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COVID-19: Florida Pastor Arrested For Holding Fully-Packed Church Services Despite Stay-At-Home Order

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A Florida Pastor, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has been arrested by the police for holding fully-packed church services despite a stay-at-home order in the state.

Prior to his arrest, the evangelical pastor had insisted that he wouldn’t close the doors of his Tampa Bay megachurch until the End Times begin. He also encouraged those in attendance at his River at Tampa Bay Church to shake hands, to show they were not afraid of contracting the coronavirus. A video from the church service on Sunday March 29, showed dozens of people packed inside the church and standing shoulder-to-shoulder.

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested on Monday March 30 on misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and violation of public health rules after defying social distancing orders at The River at Tampa Bay church.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said at a press conference;

“I made a decision to seek an arrest warrant for the pastor of a local church who intentionally and repeatedly chose to disregard the orders set in place by our president, the governor, the CDC and the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group. His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them this week in danger.”

The church has claimed on its website that the restrictions are a violation of the First Amendment, and in a March 18 post on Facebook, the church said it was providing an “essential service” that made it exempt from the social distancing orders.

Authorities said the sheriff’s office spoke to attorneys for the church to explain they were in violation of government orders, and officers attempted to meet in person with the pastor but he refused.

Howard-Brown turned himself in to a neighboring sheriff’s office and was booked and released within 40 minutes.

Florida has more than 5,200 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 63 deaths, according to the state’s health department.

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#JusticeForUwa: Police Arrest One Of The Suspects Linked To Rape And Murder Of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa [VIDEO]

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One of the suspects linked to the rape and murder of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa has been arrested by police officers attached to the Edo state police command.

Recall that the 22-year-old 100-level student of the University of Benin, Edo State was raped and killed while reading in a church in Benin city.

Spokesman of Edo police command, Chidi Nwabuzor confirmed the arrest while speaking to newsmen. He said the suspect was arrested after the deceased was rushed to the hospital and the fingerprint on the fire extinguisher she was attacked with was examined.

Nwabuzor said the suspect was apprehended after the Area Commander of Ikpoba Hill mobilized his men to take action.

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“Wear Agbada Or Caftan” — Doctor Jokes About Rape, Blames Women For Causing Rape By What They Wear

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A Nigerian medical doctor has made distasteful comments about rape, as he joked about it while blaming women for causing rape by what they wear.

The brutal rape and murder of Uwa Omozuwa, has been condemned by Nigerians all over the country. The victim was said to have been raped on Friday 29th May near Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, at her church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

According to reports gathered, the deceased had gone to the church to read as she prepared for the possible school resumption after months of staying at home as a result of the lockdown order.

The perpetrators were said to have attacked her at the RCCG Ohovbe road branch, raped and smashed her head with a fire extinguisher, leaving her for dead.

A Twitter user has now shared the screenshot of her chat with a medical doctor, who blamed women for being raped based on what they wear.

In the chat, the doctor suggested that women should “wear agbada or caftan” to prevent rape. He added that “many times they attract it to themselves.”

When asked if he understands what rape means he joked that it’s “the act when a female seduces a male to have an erection, then she runs away.”

Some Nigerians have also made distasteful comments about rape, a Nigerian man, G Love Udenso, has boasted of being a rapist, as he wrote on Facebook that he would continue to rape women anytime the opportunity presents itself.

He made the statement while reacting to the gruesome death of Uwa Omazuwa, the University of Benin student who was raped and murdered inside in a church in Benin, Edo state.

He also stated that girls should not wear pants so as to help him carry out his rape activity without stress.

He wrote in Nigerian Pidgin English,

“I go dey rape dey go. Nothing go happen. Ladies make una help us small. No dey wear pants come weat tight on top. E dey waste person time abeg.Thank you.”

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#JusticeForUwa: I’ll Continue To Rape Women — Man Boasts On Facebook

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A Nigerian man, G love Udenso, has boasted of being a rapist, as he wrote on Facebook that he would continue to rape women anytime the opportunity presents itself.

He made the statement while reacting to the gruesome death of Uwa Omazuwa, the University of Benin student who was raped and murdered inside in a church in Benin, Edo state.

He also stated that girls should not wear pants so as to help him carry out his rape activity without stress.

He wrote in Nigerian Pidgin English,

“I go dey rape dey go. Nothing go happen. Ladies make una help us small. No dey wear pants come weat tight on top. E dey waste person time abeg.Thank you.”

As at the time of filing this report, his location is still unknown.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, in its reaction to the murder of Uwa, condemned the act and called on the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and made to face justice.

The statement reads:

The leadership of NANS Zone B, with a loud voice condemn the raped to death of Uwa Omazuwa an undergraduate student of University of Benin who died after being raped inside Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Report reaching the Zonal Secretariat by the Edo State Zonal Representative, said on the 27th of may 2020, the victim, Uwa Omazuwa, visited the RCCG Edo province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, where she was reading, some men were reported to have made their way into the church auditorium where they struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher, raped her and ran away.

A security guard at the church reportedly found her in a pool of blood and informed his superiors at the church.

The 22-year-old victim, who was unconscious, was rushed to the university teaching hospital where she narrated her ordeal, she however, succumbed to her injuries three days later.

The case was reported at the Oregbeni Police station, Benin.

According to friend of the deceased, she recently gained admission into the university of Benin and yet to do matriculation before the gruesome act that led to her untimely time death on May 30th, 2020.

The leadership of the Zone call on the security operatives to investigate and bring the culprits to face the law.

While we sympathies with the family of the deceased and pray the almighty God give them the heart to bear this great lost.

Signed

Comr. Jeremiah Friday O.( aka Apple Water)

Coordinator,

NANS Zone B (South South and South East)

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