The founder of Mountain of Fire Ministries, MFM, Pastor D.K Olukoya has said he and his church members don’t celebrate Christmas because it’s “demonic.”
The General overseer said, “In Mountain of Fire, we don’t celebrate Christmas because the root is demonic.”
A pilot who allegedly passed out in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 in Canada has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk.
Police in Calgary say Capt. Miroslav Gronych was “behaving oddly before he became unconscious in the cockpit” on Saturday, December 31, 2016.
According to CNN, the plane with 99 passengers and six crew members, was scheduled to fly to Regina before heading to Winnipeg and Cancun, Mexico.
Gronych, a 37-year-old Slovak national, was charged with having control of an aircraft while impaired.
“Initial tests conducted by police indicate the pilot was severely impaired by alcohol,” police said in a statement.
Budget airline Sunwing apologized for their pilot’s behaviour and commended the rest of the crew for their diligence in handling what they described as a “very unfortunate matter.”
The airline statement read: “Dear Customers, we will like to take the opportunity to advise you of an incident that occurred earlier this morning.
“We can confirm that shortly before 7 a.m. local time, the gate agents, first officer and crew of Sunwing flight 595, departing from Calgary and destined for Cancun, determined that the Captain was unfit to fly and reported this accordingly.
“The Captain was immediately escorted off of the aircraft and the incident is now under investigation with local authorities.
“We are very appreciative of our crew’s diligence in handling this very unfortunate matter in accordance with procedures.
“We were able to secure a new Captain and are pleased to report that our customers are now en route to their destination after experiencing a minimal delay.
“We are very apologetic for any upset that this has caused and would like to assure our customers that safety remains our utmost priority.”
Sunwing said the plane took off a short time after with a different pilot.
An assistant commissioner of police was alleged to have shot himself in the head with his service pistol inside his private residence in Upper Sokponba area of Benin City, the capital of Edo state on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
In order to execute his suicide bid unhindered, Osakue allegedly sent a woman and a little boy living with him on an errand and killed himself before they returned.
He was said to have suffered partial stroke few years ago and was gradually recovering when he allegedly took his life.
It was learnt that the paralysis arising from the stroke affected Osakue’s social and emotional being which may have caused depression and the resultant suicide. He did not however leave suicide-note behind.
The deceased’s residence, which had no number in an unnamed street, Off Avan Street, Off Ekhator Street, Upper Sokponba Road, Benin City , was desolate when journalists visited, yesterday.
A metallic ash Lexus Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) marked Ondo, NND-131HV was parked in front of the new bungalow.
A neighbour said she heard gunshots inside the ACP residence about 5pm on the fateful day, adding that thereafter, silence engulfed the entire building until his wife later broke the silence with a sorrowful scream.
She disclosed that operatives of Ugbekun Police Division later stormed the residence.
The ACP family members could not be reached for comment but information obtained at the Edo State Police Command headquarters in Benin-City revealed that Osakue was posted from Ondo State police command recently.
Confirming the incident, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Haliru Gwandu, said that it was a case of suicide.
He explained that the pistol the late police officer used to commit the act was signed for in Ondo State Police Command from where he was recently posted to Edo Police Command.
*Principal suspect, Pastor Mike Ola Bakare who administered liquid concoction after collecting N130,000 from victim on the run
*Pastor Bakare sent my wife, a member of his church to buy snake head and tail—Landlord
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command attached to Ajangbadi Police Division have arrested two suspects, a 37 year old Pastor and 37 year old female Pastor over the death of a 27 year old Chinedu Chukwudi who was said to have gone to Jesus Solution Ministry at Santana Bus Stop, Ajangbadi area of the State for deliverance where she met her untimely death.
A security source who spoke exclusively to Vanguard on condition of anonymity said: “On the 13th of November, 2016, Confidence Chukwudi, the elder sister to the deceased reported to the police that on the 12th of November, 2016, her younger sister, Chiwendu Chukwudi aged 27 years went to Jesus Solution Ministry for deliverance where the Pastor, now at large allegedly collected the sum of N130,000.00 from her, after which he administered a liquid substance on her and she started vomiting.
According to the source, the pastor allegedly “kept her in the church premises throughout the day until she became unconscious before she was taken to hospital in Okokomaiko where she was confirmed dead.”
The source further revealed to Saturday Vanguard that, when security operatives stormed the scene of the incident, the unidentified liquid substance and some charms, were recovered in the church during the search before taking her corpse to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja for autopsy.
How I met Pastor Bakare – Landlord
When Vanguard visited the church in an uncompleted building, it was discovered that all the doors and windows were sealed up with planks by the landlord, Mr Charles Gomah who said he was a Clearing and Forwarding Agent and an indigene of Plateau State.
Contacted for comment, Gomah said: “One day, a man came to me and said his name is Prophet Mike Ola Bakare and that, he would like to use my warehouse for a five-day crusade and I said okay, even if he doesn’t have money since he was speaking Hausa let him use it.
“You know those of us from the Northern part of Nigeria living in the South here, when you hear somebody speaking your language you just take him or her as a family member. I later learnt he is from Ilesa but he claimed he was from Kaduna State and was speaking Hausa. I then told him that, I couldn’t charge him for the warehouse, so he started using the place. After the five days crusade, when I came back from work one day, I saw different structures and electrical wiring and I confronted him that it was no longer a five day issue. He then said that he had issues where he was staying before in Ibafo and wanted to stay at the warehouse for a while. When I told him that this place you are staying is a family house, it does not even belong to me directly, so you have to pay money and he said okay he would pay. Then he paid me N120, 000, 00 for one year. “After he did the crusade, he was no longer frequent in the house and when I asked one of his members if the pastor had got another house, I was told that he was staying in a hotel.
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At least 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Borno on Friday, December 30 as Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and Boko Haram terrorists engaged in prolonged fierce battle in Borno State.
Military insiders told PREMIUM TIMES the battle ensued at 6 a.m this morning and did not end until after 9 a.m.
Our sources said the battle began when fighters of the terror group launched a surprise attack on troops location in Rann, in northern Borno, shooting sporadically.
Troops from 3 Battalion and 112 Task Force Battalion are stationed in the area, our sources said.
The soldiers responded promptly, killing an unknown number of the terrorists, and wounding several others.
The battle raged for over two hours, and when the dust settled, several terrorists were found dead.
One of our sources said more than 15 of the Boko Haram fighters were killed in action.
Another said the figure was much higher, saying many other terrorists escaped from the scene with gunshot wounds.
Both sources however said four Nigerian soldiers were wounded in action, adding that authorities had since contacted the nearby 22 Brigade to send air ambulance to evacuate a critically injured soldier.
Our sources gave arms and ammunition recovered from the terrorists to include two AK47 rifles, four FN rifles, one M21 rifle, 110 X 7.62MM NATO ammunition, 20 X 7.62MM special,, 40 X M21 rounds, 4 X FN extra magazine and two locally made explosives.
Friday’s battle is the first since the military overpowered and chased the Boko Haram sect from the dreaded Sambisa Forest, a fortress from where the group launched attacks on Nigeria for years.
It also came a day after the leader of the terror sect, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a new video, claiming his group had not been defeated.
The Army immediately shot back, saying the video by Mr. Shekau was a piece of propaganda that should be disregarded.
An attempt by two suicide bombers to inflict significant damage on Kasuwa Shanu market in Maiduguri did not succeed as the attackers only succeeded in killing themselves, Saharareporters learned.
One of the suicide bombers blew up about 8:30 am on boxing day, Monday, December 26, while a second bomber was arrested before he could detonate a suicide vest wrapped around his body.
The attack came less than 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari declared a major victory against Boko Haram insurgents. On Christmas Day. The Nigerian President had announced the fall of the last enclave of Boko Haram militants in Sambisa forests to Nigerian troops in a widely circulated statement.
ted killed and over 70 injured after explosions ripped through a fireworks market north of Mexico City on Tuesday, December 20, sending columns of smoke into the sky.
Few hours after German government released a Pakistani asylum-seeker, suspected of driving a truck into a Berlin Christmas market during which 12 people were killed due to a lack of evidence, a terror group, Islamic State, has claimed responsibility of the attack.
Andrei Karlov stumbles as the bullets hit him in the back, then comes crashing to the ground.
The press had come to cover the opening of a show at an Ankara exhibition hall Monday, December 19, but their cameras ended up capturing the chilling scene of the Russian envoy’s murder at the hands of a Turkish policeman.
Images from shortly before the shooting showed a clean-shaven officer standing discreetly behind Karlov in a white shirt, dark suit and tie — apparently a bodyguard for the ambassador as he gave a speech at the exhibition.
But footage from minutes later showed the man brandishing his gun at shocked onlookers, jabbing his finger in the air and pacing backwards and forwards as Karlov lies motionless on his back.
Switching to Turkish, he then says: “Don’t forget about Syria, don’t forget about Aleppo. All those who participate in this tyranny will be held accountable”.
The terrified guests meanwhile cower behind tall cocktail tables laid out for the exhibition opening.
Immediately after the shooting at 19.05 (1605 GMT), police entered the building and were later followed by special forces, Turkish interior minister Suleyman Soylu said.
The state-run Anadolu news agency said the gunman had been “neutralised” in a police operation inside the hall after 15 minutes of clashes when he refused to surrender.
Photos showing the man lying on the ground, riddled with bullet wounds, quickly began to circulate on social media.
The Russian ambassador was taken to Ankara Hospital where he was pronounced dead despite efforts to revive him, Soylu said.
The minister identified the attacker as Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, who had worked in the Ankara anti-riot police for the last two-and-a-half years.
Reports said that his mother, father and sister were immediately detained for questioning in their home in western Turkey.
Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek speculated on his official Twitter account that the policeman may be linked to the group of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for the July coup aimed at toppling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The shooting came on the eve of a crucial meeting between the Turkish, Russian and Iranian foreign ministers on the Syrian conflict.