17 Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash, President’s Family Missing, 751 Graves Discovered

17 Soldiers Killed In Helicopter Crash In Kenya
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Kenyan authorities have confirmed the death of 17 soldiers in a helicopter crash on Thursday, June 24.

The Kenya Air Force Mi 171 E helicopter crashed at around 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) in the county of Kajiado, the military said in a statement.

The victims were on a training exercise when the helicopter came down in Kajiado County outside the capital, Nairobi. Six people on board were seriously injured.
Source – Linda Ikeji

President Of Paraguay’s Sister-in-law And Her Family Missing In Building Crash
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The president of Paraguay’s sister-in-law and her family are among the 51 people currently unaccounted for in Miami after the 12-story apartment building collapsed overnight – as families desperately await news of their loved ones.

Sophia López Moreira, her husband Luis Pettengill and their three young children are still missing, Paraguay’s foreign ministry confirmed on Thursday.

The family own a condo inside the Champlain Towers South beachfront building that collapsed at about 1.30am this morning in Miami’s Surfside neighborhood.

Moreira is the sister of President Mario Abdo Benítez’s wife Silvana. The family are said to have received their COVID-19 vaccines hours before the collapse, which also happened on Luis’s birthday.

Another woman from Paraguay, Lady Luna Villalba, is also missing in the aftermath of the disaster.

Families have started sharing images of their missing relatives as authorities launched a huge search and rescue mission to trawl the rubble for any survivors.
Source – Daily Mail

Canada Shaken By Discovery Of 751 Graves Near Indigenous School
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An indigenous group in Canada’s Saskatchewan province has found 751 unmarked graves near a former Catholic boarding school, the group said on Thursday, just weeks after a similar discovery in British Columbia, shocking the nation and prompting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call for an acknowledgment of Canada’s history of “systemic racism”.

The revelation once again cast a spotlight on a dark chapter in Canada’s history, and revived calls on the Pope and the church to apologise for the abuse and violence suffered at the schools, where indigenous students were forcibly assimilated into the country’s dominant culture.

“As of yesterday, we have hit 751 unmarked graves” at the site of the former Marieval boarding school in Saskatchewan province, Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme told reporters. He said that the graves may at one time have been marked, but “Catholic Church representatives removed these headstones,” adding that doing so is a crime in Canada and they were treating the gravesites “as a crime scene”.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “terribly saddened” by the new discovery at Marieval boarding school.

Trudeau called the discoveries in British Columbia and Saskatchewan provinces “a shameful reminder of the systemic racism, discrimination, and injustice that indigenous peoples have faced, and continue to face, in this country”.

“Together, we must acknowledge this truth, learn from our past, and walk the shared path of reconciliation, so we can build a better future,” he said.
Source – France 24

Senate Minority Leader Rumoured To Have Been Arrested Seen At Power Committee
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Senate Minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who was reported to have been arrested by the Department of State Security was seen participating in the Committee on Power, DAILY POST reports.

Abaribe participated in the Committee that was chaired by Senator Gabriel Susam at meeting Room 2.21 at the Senate Wing of the National Assembly.

Senator Abaribe who was dressed in navy blue coloured caftan was observed by our correspondent to be cool and calm while he also looked focused making his contributions on Power challenges in the country.

Abaribe’s presence at the Committee meeting has put to rest rumours of his arrest in some daily newspapers.

He is the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Power and he sat next to the Chairman, Senator Gabriel Suswan who presided over the meeting.

Recall that the rumour of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s arrest started shortly after he was seen wearing a T-shirt with the inscription ” The Dot Nation”

It was also recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in his interview with Arise TV described IPOB as a dot in a circle.

As opposition leader in the upper legislative Chambers, he has been vocal and vitriolic on some national critical issues.
Source – Daily Post

Anambra Election: APC Announces Date For Primary
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The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has announced that its primary for the coming governorship election in Anambra would hold Saturday, June 26th, 2021.

The announcement was made by the National Secretary of the party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John James Akpanudoedehe in a statement.

The statement also noted that the National Chairman of the APC CECPC, Governor Mai Mala Buni has approved the appointment of the Governor of Ogun State, Mr. Dapo Abiodun as the Chairman of the Primary Election Committee.

Other members of the committee are Barr. Uba Maigari Ahmadu, Goodluck Opiah, Cathleen Oby Nwofor, Alhaji Shitu Muhammed, Barr. Sylvester Imohanobe and Sen. John Enoh who would serve as Secretary.

“In this capacity, the seven-member committee is expected to conduct the Primary Election to elect the Party’s Candidate for the Governorship Election for Anambra State in line with the provisions of our Party’s Constitution and Guidelines for the nomination of Candidates”, the statement added.

The APC aspirants aiming to become the next governor of Anambra are Chidozie Nwankwo, Johnbosco Onunkwo, Azuka Okwuosa, Ben Etiaba.

Others are Andy Uba, George Moghalu, Paul Orajiaka, Geoffrey Onyejegbu and Maxwell Okoye.

The Anambra election will be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on November 6, 2021.
Source – PM News

Nobody Can Pitch Me Against My Predecessors – Okowa
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Delta Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday said he would not be distracted by attempts by some highly placed members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to pitch him against his predecessors.

Speaking while receiving hundreds of members of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, who defected to the Peoples Democratic People (PDP), Okowa said all governors who ruled the state since 1999 performed very well.

He said that the attempts by some persons in the state to put him on a collision course with past leaders of the state would not work as he was focused on developing Delta according to the mandate freely given to him by people of the state.

He remarked that PDP as a political party believed that power belonged to God and that the people reserved the right to make their choice.

“We are a party that believes that power belongs to God and that’s why we are rejoicing.

“We also believe that power belongs to the people and that the people reserve the right to make their choice.

“Sometime ago, I said that power belongs to God and that only God will determine who will succeed me. I wonder why some people are angry about that statement because truly, only God knows who will take over from me.

“We are one family in the PDP and those who don’t have our character are angry because we always say the truth and they are trying all means to scatter our PDP family, but they will always fail because we have bonded very well together as a party.

“Together as a family, we can continue to make things happen; together as a family we change things in our family by working hard for everyone.

“We will not work to put money in one person’s pocket, because a day will come when I will expose those of them that are angry with us,’’ the governor said.

According to him, you voted for me to do what is right for the interest of the people and not to put money in somebody’s pocket; that’s not what you voted me for.
Source – Vanguard

President Buhari Allocates 3-Bedroom Houses To 1994 Super Eagles Squad
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the allocation of three-bedroom houses to the Super Eagles squad that won the African Cup of Nations in Tunis, Tunisia, in 1994.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

According to Shehu, the president approved the allocations following a memo by Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola.

He said six players and three technical crew members have already received their houses in their states of preference.

The players are: Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Ike Shorounmu, Uche Okechukwu, Samson Siasia, Efan Ekoku, Sunday Oliseh, Benedict Iroha, Isaac Semitoje, Mutiu Adepoju, Emmanuel Amunike, Victor Ikpeba, Austin Eguavoen and Wilfred Agbonavbare (Deceased).

Others are: Uche Okafor (Deceased), Thompson Oliha (Deceased), Stephen Keshi (Deceased), Christian Chukwu, Dr Akin Amao, Stephen Edema, Col. A Asielue and B. Aromasodun.
Source – Pulse Nigeria