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Joshua Iginla Speaks on 80,000 multibillion Naira city of Wonders

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” I am still in the Primary school of my assignment”

Leading Prophetic voice and Shepherd in Charge of Champions Royal Assembly, Bro. Joshua Iginla, has finally broken the silence on the world record 80,000 sitting capacity auditorium known as City of Wonders that he is building in Kubwa, Abuja.

The fiery prophet opened up on the cathedral that has stirred up a lot of envy in Christendom during the 9th anniversary of the ministry on Sunday, December 6, 2015 inside the city of Wonders. He cleared the air by admitting that the building is indeed a 80,000 seater and that the design was by a Nigerian under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

“i got the revelation about the city of wonders in 1996. The whole building as it is now is just 13 months. A lot of people asked if its indeed a 80,000 seater and i can tell them that indeed it is but you cant describe it until you visit the place. Let me shock you more. This is not the promised land God is taking me too. The city of Wonder is just my primary school in the journey of my ministry. And by Gods grace, we never borrow a dime nor seek for any support from any politician. After the cross over night on December 31st, 2015 we will be using it as our permanent place of worship”.

.  The multi-billion naira project is already  roofed and only a visit to the ultramodern edifice can help one to grasp the extent of aesthetic wonders displayed over there and chunks of billions sunk inside the vast empire.
Sitting on several hectares of land,  the auditorium is a massive entity.  It’s like a four giant storey edifice with five detached elongated angles  entangled to a singular auditorium.  Each of the gallery sits thousands of worshipers while each detached  angles is a massive auditorium on its own.
The roof of each compartments is like the Jewish temple which speaks of wonders. A visit to the clergy’s office at the city of wonders revealed that its also a four floor edifice which strictly his office. When completed it will house his studio, computer room, control room, reception amongst others and has its own personal lift.

The international headquarters of the ministry called Champions City of Wonders sited at Chikakore, Kubwa, Abuja is arguably a record breaking 80,000 capacity auditorium which is arguably the biggest in the world when completed. It sits on hectares of land with 350 toilets and four floors. Surprisingly, the world class ultra modern auditorium has 12 escalators, nine electronically operated elevators and three hectares of car park.

Meanwhile, It was glamour and glitz as Bro. Joshua led Champions Royal assembly held their 9th anniversary in a powerful way. Popular gospel artistries, Chioma Jesus, Solomon Lange and Steve Crown added colour to the glorious service when they led the worshippers to the throne of grace through the rendition of their hit songs.

Steve Crown’s track, “You are Great” stirred the congregation to the mood of worship while Solomon Lange’s popular song, yabo raised the Tempo to high heavens.

Also, a Baby girl was delivered by a female participant within five minutes. While Bro. Joshua iginla was ministering on power demonstration.she went into labour and within five minutes the baby girl was born.

Being the first miracle baby at the city of wonders, Bro. Iginla named her Esther immediately and declared that he is giving the new baby girl a scholarship to university level.

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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes

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A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.

 

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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.

 

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N24Billion Fraud: Appeal Court Okays Trial Of Ex-Accountant General, Otunla, After Refunding N6.4 Billion To Nigerian Government

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has set aside the judgment of a lower court barring the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from initiating either civil or criminal proceedings against former Accountant-General of the Federation, AG-F, Jonah Oguniyi Otunla.

In a judgment, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal marked: CA/A/657/2021, on Monday, January 30, 2023, held that Otunla failed to prove that there was actually a non-prosecution agreement between him and the EFCC.

The court upheld the arguments of the lawyer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Sylvanus Tahir, SAN, and resolved the four issues, identified for determination, in favour of the Commission.

 

Justice Danlami Senchi, who read the judgment, noted that Otunla did not provide any written commitment, except his words and that of his lawyer, that such an agreement existed.

Justice Senchi held that Otunla could not halt his prosecution by merely claiming that there was an agreement, which existence he failed to establish with any credible evidence.

 

“In the instant case, there is no evidence to support the pleading of the respondent (Otunla) that he will not be prosecuted; that criminal or civil proceedings should not be instituted or initiated against him.

“There is no plea bargain or any documentary evidence relating to the President Panel for the Recovery of Funds. On the whole, the appeal is meritorious and it is allowed. The judgment of the Federal High Court, in suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/2321/2021 delivered on the 16th day of July 2021 delivered by honourable Justice I. E. Ekwo is hereby set aside,” he said.

 

Other members of the panel – Justices Stephen Adah and Elfreda Williams-Daudu – agreed with the lead judgment.

The EFCC investigated Otunla in relation to two cases: The alleged diversion of about N24 billion meant for disengaged staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and the N2 billion allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.

 

In July 2021, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja upheld Otunla’s claim of an existing verbal agreement between him and the then-acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, that he would not be prosecuted if he made a refund to the Federal Government.

Justice Ekwo, in the 2021 judgment on the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/2321/2021 filed by Otunla, held among others, that, in view of the assurance given to him by Magu, which informed his refund of the money, he could no longer be prosecuted for his actions while in office between 2011 and 2015.

 

Otunla had, in an affidavit, claimed that Magu promised him that he would not be prosecuted should he return funds traced to him and companies linked to him and his associates.

He stated that sometime in 2015, he was invited by a team of EFCC investigators to probe the alleged diversion of funds from the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, pension funds. Otunla said he later met with Magu, in the course of the investigation, when the then acting EFCC chair told him in person to “refund the monies linked to your companies and nobody will prosecute you.”

 

He said, based on Magu’s promise, he had a reconciliatory meeting with the team of investigators, where he immediately undertook to make available some funds as refunds.

In line with the agreement, Otunla said one of the companies linked to him – Stellar Vera Development Ltd – refunded N750 million, another company – Damaris Mode Coolture Ltd – refunded N550 million, while the two firms later made an additional joint refund of N2,150,000,000.00 (Two billion, One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only).

 

He added at a point, he raised several managers’ cheques for N10 million in favour of the EFCC, which he handed to the Economic Governance Section.

Otunla said, in all, he made a refund of N6,392,000,000.00 (Six Billion, Three Hundred and Ninety-Two Million Naira only) to the Federation Account through the EFCC.

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