At Least 112 Dead In India As Rains Trigger Floods, Landslides
At least 112 people have died in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities said on Friday, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages.
Parts of India’s west coast received up to 594 mm (23 inches) of rainfall over 24 hours, forcing authorities to evacuate people from vulnerable areas as they released water from dams that were threatening to overflow.
“Unexpected very heavy rainfall triggered landslides in many places and flooded rivers,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads Maharashtra’s state government, told journalists.
“Dams and rivers are overflowing. We are forced to release water from dams, and, accordingly, we are moving people residing near the river banks to safer places.”
The navy and army were helping with rescue operations in coastal areas, he added.
At least 38 people were killed in Taliye, 180 km (about 110 miles) southeast of the financial capital Mumbai, when a landslide flattened most of the small village, state government officials said.
In nine other landslides in other parts of Maharashtra 59 people died and another 15 were killed in accidents linked to the heavy rainfall, they said.
A few dozen people were also feared to have been trapped in landslides in Satara and Raigad districts, said a state government official who asked not to be named.
Source – Reuters
I Have My Farm Here, I Could Come To Daura Every Two Weeks And Nobody Can Stop Me, Says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday declared that he could travel to his hometown, Daura, every two weeks if he likes and nobody can stop him but there are constraints of cost and exposing security to weather.
He made the declaration when he visited the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar, at his palace.
The president regretted his inability to visit Daura more frequently, assuring that his heart remains with the people.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) quoted him as saying: “We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me. But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our schools, clinics and hospitals.”
President Buhari urged businessmen, contractors and other privileged Nigerians who are beneficiaries of government patronage to always engage in Corporate Social Responsibilities instead of seeking to favour individuals with gifts.
He added: “I don’t want your cheque. Go and assist our communities instead of trying to return kickbacks to public officers.
“We don’t want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities.”
Source – Tribune
Governor’s Son Wanted For Attempted Murder
A son of the governor of Armenia’s southeastern Syunik province remained on the run on Friday more than one week after reportedly shooting and seriously wounding another man.
According to the Investigative Committee, a group of men led by Karen Poghosian tried to kill on July 14 two residents of the provincial town of Goris reportedly related to a former Syunik governor. One of them was hospitalized as a result.
Poghosian went into hiding immediately after the shooting.
The deputy head of the Investigative Committee, Artur Melikian, told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service that the law-enforcement agency has charged him with attempted murder and illegal arms possession and secured an arrest warrant for him issued by an Armenian court.
Melikian said investigators have searched 16 homes and 10 cars as part of the ongoing probe of the shooting. He said they have sufficient evidence to assert that Poghosian fired an assault rifle during the incident.
The suspect’s father, Syunik Governor Melikset Poghosian, has so far declined to comment on the shooting or his son’s whereabouts. It is not clear if he has been or will be questioned by the investigators.
The Armenian government appointed Melikset Poghosian as provincial governor last December as it faced angry protests against controversial Armenian troop withdrawals which many local residents believe put Syunik’s security at serious risk. The government insisted that the withdrawals are part of a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement that stopped the six-week war in Nagorno-Karabakh in November.
The anti-government protests were organized by the elected heads of most Syunik towns and villages who publicly demanded Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian’s resignation. Four of them, including Goris Mayor Arush Arushanian, were arrested earlier this month on different charges rejected by them as politically motivated.
Source – azatutyun
Nigerians Must Live Moderately To Avoid Kidnappers, Bandits – Department Of State Services Warns
The Department of State Services has warned Nigerians against a public display of affluence, saying it is dangerous and a great security risk.
The Deputy Director, Security Enforcement of the Secret Service in Kwara Command, Paul Oduh, gave the warning on Friday in Ilorin, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Oduh made the declaration in a paper presentation, titled: “Security tips for health practitioners in Kwara” at a symposium organised by the state branch of the Nigeria Medical Association.
The DSS deputy director stated that Nigerians must live moderately so as not to expose themselves to kidnappers, bandits and other criminals.
He said, “People must adopt moderate lifestyles, so as not to fall prey to these criminal elements.”
He explained that keeping negative habitual routines, such as keeping late nights all the time and driving on a particular route every time could also put individuals under observation by all manner of attackers.
“The country is ravaged by insecurity on daily basis. However, people should not despair; security should be the concern of all people and they must be enlightened on it.
“Security can never be 100 per cent everywhere in the world. People should be knowledgeable enough about those things they can do to protect themselves.
“Security denotes being free from danger and protection of lives and property where individuals can pursue their lawful activities.
“There is a need to accept that threats exist and people are targets of these threats. This is why people should put in place measures to safeguard themselves from such threats,” he said.
The DSS director listed types of threats to individuals, families and the country to include assassination, terrorism, insurgency, kidnapping, ritual killing, cultism, robbery and arson.
Source – Sahara Reporters
Nigeria Has Remained Together Only By God’s Grace – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, in Daura, Katsina State, noted that it was only by the grace of God that Nigeria is still together.
Buhari said this when he visited the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar, at his Palace.
According to him, the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country in spite of differences that led to a 30-month civil war
“We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30-month civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives,” Buhari, who is at his hometown to mark the Eid-el-Kabir, told the Emir.
“We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them,” he added.
Buhari further recalled fond memories of visiting the palace as a military Head of State and expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution had been sustained over the years.
Source – Daily Post
Over 300 Nigerians Languishing In Italian Prisons – Edo Commissioner
Former Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, has raised the alarm over the illegal detention of over 300 Nigerian youths in Italian prisons for trumped-up charges on mafia-related offences.
Osemwingie said he learnt about the plight of the innocent young Nigerians during his wrongful detention in Italy as a result of a “very corrupt and complex system.”
The former commissioner, who spoke during an interview on Arise TV, on Friday, said the youths are held and committed to maximum prisons in Italy because they do not have the resources to access an independent lawyer.
“They don’t have money to take lawyers; the prosecutor gives them government lawyers that he uses to manipulate them,” the ex-commissioner noted.
He further called for the collaboration of all stakeholders including the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the media, among others to ensure the release of the youths.
According to him; “We have over 300 Nigerian youths who are unjustly being held in prison because of these mafia-related crimes; they didn’t commit the crime.”
“I made a promise that I am going to create awareness for the release of those innocent Nigerians. We must fight as Nigerians to ensure that they regain their freedom.”
He continued: “As a senior government official, there was no support from the Nigerian government during my ordeal in Italy. I have spoken to the chairperson of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, who is very proactive and vocal, and she’s ready to work with us to ensure that those people are released.”
“These over 300 Nigerians have families, wives, children and parents who are suffering as well. We must not sit down and allow them to languish in prison because of a very corrupt and complex system. The prosecutors are very corrupt and are using us for modern-day slavery because the European Union is paying them huge sums of money to fight mafia activities.”
“It is worthy of note that we don’t have mafia in Nigeria. I also believe that anyone who commits a crime should be prosecuted and, if found guilty, made to face the consequences. But these Nigerians, who are innocent, are suffering in prison in Europe. We must stand up for them and speak out for their release. It’s because these Nigerians don’t have a voice or the resources that they are jailed unjustly,” Osemwingie noted.
The ex-commissioner explained that he was on official trip to Germany, in 2019, to have a meeting with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, on the Benin artefact restitution campaign when he was arrested in Amsterdam and illegally detained for over a year in Italy, adding, “I was a victim of racial discrimination and manipulation of a very corrupt prosecutor of the Italian Justice system.”
Source – Politics Nigeria
Another Nigerian Army Officer Shot Dead
military officer of the 16 Brigade, Yenagoa, Abbas Fatai, has been shot dead by suspected members of Icelanders cult group, a wireless message seen by Peoples Gazette stated.
Mr Fatai was shot dead at about 09:12 p.m. on July 22, at Igbogene Junction in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, where he resided, according to preliminary investigations by the army.
The cult group led by a man named Confidence attacked and shot the officer who was subsequently rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
“Suspected members of Icelanders cult group led by one Mr Confidence attacked and shot 08NA/61/2298 CPL Abbas Fatai of 16 Brigade at Igbogene Junction in Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa State,” the message read in part.
The army said Mr Fatai’s body had been deposited at Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, as soldiers have also launched a manhunt for the suspects.
The spokesperson for the state police command, Butswat Asinim, did not return The Gazette’s request seeking comments about the officer’s death.
On July 15, a Nigerian Army general, Hassan Ahmed, was murdered by gunmen along the Abuja-Lokoja highway.
Mr Ahmed’s death was announced in a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu.
Source – People’s Gazette