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UNIBEN Chapel Celebrates 103-year-old Madam Ogbebor, Other Senior Citizens

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UNIBEN Chapel Celebrates 103-year-old Madam Ogbebor, Other Senior Citizens

It was a moment of grand splendour at the University of Benin Chapel on Sunday as its members celebrated and thanked God for the lives of their senior citizens.

The occasion witnessed the chapel members celebrating older members of 70 years and above. A total of 72 members were decorated today at the year 2021 edition of the programme.

The special programme tagged “The Joy And Challenges Of Old Age” was organized by All Saints’ Chapel, University of Benin. It holds every four years.

Among the 72 senior citizens celebrated today were Madam Newe Martha Ogbebor, a 103-year-old active member of the Chapel, and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Jacob Odeh Ehiorobo.

The Chaplain, Ven. Egbenusi Osazee David in his remarks thanked God for the grace of longevity and vitality as evident in the lives of the celebrants and the congregation at large.

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In his words, “This is a special event of the chapel set aside to celebrate our very distinguished senior citizens, a time we all take responsibility to raise our hearts and hands to God in gratitude for the blessings of longevity and vitality.

We are reminded of the toils, the travails, and the triumphs of these noble men and women. Their gray hairs are legacies of God’s faithfulness and commitment towards us all as seen in Isaiah 46:3-4.”

The guest speaker, Dr. Joshua Odewale, admonished the church and all senior citizens present on the occasion on the principles of aging. He said that growing old is a normal phenomenon that comes at a certain time in life, however, we should not fret as God intends to satisfy us with long life.

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According to Dr. Odewale, this is the right time to know and seek more of God’s word and get more devoted to fellowship, give our children insights about life’s experiences, reconcile and strengthen existing relationships, interact better with other old people, reduce unnecessary expenses, give back to the society, eat well, exercise regularly, and observe good rest of mind and body.

The Chairman, Organizing Committee, Ven. Prof. Johnson O. Oyedeji in his message also rejoiced with the senior citizens stating that those who live the purpose-driven life have nothing to fear because they shall walk with positive faith, in divine health, righteousness, trust, and obedience.

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Police Parade Suspected Killers Of US-based Hotelier, Student

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Police Parade Suspected Killers Of US-based Hotelier, Student

The police on Thursday paraded suspected killers of Ogbomoso-born hotelier based in the United States, Gbenga Owolabi, and Rachael Opadele, a student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

Owolabi and Opadele were later killed by the abductors after a ransom was paid

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The suspects were paraded at the command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

Parading the suspects alongside others, the state Commissioner of Police, Adebowale Williams, said they were arrested based on credible information provided by one of their victims.

 

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Man Flogs Three-year-old Child To Death

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A three-year-old girl has been flogged to death by her 25-year-old father Godsgift Uweghwerhen in Aladja Community, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.

It was learnt that the suspect fled the scene on Wednesday after the tragedy.

He was, however, arrested by Aladja Community Vigilantes at Ubogo Community and was handed over to the Police in Ovwian/Aladja Division.

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It was learnt that the man allegedly killed his child because she entered his neighbour’s apartment.

He flogged her with a cane and inflicted bodily injuries on the baby who was said to have been sick for sometime.

When contacted for comments, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, in a text message on Thursday morning, said, “confirmed” without providing much details from the side of the police.

 

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A Spirit Made Me Slaughter My 11-month-old Child – Mother

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A Spirit Made Me Slaughter My 11-month-old Child - Mother

A woman identified as Mrs Blessing Eno in Yonen community , Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River has killed her 11- month-old baby because a spirit asked her to do so.

The tragic incident which occured on Tuesday has left many in the community bewildered as the circumstances leading to the dastardly act were strange.

The mother of two who may be suffering from Schizophrenia (mental disorder) took out a matchet and cut off the head of the baby, claiming that the child was disturbing her and a spirit instructed her to slaughter the boy.

An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity disclosed that it was her eight-year-old son who stumbled on the gory sight of his headless brother and a blood drenched mother who  raised the alarm that attracted neighbours to the scene of the crime.

However,  the timely intervention of the police, who immidiately took the lady into protective custody, before ferrying her out of Ugep averted an angry mob from extra- judicially killing her at the station.

Meanwhile, the Obol Lopon of Ugep and Paramount Ruler of Yakurr LGA, HRM. Obol Ofem Ubana Eteng, has expressed shock over the tragic incident while calling for calm.

The monarch also, assured the people that he was certain that the police would handle the matter professionally to a logical conclusion.

He said: ”I had to immediately convene a meeting with my subjects because even though what happened has desecrated the land, I had to ensure that further bloodshed was averted.

“We appealed directly to young people in Ugep, to toe the path of peace and rational thought in the face of this heinous crime and they positively responded.

“We are in shock but we are calm and have left this matter in the hands of the police, I can assure you that there will be no reprisal action because we must remain law-abiding,” he said.

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When contacted , the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Irene Ugbo confirmed the incident, adding that it was a homicide case and the matter was being transferred to State CID , Homicide department for an onward investigation.

“I learned about the matter yesterday ( Tuesday) , you know it’s a homicide case, it will be transferred from Ugep to state CID, Homicide department for further investigation.

” it is quite unfortunate and devastating, already she is in protective custody , but the matter will surely be brought to Calabar,” Ugbo said.

On his part , a child rights activist and Principal Counsel Basic rights Council Initiative BCRI, James Ibor Esq said there was no doubt the lady in question was mentally unstable.

He said when properly examined, her true state of mind would be ascertained.

 

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