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Nigeria: Nigerian Police Rescue Child Locked Up for 10 Years

A mother, identified as Rabi Mohammed, has been arrested by operatives of the Kano State Police command for locking up and starving her daughter, Aisha Jibrin, for 10 years in Darerawa Quarters, Fagge Local Government Area of the state. Rabi and her husband, Mohammed Jibrin, who is now at large, allegedly locked up their 15-year-old…

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    Nigeria: Nigerian Govt Fumes As UK Offers Asylum to Biafra Members

    By Anayo Okoli, Chinonso Alozie, Chimaobi Nwaiwu,Chinedu Adonu and Ugochukwu Alaribe The Federal Government yesterday expressed angst over the decision of the United Kingdom to offer asylum to 'persecuted' member of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB. The UK Visas and Immigration had released new…

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      Malawi: President Proposes Switch From Growing Tobacco

      Blantyre, Malawi — Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera said Tuesday the country should move away from growing tobacco, although it contributes to more than 60 percent of the country's earnings, because he sees no future in continuing to grow it. At the opening of tobacco selling season, Chakwera said Malawi should switch to other cash crops…

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        Nigeria: Senate Moves to Create Database for Livestock

        The proposed legislation is aimed at solving the challenge of animal identification and management by establishing the National Livestock Bureau. The Senate is considering a bill that will create a database for livestock. The bill for an Act to 'establish national livestock and management (protection, control and management etc) bureau' scaled second reading on Tuesday.…

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                Nigeria: Fuel Queues Resurface in Abuja As NNPC Speaks On Price Hike

                The NNPC advises against panic buying, saying petrol will be available in all depots across the country Barely two months after petrol scarcity hit major cities across Nigeria, fuel queues have resurfaced in petrol stations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. A PREMIUM TIMES correspondent who visited petrol stations Monday evening found that some of…

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                      Nigeria: Nigerian and Western Values Collide

                      Nigerian public opinion is intensely homophobic. In 2014, the Nigerian National Assembly passed--and then President Goodluck Jonathan signed--a law against homosexual activity as draconian as that of Uganda, which is better known. In a time of intense polarization along religious and ethnic lines in Nigeria, the legislation had near universal support. In Europe and North…

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                        Congo-Kinshasa: DRC Holds Key to Addressing the Global Climate Crisis

                        Kinshasa — The road to a clean energy future runs through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A global transition to renewable energy will require the mass deployment of new sources for both electricity production and storage. The DRC accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s cobalt, the mineral vital to battery…

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                        Nigeria: Soldiers Working With Boko Haram Expose Civilian Collaborators

                        Some soldiers arrested in the crack down on Boko Haram funders have disclosed the identities of their civilian collaborators, according to sources. The arrests of the officers came after an in-depth investigation into connections between Boko Haram members and military officers, that they helped to infiltrate into the army and sabotage efforts to end insurgency…

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                        Zimbabwe: All Not Lost Despite 41 Years of Misgovernance – Union

                        Despite 41 years of poor governance, political intolerance, corruption and cronyism, it is not too late to redeem ourselves, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has said. In a statement to mark the country's 41 years of independence, ZCTU secretary general Japhet Moyo said there was need for government to change the manner in…

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                        Nigeria: Armed Insurgents Target Aid Groups in Borno State Attacks

                        Geneva — United Nations agencies are alarmed that insurgent groups clashing with Nigerian security forces and attacking civilians in Borno State are targeting humanitarian groups and NGO aid workers trying to help locally-besieged civilians and the 65,000 people who are on the run. Jens Laerke, Geneva spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination…

                        Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s Road to Independence

                        Senior Researcher & Writer, Zimpapers Knowledge Centre 1200-1600s: Rise and decline of the Monomotapa Empire, which was associated with the Great Zimbabwe Monument, believed to have been involved in gold mining and international trade. 1830s: Ndebele people fleeing Zulu wars and Boer invasion in present-day South Africa move north and settle in what becomes known…

                        Zimbabwe: Freedom, the Glow in the Independence Flame

                        Situated about 7km to the west of the city centre of Harare is a rich valley. In this vale lies a hill at the summit of which is a tower that bears an eternally flickering flame. Persistently glowing from a 40-metre obelisk, the flame catches the traveller’s eye at night. Not only does it guide…

                        Africa: #UnmuteTheWorld Campaign Launched to Address Internet Gap Across Sub-Sahara

                        Nairobi — A campaign dubbed #UnmuteTheWorld, has been launched to make internet access a fundamental right and ensure 3.7 billion people are connected virtually. The campaign launched last week called for action on the digital divide especially since COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenge as connections and opportunities increasingly happen online. Nearly half of the world’s…

                        Nigeria: Tourism Association President, Saleh Rabo, Is Dead

                        “Rabo died being the Managing-Director of All States Travels with office in Transcorp Hilton Abuja,” he said. Saleh Rabo, the President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, FTAN, is dead. FTAN Public Relations Officer (North), Joseph Karim, in a statement in Abuja, said that Mr Rabo’s immediate family confirmed his passing on Friday.…

                        Nigeria: New Nollywood Comedy ‘Breaded Life’ Hits Cinemas

                        It tells the story of a reckless young man, who wakes up to find that no one can recognise him except a local bread seller. This weekend promises to be mind-blowing as ‘Breaded Life’, a comedy movie by Biodun Stephen hits the Nigerian cinemas on Friday. The movie, which is a sequel to the 2016…

                        Nigeria: Covid-19 – Nigeria Crosses 1 Million Vaccination Threshold

                        The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said 30,452 Nigerian residents have received shots of COVID-19 vaccine on Friday bringing the number of jabs so far to 1.08 million. The NPHCDA disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Friday. The agency said that 30,452 people have taken the first dose of the Oxford…

                        Nigeria: Solar Home System for 25 Million Nigerians Not Free – Govt

                        Abuja — The federal government has stressed that the 25 million Nigerians to be electrified through the ongoing N240 million Solar Home System project have to pay some fair bills. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, according to a statement, made this clear at the recent launch of 100,000 Solar Home System in Jangefe community, Kazuare Emirate,…

                        Zimbabwe: MDC Alliance, Activists Warned Over Violent Demos

                        Political activists and civic organisations sponsored by the MDC Alliance to engage in illegal demonstrations dubbed “The Winter Jest” over the Independence Day weekend have been told that security services are on high alert and will enforce all the laws, including the Covid-19 anti-gathering health regulations. Some local and international organisations are reportedly providing funds…

                        Suicide bombing during church service in Kaduna

                          Society – West Africa – Nigeria – Religion Suicide bombing during church service in Kaduna Seven people have been reported dead and several others injured following a suicide bombing which occurred during a mass at a catholic church in northern Nigeria. The suspected suicide attacker attempted to crash a car bomb into a Catholic…

                        Three people arrested for attempting to poison Benin president Yayi

                          Health corner – West Africa – Benin – Documentary – Crime Three people arrested for attempting to poison Benin president Yayi Benin authorities have arrested President Thomas Boni Yayi’s doctor, his niece and an ex-minister over a suspected plot to poison the leader, the public prosecutor said on Monday. According to him the detained…

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