“The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’, Now Ready To Appear In Court |RN

Kyle Swenson
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On Nov. 14, 2004, as 6-year-old Alex Malarkey drove home with his father Kevin in rural Ohio, a left turn nearly took his life. As Kevin turned the car it collided with another vehicle, and the boy’s skull became completely detached from his spinal cord.But Alex did not die — and that’s the central fact behind a long-running controversy that has now led to a lawsuit.Two months after the crash, Alex emerged from a coma as a quadriplegic. The injured boy also began telling family and friends about travelling to heaven and meeting Jesus and Satan.

In July 2010, Kevin and Alex Malarkey penned an account of the boy’s religious experience, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven.” The book was published by Tyndale House, a publisher of Christian books. It went on to reportedly move more than 1 million copies and spent months on the New York Times bestseller’s list. The book was part of a bumper crop of similarly geared narratives — tales of near-death experiences and brushes with the Almighty published by religious imprints.

Alex has also not received any of the revenue related to his story, the lawsuit alleges. © Social Media Alex has also not received any of the revenue related to his story, the lawsuit alleges.

Then it all fell apart. In January 2015, Alex, now paralyzed from the neck down, admitted he had fabricated the story.

“I did not die,” he wrote in a blog post. “I did not go to Heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get my attention.”

The admission created a firestorm within the worlds of evangelical faith and Christian publishing. The controversy was revived this week when Alex — now 20 years old and living off Social Security — filed a lawsuit against Tyndale House in Illinois’s DuPage County, where the publisher is located. The complaint alleges Kevin Malarkey was the main actor behind the fabrication.

“Kevin Malarkey … concocted a story that, during the time Alex was in a coma, he had gone to Heaven, communicated with God the Father, Jesus, angels, and the devil, and then returned,” the complaint says. “Kevin Malarkey sold the concocted story, allegedly about Alex’s life and what Alex allegedly experienced, to one of the largest Christian publishers in the country.”

Alex has also not received any of the revenue related to his story, the lawsuit alleges.

This is Beth and Alex Malarkey                  © Social Media This is Beth and Alex Malarkey

When reached for comment, a Tyndale House representative told The Washington Post the publisher had just learned of the lawsuit on Tuesday and planned to release a response on Wednesday.

After the publication of “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” behind the scenes of the tremendous success, Alex’s distaste for the project was building. According to a 2015 report by the Guardian, Alex’s mother Beth had begun posting on a personal blog (now taken down) about inaccuracies in the book since at least 2011. The paper also cited emails showing the family had also told the publisher.

“Alex’s name and identity are being used against his wishes. … How can this be going on???” Beth wrote in April 2014 blog, The Washington Post reported at the time.  “Great question. … How did it get this far? … another great question.”

Following Alex’s blog post recanting his story, Tyndale House decided to “take the book and related ancillary products out of print,” a company spokesman told the Post.

“For the past couple of years we have known that Beth Malarkey, Kevin’s wife and Alex’s mother, was unhappy with the book and believed it contained inaccuracies,” another Tyndale representative told The Post. “On more than one occasion we asked for a meeting with Kevin, Beth, Alex and their agent to discuss and correct any inaccuracies, but Beth would not agree to such a meeting.”

Alex Malarkey, the little boy 'who came back from Heaven,' has admitted that he made it all up © Social Media Alex Malarkey, the little boy ‘who came back from Heaven,’ has admitted that he made it all up

According to his new lawsuit against the company, the legal action is a way of finally settling the matter.

“Now that he is an adult, Alex desires to have his name completely disassociated from the book and seeks a permanent injunction against Tyndale House requiring it to do everything within reason to disassociate his name from the book,” the complaint states. “Alex is not affiliated with the book. Alex is not connected to the book. Alex wants and has no association with the book.”

The lawsuit reaffirms that Alex’s holy sojourn was fantasy. “The portrayal of Alex’s near-death experience contained in the book is entirely false because Alex remembers absolutely nothing from the time he was in a coma. The core of the story is entirely false.”

But the complaint also alleges Tyndale House has not cooperated with Alex as he tries to solve the complicated legacy behind the book. Only Kevin Malarkey signed a publishing agreement for the book. This January, Alex’s attorneys wrote to Tyndale House asking for an “accounting of all revenue earned from, all expenses associated with, and all disbursements made in association with the publication of and sale of the book.”

‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ now wants his day in court © Social Media ‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ now wants his day in court

The publisher, however, only agreed to do so if Alex agreed the publishing agreement was “in effect and binding,” the lawsuit says.

“Alex has never been permitted to read the contract, nor to review any accountings provided under the contract, he refuses to acknowledge that the contract ‘is in effect and binding,’ now that he has reached the age of maturity,” the suit states.

Alex is suing the publisher on the grounds of defamation, financial exploitation, and publicity placing a person in a false light, among others.

“Despite the fact that Tyndale House has made millions of dollars off Alex’s identity and an alleged autobiographical story of his life, Tyndale House paid Alex, a paralyzed young man, nothing,” the lawsuit states.   (The Washington Post)

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Photos: Child Crushed To Death, Other Injured By 40ft Container Along Owerri Road, Onitsha

A female child was crushed to death by a 40ft container along Owerri Road, Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday morning

According to a Federal Road Safety official, PM Akpotobo, the container fell off from an articulated truck.

“RTC on 6th March 2018 @0830hrs on Owerri road, Onitsha. one (1) female child was killed & (1) person injured. A 40ft container fell from an articulated vehicle. Motorist are advised to give right of way to articulated vehicles especially on narrow Roads. Life has no duplicate. Safer Roads Fuller lives.”

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Photos: 40ft container crushes a child to death, injures one other along Owerri Road, Onitsha

Photos: 40ft container crushes a child to death, injures one other along Owerri Road, Onitsha

Photos: 40ft container crushes a child to death, injures one other along Owerri Road, Onitsha

Photos: 40ft container crushes a child to death, injures one other along Owerri Road, Onitsha

Photos: 40ft container crushes a child to death, injures one other along Owerri Road, Onitsha



Child dies from falling 40ft container along Owerri road in Onitsha, Anambra state

(Nigerian Hive)

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Dead Man Wakes Up At Mortuary Minutes Before Autopsy |The Republican News

A dead man almost met his end twice when the autopsy was about to be conducted on him. Only for them to realize he was still barely alive.


Himanshu Bharadwaj’s family has claimed a miracle after the pathologist at a hospital in Nagpur detected a pulse just as he was picking up a blade to perform an autopsy. The patient was resuscitated and rushed to a separate ward in the hospital after the error was realised.

Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered outside to protest against the perceived negligence, News18 reports.

Bharadwaj was seriously hurt in a car accident involving him and some other persons and he was rushed to the hospital. Though he was still alive at the time they rushed him to the medical centre, his condition worsened and he was declared brain dead – and then medically dead – before being sent for autopsy.
Dr Gedam, of Chhindwara District Hospital, said the patient’s ‘respiration was dysfunctional’ and his ‘pulse was also missing’.

He added:

‘However, his respiratory organs began responding this morning. At times, in brain dead patients, the heart and the respiratory system stop functioning transiently, which seems to be the case here. Himanshu is still brain dead. Thus, we have referred him to Nagpur due to lack of sufficient facilities locally.’

According to the Daily Bhaskar, the man was kept in the mortuary overnight.

A cleaner in the centre was reported to have raised the alarm after the ‘dead man’ grabbed him while he is performing his duties.
The cleaner, while speaking with reporters stated that he was so shocked while he noticed that someone held him in the morgue at the time he was cleaning up the premises.

Bharadwaj’s father is said to be a Bank of India manager.  (Nigerian Hive)

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Petrol Tanker Crashes, Explodes At Nkwo Ogidi Market, Anambra |The Republican News

Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

An articulated tanker laden with 33,000 liters of petrol crashed into Nkwo Ogidi market, Idemili North LGA, bursting into flames and razing down about 17 shops with goods worth millions of naira.

An eye witness Chukwudi Arinze told Daily Sun that the vehicle at about 11 am was climbing a steep section of the Chinua Achebe bypass from the expressway through the International Building Materials Market, but could not get to the Ugwunwasike roundabout before the vehicle started rolling backwards.

The source said that when the tanker fell into the front shops of the market, the contents spilled onto the adjoining routes behind the market, where people began to scoop fuel from the scene shortly before the tanker exploded into flames.

Ogbuli Oby, a Fire Officer from the State Fire Service, said that his team responded immediately with the first fire truck stationed at the nearby building material market, also calling for reinforcement from Onitsha Main market and Okpoko  but the entire contents from the 3 trucks were dispensed while  the fire kept on  raging.

Line Chairman of the market, Valentine Nwabufo Okonkwo said he received a distress call over the incident but when he  got to the market, thick billows of smoke has already covered the entire area. He said 17 shops were destroyed completely while goods stocked by the owners who deal on different products have been damaged. He  said they are still taking stock and will assess the extent of damage when the fire is finally put off.

Transition Council Chairman of Idemili North LGA, Raphael Asha Nnabuife while lamenting the level of damages caused by the incident thanked God that no life was lost. He also expressed gratitude to the DPO Ogidi Police Division, CSP Mark Ijarafu and the men of the state fire service whom he noted that if not for their combined efforts, the fire would have escalated into other shops, adjoining buildings and offices within the area. The Council Chairman also cautioned drivers on the need to ensure that their vehicles were in top shape at all times attributing the cause of the crash to possible brake issue.

One of the victims of the fire, Mrs Miko Theresa said everything in her two shops stocked with computer materials were razed to ashes. She appealed to the state government to come to their aid.   (The Sun)

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Yusuf Buhari Discharged From Hospital |The Republican News

                              President Buhari and son, Yusuf Buhari

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, who was involved in a bike accident in Abuja on December 26, 2017 has been discharged from the hospital.

The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed the development on Friday on his Twitter handle and Facebook page.

“Yusuf Muhammadu Buhari has been discharged from Cedarcrest Hospitals, Abuja. Read full statement released today by the hospital.

“Wish him a complete and speedy recovery,” Ahmad wrote.

The Presidency had, earlier in the day, issued a statement indicating that Yusuf’s health had improved remarkably and that he was ready to be discharged.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Adesina said the news of Yusuf’s improved health and imminent discharge was contained in a statement dated January 12, 2018 and issued  by the Medical Director of the Cedarcrest Hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe.

He was however not specific on the exact day Yusuf would be discharged.

He reproduced Ogedegbe’s statement, which also denied media reports that the President’s wife, Aisha, also suffered shock and was treated at the hospital.

He also quoted the report as saying that there was also no truth in the report that Yusuf was involved in the accident alongside his friend.   (Punch)

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Tragedy: Family Of Four, Doctor, Parents, Sister Perish In Benue Road Auto Crash |RN


Friday Olokor, Jos

The Igbo community in Jos, Plateau State, have been thrown into mourning following an auto crash involving a family of four who were travelling for a wedding in Anambra State.

The victims were indigenes of Ufuma in the Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Although details of the crash were still sketchy, PUNCH METRO learnt that the four victims, out of eight members of a family, were killed when a vehicle in which they were travelling had an accident between Aleyede and Oturkpo in Benue State.

The victims are a patent medicine dealer, Simon Onwubalili; his wife, Ifeoma, who was a staff member of the National Examination Council; a graduate of Medicine awaiting induction into the NMA, Dr Ijeoma Onwubalili; and her sister, Gracious  Onwubalili.

However, the driver of the car with number plate, Abuja ABC 105 PH, and one of the family members, Marvel Onwubalili, survived the accident.

They were said to be going for Ijeoma’s traditional wedding scheduled for December 31, 2017, when the accident occurred.

It was also gathered that the induction of Ijeoma in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was to take place in the first quarter of 2018.

The first son of the family, Onyedika Onwubalili, confirmed the incident, saying “Yes, it is true,” but gave no further details.

Another family member, who did not want to be named, said the incident happened on Sunday.

He said, “Simon Onwubalili and his family left Jos on Saturday en route to their hometown of Enugu Abor in Ofuma, in the Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. Their chauffeur-driven Toyota Highlander somersaulted on the way. The man had a thanksgiving service in church penultimate Sunday and shared the invitation cards of her daughter’s induction into the NMA.

“They hired a driver to take them home where Ijeoma, who recently graduated as a medical doctor, was to hold her traditional marriage on December 31, 2017.

“Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it as the journey was cut short somewhere along Oturkpo-Enugu Road. The driver was speeding and suddenly found himself in the path of an oncoming vehicle. In an attempt to avoid the vehicle, the car somersaulted several times and they died.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Benue State Police Command, Moses Yamu, said he would get back to our correspondent.

But he had yet to do so as of press time.  (Punch)

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FRSC Records 85 Deaths, Rescues 613 Victims In Sokoto Auto Crashes |RN


FRSC personnel at accident scene

From: Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

The Federal Roads Safety Corps in Sokoto State has said a total number of 708 accident cases were recorded between January 2017 till date, its Sector Commandant, Mr. Muhammad Sani Hamzat disclosed.

Speaking in an interview with Saturday Sun on Friday, Hamzat explained that about 613 victims involved in the crashes were able to rescued alive whole 85 lost their lives.

He said the crashes which occurred within the jurisdiction of the command were caused by overspending and overloading on the part OC the road users.

“Our record shows that between January till date, 708 cases of toad crash were involved. Unfortunately, 85 loves were lost at various points while our men were able to rescue 613 alive.

“Private vehicles are more involved in the cases mentioned and the fatality is always on the high side. Maybe because of the fair condition of the roads leading to the state, when compared with other roads.” He lamented.

Hamzat however caution road users to always obey traffic rules and regulations in order to stay alive, saying his command would not relent in enlightening the public the dangers associated with overspending, wrong overtaking and overloading, among others.

He also disclosed that the command would set up mobile court to checkmate, as well as punish any erring motorists during this yuletide period.  (The Sun)

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Diplomatic Car Belonging To Finland Involved In Car Crash In Abuja (Photos) |RN

There was road crash this morning on the Abuja airport road, involving a driver of a diplomatic vehicle belonging to Finnish embassy and that of Nigeria.

The other party in the crash is the vehicle Airspace Management, that was said to be at high speed and hit the diplomatic vehicle from behind and it somersaulted.



A Finnish diplomat sitting on the ground after the accident


Photo credit: Kelvin Okeke of Liberty Television, Kaduna (The Sun)

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Mob Kills Policeman After Stopping Vehicle For Money Caused Road Crash, Death Of Three


A mob on Thursday attacked and killed a policeman over the death of a woman and two children on Owerri Road, Onitsha, Anambra.

Eyewitnesses said that the incident occurred at 3.30p.m. when the policeman attempted to forcibly stop an articulated vehicle loaded with sand along the road.

According to the eyewitnesses, the driver lost control causing the fatal accident.

“A tipper driver who was carrying sharp sand tried to meander his way past the policemen at the checkpoint but in the attempt to escape ran into the woman and children.

“I wouldn’t know exactly why the tipper driver was stopped but immediately the accident happened, the policemen around the area made effort to leave the scene but were attacked by the mob,” a witness said.

The witness said that the victims were standing by the roadside to board a vehicle to their destination when they met their untimely death.

Another witness said that the mob spontaneously chased the policemen and beat up two of them, while the others escaped with their guns.

According to reports, the factory along the road, where the policemen were on special duty, was set ablaze by the mob.

The incident later forced police from Okpoko Police Station in Onitsha to carry out a mass arrest of persons along the busy road.

Reacting, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Nkeiru Nwode, expressed dismay over the development, saying the youths should have reported the matter to the police.

“It was just an accident. Three people died on the spot and their remains have been deposited at the mortuary.

“The scene of the accident has also been barricaded and the police are in control of the situation,” she said.

Nwode said the police were against unlawful assembly and would not relent in efforts to maintain peace and order in the state.


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