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Burundi crisis

 

The US State department is warning Americans not to travel to Burundi as there is increase in Political violence. US citizens in the Central African country have been urged to leave as soon as it is feasible to do so.

 

This comes after the death of 87 people on Friday, who were killed after three military sites were attacked. US rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday called for an investigation into the killings.

 

By Chika Jones

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u23  champions

 

The Nigerian U-23 Dream Team who won the recently concluded Trophy of the 2015 AFCON in Dakar, Senegal has received huge bonuses as a sign of appreciation. "We have been paid our winning bonus for the final," a player confirmed on Sunday morning."
 

 

In total, each player received the Naira equivalent of $12,000 for winning the U-23 AFCON. Coach Samson Siasia was paid double this amount.

 

By Chika Jones 

 

 

 

 

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urban migrant

 

China will offer residency status to some of the millions of migrant workers who have moved from rural areas to cities in recent decades.

 

This means migrants will be entitled to use public services, such as health and education, where they live, rather than in the villages they come from. They will also be able to apply if they can show proof of work, study or housing in a city for six months. 

 

The world Bank predicts that by 2030, up to 70% of Chinese will live in cities. An estimated 61 million Chinese children are left behind in the countryside by their parents. Migrants who bring their children with them can only place them in unregistered schools, which is often of low quality.The new rule will take effect from January 1 but will not apply to day labourers.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has again said the names of public fund looters who had refunded their loots would soon be made public by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) after a reasonable target has been achieved.

 

Buhari disclosed this on Friday, saying: "In striving to reorder our country and put it on the path of recovery, we have thus identified the need to tackle corruption head-on. In this regard, we have taken steps towards recovering a reasonable amount of the money that was looted or misappropriated from public coffers. Investigations are ongoing on public officers who served, or are still serving, and those whose conduct are questionable will be compelled to accept the path of honour and surrender their loots."

 

"As I stated recently, a good number of people who abused their positions are voluntarily returning the illicit funds. I have heard it said that we should disclose the names of the people and the amount returned. Yes, in due course, the Central Bank of Nigeria will make information available to the public on the surrendered funds, but I must remark that it is yet early days and any disclosure now may jeopardise the possibility of bigger recoveries. But we owe Nigerians adequate information and it shall come in due course. It is part of the collective efforts to change our land from the bastion of corruption it currently is to a place of probity and transparency."

 

"Quite frankly, the anti-corruption war is not strictly about me as a person, it is about building a country where our children and the forthcoming generations can live in peace and prosperity. When you see dilapidated infrastructure round the country, it is often the consequence of corruption. Poor health care, collapsed education, lack of public utilities, decayed social services are all products of corruption, as those entrusted with public resources put them in their private pockets."

 

By Temitope Bamidele}

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In a bid to end the country's internal security challenges, the Nigerian Army had called for joint training and contingency planning between the military and other security agencies with the aim of tackling emerging threats to national security.

 

The decision was reached in a communique signed at the end of the 2015 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference held in Jigawa state; and was read by the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Army Headquarters, Maj-Gen. Jack Ogunewe.

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

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bauchi governor

 

The Bauchi State Government, on Sunday, disclosed that during a five-day immunisation exercise it recorded 80 percent success against measles which included 1.6 million children. This was disclosed by the Director, Disease Control and Immunisation, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), Dr Fauti Ahmed.

 

Ahmed said that more than 5,000 doses of vaccines were administered to children between nine and 59 months within the exercise period; while 1,615 teams of medical experts, who set up 2,454 posts in the State, were deployed.

 

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Pandemonium took the air in Zaria, Kaduna State on Saturday following a clash between the entourage of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, and the Shi’tte members which resulted in the killing of not more than 10 supporters of outspoken Shi’tte leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, by the Nigerian Soldiers. This had subsequently led to war of tongues between the sect and the army, with the army claiming the sect attempted an assassination on the life of the Chief of Staff.

 

According to Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman who broke the news on Twitter, said: “Shiites attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff in Zaria”.

 

Usman later followed it with a statement, saying: “The Shiite Sect on the orders of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky today (yesterday) in Zaria attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff while on his way to pay homage on the Emir of Zazzau and attend the Passing Out Parade of 73 Regular Recruits Intake of Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria."

 

"The sect numbering hundreds carrying dangerous weapons, barricaded the roads with bonfires, heavy stones and tyres. They refused all entreaties to disperse and then started firing and pelting the convoy with dangerous objects. The barricade was obviously a deliberate attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff and members of his entourage while on a legitimate official assignment as Special Guest of Honour at the passing out parade which had earlier been widely publicised."

 

“The troops responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of Army Staff on hearing explosion and firing were left with no choice than to defend him and the convoy at all cost as well as open up the barricaded road for law abiding citizens. This is in line with the Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct. This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated from any individual or groups and should not be allowed to repeat itself. We wish to implore all Nigerians to continue to be law abiding and remain conscious of other people’s right to life, freedom of movement and passage. The Chief of Army escaped unhurt and continued with his duties.”

 

"However, the sect has dismissed the allegation as a blatant lie, with its spokesman, Ibrahim Usman, stating that: “At noon today (yesterday) armed soldiers were seen in the precincts of Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria, where members of the Islamic Movement were to carry out the hoisting of a flag to usher in the new month of Maulud, the birth of the Holy Prophet of Islam. Similar occasion was previously carried out on the same spot with free traffic flow under the supervision of the Movement’s traffic warders.

 

“When some brothers met the soldiers to understand the mission of the soldiers, they took position and opened fire indiscriminately, killed many and took away seven of the casualties to an unknown location.Based on the foregoing, we believe that the military had pre-planned this and had acted according to their mischievous script. They came with their cameramen, videotaping the whole incidence while it lasted."

 

“We are, however surprised that, spokesman of the military Colonel Kuka Sheka shamelessly came out in the media and issued a press statement to say, that it was an assassination attempt on the Chief of Army Staff on the order of the movement’s leader. Why was it that there were no casualties on the side of the military, if it were to be an assassination attempt? What happened was never a clash, but a continuation of the act of terrorism by the Nigerian military on the Movement, as was the case in the past. We are not surprised by this action, as there were reports spread by the same military the night before that the Shi’ites were to avenge their dead by hired thugs on Friday in Gabari, a village in Zaria.

 

“The same military also spread rumors that the Shi’ites had killed soldiers, all in an attempt to justify today’s (yesterday’s) dastardly act. Kuka Shekau should know that once bitten, twice shy. The 2014 massacre of 34 members of the Islamic Movement, including three of Sheikh Zakzaky’s children by the military; the attempt on Sheikh Zakzaky’s convoy by the same military are still on our minds."

 

“No government can flourish successfully with disoriented military, full of trigger-itch personnel and security operatives trained by the CIA and Mossad. Until the present government fishes out this cabal in the military and brings the culprits to book, we will believe the government is condoning, violence and terrorism on innocent citizens.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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pakistan bombing

 

At least 15 people have been killed by a bomb blast in a crowded market in a town in northwest Pakistan's Kurram tribal agency, near the Afghan border.

 

More than 40 people were hurt in the blast at the Eid Gah clothes market in the town of Parachinar. No group has said it carried out the attack, but a sectarian motive is suspected, as most people in Parachinar are from Pakistan's Shia minority.

 

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russia mental hospital

 

The Emergency Ministry has confirmed the death of 23 people who died in a fire at a mental health clinic in the Voronezh region of Western Russia. At least 20 people are being treated in hospital. The fire began late on Saturday night and completely destroyed the building. Anatoliy Sergiyenko, a nurse at the clinic, said that he had to leave the building because he had difficulty breathing.

 

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

 

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muhammadu baduru

 

Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, the State Governor of Jigawa State has revealed that the government will distribute 7,000 computers to secondary school students. This was revealed at the inauguration of a Remedial Programme and Pilot Testing of E-Learning Approach in Dutse.
He however said that 20,000 computers were required by the students, government had purchased only 7,000 for now.

 

He said that one computer would be assigned to three students until the remaining 13,000 computers were delivered to the government. State Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Rabi Ishaq, said that the introduction of remedial programme would help to improve quality of education in the senior secondary school.

 

Ishaq said that only six per cent of the students that sat for West African Examination Council (WAEC) in 2015 obtained five credits including Mathematics and English.

She said that the statistics showed that the students had not been learning well, hence the decision of the state government to urgently intervene. 

 

By Chika Jones

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