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Ousted Tunisian president dies in exile

Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, a former president of Tunisia has died in exile, his family said. Ben Ali, 83, fled to Saudi Arabia when he left office and was living there before his death on Thursday. His funeral will take place on Friday in Saudi Arabia, his lawyer told Reuters news agency. Ben Ali’s death is coming days after Tunisia …

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2baba Idibia marks 44th birthday, celebrates ‘two decades in music’

Nigerian hip-hop singer, Innocent Idibia, better known as 2baba, marked his 44th birthday on Wednesday. The singer also celebrated two decades in the music industry by unveiling Tboiz, a boy band which will perform at his ’20 Years A King Concert’.   Speaking at a media launch in Lagos, Nigeria, 2baba said that members of the band would include khiria …

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Sowore: Police barricade SaharaReporters office in Nigeria

Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force have barricaded the Lagos, Nigeria office of SaharaReporters, an online news platform owned by Omoyele Sowore, a prominent Nigerian journalist, human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner currently detained by the government. The security operatives reportedly prevented staff from gaining access into the building premises, located at GRA in the Ikeja area of Lagos State. …

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South Africa delays evacuation of Nigerians, withholds Air Peace’s landing permit

The evacuation of the second batch of Nigerians from South Africa, on Tuesday suffered setback following the delay by the South African authorities to grant landing permit to Air Peace. Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, had volunteered to evacuate the returnees in the wake of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in the country. The airline, in …

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Protests for Sowore’s freedom to hold in Nigeria, Germany, US, others

There will be a global protest for the release of Omoyele Sowore, a prominent Nigerian journalist, human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner. The protest, according to the TakeItBack Movement, will hold on 18 September in Nigeria and across Nigeria embassies in European countries like Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. Using the hashtag #FreeSoworeNow, the organizers said the protest will also …

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South Africa apologises to Nigeria over xenophobic attacks

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has apologised to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in the country. Ramaphosa sent Jeff Radebe, a special envoy, to President Muhammadu Buhari, to tender an apology letter on behalf of the South Africa government at the state house in Abuja on Monday. Radebe condemned the incessant xenophobic attacks, describing them as …

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Nigeria: Detained activist Omoyele Sowore files fresh bail application in court

Omoyele Sowore, the Nigerian  prominent journalist, human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, has applied for bail in a fresh application he filed at the Federal Hight Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Sowore, founder of Sahara Reporters, an online news agency based in New York City that focuses on corruption, human rights abuses and other political misconduct in Nigeria,  was arrested 3 …

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Police arrest DR Congo’s ex-health minister for mismanagement of Ebola funds

Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, a former minister of health in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested by the police for alleged mismanagement of $150 million funds, earmarked for Ebola epidemic. Ilunga was grilled earlier this month and he denied any wrongdoing. The police however arrested and detained Ilunga following a tip-off that he was going to flee the …

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African leaders converge on Harare for Robert Mugabe’s funeral

Nigeria’s vice president, professor Yemi Osinbajo, will represent Nigeria at the funeral of Robert Mugabe, the late former president of Zimbabwe. More than a dozen current and former leaders, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, are expected to attend the event, holding on Saturday, 14 September at the National Stadium in Harare . On …

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Xenophobia: Nigerian mission in South Africa denies arrest of returnees

The Nigerian mission in South Africa, on Friday, denied arrest report of Nigerian returnees by the immigration during the course of evacuation. On Wednesday, 189 Nigerians were evacuated from South Africa, in the wake of xenophobic attacks on them and other foreign nationals living in the country.   The Air Peace flight, which volunteered to evacuate the returnees, arrived the …

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S/Africa: Nigerian returnees narrate tales of woe as government plans reintegration programme

The 189 Nigerian nationals evacuated from South Africa by the Nigerian government have narrated their experiences in the wake of xenophobic attacks on them and other foreign nationals living in South Africa.   They arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday and were received by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), and officials …

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Nigerian Afro-pop singer, Davido proposes marriage to girlfriend

David Adeleke, Nigerian Afropop singer better known as Davido, has proposed marriage to his longtime girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland. The 26-year-old singer was seen on his kneel proposing marriage to Chioma in one of the footages he shared on his social media pages on Thursday. “SHE SAID YES!!!! BIG ROCK #ASSURANCE2020,” Davido wrote, as the wife-to-be was seen wearing a …

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Nigeria: Court validates Buhari’s re-election as opposition cries foul

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory and re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23, 2019 presidential poll. The petitioners asked the court to nullify the president’s election and order a fresh election on the ground …

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Reggae legend Majek Fashek is sick in London, needs financial support — manager

Nigerian reggae singer Majek Fashek has been hospitalized at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London, United Kingdom. Video clips of him in his hospital bed has gone viral, showing his pathetic situation. Uzoma Omenka, the singer’s manager, told Premium Times, a Nigerian online newspaper, on Monday that the sexagenarian, was flown out of Nigeria when his health condition deteriorated.   Having …

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