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Saturday, 24 September

22:37

Bomb scare: We are not panicking -UI "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has responded to the bomb threat on the campus, saying the fully equipped security operatives on the campus are prepared for any eventuality and that the police in the state are not leaving any stone unturned. Speaking exclusively with Sunday Telegraph, the university’s Deputy Registrar (Information), Mr. […]

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22:02

God ordered me to destroy shrines – Pastor claims "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A pastor, who claimed to have received divine directive to destroy all the traditional worshippers’ shrines in Ketu community in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, has landed himself in trouble. Evangelist Wale Fagbere‎, who ministered at a local church in the community, was ensnared and stuck mysteriously as he attempted to […]

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22:01

Buhari: Nigeria will benefit from my New York trip "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that Nigeria stands to benefit immensely from his trip to the United States of America where he attended the just concluded United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71) in New York. The President on conclusion of the meeting addressing journalist highlighting some of his engagements with world leaders. ‎A statement by his […]

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22:01

Dalung insists Nigeria’s performance at Rio Olympics was not abysmal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Saturday in Ilorin said he was disappointed with those who said Nigeria performed abysmally at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. Dalung, while declaring open the second edition of the National Youth Games (NYG), said comments describing Team Nigeria’s performance at Rio 2016 Olympics as abysmal worried him. […]

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22:01

Boat mishap: 4 feared drown on trip to Tompolo father’s funeral "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Four people were feared dead in Warri River on Friday in a boat mishap involving the funeral party to the burial of late Thomas Ekpemupolo, father of Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo). A community leader in Gbaramatu Kingdom, who craved anonymity, told newsmen on Saturday in Warri that the victims included a man and three women. He […]

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22:00

Ambode: Why we engaged 89 indigenous contractors on 114 roads "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode yesterday said that his administration awarded the newly commissioned 114 roads across the state to 89 indigenous contractors to create employment for residents in the state. ‎The Governor therefore appealed to the residents to guard those infrastructure jealously by  ensuring efficient management and adequate protection against any form of abuse […]

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21:21

Oh No! Mob Attacks Man, Chops Off His Hand For Allegedly Stealing TV Set In Akwa Ibom (Very Graphic Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This is so NOT cool! I'm so sad about this honestly.. In as much as stealing is a crime, we shouldn't take laws into our hands! I feel so SAD about this!! I'm even teary!!! They won't do this to those USELESS, IDIOTIC rapists, they won't do this to those EVIL politicians milking the country dry.. Yet, they did this to an unharmed thief, who probably did this, because of hunger!!! SAD! SAD!! SAD!!!

According to Barrister Inibehe Effiong who shared this story on Facebook, the man pictured, was caught at about 5 am at Aka Itiam, some say Ibiam Street in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, while trying to steal a flat screen TV from a football viewing centre. His hand was chopped off by a mob.
   ''Those who chopped off this man's hand should be traced, arrested and prosecuted for inflicting grievous bodily harm. The perpetrators are criminals. They are worse than the man. We cannot continue with this type of insanity.
   ''Jungle justice evinces our institutional, social and moral backwardness. This is a manifestation of a stone age mentality. This man did not kill anyone, he did not rape anyone. Stealing is not a capital offence.

   ''What I find particularly repulsive is the fact that those who inflicted this permanent injury on this man and those applauding the carnage are the very people defending, canonising and worshipping corrupt politicians who are ruining their lives and looting the resources of their state.
   ''This is bestial and hypocritical. The Police should have been invited into the matter.

   ''I therefore call on the Akwa Ibom State Police Command to immediately arrest and prosecute those found culpable to serve as a deterrent to other misguided members of the public who are always quick to visit mob justice on those who commit petty crimes while praising the big thieves.'' He wrote.

21:15

Peter Okoye, Jimmy Jatt, others laud ACI studios "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

American artiste, Keri Hilson, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Peter Okoye of P-Square, Young John the Wicked Producer, Praiz, Mike Aremu, Timaya, Kaffy and Falz are among the host of music stars that have visited the ACI studios complex in Lekki, Lagos since its launch in Nigeria. The new company seems to be re-inventing the sound of […]

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20:57

Wife Catches Her USELESS Husband, Uchenna Tony Ehumadu, Raping Their 15-Year-Old Daughter (See Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A USELESS trader named Uchena Ehumadu, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly raping his 15 year-old daughter and administering drugs on her to prevent pregnancy.

A neighbour who resides at Martins Street, new Oko Oba, Agege Lagos, reported the case to the Police.

According to preliminary investigation by the Police, the suspect had on different occasions, raped the JSS 3 student who is his biological daughter. After which he will administer drugs to prevent his victim from getting pregnant.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmos said:

   ''The victim said that her father, on countless occasions wakes her up in the middle of the night to rape her, mostly when her mother is on night duty.

   ''The mother is a casual worker in one of the outfits attached to the airport.
   ''On the night of Sept. 19, the mother discovered the suspect having intercourse with the victim and raised the alarm and one of their neighbours reported the case to the Police.''

She said the victim had been admitted at the Police Cottage Hospital, Ikeja Police College, where she is receiving treatment in partnership with Mirabel Centre LASUTH.
The spokesperson said that medical examination was being carried out on the victim.

Badmos said the Commissioner of Police, CP Fatai Owoseni, had directed that the father, who admitted raping his daughter on three occasions be charged to court.

*USELESS FOOLISH CURSED father! Cut off his damn good-for-nothing p*nis!!*

20:54

Russia 2018: Zambia’s coach banks on Nigeria knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Newly appointed Chipolopolo of Zambia coach, Wedson Nyirenda, will be banking on his knowledge of Nigeria ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for October 9 in Ndola, Zambia. Nyirenda was part of the Power Dynamos team that defeated Nigerian league side BCC Lions of Gboko in the 1991 African Cup Winners’ Cup […]

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20:45

Arsenal Thrash Chelsea 3-0 ¦ Na Wa For This Antonio Conte!! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Arsenal gave manager Arsene Wenger a 20th anniversary to remember as Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil scored in a slick 3-0 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

This week marked 20 years since Wenger’s appointment and whereas Chelsea had spoilt his 1,000th game at the Arsenal helm with a 6-0 win in March 2014, this milestone was memorable for the right reasons.

Arsenal exploited lackadaisical Chelsea defending to score three times in the first half as they claimed a first league win over their London rivals since a 5-3 triumph in October 2011.

It was Arsenal’s biggest league win over Chelsea since April 1997 and their most handsome home victory against the west London club in 26 years.

Arsenal climbed to third place in the Premier League table, five points below leaders Manchester City, after registering four successive league wins for the first time in over a year.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, whose side have now gone three league games without a win, slid to eighth, the optimism engendered by their three opening victories now almost a distant memory.

Wenger made 11 changes to the second-string team that had won 4-0 at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup and his big guns fired immediately, Santi Cazorla stinging Thibaut Courtois' palms.

Arsenal went in front in the 11th minute courtesy of an embarrassing error by Gary Cahill that left him hiding his face in his hands.

Forty yards from goal, the England centre-back allowed himself to be robbed by Sanchez, who surged into the box before clipping a lovely finish over Courtois for his fourth goal in three games.

It was Arsenal’s first league goal against Chelsea in seven games and within three minutes they had another.

– Fabregas withdrawn –

A slick passing combination culminated in Alex Iwobi intelligently picking out Hector Bellerin on the right-hand side of the box and the Spaniard’s low cross was swept home by Walcott.

Briefly, hope flickered for Chelsea. Willian drilled a shot narrowly wide and Arsenal’s rhythm was disrupted by the loss of Francis Coquelin to an apparent knee injury, with Granit Xhaka coming on.

But with the visitors pushing forward, Arsenal hit them with a clinical counter-attack five minutes before half-time.

Ozil threaded a pass wide to Sanchez and then hared into the box to meet the Chilean’s lofted cross with a volley that skidded off the deck and looped over Courtois into the net.

Cesc Fabregas had returned to the Chelsea starting XI after his mid-week League Cup brace at Leicester City, but the former Arsenal skipper was withdrawn nine minutes into the second half.

Marcos Alonso took his place as Conte reconfigured his team in a 3-4-3 formation.

It helped Chelsea stop the rot, but they never threatened to force their way back into the game and Courtois had to spread himself at his near post to prevent Walcott netting a second goal.

When Chelsea did get in behind, substitute Pedro Rodriguez racing clear after Diego Costa had picked Laurent Koscielny’s pocket, Bellerin sprinted back to produce an impeccable recovery tackle.

Chelsea did not oblige their former goalkeeper Petr Cech to make a save until the closing stages.

He saved comfortably from Cesar Azpilicueta’s curler, but then had to scramble from his line alertly to block from substitute Michy Batshuayi. (Punch).

20:28

Tecno Mobile Expands beyond Africa with the Release of Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Taking its first official step into the international scene, mobile technology Giant, TECNO Telecoms is set to launch its flagship devices the Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus, this September. After 10 years of operations in Africa, the leading Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has decided to expand its business to include other emerging markets of […]

19:05

Egyptian Media: ISIS Is ‘Made Up’ And U.S. Created 9/11 To Justify War On Terror "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Do you ever stop to think about the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks? One Egyptian journalist has made claims that these ‘attacks’ were premeditated by the U.S. in order to ‘justify the war on terror.’

It seems now more than ever, that citizens are questioning the legitimacy of the ‘official’ 9/11 story. But, U.S. residents are not the only ones looking for truth about this matter. Come to find out citizens and governments of other countries have even formed their own theories on what really caused the NYC attacks. Noha Al-Sharnoubi, wrote in an Egyptian newspaper that the U.S. invented ISIS as well as set up the 9/11 attack in an attempt to justify its military interventions in the Middle East.

In regards to the United States government’s role in creating 9/11 she wrote:

“[Perhaps Western] Intelligence elements are behind the attacks and the bombings, and later Muslim citizens are arrested and killed and simply accused of perpetrating [the attacks] in order to justify what is happening in the Arab countries in the name of the war on terror, and in order to justify the plan to persecute the Muslims in the U.S. and Europe and expel them? Have we really been deceived, and continued to be deceived, to such an extent?!”

18:31

“It’s All Up To You”: Nnamdi Oboli Gives Marital Advice "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nnamdi Oboli, the husband of Nollywood actress cum producer, Omoni Oboli on Saturday shared some marital advice via his Instagram handle. Oboli, who is the author of the book, “Marriage For Better For Us”, in his poetic piece titled “Its’s All Up To You”, said: Today, it’s anger towards the husband for putting up the toilet […]

18:29

'Fancy Bears' release more athletes' names in WADA hack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Representative athletes of thirteen different nations, including six of Great Britain and seven of the USA, have been included in the latest list of World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) drug test results released by hack team 'Fancy Bears'. The list details the drug tests of a total forty-one athletes from Australia, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Sweden and USA. The list includes Great Britain athletes Nile Wilson, who won gymnastics bronze, and Saskia Clark who won sailing gold, in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

18:28

New rainforest national park in Liberia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video, recorded in Ghana in 2014, is called Yellow-headed Picathartes (=White-necked Picathartes).

From BirdLife:

Threatened African rainforest teeming with unique life declared a National Park

By Alex Dale, 23 Sep 2016

It is one of the last strongholds of the Guinean Forest, a moist forest eco-region that once covered West Africa like a blanket from Guinea to Togo, but has shrunk by 70% over the last several centuries due to human activities in the region.

It offers vital resources to the communities who live on the forest edges, and harbours an impressive array of animal and plant life both big and small, many of which are endemic, and are now threatened by the fragmentation of their forest habitats.

But the future of Liberia’s Gola National Forest, a large block of evergreen and semi-deciduous rainforest that stretches into neighbouring Sierra Leone, was, until now, far from secure. This vital area, which forms part of the largest remnants of the Guinean Forest, has been severely threatened by a number of factors, such as mining and quarrying, charcoal production and bushmeat hunting.

However, thanks to many years of tireless work from Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL, BirdLife Partner), Gola Forest was officially declared a National Park on September 22, providing protection and security to this internationally-recognised biodiversity hotspot.

Gola Forest National Park will connect with Sierra Leone’s similarly-named Gola Rainforest National Park, which was established in 2011, effectively creating a transboundary ‘peace park’ which covers over 395,000 acres of protected land. Two decades ago, the sounds of gunshots were commonplace in this area with Liberia in a state of civil war and high tensions in Sierra Leone; now the transboundary forest is a symbol of peace and dedication of the countries’ governments to nature conservation.

The area has previously been recognised by BirdLife as an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA), with over 300 species recorded, including species which transcend the countries’ international border. The Lofa-Gola-Mano Complex IBA is home to numerous species categorised by BirdLife for the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable, including Yellow-beared Greenbul Criniger olivaceus; Western Wattled Cuckooshrike Campephaga lobata; and Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata. Perhaps the most recognisable and charismatic of the IBA’s Vulnerable species is White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus, a large passerine whose unusual looks have gifted it the alternative name ‘bald-headed crow’,...

18:25

EPL: Arsenal gun down Chelsea; big wins for Liverpool, United "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Everton lose unbeaten run Arsenal moved up to third in the Premier League table with a convincing victory over London rivals Chelsea. Alexis Sanchez took advantage of a poor backpass from England centre-half Gary Cahill to put Arsenal ahead early on. Theo Walcott finished after Hector Bellerin’s pass for the second goal, before Mesut Ozil […]

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18:23

Business Leaders Forum(BLF) in Partnership with The Government Bodies Presents National Conference of SMB & Business Leaders | Tuesday,September 27th "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This National event will provide an unparalleled combination of business leaders, influencers and global thinkers to be deeply engaged in Knowledge procreation under one roof, inspiring one another to produce robust business end to end solutions for an improved Nigerian economy. The Conference is a gathering of SMEs and Business Leaders with the purpose of […]

18:18

Avengers strike again, blow up Bonny export line "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers said on Saturday it had carried out its first attack in the country’s southern energy hub since it declared in August it was halting hostilities to pursue talks with the government. The militants, who said they attacked the Bonny crude export line on Friday night, have in previous […]

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18:15

UN: Police Killings Of Black Men Are Modern-Day Lynchings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A postcard showing the 1920 Duluth, Minnesota lynchings.

A postcard showing the 1920 Duluth, Minnesota lynchings.

Police killings of Black people in the United States are reminiscent of lynchings and the government must do far more to protect them, a United Nations working group says in a report that will be debated at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.

The hard-hitting criticism—drawing a comparison between modern police behavior and mob killings of Black people in the 19th and 20th centuries—comes at a time of renewed racial tension in the United States.

This week Charlotte, North Carolina, saw street riots over the shooting of a Black man, Keith Lamont Scott, by a Black police officer. On Friday, a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Black man turned herself into authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching,” said the report by the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

Michael Brown lays dead in the street after being shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown lays dead in the street after being shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Most lynching victims died by hanging. A 2015 report by a non-profit organization, the Equal Justice Initiative, said 3,959 Black people were killed in “racial terror lynchings” in a dozen southern states between 1877 and 1950.

“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” said the report. “Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

Police killings go unpunished because initial investigations are usually conducted by the police department where the alleged perpetrator works because prosecutors have wide discretion over presenting charges and b...

17:24

2 US generals removed from positions, severely disciplined and investigated - report "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In separate cases, an Army major general described as a "rising star" and an Army National Guard general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff are both reportedly being severely disciplined and investigated. Without elaborating, the Army announced Friday the suspension of Major General Wayne Grigsby, the top-ranking officer at Fort Riley in Kansas. He was commander of the 1st Infantry Division and previously the Combined Joint Task Force for the Horn of Africa,according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Comment: The underlying reasons for the build-up in Africa are clearly related to the economic and class interests of Washington and Wall Street. East and Central Africa is a vast repository of oil, natural gas and strategic minerals. "[Grigsby] is currently the subject of an official investigation and we cannot comment further at this time," the Army said in a statement. The Capital-Journal reports that Army undersecretary Patrick Murphy visited Fort Riley on Tuesday for a medal ceremony and met with high-ranking officers. Grigsby had three decades of experience in the armed forces and had deployed to Iraq. In an even higher profile case, Brigadier General Michael Bobeck, an Army National Guard general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been fired and reassigned, USA Today wrote in an exclusive report Friday. The Joint Chiefs of Staff advises the president as well as homeland security and national security officials on military matters.

2 US generals removed from positions, disciplined, investigated "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

In separate cases, an Army major general described as a "rising star" and an Army National Guard general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff are both reportedly being severely disciplined and investigated. Without elaborating, the Army announced Friday the suspension of Major General Wayne Grigsby, the top-ranking officer at Fort Riley in Kansas. He was commander of the 1st Infantry Division and previously the Combined Joint Task Force for the Horn of Africa, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Comment: The underlying reasons for the build-up in Africa are clearly related to the economic and class interests of Washington and Wall Street. East and Central Africa is a vast repository of oil, natural gas and strategic minerals. "[Grigsby] is currently the subject of an official investigation and we cannot comment further at this time," the Army said in a statement. The Capital-Journal reports that Army undersecretary Patrick Murphy visited Fort Riley on Tuesday for a medal ceremony and met with high-ranking officers. Grigsby had three decades of experience in the armed forces and had deployed to Iraq. In an even higher profile case, Brigadier General Michael Bobeck, an Army National Guard general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been fired and reassigned, USA Today wrote in an exclusive report Friday. The Joint Chiefs of Staff advises the president as well as homeland security and national security officials on military matters.

16:36

What is a Pyramid Doing in The Heart of Rome? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

pyramid-rome
The Great Pyramid of Giza is undoubtedly one of the most well-known icons of ancient Egypt. Nevertheless, similar pyramids are found scattered all throughout Egypt and beyond. Egyptian-style pyramids have  Full Article »

16:14

Buhari felicitates with ace photographer, Smart-Cole, at 75 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with ace photographer, media entrepreneur and author, Sunmi Smart-Cole, who will be celebrating his 75th birthday on Sunday. The president’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. Buhari, in the statement, commended the versatile […]

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16:01

Oh, Say Can You See the Carnage? – Why Stand for a Country That Can Gun You Down in Cold Blood? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If black athletes in the NFL honestly think that African Americans who live under Old Glory are as ‘equally protected ‘as whites, then they should stand up during the national anthem and sing-along. But if they know that blacks aren’t getting a square deal, and that blacks can be gunned down at any time by […]

15:45

Biodegradable Waste: Ugandan Scientists to Make Plastic Bags Out of Cassava | WATCH "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Plant science researchers in Uganda have developed plastic material from the cassava crop. When disposed, the biodegradable plastic easily rots into manure. Once adopted, the cassava plastic could provide the solution to the plastic bag menace that is choking a lot of urban cities in Africa. While the material is still at the trial stage […]

15:28

EPL: Man United thrash Leicester "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Manchester United thrashed Premier League champions Leicester City as boss Jose Mourinho dropped captain Wayne Rooney from his starting line-up. Chris Smalling’s header put United ahead before Juan Mata finished off a slick move with a crisp strike. Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba – with his first goal for the club – both scored from […]

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15:28

High Court in India Stops WhatsApp from Sharing User Information Collected Before September 25 With Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Instant Messaging platform WhatsApp has been asked by the Delhi High Court to not share user information existing up to September 25 with its parent Facebook when its new privacy policy comes into effect, NDTV India reports. This is coming after two students, Karmanya Singh Sareen, a second year student of Imperial College, London, and Shreya […]

15:02

Akpo Uyeh: Traffic Lights or Traffic Decorations? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

From childhood, we have been taught to always obey traffic laws. Subjects like Civic Education and Social Studies accommodated traffic regulations as part of the scheme of work. Even the old primary school poems created awareness. A particular nursery rhyme remains vivid in my head. It says:”When you see the traffic light, red means stop; yellow […]

14:59

Malaysian Police Launch Manhunt for Suspected Cultists who Hacked Down a Nigerian in Kuala Lumpur "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Malaysian police are asking for information that will help them track down a gang of cultists, who attacked a Nigerian in OUG Parklane Condo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, September 17, leaving him in coma, PUNCH reports. The victims and his friends (about 12 of them) were having drinks and smokes at the […]

14:53

Russia 2018: PH ready to host Eagles, Fennecs "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Algeria will be played in Port Harcourt and the Rivers State Government is, as always, poised to play the perfect host. The game, a Group B 2018 World Cup qualifier will be played at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt on November 7, 2016. It will […]

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14:48

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Charlotte Is Pressured to Release Police Video of Man’s Killing
By ALAN BLINDER
SEPT. 23, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This city’s leaders, faced with mounting demands for transparency after a fatal police shooting of a black man led to rioting, resisted calls on Friday for the immediate release of video of the killing and argued that a rushed disclosure could compromise a criminal inquiry.

The status of the police video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, and the shooting’s circumstances have been debated here for days, and the discussion deepened on Friday, especially after lawyers for Mr. Scott’s wife, Rakeyia, released a cellphone video that she took of the episode on Tuesday afternoon.

During a news conference shortly before Ms. Scott’s video became public, city officials alternated between declaring their commitment to openness and insisting that no official footage should be released before the conclusion of the inquiry by the State Bureau of Investigation.

The Charlotte police chief, Kerr Putney, warned that hastily distributed footage might endanger the city’s wary and fragile peace.

“If I were to put it out indiscriminately, and it doesn’t give you good context, it can inflame the situation and make it even worse,” he said. “It will exacerbate the backlash. It will increase the distrust, so that is where discernment, judgment and reasonableness have to come in.”

The chief, who is black, added: “It’s not that I want to hide anything. It’s I want to be more thoughtful and deliberate in delivering the whole story.”

Mayor Jennifer Roberts said the video “should be released,” and in a statement after Ms. Scott’s footage began circulating online, she urged the state investigative team “to use every resource at its disposal to get this done and release the information to the public as quickly as possible.”

The demands of protesters, who have sometimes chanted for the release of the footage, gained traction Friday, even after the city made its public defense. When demonstrators took to Charlotte’s streets on Friday for the fourth consecutive night of protests, they reiterated their plea. Protesters also marched in Atlanta.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, said on Twitter that the city should release its footage without delay. Mrs. Clinton initially planned to visit Charlotte on Sunday, but she postponed her trip after Ms. Roberts publicly asked her and Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee, to avoid visiting the city for now.

A spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton, Jennifer Palmieri, said the trip would be rescheduled for Oct. 2, “provided circumstances allow.”

Earlier, Cornell William Brooks, the president of the national N.A.A.C.P., said the release of the video could not wait. “It’s important the public have as much information as possible,” he said.

The state attorney general, Roy Cooper, also urged Charlotte officials to make their footage public.

“We must continue in the pursuit of truth while also continuing the important work of bringing our communities and law enforcement together to build trust and safety for all,” said Mr. Cooper, who is the Democratic nominee for governor. “One step toward meeting both goals is for the videos in this case to be released to the publi...

14:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Obama Administration Can Still Remove Sanctions Against Zimbabwe: Government
September 24, 2016
Mabasa Sasa at the UNITED NATIONS
Zimbabwe Herald

THERE remains hope for some thawing in Zimbabwe-United States relations in the last few months of President Barack Obama’s administration, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has said. He was speaking to Zimbabwean media here after meeting US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield as part of regular bilateral engagements aimed at improving relations.The US imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act as a response to Harare’s decision to redistribute land held by 6 000 white farmers to 300 000 previously disadvantaged black families.

Zidera bars all international financial institutions in which the US has representation or shareholding from co-operating with Zimbabwe, contrary to claims that the sanctions are “targeted” at a few political elites.

Zimbabwe has been engaging the US and the European Union, which also unilaterally imposed sanctions over the same reason, with a view to normalising relations.

Minister Mumbengegwi said, “We have been meeting for quite some time over the years and on the sidelines of the General Assembly we’ve always met, on the sidelines of the African Union, we’ve always met.

“The main purpose really has always been to engage each other with a view to finding a way forward which would result in the lifting of the illegal sanctions which are currently imposed upon Zimbabwe and it’s an ongoing dialogue.

“The situation in Zimbabwe is really no different from the situation in other countries, it is quite normal.

“Of course within (the US) system there are many complications and sensitivities where they have to bring all the stakeholders on board before any movement can be made.

“We were hoping that the Obama administration would make movement before the end of office and the reason why we were hopeful is the fact that President Obama has engaged virtually all the other countries with which the United States had differences . . .

“It would appear as if Zimbabwe is about the only country which does not seem to receive that kind of attention that these other countries have received.”

He said the major stumbling bloc was that allegations raised about human rights abuses, disrespect of the rule of law and breaches of democracy were not backed up by any specifics during bilateral engagements.

“They always talk of human rights, democracy and rule of law, but these are very general and generic terms which do not prompt anyone to take specific action. It would make it much easier if there were specific, concrete examples.

“We always respect and obey the judgments of our courts. Our courts are open to everyone and every judgment is respected even if (we may not agree with it).

“As for human rights, we have always said whose human rights have been violated? They haven’t been able to give any specifics.

“However, we have agreed to continue to engage and hope that in the remaining few months, maybe some movement will be made as has been don...

14:45

‘Tale Means Business: 5 Things Business Owners Need to Do in This Economy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One of the questions I have asked guests recently on my radio show – The Entrepreneur’s Journey, is “how are you responding to the current economy situation?” The answers I have received for this question have given me insight into how successful entrepreneurs who have been in business for a while think. One common thread […]

14:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ZIMBABWE HERALD EDITORIAL: Come on Reuters Spoilsports, Stuff It!
BOTSWANA celebrates its Golden Jubilee on September 30 and we wish the Batswana all the best as they reflect on the past and introspect on the future of their country. And we know on that special day, they will pay homage to their founding fathers among them the incumbent president’s father Sir Seretse Khama.We share more than just membership of Sadc and the African Union with our brothers to the South West, but some of our people and communities that were cut-off from each other due to colonial boundaries that our forebears had no role in drawing as they were not party to the Berlin Conference of 1884/5 that partitioned Africa for easy plunder.

Despite the resultant physical barriers, many of our people have maintained and strengthened ties through inter-marriages.

So September 30 is as much a day for the Batswana as it is for Zimbabwe which is why we take issue with anyone trying to spoil it, particularly a story carried by Reuters that purports to quote Batswana leader Retired Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama as calling on President Mugabe to step down ostensibly because he is too old to preside over Zimbabwe.

We would like to believe that Reuters misquoted the Batswana leader and just like the brigands who drew the colonial borders that separate our people and communities, wanted to create a chasm between Zimbabwe and Botswana ahead of Botswana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations to which President Mugabe is invited.

We thus call on our brothers and sisters in Gaborone to set the record straight.

However, should the Reuters story be true and for the avoidance of doubt and the benefit of opposition parties in Zimbabwe that have been quick to laud the Reuters story, which we call a Reuters story till the Office of the Presidency of Botswana confirms otherwise, President Mugabe’s age has never been an issue in Zimbabwe which is why our Constitution has no upper-age restriction for the Presidency.

Zimbabweans value President Mugabe’s consistency of leadership and vision that have made Zimbabwe a focal point of stolid resistance to all forms of colonial subjugation.

If age was an issue for leadership, our Constitution would certainly have a proviso and the millions of Zimbabweans who endorsed President Mugabe in the July 31, 2013 harmonised polls would have said otherwise.

President Mugabe is a revered senior statesman in Africa, the last man standing from the venerated class of African nationalists who spearheaded the decolonisation of the continent and is today showing the way to holistic independence for the whole developing world.

This is why his age has not been an issue in Sadc or the African Union, which he both chaired as recent as 2015.

It is certainly not an issue for the ruling Zanu-PF that has endorsed him for the 2018 harmonised elections and the millions of Zimbabweans who continue to value and cherish his leadership.

In fact only this week, we saw Diaspora Africans — under the banner of the December 12 Movement — march through the streets of New York in appreciation of President Mugabe’s visionary leadership.

The fact that detractors harp about President Mugabe’s age as if, like the mythical Benjamin...

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Nikyu picks Ajibade, Aku, 20 others for World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Head Coach Bala Nikyu has selected his final list of 21 players to represent Nigeria at the 5th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Jordan September 30-October 21 this year. The delegation of players and official will depart the shores of Nigeria aboard an Emirates Airline flight from Abuja on Monday night. The […]

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14:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Khama Slammed for Shocking Behavior
September 24, 2016
Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Government says it has been shocked by the strange behaviour displayed by Botswana President Mr Ian Khama who this week chose to throw away the tenets of diplomatic engagement and publicly criticised President Mugabe.In an interview with Reuters news agency, Mr Khama provocatively said President Mugabe was now too old and should retire.

This is despite the fact that President Mugabe was constitutionally-elected and has a running term until 2018.

Responding to Mr Khama’s remarks, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Chris Mushohwe said the sentiments by the Botswana leader were taboo in African etiquette and diplomatic parlance.

“The Government of Zimbabwe is shocked by this uncharacteristic behaviour on the part of President Khama who until last month, was at the helm of Sadc, and should know better that you don’t use the media platform to criticise fellow Sadc leaders as he has just done with President Mugabe,” he said.

“It is a taboo in African etiquette and diplomacy. Cde Mugabe has at all times cautioned African leaders against attacking each other in public as this would serve to strengthen the hand of Western imperialism at the expense of African unity.

“In the case of President Khama, we need not to point out that he should have known better to keep his views about President Mugabe’s age and administration to himself.”

Dr Mushohwe said anyone who applauded Mr Khama for such untoward and unbecoming behaviour, was not only an enemy of Zimbabwe, but the entire region.

“All those patting him on the back for a job well done are hypocrites who have sold their souls to the devil and do not mean well neither for Zimbabwe nor this sub-region,” he said.

“They are agents of regime change driving a foreign political agenda against national and regional interests. President Mugabe is a liberation icon and solid statesman who has fought for democracy and total emancipation not only for Zimbabwe, but even the African continent as a whole.”

Dr Mushohwe continued: “The African position and that of Sadc is that African leaders are elected to lead by the people they seek to lead through the democratic process of an election.

“Similarly, it follows that the same leaders can only be removed from office through the same process. Need we ask, why is Zimbabwe not allowed to choose its leaders and change them using the same democratic process?

“Why should President Mugabe be removed from office unconstitutionally as President Khama’s sentiments seem to suggest? President Mugabe’s term of office runs until 2018 and anybody suggesting that he should leave office now is an enemy of the people of Zimbabwe who continue to rally behind his popular leadership.

“The race to the 2018 harmonised elections has just begun.”

Dr Mushohwe further stressed that if Mr Khama had issues with President Mugabe, he knew the proper channels to engage his counterpart.

Said Dr Mushohwe: “If he felt so passionately that he needed to express those views, engaging his elder stateman and neighbour bilaterally was the appropriate route to take.

“Opportunities...

14:20

Refugees keep drowning in Mediterranean "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This Deutsche Welle video says about itself:

Death toll rises in Egypt boat tragedy | DW News

23 September 2016

Another tragedy for refugees attempting the journey to Europe. In Egypt, 162 bodies have been pulled from waters close to Rosetta, a city on the country’s northern coast. Authorities are still recovering bodies and searching for surivors. Dozens more are feared dead.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Number killed in refugee boat tragedy hits 162

Saturday 24th September 2016

THE full horror of Wednesday’s refugee boat disaster off Egypt began to emerge yesterday as more than 100 bodies were pulled from the sea.

The death toll stood at 162 and was expected to rise as the Morning Star went to press.

Up to 600 people may have been on board the appallingly overloaded people-traffickers’ boat that capsized and sank just eight miles off the port of Rosetta in the Nile Delta on Wednesday evening.

More than 160 have been rescued, most of them Egyptians along with some Sudanese, Somalians, Eritreans and other nationalities.

Local council chairman Ali Abdel-Sattar said currents had carried the bodies many miles from the site of the sinking.

“Today, four bodies, including two Egyptian children, were found 20km to the east,” he told reporters.

He added that many of the refugees were believed to have been “stored in the bottom of the boat, in the fridge.”

“Those are the ones who drowned first, most probably stuck, and their bodies might not be retrieved anytime soon,” he said.

“Those we found are the ones liberated from the boat. I believe many are stuck and now lying in the bottom of the sea.”

By Xinhua writer Wu Zhiqiang:

Commentary: Rosetta tragedy fresh...

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Is the Sky Falling on Libya?
Commentary
Mattia Toaldo
twitter-icon @mattiatoaldo
23rd September, 2016

The ink is barely dry on a new joint statement on Libya. But already the roadmap is under threat from developments on the ground.

In a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday, 22 countries and 4 organisations (including the EU) signed a joint statement on Libya in support of de-escalation and of the UN-backed Presidential Council sitting in Tripoli. The statement charts a roadmap to implement the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) signed in December 2015 in Morocco.  But reality may head in a different direction, one in which the sky falls on existing plans. The EU and its member states would do well to consider alternative scenarios in order to be able to adapt their policies.

The joint statement restates support for the Presidential Council as the sole authority on military affairs and on the management of oil revenues. It encourages the parliament in Tobruk to give a free and fair vote on the Government of National Accord (GNA) and amend the Constitutional Declaration to include the provisions of the LPA. Finally, it encourages Libya to approve a constitution and move towards elections to end the transitional phase. This looks like a sensible road map. Yet, actual policy should take into account the increasing fragility of current arrangements.

Events in Libya in the last month have already changed some fundamental premises on which Western policy had been based. First, the House of Representatives (HoR, the internationally recognised parliament based in Tobruk) has rejected the list of ministers for the GNA. The EU and some member states had been engaging with the ministers designated as if they were already in charge. It is hard to predict whether a new list will be submitted soon, how different it will be from the current one and whether it will stand any chances of being approved by the parliament. At the moment, the implementation of the LPA is blocked while the government in Tripoli seems to be suffering from lack of domestic political support and an inability to deal with the many economic challenges it faces.

These moves have significantly increased Heftar’s popularity, and for the first time since he started his Operation Dignity two years ago he actually stands some chance of winning the war.
The second development is that the main force which remained outside of the LPA - namely general Khalifa Heftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and his political supporters in the HoR - have made significant progress both politically and on the ground. On 11 September, the LNA seized the main oil terminals in the so-called Oil Crescent from the Petroleum Facilities Guards of Ibrahim Jadhran, a backer of the government in Tripoli who had demanded payment in exchange for unblocking exports. Heftar then handed over the terminals to the National Oil Company (NOC) based in Tripoli, the only institution authorised under UN resolutions to sell Libyan oil. The NOC nominally responds to the government in Tripoli and the oil revenues flow into the Central Bank in the capital which uses them to pay salaries to all civil servants (including many armed groups and the LNA).

These moves have significantly increased Heftar’s popularity, and for the first ti...

14:03

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Joint Communique on Libya (September 22, 2016)
The following is the text of a joint communique on Libya by Algeria, Canada, Chad, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Niger, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, United Nations, the League of Arab States, and the African Union.

We welcome the participation of Prime Minister al-Sarraj in this Ministerial. We salute his leadership and the decision of the Presidency Council (PC) to liberate Sirte from Da’esh and secure the country from other terrorist groups.

We reaffirm our solidarity with the Libyan people and express our sympathy for those who lost their lives in the fight against terrorism. We also welcome the efforts against terrorist groups as listed by the UN in other parts of Libya, including Benghazi, and commit to collectively pursue those efforts.

We urge all Libyans to unite in their fight against terrorism. We reiterate our support for the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) of Skhirat, Morocco signed on December 17, 2015 and its fulfillment, and for the Government of National Accord (GNA) as the sole legitimate government of Libya, as endorsed in UN Security Council Resolutions 2259 and 2278. We support the preservation of sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and national cohesion of the Libyan people. Libyans should decide their own future without foreign interference. We reaffirm our commitment to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya’s efforts under the leadership of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General, to facilitate the implementation of the LPA and support the PC in addressing the political, security, economic, and institutional crises facing the country. The international community will not provide support to or maintain official contact with parallel institutions that claim to be the legitimate authority, but which are outside the LPA as specified by it.

We call on the Presidency Council to present a new Cabinet to be approved by the House of Representatives (HoR) as the legislative authority of State, and on the HoR to support national reconciliation by gathering all the Members of Parliament and fulfilling its duty to hold a free and fair vote on the revised Cabinet and on the Constitutional amendment to enshrine the LPA in Libyan law without delay. We reiterate our conviction that all segments of society from all Libya’s regions must find their rightful place in the political process. Efforts to obstruct progress, including with the proper functioning of LPA-mandated institutions will further jeopardize the security and stability of Libya.

We call on the GNA to work urgently to restore essential services, provide humanitarian assistance, and create conditions for the safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees.

We urge the GNA to resume oil production to strengthen Libya’s economy for the benefit of all Libyans.

Given recent tensions in various parts of the country, we urge full de-escalation and avoiding provocative actions. We share the Libyan people’s desire to transform Libya to become a secure, democratic, prosperous, and unified state, where state authority and the rule of law prevail. This can only be achieved peacefully th...

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Sudan Participates in Libya Liaison Group Meeting
September 23, 2016

(KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has participated in the ministerial meeting of the international liaison group on the Libyan issue on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

In a press release on Friday, the foreign ministry said Ghandour attended the meeting which was held under the auspices of the African Union, pointing the meeting was co-chaired by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

He added that the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj pointed in his address before the meeting that the Sudanese rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group are actively involved in the fighting among Libyan factions.

On September 10th, Libya’s Oil Installation Guards, Central Branch, spokesman, Ali Al Hassi, accused JEM of participating alongside renegade General Khalifa Haftar’s forces in an attack against the oil facilities in east Libya.

However, the political advisor to JEM’s chairman, Mahgoub Hussein, denied the accusations and stressed that his movement has no presence in the Libyan territory.
He described what is going on in Libya as an “internal affair”.

According to the foreign ministry, the meeting of the liaison group stressed the need to support and strengthen the GNA government in order to ensure Libya’s unity.

The meeting was also attended by representatives from various countries and regional bodies including Libya’s neighbors, United Nations, European Union, the Arab League and African Union besides Canada, China, France, Germany, Malta, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

The GNA, which formally came into being in March 2016, has been struggling to unify war-ridden North African nation and exert its control over its entire territory.

However, its task is complicated by the presence of a parallel government operating out of eastern Libya, backed by local militias and units of the national army loyal to Haftar.

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Chadian President to Attend Sudan’s Dialogue Conference in October
September 23, 2016

(KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said the Chadian President Idriss Deby would participate in the final session of Sudan’s dialogue conference scheduled to be held on October 10th in Khartoum.

In a press release extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said Deby has confirmed his acceptance of the invitation extended to him by President Omer al-Bashir to attend the dialogue conference, saying the Chadian President is keen to achieve peace and consensus in Sudan.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour met with the Chadian President on Thursday at his residence in New York on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir pointed that Ghandour has conveyed to Deby a verbal message from President al-Bashir pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries.

It is noteworthy that President Deby had participated in the inauguration of the national dialogue in October 2015.

In January 2014, President Omer al-Bashir called on political parties and armed groups to engage in a national dialogue to discuss four issues, including ending the civil war, allowing political freedoms, fighting against poverty and revitalising national identity.

Launched on 10 October 2015 for three months, the dialogue process was initially expected to wind up in January 2016 but it was delayed until October 10th.

The opposition groups refuse to join the process and call on the government to implement a number of confidence building measures aimed to create a suitable atmosphere for dialogue. But the government refuses their claims.

(ST)

13:51

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Opposition Group Calls for New Peace Process in East Sudan
September 23, 2016

(KHARTOUM) - The United People’s Front for Liberation and Justice(UPFLJ), a group from eastern Sudan has called on the African Union mediation to open a new peace track for one of Sudan’s poorest regions.

The African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) is brokering a peace process with two tracks one for Darfur and the other for the Two Areas. This process also provides to hold national constitutional conference with the participation of all the political forces in Sudan.

The UPFLJ, which is part of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) led by Malik Agar, said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday they wrote to the AUHIP chief Thabo Mbeki urging him to creating a track within this process to discuss the grievances of the eastern Sudan region which comprises the states of Kassala, Gedaref and Red Sea.

The memorandum, which will be handed over to the chief mediator by its chairwoman Zainab Kabashi, urges the AUHIP to "play a positive role in the establishment of a platform to discuss issues of eastern Sudan on the basis of its mandate in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2046 and African Union Peace and Security Council decisions no. 456 and 539."

The opposition group further warned that ignoring the cause of eastern Sudan would lead to frustrate the people of the region who may have resort to other options that would not be in the interest of national unity.

Kabashi will take part in a workshop organized in Addis Ababa from 25 to 30 September where the opposition groups will discuss their different positions on the issues they would negotiate with the Sudanese government in the framework of the African Union mediated process.

The UPFLJ is a splinter faction of the Eastern Front that signed a peace agreement with the Sudanese government in October 2006.

The group says Khartoum government didn’t implement the Eritrean government brokered agreement which provides to establish a $600 million development fund to be paid over four years.

(ST)

13:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ethiopia Says Will Not Allow Riek Machar to Stay Within Territory
September 23, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former First Vice President and leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar, will not be welcomed to Ethiopia if he wishes to continue with the rebellion, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has said.

Speaking in an exclusive interview to reporters of the Foreign Policy in New York, the leader of the regional powerful nation who chairs the East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which mediated the August 2015 peace deal between Machar and President Salva Kiir, said South Sudanese leaders should implement the peace agreement.

“We do not need someone who is leading an armed struggle in Ethiopia,” Desalegn to the US-based Foreign Policy media in Washington.

The Ethiopian leader who was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York did not however explain how the peace deal will be salvaged after the 8 July violence in the capital, Juba, which pushed out Machar from the city and eventually from the country.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister however said his country would only allow Machar to pass through Ethiopia but not to stay longer as he used to do during the peace negotiations.

NO EXILE

When asked on the comment from the Ethiopian premier about the fate of their leader, Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said his leadership has not received any information from the Ethiopian government about any conditions attached to Machar’s future visits to the country.

He also said the opposition leader, Machar, does not intend to live in exile in any of the regional countries.

“Well, first of all, our leader has not received a notification from the Ethiopian leadership about any conditions allegedly attached to his future visits to the country. Second, Dr. Riek Machar does not intend to live in exile. He has his General Headquarters inside South Sudan as the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO). And of course he is the legitimate First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan per the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan,” Dak told Sudan Ttribune.

He said Machar had to stay longer periods at times in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in 2014 and in 2015 because he was needed for timely and continuous consultations when the peace negotiations were being hosted in Addis Ababa.

He also said he would visit Ethiopia and the rest of the region this time in order to consult with the IGAD leadership on the deteriorating situation in South Sudan which, he said, threatens the total collapse of the peace deal after President Kiir’s forces renewed the war in Juba on 8 July, 2016.

Machar fled Juba in July following eruption again of the violent conflict between his forces and those loyal to President Kiir, only three months after taking over the first vice presidency in accordance to the peace agreement negotiated and signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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13:34

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Sudan Army Chief Ordered Arrest of Ex-Wau Governor: Official
September 23, 2016 (WAU) – Chief of General Staff of South Sudan’s national army (SPLA), Paul Malong Awan ordered the arrest and detention of the ex-governor of Wau state, Elias Waya, an official claimed.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Awan ordered for the former governor’s arrest the day President Salva Kiir invited the latter to report to the capital, Juba.

“When Elias came to Juba, it was the president who called him from Wau, but he was denied for the all-day [the chance] to see the president. This was after Paul Malong acknowledged that the president was planning to remove him and replace him with Waya,” he told Sudan Tribune.

“The presidential plans were already leaked by those who are closed to him, the plan to remove Paul Malong and replace him with Waya,” he added.

According to the official, when the ex-governor was removed from office, Awan ordered a security officer to arrest him, but the plan allegedly failed.

Sudan Tribune could not verify these claims made by the official.

Waya is reportedly being detained at the national security headquarters in Juba, as government officials try to find a solution to his dispute with Awan.

Malong had several times infuriated Kiir, particularly when he criticized the president for accepting to sign the peace agreement in August 2015

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

United States Senate Hearings Set Stage for Further Intervention in South Sudan
September 22, 2016
Sudan Tribune

(JUBA) - Different experts testifying on Tuesday before high ranking legislators in the United States Senate on Foreign Relations have unanimously recommended and approved isolation of “anti-peace elements” in South Sudan conflict.

Luka Biong Deng, Global Fellow for Peace Research Institute in Oslo who presented his testimonies to the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee as a witness, said there are elements both in government of President Salva Kiir and opposition faction of former First Vice President, Riek Machar, that are against peace and are the ones igniting violence and influencing public opinion against the friends of South Sudan such as the region, AU, UN and Troika countries.

Deng explained that the voices of the anti-peace elements, who he did not mention by names, became very clear in government as they started even undermining the reconciliatory positions of the President towards friends of South Sudan, saying this was clearly stated in his recent speech in the parliament and his meeting in Juba with members of the UN Security Council.

“These elements are driven more by wartime vendettas and narrow self-interest. They have actively encouraged conflict ever since. When the big tent collapsed along the old dividing lines it became obvious that the Government of South Sudan includes some officials who are working hard to implement the Agreement, some who are undecided; and others who are against the peace because it doesn’t serve their agenda,” Deng, a former minister for presidential affairs in South Sudan, told the U.S. Senators on Tuesday.

“In terms of achieving the much-needed environment of political will, the challenge is to strengthen the supporters of peace, win over the undecided and isolate the anti-peace elements,” he added.

Meanwhile Kate Almquist Knopf, Director, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, U.S. Department of Defense, said president Salva Kiir and his main political rival and former deputy, Riek Machar, can be peacefully excluded from South Sudan’s political and economic life if they see the walls closing in on them and are offered a pathway that ensures their physical safety outside the country.

This exclusion, she said, “will require a sufficiently robust package of disincentives for their opposition to the transitional administration. Such a package could include the credible threat of prosecution by the ICC or the Hybrid Court envisioned (but stalled) under the current peace agreement, the imposition by the UN Security Council of time-triggered travel bans and asset freezes, pre-emptive contract sanctions to cast a shadow on the validity of oil and other resource concessions by Kiir’s regime, and a comprehensive UN arms embargo, which is long overdue.”

She claimed that the exclusion of Kiir and Machar from the transition would defuse much of the “impetus to continue the war” or to oppose a transitional UN and AU administration among the Nuer, Dinka, and other forces fighting for revenge, retribution, or in self-defense.

“UN and AU administration would also provide assurances to all sides that they would not be excluded and ther...

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Rapper and businessman Sean “Diddy” Combs made an amazing gesture to Howard University students recently as he presented the school with a $1 million check during his Bad Boy Reunion Concert Tour stop in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. According to him, the money was aimed at starting a scholarship fund for “anybody who can’t pay off their […]

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Nigerian Economic Summit Group holds World Press Conference to Launch NES #22 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has highlighted the need to embrace self- sufficiency as a viable alternative to improve Nigeria’s dwindling economy. The Group made the call during a press conference organised in Lagos to announce the 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit. The summit appropriately themed ‘Made in Nigeria’, is scheduled to hold from the […]

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Serena Williams has been ruling Milan Fashion Week one outfit at a time. The Tennis pro has been one of the celebrity highlights of the ongoing fashion week with her effortlessly chic looks that have constantly trended on social media. We have put together four looks over the week that got people talking. That Time […]

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Da Boobs Queen, Cossy Ojiakor, Shows Off Her Assets In New Pics "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Da boobs queen, Cossy Orjiakor, is back again flaunting her assets... As usual.. See more pics below..

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Some individuals staged a protest at the Port Harcourt office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to demand the unfreezing of former First Lady, Patience Jonathan‘s dollar accounts. The  group of placard-carrying protesters under the aegis of ‘Coalition of Civil Rights Organisations, Concerned Youths and the Ijaw Nation Worldwide,’ were led by Sukubo Sara-Igbe […]

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UN: US police killings of black men reminiscent of 19th century lynchings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A hard-hitting report published by a United Nations working group has drawn a comparison between the racial terrorism of lynchings in the 19th century in the US, and the killings by modern police of black men. "Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching," said the report released by the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, according to Reuters. The group will present their findings for debate at a UN Human Rights Council meeting on Monday. Reuters reported that "most lynching victims died by hanging," and a 2015 report by Equal Justice Initiative found nearly 4,000 black people were killed in "racial terror lynchings' in a dozen southern states between 1877 and 1950." Among the recommendations is one stipulating that the US government must do far more to protect black people. "[The] legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent," said the report.

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Cameron Okoye, Peter Okoye and Lola Omotayo’s son, turned 8 years old. His mom and dad took to Instagram to celebrate their son and Lola Omotayo shared, for the first time, her emotional, 36 hour labour experience having him. She wrote: Happy 8th Birthday to my most precious first born Cameron-Jayden Chinonso Oluwafemi Okoye a.k.a […]

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Church workers of City Gate Ministries, Benin, Edo State, were thrown into confusion, as they resumed to discover a nude man within the church premises which was reportedly locked at the close of work in the previous day. The man, who looked unkempt and had a fracture in his right knee, said he came from Agbaru in Delta […]

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Wake Up Call — Bumble Bee Just Proposed for U.S. Endangered Species Status "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Gordon

bee

Matt Agorist September 22, 2016

Earlier this month, mosquito eradication efforts in South Carolina, gone horribly wrong, resulted in almost total devastation to the indigenous bee populations. The pesticide used to target the Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, which can carry and transmit the Zika virus, killed off millions of bees. This single incident is one of many that have been laying waste to beneficial pollinators which has now led to the bumblebee’s proposed listing as an endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species, according to Reuters.

The Bumblebee is one of several wild bee species seen declining in the last couple of decades. It has now become the first ever bee in the continental United States formally proposed for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Bumblebees, as distinguished from domesticated honey bees, are essential pollinators of wildflowers and about a third of U.S. crops, from blueberries to tomatoes, said Sarina Jepsen of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which petitioned the government for protection of the insect, as reported by Reuters.

According to experts, bumblebees’ contribution to farms is estimated at a whopping $3.5 billion.

The rusty patched species is one of 47 varieties of native bumblebees in the United States and Canada, more than a quarter of which face a risk of extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Population declines among wild bees are much more difficult to document than those in honey bees, which are for the most part managed commercially and whose numbers are carefully tracked by beekeepers, Jespen said, as reported by Reuters.

According to Reuters, Jepsen said protections proposed for the rusty patched bumblebee will intensify the debate over the degree to which so-called neonicotinoid pesticides, routinely used in agriculture and applied to plants and trees in gardens and parks, have contributed to the decline of native bees.

While there is still debate over neonicotinoid pesticides, the only one not recognizing their harm — is the industry that uses them.

In the 1980s, Bayer developed a potent new class of pesticide called neonicotinoids (neonics), which rapidly came to dominate industrial agriculture. In 2008, they represented 24 percent of the global market for insecticides, with Imidacloprid becoming the most widely used insecticide in the world.

Almost all U.S. corn and about one-third of U.S. soybean is treated with neonics. A “major advance” happened when agribusiness developed neonic-coated seeds, where every part o...

10:57

Group Threatens to Bomb University of Ibadan Before Independence Day "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group, al-wilayat al-Islamiyya Gharb Afriqiyyah, has reportedly threatened to bomb the University of Ibadan (UI) before Nigeria’s Independence Day on October 1, adding that the students and staff are their targets. PUNCH reports that the message was circulated among some staff of the institution and on social media platforms. The letter, which was received by some […]

10:56

EFCC Nabs Two Notorious Fraudsters In Ibadan (See Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office has arrested one Egbedayo Semilore and Elijah Jeremiah alias jerry, a self styled fashion Director of Datsol Industries Limited for alleged Internet fraud activities.

According to a statement from the commission, while Semilore, 26, engages in Internet love and romance scams, Jeremiah, 29, surfs the internet for online purchases through auction sites.

He, (Semilore) poses on the internet with two American Army Officers’ identities by the names Sergeant Shaft Pagan and Perrie Edingson who are allegedly serving in Afghanistan. He engages unsuspecting ladies on the internet in a dating and romance scam through which he fleeces them of their money. The last victim being one P. J. (full names withheld) from the United States from whom he claimed to have obtained about Four million naira (N4m) in tranches with which he bought himself a car.

Jeremiah of No 3 Adeniyi Avenue, old Bodija, Ibadan, according to series of intelligence gathered by the Commission allegedly lives an ostentatious life without a definite job, always indoor surfing the internet.

Though arrested differently, they have both made confessional statements.
Jeremiah confessed to have been involved in internet surfing for auction sites through which he makes online purchases of items from China.

According to him, he downloads Letter of Credit purportedly issued by Scotia Online Financial Services of Scotia bank worldwide from Google and edits it to suit his transactions with which he pays for the purchases.

The auctioneers, unaware of his antics however often fall victim of his game by shipping the goods to him ahead of confirmation of payment.

Semilore, during interrogation also confessed to have engaged in the romance scam over time from which he sustained his flamboyant lifestyle and bought himself the 2010 Lexus car which he registered in his mother’s name.

When contacted, the mother told the operatives that she is aware of her son’s nefarious activities on the internet adding, ''I know he always press the laptop.''

Operatives have recovered several items from them including one laptop, three modems, one iphone, two Nokia phones, international Passport, forged Union Bank Statement of Account with NUBAN number:10141411389 for Datsol Industries Limited and an envelope containing several documents were recovered from Jeremiah.

Specifically recovered from Semilore were: three identity cards bearing different names and biodata, a 2010 Black Toyota Lexus car with registration number (Lagos) SMK 475 EH, two laptops and one Blackberry Passport phones. Several love scam mails were also found and downloaded from his laptops.

They will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.

10:46

New Jersey Teen Arrested For Murder Of Eight-Year Old (Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A New Jersey teen was charged Friday with murder in the shooting of an 8-year-old girl who was caught in the crossfire.

Camden resident Tyhan Brown, 18, was arrested Friday at his uncle's home in Clarksville, Tennessee, officials said.

Gabrielle 'Gabby' Hill Carter was hit in the head by a stray bullet while across the street from her home in August in Camden.

She was shot August 24 while riding a bicycle, Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said, according to the Courier-Post.

Carter's mother, Meresa Carter-Phillips, told WPVI-TV that it was good that Brown was arrested 'but nothing is going to change the fact that my daughter is gone and I have a loss'.

'It was like a little relief off my back, but I still feel the same way, my daughter is not here anymore,' she said.

10:45

Fear Grips University of Ibadan Community over Alleged Boko Haram Letter "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS SEPTEMBER 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Fear grips staff and students of University of Ibadan, Oyo State, following the circulation ?of a letter purportedly written to all staff by a Boko Haram group threatening to wreak monumental havoc through ceaseless bombings of the institution, beginning from today, Saturday, September 24, 2016.
This is according to a THISDAY report, which said that the university’s sin is that it is first in the country that brought in and entrenched western education.

The paper reported that “both teaching and non-teaching staff were in panic at the moment as others were discussing the message which is now widely circulated within the university community.” It added that no official reaction has been made on the purported mail.
“It was gathered that while some lecturers got the mail through their institutional e-mail addresses, others were copied through social platforms such as WhatsApp to share the letter,” THISDAY said.
It said that in the alleged mail, the group “al-wilayat al-Islamiyya Gharb Afriqiyyah” described University of Ibadan as an embarrassment to Nigeria for bringing western education.
“Security has been strengthened at the university gates with scanning and ‘stop and search’ being carried out, leading to many resuming work very late as they spent nothing less than an hour at the gate while traffic snarl was witnessed owing to the security threat,” the report said.
It added that “while saying that UI doomed the nation, the purported letter threatened to begin detonation on the campus, adding that most staff and students are going to die before Independence Day” – that is October 1.

10:42

21 Nigerian Prostitutes In Spain Rescued By Police (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Prostitutes as young as 16 who were taken to Ibiza for the tourist sex trade then beaten with brooms and sticks if they didn't bring in €1,000 a day have been rescued by police.

The victims, who were lured to the Spanish mainland with fake promises of jobs, were forced to work 14 hours a day. One of the women, police have revealed, was just 16 years of age.

All 21 are Nigerian and were working in the exclusive districts of Ibiza.

A major operation carried out by the Spanish police in association with the Office of Criminal Investigation in Germany and Europol has led to the arrest of 24 suspects.

'The network captured very young victims among the lower classes of the major Nigerian cities, deceiving them with false job offers in Spain.

'Once in our country, they were forced into prostitution in marathon days, being beaten if they did not earn the money demanded by the gang,' said a police spokesman.
Investigators said Ibiza was chosen for the summer because of the high influx of tourists, with the gang totalling controlling the streets of the exclusive areas.

They were kept in one apartment and only allowed out occasionally to buy food or to keep an appointment with a client.

'If they didn't earn 1,000 euros a day, they would be forced to kneel for hours and beaten with sticks and brooms,' said the spokesman. The vulnerable women were given employment offers 'too good to refuse' in view of their poor circumstances but once captured, were unable to escape.

They were subjected to voodoo rituals and sworn to loyalty contracts under the threat of family members being killed. The women were smuggled into Europe on boats and planes and were only told their job offer was false when they arrived in Spain.

They were then told they would have to pay up to 50,000 pounds to be freed and could do so through prostitution.

Those arrested included two women said to be the ringleaders who had 'years of experience' in recruiting vulnerable girls.

10:40

EFCC Nabs Two Internet Scammers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the duo of Egbedayo Semilore,26, and Elijah Jeremiah, 29, a self styled fashion Director of Datsol Industries Limited for alleged Internet fraud. While Semilore engages in Internet love scam, Jeremiah, 29, is a predator on online auction sites. Semilore while posing as an Afghan based US Army […]

10:35

Oh Dear!! Terrorists Write UI Authorities, Says We Will Bomb University Before October 1st "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There was tension in the University of Ibadan on Friday as a threatening message that purportedly emanated from a group, al-wilayat al-Islamiyya Gharb Afriqiyyah, was circulated among some staff of the institution and on social media platforms.

According to the message, the group threatened to bomb the school before Independence Day on October 1, 2016, saying that students and staff were their targets.

When contacted, The Director of Communication, UI, Olatunji Oladejo, dismissed the threat, saying it was the handiwork of mischievous individuals who wanted to cause commotion in the school.

It was gathered that while some lecturers got the mail through their institutional e-mail addresses, others were copied through social platforms such as Whatsapp.

In the mail, the group described the university as an embarrassment to Nigeria for bringing western education.

It was observed that security arrangement was strengthened at the school gates with scanning devices deployed while stop and search was conducted on everyone entering the school, leading to a gridlock.

The letter read in part, ''You people are an embarrassment to Nigeria and are the people that brought in western education to Nigeria. You doomed this nation and in turn you all are going to be doomed. Most of you are going to die before Independence Day. You will not spend the Independence Day in peace, you and your students.

   ''Detonation will start going from tomorrow till Independence Day and there is nothing you can do as we are among you. Even your little searches at the gate won’t do anything. By the time we are through with you, your government will be sorry.''

Speaking on the alleged threat, Oladejo said like others, he also received the letter, while saying that it had not affected the peace of the school.

He said, ''I also got it. Anyone could instigate such thing. Some people could be mischievous. Our international students are having their carnival on the campus and everywhere is peaceful. I attribute it to the handiwork of mischievous individuals and vehemently deny any commotion.''

Police Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, told our correspondent that the command had received information on the threat to lives and property on the campus and had responded appropriately.

He said, ''We have received the information. The state Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, working in concert with the other security agencies, has put in place all necessary security arrangement to forestall such an ugly incident.

   ''We have deployed our intelligence officers to provide adequate security in the school. As it is, it is still a rumour but we don’t want to take things for granted and because of this, we have provided adequate security, not only for the school, but for the people of the state.

   ''We enjoin members of the public to go about their lawful businesses and to be law-abiding.''

10:18

Charly Boy: Make Una Leave Patience Jonathan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The latest unconfirmed gist heating up the social media is about former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, who is spitting fire on EFCC for freezing her accounts containing 6.3Billion Naira as she claims that she is being deprived of her right to her hard-earned money. Yes o, however you wan look am, she worked for […]

10:15

So Chic! OG by Style Temple presents its “Ipseity” Collection | Lookbook "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

What a chic collection. Abuja based design label Style Temple presents its new collection – “Ipseity” under the umbrella of its diffusion line “OG by Style Temple“. According to a rep for the label, “Ipseity” collection was inspired by the creative director’s self journey and realization of personal strength. BN stylistas we are presented with […]

10:12

And the Winner is…23-Year Old Olayinka Oladiran is the 2016 Winner of MTV Base VJ Search "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After a nail-biting two-month nationwide search, 23-year-old Olayinka Oladiran from Abeokuta was finally revealed as the winner of the 2016 MTV Base VJ Search – Nigeria on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Friday 23 September. Four finalists from all over the country slugged it out for the top slot during the televised grand final in front of […]

10:07

Groups Blast Buhari For Incurring N2.2tn Debt in One Year "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Civil rights groups on Friday berated the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for incurring a N2.2tn domestic debt in the last one year.
The groups, in separate interviews on Friday with Saturday PUNCH, said that there were no visible impacts of the borrowed money on the country in the period.
The PUNCH had exclusively reported on Wednesday that statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office showed that the Federal Government’s domestic debt stood at N10.6tn as of June this year, up from N8.4tn a year ago.
According to the report, the country’s total debt liability rose to N16.29tn in June 2016 from N12.12tn in June 2015.
FG borrowing to pay salaries —Social Action

Expressing concern about the sharp increase in the country’s debt profile, the Head of Abuja Social Action, Vivian Bellonwu-Okafor, said the only response of the administration to the economic recession was “to borrow more money.”
She said that the group was concerned about the circumvention of the laid down legal provisions for loan acquisitions.
Bellonwu-Okafor stated, “The Fiscal Responsibility Act, which outlines the democratic steps that should accompany any loan, is not being respected and so in this regard, loans are taken in a most shoddy and blanket manner without any clear purpose or project line tied to such acquisition(s) as well as cost-benefit analysis, as stipulated by the FRA.
“It is thus not surprising that government has not only taken but also advanced loans for recurrent items such as payment of salaries, sponsorship to foreign trips and conferences etc; this is in clear violation of the FRA which states that loans shall only be acquired for capital expenditure(s).”
She said that it appeared that the government was hiding under “a superfluous guide of so-called recession to embark on unrestrained and unmanageable borrowings.”
The head of Social Action stated that such an approach was “a false solution to the economic problems of Nigeria,” adding that the government was simply postponing the evil day.
Bellonwu-Okafor said, “Debt servicing will soon completely wipe out the country’s capital allocation. This free walk into another debt-trap should, with all experiences of hindsight, be avoided.
“The burden of debt falls on the shoulders of innocent citizens. Nigeria has the wherewithal both in human, natural as well as material and intellectual resources to have a thriving and flourishing economy without undue recourse to dependence-borrowing.”
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On his part, the President of Campaign for Democracy, Abdul Usman, said that the borrowing did not show desirable performances by the administration.
According to him, the President and his cabinet of ministers should be held accountable not only in matters that have to do with corruption, but also on debts.
He stated, “Nigerians have never had it this bad and are losing faith in the change promised by the administration. There is hunger almost everywhere in the land. Citizens will want to see published documents or Mr. President should address the nation as we have yet to see the positivity on the budgeted N500bn social welfare.”
‘Buhari’s govt not creative’
The Executive Secretary of the Anti-Corruption Network, Ebenezer Oyetakin, in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, said the craze for borrowing had shown that the administration was not creative.
He stated that it was unfortunate that the government, which based its campaign on “change” had reverted to the...

10:06

Helping Those Suffering with Diabetes--Especially the First Nations Community "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



A recent Alberta study found that First Nations people are more likely to develop diabetes in their lifetime. In the general population of youth, the estimated diabetes risk is 5 out of 10. In First Nations communities, the estimated risk is 8 out of 10 youth. 
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Generally speaking, there are 3 main causes for diabetes: genetics, behaviour (diet/exercise), and environment. In the case of the Native population, the environmental factor may play a more crucial role than people realize. If First Nations people live in an area where fresh food is unattainable or expensive, it can be more difficult to maintain the healthy lifestyle needed to stave off diabetes.

First Nations are not the only culture affected by the rising prevalence of diabetes. It is anticipated that there will be a 141% increase in the number of cases of type 2 diabetes in Africa, amounting to 34.2 million patients with type 2 diabetes in sub-Sahara Africa by 2040. In Kenya, diabetes prevalence is 4–11% in urban areas and 3% in rural areas.

Vanadyl Sulfate has proven to be useful for diabetes. The Journal of Clinical Investigation found that oral Vanadyl Sulfate taken for 3 weeks helped hepatic and peripheral insulin sensitivity in people with non-insulin-dependent diabetes. In another single-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, 8 male and female subjects who had Type 2 diabetes took 50mg of vanadyl sulfate twice each day for 4 weeks. After that time, a 4 week placebo phase was instituted. The patients experienced some improvements in both fasting glucose and hepatic insulin resistance following the trial period and throughout the placebo period. However, it is important to note that those with a medical condition such as diab...

09:53

Britain to exit German military bases by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Auf Wiedersehen America: Germany Has Every Right to Bulldoze Ramstein Airbase

Veteran German politician Willy Wimmer says that the US military bases in his country are long overdue for closure. Speaking to Sputnik, Wimmer emphasized that US bases installed during the Cold War no longer protect Europe; instead, they serve as a logistics hub for NATO’s wars of aggression. Speaking to Sputnik Deutschland, Wimmer, a veteran member of the Christian Democratic Union with over thirty years of experience in the Bundestag under his belt, explained that if it found the political will, the German government could force the US to vacate the base at Ramstein within a two year period. The politician and former State Secretary of the German Defense Ministry emphasized that instead of continuing to serve as a key logistics point for the coordination of US drone attacks in Africa and the Middle East, the base should be shuttered, with the space used to build housing and industry. All that is necessary is the political will. A close friend of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who presided over the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany, Wimmer emphasized that the legal basis for the continued US military presence in country ran out right about the time that the Berlin Wall came down.

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Formally, he noted, the British forces stationed in Germany have committed themselves to withdrawing from the country by 2020. As for the US, “the legal basis for the presence of US troops in Germany is NATO. However, after Germany’s reunification, and in view of the absence of a threat from the east, the very need for NATO’s existence came under question.” Wimmer recalled that “when the agreements [on NATO] were signed, the alliance was thousands of kilometers from the Russian border. Since then, NATO has transformed its essence from a defensive alliance – intentionally and without the consent of its member states’ parliaments – into a machine of aggression,” in accordance with its new military doctrine approved in 1999. “Now, NATO, in this modified form, stands on Russia’s borders. In this new environment, American bases in Germany are not justified – not from the perspective of international law, nor from that of [German] state law.” Unfortunately, Wimmer noted, unlike the British, the Americans never announced any intention to voluntarily withdraw at the end of the Cold War. “Instead, directly prior to Germany’s reunification, they said – and the federal government took it for granted – that they consider their presence on German territory not in the context of NATO’s defensive function, but in the context of their claim to global leadership.”

German Officer to Sputnik: Drone Strikes Out of Ramstein Airbase Violate International Law In other words, the politician emphasized, the US is using German territory for illegal military missions around the world that have nothing to do with Germany’s defense. “That is, we are not dealing with [foreign] armed forces serving based on agreements in our defense, but with the international aggression of the United States.” Wimmer suggested that the shift in NATO doctrine came with the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia; it was at this moment that the alliance ceased to be defensive in nature. Germany, he noted, has officers stationed at the base formally charged with keeping tabs on what’s going on. “The [US] drone killings are carried out with the help of the Ramstein base. The federa...

09:30

The women who love and loved Boko Haram "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

At a safe house in Nigeria, the wives of Boko Haram fighters share stories of the men they married. A few dozen women sit on mats in the shadow of a neem tree. Their giggles rise with the hot dusty air as they sketch elaborate designs on their hands with henna. Some of the women […]

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09:30

FEES MUST FALL RELOADED 2016-2017. AGAIN AND AGAIN "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

FEES MUST FALL REALOADED 2016-2017. AGAIN AND AGAIN

 

 

There is a misconception going around. There is this idea that students at Wits University, Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town, and tshwane university of technology, University of north west, University of free state, University of kwa zulu natal, University of Limpopo, University of Johannesburg, remain close as students across the country are fighting over fees for 2017 increment of 8% after minster of higher education and training blade Nzimande.  There is so much more to this than the registration for upcoming years and this constant trivialising of these issues is starting to give me courage to fight for free education.

 

White imperialism and a lack of transformation in our higher learning institutions is not a trivial matter. It is so important that we address these matters because higher learning institutions are the breeding ground for future leaders. Student apathy at Wits University has been promoted and encouraged for a very long time and I have never been as proud to be part of fees must fall movement of the university as I am now.

 

I am proud because the students at Rhodes University have decided to challenge the system that has limited their dialogue for so long.

There is this illusion that has been created around university transformation and we all know that fees for 2016/2017 must be free, but other students are afraid of the registration I believe we can stand together to fight next year, our own management  been fooled us seeing black students fighting for free education.

 

As Vice Chancellor at Wits University he agreed to meet our demands, but they never accepted our demand as students at some point. Our attention is diverted by the appointments of students who are taking part of fees must fall movement. We see these faces and we see change. We believe that there is more believe in this  transformation of fees must fall because if the University of western cape can shut down Vice Chancellor then halala man we are  progressing.

Have you ever heard the minister of higher education and training? Do yourself a favour and peruse our website #FeesMustFall.joburg.

 

Click on those department you will see that students are Surffering without education we don’t have a future. Count the number of Whites faces and then recount the number of those black faces looking at their roles in the university. The number will be decreased by half or more when you realize that the black staff are admin clerks and support staff – the politically correct way to say the cleaning ladies.

Black academics in South Africa are not progressing. Not because they do not have a hunger to progress but because in many instances they are deliberately blocked from progressing.  Students they write, they publish, and the workers they work so hard but still they are not promoted as quickly as their white counterparts.

They study and research and produce work but their Master’s degree takes about four years rather than the minimum two because the support structures in place are not for them. Their supervisors are not trying to see them grow nor are they helping them with a concerted effort. These are the stories of people but who will listen?

I WILL THIS STRUGGLE END OR WE STILL GONNA FIGHT AND FIGHT? ASK...

09:16

Young Nigerian Man Hacked With Sword, Machete By Cultists In Malaysia (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Malaysian police are asking for information that will help them track down a gang of cultists, who attacked a Nigerian in OUG Parklane Condo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, September 17, leaving him in coma.

The police did not say what might have prompted the attack on the man at the time he was having drinks with his friends.

In a video shared by the police, hoping that the suspects would be identified, the victim was seen sharing drinks and cigarettes with 12 friends grouped around three tables.

The video shows two assailants suddenly appearing from different entrances of the bar and slashing at the group with a machete and swords as they fled.

Another angle of the CCTV video shows the victim covered in blood and struggling to stand and falling over at the entrance of the building later.

A picture of the victim shared by the police after the attack showed him on the ground in a pool of blood with flesh hanging from a side of his jaw.

The Royal Malaysia Police said the victim was rushed to the hospital in coma and is currently in intensive care. Watch the video below..
The police have called for information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects, who are wearing hoods in the video.

08:53

So SAD! Couple Bathed With Acid While Making Love In Kano (Graphic Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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It's indeed a sad one, as lovemaking turned sorrow for a Kano couple, after an unidentified person poured acid on them during sexual intercourse.

According to sources, the incident occurred penultimate week at the couple's house in the Gyadi Gyadi /Karkasara area of Kano. TheNation reports that the unidentified perpetrator fled before neighbours responded to the couple's distress call.

Although the husband has since been admitted in an undisclosed hospital, it was gathered that the wife, Amina Moses, was the worst hit. Amina, according to a source, was first admitted in Aminu Kano Specialist Hospital, where she spent some days and was treated.

One of the eyewitnesses who asked not be named said that the closeness of the couple’s bed to the window of their apartment made it easy for their assailant to carry out the dastardly act. She said:

   ''Amina and her husband called Moses were making love in the evening of the unfortunate day, when they suddenly raised the alarm that someone had poured a liquid substance on them through their window.

   ''We rushed into their room only to find them in pains. Amina was the one that was badly hit by the liquid substance suspected to be acid. She was treated at the Aminu Kano Specialist Hospital and their assailant has not been apprehended as we speak, despite the fact that the matter was reported to the State Police Command.

   ''The closeness of their bed to the window made it easy for their attacker to successfully carry out his mission and escape without being apprehended.''

Efforts to reach the spokesman of the Kano State Police Command, Ubayi Ringim Raubilu, was unsuccessful, as calls to his mobile phones did not go through, while he did not answer a text message sent to his phone line, at press time.

08:45

I have no problem with Wenger – Mourinho "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Jose Mourinho says he has no problem with Arsene Wenger despite the publication of a book which quotes him as saying he would “break his face”. Manchester United’s manager has had a long-running rivalry with the Frenchman which dates back to when he managed Chelsea and he once called the Arsenal boss a “specialist […]

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08:37

Breach: Some Yahoo users close accounts, fear ripple effects "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Many Yahoo users rushed on Friday to close their accounts and change passwords as experts warned that the fallout from one of the largest cyber breaches in history could spill beyond the internet company’s services. After Yahoo disclosed on Thursday that hackers had stolen the encrypted passwords and personal details of more than 500 […]

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08:30

Toure’s agent: Pep thinks he’s ‘God’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Four-time African Player of the Year Yaya Toure’s chances of ever playing for Manchester City again diminished further on Friday after his fiery agent launched another withering attack on club manager Pep Guardiola. Guardiola had said earlier this week Toure would not play for the club until his agent Dimitri Seluk apologised for accusing […]

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08:26

Three killed in US shopping Centre shooting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Three people have been shot dead at a shopping centre in Burlington, Washington state, police say. The Cascade Mall and nearby shops have been sealed off and a search is under way. It is not known if more than one person fired the shots, and the motive is unclear. However, a suspected gunman was […]

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08:24

Video emerges of N’Carolina shooting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The moment North Carolina police shot a black man was captured on video by his wife, who can be heard pleading with officers: “Don’t shoot him!” In the footage, Rakeyia Scott tells husband Keith Scott to get out of his car as Charlotte police surround him. The clip does not show the actual shooting, […]

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08:21

Lavrov: US-Russia plans on Syria ‘must be saved’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  US and Russian plans to end Syria’s conflict must be saved as there is no alternative, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told the UN. He was speaking as the northern city of Aleppo endured a day of relentless air strikes, with the Syrian military determined to retake rebel-held areas. A seven-day US-Russian brokered […]

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08:19

Gabon court upholds Bongo election win "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Gabon’s constitutional court has upheld President Ali Bongo’s election victory, rejecting opposition calls for a recount. There have been fears that such a decision could trigger fresh violence. The government said it would hold opposition leader Jean Ping responsible if clashes erupted following the ruling. President Bongo won August’s election by just 6,000 votes […]

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08:18

US election: Ted Cruz endorses Trump "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Defeated Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has endorsed Donald Trump in the race for the White House. The Texas senator fought Trump in a bitter primary battle, marked by mud-slinging and personal insults. Cruz said he would fulfil his promise to vote for the Republican nominee and that electing Hillary Clinton would be “wholly […]

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08:17

PSG shocked by Toulouse in second defeat of season "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Paris Saint-Germain suffered their second defeat of the Ligue 1 season when they lost 2-0 at Toulouse after being reduced to 10 men on Friday. The champions succumbed to second-half goals by Yann Bodiger and Jimmy Durmaz as they dropped to third in the table with 13 points from seven games. Toulouse are now […]

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05:31

NAM: Non-Aligned to… Nowhere? Challenges Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) came and went in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, virtually invisible to Western corporate media. NAM nowadays congregates every African nation except South Sudan; most of Latin America – except Brazil, Argentina and Mexico (they are observers); and most of Asia and the Middle East (China is an observer). So […]

05:29

Women Seeking Refuge: a Crisis Within a Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Janice Raymond

Sexual violence is part of the price many women and girls fleeing their countries for Europe must pay. This crisis—notably dire for Africans—can be mitigated if refugee aid agencies give priority to specific female-centered measures.


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04:42

Do WhiteLivesMatter In Charlotte? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCroy called for a state of emergency in Charlotte Wednesday night after violence escalated as residents continued to protest the fatal shooting of an African-American man by a police officer a day prior.

This has really started getting out of hand and guess what, if you are participating in a violent protest then you are doing exactly what they want you to do. What has this world come to when protestors try and throw an innocent photographer into a fire, or when multiple men beat, drag, and strip and innocent man?

How is beating an innocent man going to help the discourse about police violence against black men?

There were many reports of violence from the Charlotte, North Carolina unrest Wednesday night, but the most shocking example is when rioters tried to throw an innocent photographer into a burning fire.

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But the truth is when you look at statistics the vast majority of suspects killed by police are white.

The University of Toledo criminologist Dr. Richard R. Johnson examined the latest data from the FBI and CDC. From 2003 through 2012, law enforcement killed an average of 429 people per year. These estimates included a relatively small number of innocent people killed by cops and many more who died due to reasonable use of force.

The biggest problem that black men face is that black lives don’t matter to other black men. On average, 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between Jan 1, 2009, and Dec 31, 2012, according to the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide reports. Using FBI and CDC statistics, Professor John calculates that 112 black men on average, suffered both justified and unjustified police-involved deaths annually during this period.

This equates to 2.5% of these 4,472 yearly deaths. For ever black man, criminal or innocent, killed by a cop, 30 men were murdered by other black men.

So by going out and causing a scene and hurting innocent people, you are becoming part of the problem. All live matter!

04:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Robinson: How Gun Laws for Blacks, Whites Differ
By EUGENE ROBINSON
September 22, 2016 at 12:51 pm

WASHINGTON — If you are a black man in America, exercising your constitutional right to keep and bear arms can be fatal. You might think the National Rifle Association and its amen chorus would be outraged, but apparently they believe Second Amendment rights are for whites only.

In reaching that conclusion I am accepting, for the sake of argument, the account given by the Charlotte, North Carolina, police of how they came to fatally shoot Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. Scott’s killing prompted two nights of violent protests that led Gov. Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency. On Friday, police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shot and killed Terence Crutcher — an unarmed black man — and the two incidents gave tragic new impetus to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Scott’s relatives claim he was unarmed as well. But let’s assume that police are telling the truth and he had a handgun. What reason was there for officers to confront him?

North Carolina, after all, is an open-carry state. A citizen has the right to walk around armed if he or she chooses to do so. The mere fact that someone has a firearm is no reason for police to take action.

This is crazy, in my humble opinion. I believe that we should try to save some of the 30,000-plus lives lost each year to gun violence by enacting sensible firearms restrictions — and that the more people who walk around packing heat like Wild West desperados, the more deaths we will inevitably have to mourn. In its wisdom, however, the state of North Carolina disagrees.

We should continue to lobby for tighter gun laws and hope that someday the voices of reason are heard. But at the same time, we should demand that current laws be enforced fairly even if we don’t like them. Scott’s death is the second recent police slaying to suggest that laws permitting people to carry handguns apparently do not apply to African-Americans.

In July, police killed a black man named Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, after pulling him over for a traffic stop. When officers approached the car, Castile told them he was licensed to carry a handgun. I can only assume that Castile made this declaration so that the officers would not be surprised upon seeing the gun. But rather than assure them that he was a law-abiding citizen exercising his constitutional right, Castile’s announcement had the opposite effect.

The horror that ensued was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. Her cellphone video and calm, composed narration were chilling, especially to those of us who frequently commit the offense of driving while black. One of the officers shot Castile several times, and Reynolds watched as he slumped next to her, his life bleeding away.

Did Castile reach for the gun? Reynolds maintains he was merely reaching for his wallet to get his driver’s license, as the officer had ordered. But we have seen many times, including in the recent Crutcher case, that [BEG ITAL]any[END ITAL] perceived sudden movement by a black man under arrest, even if he is not known to have a weapon, can be seen by police as a deadly threat. Disclosure of the gun, mea...

04:22

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Video Shot by Keith Lamont Scott’s Wife Shows Her Pleading With Officers for His Life
Wife's cellphone video shows police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

By Wesley Lowery,, Renae Merle and Mark Berman
September 23 at 9:30 PM

CHARLOTTE — The wife of a man fatally shot by police recorded cellphone video of the encounter that includes her pleading with officers not to shoot and begging her husband to get out of his truck.

The video footage was the first glimpse of what happened before and after a shooting that has inflamed this city and prompted intense, sometimes violent protests over the past three days. The recording does not include a view of the shooting itself, which occurred Tuesday afternoon as Keith ­Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was sitting in his parked vehicle outside his apartment.

It also does not answer whether Scott had a gun, as police have said. The family, protesters and civic leaders have been demanding that police release department video of the shooting, which the police have not done.

NBC News first published the cellphone video Friday afternoon, and attorneys for the family released it to The Washington Post and other media outlets. It shows an officer aiming a gun at an unseen Scott while police shout at him to drop his gun. Rakeyia Scott can be heard yelling to the officers that her husband was unarmed.

“Don’t shoot him,” she says. “Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon. He has no weapon. Don’t shoot him.”

She then urges her husband to come out of the car and repeatedly says, “Don’t you do it,” until gunshots are heard. At this point, the camera is facing the ground, and she becomes increasingly upset, shouting profanities as she hurries closer to the scene.

“Did you shoot him? He better not f---ing be dead,” she yells while moving along the tree-lined street.

When she gets nearer the scene, at least four officers are seen gathered around someone down on the street. Two of the officers are kneeling over him.

“He better live,” she said. “I swear he better live. Yep. He better live. He better f---ing live.”

Police have said they have no immediate plans to release two recordings of the shooting, one captured by a police dashboard camera and another by a body camera worn by an officer at the scene, according to attorneys for the family.

The black plainclothes officer who shot Scott — Brentley Vinson, who was placed on paid administrative leave — was not wearing a recording device, police said.

Authorities have said officers encountered Scott because they were searching for another man — a suspect with an outstanding warrant. According to police, officers saw Scott get out of a car with a handgun and get back into it, and they ordered him to get out and drop the weapon. Police say he posed a deadly threat and refused to drop the gun.

The unreleased department video of the encounter has become a focal point for demonstrators here, who have taken to the city’s streets and called for footage to be released. Scott’s relatives, including his wife, watched the police videos on Thursday, according to their attorneys, and said they came away with “more questions than answers.”

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03:40

Oh, say can you see - the carnage? Why stand for a country that can gun you down in cold blood? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

If black athletes in the NFL honestly think that African Americans who live under Old Glory are as 'equally protected 'as whites, then they should stand up during the national anthem and sing-along. But if they know that blacks aren't getting a square deal, and that blacks can be gunned down at any time by trigger-happy cops who never face the consequences, then they owe it to themselves and their country to demand change by remaining seated. I'm sorry that football players have to go through this. I'm sorry they find themselves in a situation where they're forced to make a political statement. After all, they're not politicians and they don't want to be. They're private citizens like the rest of us who just want to do their jobs, make some money, and be left the hell alone. But what choice do they have now? The epidemic of cop killings around the country is forcing people to stand up and say "Enough". So now black athletes are being asked to either stand up, sing along and act like highly-paid circus animals, or follow in the steps of Rosa Parks and Malcolm X and Mohammed Ali and the other people of conscience who put themselves at risk by acting on principal.

03:28

IPOB sit-at-home order paralyses activities in Anambra, Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Imo records partial compliance  Enugu, Delta, Ebonyi ignore order Group congratulates members   Partial compliance across the South- East States yesterday greeted the sitat- home-protest order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the region. While economic activities in some states and its surroundings were grounded, others states recorded partial compliance, a development which […]

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03:26

KC EJELONU: No romantic feelings for Lynxxx "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Buxom actress, Kelechi Ejelonu, is not one to regret quitting a well-paying banking job in the U.K. to pursue her dream in Nollywood. She speaks about her career, men and more in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA.   You once said you get intimidated by much taller guys when you’re cast with them… I actually […]

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03:24

LAGOS ‘OILWELLS’: Residents sneak into sealed houses at night "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

When the Lagos State Government declared last month that a total of 12 houses on Abeokuta and Ibadan Streets in the Ilasamaja area of the state had been shut following the discovery of shallow oil wells built by the landlords to steal diesel from pipelines, residents and, indeed, the rest of Nigeria, were alarmed. The […]

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03:22

How NGOs use beggars to defraud Nigerians "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Their cases are as complex as they are pathetic. OKEGWO KENECHUKWU, in this report, brings to the fore issues concerning some non-governmental organisations set up under the pretext of helping the needy but turn out to be scams   Life appears to be a mystery which only the creator can unravel. While some are born […]

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03:20

BUHARI: I prayed hard to become president, I can’t complain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he prayed fervently to be elected as Nigeria’s leader to save the country from economic and political woes. The President stated this while addressing a group of top flight aeronautics engineers, physicians, I.T experts, a Judge, a top policewoman, entrepreneurs, an Import Specialist at Customs and Border Protection, professors, two […]

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03:18

Ondo APC aspirants threaten to dump party "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The three top governorship aspirants during the last All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial primary in Ondo State have rejected the decision of the leadership of the party to uphold the election of Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the candidate of the party. The trio also took a swipe at the leadership of the APC over […]

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03:00

WORLD TOURISM DAY 2016: Tourism for all, promoting universal accessibility "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As the world prepares to celebrate World Tourism Day on September 27, ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA writes on the nature and significance of the day     September 27 is globally recognised as World Tourism Day (WTD), a day set aside by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to celebrate the bounties of the industry, […]

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02:59

WE CAN NOW REMOVE SICKLE CELLS FROM EMBRYOS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, a Nigerian obstetrician/gynecologist is also the Managing Director Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, which pioneered the Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Injection (IMSI) in Nigeria. The clinic specialises in In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and treatment of infertility. He is the country’s representative of obgyn.net (a network of obstetricians and gynecologists all over the world) and has […]

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02:59

YUSUF OLELA: West Africa hospitality business has huge opportunities "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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02:58

Budget padding: Jibrin absent as Ethics Committee begins hearing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lawmaker writes probe chair, alleges bias   A former Chairman of the House of Representative’s Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, was yesterday absent as the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges commenced its investigative hearing into the allegations levelled against him. The investigation followed an alleged breach of members’ privileges arising from allegations on budget […]

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02:46

Save me from occult group, mother of two cries out "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A mother of two and a native of Awa Ijebu in the Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Mrs. Abiola Afolabi, has appealed to relevant government agencies and security organisations for security and protection over her life and those of her children from constant threat, harassment and intimidation from a dreaded group known […]

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02:46

Court frees Suswam, ex-perm sec over alleged N107bn scam "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Aondoaver Kaka’an yesterday set former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam and a former permanent secretary in the state’s Ministry of Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Emmanuel Atini, free of involvement in an alleged fraud of N107 billion. Atini and 51 others including 10 corporate […]

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02:45

‘Don’t ridicule Judiciary, NFF urged’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A sport administrator, Yahaya Adama, has critisised the Nigeria Football Federation over a statement released by the NFF condemning the judiciary and law enforcement agencies for carrying out their legitimate duties. The Kogi State-born sports administrator said it was wrong for the NFF, as a legal entity and a law abiding organisation, to be against […]

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02:44

OOU lecturers suspend strike, give Amosun fresh ultimatum "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lecturers of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, have suspended their “sit-at-home action” and gave the Governor Ibikunle Amosun administration two weeks ultimatum to address their demands. The branch chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), in the university, Dr. Deji Agboola, who disclosed this at a press conference yesterday, said the suspension […]

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02:44

SCHOOLS OFFER PAYMENT IN INSTALLMENTS, EXERCISE BOOKS TO WOO PUPILS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The dwindling fortunes of public schools appeared before now to have defeated the purpose for which they were established as many of them degenerated and became eyesores. Their loss became gains for private schools that sprang up under different names and standards. But, with the economic meltdown in the country, parents who could no longer […]

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02:43

Sinking Nigerian aviation on focus in Akwaaba 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The sinking Nigerian aviation industry is expected to provide the subscript for discussion in the forthcoming 12th edition of Akwaaba – African Travel Market, which is set to hold at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites between October 30 and November 1, as organisers of the yearly travel and tourism trade exhibition. To […]

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02:42

UNWTO commences entires for Jan. 18, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The United Nations World Tourism Organisations (UNWTO) has commenced the race for the 13th edition of its yearly and most prestigious global awards slated for January 18, 2017. Jointly oorganised with the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR / IFEMA), the event will take place on the first day of the 2017 FITUR/IFEMA, Madrid, Spain travel […]

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02:42

Fear grips UI community over Boko Haram letter "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tension mounted yesterday at the University of Ibadan (UI) following the circulation of a letter purportedly written to all staff by a Boko Haram group announcing its plan to bomb the Institution. Both teaching and nonteaching staff were seen discussing the messages which was now widely circulated. No official reaction has been made on the […]

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02:42

Dubai Parks and Resorts set to blaze the trail in theme park offerings "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dubai Parks and Resorts promises adventure seekers across the world the best of theme park experiences as its prepares to open its doors for business on October 31. And with its sights on the Nigerian market, it has signed on four leading Nigerian travel management companies. With a focus on becoming the largest integrated themed […]

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02:40

Felabration 2016 AU, AFRIMA to celebrate afrobeat legend "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Following the successful release of the full Nominees List for the 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, the African Union Commission, AUC, and the International Committee of AFRIMA, have entered into partnership with Felabration 2016, the annual festival organised to celebrate the late music maestro and Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The decision to support […]

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02:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

'Don't Shoot Him,' Wife Pleads to Police In Video of Fatal Charlotte, N.C., Shooting
Video of a deadly encounter between Charlotte, N.C., police and a black man shows his wife repeatedly telling officers he is not armed and pleading with them not to shoot her husband.

Jenny Jarvie, Matt Pearce and Jaweed Kaleem
Los Angeles

In the shaky video she shot on her cellphone, Rakeyia Scott can be heard trying to save her husband’s life.

“Don’t shoot him!” she shouts to the Charlotte, N.C., police officers who surrounded her husband this week in the parking lot of a condominium complex. “He has no weapon.”

As police officers scream at 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott — “Drop the gun! Drop the gun!” — his wife tells them: “He doesn’t have a gun.”

Soon four shots can be heard, followed by Rakeyia Scott’s screams.

"Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?" she screams as she walks closer to the scene, still shooting from her phone. "He better not be dead, he better not be … dead."

Soon, she was using the phone to call 911, her husband’s body splayed on the ground.

Attorneys for the Scott family on Friday released the first publicly available video of Tuesday’s shooting as Charlotte continued to reel from days of protests that have focused, in part, on city officials’ refusal to release police footage of the incident.

“Release the tapes!” has become a familiar refrain on Charlotte’s streets. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for an end to “the rioting” in Charlotte, while Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton zeroed in on the video, calling for release of the footage “without delay.”

Suspect arrested in Charlotte protester's shooting death, chief says »

The debate in Charlotte has once again highlighted the uneven level of transparency that exists in cases of police shootings across the U.S.

Days earlier, police in Tulsa, Okla., had quickly allowed the public to see disturbing video of another line-of-duty shooting, this one involving a white police officer and a black motorist who died with his hands in the air.

Many cities do not have fixed policies about when to release crucial footage of a police shooting, and such killings frequently turn into chaotic political struggles. In many cases, family members, activists and social media users turn up the pressure on local officials, as happened Friday in Charlotte, by releasing their own footage.

The public now may have media tools as good as or better than those of the police.  Encounters with police are sometimes now live-streamed as they happen, a tactic clearly intended to influence the outcome in real time.

After a shooting, members of the public can release their own footage when they believe that police have not described an incident truthfully.

Such pressure is unusual for police investigators, who in other kinds of cases are typically allowed to hold off on releasing video recordings of an incident.  The reasons are many. A video of a crime, for example, can often be used to test whether a suspect is lying or a witness is remembering an incident accurately.

Indeed, release of a video may cause confusion about whether a witness is describing what they saw during a crim...

01:14

Conservationists warn against land grabbing in Nigeria by foreign firms "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

22 Sep 2016 | TodayAs the world celebrates the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations today, conservationists have warned transnational companies from Europe, America and Asia against scramble for land in Nigeria and Africa for industrial agro-business.

01:14

Nigéria : la société civile dénonce les accaparements de terres agricoles par les multinationales "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

22 Sep 2016 | Agence EcofinLa société civile nigériane estime que « les gouvernements nigérian et africains doivent impérativement protéger leurs populations contre les accaparements de terres qui menacent aussi bien leur survie que leur accès aux ressources naturelles ».

00:27

At least 133 bodies recovered from capsized migrant boat in Egyptian waters "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Egyptian authorities have recovered at least 133 bodies from the water, two days after a boat packed with migrants capsized off the country's coast two days ago. The fishing vessel which had been on its way from Egypt to Italy sank on Wednesday off the port city of Rosetta in the Nile Delta. "The death toll from the illegal migrant boat that capsized off the coast of Rosetta ... has reached 133," the Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement.However, the governor of the Beheira region said that 148 bodies have now been salvaged, according to Reuters. There is no accurate information available about the number of people who had been aboard the boat when it capsized. Security sources believe that the boat carried almost 600 migrants. However, according to survivors, some 200 had initially been aboard, and smugglers added an extra 50 at the last moment, which was the root of the tragedy. Meanwhile, the fishermen who launched the rescue operation after the incident took place said they managed to save 169 people. The passengers of the ill-fated boat included residents of Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as Egypt. Four suspected traffickers were arrested by the Egyptian authorities following the incident. The International Organization for Migration said that over 3,200 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year. The fatality rate has risen, despite a decrease in the member of refugees trying to reach Europe, with UN refugee agency (UNHCR) calling 2016 "the deadliest year on record in the Mediterranean Sea."

00:10

BN TV: Get your Day Pass into the Life of Music Star Reminisce! "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This episode of “Day Pass” features Reminisce, as he takes us on a busy day from shooting at home to getting pulled over by the police in the streets of Lagos, and finishing off at a powerful stage performance. Watch below.

00:04

New Video: Shaydee – Pon Da Floor "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Fresh off the release of his very well received 2016 single “Smile”, Shaydee returns with a banger called “Pon Da Floor“. Guaranteed to heat up all clubs and party scenes, “Pon Da Floor” was produced by hitmaker extraordinaire Maleek Berry, and the video was Directed by Meji Alabi of JM Films. Watch below.

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23:51

#FreeHugs Black Man Embraces Charlotte Police Exposes Hatred Of Black Lives Matter "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We Are Change

The now-viral video begins with Ken E. Nwadike Jr., a black man wearing a #FreeHugs t-shirt embracing a white Charlotte, police officer, who thanks him for remaining peaceful.

In the background, Black Lives Matter protesters immediately become rowdy over this man’s action, cussing and complaining and accusing him of not being black.

Nwadike embraces another African-American police officer as one man yells  “You a pussy, nigga!”

“It’s not even like that, it’s about staying neutral,” replies Nwadike.

An irate protester begins screaming “No my nigga these motherfuckers aren’t stay neutral.” Nwadike responds, “Did he kill somebody?” pointing at the white officer.

“Did he kill somebody?” he repeats, pointing at the African-American officer.

The irate protester then continued yelling back. “Mind you that’s my mother fucking family that squad killed bitch.”

The protestor makes a hypocritical point – Black Lives Matter activists complain about stereotyping all black people as criminals, but are perfectly fine to stereotype all cops as bad, racist murderers or pigs.

“Look if one black person does something that doesn’t make every black person bad. If one cop does something we can not say that every cop is bad,” said Nwadike. “We cannot say that every cop is bad, none of these people here shot anyone!” Nwadike tries to explain to a woman, who isn’t interesting in listening to him and continues to scream in his face while demanding he remove his “free hugs” t-shirt.

The woman at one point in the video begins tugging on Nwadike’s shirt. Another black man then interjects and agrees with Nwadike.

“We know where he’s coming from he’s speaking from a message of peace.” Nwadike then thanks the other man for agreeing with him.

“The thing is, I see them as human beings just like I see everybody on this side as human beings,” he continues explaining to the crowd of protesters. “This uniform doesn’t make him a robot, just like your skin color doesn’t make you a criminal.

“This man gave me a hug,” Nwadike said, pointing at the white police officer, “and this man wants to fight me because of that,” pointing at a Black Lives Matter protester in the crowd who earlier started yelling profanities when he hugged the police officers.

“How does that make sense? Spreading more hate into the world, that’s what’s frustrating me,” Nwadike continued.

Although Nwadike might have a hard time convincing some protesters – as 70% of those arrested weren’t even from North Carolina – when will Black Lives Matter supporters realize that their movement was staged by a rich white man named George Soros.

Some BLM supporters have no problem taking money from a white man that wants to cause division, while others have no problem beating up a white man and dragging him and beating him up as some did in North Carolina. No matter the melanin in your skin color we are all human beings and the Free Hugs hero Ken Nwadike dared to stand up against BLM and expose the double standard of hypocrisy.

Nwadike ended his powerful speech saying “All lives m...

23:03

Shaun King Calls for Nationwide Economic Boycott to Protest Racial Inequality "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A mural in Alabama pays tribute to the Montgomery bus boycott. (damian entwistle / CC 2.0)

During the past week, thousands around the country have taken to the streets to protest another spate of police killing black citizens. As peaceful protests ensued in Tulsa, Okla., incidents turned violent in Charlotte, N.C. Author and activist Shaun King wrote of these protests—and the deaths of African-American men that led to the protests—and touched upon the anger and grief felt throughout these communities.

“[P]eople are either growing numb, hopeless, desperate, angry or some variation of all four,” he wrote on Tuesday in the New York Daily News. “It appears that the United States seems fully intent on pushing black people far past our breaking point.”

But King offers a solution. In his Daily News piece on Thursday, King passionately implores Americans to refer to historical precedents to combat systemic racism. “It is time, brothers and sisters, for us to make a unified national pivot,” he writes. “Our protests, of course, must continue, but we must add a critical new layer on top of them.”

The solution? A nationwide economic boycott, similar to the Montgomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1955 to 1956. Shaun King explains:

It is time that we organize a passionate, committed, economic boycott. It must be painful. It must be unified. And we must continue with it until we see change. This country is clearly willing to continue killing unarmed men, women and children without ever making any serious efforts at reforms. This economic boycott can change that.

Thursday’s piece is filled with an optimism sorely needed during the current crisis over racial inequality, but King also notes that opponents will urge for more peaceful—and ineffective—forms of resistance. “Of course, they will tell us that we should be more like Dr. King,” he writes, “but you and I know that the caricature of King they speak of is but a hollow shell created in their own image.”

An economic boycott, King believes, will encourage change in ways that street demonstrations have not been able to, although the last several years of protests have succeeded in bringing together a large coalition of Americans determined to generate a more equal society.

“[W]e have built consensus among tens of millions of people in America who are fully fed up with police brutality and demand a better way,” he says.

Since Thursday’s article was published, the Facebook post on the piece has generated hundreds of comments. King also has released.........

21:48

Charlotte, USA demonstration against police violence, 24 September "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from North Carolina in the USA says about itself:

Charlotte Clergy and NC NAACP Demand Release of Police Video in Shooting Death of Keith Lamont Scott

September 22nd, 2016 – After two nights of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the NC NAACP join local Clergy to present eyewitness reports of the events and to call on the Charlotte Police Department to release the videos of the Scott shooting in order to resolve lingering questions and to discern the truth of conflicting stories.

An email today from North Carolina in the USA says:

SHOW UP IN CHARLOTTE!

A call to mobilize 1,000s against police violence

Saturday, September 24th | 1pm

March starting from Marshall Park in Uptown Charlotte | 800 East 3rd St.

All ages, rain or shine

Invitation from The Tribe CLT and Charlotte Trans and Queer People of Color Collective

Come to Charlotte this Saturday to stand with us and gather together.

On Tuesday, our brother and neighbor Keith Lamont Scott was killed by Charlotte police. He was sitting in his car, reading a book, and waiting for his son to come home on the school bus. We believe he was profiled and killed by police, and that CMPD is not telling the truth about his murder.

Tuesday night, Charlotte police attacked a grieving community with riot police and tear gas. Wednesday night, Charlotte police fired into a crowd, seriously injuring a protestor and inflaming our grief.

Today, our city is occupied by the National Guard and we are in a State of Emergency!

Charlotte, the latest city to be wrecked by police violence against Black people … is a national crisis. We need to end this epidemic now! Let’s show the nation that we stand against police violence that targets Black people and our communities. Let’s show that Charlotte, and the nation, will no...

20:57

APC: We unanimously rejected Ondo Appeal Panel recommendations "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

As Abraham, Oke, Boroffice kick Against the backdrop that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun over ruled the majority of the National Working Committee members on the recommendations of the Ondo State governorship Appeal Primary Committee, the party has stated that the NWC members unanimously rejected the recommendations. The […]

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20:56

Aleppo pounded as Syria presses offensive "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Warplanes have continued to pound the northern city of Aleppo, as Syria’s military presses ahead with its new offensive to retake rebel-held areas. At least 27 people have been killed in the strikes, monitors say, although other reports put the death toll higher. One rescue worker described what happened as “annihilation”. The government has urged […]

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20:56

FLASHBACK: Irish: The forgotten white slaves "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

They came as slaves: human cargo transported on British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by thehundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children. Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. Some were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives. We don't really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade. But are we talking about African slavery? King James VI and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain's Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one's next door neighbor.

20:54

Sheriff defies PDP peace move, inaugurates Delta factional exco "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Despite subscribing to the moves to reconcile the factions in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction, on Friday, inaugurated a factional State Working Committee (SWC) in Delta State. The faction has Mr. Austin Ogbabu as chairman. The state chapter of the party had on May 10, elected Barrister Kingsley Esiso‎ as […]

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20:53

37-year-old Ph.D Student Seeks Dissolution of 9-year-old Marriage over Sex Starvation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 37-year-old housewife, Rofiat H., on Friday asked an Ojaoba Sharia Court of Arbitration in Ibadan to dissolve the 9-year-old union with her husband, Nurain, based on sexual starvation and neglect. Narrating her ordeal, Rofiat said that her husband had neglected her in every area of marital life, including sex. “As soon as we wedded, […]

20:37

163 Persons Rescued as Death Toll in Egypt’s Migrant Boat Tragedy Climbs to 148 | WATCH "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The death toll in the sinking of a migrant boat off the coast of Egypt this week has risen to 148. Beheira Wahdan el-Sayed, Spokesman for the Delta province, said in Cairo that rescuers on Friday recovered more than 90 bodies, bringing the number of dead so far to 148. He said that the search […]

20:32

BRT Bus Engulfed by Fire Around Adeniji Bus-Stop, Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A BRT bus went up in flames around Adeniji bus-stop in the Ilubirin area of the Lagos Island. Following the incident, heavy traffic has been reported on 3rd Mainland Bridge and the Ijora-Apapa Bridge. It is not clear whether there are any casualties. See photos below: Photo Credit: Twitter  

20:25

Randy Maugans & Jeffrey Sewell | Metabiology face to face with Artificial Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

We are speaking on a subject that is vital for humanity to comprehend, AI or artificial intelligence, our objective is to further disclose how this is influencing humanity in subtle and not so subtle ways, for without knowledge of its existence or comprehension of its prevalence humanity is easily being led into more sophisticated technological control mechanisms. 

Jeffrey Sewell has spent many years in deep study of biology, in the process he introduces us to Metabiology, the tenants are simple, 'As above, so below' holds true from the nucleus of a cell to the furthest reaches of distant galaxies, life begets life. And it does so in a miraculous pattern that is reflected from the cosmos to the super organism, our Earth and to each of us in our divine vessel, the human body. From his website: http://cytocosmos.com

"Metabiology is a study of the invisible systems of life spanning from the subatomic to the celestial.
[…]
By using cell biology as a template, we are able to map elements within the cell to elements of unseen systems. The latter elements are obtained by cross referencing multiple sources of material from the OBE/LBL/NDE experiencer community. These so-called astral systems map quite nicely to systems in the cell, and they tell the same narrative, albeit the complexity and sophistication of cellular earth is many times that of the cell.

Much of the understandings derived from such mappings are echoed in the deeper cosmologies and teachings of the ancient world religions. Examples include; Sumerian, Egyptian, Kabbalah, Gnostic, Kashmir Shivaism, a...

19:54

Here’s an Opportunity to Give a Small Part of Yourself to Our Troops on Oct. 1 | Join the Blood Donation Drive to ‘Save a Soldier’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It was Sharon Halder, the famous author that said “Heroes are not born, they are made.” This is no less true in Nigeria. Every day, there are thousands of young Nigerian men and women who give their lives to keep the Nigerian people safe. By their uniforms, you will know them. The truth is that […]

19:40

Fox’s Dubai speech says Brexit Britain will lead an era of global trade liberalisation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Tapestry

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Department for International Trade

Finally, I want to turn to some of the exciting things happening in government in Britain and how we’re helping British business succeed overseas.

For the first time in years, trade has taken its rightful place at the heart of government policy making and at the heart of the structures of Whitehall.

My department will champion UK PLC around the world, ensuring we boost exports, encourage both inward and outward investment, and prepare the ground for trade negotiations when we leave the EU.

We will also be quicker, than we have been, at identifying big-ticket exporting opportunities in high growth markets; we have already prioritised 31 across the Gulf, including here in the UAE. This not only covers traditional industries such as oil and gas or defence and infrastructure, but emerging areas like life sciences and creative.

And UK Export Finance – the government’s export credit agency, which now sits in my department – will continue to be on hand to ensure that no export to the UAE fails because of lack of finance or insurance. It has already offered finance for billion dollar infrastructure projects, including the Al Maktoum Airport and Expo 2020, and it will continue its great work on reducing barriers to trade.

Conclusion

Before I finish, I want to reiterate that the UK’s and UAE‘s economic ties are already strong, but that there is so much more potential for growth.

We are both proud trading nations, and as the UK embarks on its new journey outside the European Union, we have wonderful opportunity to cement our trading future in a way that brings prosperity to all our citizens.

150 years ago the UK was the world’s biggest trading nation, and now we will lead the charge again for freer and fairer global trade. We are essentially at the heart of the new campaign for global trade liberalisation.

Britain is very much open for business as never before.

And that is worth getting out of bed for in the morning.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/liam-foxs-speech-at-capital-club-dubai

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19:11

President Buhari Approves Programme for 56th Independence Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the programme of events for the commemoration of Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary. Bolaji Adebiyi, Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja. Adebiyi said in the statement that an interdenominational thanksgiving church service […]

18:46

Double Celebration for Seriake Dickson as Wife Gives Birth to Quadruplets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Bayelsa State Governor, Sseriake Dickson celebrating with his wife....File Pics

Bayelsa State Governor, Sseriake Dickson celebrating with his wife….File Pics


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-What else could one describe recent happenings to the family of Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson than to say it is double blessing and celebration.
Just yesterday, Appeal court sitting in Abuja upheld the victory of Seriake Dickson as Governor of Bayelsa state.
The celebration was still on when news broke out that his wife, Rachel Dickson gave birth to quadruplets, a boy and three girls after many years of childlessness.
Urhobotoday gathered that the mother and children are doing very well.
Saint Mienpamo, Special Assistant on Research & Social Media to the Governor said the ”Governor’s joy knows no bound.”
The latest news has been tagged a double celebration as the governor’s re-election was overwhelmingly upheld by the Appeal Court in Abuja yesterday.

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Bayelsa State Governor’s Wife Delivered of Quadruplets in the US After Years of Waiting "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

First Lady of Bayelsa state, Dr. Rachael Dickson has been delivered of quadruplets in the United States of America, The Nation reports. This was disclosed in a statement signed by Governor Seriake Dickson‘s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson. “The season of celebrations continues in the family of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State as […]

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Amazing, Cyber Attack Victims Face N2m Fine "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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LAGOS SEPTEMBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-Do you know that you now risk a whooping ?2 million fine even as a victim of a cyber attack in Nigeria?
That is the provisions of the Nigerian Cybercrimes Act 2015, the nation’s law that makes it an offence to use computers, networks, Internet and allied technologies for criminal activities in the country.
Technology Times review of the Nigeria Cybercrimes Act signed into law on May 15, 2015 by Goodluck Jonathan, ex-President of Nigeria, shows that cyber attack victims now face a double jeopardy.

Under the provisions of the Nigeria Cybercrimes Act, victims of computer or network attacks must report the incident to the National Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Centre; otherwise the non-disclosure becomes an offence punishable with N2 million fine.
During the review by Technology Times, our attention was drawn to the Cybercrime Act 2015 stipulation that “any person or institution, who operates a computer system or a network, whether public or private, must immediately inform the National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center of any attacks, intrusions and other disruptions liable to hinder the functioning of another computer system or network, so that the National CERT can take the necessary measures to tackle the issues.”
The Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015 is the nation’s first statutory instrument that criminalises online actions by prescribing punishment and creating legal procedures for investigation, protection and enforcements for persons or institutions that violates the law.
The Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015 further explains that when the National CERT Coordination Centre receives a report of attack on computer system or network, it may segregate the affected computer systems or network until the issues are resolved.
Sub-section (2) states thus: “In such cases mentioned in subsection (1) above, and in order to protect computer systems and networks, the National CERT Coordination Center may propose the isolation of affected computer systems or network pending the resolution of the issues.”
Categorically, sub-section 3 of Section 21 states that persons or institutions who are unable to report such incidents in a space of seven days commits an offence for denial of Internet services and should pay ?2 million into the National Cyber Security Fund.
“Any person or institution that fails to report any such incident to the National CERT within 7 days of its occurrence, commits an offence and shall be liable to denial of Internet services. Such persons or institution shall in addition, pay a mandatory fine of ?2, 000,000.00 into the National Cyber Security Fund”, the Nigeria Cybercrime Act 2015 says.
With the Nigeria Cybercrime Act 2015, it has now become a criminal offence to gain unauthorised access into a computer system or network since it is now a punishable offence. Also, the failure of a victim to report such an incident to the responsible government agency for proper investigation and resolution is also now an offence.
The law also stipulates a three-year jail term or ?2 million fine for anyone who knew that a crime had been committed in his premises or cybercafe and fails to report to relevant authorities within seven days.
The Nigerian Cybercrime Act also provides a legal framework for the prohibition and punishment of electronic fraud and cybercrime whilst promoting e-government services, electronic communications and transactions between public and private bodies as well as institutions and individuals.
Technology Times Review

16:39

Enjoy Incredible Cocktails, Meals & Music as Rhapsody’s Ikeja Hosts Tropical CÎROC Sunday on September 25th "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rhapsody’s Ikeja is once again hosting this month’s edition of Tropical CÎROC Sunday’s. Incredible Cocktails, mouth watering food and extraordinary tunes what else do you need on a Sunday? Rhapsody’s Ikeja has set itself as the “Institution” on the Mainland when it comes to entertainment and great Food. Tropical CÎROC Sundays with will be an event you DO […]

16:30

Amaechi Inaugurates NIMASA Board, Charges Members on Accountability "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A photograph of the Hon Minister of Transportation with some National Assembly members and members of the Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) after the inauguration of the Board in Abuja.

A photograph of the Hon Minister of Transportation with some National Assembly members and members of the Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) after the inauguration of the Board in Abuja.


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has charged members of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to enthrone accountability and formulate broad policies aimed at achieving the set objectives of the Agency.
The Minister said this while inaugurating the 11 member Board at the Conference Room of the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja.

According to him, “your responsibilities as Governing Board members include setting operational, administrative policies in accordance with government policies and directives aimed at assisting the Agency achieve its mandate”.
Amaechi emphasised the need for members of the Board to justify their appointments by promoting prudence, accountability, transparency, equity and fairness in the discharge of their responsibilities.
While congratulating the members of the board on their appointment, the Minister tasked them on the need to engender a harmonious working relationship with the Management of the Agency emphasising that their membership of the Board is strictly on a part time basis.
The Minister admonished the members to be change agents through adherence to zero tolerance for corruption and to propagate the government’s anti corruption stance by showing the example that change begins with me.
Responding on behalf of the members, the Chairman of the Governing Board of NIMASA, Major Gen. Jonathan India Garba thanked the President for finding them worthy of this appointment and assured the Hon. Minister that members will work conscientiously towards actualising the mandate of the Agency.
Garba further noted that members of the board are mindful of the position of President Muhammadu Buhari’s on corruption emphasising that they will work diligently in accordance with extant laws towards actualising the government’s focus of accountability.
Board members that were inaugurated by the Hon. Minister include General Jonathan India Garba as Chairman, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Mr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Engr. Joseph Oluwarotimi Fashakin, Mr. Ahmed Gambo and Mr. S.U. Galadanchi.
Others are Ms. Enebeti Dike, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, Mohammed Mua’zu, Asekhome Otakia Kenneth and Barrister Ebele Obi.

16:18

The Eight Characteristics Of Star Children "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Star children are showing up everywhere. Many observers including teachers, parents, child specialists and pediatricians have seen a remarkable development taking place in some children and young adults over recent decades. Children these days seem to be brighter. Some believe that they are star-seeds, souls that have originated from other planets and stars. Humans are Free reports: Not only do these children grow up faster both physically and mentally, they also tackle problems and school work in unique ways that work but leave people looking baffled. They are very much spiritual but not interested in religion. They have a fascination with space and life on other planets, most of them feel a connection to other worlds. They are known as star children or starseeds. There are numerous descriptions and experiences that fit them like the ones listed below. 8 Star Children Characteristics Star children are mentioned in many cultures, from the Native Americans, African Dogon and even in India. They all mention god like beings that came down from the stars. According to Dr Richard Boylan Ph.D, a star children maybe defined as a child with both human and star visitor origins. Below are descriptions that may define a child to be [...]

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16:16

Diamond Platnumz buys his Partner Zari Hassan a New Home in SA for her Birthday + Whisks her away for a Zanzibar Getaway "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Love is such a beautiful thing! Tanzanian music star Diamond Platnumz has bought his partner Zari Hassan a new home in South Africa as she celebrates her birthday. He posted some photos of the house on Instagram and captioned: They are busy bragging them selves that they are Rich while their Kids staying in the […]

15:58

Godwin Emefiele, Prof. Segun Ajibola & More attend CIBN Conference – Highlights the Importance of MSMEs in Economy Recovery "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Prof. Segun Ajibola, says the financial services sector must redirect the economy to the path of recovery by channeling a major part of their loan portfolio to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises financing. He spoke in Abuja at the 10th edition of the Annual Banking and Finance […]

15:57

Lights, Camera, Africa! Film Festival Presents the Sixth Edition called ‘Music Makes The People…’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A note, a beat, rhythm, harmony, a melody, a tune… Music! This September, the “Lights, Camera, Africa” Film Festival brings to audiences an offering of films with the theme ‘Music Makes the People…’ The three day festival is an unabashed display of works of film that speak to the power of music and indeed other […]

15:56

War weary U.S. soldiers deeply skeptical about America's foreign interventions "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After 15 years of wars, a majority of US service members are deeply skeptical about America's foreign interventions. The US should focus on homeland defense and jobs instead of invading and "stabilizing" countries like Afghanistan or Iraq, a new poll shows. Most active-duty members of the US military would prefer the government to refrain from overseas missions involving so-called nation-building, a number of costly and ambiguous efforts to reconstruct post-war countries, according to a poll run by the Military Times and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). The survey, described by the Military Times as a first-of-its-kind study, included a question: "How do you view the US government's continued involvement in nation-building efforts, establishing democracies in the Middle East and North Africa using US military and financial support?" About 55 percent of service members said they "strongly oppose"or "somewhat oppose" those efforts, while 23 percent responded positively to an idea of carrying out such missions. The remaining 22 percent were either unsure or of no opinion on the issue.

15:47

#Anticipate! Cynthia Morgan & Toni Tones release New Photos ahead of the video for “Hey Boy” Remix "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Toni Tones is on a roll! Her previously released promotional pictures featuring Cynthia Morgan for the release of her hit song ‘Hey boy’ Remix, left us with a blue crush. Now the singer is about to drop the video for the hit track and she has released another set of promo images for the ‘Hey […]

15:34

Nigeria Government Crackdown on 700,000 Firms over Tax Evasion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Tunde Fowler, executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), said in a rare interview that he also expected 10 million individuals to be discovered by December and made to pay taxes for the first time.
The OPEC member slid into recession in the second quarter and militant attacks on oil facilities in its Niger Delta region have cut crude production, which provides 70 percent of government revenues, by around a third.
Planned loan deals with foreign lenders have yet to materialize, prompting the leader of the Senate to speak of an “economic emergency.”
The government, struggling to fund a record 6.06 trillion naira ($18.6 billion) 2016 budget that aims to stimulate growth by tripling capital expenditure, set FIRS a target of raising 4.95 trillion naira in taxes, up from 3.73 trillion last year.
Persuading Nigerians to pay tax is no easy task. FIRS does not appear to be on track to meet its target for tax collection so far this year, but experts believe it can do better in future.
“We collected a little over 2.3 trillion, so far – from January to 31 August. It is almost at par with last year but take into consideration that the economy is going through a little slowdown,” said Fowler.
He said revenue from value-added tax (VAT) had increased by 25 percent year-on-year and corporate income tax held steady over the same period but petroleum profit tax was expected to have halved, mainly due to low oil prices.
Fowler, appointed last year after a stint as tax chief in Lagos where monthly tax revenues surged by 70 percent in the four years to December 2012, said FIRS expects to generate 5.2 trillion naira in 2017.
Hi-tech inspectors
The tax chief said a new unit created at the start of the year had deployed inspectors armed with laptops to update databases, registering businesses and individuals who are then tracked to check whether they have paid taxes – business executives say they get “aggressive” visits from tax inspectors.
“We have been able to add about 700,000 companies and we expect to add about 10 million individuals across the nation (by December),” said Fowler, adding that this would bring the total of registered individuals to 20 million.
John Ashbourne, Africa analyst at Capital Economics, said Fowler’s target of doubling the number of tax payers was “ambitious” and would be hard to achieve in a country where “paperwork is often lacking.”
But he said the projections for 2017 were “quite achievable.”
“Revenue will almost certainly be much, much higher next year, but this is primarily due to the devaluation of the naira, which has boosted the local-terms value of each oil barrel that is exported,” he said.
Even a doubling of the number of individuals paying taxes in Africa’s most populous nation of 180 million inhabitants, where 80 percent of the workforce is employed in the informal sector, leaves FIRS with an uphill struggle.
“From our estimates, we expect that we have 60 million individuals who should pay some form or level of tax,” said Fowler.
Three-year waiver
He said tougher enforcement would be combined with a planned waiver on interest and penalties covering the period from 2012 o 2015 under which people and businesses would only be asked to pay the principal amount of tax liabilities due.
“We will give them a 45-day window to come forward and register and that will make them eligible for that waiver,” said Fowler of the proposal, which was submitted t...

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Thanks BigAg: Bumblees have been proposed for U.S. endangered species status "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Earlier this month, mosquito eradication efforts in South Carolina, gone horribly wrong, resulted in almost total devastation to the indigenous bee populations. The pesticide used to target the Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, which can carry and transmit the Zika virus, killed off millions of bees. This single incident is one of many that have been laying waste to beneficial pollinators which has now led to the bumblebee's proposed listing as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species, according to Reuters. The Bumblebee is one of several wild bee species seen declining in the last couple of decades. It has now become the first ever bee in the continental United States formally proposed for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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Woman Rescued After She Was Found Motionless in Lagos | Eyewitnesses Say She was Dropped Off from an SUV "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Facebook user, Hon Gabriel Oluwafemi on Thursday shared photos of a lady who was found motionless in the Ikeja area of Lagos state. He said that eyewitnesses disclosed that the victim was dropped off from an SUV some minutes past 7AM on Thursday. Olawafemi wrote on Facebook: Pls kindly share until it gets to anyone who […]

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rebellion Upends Charlotte’s Civic Identity
A beacon of the New South wrestles with tensions; ‘Charlotte way’ falls short

By VALERIE BAUERLEIN and  CAMERON MCWHIRTER
Wall Street Journal
Sept. 22, 2016 11:31 p.m. ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—This week’s riots literally smashed the facade of some of the city’s defining civic institutions, including the convention center that hosted the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the home arena of Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets basketball team and the Nascar Hall of Fame.

Charlotte until recently had boomed as a beacon of the New South, with a pragmatic approach to civic problems that said what was good for all was good for business. Locals credited the city’s businesslike approach with everything from luring professional sports to the city, to avoiding the type of violence that racked other cities during school desegregation.

But now the vaunted “Charlotte way” isn’t working.

Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., the banks that built Charlotte into a global powerhouse, kept thousands of employees home from downtown offices Thursday.

“This is not who we are,” said civic activist Lisa Crawford, leader of Mothers of Murdered Offspring. “We are a family. Hugh McColl would’ve never told his people to stay home,” she said, of the former BofA chief executive who helped build modern Charlotte.

At a news conference Thursday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney answered questions about releasing video footage of the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott to his family.
The banks said they were trying to protect employee safety.

It had already been a strange year here. Wells Fargo, the city’s biggest corporate employer, is under congressional scrutiny for bilking customers. The bank said it fired the employees who improperly opened unwanted customer accounts, and it has agreed to pay a $185 million federal fine.

The city has lost more than $100 million in business from the fallout of a controversial state bathroom law that started as a way to quash a Charlotte gay-rights ordinance. Last week, the Atlantic Coast Conference yanked its football championship from Charlotte because of the law, known as House Bill 2.

A monthslong behind-the-scenes effort to repeal HB2 collapsed last weekend.

Then came Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer. Police say Mr. Scott, who was black, was holding a gun in a threatening manner; his family says he was holding a book while waiting to pick up a child from the bus stop.

On Tuesday night, rioters blocked Interstate 85 near Mr. Scott’s apartment complex in northern Charlotte. Fearing additional rioting downtown, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce advised hiring extra security on Wednesday and locking down outside furniture.

On Wednesday night, protesters threw water bottles and rocks at police in riot gear, who sought to clear the scene downtown with bean bags and tear gas. The mayor and police chief have said they miscalculated the risk and had too few officers on hand. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory dispatched National Guard troops to Charlotte on Thursday, after declaring a state of emergency at the city’s request the previous day.

By Thursday night, pro...

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#BNFroFriday: Elizabeth Atulomah Loves her FRO! The Lawyer and Beauty Blogger shares her Natural Hair Story with BN Beauty "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Today’s #BNFroFriday interview features the gorgeous Elizabeth Atulomah. Liz is a Lawyer and you might have seen some of her makeup tutorials here on BN Beauty. She’s a Beauty Blogger at www.sweetsurvet.worpress.com & @beautebyliz, she has YouTube channel called LizofSS. Elizabeth also a baker and you can see some of her cakes on her Instagram page, @thelawbaker. She’s a Nigerian […]

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Family, Police See Different Tale in Same Videos
BY MARK WASHBURN, JIM MORRILL AND ADAM BELL
Charlotte Observer
mwashburn@charlotteobserver.com

Two narratives of the police videos showing the fatal shooting of a Charlotte man emerged Thursday – one from police saying the shots appeared justified, another from the family of Keith Lamont Scott saying he was killed while walking backward, hands at his side.

“After watching the videos,” said Justin Bamberg, an attorney for Scott’s relatives, “the family again has more questions than answers.”

Bamberg said the videos, from dashboard and body cameras worn by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers, showed Scott getting out of his vehicle when ordered to by officers.

Scott’s demeanor was calm and nonaggressive, said Bamberg, who called upon CMPD to release the videos publicly in the name of transparency.

“While police did give him several commands,” the attorney said, “he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time.”

Bamberg echoed the observation of police who also examined the footage – that it was impossible to see whether Scott was holding a weapon, or anything else, in his hands.

Scott’s hands were by his side, Bamberg said, and he was walking slowly backward when shot.

“It was incredibly difficult for members of the Scott family to view these videos, but as a matter of the greater good and transparency,” Bamberg said, “the Scott family asks that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department publicly immediately release both of the videos they watched today.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said he reviewed the videos and they do not “give me absolute, definitive visual evidence that will confirm a person was pointing a gun. I did not see that in the video.”

But Putney said the “totality” of the evidence supports the police conclusion that officers confronting Scott faced an imminent, deadly threat.

Putney said the videos would not be released because, among other reasons, it might infringe upon a parallel state investigation into the shooting.

Uptown quiet

Meanwhile Thursday, Mayor Jennifer Roberts proclaimed that Charlotte was open for business and assured citizens that order would be maintained.

But on the streets, institutions across uptown shuttered their doors – some covered with plywood after marauders shattered facades in a riotous rampage the night before sparked by the shooting of a black man by police.

“People are walking the street, conducting business, as usual as normal,” said Roberts, noting that Charlotte has largely and traditionally worked out its racial problems without violence.

Humvees pulled into Charlotte’s National Guard garrison, responding to a state of emergency declared by Gov. Pat McCrory, who also ordered the State Highway Patrol to reinforce troopers in Charlotte.

And the city’s most prominent businesses – including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank and Ally Financial – encouraged tens of thousands of uptown staffers to work from home. Museums of the Levine Center for the Arts on Tryon Street closed.

Among developments Thursday:

▪  Authorities imposed a midnight-to-6 a.m....

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Woman Withdraws Her Son from School in Abia to Beg for Alms in Lagos | She Says Begging is Lucrative "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 40-year-old mother of 6 has been arrested by officers of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit Task Force for using her 11-year-old son to beg, Vanguard reports. The suspect, Chinagoro Uwenke, was arrested in the Oshodi area of Lagos state, where she was begging for alms. Uwenke made passersby believe that they were […]

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Protests Continue As Charlotte's Curfew Imposed
Tonya Maxwell and Doug Stanglin
USA TODAY Network
6:09 a.m. EDT September 23, 2016

Charlotte victim's family on video: 'Let the public see'

Keith Scott's family has now seen police videos of his shooting death by a Charlotte officer. Their attorney says that in the video, Scott's "hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards" when he was shot and killed.

CHARLOTTE — After a second night of violent protests over a police-involved shooting, police chief Kerr Putney allowed the victim's family to view video of the incident but said he would not release footage to the public.

The city announced it would impose a city-wide curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. "The curfew will be in effect each day until the end of the State of Emergency is declared or until the official proclamation is revoked," the city's Twitter feed reported.


Police, who were serving a warrant at a nearby apartment complex at the time, said Scott was armed and refused direct orders from officers to drop the weapon.

Several local residents said the 43-year-old father of seven regularly waited in his car and read until his son arrived back from school. They claimed he was carrying a book, not a gun, when he stepped from the car after police approached.

“He got out of his car, he walked back to comply, and all his compliance did was get him murdered,” said Taheshia Williams, whose balcony overlooks the shady parking spot where Scott was Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press reported.

Anger over the incident erupted into violence Tuesday night and continued Wednesday night, prompting Gov. Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency. The declaration enabled assistance from the National Guard and the state Highway Patrol.

Putney said two officers and nine civilians were injured and 44 people arrested late Wednesday in several hours of violence that broke out following peaceful protests. One person was shot, apparently by another civilian. The victim, identified as Justin Carr, 26, died of his injuries, Charlotte police confirmed Thursday.

With police in riot gear patrolling downtown streets, protesters shouted "hands up, don't shoot," banged against a police van and broke a window of the City Smoke barbecue restaurant and bar. Police set off smoke bombs, which are sometimes used to disperse crowds.

"The events we saw last night are not the Charlotte I know and love, or the deep-seated tradition we have of collaboration," Mayor Jennifer Roberts said at the news conference.

Authorities said they would not impose a curfew, but reserved the right to do so. Putney said the arrival of hundreds National Guard troops and highway patrol officers to protect buildings would allow police to go after violent protesters.

Putney has promised a transparent investigation of the original shooting incident, a...

14:14

The 9th Edition of Aquafina Elite Model Look Grand Finale Holds on Saturday, October 1st "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Elite Model Look International contest has offered aspiring models a chance to start a career in international modeling at the highest level. In September, selected contestants will participate in a “model boot camp” for a week of intensive grooming. This training will cover all the professional aspects of modeling. The grooming exercise will have the […]

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gatherings Around Charlotte Mostly Peaceful in Third Night of Protests
By DAVID CAPLAN
ABC News
Sep 23, 2016, 5:15 AM ET

As hundreds of demonstrators filled the streets of Charlotte Thursday night to express their anger over Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, the mayor of North Carolina's most populous city signed an order for a curfew slated to go into effect at midnight.

But police later said the curfew would not be enforced as long as protests are peaceful -- and that was evident, as demonstrators remained in the streets well past midnight without any police intervention.

Before 1 a.m., protesters were laying down in some streets, and marching in others.

The curfew will be lifted at 6 a.m., per Mayor Jennifer Roberts' order. The curfew is part of a proclamation of a state of emergency, that explains such a measure is necessary "in order to more effectively protect the lives and property of the people within the City of Charlotte."

The curfew will be in effect each day until the end of the State of Emergency is declared or until the official proclamation is revoked.

Chanting "No Justice, No Peace" and "Don't Shoot, Hands Up," protesters began peacefully marching down streets around 7:30 p.m. -- surrounded by rifle-carrying National Guard officers -- carrying signs that read "End Police Terror," "Black Lives Matter," "I Hope I Don't Killed For Being Black" and "Black Power."

At 11:31 p.m. police tweeted that there were "no reports of officer or civilian injuries during tonight's demonstration," but half an hour later, police tweeted that two officers were being treated by EMS workers after they were sprayed with a chemical agent by demonstrators."

The protest began around the same time that attorneys for Scott's family said they had watched police video of Scott's shooting, but were unable to ascertain if Scott indeed had a gun in his hands.

"After watching the videos, the family again has more questions than answers," a statement from the family's attorney's read. "When told by police to exit his vehicle, Mr. Scott did so in a very calm, non-aggressive manner. While police did give him several commands, he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time. It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands."

Despite demands from the family and community for police to release dashcam and body camera footage to the public, police are resisting such a move.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the footage of Scott's killing could undermine the investigation. The video will be made public when he believes there is a "compelling reason" to do so, he told reporters Thursday.

"You shouldn't expect it to be released," he added. "I'm not going to jeopardize the investigation."

At one point during the evening, protesters stopped to block an intersection near Bank of America's headquarters and chanted "release the tape," but when police and the National Guard moved in, protesters moved on.

Bank of America -- along with Wells Fargo and Duke Energy -- told its employees to stay out of Charlotte.

Protesters also descended upon I-277, as they did...

13:48

New Video: Koker – Give Them "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Only a few weeks after Koker’s new single, ‘Give Them’ hit the airwaves, the Kolewerk crooner, Mr. Do Something is out with a crisp and energetic visuals to this ‘perfect turn-up’ tune. Directed by Nigerian music video director, Director Q on location in London, Koker’s ‘Give Them’ seems to be the ultimate party-starter as it […]

13:34

New Video: Ruggedman feat. 9ice – Religion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

After six years, we got a huge surprise as Ruggedman and 9ice came together to give us another song titled “Religion”. Watch the video, directed by Lucas Ried, below.

13:30

Jumping up and down is ridiculously good exercise, study shows "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The things you loved doing as a kid—running around, not sitting still—have been shown to be great for you as an adult. Now, jumping on a trampoline joins that list. A new study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) finds that bouncing on a mini trampoline for less than 20 minutes is just as […]

The post Jumping up and down is ridiculously good exercise, study shows appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

13:29

OMG! Young Lady Dropped Off From An SUV On Allen While Unconscious & Bleeding (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

According to Hon. Gabriel Oluwafemi who shared this story on Facebook, he found her yesterday, around Allen Avenue, precisely behind Alade Market, motionless. He however called for help from the Lagos State Emergency service and waited two hours for them to come. An eyewitness told him that, the lady was dropped off by someone driving an SUV and she has been bleeding from her mouth and legs. See more pics below..

13:15

Watch A’rese Talk ‘A Night At The Kazbah’ – Her First Music Concert | Saturday, October 22nd "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A few months ago The Voice Nigeria came to TV screens in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, and after an exciting live finale, A’rese emerged the first ever winner! Shortly after this Smooth 98.1FM announced to us that A’rese would be performing at its upcoming music concert “A Night at the Kazbah”. Yesterday she […]

13:14

Lawyer Sues President Buhari For Failing To Appoint Another Minister After James Ocholi's Death "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A Lawyer, Daniel Makolo has sued President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly failing to appoint a minister to represent Kogi in his cabinet.

Makolo said his suit – FHC\L\CS\44\2016, filed at the Federal High Court, Lokoja on Thursday – was pursuant to order 34 Rule (1) and Order 5 Rule (1) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2009.

He faulted the President for failing to appoint a replacement for James Ocholi, who died alongside his wife and son, in a road crash on Abuja-Kaduna road on March 6.

Makolo urged the court to order that Buhari’s failure to appoint a qualified Kogi indigene as a minister after Ocholi’s death was ''wrongful, unlawful and unconstitutional''.

He said failure to appoint a minister from Kogi ''has denied the people of Kogi state representation at the statutory mandatory regular meetings held by the president with his vice and ministers.''

The lawyer asked the court to issue an order compelling the president to appoint a minister representing the people of Kogi.

Makolo also asked the court to declare every decision or resolution reached at statutory meeting(s) held as void to the extent of its effect on the life and property of the people of Kogi.

Joined in the suit were the Minister of Justice and Senate President.

13:10

Police Uncover Fraudsters' Den Nicknamed, 'Pokuku Shrine' In Ogun State (Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Ogun State Police Command has uncovered a ''fraudsters’ den'' at Pokuku Village in the Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.

The den, which was nicknamed ''Pokuku Shrine'' was until Wednesday allegedly used by suspected fraudsters to carry out different forms of criminal activities such as fraud, according to the police.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ilyasu, on Wednesday said the police raided the shrine after an intelligence report on criminal activities being perpetrated there.

The shrine, which is a two-bedroomed mud house, is located in the remote part of the village. It contained effigies, fake foreign and local currencies and other fetish objects.

Ilyasu said the shrine was raided by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and one of the suspected fraudsters who was said to be the ring leader, Haruna Moshood, was arrested, while three other accomplices escaped.

The police boss said many victims had been duped by the fraudsters, who were also said to be kidnappers.

He said, “This is a house of horror where different kinds of criminal activities had taken place.

“Following diligent and intelligent information of our special operatives, FSARS stormed this horror house and we discovered that it is a receiving end of kidnapped victims.

“It is also a place where suspected kidnappers dispose property of their victims. We have been able to recover different denominations of fake dollars and nairas.

“By the time we arrived here, we did not see any victim, and some of the suspected kidnappers escaped. However, we were able to arrest one of the leaders, identified as Haruna Moshood.

“I appeal to the state residents to be cautious so that they will not become preys in the hands of criminally-minded people.”

The suspect told Punch Metro that he and other members of his gang were into fraudulent activities, adding that their victims were people looking for quick money.

Moshood said one of them usually hid in one of the rooms and would be talking as an “oracle” to deceive their victims.

He said the effigies were also there to deceive their victims.

“We always play on the greed of the victims because they were looking for quick money.

“Again, we also study how wealthy they were by telling them to bring a certain amount of money. For instance, if we ask a victim to bring N100,000 and he brought it, that shows he or she could bring a higher amount.”

The 34-year-old Moshood said he just joined the gang in 2015.

13:03

Elephant videos from Kenya "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from Kenya says about itself:

Bull Elephant Wakes Family! – This Wild Life – BBC Earth

18 September 2016

In Samburu there’s an elephant in the camp that’s keeping everyone awake!

This video from Kenya says about itself:

16 September 2016

Friendly rumblings from two families of elephants indicate they are happy to join up and roam the plains together.

This video from Kenya says about itself:

Young Elephants Fight To Survive – This Wild Life – BBC Earth

14 September 2016

As elephant numbers are decimated by poaching in Kenya, young female elephants must setup and lead their herds in difficult times.

13:02

Rob Kardashian Vows His Daughter Will Not Become A Stripper Like Blac Chyna, Never "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rob Kardashian told fiancée Blac Chyna he never wants their daughter who is due on November 16 to be a stripper like she was.

The statement was made during a preview for Sunday's episode of their E! series, Rob & Chyna when the couple went back Sensationals, the Washington, DC, gentleman's club where the 28-year-old beauty's stripping career began.

The 29-year-old reality star said: 'If I ever catch my daughter up in here, boy.' He also told the future Mrs Kardashian: 'I don't ever want you going back here again.'

Chyna got a bit sentimental and brought Rob (along with friends and mother Tokyo Toni) to the club.

But the dad-to-be wasn't enjoying Chyna's trip down Memory Lane, making clear he felt it was a sleazy environment he was going to keep their child far away from.

But Chyna didn't flinch at her fiance's snobbery toward the sultry sirens of the stage.

'I'm proud of where I came from, and I just wanted to show Rob what I had to go through,' she said, 'and the environment that I had to be in to make me this person.'

Still, Chyna conceded that her past place of employment was 'totally ratchet,' and she wasn't sure how her sock mogul love was going to react to the debauchery.

13:01

Jibrin absent at Ethics C’ttee commences budget padding hearing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, stuck to his guns  and failed to show up at the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges meeting, which commenced its investigative hearing into the allegations levelled him Friday morning. The Chairman of the Committee, Nicholas Ossai, is presiding over the session, but Jibrin is […]

The post Jibrin absent at Ethics C’ttee commences budget padding hearing appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

12:57

Federal Government Of Nigeria, Governors, Endorse Sale Of National Assets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Economic Council, which comprises Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and 36 state governors, has endorsed plans by the Federal Government to sell some national assets as part of efforts to address the current economic recession in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said in a statement that the sale of national assets was one of the recommendations of the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma (SAN), during the National Economic Council meeting on Thursday.

Other recommendations, he stated, included the diversification of the economy and the use of recovered loot.

The statement added that as part of measures to revive the economy, ''the President’s Economic Management Team is working on plans to generate immediate larger injection of funds into the economy through assets sale, advance payment of licences renewal, infrastructural concession, use of recovered funds etc. to reduce funding gaps; and implementation of fiscal stimulus/budget priorities.''

The government also wants to ''fast-track procedures through legislation and implementation of Strategic Implementation Plan of the budget and engage in the meaningful diversification of the economy and cut down importation.''

*I WEEP for Nigeria!!*

12:51

40Years Old Mother Of 5 Fake Beggar & Her 11Years Old Son Arrested In Lagos (See Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A fake street beggar, 40 years old Mrs Chinagoro Uwenke who uses her son to beg for alms was arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) at Oshodi.

Chairman of the Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP) while parading the suspect disclosed that there were many fake beggars pretending and deceiving innocent members of the public with different illnesses/diseases.

According to a release from the Task Force, the suspect, Mrs. Uwenke, confirmed that she bandaged her son’s leg with two rolls of white bandage and poured GV blue ink on the leg every day in order to deceive members of the public to give arms to the innocent boy.

She said they both live at Oloko-danna near Ijora-Olopa area of Oyingbo and that she stopped her son schooling in JSS II at Oworebiri Secondary School at Ata Town in Abia State, for street begging, when she realised that it was a lucrative business where she made N3,500 to N5,000 on daily basis.

According to the release, the woman said ''I brought my son, Sunny Uwenke, 11 years old to Lagos, five years ago to beg for arms while the remaining five children are at Ata Town in Abia State, with their father.''

She further confirmed that she made much money from arms at Oshodi than any other area of Lagos because of higher influx of people around the area.

   ''She however pleaded with the government not to charge her to court as she is ready to go back to her town and re-unite with her family voluntarily.''

Reacting to the arrest, Egbeyemi stated that the Agency is collaborating with relevant government Ministries, Agencies and Departments ''to get rid of these beggars on streets/roads of Lagos''.

Egbeyemi said the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that the suspect be immediately charged to court.

12:36

Recession: Should President Buhari Sell Some of Nigeria’s Assets? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

There have been calls in recent times for the Federal Government to sell some of its assets, especially in the Oil and Gas sector, to raise foreign exchange so that the economy can get out of the recession. Speaking to CNBC Africa last week, Africa’s Richest man, Aliko Dangote said that, following the economic challenges […]

12:27

Inspiring Nigeria’s Future Through ART: Socially Africa Kicks Off Second Edition of ART FOR A CAUSE "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

An enthusiastic team of Entrepreneurs and creative artists are giving back to the community in a colorful way. Following the success of the first edition of the Art For A Cause Campaign, Socially Africa returns with a second edition. Adaora Mbelu-Dania, Founder at Socially Africa comments “It’s been a very humbling and exciting journey, being […]

11:53

WATCH Episode 5 of Chika Ike’s Reality TV Show “African Diva” "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Episode 5 of Chika Ike’s reality TV show “African Diva” is here. In this Episode Chika Ike evicted 7 girls and selected the 22 girls who will be going into the House officially. Watch below.

11:39

#BNFroFriday: New Method for a Top Knot Bun on Type 4 Natural Hair by JudithsNaturalHair "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

For the first part of #BNFroFriday today, natural hair vlogger Judith of JudithsNaturalHair on YouTube, is showing us a new way to get a full bun using scrunchies or puffy hair ruffles. It’s a quick, simple and easy way to get a top knot going and you’re out the door asap! You can also try […]

11:22

A Bahraini photographer beaten, imprisoned for taking a full-length photo of Bahraini obese foreign minister "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


    Sep 23, 2016 (Dubai, UAE) -- According to the Algerian daily newspaper El-Massa, a full-length picture unwittingly taken by a young Bahraini photographer has infuriated the Bahraini egotist foreign minister who despises uncut pictures of himself due to his morbidly obese situation. Ali Redwan, 24, the unlucky  Bahraini  newspaper photographer working for Agence France-Presse (AFP), has allegedly violated the unwritten law proscribing local and international media from taking full-length pictures  of Bahraini top diplomat.     "Ali was arrested by security forces wearing black balaclavas and body armor after taking photos gathering Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on September 17. Unbelievably, Ali is charged with espionage and beaten into unconsciousness several times by his captors in the infamous Dry Dock pre-trial detention center," AFP quoted Hadi Redwan, Ali's father as saying. The Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, which is home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, is still under Saudi military occupation since 2011 as the regime has cracked down on pro-democracy protests vying to gain their inalienable social and political rights.     Meanwhile, an American journalist and three members of her camera crew were detained in Bahrain, Reporters Without Borders said on Thursday, urging the Bahraini regime to release the four American citizens "rapidly and without harm." In a statement, the group described Anna Day and her three colleagues as experienced journalists, who had most recently worked on virtual reality documentaries in Egypt and Syria. Bahraini police said earlier they had detained four foreign nationals. Bahrain's interior ministry said in a statement the four were "suspected of offences including entering Bahrain illegally having submitted false information to border staff, participating in an unlawful gathering and supporting anti-regime movement."
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11:15

Awaken Lifestyles with Olamide Balogun: Behaviour or Habit? Something must Change "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Since my last article I hope you have done a S.W.O.T. analysis on yourself and your family. {Click here to read if you missed it} You have discovered what your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are. This should lead you among other things to a self discovery of why you want to lose weight. This is […]

11:08

Hunger stalks NE Nigeria as Lake Chad Basin crisis meeting opens "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

More than 6 million west Africans face hunger as a result of the Boko Haram conflict, warn 15 humanitarian organisations

11:00

Listen to a Preview of Burna Boy’s New EP “Redemption” "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Spaceship Entertainment presents Burna Boy‘s latest body of work: “Redemption (E.P.)”. The seven track project, which sees the crooner re-unite with producer LeriQ who produced the entire E.P., is a 90’s themed project which shows Burna Boy’s versatility and LeriQ’s expert musicianship. The singer is slated to headline his first major concert in the United Kingdom at the Eventim Apollo on October 1st, 2016 and will perform songs off this project. […]

11:00

Meet Representatives of Top UK & North American Boarding Schools at the Boarding School Fair 2016 | October 8th & 10th "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Meet representatives of top UK and North American Boarding Schools and Colleges under one roof to discuss your study opportunities for January and September, 2017 entry. The Fair is a two day exhibition showcasing the services and invaluable resources of over 13 Boarding School Providers and a great opportunity for any parent considering Canada, UK […]

10:44

Fresh Cholera Outbreak in Lagos Claims 6 Lives | Commissioner Says Outbreak Has Been Traced to Consumption of African Salad (Abacha) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Lagos state government has said that 6 deaths have been recorded in a fresh outbreak of Cholera in Isolo Local Council Development Area of Lagos state, Vanguard reports. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed that 45 cases were recorded, and 2 out of the 6 deaths recorded were brought in dead. Idris […]

10:30

Uber Pretty! Eman Zazar unveils its “Pieces” 2016 Capsule Collection | Lookbook "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We likey! Budding Nigerian womenswear brand Eman Zazar unveils its capsule 2016 collection titled “Pieces“. A rep for the label tells BN Style that the collection is aimed at showcasing “the power of buying individual non coordinated apparels as each piece seen here can be paired with almost any other piece in the collection”. The […]

10:24

Hillary Clinton, lower corporate taxes and TPP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Clintons Want Lower Corporate Tax Rates… And TPP

22 September 2016

Hillary Clinton’s agenda on corporate taxes may not be super progressive. Or any progressive. Bill Clinton has tipped their hand. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“Bill Clinton suggested a proposed major trade deal between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations was in the nation’s foreign policy interests, but he stopped short of endorsing the plan.

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a major priority for the Obama administration, but is opposed by Clinton’s candidate spouse.

“The geopolitical reasons for it from America’s point of view are pretty clear,” the former president said of the TPP in an interview with CNBC. “It’s designed to make sure that the future of the Asia-Pacific region economically is not totally dominated by China.”

But he said Hillary Clinton has been “pretty clear” about her desire to see some additional provisions to ensure tough enforcement of currency manipulation and provide additional economic safeguards for Americans who may suffer from lowering barriers for foreign goods to enter the U.S.

According to edited video posted online by the network, Clinton said the TPP doesn’t “have anything to do with NAFTA,” the North American trade deal which was negotiated before he took office, but which he championed after taking office. Because Mexico and Canada are also party to TPP, the Obama administration has argued it is effectively a renegotiation of NAFTA and addresses many criticisms of it.”

Read more here.

First, Ms Clinton was for TPP before she was against it. Will there now, or after the November presidential election, be another flip-flop, being for...

10:08

Oh Dear! Michelle Obama Passport Leaked Online By White House Hackers (See Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The First Lady’s details were released by DC Leaks among the personal emails of White House staff member Ian Mellul, who is believed to do advanced work for Hillary Clinton.

Detailed schedules of top US officials were also leaked in the latest dump of sensitive information by the hackers, who US intelligence officials believe are connected to the Russia government.

Michelle Obama’s passport has reportedly been leaked by hackers DC Leaks.

In the past, DC Leaks has breached the security of Democratic party organisations and at least two state election systems.

Last week, the group published emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell that seemed to show his distaste for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

In response to the alleged security breach, the White House said: “We take any reports of a cyber breach seriously, particularly if it contains some sensitive information.

   ''Certainly, this is something we are taking a close look at it.''

10:02

So SAD! Policemen Kill Undergraduate While Chasing Internet Fraudster In Lagos (Pic) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Tragedy struck at the Ogoja Market, LASU-Igando Road, Lagos State, after operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad shot dead an undergraduate of a polytechnic in Edo State, Eldanojie Joseph.

The 20-year-old business administration student was said to be on a visit to his cousin, Friday Ojah, who lived on Alape Street, Iba Ojo, when he was hit by a stray bullet.

It was learnt that the operatives were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster, identified as Badoo, who had parked his car and fled upon sighting the officers. The operatives were said to have started shooting sporadically.

The Esan, Edo State indigene, who had reportedly gone out to buy a canned drink with his cousin, was hit by a stray bullet. He was said to have died on the spot.

Punch correspondent was told that the officers took Joseph’s corpse, dumped it in the boot of the suspected fraudster’s car and drove off.

The cousin, Ojah, told Punch correspondent on Thursday that the police, in order to cover up their misdeed, said Joseph was a cult member. He explained that Joseph had only arrived in Lagos about three weeks ago.

He said, ''We grew up and attended the same primary and secondary schools together. He gained admission into a polytechnic in Edo State, while I am still processing my admission into the same school.

   ''Around 9.30am on Monday, we strolled out to buy a can of soft drink. We were returning home when we learnt that some policemen were chasing somebody.

   ''We decided to go through the back of the market. As we turned back, my brother was hit by a bullet in the head and he fell down immediately.

   ''As I tried to call for help, I saw that the policeman that shot him had aimed his gun at me. I fled the place immediately.'' He said the officers put the corpse in the boot of the car left by the suspected fraudster and drove away.

It was gathered that the corpse was taken to the SARS headquarters in Ikeja, from where it was taken to a morgue.

The SARS team that conducted the operation alleged that the victim was a cult member and he had attempted to shoot at them when they fired back.

   ''But it was all lies. He only had the canned drink we bought, a phone charger and a handset on him when the incident happened. The police lied to cover up their misdeed.'' Ojah added. The policemen on the team that killed the victim were identified as Lucky, Oganla.

A legal practitioner and family friend of the victim, Saheed Sanni, decried the killing, saying the policemen must be arrested and brought to book.

He said, ''Cases like this, involving SARS officers, have become rampant in the state. They kill with impunity and believe they can always get away with it. Whereas Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution protects the sanctity of human lives and prescribes of that sanctity. You cannot just take anybody’s life without a court order or judgment. We are taking up the case and justice must be done.''

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said she had yet to be briefed on the incident, adding that she would get back as soon as the Officer-in-Charge of SARS briefed her.

She said, ''The OC SARS has yet to brief the command on that issue and he has been directed to do so. I will get back as soon as I have the facts of the case.''

10:00

She Leads Africa: 4 lessons Tiwa Savage Taught Us About Bouncing Back "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

It now seems so long ago. Sometime in April, we woke up to a rather unexpected hot-button topic —the messy detail of troubles in Tiwa Savage’s marriage. There were mind-blowing accusations on social media by her estranged husband. A tell-all video from Tiwa was to follow the next day. We already knew the 36-year-old Nigerian […]

09:59

Buhari’s Approach to Anti-Corruption is Wrong; It Is Scaring Away Investors – Senator Bruce "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East) on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to adjust his approach to the anti-corruption crusade, saying policy was scaring investors. Bruce, who disclosed this while contributing to the Senate’s debate on the economic recession in the country, said that Nigeria should not expect foreign investments as even local investors […]

09:53

Kidnapped Isheri, Lagos Landlords, Trainer Freed "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Scene of the kidnap
Three landlords at Oshorun Heritage Estate, Isheri and their trainer kidnapped last Saturday on Channels Avenue have been freed.

Kennedy Ucheagwu, Dr. Omololu Bello, Fidelis Esang and trainer Coach Oni were whisked away by gunmen clad in military camouflages during their routine exercise near Lekki Gardens Estate.

Initially, the gunmen demanded N300million as ransom for each of them but the amount, The Nation gathered was later reduced to N20million.

It was gathered that the police have tracked the suspects, mostly young boys and their messenger identified as Mary, from the telephone number they used in contacting victims' relatives.

Security agencies would have rescued the victims two days after the abduction, but had hitches as the kidnappers were also changing their location.

Spokesman for the Estate Association who confirmed the release of the victims, said they got home at the wee hours of Friday.

   ''We thank God. They have been released. They got home late. I don’t have much details now.'' He said.

09:47

OMG! Young Man Murders His Pregnant Wife & Buries Her In An Oven Of Coal (Graphic Pics) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This young man (pictured above), looking so innocent, is actually the DEVIL himself!! He has been identified as Tetchi Wyllifred, he allegedly killed his pregnant wife and buried her body in a coal field in Agboville, Ivory Coast.
Below is what Francis N'goran Achi, who shared the story  wrote..

   "Here is this young man who is the author of that heinous crime has agboville. Did he kill his own wife with whom he had 1 child and who was still pregnant with him. He has killed and buried in an oven of coal in the field. It is presentement has research. His name is tetchi wyllifred. Please contact the police whatever the place where you will see.''

09:45

Chinese baby boy is born with 15 fingers, 16 toes "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Requires emergency surgery before he’ll be able to walk A baby with 31 fingers and toes has undergone the first of three surgical operations to correct his rare birth abnormalities. The eight-month-old boy, named Hong Hong, has 15 fingers and 16 toes – but no thumbs on either palm. Born to migrant worker parents […]

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09:35

Nike goes ‘Back to the Future’, releases self-lacing shoe "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  The iconic self-lacing sneaker Marty McFly sported in “Back to the Future II” will soon become reality. Nike has confirmed it is releasing the HyperAdapt 1.0 on Monday, November 28. The futuristic sneakers will light up as soon as you put your foot in the shoe as a pressure sensor in the sole draws […]

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09:30

Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, suffers broken leg "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro broke his leg during his side’s win over Espanyol on Sunday, the club has announced. The 24-year-old was forced off after 19 minutes during the 2-0 away win. The La Liga side did not say how long the Brazilian would be out but Spanish media suggest he could miss three […]

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09:23

Nigeria Joins Global Effort to Reverse Effects of Climate Change as President Buhari Signs Paris Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari says that his signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change has demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to a global effort to reverse the effects of the negative trend. The President said this on Thursday while addressing the opening of the meeting on “Taking Climate Action for Sustainable Development’’ in New York. A statement […]

09:15

Period pain affects ‘most women workers’ "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Most women workers have experienced period pain that affects their ability to work, a survey suggests. A YouGov survey of 1,000 women for BBC Radio 5 live’s Emma Barnett programme found 52% had, but only 27% had told their boss period pain was responsible. Of the 52%, nearly a third had taken at least […]

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09:06

Terminal at N’York’s LaGuardia reopened after evacuation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  U.S. authorities reopened a terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Friday after an abandoned vehicle prompted its evacuation, media reported. Authorities evacuated Terminal B at about 11 p.m. local time after a car was left unattended with its doors open, several media outlets reported. An hour later, media reported the terminal was […]

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09:05

Yawa at a Nigerian wedding! Watch Yomi Black’s Funny New Video on BN TV "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Comedian and actor Yomi Black is out with a new funny vlog. A lot of crazy things happen at a Nigerian wedding, but nothing tops what Sunday gets to when hanging with bae.. Watch it here:

09:02

Tulsa shooting police officer charged "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been charged with manslaughter, a prosecutor has said. Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher last week while he was standing next to his broken-down car. In Charlotte, North Carolina, a curfew has come into force to prevent a […]

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09:01

US confirms IS used chemical rocket "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A rocket launched by Islamic State militants at American troops based in Iraq did contain a mustard agent, the US military has confirmed. No-one was hurt in Tuesday’s attack on the Qayyarah air base near the IS stronghold of Mosul. Marine Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of US joint chiefs of staff, said the group’s […]

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08:58

Attack on Yahoo hit 500m users "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Yahoo says hackers stole information from about 500 million users in 2014 in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. The breach included swathes of personal information including names and emails as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”. It did not include any credit card data, the site said, […]

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08:57

Journalist ‘suspended for her accessories’ in China "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  A TV journalist in China who was photographed wearing sunglasses and holding an umbrella to shelter from the sun has been suspended from her job. The unnamed journalist was photographed while conducting an interview in Xiamen city on efforts to help the city recover from Typhoon Meranti. Her appearance was a stark contrast to […]

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08:54

Delta: Two Fulani Tanker Drivers Arrested Over Kidnap of SARS Police Officer "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

POLICE 2
LAGOS SEPTEMBER 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-Two suspects have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a police officer attached to the Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Delta state Police Command.
The SARS officer identified as Emmanuel German was kidnapped Tuesday by unknown gunmen around Ughelli area of the state.
The kidnappers were said to have kept both the family of the officer and the police in Delta in communicado, having refused to make phone contacts to demand for ransom in exchange for the freedom of the man.
It could be recalled that German was transferred from Ughelli where he was officer-in-charge of SARS to Warri few months ago.

A police source said the personal vehicle of the officer was recovered at Agbarho in Ughelli North local government area with his laptop and other gadgets intact.
“But, his service pistol that was not seen when the vehicle was searched, which suggested that the kidnappers may have taken the pistol away, a source said.
Celestina Kalu, police public relations officer for Delta police command while confirming the abduction of the SARS officer said that police is still searching for him.
Meanwhile, a senior police officer attached to SARS in Warri, Delta state, who spoke off record said that two suspects, who claimed they are Fulani indigenes, working as tanker drivers have been arrested in connection with the incident.
“We recovered his jeep the next day at Agbarho with all items including his laptop and other personal belongings intact”, the officer said.
He further explained that “though his service pistol and phone were equally missing, we were able to trace his phone which was in the custody of a Fulani tanker driver in Warri. who claimed that the phone was sold to him by another of his colleagues”.
His words: “The suspects have been arrested and have been taken to Asaba for further investigation”.

08:53

EPL: Mourinho issues ‘prehistoric’ – Ranieri "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says Jose Mourinho “is a fantastic person” and any issues between the two are “prehistoric”. The champions play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the two managers having clashed in the past. Mourinho called Ranieri “a loser” after replacing him at Chelsea and also insulted him while Inter […]

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08:42

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mozambique, strongest in 11 years "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit on September 22, 2016 at 8:06pm (UTC) Mozambique, Africa. The moderately-strong earthquake, which epicenter was situated at a depth of 10km, struck 483 km SE of Harare, Zimbabwe (pop: 1,543,000), and 245 km SW of Beira, Mozambique (pop: 531,000). A rare earthquake struck Mozambique, Southeast Africa, on September 22, 2016. This is the strongest tremor in the last 11 years, when at least two Mozambicans died and 13 injured as an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 shook southern Africa.

08:37

Terence Crutcher: Police Officer Charged with First-Degree Manslaughter in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Black Man "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Betty Shelby, the Tulsa Police Officer who shot one Terence Crutcher, to death on Friday has been charged with first-degree manslaughter. Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Crutcher after his SUV stopped in a roadway. Crutcher’s car stalled on the way to a community college where he was taking a class. Helicopter and dashboard camera footage show that […]

08:35

Pop Star, Adam Levine and his Namibian Model wife Behati Prinsloo Welcome a Baby Girl "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Pop singer Adam Levine and his Victoria Secret Model wife,  Behati Prinsloo have become parents to their first child, a daughter. According to E! News, both parents are over the moon about expanding their family. Their daughter’s name is Dusty Rose Levine, and according to an E! News source, “Adam was in the delivery room […]

08:17

25-year-old Secondary School Graduate Hindatu Umar Resumes As LGA Chairperson in Kebbi State "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 25-year-old secondary school graduate, Hindatu Umar, who was appointed as the Chairperson of Argungu Local Government Area in Kebbi State by the Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has resumed duty. She resumed at her office at the Local Government Secretariat on Thursday, after which she paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Argungu HRH Alhaji […]

08:10

Learn how to Hypnotize with your Accessories on a New Episode of Fashion Fix | WATCH "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

On this episode of Fashion Fix, Mercy Ajisafe and Yummie Ogbebor bring the essential tips on rocking accessories while wearing different outfits. Watch it here:

05:33

The UAE Has Avoided an ‘Arab Spring’ by Systematically Repressing Critical Speech "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

United Arab Emirates (GVO) – Three years ago, the UAE government prosecuted en masse 94 government critics and activists who called for reform in the Emirates.

Since this time, there has been no Arab Spring-like uprising. No anti-government protests that have come close to shaking the ruling regime. Yet the state-sponsored repression of human rights advocates and journalists continues unabated.

Arrests, enforced disappearances, torture, unfair trials, deportations, and revocation of citizenships are among the tactics the UAE authorities regularly deploy to silence dissident voices and make sure that no such uprising takes place within its borders.

This week, 33-year-old Amina Abdouli is scheduled to appear before the Supreme Federal Court on charges related to her activities on Twitter. According to Amnesty International, she stands accused of:

…creating and running two Twitter accounts and publishing information with the aims of inciting hatred against the State and disturbing public order; mocking and damaging the reputation of State institutions; publishing false information about Saudi Arabia and making derogatory remarks about an Egyptian official with the aim of endangering the State’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Egypt…

Building repression into the system

These practices have come in tandem with changes to the law that allow for broad, unchecked persecution of state critics in the online realm. The UAE government amended the country’s 2006 cybercrime law in 2012 introducing harsh punishments for legitimate acts of free expression. The law prescribes imprisonment and fines for those who publish online news, cartoons and pictures that “may endanger the national security and the higher interests of the State or afflicts its public order” (article 28), and content deemed “damaging” to the “the reputation, prestige or stature of the State or any of its institutions or its president, vice-president, any of the rulers of the Emirates, their crown princes, or the deputy rulers of the Emirates, the State flag, the national peace, its logo, national anthem or any of its symbols” (article 29).

Those making calls to “overthrow, change the ruling system of the State, or seize it or to disrupt the provisions of the constitution or the laws applicable in the country or to oppose the basic principles which constitutes the foundations of the ruling system of the state” risk life imprisonment under article 30 of the law.

The use of VPNs to bypass government restrictions and engage in activities not allowed under the country’s cybercrime law, is a crime punishable by imprisonment and up to $545,000.

These policies come alongside a varie...

04:47

20-year-old girl needs N1.5m for cancer surgery "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 20-year-old cancer patient, Nancy Ukaha, is in desperate need of N1.5 million for Cranofacial Fibrous Dysplasia surgery at the University College Hospital (UCH). Nancy, who has been battling with cancer for 12 years, is presently on admission at the UCH. Nancy, according to her distraught parents, Mr Donald and Mrs Rose Ukaha, had earlier […]

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03:48

Italy and Egypt: From Regeni to Libya, the Difficult Path Towards Normalization "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The last, recent joint note of Italian and Egyptian attorneys on Giulio Regeni’s murder shows that a good degree of cooperation in the investigation has been finally reached. Unfortunately that has required various months during which Egyptian transparency wasn’t so high. Moreover, as the Italian attorney Pignatone has reminded, that underway is not a joint […]

03:46

Abducted landlord’s kids abandon school "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We’re closing in on Isheri, Epe kidnappers –AIG Children of one of the landlords, Mr. Kennedy, abducted at Isheri community on the fringe of Lagos and Ogun states have stopped going to school and relocated to their village. This came as the Assistant- Inspector-General of Police (AIG), in charge of Zone II, Onikan, Lagos State, […]

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03:33

That’s how heartaches are made "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

They told me I was such a fool to love you They say You are the kind who’d never be true That soon the day would come And I’d be the sorry one But I said I was not afraid… That’s how heartaches are made. Remember the above lyrics? I heard it again from my […]

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03:30

Nigerian billionaire re-states his aim of buying Arsenal "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Aliko Dangote, one of Africa’s richest men, has reiterated his aim of buying English Premier League football club Arsenal within four years.

03:28

El-Zakzaky: Police, Shiite protesters clash in Abuja "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigeria Police yesterday clashed with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as the group marched into Abuja. The protesters, who are members of the Shiite sect, were demanding the release of their spiritual leader, Sheik Ibrahim El- Zakzaky who has been in detention since December 2015. The protesters, numbering over 500 men […]

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03:27

NLC, TUC vow to resist sale of national assets "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigeria’s labour movement has kicked against the planned sales of the share holdings in the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) and other national assets by the Federal Government as part of measures to exit from the current economic recession. The two key labour unions, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) yesterday […]

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03:22

Reps probe NNPC over $17bn undeclared crude oil cargo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate alleged fraud of over $17  billion arising from undeclared crude oil and liquefied natural gas export to global destinations. The resolution followed a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma (PDP, Edo) seeking the probe of a report of an investigation commissioned by […]

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03:21

Governors endorse FG’s measures, back Udoma, Adeosun "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Governors of the 36 states of the federation have expressed confidence over steps being taken by the Economic Management Team (EMT) of President Muhammadu Buhari to get the economy out of recession. The governors specifically singled out the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, and the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi […]

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03:21

Senate to Buhari: Your policies hurting economy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President’s anti-corruption war scares investors –Bruce Senators oppose sale of national assets \The Senate, yesterday, concluded debate on the state of the economy with senators calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse some of his policies that indirectly helped to plunge the economy into recession. Some of the senators, who spoke on the way out […]

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03:17

Buhari dragged to court over ministerial appointment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A lawyer has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before a Federal High Court, sitting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, over his alleged failure to appoint a minister from the state to replace the former Minister of State for Labour, the late James Ocholi in his cabinet. The lawyer, Daniel Makolo, said the undue delay over […]

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03:15

Condition of service: Union gives SAHCOL 14 days ultimatum "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, yesterday issued the management of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, SAHCOL, 14-day ultimatum over its refusal to review condition of service of staff. The union warned that if the management refused to discuss with it with 14 days, it would ground the handling activities nationwide.A petition addressed […]

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03:15

NERC asks electricity workers to be partners "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has charged the Performance managers of operating companies in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) to see themselves as crucial to solving the country’s electricity challenges. The Acting Chairman of NERC, Dr. Anthony Akah, gave the charge at the opening session of a two-day training organised by the Nigerian […]

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03:14

Cigarette smokers risk DNA damage "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Smoking, which has long been known to be damaging to health, has again come under scrutiny with scientists saying it causes changes to a person’s genetic code. According to the new lung cancer study, smokers experience one mutation to their DNA for every 15 cigarettes they smoke. These are results of the study published in […]

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03:13

How states, LGs, FG shared N2.53trn in 7 months "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The federal, states and local governments have shared N2.53 trillion as proceeds of revenues from the Federation Account from January to July. The figures, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), were derived from documents obtained from the Federal Ministry of Finance, showing that the total revenue generated for the months under review was […]

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03:10

ZAMBIA CLASH: Ighalo out, Omeruo, Iwobi return "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Rohr extends invitation to Success, Esiti Mikel, Musa, Iheanacho lead Eagles Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, has dropped Watford striker Odion Ighalo from the squad that will face Zambia’s Chipolopolo in the next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier billed for the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. The German, on Thursday, invited Chelsea midfielder, Mikel […]

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03:02

Recession: PDP puts Buhari to task "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The constant blame on the past administration by President Muhammed Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the country’s present economic woes is fast turning a sour grape in the mouth, writes ONYEKACHI EZE After over 15 months in the reins of power, the usual rhythm of the All Progressives Congress (APC) […]

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01:21

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

No CNN Amanpour, Zimbabwe Not At Tipping Point
September 22, 2016
Features, Opinion & Analysis
Hildegade Manzvanzvike
Zimbabwe Herald

CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour was sold a dummy, for Zimbabwe’s tipping point under the leadership of President Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party is still way off, despite what they envision. Nevertheless, it is not game over yet. They are still working on the real game changer.After interviewing President Mugabe in New York, in September 2009, like most of them in the West, she probably believed that this was going to be the final session of the United Nations General Assembly he was attending.

She grilled him then, so it seemed, but when all was said and done, she still could not pin him down. A quick search of that September 24, 2009 interview will reveal how Amanpour fared against Africa’s last standing statesman.

An opinion piece by Rashweat Mukundu (programmes manager with the Media Institute of Southern Africa – Misa), and published by the newzimbabwe.com on September 25, 2009 says all in the headline: “How Amanpour lost to Mugabe.” One of the accompanying pictures from the Amanpour set reads, “Victory . . . Robert Mugabe”.

She badgered President Mugabe about the emotive sanctions issue: “What are you going to ask? Are you going to ask President Obama to lift sanctions that are imposed?”

At least she acknowledged that the US and its allies imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe, but President Mugabe responded: “Not really. I haven’t come here for President Obama, to address the United States. I’ve come here to address the General Assembly, which is part of the United Nations’ structures. And, we are entitled to address matters that affect us in the global environment, and the matters that affect us in a particular way as Zimbabwe. And, this is what I’m going to do.” (edition.cnn.com)

Seven years on, Amanpour seems unrelenting as she and CNN want the Zimbabwean leader in particular to be a global conversation, especially at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, which is underway.

The major issues of contention: alleged “police brutality” during unsanctioned demonstrations, the state of the Zimbabwean economy and, the levelling of the electoral playing field for opposition parties.

And what better way to hit back again at the Zimbabwean leader than using the recent violent protests sponsored by some Western governments and their media.

For several days leading up to the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, CNN devoted so much airtime on Zimbabwe, with the hope of creating an impression that Zimbabwe was burning and ungovernable, and that it was time the United Nations Security Council intervened.

This writer watched many of those reports in the build-up to UNGA71, including the one aired on September 16, where Amanpour was doing an analysis of the protests, in the same vein making insinuations that this was a final push by the new-look activists using social media, that would force Government out of power.

It was also surprising to hear David McKenzie, another CNN reporter who usually reports from South Africa making a preposterous claim that they had struggled t...

01:05

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zimbabwe Information Minister Slams United States for Hypocrisy
September 23, 2016
Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Harry Thomas Jr is a hypocrite who rushes to castigate local law enforcement agents for using minimum force to quell illegal demonstrations, but turns a blind eye when police officers in his country kill his kith and kin, a Cabinet minister has said. Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe said the callous killing of a disabled black American Keith Lamonte Scott in North Carolina, US, on Tuesday was clear testimony of how the American ambassador has no moral ground to criticise Zimbabwe when police use tear gas and water cannons to crush illegal demonstrations.

Dr Mushohwe’s remarks follow a string of shootings of black people by US police that have stoked outrage in most parts of that country.

The killing of Scott came a few days after a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, again killed another black man Terence Crutcher whom video evidence indicates was raising his hands above his head to show the police that he was not armed.

Said Minister Mushohwe yesterday: “The issue of the wanton killing of African-Americans and the Latinos in the US is a very common feature. In fact, it happens almost every week.

“But the African-Americans just like our dear ambassador (Mr Thomas Jr) here do not open their eyes to those callous slaughter of people of colour.”

He said statistics indicated that American police had killed hundreds of African-Americans and Latinos in the last two years alone.

Minister Mushohwe said it is therefore disturbing that Ambassador Thomas Jr rushes to castigate the police here when they use water cannons and teargas on illegal demonstrators who loot shops and destroy property.

“When the American ambassador, for example, accredited to this great nation stands up and condemns us because water cannons have been used on some people and not talk about the cold-blooded and callous murder of people of his colour in his own home-backyard then you begin to wonder whether this is not a racist comment. It’s no longer to do with human rights.

“We would expect the American ambassador to make sure that he talks about these evil, brutal slaughter of African-Americans in the United States and condemn his Government. Not to just come here and try to meddle into our internal affairs.

“We know who these people are when they come here, we are compelled to believe that they come here with an agenda to cause regime change. They send a character of the ambassador who is an African-American to come here.

“He has a short nose like ours and one would think that he thinks like an African. But no, when a white police officer shoots a man or woman of colour back in his home country, to him it does not matter. But if you take a bucket of water and throw it at the opposition here then it becomes a criminal offence.

“We want to hear these people if they are really concerned about human rights and democracy condemn what is happening in the United States. What even makes it worse is that those who are complaining by and large a...

00:38

Climate change, household vulnerability and smart agriculture: the case of two South African provinces "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The impact of climate change disasters poses significant challenges for South Africa especially for vulnerable rural households. In South Africa there is dearth of knowledge of the impacts of climate change at the local level, especially in rural areas. Rural households are generally poor and lack resources to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change associated disasters. The extent of vulnerability of rural households to climate change related disasters is largely not understood. [...]

00:02

US military aid to Israel aids who and towards what end? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Recently, the United States just renewed military aid to Israel in a decade-long, $38 billion deal - the largest of its kind in American history. It represents a significant increase in aid, roughly $3.8 billion a year - expected to be supplemented by additional assistance through US Congress - up from $3 billion per year previously. The Atlantic in an article titled, "Why Does the United States Give So Much Money to Israel?," attempted to explain the reasoning behind the otherwise unreasonable and unprecedented assistance by claiming: Defenders of the deal would say it's necessary. Dalton described the uptick in spending as a natural extension of the long-standing relationship between the United States and Israel, "as well as close ties between those countries and their peoples." She described the "fraught neighborhood" surrounding Israel: war-torn Syria to the northeast, Hezbollah-influenced Lebanon to the north, and an Islamist insurgency in Egypt's Sinai to the south, all of which help explain the historically high promise of $5 billion in missile funding over the next 10 years.

Thursday, 22 September

23:54

Empire in motion: Imperium Americana's regional warlords march to their own drum beats "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Not since the days of the Roman Empire have regional warlords commanded so much authority to craft their own military and diplomatic policies apart from the central government. The United States calls its warlords «combatant commanders» and the title is not misleading. These combatant commanders are always looking for new wars and conflicts, all of which are in the personal interests of them and their top military echelons, but certainly not in the general interest of the American people. American combatant commanders rule over their own virtual fiefdoms, which the Pentagon calls «areas of responsibility» or «AORs». The Roman Empire's warlords were called «proconsuls» and they were military commanders appointed to govern newly-conquered territories. These Roman AORs, known as proconsular imperia, differed little from modern-day American AORs. However, the Roman proconsuls were much more answerable to the Roman emperors than American combatant commanders are presently to the President of the United States. The U.S. military-intelligence complex has divided the world into AORs over which combatant commanders exercise authority over U.S. military, political, diplomatic, and, increasingly, economic decision-making. These commands - U.S. Central Command, Pacific Command, European Command, Southern Command, Northern Command, and Africa Command - also involve themselves in the military and political activities of nations within their AORs that are either allied with the United States or dependent on U.S. security arrangements. Conveniently, the chief of the U.S. European Command also served as the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, the military chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Effectively, NATO is an integral part of U.S. military hegemony.

23:28

Berea, South Africa residents shocked to discover large sinkhole developed overnight "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Glenwood residents and motorists driving along Che Guevara (Moore) Road on Tuesday morning were in for lengthy traffic delays on the busy road where a sinkhole developed overnight. According to a resident at the Newton Place cul-de-sac, Dalone Jansen, he went across the road to buy pizza between 9 and 10pm and there was no sign of the sinkhole. "It was fine when I came home last night so it must have happened in the middle of the night. There was complete chaos this morning when people were trying to get out of our road to get to work. I'm lucky, I'm waiting for a ride to work so wasn't affected," he said. About 7.30am all the cars on the tiny one-way-road were backed up. "Drivers were very scared, stressed and afraid their cars would fall in. We are lucky it stopped there and didn't continue. It makes us question the foundation of the road, it's so weak, a car could have fallen in if it was passing when the sinkhole began," Jansen added.

23:21

Earth wobble climate change may have driven ancient humans out of Africa "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ancient human migrations out of Africa may have been driven by wobbles in Earth's orbit and tilt that led to dramatic swings in climate, a new study finds. Modern humans first appeared in Africa about 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. It remains a mystery as to why it then took many millennia for people to disperse across the globe. Recent archaeological and genetic findings suggest that migrations of modern humans out of Africa began at least 100,000 years ago, but most humans outside of Africa most likely descended from groups who left the continent more recently — between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago. Previous research suggested that shifts in climate might help explain why modern human migrations out of Africa happened when they did. For instance, about every 21,000 years, Earth experiences slight changes to its orbit and tilt. These series of wobbles, known as Milankovitch cycles, alter how much sunlight hits different parts of the planet, which in turn influences rainfall levels and the number of people any given region can support. Now scientists have developed a new computer simulation of Earth to pinpoint how these changes in orbit and solar radiation levels might have affected rainfall, temperature, sea levels, glacial ice, vegetation, carbon dioxide levels and global modern human migration patterns over the past 125,000 years. The researchers noted that this model's predictions agree well with previous findings regarding ancient climates.

23:18

Yahoo Confirms Data Breach, Says, 'Over 500M User Credentials Compromised In Hack' "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Yahoo confirmed a data breach Thursday that has compromised more than 500 million user accounts. The internet company said a wide array of user information was taken from its network in 2014 by a "state-sponsored actor," but it does not include unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information. Should the company's estimates be accurate, then the hack would be the largest breach ever.

The Wall Street Journal reported Yahoo is currently working with law enforcement to investigate the matter. The company said it will be notifying users who may have been affected.

"Yahoo is notifying potentially affected users and has taken steps to secure their accounts," the company said on its investor relations page. "These steps include invalidating unencrypted security questions and answers so that they cannot be used to access an account and asking potentially affected users to change their passwords. Yahoo is also recommending that users who haven't changed their passwords since 2014 do so."

News of the data breach first made headlines in August after a notorious cybercriminal, known as “Peace,” alleged he had 200 million credentials of Yahoo users from 2012. The asking rate for the data — according to Yahoo, it includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and more — on the dark web was roughly $1,860. In the past, Peace has sold hacked data from Myspace and LinkedIn.

“We are aware of a claim,” a Yahoo spokesperson told Motherboard, who received a sample of 5,000 records from Peace, in an email at the time. “We are committed to protecting the security of our users’ information and we take any such claim very seriously. Our security team is working to determine the facts. Yahoo works hard to keep our users safe, and we always encourage our users to create strong passwords, or give up passwords altogether by using Yahoo Account Key, and use different passwords for different platforms.”

Recode, which first reported Thursday that Yahoo would be confirming the breach, noted the breach may have “larger implications” for Yahoo, which currently is in the middle of a $4.8 billion sale of its core business to Verizon. But B. Riley & Co. analyst Sameet Sinha told the Journal the breach will likely not affect the deal as “data breaches have become part of doing business now.”

Yahoo's full statement is, as follows:

A recent investigation by Yahoo! Inc. has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company's network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. 

The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected. Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo's network. Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter.

Yahoo is notifying potentially affecte...

23:15

10% Of Global Wilderness Has Disappeared Since The 1990s "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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10% of our wilderness has disappeared in the last 25 years. The bad news? We won’t be able to get that back.

By Alexis Henning

A new study undertaken by the School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland, Australia, has found that the world has about 10% of its wilderness only in the past 25 years.

James Watson, an associate professor with the study, stated that “without any policies to protect [most of]these areas, they are falling victim to widespread development. We probably only have one or two decades to turn this around”.

Central Africa and the Amazon saw the heaviest wilderness decline. Of the 1.27 million square miles of global wilderness lost since 1990, the Amazon accounted for about 1/3 of it. 14% of the wilderness lost was from Central Africa. Today, there are only 11.6 million square miles of wilderness left, which is about 20% of the Earth’s total land mass.

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Co-author of the study, Oscar Venter, states:

“The amount of wilderness loss in just two decades is staggering.”

Venter is an associate professor of ecosystem science and management at the University of Northern British Colombia.  “We need to recognize that the wilderness areas, which we’ve foolishly considered to be de-facto protected due to their remoteness, is actually being dramatically lost around the world”.

23:06

DNA reveals possible link to mysterious branch of humanity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A group of humans migrating out of Africa some 40,000 to 70,000 years ago mingled with an as-yet unknown branch of humanity, researchers say. Modern humans originated about 150,000 to 200,000 years ago in Africa. However, scientists have long debated when and how the modern human lineage spread out of Africa to nearly every corner of the globe. Nearly everyone outside Africa descended from an exodus that occurred between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago, but recent archaeological findings and climate models suggest that migrations of modern humans from Africa began at least 100,000 years ago. One way to find out whether, in the past, modern humans dispersed from Africa in one wave or many — and to see if they intermingled with any other human lineages along the way — is to examine the genomes of present-day modern humans. "We're interested in understanding how our species has come to be how it is through the lens of ancient DNA," said Swapan Mallick, bioinformatics director at Harvard Medical School in Boston and lead author of one of the three studies appearing in the Sept. 22 issue of the journal Nature. Previous human genetic databases often sampled a relatively narrow range of populations, which could skew results or miss key details about the migrations of modern humans out of Africa. Now, three studies have collected new, high-quality data from 787 human genomes from more than 280 geographically diverse populations around the world, including typically understudied and rapidly disappearing groups. Among the understudied groups researchers looked at are African populations, which have considerable genetic, linguistic and cultural diversity. They also examined genomes from Australia, where previous research uncovered some of the earliest archaeological and fossil evidence of modern humans outside Africa.

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$12bn Repatriation Allegation: Senate to Investigate MTN Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Senate on Thursday agreed to investigate an allegation that telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria, repatriated $12 billion out of the country over a 10-year period. The resolution followed a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) who relied on a point of order to make the allegations. The Senate asked Melaye  to present documents at […]

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Aliko Dangote Says He’ll Buy Arsenal FC “In 3 to 4 Years” Time "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has said that he is looking forward to buying London-based Arsenal Football Club within the next four years. He told Bloomberg Television that he has not given up on the plans to buy the team after he was rebuffed by its owners in 2010. He had earlier announced his intention to buy the club last […]

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