How TB Joshua proposed to Me during Counselling

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Prophet TB Joshua’s wife of 23 years, Evelyn Joshua, recently revealed in an explosive interview on how she met the world acclaimed man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua. The eloquent woman also talked about how she ended up being his better half at the age of 17 in 1990 and her role in his ministry.

I visited a sister somewhere at Ikotun-Egbe and they were all talking about a particular man, a prophet. Half of the people in the room had all met him and they were saying a lot of good things about him. After everything, I asked my sister if she could take me to him. I needed a spiritual guide at the time. A counselor. So we went there but unfortunately didn't meet him at home. Some months later I visited him again alone, that was in 1990.

Before this time, the idea I had about this prophet was that he was an old man, with a long white beard. So on that day I was reading a novel that I came with when I suddenly saw someone come into the room, pick one or two things and went back. The person I saw wasn't an old man so I didn't pay him any attention. But when he went back to the consulting room, one of the people also waiting to speak with him said 'that's him'.
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When it eventually my turn to see him, we sat opposite each other. He was gazing at me for a few minutes, and I was also gazing at him. Transfixed as I was, I saw him write something on a piece of paper, 'Ejide' (means twin has come). I'm a twin.

Then we started talking and he told a lot of things about myself, both things I knew and the ones I didn't know. He told me about my family, about my past, about my future. Altogether we spoke for about forty five minutes. At the end of the whole thing he spoke to me in Yoruba. He said (translated in English) 'Please don't be annoyed. Don't think this is how I talk to everyone that comes to me. I don't have a concubine and I don't want to have a concubine. But will you marry me?'

Just like that. It was strange, but that gives me an insight into what the scripture says that the spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. That was how I met him. When he proposed to me my heart agreed with it instantly. Some months later I asked him why he thought it was right seeing a lady for the first time and proposing to her. He said he had seen me four days before that day. I don't know if it was in a dream or a revelation. We had our traditional and church wedding a few months later.

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NIGERIA: Tear Dropping Story Of Victor Moses

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This is the story of a young boy whose parents were murdered during 2002 riots in Kaduna.

He was aged 11 years at the time. His parents, Mr Austine and Mrs Josephine Moses, were missionaries until they met their untimely death.

The boy left his house to play football but returned home to see that all his parents had laboured for had been razed down and he would never see his mother and father again.

He was taken to London by his uncle almost immediately after the incident. While in London, he began deploying his football skills.

Though his parents were murdered, his passion for football was never killed. He played football for his school and later for a local Tandrige League club until Crystal Palace FC approached him. From that point, his career progressed in leaps and bounds.

This player played for England’s under 16, 17, 19 and 21 teams between 2005 and 2010 scoring 11 goals for England during this period. He later moved to Wigan Athletic and now he plays for Chelsea.

This footballer is called VICTOR MOSES.

His story is a touching one, I share his pains. I also share his courage. He had a choice not to step into Nigeria again but he didn’t take that option. When the call to serve his fatherland came, Moses dumped England and embraced Nigeria…That is patriotism!

Today, we see a Victor Moses bringing joy to every Nigerian including those who may have inspired his parent’s death…That is Love!

On Sunday, Moses would stand for the National Anthem and pledge allegiance to a country that couldn’t defend his parents…That is faith!

Moses would deliver the “African Cup of Nations” trophy to Nigeria not minding what had happened in the past… That is forgiveness!

Moses rose through bitterness and despair to the limelight of hope and courage.

He never gave up on his country. He persevered… That is purpose!

If someone like Victor Moses, despite the bitter past, never gave up on Nigeria, then why should we….! ONE NIGERIA

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AFCON 2013: EAGLES WILL WIN, SAYS T.B. JOSHUA

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The General Overseer of The Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, says Nigeria’s Super Eagles would defeat Burkina Faso in Sunday’s final of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

T.B. Joshua, who warned Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi to avoid conceding a late minute goal in their AFCON Group C opener against the Burkinabe, told Codewit NEWS correspondent  that Nigeria’s case in the Nations Cup final this year is like the biblical Jacob who wrestled with God, saying that “on Sunday we’ll tell God unless He gives us our heart’s desire we’ll not let Him go.

“The cloud is darker over Nigeria’s Super Eagles, but with God we’ll scale through. If it were not to be the final, anything could have happened. The first match we played with Burkina Faso, it was just by the grace of God that it ended in a draw.
“On Sunday, our opponents will play defensively because they will be looking out for penalty shootout at the end of the game. They will also play through three of their strikers upfront; one of them very tall and huge player and two others.

“What I’m seeing I don’t want to say it because it would be too frightening, but I want to assure that we’ll scale through the challenge on Sunday.”

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The prophet who established a football club, My People FC to groom young players, however, warned the Eagles not to allow Burkina Faso to score first in the final, saying that “if this happened the Burkinabe would fall back to defend the goal, which will be very dangerous for our team. I still repeat that no matter the situation, we’ll scale through.

“The Burkina Faso that we played in the group stage will not be the same team we’ll play on Sunday, even though some of their players are out of the squad due to injuries. They are still a team. But I hope for celebration.”

Joshua said as the giant of Africa, Nigeria last won the Nations Cup 13 years ago, which was too long ago for a great football nation like Nigeria.

“I think God should give us this cup to make the youths of this country happy. Winning this cup at this time of religious intolerance and violence will calm down the youths. I want to appeal to all Nigerians to pray for Eagles’ victory. I would have told you the scoreline but I would rather delay it till Sunday morning in order not psychologically distract the players and their coaches and not to demoralise the losing team.”

Prophet Joshua concluded that he would not want Keshi and his team to come to his church to celebrate their victory after the match because he is not the only one praying for the Eagles to win.

“My voice may be the one louder among the men of God in the country but this doesn’t mean that the team should come to my church to celebrate. I would rather prefer that they celebrate their victory with all Nigerians,”

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Mali villagers detain two youths with suicide vests

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Villagers near the city of Gao in northern Mali on Saturday detained two youths alleged to have had explosives strapped to their bodies near the site of a suicide attack the previous day claimed by Islamist rebels, a witness said.

“We arrested two young men early this morning. They had explosive belts and they were riding on two donkeys,” Oumar Maiga, the son of the local village chief, told AFP.

He said the pair, an Arab and a Tuareg, were detained some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Gao, the largest city in the north, on the same road where Friday’s attack occurred.

French-led troops have driven the Islamist insurgents who occupied northern Mali for 10 months out of the towns they controlled, but continue to come under attack in reclaimed territory.

Friday’s bombing, the first suicide attack in Mali, wounded a Malian soldier at a military checkpoint. It was claimed by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

The area around Gao has been on high alert since the bombing and a series of landmine explosions and guerrilla attacks.

Ordinary citizens often take justice into their own hands in Mali, detaining suspected criminals and even beating or lynching them.

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Bomb kills family of six in south Afghanistan

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A landmine explosion ripped through a civilian vehicle in southern Afghanistan and killed six members of a family, provincial authorities said Saturday.

“Six people all onboard — two elderly men, two women and two men — were killed in a landmine explosion in Nad Ali district of Helmand province,” Ahmad Zirak, the provincial governor’s spokesman, told AFP.

The blast at around 7:00 pm on Friday took place as they were travelling from one village to another in the district, Zirak added.

Mohammad Ismail Hotak, deputy director of the coordination center for security forces in Helmand, confirmed the toll.

Roadside bombs are the favourite weapons of Taliban Islamists fighting to oust the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai, and the indiscriminately placed explosives regularly kill civilians.

Less than a week ago a Taliban roadside bomb killed five civilians, including a family of four, and two police officers in the country’s troubled south.

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Afcon: We’re focused and ambitious – Keshi

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A few days before the kick off of the Africa Nations Cup in South Africa, Super Eagles Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi in an interview said his boys feared no team in the competition.

The 51-year old, who played at five Africa Cup of Nations finals, winning gold, silver and bronze, leads Nigeria’s charge for a third title in the 56-year old continental football festival as they battle Burkina Faso tomorrow.

Q: Coach, congratulations on your team’s qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. How tough was it winning the ticket, and was there anytime, particularly after the draw in Liberia, that you thought the Eagles might not make it?

Keshi: No way. There was no time I exercised any fear of our not qualifying. Yeah, I always knew that we had to work harder, after the match against Liberia in Monrovia. But there was no time I thought we would not make it to South Africa. I have confidence in my team.

Q: Nigeria last won the Africa Cup of Nations 19 years ago, in Tunisia. What are your real expectations for the 2013 finals?

Keshi: Oh, of course we have real expectation of winning. From the moment we qualified, we knew we were capable, able to win it. So, our expectations for South Africa 2013 is to win the trophy and make Nigerians happy.

Q: How do you see your team at the moment? Are you still rebuilding?

Keshi: Well, the truth is that even if you have been in charge of a team for five years, you still continue to build. Building is a continuous process because you always want your team to be better, you are always looking out for even better players. For sure, I have the frame of the team I want and I believe that the squad we have selected for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is good enough. What we need is chemistry. Once we have that, we’ll be okay going forward and all the way.

Q: How easy was it for you to draw up your provisional list of 32 players?

Keshi: It was not easy at all. You see, Nigeria is blessed with good players who are scattered around the world. There are some that we have not even discovered yet. After we earned the ticket to the final tournament, we started working: myself and my colleagues in the technical crew.

You know, we played so many friendly matches last year and that enabled us to see so many players. By the time we played Rwanda in the second leg of our Cup of Nations qualifying fixture, we already had the frame of the team we wanted.

It was not easy, and you know, positioning was important. You could have four, five good players that you wanted to take but if they are all playing in the same position, it makes it difficult for you.

Q: What about the final 23?

Keshi: It was not easy either. That one was tough. But we knew what we wanted and there were no sentiments. Current form and positioning played key roles.

Q: At the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja few days to the opening ceremony, President Goodluck Jonathan called on the team to do Nigeria proud. Does that put any pressure on your team?

Keshi: Any team going into a tournament must have an ambition to win. We are focused and ambitious. President Jonathan is right to say that, and it makes us all to tighten our belts and know that Nigerians back home expect us to make them proud. It is a normal charge and we are comfortable with it.

Q: You played at five Africa Cup of Nations (1982, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1994). What memories do you have of these tournaments?

Keshi: Lovely memories, wonderful memories, great memories, my brother. For me, it was always an honour and special privilege to wear the green-white-green. And the Africa Cup of Nations is so special. I went into the field each time wanting very much to do my country proud.

Every match at the finals was great. But the greatest was 1994 in Tunisia when we won it. I told myself that, yes, I have reached the summit now and can be happy forever.

Q: How did you feel missing the 1986 finals?

Keshi: It was extremely painful. I kept asking myself what went wrong. The Africa Cup of Nations is the biggest tournament in Africa and considering the quality and enormity of resources that we have, Nigeria should always be there. Missing the 1986 finals in Egypt was a sad moment.

Q: Which was your most memorable Africa Cup of Nations match?

Keshi: Ah, every match I played at the Cup finals was great. In 1984, we had a young team and we came up against a very experienced Cameroonian team in the final.

The most memorable would be the 1984 semi final, when we defeated Egypt on penalties in Abidjan. They led us 2-0 after 35 minutes and then we told ourselves that this would not happen. We got a penalty and I scored and we went into recess 2-1 behind. We attacked with purpose and they defended stoutly. But eventually, I lifted the ball into the box and Bala Ali headed into the net for the equalizer. We went ahead to win 8-7 on penalties. Tough game.

Q: In your first Cup of Nations playing for Nigeria, Zambia and Ethiopia were also in our group, back in 1982. What memories do you have of the finals in Libya?

Keshi: That’s more than 30 years ago! We defeated Ethiopia but lost to Zambia. Our team had problems and we were not properly coordinated. We had old and young players, like Sylvanus Okpala, Rashidi Yekini, Ademola Adeshina and myself. The old included Muda Lawal and Tunde Bamidele.

In South Africa, we also have a blend of few old and mostly young players. We have to keep telling them about patriotism and dedication and the honour and privilege of wearing the green-white-green. We are here to soar very high.

ROLL OF HONOUR

Year           Winner              Score     Runner-up

1957           Egypt                 4-0         Ethiopia

1959           Egypt                 2-1         Sudan

1962           Ethiopia             4-2         Egypt

1963           Ghana                3-0         Sudan

1965           Ghana                3-2         Tunisia

1968           DR Congo          1-0         Ghana

1970           Sudan                1-0         Ghana

1972           Congo                3-2         Mali

1974           Zaire                  2-0         Zambia

1976           Morocco                           Guinea  (Morocco)

1978           Ghana                2-0         Uganda

1980           Nigeria              3-0         Algeria

1982           Ghana                1-1         Libya       (7-6 pen)

1984           Cameroon          3-1         Nigeria

1986           Egypt                 0-0         Cameroon(5-4 pen)

1988           Cameroon          1-0         Nigeria

1990           Algeria               1-0         Nigeria

1992           Cote d’Ivoire      0-0         Ghana  (11-10 pen)

1994           Nigeria              2-1         Zambia

1996           South Africa       2-0         Tunisia

1998           Egypt                 2-0         South Africa

2000           Cameroon          2-2         Nigeria    (4-3 pen)

2002           Cameroon          0-0         Senegal   (3-2 pen)

2004           Tunisia               2-1         Morocco

2006           Egypt                 0-0         Cote d’Ivoire (4-2 pen)

2008           Egypt                 1-0         Cameroon

2010           Egypt                 1-0         Ghana

2012           Zambia               0-0         Cote d’Ivoire  (8-7 pen)

2013              Nigeria                         ?                              Burkina Faso

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NIGERIA: We ‘re supplying a much needed service -Nigerian Prostitute

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An ecounter with a sex-worker:‘We’re supplying a much needed service’
Sex workers in our society have endured the ire of various communities where they operate. They carry out their business in the daylight without a dint of loss of face. And for as long as they offer service to some helpless individuals, they become increasingly noticed in and around our environment.

The worry many Nigerians have over the practice is mainly the openness with which the business is assuming. How can you explain a 70-year-old retired sex worker getting accolades from members who organised a bash for her?

Many landlords in Lagos would not waver to give out their apartment for rent even if they knew it would be used for the bed-for-money business. The sex-workers also, like most people would argue, have also lost sense of decency, making public what is no better than any other clandestine business. The formation of Association of Nigeria Prostitutes ANP, a few years ago by members of this trade, attests to their resolve not only to further decimate what remains from the moral psyche of the society but also move to press for law to support their illicit trade. Reacting to a clue that sex-workers from various parts of the state gathered recently to celebrate one of their senior members who turned 70, in Lagos, Codewit.com went in search of the septuagenarian for an interview, she was said to be out of town. But sources in the area confirmed there was a birthday bash for one of the members of sex-for-money trade but debunked that the occasion was not a 70th birthday bash.

With several government initiatives to halt the practice, many believe that only social reforms and provision of jobs for all can help to reduce the practice especially those sexually vulnerable in the society. But with most probably a test case of the FCT on its N5billion rehabilitation initiative, it may give direction on how to deal with the menace. In an encounter with one of the sex-workers; Dorothy, in her late 20s, on duty in Ikorodu intimately shared some thoughts about the business with us.

Codewit news: Oh! you look nice.

Dorothy: Thanks. Are you for me? (gesticulating)

Codewit news: Yes! what is your bill?

Dorothy: Not expensive! How do you want it? Come, let’s go in. (Going inside)

Codewit news: But why don’t we agree first before….

Dorothy: Aren’t you a man? Or you just want to ask questions?

Codewit news: No, I really don’t like how some of you behave

Dorothy: How?

Codewit news: Anyway,  tell me about yourself first and I will…

Dorothy: Myself? Do you want to marry me or f….me?

Codewit news: The job is perceived as being quite dangerous.  What measures do you take to keep safe?

Dorothy: That is why we advertise here that we play safe with condom. I personally find it very safe with it. Again, as long as you don’t take unnecessary risks or yield to some tricks by your clients, you will be fine. Didn’t you see the inscription there?

Codewit news: Do you get some bookings from your clients?

Dorothy: I don’t take bookings from anyone, and I don’t get a positive feeling either, this is business.

Codewit news: Do you have association?

Dorothy: Yes, we have. Are you a journalist? You ask to many questions.

Codewit news: No! just want to know.

Dorothy: What for?

Codewit news: I am personally worried that this business is becoming accepted.

Dorothy: (laughs) I know now that you are pretending.

Codewit news: No. You see, I learnt that one retired old member of yours, a 70-year-old former sex worker had a birthday recently; and members went there and even presented him a gift. Did you attend the party?

Dorothy: No! I don’t know her, I heard about it and what is bad about that?

Codewit news: How many years have you been in this?

Dorothy: About eight years now.

Codewit news: You speak very well, are you a graduate?

Dorothy: No, I forfeited my own education for my siblings after my ND.

Codewit news: training them with what you earn?

Dorothy: I don’t want to talk about that or are you are up to something?

Codewit news: (laughs) No! No, it is just that possibly, somebody might be of assistance and take you out of this. Are you aware that government is setting aside some billions of naira to rehabilitate sex-workers in the FCT?

Dorothy: Which government or they are looking for another way to steal money? Have they helped the beggars on the streets? The other time, they talked about law to legalise same sex marriage, is prostitution not better to be legalised than gay?

Codewit news: No! But our culture do not encourage it.

Dorothy: Well, whatever people like they should say, there are kidnappers, assassins and those who do heinous things for a living, why should important service to relieve bad feelings and emotions become the topic in the society. I beg, let everybody face his own business.

Codewit news: Is this your own view or that of your entire member?

Dorothy: I am not speaking for any body, but as much as I know, no one wishes to be a professional ashewo. I feel that what I do is a legitimate service towards people who pay for their personal needs. I am not vindictive or evil like most politicians. Some of us are educated and offer a service to men who have certain needs. Why do you think we boldly put the inscription outside that ‘We play safe with condom outside’. I don’t feel there is anything wrong with it at all.

Codewit news: Which means you are not in a hurry to quit the business?

Dorothy: Yes! Maybe after a few more years when my siblings will finish their education, I will try other business. The only drawback in this business is dealing with the stigma. There is nothing inherently bad or wrong about consensual sex whether for money, there is nothing inherently bad or wrong about money, so it’s hard to understand why there is such a stigma attached to receiving money in return for sex which satisfy a need.

Codewit news: So, you think there is nothing wrong with selling your body?

Dorothy: I’m not selling my body any more than a politician or a leader selling his soul, killing people for money and stealing the common wealth or the judge seeling his conscience. We’re supplying a much needed service to some people in need of it. We are very informed here. Please go out if you are not ready. (angry)

 N5bn to rehabilitate prostitutes FG, FCT get knocks

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NIGERIA: Jubilation as Chime returns to Enugu

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Governor Sullivan Chime of EnuguState, yesterday, returned to a tumultuous reception in Enugu after his extended vacation abroad.

Chime, who wore dark glasses and acknowledged cheers from the crowd that gathered at Akanu Ibiam airport, Enugu, did not speak with newsmen who were anxious to have his message to the people he left behind for about five months.

Hundreds of Enugu people including state government and local government officials converged at the airport and after receiving him at the airport, they escorted him in a long convoy to the Government House.

The Governor who had arrived Abuja, Wednesday from London, touched down at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu around 3.pm yesterday amid cheers from the crowd of enthusiastic citizens who had thronged the airport since morning to welcome him.

He was welcomed on arrival by the Acting Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi accompanied by his wife, Nneka, national and state House of Assembly members and other top government officials.

Spotting a cream white jacket, blue stripped shirt and a pair of black trousers, Chime acknowledged cheers from the ecstatic crowd that included many federal and state legislators, traditional rulers and top government officials before being driven to the Governor’s Lodge.

Another huge crowd of singing and dancing people was at hand at the Lodge, where Governor Chime and his wife, Clara took time to receive many guests. It was also celebration galore on the streets of Enugu as soon as news filtered in that the governor had arrived the CoalCity, with the people chanting victory songs. His return finally marked the end of his absence as the excited residents heaved sighs of relief.

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AFCON: Eagles are potential winners – Nwosu, Adepoju

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AFTER their superlative performance in the ongoing  Africa Cup of Nations quarter and semi final matches, former internationals, HenryNwosu (MON)andMutiu Adepoju  are firm in their beliefs that the Super Eagles are potential winners of the trophy.

The duo in separate chats with Saturday Vanguard sports congratulated the players and their coaching crew led by Stephen Keshi for their superb performance in the last two matches played.

Nwosu, a former Eagles’ captain and a member of the 1980 winning squad, expressed his optimism that Nigeria would cross the final hurdle when they face their Group C rivals, Burkina Faso.

He said, “ It was a good game against Mali. The Super Eagles have done well so far, but they played more of individualist  game than team work against Mali in the semi final. This is not good enough for us. They have to play as a team and not as individuals.

We played our best game against Cote d’Ivoire  and I will expect them to replicate it in the final against Burkina Faso. They should be more determined, focused and start from the blast of the whistle to attack the Burkinabes and should not relent.

If they do so, I see the them lifting the Cup. “I have always believed that Nigeria will go far in this tournament and they are now proving it. Burkina Faso, I do also know,  will come out smoking but with good officiating, the cup is ours by God’s grace”.

Also speaking,  a member of the famous 1994 squad, Mutiu Adepoju was full of praises for the Eagles on their outstanding feat.

According to him, “beating Mali by the goal margin of 4-1 shows that they’re great and improving with every match because Mali is a very good side. The victory shows that the Eagles  are strong and are  potential winners of the African Cup. For the final match, we have all it takes to win it.

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NIGERIA: Dana crash, AIB discourages me from completing autopsy – Pathologist

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The Lagos State chief Pathologist  and Chief Examiner of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Prof. John Obafunwa, yesterday told the coroner court investigating the June 3, 2012 Dana plane crash in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State that he was prevented by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) from carrying out autopsy on all the victims of the crash.

He told the coroner court sitting in Ikeja under cross-examination by AIB’s counsel, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, that had it been the autopsy was not carried out on the victims, it would have been difficult to identify the victims, which would have led to mass burial.

He said, “If we did not do the autopsy on all the victims, we would not have been able to identify them and we would have adopted the old method of mass burial which is the old method we insisted we were not going back to.”

He further disclosed that  the two engineers of AIB he met at the wake of the incident had said the post mortem tests should only be restricted to the pilot and the co-pilot.

Obafunwa said, “Two engineers of AIB that we met with at the Board Room of LASUTH on June 5 (three days after the crash) told me I did not need to carry out post mortem on all the victims but should be restricted to the pilot and co-pilot.

”But if we did not carry out autopsy on all the victims, how do we identify the pilot and the co-pilot? That is a question nobody could answer.”

Irukera, however, said one of AIB’s engineers had earlier testified at the coroner court that only the Chief Medical Examiner could provide the “medical cause of death”.

Not comfortable with the claim, Obafunwa responded, “I want to believe AIB changed its mind along the line.”

While putting him to task by the lawyer, the pathologist maintained that the opinion of the engineers, whose identity he could not mentioned, might not have represented that of AIB.

Like what he had said previously, he lamented the shortage of pathologists in Nigeria.  According to him, there are only about four forensic pathologists, including himself, in the country, while the rest are anatomical pathologists parading themselves as forensic pathologists.

The coroner court presided over by Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, adjourned  further hearing till February, 28, 2013.

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