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Burial of TB Joshua takes place on July 9 as wife takes over megachurch

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TB Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in the Ikotun neighborhood of Lagos, Nigeria, who died at 2am on Sunday, June 6, 2021, hours after he left the service and went to his house to rest.

The Nigerian pastor and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), TB Joshua, will be buried on July 9.

Family sources say the televangelist, who died on June 5, will be buried at his church in Ikotun, Lagos state, and will be succeeded by his wife Evelyn as SCOAN leader. 

Initially, reports indicated the pastor was to be buried in his home town of Arigidi-Akoko, Ondo state, as demanded by the traditional ruler of the town. 

However, it is reported that the pastor’s family and church elders intervened and decided the pastor will be buried in Lagos. 

“Since they said the reason was spiritual, the family agreed with them,” a church source said. 

No succession plan

SCOAN elders have also met and selected Evelyn as TB Joshua’s successor as there was no succession plan for the church. 

“Someone must take charge immediately and give spiritual direction on the mode of service continuity. So much spiritual and financial efforts went into building SCOAN and it cannot just waste away,’’ a top aide said. 

“None of the pastors were trained to succeed him. I would have known if any exists. For now, the wife has taken charge.’’

Evelyn, a senior SCOAN pastor, confirmed the funeral arrangements when she received Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. 

She said her husband’s death came as a surprise. 

Evelyn was married to TB Joshua for 25 years and they had three children.  

One of their children, Sarah, is reported to have given birth to a baby boy on June 12, the day her late father would have celebrated his 58th birthday. 

Source: Nation Kenya

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Senior al-Shabaab terrorist killed in central Somalia

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Somalia National Army soldiers at Bulahawa town on May 11, 2016. 
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Somali National Army (SNA) said Saturday that its forces killed a senior al-Shabaab terrorist in Middle Shabelle, central part of the country.

The SNA said Nuh Dhagool, who was leading the operation to extort the local populace to fund the group’s activities in town, was killed Friday night.

“The terrorist was the head of extortion in the coastal area,” the military said in a brief statement.

The group, which fights to topple the internationally-backed government, uses portions of southern and central Somalia to plot and direct terror attacks, steal humanitarian aid, extort the local populace to finance its operations, and shelter radical terrorists.

The extremists have recently increased their attacks against African Union and Somali forces especially in Mogadishu, the national capital, targeting their bases, hotels and other public places.

Source: Nation Kenya

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Tigray forces say 1,000 Ethiopian soldiers freed from captivity

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Wounded captive Ethiopian soldiers arrive on a truck at the Mekelle Rehabilitation Center in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, on July 2, 2021. 

The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) has announced release of 1,000 Ethiopian government soldiers who had been in captivity for weeks.

TPLF has taken control of the regional capital of Mekelle, following weeks of fighting over its control.

In a video the group shared on Facebook, hundreds of soldiers of the Ethiopia National Defense Force (ENDF) were seen being transported in several trucks for exit via an undisclosed corridor.

It was not immediately clear if the prisoners of war were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The TPLF has up to 10,000 army captives, most of them captured in recent military offensives operations launched to reoccupy Mekelle.

Source:Nation Kenya

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South Africa to increase army deployment to 25,000

Protests spread in South Africa after Zuma arrest

South Africa’s government is to increase its deployment of defence forces to 25,000, 10 times more than originally proposed, to curb widespread looting and violence in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The authorities also urged communities defending their businesses from looters to work within the law, warning against vigilantism.

Tens of thousands of businesses have been ransacked following the jailing last week of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court.

Some roads remain closed, buildings on fire and streets and shopping centres littered with debris.

Overnight 208 incidences of shopping mall looting and vandalism were reported.

However, officials say the cases of violence have decreased following the initial deployment of 2,500 soldiers on Monday.

Source: BBC

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