The Nigerian Military has eliminated a top commander of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), Mallam Ari at Kirta Wulgo in Borno State.
The ISWAP commander and others with him were eliminated by bomb airstrikes from the Super Tucano jets of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) deployed under Operation Hadin Kai.
A senior military officer quoted by PR Nigeria revealed that the airstrikes killed up to forty terrorists who were gathered along the fringes of Northeast Kirta Wulgo.
The source said Ari until his death was in charge of Kirta Wulgo but was taken out by the airstrike along with foreign mercenaries fabricating Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) for the terrorists.
The military intelligence officer said: “Some were also seen with weapons around a nearby make-shift structure, which was a likely indication that the structure might have had a high calibre terrorist target.
“After the airstrikes, some of the surviving terrorists were observed making frantic efforts to put out the fire that ensued while others took to their heels.
“Indeed, the make-shift structures were significantly burnt and destroyed at the fringes.”
“Several ISWAP fighters were neutralized in the airstrikes including one Mallam Ari who was identified as the Fiya of Kirta Wulgo.”
Fiya is a title held by the second in the hierarchy of the terrorists’ military structure.
NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet also confirmed the airstrike at Kirta Wulgo but remained silent on the number as well as identities of those killed.
Easter: Kumuyi preaches righteousness, peace, patriotism
The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, has advised Nigerians to shun vices and embrace righteousness, which the event represents.
Delivering his Easter message, themed “Risen with Christ,” the cleric urged that the significance of the celebration must be internalised through renewal of lives.
“As the power of resurrection comes upon your life, it comes with renewal.
“The renewal is not limited to individuals, but available for the nation of Nigeria, continent of Africa, Asia, America, Europe and others
“Such renewal has the capability to affect your mind, heart, energy, vision, conscience, among others.”
In the same vein Pastor Adonri Osaretin of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Spring Forth Zonal Headquarters, Lugbe, Abuja has urged Nigerians not to give up as God has not finished with them.
Osaretin gave the advice at the RCCG Spring Forth Easter Music Concert titled; “The Galilee Experience”.
He explained that the Galilee experience was what happened to Apostle Peter, who had denied Jesus thrice during the Crucifixion.
He said that Apostle Peter returned to Galilee and he did not give up, he still waited on the Lord and returned to Him.
The cleric said that “the truth is that the time for waiting is a period that your faith and patience are put to test.
“Your reliance on the Almighty God must be total.
“Things may happen in the country as you don’t want, or expect but don’t give up.”
He acknowledged that it was good to give God thanks for all the good things “we have received”.
Osaretin urged Christians to believe in God and all His deeds with all their faith firmly in place, adding, “we are bound to have greater testimonies this Easter and beyond”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that various parishes made songs presentations as various Bible verses were read.
Atiku felicitates with Pastor Adeboye at 80
Former Vice President of Nigeria and Wazirin of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar, has felicitated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye as he clocks 80 years of age on Wednesday describing him as a distinguished and rare breed preacher of the Christian faith.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by his Media Office, Atiku said “Pastor Adeboye is a great man worthy of emulation, an astute teacher, an excellent coach and an exceptional role model who has inspired millions across the world and continues to be a shining light of the Christian faith.”
He described Pastor Adeboye as an uncommon shepherd and a father figure, who by exemplary acts teaches his followers and mentees to live purposefully.
“I celebrate with you as you turn 80 years old today (Wednesday). You continue to inspire millions of people across the world with your infectious virtue of humility and your unique insight into the word of God. I wish you many more years of good health and faithful service in the service of God,” Atiku said.
Gov Emmanuel reacts to the Passage of Pastor Ezekiel Atang
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has commiserated with the family of late Pastor Ezekiel Atang, a renowned preacher in the state.
Atang, until his death two days ago, was the General Overseer of the God’s House of Refuge, Uyo .
He died shortly after a three-day programme of Wordspring Gospel and Worship Centre, Onitsha, Anambra State.
In a statement issued by Akwa Ibom State Government Media Unit, the Governor visited the family to console them of the sudden demise of the pastor.
According to the statement, “His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, today visited the home of renowned Uyo based cleric, Pastor Ezekiel Atang who passed on suddenly two days ago.
”The Governor commiserated with the family on the demise of the Late Senior Pastor of God’s House of Refuge who left behind his wife, Dr Dara Atang, three children, aged mother, elder brother and other relations.”
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