Head Of State To Step Down As Violence Erupts, Governor’s Relative Dead, 50 Militants Killed

Haiti Interim Prime Minister Joseph Set To Step Down This Week

Claude Joseph, who has nominally led Haiti as acting prime minister since the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise, will hand power to a challenger backed by the international community possibly as soon as Tuesday, a Haitian official said.

The announcement appears to end a power struggle in the Caribbean nation between Joseph and Ariel Henry, the 71-year old neurosurgeon who was appointed prime minister by Moise two days before the killing but had yet to be sworn in.

Haiti foreign ministry senior official Israel Jacky Cantave said that Joseph took charge following Moise’s assassination to help ensure continuity of state but would hand over power to Henry now that there is a consensus on the future of the country and protests have calmed.

Cantave said that Haiti’s Council of Ministers would meet on Monday and that if all goes well, Joseph could hand over power to Henry in a ceremony on Tuesday.

Reuters was unable to immediately reach Joseph by phone for comment.

Moise was shot dead when attackers armed with assault rifles stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince. The assassination has pitched the poorest country in the Americas into political uncertainty at a time of surging gang violence that has displaced thousands of people and hampered economic activity.

Joseph told the Washington Post in an interview published Monday that he and Henry had met privately over the past week, and that he had agreed on Sunday to step down “for the good of the nation” and was willing to transfer power “as quickly as possible.”

Haiti, a country of about 11 million people, has struggled to achieve stability since the fall of the Duvalier dynastic dictatorship in 1986, and has grappled with a series of coups and foreign interventions.
Source – Reuters

Armed Herders Abduct, Kill Two Aide Workers, Gov Ortom’s Relation, Five Others In Benue

Eight persons including two aide workers and a relation of Governor Samuel Ortom were, Sunday evening, reportedly killed during a raid on Nzorov and Uvir Council Wards of Guma Local Government Area of Benue state by suspect armed herdsmen.

Vanguard gathered that the deceased aide workers attached to the 360 Health Systems Diagnostics and Correction, 360HSDC, a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, working on HIV/AIDS testing and counseling in the state were earlier abducted by the armed herders before they were killed.

The workers according to the source were said to be on their routine assignment when they were captured by their abductors at Tomanyiin village.
Source – Vanguard

Somalia Army Kills 50 Al-Shabaab Militants In Two Operations

The Somali National Army (SNA) Monday announced the killing of a total of 50 al-Shabaab militants in separate operations.

Earlier in the day, SNA’s elite Danab forces killed 15 al-Shabaab militants and injured several others in the country’s southern Lower Juba region.

“Our forces killed 15 al-Shabaab militants, injured others and destroyed several hideouts in Lower Juba region,” SNA spokesman Ali Hashi Abdi told journalists in Mogadishu.

Such operations will be sustained against al-Shabaab terrorists in Lower Juba and other regions, he said.

And on Monday evening, SNA backed by Galmudug’s regional paramilitary forces, killed 35 al-Shabab militants in an area near Baadweyn town in Mudug region, central Somalia.

Mohamed Tahlil Bihi, SNA infantry commander, told SNA Radio Mogadishu that the forces recovered weapons, noting that those killed included senior militants in Monday’s ongoing operation.

“SNA and Galmudug State forces killed 35 terrorists and injured others, among them senior officials in Qaycad location near Baadweyn town,” Bihi said.

He said that the joint forces liberated several areas in Mudug and Galgudud regions which were under al-Shabaab militants.

Al-Shabaab, an extremist organisation linked to al-Qaeda, has not commented on the latest security operation by government forces, which have intensified actions against al-Shabaab militants in central and southern Somalia.
Source – Nation Africa

Buhari Blames Floods, Greedy Middlemen For Nigeria’s Food Inflation

President Muhammadu Buhari says floods and greedy middlemen are two of the biggest challenges affecting his administration’s food revolution.

Nigeria’s headline and food inflation had been steadily rising for nearly two years before it started slowing over the past three months.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) last week reported that food inflation rose to 21.83% (year-on-year) last month, with Nigerians still battling biting food prices.

Buhari said in his Eid message on Monday, July 19, 2021 that the COVID-19 pandemic and floods were partly responsible for the situation.

He said his administration’s efforts to boost local production and drastically reduce food importation have been badly-hit by these factors.

“Middlemen have also taken advantage of the local rice production to exploit fellow Nigerians, thereby undermining our goal of supporting local food production at affordable prices,” he added.

The president also blamed Nigeria’s ongoing battle with escalating insecurity as another factor that has adversely affected food production.

He noted that the threats of bandits and terrorists have prevented many farmers access to their farmlands.

Buhari promised that the government is addressing the security challenges with the improvement of the capacity of security forces.

The 78-year-old said his administration is determined to create a just, harmonious, and prosperous country that can assure the safety of life and property.

He urged Muslims celebrating Eid to continue to live exemplary lives, and contribute to the progress of the nation.
Source – Pulse Nigeria

Lagos Court Grants Bail to 49 Yoruba Nation Agitators

49 Yoruba nation agitators have been granted bail by the Yaba Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Recall that the Lagos State Police Command had on July 3rd arrested the agitators at Ojota, Lagos while protesting in support of the actualisation of the Yoruba Nation and demanding the freedom of Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho.

The defendants include Olasunkanmi Tanimola; Kabiru Lawanson; Chinemerem Emmanuel; Rasaki Musibau; Lukman Olalade; Olasanmi Oladipupo; Bashiru Shittu; Taofeek Abdusalam; Olamilekan Abata; Abdullahi Sikiru; Tosin Adeleye; Babatunde Lawal.

Others include: Abiodun Taiwo, Adagunodo Babatunde, Oluwafemi Adeleye, Oloye Taiwo, Saheed Kareem, Adebayo Waheed, Akinbode Sunday, Lawal Akeem, Samuel Ire, Ogundile Dare, Oba Tajudeen Bakare.

A motion for their bail application was filed by human rights lawyers led by Olasupo Ojo and Oladapo Kayode.

The court in a ruling on July 5 failed to grant bail to the 49 Yoruba Nation agitators arrested and detained by the Lagos State Police Command.

The defendants, who were arrested in connection with the Oodua republic mega rally, were further detained by an ex parte order granted for 21 days.

The 21-day ex parte order will expire on July 26, 2021.

A part of the order read, “I, Inspector Atagahmen Richard, Nigerian citizen/ police officer attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, under the Lagos State Police Command do hereby depose on oath and state as follows:

“That I am the above-named person and address, that I am part of the team of investigating Police officers currently investigating a case of conspiracy, murder, treason, felony, unlawful possession of firearms and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace against the defendant and every fact deposed herein came to my knowledge in the course of execution of my duty by virtue of which I am conversant with the facts of this case.

“That the Police arrested the defendants at Ojota while rampaging, protesting and causing mayhem and panic to the public peace. That the suspects are seriously indicted. That the police are by this application requesting for the remands of the defendants for the 21 days to enable the police to conclude their investigation.”
Source – Tori NG

‘Bandits Have Taken War to New Levels’ – Shehu Sani Laments After Bandits Shot Down NAF Jet

Shehu Sani has cried out after bandits shot down a Nigerian Airforce alpha jet in Zamfara.

According to the former Kaduna Central Senator, this is banditry taken to the next level.

Recall that we had reported how NAF alpha jet was shot down by the bandits in Zamfara.

NAF Director of Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, had said the fighter jet was returning from a successful air interdiction between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna states when it came under heavy fire from bandits and crashed in Zamfara.

Gabwet said Dairo successfully ejected from the aircraft, using his survival instincts.

However, Sani tweeted: “The capacity of bandits in the North to threaten Aviation takes the war to a new level.”
Source – Tori NG

Businessman Stabbed To Death In Niger State

A businessman identified as Mr Yusuf Abubakar was stabbed to death in Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger state.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the incident on Monday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna.

“I can confirm to you that the incident occurred and investigations are ongoing to unravel the root cause and also arrest the fleeing suspects.”

Mr Tofik Mukaila, an eyewitness and resident of Barkin Sale/Morris in Chanchaga LGA, told NAN that two suspected thieves allegedly stabbed Abubakar to death at about 8:00pm on Saturday.

Mukaila said the suspects stabbed the deceased to death for refusing to release his money and telephone to them.

“I was seeing off a friend at about 8:00pm on Saturday when I saw two boys running to the main road and trying to stop a tricycle going to Mobile round-about.

”I did not suspect anything as the boys boarded the Keke and left.

“On my way home, I noticed that the deceased, who used to sell fuel, vehicle lubricants and recharge cards by the road, was lying lifeless on the ground and I called on neighbours around,” he said.

Mukaila said that when neighbours and other passersby arrived at the scene, family members of the deceased who live near his business premises in the area were alerted.

When NAN visited Abubakar’s family, Abubakar Idris, the father of the deceased, said his late son was 23 years old and unmarried.

Idris, 72, with tears on his face, said his son was stabbed on the chest and stomach, making his intestines hang out from his belly.

He said when the suspects intercepted his son, they demanded the proceeds from his day’s sales and his handset but he refused and struggled with them; they stabbed him and made away with the items.

Idris, who appealed to the police to fish out the killers, said that was the only way to console the family and to serve as a deterrent to other criminals.

NAN reports that Abubakar was buried on Sunday, according to Islamic rites.
Source – Tori NG