Another Nigerian killed in South Africa

The Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed the killing of Mr Chibuzo Nwankwo, a 42-year-old member from Enugu State.

The community said that Nwankwo`s death brings to 121 the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa since January 2016.

The Publicity Secretary of the  Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Habib Miller, confirmed the killing to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone from Pretoria on Saturday.

According to him, the victim was shot in the early hours of Friday at a local bar in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, following a disagreement with an unknown person.

“The deceased, a patron of the bar, got drunk and started harassing a female worker.

“Information available to the union said that Nwankwo was chased out by security personnel,  but he kept on coming back; became very aggressive and rude before the ugly incident occurred,’’ he said.

Miller said that the South African police later intervened and arrested the murder suspect.

“A murder case has been opened and investigation has started, Miller said.

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Just In: Explosion Outside US Embassy In Beijing

An explosion has reportedly occurred outside the US embassy in Beijing.

The US embassy complex is in Beijing’s Chaoyang District.

Witnesses have posted images on Twitter of smoke surrounding the building. Another bystander said there had been injuries.

The explosion occurred around 1pm local time (3pm AEST) in an area where many Chinese citizens line up each day to apply for visas, The New York Times reports.

According to Chinese media reports, a witness said police took away a woman spraying petrol on herself in a suspected attempt at self-immolation.

Although it is not known if the reported blast is terrorism-related, US embassies are frequently the target of terrorist violence, with a dozen incidents reported at American diplomatic posts around the world over the past decade.


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Politician Sentenced For Demanding Sex From Taxi Driver

A Zimbabwean politician, Onai Mupondiwa, 37, has been sentenced to 210 hours of community service for allegedly stripping naked and begging a cab driver, Lloyd Gumbo, for sex.

The incident involving Mupondiwa, who is a married local politician reportedly happened on the 7th of July while she was coming back from a political meeting at around 10pm, reports iHarare.

Mupondiwa who looked stranded at Mzansi Night Club hailed Gumbo to drive her to Railway Block for a fee of $5, however, while on the way, Mupondiwa asked Gumbo to stop the vehicle so she could ease herself, taking all her clothes off in the process.

She then reportedly got back in the car naked and started to caress Gumbo and further took his hand to touch her privates while kissing him.

Mupondiwa went on to insist on having sex with the driver without a condom but Gumbo pleaded that she should let him buy some. Rather than drive to the store, he drove into a police station and that was where the politician was arrested.

She is to serve out her community service at a local police station.

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Indian Prime Minister Donates Cows To Rwanda, Uganda

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, donated 200 cows to families in Bugesera District, Eastern Province of Rwanda.

This is just ahead of of the 10th BRICS summit in South Africa.

In Rwanda, where Modi was making his first state visit, President Paul Kagame and his guest held bilateral talks and signed several agreements including loans and grants worth millions of dollars.

“With India we signed a loan of $100 million for irrigation in three separate areas in the country and $100 million for developing special economic zones,” Rwanda’s minister of finance Uzziel Ndagijimana said.

The beneficiaries of the donated cows will received them through the government’s Girinka programme-One Cow per Family, that aims at empowering poor families.

The Prime Minister will depart to Johannesburg after the Uganda visit, where he will join the leaders of other emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa for the BRICS Summit.

Uganda together with Togo, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Gabon, Angola and Ethiopia have been invited to the summit as the “Africa outreach segment”

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Woman Lynched In India After WhatsApp Rumors

A mob lynched a woman in India after rumours circulated on WhatsApp about child kidnappers, police said Monday, days after the messaging firm said it was curbing the forwarding of messages.

More than 20 people have been killed in similar incidents in the past two months, leaving both the Indian authorities and Facebook-owned WhatsApp scrambling to find a solution in its biggest market.

Police said nine people have been arrested and more are being sought after they found the middle-aged woman’s mutilated body near a forest area in the Singrauli district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.

The accused men told police they caught hold of the woman late Saturday after finding her moving suspiciously and seeing a flurry of WhatsApp messages about gangs of child kidnappers in the area, local police chief Riyaz Iqbal told AFP.

“We are trying to identify the victim and have circulated her picture to all the police stations,” Singrauli police chief Riyaz Iqbal told AFP.

WhatsApp said the next day it would test limiting the ability of its more than 225 million Indian users to forward messages and remove the “quick forward button” next to media messages.

It had already announced new features to help users identify messages that have been forwarded and bought full-page adverts in Indian newspapers with tips on how to spot misinformation.

It has however stopped short of acceding to Indian government demands to enable the authorities to trace messages, saying its service would stay “end-to-end encrypted”.

The spate of attacks related to rumours of child kidnapping started last May in the eastern state of Jharkhand with the emergence of a video that has since spread across India.

People have also been lynched by Hindu extremists murdering Muslims and thrashing low-caste Dalits accused of killing cows or eating beef.


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South African Police Officers To Appear In Court For Allegedly killing Nigerian

The Nigerian Mission in South Africa announced on Friday that police officers implicated in the alleged murder of a Nigerian, Ibrahim Badmus, would be charged to court soon.

Mr Badmus, 25, who was murdered in 2017, was among no fewer than 120 Nigerians, mainly young people, killed in South Africa since February 2016.

Nigeria’s Consul-General in South Africa, Godwin Adama, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview from Johannesburg that the South African authorities had confirmed that investigation into the murder of Mr Badmus was almost concluded.

“Badmus, a native of Lagos State, was brutally murdered by the South African police on October 10, 2017 at Vanderbidjk Park, South Africa.

“Police officers implicated in the murder will be charged to court any moment from now,” the envoy said.

South African police officers were said to have stormed the home of Mr Badmus, an undergraduate at Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark in South Africa, alleging that Badmus was trafficking drugs.

But it was learnt that when the operatives searched the home of the young Nigerian, they could not find any drug.

The operatives, allegedly asked the deceased for money and when he could not give them money, they handcuffed him and used excessive pepper spray on him. He passed out and died, due to suffocation.

Mr Adama said the case was classified as high-profile because of the tension generated by the development as some Nigerians, who had confrontation with the police almost took laws into their hands.

The consul-general said that on hearing the development, he immediately rushed to the scene where he interfaced with aggrieved Nigerians and the police to calm frayed nerves.

“I led a delegation from the mission to visit the scene on receipt of the information. When we arrived the scene, the place was tensed up because Nigerians there were not happy.

“We immediately met with the station commander in the area with some selected Nigerians.

“The police assured that a thorough investigation would be carried out and that the culprit would be brought to book.”

He said that the police authorities later arrested the police officers, who perpetrated the crime and commenced investigation.

Mr Adama said that the mission had followed up on the case and that it was clear that investigating authorities had done a thorough job.

The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, blamed the incessant killings of Nigerians in South Africa on a lack of prosecution of offenders by the South African authorities.

Mr Olubajo told NAN that the inability of the government to bring to bring those perpetrating the heinous crimes against Nigerians to book had given some people impetus to descend on Nigerians.

“Lack of prosecution of these criminal activities has actually emboldened a lot of people to feel that they can kill Nigerians without any consequence,” he said.

On July 11, the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, during a visit to Nigeria, said that killing anybody in South Africa was a criminal act and that criminality in the former apartheid enclave was not specifically targeted at Nigerians.

But despite the assurances of Mr Ramaphosa, the death toll of Nigerians in South Africa has continued to increase.

On July 12, another Nigerian, Martin Ebuzoeme, was killed by assailants in the Yeoville district of Johannesburg.

On July 6, Lawrence Ozumba, was similarly shot dead by gunman at No.10 Koppe Str., Middleburg, Mpumalanga.

Earlier on April 9, another Nigerian, ThankGod Okoro, was reportedly murdered at Hamburg, Florida West Rand in Johannesburg by the South African Police Flying Squad.

The same month one Clement Nwaogu, a father of two, was burnt to death by a mob, stoking a protest by some Nigerians resident in South Africa.

It was learnt that at least 14 of the protesters were taken into custody and allegedly branded drug peddlers by the South African authorities.

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Okonjo-Iweala Gets Twitter Appointment

Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been appointed as a member of the Twitter new Independent Board of Directors.

Okonjo-Iweala was appointed alongside Robert Zoellick into the social media giant board.

Executive Chairman of Twitter, Omid Kordestani said: “Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise”.

He added that “We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service.”

Acknowledging the appointment, Okonjo-Iweala, who said she’s thrilled by the appointment, assured Twitter of leveraging on its power for good.

“Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team,” Okonjo-Iweala said.

“As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today’s most important issues. I look forward to partnering with Twitter’s talented directors and leadership team as we work to leverage the power of Twitter for good.”

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President Trump To Redesign Air Force One

United States President, Donald Trump has said he is redesigning the presidential planes of Air Force One in red, white and blue.

Trump stated this in Scotland over the weekend.

According to him, the new plane would be largely for ”future presidents” due to how long it will take to build.

The new redesign “is going to be incredible,” “top of the line”, and “top in the world.”

“You’re gonna have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it,”Mr Trump said.

“Boeing gave us a good deal…But I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colours?’ And we’re not,” he stated.

Former President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy selected the current colour scheme in the 1960s.


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Another Nigerian Shot Dead In South Africa

the Nigerian community in that country has expressed shock over the killing of another Nigerian, Martin Ebuzoeme, by unknown assailants.

The President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubola, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday that the victim was killed in Yeoville, Johannesburg around 7:30p.m. on July 12.

The killing occurred barely 24 hours after the visit of South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to Nigeria.

Ramaphosa had during his visit on July 11 said the killing of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country was an act of criminality, not specifically targeted at Nigerians.

“The killings are caused by high level of unemployment among the youths as well as other social factors emanating from long apartheid misrule.

“Government is however, doing its best to bring it down,” Ramaphosa had said.

The Nigerian Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, said the latest killing did not have anything to do with xenophobic attacks.

Adama said the killing happened in a crime-prone area of the country.

“The man was killed by unknown gunmen and has nothing to do with xenophobic.

“The place is a crime-prone area and those kind of assassinations happened often in that area.

“There is no investigation that showed that it was xenophobic.

“Within a year here, we have about 16,000 murders which do not necessarily have anything to do with any national of a particular country,” he said.

NAN reported that killings of Nigerians in South Africa had been on the increase in recent times.

Before the latest one, there was the assassination of Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence by an unknown gunman at 10 Koppe, Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, on July 6.

Another Nigerian, ThankGod Okoro, was also reportedly shot dead in Hamburg, Florida West Rand, Johannesburg, on April 9 by the South African Police Flying Squad.

There was also the killing of Clement Nwaogu in April, a father of two, who was burnt to death by his assailant.

The wanton killings of Nigerians in South Africa had sparked a number of protests there.

For demanding justice on behalf of their fallen compatriots, 14 of the protesters were taken into custody and branded drug peddlers.

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20 Killed In Political Rally’s Bombing In Pakistan

At least 20 people have been reported killed in a suicide bombing at a rally by an anti-Taliban political party in Pakistan.

A candidate in July 25 elections was among the those killed, police and hospital officials said on Wednesday.

Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Haroon Bilour was killed in the late Tuesday blast in the northwestern city of Peshawar. His father, senior ANP leader Bashir Bilour, was killed in a suicide bombing in late 2012, in the run-up to Pakistan’s last election.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack.

”The death toll from last night’s suicide attack has reached 20 while we have 65 injured, some of them in critical condition,” Zulfiqar Babakhel, a spokesman for Peshawar’s main Lady Reading Hospital, told Reuters.

The ANP is a predominantly secular, ethnic Pashtun nationalist party, which has long competed with Islamist parties for votes in Pakistan’s volatile Pashtun lands, along the border with Afghanistan.


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India Govt Tasks WhatsApp To Prevent Circulation Of Fake News

India has asked Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months.

With over 200 million users in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market in the world, false news and videos circulating on the messaging app have become a new headache for social media giant Facebook, already grappling with a privacy scandal.

So far this year, false messages about child abductors on WhatsApp have helped to trigger mass beatings of over a dozen people in India, no fewer than three of whom have died.

In addition, five people were beaten to death by a mob on Sunday in a fresh incident of lynching in India’s western state of Maharashtra on suspicions that they were child abductors.

“Deep disapproval of such developments has been conveyed to the senior management of WhatsApp.

“They have been advised that necessary remedial measures should be taken,” India’s IT ministry said in a strongly-worded statement.

The ministry said law enforcement authorities were taking steps to apprehend culprits responsible for the killings but the repeated flow of fake news messages on WhatsApp was also a matter of deep concern.

It also said that messaging platform “cannot evade accountability and responsibility” when such services are abused by users to spread misinformation.

“The government has also conveyed in no uncertain terms that WhatsApp must take immediate action to end this menace and ensure that their platform is not used for such malafide activities,” it added.

According to WhatsApp, it does not want the platform to be used for spreading misinformation, while the dissemination of false messages was a challenge that companies and society should address.

The firm also announced awards for researchers to explore misinformation related issues and share their proposals with the messaging service, its parent Facebook, academia and policymakers.

However, Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on the government’s statement.

WhatsApp previously told newsmen that it is educating users to identify fake news as well as considering changes to the service.

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Visiting French President Macron To Commission Alliance Francaise Complex Wednesday

Visiting French President Emmanuel Macron, will on Wednesday, commission a new complex of the French cultural organization, Alliance Francaise, in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

The magnificent headquarters of the organization is located at No. 9 Osborne Road, Ikoyi. Its formal opening will be one of the functions the president of France will be carrying out while in Nigeria.

Top Nigerian government officials will be joining the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, and members of the diplomatic community, amongst other dignitaries at 9:00a.m. for the ceremony.

Alliance Française is a non-profit making association devoted to promoting French language and culture.

It has 10 active representations in Enugu, Ibadan, Ilorin, Jos, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Maiduguri, Owerri and Port Harcourt.

The organization has three broad objectives; namely, teaching of French worldwide, with classes for all types of audiences, making French culture and the culture of French speaking countries better known and fostering cultural diversity through the promotion of all cultures.


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