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Anglican Priest who resigned to start polygamy ministry opens up

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…says “we are even underpopulated here in Nigeria. In summary, once there are more hands, more work can be done and faster,” Lotanna Ogbuchukwu, an Anglican priest who resigned from the church, the Anglican Diocese of Nnewi, Anambra State, told Premium Times reporter in the interview.

PT: Apart from your position on polygamy, is there any other reason you resigned as a priest?

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LOTANNA: There’s no other reason. It is for me not to stay in a platform where it (polygamy) is not supported.

PT: You said that you received a revelation about the movement. When and how?

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LOTANNA: My revelation came 20 something years ago when we were in Anglican Children’s Ministry but I didn’t understand it fully then. Some years back, it began to appear clear that I started to understand it. That was three to four years back. So, I was saying no and running away from it earlier. I had asked myself, ‘is this what it’s all about?’ One of the major things that delayed me this long was the thought of what people would say. But we will be discussing every part of the scripture on this very soon on a weekly basis to open people’s eyes for them to understand the scripture. The scripture became so obvious, clearly explained to me afterwards, but what I battled most was what people will say and, again, how people will take it.

PT: But your stance on polygamy contradicts what the Bible says, which is that one man should be for one woman?

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LOTANNA: Wait until we start the teaching on polygamy. By God’s grace, my first teaching will come up next Sunday on our YouTube channel. We will be holding teachings on polygamy every Sunday.

PT: Are there priests in the church who left with you or are planning to join you?

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LOTANNA: I didn’t discuss it with anybody. All the while, even when I was uploading a video clip on YouTube announcing my resignation, I carefully avoided every church platform. I’m not going after those who are already in the Anglican Church. It’s more of those who have left the church because they were sincere to themselves, knowing that they were guilty of adultery and fornication and are condemned by their conscience that after Sunday service, they know they will still go back to the same thing (adultery and fornication). The church didn’t offer them the proper solution that God has made available for them. It is not even a permissive will. It’s a perfect will of God that you can marry more than one wife.

PT: How did your fellow priests react to your decision?

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LOTANNA: I don’t discuss my fellow priests.

PT: You were quoted as saying men should marry their “side chicks” to escape hell fire. Can you speak more on this?

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LOTANNA: During our teaching, I will expatiate on it. It is not just marrying the side chick. They can go for some kind of purification rites. If they come to us in the movement that we are floating, I will give guidelines on how to go for purification to ask God for forgiveness for what they have been doing. Whoever is entering your eye (that is, someone you are attracted to) – that is causing you to sin against God, marry her first. Don’t sleep with her. Marry her into your home and then enjoy her.

PT: How is your wife reacting to all of these?

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LOTANNA: I said I don’t discuss priestly families. I don’t discuss my wife.

PT: As you’re promoting polygamy, should the number of wives a man marries be unlimited or is there a particular number?

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LOTANNA: It will be part of the teaching. Follow us on our YouTube channel. It will come in series.

PT: Which church are you moving to now? Or are you seeing this your movement graduate into a ministry?

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LOTANNA: Already that’s what it is (Church). I have given out the name that, as I am inspired, my church will bear. Then step by step, we will take it. I have been calling it a movement, but actually, it is a church.

LOTANNA: Many of the church members have called, asking what happened. I first took a one-year study leave and then I left. After studying over and over again on the concept, I submitted my resignation. I had left the church before I submitted my resignation. So, it was a shock to many of them. So many of them said they know God will later direct me right, while some are saying ‘no we don’t need this concept.’ Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. They should wait until we begin the teachings and they will know if it is of God or not.

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PT: Are you from a polygamous family? Is your dad a polygamist?

LOTANNA: I’m not from a polygamous family. My father is not a polygamist.

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PT: As a former Anglican cleric, what’s your greatest regret being a priest?

LOTANNA: I don’t have any regrets. Priesthood is something that I am happy doing. It is just that the call is taking me further. And I’m someone that respects jurisdiction very well. As a lawyer also, I respect jurisdiction. I can’t stay in the Anglican Church and be doing what Anglican doctrine does not support. I understood that perfectly. That will amount to disobedience and unfaithfulness.

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PT: If a man wants to marry your daughter as a second or third wife, will you gladly accept or oppose it?

LOTANNA: Now that I am into this (movement), every part of me is into polygamy. So, if any young person wants to marry my daughter as a second wife, I won’t object to it. If two adults agree to marry, what I will make sure I do, as I am also teaching, is that they won’t even have a kiss before the wedding. That’s sinful. But if you agree to marry, don’t even have a kiss, not to talk of having sexual relationship.

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PT: Nigeria has several pressing challenges – economic, political, and security challenges. Do you think this country needs this your concept at this point?

LOTANNA: Polygamy will perfectly help the economy. Look at some countries with high populations. You see how their economy is fast growing. We are even underpopulated here in Nigeria. In summary, once there are more hands, more work can be done and faster

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In a laudable feat, EFCC secures 66 convictions of internet fraudsters in Ibadan

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The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the convictions of 66 internet fraudsters from Oyo State High Courts which sentenced them to various jail terms, ranging from two weeks, four months, and six months of community service to 10 months imprisonment.

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The convicts were prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC and arraigned before Justices Olusola Adetujoye, Bayo Taiwo and Ladiran Akintola on separate one- count charge of cyber crimes between Monday, September 5, 2022 and Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

The 66 convicts are: Lawal Ismaila Adebola, Dazumi Azeez Jayeola, Morakinyo Abiodun Michael, Kehinde Samuel Olatunbosun, Yusuf Olawale Raji, Abass Akintayo Waliu, Kolawole Blessing Oluwafemi, Ajibade Habib Olakunle, Adedun Olajide Temidire, Dapo Ajayi Temitope Faith, Lamidi Olumide Samuel, Patrick Simon Olaide, Opeyemi Nurudeen, Obaloluwa Enoch Bolaji, Oladimeji Olamide Abdulrahan, Damilola Mubarak Muritala, Adedayo Wahab Abdullahi, Olotu Oluwadamilola Ayomikun, Aderibigbe Ibrahim Olamilekan, Sekoni Oluwatimilehin James, Dazumi Abdulrazak, Salami Ayo Wisdom and Ifeoluwa Joseph Olabiyi.

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Others are Mubarak Salaudeen Opeyemi, Toriola Samuel Oluwadamilola, Abisoye Israel Olamilekan, Adebayo Babatunde Teslim, Onipede Damilola, Oladotun Tijani Kunle, Adeshina Opeyemi Akanni, Eniola Johnson Olorunsola, Adebowale Samuel Amusan, Ayinde Babalola Quadri, Obioma Honour Nmaduabuchi, Afolabi Pelumi Tomiwa, Salau Opeyemi Saheed, Adekunle Hammed, Abioye Oluwatobiloba Alex, Ajadi Hezekiah Oluwatobi, Kayode Donald Adubu, Olamilekan Gabriel Ebedi, Adediran Qudus Wale, Adams Ojo Segun, Ogundayo Usman Oladayo, Olamide Yusuf Ishola, Kolawole Fuad Abiodun, Adekoya Tobiloba, Giwa Babatunde David, Abdulfatahi Dolapo Oderinde and Akinwale Israel Bunmi.

The rest of the convicts are: Alex Okhiria Chibueze, Gabriel Ikyeleve, Paul Uche Obinna, Udeh Emeka Moses, Alase Ayodele Philip, Afeez Sode Gbolahan, Abayomi Babatunde Adejuyigbe, Haruna Adedoyin Kayode, Adejuyigbe Oluwatobiloba Joshua, Gbadamosi Samson Iyanu, Olatunbosun Mojeeb Olanrewaju, Oduwaye Oluwale Kelvin, Adesokan Afeez Afolabi, Emmanuel Oluwatobi Ajala, Olamilekan Michael Ayegbusi and Adurota Emmanuel Oluwatosin.

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When the charges were read to them indidvidually, they all pleaded “guilty” to the financial crimes.
Consequently, the prosecuting EFCC lawyers: Oyelakin Oyediran, Chidebere Okoli, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, Modupe Akunkoye, Mohammed Galadanchi, Mabas Mabur, Abdulrasheed Suleman and Samsudeen Bashir, urged the court to convict the defendants and sentence them accordingly.

The courts convicted and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, some two weeks, others four months, six months of community service, and some to 10 months imprisonment.
The courts also ordered that the convicts must restitute their various victims and forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government.

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The 66 convicts began their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were arrested by operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC for diverse internet-related offences. They were subsequently prosecuted and convicted accordingly.

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NDLEA sets ablaze 1.8 tons of cocaine as Marwa promises drug cartels tough time +photos

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Tougher time awaits drug barons and cartels operating in Nigeria if they fail to back out of their criminal trade and embrace legitimate ventures. Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) gave the assurance on Tuesday 27th September 2022 while leading stakeholders to witness the crushing and setting ablaze 1.8 tons of cocaine recovered by the Agency from a warehouse in Ikorodu area of Lagos last week.
The NDLEA had in a well-coordinated and intelligence led operation that lasted two days last week stormed a hidden warehouse at 6 Olukunola street, Solebo estate Ikorodu where 1.8 tons of cocaine were recovered and five suspects including a Jamaican were arrested. Following the historical seizure, which is the largest in the Agency’s history, an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos was obtained for the public destruction of the consignment.
Speaking at the venue of the public destruction in Badagry area of Lagos Tuesday, Gen. Marwa who was represented by the Agency’s Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Deputy Commander General of Narcotics, DCGN Sunday Joseph, said the sheer volume of the drug haul, with street value put at two hundred and seventy-eight million, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($278, 250,000), equivalent to one hundred and ninety-four billion, seven hundred and seventy-five million (N194, 775,000,000) naira, speaks volume about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld. He said this has made it imperative for Nigerians to continue to support NDLEA in the renewed war against illicit drugs.
He said out of the 1.8-ton seizure, 1, 828 blocks of the cocaine will be crushed and set ablaze while the remnant will be secured for purpose of prosecution of the suspects who were brought to witness the procedure and sign the certificate of destruction. According to the NDLEA boss, “the Agency is proceeding with the prosecution of those arrested in connection with this consignment. On this, the public can rest assured that NDLEA shall pursue the trial to a logical conclusion. Since January 25, 2021, when we commenced our offensive action against drug traffickers, the Agency has secured record convictions. Presently, 2, 904 drug offenders are serving various jail terms, while other cases are ongoing in court, which we are confident will end in positive results too.”
To the drug underworld, he said “the bust of the syndicate responsible for the cocaine warehoused in Ikorodu is a message to drug cartels that their investments in the illicit drug trade will go up in flames as you are about to witness while they also risk losing their freedom because the present NDLEA is committed to arresting, prosecuting and ensuring the conviction of those involved in illicit drugs. That is not all, we now also go after their assets acquired with the proceeds of the criminal trade.”
Marwa said the fact that the Ikorodu operation was conducted clinically without any skirmish or bloodshed is further testimony to the evolution of the NDLEA and its new capabilities, and a pointer to the fact that the game has changed in the war against illicit drugs.
He expressed appreciation to the Agency’s international partners, especially the American Drug Enforcement Administration (US-DEA) that supported the cocaine syndicate bust and the Nigerian military that provided additional firepower during the operation, as well as other law enforcement agencies that have been supporting efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.
While soliciting for more support for the Agency’s work, Marwa said “the safety of our society is the responsibility of every one of us and every citizen shall be fulfilling his or her civic duty by assisting the Agency to clean up our communities and cities by joining our War Against Drug Abuse (WADA)”, adding that “together, we can make this country secure.”

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Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters Abuja
Tuesday 27th September 2022

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Just In: Unidentified Gunmen Attack Military Checkpoint In Enugu, Kill 2

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Two people are feared dead in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria, following an attack, Tuesday morning, September 26, 2022, by unknown gunmen.

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It was gathered that the gunmen attacked a military checkpoint at Obeagu-Amodu road in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Naijablitznews reports that this is not the first time gunmen were attacking security agencies along that axis. The frequent attacks led to the deployment of the combined team of security operatives.

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However, it was gathered that the unknown gunmen stormed the area again in two Lexus Jeeps and one Toyota Sienna bus around 7:25 a.m. The gunmen reportedly opened fire at the combined team of the Police and the military.

Although the casualty figure is still unclear, a source said at least two persons died in the military checkpoint attack, but the Enugu Police Command is yet to issue a statement on the reported attack.

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