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Zambia Cancels Friendly Match With South Africa Over Xenophobic Attacks

3 September 2019 - 11:10pm


 

Zambia’s football association has called off its friendly match against South Africa over the recent spate of xenophobic attacks.

The friendly match between Chipolopolo (of Zambia) and Bafana Bafana (of South Africa) was slated for Saturday in Zambia.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the Football Association of Zambia announced, “The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) regrets to inform members of the public that the international friendly match between Zambia and South Africa that was scheduled for National Heroes Stadium on Saturday, 7 September 2019 has been called off in view of the prevailing security concerns in South Africa.

"FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala has relayed the message to the South African Football Association (SAFA) about the decision."

The South African FA is now looking for a replacement for Saturday’s match.

 

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BREAKING: Gunmen Disrupt Kogi PDP Governorship Primary Election

3 September 2019 - 11:10pm


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The governorship primary election ended abruptly in the early hours of Wednesday when gunmen invaded the venue of the election, Lokoja Confluence Stadium.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that voting had ended and sorting of votes were going on when the gunmen came to the venue at about 1:45 am and started shooting from different directions.

According to the report, votes in eight out of the 10 ballot boxes have already been counted and sorted out before the disruption by the gunmen.

Aspirants, delegates, and others scampered for safety while the number of casualties has yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

The news agency said Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, escaped the bullets of the gunmen.
 

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Xenophobia: Nigerians To Protest At South African High Commission Thursday

3 September 2019 - 5:06pm



Irked by the killings of their compatriots in South Africa, a group largely made up of young people, has perfected plans to stage a massive protest at the South African High Commission in Abuja on Thursday, September 5. 

The  protest tagged #StopXenophobia, will kick off from the popular Unity Fountain by 9:00am. 

A civil society organisation, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Right, had called on the Federal Government to direct all Nigerians living in South Africa to return home.

The group said the action was necessary to prevent more Nigerians from losing their lives in the attacks. 
 

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Angry Youths Force Shut Down Of Shoprite In Akure

3 September 2019 - 4:43pm



A Shoprite outlet in Akure, Ondo State, has been forced to shut down over fears of a possible attack by angry youths in the city. 

Scores of youths had besieged the popular mall to register their anger over attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa.

The angry youths chanted solidarity songs for several hours and tried to force their way into the facility but were prevented by security personnel at the shopping complex.

During a visit to the mall on Tuesday evening by SaharaReporters correspondent, policemen could be seen parading the area.

One of the aggrieved protesters, Paul Oluwatobi, said he decided to take part in the demonstration due to disturbing footages on the Internet showing how Nigerians were being maimed and their investments destroyed by South Africans. 

He said, "We have been watching lots of disturbing videos on the social media showing how Nigerians are being killed in South Africa.

"So, we came to the mall to register our displeasure.

"It is wickedness and inhuman to be killing Nigerians and Africans in South Africa."
 

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Xenophobia: Attacks Contradict Your Ideals, APC Tells South Africa's Ruling Party, ANC

3 September 2019 - 4:23pm


 

The All Progressives Congress has strongly condemned ongoing attacks against Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa.

The APC, while calling on South Africa's Ruling Party to Wade into the crisis, said that the latest development rubbishes the ideals the ANC stands for.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC said Nigeria deserved better from South Africa.

The statement reads, “As a party, we are deeply saddened by these unwarranted attacks.

“Nigeria deserves better from South Africa. It is too early for South Africans to forget their country’s history.

“Many of the key players in the struggle against apartheid are still alive and active in the country’s national affairs.

“We, therefore, cannot understand why there seems to be a conspiracy of silence on their part.

“The barbaric attack on citizens of other countries points to a failure of leadership.

“South African leaders cannot exonerate themselves from this cowardly act.

“We call on the South African ruling party, the African National Congress, to urgently step in. This is completely at variance with what ANC stands for.

"The ANC government can no longer pretend about this obvious contradiction.”

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EFCC Arrests 60 Internet Fraudsters, Convicts 37 In A’Ibom

3 September 2019 - 4:16pm


 

The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it had arrested over 60 suspected Internet fraudsters and secured 37 convictions since 2017 in the state.

Zonal Head of the commission, Mr Garba Dugum, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Uyo, the capital, on Tuesday.

Dugum, who was represented by the Deputy Zonal Head, Alex Ebbah, said EFCC was collaborating with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation in the fight against cyber crime.

He said, "In furtherance to the acting Chairman’s directive to all zones, we have independently launched intensive investigative actions against this infamous “Yahoo Boys” culmination in various strategic raids and onslaught on their hideouts.

“Our efforts in this regards have recorded tremendous success which resulted in over 60 arrests, 37 convictions and recovery of exotic cars and properties suspected to have been acquired through the proceeds of the crimes.”

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Attacks On Nigerians In South Africa Unacceptable, Says Osinbajo

3 September 2019 - 3:45pm


 

Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has described as unacceptable ongoing attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

In a statement through his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo comdemned the development, adding that it does not represent the ideals of iconic leaders like Nelson Mandela.

He said, “It is very sad and very unfortunate that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians living in South Africa are once again being destroyed with such wantonness and with such carelessness and recklessness.

“It is unfortunate because Nigeria and Nigerians invested a great deal in the pulling down of apartheid.

“Besides, these acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that all the great South African leaders, including the present president fought for, and for which many gave their lives.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has already spoken about this; and obviously we are very concerned and certainly intend to take this up with the authorities in South Africa in order to ensure that this sort of thing does not repeat itself."

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Falcons Beat Algeria To Advance To Third Round Of Olympic Qualifier

3 September 2019 - 3:36pm


 

Super Falcons moved to the third round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics football qualifiers after beating Algeria 1-0 in Lagos on Tuesday to qualify 3-0 on aggregate.

The Nigerian ladies had defeated the North Africans 2-0 in the first leg in Algiers before completing the job in Lagos.

FC Barcelona of Spain forward, Asisat Oshoala, scored the only goal of the match in the 59th minute to end the contest.

The Falcons will face Mali or Cote d’Ivoire in the third round.

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South African Labour Unions, Activists Must Condemn Xenophobic Attacks, Says Lagos AAC

3 September 2019 - 3:36pm


 

The Lagos State chapter of the African Action Congress has called on the civil society, labour unions and activists in South Africa to rise and rally against xenophobic attacks in the country.

The follows the recent attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals by South African citizens.

Condemning the attack, Kunle Wizeman Ajayi, Acting Chairman of the Lagos AAC, said Nigerians are angry at what is happening to their compatriots in South Africa.

He also accused politicians and the elites in Nigeria for causing poverty and unemployment in the country.

Ajayi said, “The Lagos AAC believes that South African civil society, labour and radical activists need to rise and rally against the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African immigrants.

“We also call on Nigerians here to face our rulers and join the #RevolutionNow to put an end to the causes of poverty and unemployment that is making Nigerians to run out to live outside the country.

“We know that both the business and ruling class in Nigeria and South Africa are united in oppressing the masses while blaming the results on the same working people that are struggling to survive.”

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Buhari Urges Police, Army, Others To End Insecurity In Nigeria

3 September 2019 - 1:40pm


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies in the country to put an end to all security challenges facing the country.

The President said that government would no longer tolerate the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria.

A statement by Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, gave the charge on Tuesday in Katsina during a visit of the minister, Rauf Aregbesola.

According to Buhari, the wanton destruction of lives and properties in Katsina and the entire country through banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery, rape, insurgency, and other forms of criminalities was no longer acceptable.

He reiterated his resolve to ensure the safety of lives and property through strengthening the internal security architecture of the Ministry of Interior.

He assured the people of Katsina and the entire North West Zone of government’s determination to end the spate of insecurity and all criminalities in the country.

He said, “The Federal Government reposes full confidence in security agencies to nip all these menace in the bud before it escalates.” 

 

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Death Toll In Niger Tanker Explosion Rises To Six

3 September 2019 - 1:33pm


 

Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Inga, has disclosed that three more victims of last Friday’s petrol tanker explosion along the Abuja-Kaduna highway have died.

According to Inga, one of the injured victims died on the way to Kano where they were being transferred for further treatment, adding that the other two died in the hospital while receiving treatment.

He said that all 14 victims were from Kano, adding that the injured persons were transferred to Kano based on their requests.

He said, “We have lost another three people, one on transit to Kano, another one in Kaduna, while one died receiving treatment.

“With the three additional deaths, the number of the dead persons now comes to six.

“Driver of the tanker ran away and is not yet found, while the truck has been taken to NNPC depot in Suleja for tracking, so as to identify the owner.” 

 

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No Justification For Attack On Foreign Nationals, Says South African President

3 September 2019 - 12:29pm


 

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has condemned xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants, insisting that there is no justification for such act.

Addressing a gathering on Tuesday, Ramaphosa said that, “Our security forces are on high alert.

“Whilst in no way, can we take away the sense of deep loss and unbearable pain you experience, as a country, we commit ourselves to continue to work tirelessly to building the kind of South Africa where indeed women and children will be safe.

“I condemn the violence that has been spreading around a number of our provinces in the strongest terms.

“I’m convening the ministers in the security cluster today to make sure that we keep a close eye on these acts of wanton violence and find ways of stopping them. 

“The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way.

“There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries. 

“We express our deep pain, support, solidarity and love to the families, friends and loved ones of all those who have lost their lives in the last month.”

 

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Nigeria, Indonesia, Slip Out Of Top Five Gas Exporters

3 September 2019 - 12:21pm


 

Nigeria and Indonesia have in recent years lost their top five liquefied natural gas exporting status, according to a Reuters survey.

The data of LNG bearing tanks, reviewed that the United States has reduced the market share of these two countries and now holds 10 per cent of the gas market.

The report found that in the last two months, the order of the largest exporters has been Australia, Qatar, US, Canada and Malaysia.

Nigeria and Indonesia had previously vied between themselves to occupy one of the five slots.

According to the survey, the large volume of gas been pumped-out by the US is causing the price of the commodity to trend downward.

The report also said that 46 million tons per annum gas exporting plants in the US are already in operation or ramping up.

On the other hand, the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd produces 22 mtpa of gas annually.

It is still sourcing funds to expand its production to 30 mtpa.

Nigeria is still harbouring plans of constructing an ambitious gas pipeline that terminates at Morocco, in order to keep European markets in sight.

 

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Xenophobia: South African Police Arrest 80, Five Killed

3 September 2019 - 12:14pm


 

The police in South Africa has arrested more than 80 people and confirmed five deaths as attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants in Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria intensified on Tuesday.

Major streets across both cities were littered with broken bricks and glass from buildings torched in overnight fires and debris from police battles with local groups, Reuters said in a report.

The latest wave of unrest in South Africa has raised fears of a recurrence of violence aimed at foreigners in 2015 in which at least seven people were killed.

Before that, some 60 people were killed in a wave of unrest around the country in 2008.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday he was urgently sending a special envoy to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa to secure the “safety of Nigerian citizens’ lives and property”.

Police have yet to pinpoint what triggered the violence, which began on Sunday when protesters armed with makeshift weapons roamed the streets of Pretoria’s business district pelting shops with rocks and petrol bombs and running off with goods.

High unemployment and widespread poverty have been cited as possible triggers for the recent disturbances and attacks on immigrants.


 

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Xenophobia: One Protester Killed In Lagos By Police As Mob Burns Van

3 September 2019 - 12:11pm


 

One person has been reportedly killed by the police in Lagos as protesters stormed the Shoprite outlet on Lekki-Epe Expressway on Tuesday in response to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

It was also gathered that a van belonging to the Nigeria Police Force was burnt by the angry mob following the killing of the protester by the police.

A video making the rounds on popular social networking platform Twitter and confirmed by some residents, showed a body on the floor as gunshots rent the air while another footage showed a police van burning.

Another video currently trending revealed a man wielding a cutlass with his face covered with handkerchief. 

Happening rn at Lekki 3rd Roundabout. What we wouldn’t have is Nigerians killing Nigerians working in South African established businesses like Shoprite, MTN etc. This is senseless. #SayNoToXenophobicAttacks #StopXenophobicAttacks #StopXenophobia but also stop killing ourselves. pic.twitter.com/33Tgx3deZC

— YG: Blvck Apron (@SamuelOtigba) September 3, 2019

Nollywood actress, Belinda Effah, in a post on Twitter disclosed that hoodlums had hijacked the protest and that the place had become very tensed.

She said, “Jakande area is very unsafe right now; area boys everywhere. Everyone ran and left their cars.

“As I was about to run out, the boys carrying machetes and stones told me it’s not me they are after, they are looking for South Africans to kill.

“These same boys vandalised some cars. I saw one of them stone a car and broke the windshield.

“After a while, they came to our car and asked for some money. They have blocked the Jakande Road and passengers are so afraid.”

Spokesperson for the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, refused to give specific details on the crisis when contacted.

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End Xenophobic Attacks, Take It Back Movement Tells Nigerian, South African Governments

3 September 2019 - 11:42am


 

The Take It Back Movement has condemned the attack on Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa.

The group called for a partnership between Nigeria and South African authorities to end the killings.

Blaming the South African Government and security agencies for not doing enough to curb the killing of Nigerians and destruction of their investments, also said that the Nigerian Government must be held accountable for the situation.

The movement, in a statement by its Director of Media and Communications, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, said the situation was totally unacceptable.

The statement reads, “The Take It Back Movement has watched with growing concern as the lives, livelihoods, and property of Nigerians in South Africa have, once again, become targets of violent, xenophobic attacks.

“The South African Government and security agents have stood in silent complicity with these atrocities, and in some cases, facilitated it.

“The Nigerian Government must take a lot of the blame, as, if Nigeria had been restored to its place of pride as the giant of Africa, less Nigerians would feel the need to seek sustenance elsewhere.”


 

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Xenophobia: Expel South African High Commissioner From Abuja, CHRICED Urges Nigerian Government

3 September 2019 - 11:35am


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The Centre for Human Rights Civic Education has urged the Nigerian Government to go beyond mere talking and act in response to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa.

The group, while condemning the development, urged the government to immediately pass a strong message of its irritation at the situation by expelling the South African envoy in Abuja as a first symbolic step.

Executive Director of CHRICED, Dr Ibrahim Zikirullahi, while calling on the Nigerian Government to immediately review diplomatic relations with South Africa, said that the era of African brotherhood with the former apartheid nation was over.

He said, “Nigeria must invoke the principle of reciprocity by mobilising its soft power assets to put pressure on South African economic interests in Nigeria, in the first instance.

“It is totally unacceptable that South Africans are killing Nigerians and attacking their businesses while South African businesses thrive in other parts of the continent.

“If Nigeria could selflessly launch and sustain decades-long campaign to help free South Africa from the dehumanising clutches of apartheid, it must be prepared to go all the way to protect the lives and dignity of its citizens from irredeemable xenophobes.” 


 

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Xenophobia: Activists Vow To Shutdown Shoprite In Abuja Wednesday

3 September 2019 - 11:19am


 

In retaliate to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, human rights activist have vowed to occupy and shutdown all Shoprite outlets in Abuja on Wednesday.

The activists said the protest would give them the opportunity to stand with their compatriots killed in South Africa.

Confirming the move, one of the protest leaders, Raphael Adebayo, said, “In response to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, we have decided to occupy Shoprite in Jabi, Abuja, on Wednesday by 9:30am.”

The latest attacks on Nigerians have seen to the looting and burning down of over 50 shops belonging to Nigerians.

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Abducted PDP National Youth Leader Regains Freedom

3 September 2019 - 11:14am


 

National Youth Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sunday Udeh-Okoye, who was abducted from his farmland in Enugu, has been freed by his captors.

According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Media, Louis Amoke, Udeh-Okoye was released on Tuesday.

The governor’s aide did not, however, indicate if ransom was paid to secure the release or not.

The police is yet to confirm the development. 


 

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Delta Community Youths Disagree With Town’s Leadership Over N20m Empowerment Fund

3 September 2019 - 11:12am


 

A group of youths in Uzere community under Isoko South Local Government Area in Delta State have disagreed with the town’s leadership over how a N20m skills acquisition fund donated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company should be spent.

Our correspondent gathered that the money, which was released to the community by the oil firm as skill acquisition fund, have been allegedly hijacked by leadership of the community, thereby creating rancour among both parties in the area.

Following the situation, the Isoko South Security Council ordered the immediate suspension of the community's 2019 annual mid-year conference to avoid any form of breakdown of law and order.

In a statement signed by the secretary of the organisation, Dennis Obrogo, there are ongoing efforts to address the situation.

Obrogo said, “The Isoko South Local Government will summon an enlarged meeting of the various stakeholders and leaders of thought in Uzere community to resolve the issues generated by the skill acquisition fund.”

It was gathered that the community's President-General, Felix Ewenede, was few weeks ago arrested and granted bail over the matter.

He was asked to release the N20m to the youth for the skill acquisition programme to take place but he refused.

Speaking on the issue, leader of youths in the community, Frank Adaka, said the release of the fund will go a long way in empowering many of them with relevant skills to fend for a living.

He said, “NPDC gave the community youths N20m for skills acquisition but the community President-General in connivance with one Colombus Oguname diverted the money into their private bank accounts.

“A while ago, the sum of N120m was paid by an oil company into the community's account and the President-General working in connivance with some corrupt and fraudulent individuals diverted and embezzled over half of the money.

“They must be brought to book and we call on the state government and security agencies to come to our aid.”

But when contacted over the issue, Ewenede denied the allegations, insisting that some disgruntled youths in the community were the ones unnecessarily creating tension because they want to mismanage the N20m skills fund given to the community by NPDC.

He said, “There is nowhere in the constitution of the community that empowers youths to handle money.

“To avoid trouble, we decided to bring in a contractor who will handle the skills acquisition but the youths insisted that the money must be handed over to them to do what they like with it.

“As a community, we are coming out with a position paper on the issue which will be sent to the state Commissioner of Police and others.”

 

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