Sometime in the 80s, Prophet Samson Akande popularly known as Baba Abiye came to Lagos from Ede. There were four of them in the car that conveyed him including Dele Akande, a son of the prophet, Timothy Adebayo, his driver, a ministerial student and the prophet himself.
They stopped over at Ibadan where they visited Gabriel Tewogbade, a business tycoon and successful contractor, also a member of the Christ Apostolic Church. He then gave the prophet a cheque of N250,000 for the gospel work, a very large amount of money both then and now. However, due to the primitive state of banking then they had to travel to Victoria Island, Lagos where the account was domiciled to cash the cheque.
Thus they proceeded to Lagos to cash the cheque. It appeared that there were informants, moles of robbers in this bank who gave regular information to guide the movement of robbers. As soon as they cashed the cheque they proceeded through Oshodi since there was no Third mainland bridge then to link the Lagos Ibadan expressway on their homeward journey. But soon after they came out of the bank, three armed robbers began to trail them in their own car. They followed them to Oshodi but refused to strike so as not to engage the police.
As soon as they entered the expressway, the robbers overtook them and ordered the driver to stop the vehicle but he refused because he recognized them evidently as robbers. The robbers drew out their guns and were ready to fire shots.
In the words of Timothy Adebayo, the driver: ” I saw two robbers pointing guns at me while the third person was driving. Dele(Baba’s son) shouted that thieves have overtaken us. I heard the thieves saying, ‘Shoot the driver and take their money, he is a mad man; that’s why he refused to stop.’
” I still refused to stop the car and we were dragging it. Dele suggested that we should stop the vehicle and run. But then what of Baba who was in the car and blind? Where would the old man run to? It was then Baba asked us what was happening and I said they were robbers but there is no problem. I told Baba that if they tried anything, I have something that could demobilize them.
“Then I had one juju; a very small item but very powerful which I used to employ when I was driving in Abidjan. In Yoruba it is called ‘Gbetugbetu’ and if I put it in my mouth and order a person to enter into the bush, he would go there. I made it for about N150,000 and it meant a lot to me because it was very efficacious. Even though since I had been driving Baba, I had surrendered all my charms for burning but I refused to surrender this one because it cost me so much money to make. So I was confident that they could not harm me.
“The moment Baba heard the words ‘armed robbers’ and ‘guns’ and he heard them shouting ‘shoot’; he removed his cap and began to pray in a loud voice ‘God of Joseph Ayo Babalola, confound their language and arrest these criminals.’ He began to pray fervently and the car was filled with the presence of a supernatural power. We could all feel it.”
“For almost thirty minutes that we were dragging with these robbers, no vehicle passed from Lagos and from the other side. Suddenly something happened, the robbers who had pointed guns at us preparing to shoot could not fire the guns and they could not withdraw their hands. Also, their two bodies became glued to each other and to the car so that they could not run away or escape. I saw this with my very eyes. So God Himself arrested them.
” Then after about 1 hour, policemen on patrol going to Lagos saw us and came and when they saw what had happened too became afraid of the power of God. They found that the robbers could not even move, so they had to forcefully pull them out of the car and from each other, and in the process, some of their flesh peeled with the vehicle.
The policemen became enraged when they saw that it was an old man and a blind man that they were trying to rob. They bundled the three of them(robbers) back into the car with the money they had stolen elsewhere and soaked the car with petrol and set them on fire instantly. “
“Baba asked me to give the policemen N5000 out of the money we just collected but they refused the money. They were indeed God-sent. Baba then called them that he wanted to pray for them. After his prayer, he asked which of them had no child because God showed him that one of them had a problem. The officer’s name was Emmanuel from Egbado area of Ogun State.
Baba prayed for him and told him to meet his wife that night unfailingly. He did. A year later, he traced Baba to Ede with his wife and several policemen for thanksgiving with their triplets.”
For further reading:
- In the Footsteps of an Apostle: The story of Samson Oladeji Akande a.k.a Baba Abiye by Moses Oludele Idowu.
Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga
Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.
The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.
In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:
“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.
“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.
A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.
PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.
According to a source, who spoke to PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige; a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.
A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.
The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.
“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.
“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”
On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”
On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”
But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.
Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.
He said, “Those who came are men of honour and kabiyesi did not say he did not want to see them. He did not say he would not see them because they are critical of President Buhari or they are former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s men. Obasanjo himself is a friend of Kabiyesi, so you can see that what you were told was not what happened.
“Kabiyesi said he could not see them because they did not give him prior notice that they were coming. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to see them again. They can notify him and he will give them an appointment. You cannot just come and say you want to see him, there are protocols to follow and due process is always adhered to at Alaafin’s Palace.
“There was no rancour, no ill-feeling even when they were going; I was there and I saw them off to their vehicles. If anybody told you that kabiyesi said he didn’t want to see them because they are critical of government or they are Obasanjo’s men, that is a lie.”
NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital
Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.
Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.
“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”
“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.
“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.
“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”
Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.
“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.
He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.
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