Soyinka calls for state of emergency

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka Soyinka, has called for declaration of state of emergency due to the security challenges in the South West Zone. Soyinka made the call on Thursday in Akure on the sidelines of the D.O Fagunwa Study Group International Conference held to celebrate his 85th birthday. The conference had as theme: ” Wole Soyinka,DO Fagunwa and the Yoruba Artistic Heritage.” The literary giant said that the most appropriate measure to take in view of the insecurity that had pervaded the whole of the South West was to…

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President Ramaphosa to attend SADC Summit

(Pretoria) – President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to attend the 39th Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government in Tanzania next week. “The SADC Summit is also expected to deliberate on wide-ranging issues, including implementation of the region’s operational plans and priority programmes such as industrialisation, trade, infrastructure development, establishment of a regional parliament, and consolidation of peace and security in the region,” Cabinet said on Thursday. The two-day meeting will get underway on Saturday. During the summit, Tanzanian President John Magufuli will take…

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Parliament condemns attacks on police in Joburg CBD

(Pretoria) – Police Portfolio Committee Chairperson Tina Joemat-Pettersson has denounced the worrying acts of lawlessness in both the Cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg over the last week. “Attacking officers of the law in downtown Johannesburg while they were busy with an operation targeting counterfeit goods must not be tolerated. It is unacceptable that Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and South African Police Services (SAPS) were stopped from doing their work as mandated by the law,” said Joemat-Pettersson. Condemning the acts, Parliament said SAPS and JMPD must go back into the…

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Ogun APC commends Adegbite for performance

(Samuel Odebowale, Abeokuta) – Ogun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the State’s Ministerial Nominee, Architect AbdulHakeen Olamilekan ADEGBITE. In a statement issued by the Party’s Chairman, Chief Derin Adebiyi, APC expressed boundless joy over Adegbite’s successful screening and approval at the Senate, Nigeria’s upper Legislative Chamber. He described Adegbite as “a good ambassador of the State who demonstrated tact, respect, intelligence and uncommon composure throughout the screening”; and expressed confidence in his choice as a Minister of the Federal Republic. Chief Adebiyi noted “Architect Adegbite’s sterling…

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15 migrants die of hunger, thirst in stranded boat

(Djibouti) – At least 15 Ethiopians died after the boat trying to smuggle them into Yemen broke down and left them stranded in the sea without food or water for a week, the U.N. migration agency said. Survivors said some died from hunger and thirst and others drowned themselves, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. “A number reached Yemen but died before they could get medical help,’’ it added. Yemen is more than four years into a civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed…

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FIFA to take over running of CAF

A drastic and dramatic overhaul of African football is expected to be announced on Thursday, the eve of the kickoff of the African Cup of Nations, in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The CAF executive committee took a stunning decision on Wednesday to cede control of the running of the organisation and have FIFA general secretary, Fatma Samoura parachuted in as “FIFA High Commissioner for Africa”, according to sources. No announcement has been made by African football’s governing body but CAF president, Ahmad…

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