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Ebonyi Vs Benue: Four Beheaded As Renewed Hostility Claims 8 Lives

8 September 2019 - 11:48pm


 

Eight people have been confirmed dead as armed men raided a community in Ebonyi State.

On Saturday, the armed men stormed Ukwagba, Mgbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state leaving four people beheaded.

While the residents noted that they were attacked by villagers from Agila in neighbouring Benue State, government officials blamed the community.

Loveth Odah, the police spokesperson in the state, told News Agency of Nigeria that in the attack which occurred on Saturday, four of the victims were beheaded.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Awosola Awotinde, top police officers and the Chairman of Ohaukwu LGA, rushed to the scene on receiving information on the incident.

“We were informed by the people that the attackers came from neighbouring Agila community of Benue as they also burnt six houses and killed 20 goats,” Odah said.

According to the police, the beheaded victims are James Aleke, 55, Innocent Agbo, 65, Chukwu Enwe, 46, and Livinus Idoko, 70.

Other residents killed include Ngozi Idenyi, 32, Jonathan Onwe, 10, Ify Aleke, 51, and Susanna Ogba, 54, while one Okeh Nwankwo, 53, is currently hospitalized.

Meanwhile, the police commissioner urged the people to remain calm and avoid undertaking reprisals as the command will ensure that peace is restored in the area.

However, the state governor, David Umahi, during a visit to the area on Sunday criticized stakeholders in the area for allowing the killings to continue.

Umahi, who was represented by his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, said, “You should know the people causing trouble in your domains as the traditional rulers should be able to identify those fomenting trouble in the area.

“We are tired of the sentiments coming from this council but seek action because some people wrote an undertaking to the state government, to ensure peace.”

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South African Policemen Should Stop Supporting Xenophobes -JAMAX

8 September 2019 - 11:42pm


 

The Joint Action Movement Against Xenophobia has urged the South African police to end attacks on foreign nationals in the country.

The group said this following a rally over the weekend to condemn the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Some viral videos on social media showed the country's cops watching as South African xenophobes destroyed foreigners' properties and businesses.

The group in a statement signed by its Convener, Senator Khalid Sunusi Kani, noted that reprisals and cutting international ties would not put an end to the killings.

The group said, “Identification and supervision of migration to the countries by enacting a law or treaty that will regulate such legally.

“Orientation of security agencies to know their works and not supporting illegal act as seen in South Africa and bringing the perpetrators and culprits behind the bar for proper adjudication.”

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South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks: Amnesty International Tells Ramaphosa To Respect Rights Of Foreigners

8 September 2019 - 11:37pm


Xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa NAN

 

Following renewed xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Amnesty International has called on the President Cyril Ramaphosa South African government to get justice for all victims.

Thirteen national sections and offices of the human rights organization condemned the killings and brutal attacks in the country.

In a statement directed at the South African government, AI said, “The recent xenophobic attacks against Africans this year are a shocking realization that the South African government has failed to curb for many years. State and civic inaction over the years has increased the potential for repeat and future attacks against non-South Africans."

The group urged the South African government to respect the human rights of every person within its territory in conformity with international human rights law.

“Consequently, every person is equal before the law and is entitled to equal protection of the law,” it explained.

“We urge the South African authorities to take urgent steps necessary to stop the violence and killings. The government must promptly, thoroughly, impartially and effectively investigate the reports of violence and killings in the latest attacks and past events. Without prosecution of individuals suspected to be responsible for the violence in line with international human rights standards, this cycle will not be broken.

“Lastly, we further call on the South African government to promote respect for human rights through education and public awareness. All persons in South Africa must understand that xenophobic attacks are human rights violations, betray the liberation movement and will not be tolerated.”

The statement was jointly signed by Amnesty International Benin, Amnesty International Burkina Faso, Amnesty International Cote D’ Ivoire,  Amnesty International Ghana, Amnesty International Guinea,  Amnesty International Kenya, Amnesty International Mali, and Amnesty International Nigeria.

Others are Amnesty International Senegal, Amnesty International Sierra Leone, Amnesty International South Africa, Amnesty International Togo, and Amnesty International Zimbabwe.

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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu Risks ICC Prosecution, UK Extradition As Group Files Criminal Complaint Against Him

8 September 2019 - 11:33pm



A criminal complaint has been filed against the leader of the
proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at the
International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, asking the ICC to
order Kanu's arrest and prosecution.

Thomas Carroll of Gaylord Popp, LLC, acting on behalf of the
Incorporated Trustees of Make Nigeria Better Initiative (MNBI), in the
criminal complaint dated September 2, 2019, said IPOB issued a threat
to attack President Muhammadu Buhari, during his visit to Japan.

In the criminal complaint, MNBI prayed, “That the ICC prosecutor opens
an investigation of the accused on her own accord under Article 15 (1)
of the Rome Statute.

“That the ICC prosecutor also formally submit to the pre-trial chamber
of the ICC a request for authorization of an investigation of the
accused under Article 15 (3) of the Rome Statute.

“That the ICC prosecutor obtain international arrest warrant for the
accused from the ICC in accordance with Articles 58 (1) (a), 58 (1)
(b) (i), 58 (1) (b) (ii) and 58 (1) (b) (iii) and proceed to arrest
the Accused from wherever he is hiding so he can face their trial.

“That the ICC prosecutor compels the accused upon conviction under the
Rome Statute to pay the sum of $1,000,000,000 as punitive damages for
causing death, injury, and maiming of several Nigerians through his
acts of terrorism.

“That the ICC prosecutor compels the British government to
expeditiously begin the process of cancelling the citizenship of
Nnamdi Kanu, entering an exclusion decision and or order barring him
from all territories of the United Kingdom so he can return to Nigeria
and face his treasonable felony trial pending before Justice Binta
Nyako sitting at a federal high court, Abuja.”

According to MNBI, apart from IPOB's attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu
in Nuremberg, Germany, acting on the orders of Kanu, similar threats
were issued against the five south-east governors (David Umahi of
Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Willie
Obiano of Anambra).

 

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Kidnapping: Six People Abducted On Kaduna-Abuja Road, Says Offa Descendants' Union

8 September 2019 - 10:57pm


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Six people have been reportedly kidnapped on Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

They were said to be from Offa and were abducted at Rejana along the
Kaduna-Abuja Expressway on Sunday.

The spokesman for the Offa Descendants’ Union, Maruf Olalekan
Ajenifuja, in a statement, said the victims were travelling with Aduke
Okin Motors from Offa to Kaduna.

“This worrisome incident happened at Rejana along the Abuja-Kaduna
expressway thereby throwing many families into a period of sorrow.

“ODU has waded in and efforts are in top gear to secure the release of
the victims and we hope they would be released soonest by the special
grace of God.

"We may not be able to give you details at the moment due to security
reasons,” he said.

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Wike Vs Muslims: Fayemi Supports Rivers Governor Over Disputed Mosque Demolition

8 September 2019 - 10:51pm




Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has thrown his weight behind
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over the alleged demolition of a
mosque in Port Harcourt.

The chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum on Sunday after visiting
the site in the dispute said he could not see any evidence that Wike
demolished any mosque in the city.

Fayemi stated following the inspection, “With what I’ve seen, I cannot
see any evidence of any building that has been demolished here.

"If you (Wike) are somebody who wants a place of worship, you should
find a way to oblige them. I know within your capacity, it’ll be
possible to find a place for them.

"From what I’ve seen here, I think it is a storm in a teacup. There is
nothing to warrant this kind of media hype that has been given to it,”
Fayemi said.

Wike, who conducted Fayemi around the disputed site, stated: “I want
to thank the chairman of my forum for at least coming to see things
for himself. He called me while he was away and I told him, you know
that I can’t do something like that and he said okay when he comes
back, he is coming to see me and he has fulfilled that promise.

"That shows leadership, and from what he has seen, there was no
mosque. There is no way I’ll see a mosque and order the Ministry of
Urban Development to go and demolish a mosque.

“Assuming that there is even a mosque and that government doesn’t want
it at that location, we’ll invite them and say look, we don’t want a
mosque there, can we find you an alternative place?

"But there was no mosque. I don’t know why people should make politics
out of the issue. It’s not important,” Wike explained.

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Wike: Despite Claiming Rivers Is A Christian State, Governor Appoints Sole Administrator For Muslim Board

8 September 2019 - 10:41pm




Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has appointed Alhaji Abdulrazak
Deprieye as sole administrator of the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare
Board.

A statement yesterday by his Special Adviser of Electronic Media,
Simeon Nwakaudu, said the appointment took immediate effect.

Wike had dissolved the board without giving any reason.

However, on Saturday, the Vice President-General of Jamaatu Nasril
Islam, (JNI), Alhaji
Abubakar Orlu, has explained why Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,
suspended the state's Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

Alhaji Orlu said it was because of alleged fraudulent activities and
the unsatisfactory manner the board was being run.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the JNI chieftain disclosed that
some fraudulent persons had in the past hijacked hajj seats in Rivers
State to other states.

Last July, Wike had claimed that Rivers was a Christian state.

“I heard that some people are angry that I declared Rivers as a
Christian State. With what happened on March 9, 2019, it re-emphasized
my conviction that Rivers is a Christian State. Nobody can intimidate
me into changing my position.

“I will not disappoint the Church. I will continue to support the
Church. When people who think that they are God came, Christians stood
firm and showed that Rivers State is a Christian State,” the governor
had asserted at a thanksgiving.

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Malaria Could Be Eliminated By 2050

8 September 2019 - 10:35pm



Malaria Could Eliminated By 2050

Malaria could be wiped out as early as 2050 with the right tools,
enough funding and sufficient political will power, according to
scientists.

One of the world’s oldest diseases, there are over 200 million malaria
cases each year and the disease claims almost half a million lives.

Young children are most vulnerable to the disease, with those under
the age of five accounting for 61% of the deaths.

Now a new report – Malaria eradication within a generation: Ambitious,
achievable, and necessary – says the complete eradication of the
disease is within reach.

The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication was set up in 2017 in
partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to
investigate how to stamp out the disease.

Authored by 41 malariologists, biomedical scientists, economists, and
health policy experts, it found the global incidence of malaria has
dropped by 36% since 2000.

It also found fatalities had fallen by 60% in the last three years,
but that progress had stalled in the last three years.

Investment by governments and donors to tackle the disease have also
plateaued, peaking at 4.3 billion US dollars (£3.5 billion) in 2016.

While more than half of the world’s countries are now free from
malaria, the study found there has been a rise in malaria cases in 55
countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The research found that the large majority of new cases were recorded
in 29, mostly African countries, with Nigeria and the Democratic
Republic of Congo accounting for 36% of global cases.

The report’s authors are now calling for a package of tools, policy
initiatives and funding to try and stamp out the disease.

They propose a three-point plan to “bend the curve” in the fight
against malaria, including making better use of current malaria
control programmes.

Secondly, the scientists want to see the development of new tools,
vaccines, and drugs to fight the disease, as well as a funding boost
of two billion US dollars (£1.6 billion) to put the plan into action.

They argue that by wiping out malaria, it would overcome the problem
of “relentless evolution” of drug resistance by the disease and
insecticide resistance by mosquitoes.

The social and economic benefits to countries where malaria is common
would greatly exceed the cost, the report said.

Sir Richard Feacham, a co-chair of The Lancet’s commission on malaria
eradication, said: “For too long, malaria eradication has been a
distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and should be
eradicated by 2050.”

Sir Richard, who is the director of the Global Health Group at UCSF,
added: “To achieve this common vision, we simply cannot continue with
business as usual approach.

“The world is at a tipping point, and we must instead challenge
ourselves with ambitious targets and commit to the bold action needed
to meet them.”

Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, a co-chair of the commission and a board
member of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, said: “Despite
unprecedented progress, malaria continues to strip communities around
the world of promise and economic potential, UK Press Association
reports.

“This is particularly true in Africa, where just five countries
account for nearly half of the global burden.

“Malaria eradication is a public health and equity imperative of our
generation.”
 

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US Consulate Witnessed Escalated Protests As Police Tear-Gassed Hong Kong Protesters

8 September 2019 - 10:29pm




Hong Kong police fired tear gas and nonlethal bullets at
anti-government protesters on Sunday evening as demonstrations
escalated across the city following a peaceful march to the US
consulate that drew thousands of residents.

Nonlethal shots were fired at protesters without warning after around
100 gathered at Mong Kok police station in the area of Kowloon,
chanting that police were “gangsters.”

Riot police soon appeared on the scene as protesters melted into side streets.

Protesters have gathered near the police building every night for the
past week, leaving funeral offerings at an adjacent subway station
entrance where residents widely believe someone was killed when police
cleared the station at a demonstration last week.

On Sunday, many continued to burn paper money and light candle sand
incense even as protesters built barricades nearby and police warned
protesters via loudspeaker to stand down.

Earlier rounds of tear gas were fired off in Causeway Bay, a shopping
district across the harbour on Hong Kong Island, where protesters had
gathered by the thousands following the U.S. consulate march.

As they walked, many built barricades and lit trash cans on fire in a
bid to slow down police.

Most, however, had left by the time riot police arrived, leaving them
to gas mostly journalists and bystanders who shouted at officers.

Several arrests were also made as dozens of officers surrounded small
groups of suspected protesters.

Riot police were stationed across the city for most of Sunday
including subway stations near where demonstrations were expected to
occur, cutting off avenues of escape for protesters who were forced to
change clothes and leave on foot in a bid to avoid arrest.

Earlier on Sunday, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marched to
the U.S. consulate in the afternoon as part of a police-approved march
to deliver a petition asking the U.S. Congress to sign a bill
containing punitive measures for officials found to have suppressed
“basic freedoms”.

“We hope the U.S. government can pass the act so Hong Kong’s autonomy
can be maintained.

“I think the ultimate goal is to let Hong Kong be Hong Kong,” said
Wendy, an accountant taking part in the protest.

Protesters carried U.S. flags and signs in English like “Resist
Beijing, liberate Hong Kong” and “Sanctions against those [who]
trample freedom, justice and humanity” as they marched through the
hilly streets of central Hong Kong island.

Many chanted slogans like “Five demands, not one less” and held up
their hands displaying five fingers in a call for leader Carrie Lam to
meet all of their demands.

Others sang the U.S. national anthem as they marched below the
sprawling diplomatic complex under the watchful eye of scores of riot
police stationed along the way, drawing the ire of many protesters who
shouted that they were “gangsters” in Cantonese.

Lam formally withdrew an extradition bill earlier this week that was
the trigger for the start of the protests three months ago, but the
move has failed to quell the demonstrations.

The bill would have amended Hong Kong law to allow residents to be
extradited to mainland China.

Since protests began on June 9, they have escalated into a mass
anti-government demonstration with demands including calls for
electoral reform.

Protesters have said they will continue to demonstrate until all of
their demands are met.

The focus of Sunday’s rally was the handing over of a petition calling
for U.S. legislators to sign off on the Hong Kong Human Rights and
Democracy Act.

The act – due to be debated at committee level in Congress – would
allow the U.S. the revoke the visa or freeze assets of Hong Kong
residents who were found to have harmed human rights in the
semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Protester Steve Nip said many in Hong Kong felt there was no one else
to hold the city’s leadership accountable as they are rubber-stamped
by Beijing.

He and others were also angry that Lam has failed to set up an
independent commission reviewing police violence during the protests.

Lam has instead said actions will be reviewed by an existing police committee.

Nip said police had behaved in an “inhumane” manner when they arrested
protesters but were now accountable to no one.

Hong Kong is a former British colony that returned to Chinese
sovereignty in 1997.

It was promised special rights and privileges until 2047 under the
“one country, two systems” agreement, dpa and NAN report.

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Banditry: Northern Governors Sign MoU With Niger Republic To Stop Killings, Kidnappings

8 September 2019 - 10:20pm



The governors of Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States have jointly
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Governor of Maradi
region in the Niger Republic on best approaches to addressing the
security challenges in their states.

This was contained in a statement by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General
of Press Affairs to the governor of Zamfara.

He said the meeting was called at the instance of the Maradi governor,
Zakari Oumoru.

Idris added that the meeting was attended by Governors Bello Matawalle
(Zamfara), Aminu Masari (Katsina) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).

According to him, the meeting held at the Government House, Maradi,
dwelt on trans-border crimes, especially banditry, kidnappings, and
cattle rustling in the four states which share common borders.

The statement noted that the participating states agreed to maintain
good neighbourliness and cooperation among themselves, while jointly
addressing the issue of security.

He said that the MoU agreed to uphold the renewed efforts of the three
Nigerian states and Maradi of the Niger Republic in stopping banditry
within their borders.

Other areas covered by the MoU included their resolve to join hands in
the fight against banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, and armed
robbery within the affected borders for the purpose of having peaceful
states.

In his speech at the meeting, Matawalle described peace, dialogue, and
reconciliation as necessary tools of curbing the insecurity situation
in the four states.

He explained that his administration had adopted dialogue with bandits
after very wide consultations and later created contacts with men of
the underworld, which led to a joint meeting with all the groups.

The governor further said that the peace process had yielded positive
results, as peace had since returned to the state.

 

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Mugabe To Be Buried September 15

8 September 2019 - 10:14pm


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Robert Mugabe

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The Zimbabwean government plans a state funeral for longtime ruler
Robert Mugabe in a sports stadium in Harare next Saturday, with a
burial ceremony a day later, it said in a memo sent to embassies on
Sunday.

Zimbabweans have been confused about when they would get to pay their
last respects to Mugabe since his death in a Singapore hospital on
Friday after a long illness.

Mugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from
independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a
November 2017 coup.

Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white
minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of
Africa’s most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his
opponents.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who worked closely with Mugabe for
decades before helping to oust him, granted Mugabe the status of a
national hero within hours of his death.

The memo sent by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to embassies
in Harare and seen by Reuters said the funeral would be in the
National Sports Stadium but did not specify where the burial would be.

It said heads of state would be expected to leave the stadium
immediately after the funeral ceremony because officials would be busy
with preparations for the burial.

The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported last month that Mugabe
didn’t want to be buried at National Heroes Acre – a site reserved for
the country’s heroes – because he felt bitter about the way he was
removed from power, Reuters report.

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More US Citizens Will Die If Trump Cancels Peace Talks -Taliban

8 September 2019 - 10:10pm



The Taliban on Sunday warned that more American lives would be lost if President Donald Trump canceled peace talks with them, but said they remained open to continuing with the talks.

The group was replying to a series of Trump tweets on Saturday that said a secret meeting with “major leaders” of the Taliban at Camp David had been canceled because of an attack by the insurgents that killed an American soldier.

“Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great, great soldiers and 11 other people,” Trump said. “I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed talks between American and Taliban officials — which have spanned the past year and resulted in a draft agreement to end America’s longest war — have been suspended indefinitely and that U.S. forces would continue to put military pressure on the insurgents.

“If the Taliban don’t behave, if they don’t deliver on the commitments that they’ve made to us now for weeks, and in some cases months, the president is not going to reduce the pressure, we’re not going to reduce our support for the Afghan security forces that have fought so hard there in Afghanistan,” Pompeo said in an interview with CNN.

The Taliban said the response by the U.S. showed a lack of “patience and experience,” and highlighted that neither side had committed to a cease-fire while the agreement was being finalized.

“This will lead to more losses for the U.S.,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement. “This has damaged the U.S. the most, its credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world.”

However, Mujahid said the insurgents remained open to continuing talks.

“We will stay committed if the path of negotiation is chosen instead of fighting,” he said.

The comments came after American envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said September 2 that the U.S. had reached an agreement “in principle” with the Taliban that only needed Trump’s approval to be finalized. Under the agreement, international forces would be withdrawn from Afghanistan in phases in return for Taliban promises not to allow terrorists to use the country to launch attacks on the U.S. and its allies. Many experts have expressed concerns over the deal, of which most details have been kept secret.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News last month that withdrawing too many U.S. troops from Afghanistan could lead to another 9/11. A group of former U.S. ambassadors issued a joint statement on Tuesday, warning the country could descend into “total civil war” if international forces withdrew too soon.

The Afghan government, which has been excluded from the U.S.-Taliban talks, expressed similar concerns after it was shown the draft deal in recent days.

The details of the agreement “were not convincing,” Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told reporters on Sunday. He refused to say what impact Trump’s decision would have on the peace process, but said, “The recent attacks in Afghanistan by the Taliban show that the Taliban are not committed to any peace effort.”

The attack that prompted Trump to cancel talks with the Taliban happened Thursday when the group detonated a car bomb in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter.

Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, was killed in the attack along with a Romanian soldier and 10 civilians. Ortiz’s death came less than a week after Master Sgt. Michael Riley, 32, and Sgt. James Johnston, 24, were killed by the Taliban in southern Uruzgan province, reports Stars and Stripes.

“What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse!” Trump tweeted.

“If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”

 

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One Killed, Five Injured In Fresh Xenophobic Violence In South Africa

8 September 2019 - 2:01pm


 

At least one person has been killed while five others have been injured in fresh xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This was confirmed by Kay Makhubelthe, spokesperson of Gauteng police, according to news24.com.

President, Nigerian Union South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, also confirmed this in a chat with PUNCH.

A group of men, some of whom wielded sticks, pangas and tree branches, reportedly marched through the city centre after disrupting a meeting in, which President Emeritus of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, spoke to hostel residents following a week of deadly xenophobic violence.

Makhubele said 16 people were arrested for public violence and possession of stolen property.

Several shops were forced to close as the protesters damaged property and looted several businesses.

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Army Kills Terrorists, Recovers Arms In Borno

8 September 2019 - 12:37pm



The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops killed Boko Haram terrorists and recovered arms in the process.

A statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said the clearance was conducted in Gworege Village in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State, adding that no soldier was killed in the encounter.

The statement reads, "Following credible information from the locals about the presence of terrorists at Gworege Village in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State, troops of 22 Brigade/Super Camp Dikwa in conjunction with  the Civilian Joint Task Force, local vigilantes and hunters conducted a successful raid and clearance operations to clear the village of the crouching terrorists reportedly hibernating in the area.

"The terrorists engaged the troops in a fire fight but had to flee as a result of superior fire power from the troops. 
"Many terrorists reportedly met their waterloo during the encounter, while others escaped with injuries."
 

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Dino Melaye Denies Fathering Child Of Ex-BBN Housemate, Tboss

8 September 2019 - 11:09am


 

Lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial district at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has denied rumors making the rounds that he is the father of the baby of ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Tboss.

Prior to this, speculations over the real father of Tboss' baby had stirred up a debate on the Nigerian social media space as some suspected Ubi Franklin for being responsible.

Melaye, who is the latest person to be linked to Tboss and her child, on Sunday took to Twitter to deny the reports.

Melaye said, “I naturally should ignore lies making the rounds that I’m the father of Tboss’ child. 

"Every child is a blessing from heaven to every new mother and I congratulate Tboss on the new bundle of joy. 

"As for the father, it’s not me. I never dated Tboss. Olodos take note accordingly.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Police Seek ‘Frivolous’ Court Order To Detain Agba Jalingo For 90 Days

8 September 2019 - 11:07am


 

The Nigeria Police Force is making secret moves to get a court order to detain Agba Jalingo, Publisher of Cross River Watch for 90 days.

Jalingo was arrested in Lagos on August 22, 2019, by police personnel following his publication of an article asking Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River to come clean on the whereabouts of the N500m that was released for the state’s microfinance bank.

The hearing of the suit against Jalingo was to continue on Monday, September 9, 2019 after Justice Isoni Francisca adjourned it on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

However, sources revealed that the police are hurriedly making moves to discreetly secure an order from the court in a separate case to detain Jalingo for another 90 days.

“They (police) have approached the court to get a frivolous order to detain him (Jalingo) for 90 days. 

"They approached the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, where the vacation judge for the South-South zone is sitting,” the source said.

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Return Money Used To Pay Government Lawyer, CSNAC Tells Buhari

8 September 2019 - 11:05am


 

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari committed a ‘grave act of corruption’ by securing the services of a government lawyer to defend him in a private court case.

In a letter addressed to the President and signed by CSNAC Chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, the group asked Buhari to return the money incurred in the process to the public purse.

CSNAC said, "Your action runs contrary to the mandate of your government to fight corruption. 

"We make bold to state that this act runs foul of the provisions of the Code of Conduct for public office holders. 

"In the light of the above, we hereby demand that the cost in which Buhari would have incurred in seeking the services of private legal practitioners to be remitted into the treasury of the government with immediate effect."

The Supreme Court had on Monday, September 1, criticised President Buhari for using a senior state counsel at the Ministry of Justice, Abdullahi Abubakar, for his private election-related trial.

The court made the observation while delivering a ruling in a suit accusing President Buhari of lying on oath. 

Three appellants had filed the suit alleging that Buhari lied on oath in a form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission ahead of the 2019 election.

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GoFundMe Account Created For Arrested Journalist, Agba Jalingo

8 September 2019 - 11:03am


 

A GoFundMe account has been set up for detained Nigerian journalist and Publisher of CrossRiverWatch, Agba Jalingo.

Jalingo, was arrested by the Nigeria Police Force on the orders of Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, for publishing an article exposing the corrupt act of the governor.

Jalingo had in the article revealed how Governor Ayade approved and diverted N500m meant for Cross River Microfinance Bank.

He was arrested in Lagos on August 22, 2019, and subsequently charged for treasonable felony, terrorism, cultism, and disturbance of public peace.

The GoFundMe account, which was set up by one Iso Bassey, is to show support for Jalingo and his demand for accountability.

Bassey said, “It is difficult to disconnect Agba’s arrest and continued detention from the articles he had written in recent times demanding better financial accountability from the government of Cross River State. 

"Agba’s articles seem to have touched a raw nerve of the governor.

“I have launched this campaign in an effort to raise funds to support Agba Jalingo."

Bassey is urging all lovers of transparency, accountability and a free press to support this cause by donating as much as £2,500 to support Jalingo.

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Stop Justifying Xenophobic Attacks, Falana Tells South African Government

8 September 2019 - 10:28am


Femi Falana (SAN)

Femi Falana (SAN)

 

Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has advised the South African Government to stop justifying xenophobic attacks in the country.

This is coming in the wake of recent outbursts against the killing of foreign nationals by South Africans.

Falana said, “While pretending to condemn the attacks, the Cyril Ramaphosa regime has said that many Nigerians liviing in South Africa are drug addicts.

"This is an unfortunate statement as the authorities in Pretoria ought to have arrested, prosecuted and jailed the Nigerians allegedly involved in drug trafficking in South Africa.

“Are we to believe that the immigrants from other African countries have been attacked because of their involvement in the drug business?

“Political leaders of both Nigeria and South Africa should address the crises of poverty, inequality, unemployment, corruption and violence caused by the religious implementation of neo-liberal policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund on the two largest economies in Africa."

 

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19 Suspected Kidnappers Arrested In Benue, Nasarawa

8 September 2019 - 9:01am


 

At least 19 suspected criminals have been arrested in different areas of Benue and Nassarawa states.

The suspects, according to the Nigeria Air Force, were arrested by troops of Operations Whirl Stroke working in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.

They are alleged to be involved in armed banditary, kidnapping and weapon supply.

Parading the suspects at Tactical Air Command, Nigeria Air force, Makurdi on Saturday, the Force Commander of OPWS, Adeyemi Yekini, a Major General, said that 13 of the suspects were arrested in Gboko and Katsina-Ala areas of Benue State.

Yekini said that the troops had broken the weapon supply chain fueling criminalities in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.

He said, “Our star suspect is Don Moji. He is the number one weapon supplier to Gana; he is responsible for between  80 and  90 per cent of weapons that Gana had been using to terrorise the people of Benue State.

“Our intelligence team got wind of Moji’s activities about four months ago somewhere around Abuja.

“Just as we were closing in on him to effect his arrest at  Abuja, he suddenly disappeared and reappeared a few days later at Owode Idiroko in Ogun State.

“We again sent troops to the area to arrest him but he disappeared and for almost two months, we lost track of him. During this period, he did a lot of things to cover his tracks and hide his identity.

“So when he was sure that he had covered himself well enough after the two months period, he appeared again in Abuja to continue his weapons supply activities to Gana.

“This time around, he was not that lucky as we were able to arrest him with the support of Guards Brigade troops. We tracked him to somewhere between Kashi and Kurudu in Abuja where we arrested him.”

The troops’ commander said that Moji had led troops to the main armourer of Gana, adding that the armourer was arrested around the North Bank area of Makurdi.

Yekini who added that the weapon supply ring extends to Plateau and Taraba states, vowed that troops would soon apprehend all those involved.

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