A cleric in Rivers State has admonished newly wedded couples not to relent in efforts to maintain the sanctity of marriage as a union ordained by God to unite a man and woman from two separate families as one.
Speaking as one of the officiating ministers at the wedding ceremony of daughter of Mr Vincent Ake, the General Manager, Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Miss Ijeoma Ake and Mr Solomon Amuda at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Mile three, Diobu, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Pastor Richard Woke, urged couples, particularly the newly wed to always put on their wedding garment which symbolises the righteousness of Jesus Christ for their marriage to be worthy of emulation.
Focusing his sermon on the topic: “Put On Your Wedding Garment”, and reading from Matthew 22:11-12, Woke explained that marriage was a holy union instituted by God, and therefore, meant for serious-minded men and women, who have the fear of God in them.
Woke wondered why unrighteous people should dare go into marriage, when God had said He instituted it for those who fear Him, and warned the couple never to behave like those that entered into marriage without following God’s principles of marriage, as according to him, such people have incurred the wrath of God.
He stressed that the wedding garment represented the righteousness of God, insisting that only those who obeyed God’s instruction by getting married in the church have the right to wear Christ’s garment.
Woke advised the couple to remain immersed in their wedding garment always, adding that by so doing, their union would remain in the righteousness of Christ.
Speaking with The Tide shortly after the official solemnization of holy matrimony between the newest couple, the bride’s father, Mr Vincent Ake said it was a thing of joy to have nursed, groomed and witnessed the marriage of Ijeoma into her new home.
Ake expressed hope that the couple would forever be blessed with all they desire as both families’ foundations were built on Christ’s principles, while praying that God’s love, blessings, wisdom, peace and joy abide with them in their marriage to eternity.
Also speaking, the groom’s mother, Mrs Patience Amuda said she was excited that her son got wedded to the most precious gift she was not able to have biologically, adding that with the coming of Ijeoma, she has become mother to two lovely daughters-in-law.
The groom’s mother advised those believing God for a son to put their hope and trust in God, adding that in due season, God would grant them their hearts’ desires.
In her remarks, the bride’s mother, Mrs Irene Ake hoped that a few months from now, God would visit the couple with the “fruits of the womb”.
In their separate responses, the groom and the bride expressed joy for being married to each other on November 4, 2018.
According to Mr Solomon Amuda; “marriage is something a lot of people look up to. I count myself lucky to have been married to this lovely, beautiful and most cautious lady, my wife, Mrs Ijeoma Amuda.”
Solomon advised bachelors out there to know what they want in a girl, and go for her once they have been convinced, adding that “no one can get a complete perfect girl, but in love and care, you can make her what you want her to be for you”.
The bride, Ijeoma Amuda described her husband as a caring, loving, understanding companion, remarking that she made the right choice by choosing Solomon to be her husband.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
Ogoni Elders Honour DPO
Ogoni Elders under the umbrella Gbo Kabaari have presented an award to the Bori Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Bako Gbasam.
Presenting the award recently in Bori, the chairman of the group, Senator Benneth Birabi, said SP Gbasam’s bravery in combating crime and maintenance of peace informed the decision to reward him.
Senator Birabi, who led other prominent members of the group explained that the award was a way to encourage the gallant DPO in his effort to fight crime in Ogoni.
He said the settling of crisis between two villages in Yeke and recent manhunt on militants in the area were some of the milestones SP Bako had accomplished.
He admitted that although his predecessors made an attempt but SP Bako’s doggedness towards restoration of peace could not be over emphasised.
“How we wish other police officers could emulate him to reduce crime drastically”.
Earlier, SP Bako Gbasam expressed joy over the honour done him by the Gbo Kabaari.
SP Bako assured of his readiness to continue in his capacity to flush out criminal elements.
The death of Honest Diagbara, often called Bobosky, remains a watershed in the history of the police division.
SP Bako said Bobosky’s foot soldiers must be arrested accordingly.
He said Bobosky was deeply involved in all manners of criminal activities in Ogoni making life unbearable for his people.
While thanking the council chairman, Laliteh Loolo for his support in the fight against crime.
Also, the Khana chairman, Hon. Loolo Laliteh, assured more support to the police in the fight against crime.
Police Arrest 96 Suspects Over Cultism, Robbery In Benue
The Benue State Police Command, says it has arrested 96 persons over alleged house breaking, theft, armed robbery and cultism in Makurdi, the state capital.
A statement by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Catherine Anene, said on Monday in Makurdi that the suspects were arrested following complaints from residents of Welfare Quarters, Yarkiyo, wadata, Ankpa Quarters, NUJ and North-Bank areas.
She said that the suspects were arrested between August 24 and September 15.
The official listed items recovered from the suspects to include two locally-made pistols, one dane gun, two live cartridges, one canister of 38mm, tear gas cartridge, one military camouflage cap, three black berets, four red berets, and military jungle hat.
Other items were two pairs of military uniforms, one Ipad, two desert boots, one animal horn, cutlasses, knives and assorted charms, and wraps of herbs suspected to be Indian Hemp.
Anene said that the Command had resolved to rid the state of all criminals and urged the public to offer useful information to assist the security agencies.
NPFL: Plateau United Signs Adetunji
Nigeria Professional Football League side, Plateau United, has secured the signing of Sunday Adetunji to their ranks ahead of the 2020/21 league season.
Adetunji, who has been linked with five different teams, put an end to the speculation about his future when he revealed that he has signed a deal with the 2017 league champions via his social media handle on Wednesday.
Adetunji was linked with Abia Warriors, Rivers United, Shooting Stars, and Kano Pillars, but he later put pen to paper for a two-year contract after strong negotiation involving the player and his management team.
“I’m happy to announce my arrival at this iconic club, Plateau United.
The former Shooting Stars and Enyimba striker will replace Tosin Omoleye who left the club for the Aba Elephants.
Adetunji will add quality to Plateau United’s attack, who are expected to help Plateau United challenge for the league and Champions League title next season.
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