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Sex For Mark: Four Square Church Suspends Pastor

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The leadership of Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has reacted to an allegation of sex for mark trailing one of its pastors,  Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu.

A year-long undercover investigation by the Africa Eye of BBC Nigeria led to the release of a 13 minute viral clip in which Dr. Igbeneghu was heard trying to groom a female undercover BBC reporter who pretended to be a  17 year-old girl seeking addmission.

In the video which has since gone viral, the lecturer at the Faculty of Arts in Unilag, and the current sub-dean was heard boasting that though in his 50s, all he need to get a 17 year-old girl was to throw money at her and to sweet talk her.

A statement signed by the National Secretary of Foursquare in Nigeria,  Rev. Ikechukwu Ugbaja said that the church does not condone with such heinous and unscriptural act among its ministers.

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“The general public is hereby informed that as a holiness and Bible-beliving church,  we do not condone with such heinous and unscriptural act among its ministers. We totally disassociate ourselves from the purported conduct of  Dr. Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measure as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded.”

Further, the statement said that Dr. Igbeneghu has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments.

The sex for mark documentry  documents the sexual harassment behaviour of some lecturers at two Universities namely University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.

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In the 13-minute video released on Monday, October 7, Dr Igbenuhue was heard in one of the discreetly recorded videos telling an 17-year-old admission seeker to switch off the light so he could kiss her.

“Switch off that light, I’ll kiss you for a minute,” he said.

Dr. Igbeneghu also questioned the undercover journalist about her age and sexual life.

“Everything that we discussed here, be assured that your mother will not hear and anything that happens between me and you, nobody will hear about it,” Boniface told the young undercover journalist.

The documentary team stated that scores of students had alleged that Boniface harassed them, hence they decided to investigate him.

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ICPC Declares Obono-Obla Wanted

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared the former chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, wanted.

The agency, The Cable reported on Tuesday, said that it took the decision because of Obono-Obla’s “repeated failure to appear before it to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.”

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Court Grants FG Request For Interim Forfeiture Of Maina’s 23 Properties

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an order of interim forfeiture of 23  properties belonging to Abdulrasheed Maina.

Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo gave the order on Tuesday, October 22, after hearing an exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Maina was the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team.

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The court also made an order directing the publication of the Interim Order of Forfeiture in any national daily newspaper inviting any person(s) or body(ies) who may have interest in the assets and properties listed in the schedule to show cause, within 14 days of such publication, why a Final Order of forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of the said assets and properties should not be made.

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The exparte motion was moved by M.S Abubakar.

It was brought pursuant to section 17(1) and (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

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Court Orders Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Ikoyi Properties

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties of Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President of Nigeria.

The properties are located at 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa local government, Lagos state.

Nnaemeka Omewa,  counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), had approached the court, seeking an order of interim forfeiture of the properties.

According to Omewa, they were acquired through “proceeds of unlawful activities”.

Part of the reliefs sought by the EFCC included “An order of this honourable Court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity”.

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According to the commission, while serving as governor of Kwara state, Saraki allegedly withdrew over N12 billion cash from the account of the Kwara government and paid the same into his accounts domiciled in Access and Zenith Banks through one of his personal assistant, Abdul Adama.

Delivering ruling on the application, Mohammed Liman, the presiding judge, ordered interim forfeiture of the two properties.

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He also instructed that the EFCC should publish the order in a national newspaper within 14 days, for anyone with interest in the properties to show cause, why they should not be finally forfeited to the federal government.

Recall that the federal government had arraigned Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) while he was Senate President.

He was accused of failing to declare his assets, an allegation he denied, before the supreme court subsequently dismissed the false assets declaration trial.

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