By Christiana Nwaogu, Abuja - The federal government has agreed to pay N50billion as compensation to victims of the Civil War in some affected states in the country. Communities to benefit are some from the South- South, South -East and parts of North-Central that suffered losses during the Nigeria Civil War of 1966 and 1970 and have lived with dangerous abandoned landmines. This was the outcome of the consent judgement delivered by the ECOWAS Court of Justice in a suit filed by Chief Vincent Agu and 19 others on negligence by the federal government to remove remnants of landmines and explosives from the civil war, yesterday in Abuja. The federal government also agreed to remove the remaining unexploded military ordinances such as landmines, locally fabricated weapons and a stock pile of bombs spotted  in about 1, 317 identified locations in the three zones within two months. Apart from settling the N50 billion claim, the...
BY EMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE, Owerri - President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma, has said that a South African must not kill a Nigerian and a Nigerian must not kill a South African, adding that the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa should be stronger than any other part, for the sake of the Continent of Africa. According to him, every Country in Africa should unite as a people to fight for the common course of economic and political emancipation of Africa stressing that Africans are one people divided by Colonial borders and it is important to recognize the efforts of some of our great leaders to make them do more. “Africans must come together to address African problems. We are the same people. We cannot succeed if we handle problems as individuals. We need to recognize that we are one.” President Zuma who spoke after being honoured with Imo Merit Award when he...

Another Death Of Peasants By Drowning

Abu Nmodu writes on the circumstances that led to the latest boat mishap in Niger State’s part of River Kaduna and how the disaster has awaken the authorities to their responsibilities. Zumba Market is a popular market along the bank of River Kaduna in Shiroro local government area of Niger State. It attracts various petty traders from the state and neighboring Kaduna State every Saturday. Traders from the neighboring Kaduna State  travel by boat to the  market because River Kaduna  separate the market  from some of the villages in Kaduna state   whose inhabitants find the market closer to sell their wares. It has always been an incident-free weekly water navigation for the traders until last weekend when the boat conveying no fewer than 60 persons and their wares capsized with 22 of them drowning. The boat carrying about 60 people, five cows, six sheep, eight bags of maize, four bags of rice and...

Zimbabwe Prepares For 2018 Elections

Voter registration for Zimbabwe’s 2018 harmonised elections begins on Monday. This would be the first time since independence in 1980 that the voters’ list would be administered outside the Registrar-General’s Office following the adoption of a new constitution which transferred the responsibility to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau, said that continuous registration would begin while a registration blitz would be conducted in October. “For the voter registration blitz, we needed 15 million U.S. dollars and Treasury has since supported us to that tune. “The money is there and that is why we are saying we are ready. “All we need is for the people to come and register now. We urge them to come forward and exercise their right to register and vote in the forthcoming elections,’’ she said. ZEC has said it is targeting to register about 7 million voters for the 2018 harmonised Presidential, legislative and local government elections,...
The Nigeria Union, South Africa, (NUSA) says five Nigerians detained by the police for protesting the killing of a businessman, have been released. Clement Kalu, 35, a native of Obosi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra, was allegedly killed by the police while being interrogated for being in possession of drugs, at Springs town, near Johannesburg on Sept.5. The Nigerians protested in front of the police station in the town, prompting the police to shoot rubber bullets to disperse them. Some of the protesters were allegedly wounded and treated in the hospital. Mr Adetola Olubajo, President of the Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday that the Nigerians were arrested on Sept. 6. “ They were arrested for protesting the killing of a member of the Nigerian community in the town. “ Following our intervention, they were released on Sept. 7. We urge Nigerians in the...

E-PAPER 3RD SEPTEMBER,2017

E-PAPER 3RD SEPTEMBER,2017
Kenya's Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month's presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days. The ruling makes Kenya the first African country to have a presidential poll invalidated by a court. The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes. But the opposition argued that the commission's IT system had been hacked to manipulate the results. After the ruling was announced, opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga said: "This is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa." Mr Odinga added that he had "no faith at all in the electoral commission as currently constituted" and called for the prosecution of its members.. A lawyer for President Kenyatta said the decision had been "very political" but had to be respected. Reading the decision - reached by a majority of four...
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 11 people and kidnapped eight others in an overnight raid on a village in northern Cameroon near the Nigerian border, officials said on Friday. The attackers burned down around 30 houses in Gakara village, just outside the town of Kolofata, which has been a frequent target of suicide bombings by the Islamist group. An army colonel put the death toll at 11, while a district official said that 15 people had been killed. The mayor of Kolofata confirmed that an attack had taken place but said he did not know the death toll. Boko Haram attacks have killed more than 20,000 people and displaced 2.7 million during the group’s eight-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic caliphate in the Lake Chad region. “The attack happened around midnight. “The Boko Haram assailants arrived. “They set 32 houses on fire killed, pillaged, and traumatised the population,” said the district official, who asked not...
Zimbabwe has been hit by a shortage of broiler chicks after the country’s biggest poultry producer was hit by an outbreak of bird flu in recent months, local media reported on Wednesday. Irvine’s was hit by two avian flu outbreaks in May and July, resulting in it culling more than 200,000 broiler parent stock in a bid to contain the highly pathogenic virus. South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo were also affected by the bird flu. In an industry update, the Zimbabwe Poultry Association said the culling of the parent stock at Irvine’s had resulted in a shortage of broiler day old chicks of nearly 500,000 per week. The gap has to be covered by more expensive imports from outside the southern African region, it said. NAN  
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, today arrived Kigali, the Rwandan capital to join other leaders in the continent and around the world to participate in the ceremonies for Paul Kagame’s inauguration as the country’s President for a third time. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osinbajo arrived Kigali early Friday morning accompanied by top government functionaries including the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Economic Adviser to the President, Dr. Yemi Dipeolu among others. According to NAN, while in Kigali, the Acting President will attend President Kagame’s inauguration ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. local time at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali. Prof. Osinbajo is also expected to attend the inauguration luncheon organized for visiting presidents as part of the inauguration ceremony. The Acting President will return to the country later on Friday. NAN reports that the Rwandan capital is wearing a new look as the country welcomes visitors and even...