At Least 43 Dead In Airstrike, Policemen Flee As Soldiers Invade Station, 6 Injured

Air Strike Kills At Least 43 In Ethiopia’s Tigray
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An air strike killed at least 43 people in the town of Togoga in Ethiopia’s Tigray region on Tuesday, a medical official told Reuters, after residents said new fighting had flared in recent days north of the regional capital Mekelle.

Ethiopian military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane did not confirm or deny the incident. He said air strikes were a common military tactic and that government forces do not target civilians.

The bomb hit a market at around 1 p.m., according to a woman who said her husband and 2-year-old daughter had been injured.

“We didn’t see the plane, but we heard it,” she told Reuters on Wednesday. “When the explosion happened, everyone ran out. After a time we came back and were trying to pick up the injured.”

The woman said the market had been full of families, and she did not see any armed forces in the area. “Many, many” people had been killed, she said.

Reuters could not independently verify her account. She and other sources asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals.

The medical official confirmed at least 43 fatalities, citing witnesses and first responders.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the head of a government task force on Tigray did not respond to requests for comment on the incident.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply alarmed by the reports of civilian casualties from an airstrike, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York, calling on the parties to the conflict to obey international law.

“We have requested access to the area to assess the situation and see how we can provide assistance, but so far we have not been able to. The situation in the area remains very, very volatile,” Dujarric said.

Senior U.N. aid official Ramesh Rajasingham called on the Ethiopian authorities to carry out “a prompt and effective investigation into this attack.”
Source – Reuters

AMCON Seizes Buhari’s Properties
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Properties belonging to Senator Abdulafatai Buhari have been seized by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON over a debt of N600 million.

Senator Buhari, through his company, Abadat ventures secured a loan from Guaranty Trust bank(GTB) and rebuffed several reminders to repay the loan.

AMCON, in a statement on Wednesday, signed by its spokesperson, Jude Nwauzor, the seizure of Buhari’s assets was in line with an order by Justice I. E Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Source – Politics Nigeria

Policemen Flee As Soldiers Invade Station In Osun, Free Detained Colleague

Gunshots rented the Obelawo area along Ikirun road in Osogbo, capital of Osun State on Tuesday night when three soldiers invaded a police post in the area to free their colleague detained by policemen.

The Nation gathered the gunshots led to palpable tension in the area as residents scampered for safety.

A source close to the police post, who pleaded not to be named, told The Nation policemen had arrested some suspected cultists and kept them in the custody.

He said: “One of the suspected cultists that were arrested is related to a soldier. The man (soldier) came to the station in the afternoon on Tuesday to secure administrative bail for his brother.

“During interaction with the policemen, an argument ensued and the soldier was put inside the custody with the cultists.

“However, he had communicated his colleagues informing them that he had been detained in the police post.”

It was learnt that three soldiers, armed with knives and wearing camouflage vests, invaded the police post around 8pm to forcefully free their detained colleague.

Another source said: “The policemen started shooting to the air to scare the soldiers but when they observed that they were resolute, they fired bullets on the three soldiers which did not penetrate.

“The policemen in the station fled their station as the soldiers chased them away from the station.

“The soldiers returned to the station and freed their colleague.”

Osun Police spokesman, SP Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident to The Nation.

She said: “Suspects who claimed they are military men from Ede took the suspected cultist away to Ede Military Barrack. We have made arrests.”
Source – The Nation

6 Injured In Pedestrian Bridge Collapse In Washington
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Six people were injured after a pedestrian bridge collapsed onto Interstate 295 in the US capital of Washington, DC on Wednesday.

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said a hazardous materials response team is mitigating a diesel fuel leak from a truck that was partially beneath the bridge.

“At least 1 other vehicle was struck by debris. Collapse blocks both directions,” it said on Twitter.

The incident took place around noon near Kenilworth Avenue and Polk Street.
Source – Anadolu Agency

Give Bandits Contract To Guard Forests, Farmlands — Sheikh Gumi Tells Nigerian Government
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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, the popular Nigerian Islamic cleric, has alleged that security operatives are working with bandits who are wreaking havoc across the country.

Speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, Gumi accused some security personnel of giving armed gangs a soft landing.

He also urged farmers across the country to allow Fulani herdsmen to protect their forests.

The Islamic scholar, while admitting that bandits are committing all sorts of crimes, also said atrocities had been committed against them by various tribes across Nigeria.

Insisting on his call for amnesty for the bandits, Gumi said they are ready to surrender if the government will provide them with a means of livelihood.

He said, “The Niger Delta example, I think we can take an example from that. When they were vandalising pipelines, they were given the pipelines to guard.

“Now, the herdsmen are controlling a big chunk of land whereby they are preventing farmers from farming. As the Niger Delta is important to the economy, these herdsmen now are becoming important to the Nigerian economy.

“They can be our guards, they can guard the forests. They have qualities that we can tap from,” Gumi said.

He dismissed the amnesty granted to bandits by Katsina State Governor Bello Masari, describing it as “political amnesty” without any package.

“When you grant a political amnesty, I mean amnesty in the front of the press and the media but in the real sense, there was no amnesty.

“Amnesty comes with a package. The package is you rehabilitate these criminals, you provide for them social amenities.

“You entice them to leave the forests by providing them with skills. But there is no project put forward.”
Source – Tori

Court Sentences Man To 12 years Imprisonment For Raping Two Children In Cross River
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A man identified as Godswill Idongesit Brownson has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for having unlawful carnal knowledge of two children aged 5 and 7 by a Family Court sitting in Calabar, Court in Cross River State.

Idongesit was convicted on Wednesday, June 23, by the Chief Judge of Cross River State, Honourable Justice Akon Ikpeme.

His conviction was secured courtesy of the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) team.

Head of BRCI, Barr. James Ibor, who confirmed the development thanked the Commissioner of Police, the Honourable Attorney General and the BRCI team for their effort in securing justice for the victims.

“The Honourable Chief Judge of Cross River State, Honourable Justice Akon Ikpeme has convicted Godswill Idongesit Brownson for the rape of two children aged 5 and 7. He has been sentenced to 12 years in a Custodial Correctional Facility. Thanks to the Commissioner of Police, the Honourable Attorney General, Blessing Egwu and the BRCI team.” he wrote.
Source – Tori

Soludo Emerges APGA Guber Candidate In Anambra
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Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has won all the 21 local government areas of Anambra State in the governorship primary election held in Awka on Wednesday by the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the November 6 election.

The election was held by the Chief Victor Oye faction of the party, which also has the support of the only governor of the party, Chief Willie Obiano of Anambra State.

Soludo in the primary election which he contested with four other aspirants, Hon ThankGod Ibe, Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo and Barr Damian Okolo, scored 740 votes out of the total 792 votes cast in the election.

Soludo’s challengers, Okwudili Ezenwankwo got 41 votes,
ThankGod Ibe 10 votes and Okolo Damian seven votes.

Announcing the result at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, the Chief returning officer of the party, Mr Olalere, who is the Vice Chairman Southwest of the party said: “By the power conferred on me as the Chief returning officer of the election, I hereby declare Prof Chukwuma Soludo the duly elected candidate of APGA for the November 6 governorship election.”

Speaking immediately after the declaration, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano assured the candidate and member of the party that the party would again win the governorship election in November overwhelmingly as it did in 2017.

“I want to commend the national working committee the state working committee for the peaceful conduct. It is exceptional. Just know that the job has just started and we are going to win 21 over 21 local government areas again as we did in 2017,” he said.

Soludo during an acceptance speech thanked the members of the party, while also accepting to be the candidate of the party, promising to unveil his manifesto for the election in August.

DAILY POST reports that five aspirants of the party, Akachukwu Nwankpo, Nonso Okafor, Carter Dike, Chuma Umeoji and Ifeanyi Ozoka, who were disqualified weeks back, boycotted the exercise, giving indication that they may participate in the Jude Okeke faction of the party primary election.
Source – Daily Post

Delta Peoples Democratic Party Suspends Senator Nwaoboshi
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The senator representing Delta North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Peter Nwaoboshi, has been suspended by the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for a period of one month.

Nwaoboshi, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), was suspended over what the party described as “anti-party” activities.

According to a statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the PDP, Ifeanyi Osuoza, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the action became necessary following Nwaoboshi’s recent romance with the the All Progressives Congress (APC) and verbal attacks on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

“The State Working Committee (SWC) of the Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), rising from an emergency meeting, has suspended the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi, for a period of one month.

“This action has become necessary against the backdrop of the recent romance with an opposition party, verbal recklessness, and unprovoked utterances of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, particularly against the person of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, which the PDP State Working Committee views strongly as totally unacceptable, disturbing and unbecoming of a politician and party member of his stature.

“The PDP State Working Committee is in no doubt that the rash, unguarded, confused and heavily noxious, and vitriolic attacks by Senator Nwaoboshi, a serving Senator and a very recent Chairman of our great party, are potentially inimical to the peace and harmony of the party and tantamount to causing discord and disaffection among loyal party members.

“The suspension, therefore, though obligatory, has sadly become imperative and inevitable, especially given the dramatic spontaneity and overzealousness of his verbal attacks, which are totally out of character and may have suspiciously been induced by circumstances which defy immediate rational analysis and comprehension.

“The matter has been referred to the State Disciplinary Committee, in order to afford Senator Nwaoboshi a fair hearing and the opportunity to appear before it and defend himself over his recent utterances and actions against the party and its leadership, in the state.

“We urge all party faithful to remain calm in the face of these provocations and maintain the peace, maturity, and party harmony which have been and will continue to remain the hallmarks of our great party,” the party stated.

Our correspondent observed that Nwaoboshi has been having a running battle with the state governor, Okowa over 2023 governorship projections.

It has also be rumoured that the senator has since dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress following his recent closeness to the Deputy Senate President and senator representing Delta Central senatorial district of the state, Ovie Omo-Agege, who is said to be nursing a governorship ambition come 2023.

Source – Sahara Reporters