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33-year-old famed Ivorian musician, Huon Agne Didier who is popularly known as DJ Arafat has lost his life following a road accident which occurred around 8 am (local and GMT) of Monday, August, 12 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

DJ Arafat was credited as being the originator of the coupe-decale genre of music. Fans gathered outside Abidjan hospital grieving in tribute to the musician who took the coupe-decale music to the world.

He was riding a motorcycle when he rammed into a car according to information received by our reporter and photos circulating on social media.

In a statement released by the RTI, the Ivorian Minister of Culture Maurice Kouakou Bandaman “expresses his condolences to the family and music lovers, he also said arrangements will be made for a tribute to the artist”.

Monday, August 12th at least two people died and forty-two others are seriously injured following an accident involving a bus with registration number UAQ 906T which belongs to YY Coaches and a trailer.

The accident occurred at Buseyi Village along the Iganga-Jinja Highway of Uganda.

The bus with sixty passengers on board coming from Kampala and heading to Mbale was trying to pass a vehicle, but a trailer was coming from the opposite direction.

The bus while trying to avoid a head-on collision with the trailer swerved off the road and overturned.

The Busoga East Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident saying they are yet to establish the exact cause of the accident but the passengers had told them that the driver was driving recklessly.

The deceased have been identified as Wanda Asiyaka, a resident of Mbale but the woman who died along with him is yet to be identified as at the time this report was prepared. Bodies were taken to Iganga Hospital Mortuary for postmortem.

The driver identified as Mr. Taban was arrested and he is been detained at Iganga Police Station.

A passenger, Yusuf Bilali, one of those who survived the accident said that “ The driver was speeding yet it was raining and in the process of trying to overtake, he lost control”.

Saturday, August 10th the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission announced that the People Democratic Party (PDP) won all eight seats in the Local Government Election.

Reports say the All Progressive Congress did not participate in the election due to some alleged irregularities.

The returning officer in Yenagoa while announcing the result on Sunday said that Mr Dengiye Ubarugu of the PDP polled 42,539 votes to defeat ADC who polled 1,031 votes in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA.

The returning officer of Southern-Ijaw Dr Nwiwu Johnson announced that Mr Nigeria Kia of the PDP polled 107,150 votes to defeat AD who polled 2,489 votes.

The returning officer of Ekeremor LGA Dr Victor Ayibatonye announced that Chief Perekeme Petula emerged winner with 62,529 votes as other parties had no votes.

The returning officer of Shagbama LGA Dr ThankGod Apere, where Governor Seriake Dickson hails from announced that Mr Alah Embeleakpo of the PDP had 96,468 votes as other parties had no votes.

The returning officer of Brass LGA Mr Timothy Ogiaba announced that Mr Victor Isaiah of the PDP scores 28,667 votes over LP 2,948 votes.

The returning officer of Ogbia LGA Mr Ebiye Ogoli announced that Mr Turner Ebinyo of the PDP polled 17,661 votes to defeat ADC who polled 1,017.

The returning officer of Yenagoa Dr Good-head Abraham announced that Mr Uroupaye Nimizuoa of the PDP scores 98,831 votes to defeat Mr Lawrence Kwokwo of ADC who polled 636 votes.

According to the BYSIEC Chairman, Dr Remember Ogbe confirmed that the elections were peaceful in all the local government.

Friday August 9th, twenty people were burnt beyond recognition after two vehicles collided along Potiskum-Sade Road in the Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command Kamal Abubakar confirmed the incident on Saturday evening.

He said the accident involved two buses, a J5 bus and an 18 seat Hummer bus.

A Deputy Superintendent of Police, Abubakar explained that the accident happened around 9:30 pm on Friday night involving the two buses.

A J5 was coming from Potiskum heading towards Bauchi conveying goats while a Hummer Bus was coming from Bauchi.

They had a head-on collision and the vehicles caught fire, killing twenty people.

Nineteen of the corpses have been identified by their family members through the manifest in which they wrote their details at the motor park before boarding the vehicle.

A mass burial was held for the deceased around 9 am at Darazo in Darazo Local Government Area of the State on Saturday, August 10.

Police in Manguzi, KwaZulu Natal said they have seized at least twenty cars at the border between South Africa and Mozambique between June and August.

Reports say eight suspects have been arrested so far and have all been taken to Manguzi Magistrate Court on charges of being in possession of suspected stolen vehicles.

The stolen vehicles include trucks, bakkies and smaller cars, which were recovered during the process of crossing the border and some were found hidden in dense vegetation.

A majority of which were stolen or hijacked from various parts of the country destined to be taken across the border.

The engine and chassis numbers on these vehicles had been altered making it difficult to link the vehicles to vehicle-related crimes across the country, said the police.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu has confirmed in a statement on Saturday, August 10 that President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to South Africa in October.

Shehu said Buhari accepted an invitation from South African leader, Cyril Ramaphosa in a telephone conversation at his country home in Daura, Katsina State, to visit the country (South Africa).

The meeting is necessary to discuss recurrent issues relating to the well being of Nigerian citizens in South Africa and ways to further strengthen and promote trade relations between the two countries, Shehu said.

Your visit will provide an excellent opportunity for our sister countries to further consolidate and advance our strategic partnership and cooperation on matters of peace, security and socio-economic development in our continent”.

We will discuss issues of mutual interest and concern in global governance”. Ramaphosa was quoted saying all these words in an earlier letter of invitation.

Ramaphosa added that the meeting would provide an avenue to inaugurate a Bi-national commission for both countries to “effect the strategic decisions taken in 2016 to elevate it to the level of Head of State”.

Rocket fire has hit the sole functioning airport in Libya’s Capital on Sunday, August 11 violating a temporary truce between government and forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar.

The airport management said in a statement on Facebook that “ Mitiga airport has been targeted by fire this morning, the first day of Eid al-Adha, referring to the three day Muslim holiday which began on Sunday.

Self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Tripoli-based government of National Accord previously had an agreement on a UN-sponsored humanitarian truce for Eid Al-Adha, though the GNA had listed conditions including ceasing of troop movement.

The GNA blamed Haftar’s forces for the attack against the airport and for a separate alleged attack in the Soug al-Jomma district of Tripoli. “ Haftar’s militias have violated the truce twice.” Said GNA Spokesperson Mustapha al-Mejii.

The Hafter forces targeted a home in Soug al-Jomaa wounded three civilians and their second hit is on Mitiga airport, al-Mejii added.

“ We have noted the coordinates of the rocket fire from zones controlled by Haftar’s militias south of the capital” and passed them on to the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL). “Said al-Mejii.

Over 1,093 people have lost their lives in the fight, 5,572 wounded and 120,000 people displaced in four months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have succeeded in destroying a Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Command and Control Center in Dusula, close to the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

The operation was carried out through operation GREEN SWEEP III which focus on some identified terrorist positions in Borno for destruction on Friday, August 9.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola reveal it in his statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Daramola explained that the attack was carried out, as a result, of a renewed offensive aimed at further eliminating remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province Terrorists (BHT/ISWAP) in the North East of Nigeria.

The operation was executed after a series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions led to the identification of the Command Centre with its solar panels, communications equipment and other facilities”.

The three Alpha jets dispatched by the ATF engaged the location in multiple passes recording accurate hits on the target area”.

The structures housing the Command Centre was completely destroyed by the strikes while several of the terrorists were neutralized”.

The few surviving terrorists who were seen attempting to flee the area were taken out by follow on attacks”. Said Daramola.

NAF says it will sustain its operations against the Boko Haram Terrorist in the North-East and ensure that Nigeria is totally delivered from their hands.

At least two people lost their lives on Saturday, August 10 while five others were injured in an accident involving eight people, a vehicle and a motorcycle at the Mowe area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety corps Mr. Clement Oladele said while addressing the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday said a bus was heading to Ibadan from Lagos when it lost control and rammed into a motorcycle at the Olowotedo area of Mowe killing two people and injured five others.

The corpses of the victims were moved to the Divine Touch Hospital Morgue Mowe while the injured victims were also receiving treatment at the same hospital.

Oladele urges motorist to exercise maximum patience and adhere strictly to 50km per hour in order to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

The Federal government has sent 300 tons of relief materials to the government of Niger for onward distribution to Nigerians living in refugee camps in the Niger Republic.

The General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Mustapha Malhaja who presented the items and was represented by NEMA’s Head of Operation in Sokoto Dr Kofoworola Soleye said the items were part of support from the Federal government.

The items were been handed over to an official of the Nigerien government Mr. Sanoussi who is also the Secretary-General Adjoint du Government de Moradi.

Sanoussi mentioned that the consignment was procured following a report on displaced Nigerians who left for neighboring border communities in Niger after conducting an assessment.

At least 18,000 Nigerian refugees were at the border communities in Niger and the Nigerien public and government had donated 100 tons of relief materials, Sokoto state government gave 300 tons and Dangote 500 tons of assorted items.

Six trucks of relief materials were handed over to the Nigerien government to be distributed to the refugees in the camps located at Gidan Ranji, the Moradi States in the Niger Republic.

Items presented include bags of rice, beans, millet, sugar, cartons of Maggi cubes, tomato paste, detergent and toilet soaps. There are also blankets, towels, children’s, women and men’s wears, mosquito nets, nylon mats, clothing materials among others.

Our sources said the items were initially impounded by the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Country’s Customs officials at Konni, a border town but was later released.

At least two people were killed who have been identified as United Nations Staff on Saturday, August 10 in a car explosion in the Eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

The explosion occurred in front of a shopping mall and bank where a burned-out United Nation’s car and smoke was seen at the scene in videos online.

According to Reuters, a list of names of those killed were seen by one of their reporters identifying them as part of the United Libya Mission (UNSMIL) which one of them happens to be a foreigner.

The United Nations is making efforts to broker a truce in the capital Tripoli where Eastern-based Libya National Army (LNA) launched a surprise attack in April.

The Libya National Army Commander Khalifa Hafter before the attack announced a halt to military operations during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday which lasts from Saturday until Tuesday.

It is unclear however if the fighting would stop in the capital. The record has it that over 105,000 people have lost their lives and many others displaced during the clashes. said the UN.

Tunisia Prime Minister Youssef Chahed who is the leader of the secular Tahya Tounes party on Friday, August, 9 confirmed that he will be taken part in the upcoming presidential election coming up on September 15.

While speaking to his Tahya Tounes Party on Thursday, Chahed said he his ready to assume the great responsibility. ” It is a big responsibility and I know something about that”.

Following the death of the former President Beji Caid Essebsi, the first president to be democratically elected in Tunisia after the popular uprising in 2011, comes the September 15 election which is been viewed as to be very competitive.

Prominent nominees include Former president Moncef Marzouki, Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi, Ex-premier Mehdi Jemaa and business Nabil Karoui, the owner of private Nessma TV, Abdel Fattah Morou, Vice president of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, Tunisia’s largest political group.

” The president must have clean hands. Tunisia needs a president to challenge old mindsets and restore hope among young people”. said Chahed after submitting his candidacy with dozens of political allies, artist and supporters.

The coming elections will be the third set of polls in which Tunisians have been able to vote freely since the 2011 uprising.

Officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources have shut down fifteen stations and two Gas plants Osun State due to their non-compliance to global best practices on Thursday, August 8.

The Controller of Operations Mr Ademola Makinde disclosed this after routine surveillance on all filling stations in an attempt to protect people against possible exploitation by corrupt operators of filling stations and gas plants in the State.

According to Makinde, one of the major mandates of the DPR includes a routine check for product hoarding and diversion and selling of petroleum product above the approved pump price and during their routine check-up about 15 filling stations were sealed for under dispensing, operating without a valid licence and seven out of the stations were not even in use.

Makinde said two gas plants sealed were operating without a valid license, installation and upgrades with non-compliance to safety standards, he also added that DPR have rules and there are penalties if the rules were not obeyed.

The rules and penalties are as follows:

” If you are under dispensing to a marginal level, we may require you to go and reset your pump which we will inspect for possible reopening”.

” If there are critical infractions, penalties range from N100,000 to N1 million if by chance any marketer tampered with DPR official seal”.

He added that marketers are not DPR’s enemies, however anyone who does not obey the rules will be penalized, he said they are both partners working to achieve the same goal.

” One of the mandates of DPR is to sustain marketers to grow their business but that can only be done if they cooperate and do not play smart and sidetrack the DPR”. said Makinde.

He further urges the citizens of the state to report to the authority if they notice any fraudulent activity or inadequacies by the petroleum marketers as he promised to make sure that the agency gets rid of any station caught in the act.

Libya has deported one-hundred and one Sudanese migrants, excluding children on Thursday, August 8 from the Benghazi’s Benina Airport as part of its voluntary return program.

Head of Benghazi Department for countering Illegal Migration, Ashraf Ahweidy said ” The trip starts from the Benina Airport and ends in the Khartoum Airport.”

The Sudanese Consul General Omar Saleh shows his appreciation for the combined efforts of both parties as well as the International Organisation for Migration.

Saleh emphasis that ” This will be the first time a thing like this is happening. The trip is the first trip from the city of Benghazi as part of voluntary returns program of illegal migrants who are living illegally on Libyan soil.”

He once again appreciated the efforts of Libyan authorities as well as Sadan’s general consulate in charge of Sudanese migrants and to the International Organisation for Migration.

More than sixty people have been declared dead and about seventy injured after a fuel tanker exploded on the busy road in Morogoro, Tanzania.

The Regional Commissioner of Morogoro Kebwe Stephen said the tanker overturned on the major road for tankers in Tanzania, 175 kilometers (109 miles) west of Dar es Salaam which happens to be a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port, which is the country’s commercial capital.

Our sources said people gathered when they saw the tanker leaking and they were trying to recover fuel from the tanker, then the blast suddenly happened killing sixty people and injured several others.

Footage sent on social media before the explosion shows a large crowd collecting fuel from puddles in jerricans while the video circulating thereafter showed burned remains of dozens of young men.

According to a witness Daniel Ngogo ” The situation is really bad. Many people died here, even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place. The fire was huge and it was challenging to rescue victims. I have seen about 65 to 70 people being rescued because the fire was fast spreading across the accident area”.

The Government Spokesman Hassan Abbasi wrote of his Twitter page: ” We have been saddened by the reports of an accident involving a fuel truck in Morogoro which caught fire and burnt several people”.

He said the government will help in coordinating the rescue operation and ensure the bodies are buried after relatives identify the bodies belonging to their loved ones, the injured will be properly treated.

Unknown individuals have killed twelve people including a child on Thursday, August 8 after they ambushed two buses outside South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

Police Spokesman, Daniel Boula said another set of five passengers were also shot and left with bullet wounds during the attack which occurred in about 80 kilometers North-East of the Capital, between Bor and Juba town.

According to Boula, Roadside attacks is not new in the volatile East African Nation where rebel groups in recent years have led to economic ruin and various ethnic groups regularly clash mainly over natural resources which have displaced a quarter of the 12 million people living in the country.

The cause of the attack and the identity of the attackers are yet to be ascertained.

At least seventeen Islamic militants were killed by security forces during raids on hideouts in the capital of Cairo and in the Fayoum province, about 80 kilometers or 50 miles, southwest of the capital, Said Egypt Interior Ministry.

The ministry’s statement on Thursday, August, 8 says that the militants have been linked to members of a group accused of being behind an attack earlier this week killing at least twenty people when a car packed with explosives detonated outside Egypt’s main cancer hospital in Cairo.

According to our source, a group known as Hasm, which has links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood carried out the attack.

Police officers killed at least eight militants when they stormed their hideout in the town of Asta in Fayoum and killed seven in a firefight in Cairo’s Shorouk suburb.

The Nigerian Police announced on Wednesday, August 7 the killing of three officers and wounding of several others after Nigeria soldiers opened fire on a police team in Taraba.

Police said the officers were of the Intelligence Response Team and that the incident occurred along Ibi-Jalingo Road in Taraba.

An Assistant Police Superintendent Felix Adolije led some officers of the state to arrest a suspected kidnap kingpin whom the police identified as Alhaji Hamisu when the officers came under sudden attack with serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian Army as Hamisu was been taken to the Command Headquarters in Jalingu.

An Inspector, two Sergeants and a Civilian were killed while many were left seriously injured.

The soldiers were also accused of allegedly releasing the suspect Hamisu who is now on the run, police said.

Hamisu has been recognized as a notorious kidnap kingpin who the police have been hunting for his alleged complicity in several high profile kidnap cases including the recent abduction of an oil dealer in Taraba State.

The injured victims are presently been treated while bodies of the deceased have been deposited in the morgue.

An urgent investigation has been ordered by the Inspector General Muhammad Adama to ascertain the truth of the bizarre and unfortunate events.

The Federal High court in Abuja has granted permission to detain a publisher and politician – Omoleye Sowore for forty-five days over last weekends banned protest called “Revolution Now”

Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters new portal and a presidential candidate during 2019 Nigeria election has been ordered by the court to be detained by the Department of State Services, DSS for a period of forty-five although they had originally tried to push for ninety days.

Our sources said that there are indications that Sowore will be charged with terrorism, a charge that a legal expert, Femi Falana has insisted is baseless.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa confirmed that the former President, Robert Mugabe, who is now 95 years old and has been in the Singapore hospital since April but he’s getting better and might be discharged soon.

His illness was disclosed, however, in November 2018 the ex-president was unable to walk due to ill health and old age.

The military placed Mugabe under house arrest after he was forced to resign in 2017 following a 37-year rule.

His removal from power paved the way for Mnangagwa, his former deputy to become the president.

Mnangagwa said in a statement that Mugabe has often been seen traveling to Singapore for medical check-ups but this time around he had to stay longer than usual as his physician advised that he should be kept under observation for much longer.

Due to Zimbabwe’s poor health services, many politicians go for medical treatment abroad.