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Police arraign pastor over N200m theft

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The police in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have charged a 40-year old pastor, Mr. Paul Agada, with allegedly stealing over N200 million belonging to his employer. Agada was employed as general manager in-charge of Business Development and Strategy over a chain of businesses owned by Goomeej Nigeria Limited.

They include Lugard Beach Hotels in Lokoja and Mr. Biggs outlets in Lokoja, Okene, Abuja and Lagos. In the charge, No. CR/103/2013, Inspector- General of Police vs Pastor Paul Agada, the accused was charged with 21 counts of forgery, stealing, dishonesty, among others. He has, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all the offences and was granted bail by the trial judge, Justice M. M. Koko.

The trial judge who is currently on election petition duty has adjourned the trial sine die. Some of the charges against the pastor are:

Count 1 “That you Pastor Paul Agada ‘m’, sometime in the year 2010 in Abuja within the judicial division of this court with intent to defraud did forge petty expenses vouchers belonging to GOOMEEJ Nig Ltd. (your employer and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code Law.”

Count 2: “That you Pastor Paul Agada ‘m’, sometime in the year sometime in the year 2010 in Abuja within the judicial division of this court with intent to defraud did forge internal memo dated 25/02/2010 belonging to GOOMEEJ Nig Ltd (your employer) and thereby committee an offence punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code Law.”

Count 3 “That you Pastor Paul Agada ‘m’, sometime in the year sometime in the year 2010 in Abuja within the judicial division of this court did steal the sum of One Hundred and Ninety Nine Million (N199,536,499.00) property of GOOMEEJ Nig. Ltd (your employers) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 289 of the Penal Code Law.”

In Count four, he was accused of stealing his employer’s 5.5 KVA generator worth N120,000 while counts five and six charged him with stealing his employers’ N100,000 and N600,000 respectively.

In other counts, he was charged with stealing various sums of money belonging to his employers. Meanwhile, a fire in a house in Iba area of Lagos yesterday killed an 86-year-old landlady and destroyed properties worth millions of naira. Sunday Telegraph learnt that the entire 10 rooms located at Dickson Adebayo Street, Iba New Site were razed in the inferno that lasted for several hours before the arrival of the Lagos State Fire Service, which eventually put out the fire.

It was learnt that while many residents ran out of the burning house in confusion, the 86-year-old landlady, Mrs. Aiyeola James, was left alone in the house as nobody remembered the octogenarian.

One of her aides was said to be out of the area when the incident occurred. Speaking with Sunday Telegraph, the director of the Lagos Fire Service, Mr. Razak Fadipe, who confirmed the incident, said two fire trucks containing 10,000 litres of water each were quickly deployed to the scene of the incident to stop the fire.

He said: “It was a bungalow building comprising 10 rooms. The fire started from one of the rooms. It was learnt that the kids were playing with matches in one of the rooms which ignited fire and caught a mattress. It then spread to other parts of the building. “You know the elderly woman may not have been strong enough to run out of the building like other occupants.

Our message to Lagos residents is that they should safety concious. People must be interested in where their neighbours keep their petroleum products. We also discovered a 10-litre of petrol in the building.”

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Rapper Kodak Black shot while leaving Justin Bieber’s afterparty

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American rapper, Kodak Black,  was among three people shot early Saturday February 12, as he was leaving a party held for Justin Bieber in West Hollywood, California.

The 24-year-old Florida rapper and three others were shot; two were taken by ambulance and two self-transported to a hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department said. All are in stable condition.

According to reports by TMZ, Kodak – real name Bill Kapri – was outside the restaurant with fellow rappers Gunna and Lil Baby in the early hours of Saturday (12 February) morning.

A fight broke out within the group, with Black reportedly attempting to punch someone when gunshots were heard by witnesses. He was shot in the leg.

“The fight was believed to have started with someone in Kodak Black’s entourage,” a source told Page Six. “After others jumped in, shots were fired… and then all hell broke loose.”

It was not immediately clear what sparked the fight outside the club in the 400 block of N. La Cienega Boulevard. But an LAPD spokesman said the victims were shot when they emerged from the club during the fight.

In a video shared online, several people were seen fighting with Black during the scuffle. After a few moments, multiple gunshots were heard.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Police said that 10 shots were fired during the altercations, with four men injured, including Black.

One is said to have been shot in the shoulder, one the leg, and one the buttocks, a source said, while photos showed a man covered in blood.

Two of the men (a 19 and 60-year-old) were taken straight to the hospital from the scene. A 24-year-old (believed to be Black) and another man took themselves to the hospital later.

Two of the men are yet to be named by local authorities, but they are all said to be in stable condition.

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US Pastor fatally stabbed 15 times by her son

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A pastor from Brooklyn, New York, US is dead leaving her church community in shock after her son allegedly stabbed her 15 times.

Tracey Sydnor was the Head pastor at the Upper Room Baptist Church on Rockaway Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Sydnor, 61, was killed on Saturday, January 29, when her son, identified as Kenji Francis, allegedly repeatedly stabbed her in her Brooklyn home on Wyona St. near Livonia Ave. in New York in the afternoon.

“She was the glue that kept everything together,” Terrence Reed, a friend of Sydnor, told the Daily News. “Not one bad thing can be said about her.”

She was stabbed at least 15 times, including in her neck, ear and hands, police said. An Ambulance rushed Sydnor to Brookdale University Hospital, but she could not be saved.

Her 40 year old son, Francis, was taken into custody at their home. Charges against him were pending Sunday.

Francis has no prior arrests or history of mental illness.

“It seems like he just snapped,” a police source said.

A knife believed to be the murder weapon was recovered from a bedroom in the home, sources said.

Sydnor grew up attending the church before leading its choir. She was appointed as the head pastor of the congregation in November 2021.

“She was full of life and full of love; she loved singing and dancing,” Reed said. “She was a sweet lady.”

“We talked life stuff, church stuff, just everyday conversation,” Reed said. “She was an encourager, very supportive person.”

In a sermon Sunday, January 30, at the Upper Room Baptist Church, Bishop J. Carl Henderson announced the loss of Sydnor to the congregation.

“God bless you and please my sister, please my brother continue to pray for the family, her children, her siblings and her extended family and our church family as a whole. Our church is suffering a loss.” Henderson said

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Gunmen bomb police station, release detainees

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Gunmen, yesterday, bombed the police headquarters Dikenafai in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State and released detainees.

However, an eyewitness account said the detainees were re-arrested by a local vigilante group.

The hoodlums, who came in large numbers, touched a part of the police station, using explosive devices.

It was gathered that locally-made explosive devices were used in the attack which destroyed the administrative office, the office of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the reception desk.

The Chairman of Ideato South Local Government Area Interim Management Committee, Pastor Bede Ikeaka who visited the scene expressed shock over the incident.

It was gathered that the released detainees were re-arrested by vigilante officers close to the scene.

When contacted, the police spokesman, Michael Abattam, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

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