At least 7 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

At least seven people were killed after two car bombs exploded outside a popular Mogadishu hotel Wednesday and gunmen forced their way inside the building and opened fire, police said.

The attack, claimed by the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab insurgent group, began when a car loaded with explosives rammed the gate of the Dayah Hotel near the Somali parliament and state house.

Gunmen then stormed the hotel and exchanged fire with security guards, according to police official Ibrahim Mohammed.

A second massive blast went off after ambulances and journalists had rushed to the scene, leaving at least four reporters injured, including an AFP photographer who received shrapnel wounds to his shoulder and leg.

“So far we have counted about seven dead, most of them civilians and security guards. There are also many people who were wounded in the two blasts,” said Mohammed.

“Two gunmen were killed and the area is under control of security forces,” he said.

The Shabaab group claimed responsibility in a statement distributed on its Telegram messaging account.

“The mujahideen fighters have attacked a hotel and have managed to enter the hotel after detonating a car loaded with explosives,” read the statement.

The Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government of Somalia and regularly stages deadly attacks on government, military and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere in the war-torn country.

Pakistan Plane Carrying 48 Crashes Killing All On Board

A Pakistani plane carrying 48 people crashed Wednesday in the country’s mountainous north and burst into flames killing everyone on board, authorities said, in one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the nation’s history.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Flight PK661 came down after one of its two turboprop engines failed while travelling from the city of Chitral to Islamabad, the civil aviation authority said.

Rescuers, including hundreds of villagers, pulled the charred remains from the wreckage of the aircraft, parts of which were found hundreds of metres away from the main site in Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

An AFP reporter at the site near the village of Saddha Batolni said part of the plane was still on fire more than five hours after the crash, as rescuers picked up torn human remains with their hands and placed them in bags before they were taken by ambulance to Islamabad for identification.

“The bodies were burnt so badly we could not recognise whether they were women or men,” a villager in his thirties, who declined to give his name, told AFP.

“We put into sacks whatever we could find…and carried them down to the ambulance.”

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Azam Saigol, the airline’s chairman said the plane was an ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, which contacted ground authorities after one engine failed and issued a Mayday call at 4:14 pm (1114 GMT).

It began descending a minute later before disappearing from radar at 4:16 pm.

“This plane was technically sound, and was checked in October,” he said, adding the captain had flown more than 12,000 hours and the aircraft was nine years old.

“Our focus now is to retrieve all the dead bodies,” he added, vowing a full investigation.

A senior rescue official on the site who requested anonymity added: “The villagers told us that the plane was shaky before it crashed. It was about to hit the village but it seems that the pilot managed to drag the plane towards the hills.”

Three foreigners were among the dead, officials said, with Austria’s foreign ministry later confirming two of its nationals were killed and Chinese state media saying one of its nationals was also among the victims.


Nasarawa: Police arrest 4 over alleged ritual killing of boy.

The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested one Mr Emmanuel Ishaya of Ushata village in Nasarawa Local Government area for allegedly killing Isaac Joshua, his friend’s seven-year-old son, for ritual.


DSP Idrissu Kenedy, the Command’s Spokesman, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lafia.


Kenedy said that the suspect was arrested following a report to the police by the father of the deceased, Joshua Ebini, on the disappearance of his son on Oct. 10.


He said that information from the suspect led to the arrest of three other suspects while a fourth accomplice to the alleged crime was still at large.


Kenedy said the suspects, during interrogation, confessed to the crime with each of them narrating his level of involvement.


According to the spokesman, the prime suspect, Ishaya, confessed to have lured the boy away from the father’s house on a motorbike to a forest and killed him with a stick.


Ishaya confessed that he removed the seven-year-old boy’s genital and right buttock as requested by his collaborators.


The spokesman said investigation revealed that the whole ideal was muted by Aderogba Tunde.


He said that Tunde made another suspect, Isah Ogah, to believe that his aged father in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, had the power to make money ritual provided they could provide some human parts.


“Isah claimed not to be interested in taking human life in order to make money, but contacted Yohanna Ibaku, who brought Emmanuel Ishaya, the prime suspect, into the deal,” Idrissu said.


He said the remains of the deceased were recovered from where they were dumped and buried by the family.

Policeman Gets Life Sentence For Killing Man Over Cup Of Tea

An Egyptian court sentenced a policeman who killed a man over the price of a cup of tea to life in prison on Wednesday, a rare lengthy punishment for police violence in a country that rights activists say has a culture of impunity.

Public anger over allegations of police brutality has been bubbling over the past year, with several incidents spilling over into skirmishes and protests, five years after an uprising in which police officers were a major focus of discontent.

The policeman sentenced on Wednesday shot three people in a Cairo suburb after an argument over the price of a cup of tea, killing one of them and causing a riot. The sentence, issued after he was convicted of murder, can be appealed. Life sentences in Egypt normally run for 25 years.

Activists say police brutality is widespread in Egypt, enabled by a culture of impunity. The Interior Ministry says abuses are isolated and incidents are investigated.

Anger over perceived police excesses helped fuel the 2011 uprising that began on a Police Day holiday and ended the 30-year rule of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak. Since then, police have regained considerable powers and human rights groups say they have returned to their old ways.

In February, a policeman shot dead a driver in the street in an argument over a fare, prompting hundreds of people to protest outside the Cairo security directorate.

There were also riots in the northern, Suez Canal city of Ismailia and southern Nile city of Luxor over the authorities’ handling of at least three deaths in police custody in a single week in November last year.

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Court frees all suspects in Kano blasphemy killing.

A Kano Magistrates’ Court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects, who allegedly killed a trader, Bridget Agbahime in Kano on June 2 over allegations of blasphemy.

The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

Mrs. Agbahime, 74, an Imo indigene, was murdered in Kofar Wambai Market in Kano over alleged blasphemy.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, discharged the five suspects and terminated the case as advised by the attorney-general of Kano State.

Earlier, the Principal State Counsel, Rabiu Yusuf, representing the attorney-general of Kano State, told the court that they received the case diary from the police on June 8.

“Having gone through the case diary, the attorney- general of Kano State evaluated the facts in accordance with Sections 130 and150 of the Criminal Procedure Code, presented the legal advice,” Mr. Yusuf said.

“The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent and orders the court to discharge all the suspects.”

The counsel to the suspects, Abdulsalam Gambo, commended the attorney-general for the judgment in the case.

NAN reports that the suspects and their families expressed gratitude to God for the judgment and for their freedom.

Video Of Police Killing 6 Year Old Autistic Boy Released

A court in the US state of Louisiana has released a video showing law enforcement officers fatally shooting a 6-year-old autistic boy last November.

The tape shows two deputy city marshals opening fire on a car, killing the boy and critically wounding his father in the city of Marksville.

Jeremy Mardis, who had autism, died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds. His father, Chris Few, survived.

Prosecutors showed the tape in court to support their claim that one of the deputies had a pattern of using excessive force.

Police say the officer’s chased the boy’s father after he drove off from an argument with his girlfriend.

Defense attorneys argued the deputies acted in self-defense and claim the boy’s father rammed into a deputy’s vehicle before they fired.

However, the judge said the footage doesn’t show the boy’s father using his car as a deadly weapon at the time of the shooting.

The release of the video came days after several African American men were killed by police in the states of California, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

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China Arrests Man Suspected Of Killing 19 In Remote Village

Chinese police on Thursday arrested a man suspected of killing 19 people, including three children, found dead in different locations a remote southwestern village, state media and authorities said.

Mass killings are rare in China and the incident dominated discussion on social media platforms. It was not immediately clear how the victims were killed, or what the motive was.

Yang Qingpei, born in 1989, was arrested in Yunan province’s capital of Kunming, about 200 km (124 miles) from the site of the murders in Yema, Yunnan police said on their official microblog.

The victims were members of six families, said the official Xinhua news agency.

The bodies were found on Thursday at different locations in the village, a state-backed news website,, said, adding that the suspect had given authorities some details.

The public security bureau in the nearby city of Qujing told Reuters it was investigating.

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Three Arraigned For Killing Nine Policemen

Three suspects alleged to have been involved in the killing of 10 persons, including nine police officers, were on Thursday arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court siting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The suspects were said to have shot and killed their victims during various bank robbery operations in different parts of the state.

Accused persons, who were identified as Godgift Gwenbe (29), Odum Atokaritou (35), and Napughi Duba (29), were arraigned on 18 counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.

The suspects were alleged to be responsible for the murder of Spy ASP Bamidele Mohammed, attached to Sterling Bank, Port Harcourt; Inspector Austine Moore, who, until his death was attached to Elekahia Police Station in Port Harcourt; Corporal Prince Tigbara (Elekahia Police Station) and Inspector Jonah Oletu.

Others alleged to have been killed by the suspects are Inspector Peter Olavoghokere, Corporal Paul Nnaa, Inspector Dennis Akpan, attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station, Port Harcourt.

Also murdered are Sergeant Ekwere Epoulo, Corporal Okougor Nyambi all attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station and Mr. Femi Oloukun, who was until his demise the Regional Manager of Sterling Bank.

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Buhari Promises Justice Will Be Done In Killing Of Woman In Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari has described as sad and regrettable the developments that led to the killing of Mrs Bridget Agbahime, an Igbo market woman in Kano.
A statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari condoled with the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, the family and relations, praying that God would give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

He also commended the law enforcement agents for apprehending the prime suspect behind the killing, as well as the Kano State government which summoned a meeting of Christian and Islamic leaders, widower of the deceased, and security agencies, as soon as the sad event occurred.

Adesina said Buhari promised that justice would be done in the matter, and urged the people not to take the law into their hands.

He equally charged those who might want to use the development to fan the embers of religious or ethnic hatred to remember that two wrongs never make a right, and that when law and order break down, the victims are never distinguished on the basis of religion or ethnicity.

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Father Found Guilty of Killing 3-Month-Old Son for Life Insurance Money

Moussa Sissoko was 22 when he killed his 3-month-old son Shane in 2001. A Montgomery County judge found him guilty of child abuse and murder this week, the Washington Post reports.

Sissoko met Tiffany Paris, Shane’s mom, in 1999 while she was still in high school. When she found out she was pregnant in 2000, he was at college in Florida and asked her to terminate the pregnancy. She did not, and he eventually moved in with her to help raise Shane. According to court records, it was around Shane’s birth that Sissoko got a job at a lock and security company and began pursuing $750,000 life insurance for Shane. He put himself as the sole beneficiary on the policy.

“Any reasonable person is going to ask: ‘Why would you put a $750,000 policy on a newborn infant?'” Judge Michael Mason who ruled alone on the trial asked in court. “It seems to make no sense, just on its face.” Sissoko claimed it was a form of a college savings plan for Shane.

On Sept. 15, 2001, Sissoko was watching Shane while Paris was at work. Two hours after he put the baby to bed, he called 911 because Shane was unresponsive and bleeding from his nose. According to Yahoo! News, Shane was taken to a hospital immediately, but never regained consciousness and was on a ventilator for 10 days before it was removed and he died. “Abusive head trauma … by either shaking and/or causing soft impact trauma to the child,” was determined to be the cause of death.

Sissoko has been in jail since he was originally convicted for his son’s death in 2002. He then appealed, lost, and claimed he’d had ineffective lawyering. He will remain in jail while he waits for a sentence on this re-trial.

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Court Sentences Man To Death By Hanging For Killing Own Brother

Justice Muhammad Abubakar Sambo of Bauchi High Court has sentenced a 27-year old man, Salisu Ali, of Zango village in Tafawa Balewa Local Government of the state, to death by hanging for committing culpable homicide.

The prosecution counsel, Sabiu Adamu Gumba, had told the court that the accused lured his seven-year old brother, Yusuf Ali, to the bush where he hit him with a stick, killing him instantly.

Mr. Gumba said the accused later cut off the penis of the deceased and gave it to his dog.

In a confessional statement, the accused confirmed that he killed Yusuf due to the misunderstanding between him and the mother of the deceased.

According to him, he did not take any intoxicant while committing the offence and the deceased did not engage him in a fight during the incident as he fell and died instantly.

The prosecution counsel presented his first witness, Aliyu Shehu, who is father to both the accused and the deceased.

He told the court that the deceased was sent to the market by his mother on the day he was killed to buy detergent only for him to be lured by the accused into the bush.

He said a good Samaritan informed him that he saw the accused with the deceased on their way to the bush.

The witness said some youth in the village later forced the accused into the bush where he showed them the body of the murdered boy.

In his judgment, Justice Abubakar Sambo ordered that the accused be hanged on the neck until he was certified dead.

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Agatu People Triggered Crisis By Killing 10,000 Of Our Cattle- Fulani Community Leader

The Fulani community in Benue State, accused of killing hundreds in Agatu in Benue State, said Thursday that the crisis started after 10,000 of cattle belonging to its members were killed by Agatu natives.

Ado Boderi, who spoke on behalf of the Fulani community on Thursday, during a meeting between Agatu community, Fulani community and Police Inspector General Solomon Arase, said criminal elements from both sides escalated the crisis despite the quick intervention of the governor.

He said that Fulani herdsmen were a peace-loving people, whose main concern was the problem of cattle rustling.

Akpa Iduh, who spoke on behalf of the Agatu people, decried the continued unprovoked attacks on his people by “Fulani mercenaries”.

Mr. Iduh, who said that the crisis started over five decades ago, lamented that it had recently turned into a war because of the types of weapons the herdsmen were using against them.

He alleged that the “Fulani mercenaries” were killing both children and pregnant women on sight, adding that they were powerless after embracing the Benue Amnesty Programme and surrendered illegal arms to government.

“The herdsmen are bent on turning our land into their grazing area, thereby rendering us homeless and without food.

“Is it because we are minority and poor that they are using their numerical advantage and wealth against us?

“We are going to remain in Agatu until the day they have succeeded in killing all of us.”

The Inspector- General of Police, Solomon Arase, said in Makurdi that the force had deployed enough policemen to end the clashes between Agatu farmers and herdsmen in Benue.

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Man Gets Life In Prison For Killing Of 6 Year Old

An Arizona man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in the killing of his 6-year-old nephew after the child witnessed his father’s shooting death.

Authorities say 24-year-old Christopher Rey Licon fatally shot his half brother, Angel Jaquez, in a 2010 drug dispute and killed his nephew, Xavier Jaquez, out of fear that he would snitch because the child heard or saw his father die.

Licon was convicted of murder in both killings. A jury had previously spared him the death penalty and instead sentenced him to life in prison, though it was up to a judge to later decide whether he would become eligible for release after serving 35 years.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens balked against the more lenient option and ordered Licon to spend the rest of his life in prison. She also sentenced him to an additional 36 years in prison in his brother’s killing, the kidnapping of his nephew and for other convictions in the case.

Investigators say Licon killed his brother at their Phoenix town house, kidnapped the child and shot him 20 miles away in an alley. The boy was still wearing his school uniform and a Burger King kid’s meal was nearby when his body was found by sanitation workers.

Licon mounted an unsuccessful insanity defense that would have spared him a prison sentence and sent him to the state mental hospital for the rest of his life.

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Kaduna Police Denies Killing Shiite Members

The Kaduna Police Command on Wednesday denied reports that its men killed three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria during a protest at Tudun Wada area in the state capital on Tuesday.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, told our correspondent that none of the sect members was killed by policemen during a protest.

He further explained that the policemen were only sent to the area to forestall any break down of law and order following rumours that members of the movement were planning to embark on a violent protest in the state capital.

He also explained that the sect members were the ones that attacked the police patrol team with dangerous weapons, an act he said, prompted the policemen to use teargas to disperse the soaring protesters.

Zubairu stated that a combined team of soldiers and policemen have been stationed at Tudun Wada and other volatile areas in the state capital to maintain law and order, but advised members of the public to be law abiding and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.

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Man Blames APC For Killing The Lion That Escaped Jos Wild Life Park (PHOTO)

Residents of Jos who have been relieved of a loose lion scare are now angry that the Lion was killed. Others say that a tranquilizer would have been used to tame the lion and return it to its confinement.

Reactions on social media reflect the anger of people who have visited the Lion personally, saying its execution was ruthless.

However, here is a reaction that is quite unusual but typical of a partisan Nigerian to do. See FB post below that blames the APC for the death of the Lion.

Okorocha Denies Accusing Tinubu, Others For Killing Audu

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday denied having a quarrel with Senator Bola Tinubu, saying the envisaged rift only exists in the imaginations of those who have chosen the path of dishonour.

Governor Okorocha, who was reacting to a report published in a social media on Sunday, claiming that he accused Senator Tinubu and other APC members of being responsible for the death of the APC governorship candidate in Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, described such claim as “ungodly blackmail.”

The governor said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuameodo, that the envisaged rift between Senator Tinubu and himself “only exists in the imaginations of those who have chosen the path of dishonor, because only dishonourable people could have authored such an inglorious write-up. Decent people do not do such thing.”

The governor said he never accused the former governor of Lagos State and one of the key pillars of the APC in the country, Senator Tinubu, of being responsible for the death of the APC governorship candidate in Kogi State, Prince Audu.

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17 Remanded Over Killing Of Lekki Investment MD

A Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Ebute-Metta yesterday ordered 17 people arrested in connection with the killing of the Managing Director, Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, Mr. Tajudeen Disu, on Monday to be remanded in custody.
Delivering ruling in an application brought by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Magistrate (Mrs) Folashade Botoku said she aligned with the argument of the prosecution counsel which asked for the remand of the suspects for more days.

Disu was killed during a peace mission to one of the communities in the Free Trade Zone area in Ibeju Lekki after which 17 suspects were arrested by the DSS.?

Mrs Botoku however said what was brought before her was not a charge but an application to remand the suspects in custody to enable the police conduct thorough investigation. On the application for bail as requested by the counsel to the accused persons, she said while Section 264 empowers the court to grant the leave to remand them in custody, the same section does not empower it to grant them bail since it lacks jurisdiction to hear a murder case and cannot therefore consider the application for bail.

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Cultist In Court For Killing Gang Leader

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned an alleged cultist, Adeola Adebowale, 34,before the Ebute-Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for allegedly killing a former cult leader by binding his hands and legs and throwing him into the lagoon.

It had been reported on June 12, 2015, that the deceased, Godwin Victor, aka Sangba, was abducted by some cultists in the Akoka area of the state.

Sangba was reportedly kidnapped by members of the gang he once led because of his decision to quit the group and embrace normal life.

A police source told our correspondents that the victim was kidnapped by some members of the gang – Anarchy, Rotimi, Lati, Ade and others – who were loyal to late Segun Ogere, aka Shaggy.

Shaggy was killed by suspected cultists while returning from a court, where he was the principal witness, sometime in 2014.

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Mugabe Rages Against Killing Of Cecil The Lion

President Robert Mugabe on Monday criticized the killing of Cecil the Lion, saying the animal was a key part of the country’s heritage.

“Our wildlife, all our animals, belong to us. They should not be shot with a gun or with an arrow,” Mugabe told thousands who gathered at a shrine on the outskirts of the capital Harare to commemorate Heroes’ Day.

“Even Cecil the lion is yours. He is dead. He was yours to protect and he [was] there to protect you,” said the ageing president, who is often the target of condemnation over the country’s human rights record.

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Boko Haram: Buhari Orders The Release Of $21m To Joint Task Force

President Buhari has approved the sum of $21m to aid in the fight against Boko Haram..Speaking at the AU summit yesterday ,he said

I am pleased to note that Cameroon, Chad and Niger are already showing this attribute by fighting alongside Nigeria under the umbrella of Multinational Joint Task Force to defeat Boko Haram.
“In this regard, the member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin met recently where far-reaching decisions were taken to immediately put into operations the Multinational Joint Task Force.
“To this end, the summit approved the immediate provision of $30m for the Multinational Joint Task Force.
“Consequently, out of the pledge of $100m, which Nigeria made to the Multinational Joint Task Force, I have directed that $21m be released within the next one week.

Xenophobic Violence: Why Are The Citizens Not In Their Countries? – Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Monday hit out at other African countries after South Africa faced a backlash over the wave of anti-foreigner attacks in the country.

While Zuma condemned the violence, saying immigrants contributed to the South African economy, he also questioned why so many had flocked to South Africa.

“As much as we can have a problem alleged to be xenophobic, our brother countries contributed to this,” he said.

“Why are the citizens not in their countries?”

Earlier in April, mobs in Johannesburg and in the port city of Durban targeted migrants, ransacking
their homes and burning shops.

Seven people died and thousands were displaced.

South Africa faced a backlash over the attacks and regional relations have been strained, with Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique organising for some of their fearful citizens to return home.

Nigeria has also recalled its ambassador in Pretoria over the attacks while there have been widespread calls for South African products to be boycotted.

But Zuma went on a counter-offensive Monday, saying his government would strengthen measures to tackle illegal immigration.

“Some of them (immigrants) had very serious allegations against their own countries to explain why they are in South Africa,” Zuma said, speaking on Freedom Day that marks the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.

“In fact, some of them warned us that there is almost certainly another wave of refugees coming given the developments in their own countries.

“We have to address the underlying causes of the violence and tensions, which is the legacy of poverty, unemployment and inequality in our country and our continent and the competition for limited resources,” Zuma said.

Many South Africans have blamed the attacks on poverty and a severe jobs shortage in Africa’s second biggest economy. Undocumented immigrants are often accused of accepting work for less pay.

The spate of attacks has revived memories of xenophobic bloodshed in 2008, when 62 people were killed, tarnishing South Africa’s post-apartheid image as a “rainbow nation” of different groups living in harmony.

The South African army was deployed in some of the worst hit areas last week in a bid to crack down on the violence against immigrants.

Akwa Ibom Probes Uwah’s Killing

The Akwa Ibom State Government has condemned the killing of former deputy speaker of the State House of Assembly and the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for the Ukanafun State Constituency in the forthcoming general elections, Okon Uwah.

The State Commissioner of Information and Communication Aniekan Umanah regretted that in spite of the peace accord for violence-free elections signed by political parties in the state, such violations occurred.

“The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio has learnt about the unfortunate incident that led to the death of Okon Uwah, one-time Deputy Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and APC candidate for the Ukanafun State Constituency in the forthcoming general elections,” said Umanah. “The Governor and indeed the State Government condemn in its entirety the dastardly, strange and cowardly occurrence. Government regrets that, in spite of the accord on peaceful and violence-free elections signed by political parties in the State; some miscreants have decided to trample upon the law. It bears stressing that, no person’s political ambition is worth the blood of any citizen.”

The former Deputy Speaker was killed in strange circumstances shortly after concluding a campaign tour of Ward Three in Ukanafun local government area in the state on Wednesday.

Umanah said the governor has directed a full-scale probe into the event to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. “Violence and political thuggery of any kind will not be tolerated in the state.”

He reassured citizens of the preparedness of the state government and security agencies to maintain law and order and protect the lives of citizens as well as ensure a peaceful and orderly conduct of the elections in Akwa Ibom State.

Umanah said the state governor commiserates with the bereaved family and assured them that the security agencies will unravel the cause of the tragedy and bring the culprits before the law.

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S.Africa Footballer’s Murder was Robbery ‘Gone Wrong’

The murder of a South African football captain last week was a “robbery gone horribly wrong”, investigators said Monday, adding they were searching for other suspects involved in the crime.

Thirteen people have been questioned and one person has been arrested for the killing of Senzo Meyiwa, a 27-year-old goalkeeper who played for Bafana Bafana and top flight team Orlando Pirates.

Lieutenant-General Vineshkumar Moonoo told journalists they were confident that “the person we have charged was involved in the incident.”

Twenty-five year old Zenokuhle Mbatha was arrested in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg, the same township where Meyiwa was gunned down by intruders while visiting his pop-star girlfriend.

Mbatha will make a second court appearance on Tuesday November 11.

Moonoo added that there were “two people who were directly involved in the accident.”

The suspects made off with a cell phone.

Police have offered a reward of 250,000 rand ($23,000) for any information leading to his killer’s arrest and conviction of the two suspects.

Local media reported that Meyiwa’s family have hired private investigators to conduct a parallel probe of the death.

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