80 Nigerians Deported as Anambra Prophet Odumeje visits Indonesia

Anambra based Prophet Chukwuemeka Odumeje aka THE LION recent visit to Indonesia is being scrutinized by the Indonesian government as over alleged “display of wealth at the event”(spraying money in church).

The church programme was reportedly organized by some Nigerians living in Jakarta and it allegedly began with the spraying of money which is said to be part of the Anambra-based Pastor’s style of ministration.

The display of wealth has led to the arrest of Nigerians who are reportedly undocumented migrants without a work permit and valid visa.

Report claims over 80 Nigerians have been deported already with more to come, as Landlords in the country have been asked to report undocumented Nigerians living in their property or lose it all to the Indonesian government.

It was learned that the Indonesian government is wondering how undocumented migrants without valid visas or work permits came about such amount of money.

Delegates to enjoy fresh palm-wine, bush meat, literary performances at ANA Convention Cocktail today

The opening ceremony of the Association of Nigerian Authors, holding in Enugu will begin at 8pm this evening, in less than 4 hours from now.

The venue is Sunshine Hotels and Guest House, Ebeano Estate Enugu.

All delegates are expected to be there.

Side attractions include poetry reading and performance, folklore, festival of life and other literary performances.

Delegates will also be treated to a variety of fresh Enugu palmwine, bush meat, fresh fish peppersoup and others.

Abia Govt To Intervene in Umuahia Landslide Communities

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has advised
residents of some parts of the area where suspected landslide is seriously eroding buildings at Umuchime, Amuzukwu-Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area to as a matter of urgency relocate from the area to avert possible disaster while government does a comprehensive assessment of the situation.

Governor Ikpeazu who spoke through the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Solomon Ogunji who visited the area to see things for himself. Dr. Ogunji disclosed that he has directed the Engineers from Department of Flood & Erosion Control in the Ministry to do an all round assessment on the incident.

He assured that soonest, Ministry of Environment would make a categorical and professional statement about what has happened and what the government plans to do about it. “In the interim , I would advise our people and people from this place to relocate, because since it happens when it is not raining, it can happen in the night.” He stated.

The Commissioner who described the incident as an unfortunate natural disaster, credited it to climate change “I thought that this landslide has been the result of flow of water or flood, but the description I got from those living in the area, they say it happens with noise, eruption with water and smoke, then it is something that can be described to be a landslide, in the neighborhood of an earthquake.”

It could be recalled that residents of the area had called on government at all levels to rescue them from the suspected landslide ravaging the environment which has not only caused lost of property and kept them in pepetual fear but nearly took lives of a nursing mother and her child.

150 Delegates, 13 states currently in Enugu as ANA 38 convention gears up

As preparations for the 38th international convention of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), starting this evening in Enugu, several states have registered their presence in the South East city.

So far, over 150 delegates, as well as 13 states chapters have arrived as at the time of filing this report.

Akwa Ibom, Benue, Delta, Enugu, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Oyo, Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa were among states that have registered their presence.

Over 700 notable authors, journalists, critics, analysts, educationists and reviewers are expected to grace the occasion from across the 36 states and beyond the shores of Nigeria.

Hon Dr Wale Okediran (former president)and Denja Abdullahi (current president) are already present.

We will keep you updated as events unfold.

Nigerian Ladies Showcase Shapely Figures in Waist Bead Challenge (PHOTOS)

Twitter has been awash with ladies who shared photos of their waistlines, wearing waist beads.

These are Nigerian ladies who decided to participate in the Waist Bead challenge which began to trend after Chemical Engineer, Mofeoluwa asked ladies to send in pictures of their waist beads to the platform.

The engineer also volunteered to share the photos for those who are not bold enough.

But it’s not just the waist beads that eventually come, as the curvy, sexy shapes of the ladies are seen in the pictures.

As seen in the pictures below, the beads come in different colours and sizes and may also include decorative stones, crystals, or charms.

According to legend, waist beads stand as an exclusive symbol of feminity. See the photos below:

BREAKING: Enyimba Economic City Wins Business Plan of the Year 2019

The Enyimba Economic City (EEC), a brain child of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration, has won the first Charter Cities Business Plan Contest for 2019 with a cash prize of $25,000.

To clinch the coveted prize, the Enyimba Economic City beat several other participating Cities from around the world including Blackstone Charter Cities of Australia and Novgorod New Hanse Town of Russia who came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In a statement released by the Charter Cities Institute, organizers of the contest, the Institute said it is “pleased to announce the winners of our Charter Cities Business Plan Contest. After application reviews and interviews, 1st prize and $25,000 is awarded to Enyimba Economic City (Nigeria), 2nd prize, $10,000, to Blackstone Charter Cities (Australia), and 3rd prize to Novgorod New Hanse Town (Russia).

“We launched the Charter Cities Business Plan Contest to identify teams around the world with forward-looking, viable plans for a Charter City. The winners each exceeded our expectations regarding the location, target industries, and growth potential of their respective Charter Cities.

The Charter Cities Institute looks forward to working with all three teams as they execute their plans”.

The Enyimba Economic City is a 9464-hectare Greenfield Charter City. It will connect the 9 states of South-East and South-South Nigeria, with a population of about 60 million, turning the area into a global business hub. The city will leverage existing / improved infrastructure, including high-grade roads, rail, airports, inland ports, natural gas pipelines, a 540 MW powerplant, water treatment and waste management. Enyimba Economic City will feature a state-of-the-art administrative structure to attract residents and businesses.

“Enyimba’s core industry will be manufacturing, with ancillary drivers including logistics, medical, entertainment, education, commerce, lifestyle residency, and aviation. The City is a free-trade zone, with independent business registry, labor law, baking regulations and more. Enyimba Economic City is privately-led, but stakeholders include the local community, the state government (Abia State), and the Federal Government. Advisors and financiers include the African Export-Import Bank, African Development Bank, and the International Finance Corporation”.

The Enyimba Economic City with an annual output of over $5Bn will provide over 700,000 direct jobs, massively transform the economy of the southeastern region of Nigeria and even beyond. Several multilateral institutions have also dubbed the City one of the most transformational projects in Africa today.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: Atiku loses at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeals filed by the by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 poll.

The seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed said the panel agreed that there is no merit in the appeal. The Appeal was hereby dismissed.

PHOTOS: ANA Leadership Arrive Enugu Ahead of 38 International Convention

The national leadership of the Association of Nigerian Authors(ANA), led by Denja Abdullahi arrived Enugu State Tuesday,29th October, ahead of the 38 editing of ANA International Convention in Enugu.

President Denja Abdullahi,who arrived alongside the National Vice President, Camilus Uka and Secretary, Ofonime Inyang were welcomed by the Enugu State chairman of the organisation, Comrade Zulu Ofoelue.

Without resting, they took off immediately after arrival to visit ANA elders in the state, including Dr Ifeoma Okoye, author of ‘Men Without Ears’ and ‘Beyond the Cloud’, and Prof Anezi Okoro, author of ‘The Village Headmaste’ and ‘One Week, One Trouble’.

Over 600 top authors, literary critics, journalists, reviewers and other stakeholders in the writing industry from across the world will be part of the Convention, which begins tomorrow, October 31, to November 3.

People like Prof Wole Soyinka, Prof Ernest Emenyonu, HRM Prof Chukwuemeka Ike, Nnedi Okoroafor, Prof Olu Obafemi, Prof Anezi Okoro, Dr Jerry Agada, and Prof JP Clark are just a few of those expected to be in Enugu.

It will be a homecoming, as this is the first ANA Convention to hold in Enugu State since it was founded in University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) by the late Professor Chinua Achebe.

Abia Govt Gives Aba Street Traders 14 Days To Move to Approved Markets

The Abia State Ministry of Trade and Investment has given street traders in parts of Aba metropolis 14 days to move to approved markets in the commercial city.

The Ministry further directed some shop owners whose business places are blocking flow of traffic and other businesses to move their business affects out of the way.

The order is contained in a Press Statement signed by the Honourable Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Rt. Hon Cosmos Ndukwe, and made available to JUNGLE JOURNALIST™️.

It is reproduced here in full:
“In order to save lives and protect Abia citizens from other dangers associated with the menace of street trading, traders operating within the under listed areas are advised in their own interest to within fourteen days from the date of this announcement pack their wares and move into the approved markets.

“They are:
1. Those trading along Ngwa Rd Aba
2. Those trading along Government Station layout and Akanu Ibiam Umuahia
3. Those trading along Cooperative and Okpara Square Umuahia.

“The following persons are also advised to ensure that within the same fourteen days that those trading around Enyimba area of Ariaria International Market Aba pack their wares and move into the market
1. Chukwudi Patrick of Micro Plaza
2. Mr. Uzoma Nwala of Enyimba Plaza
3. Mr. Ugochukwu Chima of I. K Plaza
4. Chairlady of Personal Touch Plaza.

“The affected persons should further note that the Ministry of Trade and Investment will move with other relevant Ministries and security agencies to enforce compliance at the expiration of fourteen days.

Rt. Hon Cosmos Ndukwe
Hon. Commissioner for Trade and Investment.”

Popular Benin City pastor accused of sexually abusing children

Deep in the tropical forest in southern Nigeria, an evangelical pastor runs a sprawling camp billed as a refuge for thousands of children who fled the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency in the north.

Solomon Folorunsho, known as Pastor Solomon, says he is on a self-proclaimed mission to help humanity, creating the International Christian Centre for Missions (ICCM).

His camp in Benin City claims to provide accommodation, medical care and education for 4,000 children, “most of them orphans”, as well as 500 widows and missionaries, using funding from local institutions, NGOs and churches abroad.

But witnesses AFP interviewed across Nigeria — children, their relatives, former missionaries and social workers — paint a far darker picture of the pastor and the treatment of those in his care.

“At first he’s very subtle, quiet — like somebody who wouldn’t hurt a fly,” one former church worker said of the charismatic preacher.

“I loved him, I loved his charisma.”

But during months of interviews, witnesses detailed how those living at his 30-hectare (75-acre) facility frequently go hungry and thirsty and endure atrocious hygiene conditions.

All accused the pastor of physical abuse, while some accused him of sexual harassment.

– ‘We don’t do abuse’ –

Pastor Solomon, aged in his 50s, admits having problems with food and sanitary conditions in the camp but denies any mistreatment.

“There is no bad treatment here. We don’t do abuse,” he told AFP.

“Feeding them is a challenge… but we don’t have anything to hide. We are helping humanity.”

Concerns about the camp have a long history. Three years ago, the UN children’s agency UNICEF sent an assessment team to the site, who filed a report with damning conclusions.

“Pastor Solomon runs this camp as if it is his ‘kingdom’. He controls the movement and actions of every person in the camp through a group of ministers and specially selected children,” the team wrote in the confidential report, seen by AFP.

The UNICEF investigators said what they saw, coupled with interviews with children, caregivers and NGO workers, prompted “strong concerns regarding the possibility that Pastor Solomon may be engaged in sexual activities, or at a minimum, displaying grooming behaviours with girls in the camp”.

Witnesses also told AFP that around a dozen young girls work for the pastor as his personal servants and receive preferential treatment.

“A girl who refused to work for him was punished and starved. When he beat you, he wouldn’t stop until you bled seriously,” said Rahila, a 16-year-old girl who left the camp several months ago.

“He had names that he called different girls… He would comment on the size of my butt, and he would say our chests looked like pineapples or stuff like that,” she said.

All the witnesses’ names have been changed to protect their identities.

– ‘We got beaten’ –

Other children and adults said that those who upset the preacher were treated brutally.

“I was always hungry, there was never enough food or water. When we complained we got beaten with anything he could lay his hands on,” said 12-year-old Hauwa.

“No one leaves Pastor Solomon without a scar — whether it is psychological or physical,” a former follower told AFP after hesitating at first to talk about his ordeal.

Convincing people to talk about their experiences with Pastor Solomon is a painstaking task. Some have refused to speak out for 20 years.

“Most of the girls were coming from poor homes. They would sleep with him and in exchange he would pay for their school fees,” said a former female follower who was at the church in the late 1990s.

She said her going to the authorities about the abuse she experienced and witnessed was out of the question in a country where powerful men are rarely brought to justice.

She was also scared of juju, the traditional black magic widely feared by people in the regio

“I was scared to talk. He uses juju, people told me I would die.”

Evangelical preachers draw fanatical followings across the deeply Christian south of Nigeria. Pastor Solomon’s power stems greatly from his beliefs.

“He says he’s sent by God. To confront him is like confronting God himself,” a former church worker said.

Those who have served under him and lived in the camp say the pastor uses the fear of devil to keep people in line.

On the church’s website, in a short biography entitled “I Saw Jesus” — translated into six languages including Russian and Chinese — he claimed that he was saved from Satan by God himself.

– Foreign evangelical support –

Pastor Solomon’s International Christian Centre for Missions has expanded hugely since he founded it in 1990 with just a dozen young female followers.

In 1992, he set up the first “Home for the Needy”, taking in poor children whose parents entrusted them to his care on the promise of an education.

A former missionary said the pastor would sometimes misrepresent the children as orphans to raise sponsorship in Europe or the United States.

Ten years later, the church had grown to more than 200 branches, with missionaries and preachers working across southern Nigeria and funds coming from evangelical churches abroad.

“He was always browsing the internet to look for church organisations all over the world” to target for donations, the missionary said.

“He would send pictures of us or of the children, asking us to look sad. He was saying that white people are so emotional.”

But it was the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency more than 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) to the north of Benin City that caused a surge in the numbers at the camp.

As the violence displaced millions of people and grabbed global attention in 2013, Pastor Solomon’s group turned its attention to children in the conflict zone of northeastern Nigeria.

“The pastor’s people came (to Maiduguri) and convinced parents to send their children to Benin City where they would have a good education, with free food,” said Rakiya, who allowed five of her six children to go.

“At the camp, parents would be given bags of rice, bus fare, jerrycans of palm oil and the like. So when they returned to Maiduguri they would tell other parents ‘Benin is good’,” she said.

– No records –

No records are publicly available about how many children were brought from northern Nigeria to the camp.

Pastor Solomon told AFP that the Nigerian army and the intelligence service “have a copy of the register”, but this could not be verified.

UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) wanted to set up a programme to reunite children from the camp with their families, but were denied access to their identities.

“At this time, camp management has been unable/unwilling to provide this information,” UNICEF said in its report.

UNICEF maintains that it passed on the report to local authorities in 2016 to make them aware of the “concerns”.

But nothing appears to have been done.

On the contrary, Pastor Solomon had full support from the then regional governor, Adams Oshiomhole, now head of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress.

“With the former governor, we once had a good relationship,” Pastor Solomon told AFP. “When parents wanted to get their children back, he would give them money, he would give them a gift.”

Today, while denying any accusations of maltreatment, the pastor admits that the huge influx of children placed a major strain on the camp and that the church struggles for money.

Camp workers have told local media that to feed the estimated 4,000 children and 500 adults at the camp costs hundreds of dollars a day — and that does not include medicine, water, education and clothing.

“We also have a problem with hepatitis, measles, chickenpox and scabies; we don’t have enough accommodation for them, this is a big challenge,” the pastor acknowledged.

Witnesses said that children sleep on mats on the ground in huge hangars without adult supervision, relieving themselves in the forest, complaining of hunger and thirst and not washing, and that many have died in the disease-ridden conditions.

– ‘It’s our responsibility’ –

While conditions keep deteriorating at the camp, some European and US evangelical groups still send donations and materials to Nigeria.

The congregation of German pastor Gunther Geipel — who describes Pastor Solomon as a “friend and brother” — is one of them.

Geipel dismisses the allegations against the pastor as “tales” from “jealous people”.

“I cannot imagine that this is true,” he told AFP.

AFP put the allegations against Pastor Solomon and his camp to Edo State minister for social affairs Maria Edeko, who took up her duties several months ago.

She said she had never heard of the UN report or accusations of abuse and poor conditions at the camp but insisted they would be investigated.

She confirmed the authorities did not have access to the camp registry.

“From now on, I can assure you that my ministry will be on top of the situation. We need monitoring,” she said. “It’s our responsibility.”