Peter Ayo Alabi, a senior pastor at Rhemaword Worldwide Christian Middle (RICC), is at the moment enmeshed in a s*x scandal.
The pastor has been accused of sexual misconduct within the final couple of days.
The clergyman was known as out on social media following revelations from alleged victims and former members of his non secular organisation.
Mr Alabi, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile-Ife, Osun state, began his ministry in Ile-Ife the place he led a pupil fellowship within the college for years even after commencement. He later moved to Lagos State, the place the RICC is now headquartered.
The ministry, which he runs alongside his spouse, Funlola Alabi, additionally extends to different college campuses by the youth arm of Rhemaword which is known as CHRISTTRIBE.
Mr Alabi can also be the lead pastor at Heritage of Religion, one other Lagos-based church.
It ought to be famous that Mr Alabi is the third clergyman to be accused of sexual impropriety over the previous week.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported how a pastor and the coordinator of MINE Teenage Ministry, Timi Adigun, apologised following an identical allegation.
In his apology letter, he admitted to inappropriate behaviour with some women over a few years however denied having sexual activity with any of them.
The Diocesan Bishop of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) of Ekiti West, Rufus Adepoju, was additionally suspended for alleged involvement in sexual misconduct.
Mr Adepoju, in accordance with a letter dated December 11, 2020, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, was mentioned to have been caught with the spouse of a priest below his employment and care.
Allegations towards Mr Alabi
Victims of Mr Alabi’s alleged sexual misconduct have shared their experiences by way of a type put out by Temitope Badejo, a lawyer and former member of his church.
The responses of two girls, which Mr Badejo shared on Twitter, claimed Mr Alabi carried out the acts whereas he was nonetheless a pastor at OAU.
“I began attending Rhemaword again then in my pre-degree 2012. The church was wonderful and I used to be in awe of the Lead pastor cos I had by no means seen anyone so sound in phrase and doctrine. I regarded as much as him and the phrase helped me discover my place in God. Quick ahead to my 100 degree after I resumed in OAU Ife, I continued attending the church and began speaking to the pastor immediately as a result of he instructed us he was our non secular father and will speak to us about every thing.
”Someday, we have been chatting on BBM, he requested me if I had a boyfriend, I mentioned sure, he requested if we have been intimate I mentioned sure, trusting Pastor Peter Ayo Alabi utterly, until he began asking me uncomfortable questions like my favorite intercourse place, what turns me on, the entire 9 yards, I used to be shook to my bones, confused, misplaced however one way or the other I saved speaking until he got here to select me at Anglomoz, he took me to 1 resort all the way in which to Moro and sexual cajoled me, we had intercourse, this continued for greater than a yr, in his home, motels, my home, this man didn’t let me be,” the nameless respondent claimed.
One other respondent, who claimed to be a chorister in his Ile-Ife church between 2011/ 2012, mentioned the pastor made sexual advances at her within the title of serving to her overcome sexual urges.
“He at all times preached about accountability to our non secular heads/pastors and I used to be combating my intercourse life (so I assumed, cos I slept with my boyfriend) which he was conscious of. He even made an accountability chart/sheet then to tick when and if I considered intercourse. I needed to journey house (Lagos) on a weekend and because it was a rule to at all times inform him of our actions or search journey permissions, I used the chance after one stewards’ assembly to tell him. He instructed me to return again the subsequent day. At 5 p.m. so we will undergo the accountability sheet earlier than travelling…
”His cousin stayed with him, however he by no means left the home, and that was the primary time could be assembly simply the 2 of them at his house then round Ede street (Damiko or one thing have forgotten), in Ife. Earlier than we began, his cousin went out, leaving simply the each of us. So, we began the session as regular by ticking and reviewing the sheet after which he requested if I noticed any film that had intercourse scenes, I assumed he meant blue movies however later requested of any film in any respect. I instructed him no. He opened my Laptop computer (cos he was utilizing my Laptop computer that interval for church work), and performed a film, went straight to the intercourse scene and put it on repeat.
”You’ll be able to think about my shock. Why would my “therapist” be exhibiting me what he wished me to cease? That awkward second put me in shock, then he went additional to ask questions. Like “did you get pleasure from your final intercourse”? “Has anybody given you a blow job earlier than?” she acknowledged.
In response to her, Mr Alabi took her to his room afterwards, touching, making an attempt to kiss her and going for her trouser zippers.
“Then I assumed if something ought to ‘mistakenly’ occur shey wouldn’t have failed this take a look at and possibly it’ll be mentioned that I seduced him sef. Particularly since we’re at his place. I struggled to get to the door and threatened to shout. Then he stopped.”
Some former members of the church additionally claimed the pastor’s misdeeds led them out of the church.
”It’s not my story to share however Peter Alabi was the tipping level for my exit from the church and Christianity as an entire. He pushed me out of the church as a result of he was the final particular person I anticipated this from,” a Twitter consumer, whose buddy was allegedly harassed by the clergyman, wrote
Deji Onadeko, an On-Air Persona and former member of Mr Alabi’s Church in OAU, prayed that justice be served.
“I pray that God once more comes by for us and teaches us to seek out solace mendacity someplace in our tales. I pray that with @pastorpeealabi, justice is served and no one will escape the lengthy fingers of the regulation below the guise of faith or politics,” he concluded in a Twitter thread.
In the meantime, the safety division of the Obafemi Awolowo College has commenced an investigation into the allegations levelled towards the pastor.
“Following the barrage of allegations of Sexual Impropriety towards a sure Peter Alabi, the Safety Division has launched an investigation to ascertain the veracity of the claims, that is to additional entrench our zero-tolerance towards sexual predation,” an official assertion from the college learn.
Additionally, the Rhemaword Worldwide Christian Middle, by its official line, knowledgeable PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Alabi will reply to accusations of sexual harassment towards him on Sunday.
“We acquired a message this morning and he has promised to reply on Sunday. You already know we even have to listen to from him,” the respondent of the church’s official phone quantity instructed PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday afternoon.
Adedayo Oluwafikewa, Mr Alabi’s private assistant, confirmed this however instructed PREMIUM TIMES that the response gained’t be made public as it’s supposed for a piece of the church.
Supply: PREMIUM TIMES
IPOB’s opposition to Igbo presidency vindicates us,we ‘re not stunned,says Igbo professionals –
*Insist that Nnamdi Kanu, outlawed group being sponsored to destabilize South East
*Inform area’s governors, Ohaneze, different stakeholders to sensitize folks to denounce IPOB
By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-The Coalition of South East Professionals Community in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND),stated the assertion,Sunday, by the Indigenous Folks of Biafra,IPOB,stating its opposition to Igbo presidency in 2023, has vindicated its earlier place that IPOB was being sponsored by fifth columnists to destroy South East area.
Recall that IPOB,in an announcement by its spokesman, Emma Highly effective, had given
purpose for its refusal to assist Nigerian president of Igbo extraction, alleging that “all of the folks being ready for the place are stooges that will probably be used in opposition to the curiosity of Ndigbo, Biafrans and the Biafra agitating teams.”
However reacting, the Igbo professionals’ group stated it was not stunned on the place of the outlawed group, expressing happiness that it alerted the area on the actual identities of IPOB and its chief,Mazi Nnamdi Kanu earlier.
It, nonetheless, regretted that many gullible little kids of the South East extraction had been brainwashed by Kanu and his group into believing that they had been out to defend and defend the area. To this finish, CSEPNND
appealed to them to instantly pull out now that it has smoked IPOB out to declare what it truly is.
The Coalition of South East Professionals Community in Nigeria and Diaspora,in an announcement, Monday, signed by its Nationwide President, Prof. Madumere Chika and Nationwide Secretary, Mazi Anayo Uchemba, explicit tasked the area’s governors, Ohaneze Ndigbo and different stakeholders to instantly interact the folks on advocacy forward of the ballot.
Noting that IPOB’s place had actually confirmed its earlier assertion that it’s being bankrolled by a sure politicians from the South to scuttle Igbo’s quest for presidency in 2023, the group requested folks of the area to be vigilant, agency and decisive on what they actually need and never succumb to the antics of Nnamdi Kanu and his likes.
“The poorly circulated press launch by a terrorist group below Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, printed in some few nationwide papers yesterday, expressing its refusal to assist the agitation for Igbo presidency come 2023, has vindicated our stand that IPOB and its fugitive chief, Nnamdi Kanu,are anti-Igbo working with some enemies of Igbo nation to thwart its probability to provide the subsequent president of Nigeria,” it stated.
It questioned why IPOB which claimed to be working for the curiosity of the South East area could be in opposition to what the folks of South East extraction have since been trying ahead to.
The group stated:”Naturally, any group working for development of its folks needs to be on the forefront of points that may see to the realisation of their yearnings and aspirations. IPOB is aware of vividly properly that the final emotions of the folks of the South East is how the area will also be entrusted with Nigeria’s presidency. Mockingly, this isn’t the case right here with IPOB! So one could be fast to ask what actually is IPOB in search of? We imagine strongly that no cheap group ought to kick in opposition to the progress of its personal folks as IPOB is at present doing.”
“We had earlier alerted our folks that determined politicians feeling threatened of the probabilities of Igbo to provide the president in 2023 had been sponsoring Nnamdi Kanu, chief of outlawed Indigenous Folks of Biafra,IPOB,to scuttle the bid. The place of IPOB has clearly confirmed this. They’re traitors therefore we should stand up and finish their actions in Igbo land now,” it stated.
In accordance with the Igbo professionals’ group:”
At this level that nearly each Nigerian is clamoring for Igbo presidency, one of the best factor for IPOB is to embrace the transfer and work to its realisation if truly it’s out to work for the betterment Igbo nation. “
CSEPNND, whereas insisting that determined politicians had been sponsoring Nnamdi Kanu to thwart Igbo presidency in 2023, insisted that it was time for the folks to denounce IPOB and its inglorious actions solely.
“Like we stated earlier,we reiterate right here that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will not be working for the curiosity of Ndigbo,moderately he’s being bankrolled by a sure Nigerian politician who’s contesting the 2023 presidential elections from the South in opposition to the Igbos.
“We’re vindicated by this unpatriotic assertion by IPOB, and we name on all Ndigbo across the World to distance themselves from Kanu and his terrorist group,” it added.
The group which insisted that some determined politicians from the southern area had been behind IPOB’s motion, stated “having realized that the final temper within the nation now’s for Igbo presidency in 2023,develop into threatened and need to choose an affordable traitor from our area to thwart the bid”, warning that “we should not fall for this.”
“That is why we have now at all times warned folks on the character of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, that they’re on a self- serving mission and never working for an Igbo agenda,” it added.
The Igbo professionals defined why these it described as determined politicians had been utilizing IPOB to feather their nest thus:” Their intention is to painting the Igbos as enemies of Nigeria who don’t deserve the presidency. The easy logic is you could’t be preventing for the presidency of a rustic you don’t imagine in. That is the evil agenda these politicians try to promote to Nigerians utilizing our personal very son. We must not ever permit this evil plot to succeed. Kanu can not commerce the destinies of Igbos for his personal private consolation. It should be clear that Kanu doesn’t love Ndigbo like he claims. Relatively,he’s our enemy.”
It famous that:”As Igbo processionals, we want to inform all that Kanu is alone in his cessation mission and has no cheap particular person behind him.”
Whereas admitting that the South East area had not had its justifiable share within the one Nigeria mission, the Igbo group stated the pursuit of an inclusive authorities should be channelled via acceptable lawful means.
“Although our individuals are extremely marginalized and deserve the best for agitation, however that should be performed legally and by the suitable folks not a deviant younger man like Nnamdi Kanu who’s out for his egocentric curiosity,” it stated.
Noting that” Igbo deserves the presidency this time round as in accordance with it,they’ve all it takes to provide the subsequent president of Nigeria”,it tasked the folks to push laborious for it via constitutionally acknowledged avenues.
“We can’t be demanding for president of Nigeria on one hand and however, supporting IPOB and Kanu,being financed by determined politicians to trigger disaffection in our area,” it warned.
“ We imagine in a single united Nigeria the place justice and equity reigns. We’ve got invested a lot within the nation and wouldn’t be celebration to its destruction below any guise. From expertise, cessation or separatist actions have by no means actually solved the issues of countries. Relatively, dialogue and engagements with all events to handle the underlying points have typically yielded optimistic outcomes,” it additional said.
Imo Authorities postpones faculties resumption till Jan. 25
The Imo Authorities has postponed resumption of colleges within the state till Jan. 25 Colleges because of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s Commissioner for Training, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha mentioned.
Ikegwuoha, who disclosed this in a press release issued in Owerri on Monday, mentioned the postponement was because of rising circumstances of COVID-19 within the city areas of Owerri West, North and the Owerri Municipal Native Authorities Areas.
He additional mentioned that monitoring groups of the state Ministry of Well being and that of Training would guarantee strict compliance with COVID-19 protocol on the a part of faculties as a prerequisite for resumption.
He warned defaulters could be sanctioned accordingly and charged proprietors and principals of colleges to be on crimson alert.
“Earlier than we will reopen or resume, all of the COVID-19 protocols have to be compulsorily noticed. Our monitoring groups will guarantee strict compliance.
“Imo would have resumed its faculties on Jan. 18, 2021 however for the rise in Covid-19 infections in three LGAs of Owerri municipal, Owerri North and Owerri West.
“Authorities determined to look at the state of affairs; consequently, January 25, 2021 is the tentative date for the resumption of colleges in Imo,’’ Ikegwuoha mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that neighborhood testing was ongoing within the 27 LGAs of the state and could be accomplished on or earlier than January 21, 2021.
He mentioned that the state authorities would take a call on a specific line of motion to be taken upon completion of the train.(NAN)
Gen Marwa takes over at NDLEA, warns medication traffickers others to cease follow forthwith
By Kingsley Omonobi
…Vows, We are going to cease unacceptable nonsense of medication abuse in Nigeria.
…We are going to make NDLEA Efficient, Revered & Feared by Involved Criminals.
The brand new chairman, Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company (NDLEA), Brigadier Basic Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) has warned illicit medication traffickers, exporters and cultivators in addition to customers within the nation to cease the follow forthwith or be ready to cope with the NDLEA.
Talking throughout his inaugural assembly with administration, state commanders and different employees of the company in Abuja, Gen Marwa stated, “It’s the job of NDLEA to cease all this unacceptable nonsense of medication abuse in Nigeria”.
“Because the lead company within the drug battle in Nigeria, you’re all too conversant in the extent of devastation that drug use has triggered our nation. Drug use has eaten very deep into our social material. Each neighborhood in Nigeria is affected.
“It wants repeating that the variety of medication customers in Nigeria now, of all ages have to be effectively over 15 million. If we extrapolate the figures of the latest UNODC survey of 2018 the place 14.3million Nigerians between the ages of 15 – 64 years have been discovered to be drug customers, at the moment, almost three occasions the worldwide prevalence”.
In the direction of combating this menace, Marwa stated, “We are going to resuscitate NDLEA to be totally lively, to be efficient, revered and be feared by all involved criminals. Nigeria is the one nation now we have, we can not fold our arms. We will, will and should get rid of the drug scourge”.
“NDLEA shall be overhauled and expanded and repositioned in keeping with the PACEDA suggestions, current monetary constraints, and authorization of acceptable superior authorities.
“We are going to put equal efforts in drug demand discount as contained within the NDLEA Act. We are going to develop a technique of labor to satisfy our targets, following the NDLEA Masterplan 2021 – 2025 to be launched quickly, as our roadmap.
“Self-discipline should stay job primary. It’s the bedrock of a company comparable to ours. With my army background, you understand what to anticipate. I anticipate diligence at work and won’t hesitate to penalize default. Arduous work shall be rewarded”.
“Lastly, I wish to warn those that have interaction within the dastardly commerce of importation, export, cultivation, processing, manufacture, trafficking, sale and consumption of illicit substances to cease forthwith or be ready to cope with NDLEA.
“NDLEA will safeguard the nation and our youths from the drug menace. That could be a job that have to be carried out”.
He assured the employees that each one excellent problems with stagnation in promotion, coaching, postings and emoluments shall be addressed
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