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Burundi massacre: 87 civilians killed during clash with military

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At least 87 bodies were found in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura on Saturday Dec. 12th, a day after the government said an unidentified group carried out coordinated attacks on three military installations.

The violence is linked to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term in office, which many Burundians and foreign observers had opposed as unconstitutional and in violation of a peace accord. The treaty ended a civil war in which 300,000 people were killed between 1993 and 2006.

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“The final toll of the attacks yesterday is 79 enemies killed, 45 captured and 97 weapons seized, and on our side eight soldiers and policemen were killed and 21 wounded,” Colonel Barataria, Burundi Army spokesman was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

“Residents say people wearing police uniforms came into residential areas that have been hotbeds of protest. Residents believe these killings were a response to Friday’s attacks on the military,” reported Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, who spoke to eyewitnesses in Bujumbura.

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“The bodies of dozens of civilians were on the street – most of them young men – many appear to have been shot at close range,” said Webb.

According to Associated Press, an eye witness said he counted 21 bodies with bullet wounds in their heads in the Nyakabiga neighbourhood on Saturday morning.

Some of the dead had their hands tied behind their backs.

Fidele Muyobera (22), said: “I fear I can be killed like my friend yesterday, police came to search our house and by chance I escaped. If I had money, I would go buy a passport and flee.”

“What is the international community waiting for? Will they intervene when there are no more people in Burundi?” asked businessman Gerald Bigirimana in Nyakabiga while pointing at one of the bodies lying on the streets.

Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said there were “no collateral victims” during Friday’s clashes.

“All the deaths were attackers killed in the joint sweep operation of the army and police,” Nkurikiye said. “The enemy was neutralised.”

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Gambian government bans female genital mutilation(FGM)

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 Gambian government has introduced a ban on Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM ) which comes into effect immediately. The country’s leader – President Yahya Jammeh made a public proclamation outlawing the ancient practice. He reportedly pointed out that since his country was in the twenty first century, practices such as FGM have no place in modernity and should therefore be eradicated.

Full list of the new Nigerian ministers and their portfolio

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President Buhari this afternoon announced his ministers and their portfolios. Find full list below…

Abubakar Malami- Minister of Justice
Geoffrey Onyeama- Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mohammed Dan Ali- Minister f Defence
Adamu Adamu- Minister of Education
Anthony Anwuka- State minister of Education
Kemi Adeosun- Minister of Finance
Okechukwu Enelemah- Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
Aisha Abubakar- State minister Industry, Trade and Investment
Chris Ngige- Minister of Labor and Employment

James Ocholi- State Minister of Labor and Employment
Mohammed Bello- FCT Minister
Abdulrahman Dambazzau- Interior Minister
Udoma Udo Udoma- Minister of Budget and National Planning
Zainab Ahmed- State Minister Budget and National Planning
Emmanuel Ibe Kachiukwu- State Minister Petroleum resources
Babatubde Fashola- Minister of Power, Works and Housing
Mustapha Shehuri- State minister Power, Works, and Housing
Audu Ogbeh- Minister of Agriculture and Rural development
Heineken Lokpobiri- State minister Agriculture and Rural Development
Chibuike Amaechi- Minister of Transportation
Hadi Sirika- State Minister Aviation
Isaac Folorunsho Adeoye- Minister of Health
Osagie Ehanire- State Minister Health
Aisha Alhassan- Minister of Women Affairs
Usani Uguru- Minister Niger Delta Affairs
Claudius Omoyele Daramola – State minister Niger Delta Affairs
Adebayo Shittu- Minister of Communication
Lai Mohammed- Minister of Information
Amina Mohammed – Minister of Environment
Ibrahim Jibrin- State Minister of Environment
Suleiman Adamu- Minister of Water Resources
Solomon Dalong- Minister of Youths and Sports
 Kayode Fayemi- Minister of Solid Mineral
Abubakar Bwari- State Minister Solid Minerals
Ogbonnaya Onu- Minister of Science and Technology

See when President Buhari is to swear in the 36 ministers that were newly appointed

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According to punch reports,President Buhari will on Wednesday 11 November,2015 inaugurate the federal executive council . He will administer oath of office and announce the portfolio of the  36 ministers that have been screened by the senate.

President Buhari is to also swear in the National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and the five national  commissioners that  will be appointed tomorrow 9th November,2015.

Meet Tanzanian first female vice president

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Samia Suluhu Hassan, 55, was announced Vice President of Tanzania in the 2015 General Elections, alongside Tanzania’s ruling party candidate John Magufuli. Suluhu is married to Hafidh Ameir and they have four children. The National Electoral Commission announced on Thursday, October 29, that Magufuli won the presidential election after the opposition challenged the tallying process and demanded a recount.

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Chairman of the Commission, Damian Lubuva told a news conference that Magufuli secured 58 percent of the votes, beating his main opposition rival, Edward Lowassa who has 40 percent.

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congrates to her…

Fleeing armed robbers in Port Harcourt abandons their operational car containing N137m

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Some armed robbers that attacked a new generation bank at Trans-Amadi road in Port harcourt, Rivers state yesterday October 14th abandoned their operational vehicle, a Lexus jeep after they were overpowered by the Rivers state police command who engaged them in a fierce gun battle. Items recovered from the vehicle included stolen money to the tune of 137 million Naira, one AK 47 rifle, rocket, an English made pistol and six magazines. The fleeing robbers also abandoned another Lexus jeep at Rukpokwu along with three magazines and 160 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition.

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Nadabo Energy chairman arraigned by EFCC over N761m Scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday October 7th arraigned Abubakar Ali Peters and his company Nadabo Energy Limited before Justice S.S Ogunsanya of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja on 21 count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, diversion of Federal Government funds and forgery.

According to a statement from EFCC, 33 year old Abubakar Ali allegedly obtained the sum of N761,628,993.84 from the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Petroleum Support Fund for the purpose of importing 16,808,064 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) but fraudulently imported only 7, 953,962 litres and diverted the rest of the product and its proceeds for personal use.

He is also facing a similar charge brought against him by the EFCC before Justice Balogun of the Lagos State High Court.

Count one of the charge reads, “ that, you Nadabo Energy limited on or about 26th day of September 2011 in Lagos within the Ikeja judicial division fraudulently obtained the sum of N761,628,993.84 from the Federal Government by falsely representing that the sum represented the subsidy accrued to Nadabo Energy Limited under the Petroleum Support Fund for the importation of 16,808,064 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) which Nadabo Energy limited purported to have purchased from Delano Petroleum Corporation Akara Tortola British Virgin Island, and transported the 16,808,064 through MT Gotland Carolina (mother vessel) and MT Sonia (daughter vessel) to Nigeria, whereas Nadabo Energy limited only imported 7, 953,962 litres of PMS from Delany Petroleum Corporation Akara Tortola British Virgin Island and transported 7,953,962 litres of PMS through MT Gotland Carolina (mother vessel) and MT Songa (daughter vessel) to Nigeria. Abubakar Ali and his company pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Ogunsanya granted bail to the accused persons on the terms earlier offered them by Justice Balogun and adjourned the case to November 12, 2015 for the commencement of trial.

President Obama and family welcomes Pope Francis to U.S

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The 78-year-old pontiff landed in Washington today for his first visit to the US. President Barack Obama arrived the tarmac with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha to welcome the pontiff when his plane landed minutes ago at Joint Base Andrews.
More photos after the cut…

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Bomb planted at Ghana Embassy in Cairo,Egypt; defused!

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According to Ghana web, an explosive experts in Egypt Sunday defused a bomb that had been planted outside the Embassy of Ghana located on the 26th of July Corridor Street in the district of Mohandessin, west of Cairo.

According to the Egypt Independent, the explosive experts, notably called the bomb squad, were notified by civilians in the area.

Sources say the Egyptian security forces have since the ousting of the country’s former president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, been battling with a string of deadly bombings.

The Muslim Brotherhood has often been blamed for this tumult which has claimed several lives and rendered others in a very devastating situation.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attempted bomb attack.

Culled from Ghana web

Senators holds Emergency meeting over saraki/code of conduct palaver, vows to deal with cabals

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About 50 Senators cutting across different political parties in the senate, convened an emergency meeting in Abuja yesterday September 19th where they discussed the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s invitation to Senate President Bukola Saraki over his alleged false declaration of assets.

Daily Trust reports that the senators at the meeting exonerated President Buhari of being behind the current crisis facing the senate President but accused “a cabal” within the presidency who they say is instigating the government institutions against Senate President Saraki.

Rising from the meeting which lasted for about 4 hours with some senators joining the meeting via telephone, the convener of the meeting, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah said they had unanimously resolved to support the anti-corruption war of President Buhari and also to deal decisively with the cabal

“We have resolved to use all available powers under the constitution to ensure that no cabal exists and run the government on behalf of Buhari and we have also resolved to deal decisively with the cabal,” he said.

Also another senator who spoke on the condition of anonymity after the meeting said

“Our colleagues were angry at the beginning of the meeting because they were initially suspecting that the President has hand in the trial of Saraki. But after heated debate, they understood that Buhari was not responsible for it. One of our colleagues present at the meeting suggested that the Senate should reconvene on Monday [tomorrow] in order to address the challenge. His suggestion, however, did not see the light of day as we resolved to use other channels to address the challenge.”.

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