Ex-President Rushed To Hospital, Assassins Kill Top Govt. Official As APC Chieftain Dumps Party

Ex-President Zuma Hospitalised Ahead Of Graft Trial
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South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma, jailed for contempt of court last month, was admitted to hospital on Friday, less than a week before he is due in court for a separate graft trial.

The Department of Correctional Services “can confirm that former president Jacob Zuma has today, 6 August 2021, been admitted to an outside hospital for medical observation”, it said in a statement.

Zuma, 79, is scheduled to attend the resumption of a long-running corruption trial on August 10.

The hearing will include a plea to drop 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering against him related to the 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and equipment from five European arms firms when he was deputy president.

He is accused of taking bribes from one of the firms, French defence giant Thales, which has been charged with corruption and money laundering.

Proceedings have been repeatedly postponed for more than a decade, sparking accusations of delaying tactics.

In a separate case, Zuma was handed a 15-month jail sentence in late June for snubbing a commission probing state corruption under his 2009-19 presidency.
Source – Punch

APC Chieftain, Ophiemu Dumps Party, Joins YPP In Delta
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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ward 3 in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, Barr. Emmanuel Degema Ophiemu, has dumped the party as he joined the Young Progressive Party,YPP, Ughelli South Chapter.

The legal practitioner said his move is to form a formidable strength to wrestle power from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the APC in Ughelli South, Delta Central, and Delta State at large.

He urged all sons and daughters of Ughelli South Local Government Area to join him in YPP to wrestle power from the hands of the corrupt leaders.

Barr. Ophiemu said he left the APC because of their marginalization towards the people of Ewu axis especially the riverine Communities.

According to him,”APC does not recognize the grassroots,the youths of this Country who are the future leaders. They abandon the youths to their feet.

“As a young progressing man of my nature, I cannot be seen to join a party that does not recognize the effectiveness of youths in Ughelli South, Delta Central and Delta State in general.

” YPP is the only party that rescue the youths from the old rotational leadership of the APC and PDP in Delta State.”

Meanwhile the YPP in Ughelli South Local Government Area, led by Rev. Omogor Emmanuel, held its first meeting at the Jeremi Civic Centre today.

In attendance were the Vice Chairman and Secretary, Comrade David Duvweri, as well as members of the party.

The YPP is also set to unveil its secretariat in Ughelli South with the Delta State Chairman of the Party, Comrade Ufuoma Awiniki, expected to be in attendance.
Source – Daily Post

Militants Assassinate Head Of Govt Media Department

Taliban militants on Friday assassinated Dawa Khan Minapal, the head of Afghanistan government media department, Afghan officials say.

Minapal had also served as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman.

The killing occurred at a mosque in Kabul, days after Taliban warned that senior officials would be targeted. The Taliban’s action is believed to be a retaliation for increased air strikes.
Conflict is deepening in the South Asian country of Afghanistan.

“Unfortunately, the savage terrorists have committed a cowardly act once again and martyred a patriotic Afghan,” interior ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai said.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) this week said it was deeply concerned about the safety of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in Afghanistan cities.

The UN Security Council will hold an open meeting today (Friday) on the deteriorating situation in the country.

The 2021 Taliban offensive is an ongoing military offensive by the Taliban and allied militant groups, including al-Qaeda, against the government of Afghanistan and its allies that began on 1 May 2021, simultaneous with the withdrawal of most US troops from Afghanistan.

As of 15 July 2021, over a third of Afghanistan’s 421 districts were controlled by the Taliban, and by 21 July, half of Afghanistan was under Taliban control.
Source – Politics Nigeria