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14082018 - POPULATION GROWTH : Danger looms for Nigeria

Vanguard Newspaper 14 April 2018

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6 — SATURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 14, 2018 Muslims all over the country arrive Abuja for the annual Sheikh Usman Dahiru Bauchi Lecture and the celebration of Maulid Festival starting today (Saturday) at the National Stadium, Abuja. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida Edo CAN places curses on Past astor ors aiding, abetting human traffic icker ers By Simon Ebegbulem THE Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Edo State led by its chairman, Rev. Oriname Kure, President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Dr Felix Omobude and Bishop Margaret Benson Idahosa, yesterday placed a curse on Pastors offering prayers to human traffickers, asserting that such Pastors will not live to enjoy the fruit of their labour. The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare 11 had in a similar manner placed a curse on human traffickers and warned native doctors who assist the traffickers in administering oath on the victims to desist from it or face the wrath of the gods. However, the men of God who also urged all churches in the state to dedicate the 28th of April 2018 for prayers against human trafficking in the state, described the trend as an embarrassment to the church just as they commend Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare 11 for their efforts in eradicating the evil trade in the state. Addressing journalists in Benin City yesterday, PFN President, Rev.Omobude, who described the activities of human traffickers as an embarrassment to the church declared, ¨ Let us not attempt to hold brief for these pastors who do evil. We must take our stand as a church that what is wrong is wrong. ¨We must not condescend to these evil people. And I will like to say that church leaders must stand strong. Some of us went to farm to tap rubber, I sold newspaper in this town so nobody has any excuse to sell human beings for prostitution. ¨We should try as much as possible to get government and other institutions to provide jobs but no situation should make us to force our children to go into prostitution. In this place we have resolved that any Pastor or prophet who support or aid or abet illegal migration, you pray for them we are praying that such a Pastor wherever he is or whoever he is should be sanctioned and be publicly disowned. ¨Such pastors who bring disgrace to us will not live to enjoy the fruit of their labour. We have resolved, let´s go back to the basis. We were raised up to believe that Jesus is coming back. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, we all agreed that we must rise against the evil of illegal migration. ¨We all agreed that none of us, no Pastor should see these people and give them false hope or a prayer cover," he asserted. On his part, Rev.Oyonnude Kure, said” any pastor involved in this inhuman and nefarious wicked activity must repent completely and stop this evil act now. Any one who refuses to stop and is caught the Church of Jesus Christ in Edo State and Nigeria Will deny the person and ensure that the authorities arrest, prosecute and punish the person “ Offa bank robbery: Police arrest 12 more suspects By Joseph Erunke THE Nigeria Police have arrested additional 12 suspects in connection with last week’s banks raid by armed robbers in Offa, Kwara State. The suspects were arrested by the highpowered Police Investigation Team, Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), three units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Anti-Robbery equipment which were deployed to Kwara State by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to carry out discreet investigation into the banks robbery. The Force Headquarters’ spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, who briefed the media on the update of investigation into the development, said sensitive materials handsets, ipads and telephone SIM cards belonging to victims of the robbery were also recovered from the suspects. He said the suspects were arrested in Lagos, Ibadan, Illorin and Offa respectively, with dangerous weapons such as Beretta pistols and lives ammunition. He said the suspects confessed during discreet interrogation of their active engagement in the crime. He listed the suspects as Adegoke Shogo, 29, arrested in Offa; Kayode Opadokun 35, arrested in Offa; Kazeem Abdulrasheed, 36, arrested in Offa; Azeez Abdullahi 27, arrested in Offa and Alexander Reuben, 39, arrested in Lagos. Also were Jimoh Isa, 28, arrrested in Lagos; Azeez Salawudeen, 20, arrested in Offa and victim’s phone and sim cards recovered from him; Adewale Popoola, 22 years old arrested in Offa and victim’s phone and sim cards recovered from him; Adetoyese Murtaugh, 23, arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State; Aminu Ibrahim 18, arrested in Ilorin; Richard Buba Terry, 23, also arrested in Ilorin and Peter Jaba, 25, arrested in Ilorin. “The Police team engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, intelligence gathering which led to the arrest of the suspects. Some of the arrests also involved serious exchange of gun fire between the Police and the suspects in their various hideouts. World Autism Day: Experts assure of healthy living for patients EXPERTS in the management of victims with autism disorder have assured parents and guardians of autistic children of chances of living normal lives and realizing their full potentials and talents like every other child. In a lecture delivered by Dr Anthony Enebe, Dr (Mrs) Ehi Isa and Mr Nwokolo Chijioke at the David Ofoeyono School for Special Children in DSC, Ovwian/Aladja in Udu local government area of Delta State, they emphasized that autism was not a death sentence, and if properly managed with the right education and attention like every other child in the society, they have chances of developing and realizing their full potentials. They charged parents who have autistic children not to lock them up in their homes, because of shame and anticipated stigmatization, and called on government at all levels to invest in the education of children with autism. They also warned women to be mindful of what they eat during pregnancy and stay away from drug abuse, advising parents to pay special attention to the upbringing of their children. Women are society builders — Obiano By Nwafor Sunday GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra state has described women as the bedrock of every home saying without women, the society would be a boxing ring and hell zone for men. Governor Obiano said this while celebrating Mothering Sunday with the Catholic Women Organisation, CWO, Anambra east at St Joseph Catholic church Aguleri. The governor, who also used the occasion to shower encomiums on Mrs Mary Odili on her 86th birthday celebration urged women to continue to live up to their expectations as home builders and bequeath moral values on their children. The governor said “Mrs Mary Odili is a hardworking mother who did her best to give her children good training. It is good to sow good seed, so that the person will yield good fruit”. He advised Catholic Women Organisation of St Joseph Catholic church and other worshippers to form a cooperative society to enable them benefit from government Agricultural loan grants which were always available to farmers. On his part, His Royal Majesty Eze C.N idigo (Ogalagidi), the traditional ruler of Aguleri, described Mrs Mary Odili as a unique mother who ensured that her children got the best training in life. Rivers Govt inaugurates c’ttee to resolve boundary disputes By Davies Iheamnachor The Rivers State Government has inaugurated Technical Committee on Obete /Seme-Lueku Boundary dispute . Inaugurating the committee yesterday in Government House, Port Harcourt, the Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Banigo noted that the state government was committed to peace and development. According to Dr Banigo Government has decided to wade into the matter to forestall breakdown of law and order. She said: “This matter was handled by the previous Administration inconclusively, and it has led to a lot of rancour between the communities, so the Wike led Government decided to look into this matter once and for all in the interest of lasting peace and harmony because we know that without peace there cannot be any development whatsoever”, she stressed. China Chamber of Commerce donates to NOTN IN furtherance of its commitment to the economic de velopment of Nigeria, six Chinese firms under the auspices of China Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria (CCCN), recently, donated office equipment such as Desktop and Laptop Computers, Printers, Projectors and Projector Screens to the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN). Speaking while presenting the equipment to the Director General, NOTN, Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, the Chamber’s President, Mr Ye Shuijin noted that the chamber’s main objective was to make their products available for Nigerians to experience and create jobs in Nigeria. Shuijin commended the Nigerian Government for providing enabling investment environment for Chinese firms operating in the country, adding that the firms had benefited greatly from the Nigeria and China trade relationships for many years. He stated that most Chinese firms in Nigeria had operated for over 10 years while some had successfully operated for over 30 years.

C M Y K Vanguard Economic Discourse SATURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 14, 2018— 7 Photos By Joe Akintola;Lamide Bamidele; Bunmi Azeez; Akeem Salau; and Oscar Ochiogu From Left: Chief Mrs Nike Akande, former President LCCI; Kyari Abba Bukar, Chairman NESG; and Mr Opeyemi Agbaje,CEO,RTC Advisory service, at the Vanguard Economic Discourse with the Theme 'Economy in Rebound: Pitfalls, Trajectories and Resetting', held at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday. From left: Gbenga Adefaye, GM/Editor in Chief Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Kayode Komolafe, Deputy Managing Director, This day Newspapers and Dr. Chidi Amuta, Chairman, Wilsion and Weizmann Ltd. From left: Patience Oniha, DG, Debt Management Office; Mr Tony Okpanachi, MD, Development Bank and Mr Sam Amuka at the event yesterday. From left: Mr. Ray Ekpu, Mr. Femi Falana, Com. Ayodele Adewale, and Tajudeen Ahmed Mr Opeyemi Agbaje,CEO,RTC Advisory Services (left) and Comrade Issa Aremu,General Secreatry NUTGTWN at the event. From Left:Comrade Emeka Nkwoala Jp;Comrade Medinat Balogun;Comrade Sylvester Chimezie and Comrade Janet Oyedele at the event. From left: Razak Jaiyeola, Olu Tikolo, Jide Allo and Titi Ogungbesan. From Left: Mr Kunle Adekoya,Deputy Editor; Mr Jide Ajani,Sunday Editor; Mr Gbenga Adefaye,GM/Editor-in-Chief and Mr Eze Anaba, Editor, all of Vanguard newspaper at the event.