The family of a woman, Joy Owoyele, is in grief after she died during a 14-day fasting in the Isheri Olofin area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Owoyele had sought spiritual help regarding her matrimonial challenges at the Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-Oke Gbogunmi, aka Ajanpelenbe Mountain, located on Pipeline Road, Isheri Olofin.
She was said to have been placed on 14-day fasting and prayer, but on the 10th day, things took a tragic turn as she suddenly collapsed after the morning prayers inside the church.
When PUNCH Metro visited the church on Wednesday, the resident pastor, Alfred Sunday, said after Owoyele lost consciousness during the spiritual exercise, she was rushed to the Igando General Hospital for treatment, adding that she died in the process.
Sunday said, “She came for prayers and nothing more. Before the day of the incident, we held a vigil and she was fine. Her fasting was supposed to be for 14 days, but the incident happened on the 10th day. God is my witness, there is nothing hidden here.
“Her daughter, Oluwatise, was also with her in the church during the spiritual exercise and they always slept together. The incident happened around 7am. I was praying on the altar when one of the church members informed me that she had passed out.
The pastor explained that he went to the Idimu Police Station to report the incident, adding that during investigation, the police detained him and the General Overseer of the church.
He stated, “When I reported the incident, the police took my statement and that of the victim’s daughter. But the General Overseer and I were detained for three days and the police also visited the church to conduct an investigation.
“But the family insisted on not pressing any charge and after the police investigation, we were released. I met with the woman’s family immediately after the incident and they accepted what happened as fate.
“During the spiritual exercise, she was fasting and praying, and usually broke her fasts with honey and water. But on the 10th day, she became very weak and we had to rush her to hospital to save her, but she died.
“After the incident, we insist that anyone embarking on fasting and prayer in the church must break with pap instead of honey and water that we usually use. Anyone who refuses won’t be allowed to embark on the spiritual exercise in the church.”
Further findings by PUNCH Metro revealed that the family was making plans to convey the victim’s remains from the Yaba General Hospital mortuary to her hometown in Ekiti State for the burial rites.
“The woman’s daughter said she was in the habit of running from pillar to post in search of spiritual help so that her husband, who had abandoned her and her daughter for seven years, could return,” the source said.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the circumstances surrounding Owoyele’s death were sudden and unnatural, adding that investigation was still ongoing.
Adejobi stated, “On Saturday, April 24, 2021, around 11.50am, one Alfred Sunday reported that one Joy Owoyele, 30, came to his church, CAC Ori-Oke Gbogunmi, aka Ajanpelebe Mountain, in Isheri Olofin, for prayers on April 14, 2021.
“Around 7am on the day of the incident, Owoyele fainted and was rushed to the Igando General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
“Detectives led by Inspector Bridget Edosa visited the scene, inspected the corpse and deposited it in the Yaba General Hospital morgue for autopsy. The case is under investigation.”
Enugu CP Orders Investigation into Fire Incident at INEC Office
By Eric Elezuo
The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire incident at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) office, at Obollo-Afor and the extent of damage.
The Commissioner gave the order via a statement issued and signed by the Command’s PRO, ASP Daniel Ndukwe.
The statement reads in full:
Following a distress call received at Udenu Police Divisional Headquarters of Enugu State Command on 13/05/2021 at about 2140hrs, alleging that there was fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor Office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Udenu L.G.A. of the State, Operatives attached to the Division immediately raced to the scene, while contacting Fire Service Office in the area to promptly put out the fire.
2. Preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices around the building, through the combined efforts of the State Fire Service, the Police and law-abiding citizens, may have been caused by power surge due to sudden power supply to the building.
3. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, psc, has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.
Eid-el-Fitri: NAOSNP Felicitates with Nigerians, Sues for Peaceful Co-existence
…Commends security agencies for standing strong against insurgency and insecurity
The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), a league of professional Journalists and security news publishers, has extended their heartfelt felicitations to the Muslim ummah as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri, calling for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
Speaking through a goodwill message, the Association’s National President, Mr. Oki Samson, praised the Muslim faithful for a successful conclusion of the fasting period while urging them to at all times exhibit the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (SWT) which allows for peaceful co-relationship with their neighbours.
“It is with great joy that I express my sincere wishes on behalf of NAOSNP, to our Muslim friends, partners and readers as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri. I urge them to at all times portray the tenets of Islam which makes for peaceful coexistence among all and sundry,” Oki noted.
He stressed that much as the country is in a volatile situation at the moment, all the prayers the faithful committed themselves to in the last one month of Ramadan will surely produce positive results in the days ahead.
While commending the efforts of the security agencies in standing strong against insurgents and insurgency, and protecting the lives and property of Nigerians, Oki said that there is need for all to redouble their efforts, and more importantly pursue the fight without fear and favour.
“We commend our security agencies and agents for their selfless efforts at stamping out insurgency in our midst, and making it possible for Nigerians to sleep with their two eyes closed.
“At this period of Eid-el-Fitri, the Nigerian public celebrates you and appreciates your efforts at keeping the country together,” Oki said.
He further advised President Muhammadu Buhari to build more confidence and trust in the mind of the people as what the people need now is leadership that encompasses all.
“We also commend President Mohammadu Buhari on his efforts to provide purposeful leadership for Nigerians. We urge him to continue to create the desired atmosphere for Nigerians to peacefully co-exist,” the President said.
He pledged NAOSNP’s continuous support for the good and development of Nigeria and it’s desire to uphold a just and free society, adding that as a body of distinguished security news publishers, NAOSNP is all out to see that Nigeria is the most peaceful place to be on earth.
“We at NAOSNP, as a league of distinguished security news publishers, pledge our continued support for the good of the nation and it’s unity and will continually contribute our quota to see that top notch security is maintained in the country,” Oki said.
Lagos LG Debate Pivotal to Improvement of Governance Deliverables in Lagos
By Kunle Lawal
Debates among electoral candidates are centerpiece of campaigns during elections, worldwide. As a result, more than 60 countries have developed a debate tradition, and civil society groups, NGOs and concerned citizens have been critical in making that happen.
Debates are pivotal in helping voters make informed choices on various levels of elections and encourage candidates to focus on policy issues.
The Electoral College Nigeria, a non-governmental organization which I lead as its Executive Director, has indicated its interest to conduct the Local Government debates in Lagos State.
I have also stated that the Local Government is the first handshake of democracy to the people and voter apathy in its election plus the poor accountability ratios of the tier of governance from the electorate spell why people are yet to feel the true impact of governance.
Last year, the Electoral college was responsible for hosting the Lagos East Senatorial debates at the end of the year with raving reviews from participants.
This year, we have mentioned that in conjunction with “Rate Your Leader”, a digital democracy app that puts registered voters in direct person-to-person contact with their local decision makers, making them justify every decision they make and every penny they spend and making them truly accountable to the people they serve,
now available in Nigeria.
The Electoral College intends to host the LG debates after the party primaries. The College’s commitment to democracy through civic education would be incomplete if the quality and presence of debates did not improve. The Electoral College intends to work in conjunction with LAISEC and other relevant non-partisan CSOs to deliver a debate that would involve the electorate, using the media available to different strata in the society.
If Lagos gets it right, it could trickle the progress across the nation and reiterate the College’s commitment to politeracy (Political literacy) and it’s target of educating over one million Nigerians before 2023.
Kunle Lawal is the Executive Director, Electoral College, Nigeria