Catholic Bishop Charge For Raping Nun And Sexual Harrasement In India

Bishop Franco Mulakkal (2nd R), accused of raping a nun, is escorted by police outside a crime branch office on the outskirts of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala, India, September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V

The Roman Catholic Church already enmeshed in sexual abuse scandals in several parts of the world faces another embarrassment in India, with Bishop Franco Mulakkal being arrested for raping a nun.

Bishop Mulakkal was arrested by the police Friday in the south Indian state of Kerala, a day after the Vatican accepted the bishop’s request to be temporarily relieved of his duties.

There was no immediate comment from Bishop Franco Mulakkal or his lawyers – though he has denied the charges in interviews in the past.

Mulakkal, who heads the diocese of Jalandhar, wrote to the Vatican on Sunday asking to step down temporarily as protests and calls for his arrest grew. The Vatican accepted his request on Thursday.

“He is charged with rape,” said Kochi’s inspector general of police, Vijay Sakhare.

A Vatican spokesman said he had no immediate comment on the matter.

The arrest comes at a time when the state’s Christian community is reeling from a string of cases – including the arrests of five priests last month on allegations of sexual assault. Their church said it believed the priests were innocent.

Outside India, the Catholic Church is facing sexual abuse scandals in the United States, Chile, Australia, Germany and other countries.

Pope Francis has summoned the heads of national Catholic bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors at an extraordinary meeting from Feb. 21-24.

Mulakkal, 54, was ordained as a priest in 1990 in the northern Indian Punjab state and was elevated as the bishop of the Diocese of Jalandhar five years ago.

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United Nations Unveiled The Statue Of Nelson Mandela At New York

United Nations has unveiled the statue of Nelson Mandela, a former South African President, who died in 2013.

Unveiling the statue on Monday at its headquarters in New York, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described Mandela as a man who “embodied the highest values of the United Nations — peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity”.

According to Guterres, “He was a champion for all people – in his words and in his actions. He was willing to fight and die for the ideals he held so dear. When he achieved the pinnacle of power as president of his beloved country, Madiba set an example that still resounds throughout Africa and the world — he stepped down after one term, confident in the durability of South Africa’s newfound democracy. He did not pursue power for its own sake, but simply as a means of service. This humility is a hallmark of Madiba’s greatness.

“The fight against apartheid marks a landmark in human rights and freedom. The credit goes to the people of South Africa, but the United Nations played its role, a role that we should be proud of. So, it is more than appropriate that our Headquarters should be honoured by this statue. I thank the Government of South Africa for its generosity in donating it. From this day on, all delegates, staff and visitors to the United Nations can be constantly inspired by Madiba’s legacy looking at this wonderful statue.”

Mandela would have clocked 100 in July 2018 and the UN is declaring 2019-2028 as the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace.

Also applauding Mandela’s attributes, UN General Assembly president, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, said: “Few people in the history of our world have left such an incredible mark on humanity.”

Anima Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General to the UN, also praised his achievement in fighting for peace, justice and prosperity.

“A statue of a truly global and African hero, Nelson Mandela unveiled at the UN. His legacy of fighting for peace, justice and prosperity lives on.” She tweeted.

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years during the South African apartheid era, but four years after he was freed in 1990, he became the country’s first black president in its first multi-racial elections.

Bukola Saraki, President Of the The Senate visited Omisore on Monday To Enlist His Support For Adeleke

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leaving nothing to chance in ensuring that Ademola Adeleke, its candidate in Saturday’s Osun State governorship election, wins the rerun scheduled for Thursday.

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, had said earlier on Monday that Iyiola Omisore, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), had expressed his willingness to work with Adeleke to ensure victory at the rerun.

It has now emerged that Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, also visited Omisore on Monday to enlist his support for Adeleke.

Speaking with journalists after the visit, Saraki expressed confidence that Adeleke would defeat isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on

Saraki subsequently tweeted about the visit, writing: “I thank Sen. Iyiola Omisore (@iyiomisore) for the warm reception he and his people gave me and members of my entourage in Ile-Ife today.

“We have agreed to work together because our goals are the same. We all want good governance in Osun State. Over the next 24 hours, we will work out the details. #OsunDecides2018.”

In Saraki’s entourage were Dr Doyin Okupe, Senator Abiodun Olujimi and other PDP leaders.

In Saturday’s election, Adeleke had polled254,699, while Oyetola had 254,345 votes. Omisore polled 128,049 votes to place a distant third, prompting insinuations that the PDP would have beaten APC hands down had he not left the party for SDP just four months ago

Man Who Trekked From Lagos To Abuja Against Buhari Joins PDP

One month after he embarked on a trek to express his dissatisfaction with the present administration, Isa Mohammed Munlaila, is said to have returned and subsequently showed his solidarity with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On August 23, 2018, Munlaila, clad in a black T-Shirt and carrying a box painted in what seemed like the colours of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag — green, white, blue and red — had stated that he was embarking on a trek from Lagos to Abuja to protest against the re-election bid of President Muhammadu

 

It is not clear if he actually completed the trek, but according to Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Munlaila has joined the party.

A tweet via Ologbondiyan read: “After being deceived by series of promises made by @MBuhari &the @OfficialAPCNg, the man who trekked to Abuja from Lagos in support of Buhari has returned to say the APC is dead!! He has also declared his support for our great party @OfficialPDPNig. Brave guy!!”

Politics Is Not A Dirty Game: APGA a Confirms So!-Engr IFEANYI ANIAGO

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Politics they popularly say is a dirty game but a few of us that have been opportuned to be in Nigeria’s fastest growing political party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, have come to the realization that politics is as clean as other 7 subjects of social sciences but most times a set of players could be dirty.

Yes, just like economics, religion, sociology, philosophy, psychology, etc, politics is a neat game of interest that could help to change the narratives for any society to bring good governance to the people. Same way APGA has brought good governance to ndi Anambra and beyond.

However, same way we could get quacks handling the economy and sometimes dubious religious activities, so do we atimes have dirty men playing politics. And because politics is presently the vehicle used by our people to form a government and install leadership, the resulting casualty is usually huge and dirty.

In Nigeria today, one can experience the two types of politics; the ideal and the dirty i.e the APGA brand and others. Even the people of Anambra State have experienced two eras of clean and dirty politics. We can’t forget the dark years when people were being killed and government properties being destroyed in the name of politics.

APGA may not have got as big as many lovers of democracy would have expected but the party is presently the best in terms of quality service delivery, good governance and youth involvement in decision making. Aside Anambra State, you can verify this from the areas in Bayelsa, Taraba, Abia, Kaduna and mostly recently Kano, under the leadership of APGA.

In readiness for the 2019 General Election, APGA is the only political party in Nigeria that has its processes for delegates and primary elections clearly spelt out and well publicised; to the extent that the opposition parties also have access to such information.

Truly, this is a clean way of playing the game of politics.

While other political parties, big and small, are enmeshed in secrecy and imposition of candidates, APGA maintains a very transparent process expected to produce the freest and fairest elections in history of Nigerian politics.

Same party, APGA is renowned for transforming once dirty politicians into the best leaders of our time and similarly a few politicians that jumped out of the party have become worst of leaders, the dirtiest politicians. Do a check of Imo State under APGA leadership and otherwise.

Why is it so? Because the APGA system does not permit dirty politics and just like the bottle washer in breweries, the system either cleans your dirt or throws you out as an uncleanable entity.

As a people that have experienced the worst form of politics, Nigerians believing in the internal democracy in APGA could be difficult until one experiences it, either directly or indirectly.

So, I urge all aspirants to forgo gossips, rumours and imaginations and face their campaigns.

Just as declared by Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra State, who is the National Leader of the Party, “APGA Primary Election must be transparent, free and fair”.

Only the popular aspirants with capacity will come out victorious.

 

*Engr Ifeanyi ANIAGOH*
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Buhari Approved The Immediate Release OF N22.68 Billion As Retirement Benefits For Ex-workers Of Nigeria Airways.

President  Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of N22.68 billion as retirement benefits for ex-workers of Nigeria Airways.

This was disclosed by the Ministry of Finance on Monday.

According to the statement by the ministry, the move came after an initial submission by the former workers, which totalled their benefits as N78 billion.

However, after a verification by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) other relevant stakeholders in line with the conditions of service of Nigeria Airways Limited in liquidation and other extant rules and regulations, N45 billion was agreed as total retirement benefits of affected staff.

The release of the funds was posted in a tweet by the ministry’s handle, reading: “President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously approved the immediate release of N22.68billion & N20billion as retirement benefits of ex-workers of the NigeriaAirways limited (in Liquidation) & ASUU’s request for revitalization fund of public universities.

“Regarding the settlement of outstanding retirement benefits due to the ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways, the initial submission for their retirement benefits was N78 billion.

“This amount was verified by PICA & other relevant stakeholders in line with the conditions of service of Nigeria Airways Limited in liquidation and other extant rules and regulations. At the end of verification, N45 billion was agreed as total retirement benefits of affected staff.”

Zainab Ahmed, the Finance Minister, subsequently tweeted: “15 years after, I’m happy to announce today, that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of N22.68 billion, being 50% of N45.3 billion total entitlements of the Ex-workers of Nigeria Airways Limited in Liquidation.”

Buhari Release N20billion To Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASSU).

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of N20billion so that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) can revitalise public universities.

The development was confirmed on Monday by Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance.

The news came simultaneously as Ahmed was announcing the President’s approval for the “immediate release” of N22.68bn as part of retirement benefits of ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways Limited (in Liquidation).

“To ensure that these Presidential directives are duly implemented in line with extant Financial Rules, I have constituted a Committee to be headed by the Secretary of Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), Dr. MK Dikwa (Mni),” she added.