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Bishop Okpaleke’s resignation not good for the Church

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By Valentine Obienyem

I got the news of the resignation of Bishop Peter Okpaleke as the Bishop of Ahiara, which the Holy Father, Pope Francis accepted on Monday afternoon.

The event that is playing out at Ahiara is not good for the Church, but those at home with Church history know that she will certainly overcome that. With their rude fist, the presbyter of Ahiara smashed the cake of clerical obedience. But in fairness to them, they have the right to protest what they, rightly or wrongly, felt was an injustice to them, but the indictment from people like me is that they did so without limits imposed by their vows and by their humanity.

It was not appetising at all to see Rev. Frs of Ahiara Diocese behaving like plain unbelievers. I am sure people like Martin Luther will be laughing at them wherever he is.

As the crisis is evidently coming to an end, my prayer remains that my premonition that Our Beloved Bishop would be drafted to Rome to join the Pope in the steering of the ship of the universal Church will come to pass. Yes, the moment the Pope made comments about  Okpaleke’s incredible patience, I knew he had taken personal,  but Holy Spirit-induced  interest in him.

Oh yes, with the way Bishop Okpaleke handled the crisis in Ahiara, and the way he carried out his bishopric duty, his qualification to serve the Church from Rome even while brandishing the red, cardinal’s cap is not in doubt.

Having watched him at close range, whom do we compare him to?  Like Bishop St. Athanasius, he remains steadfast in his basic fidelity to Christ even from “exile”, but unlike Athanasius, he was not even allowed to take possession of his See even for once. Two of them are united in their belief that the Church, being the representative of Christ in the world, shall remain faithful to the Gospel at all times.

Obienyem, a staunch Catholic, wrote from Awka.

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Woman Arraigned For Assault On A Female Police Officer In Ajah

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The Lagos State Command has arraigned Omorogbe Jennifer Soni after she was caught on camera assaulting a police officer in Ajah.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this via his X handle on Tuesday, February 27.

According to Hundeyin, Omorogbe has been remanded to the Kirikiri Female Correctional Centre until the next hearing in March.

He wrote: “The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned one Omorogbe Jennifer Soni ‘f’ aged 26 for serious assault after she was caught on camera assaulting a police officer in Ajah on February 21, 2024.

“Omorogbe was arraigned the following day, February 22, 2024 at the Etiosa Magistrate Court, Ajah and has been remanded to the Kirikiri Female Correctional Centre till the next hearing on March 27, 2024.

“The Lagos State Police Command advices Lagosians to remain law-abiding in their day-to-day activities with all and sundry as anyone found guilty of violating the law would be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

Here are pictures of the assault.

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US Gives Update On Reason Why Herbert Wigwe’s Helicopter Crashed

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The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) on Saturday, February 24 said it received the preliminary report from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding the helicopter crash that claimed the life of Dr Herbert Wigwe, former Group CEO of Access Holdings, his wife, son and two others.

The Director, of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, NSIB, Bimbo Oladeji, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos.

The tragic incident occurred on February 9, involving an Airbus Helicopter EC130B4 in Halloran Springs, California. Initial findings suggest the helicopter suffered catastrophic damage as it caught fire before the crash due to adverse weather conditions.

Speaking on the NTSB report, Oladeji said: “The preliminary report on the Airbus Helicopter EC130B4, registered as N130CZ and operated by Orbic Air, LLC, under Part 135 regulations for on-demand flights, outlines crucial details surrounding the tragic incident.

“Departing from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, the helicopter journeyed to Boulder City Municipal Airport in Nevada via Palm Springs International Airport.

“However, during its flight, adverse weather conditions characterized by rain and a mix of snow were encountered, as reported by witnesses.

“Reports from law enforcement and eyewitnesses also indicated that several individuals travelling along Interstate 15 (I-15) observed a “fireball” in the area, prompting calls to emergency services.

“Subsequently, the wreckage of the helicopter was discovered in the high, mountainous desert and scrub-brush-covered terrain near Halloran Springs, California.”

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Access Bank’s Herbert Wigwe, Wife, Son’s Funeral To Hold March 4 – 10, 2024

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Wigwe and family

HERBERT Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, and two other members of his family tragically died in a fatal helicopter crash near the California-Nevada border recently.

Plans to honour the lives of Herbert Wigwe (1966 – 2024), his wife and son and span from March 4 to March 10, 2024, as detailed in a schedule.

The somber events include various ceremonies and services to pay tribute to the departed souls.

Monday, March 4, 2024 marks the Bankers Committee’s Celebration of Herbert, followed by a Service of Songs for Chizzy on Tuesday morning, March 5, 2024 and another Service of Songs for the deceased Wigwes in the evening of the same day.

On Wednesday March 6, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, a commemoration event will celebrate Herbert’s impactful contributions in the Social Impact Space, followed by an Evening Service of Songs for Herbert at Redeemed Christian Church, City of David Parish.

Thursday, March 7 is dedicated to a Service of Songs at Herbert’s Dad’s parish, along with the somber tasks of traveling to PH for Chizzy’s funeral service and interment, as well as holding Service of Songs for Herbert and his wife.

According to the schedule, Friday, March 8 is designated for the final farewell, with Funeral services and interments planned for both Herbert & Mrs. Wigwe.

Saturday, March 9 will be a day to receive guests, while Sunday, March 10 will culminate in a Thanksgiving Service to honor the lives and legacies of the departed.

Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, a revered Nigerian banker and entrepreneur, passed away at the age of 57. As the CEO of Access Holdings Plc and former Group Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank Plc, his leadership transformed a small commercial bank into a global financial institution.

Born on August 15, 1966, to Ikwerre parents from Omueke Isiokpo in Rivers State, Herbert attended St. Gregory’s College in Lagos for his secondary education. He later graduated with a degree in accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1987. Herbert Wigwe’s legacy encompasses not only his professional achievements but also his philanthropy and visionary leadership.


Source: Business Day

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