The United States has advised its citizens in Nigeria to avoid large crowds and demonstration by the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites. Recall that the Islamic sect last week had a violent clash with security operatives within the precincts of the National Assembly which culminated in burning of police vehicles, injuries to persons on both sides and arrest of over 40 suspects. However, in a statement issued on Saturday by the US Mission in Abuja, American citizens were alerted to expected protests by members of the sect across the country. It, therefore, urged its citizens in Nigeria to review their personal security plans. The statement reads: “The U.S. Mission in Nigeria advises U.S. citizens that large demonstrations by prot
There is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert said Wednesday, calling for sanctions on the prince's personal foreign assets. The allegation regarding Prince Mohammed's possible direct role in Kashoggi's execution last October was detailed in a new report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Callamard, an independent human rights expert who does not speak for the United Nations, also called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate a formal criminal investigation into the case. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Prince Mohammed, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Riyadh ...
A member of the Kenyan Parliament representing Wajir East, Rashid Kassim has been arrested hours after allegedly assaulting Wajir County Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi. Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi was allegedly beaten up on Thursday morning by Wajir East MP Rashid Amin in the parliament building. It is alleged that Gedi engaged him in a heated discussion before she was assaulted by the MP. The MP demanded to know why Gedi, who is a member of the budget committee, did not allocate any money to his Wajir East constituency. Gedi narrated that she was with her Homa Bay counterpart Gladys Wanga when she met the Wajir East lawmaker. “He called me stupid and nonsense and then he beat me. I was shocked, I could not believe it. He came again and hit me. “I told him tha
Boris Johnson overwhelmingly won the first round of voting Thursday in the race to replace outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, with the field of candidates narrowed to seven from 10. The Brexit-backing former foreign minister picked up 114 of the 313 votes cast in a secret ballot of Conservative Party lawmakers in the lower House of Commons.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Friday renewed calls to revisit the role of the US dollar in global trade and accused Washington of seeking to dominate the world. Speaking at an economic forum alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Russian president called for deep reform, claiming that trust in the dollar had been on the decline. Changes in the global economy “call for the adaptation of international financial organisations (and) rethinking the role of the dollar which… has turned into an instrument of pressure by the country of issue on the rest of the world,” Putin said. Kremlin chief — whose country has chafed under numerous rounds of US sanctions — has repeatedly slammed the global financial system established by Washington in the aftermath of World War II. In
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, has emerged president of the 74th UN general assembly. Muhammad-Bande, sole candidate for the position, emerged through acclamation at the 87th plenary meeting of the Assembly in New York on Tuesday. He is the second Nigerian to hold the office after Joseph Garba, a retired military officer and diplomat, who led the organ between 1989 and 1990. He will be inaugurated in September. President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Muhammad- Bande as Nigeria’s representative to the UN on March 31, 2018.
South africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa has asked pastors to stop using religion as a means to get money from naïve citizens. He made the statement after a video where a pastor supposedly resurrected a man went viral. The president stated that the government may have to meet with religious leaders and churches so as to caution them from deceiving unsuspecting citizens. He said, “We are now given an opportunity to engage faith-based organisations on how can we work together to ensure we rid our country of bogus religious leaders who are taking our people for a ride, who are doing things that are so shocking and hoodwink people into believing they raised someone from the dead.” President Ramaphosa further explained that the such acts have caused disrespect to God’s name,
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Michael Abikoye, has protested the inhuman treatment of Nigerians by the Ghana Immigration Service with the deportation of 723 Nigerians between 2018 and 2019. Abikoye said this at a meeting between him and the Comptroller-General of the GIS, Kwame Takyi, in Ghana, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The high commissioner said 723 Nigerians were deported on alleged illegal stay, cybercrime and prostitution between January 2018 and January 2019. According to him, 81 Nigerians were deported on alleged cybercrime and illegal stay in January, while 115 have so far been deported on the allegation of overstay and prostitution. The high commissioner cautioned Ghana against inhuman treatment of Nigerians, warning that...
The United States has placed visa restriction on Ghana. According to Washington Post, the US said it took the measure because the West African nation is not cooperating in taking back its deported nationals. A Department of Homeland Security statement said Ghana “has denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered from the United States.” The statement issued Thursday said Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo “has ordered consular officials to impose visa restrictions on some categories of visa applicants. It added that, “Without an appropriate response from Ghana, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population.” The U.S. does not say how many deported Ghanaians are involved.
Zimbabwean Government has ordered another complete shutdown of Internet services to disrupt communication among protesters demonstrating against fuel price hikes and rising living costs. The country’s biggest mobile network operator, Econet, told subscribers on Friday that the government issued another order which it had to comply with. “The earlier directives are already the subject of a pending High Court application. We sincerely apologise for all inconvenience caused by the acts of government which are beyond our reasonable control,’’ the operator said. It, however, followed an earlier blackout of over 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday. Social media platforms including WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook remained shut after the government believed that protesters