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South African police ‘rescue’ lady from Nigerian Pastor

A Nigerian Pastor, Peterside Idah, who once played for the Nigerian national football team, and now resides in South Africa, has been fingered in a row involving a South African lady

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A Nigerian Pastor, Peterside Idah, who once played for the Nigerian national football team, and now resides in South Africa, has been fingered in a row involving a South African lady.

Police in Gauteng, South Africa, say they have rescued a young woman from the home of the ex-Nigerian goalkeeper- turned pastor. The ‘rescue’ came after the lady’s mother, Suzan Mabelane, claimed her daughter was held against her will.

Mabelane claims that her 21-year-old daughter Pabalelo, started acting strangely since joining Peterside’s Christ Ambassador Church last December.

According to Mabelane, Peterside accused her and her mother of witchcraft, claiming they tried to introduce her daughter to witchcraft practices, an allegation which they both denied.

Sources say that Peterside went as far as deposing an affidavit at the Kempton Park police station appointing himself as the girl’s legal guardian, allegedly without the mother’s consent.

In a copy of the affidavit, Peterside wrote that he was staying with Mabelane’s daughter Pabalelo.

However, Mabelane alleged that the pastor had hypnotised her daughter and that she no longer wanted anything to do with her family.

“Imagine not knowing or seeing your daughter for five months and when you find out where she is, a pastor tells you that she is no longer your child. The worst thing was when he called me a witch because I was asking him to give me my child back.” said Mabelane.

“She asked me to give her R8 000 to pay a deposit for a flat but when I asked her how she was going to pay rent, she said God will provide. That’s when I started to get worried,” she added.

The police would have none of it and ordered Pabalelo to pack her bags.

Police spokesman Kay Makhubele confirmed that the provincial police commissioner had instructed police to intervene in the squabble between Peterside and Mabelane.

“The police successfully rescued a girl from a pastor’s house in Kempton Park …”
He said the police were now receiving conflicting stories, with the girl now claiming that she ran to the pastor’s house after her mother and her granny tried to force her to undergo traditional training to become a sangoma.

In his response, Pastor Peter side said:

“I don’t have to answer to you my friend [I am] a journalist, all I ask is do your job as a pro and do an investigation and make sure you come up with the truth ’cause you will meet me in court if you publish what is not the truth and I will keep our conversation as evidence.

If you are wise like I believe you are, call the police officer that came to my house and ask them what truth they found out, it will help you my friend. And pls, come to our church on Sunday and find out what kind of cult you think we are.

Pls, am blocking you know (sic). And am enjoying my football [in Russia]. If you need more info on what to write, my name is Idah Peterside I played for Morocca (sic) Swallows and Tembisa Classic and I played football for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, since you have been sent to tarnish the image I have built in South Africa for twenty years because of xenophobia.

Did I add that the police have called me to apologize because they found out that the woman is lying because I will open a case against them.

Is it wrong to be a foreigner in South Africa?”

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Terrorists attack Nigerian Correctional Service Centre, release dangerous criminals

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A premium Correctional Service Center, the Kuje Medium Prison, in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja, came under severe attack by heavily armed terrorists who laid siege to the facility on Tuesday night and by the time they were done, hundreds of dangerous criminals, including fellow terrorists, were released into the society.

Residents of the immediate vicinity of the prison who sent out distress messages on social media at the time of the attack which occurred at about 10:30pm, narrated how the gunmen who numbered over 100, used explosives and machine guns to overpower the security operatives stationed at the prison reputed to be one of the safest in the West African country.

The frightened residents also revealed that the terrorists invaded the facility from the back of the premises which has less security personnel and shot their way into the facility where they attacked the officers on duty and ended up releasing some of the inmates believed to be members of terrorist groups locked up in the prison.

While confirming the attack on the Custodial Centre in the Federal Capital Territory, in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Umar Abubakar, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) said calm has been restored to the area as the armed squad of the service were on the trail of the gunmen in collaboration with other security agencies.

“I wish to confirm that at about 2200hrs, some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, in the Federal Capital Territory.

“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial Centre have responded and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control. Other details will be made available soon.”

In the last three years, several prisons across Nigeria have come under attacks by gunmen whose main objectives have been to free some inmates.

Prisons in Owerri, Imo State in the South-East region of Nigeria, Kogi and Plateau States in the North-Central, Ibadan, Oyo State and Owo in Ondo State in the South-West, have been attacked by gunmen where thousands of inmates were freed.

According to Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in an interview in November 2021, a total of 4,369 prisoners were set free by the gunmen in the various attacks on the custodial centres during various incidences of prison breaks, with many of them yet to be recaptured.

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Terrorists attack President Buhari convoy in Salah home coming. Who is Safe?

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The presidency in Nigeria has confirmed that bandit attacked the presidential convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement revealed the President Buhari was not in the convoy at the time of the attack but security operatives and an advance team heading for Daura, Buhari’s hometown, ahead of Sallah, were attacked near Dutsinma in Katsina.

Shehu said the attack was repelled by “gallant presidential guards”.

“The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.”

“The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.

“Two persons in the convoy are receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered. All the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura,” Shehu said in a statement.

Terrorist activities have taken an upward trend in Nigeria since the deadly Boko Haram sect based in North-Eastern Nigeria, which is also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon was founded in 2002.

Numerous bandit groups exist in north-west and north-central Nigeria with activities ranging from cattle rustling, kidnapping civilians for ransom, armed attacks and community invasion. Recall that the Nigerian government was slow to regard the bandits as terrorists, till it gazetted it in January.

The audacity of the attacks has grown in recent times. There have been attacks on an international airport, a train but an attack on a presidential convoy is a new height.

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