Gyang Bere, Jos Plateau State Government has denied the procurement of a loan facility to the tune of $2 billion dollars. Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yakubu Dati, in a statement on Tuesday, in Jos, said the state government has been able to reduce the debt profile of N220 billion inherited from Governor Jonah…
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has so far received 2,000 Ethiopian asylum seekers in the northern border town of Moyale following their displacement in a shootout at the common frontier.
The Ethiopian government forces on Saturday “mistakenly” killed nine civilians near the Kenyan border town of Moyale after mistaking the Ethiopians for members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) who were attempting to sneak into the country, reported Daily Nation, Kenya’s highest circulation newspaper.
The KRCS said the displaced persons are hosted in four centres.
“The KRCS immediately released family kits (tarpaulins, kitchen sets, Mosquito nets, bar soaps, thermal blankets and jerrycans), which were distributed among the displaced families,” the agency said in a statement.
The society said the asylum seekers began streaming in on Saturday night, most of whom were women and children.
Kenya’s Eastern Region police commander Moses Ombati said on Monday that security has been beefed up in the area with other government agencies being involved in screening the arriving Ethiopians.
“We are on the ground to ensure things are okay,” Ombati said.
Ombati noted that security has been reinforced on the side of Kenya in Moyale town to deal with the arriving refugees.
He said that they were accommodated at local schools with hopes that the situation will calm down.
They were provided with food and other services at local centres.
“We hope things can cool down before the situation worsens. Many people have arrived but we have sought help from other agencies to deal with it,” said Ombati.
The report said the five Ethiopian soldiers involved in the shootout have been arrested.
The fleeing civilians said a military unit had been deployed to Moyale to intercept anti-government elements belonging to the OLF.
According to Daily Nation, the Ethiopian military mistakenly opened fire and killed civilians, which prompted the exodus from the Ethiopian side.
Those who crossed the border to Kenya told Kenyan security agents that electricity had been cut off in the town which forced the residents to flee into Kenya in fear of more attacks.
Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency due to protests after the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
— 13th March 2018
Ali Abare, Gombe Over 286, 000 primary school pupils are to benefit from the Federal Government’s national home-grown school feeding initiative with the launch of the programme in Gombe State. Focal person, Gombe State Social Investment Project, Hajiya Maryam Isah Mele, disclosed this during the official launch of the programme, which is part of the…
— 13th March 2018
Reuters/NAN/Sun News U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, and had tapped Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you…
— 13th March 2018
Gyang Bere, Jos No fewer than 23 persons were reportedly killed, on Monday night, by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Dundu village of Kwal District of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. Daily Sun gathered that the attack which occurred at about 7pm on Monday at Dundu village of Kwal, left several houses burnt and…
— 13th March 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Presidency, on Tuesday, said President Muhammadu Buhari would first hear from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on the allegation of disobeying presidential order to relocate to Benue State before taking any action. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, stated this while answering questions during…
Entertainment— 11th March 2018
Tony Ogaga IK Ogbonna is one act that’s taking the Nigerian movie space by storm. Known for his ability to interpret very diverse roles, the thespian emerges as one of the most sought after in the industry. His role in Agatha Amata’s new flick, Disguise, where he plays a woman with polished fingernails, long brown…
South-West Report— 7th March 2018
• Day Ooni led Ife indigenes to seek god’s nod for riches, prosperity Clement Adeyi, Osogbo ile-ife, Osun State, the cradle of Yoruba civilization, was agog recently for Aje Festival celebration. The celebration was in honour of Aje, the Yoruba deity of wealth and prosperity. The annual event was held at the Afewonro Park in…
Abuja Metro— 8th March 2018
Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has effected a minor cabinet reshuffle in the State Executive Council with three new Commissioners assigned portfolios. Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson who disclosed this in Yenagoa aftervtge the state Executive Council meeting held, on Wednesday, said newly inaugurated Commissioners namely, Funkazi…
Oriental News— 7th March 2018
…As work begins on Otuocha-Anam-Kogi federal road Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka It was a prayer answered for the people of Anambra West Local Government Area recently as contractor resumed construction work on the Otuocha-Anam-Kogi federal road. The people could not contain their excitement following the resumption of work on the road which was abandoned for a…
Features— 13th March 2018
Lawrence Enyoghasu Mabong Ladipo-Sanusi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. She is a child rights advocate and a BBC-trained journalist. She is currently the head of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF). As the Abuja co-ordinator for the African Network for the Prevention and Protection…
Literary Review— 3rd March 2018
Leslie Nneka Arimah is the author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, a collection of 12 short stories published in 2017. The stories, set in Nigeria and the US, move from realism to fantasy connected by the thread of humanity. The writer, who was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Etisalat…
Lifeline— 13th March 2018
•Days after 48-hour ultimatum expired, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue, Ijora roads rendered impassable by articulated vehicles Cosmas Omegoh Residents of Lagos State are looking to see how the looming confrontation between the military and drivers of articulated vehicles occupying the city’s road and brides will pan out. Drivers of fuel trucks and other articulated…
Education Review— 13th March 2018
• It’s reflection of rot in education sector Gabriel Dike; Jet Stanly Madu, Fred Ezeh; Lukman Olabiyi One of the major concerns about the nation’s education is the issue of anomalies at all levels of the sector under the watch of the Federal Ministry of Education. Over the last decades, stakeholders have expressed worries over…
TSWeekend— 9th March 2018
Damilola Fatunmise; Fatimah Muhammad-Omolaja After 16 years in the United States of America where he studied filmmaking, Martin Gbados returned home to pursue his passion. And by dint of sheer grace, all his works have received national and international acclaims. In this chat, the producer of award winning movie, A Soldier’s Story, opens up…
Opinion— 13th March 2018
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After a needless display of vulnerable arrogance President Muhammadu Buhari has allowed his presidential feet to step on the blood-stained soil of Benue State. At the time of writing this piece on Sunday the government and people of Benue were making arrangements to welcome the President. Schoolchildren may line the streets to welcome the President….
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