Fadji Maina has emerged as the first scientist from Niger to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

The 29-year-old hydrologist was said to have earned her PhD in 2016, and joined the world-famous space agency in the US at the end of last month.

She stated that she will use her new job to give back to her country and the continent:

“I will say to them to not give up to keep going because everyone would think people from Niger, or a young girl from Niger, would not be able to do this. But just believe in yourself and find an environment that will support you. You get used to it also I think we need to have more people coming from different backgrounds to be able to solve the problems that we are looking at – because different people will have different perspectives,” she said.

Ms Maina also mentioned that she is the only African in Nasa

Local media has reported that a Kenyan MP has been arrested on Monday evening for making remarks against President Uhuru Kenyatta over the weekend.

The said MP who was identified as Johanna Ng’eno is said to be accused of using abusive and demeaning language against the president. He is set to appear in court on Tuesday.

A video clip of the MP’s utterances on the fallout between President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto has circulated widely on social media. He is heard telling the president to dissolve the government and quit if he is uncomfortable working with Mr Ruto.

Liberian ex-president and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor bid, to be moved from a British jail, where he claimed he risks dying from coronavirus has been denied by the Judges

Taylor is serving a 50-year sentence at Frankland prison near Durham in northeastern England after being convicted in 2012 by a court in The Hague of fuelling civil conflict in Sierra Leone.

The warlord had argued that due to a “massive outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK” his life was at risk from continued detention in Britain and that he wanted to be moved to a safe third country.

But the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone said in a statement late Monday that “Taylor had failed to comply with court directions that he specifies which countries he considered safe.”

The court said Teresa Doherty, the duty judge dealing with Taylor’s application, “noted that the World Health Organization has not declared any place in the world safe from COVID-19”.

A new record has been set by the heatwave over Labor Day weekend that fueled new wildfires across California.

As of Monday, wildfires have scorched over 2 million acres of land in the Golden State. Crews were conducting active rescue operations to save people surrounded by the flames.

“It’s a little unnerving because September and October are historically our worst months for fires,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff she said.

“It’s usually hot, and the fuels really dry out. And we see more of our wind events,” she added

William Madu, a 37-year-old man, has been electrocuted in Sapele, Delta State while trying to change the source of power supply from a generator.

Eyewitnesses said the incident, which occurred on Oleh Road around 1.35 pm on Sunday, threw the entire community into mourning, as the deceased was said to be the breadwinner of his family and was also taking care of his aged father and siblings.

A neighbor described the young man’s death as devastating to the Madu family.

One of the eyewitnesses, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “William was watching TV when the BEDC restored power supply and because the generator was outside, he quickly left his one-room apartment to switch off the generator and the next thing we heard was a little boy screaming. We dashed out to find him struggling with the wire and we had to switch off the power source from the building before we could go near him.”

Report revealed that William died before neighbors could get him to the hospital.

The Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, is ready to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent increment in the pump price of fuel and power tariff.

This was disclosed by Governor Muhammadu Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State on Tuesday. He said that the nation’s governors are highly disturbed over the uproar that trails the increase.

Badaru said, “We are soon going to meet with President Buhari over the pump price of fuel and power tariff rise and God willing, something good is coming out from the meeting.”

I don’t want to preempt our proposed meetings with President Buhari over this issue, but I’m assuring you that we are going to mediate for the benefits of Nigerians,” he added.

The chairman of CEAN, Patrick Lee, while speaking on the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown in August, had said the industry kept losing N1 billion on a monthly basis, rendering staff jobless.

“We do not have a situation whereby we have 100, 200, or 500 people in the same place at the same time because of the nature in which cinemas operate,” he had said.

We promise to give room for social distancing, 50 percent hall occupancy, use of facemask, hand sanitizers and we have made provision for air conditioning systems that would pump in oxygen.

We’ve seen other aspects of the economy that are already opened and we have put enough safety protocols in place to ensure, when our customers return to watch movies, they are safe.

We have lost over N1billion every month that we have been locked down. And it is over N6billion now in six months. Most of our staff are currently unemployed.

There are over 20,000 that depend on the industry in terms of supplies and those who work with artisans. We are at the point of bankruptcy, we want the government to help us to reopen.”

Patrick’s statement came after some celebrities had called on the government to reopen cinemas.

The Governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed El Rufai, on Monday, while Speaking during an executive committee meeting with traditional rulers chaired by Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, said the amount is as a result of the increasing cost of drugs, feeding, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors.

El-Rufai said the government cannot tell patients to bear the cost of the treatment because it will lead to further spread of the disease.

“We have a very high success rate in treating COVID-19 patients. Even a 90-year-old person, with underlying conditions, diabetes and hypertension was treated successfully in the state.

The virus has not left us. We may ignore it, but it is still there. We urge you to sensitize our people to protect themselves against this virus, particularly those that are above the age of 60.

It costs about N400,000 to treat one coronavirus patient. They have to be isolated and fed. The cost of medicine has increased, even the personal protective equipment that the doctors treating them have to wear. When you add all this up, the average cost of treatment is over N400,000 per person. We have to bear the cost,” El rufai said

Nigerian students have hit the street and embarked on a nationwide march to protest the recent increase in the price of petrol in the country.

The students under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students are also expressing their anger against the increase in electricity tariff and increase in the cost of living in the country.

The protest is simultaneously going on in multiple states in the country including Ogun, Osun, and the Federal Capital Territory.

The students’ body asked President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet members to reverse the pump price or resign.

The Katsina State Police Command, on Thursday evening, disclosed that they paraded more than 50 bandits and rescued 220 cows during the second quarter of its ongoing onslaught against banditry, armed robbery, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in the state

The State Commissioner of Police Sanusi Buba Sanusi made this known at the press briefing at Police headquarters in Katsina. He mentioned that other items that were recovered by the command include 9 AK 47 riffles, 20 locally made guns, two vehicles, and 20 motorcycles.

“During the period under review, the command has carried out various sting operations in several locations within the frontline local government areas, busted and arrested many suspected bandits terrorizing Katsina State. Also the sum of N685, 000 was recovered and the command killed 15 bandits and rescued 20 kidnapped victims,” he revealed.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to begin preparations for the reopening of orientation camps nationwide. 

“For the National Youth Service Corps, the NYSC is to consolidate on safety measures currently being put in place and start preparing for the reopening of orientation camps when educational institutions open. We are in the process of developing strict guidelines to ensure there is no outbreak of Covid-19 when this process starts,” National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu said.

Guinea’s President Alpha Condé has announced his plans to run for the third term in office as a candidate for young people and women in the upcoming elections.

The President’s announcement about running for a controversial third term has sparked protests in the country.

He stated that he was the best choice for the two groups.

President  Condé, 82, hailed women as important pillars in the society while speaking during a video conference with female political activists on Wednesday.

Recall that he was first elected in 2010, thereafter he pushed through a constitutional change in a referendum in March which now allows him to stand for a third term.

Nigeria’s Presidency’s office has dismissed a media report which stated that one of the President’s aides had tested positive for Covid-19.

It was made known that all aides are routinely tested for coronavirus and the named staff member had always returned a negative test.

The general public is hereby advised to ignore such stories that are intended to mislead the people an create unnecessary anxiety about the safety of the president,” a statement by the president’s spokesperson said.

Zimbabwe Protester Organizer To Be Granted Bail

Jacob Ngarivhume, Zimbabwe’s opposition politician, who called for anti-corruption protests in July, has been granted bail. 

Ngarivhume was charged with inciting violence. 

Recall that he was arrested in July along with a freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who faces a similar charge for tweeting in support of the calls to protest. 

The Zimbabwean wildlife authorities have disclosed that they have found more carcasses of elephants, which brings the total number of dead Elephants to 22.

The authorities say that the elephants died of a suspected bacterial infection. 

The authorities also suspect that the young elephants may have eaten poisonous vegetation.

Most of the dead elephants were said to be young with the oldest aged 18 years.

The Katsina State branch of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has disclosed yesterday the arrest of 7 suspects with 57.846kgs of assorted drugs and 10 bottles of codeine cough syrups.

This was made known in a press release made available to journalists by Public Relations Officer of the command, Mustapha Maikudi. It stated that the arrests were made between August 18 and 25, 2020, which were part of the command’s efforts to make Katsina drug free. 

Maikudi listed those arrested to include; Shehu Adamu, 32, from Bindawa LGA of Katsina with 10.65kgs of cannabis sativa, Nura Salele, 59, from Funtua with 10 bottles of cough syrup with codeine, Nuhu Nabayi Fafawa, 52, from Dan Musa with 5.21kgs of cannabis sativa and Umar Abdullahi, 73, from Mani LGA with 12kgs of cannabis sativa.

Others were Shu’aibu Yahaya Dangora, 50, from Dutsinma LGA with cannabis sativa, Sadiqu Dahiru, 23, from Malumfashi LGA with 19.2kgs of cannabis sativa and Harisu Sa’adu, 20, of Safana LGA, with exol 5kgs and tramadol 750grm.

“All suspects have been remanded in custody, pending further investigation and possible prosecution,” he stated.

The Ghanian government has announced plans to resume international passenger flights on the 1st of September.

President Nana Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday while mentioning that there had been a drop in active coronavirus cases.

The President said all travelers arriving in Ghana must present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test result done within 72 hours before departure. They will also be tested on arrival at the airport with the result expected within 30 minutes. The passengers are to pay for the test.

Those who test positive will undergo further assessment and treatment. But children under five will not be tested. 

All passengers are also expected to observe the safety protocols including mandatory wearing of masks. Airlines that fail to comply with the government directive will be sanctioned.

South Africa’s ruling party officials have disclosed that President Cyril Ramaphosa is to appear before an integrity commission to answer questions about a controversial campaign donation. 

Although, Jessie Duarte, a senior member of the African National Congress, did not specify when Mr. Ramaphosa would present himself before the party panel.

Recall that, in a report, South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog alleged that Mr. Ramaphosa had misled parliament about the money he received in 2017, which was worth more than $36,000.

The President stated that it was a donation towards his campaign for the ANC leadership.

Kano State Governor  Abdullahi Ganduje has on Friday sworn in six judges for the State High Court for speedy dispensation of justice.

It was gathered that the  Attorney General of the state, Mr Muhammad Lawal, administered the oath of office and allegiance on Justices Abubakar  Maiwada, Maryam Sabo, Zuwaira Yusuf A, Jamilu Sulaiman, Sunusi Ma’aji and Hafsat Yayha Sani.

Governor Ganduje said that all the new judges were sworn in based on their individual merit and competence, having passed the accreditation tests and recommendations of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Adding that the appointment would increase the number of judges and ensure quick dispensation of justice and fair hearing in the state. He also said that the three arms of government would cooperate and work in synergy for the common good of the people of the state.

Ganduje further urged the new judges to maintain the credibility of the judiciary and also continue to uphold its dignity.

The owners of the helicopter that was involved in the helicopter crash in a residential part of Opebi, Lagos on Friday, Quorum Company, have revealed that the victims were their crew members.

Two of them, including the pilot, were confirmed dead while the third victim was rushed to Lagos Teaching University Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja where he is receiving treatment.

The light helicopter with registration Number 5N-BQW was flying from Port-Harcourt to Lagos when it crashed between two buildings in Ikeja en-route to Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

As soon as we received news of the accident, we promptly informed the aviation authorities, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Preliminary reports indicate that of the three souls on board – all crew, two of the crew members lost their lives whilst the third one is currently receiving treatment at a hospital. We have been made to understand that nobody in the building, nor in the vicinity was injured for which we are grateful. In accordance with aviation regulations, the AIB has taken over the investigation process. We hereby ask members of the public to await the outcome of the investigation. We hereby express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident,” their statement read