A 58-year-old Pakistani Protestant Pastor, Zafar Bhatti has been sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam.
Zafar was handed the sentence by a district court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Anglican Ink reported that the Pastor who has been in prison since 2012, was accused of sending a blasphemous SMS text messages.
The Pastor who ran a house church before his arrest in 2012, founded the charity organization “Jesus World Mission” to assist the poor. His arrest came after an anonymous person filed a complaint against him.
Though the service provider revealed that the SIM card number used to send text messages was not registered in his name but belonged to a Muslim woman named Ghazala Khan, Zafar who has repeatedly denied the charges against him was sentenced to life imprisonment on May 3, 2017 under Articles 295 (a) and 295 (c) of the Penal Code of Pakistan over the text message which allegedly “dishonoured” the Prophet Muhammad and his mother.
The woman who owns the phone number was tried in April 2013 and granted bail.
Zafar is currently the longest-serving prisoner for blasphemy and the first to receive a death sentence, which was upheld by the court on January 3.
FRSC personnel helped pregnant on transit to safe childbirth
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said some of its officers at the Mowe unit of the Ogun State Sector Command on Friday helped an expectant mother on transit to a safe childbirth.
A statement by Mr Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) on Saturday said that the assistance became imperative as it saved the lives of the mother and child.
According to him, while on patrol at Mowe, the team, led by Deputy Route Commander (DRC) Damilola Osiyemi of Mowe Unit Command assisted a woman who was in labour around 1430hours on Friday.
“The woman, Mrs Ola of No 7, Aiyegbami street in Sagamu, boarded a vehicle with Reg No: FKJ 904 HE from Sagamu.
“She was sighted in labour and she was later rushed to Broad Life Hospital, Olowotedo near NASFAT area, Mowe Ogun State by the team where she was later delivered of a baby girl,” the statement said.
It added that the command would not relent in its determination to do anything that would safeguard the lives and property of the residents of Ogun on the road and Nigeria at large.
The statement urged all motorists to desist from breaking traffic rules and regulations to reduce traffic congestion.
It also called on motorists to feel free to seek help from FRSC personnel operating on the highway whenever the need arises.
‘After I Tore My Card, I Ceased To Be A Member’, Obasanjo Tells PDP
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo told leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has maintained he is no longer a member of the party from the day he tore his membership card.
Addressing a PDP delegation led by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, four former governors, and members of the party’s National Working Committee visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday, he won’t stop dishing advice to anyone who approaches him in the interest of Nigeria
Addressing the PDP delegation, Obasanjo said: “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.
“I will continue to be a statesman.”
HELP! Hole-in-heart Patient, Ramadan Seeks N6m For Urgent Surgery
A boy with three holes in the heart, Ramadan Tolani, urgently needs N6 million for chest infection surgery.
The surgery, according to medical experts, could only be done either at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital or India. However, the family considering the financial constraints of obtaining a visa and other logistics, resorted to doing the surgery at Babcock university here in Nigeria.
The young boy according to a medical report signed by the management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), is currently on anti failure medication.
The report further implores Nigerians to accord him necessary assistance.
Ramadan was found to be centrally diagnosed with oxygen saturation values in room air between 77-45 per cent.
“Examination of the cardiovascular systems revealed a heart rate of 135bmp; with a prude 3/6 pansystolic murmur loudest at the left lower sternal border.”
The report revealed that echocardiography was done on January 6, 2021, and it revealed that Ramadan has three holes in the heart namely; Secundum ASD, right partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection and moderate PAH.
It further states that he was presented on account of recurrent chest infections noticed from birth. Mrs Mayalleke Tolani, Ramadan’s mother while pleading with Nigerians to come to her aid, explained how she has been facing endless difficulties since she gave birth to the boy. Last November, LASUTH told Tolani her son was due for the operation.
If you are touched by Ramadan’s plight, please send your donations to: Bank – Wema, Account Number – 0253889676 Account Name – Ramadan Shedrack Mayaleke
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