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Why Nigerians believe Tolu Arotile’s death wasn’t an accident but a planned murder

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Late Tolu Arotile

 

In the early hours of Wednesday, the nation was awoken to the death of one of it’s rare gem, a 23-year-old Airforce combat helicopter pilot, Tolu Arotile.

She was actually the first female combatant pilot in the 55-year history of the Nigerian Airforce, a great feat so.many considered was as a result of hard work, focus and endurance.

It was gathered that the young record breaker was also good at what she does, meaning gender wasn’t considered a barrier for her in the male-dominated profession.

Tolu Arotile didn’t die on the battle field which many could have thought that’s where she may end her life but the greatest shock and surprise was when it was gathered that she died following an accident that occured at the Nigerian Airfoce Base in Kaduna State.

It was learnt that a reversing car had hit her and she sustained a head injury.

While mourning the late combatant, Nigerians especially netigens have requested for an investigation into the event leading to her death. Many believe this was a calculated murder rather than a mere accident as widely spread.

Below are some of the reactions as posted on one of the social networking site – Twitter

@ReXkPiT
It’s a known fact that Islamic state (IS) terrorists’ worst nightmare is to be killed by a woman – they believe that they won’t be admitted into heaven if killed by a woman.

I’m not saying Arotile’s death wasn’t an ‘accident’, but all possibilities must be considered

@osagiegodwin9
May her soul rest in peace and anyone who has hands in her death shall never find peace😢

@udehem2020
They just murdered her like they killed formal and only Kaduna Christian governor and some high military chiefs and leaders of southern Kaduna, how can a reversing car kill her is she a kid or is the car reversing with speed?

@alabi_daniel
Rip.. Meanwhile this matter ought to be investigated! Circumstances surrounding her death is too shady

@bondzeihanson
Why do I suspect a foul play?
Accident in a Military base, with all the speed limits and on duty Personel?
23yrs , first female combat pilot, FEMALE and Christian…
An inquiry will help resolve this seeming foul play

@tseuns
Something is not adding up on this her death ooo…looks a stage manage killing ooo…we demand full investigation. Someone said a car reversing knocked her down which led to her death…if that’s true…was the car moving at 100km/Hr…ro have killed her? I dont understand ooo.

@N_Rex01
They said that she was hit by a reversing car.. If u know Aw to drive, u won’t believe that cooked up story
The exceptional Tolulope Arotile joined the Nigerian Air Force in 2017, went to Starlite International Training Academy in South Africa to complete her flight studies and upon completion was recognized as the first Nigerian female combat pilot just few months after she became a pilot.

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BREAKING: RCCG Overseer, Adeboye’s son is dead

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Pastor Dare Adeboye, the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Enoch Adeboye, is dead.

The 42-year-old, who was the third surviving child of the revered cleric, died in his sleep on Wednesday in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, where he was based with his family. Punch reports.

Our correspondent gathered from reliable sources in the church that the deceased, who was the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35, had ministered the previous day.

He was said to have retired to his bed and did not wake up.

His wife, Temiloluwa, was said to have raised the alarm.

“He was not sick and did not complain of anything before the incident. Pastors in the church were summoned to pray for him, all to no avail,” a source added.

Several leaders of the church, who confirmed the incident, said they could not comment on it.

The Head of Media and Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, however, confirmed the tragedy on Thursday morning.

He said, “It is true. The incident happened in Eket where he was based. I don’t have the details for now. Maybe before the end of today, we will issue a statement.”

Dare would have been 43 years old next month, June.

Last year, on his 42nd birth, his dad, Adeboye on a social media post described him as his first miracle child.

He wrote on his Facebook page, “Our first miracle child. We pray that God will keep his miraculous working power in your life and all those who need a miracle today, will use you as a point of contact for their own in Jesus’ name. (Amen) love from Dad, Mom, and the whole Adeboye dynasty.”

Dare was happily married with children.

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Father Mbaka’s followers on rampage after Catholic church suspends him over row with Buhari

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The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has suspended Father Ejike Mbaka from church activities for one month, Peoples Gazette can reports.

This follows the controversial priest’s political escapades that continually overshadow his theological obligations on a scale that nurtures unending concerns amongst his senior clerics.

 

Mr Mbaka was asked to proceed on suspension with effect from May 3 after being summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop.

 

 

Mr Onaga called Mr Mbaka following his repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the image of the church, the largest of any Christian organisation worldwide, church officials familiar with the matter told The Gazette.

 

Mr Mbaka sparred with Mr Buhari’s aides in a series of verbal fireworks that included the Nigerian presidency threatening to blackmail the priest as a political jobber and public contract racketeer. Mr Mbaka denied the allegations.

 

Still, Mr Onaga and other senior reverend fathers of the Enugu Diocese were compelled to step in and mitigate the unfolding public perception tumult that could have far-reaching consequences for the conventional but unofficial church and state relationship.

The church leaders recognised that Mr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry as an independent congregation that does not fall directly under the main church’s control, he could still be reined in as a priest under the Roman Catholic’s certification, officials said.

Following his suspension, Mr Mbaka returned to his ministry that lies north of the outskirts of Enugu city centre, where he subsequently incited his members against the bishop, sources said.

Mr Mbaka’s followers claimed without evidence that he was kidnapped by Mr Onaga and handed over to the State Security Service. They subsequently marched on the premises of the bishop on Wednesday morning, looting and destroying assets therein.

The mob also descended on the Holy Ghost Cathedral, again looting and destroying items in the building. The members also went to town to allege that the SSS had arrested Mr Mbaka — generating widespread media reports despite lacking requisite corroboration. The Gazette did not publish the claim.

A spokesman for the SSS denied taking Mr Mbaka into custody or coming in any contacts with him when reached by The Gazette, contrary to his followers’ rumours.

A spokesman for the diocese did not immediately return a request seeking comments. Mr Mbaka’s line was switched off when dialled by The Gazette on Wednesday night.

Before falling out with Mr Buhari recently, Mr Mbaka was an ardent supporter of the president. He endorsed his campaign in 2015 and claimed his blessings played a role in its success.

But as Mr Buhari’s regime failed to tackle acute poverty and insecurity, Mr Mbaka said he was compelled to speak up and distance himself from his regime, describing it as evil and satanic and calling on the president himself to vacate office.

Mr Buhari’s controversial spokesman Garba Shehu subsequently issued a statement, claiming Mr Mbaka’s comments were out of anger for his unsuccessful attempts to corner lucrative federal contracts. The priest denied the allegations but confirmed that he recommended a group of security contractors to the president whose proposals were not acted upon.

Church sources said Mr Mbaka’s latest suspension was being viewed as significant for its undertone, but not the first time the fiery priest would face administrative action.

“We know people will link this to his confrontation with Buhari, but he was once demoted from a parish priest to a deputy under a parish priest,” a church official said. “He had also been transferred from bigger parishes to smaller ones for his frequent infractions in the past.”

Still, church officials admitted Mr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry has been a cash cow for the Enugu Diocese, even though it was built by Mr Mbaka and not directly under its control.

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Power generation falls further by 27%

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Nigeria’s power generation, has dropped in one day by 27 per cent to 3,567.30 megawatts, MW, as at 06hours compared to the 4,557.50MW peak generation at 22hours the previous day.

 

Latest data obtained by newsmen from the Independent System Operator, ISO, showed that the peak generation on Sunday was also less than the 4,700MW recorded on Saturday at 01hours.

According to the ISO data, total energy sent out on Sunday was 94,378.72MWH out of the total energy generated which was 96,115.73MWH.

The data also showed that the previous day, total energy sent out was 103,941MWH from total energy generated which was 105,784.19MWH.

Despite this however, electricity distribution companies took 4,170.93MW of the power generated on Sunday with Ikeja DISCO and Ibadan DISCO leading with 693.24MW and 548.14MW respectively.

The data also indicated that Eko DISCO and Abuja DISCO took 546.04 and 446.32MW respectively with Yola DISCO taking the least power at just 126.92MW.

Further checks showed that Benin DISCO and Enugu DISCO took 364.94MW and 369.94MW respectively while Jos DISCO and Kaduna DISCO took 223.02MW and 304.40MW respectively.

Kano DISCO and Port Harcourt DISCO were reported to have taken 304.40MW and 243.57MW respectively.

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