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Men Who Frequent Prostitutes Are Criminals – Pope Francis

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Pope Francis has asked forgiveness for all Christians who buy sex from women, saying men who frequent prostitutes are criminals with a ‘sick mentality’ who think that women exist to be exploited.

The pope made the comments during an intimate, four-hour-long listening session with 300 young people who were invited by the Vatican to Rome.

‘This isn’t making love. This is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse the terms,’ Francis insisted.

The purpose of the session was to help church leaders learn about young people’s attitudes towards the Catholic Church.

Blessing Okoedion, who was forced into prostitution but escaped, asked Pope Francis how the church could allow Catholics to be clients for the many Nigerian women in Italy who – like her – were victims of human trafficking.

‘I ask myself, and I ask you: Is the male chauvinistic church able to truthfully ask itself about this high demand by clients?’ she asked.

Pope Francis, who has made the fight against human trafficking and modern-day sex slaves a priority of his pontificate, urged young people to take up the fight against trafficking and forced prostitution. ‘This is one of the battles that I ask you young people to do, for the dignity of women,’ he said.

The pontiff said forced prostitution was born of a ‘sick mentality’ that no form of feminism has managed to rid from society, one that thinks that ‘women are to be exploited.’

Speaking directly to Okoedion, he concluded:

‘I want to take advantage of this moment, because you talked about baptized and Christians, to ask your forgiveness, from society and all the Catholics who do this criminal act.’

Monday’s meeting was preparation for a big synod of bishops in October on helping young people find their vocations in life.

Francis has insisted that young adults – Catholic and not – be integral in the process informing the otherwise all-male, celibate and rather old church hierarchy about the future of the church.

‘Young people must be taken seriously,’ he said.

 – Daily Mail

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Buhari Commissions Oil Refinery To Process 5,000 Barrels A Day

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Buhari Commissions Oil Refinery To Process 5,000 Barrels A Day

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated a medium-sized refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State.

The Ibigwe refinery will process 5,000 barrels a day, the president said on his Twitter account.

The president launched the refinery online and said work would begin on expanding the plant to produce 50,000 barrels a day.

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According to Waltersmith, the refinery has a crude oil storage capacity of 60,000 barrels and is expected to deliver about 271 million litres of refined petroleum products, including diesel, kerosene, heavy fuel oil (HFO), and naphtha, per annum to the domestic market and create both direct and indirect jobs particularly within host communities.

He wrote on Twitter:

 

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Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

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Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Abdulrasheed Maina son, Faisal

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the arrested of Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, for jumping bail in his trial on money laundering charges.

Justice Okon Abang who revoked Faisal’s bail ordered that his trial would continue in absentia pending when the security agencies would be able to arrest and produce him in court.

The judge also asked his surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima, representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, to appear before the court to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal.

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At Failsal’s money-laundering trial resumption on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that Maina’s son and Hon. Dangaladima both failed to appear in court since June 24, 2020.

Abubakar, therefore, applied the revocation of his bail and his arrest citing section 184 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The prosecution also applied for the court to order his trial in absentia as provided by 352(4) of ACJA.

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Insecurity: I Don’t See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria – Omokri

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Insecurity: I Don't See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria - Omokri

Reno Omokri

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has expressed that he is pessimistic about life returning to normal in Northern Nigeria after the Coronavirus pandemic with the increasing insecurity in the nation.

In the past few days, there have been various reports of kidnapping, killing, and attacks by bandits on citizens in the Northern region of the country.

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Reacting to the situation, Omokri pointed out that due to the insecurity in the region, he foresees marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted virtually.

He wrote:

“Even after #COVID19, I don’t see things returning to normal in Northern Nigeria. Insecurity is overwhelming. I foresee marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted over zoom. Nobody in Northern Nigeria can safely travel. Absolutely NOBODY.”

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