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‘Deduct Tithes Straight From Workers’ Salaries’ — Archbishop Begs Govt

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The Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has suggested that the government of Uganda deduct tithe from workers’ salaries, a report by Citizen Kenya has said.

Speaking during a mass, the Catholic Archbishop said many Christians don’t tithe and this affects church projects.

“Whenever we ask for tithe, everyone gives only what they have at that time. But the Bible says a tenth of whatever you earn belongs to the church,” said Archbishop Lwanga.

“Give me your support as I front this proposal because it is good for us. Aren’t you tired of putting money in the baskets all the time?”

Archbishop Lwanga said he wanted Uganda to go the German route, where Germans, who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchensteuer) of 8-9 per cent deducted from their annual income.

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“I was told Germans made agreements with their government to deduct monthly tithe from their salaries and forward it to the church and this money they use to build and renovate their churches,” he added.

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God Punishing You With Insurgency For Your Sins Against Igbo — Ohanaeze Tells Northerners

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, has said that the insurgency ravaging the North East is a reward of the sins committed against the Igbo 50 years ago by the North during the civil war.

The OYC also hailed the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who yesterday said that God was using the insurgency to punish Nigerians for their Sins.

OYC position was contained in a statement signed by its President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and its Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike.

“OYC insists that why insurgents are ravaging the North is based on the sins committed against Igbos 50 years ago during the BIAFRA war by mostly Northern Military leaders,” the group said.

The group maintained that Northern leaders witnessed the unfortunate killings of over two million Igbos, who are mostly children and women, adding that until the “North repents and support a Nigerian President of Igbo Stock 2023 as a medium to ask God for forgiveness, the insurgency will continue to serve a punishment to them.”

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OYC further insisted that God has given Igbo the solutions to heal the North and end the suffering in the region, accusing Northern politicians of benefiting hugely from the insecurity challenges in the region.

OYC said it condemns in strong terms the bill, entitled ‘National Agency for Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria’ sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam on the floor of the Senate.

The Igbo youths described the bill as a, “cosmetic approach to legalized insurgency and create opportunities to waste resources.”

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Pastor On Deliverance Trip Dies In Anambra

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A Pastor, Richard Ifeanyi Obi, was on Friday found dead in his room in No. 5 Onuorah Street Amaenyi Awka, Anambra State.

The deceased was said to be in the town from Warri, Delta state to conduct prayers for a family when the incident took place.

The Nation reports that the deceased was found lying lifeless where he was lodged.

Confirming the report, police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said Commissioner of Police John Abang has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

He said: “One Ikechukwu Uchendu ‘m’ of No. 5 Onuorah Street Amaenyi Awka reported at the Central Police Station Awka that one Pastor Richard Ifeanyi Obi ‘m’ who came from Warri to perform family prayers in his house was found lying lifeless in the room he slept.

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“Following the report, Police detectives attached to CPS Awka visited the scene, photographed the victim and rushed him to the hospital where he was certified dead by the medical doctor. Corpse deposited at Amaku hospital mortuary for autopsy.”

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Onitsha Traders Demand Closure Of Jubilee Hotel Over Mysterious Death

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Some traders of Ose Okwuodu market in Onitsha, Anambra State, have pleaded with the Anambra State Police Command to effect the closure of Jubilee Hotel in Onitsha, where one Onyemaechi Idoko died mysteriously on January 30. 2020.

The deceased who hailed from Enugu Ezike, Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, was said to have left his shop at about 5pm on the fateful day and was found dead 12 minutes later in one of the rooms of the hotel.

The angry traders, who spoke to newsmen on Friday, said they were disappointed that the operations of the hotel were ongoing even when investigations into the death of Idoko were yet to be concluded.

They however commended the State Commissioner of Police, John Abang for ordering thorough investigations into the incident following a petition by the counsel to the deceased family, Stanley Udo.

According to the spokesman of the traders, Godwin Ezebilo, “The circumstances surrounding Idoko’s death are not clear. Initially, the information was that he died after sleeping with a woman. But feelers now indicate that it was a setup in connivance with the manager of the hotel.”

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A brother to the deceased, Chiedozie Idoko, disclosed that, “My brother had left his business premises at Ose Okwuodu market, Onitsha, at 5pm. But 12 minutes later, his wife was called to come and identify her husband’s corpse near Zenith Bank axis, Obanye/New Market road.”

He added that when he and others rushed to where the deceased’s wife was directed to go, the lifeless body of the deceased was found at the front of the hotel.

He said the manager of the hotel could not give any meaningful explanation regarding the whereabouts of the woman he claimed came to the hotel with his brother.

He said, “I’m convinced that they are hiding the truth. The screens of my brother’s two phones were broken, possibly to make it impossible for us to see his call logs. Unfortunately, the manager of the hotel, who was interrogated by the police, was quickly released.”

When contacted, the manager of the hotel, who identified himself as Osita, declined to comment, stating that he needed to consult his lawyer first.

The public relations officer of the state police command, Haruna Muhammed, said autopsy had been conducted on the corpse and that the result was being awaited.

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