A church in Ghana’s capital, Accra, has held a thanksgiving service for Chelsea following its recent success in the Premier League.
Long-time Chelsea fan Pastor Azigiza encouraged people to come wearing football tops of their favourite team.
Standing behind a Chelsea cake on a stage made to look like a football pitch he said: “Chelsea, by the grace of God, came first.”
He told the BBC he wanted to use the power of football to talk about God.
Azigiza also led the congregation in a verse of the Chelsea anthem Blue is the Colour.
The pastor, who at one time was a radio DJ, was also teasing his immediate boss at the Living Streams International Church, Reverend Dr Ebenezer Markwei, who is an Arsenal fan.
In his sermon, Pastor Markwei talked about “the good, the bad and the ugly of rivalry” suggesting that football fans should engage in friendly rivalry.
He said there was fellowship in rejoicing in others’ successes, so when it is your turn others would do the same.
The one blemish in Chelsea’s domestic season was that they lost the FA Cup Final – 2-1 to Arsenal.
But during the service Azigiza thanked God for Arsenal’s victory “because it means that [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger will stay” and they cannot win the league with him, he said.
Fans of all teams were welcome to the service and Azigiza told the BBC that he wanted to defuse rivalry between supporters of different clubs.
Although, he added, they were reminded that Chelsea had just been crowned Premier League champions.
Chelsea won the Premier League in May with 93 points, seven ahead of their nearest rivals Tottenham.
The English Premier League has a large and passionate following in Ghana.
Research carried out by Twitter in 2015 suggested that Chelsea is the most popular side in Ghana and much of the rest of West Africa.
UNN Final Year Student Commits Suicide Over Inability To Graduate
A staff of the university of Nigeria Nsukka has narrated the sad story how her son killed himself three days ago.
Mr Samuel Elias a final year student of department of Religion and Culture, University of Nigeria Nsukka has committed suicide by drinking Sniper. The mother, Mrs Kate Elias a staff of the university said that the unfortunate incident happened on Monday June 17, around 5.30pm in her house at Justina Eze Street Nsukka. Mrs Elias said ” she came back from work on that fateful day and discovered that the mood of her first child was bad, he was staggering when he came to collect a bottle of coke from the fridge.“I followed him immediately to his room and started talking to him but he could not respond and when I look closely his teeth has tightened up.“As I look around I saw empty sniper bottle, at this point I raised alarm and my other children rushed to the room and we tried to give him red oil but his tightened teeth will not allow the oil enter his mouth,”she said. According to her we immediately rushed him to Faith foundation Hospital Nsukka where we were referred to Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka, Samuel died in Bishop Shanahan Hospital. The mother of seven said her 25- year son could have died of depression, noting that he had been lamenting of his inability to graduate from UNN because of his final year project where one course was still holding him. She said also that her son had not been happy how his late father’s family had abandoned them since their father died. ”I know two things he usually complained, his inability to graduate from UNN since 2016 because of the project that he has not finished as his classmates have all went to National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).“As well as how his father’s family in Ihechiowa in Arochukwu local government of of Abia state abandoned them and their mother since their father died.“Whenever he complained of these things I usually advice him to trust God who is capable of solving every problem.“I do not know why he went to this extent of committing suicide, I have seven children he is my first child.“it still looks like a dream to me that my first son and first child has died, ” she said in tears. Reacting to this incident, Prof Tagbo Ugwu , the Head of Department of Religion and Culture in University of Nigeria, Nsukka said somebody called him and told him about the unfortunate incident. “I received the news with rude shock and surprise.“I will find out from his supervisor what is wrong from the project that has stopped him from graduating,”he said.When contacted Mr Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Office (PPRO) Enugu State confirmed the incident and said police would investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.“The police is aware of Samuel Elias death, a final year student of department of Religion and Culture in UNN who committed suicide on Monday by drinking sniper.“Police will investigate circumstances surrounding the death, ” he said.
EFCC Re-Arraigns American Over $1.2m ‘Green Card Fraud’
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday re-arraigned an American, Marco Antonio Ramirez, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of $1,229,800 under the pretext of securing America’s Green Card for them.
Those allegedly defrauded by the American and his companies are: Ambassador Godson Echejue, Abubakar Umar Sodiq and Olukayode Sodimu.
The American was re-arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada on an amended 12-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretence.
The accused was arraigned alongside his companies, U.S.A Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP and U.S.A Now Capital Group.
Ramirez and co-defendants were first arraigned on June 22, 2017 before Justice Josephine Oyefeso on a 16-count charge but pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences.
Following his plea, he was admitted to bail for $25,000.
Midway into his trial, his case file was transferred to Justice Dada, making his trial to start de novo (afresh).
During proceedings yesterday, Ramirez again pleaded not guilty to the amended 12-count charges brought against him by the EFCC.
EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, N. S. Oweize, asked the court for a trial date.
The defendant’s lawyer, Ademola Adefolaju, who did not oppose the prosecutor’s request, prayed the court to let his client continue with the bail terms earlier granted him by Justice Oyefeso when he was first arraigned.
When the judge asked the accused if he had fully complied with the bail term, Adefolaju confirmed that his client had fully complied with the bail terms.
The lawyer said his client had also been visiting EFCC’s office, as directed by the court.
Following his submissions, Justice Dada granted the request of the defence.
She held: “Since the defendant has not breached any of the bail terms granted by my brother judge, the defendant is hereby allowed to continue with the terms.”
The judge adjourned the matter till October 7, 8, 9 and 10 for trial.
3 Teachers Caught With Leaked WAEC Questions (Photo)
The police force headquarters in Abuja, on Thursday, paraded four suspects for exam malpractices committed in the just concluded West African Senior School Certificate Examination Council (WASSCE).
Three of the suspects are teachers and staff of various secondary schools in Anambra and Imo states. They are Ibuokanma Darlington, 36, Ernest Kelechì, 33, Godstime Onuoha and Uche Chukwuma, Darlington, 17.
The suspects were said to be in possession of WASSCE questions papers on their mobile phones which they sent to WhatsApp platforms of students at the time of their arrest.
They were arrested at the examination centre where they were posted as supervisors. The suspects, during an interview with newsmen, admitted to have had the question papers on their mobile phones.
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