lagos to start my life afresh.

“I was never residing with the pastor. He lived on the church premises and I lived in Lagos. Ben kept calling me while I was in Lagos before I blocked his number. He threatened me not to ever marry another person.”

Tina’s mother, Christiana Everest, said Bright did not pay her daughter’s bride price.

“When Bright came to my house to ask for my daughter’s hand in marriage, I saw him as a son and asked if he was a Christian. I took him to the village according to the tradition. He gave everyone their rights both men and women except the bride’s parents. When they told him to come and see us he said he’ll see us later,” she stated.

Bright, in a video clip, denied assaulting his wife.

He also refuted accusations by her mother that he did not pay her bride price, saying he did during their traditional wedding.

He insisted that he had not been divorced from his wife and wondered why if she wanted to re-marry, it would be to the cleric, whom he always shared his marital problems with.

The pastor’s son, Peter Adeeyo, told PUNCH Metro that his father had yet to divorce his mother.

He said he was as shocked as everyone when pictures of the wedding surfaced on the Internet.

“He said he doesn’t want my mother again. The case over the settlement of my mother has been in court for over one year. My mum was in Abuja when she saw the wedding pictures. Someone called my attention to the pictures when we closed from church on Sunday. My father didn’t inform any family members of the wedding. My dad is telling the world that he has divorced her and that is a lie,” he added.

The pastor did not pick his calls, as his phone rang out and text messages sent to his phone number were not responded to as of the time of filing this report.

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Healthcare Delivery: Armed Forces Partner NPHCDA

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The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has expressed the readiness of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in sustaining the collaborative healthcare arrangement with the National Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). This, he said is in order to further improve healthcare services for members of the AFN and the nation in general.

The CDS, who made the disclosure during the visit of the management Staff of the agency, said the AFN would continue the partnership given its commitment to ensuring good healthcare system for personnel and their families.
He commended NPHCDA for championing the eradication of polio virus and other childhood diseases in the country.

The NPHCDA Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said he was at the Defence Headquarters to solicit the support of the military towards ensuring that children in the various areas affected by insecurity are vaccinated against any form of disease, especially the circulating Mutating Polio Virus.

The Executive Director indicated that the NPHCDA and its partners are working to reach security compromised locations in the country so as to halt the scourge.

He applauded the CDS for his pragmatic leadership and commended the resilience and gallantry of the members of the AFN, particularly troops in the theatres of operation.

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Police Arrest Kano Teacher for Abducting, Killing Five-Year-Old Pupil

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A teacher in Kano, Abdulmalik Tanko, has been arrested over his alleged involvement in the kidnap and death of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil.

The pupil was said to have been kidnapped in December and her abductors had demanded N6 million ransom.

In a statement on Thursday, Abdullahi Kiyawa, police spokesperson in Kano, said Tanko killed his pupil when he found that she had recognised him.

“Some time on the 04/12/2021 at about 2030hrs, a report was received from a resident of Dakata Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State that, one Hanifa Abubakar, ‘f’, aged 5 years old, was kidnapped and a ransom of Six Million Naira (N6,000,000.00) was demanded,” the statement reads.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, met with heads of security agencies in the state, re-strategised for effective service delivery and raised a team of Operation Puff Adder led by SP Shehu Dahiru to arrest the culprits.

“Sustained efforts and prolonged follow-up led to the arrest of one Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, ‘m’, aged 30 years old, of Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State and one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’, aged 37 years old, of same address by a detective team of the Department of State Services (DSS),  Kano State.

“On investigation, Abdulmalik confessed that, the victim, Hanifa, is his student at a private school in Kwanar Dakata, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State. He kidnapped her and took her to his house where he contacted her relatives and demanded a ransom of Six Million Naira (N6,000,000.00).

“On the 18/12/2021, having realised that the victim recognised him, he claimed to have poisoned her to death, conspired with one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’, took and buried her in a shallow grave located at the private school premises located at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State.

“Hashim also confessed that, sometimes in the month of November 2021, the principal suspect, Abdulmalik met him and one Fatima Jibreel Musa, ‘f’, 27 years old, of Layin Falaki Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano State and ordered them to kidnap Hanifa. They planned but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested.“

The suspects, the police said, led a combined team of security and medical operatives to where the body was buried.

The corpse was exhumed and taken to the Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital Kano where she was confirmed dead.

The police added that the suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

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LAWMA Embarks on Two-day Enforcement Operation at Lekki

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Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has embarked on a two-day enforcement operation at Lekki axis, to clear the roadsides of various illegal activities defacing the environment.

The exercise involved clearance of waste nuisance and dislodging of street trading from First Roundabout to Jakande axis, as well as Freedom Way entrance, on Lekki Epe expressway.

The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni said the operation would ensure that the area was rid of structures and elements constituting environmental nuisance, such as littering and improper waste disposal, currently undermining efforts of the Authority at maintaining sustainable cleanliness.

He said, “Our enforcement team is carrying out a two-day campaign, which began on Thursday, January 20, 2022, to stem the tide of littering and defacing of the environment, ensuring that effective sanitation is sustained within the VI axis of the state”.

Odumboni pointed out that street trading activities by some persons in the area, had attracted all forms of gathering, including beggars, thus leading to high level of environmental degradation, including littering and open defecation.

The LAWMA helmsman stated that the agency had rolled out various programmes and initiatives, aimed at achieving a consistently clean environment across the metropolis, calling on residents to support those efforts, by avoiding indiscriminate waste disposal and other vices.

He also implored residents to imbibe the habit of bagging their wastes at all times, using appropriately covered waste bins for containerisation, as well as patronising assigned PSP operators, who had been mandated to evacuate wastes generated by tenements.

For inquiries on waste management related issues in your area, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617 (for GLO users).

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