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The name of the association shall be "ALL CHRISTIAN PRACTICAL PRAYING BAND NIGERIA" ("The Praying Band") With headquarters and registered office at Umunnebo Village, Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State Nigeria.

PREAMBLE: FOUNDER & CO-FOUNDER & THEIR DESCENDANTS The All Christian Practical Praying Band Nigeria was founded at Umunnebo Village, Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeria on 24th May, 1957 by divine will through the late Elder Pa Eleazer Nwankwo Nwokolo with the active co-operation of his devoted wife, the late Madam Sophie Ogochukwu Nwokolo. The late Elder Pa Eleazer Nwankwo Nwokolo was a retired Mission Teacher and a native of Umunnebo Village, Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeria. The founder's devoted wife, the late Madam Sophie Ogochukwu Nwokolo was both the Co-Founder and Spiritual Director and Counsellor of All Christian Practical Praying Band Nigeria and upon registration under the laws of Nigeria she also became a member of the Registered Trustees. (a) There are male descendants proceeding from the marriage of both the Founder and the Co-Founder and are members of the late Elder Pa Eleazer Nwankwo Nwokolo family. For continuity and avoidance of leadership vacuum at the headquarters at all times, one of such male descendants who is a member of All Christian Practical Praying Band Nigeria shall be appointed the leader of the headquarter branch Ufuma according to divine guidance and direction (b) The leader of the headquarter branch, Ufuma and 3(three) other male descendants described in sub-paragraph 3(a) of this paragraph and selected by divine guidance and direction shall each be a member of both the Council of Elders and the Registered Trustees of All Christian Practical Praying Band Nigeria so long as he is not disabled by any of the provisions of this constitution.

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1. To bring all Christians into fellowship with God irrespective of their churches or Christian denominations and by fasting and prayers to bring all mankind under the umbrella of Christ's grace. 2. To put Christian teachings and Christian living into practice. 3. To carry out the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ that every Christian shall go into the world and voluntarily preach the good news, heal the sick and the afflicted, cast out demons and raise the dead unto life. 4. To train members to become true, practical Christians with faith in God through Jesus Christ and to build confidence in and among themselves. 5. To make members to be truly devoted to their various churches and Christian denominations in such a manner that they shall regularly and promptly pay their church dues, make offerings in, and work conscientiously for, the churches and Christian denominations, devotedly attend church services and functions and to be good ambassadors of Jesus Christ in particular and the Praying Band in general in such churches and Christian denominations. 6. To prepare members fully for life everlasting. 7. To engage in other charitable activities including the provision of relief through charitable contribution to the suffering members and mankind.

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the Praying Band shall be as follows:

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The praying band is NOT a church or a religious sect BUT an ecumenical nonprofit making, non-political, non-sectarian and non-denominational Christian association.

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The symbol of the Praying Band shall be the CROSS atop of which is the CROWN from which the glory of Christ, symbolized by rays of light, radiates down to the base. The significance of the symbol is that our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, and He died on the Cross; He resurrected from the dead, ascended into heaven and finally wore the Crown of Victory as His shining glory. This Crown of Victory is the ultimate goal, trophy and joy of the Praying Band for the members as espoused in Revelation 2:10, Thessa. 2:19,20; 2 Tim. 4: 8; 1 Cor. 9:25; and 1 Peter 5:2,4.

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(i) corporate prayers, fellowship and grassroot evangelism; and (ii) an administrative liaison between the headquarters of the Praying Band and the branches. (b) A collection of 3 (three) or more branches contiguously located shall constitute a zone.

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The motto of the Praying Band shall be EVANGELISM, PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY and SALVATION.

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DOGMAAND CREED 1. The Praying Band has an entrenched belief in (a) the divine teachings as

contained in the Holy Bible as the word of God; (b) God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; (c) salvation through the mediation and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ; and (d) resurrection of the dead and life everlasting. Therefore, the dogma and creed of the Praying Band embraces the following: (i) That all good things are possible unto every person who truly believes in God through Jesus Christ. (ii) That by fasting and sanctification (prayers, hearing and doing the word of God) the mortal body of man can achieve spiritual ends. (iii) That praying with WHITE candles, sanctification of water and oil through prayers and their application for any good purpose are Bible based and are encouraged. (iv) That divine guidance is given through prophecies and visions.

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MEMBERSHIP 1. Membership of the Praying Band is by admission at any of the branches

and is open to every person subject to strict compliance by that person of this Constitution and the Rules and Regul ation made thereunder.

2. Admission into the Praying Band is free and no entrance or 1st rat ion fee shall be payable. 3. (a) There shall be kept and maintained at the headquarters of the Praying Band a membership register for the record and enrolment of only cross-bearers and visioners. The register shall contain such particulars as name, town of origin, current residential and business address, marital status, profession or occupation, age, sex and if any, telephone number.

(b) In the case of a cross-bearer or visioner who is a pupil, student or apprentice, the particulars in the membership register shall include such additional information as school or apprenticeship's address, names, addresses, occupations and Christian denomination of parents or guardian.

2. In accordance with Article 6 (1) hereof the Praying Band vehemently condemns all forms, and use, of magic, cultism, Occultism and mysticism, charms, fetish things and objects, witchcraft, same sex marriage by any name called, and all forms of kindred practices which the Holy Bible either categorically condemns or are not in consonance with its teachings.

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The places of worship and fellowship in the Praying Band are known as Chapels and there shall be healing homes and sick bays in every chapel.

4. Every branch shall keep and maintain a membership register with corresponding particulars as the membership register kept and maintained at the headquarters. The branch membership register shall also contain the names and other requisite particulars of other members of the Praying Band. 5. Loss of Membership:

(a) Every member of the Praying Band who is absent from chapel worship and fellowship for a continuous period of 6 (six) months without an acceptable reason shall be deemed to have lost his membership and he shall not be permitted to further participate in the branch activities until he is re-admitted as a member of the Praying Band. (b) No rights, privileges, positions or offices whatsoever by reason of membership of the Praying Band shall accrue to any person whose membership has ceased by any means howsoever.

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BRANCHES AND ZONES 1. (a) One or more chapels of the Praying Band may be established in each

town or city throughout Nigeria and as shall be convenient in towns or cities in other parts of the world. Each of the chapels shall constitute a branch of the Praying Band.

(b) The Chapel at the headquarters of the Praying Band, Ufuma shall serve as both the Headquarter Chapel of the Pr ay ing Band and the Umunnebo Village, Ufuma Branch. The Headquarter Chapel and the Umunnebo Village, Ufuma Branch shall hereinafter in this Constitution be referred to as "the Headquarters" and "the Headquarter Branch", respectively.

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FUNDS 1. The funds of the Praying Band shall be raised through voluntary

contributions, donations, thanksgivings, and such other sources as may be deemed proper by the Leader General in consultation with the Council of Elders.

2. (a) Zones of the Praying Band are established for

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for specific projects, either at the branch or the headquarters, shall be managed and disbursed by the relevant standing committee on projects or, as the case may be, by other relevant committees in accordance with their terms of reference. (b) In managing or disbursing funds for projects the relevant committees shall always brief the Leader General in the case of the headquarters projects or the Leader in the case of the branch projects. (c) Every committee charged with executing any specific project shall make over any surplus funds after the conclusion of its terms of reference to the relevant standing committee on projects.

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COUNCIL OF ELDERS continued 4. (a) The Leader General shall be the chairman of the Council of Elders. He shall preside at every meeting of the Council of Elders and in his absence the Deputy Leader General shall preside.

(b) At any meeting of the Council of Elders whereby a quorum is formed and both the Leader General and the Deputy Leader General are absent the members of Council of Elders present shall appoint one of their member to preside at that meeting.

5. The quorum at every meeting of the Council of Elders shall be 30. 6. Every meeting of the Council of Elders shall be convened by the Secretary General on the direction of the Leader General and, failing that, any such meeting may be convened upon a written requisition signed by at least 10 (ten) members of the Council of Elders and served by the requisitionists on the Secretary General at the headquarters and every other member of the Council of Elders at his address in Nigeria not later than 21 days before the date fixed for that meeting. 7. In convening every meeting of the Council of Elders the Secretary General shall have regard for a reasonable period to be given between the service of the notice and the date fixed for the meeting. 8. (a) Each member of the Council of Elders shall be removed in any of the events mentioned in Article 19 (13) (a)-(h) of this constitution and for this purpose Article 19 (13) (a)-(h) shall be read with necessary modifications to refer to any member of the Council of Elders.

(b) Any other provision in this constitution apart from Article 11 (8) (a) hereof for the removal of any officer who is also a member of the Council of Elders shall continue to have effect in respect of that officer.

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(i) funds held by the standing committee on projects or which are raised for specific projects, and (ii) funds from general thanksgiving and offerings, the Leader General shall manage and disburse all other funds generated at the headquarters including anniversary thanksgiving and levies. (b) The Leader of the headquarter branch shall manage and disburse only funds generated from general thanksgiving and offerings at the headquarters (c) Every other Leader of a branch shall manage and disburse only funds generated from general thanksgiving and offerings at his branch.

4. In all cases, funds of the Praying Band shall be managed and disbursed in pursuance

of the aims and objectives of the Praying Band.

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COUNCIL OF ELDERS 1. The Council of Elders shall be vested with supreme authority and shall be

the highest decision making organ of the Praying Band.

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2. The Council of Elders shall consist of all the Trustees of the Praying Band.

The Zonal Leaders, The Zonal Representatives; and all the Chairmen of the Standing Committees established vide Article 20 (1) (a) of this constitution.

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THE HEADQUARTERS OFFICERS 1. The officers of the Praying Band at the Headquarters shall be as follows:

(a) The Leader General (b) The Leader of the Headquarter Branch / Deputy Leader General

(c) The Secretary General (d) The Assistant Secretary General (e) The Legal Advisers.

3. (a) The powers of the Council of Elders shall extend to, among others, the making of

this constitution and any review and/or amendments thereof, the rules and regulation made thereunder and any review and/or amendments thereof and all other matters whatsoever affecting the interest of the Praying Band. (b) The powers conferred on the Council of Elders shall also include the power to override any decision or action by any officer, person, group of persons, or committee in the Praying Band where in the opinion of the Council of Elders such decision or action is not in the interest of the Praying Band.

2. Selection and Removal:

(a) The officers mentioned in Article 12 (1)(a)-(e) hereof shall be selected and installed through divine guidance and direction. In the case of the Leader General and the Deputy Leader General, the process shall include corporate prayers and fasting that shall precede the process of divine guidance and direction. A candidate for Leader General, must be a branch Leader.

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(b) The Legal Advisers shall be four (4) in number and shall together comprise the Legal Team of the Praying Band. They shall be headed by the most senior amongst them who shall be the Chief Legal Adviser/General Counsel. The Leader General shall appoint each of them subject to the approval of the Council of Elder and may suspend or remove any of them. (c) Each of the officers mentioned in Art. 12 (1)(a)-(e) hereof shall hold office for life but shall be removed in any of the events mentioned in Art.19(13)(a)-(h) of this constitution and for this purpose Art. 19(13)(a)-(h) shall be read with necessary modifications to refer to any of the officers mentioned in the said Article 12 (a)-(e)

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(d) The Secretary General: The Secretary General shall be administratively in charge of the secretariat of the Praying Band and shall be responsible to the Leader General. He shall on the instruction of the Leader General deal with every correspondence of the Praying Band at the headquarters. He shall record and preserve the minutes of the proceedings of every annual general meeting of the Praying Band, meetings of the Council of Elders, meetings of the Registered Trustees of the Praying Band, and of every other meeting or forum of which he is a member. He shall convene such meetings in accordance with this constitution. The Secretary General shall be responsible to the Leader General as an officer of the Headquarters. (e) The Assistant Secretary General: The Assistant Secretary General shall assist the Secretary General in the discharge of the functions of the Secretary General's office as may be assigned to him by the Secretary General from time to time subject to this constitution. In the absence of the Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General shall perform all the functions of the Secretary General. He shall be responsible to the Secretary General. (f) The Legal Advisers: The Chief Legal Adviser/General Counsel shall be the head of the legal team of the Praying Band. He shall at all times in liaison with the 3 (Three) other Legal Advisers in the Legal Team advise the Praying Band on all legal matters affecting the Praying Band. The Legal Team shall in consultation with the Leader General and subject to the approval of the Council of Elders initiate legal measures necessary to protect the interest of the Praying Band. In an extreme emergency however the Leader General may direct the Legal Team to initiate such legal measures, which shall then await the direction of the Council of Elders. The Chief Legal Adviser/Head Counsel shall lead the Legal Team in appearing in any court of law on behalf of the Praying Band in any legal dispute. They shall be responsible to the Leader General.

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3. Functions of the Headquarters Officers:

(a) The Leader General: The Leader General shall be both the Chief Executive and the spiritual, temporal and administrative head of the Praying Band. He shall be chairman of both the Council of Elders and the Registered Trustees of the Praying Band. He shall officiate at every worship and fellowship at the Headquarters or at branches whenever he is present and shall preside at the Annual General Meeting, Annual Retreat of Cross-Bearers and Visionaries and the Closing of Weekly Retreat of branches at the Headquarters. He shall officiate at the formal opening of new branches and the installation of new leaders. He shall manage and disburse the funds of the Praying Band at the headquarters subject to Article 10 of this constitution. The powers of the Leader General shall subject to this constitution and the rules and regulation made thereunder extend to representing the Praying Band, and taking decisions, in all spiritual, temporal and administrative matters on behalf of the Praying Band. He shall appoint such administrative officers and support staff and prescribe their functions as shall be necessary to enable him perform the functions of his office, and such officers and support staff who shall be responsible to him may be suspended or removed by him (b) The Deputy Leader General: The Deputy Leader General shall assist the Leader General in the discharge of the functions of the Leader General's office as may be assigned to him from time to time by the latter subject to this constitution. In the absence of the Leader General, the Deputy Leader General shall perform all the functions of the Leader General and in the event of the demise or removal from office of the leader General, the Deputy Leader General shall assume the functions of the Leader General in an acting capacity until another Leader General is selected and installed. He shall be responsible to the Leader General. (c) The Leader of the Headquarter Branch: The Leader of the Headquarter Branch shall at all times be appointed in accordance with paragraph 3(a) of the Preamble to this Constitution. His functions and responsibility shall be the same as are prescribed in this Constitution for the Leaders of branches. In addition, should the Leader General come from outside the founding Family, he also assumes the Office of the Deputy Leader General.

CONSECRATION OF THE WORKING CROSSES 1. (a) Working Crosses for cross-bearers in the Praying Band shall be consecrated once yearly at the Headquarters only and this shall be carried out on each occasion with the approval of the Leader General and after thorough screening of member-candidates through spiritual guidance and direction.

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(b) Notwithstanding the provision of Article 13 (1)(a) hereof the Leader General may approve the consecration of working crosses for overseas members at any time of the year as shall be convenient. 2. No member who is less than 22 years of age shall be eligible for presentation as a candidate for consecration of a working cross. 3. For the avoidance of any doubt, no working cross shall be consecrated at any branch or Zone of the Praying Band.

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THE ZONAL OFFICERS 1. The Zonal Officers shall be as follows:

(a) The Zonal Leader (b) The Deputy Zonal Leader

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(c) The Zonal Secretary (d) The Zonal Representative (e) The Apostolic Leader (f) The Zonal Legal Adviser

the secretariat of the Zone and shall take and preserve the minutes of the proceedings of the zonal meetings. He shall convene every zonal meeting on the instruction of the Zonal Leader. He shall on the instruction of the Zonal Leader deal with every correspondence of the Zone. He shall be responsible to the Zonal Leader. (d) The Zonal Representative: The Zonal Representative shall represent the Zone on the Council of Elders and shall be a liaison between the Council of Elders and the Zone. As an officer of the Zone he shall be responsible to the Zonal Leader. (e) The Apostolic Leader: The Apostolic Leader is the representative of the Leader General at the Zone and he shall thus be responsible to the Leader General. He shall carry out such functions at the Zone as the Leader General may assign to him from time to time. He shall be accorded all the respects of a Leader at all places and at all times in the Praying Band. (f) The Zonal Legal Adviser: The Zonal Legal Adviser shall at all tiris in consultation with the Legal Team of the Praying Band advise the Zone and the branches on all legal matters affecting them. He shall keep the Legal Team of the Praying Band promptly abreast with legal problems affecting any ofthe branches within the Zone and shall assist the Legal Team in the discharge of the functions of their office as may be assigned to him by the Legal Team from time to time. He shall be responsible to the Zonal Leader.

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2. Selection and Removal: (a) The Zonal Officers except the Apostolic Leader shall be

elected and installed by the general meeting of the Zone. The Apostolic Leader shall be appointed by the Leader General. (b) The Zonal Leader and the Zonal Representative shall each hold office for 3 years unless he is otherwise removed subject to the provisions of this constitution and may be re-elected for such further term or terms as the Zone may determine. The Apostolic Leader shall hold his office at the pleasure of the Leader General who may suspend or remove him at his discretion (c) The general meeting of the Zone shall have power to suspend or remove any of the zonal officers, except the Apostolic Leader, upon a simple majority of votes at the general meeting or through divine direction. The zonal leader can only be removed with the approval of the Headquarter.

3. Functions of the Zonal Officers:

(a) The Zonal Leader: He shall preside at the meetings of the Zone and shall at all times ensure that members of the Praying Band at the Zone uphold the provisions of this constitution and the rules and regulation made thereunder. He is a member of the Council of Elders and shall be a liaison between the Zone ·and the Headquarters.' He shall co-ordinate all the arrangements for funeral respects to be accorded to every qualified deceased member of the Praying Band in the Zone. He shall preside over the hearing and determination of every dispute or problems referred to the Zone by any branch in the Zone and when the zone is unable to reach a decision, he shall then refer the same to the headquarters. He shall be responsible to the Leader General. (b) The Deputy Zonal Leader: The Deputy Zonal Leader shall assist the Zonal Leader in the discharge of the functions of Zonal Leader's office as may be assigned to him from time to time by the latter subject to this constitution. In the absence of the Zonal Leader, the Deputy Zonal Leader shall perform all the functions of the Zonal leader and in the event of the demise or removal from office of the Zonal Leader, the Deputy Zonal Leader shall assume the functions of the Zonal Leader in an acting capacity until another Zonal Leader is elected. He shall be responsible to the Zonal Leader. (c) The Zonal Secretary: The Zonal Secretary shall be administratively in charge of

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BRANCH OFFICERS 1. The officers at each branch of the Praying Band shall be as follows:

(a) The Leader

(b) The Deputy Leader and, as the case may be, (c) The Assistant Leader. (d) The Secretary (e) The Cross-Bearers (f) The Visioners (g) The Yard Leader ("Onyeisi Yard") (h) The Leader's Wife ("Nwunye Leader") (i) The Women Leader ("Onyeisi Umunwanyi") (j) The Youth Leader ("Onyeisi Umuokorobia na Umuagboghobia") (k) The Children's Leader ("Onye-isi Umuaka")

2. Selection and Removal:

(a) (i) Each of the officers mentioned in Article 15 (1)(a)and (b) hereof shall be selected and installed by divine guidance and direction and may be suspended or removed at any time by the Leader General or through .divine guidance and direction. (ii) Each of the officers mentioned in Art. 15 (1)(c),(f),(h), and (j) shall be appointed

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and installed by the Leader and may also be suspended or removed by the Leader or by divine guidance and direction.

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(iii) Each of the officers mentioned in Art. 15 (1)(d) and (e) shall be selected and installed in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and may be suspended or removed by the Leader or by divine guidance and direction. (iv) The officer mentioned in Art. 15(1)(g) shall hold office by virtue of the husband being the Leader and subject to good, Christian life. (v) The officer mentioned in Art. 15(1)(i) shall hold office subject to the rules and regulations of the Youth Christian Movement and shall likewise be suspended or removed. (b) Apart from the provisions in Art. 15(2)(a)(i)-(v) hereof relating to a branch officer's suspension or removal any of the branch officers shall be removed if (i) he resigns his office, (ii) he ceases to be a member of the Praying Band, (iii) he is incapacitated by illness or old age, (iv) his business, practice of his trade/occupation, or residence is located in another town such that he is unable to attend the chapel worship and fellowship at least once in every forthnight, or (v) he is otherwise incapacitated by any of the provisions of this constitution or rules and regulation made thereunder.

shall ensure that accurate and up-to-date branch membership register and inventory of branch properties, movable and immovable are kept. He shall forward from time to time accurate and up-to-date title documents of branch immovable properties and inventory thereof in addition to inventory of other properties to the Leader General for safekeeping. He shall, as the need may arise from time to time, instruct the Secretary to convene meetings or retreats of cross¬bearers/visioners orthe whole branch to discuss matters affecting the branch. He shall maintain a close liaison between the branch and the Headquarters and ensure a free flow of information between the branch and the Headquarters, to the end that all directives for the branch are properly and promptly disseminated in appropriate cases to both the cross bearers/visioners and other members. He shall work harmoniously with the Zonal Leader and submit all unresolved cases and problems emanating from the branch to the Zonal Leader for resolution. He shall be responsible to the Leader General. (b) The Deputy Leader: The Deputy Leader shall be accorded a place immediately after the Leader in the order of precedence. He shall assist the Leader in the discharge of the Leader's functions as the Leader may assign to him from time to time subject to this constitution. He shall carry out the functions of the Leader in the absence of the Leader and in the event of the demise or removal from office of the Leader, the Deputy Leader shall assume the functions of the Leader in an acting capacity until another Leader is selected and installed. He shall be responsible to the Leader. (c) The Assistant Leader: The office of the Assistant Leader may be created in a branch in an appropriate case and, where this exists, the Assistant Leader shall be accorded a place immediately after the Deputy Leader in the order of precedence. He shall assist the Leader in the discharge of the functions of his 'office as the Leader may assign to him from time to time subject to this constitution and the rules and regulation made ;hereunder. He shall perform the functions of the Leader in the absence of both the Leader and the Deputy Leader. He shall be responsible to the Leader. (d) The Secretary: The Secretary shall be administratively in charge of the secretariat of the branch and shall take and preserve the minutes of the proceedings of the branch meetings, retreats and other fora. He shall convene every branch meeting and retreat on the instruction of the Leader. He shall on the instruction of the Leader deal with every correspondence of the branch. He shall be responsible to the Leader. (e) The Cross-Bearers: The Cross-bearers are the workers of the Praying Band. They shall carry out all assignments pertaining to prayers and spiritual healing in the branch. As disciples, they shall show good examples by living a life of Christian service at all times, showing compassion to their fellow workers and visioners and other members of the Praying Band. As the Lord and Master Jesus Chris has washed their feet so shall the Cross- bearers follow this example of service by washing the feet of others as Christ espoused in John 13:14-16. The Cross-bearers are the vanguards and soldiers of the cross in the Praying Band. They shall at all times preach the gospel and lead other

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3. Functions of the Branch Officers:

(a) The Leader: The Leader shall be the spiritual, temporal and administrative head of the branch and shall officiate at all prayer fellowships and worship, and preside at all retreats and other meetings of the branch. He shall ensure that every member in the branch strictly observes this constitution and the rules and regulation made thereunder to the end that the aims and objectives of the Praying Band shall be attained. He shall ensure that accurate and up-to-date branch membership register and inventory of branch properties, movable and immovable are kept. He shall forward from time to time accurate and up-to-date title documents of branch immovable properties and inventory thereof in addition to inventory of other properties to the Leader General for safekeeping. He shall, as the need may arise from time to time, instruct the Secretary to convene meetings or retreats of cross-bearers/visioners orthe whole branch to discuss matters affecting the branch. He shall maintain a close liaison between the branch and the Headquarters and ensure a free flow of information between the branch and the Headquarters, to the end that all directives for the branch are properly and promptly disseminated in appropriate cases to both the cross bearers/visioners and other members. He shall work harmoniously with the Zonal Leader and submit all unresolved cases and problems emanating from the branch to the Zonal Leader for resolution. He

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members in the work of evangelism, true worship and witness, and all Christian fellowships, in the branch. Every Cross Bearer shall attend both the yearly Retreat and the relevant weekly Routine Work at the headquarters. Every Cross-bearer shall be responsible to the Leader. (f) The Visioners: The Visioners are the spiritual torch-bearers of the Praying Band and have the spiritual gifts of vision and prophecy in accordance with the Scriptures. At prayer sessions every one of them shall openly communicate divine messages imparted to him by God and the Holy spirit, such messages to be spiritually discerned. They shall exhort members at all times to keep the faith. Every visioner nall proclaim the name of Jesus before he gives any divine message. Every visioner shall be responsible to the Leader. (g) The Yard Leader: The Yard Leader is the man on the spot and incharge of the organization of branch premises in good order. He shall ensure that the branch premises and the branch auditorium are clean always. He shall be in charge of the sick bays and the healing homes of the branch. He shall allot accommodation space to those approved by the Leader to live in the branch for a period of time. As chief security officer of the branch he shall keep record of movement of people to and from the branch premises and maintain discipline within the branch ypremises. He shall control the stores, materials, equipment and all the property of the branch and shall organize general duties in the branch as shall be necessary. He shall be responsible to the Leader. (h) The Leader's Wife: The Leader's Wife shall co-ordinate all the activities of the women in the branch and shall from time to time initiate programmes which will enrich the women in the management of their homes aimed at making them virtuous women and good companion to their husbands and good mothers to their children. In performing her functions she shall especially carry the Women Leader along. She shall preside at every meeting of the women in the branch and shall be accorded a place before the women leader in the order precedence. She shall be responsible to the Leader. (i) The Women Leader: The Women Leader shall be an elderly woman who enjoys the respect and co-operation of the women in the branch. She shall be in charge of women affairs. She shall work in close co-operation with the Leader's Wife and the Yard Leader to the end that the women in the branch shall maintain thorough Christian discipline and are galvanized towards general duties in the branch, true worship and epitome of virtue. She shall be responsible to the Leader. (j) The Youth Leader: The Youth Leader shall co-ordinate all the activities of the youths in the branch. He shall initiate programmes from time to time aimed at enriching the youths in the branch to become practical Christians and good citizens as a sine-quanon to equipping them with the leadership ingredients necessary to position them to take over the mantle from today's leaders at the appropriate time in the future. He shall be responsible to the Leader. (k) The Children's Leader: The Children's Leader is generally a seasoned girl, lady,

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young man or mother with the patience to look after the children and their affairs. In discharging his functions, the Children's Leader shall be assisted by such like persons as may be approved by the Leader from time to time. He shall oversee the children's Bible study programmes on weekly basis, Bible quizzes, concert shows and displays, and music panorama from time to time. He shall coordinate the teaching of the children on how to read the Bible and to participate in fellowship and worship. Generally, he shall always keep the children comfortable and attend to their needs within the brandi premises. He shall be responsible to the Leader.

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The following meetings and retreats at the headquarters have been approved and shall be held from time to time as shall be convenient or directed by divine guidance:

1. Annual Retreat for all Cross-bearers and Visioners to be held on such dates in each year as shall be spiritually directed from time to time. 2. Annual General Meeting of the Praying Band comprising all Cross-bearers and all the Visioners of the Praying Band. The annual general meeting shall be held during the annual retreat for Cross-bearers and the Visioners. 3. Annual Retreat for the Youth Christian Movement to be held on such dates in each

year as shall be spiritually directed from time to time.

4. Retreat for Women Cross-bearers and Wives of Male Cross- bearers to be held from time to time as shall be spiritually directed. 5. Statutory General Meetings of the Council of Elders of the Praying Band to be held twice a year, that is to say, in May and during the annual retreat for cross-bearers and visioners. In addition, emergency general meetings of the Council of Elders may be held from time to time to deal with extremely urgent matters that cannot wait till a statutory general meeting. 6. The Zonal General Meetings to be held from time to time by each Zone of the Praying Band as shall be convened by the Zonal Secretary on the instruction of the Zonal Leader. The Branch Meetings and Retreats to be held as shall be necessary. The Branch Secretary shall convene such branch meetings and retreats on the instruction of the Leader. 8. Emergency meetings of the Leaders, Visioners, and Cross- Bearers respectively. The Leader General may convene any of the group emergency meetings from time to time as the need may arise.

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1. Every member of the Praying Band shall (a) Uphold this constitution to the end that the aims and objectives of the Praying Band shall be attained.

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(b) comply with the Rules and Regulations made under this constitution. (c) Abstain from taking any title tainted with idolatory or which is contrary to the dogmas, creeds, doctrines and usages of the Praying Band.

THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF THE PRAYING BAND continued 5. The Trustees shall have a Common Seal and the Common Seal shall be in the custody of the Secretary General of the Praying Band who shall produce it when required for use by the Trustees.

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(d) Uphold monogamy as against polygamy.

2. Every member of the Praying Band who flouts any of the provisions of Article 17 (1) (a)-(d) shall be appropriately sanctioned. NON-EXHAUSTIVE RULES AND. REGULATIONS 1. The Praying Band as an organic body has a body of rules and regulations,

6. Every document to be sealed shall be signed by the Leader General and the Secretary General in whose presence the Common Seal shall be affixed after the meeting of the Trustees has approved the same. 7. The Trustees shall on incorporation hold in trust for the Praying Band all properties

belonging to the Praying Band and shall have power to acquire properties on behalf of the Praying Band subject to such condition as the Corporate Affairs Commission may impose.

standing orders and procedure, and these, as are pre¬existing or as may emerge from time to time, are recorded in minute books in addition to those forming an appendix to this constitution.

2. The body of rules and regulations, standing orders and procedure are therefore non-exhaustive and they shall become binding on every member of the Praying Band notwithstanding that they are yet to be submitted to the Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission.

8. The Trustees shall hold, acquire, transfer, assign or otherwise dispose of any property or interest therein belonging to or held for the benefit of the Praying Band but shall exercise their powers subject to the directions of the Council of Elders meeting properly convened. 9. Every meeting of the Trustees shall be convened by the Secretary General on the direction of the Leader General or failing that upon the written requisition signed by at least 4 Trustees. 10. The Leader General shall preside at every meeting of the Trustees and in his absence the Deputy Leader General shall preside. In the absence of both of the Leader General and the Deputy Leader General the Trustees shall appoint one of their member to preside. 11. The quorum for the purpose of transacting any business in a meeting of the Trustees shall be 5. 12. Each of the Trustees shall hold the office of Trustee for life subject to Article 19 (13)

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THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF THE PRAYING BAND 1. The Trustee shall consist of:

(a) The Leader General (b) The Deputy Leader General (c) The Leader of the Headquarter Branch

(d) 3 (three) other male descendants proceeding from the marriage of both the Founder and the Co-Founder and are not only members of the Late Elder Pa Eleazer Nwankwo Nwokolo family but also current members of the Praying Band. This member shall be selected in accordance with the provision of paragraph 3 (b) of the Preamble to this constitution. (e) The Secretary General (f) 3 (three) other members of the Praying Band appointed by the Council of Elders. Each of this member shall (i) be a Cross- Bearer or a Visioner; (ii) have been a member of the Praying. Band for a continuous period of at least 20 (twenty) years; and (iii) not be under any form of disability under this constitution.

13. A Trustee shall cease to hold office if:

(a) he resigns his office; (b) he ceases to be a member of the Praying Band; (c) he is convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty by a competent court; (d) he is insane or declared bankrupt by a competent court; (e) he ceases to reside in Nigeria; (f) he is incapacitated by reason of illness or old age; or (g) he is recommended for removal by the Annual General Meeting of the Praying Band and he is removed by a simple majority of votes of members of the Council of Elders at a meeting properly convened. (h) he is otherwise incapacitated by reason of any of the provisions of this constitution or rules and regulations made thereunder.

2. The Provisions of Art. 19(1)(d) and (f) shall be followed in appointing subsequent

Trustees respectively mentioned therein or in filling casual vacancies in their number.

3. The Trustees shall collectively be known as "The Registered Trustees ofAll Christian Practical Praying Band, Nigeria". 4. The Trustees shall apply to the Corporate Affairs Commission for a Certificate of

Incorporation under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990, Part C.

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COMMITTEES 1. (a) The following Standing Committees shall be established for the Praying

Band at the headquarters: (i) Projects Committee

(ii) Annual Retreat Committee (iii) Elders Advisory Committee (iv) Research and Development Committee (v) Welfare Board (vi) Media & Publication Committee (vii) Worship & Evangelism Committee, (and any other standing committee as the Council of Elders shall approve from time to time). (b) The Leader General shall prescribe the functions of each Standing Committee in writing subject to this constitution and the approval of the Council of Elders. (c) The Leader General shall appoint the chairman and other members of each Standing Committee subject to the confirmation of the Council of Elders and may likewise remove any of them. (d) In appointing the chairman and other members of each Standing Committee and fixing their number regard shall be had to the scope of the Committee's functions and the demands for special skills and experience required to achieve those functions.

derived shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the aims and objects of the Praying Band as set out in this constitution and the rules and regulations made thereunder and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise however by way of profit to any person or group of persons or any member of the Praying Band PROVIDED that nothing herein shall prevent the payment for services actually rendered to the Praying Band at its request.

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2. Any amendment to this constitution shall be in accordance with the procedure laid down in this constitution and in addition such amendment must receive the approval of the Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission. 3. DISSOLUTION:

(a) The idea of dissolution of the Praying Band shall occur ONLY when the substratum of the Praying Band no longer exists and has vanished. (b) Upon dissolution of the Praying Band and after the satisfaction of its debts and other liabilities, if there shall remain any property whatsoever the same shall be given or transferred to some other charitable institution or organization having the same or similar aims and objectives and similarly prohibiting distribution of their income and property among their members to the extent imposed on the Praying Band under and by virtue of this Special Clause. The said transfer of surplus property shall be made by 2/3 (two thirds) majority of the Trustees but if effect cannot be given to this provision then the property shall be given for some object on Christianity.

2. Apart from the Standing Committees established in Article 20 (1)(a) hereof the Leader General may constitute any number of adhoc committee as the need may arise from time to time provided that the terms of reference of any such adhoc committee shall not in any manner conflict with the functions of any of the Standing Committees. 3. (a) There shall be established for every branch of the Praying Band a Standing Committee on Projects and its functions as they relate to the branch shall be similar to those of the Standing Projects Committee of the Praying Band at the headquarters.

(b) Apart from the Standing Committee on Projects established in Article 20 (3)(a) hereof the Leader of the branch may constitute any number of adhoc committee for the branch as the need may arise from time to time provided that the terms of reference of any such adhoc committee shall not in any manner cpnflict with the functions of the branch Standing Committee on Projects. (c) The Leader of the branch shall appoint the chairman and other members of the branch Standing Committee on Projects and of any branch adhoc committee and he may remove any of them. In appointing the chairman and other members of the branch Standing Committee on Projects and of any adhoc committee and fixing their number regard shall be had to the scope of the Committee's functions or terms of reference and the demands for special skills and experience required to achieve those functions or terms of reference.

4. SUCCESSION: The Praying Band as a corporate non-denominational Christian association shall have a perpetual succession and in the case of demise of any of its principal officers, a successor shall be selected and installed by divine guidance and direction.

2. Except Article 3 and subject to Article 18 and Article 21 (2) of this constitution, the provisions of this constitution or the rules and regulation made thereunder may be amended if the Council of Elders is served with a written request signed by at least ten members of the Praying Band setting out the proposed amendment and the proposal is adopted at its meeting by the votes of at least 2/3 (two thirds) of all the members of the Council of Elders. 3. The amendment mentioned in Art. 22(2) hereof may include addition, variation, substitution and/or deletion of a pre-existing provision of this constitution or the rules and regulation made thereunder, or introduction of an entirely new provision.

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AMENDMENTS 1. The provisions on the Status of the Praying Band vide Art. 3 of this

constitution shall not be altered at all times.

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In the case of any conflict between this constitution and any rules and regulation or standing orders and rules of procedure made thereunder, this constitution shall prevail.

ADOPTION OF AMENDED CONSTITUTION

This amended constitution was adopted by a resolution passed at the Meeting of the Council of Elders held on 1st day of January 2010.

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This constitution shall be deemed to have come into force on the 12th day of August 1995. SIGNED

INTERPRETATION AND DEFINITIONS 1. Interpretation:

(a) In the interpretation of this constitution and the rules and regulations made thereunder words used shall be given their natural meanings subject to definitions assigned to certain words underArt. 25(2) hereof.

ELDER DANIEL NWOKOLO Chairman Council of Elders / Leader General

(b) Where this constitution or the rules and regulation made thereunder are not clear or are silent, a case shall be stated for the decision of the Council of Elders which shall in consultation with the Chief Legal Adviser/General Counsel of the Praying Band interpret and decide on the same after thoughtful prayers and divine guidance and direction (c) The interpretation ' and decision of the Council of Elders on the case stated shall be final and shall be recorded and cited as part of this constitution.

ELDER JONATHAN OKOROAFOR Secretary General

2. Definitions:

"The Praying Band" --means All Christian Practical Praying Band Nigeria "The Constitution" --means the constitution of All Christian Practical Praying Band Nigeria "The Rules and Regulation" --means the rules and regulations and the standing orders and rules of procedure of All Christian Practical Praying Band. "The Appropriate Authority" --unless the context otherwise admits, means the council of Elders. "Member" --means a registered and up-to-date member of the Praying Band whether or not he is a cross-bearer or a visioner. "He", "Him", or "His" --unless the context otherwise admits implies male or female gender. "Shall" --unless the context otherwise admits implies must.

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Rule I (a) No member or officer of the Praying Band shall use the name, symbol, motto and/or dogma and creed of the Praying Band for the purpose of personal or any gain or advantage other than that of the Praying Band.

(b) No member or officer of the Praying Band is permitted to obtain any property or thing from any person, group of persons or organization in the name or on behalf of the Praying Band without the prior authorization of the appropriate authority.

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(Standing Orders and Rules of Procedure) These Rules and Regulations are made by the Council of Elders of the Praying Band by virtue of the powers conferred by the constitution

Rule II: Any member or officer that violates Rule I (a) or (b) of this regulation shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for serious disciplinary action.

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Rule I: No member is permitted to change the aims and objectives of the Praying Band except by means laid down in the constitution. Any attempt to change the aims and objectives of the Praying Band otherwise than by such means as are provided in the constitution shall be deemed as a treachery and shall be summarily punished by the Council of Elders.

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Rule I: The Praying Band is NOT a church or a religious sect BUT an ecumenical non-profit making, non-political, non-sectarian and nondenominationalChristian association. No member or officer of the Praying Band is permitted to change the status of the Praying Band as is provided by the constitution and any attempt to change same shall be deemed as a treachery and shall be summarily punished by the Council of Elders.

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DISCIPLINE AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES Rule I: Discipline shall be strictly enforced upon every member

from the day he is admitted into the Praying Band.

Rule II: Any person proposing to be a member shall comply with the rules pertaining to admission of member shall comply with the rules pertaining to admission of members including satisfying the Praying Band that he owns a Holy Bible (whether Igbo or English version), and an approved Hymn Book (whether "Ekpere N'Abu or "Abu") and a fresh Exercise Book (called "Quotation Book") for the recording of personal divine messages. Rule III: The conducts that are deemed inconsistent with membership of the Praying ALL CHRISTIAN PRACTICAL PRAYING BAND NIGERIA

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DISCIPLINE AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES continued Rule V: Any member expelled shall be so informed in writing and

he shall thereby forfeit his rights and privileges in the Praying Band.

(a) Flouting of the constitution, the rules and regulation and the standing orders and procedure;b. Causing a row, rout, riot, confusion, or any form of disorderliness in the Praying Band or fellowship or forum thereof. (c) Flouting of the decisions or directives of the Council of Elders. (d) Any form of confrontation directed at any member or officer of the Praying Band. (e) Any act deemed disrespectful to any officer of the Praying Band. (f) Any form of fraud including advanced fee fraud or deceit. (g) Any false representation, false propaganda, defamatory publication or utterance, blackmail, or indecent language or expression. (h) Any false alarm or false information to any meniber or officer of the Praying Band calculated to deceive or mislead (i) Any disobedience or stubbornness towards any lawful instruction by any officer of the Praying Band. (j) (i) Irregular attendance in branch activities, worship or fellowship; or (ii) Absence from branch activities, worship/fellowship for a consecutive period of 6 (six) months without acceptable reason. (k) Open confrontation, insubordination or verbal insult to any person in authority. (l) Any sabotage of the activities of the Praying Band or anything done in support thereof. (m) Fighting, quarreling or use of vulgar words to any member or officer of the Praying Band. (n) Any immoral act, indecent assault or indecent behaviour. (o) Any false accusation or lies directed against any member or officer of the Praying Band. (p) Treating of spiritual messages with contempt or disrespect.

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Rule VI: Where a member is found culpable and he still feels aggrieved he may appeal to the Leader of his Branch and then to the relevant Zonal Leader. In the event that he is still aggrieved by the decision of the Zone on the matter he may then appeal to the Council of Elders through the Zonal Leader. The decision of the Council of Elders shall be final in any matter. Rule VII (a) An expelled member may be re-admitted into the Praying Band if he

shows genuine change of heart or remorse. (b) The conditions for re-admission of an expelled member into the Praying Band shall be spelt out in each case and shall be fully complied with before he is re-admitted.

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Rule VIII: When a member who has erred shows a genuine remorse over his wrongful

conduct by making an open confession or admission of guilt the extent of punishment to be meted out to him shall be reduced; and a plea for mercy shall also be taken into account in determining the punishment to be imposed. The purpose of every punishment is to be make the offender to repent and sin no more.

Rule IX: When a member is confronted with an allegation of a punishable wrongdoing he shall be given an opportunity to be heard in his defence. Where he avails himself of this opportunity or otherwise fails to defend himself and he is found guilty of the complaints after due and frank consideration of the case, the necessary punishments shall be imposed. The Disciplinary Committee shall only confine itself to the consideration of a person's wrongful conduct in question and not his antecedents. Rule X: The Disciplinary Committee shall make a finding of fact after receiving oral and/or documentary evidence from the parties and/or their witnesses and evaluating such evidence. The Disciplinary Committee shall put their decisions in writing. Rule XI: If the decision is a verdict of guilty the Disciplinary Committee shall prescribe the appropriate punishment and if the verdict is otherwise the case shall be dismissed and closed.

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Rule IV: The form of punishment or sanction on the erring member shall depend on

each case. Such punishment or sanction may take any one or more of the following: (a) Expulsion (b) Suspension for a definite period to be determined (c) Restitution (d) Removal from office (e) Censure (f) Reprimand or serious reprimand (g) Caution in case of a first offender (h) Warning.

PROCEEDINGS AT MEETINGS Rule I: The chairman shall be seated whilst speaking at the meeting

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PROCEEDINGS AT MEETINGS continued Rule IV: No member of the meeting shall indulge in irrelevant

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Rule V: No member shall impute any improper motive over any resolution made at the meeting. Rule VI: No member of the meeting shall speak twice on any topic unless the chairman

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Rule I: Membership of the Praying Band is voluntary and subject to the person complying with the constitution and rules and regulation of the Praying Band. At the headquarters cross-bearers and visioners only shall have their membership registered. Rule II: On the admission of a member his name and other particulars shall be entered in the membership register at the branch. Such other particulars include marital status, age, sex, office and residential addresses, town of origin, telephone number (if any), and occupation For pupils, students, and apprentices additional particulars such as the names of their schools, the particulars of their parents or guardians shall also be given. Rule III: On admission, the rules and regulation of the Praying Band including

subsidiary rules of conduct at the branch premises shall be read out and explained to the new member.

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Rule VII: No member of the meeting shall use offensive or insulting language in the

meeting.

Rule VIII: No member of the meeting shall speak for more than 5 minutes but the

chairman may extend the time for the purpose of introducing or winding up a motion.

Rule IX: (a) Any member of the meeting may raise a point of order only if:

(i) there is an infringement of the rules of debate; or (ii) he wishes to explain his previous speech, which may have been misunderstood. (b) The chairman's decision on a point of order shall be final.

Rule IV: Absence of any member from branch worships, fellowships and other

activities for a consecutive period of 6 months without an acceptable reason shall cause him to lose his membership of the Praying Band including all rights and privileges. A person who lost his membership of the Praying Band may apply for readmission.

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Rule X: No member shall impugn the integrity of another merely because he disagrees with the opinion of that other member on the matter under discussion. Rule XI: Every member shall direct his speech to the chair. Rule XII: (a) When more than a member of the 'meeting indicates their wish to speak

at the same time the chairman shall decide who may have priority. (b) The chairman shall as much as possible show fairness to every member of the meeting and shall ensure that as much as time permits every such member takes part in the discussion but the chairman is not bound to hear everyone.

BRANCHES Rule I: The opening of any branch and installation of any branch leader shall be at the discretion of the Leader General. Subject to the approval of the Council of Elders, the Leader General may also order the closure of any branch. ZONES Rule I: The Leader General may create new zones

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require an amendment to be made to it before it is set for deliberations.

Rule XIV: (a) If in the opinion of the chairman a proper discussion has been had on a

matter he may call for vote in order to ascertain the sense of the meeting. (b) Voting may be by show of hands, secret ballots, or voice. If the votes cast are equal and the chairman does not exercise his casting vote, a repeat vote shall take place until a clear result is arrived at. The chairman may however override the result.

Rule II: The Zonal functionaries are the Zonal Leader, the Deputy Zonal Leader, the Zonal Representative, the Apostolic Leader, and the Zonal Secretary. Their functions are as spelt out in the constitution. Rule III: Each zone shall from time to time rotate their grassroots evangelism,

corporate prayers and fellowship amongst the branches making up the zone and this shall be referred to as "the change of pulpit". The Zonal Leader shall visit such branches from time to time to always acquaint himself with their problems.

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Rule XV: (a) No member of the meeting shall take part in the discussion or voting in

respect of any matter in which has personal interest directly or otherwise. (b) The decision whether or not a member of the meeting has such interest in any matter shall be made by the chairman.

COMMITTEES Rule I: The followircirtsal4cinAr Committees are established:

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(e) WELFARE BOARD (f) MEDIA & PUBLICATION COMMITTEE (g) WORSHIP & EVANGELISM COMMITTEE, (and any other standing committee as the Council of Elders shall approve from time to time).

Rule II: The Leader General shall appoint the chairman and members of each Standing Committee subject to confirmation of such appointments by the Council of Elders. Rule III: In appointing the chairman and members of each Standing Committee and

fixing their number regard shall be had to special skills required to achieve the Committee's terms of reference.

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donated by members or in some cases are outright donations by members. In some other cases, especially chapels established before the coming into force of the constitution some members granted leases, tenancies, or licences to establish chapels in their private compounds. Rule II: (a) Except for old chapels, every new chapel shall be sited at premises acquired in the name and on behalf of the Praying Band. Proper legal documentation shall be made and submitted to the headquarters for scrutiny and safekeeping. (b) In the case of chapels that are sited in individual members' private compounds, appropriate leases, tenancy agreements or licences in writing shall be executed in the name and on before of the Praying Band and submitted to the headquarters for scrutiny and safekeeping. Rule III: The Zonal Leader and the Apostolic Leader in each case shall ensure that the rules embodied in this regulation are strictly observed.

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Rule I: The place of worship or fellowship in the Praying Band is called a chapel; and every chapel constitutes a branch of the Praying Band. There are healing homes and sick bays in the chapel premises. The healing home is where the sick resides upon his admission for spiritual healing. The sick bay is where the mentally ill is kept and catered for until he is cured. Rule II: The Leader of the branch subject to the constitution exercises the spiritual, temporal and administrative powers of the chapel.

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voluntary contributions, donations, thanksgivings, and such other sources as may be deemed proper by the Leader General in consultation with the Council of Elders. Rule II: (a) Funds held by the standing committee on projects or which are raised for specific projects, either at the branch or the headquarters, shall be managed and disbursed by the relevant standing committee on projects or, as the case may be, by other relevant committees in accordance, with their terms of reference. (b) In managing or disbursing funds for projects the relevant committees shall always brief the Leader General in the case of the headquarters projects or the Leader in the case of the branch projects. (c)Every committee charged with executing any specific project shall make over any surplus funds after the conclusion of its terms of reference to the relevant standing committee on projects. Rule III: (a) Except (i) funds held by the standing committee on projects or which are raised for specific projects, and (ii) funds from general thanksgiving and offerings, the Leader General shall manage and disburse all other funds generated at the headquarters including anniversary thanksgiving and levies. (b) The Leader of the headquarter branch shall manage and disburse only funds generated from general thanksgiving and offerings at the headquarters. (c) Every other Leader of a branch shall manage and disburse only funds generated from general thanksgiving and offerings at his branch Rule IV: In all cases, funds of the Praying Band shall be managed and disbursed in pursuance of the aims and objectives of the Praying Band.

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principal offices in the Praying Band is generally by divine guidance after corporate prayers and fasting. Filling of casual vacancies into such offices is also by the same method.

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(i) Annual Retreat for all Cross-bearer and Visioners to be held on such dates in each year as shall be spiritually directed from time to time.

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(ii) Annual General Meeting of the Praying Band comprising all Cross-bearers and all the Visioners of the Praying Band. The annual general meeting shall be held during the annual retreat for Cross-bearers and the Visioners. (iii) Annual Retreat for the Youth Christian Movement to be held on such dates in each year as shall be spiritually directed from time to time. (iv) Retreat for Women Cross-bearers and Wives of Male Cross- bearers to be held from time to time as shall be spiritually directed. (v) Statutory General Meetings of the Council of Elders of the Praying Band to be held twice a year, that is to say, in May and during the annual retreat for cross-bearers and visioners. In addition, emergency general meetings of the Council of Elders may be held from time to time to deal with extremely urgent matters that cannot wait till a statutory general meeting. (vi) The Zonal General Meetings to be held from time to time by each Zone of the Praying Band as shall be convened by the Zonal Secretary on the instruction of the Zonal Leader. (vii) The Branch Meetings and Retreats to be held as shall be necessary. The Branch Secretary shall convene such branch meetings and retreats on the instructions of the Leader. (viii) Emergency meetings of the Leaders, Visioners and Cross-Bearers respectively. The Leader General may convene any of the group emergency meetings from time to time as the need may arise.

the Council of Elders and the chairman shall be the Leader General. Among other things, the Council of Elders shall be vested with the power to make and amend the constitution, the rules and regulation, standing orders and rules of procedure.

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HEADQUARTERS OF THE PRAYING BAND. Rule I: (a) The headquarters of the Praying Band co-ordinates the administrative, temporal and spiritual functions of the Praying Band at all times.

(b) No branch or zone of the Praying Band shall be autonomous or independent of the headquarters.

DECISIONS & APPEALS ARISING FROM COMPLAINTS Rule I: (a) Every complaint against any decision made by the

branch shall firgt be directed to the Zone and if the Zone is unable to reach a decision or the a6grieved is still unsatisfied, an appeal shall be lodged with the headquarters through the Zone. (b) The decision of the appropriate headquarters organ on any complaint or appeal shall be final.

Rule II: Weekly retreat at the headquarters shall be undertaken by every branch of the Praying Band according to the yearly roster published by the headquarters and approved by the Leader General.

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The following standing orders and procedures are part of the rules and regulation of the Praying Band.

MEETINGS AND RETREATS Rule I: (a) The meetings and retreats of the Praying Band shall be as are provided in the constitution.

(b) The meetings and retreats of the Praying Band subject to the constitution shall include the following:

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ACPPB RULES & REGULATIONS NIGERIA

REGULATION

ACPPB RULES & REGULATIONS NIGERIA

REGULATION

MISCELLANEOUS (Standing Orders and Procedures) continued

MISCELLANEOUS (Standing Orders and Procedures) continued

therefore permitted to indulge in any burial ceremony that is tainted with idol worship, masquerading, gun shooting, cult or secret society's rites, usages and observances and kindred practices which are not in consonance with Christian beliefs.

(3) (a) All legal documents in respect of the immovable properties of the Praying Band shall be made in the name and on behalf of the Praying Band and for this purpose shall always bear the name of the Registered Trustees of All Christian Practical Praying Band Nigeria. (b) Such legal documents as are mentioned in paragraph (3)(a) hereof shall be submitted to the Leader General who shall direct the Legal Team of the Praying Band to vet them to ensure due compliance with the requirements of the law. The Secretary General shall enter the particulars of every such document in the appropriate register and hand it over to the Leader General for safe-keeping. 4. Every leader, visioner, or cross-bearer is spiritually selected and installed and he is therefore expected to exemplify a good Christian living and a life of Christian service always. In the case of any misbehaviour on his part, he shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee and, if found culpable, shall be appropriately sanctioned. (5) (a) No male member of the Praying Band whether leader, visioner, cross-bearer or otherwise is permitted to marry more than one wife or to cohabit wit: or maintain any relationship with any mistress or concubine. In the same vein, it is a taboo for a woman, much more a female leader, visioner or cross-bearer, to marry more than one husband at a time or to have same sex marriage. She is also not permitted to cohabit with any man who is not her immediate relative or to maintain a relationship with any man whoever or with any female person in an immoral manner. (b) Any member of the Praying Band whether leader, visioner, cross- bearer or otherwise who flouts the provision in paragraph (5)(a) hereof shall be brought\ before the Disciplinary Committee for appropriate sanction as shall be determined. In addition, if he is a Leader, visioner or cross-bearer, he shall forthwith be barred from being a leader, visioner or cross-bearer and he shall immediately surrender his cross to the Praying Band. (6) The Leader of a branch may from time to time subject to the constitution summon a meeting of the branch as a whole or of visioners and lot cross-bearers as shall be necessary for the smooth running of the affairs of the branch. Such meeting of the branch may include branch retreats. (7) During the Holy Week, which is immediately before the Easter, the cross at the Altar Table at the headquarters and at every branch shall not be displayed there. The crossbearers shall not use their crosses during the Holy Week until the Easter day. (8) No member, or branch, of the Praying Band shall offer any alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, or snuff in any forum involving the Praying Band including salaka, funeral ceremonies ("ikwa ozu"), and spiritual work. (9) The Praying Band shall support any general and open manner, usage, or rule for burial ceremony that is in line with Christian beliefs. No member of the Praying Band is

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COMMENCEMENT OF THE RULES AND REGULATION

This rules and regulation is deemed to come into force on the 12th day of August 1995.

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AMENDMENTS

Rule I: Amendments may be made to the rules and regulation and the standing orders and rules of procedure to enable the organic growth of the Praying Band. The power to amend is vested on the Council of Elders subject to the constitution.

CONFLICT BETWEEN THE CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE AND REGULATION Rule I: In case of any conflict between the provisions of the constitution and the rules and regulation of the constitution shall prevail. REGULATION XXIV: ADOPTION OF AMENDED RULES AND REGULATION (Standing Orders and Rules of Procedure)

This amended RULES AND REGULATION (Standing Orders and Rules of Procedure) was adopted by a resolution passed at the Meeting of the Council of Elders held on 1st day of January 2010. SIGNED

ELDER DANIEL NWOKOLO Chairman Council of Elders / Leader General

ELDER JONATHAN OKOROAFOR Secretary General

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