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Bishop locked-up by members inside church for financial impropriety

The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Anglican Diocese, Sapele, Delta State, has been dismembered by a crisis between worshippers and the presiding Bishop, Rt. Rev B. A. Erifeta, JP. Since July 2015, some worshippers, who are at loggerheads with the bishop over alleged financial impropriety, high-handedness and maladministration, have refused to walk the sanctuary to reverence God, preferring to worship the Almighty in the open air, along Boyo Road in the town

The hostilities degenerated to the extent that the violent congregation locked the bishop, other members of the clergy and youths in the cathedral during a service, last year that it took the breaking of the keys of the burglary proof and gate for them to get out.

Saint Luke Cathedral, Sapele, is perhaps the only Anglican Church in the state where the members worship God in such a manner and even unbelievers are shocked as to why children of God would not bury the hatchet. The dispute erupted several years ago and efforts to resolve the conflict amicably have hit the wall. Primate, concerned bishops wade in Recently, the Bishops of Warri diocese, Rt Rev, Christian E. Ide, Oleh diocese, Rt Rev U Aruakpor and Erifeta himself went on a troubleshooting mission to notable members of the diocese, including Sir Newton Ejiro Omoko (JP), Chief E.K. Gbragada, Chief Omatseye One of Warri Kingdom, Sir, Simon Agbaroli and Chief J.I. Efemini a prominent Chief in Idjerhe Kingdom to let bygones by bygones, but there was no headway.

A source, however, said the matter was now at the table of the Primate of the Anglican diocese, who summoned the parties for a meeting, last Wednesday, but it was aborted because of his engagement. He added: “The primate will reschedule the meeting for another day if it has not been done already.” Our complaint against Erifeta – Aggrieved worshipers The parishioners submitted a 67-point allegation against their bishop ranging from financial impropriety to stealing and immoral activities. A member of the Saint Luke Cathedral, Sapele, who accused Erifeta and his supporters of standing the truth on the head, told NDV:

“The first sign of trouble was in April 2014 when he (Erifeta) allegedly disbanded the over 100-member choir of the church. Some elders of the church, some between the ages of 70-90 years went to beg him and he practically chased them out of his office, vowing to set up his own choir.

“As we speak, the building (church) has been abandoned and taken over by weeds while inside the auditorium is dirty, a sign of not being used, over a long while. We worship outside, along Boyo road, near the cathedral. You can see that we have erected canopies to conduct their services every Sunday. “Since we started worshiping outside, we have witnessed a lot of revival as many of those who left the cathedral on account of Bishop Blessing Erifeta’s alleged unbearable attitude have returned with several positive testimonies.”

He added: “You asked why we worship outdoors, the outside worship is to protest the continued stay of the bishop. Some of the allegations against the bishop among others were that he denigrated the church when he turned his staff upside down in the altar and placed curses on members of the church, mismanagement of church funds, abuse of elders of the church and all that.

“Is it not strange that the pulpit of the church collapsed when the bishop was having bible study with his clergy on 17th Feb 2015, and recently the pulpit of Our Redeemer Anglican Church Sapele, crashed when the bishop was studying with his priests on 27th September 2016? He however promised to fix it,” he said.

He asserted: “Regrettably, the bishop failed to get read the handwriting on the wall even after one of the priests, Venerable O.E Okpara, who preached in the cathedral using the platform of the pulpit after it was repaired, died weeks later.”

His words: “After this incidence, the members of the church wrote a petition to the primate elucidating on the above allegations against the bishop. Members have expressed grave concern and dismay on the insincerity of the church authority to uphold the truth. The matter has been to the domain of traditional rulers in the area, Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Zone 5, Benin City, court, etc. Supposed prejudice

Supposed prejudice

“The people perceive injustice by the church authorities and this has made the resolution difficult. It was reported that the panels set up by the church authority was skewed to give the bishop an advantage and the people rejected them, insisting that there must be fairness,” he said.

Contrary to the stand of the spokesperson of the church, he said: “All the Anglican churches in Sapele and environs are unanimous on the bishop’s removal as they have stopped remitting money to the diocese until Bishop Erifeta is removed. Currently, all the churches are witnessing massive development since the stoppage of assessment.”

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Guy weds his long time classmate, their lovely pre-wedding photos shot in a class (Photos)

Nigerian Guy Weds Longtime Classmate

A soon-to-be wedded couple went back to the classroom to take their pre-wedding pictures ahead of their wedding – the gentleman is set to marry his longtime classmate whom he met during their school days.

The picture concept has been heavily applauded online as it created a feeling of nostalgia. Who else had that high school crush back then?!

Continue with their beautiful pre-wedding photos below:

Nigerian Guy Weds Longtime Classmate

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You won’t believe what this lady found in the bag of maid she sacked while leaving (Photos)

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A Nigerian lady (pictured above with the maid) who is an interior decorator has raised alarm after discovering several pictures of her and her children in the bag of her housemaid she told to leave after one month of employing her.

She shared a video of the photos and her company flyers she found with the maid and wrote;

 

“Been feeling a funny vibe about a new housemaid…. just after a month I decided to change her … something told me to check her bag when she was leaving and what did I see ….. pics of I and my kids hidden inside her bags…… My God is faithful …. keeps having my back 😇😇… let’s keep praying …. 😇😇

She even had a copy of my company flyer attached to the pictures .. tucked inside her bag”

 

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“How I got married in Port Harcourt Prison” – Kemi Olunloyo shares her experience

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A few days back, controversial US-trained journalist and ex-governor’s daughter Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo was finally released from the Port Harcourt maximum prison.

We gathered that Kemi Olunloyo spent 81 days in prison over her story which suggested that Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo and Pastor David Ibiyeomie were caught in an adultery mess.

Days after she regained freedom from jail, Kemi Olunloyo took to her Instagram handle to reveal how she finally ‘got married’ while in Port Harcourt prison. She posted a picture of her with the caption:

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Kemi Olunloyo reveals how she got married in prison

I GOT MARRIED LIKE I PROMISED TO IN 2017. Yes I got MARRIED to someone in prison. This is my FIRST SUNDAY away from #PHMax prison. I lean towards Catholism and Islam which I grew up in and attended the Catholic church inside the prison. There are up to 4 churches and a mosque in there plus the Pentecostal churches that visits inmates weekly and bring us the word of God and provisions.

I became a ‘bible reader’. The same bible I ripped in 2016 as being a “storybook” of fiction may have been real. I studied what the prophets of old said. It seems unreal but these things likely happened.

But why are we commercializing religion and brainwashing the congregation? I will become a Woman of God very soon and use my prophetic abilities and bible story knowledge to apply wisdom to your lives. Prison always make all inmates spiritual…right? Hell No! Jesus shows up in the most expected places. Unlike the enemies of the #freethesheeple movement who are so Christ-obsessed? I did not find #Jesus.

He found me! Jesus is my first and new HUSBAND! I have never been married or divorced in my entire life. This will be an everlasting relationship. Say Alleluia! May God forgive your sins too! Don’t be obsessed with religion. Minimize! #HAPPYSUNDAY to all of you and my former inmates. My seat in the front row near our Catholic female leader and 76yo #MamaOwerri will be empty today as Father tells the church about my release last week.”

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