T.B Joshua forced me to make confessions in his church– Snake pastor

A controversial South African pastor of the End Times Ministries in Soshanguve, Penuel Mnguni, who confessed at Prophet T.B Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nation, SCOAN of operating with SOME strange powers, has come out again to say that he did not make the confession in his clear eyes.

Mnguni, a.k.a “Snake pastor, who is known for asking his congregants to swallow snake, told reporters as he touched down in South Africa that he is happy to talk about his visit to T.B Joshua

But the pastor later made a U-turn after he arrived his country, saying, “I am being used by God and God sees no sin in what I do. TB Joshua tricked me, but I am still the snake pastor!”

Mnguni said he was forced to say what he said because he feared for his safety in Nigeria.

“Those people took my ID and passport and would not give them back until I did what they wanted me to do. I went there on an invite and I only wanted to take part in worshipping, not deliverance.”

He said they had pictures showing some of his past practices at church and he had to stand in front of them.

He said he felt as if his rights were being violated. “But I stood there hopelessly because I feared a lot of things.”

As a demonstration of the power of God, Mnguni had also fed a member with a live rat, locked a church member in a deep freeze for more than 30 minutes and drove a car over his congregants.

Washing Hands In Cold Water Works Well Against Germs

Good news for anyone planning on getting their hands dirty this summer: Washing them with cold or lukewarm water will work just as well as hot water to remove bacteria, according to a new study published in the Journal of Food Protection.

In handwashing experiments with 21 volunteers, Rutgers University researchers found no significant difference in cleaning power between water that was 60, 79 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. They also found that lathering hands for just 10 seconds was sufficient to remove germs.

Everyone in the study had high levels of a harmless strain of E. coli bacteria applied to their hands and were then asked to wash them in a variety of scenarios: using cold, warm or hot water; using between half a milliliter and 2 milliliters of soap; and washing for various lengths of time, between 5 and 40 seconds. They repeated these tests several times over six months.

When the researchers analyzed the amounts of bacteria left on hands after washing, they found that water at all three temperatures worked equally well. So did the different amounts of soap used, although they say more research is needed to determine what type of soap is best.

The findings are important, the authors say, because the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for restaurants and food establishments recommend that plumbing systems deliver water at 100 degrees for hand washing. Those guidelines are scheduled for revision in 2018, and the researchers hope that language can be adjusted at that time.

“The literature on hand washing includes a tremendous amount of misinformation, and data on many issues are missing,” they wrote in the new study. “Many hand-washing recommendations are being made without scientific backing, and agreement among these recommendations is limited, as indicated by the major inconsistencies among hand-washing signs.”

Using cold or cool water to wash hands—and limiting the amount of time water is running—could have significant energy and cost savings, says co-author Donald Schaffner, distinguished professor and extension specialist in food science at Rutgers. Plus, he adds, washing hands repeatedly in water that’s too hot could lead to irritation and damaged skin.

The researchers did find that very brief hand washing, for just 5 seconds, did not clean hands effectively. But washing for 10 seconds worked just as well as washing for longer durations.

That 10 seconds, however, applies only to time spent lathering, or rubbing hands together with soap, Schaffner notes. “The time you spend turning on the tap, putting soap in your hands, and rinsing afterward, those don’t count.”

He also points out that this is the minimum amount of time the authors are recommending for hand washing—and that some circumstances may call for longer washes. “If you just changed a diaper or you’ve been in the garden or you’re cutting up a raw chicken, don’t think you’re good to go after 10 seconds if you can still see or feel something on your hands,” he says. “By all means, keep lathering.”

The study also found that people who regularly used lotion on their hands had fewer bacteria after washing than those who didn’t, possibly because moisturizing can help repair dry and damaged skin that’s more difficult to clean.

As for temperature, Schaffner says, the most important thing is personal preference. “If you’re uncomfortable because the water is too hot or the water is too cold, then you’re not going to do a good job,” he says. (Time)

Reps kill bill to establish South-East Development Commission

A bill to set up the South East Development Commission (SEDC), aimed at aggregating efforts towards the development of the South East region yesterday stirred up tensions among the House of Representatives members.

While some were sharply divided over certain comments made by those who spoke in its support, others criticised it for provisions believed to be at variance with existing laws and protocols, which the country is a signatory to.

It was however thrown out by the House through a voice vote. Trouble started when the House first stepped down its consideration following the initial absence of its sponsor, Chukwuka Onyema Wilfred.

When Wilfred walked in minutes later, Speaker Yakubu Dogara recognized the Minority Leader to move a motion of rescission to allow the sponsor introduce the bill to members.

He spoke on its essence, stressing that the commission, if set up, would help in quelling agitation in the region. He appealed for support for the initiative, allaying fears that government would fund the Commission.

The uproar that was generated shortly after the bill was discarded forced Dogara to hurriedly adjourned sitting to the next legislative day, after members of the southeast caucus of the House, led by Wilfred stormed out of the chamber.

A member of the House, Mr. Mohammed Gudaji, (APC Jigawa State), yesterday said the bill could constitute a clog in the wheel of the implementation of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill yet to be assented to by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Meanwhile, two Igbo leaders, Dr. Dozie Ikedife and Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, have clarified the symbolism of May 30 and September 29 every year on Igbo social calendar, stressing that there is no ambiguity or controversy about the two dates.

He said that day is used to remember Igbo sons and daughters massacred in cold blood during the Pogrom in 1966, stressing that the day was agreed by all Igbo citizens to immortalize those who lost their lives in the socio-political oppression of Nd’Igbo in Nigeria.

On his part, Ikedife, who is one of the elders of Biafra and a former Presidential Liaison Officer in President Shehu Shagari administration, disclosed that May 30 concerns Biafrans, noting that Biafra was greater than Nd’Igbo because it involves not just Nd’Igbo.

Herdsmen kill Yoruba farmer in Shaki, Oyo State

There was tension yesterday in the Shaki area of Oyo State as a bloody clash ensued between the Yoruba and Fulani herdsmen over the killing of a popular farmer in the area.

Although, the state Police Command has deployed mobile policemen to the town, the number turned out to be inadequate as the clash remained unabated, a situation that has forced the authority to draft heavily-armed soldiers to the area.

A resident of the area told The Guardian that trouble started with the killing of a farmer, who was identified as Jelili, was hacked to death over allegations that the deceased killed one of the herdsmen’s cattle.

The attackers were said to have gone into hiding to prevent reprisals by the enraged youths who were said to have destroyed the herdsmen property worth thousands of Naira. The crisis has escalated but the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude told Journalists that it was a case of murder.

In a related development, the Benue State Government yesterday condemned statements credited to the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore on the recently passed anti-open grazing law in the state, saying such comments amount to an open declaration of war on the Benue people.

Commissioner for Information, Lawrence Onoja (Jr.), who made the call at a press conference in Makurdi yesterday, called on security agencies to arrest leaders of the group for making inciting statements capable of breaching public peace in the state, which he said, amounted to treason.

Onoja said the statements of the Fulani socio-cultural group had put the state under threat and called on the Federal Government to call Miyetti Allah and its leaders to order before they plunge the entire country into trouble that may be difficult to contain.

Speaker of the House, Terkimbi Ikyange gave the ruling after a debate on a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi, who drew the House’s attention to the group’s uncomplimentary remarks at a media briefing.

Adanyi said it had become clearer that the attack on Benue communities was not as a result of their quest for grazing but an attempt to takeover the state.
The National President of the association, Abdullahi Bello and Secretary, Saleh Alhassan had last Tuesday addressed a World Press Conference in Abuja where they not only kicked against the law recently enacted in the state but also vowed to mobilise their members across the country to resist its implementation.
The group also attributed the herdsmen/farmers crisis in the state to the struggle for natural resources and claimed ownership of the Benue Valley.  Guardian

Cameroon – Football: Paul Biya appoints Issa Hayatou as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Football Academy and Enow Ngachu DG of the same Academy

The first decree appointed Issa Hayatou as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Football Academy. The former president of the CAF rebounds on the national sports scene after his failure last March, in the presidential election of the Confederation of African Football.

The second decree appoints the coach of the women’s football national team and current coach of Colombe FC of Dja and Lobo, Karl Enow Ngachu to the post of Director General and Deputy Director General is Nimedjé Jules Eloi.

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ugwuonye barred from legal practice in Nigeria

Lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Emeka Ephraim Ugwuonye has been temporarily banned from legal practice in Nigeria.

Report from daily post says, Ugwuonye recently joined the legal team of Nnamdi Kanu.

Ugwuonye’s sanction was ordered by the Nigeria’s Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, of the Body of Benchers, a unit which punishes misconduct among lawyers.

LPDC ordered Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to strike out Ugwuonye’s name.

TUC leader urges workers to resist military coup

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has flayed rumours of coup making the rounds since President Muhammadu Buhari’s second medical trip abroad and called on all Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations to resist any military incursion into the nation’s politics.

It averred that Nigerians must see military intervention in politics as an aberration and warns the military to steer clear of politics.

President of TUC, Bobboi Kaigama said that the military, indeed all Nigerians have condemned coups in Africa and even outside the continent, saying this was widely commended by the international community.

‘”One beauty of democracy is that there is freedom of speech and at least it has allowed us to challenge our thieving politicians at all levels. This is not the case with the military, which does not possess any iota of democratic blood in their exhibition of autocracy and brute force,” he said.

He pointed out that the Nigerian workers and the masses of the country had sacrificed a lot to enthrone democracy that has now been hijacked by a negligible few who have now become the lawmakers, governors and so-called political leaders to the detriment of the working class and citizens of the country.

“Let it be known that the people have voted for democracy and will strive to protect it. What should be paramount to all progressive Nigerians now is how to move the country forward and not to distabilise it. We know who caused the problems of the country,” he added.

Kagiama said Nigerians know that the present government has a serious challenge, which all of us must strive to correct but certainly not through a military coup.

“The military, mainstream politicians and privileged Nigerians should be careful not to throw the country into another political pandemonium and disappear into thin air leaving the masses to suffer. Let the rumour be what it is-a rumour. Nigerians are no longer ready for any hoodwinking because we have come of age,” he said.  guardian


BREAKING: Acting President Osinbajo receives 2017 budget

Acting President Osinbajo receives 2017 budget
by Azeez Adeniyi
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has officially received the 2017 budget from the National Assembly.
This was disclosed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande on Friday.
He said the appropriation bill was undergoing prompt and diligent consideration.

Mercy Aigbe coughing blood, Report Husband

With civil and criminal actions being instituted against Lanre Gentry, estranged husband of Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, there are indications of a tough time ahead for the hotelier who, on Tuesday, was quizzed by the Lagos State department of Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT).

Speaking to our Correspondent on the matter, visibly angry Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos State, Mrs. Lola Akande, said it was disheartening to see the state Aigbe was when she came to her office to report the case.

“She was coughing blood from her nose and mouth and she had injury on her face which the doctor said she must have an operation. I was so angry that I need to see the face of the man that did this to her, and so we invited him and he came yesterday (Tuesday) to say his own side of the story to the official in charge of domestic violence.

But any man that can beat a woman to a pulp like that to the extent that she is still coughing blood one week after the incident need to have his head examined,” said Akande.

According to her, the Lagos State Government has secured a restraining order for Aigbe from any further abuse by her husband.

She commended the courage of Aigbe for voicing out her ordeal, and urged other women going through similar situation not to keep quiet about their ordeal.

“I must commend the courage of mercy, because what she did is what other women who are victims of domestic violence out there need to do, they don’t need to hide it except they want to die there.”

Adding her voice to the matter, Coordinator of DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the order henceforth prevents Mr. Gentry from getting close to his wife until further notice, assuring that the government would pursue the case to a logical conclusion.

She disclosed that Gentry, who may be charged for domestic violence, is expected to appear in court in two weeks’ time to give reasons why the restraining order should not be made perpetual.

Vivour-Adeniyi said the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was committed to stemming the tide of domestic violence, regardless of who the victim or the offender is, saying that Aigbe is yet another victim whose case would be treated according to the law.

The Nation

Dog saves wedding party, jumping on suicide bomber

Buba Ahmed, of Belbelo, a village near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, said guests are grateful that the dog sacrificed itself to save their lives.

He said the teenage bomber was on the outskirts of a gathering where most villagers were attending a wedding ceremony when the dog pounced on her.

Police spokesman Victor Isuku confirmed that the dog had intervened to save the wedding party.

A multinational force has driven Boko Haram Islamic extremists out of most towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria, but the extremists have resorted to attacking soft targets with suicide bombers.