Gunmen Kill APC Ward Chairman In Imo

Gunmen Kill APC Ward Chairman In Imo

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Updated February 20, 2019

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Few days to the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly election, unknown gunmen suspected to be hired assassins have killed Mr Ifeanyi Ozoemena, the All Progressives Congress Chairman in Logara/Umuohiagu ward Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo state.

According to reports, Late Ifeanyi Ozoemena was shot dead on Tuesday night few hours after an APC meeting he presided over in his ward in preparation for the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly Elections this Saturday.

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Preliminary investigations revealed that Mr Ozoemena was shot dead by assassins at his residence in Ngorokpala, right before his immediate family.

Confirming the ugly incidence, the state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi said the corpse of the deceased have been evacuated and deposited to a mortuary nearby.

He disclosed that the gunmen invaded the home of the deceased in an SUV.

According to the CP, investigations are ongoing to ensure that the culprits are brought to book in no distant time.

He assured Imo indigenes to go about their lawful duties as FG police will continue to ensure the safety of lives and property within this electioneering period.

Kenya, Somalia diplomatic spat widens

Kenya, Somalia diplomatic spat widens

2019-02-18 06:15:02

A border dispute between Kenya and Somalia has finally come to a head. Dating back to 2014 when both countries laid claim to an oil and gas island in the Indian Ocean along their border, Somalia lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2014.

While Kenya insists the maritime border with Somalia should run parallel to the line of latitude, effectively placing the disputed island in its territory, Somalia insists the border should run in line with its southern border, thus laying claim to the islands. No doubt, there must exist an internationally recognised method of determining how maritime borders run, but Somalia appears to have become impatient waiting for arbitration.

This impatience is manifest in Somalia’s unilateral decision to auction oil blocks on the disputed Island in London last week. This action was taken, notwithstanding that Kenya had suspended oil exploratory activities on the Island in 2014 following Somalia’s complaint to the International Court of Justice. With the turn of events, Kenya read aggression into Somalia’s action and reacted by severing diplomatic ties, recalling its Ambassador from Mogadishu, Somalia and asking Somalia’s Ambassador in Nairobi to return home. That, however, is undesirous. A diplomatic spat between Kenya and Somalia, indeed, all its neighbours, is the least desirable thing anybody would wish for at the moment.

The Somalia authorities did not just stab a worthy, helpful neighbour in the back, by putting a wedge between Somalia and Kenya; its staunchest ally in the war against terrorism, Somalia’s deed risks clawing back all the gains, painstakingly made, to bring lasting peace to the troubled Horn of Africa region that has borne the brunt of Al Shabaab attacks.

Arguably, the peace Somalia enjoys today is courtesy of the Kenya Defence Forces’ (KDF) presence on Somalia territory. In 2011 when Al Shabaab abducted tourists on the Kenya- Somalia border, President Mwai Kibaki (now retired) ordered pursuit into Somalia that to date, has had the positive impact of dislodging Al Shabaab from its strongholds and weakened its malevolence. Separately, a number of Kenyan solders lost their lives in two camps in Somalia; El Adde (2016) and Kulbiyow (2017) while defending Somalia.

No other country bears the brunt of insecurity in Somalia than Kenya. The Somalia based Al Shabaab militia attacked Westage Mall in Nairobi on September 21, 2013, killing 67 people. On April 2, 2015, Al Shabaab attacked Garissa University, killing 148 people. In 2019, an attack on dusitD2 in Nairobi left 15 people dead. Such sacrifices suffice to compel Somalia to act with utmost diplomatic caution in the way it handles disputes with Kenya and other neighbours.

Somalia cannot afford to challenge or antagonise neighbours who have stood by it in its quest for peace. Certainly not Kenya whose soldiers and people have shed blood defending the rights of innocent Somalis caught in the cross fires of clan feuds in whose grip Somalia has been since the ouster of Said Bare in 1990. The result of Barre’s ouster was the creation of the world’s largest refugee camps in Kenya; Dadaab and Kakuma that for decades, have been home to Somalia refugees. In maintaining these camps, even with international assistance, Kenya’s input has been great; sometimes compromising its own security for Somalia.

President Kenyatta has gone out of his way to ensure a semblance of order returns to Somalia by not just organising, but also leading regional peace initiatives. He has stood firm against calls to recall KDF from Somalia where the cost of maintenance is gargantuan. This stems from the realisation that a stable Somalia is good for every country in the horn of African region. Indeed, an unstable Somalia, as events over time have demonstrated, is dangerous to our own security. In 2014 through to 2016, Kenya suffered travel advisories that nearly brought its tourism industry to its knees because of terrorist attacks.

While there is need for an amicable resolution to the dispute, it should not be lost on Somalia authorities that there is more to be gained by standing together than by creating weak links that our common enemies could exploit to weaken us and cause despondency.

General Elections: No Military Escorts For Politicians, Says Buratai

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Updated February 20, 2019
Tukur Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that there would be no military escorts for politicians especially retired military during the general elections.

He directed Commanders to ensure the restrictions of movement within their commands and also carry out a stop and search, anyone found culpable should be handed over to the police.

The Army Chief stated this at a meeting with principal officers and commanders of the Nigerian Army.

He said the Army is taking a proactive approach to stop election crimes such as ballot box snatching and violence.

He further directed Commanders to deal decisively with anyone caught doing anything that will be inimical to the success of the election.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

READ ALSO: Buhari Orders Security Agencies ‘To Be Ruthless’ With Ballot Box Snatchers

The President said he had ordered security agencies to prepare to crack down on potential trouble makers during the rescheduled elections.

He said that he had briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military, who have identified the hot spots and flashpoints.

Gen. Buratai, however, warned that should any officer have any doubt as to his or her loyalty to the Nigerian state such a person has until February 22, 2019, to resign.

Gang hacks woman to death, rapes 3 daughters in Litein


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  • Four of the family members are undergoing treatment at Litein AIC Mission Hospital.
  • Last year, a couple was killed in the town in a similar attack.
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A gang has hacked a woman to death, seriously injured her husband before raping the couple’s three daughters in Litein trading centre, Kericho County.

Four of the family members, who survived the Wednesday morning attack, are undergoing treatment at Litein AIC Mission Hospital.

Samoget village residents woke up to the rude shock of the brutal attack against the family of a former politician.

“It is a gory scene; blood is splashed all over. The police have cordoned off the scene of crime. It is not known yet what the criminals were after,” said Mr Geoffrey Rono Katares, an area resident.

Litein police boss Mr Ali Abdi has confirmed the incident. Last year, a couple was killed in the town in a similar attack.

Watch “No Third Party Is Involved In The Configuration Of Smartcard Readers – INEC Chairman” on YouTube

No Third Parties Are Involved In Configuration Of Card Readers – INEC Chairman

Channels Television
Updated February 19, 2019

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says no third parties are involved in the configuration of card readers.

The INEC Chairman, said this on Tuesday while responding to questions during a press briefing in Abuja.

He said, “I want to assure the person who asked the question and assure the nation that no third parties are involved in the configuration of smart card readers of the Commission.

“The dispatching, white-listing, installation, upgrading of software, configuration of smart card readers are done entirely by the officials of the Commission.

“So there is no way any vendor outside can be involved in the configuration of our smart card readers.

“So it is not true that anybody is involved in the configuration of the smart card readers in any way.

“This is entirely done by the Commission’s IT under the supervision at state level of HODs ICT or some official from headquarters of the Commission so there is no way any vendor can partake in the configuration of smart card readers”.

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Speaking further, the INEC boss noted that the Commission as of Monday, had achieved 95 per cent configuration of the 180,000 smartcard readers and the process would be completed by Wednesday.

Professor Yabuku again offered his regrets over the postponement of the elections, saying the Commission is working hard to ensure that the rescheduled elections hold and are free and fair.

He said INEC takes full responsibility and acknowledges the inconveniences and cost of the shift in dates.

Furthermore, he thanked Nigerians and all election stakeholders for their understanding, despite the difficulties occasioned by the change.

Nouvelle chanson tendance à Burkina

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Prêtre espagnol et douaniers tués au Burkina Faso

Prêtre espagnol et douaniers tués au Burkina Faso

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Un prêtre espagnol et quatre douaniers ont été tués lors d’attaques distinctes de djihadistes présumés au Burkina Faso, aux prises avec une insurrection islamiste radicale, ont déclaré des sources locales.

“Le salésien espagnol Antonio Cesar Fernandez a été assassiné lors d’un attentat djihadiste entre le Togo et le Burkina Faso”, vendredi aux environs de 15h00 (heure locale) “, a déclaré l’ordre des Salésiens de Don Bosco dans un communiqué publié vendredi sur Twitter.

Fernandez et deux autres personnes revenaient d’une réunion dans la capitale togolaise, Lomé, quand ils “ont été attaqués par des hommes armés après avoir franchi la frontière entre le Togo et le Burkina Faso”, a déclaré le chef de l’ordre, José Elegbede, dans un communiqué.

“Après avoir fouillé la voiture, ils ont tiré Cesar du groupe et les hommes l’ont abattu”, a ajouté Elegbede.

Le chauffeur du groupe, Fabrice Aziawo, a déclaré que les hommes armés les avaient capturés à un poste de contrôle.

“Des hommes armés nous ont emmenés dans la forêt, Cesar et moi. J’ai entendu des coups de feu. Ils m’ont dit de faire demi-tour et j’ai vu César étendu sur le sol.”

Cesar Fernandez, 72 ans, travaillait en Afrique depuis 1982, a déclaré sa commande, les salésiens de don Bosco, dans un communiqué publié sur Twitter.

Lors d’une autre attaque, des hommes armés ont pris pour cible des agents des douanes qui ont installé un poste mobile à Nohao, près de la frontière avec le Togo, vendredi soir, tuant quatre d’entre eux, a déclaré à l’AFP une source de sécurité.

Le Premier ministre espagnol, Pedro Sanchez, a présenté ses condoléances à la famille et aux collègues du prêtre.

“Je suis absolument révolté par cette attaque et mon respect pour ceux qui … risquent leur vie pour travailler dans des zones de conflit”, a-t-il ajouté sur Twitter.

Une source de sécurité locale a déclaré que l’attaque avait été perpétrée par “un groupe d’une vingtaine d’hommes armés qui se sont ensuite enfuis dans une zone boisée”.

Selon un décompte de l’AFP, plus de 300 personnes ont été tuées dans le pays en quatre ans d’attaques djihadistes.

Le Burkina Faso dit que le Canada a enlevé par des extrémistes présumés

Le Burkina Faso dit que le Canada a enlevé par des extrémistes présumés

Le ministère de la sécurité du Burkina Faso a déclaré qu’un national national canadien a été enlevé par des extrémistes présumés dans la nation ouest-africaine près de sa frontière avec le Niger. Le porte-parole Jean Paul Badoum a déclaré mercredi que l’homme canadien a été enlevé pendant une nuit sur un site minier à Tiabongou, à environ 20 km de Mansila à Yagha. Badoum a identifié l’homme comme Kirk Woodman, qui travaille pour la progression des mineurs… Les environs de l’urgence dans la région en augmentent, surtout le long de la frontière avec le Niger et le Mali, région de Sahel d’Afrique a ou vu en dernier accès par des extrémistes liés à Al-Qaïda ou à l’Organisation d’État islamique.

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

Burkina Faso’s security ministry says a Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in the West African nation near its border with Niger.

Spokesperson Jean Paul Badoum said on Wednesday that the Canadian man was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in Tiabongou, about 20km from Mansila in Yagha province.

Badoum identified the man as Kirk Woodman, who works for the Progress Mineral Mining Company.

There is no immediate comment from Canadian officials.

Burkina Faso recently declared a state of emergency in the region as attacks by Islamic extremists increase, especially along the border with Niger and Mali.

West Africa’s Sahel region has seen a number of abductions of foreigners in recent years by extremists linked to al-Qaida or the Islamic State organisation.

Fespaco 2019

Le Festival du film Fespaco devrait se dérouler dans sa maison traditionnelle de Ouagadougou, au Burkina Faso, du 23 février au 2 mars 2019. Les réalisateurs de films peuvent toujours entrer leurs films pour ce festival; la date limite est le 31 octobre 2018.
Le Festival panafricain du film et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou ou FESPACO) est un festival de film qui se tient tous les deux ans à Ouagadougou, au Burkina Faso. Il n’accepte que les films de cinéastes africains et principalement produits en Afrique pour la projection et la compétition.
Les professionnels de l’industrie du film et de l’audiovisuel, c’est votre film, sont informés que l’inscription pour la sélection des films dans le cadre de la 26ème édition du FESPACO, prévue du 23 février au 02 mars 2019, est ouverte.
La sélection comprend deux sections principales: La section Compétition officielle des films de réalisateurs africains et des réalisateurs de la diaspora. Il comprend les catégories suivantes:
Long métrage de fiction: 60 minutes minimum;
Court métrage de fiction: entre 1 minute et 35 minutes;
Long métrage documentaire: 60 minutes minimum;
Court documentaire: entre 1 minute et 35 minutes;
Films de fiction ou documentaires des écoles de cinéma africaines: entre 3 et 15 minutes;
Court métrage d’animation: entre 3 minutes et 35 minutes;
Série télévisée d’animation: trois (3) épisodes consécutifs de 13 à 26 minutes chacun – Le concours des séries télévisées africaines se déroule dans le cadre d’un événement spécial “La nuit de la série africaine” organisé par le FESPACO en partenariat. avec les producteurs et les diffuseurs.

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