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Breaking: 144 Nigerian police officers arrives Somalia to boost security amidst Insecurity in Nigeria - Report

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A contingent of 144 police officers from Nigeria have arrived in Somalia to boost stabilization efforts in the country, the African Union mission said on Sunday, April 18. According to a report by CGTN Africa, the AU mission said the arrival of the new contingent is a major boost to law and order efforts, as they will be working in concert with their Somali counterparts in ensuring improved security in liberated areas. AMISOM Police operations coordinator, Daniel Ali Gwambal, in a statement on Sunday was quoted as saying, “They are here in order to fulfill the mandate of AMISOM with regards to operational support to the Somalis and at the same time to mentor the Somali Police Force (SPF). There are certain specific duties that are also incumbent on them to perform while they are here such as regular patrols at checkpoints, guard static duties and other duties that involve general policing.” Gwambal said the officers will work on providing VIP escort and protection services,

I don't know why Covid-19 cases still low in Africa, not increasing as we predicted, says Bill Gates

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Bill Gates, a co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), says the world still does not have enough data to understand why COVID-19 numbers have not been as high as predicted in Africa. The American philanthropist who invests heavily in healthcare in Africa said he is, however, happy to have been wrong about COVID-19 rates in Africa.   “One thing I’m happy to have been wrong about—at least, I hope I was wrong—is my fear that COVID-19 would run rampant in low-income countries,” he wrote in his end of the year note . “So far, this hasn’t been true. In most of sub-Saharan Africa, for example, case rates and death rates remain much lower than in the U.S. or Europe and on par with New Zealand, which has received so much attention for its handling of the virus. “The hardest-hit country on the continent is South Africa—but even there, the case rate is 40 percent lower than in the U.S., and the death rate is nearly 50 percent lower.” According to Gates, “more than 1.6 million peo

Africa lost brightest leader - Ekweremadu speaks on Jerry's death

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Senator Ike Ekweremadu, former Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, has joined other African leaders in mourning the demise of the former President of Ghana, Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings, describing it as a devastating blow to Africa. Ekweremadu described the late Rawlings as a man, who preached and worked for the unity and emancipation of Africa from the clutches of poverty and underdevelopment. “The passing of former President Jerry Rawlings is a devastating blow to not only Ghana and the West African sub-region, but also Africa in its entirety. “He was very unapologetically African and yearned so much to see Africa surmount her challenges and take her rightful place in the comity of nations. “He could well be referred to as the catalyst of modern Ghana, who put the West African nation on the path of the development and progress she enjoys today. “His Excellency, Rawlings, had little patience for mediocrity and

BREAKING: Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings is dead

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Former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, is dead. He passed away on Thursday at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. Born on June 22, 1947, the former military leader ruled from 1981 to 2001. Rawlings led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the elected President. He resigned from the military in 1992 and founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He was the first President of the Fourth Republic and was re-elected in 1996 for another four years. After his tenure, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000. He served the African Union envoy to Somalia.

Buhari blows hot, speak against coup attempt in Ghana

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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE GHANA: PRESIDENT BUHARI SAYS DEMOCRACY ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA Following the announcement of the interception of an attempted plot against the authorities in Ghana, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has issued the following statement: “Nigeria and Ghana are leading partners in ECOWAS, and Transparency International, and Afrobarometer’s Africa Index 2019 attested that both countries have recorded exceptional advances in fighting corruption. When you take on powerful and corrupt vested interests successfully, sometimes they seek to push back. As the saying goes, ‘if you fight corruption, corruption will fight back’. “The only acceptable form of governance in our region in this 21st century is through democratic elections. It is the only way to install – and the only way to change – an administration. The days of coups and government without votes are over. “All Africans hold the nation

Zimbabwe's Mugabe died from cancer, president says

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(Reuters) - Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe died from cancer after chemotherapy treatment was stopped because it was no longer effective, a state-owned newspaper quoted President Emmerson Mnangagwa as saying, the first time the government has given the cause of his death. Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe to independence and crushed his foes during nearly four decades of rule that impoverished his country, died on Sept 6. aged 95 in Singapore. Mnangagwa told ruling party supporters in New York where he is attending this week's United Nations General Assembly that Mugabe had cancer, but he did not disclose the type. Mugabe is still to be buried because the government is building a mausoleum at Zimbabwe's national shrine reserved for liberation war fighters in the capital. His body is being kept at his Blue Roof residence in Harare. "Treatment had stopped, doctors had stopped treatment, chemotherapy, one, because of age and also because the cancer had

"Resign now" - Egyptians storm major cities in protest Against President Fattah

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Thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched in cities across Egypt on Friday to demand the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, according Al Jazeera. Videos posted on social media showed demonstrators chanting “rise up, fear not, Sisi must go” and “the people demand the regime’s fall.” Protests were reported in the capital Cairo, the second-biggest city of Alexandria and Suez. Officers in civilian uniforms confronted the demonstrators who tried approaching Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where mass protests started in 2011, which toppled Hosni Mubarak. There were several reports of arrests made in the capital, and teargas being used on demonstrators. The demonstrations came after self-exiled Egyptian businessman and actor Mohamed Ali accused President el-Sisi of corruption and called on people to take to the streets and demand the leader be removed. El-Sisi has dismissed the allegations as “lies.” “If el-Sisi does not announce his resignation by Thursday, then the

Biafra: New IPOB Family Zone Inaugurated In Sierra Leone(See Photos)

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A new family zone of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was duly inaugurated in Lumley, Western part of the country's capital city of Freetown. This took place on the eve of this year's "Saboteurs Day" event of Saturday 14th September 2019, that was observed across the entire Biafraland. The inauguration exercise attracted large turnout of resident Biafrans who wholeheartedly joined the campaign train and as well, fully accepted the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the Biafra restoration struggle.  The exercise was carried out by the Deputy National Coordinator, Mazi Chidi Uchendu, whose superior, Mazi Ogbodo Ugochukwu Timothy, was unavoidably absent. See photos below: Ifeanyi Chibueze James  Reporting from Freetown, Sierra Leone, for Family Writers Press International

Big Trouble, Amongst All African Countries; Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt named world's most dangerous places to live as a human

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Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt were named among the world’s most dangerous places to live and work in, for expatriates. The latest Expat Insider Survey, done by InterNations, polled 20,259 expats representing 182 nationalities and living in 187 countries or territories, covering topics such as quality of life, cost of living, personal finance, safety and security and more. South Africa and Nigeria, along with Brazil were the worst rated destinations in the safety and security category, which covers peacefulness, personal safety and political stability. ‘’“For example, in South Africa, which ranks 64 out of 64 countries for this factor, 63% of expats say they don’t feel safe, and 22% even feel extremely unsafe,’‘ said Malte Zeeck, founder and co-CEO of InterNations. What the Expats said South Africa (63rd out of 64) A British expat states: “My life is easier here, but I feel as if I am living in a bubble: I miss the freedom to walk or ride anywhere at any time

Big Trouble, South African govt denies Air Peace landing Permit after Buhari meet SA Envoy

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  This is coming barely 24 hours after South Africa government sent its envoy to meet Buhari’s government and later apologizes to Nigerians over xenophobic attacks. Few hours to the evacuation of at least 320 Nigerians from South Africa, following the ongoing xenophobic attacks in that country, the South African Government has denied Air Peace the landing permit needed to evacuate willing Nigerians. The airline had planned to depart Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Monday night, but as at 3 am on Tuesday, the airline was yet to be granted landing permit. Recall that Air Peace had Wednesday last week evacuated 178 willing Nigerians from South Africa, but the immigration authority in that country frustrated the airline and the willing Nigerians from departing the country. The airline had planned to evacuate 317 Nigerians in the first batch of the exercise, but several of the processed Nigerians were re-profiled, leading to dis

BREAKING: South Africa Economy running Dry As they begs Nigerians, others to return back

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday apologised to Nigeria for the xenophobic attacks on its citizens. The apology was tendered to President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja, by the two special envoys the South African leader dispatched to Nigeria yesterday. Addressing State House correspondents shortly after a closed- door meeting with the Nigerian president, Ramaphosa’s special envoy, Jeff Radebe said: “Those incidents do not represent what we stand for as a constitutional democracy in South Africa and the president has apologised for these incidents.” Radebe, who blamed the untoward incidents on the prevailing scourge of unemployment, poverty, and inequality in South Africa, said the development was beginning to impact negatively on the country’s economy, hence the need for diplomatic intervention in order to stem the tide. “There is an impact of these events on the economy, and that is why the president at his level deemed it necessary to sen

I blame Nigerian leaders for everything happening to their citizens - South African Minister Cries Out

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While the tensions raised by the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa are yet to fizzle out, a top official of the South African government has dished out bitter words for African leaders whose citizens migrate to South Africa. Nigerians make up a large number of African migrants in South Africa and were among the most hit by the recent xenophobic violence. “We cannot absorb the results of all the problems that are made by leaders who want to loot their countries, who do not care about their own people,” Blade Nzimande, the South African minister of higher educations, science and technology, said on Monday in Durban, while commenting on the bashing of his country over the xenophobic attacks. Mr Nzimande’s remarks, reported by Sowetan Live, a South African news website, including several other local media in South Africa, coincided with the tendering of an apology to the people and government of Nigeria by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special

Breaking: South African Envoy Storms Aso Rock, Says No Nigerian died during attacks

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South Africa president envoy Monday told Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari that none of his citizens died in the latest anti-foreigner attack in South Africa. Jeff Radebe, Special Envoy of President Cyril Ramaphosa disclosed that 10 people died during the attacks – two Zimbabweans and eight South Africans. He said there was no Nigerian casualty. However, many Nigerians in South Africa said they lost properties worth over millions of naira and their fellow countrymen, some of which were allegedly killed by South African policemen. Radebe instead insisted that the attacks were not targeted at specific citizens of any country. He said the attacks were “acts of criminality and violence” and “such do not represent our value system, nor those of the larger number of South Africans.” Radebe said South Africa was an integral part of Africa and is fully committed to peace and integration of the continent. While apologising to Nigeria, he said South Africa remains eterna

BREAKING!!! ECOWAS 4th Legislature: Nigeria Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Emerges MP

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Rep. Ahmed Wase, Deputy Speaker, Nigeria’s House of Representatives, has been sworn in as a new Member of the ECOWAS Parliament during the Second Extra-Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Monrovia, Liberia. The Media and Communications Unit of the ECOWAS Parliament made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja. According to the statement, the newly sworn-in MP replaced the former 1st Deputy Speaker, Mr Yusuf Lasun, who lost his seat at Nigeria’s House of Representatives. “In a unanimous agreement among Nigeria Delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, as well as other members, the ECOWAS Parliament has on this day Sept. 16, 2019, sworn in Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase as the 1st Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament,” it stated. NAN

"Forgive Us killing your people" - South Africa’s President Sends Special Delegation To Nigeria, Seven Other Countries over Xenophobic attack

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The special envoys will deliver a message from President Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence, which resulted in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property in the former apartheid nation.  President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has sent special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several Heads of State and Governments across Africa, according to a report by Channels Television. The team comprising a former minister in the presidency, Mr Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr Khulu Mbatha, will visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. The special envoys will deliver a message from President Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence, which resulted in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property in the former apartheid nation. They are also expected to reassure fellow African countries that South Africa was committed to the ideals of pan-Afric

Big Shame, Zimbabweans Disgrace South African President At Mugabe’s Funeral

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The Presidsnt of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, was disgraced and molested during his visit to Zimbabwe for the funeral of Late Robert Mugabe which happens to be the president of Zimbabwe. According Information, the harrasment was as a result of the killings and chasing out foriegners which took place in South-African in the past few weeks. Eco City Reporters gathered that Cyril was assaulted by the multitude of people who attended the ceremony because of what he South Africans did to foreigners in his country. Also confirming, dignitaries from all works of life, head of states, Presidents both present and past attended the ceremony to paying respect to the former president, Mugabe Robert at National football stadium. He said: “South Africans are not xenophobic. He says foreign nationals are welcomed in SA.” “This we do to push for unity that Mugabe stood for”

Tears: Ex-Zimbabwean First lady, Grace Mugabe cries to Obasanjo at Funeral Service [PHOTO]

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Former Zimbabwean First Lady, Grace Mugabe was pictured crying to Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo at the funeral of her husband, Robert Mugabe. Mugabe, who died on 6 September at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore, led Zimbabwe for more than three decades. His funeral ceremony held earlier today in Harare, Zimbabwe. Another photo below of Obasanjo’s arrival at the ceremony today. Politicsnigeria

BREAKING!!! 187 Out Of 320 Nigerians returns from South Africa

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The number of Nigerians that made it back to Nigeria drastically reduced following moves by the South African government to frustrate the evacuation efforts. Only about 187 adults and children were successfully evacuated on Wednesday as against the 320 Nigerians expected back home. The flight arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 9.43pm. One of the returnees, Uche Victor, told journalists that he left his wife who he said was a Cameronian and a young daughter behind. He said, “I’m bleeding because I left my wife and baby but I have to come back because my mother cries for me to return. If something happens to me she will suffer. “I left my business, I came back with nothing. South Africans believe all Nigerians are drug pushers, but I don’t know the colour of any drug.” Victor, who explained that he left Nigeria for South Africa in 2007, explained that the attacks were anger against the government. “They are only venting their anger o