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Catholic church organises mass wedding to assist couples



Catholic church organises mass wedding to assist couples

Rev. Fr Patrick Nnamani, Chaplain, St. Luke’s Chaplaincy, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has advised newly wed couples to always have communion with God.

Nnamani gave the advice in his homily during the solemnisation of matrimony of four couples on Saturday in Gwagwalada.

He further urged them to always pray together, eat together, cherish each other and never to give in to any temptation that might come through family members or friends.

“Where there is charity and love there the God of love abides,” Nnamani said.

He said that the solemnisation would enable them be in communion with the church.

Making a reference to the gospel reading from the book of John 2:1-11 about the wedding at Cana, Nnamani said that a marriage could be restless until it returns to the source which is God, spiritually.

According to him, marriage conducted before God and Jesus is invited, will never lack wine.

He further reminded the couples that there was need to constantly invite Jesus to their issues, adding that “the love among you begins now”.

On his part, Mr Ezekiel Alagboso, the President Catholic Men Organisation (CMO) said that the organisation decided to organise the wedding for the couples in furtherance of its ecclesiastical duty and injunction by God to assist one another.

Alagboso said that the aim of the mass wedding was to assist the couples to be in communion with the church.

“So these our brothers that are not in communion with the church are actually missing and we felt we could assist in that respect to bring them closer to God.

“Thank God that it is a success and we pray that God will continue to strengthen the couples in love, understanding, bless them with good health and success in the fruit of their labour,” he added.

One of the new partners, Mr Victor Nwosu while expressing gratitude to God for a dream come true thanked the leadership of CMO and the members for creating the opportunity for them to solemnise their marriages.

“I’m very happy for this wedding. In fact it is a miracle and I’m grateful to God and the organiser.

“We are actually four couples but I feel that mine is special because I was not ready for it yet but God has used CMO to make happen. With this, I will now have a good relationship with God,” Nwosu said.

The mass wedding was organised by Catholic Men Organisation of St. Luke’s Chaplaincy, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in furtherance of its duty and to encourage non – communicants to be in communion with the church.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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