Two South African police officers have been arraigned over the shooting of a 16-year-old boy identified as Nathaniel Julius which has sparked violent protests in the streets of South Africa.

Julius’ family revealed that he had Down’s syndrome, and he had gone out to buy biscuits when he was shot dead in Johannesburg’s Eldorado Park suburb. They further explained that Julius was shot after not answering officers’ questions. Adding that, this was because of his disability.

Although, the police stated that Julius had been caught up in a shootout between officers and local gangsters.

It was gathered that the officers will be charged with murder and possibly defeating the ends of justice.

However, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said it had decided to arrest the officers after careful consideration of the evidence at hand.

FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Chadwick Boseman poses in the press room at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played the regal in the movie Black Panther has died on Friday of cancer, his representative has said.

It was gathered that Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side. 

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement. 

Kenya’s foreign ministry has revealed that the journalist, Yassin Juma, has been freed from detention and has chosen to stay with friends there in Ethiopia.

Recall that Juma was arrested at Ethiopian opposition figure Jawar Mohammed’s house in early July during violent protests following the killing of prominent singer Hachalu Hundessa.

He was released this month after the intervention of Kenya’s foreign ministry and taken to a state-run isolation center in Addis Ababa after testing positive for Covid-19 while in detention.

According to a statement from the Kenyan ministry, Juma completed 14 days in quarantine and was discharged from the facility after testing negative

A public prosecutor has disclosed that suspects in an alleged gang rape incident at a luxury hotel in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, have fled the country.

The alleged gang rape happened at Cairo’s Fairmont Nile City hotel in 2014 where nine men are suspected to have drugged and raped a young woman.

It was gathered that seven of them left in July when reports about the rape started circulating online. This was a month before the rape victim filed an official complaint.

The public prosecutor, however, said that the country was taking international measures to pursue the seven suspects who had fled.

The prosecution is searching for two other suspects who have not been located.

The incident was exposed online by an Instagram account that has been outing rapists. The prosecutor further urged rape victims to first make official complaints before circulating reports online.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) for nine of the agencies under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture which takes effect on September 1st, 2020.

According to an approval letter conveyed on Tuesday to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, those appointed include Mr. Buki Ponle, who takes over as Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while Mr. Nura Sani Kangiwa was named the Director General of National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism.

Mr. Francis Ndubuisi Nwosu was appointed the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Press Council; Mr. Ebeten William Ivara is the Director General of National Gallery of Arts; Mr. Olalekan Fadolapo is the Registrar/CEO of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and Prof. Sunday Enessi Ododo was named the General Manager/CEO of the National Theatre.

Mr. Ado Mohammed Yahuza, Executive Secretary/CEO of National Institute for Cultural Orientation; Prof. Aba Isa Tijjani is the Director General of National Commission for Museums and Monuments and Mrs. Oluwabunmi Ayobami Amao is the Director General of Centre For Black And African Arts And Civilization.

The Nigerian Center For Disease Control has disclosed that Nigeria now has over 53,000 of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the 221 new cases recorded on Wednesday night making it 53,021 cases.

This was made known in tweet from the NCDC, which revealed that Plateau State had the highest number of infections on Wednesday night with 60 cases, with FCT State following with 33 cases.

It was also revealed that 40,281 patients have now been discharged, with 1,010 patients losing their lives to the Coronavirus pandemic.

A Nigerian-born Canadian, Kaycee Madu, has been become the first black justice minister and solicitor general of Alberta, a province in Canada.

Making the announcement on Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney said: “Madu is a man who has experienced racial prejudice firsthand and can bring that sensitivity to this important role. I am excited to have him in that position.”

The 47-year-old man, born and raised in South-east Nigeria, was elevated to the justice portfolio from Municipal Affairs in a cabinet shuffle.

Madu graduated from the University of Lagos with a law degree in 2001. He has practised law in both Nigeria and Alberta.

Earlier the year, Madu was designated as a Queen’s Counsel by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta via an Order-in-Council. Queen’s Counsel is the highest honour awarded to lawyers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of law and society.

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja assured Nigerians and the international community that his administration will use the remaining years in office to improve access to quality education, health care and enhance productivity, while listing nine priority areas.

The President, who received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors/High Commissioners of eight countries at the State House, said efforts were being made to sustain Nigeria’s position as profitable investment destination with unequalled incentives in all sectors, especially large market and flexible tax system which investors from various countries can take advantage of.

The Ambassadors/High Commissioners who presented their Letters of Credence are: Hocine Latil of Algeria; Luong Quoc Thinh of Vietnam; Dr Benson Alfred Bana of Tanzania; Traore Kalilou of Cote d’Ivoire; Abakar Saleh Chahaimi of Chad; Jamal Mohammed Barrow of Somalia; Brahim Salem El Mami Buseif of Sahrawi Arab Republic and Mohammed Alibak of Iran.

The President told the diplomats about Nigeria’s priority, and the need to streamline on people-focused policies.

“In our efforts to achieve a realistic domestic and foreign policy, as well as national development, we have identified the following nine priority areas to guide our policy directions over the next few years.

“Build a thriving and sustainable economy; Enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty; Enlarge agricultural output for food security and export; Attain energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products and expand transport and other infrastructural development.

“Expand business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialization; Expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians; Build a system to fight corruption, improve governance and create social cohesion; and improve security for all.

’Describing Nigerians as the “nation’s most prized assets’’, President Buhari said the nine priority mandates were already reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, a medium-term initiative pioneered by the government to restore economic growth and development while leveraging the resourcefulness and resilience of the citizens.The President urged the diplomats to use the opportunity of working in the country to improve relations with their governments and people.

“I have no doubt that you might have prior and in-depth knowledge of Nigeria’s huge potential which you will hopefully see for yourselves. I therefore, urge you to go around the country, see things for yourselves and report to your home governments. This is important as you all are representatives of both your sending and host states.’’

President Buhari said Nigeria will remain steadfast in pursuing deeper and valuable relations among nations, without discrimination.

“Nigeria strongly supports joint action to ensure a democratic and fair world order based on strict respect for the norms of international law, the United Nations Charter, recognition of the unquestionable value of cultural diversity, national sovereignty, and the right of all countries to decide their future freely, without external pressure.

“Nigeria does not divide its partners into big and small; we value and respect every country, and with every country we are ready to pursue dialogue, as well as build cooperation on the basis of equality and constructive mutual respect.

“These include our cooperation in strengthening regional, continental and global peace and security, resolving complex issues, settling conflicts, as well as addressing dangerous threats to mankind, among which include terrorism, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, cybercrimes, poverty, communicable diseases and epidemics.’’

Speaking on behalf of the Ambassadors/High Commissioners, the Ambassador of Algeria to Nigeria said each of the diplomats brings greetings and agenda from their home governments, but the bottom line remains to enhance cooperation and seek advancement in mutual areas of interest.

“On behalf of my colleagues, we thank you for receiving us. We know that your schedule is tight. As the giant of Africa, you are always focused on resolving conflicts in the continent, while taking care of your domestic issues as well.’’

The Algerian ambassador said the African ambassadors will leverage the opportunity to further enhance implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and learn from each other.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 25, 2020

Press Statement

The Oyo State Police Command has disclosed that they have rearrested Sunday Shodipo, the suspected serial killer in Akinyele.

Recall that Shodipe had escaped from police custody barely a week ago. Thereafter the Oyo Commissioner of Police, Chuks Enwonwu, placed an N500,000 bounty on the suspect.

Police Public Relations Officer of Oyo Police Command, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the development and added that the suspect has been kept in safer custody. 

14 shops and 16 kiosks have been razed by fire on Sunday morning at the Adeniji Adele Market in Lagos Island.

It was gathered that the fire was said to have started around 3 am as a result of electrical malfunction in one of the affected shops.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) disclosed that a distress call was received around 3:13 am and rescuers raced to the scene within 10 minutes.

“The fire was restricted within affected areas and stopped from spreading further. 14 shops and 16 kiosks were affected. Properties and goods were salvaged by emergency responders including Federal and Lagos State Fire Services, Nigeria Police, and LASEMA Response Team,” said LASEMA.

The Mozambique government has announced the lift on the ban on foreign travel that was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the ministry stated that Mozambicans can now leave and enter the country without authorization from the interior minister. 

Foreigners can also leave and enter the country provided they have a valid work visa, valid resident’s permit, visa, or ID.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that the number of Ebola cases has doubled the number it was five weeks ago in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo with cases rising up to 100.

It was also gathered that the first cases in the current outbreak were recorded in the capital of Equateur Province, Mbandaka which has now spread across the region. 

The WHO says it is struggling to cope as affected communities live in dense forests often hundreds of kilometers away from each other. 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has on Wednesday disclosed that they have  intercepted a 40-ft container loaded with Tramadol and other banned medicines at Brawal Terminal in Lagos.

Jonah Achema, the Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, of the agency, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

Police detectives in Apapa Area Command of Lagos State intercepted a 40-foot container laden with drugs suspected to be Tramadol and codeine on August 6. The container was intercepted on water and taken to a bonded terminal in Apapa. NDLEA’s investigation further revealed another 40-foot container. This joint examination revealed 255 cartons of different types of Tramadol and other banned medicines. The NDLEA investigation further revealed that  the Tramadol is manufactured in Pakistan which is a new discovery to the agency because previous Tramadol was manufactured in India. This is of global interest. Drug trafficking is one of the vices fueling insecurity across the country. Abdallah observes that this investigation is a major breakthrough for the agency revealing the new route for movement of Tramadol into Nigeria which is from Pakistan via Europe (Hamburg) to Nigeria,” Chairman, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Retd) said in the statement.

The management and officials of the Nigeria Football Federation have disclosed on Thursday that they are to undergo coronavirus pandemic tests at the Secretariat of the Federation, Sunday Dankaro House, National Stadium Complex, Abuja.

Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, the general Secretary of the Federation, addressed the Management and Staff on Wednesday, reminding them of the importance of the test, especially after a Member of the Management tested positive.

Apart from him testing positive, I also had issues and had to go for tests when I was feeling ill and uncomfortable. But the truth is most of us have had contact with one another over the days, thus it is important we do the tests. I want to appreciate the Federal Government immensely for their efforts so far to contain the pandemic, and also officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control for agreeing to come to the NFF offices to conduct the tests. After the tests, the offices and the entire complex will be disinfected in line with the protocols of the COVID19,” Dr. Sanusi stated.

Mallam Mamman Daura, President Muhammad Buhari’s influential nephew, has been reportedly flown to the United Kingdom (UK) o. Wednesday for urgent medical attention.

Daura was said to have been flown to a hospital in the UK in a private jet after manifesting respiratory difficulties, which is a symptom of the deadly coronavirus.

It was gathered that Daura had been under watch since last Friday.

The Zambia presidency has made it known in a statement on Wednesday that vice president Inonge Mutukwa has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

However, it was also mentioned that her condition was stable and she was in self-isolation at home.

The vice president has some mild symptoms that are being managed appropriately. She is in high spirits and working virtually” the statement read.

Eskom, South Africa’s electricity company  has announced its plans to extend the scheduled blackouts which started on Tuesday into Thursday as breakdowns continued to weigh on the system.

Eskom said in a statement posted on Twitter that loadshedding; as the power cuts is locally called will be implemented from 0700 GMT to 2000 GMT on Thursday.

Adding that the constraints on the power system were likely to persist for the rest of the week.

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has disclosed that the troops of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have killed 20 suspected members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Bukar Meram, Borno State.

It said troops of Operation Hail Storm, the air task force of Operation Lafiya Dole carried out an operation on Monday at the fringes of the Lake Chad region where the terrorists including some of their leaders were killed.

In a statement released on  Tuesday by Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche stated that the airstrike destroyed Bukar Meram, a logistics hub of ISWAP leaders.

In continuation of air strikes being conducted under subsidiary Operation HAIL STORM, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has successfully neutralised some ISWAP Commanders and knocked out logistics facilities at Bukar Meram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State, while also neutralising several terrorists at Dole, a settlement in the Southern part of Borno State. The air interdiction missions were executed on August 17, on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in the two settlements. Bukar Meram, a major ISWAP logistics hub linking other Island settlements of the Lake Chad, which also houses several of their fighters and some of their key leaders, was attacked by an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships which hit designated targets in the area leading to the destruction of the logistics facilities and neutralization of several of the terrorists and their leaders. The attack at Dole was carried out after Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions showed a buildup of activities in the area after the relocation of some terrorists from nearby settlements of Kokiwa and Yale. Overhead the area the ISR aircraft spotted no fewer than 20 terrorists in the area, which were taken out by the NAF attack aircraft,” the statement read.

The Police in Delta have arrested a 30-year-old man identified as Jomaph for allegedly raping a 11-year-old girl in Sapele town, Sapele LGA of Delta.

Spokesperson of the Delta Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, told newsmen on Wednesday in Asaba that the suspect was arrested after he was captured on a CCTV camera sneaking into the toilet to meet the victim. He also mentioned that the case is currently under investigation and will soon be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Asaba.

It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 7am on Wednesday, Aug. 12, on Oleh road in Sapele.

The victim was reported to have gone to use the toilet, but returned minutes later crying that she had been raped by Jomaph, who is a neighbour to the victim’s family.

When we questioned him over the allegation, he denied, he even swore that he had not set his eyes on the girl that morning. Other neighbors pleaded with him to say the truth, but he maintained his stance that he never raped the girl. Jomaph even went ahead to report the girl and her parents to the police for defamation of character. However, a CCTV camera installed by a neighbor for his business, later showed the moment Jomaph sneaked into the toilet immediately after the girl had gone to use the toilet,” a source explained.

The Osun State government has on Wednesday announced the reopening of hotels and other categories of relaxation centres across the state.

Recall that hotels and relaxation centres we’re closed down for a few months in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

It was disclosed in a statement by Mr Olaniyi Ajibola, the Chief Press Secretary to the Osun State deputy governor,  that the decision was reached at a meeting with the representatives of owners of hotels, bars, relaxation joints and others in the industry across the state, held at the governor’s office, Abere.

The state executive council meeting was presided over by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, the deputy governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi, announced the decision as to the next phase of easing down the imposed lockdown in the state.