Gunmen stormed a university campus book fair, shooting dead at least 22 and wounding more than 20 people.
The hours-long siege at Kabul University came as the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan was attending the event.
Throughout the stand-off, grenades and automatic weapons could be heard across the city and witnesses claimed the attackers were deliberately targeting students.
One of the students, Fathullah Moradi, who escaped through the university’s gates with a group of friends, said: “They were shooting at every student they saw.”
Another, Ahmad Samim, said he saw militants armed with pistols and Kalashnikov assault rifles firing at the law and journalism wing of the school, which is the country’s oldest and has around 17,000 students.
Eventually, security forces shot dead all the three gunmen.
Nigeria Labor Congress walked out of the meeting organized between the government and the labor congress on the increment of the petroleum pump price and hike in electricity tariff.
The labor leaders accused the government of insincerity in the negotiation, alleging that it had got to a stage where things were not moving right again.
They insisted that before they should proceed with the meeting the government should revert to the old price of petrol at the inception of the meeting.
Efforts by the government team led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to persuade the labor leaders to listen to their presentation failed on deaf ears.
To worsen the situation, the Minister of Labour had told the labor team that he was in charge and that no one should decide for him how to handle the meeting. This infuriated the labor and they immediately stormed out of the meeting hall, the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking to journalists, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Emma Ugbaja said, “We have had some understanding over time, but while these meetings were ongoing, we were suddenly slapped with a new increase in petroleum
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Tony Blinken, a longtime diplomat and a member of Mr. Biden’s inner circle, as his secretary of state, multiple people familiar with the decision confirmed to CBS News. Mr. Biden is expected to make the announcement on Tuesday.
Blinken has served in the past two Democratic administrations, including as a deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017.
Mr. Biden first began working with Blinken more than 15 years ago when he led the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Blinken served as Democratic staff director. Their relationship was cemented at the White House when Mr. Biden was vice president and Blinken was his national security adviser. Blinken rose to the deputy secretary of state by the end of the Obama administration.
Blinken has been already serving as Mr. Biden’s global liaison, acting as the master scheduler for the president-elect’s phone calls with world leaders who have been offering their congratulations. Blinken’s role is essential, since the State Department has been blocked from providing assistance with the calls by the Trump administration.
The Nigerian police in Abeokuta, Ogun State, have arrested a suspected robber, Alo Monday after his gang snatched a Toyota Camry from one of their victims.
Monday, an indigene of Ebonyi State, was arrested at the weekend on the Sagamu/Ikene Road
The police team was led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Sagamu Division, Okiki Agunbiade.
The robbers, on sighting policemen, allegedly jumped into an already snatched unregistered Toyota Camry and drove towards the Lagos-Sagamu interchange. They were forced to abandon the car and ran into the bush when the policemen pursued them.
The area was cordoned off by the policemen who combed the bush and Monday was arrested with a sledgehammer.
The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Nasarawa chapter, Mr. Philip Schekwo, who was kidnapped on Saturday night, has been found dead.
His body was found not too far from his house.
He was Commissioner for Commerce and Industries during the first tenure of former Governor Tanko Al-Makura.
It was gathered that Governor Abdullahi Sule, his deputy Dr Emmanuel Akabe as well as the Senator representing Nasarawa south, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and other government officials have visited the scene of the i
The Commander OPSH, Major Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo has disclosed that 27 suspected cultists and their associates, including six females have been paraded in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Saturday.
The operation came as a response of the recent upsurge in cult-related crimes in Plateau, the special task force deployed to restore law and order in Plateau, Bauchi and Southern Kaduna (Operation Safe Haven) conducted a series of raid operations on criminal and cultists hideouts in Jos metropolis from 17-20 November 2020.
A total of 27 cultists and their associates, including six females were arrested from Peoples and Triple hotels in Apata Area, Westside, Rukuba Road, Jenta Adama, and Jenta Miango Areas.
“OPSH wants to reassure all law-abiding citizens in the Plateau of our total commitment to having a crime-free environment during the NAFEST, starting on 23-28 November 2020 and the Yuletide season. We shall remain resolute to our mandate of restoration and maintenance of peace on the Plateau. We shall continue to get rid of kidnappers, cultists, and other enemies of the state,’ he stated.
Nasarawa’s All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Philip Shekwor has been kidnapped at his residence along with Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia on Saturday.
Police Commissioner Bola Longe confirmed the incident. He said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11pm and took him away to an unknown destination.
The Commissioner stated that security agencies have deployed personnel to different forest locations to ensure safe release of the APC chieftain.
It was gathered that the kidnappers are yet to contact the members of the APC chieftain as at the time of filing this report.
Four people lost their lives on Saturday as a result of an accident that involved a DAF truck and a commercial bus on the Ijebu Ode/Oru Road in Ogun State.
The spokesman of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi disclosed that the accident occurred at about 1:15 pm and was caused by excessive speeding and loss of control on the part of the DAF truck driver, he then left his lane and rammed into a bus loaded with kola nut in the opposite direction.
The bus was going to Ibadan from an unknown destination while the truck was heading towards Ijebu-Ode from Ibadan axis. All the passengers in the bus, including the driver and three women, died on the spot,” Akinbiyi said.
Akinbiyi said two other persons were injured in the accident while the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Ijebu- Ode General Hospital, the injured truck driver and one other were also taken to the same hospital.
He also warned drivers of articulated vehicles against reckless and dangerous driving as well as excessive speeding because of its attendant consequences.
Elly Tumwine, Uganda’s Security Minister has made known his support for the police who took action during the protest. 37 people were reportedly killed on Wednesday and Thursday during the protest in Uganda.
He made this known at a media briefing when addressing the happenings in the country.
The unrest was caused by the clashes with supporters of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine.
“Police have a right to shoot you and kill you if you reach a certain level of violence. Can I repeat? Police have a right to shoot you and you die for nothing,” he stated.
In Rigasa, a suburb of igabi local government area, Kaduna. Gunmen on Friday night killed one person, abducted another with the third person shot on the leg when the armed men launched an attack Newsmen gathered that the incident occurred along the new road which connects Kaduna airport and Rigasa train station.
Residents of Rigasa told newsmen that they heard gunshots in the night as security agents battled the gunmen but said the incident had led to the death of one Auwal Rabiu and another resident.
Haruna Ibrahim of Rigasa told our correspondent that the incident occurred around 9 pm adding that the gunmen had attacked and damaged a Police patrol vehicle station around the area.
He said: “the vehicle belonged to Rigasa Police station, the gunmen raided it with bullets, smashing the glass and bursting the tyres before the Military chased after the bandits.”
On Friday, Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that 143 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections has been recorded in the country in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Friday.
The public health agency said that the infections brought the total number of cases in the country to 65,982.
NCDC stated that the 143 new cases were reported from 10 states of the federation and the FCT, namely Lagos (70), Kaduna (25), FCT (22), Ogun (11), Plateau (4), Oyo (4), Ekiti (3), Osun (2), Edo (1), and Kano (1).
On Saturday, the Nigerian army admitted that soldiers were given both live and blank bullets when they were deployed to protests at Lekki toll gate on October 20.
This is the first time the Nigerian army has admitted having live rounds at the Lekki toll gate. The army statement also contradicts previous statements about the incident including from Taiwo himself who told the judicial panel previously that the soldiers were firing in the air and firing blank ammunition.
“The soldiers they were both given both live and blank bullets. In this particular case, we saw that these protests had been infiltrated by some hoodlums”
You had peaceful protesters no doubt. But there were also hoodlums who sought to take advantage. That is why they were armed (with) blank bullets in addition to the live (bullets) they were carrying,”Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo said in his testimony to the Lagos Judicial panel of inquiry into the incident.
In the aftermath of the shooting, the army denied any involvement, describing reports of the incident as “fake news,” before backtracking and saying that soldiers were present but fired their weapons in the air and used blanks, not live rounds.
The CNN investigation included evidence that bullet casings from the scene matched those used by the Nigerian army when shooting live rounds, according to current and former Nigerian military officials.
Following the confirmation of Segun Agbaje exit from his position as Chief Executive Officer, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTB), next year, attention has shifted to his next move or action.
The puzzle might have been solved at a recent gathering as the top banker admitted that he was not ready to assume the chairmanship position of a company at the moment. This was in response to a question about the possibility of him becoming chairman of the holding company, for which GTB has obtained an approval-in-principle from the CBN
According to him, he still has the energy to contribute to the sector and society at large. Agbaje said: “If you are an investor, will you allow me to go? I think I still have some energy and I have a lot to contribute. I can’t be a chairman now; I need to get my hands dirty. Can you see I didn’t wear a jacket? I like to get involved. When I cannot anymore, I will let you know.”
Agbaje was appointed Acting Managing Director in April 2011 and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer on June 22, 2011. The alumnus of Harvard Business School has over 19 years experience in investment and international banking.
The Prime Minister of Mozambique, Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has revealed that more than 500,000 people have been displaced by the militant Islamist insurgency in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.
The PM told the parliament on Wednesday that the displaced people had sought refuge in the neighboring provinces of Niassa, Nampula, Zambézia, Sofala, and Inhambane.
“The government had activated the National Operational Emergency Centre (CENOE) to offer humanitarian assistance to the displaced”, he said.
Archbishop Ieronymos, The head of the Church of Greece has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated with mild symptoms in a central Athens hospital, Greek media reported on Thursday.
Ieronymos, 82, is the spiritual head of the Church in the deeply devout nation of more than 11 million which overwhelmingly identify themselves as Greek Orthodox Christians.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who met the prelate on Nov. 14, has twice in the past seven days tested negative for the novel coronavirus; once before his meeting with the cleric, and a second time before traveling to the United Arab Emirates, an official statement said.
Taking that into account, experts recommend there is no reason for precautionary quarantine,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas said, adding the government wished Ieronymos a speedy recovery.
On Thursday during a press briefing, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the celebrity who live-streamed, on Instagram, the Lekki shootings of October 20 will soon be exposed for spreading falsehood.
Obianuju Catherine Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch, has left the country over what she has described as threats to her life.
Mr. Mohammed at a press briefing denied her life was in danger and said the police and military never declared her wanted.
He also suggested that she may be acting out a script written by other people and vowed that she would be exposed in due course.
The Federal Government has disclosed that an outbreak of yellow fever is responsible for the recent strange deaths in some states, including Delta and Enugu.
The Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire made this known yesterday while addressing State House Correspondents after this week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Yes, there was an outbreak that started in Delta and was found in Enugu and then two other states, making it a total of four states. The analysis we have done so far shows it is yellow fever. So, the response has been going on from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); vaccination is going on in all these areas. Few days ago, there was also a report from a member of the National Assembly. He said in his constituency, there were unexplained illnesses and deaths and that alarm also immediately triggered a response. The NCDC has been directed to carry out investigation. As we speak, they have to collect samples, do tests and do some laboratory investigations before we are sure of what exactly it is and what the cause is. So, the response is going on automatically and we shall get result very soon,” he said.
Enugu State confirmed the outbreak of the disease in two communities – Ette Uno and Umuopu – in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area. But the disease has now spread to Nsukka, Isi-Uzo.
Delta State also recently reported 22 deaths in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.