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Nigeria: Gunmen Abduct 40 during Ramadan Prayers



Gunmen have abducted some 40 worshippers from a mosque during overnight Ramadan prayers in the town of Jibiya, police in the north-western Nigerian state of Katsina say.

The incident happened on Sunday night.

Police spokesperson in the state Gambo Isah told the BBC a combined team of local vigilantes, the police and soldiers immediately chased the gunmen and rescued about 30 of the captives. He said 10 people had not yet been accounted for.

Worshippers had gathered in the mosque observing overnight special prayers known as Tahajjud – which Muslims usually observe during the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan.

The abductors stormed the mosque, opening fire and seizing dozens of people.

Kidnapping for ransom by armed criminal gangs is common in Nigeria with Katsina being one of the worst-affected states.

Source: BBC

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Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda has died



Kaunda DiesKenneth Kaunda died at the age of 97


• A former Zambian president has died

• Kenneth Kaunda was at the forefront of Zambia’s independence struggle

• He was 97

Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, a former president of Zambia, has died.

The man who was one of the men at the forefront of the struggle for Zambia’s independence from British rule died at 97, an announcement on Thursday, June 17, 2021, has said.

Also known as KK, former president Kaunda had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment at a military hospital in Lusaka, reports

He recently asked for prayers from all Zambians and the international community when he got into the hospital.

Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the country got independence from Britain, until 1991.

He was one of the few surviving liberation heroes in the region.

His death has come at a time when Zambia is battling a surge in Covid-19 cases.


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Ivorian ex-leader Gbagbo supporters prepare for his return





Ex-Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo

Supporters of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo bought t-shirts and painted the headquarters of his Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) movement, one day before he returns to the country for the first time since 2011.

“When he left, nobody wanted it. But they say he is coming. He is coming. It’s written in his destiny, not by anyone but God” said Abou Cisse, who identifies himself as a “member of the civil society” but is also the uncle of current President Alassane Ouattara.

The return of Gbagbo from Brussels to the Ivory Coast became possible in March when the International Criminal Court appeals judges upheld the acquittals of the former president and former minister Charles Ble Goude on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010 and 2011.

Both were acquitted in 2019 of responsibility for crimes including murder, rape and persecution following disputed presidential elections in 2010, with judges saying prosecutors failed to prove their case.

“Laurent Gbagbo is naturally willing to make peace. And I think with his arrival, us – and all Africa – will take Gbagbo as an example” said Lasm Blaise, member of the FPI youth group.

The arrival of the former president is also creating expectations about the release of those imprisoned during the riots ten years ago, and reaching a real deal to reconcile the country where thousands were killed ten years ago.

“He is the one that can reconcile the Ivorians,” said Mahi Cirill, who sells t-shirts with pictures of Gbagbo outside the Front supporting the Ivorian leader.

More than 3,000 people were killed after Gbagbo refused to accept defeat by his rival, current Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, in 2010.

Both men held inauguration ceremonies and a months-long standoff ensued until pro-Ouattara forces captured Gbagbo.

Gbagbo was the first former president to go on trial at the global court and his case was seen as a milestone in efforts to bring to justice even the highest-ranking leaders accused of atrocities.

Ouattara, who has been in power for nearly a decade, was re-elected last year for a controversial third term strongly contested by opposition leaders.

He maintains that the two-term limit for presidents does not apply to him because of a constitutional referendum passed in 2016.


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18-yr-old boy arrested for using a gigantic fake gun to rob a couple of ₵8,600




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A young armed robber, Emmanuel Peace has been arrested for specializing in robbing people with a huge dummy gun.

The suspect was arrested on Sunday night, June 13, 2021, by men of the Okpanam Police Division in a response to a distressed call received that an armed robber entered into the house of the distressed caller forcing victims that do not have cash to transfer money to his account.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Bright Edafe, in a statement said on getting to the scene, the police cordoned the area and arrested the suspect with a wooden dummy gun.

“The suspect had already successfully forced an aged couple to transfer the sum of N600,000 to an account number owned by one Anwanga Abasi Nathaniel Udo.

Other exhibit recovered from the suspect includes two knives and one torchlight,” he said.

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