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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has finally approved a replacement for four heads of federal government agencies that were appointed minister recently.

Basheer Mohammed has replaced former Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally displaced Persons, Sadiya Farouk.

Chioma Ejikeme has replaced former Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional arrangement Directorate, Sharon Ikeazor.

Kashifu Abdullahi is now the Director-General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency.

To replace Sunday Dare, Buhari has sent Adeleke Adewolu’s name for the Executive Commissioner (Stakeholder Management) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The changes take effect immediately.

To prevent the spread of Ebola in Burundi, the European Union is granting E465,000 to the country.

Concerns have grown over the potential spreading of the disease to neighboring countries such as Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda. Thus the funding is to help with the prevention of Ebola crossing borders.

Since 2018 the EU has issued E47m to the Democratic Republic of Congo for Ebola treatment and humanitarian support to fight the deadly disease where 1,900 people have died.

The new funding will be given through the World Health Organisation.

Wednesday, August 21, Leaders of Rwanda, Paul Kagame and Uganda, Yoweri Museveni endorsed an agreement in Angola to end disputes.

These two leaders were known to be close allies until their relationship went sour and turned deeply hostile in a dispute that destroyed the trade between the two countries.

The signing occurred in Luanda, the capital of Angola. It was witnessed by Angola’s president Joao Lourenco, President of Democratic of Congo Felix Tshsekedi and Republic of Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Trade had been severely interrupted since February when Rwanda suddenly closed the border that joins the countries together.

In May, Uganda police accused Rwanda soldiers of entering the country and killing two of their men. Rwandan soldiers denied the accusation.

Rwanda on the other hand publicly accused Uganda of abducting its citizens and supporting rebels to overthrow its government.

The Angolan president said the two signing the document shows ” willingness to overcome conflict”.

Kenya won the election against Djibouti as Africa’s candidate to be a non-permanent member of the United Security Council in June.

Kenya had thirty-seven votes, while Djibouti gathered only thirteen.

The vote took place in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

The first congratulatory message was received from Ambassador Mohammed Idris Farah of Djibouti.

“ I congratulate Kenya for a well-deserved win and I am sure Kenya will ably represent our great continent at the UNSC” Said Farah.

The new development confirms that Kenya has remained true to the decisions and aspirations of the African Union. Proving that it is a safe and dependable country to pair with.

Kenya will, therefore, be presented to the UNSC for elections to be held in New York in June 2020 to serve for two years.

Kenya will be joining Niger (Western) and Tunisia (Northern) that were elected in June 2019 to serve in 2020 – 2021.

Voting was conducted by the AU because Kenya and Djibouti disagreed on who should represent Eastern Africa at the Security Council.

Three police officers and a civilian were killed on Tuesday, August 20, when men suspected to be armed robbers, ambushed the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe.

Akabe’s convoy was on its way to an official engagement in Abuja when it was attacked.

One armed robber opened fire on the convoy, running away after shooting four.

Three policemen and a driver were fatally shot during the attack.

Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Usman Samaila confirmed the incident but refuses to give details.

Although, Samaila said the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe personally led a team of officers to the scene to assess the situation.

“ As I speak with you now, the commissioner of police, the deputy commissioner operations and other high ranking officers of the command have gone to the scene of the incident”. Said Samaila.

The deputy governor came out unhurt but in shock and was unable to speak to a journalist.

The United States government has granted an additional $75 million to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington added that this new development will help in making antiretroviral available. Thus making peoples lives living with the virus more healthy and meaningful.

“The United States remains committed to supporting Nigeria as it works to reduce and ultimately eliminate the scourge of HIV/AIDS among its people.”

On the other hand, the fund which will be disbursed through US President’s Emergency for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) HIV funds is dependent upon the Nigerian Federal and State government eliminating or reducing financial barriers to HIV/AIDS patient.

This is to ensure that people living with HIV who have not been benefiting from the previous fund given through PEPFAR have access to treatment and treatment for those who are already enjoying the treatment should continue.

Although about $4.7 billion in the past fourteen years to fight HIV/AIDS in Nigeria hence the addition until a cure is found.

Monday, August 19 marks the beginning of the former Sudan President El-Bashir’s corruption trial.

Bashir who was ousted in April after months of protest.This put an end to his almost thirty years rule over Sudan.

He appeared in court today dressed in white robes and a turban.

At the beginning of the trial, Bashir confirmed his name and laughed when he was asked about his residential address, which he later gave as “formally airport district at army headquarters but now Kobar prison.”

Bashir was accused in court by the police investigator Ahmed Ali Mohammed of admitting to having received $25m from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Charges are for the possessing of foreign currency, corruption, receiving of gifts illegally and the killing of protesters.

The investigator claimed Bashir said he received two previous payment of $35m and $30m from Saudi Arabia’s formal king Abdullahi who died in 2015.

Sudan Military ruler, General Abdulfattah al-Burhan in April confirmed that over $113m (E93) worth of cash in Sudanese pounds and foreign currency was found in Bashir’s apartment.

“ This money was not part of the state budget and I was the one who authorized its spending”. Ali quoted al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir told the investigator that the Saudi money was exchanged and spent but he could not give details on how it was spent and also does not have the documents to back up his statement.

The trial was initially scheduled to start in July but was postponed for security reasons.

An Ethiopian plane has been denied landing at Kismayo Airport in South-Somalia on Monday, August 19th.

This comes in the midst of escalated tensions between the Federal government and the Regional leaders ahead of Thursday’s election.

A staff member at Kismayo airport who gave his name as Ismail confirmed that the plane took off from Gode in Southeastern Ethiopia to land at Kismayo airport.

After the Ethiopian plane was denied landing, it eventually landed in the Somalian town of Baidoa.

Ismail said the airline was denied clearance because they did not send the needed information in advance.

The new developments of the elections may cause conflict between Kenya and Ethiopia, longtime allies, each with significant numbers of peacekeepers in the Horn of Africa nation.

The present President of Jubbaland who is running for the second term this week is one of Kenya’s key security partners while Ethiopia has a tie with Mogadishu.

Former Nigerian Professional Football League Chairman Oyuki Obaseki died on Sunday, August 18, he was seventy-five.

It’s said that Obaseki had been sick for over three years before he passed away.

Obaseki died in Benin City, the Edo State capital where he hails from. He is survived by a wife, children and grandchildren.

From 2007-2009 he was the second Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation.

The Libyan Coast Guard rescued Thirty-seven illegal immigrants on Sunday, August 18th from off the coast of Khoms city.

The rescued immigrants were from seven different Arab and African Nationalities. They were later returned to the alighted point of the Coast Guard of the city of Khoms.

They have not yet been handed over to the Anti-illegal Immigration Services but have been provided with the necessary human needs and medical assistance.

The rescued operations were reported to have taken place on 53 miles north of Al-Khoma city.

A tanker in West Uganda exploded on Sunday, August 18th causing the death of ten people.

The fuel truck was coming from Kenya and heading to DR Congo, when it suddenly went up in flames. After which it lost control and crashed into two commuter taxis and a car.

Nine bodies were recovered from the crash while the tenth body was found trapped under the truck.

Due to the fire from the tanker, several small shops and vehicles caught fire also.

Road accidents are common in the region because the roads are narrow and bad.

Fuel tanker accident are very dangerous, especially when people see the accident as a means of getting free fuel from it.

The body of twenty-one-year-old Isreali student Aya Na’amneh, who was declared missing about 24 hours ago has been found in the Ethiopian desert after a thorough search operation on Sunday, August 18.

Na’amneh was part of a group of students of Haifa’s Technion Institute of Technology who were visiting the African country. The Ethiopian desert is currently considered one of the hottest places on earth, where temperatures spike.

Apparently she split up from the group but failed to arrive at the meeting point and she was thereafter declared missing.

Upon the news of her disappearance, teams from Magnus International Search and Rescue. together with the local police, and military forces started looking for her and found her body on Sunday.

Reports say Na’amneh fell to her death unexpectedly. Her family has been informed of her passing and the Foreign Ministry have begun arrangements to take her back to Israel for burial.

On Sunday, August 18th the United Nations stated a civilian airport in western Libya had been seriously damaged with airstrikes by East Libyan forces.

The Eastern-based Libya National Army (LNA) force claimed responsibility for bombing the airport of Zuwara twice last week, aiming hangars used by Turkish drones.

The attacks come as part of a campaign to try to take Tripoli held by the internationally recognised government. The Libya National Army is commanded by Khalifa Haftar allied to parallel government in the east.

” The Mission confirmed that the condemnation of the attacks conducted by the LNA forces against Zuwara airport, which cause serious damage as runway had been damaged.”

Since it’s ground campaign failed to make it beyond southern suburbs of Libyan capital, the LNA has resorted to increasing airstrikes against Tripoli airport.

The Tripoli forces had been supplied with drones by Turkey, with trucks to match military support by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates for the LNA.

Since 2011, after the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, conflict and chaos have been a constant part of Libya.

One of the youngest Nigerian Billionaires, Obinwanne Okeke, the Chief Officer of the Invictus Group has been arrested by the FBI over conspiracy to commit computer fraud and wire fraud.

He was allegedly accused of conspiring with some other people to commit wire fraud of $11 million dollars after an account of the CEO of Unatrac Holding Limited, a steel company, was hacked.

The following accounts confirmed the story on their twitter accounts and also as you can see below, there is an affidavit signed by a Special Agent of the FBI Marshall Ward for more detailed information.

Friday, August 16th- The Libyan airport in the main southern city of Sebha that has been closed since January 2014 due to security reasons is now finally reopened.

Our source confirmed that a commercial flight has already landed from the main eastern city of Benghazi in Sebha airport.

Since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, South Libya have experienced worse insecurity and conflict than other North African Countries.

At least ninety people have been killed and six thousand five hundred have been displaced since fight broke out between different tribes in August in Murzug town to the west of Sebha. Said United Nations.

Friday, August 16th- A banned street protest by the Movement for Democratic Change took place, and it became violent.

Police originally banned he protest on Thursday, saying they believed it would be violent. The MDC then tried to get the ban lifted, but the courts denied them. They protested anyway.

Many gathered in Africa Unity Square to protest against bad economic situations. Over five million Zimbabweans are in need of basic necessities.

Supporters gathered Friday against the ban, then the policed attacked the crowd. They fired teargas and beat people with batons. Reports say one woman had to be taken to the hospital due to injuries.

Paramedics, on Saturday, August 17 have said two people died after an aircraft crashed near Hartbeespoort Dam, west Akasia in the North West of South Africa.

According to the ER24 Spokesman Rose Campbell, search and rescue teams together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) arrived at the scene as soon as the ER24 arrived at around 12:30 pm.

“Two lifeless bodies of two men were found in the wreckage, they were declared dead on arrival as they showed no sign of life.”

The cause of the plane crash is not known yet but the authorities are investigating.

Super Eagles Player and Coach, Samson Siasia has been banned from the World football governing body, FIFA for life.

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee said in a statement issued on Friday, that Siasia was found guilty of having received bribes to manipulate matches.

FIFA found he had breached 2009 edition of FIFA code of Ethics and thereby banned him for life on all football-related activities, in both Nigeria and outside the country.

He was also fined CHF 50,000.

The body statement reads: ” The formal ethics proceedings against Mr Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes”.

Siasia was a Nigerian coach between the years 2010 – 2011, and won the 1994 African Cup of Nation with Nigeria.

He is now the second Nigerian to be banned by FIFA for bribery.

Wednesday, August 14, the Nigerian Army announced the start of recruitment into the military force for interested Nigerians.

The announcement was made through the forces’ Twitter and Facebook, adding that the portal is officially opened for candidates.

Applicants are to do only one application.

The portal was officially opened on Wednesday, August 14 and will last until September 28 2019.

According to Brigadier General Gabriel Ochigbano, Acting Military Secretary (Army) the application is free and any applicant can apply online through the force portal.

Applicants are expected to print out their online generated photo-slip upon completion of their application.

” The first page is to be signed by the Registrar of Court of Law while the second page is to be signed by the applicants’ Local Government Chairman/Secretary or any Military Officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent and above who hails from his/her state”. Said Ochigbano.

Thursday, August 15- The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is returning to Nigeria after leaving the Indian hospital where he went for medical treatment.

The Spokesperson to the IMN, Ibrahim Musa has said he will begin his return journey to Abuja at about 5 pm on Thursday.

A video uploaded to twitter shows El-Zakzaky confirming that the Indian hospital had released him after not being able to come to an agreement over his doctors and treatment.

Following his arrival at Medanta Hospital the Shiite cleric stated he felt he was being mistreated.

In the video clip below, El-Zakzaky who spoke in the Hausa Language described the level of high-security presence around him in the hospital and how he was denied access to his personal doctors.