LISTEN: Nigerian Pastor Loses Eyesight After Being Arrested and Tortured by Government Officials; Teen Son Who Killed Pastor and Former NFL Player and His Wife to Stand Trial as an Adult (BCNN1, 3/11/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Saturday, March 11, 2017.

1. According to Christian Today, a Christian pastor in Nigeria says he lost his eyesight after law enforcers tortured him after accusing him of using counterfeit money, a charge he flatly denied. Ejimozor Williams, 46, a pastor of Gracious and Mercy Prophetic International Church in the town of Egbeda in Ayobo state, shared the horrifying experience he faced at the hands of Department of State Services (DSS) agents back in 2014 after he was accused of using fake bills. He told the Nigerian news site The Punch that he was detained for weeks. He said government security agents also badly tortured him, causing him to lose hist eyesight.

2. According to Newsfix, the teen accused of gunning down both of his parents at their southwest Houston home will be considered an adult in the eyes of the law when he stands trial for their deaths. Dawn and Antonio Armstrong were killed in the early morning hours of Jul. 29, 2016 at their home on Palmetto at Mapleridge. The mother died at the scene, and the father suffered a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The couple had three children; an adult son, a 12-year-old daughter and Antonio Armstrong Jr., who was later charged with their murders.

3. According to USA Today, a month after he was held and questioned by immigration officials at a Florida airport, Muhammad Ali Jr. was reportedly detained again Friday. Ali Jr. was apparently detained on a flight heading from Washington, D.C., to Fort Lauderdale, according to a tweet from the account of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. The tweet included a photo of Wasserman and Ali Jr. on a plane. Ali Jr. and his mother, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, were in Washington to testify before Congress. Ali Jr. told members of Congress on Thursday the government needs to help end racial and religious profiling.

4. According to USA Today, hundreds of people, some clad in woolen 19th century-era attire, gathered Friday to celebrate the opening of the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s newest landmark. State and federal park officials described the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center as a structure built to erase myths and to create a real-life picture of one of America’s most celebrated icons. After eight years of planning, the visitor center is a reality itself. Rising from a clearing among farm fields and marshes in southern Dorchester County, Tubman’s native home, the $22 million facility represents the centerpiece of the first national park to honor an African-American woman.

5. According to Black America Web, the 24-year-old Chattanooga bus driver arrested and charged in a fiery November crash that killed six children was indicted Wednesday on six counts of vehicular manslaughter. Johnthony Walker was charged by a grand jury with four counts of reckless aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of reckless driving and one count of use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver, the outlet reports. Walker faces arraignment on March 24.

6. According to EURWeb, actor Brandon Mychal Smith is reportedly set to replace Nick Cannon as host of “America’s Got Talent.” According to TMZ, Smith is all but signed to takeover the gig after negotiations with Marlon Wayans fizzled over money. Multiple sources connected with the show say the deal is not done but it will happen in the next day or so. Nick Cannon quit the show after a dispute with NBC over the network’s efforts to try to homogenize him. Marlon was first choice to replace Cannon primarily because of his history with the show as a guest judge. But sources say Marlon wanted more money than the network was willing to pay.

7. According to USA Today, Robert Griffin III’s pursuit of an NFL career revival won’t carry on in Cleveland. The Browns released the quarterback on Friday, the team announced. The move was not tied to the Browns’ acquisition of quarterback Brock Osweiler via trade with the Houston Texans, a person with team’s intentions said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was still attempting to move Osweiler in another deal. Griffin was due a $750,000 roster bonus Saturday.

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