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Today, South Africa paid tribute to Winnie Mandela’s “fighting spirit” as plans were made to mark the life of the firebrand anti-apartheid campaigner and Nelson Mandela’s former wife. Winnie Mandela died at 81 in a hospital in Johannesburg yesterday after suffering a long illness that failed to rob of her of the charisma and energy that defined her sometimes divisive character. Mourners continued to gather at her Soweto home to honour the anti-apartheid fighter after President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that a memorial service would be held on Wednesday April 11 and a full state funeral on Saturday April 14. The outspoken leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party Julius Malema, who became a confidante of Winnie Mandela in recent years, is expected to visit her modest two-storey red brick home on Tuesday. The EFF paid tribute to Winnie Mandela’s “fighting spirit” following news of her death. “She affirmed both the love and anger of black people; always committed to their right to defend their lives even (with) arms in the face of a deadly apartheid evil,” the radical leftist party said in a statement. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party’s Women’s League, which Winnie Mandela once led, will stage a mass march to her home on Wednesday. – ‘Brutality of the apartheid state’ – The firebrand activist died in Johannesburg’s Milpark hospital, her family said, adding that she had “fought valiantly against the Apartheid state” and that she was known “far and wide as the Mother of the Nation”. Winnie Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, played a high-profile role in the struggle to end white-minority rule, but her place in history was stained by controversy and accusations of violence. “She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones,” said her family in a statement. After her death was announced, Ramaphosa described her as “a voice of defiance and resistance” who “was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free”. “For many years, she bore the brunt of senseless brutality of the apartheid state with stoicism,” he said. “Despite the hardship she faced, she never doubted that the struggle for freedom and democracy would triumph and succeed.” Winnie Mandela often criticised the ANC, but she had expressed support for the current leadership of the party, which her husband led to power in the euphoric post-apartheid elections of 1994. On Monday evening, Ramaphosa returned to her Soweto house as mourners gathered outside, singing struggle-era songs in tribute and praise. – ‘Sing when we’re hurt’ – “In African culture, we sing when we’re hurt,” ANC Women’s League official Winnie Ngwenya, 64, told AFP. Most of Winnie’s marriage to Nelson was spent apart, with Nelson imprisoned for 27 years, leaving her to raise their two daughters alone and to keep alive his political dream under the repressive white-minority regime. But her reputation came under damaging scrutiny in the twilight years of apartheid rule. In 1986, she was widely linked to “necklacing”, the burning alive of suspected traitors who had flaming, petrol-soaked tyres forced over their heads. In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked free from prison — hand-in-hand with Winnie. The following year, she was convicted of kidnapping and assault over the killing of Stompie Moeketsi, a 14-year-old boy. In 1992, the Mandelas separated, and then divorced in 1996, after a legal wrangle that revealed she had an affair with a young bodyguard. During her old age, she re-emerged as a respected elder who was feted as a living reminder of the late Mandela’s legacy — and of the long and celebrated struggle against apartheid.

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President Buhari rewards Customs Officer who rejected bribe

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President Buhari has presented an Integrity award to a Customs Officer, Bashir Abubakar, for rejecting a N150m  bribe.

 

Buhari also presented an award to Mrs. Josephine Ugwu of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. The recipients at the opening of the two-day National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Public Sector held at the State House Banquet hall, Abuja.

 

The event is being organized by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in collaboration with Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

The Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Abubakar rejected 412,000 dollars (N150 million) bribe offered to him by drug traffickers to import 40 containers laden with Tramadol, a controlled and highly addictive drug.

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Governor of Kinshasa disgracefully beaten by Congolese men in France

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The Governor of Kinshasa, Gentiny Ngobila Mbala received a major dose of disgrace while shopping in Paris, France.

A viral video shows the Congolese Governor being beaten by his fellow countrymen. He was also pushed to the ground over a reason yet to be disclosed.

Watch the video below;

 

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DSS finally speaks up on continued detention of Omoyele Sowore

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The Department of State Service has finally spoken up on the continued detention of the convener of the #RevolutionNow protests, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the spokesman for the Service, Mr. Peter Afunanya, insisted that the appropriate persons have not come for his release.

He claimed that personnel of the service were being threatened and despite that, the DSS has continued to hold the rights of citizens in high standard.

The DSS spokesman explained that those who came for Sowore’s release were protesters and administrative procedures must be followed for him to be released.

He stressed that only the persons who stood as sureties for Sowore can secure his release from the DSS custody.

Sowore has remained in the custody of the Service, weeks after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail along with his co-defendant, Mr. Olawale Bakare, with some conditions.

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Another tanker carrying kerosene has fallen in Onitsha

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Another tanker has fallen at Tarzan area, along Owerri/Onitsha expressway, in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday.

The tanker was loaded with kerosene reports and it would be the tenth tanker to fall around Anambra State, within a space of two months.

In October, two tankers ladened with petroleum products fell in Onitsha, causing loss of lives, wares belonging to traders, houses and cars parked in automobile mechanic workshops.

Tuesday’s incident happened at about 10 am, which showed that the driver defied a previous order given by the state government which banned tankers from carrying petroleum products in the state at day.

The state police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident, saying that men from the command were on ground to forestall any outbreak of fire.

Governor Willie Obiano, while placing a ban on the movement of Petrol laden tankers a month ago had called on security agencies, including the police to strictly enforce the ban.

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Pastor arrested with coffin, female underwear in Enugu

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A self-acclaimed pastor, Sunday Egbo has been arrested by the Enugu State Police Command and paraded after a small coffin, multiple female pants and braziers were recovered from his house.

Samuel is the General Overseer and founder of Christ Mercy Ministry, Ajuonu, Obukpa, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The end came for the said pastor after he allegedly raped a female member who had come for prayers.

The development led to his arrest and subsequent recovery of the items.

He told journalists that he procured the coffin and other items from a native doctor in Kogi State, with the hope of making money and attracting favour.

While admitting to raping the female member, the pastor said, “I paid the native doctor N200,000, to get the coffin and the flute. He told me to do certain things, after which I will get a Ghana-Must-Go bag full of money in my room.

“But after two weeks, the money did not come as the native doctor told me.”

He left advice for other men of God.

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10 corpses get burnt in fire outbreak at OAU morgue

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It is double wahala for dead body as ten corpses were burnt in a fire outbreak that occurred at the morgue of the Anatomy Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State today November 19th.

The corpses were being used by the students of the department for their practicals were kept in the OAU morgue.

 

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for Osun Police Command, Folasade Odoro, said no life was lost in the incident.  She added that the cause of the fire is being investigated.

 

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62 year old man sentenced for drug trafficking in Lagos

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a 62-year-old man, Nurudeen Aremu, to nine years in jail for drug trafficking in cocaine.

Aremu was charged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on three counts bordering on conspiracy and drug trafficking.

Aremu was first arraigned on March 7, and he pleaded not guilty. However, on Nov. 14, he opted to change his plea and was subsequently re-arraigned. On his re-arraignment, he admitted guilt.

On Nov. 15, the Prosecution counsel, Mrs Juliana Iroabuchi, tendered nine exhibits which were all admitted.

Justice Onyetenu found Aremu guilty of the offence and sentenced him to four years imprisonment on count one, three years’ imprisonment on count two and two years jail term on count three.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel said that Aremu committed the offences on Dec. 27, 2018.

She said that he was arrested at the Gate C, Departure Hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, during an outward clearance of passengers on board an Ethiopian Airline flight to India.

Iroabuchi said that Aremu concealed 2.66kg of cocaine in a brown travelling bag.

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“I am not owing workers”, Yahaya Bello claims after election victory

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Newly elected Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, rubbished claims that he was owing salaries, stressing that such were “lies.”

Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers.

The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stabbed a resident after he was declared the winner of Saturday’s election.

Bello also alleged that the wife of his deputy was also shot after he emerged winner of the election.

He said:

“All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owning salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi state is not owning any dime at the state level, what is left is the ten percent from the previous government.

“As for El-Rufai kneeling, he was begging that Kogi people should forgive Bello for ensuring security and ensuring the state was peaceful and not because he could not pay salaries.”

 

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FUTA suspends 6 over viral assault video

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6 Students of the Federal University Of Technology Akure (FUTA), Ondo State who were involved in assaulting a fellow student have been indefinitely suspended.

The incident which was captured in a viral video showed the victim get beaten up and injured by her attackers in a private hostel.

Confirming the development, the Dean of Students’ Affairs of the University, Prof. Gbenga Onibi disclosed that since the video went viral, the authorities have been working to identify the attackers and achieved success through the cooperation of the students.

“It came as a shock and no one is happy about it, we saw the trending video and we were contacted; since then the university has been working to get all those involved.

“We were lucky enough while working on that and realised that the students were unease because they were not happy at the act. They tried to locate the assaulters; luckily we have been able to identify six of them, even the cameraman that shot the video.”

 

He added that the University has a zero-tolerance for such activities and the students have been immediately suspended.

 

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Court of Appeal upholds Taraba Governor’s election

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The Court of Appeal has affirmed Mr Darius Ishaku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as the duly elected Governor of Taraba state.

A five-man panel of the court that sat in Abuja led by Justice Chidi Uwa held that the current Taraba governor was duly elected.

The court held that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had no candidate in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Taraba state, by virtue of the disqualification of Mr Abubakar Danladi, by a Federal High Court in Jalingo on the 6th of March 2019.

 

The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on the 20th of September 2019, delivered a judgment that Mr Danladi was not qualified to contest the 2019 election.

The appellants failed to prove their claims that the election was marred by irregularities and failure to comply with the electoral act. It dismissed the appeal for lacking merit.

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