Despite the recent allegations against their founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua, members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations continue to stand by him. They made this clear during their Sunday service, dismissing the claims made in a recent BBC documentary.
Despite the controversy, worshippers gathered for the church’s thanksgiving service, starting around 8 am.
This gathering marked the church’s first significant meeting since the release of the BBC documentary exposing the alleged secret lives of the late televangelist.
The lengthy video, titled “Disciples: The Cult of TB Joshua,” contained testimonies of former disciples and workers making allegations of manipulation, physical abuse, and sexual misconduct against the late prophet.
Undeterred by the controversy, members continued to attend the service, following the usual entry procedures.
One member, Isaac, expressed that the documentary aimed to discredit the church under the leadership of the late founder’s wife, Evelyn. He emphasized that the congregation was unfazed and focused on worshipping.
Another member defended the late cleric, highlighting the ongoing deliverance and the church’s continuity in providing miracles.
The video sparked a response from some Nigerians, including Dele Momodu, Femi Fani-Kayode, Victor AD, Ronke Oshodi Oke, and others, who defended the prophet on social media.
A long-time trader in the area remarked that the controversy did not significantly affect the church’s attendance.
Pastor Evelyn Joshua, in a Facebook post, preached forgiveness and referenced her late husband’s teachings.
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NDLEA arrests insurgents drug supplier, intercepts 7.6 tons of illicit drugs in Borno, Nasarawa NDLEA arrests insurgents drug supplier, intercepts 7.6 tons of illicit drugs in Borno, Nasarawa
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEAA, reported the arrest of 24 suspected drug traffickers and dealers. One of the suspects, a 42-year-old man, was caught transporting thousands of concealed opioid pills to insurgents in the Banki area of Borno state. The seizure included over 7,609 kilograms of various illicit drugs in eight states. NDLEA stated that most of the seizures occurred in Nasarawa State, where operatives intercepted a truck carrying 367 jumbo bags of cannabis sativa weighing 4,037 kilograms.
According to Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, the agency arrested three suspects in connection with the Nasarawa seizure. In a separate operation in Abuja, FCT, two individuals were apprehended with compressed cannabis sativa concealed in a truck. Another suspect was arrested with psychoactive substances loaded in his truck in Owo, Ondo state.
Further operations led to the interception of illicit drugs in Ondo state and the arrest of suspects in Edo, Kano, Anambra, and Lagos. Notably, a 42-year-old suspected supplier of illicit drugs to insurgents was apprehended at the Bama checkpoint in Borno state. NDLEA also seized over 6 kilograms of cannabis, tramadol, diazepam, and codeine syrup in Anambra state.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), praised the efforts of the agency’s commands across Nasarawa, FCT, Ondo, Kano, Borno, Edo, Anambra, and Lagos. He urged them to continue surpassing past feats in their drug supply and demand reduction efforts.
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NDLEA captures 7.6 tons of illegal drugs and detains 24 suspects across eight states
Twenty-four suspected drug traffickers and dealers were apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in eight states. Among the arrests was a 42-year-old man caught transporting concealed opioid pills to insurgents’ enclave in Banki, Borno state.
Additionally, a six-month-pregnant woman and three other women were among those arrested in Anambra, Abuja, Kano, Ondo, Edo, and Lagos. These details were disclosed in a statement by the agency’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday.
The statement revealed, “A total of 24 suspected drug traffickers and dealers including a 42-year-old man taking thousands of concealed opioid pills to insurgents’ enclave in Banki area of Borno State, a six-month-pregnant lady, a mother of three children and three other women have been arrested in major interdiction operations by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, leading to the seizure of over 7,609Kg of assorted illicit drugs in eight states.
“The majority of the seizures took place in Nasarawa State where NDLEA operatives intercepted a truck marked Lagos JJJ 64 YC carrying 367 jumbo bags of cannabis sativa weighing 4,037Kg on Sunday, February 4, originating from Akure, Ondo state to be delivered at Shabu area of Lafia, the state capital. Three suspects: Shuaibu Yahaya Liman, 35; Monday Audu, 33, and Linus Samuel, 42, have been arrested in connection with the seizure.
“The following day, Monday, February 5, operatives in Abuja, FCT arrested Jibrin Shuaibu, 23, and Prosper Innih, 17, with 169 bags and 80 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 1,961.5kgs cleverly hidden in a truck with registration number Ogun WDE 557 XC. The truck was intercepted during a stop-and-search operation along Abaji – Abuja highway on their way from Uzeba to Dei-Dei, FCT.
“In another operation by NDLEA operatives in Abuja on Tuesday February 6, a suspect, Abdulhameed Dauda, 27, was apprehended with 89Kg of the same psychoactive substance loaded into his truck in Owo, Ondo state to be delivered at Gwagwalada in FCT.
“On the same day, operatives also intercepted another a driver, Hassan Ade, 30, transporting 696.5kg of the same substance loaded in Idoani, Ondo State to be delivered at Gwagwalada and Dei-Dei in FCT. A subsequent operation led to the arrest of a mother of three children, Joy Chukwuka, 42, linked with the consignment.”
The statement added that apart from the seizure of 633.5kgs of cannabis at Eleyere, Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, NDLEA operatives also recovered 59 jumbo bags of the same substance loaded in a truck marked GAD 287 XA heading to the Northern part of the country.
It was mentioned that detergents were sprayed on the cannabis bags to suppress the odor of the psychoactive weed, while 192 packs of table water were loaded on top to conceal the illicit consignment.
The statement further added, “Not less than 187kgs of the same substance were seized by operatives at Sapele road, Benin, Edo state. In Kano, NDLEA officers arrested 58-year-old Bashir Attahir in Bachirawa area of the state with 216,000 pills of tramadol 250mg. Another suspect, Ejike Moses Nmenme, 47, was nabbed the following day Tuesday, February 6, with 25,190 capsules of tramadol and various quantities of Rohypnol and codeine syrup along Emir Road, Sabon Gari area of the city. The duo of Yusuf Abdullahi Musa, 35, and Yusuf Musa, 28, were apprehended at Gadar Tamburawa, with 1,000 ampoules of tramadol injection on Thursday, 8th February.
“In Borno state, a 42-year-old suspected supplier of illicit drugs to insurgents in Banki, Ahmad Mohammed, was arrested by NDLEA operatives on Friday, 9th February at Bama checkpoint. When his luggage was searched, 20,000 capsules of tramadol were recovered from him while on his way to deliver the opioid consignment in the border town.
“A six-month pregnant woman, Amarachi Akaolisa, 25, and another lady, Ifeoma Iheanyi, 21, were among six suspects arrested for dealing in illicit substances in Oraifite and Umuni-Evili, Aguleri, Anambra state. Others nabbed include Okwuchukwu Chukwuka; Onyedika Ngwu; Ekene Hyginus and Nzomiwu Ikechukwu. Recovered from them were over 6 kilograms of cannabis, tramadol, diazepam, and codeine syrup in raids conducted by NDLEA operatives between Tuesday, 6th and Thursday, 8th Feb in parts of the state.
“In Lagos, two ladies: Boluwatife Adebayo and Omolade Fola Adebayo were among suspects arrested during raids in parts of the state on Saturday, 10th February. While Ogah Sunday Adole and Boluwatife Adebayo were arrested at Agidingbi, Ikeja, in connection with 220grams of cannabis, 10.6 liters of codeine syrup, and other psychotropic substances, Omolade Fola Adebayo was detained at Ijesha with various quantities of cannabis, codeine syrup, Rohypnol, and molly.”
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The Hisbah Board in Kano seizes 8,600 bottles of beer and arrests 15 individuals for prostitution
There have been reports that the Kano State Hisbah Board confiscated over 8,600 bottles of beer that were being transported from Kaduna to the state.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Idris Ibrahim, the board’s officer in charge of intoxicants, revealed this information.
He mentioned that the alcoholic beverages were seized at Kwanar Dangora village along Kano-Kaduna Expressway, after the board’s operatives had trailed the vehicle from Kaduna into Kano territory.
“At Kwanar Dangora village, the vehicle was intercepted, and although the driver attempted to escape, our operatives managed to apprehend him,” Ibrahim stated.
He emphasized that selling and consuming beer in Kano State is illegal, and the driver would be taken to court after providing his statement.
Furthermore, the Hisbah team responsible for handling intoxicants is awaiting further directives from the Hisbah management.
In addition to this seizure, the board’s command carried out operations in various parts of Kano City, resulting in the apprehension of 15 young women accused of engaging in prostitution.
These arrests occurred at Hotoro Tishama, Bakin River Verd Sabon Gari, Miyangu Road, Hadejia Road, and old Zoo Road motor parks.
Dr. Mujahid Aminuddeen, the board’s Deputy Commander-General, confirmed the arrests, highlighting that some of the women had been previously arrested and prosecuted but continued with their illicit activities.
He expressed concern over the influx of women from different states and countries into Kano for engaging in prostitution and other unlawful behaviors.
Aminuddeen urged the public to report such activities to aid in cleansing the state and also acknowledged that some of these women are in dire situations due to hardship, necessitating empathy and prayers.
Notably, many of these individuals have also fallen victim to drug abuse, leading to physical and mental deterioration.
He concluded by calling upon parents to pray for their children’s protection from the perils of drug abuse, which often leads to other societal issues.
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