Liberian citizens gather in the Capital Monrovia on Friday to protest against corruption and dictatorship in the country.
To subdue the protest, the government blocked social media according to the Internet Monitoring Platform, NetBlocks.
The platforms blocked include WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Google’s Gmail service and website of The Associated Press were among the sites affected, Netblocks said.
The Managing Director of Liberia’s Daily Observer Newspaper, Bai Sama G, in his statement, said, “Most Journalists and some citizens are using Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to bypass the restrictions.
Liberia’s Minister of information, Eugene Nagbe, said, Social platforms were shut down temporarily for security purpose.
He added that some of the social media seized have been restored. He admitted that the act by protesters is not bad but the security of the nation is far more important.
A group called Council Patriots organized the protest, and claim that it’s a collective decision of the citizens, civil society, activist youth workers and major political parties.
Protesters have submitted a petition to the President who has been in office for one year.
The content of the document reads “Liberians are suffering harsh economic conditions being caused and encouraged by bad governance, the deliberate and wanton collapse of integrity system”.
Nagbe said, “The President is working to restore some of the issues that he inherited, the opposition is now using the streets to get what they didn’t get at the ballot box.”
Not less than eighteen passengers died in a road accident, which took place on Akure road, Ondo State.
The incident happened on Saturday, 8 June involving a white Toyota Hummer Bus and a heavy-duty truck with registration number YLA25XU AND GG873XM respectively.
The accident happened few metres away from the popular Akure Airport road on the Akure-Owo highway.
According to an eyewitness, Mr Temitope Adeola, “the driver of the bus was coming from Abuja with speed while the truck driver was driving from the wrong side of the road, both drivers collided and immediately the two vehicles went up in flames and all the passengers were burnt into ashes and even beyond recognition,” he said.
Heads of Operations of the FRSC in Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide confirmed the incident; he said the crash was caused by wrongful overtaking and speeding on the side of both drivers.
“The whole passengers in the Hummer bus died in the crash. All of them were burnt beyond recognition and they were mostly adults traveling from Abuja,” Said Ogungbemide.
He added that the rescue Team of Federal Road Safety Corp had evacuated the casualties.
Ondo State Police Command spokesperson, Femi Joseph also confirmed the incident and said the truck driver survived and ran away immediately after the crash.
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr Godwin Emefiele made a statement during a consultative round table meeting with some stakeholders in Lagos on Saturday, June 8, titled “Going for Growth”.
Emefiele said CBN has identified smuggling and dumping as major challenges wrecking Nigeria’s economic policies and because of this discovery, some companies’ bank accounts have been blocked.
According to Emefile, CBN has decided to use border control as a means to get information about smugglers, then consequently get their banks to provide all details about them.
The accounts will be investigated and any account found in economic sabotage, boarding, smuggling and dumping in Nigeria will not only be blocked, but their accounts will also be closed in all the Nigerian Banks simultaneously.
Commercial Banks have been asked to close any company account suspected of these acts, he added.
The names of those who have been identified will be collated and after proper investigation, any account found committing the offense would face the consequences.
The CBN forbids any Nigerian Bank from maintaining accounts for them.
The round table was held to highlight important building blocks that will lead to greater economic growth in the country.
Emefiele also listened to their ideas and views on how productivity and investments by companies operating in Nigeria can be improved.
How to reduce the nation’s dependence on imported goods and increase exports of non-oil goods and services were discussed as well.
A British Court has seized E211 million laundered by the Late Former head of state, Sani Abacha.
Metro UK reported that Abacha had laundered the money in
accounts held in Jersey by Doraville Properties Corporation, a British Virgin
The government has seized the money until authorities in
Jersey, the US and Nigeria come to an agreement on how it should be distributed.
In 2014, Jersey secured a restraining order from the court on the bank account following a request by the US.
Doraville challenged the order multiple times but failed as their requests were denied by the court.
Robert MacRae, Jersey’s attorney general was quoted as saying,
“Restraining the funds at the request of the United States of America, through
whose banking system the funds were laundered prior to arriving here. Jersey has
once again demonstrated its commitment to tackling international financial
crime and money laundering”
At least $322 million is said to have been discovered so far
as found looted by Abacha.
The house of representatives has begun a probe into the recovery of the loot by the Late Military Head of State who headed the country between 1993 and 1998.
Nigerian Sprinter, Oluwatobi Amusan emerged winner of the Women 100m Hurdles at the Josef Odlozil Memorial meet at the Stadion Juliska in Prague capital city of Czech Republic, on Monday, June 3.
Amusan became season best with 12.71s to win the race ahead of USA’s duo of Tia Jones and Jade Barber who clocked a time of 12.86s and 13.04s respectively.
Amusan won a Gold Medal at the 2015 African Junior Athletes Championship in Ethiopia she also won the Commonwealth and African Champion in 100m Hurdles event in 2018.
She recently came back from Stockholm, Sweden on May 30, where she went to compete at the Diamond League Circuit, she clocked a time of 12.85s and came third behind USA athletes Kendra Harrison (12.52s) and Sharika Nelvis (12.69s).
Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC in Borno State have arrested a 24-year-old Aliyu Muhammed on Wednesday, June 6 for supplying Improvised Explosive Device (IED) materials to Boko Haram terrorist in Maiduguri.
The Commandant of the Corps Ibrahim Abdullahi disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview at Maiduguri.
Abdullahi said men of the command ha previously arrested the suspect on April 25 following intelligence reports on his way to supply bomb materials to Boko Haram terrorists.
According to him, there was no sufficient evidence to initiate action. The information they got was that the suspect supplies mobile phone batteries, wristwatches and laptop computers used for setting off IED’s designed to inflict massive causalities.
The suspect operates several bank accounts, where he receives funds from Boko Haram in the last six months but he has been pretending to be a tricycle operator.
He also has a third party account where he received a large sums of money from the Republic of Chad.
Abdulahi further said that they have tracked down some of his transactions especially at commercial money transfer centres within Maiduguri.
He commended the commitment of the command on their efforts in the counter-terrorism campaign within the NorthEast.
The suspect to be handed over to the 7 Division garrison of the Nigerian Army for further interrogation, Abdulahi added.
The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) made an announcement on Tuesday, May 28, that the Weija Dam will soon be opened to let out excess water, likely to cause flooding in certain areas of the state.
According to the Chief Manager (PR) of GWCL, Mr. Stanley Martey, the level of the water is rising and getting close to the maximum threshold of 47ft, hence the need to spill excess water.
A notification letter has been written by the management of GWCL, with the following content.
“Management of GWCL, therefore, wishes to inform members of the general public as well as institutions or organizations who have properties downstream that the opening of the spillway gates may cause flooding. The residents living close to the dam were hereby advised to move out to prevent destruction of life and properties”.
House to house public education has began within the communities by the management of GWCL.
Few communities to be likely affected include: Tetegu, Obiogo, Pambros Salt, Lower McCarthy Hill, Lower Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kope, Tsokome and surrounding communities.
The company called on the opinion leaders, chiefs, assembly members, unit committee leaders and heads of schools to spread the message to the residents.
Undisclosed persons in Lafia, Nasarawa State, have murdered an official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mr. Dennis Onoja on Thursday, May 30.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Usman Samaila, has confirmed the report. In his statement he said, “the incident happened early hours of Wednesday May 29 at Onoja’s residence in Tundun-Kauri axis of Lafia metropolis.”
The incident occurred during a heavy downpour while the victim’s power generating set was on which made it impossible for his neighbors to know what was happening.1
According to Samaila, one of his neighbors had gone to Onoja’s residence to charge the battery of his mobile phone when he saw the victims lifeless body in his room.
The PPRO further said that the neighbor had knocked on the door repeatedly without any response. Then he peeped through the window and saw the victim in the pool of his blood.
He quickly alerted the victim’s colleagues who came to the scene and reported to the police.
The U.S. now requires all visa applicants to submit their social media details, five years’ worth of email addresses, and phone numbers before obtaining a visa.
In the past, this measure was only used in vetting anyone suspected of connections with terrorist organizations. About 14.7 million people are expected to be affected by this new law annually.
The only exception from this new measure would be diplomatic and official visa applicants. However, those seeking student visa or work visa are not exempted from providing these details.
“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,” says the State Department. Adding that lying about social media usage could lead to serious consequences.
The Trump administration first proposed this new rule in March 2018, and it was opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union, a civil rights group, who said this could lead to self-censorship.
Barely 24 hours after swearing in, the governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni has taken a third wife.
On Thursday May 30, the incoming governor ties the knot with, Ummi Adama Gaidam daughter of outgoing governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.
Ummi Adama, is currently studying in Saudi Arabia.
Islamic scholar, Sheik Abubakar Adam, a friend to both families gave the hand of Ummi to Mala in marriage.
Unnamed sources close to the family have said that Buni and Ummi were in a relationship without the knowledge of the former governor. Buni had come to seek her hand in marriage before the swearing in.
Rumor has it that the new bride will be made the first lady of the State.The low-key marriage took place at the house of the former governor, Gaidam in the Sabon Fegi area of Damaturu, the state capital.
Buni was the immediate past – National Secretary of the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC and was announced by Gaidam to succeed him as governor.
A 53-year-old General Overseer of Vineyard Ministry of the Holy Trinity, Enugu, Timothy Ngwu has been arrested for impregnating 20 women in his church.
Enugu State Police Command arrested him following his wife’s report about his acts. Ngwu had impregnated his wife’s niece in the name of obeying divine instruction.
When asked about the allegations, Ngwu said the Holy Spirit commanded him to impregnate as many female members of the church as possible.
Enugu Police Spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu stated however that the Pastor had been charged for sexual abuse on Thursday May, 30.
Unnamed sources close to the church confirmed that he is indeed obeying a spiritual command to do the will of God by impregnating anyone chosen and revealed by the Holy Spirit, irrespective of the woman’s marital status.
Women impregnated by the pastor are required to remain in the ministry with their child for life.
In his defense, the pastor stated that he never had sex with
any of the married women unless their husband concurred to the request of the ‘Holy
However, he had earlier been quoted that he has only 5 wives with 13 children along with other concubines he got after the Holy Spirit commanded him to do so.
A 29-year-old South African man, Molefe Mojutu, allegedly killed his own child as well as his girlfriend’s two children before committing suicide in his own home on Tuesday, May 28.
Neighbors discovered the bodies of the three children. Witnesses say they recalled seeing the man on Tuesday morning and called the police since they saw him behaving suspiciously, when entering his Soshanguve home.
Police spokesperson, Captain Kay Makhubele said Mojutu had gone to his girlfriend’s house where he collected the children, aged 11, 3 and 2 pretending that he was taking them to school and crèche.
“But he didn’t do so; he went straight to his house with the children. His neighbors then saw him locking himself with the children inside his house and became suspicious of his behavior,” said Makhubele.
“After some time, neighbors went and knocked at his door, he didn’t respond. They then broke down the door and made the gruesome discovery of four-bodies hanging inside the house. They quickly informed the police,” Makhubele said.
Police swiftly responded to the scene where three children, Thabang (11), Amogelang (3), Lebogang (2) and the man were confirmed dead.
Makhubele confirmed it is murder case and an inquest docket were opened.
“There is no way such children at their age can hang themselves. They were killed hence we opened a murder case,” said Makhubele.
The man was the biological father of the two-year-old.
For the first time in South Africa’s history, half of the ministers are now women as newly re-elected President Cyril Ramphosa announced a new cabinet.
Ramphosa reduced the amount of ministers in what he called bloated cabinet from 36 to 28 ministers. He announced the move on Wednesday May 29. He said the decision was to create a line of leaders that would advance the country’s future.
Ramphosa removed those who have been implicated in alleged corruption or so-called “state caption” He pledged to root out corruption in the country but according to findings, eyebrows have been raised that he retained Deputy President, David Mabuza.
Mabuza, a close ally of former President Jacob Zuma, denies allegation of involvement in political killings and illegal tender.
The most unexpected move was appointment of the veteran opposition politician, Patricia de Lille, as Minister of Infrastructure Development, she set up the Good Party after she was forced to resign from the opposition Democratic Alliance following an acrimonious power struggle.
However, the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters Party said in a statement that the idea that he had reduced the size of the cabinet was “the first” sign of absolute “dishonest” because, at the same time, he had increased the number of deputy ministers.
A team of South African doctors in Pretoria, led by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, have successfully performed the first-ever transplant of a middle ear.
For ten years, Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, had been studying conductive hearing loss, including the use of 3D printing technologies for the purpose of scanning and wholly recreating the smallest bones, or ossicles, of the middle ear–namely the hammer, anvil and stirrup.
The team used a 3D-printed technology to reconstruct the broken bones of a middle ear, making it a long-term solution to conductive hearing loss. Doctors say the surgery can be performed on people of any age, including newborn babies.
This pioneering surgical procedure using 3D-printed middle ear bones, developed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria (UP) Faculty of Health, may be the answer to conductive hearing loss, a middle ear problem caused by congenital birth defects, infection, trauma or metabolic diseases.
40-year-old Thabo Molishiwa, whose middle ear was completely damaged in a car accident, is the first patient to undergo this surgery and can now hear again. Due to the nature of his trauma, the operation lasted about an hour and a half.
The procedure effectively replaces the hammer, anvil, and stirrup, the ossicles (smallest bones in the body) that make up the middle ear. 3D-printing technology was used to print these bones and then used in the surgery to reconstruct the ossicles.
“By replacing only the ossicles that aren’t functioning properly, the procedure carries significantly less risk than known prostheses and their associated surgical procedures,” Prof Tshifularo explains.
“We will use titanium for this procedure, which is biocompatible. We use an endoscope to do the replacement, so the transplant is expected to be quick, with minimal scarring,” he added.
According to the South African Hearing Institute, our hearing ability naturally declines from age 30 or 40. In fact, by age 80, more than half of humans will suffer from significant hearing loss. While hearing loss is a natural part of ageing, it could also occur as a result of disease or infection. It may also be inherited or be the result of physical damage to the ears or head.
The surgery also aims to simplify the reconstruction of ossicles during middle ear procedures, such as ossiculoplasty and stapedectomy, in order to increase the chance of success with minimal intrusion trauma.
In addition, Prof Tshifularo’s procedure reduces the chance of facial nerve paralysis, which can occur if the facial nerve that passes through the middle ear space is damaged during traditional surgery.
“3D technology is allowing us to do things we never thought we could,” says Prof Tshifularo, who is head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) at UP. “But I need sponsors and funding for this invention to take off the ground.”
For Prof Tshifularo, “innovate or perish” are words to live by when it comes to clinical procedures, teaching, research and medical devices, and believes that academics have a responsibility to come up with solutions that benefit communities
“As a Department of Health, we shall do everything in our power to assist and mobilize resources to make sure that Prof. Tshifularo gets all the help he needs for this far-reaching innovation”, said Minister Motsoaledi. The Minister also calls upon donors and development partners, especially the business community in South Africa to support this, South Africa’s scientific breakthrough.