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Maesaiah Thabane – First Lady of Lesotho

Wife of Lesotho Prime minister, Maesaiah Thabane is wanted by the Lesotho police as a result of the recent discovery of new evidence concerning the death of the Prime Minister’s former wife who was shot dead in her driveway on the eve of his inauguration in 2017.

Evidence found by investigators revealed that the Prime Minster Thomas Motsoahae Thabane’s cell phone was used at the murder scene. As a result Thabane was invited for questioning. 

She failed to report at the court on Friday which led to the court issuing her arrest warrant.

Police went ahead to search the Prime Minister’s official residence on Friday and she was nowhere to be found.

When police raided the residence, the Prime Minister was found in their bedroom and when asked he denied knowing the whereabouts of the first lady.

However, she was given until Monday to present herself to the police. Her whereabouts still remains unknown.

It was also discovered that Lipelelo Thabanes daughter had earlier publicly accused Thabane in November of being behind her mother’s death.

On Thursday 9th of January, 2020, South-West governors launch new security outfit,  Amotekun for the region in Ibadan, Oyo state.

The movement, operation Amotekun was discussed in June at a summit convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) where the governors agreed to set it up.

Following the reports of kidnap, and rise in isecurity, governors of Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, and Osun have come up with a solution to help curb insecurity. 

South West Governors at Launch of Operation Amoteku

Three out of Six of the governors were absent from the launch ceremony. The governors who were absent include Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State. However, Abiodun and Oyetola were represented by their deputies. Lagos state was not represented at the launch.

When asked about his absence to the launch, Sanwo-Olu responded by saying, “ Bad weather prevented me from attending the event”.

Governor Yahaya Bello has emerged as the winner of the Kogi State governorship election.

Moreover, Bello won his second term in office after winning in twelve of twenty local government areas on Sunday, November 17.

Meanwhile, Bello has 406,222 votes over Musa Wada of the People’s Democratic Party who had 189,709 votes.

However, Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party emerged third with 9,482 votes.

On Monday, November 18, a van carrying fifty-two migrants smashed through border barriers between Morocco and Spain to enter the Spanish enclave Ceuta.

Moreover, the van sped across the border and broke through a metal gate on Monday morning.

However, the police later detained the sub-Saharan migrants.

Whereas, in recent times, migrants gathered in Morocco to scale the 6-meter (19.5 foot) wire fences that separate Ceuta from Morocco but rarely try to cross in vehicles.

In fact, migrants in Ceuta typically apply for asylum or wait for an opportunity to travel to mainland Spain.

Four of the migrants were injured and they are presently taking treatment from a Ceuta hospital.

On Wednesday, November 13, Al-Shabab militants killed two government officials.

However, the two officials died during an ambush in the outskirt of Bal’ad town in the southern middle Shebelle region.

Moreover, the militants launched an attack in Adayga village, hence, the army and the militants exchanged fire.

The district Chief Abdulahi Hassan Haji and his deputy Elmi Qoje Hassan died in the attack.

Recall that on the 4th of November, Al-Shabab extremists killed two soldiers in an ambush in Bule Burde town in the central region of Hiraan.

Somalia’s army backed by the African Union Mission in Somalia chased al-Shabab extremists from the capital Mogadishu in August 2011.

Suspected thugs set ablaze the woman leader of Wada Aro campaign Council, Ochadamu ward, Salome Abuh alive in her home.

However, the incident occurred on Monday, November 17.

Moreover, Abuh is also the woman leader for the campaign organization of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Meanwhile, she was behind the campaign of the PDP candidate, Musa Wada in the just concluded governorship election in the state.

In brief, the suspected thugs arrived at Abuh’s home around 2pm and blocked every exit from the house.

They thereafter sprayed the building with petrol and set it ablaze as the villagers watch from afar with fear.

The thugs waited, shooting and watching with relish while Abuh cried from the fire until her voice died out.

“They left when the entire house had been burnt to ashes with Abuh in it”.

The Spokesperson for the Kogi State Police Command, William Aya confirmed the incident.

According to Aya, the incident occurred because of a misunderstanding between a member of the APC and a member of the PDP.

Awolu Zekeri of APC and Gowon Simeon of PDP got involved in a fight and Gowon of PDP stabbed Zekeri with a knife.

Unfortunately, Zekeri died on his way to the hospital.

Consequently, angry youths from the area mobilized to the house of Simeon Abuh of the same address, who is an uncle to the suspect.

They set the house ablaze with the sixty-year-old Salome Abuh in it and the other three houses.

Her corpse has been moved to the University Teaching Hospital Mortuary, Anyangba for autopsy.

The Libyan army says it has captured eight fighters from Khalifa Hafter’s forces on Khallatat frontline in southern Tripoli.

Moreover, the Spokesperson for the Libyan Army, Mohammed Gununu confirmed the incident.

However, the fighters were caught while trying to sneak into the area on Sunday, October 27.

Gununu said that the Libyan Army took control of the areas in Southern Tripoli.

The Libyan Army says it launched the attack to regain positions lost two weeks ago due to shortages of ammunition and supplies.

They attacked after the arrival of the reinforcement, hence, seizing the areas in Al-Tawaisha and Al-Tugar around Al-Sabea frontline.

The Libyan Army has been leading a military campaign since early April in and around Tripoli.

Thousands of people have lost their lives, many injured and nearly 120,000 people fled their homes away from the fighting.

Four Ladies have been killed at Uselu, Egor Local Government Area of Edo State on Saturday, October 26, around 6:15 am.

In brief, a BMW saloon car rammed into the victims while they were waiting to board a bus along the Benin-Lagos highway.

Suddenly, the driver lost control and ran into the four ladies who were reportedly sisters and one of them was pregnant.

Moreover, a crowd of angry youths stormed the scene and burnt down the car involved in the accident.

However, the youth also blocked down the road while some of them accused the police officers of allegedly shooting and taking away some injured youths in an attempt to clear the blocked road.

Whereas, five people among the youth sustained gunshot wounds, one in the shoulder, another in the chest and the last beside the eye.

Meanwhile, the Edo State Commissioner of Police Danmallam Mohammed, who visited the scene, confirmed the incident.

Bodies of the victims have been retrieved and deposited at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH.

At least five opposition and civil society leaders have been jailed by a court in Guinea.

However, the court jailed the opposition leaders for organizing a protest against President Alpha Conde.

By and Large, Conde wants to change Guinea’s constitution to allow him, run for the third term.

A former government minister and an organizer of unauthorized protest of last week, Abdourahmane Sanoh received a one-year jail term for inciting civil disobedience.

Recall that last week’s protest led to the death of nine people.

Meanwhile, four other members of the National Front for Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of politicians and activists received a six-month sentence.

Altogether, the court in the capital of Conakry jailed them all for opposing a constitution change.

Rights group Amnesty International, however, criticized the court ruling.

According to the group, “no one should be detained for organizing or calling for a peaceful demonstration.

In addition, an Amnesty Researcher, Francois Patwel said: “The sentencing of leaders of civil society shows the desire of Guinea authorities to crunch all forms of dissent”.

On Monday, October 28, a total number of 227 prisoners escaped, and then over 100 were rearrested in Kogi State.

In brief, the prisoners escaped after an early morning downpour in Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

However, the heavy downpour resulted in a flood, which caused some parts of the prison to cave in.

Moreover, the fence of the correctional center caved in, thus, giving room for escape.

Meanwhile, the Controller General of Prison, Jafaru Ahmed who visited the prison confirmed the incident.

Ahmed said that some of the inmates returned to the center on their own while security agents recaptured others.

Besides, the flood started around 3:00 am but the prisoners escaped as at 5:am, hence, some are still returning.

With the efforts of the security agencies like Police, the Army and Navy, some of the inmates were captured.

Some security agencies are in the bush to capture others who escaped.

Ahmed, however, disclosed that the security agencies are on the look for ninety-eight more inmates.

Ahmed said the situation is a natural disaster, adding that the inmates will be moved to another correctional home.

Recall that a similar incident was recorded in 2016 when about thirteen inmates broke their cells and escaped through the fence from the same prison.

Several schools, including universities, have been closed in Cairo after heavy rains destroy parts of the country’s capital.

However, only skeletal staff have showed up at work in some companies because of the rain.

The rains have flooded the key roads, thus causing massive traffic jams.

Meanwhile, the extreme conditions have raised questions about Cairo’s ability to deal with heavy rainfall.

Moreover, the rain-affected greater area of Cairo including Giza and Qalioubia.

In addition, the eastern suburb of Nasr city was hit the hardest, as well as Heliopolis, located near Cairo’s International Airport.

Footage posted on social media revealed scenes of cars submerged by the floodwaters.

Subsequently, flights were delayed on Tuesday because passengers could not make it to the airport due to the flood.

On Wednesday, November 20, suspected Islamist militiamen killed at least nineteen people overnight in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Moreover, the local officials blamed the Allied Democratic Republic of Congo for the attack.

However, during the two separate attacks, about 35km (22 miles) apart, the assailants also kidnapped several people and torched a Catholic Church.

Recall that the Congolese army began an offensive three weeks ago near the Ugandan border.

Meanwhile, the ADF is one of the dozens of rebel groups active in the mineral-rich areas where civil wars are prominent.

The Islamic State has claimed previous attacks by the ADF but the extent of their relationship is still sketchy.

In addition, the army Spokesperson Mak Hazukay confirmed the death of seven people on the outskirt of the city of Beni.

Hazukay added that the assailants injured two soldiers and several others are missing.

The administrator of Beni territory, Donat Kibwana said the assailants also killed twelve people in the village of Mavete.

Consequently, violence by the ADF and other militias has hindered efforts to contain Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people since last year.

The case filed by Bukola Dakolo against Biodun Fatoyinbo, Founder of the Common Wealth of Zion has been dismissed.

However, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Court 12, sitting at Bwari, Abuja dismissed the case.

Meanwhile, Justice Oathman A. Musa who judged the case claimed that the case is empty and purely sentimental.

Musa said the matter amounts to injustice and an abuse of judicial process, thus, aimed more at cruelty than obtaining justice.

Recall that Busola Dakola accused Biodun Fatoyinbo of raping her twice when she was a teenager.

Obviously, Biodun Fatoyinbo denied it, as well as other allegations that follow.

Subsequently, Busola filed a suit against Fatoyinbo through her lawyer Pelumi Olajengbesi.

On the other hand, Biodun Fatoyinbo’s lawyer Dr. Alex Izioyon (SAN) argued that the prayers in the suit could not be granted.

Izioyon stressed that the suit was frivolous and an abuse of court process.

The court also awarded costs of N1 million against Busola.

The court claims that he should have filed her ten times more because the court’s time was wasted.

At least fifteen soldiers have been killed after an attack in northern Mali.

In brief, unidentified armed men attacked the military forces on Friday, November 1 in the afternoon with shellfire.

Moreover, the Malian Military announced the incident via its twitter account on Friday.

Meanwhile, the violence started in the Menake area and spread to the capital of Bamako.

However, Islamist State already claimed responsibility for the attack through its Awaq news agency on Saturday.

Since US Special Forces killed its previous leader Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi last weekend, the group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks.

The attacks occurred about a month after four soldiers died and twenty went missing during two attacks on Malian Soldiers.

South African owned Airline has canceled nearly all flights scheduled for Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November.

However, the authorities canceled the flight because of a strike over wage increases.

The cabin crew and other workers at South Africa Airlines went on strike because of the airlines refusal of salary hikes.

Moreover, South African Unions disrupted operations of the country’s state-owned airline.

Meanwhile, the union also protest widespread job cuts in various government-controlled sectors.

In addition, the unions represent about 3,000 out of its 5,000 strong workers in South Africa.

In short, the airline also has the plan to cut more than 900 jobs in an attempt to stem severe financial losses.

On the contrary, the Union is, however, demanding job security for at least three years.

Similarly, they demanding for 8 percent salary increase.

According to the report, only flights directly operated by South African Airlines would be affected.

Thereafter, the airline promised to host an emergency meeting with the striking unions on Tuesday.

A landslide has killed three children while sleeping in their rooms in Namuhuga South, Bulembia Division in Kasese Municipality.

However, the incident occurred on Wednesday, October 30 in Kasese District in Uganda’s Western Region.

The deceased have been identified as Derrick Mumbere, 3 years, Wesley Mumbere, 10 years, and John Sunday Masereka, 10 years.

Moreover, the children were sleeping in their grandparent’s house when part of a hillside collapsed into it after heavy rain.

Meanwhile, the landslide injured a seven-year-old child, identified as Maureen Kabugho.

The injured victim is presently receiving treatment in Kilembe Mines Hospital.

In addition, On Monday, the government-issued ‘Flood Risk Alert’ warning that the rains might likely bring about flooding.

The government said it had distributed an assortment of relief items to several parts of the country, current facing heavy rains.

A torrential downpour, which caused floods and a landslide, has killed at least thirteen people.

However, the incident occurred overnight in the western village of Bamoungoum, near the regional capital Bafoussam.

Moreover, Cameroon has deployed rescue workers and it’s military to the scene, to search the wreckage of houses involved.

On Tuesday, October 29, the governor of Cameroon’s west region, Awa Fonka Augustine confirmed the incident.

Meanwhile, Augustine said that the landslide destroyed twenty houses.

In addition, nine bodies have been transported to the regional hospital and four more bodies will follow.

At least a dozen people sustained severe injuries.

At least seven people lost their lives in an airstrike that hit a biscuit factory on Monday, November 18.

In addition, the airstrike also injured thirty-five people.

Moreover, the incident occurred in a southern suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Meanwhile, victims killed include two Libyans and five foreigners from Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan African countries.

The pictures posted on social media showed several wounded people with blood-stains.

The injured victims were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Tripoli has been under attack since April between the self-styled Libyan National Army led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

The months of combat have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands.

On Saturday, October 2, the Lagos State government pulled down the remaining part of a two-story building and four others.

Moreover, the government pulled down the building for failing integrity tests conducted by Solid Material Testing Agency, LABSCA, and Physical Planning Ministry.

However, the test was conducted after one person died and four persons were injured in the collapsed building around 4:10 pm on Friday.

The Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed the collapse.

Coincidentally, the four buildings, under construction at Glover Court, Ikoyi share the same compound with the collapsed building.

Apparently, the decision to pull down the building is to avert any further loss of lives and properties.

Governor of Bayelsa State, Dickson Seraiki with one of the injured victims in the hospital

On Wednesday, November 13, members of the All Progressive Party (APC) attacked some members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

However, the PDP members were allegedly attacked while going to campaign at Koko square in Nembe Bayelsa State.

Meanwhile, the APC members said the PDP members previously attacked them on their way to their party rally.

APC earlier held a party rally at Igbogene town in Yenago LGA of the state

Moreover, the OB van driver of Radio Bayelsa, Simon Onu lost his life in the attack.

Because of the upcoming Saturday election, violent clashes among suspected political thugs are on the increase.

Bayelsa State is traditionally a People’s Democratic Party stronghold.

Hence, both PDP and APC are always at the frontrunners in the Bayelsa election.