On Tuesday a deadly and violent anti-junta protest kicked off in Chad, in the capital N’Djamena as demonstrators demanded a return to civilian rule.
After the military took power following the death of longtime leader Idriss Deby last week and the placement of his son. At least two people have been killed in the protests. A woman died when anti-junta protesters attacked a bus in the capital and a man was killed during demonstrations in the south of the country.
Protesters burned tyres in N’Djamena and police responded with tear gas.
Several opposition leaders and civil society groups called the move a coup and called on Chadians to take to the streets. On Monday, the army appointed civilian politician Albert Pahimi Padacke as prime minister, but the opposition rejected that too.
The military council banned protests in a statement Monday.
A protester says “We are tired of monarchy in Chad. we’re tired. We just want France to free us from this problem”
The transition council said it will hand over power in 18-months time when it takes the country to an election. The African Union has also expressed grave concern over the political takeover.
After an anti-poaching patrol, four people, including three Europeans and a Burkinabe, are missing after an attack in eastern Burkina Faso on Monday.
The group was made up of soldiers, forest rangers and foreign reporters. They were targeted in the east of the country in the Fada N’Gourma-Pama area. A local official said three others were also wounded.
A security source said the missing westerners included two Spaniards and an Irishman who were working with an NGO to protect the environment.
The attackers used two pick-up vehicles and a dozen motorbikes.
On Monday some 1,300 prisoners were freed at the beginning of a presidential pardon, which aims to free up overcrowded jails in Burundi
At a prison in Bujumbura, almost 1,000 inmates left their cells at a ceremony attended by President Evariste Ndayishimiye.
A total of 5,255 inmates, 40 percent of Burundi’s prison population, will be released in the coming weeks. 3,000 will be imminently released and another 2,000 will have their sentences cut.
“In our country, what has crippled us is a lot of crimes, offenses committed that the state has not sanctioned so that some people have thought that committing a crime is a sign of bravery,” said President Ndayishimiye, warning detainees against a relapse. The blood crimes of the past have their roots there when people see that killing is not a crime.”
The detainees, including those arrested in 2015 following the demonstrations against the third term of the late President Nkurunziza, say they are relieved.
On Thursday, Hon. Abdullahi Sani Dan-Azumi, the Zamfara State youth leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was arrested by the state police command in Gusau, the state capital.
According to a source from the APC state Headquarters in Gusau, the youth leader was arrested over a viral video.
The Source said “In the video Dan-Azumi threatened that anyone that had a hand in the prosecution and molestation of former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari would either die, lose his position or suffer badly”
Newsmen gathered that there are words that Dan Azumi may likely be prosecuted at Sharia Court in Samaru for charges of public disturbance and that the youth leader has been at the custody of the CID undergoing interrogation by the security operatives.
Two hundred and fifty cows have arrived in crates at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, from the United States, as part of a joint venture programme between Ekiti state and a food and beverage company, Promasidor Group.
The announcement was made on Thursday by Akin Oyebode, the state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning.
He said the cows were taken for delivery to Ikun Dairy Farm Limited, to help boost milk production through the state-owned Ikun Dairy Farm.
He said “Update: 250 cows arrived this morning, for onward delivery to Ikun Dairy Farm Limited; a JV between Ekiti state government and Promasidor Group. We now have 300 jersey cows, and almost 500 in total. We moo-ve!. Ikun Dairy Farm plans to reach 10,000 litres of milk daily with cows from the USA. A great collaboration with Consulate Lagos that helps Nigeria grow and diversify its economy.”
This one is after the August 2020 that Promasidor had invested $5 million into Ikun Dairy Farm for the purchase of equipment, provision of appropriate herd of cattle, and development of an out-grower scheme with local farmers for providing feed for the cattle.
In the Niger area of the country, the Nigerian Army has shut down a military camp in Zagzaga community, Munya Local Government Area of Niger State after another attack by bandits.
On Wednesday, the gunmen invaded the military camp and engaged the soldiers in a gun battle, set a military vehicle ablaze, while the food store in the camp was burnt.
No soldier was confirmed to have died during the attack, one officer was said to be missing. The soldiers however have been moved out of the community in what the secretary to the state government, Ibrahim Matene, called a tactical withdrawal.
Hours after they moved out, it was learnt that the bandits attacked communities in the area, kidnapping over 15 persons.
Communities affected in the fresh attacks Wednesday night are Zagzaga, Zhani, Guni and Maraban Daudu.
On Thursday, a man was confirmed dead in a lone road accident that happened along Gbongan-Ibadan highway, Osun State.
The fatal accident occurred around 12:45 pm on Thursday before Forte Oil filling Station, 2 kilometres from Sasa bridge.
The Sector Public Education Officer for Osun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Agnes Ogungbemi, said the accident involved a Ash Toyota Previa, with registration number APM 222 AA was probably caused by speed limit violation.
She said “Four of the victims were taken to OAU Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife while five victims were taken to Seven days Adventist, hospital Ile-Ife after they were rejected at OAUTH because of lack of bed space. The corpse was deposited at OAUTH morgue”
The Osun State Sector Commander, Kudirat Ibrahim, called on road users to be road conscious always and to obey traffic regulations to avoid being caught in accidents that could lead to loss of lives and property.
The Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS, Lagos State Command, says no fewer than 20 inmates have indicated an interest in writing the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Spokesperson of the service, Mr Rotimi Oladokun, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Lagos, NAN reports.
Oladokun said the inmates would be adequately prepared for the examination, despite the attempted jailbreak in the facility in 2020. He said more inmates indicated interest to further their education, having gone through several reform programs.
He further revealed that the new facility, where the inmates would write the examination, had reached 80 percent completion and the computers and other items needed would be fixed soon. The inmates have equally shown determination and focus to excel.
Parts of the Delta State Police Command headquarters in Asaba have been gutted by fire, destroying the communication control room on Thursday.
Spokesman Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Bright Edafe disclosed in a statement that the fire started around 2.45 pm and affected parts of the control room.
Edafe explained that the prompt response by firefighters prevented the fire from escalating. Adding that the cause of the fire was unknown, but he suspected a spark from the communications engine room.
The police spokesman said the investigation into the incident had begun.
Victims of the fire incident in Dugbe, in Oyo State, have called on Governor Seyi Makinde to intervene by granting them renovation approval.
They appealed to the governor to prevail on the relevant agencies to approve the renovation permit, to allow them to repair the building and save it from collapse.
They explained that no court granted an injunction to stop the renovation of the dilapidated building.
The appeal was made in a letter dated April 8, 2021, by S.O. Sanni & CO, on behalf of the victims, which includes the owner of Pelly Foam Industries Ltd, Dapo Davies, and the traders within the property on 1, Lebanon Street, Dugbe, Ibadan, which was gutted by fire in April last year.
The letter was received on April 16 by the Governor’s Office and made available to reporters yesterday in Ibadan.
However, the traders said despite that the documents requested by relevant agencies for the renovation permit have been submitted, to their surprise, a year after, the approval is yet to be granted.
They said they learned that Governor Makinde was misinformed that there were pending cases in court, which is farther from the truth.
Unknown gunmen have abducted an unidentified number of students of Green Field University along the Kaduna-Abuka Highway in the Chikun Local Government Area.
The attack was said to have occurred on Tuesday night.
It was gathered gunmen invaded the university and started shooting sporadically before whisking some of the students away and killing a staff in the process.
Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident said troops and other security operatives are working in the general area, and the public will be informed of further developments.
The Delta State authorities have arrested a 50-year-old woman and rescued 22 orphans after a raid on an illegal orphanage named Foster Paradise in Ashaka, Ndokwa East Local Government Area.
It was learned that the orphanage was shut down because it breached the Child Rights Bill.
Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs. Flora Alatan, represented by an official, Mrs. Oghenekevwe Agas, explained the imperatives of compliance with the rules and regulations guiding the process of setting up an orphanage.
She said the proprietress was unable to provide any detailed registration documents accounting for the number of children in their custody. While adding that the safety of the children was the priority of the government, stressing that the ministry did not have accurate data and information concerning the children.
It was gathered that the orphans were sent to accredited orphanages in Ughelli, and Ogwashi-Uku in Ughelli North and Aniocha South LGA’s respectively.
However, the suspect identified as Mrs. Antonett said she relocated from Lagos and had begun the registration process but had not acquired the license.
After the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi (retd.) led the Chief of Defence Chief, Gen Leo Irabor and other service chiefs on an assessment visit to Maiduguri, Borno State, the Boko Haram insurgents invaded Dikwa town with several gun trucks.
Newsmen gathered that the Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province fighters attacked Dikwa town, only about 85 kilometres to Maiduguri, on Sunday evening, engaging the troops in a gun battle which lasted for hours. There were explosions even as the ISWAP fighters took control of the major access roads into the area.
A source said “The troops are still trying to contain them. But the situation is fluid and overwhelming. This is the fourth time ISWAP and Boko Haram have attacked the town since January”
The minister said “We are doing your best and we recognise that. You have already been baptised, all you need to do is to find the enemy and bring him to his knees. We have the resources, the equipment to improve your standard and training to be able to do this good job. We will continue to improve on your welfare and allowances and all what is due to you”
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Joint Campus Committee (JCC) in Ondo State, has threatened to shut down all government activities in the state if the ongoing strike at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH) in Okitipupa is not called off.
In a statement issued on Sunday, NANS said the strike embarked upon by the members of the Academic Staff Union of universities and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions of the university has paralysed both academic and business activities on the campus.
The statement which was released, signed by Messrs. Akinteye Babatunde, the NANS JCC Chairman and Adekunle Oluwatayo, the NANS Director of Media, gave the state government a seven-day ultimatum to do the demands of the university workers or face the wrath of the students.
It read, “It saddened our hearts to receive the news of the ongoing strike by the Academic and Non-Academic Staffs Union of OAUSTECH, Okitipupa, especially coming at a time when the whole planet is consciously trying to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has, in turn, affected the commencement of the 2nd Semester of 2019/2020 session.
The ongoing strike whose major impact is on Nigeria, is a result of the non-payment of salaries of staff members of the institution.
We hereby give the Ondo State Government 7 days from the date of this published date to employ every approach to curb the ongoing strike and return life to academic progression.
Should the ongoing strike exceed the 7 days ultimatum, the NANS JCC ONDO STATE Secretariat would shut down the entire activities of the region of the state with a massive PROTEST!
We, in good faith, hope all would be done to curb the strike and all parties resume to work immediately as we won’t back off until our academic progress is no longer threatened”, it added.
On Monday,a military officer said the Somali National Army (SNA), has killed a senior Shabab operative and arrested two others in an operation in the Middle Shabelle region.
Abshir Mohamud, SNA commander for Unit 3, told military radio that the army conducted a planned operation on Sunday along the road linking Balad and Jowhar towns in southern Somalia and inflicted casualties on the militants.
He said “Our forces killed a senior Shabab commander, who was in charge of planting landmines in the Middle Shabelle region,’’ Mohamud said, adding that the forces also killed Mohamud’s bodyguard and apprehended two other senior Shabab leaders in the operation.”
Somali government forces have intensified operations against al-Shabab in southern regions, but the militants still control some rural areas in those regions, conducting ambushes and planting landmines.
President Muhammadu Buhari is hosting the new President of Niger Republic, Mohamed Bazoum, in the State House Abuja.
Bazoum was inaugurated as President of Niger Republic on April 2, 2021, after winning the elections held on December 27, 2020 and took over from his predecessor, Mahamadou Issoufou.
President Bazoum was accompanied to the State House by Governors of some northern states, which share boundaries with the neighbouring country.
The Governors are Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi); Babagana Zulum (Borno); Abdulahi Ganduje (Kano); Mai Mala Buni (Yobe); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).
The Minister of Defense, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd); Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva; the National Security Adviser NSA Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd); Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, were with the President to receive the guest.
The deceased family of the foremost Ekiti educationist have announced that the funeral rites for foremost educationist and former Principal of Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti, Chief Olusola Bayode, will commence on Monday in Ado-Ekiti.
Chief Bayode, former President, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Ondo State, passed on in January age 82. He was also the founding principal of Aisegba Community Grammar School, Aisegba-Ekiti.
Spokesman for the family, Mr. Morakinyo Bayode, a United Kingdom-based architect, said the week-long chain of events, jointly put together by the Bayode family as well as the alumni associations of the two schools, would kick off on Monday (today) with a special commendation service at Aisegba Community Grammar School, Aisegba-Ekiti.
“On Wednesday, family members and friends, Christ’s School community, as well as well-wishers will converge on Christ’s School premise in Ado-Ekiti for a night of tributes in honour of the departed ‘Old Boy’ and former principal.
His body will be received on April 22 by past and present principals of Christ’s School at the school premises after which his body would be laid-in-state at his residence in Ado-Ekiti before proceeding to his hometown, Ikere-Ekiti.
Another lying-in-state will be observed at Saint Luke’s Anglican Church, Uro, Ikere-Ekiti after which a Christian Wake will be conducted by officials of the church.
The funeral service holds at the same church on April 23. His body would later be interred at the church’s cemetery.”