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Trending Video: Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi Replies Prophet Israel Ogundipe (Genesis)

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By Ruth Akpan & Kelvin Kolawole

 

Popular Woman of God Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi has reacted to a trending video released by rising preacher, Prophet Israel Ogundipe aka Genesis where he accused her of abandonment.

Speaking a a media parley today, Rev. Mother Ajayi said Prophet Ogundipe was her spiritual son and she holds no bitterness against him. She stated that Prophet Ogundipe has done a lot for the vineyard of the Lord and she cannot disparage him, rather, she has asked members of her church and all those within her sphere of influence to pray for him.

According to her ” I have no bitterness in my heart towards Prophet Genesis or any other human “He is my spiritual son, I will continue to pray of him”.

She revealed that her church, Love of Christ Generation Church (C& S), The Glory of God Shines will be having a double celebration: Its 15th Anniversary and first anniversary of the opening of its Cathedral in Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to her, Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Ooni of Ife, HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, former Minister of Industry, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande and Hajia Hafsat  Balewa Oduwole are among the dignitaries expected to attend the ceremonies.

She stated that the celebrations will begin on Friday, September 2, 2022 with a special 9- hour of programme titled : “Testimonial Praise” and it will feature many music ministers such as: Mike Abdul, Big Bolaji, Peterson Okopi, Bidemi Olaoba, Prince Goke Bajowa, Wemimo Taiwo, Psalmos, Radical Praise, Tony Sax and Segun Praise.

The anointed woman of God also revealed that the celebration will be rounded off with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday September 4, 2022 where former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo will deliver the day’s sermon. The Royal Father of the day will be Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogubwusi while the guests of honours are Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande, OON and  Hajia Hafsat Balewa Oduwole, Chairman, Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone and China Africa.

Rev. Mother  Ajayi also used the opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to sheath their swords, make compromises and urgently  reach an agreement because the future of many Nigerian children are at stake.

She said that because it is commonly said that “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”, it is healthy for university students to be out of school for as long as six months. ” It was as a result of this that we had a Youth Programme that engaged the youths for 12 weeks, they planned and executed it themselves and so I am appealing and will keep praying for the resolution of this crisis”

On the state of insecurity in the country, Rev. Ajayi said the only role the church can play is that of consistent prayer and also spreading the word, she said that the more people who hear the word and abide by them , the more people will stop engaging in evil acts.

Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Aare Dele Momodu, Rev Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, Founder, Love of Christ Generation Church (C& S),Vice Presidential Candidate, NNPP, Bishop Isaac Idahosa with Publisher, City People Magazine, Mr Seye Kehinde at the Press conference for LOC 15th Anniversary celebration

Concerning the 2023 elections and INEC’s ban of campaigns in places of worship, she said the ban was in order because the pulpit should not be turned to a campaign arena but she noted that the church was open to all candidates, and to people of all faiths.

She said INEC’s directive does not mean that politicians should not attend churches or mosques because that will be against their freedom of association and religion, noting that her church fondly called LOC is open to all.

She said her prayer ahead of the election is that God’s will be done and that God would give Nigeria leaders that are selfless and have the progress and development of the country at heart.

In her view, when God-fearing leaders are in charge, they will not steal the nation’s resources and would always remember that they are holding the position in trust for the people and God Almighty, she advised politicians to look at the bigger picture when they occupy political officers as that would help them work for higher ideals and not short time benefits.

 

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Court Denies Binance Executive Tigran Gambaryan Bail

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Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja, on Friday, refused to grant bail to an executive of Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan.

Justice Nwite held that Gambaryan is likely to jump bail if granted to him.

The company and its executive were arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering before Emeka Nwite, judge of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Moving an application, Counsel to the Defendant, Mark Mordi, argued that the court had the power to grant bail to the defendant and impose conditions to ensure his presence in court.

The prosecution counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, however opposed the bail application, stating that the defendant is a flight risk.

He stated that the defendant attempted to obtain a new passport, which he claimed was stolen, and this is a suspicious act given the proximity to his colleague’s escape from custody.

He added that the court cannot risk granting Gambaryan bail, especially as he is not attached to any community in Nigeria.

“The fact that the passport of the defendant is with the complainant does not guarantee that he will remain in Nigeria because the defendant is not only an American citizen but also an Armenian citizen by birth.

He urged the court to refuse the application and instead remand him in EFCC custody to ensure his safety and prevent potential flight risk.

Delivering ruling, the judge said several factors including the nature of offence and its severity must be considered when trying to decide whether or not bail should be granted to the defendant applicant.

Justice Nwite agreed with the depositions made by prosecution and was of the view that the applicant will jump bail if bail is granted to him.

He subsequently ordered that the trial be given an accelerated hearing.

After the ruling, the EFCC called its first witness, a staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Governor Adeleke Felicitates with Dele Momodu at 64

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The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has felicitated with the celebrated journalist, and Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Akinrogun Dele Momodu on the occasion of his 64th birthday, describing him as “a pride of the media industry.”

Governor Adeleke noted Akinrogun Momodu’s heartwarming contributions to a just and equitable society, saying he has touched the minds and hearts of countless people with insightful words, logistic support and unwavering dedication to truth and justice.

The Governor appreciates the Ovation Magazine Publisher’s sustained commitment to informing and enlightening the public as a weapon of nation building, acknowledging him as an inspirational figure, who has empowered readers to think critically, and engage meaningfully.

“I congratulate my dear friend, Akinrogun Dele Momodu, on the auspicious occasion of his birthday. The Aare Tayese of Iwoland is a unique personality, who has touched lives positively and brought smiles to countless faces,” the Governor was quoted in a congratulatory message, signed by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed.

“On this auspicious occasion, I honour both your wonderful life and exceptional contributions to the media sector and the larger society. I note, with admiration, Akinrogun Momodu’s deep sense of commitment to a better Nigeria, which is manifest in columns and public discourse.

“On behalf of my family, I convey best wishes to Akinrogun Momodu on his birthday and it is my prayer that God grant him many celebrations in good health and happiness while also bestowing him the grace to give more to humanity.”

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Why We’re Charging Helicopter Landing Fee – Aviation Ministry

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The Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development on Monday said the introduction of helicopter landing levies was in line with global best practices and cost recovery measures.

This is contained in a statement by Odutayo Oluseyi, Head, Press and Public Affairs of the ministry in Lagos.

According to Mr Oluseyi, the ministry recognises the importance of helicopter operations in Nigeria’s aviation industry and is committed to implementing international best practices in helicopter operations.

He said that helicopter landing levies were commonplace in countries such as the US, the United Kingdom, India and various other regions worldwide.

He maintained that Tallahassee International Airport in Florida began implementing helicopter landing levies under Vector Airport Systems, since 1 October 2022.

Mr Oluseyi said helicopter landing levies were common across airfields in the United Kingdom, ranging from major commercial ones, to small general aviation fields.

He added that, typically, helicopter levies matched or exceeded those for fixed-wing aircraft, and varied based on factors like location and services provided.

“The federal government has granted NAEBI Dynamic Concepts Ltd exclusive rights to collect helicopter landing levies in line with the MoU between NAEBI Concept and NAMA (focal Agency), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“It is instructive to note that NAMA, under the Act as amended in 2022, is empowered to collect aeronautical revenues in both the upper and lower airspace to support her self-sustainability.

“However, over the years, NAMA has predominantly relied on the upper airspace for her revenue generation.

“Government in her wisdom, having discovered a lacuna on the lower airspace where helicopter operations is dominant, directed NAMA to live up to its responsibilities, to enable them generate enough resources, to sustain their aeronautical architecture, enhance security and surveillance and improve the overall quality of helicopter operations in Nigeria,” he said.

According to Mr Oluseyi, the government is confident that the move will improve capacity, efficiency, safety, security and attract more investments in the aviation industry.

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