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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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South Africa’s president booed as world leaders bid farewell to Mugabe

President Cyril Ramaphosa booed at Mugabe’s funeral in Harare over xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals living in South Africa as world leaders pay tribute to the founding father of Zimbabwe. World leaders gathered in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, on Saturday for the funeral of the country’s former president, Robert Gabriel Mugabe. Among the statesmen and women who attended the event …

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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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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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S/Africa: Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s message against xenophobia to his people

FOR THE RECORD!   Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi (91), founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party, addressed the Zulu community in Johannesburg on Sunday (8 September 2019) to quell tensions in light of the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in the country.   The former interior minister addressed a lot of salient issues connected to the anti-foreigner riots, including irregular migration and …

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S/Africa: Nigeria begins evacuation of citizens as anti-foreigner riots continue

Diplomatic actions taken by the Nigerian government against the incessant xenophobic attacks on her citizens and other foreign nationals living in South Africa may have been futile, as some protesters insisted all foreigners must leave the country. The crowd of protesters, on Sunday, disrupted a speech being delivered in Johannesburg by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a Zulu chief and former leader of …

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Obasanjo, other African leaders pay tribute to Mugabe

African leaders have been paying tribute to Robert Mugabe, who died in the early hours of Friday. His 37-year-rule in Zimbabwe made him one of the continent’s longest-serving leaders. Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, on Friday, described the death of Mugabe as a “big loss”. Zimbabwe president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, had announced that Mugabe, 95, died in Singapore. He …

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Nigeria: Ruling party chief calls for takeover of South African companies

Adams Oshiomhole, the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has called for the nationalization of South Africa-owned companies operating in Nigeria. Among the South African companies Oshiomhole wants the federal government to immediately nationalise are MTN, a multinational mobile telecommunications company operating in many African, European and Asian countries, Stanbic Bank and the direct broadcast satellite service DStv. …

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BREAKING! Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwean leader, dies at 95

Zimbabwe’s ex-president, Robert Mugabe, has died after battling ill health for years, his family has announced. The former leader, who  is believed to have died in the early hours of Friday,  had been in hospital in Singapore since April. Mugabe governed his country from its independence in 1980 until he was ousted in a military coup in November 2017, ending …

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Airline set to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa as diplomatic mission shuts down

A Nigerian airline has offered to evacuate Nigerians wishing to leave South Africa as the country’s diplomatic missions shut down in Nigeria. Raphael Adenaike reports. Air Peace, Nigeria’s biggest airline by fleet size, has offered to bring Nigerians living in South Africa back home. The airline announced the offer on Wednesday as a fallout of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals …

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Nigeria recalls ambassador from South Africa as diplomatic row heats up

A day after Nigeria’s foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, summoned Bobby Moroe, the South Africa High Commissioner to Nigeria, to his office following xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, Africa’s most populous country has now withdrawn its ambassador, Alhaji Kabiru Bala, to Pretoria. The latest diplomatic action was taken amidst attacks on South African-owned businesses operating in Nigeria. Abuja …

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Nigeria goes tough on South Africa over xenophobic attacks

The Federal Government of Nigeria has summoned Bobby Moroe, the South Africa High Commissioner to Nigeria, following the latest xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including, Nigerians living in South Africa. Moroe was summoned by Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, to his office in Abuja on Tuesday. The action, in diplomatic practice, is a form of expression of displeasure …

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Gambia mourns first post-independence leader

Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Gambia’s first post-independence president who led the small West African country for 24 years before being deposed in a 1994 coup, has died at the age of 95, the Gambian presidency said on Tuesday. The office of President Adama Barrow, whose election in 2016 brought an end to the rule of the army officer who toppled …

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Group blames Ndi Igbo Germany for Ekweremadu’s assault in Nuremberg

The physical assault on Senator Ike Ekweremadu on 17 August in Nuremberg while the Nigerian frontline politician was attending the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Day continues to generate controversy in Nigeria. Kinsmen of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, for example, have called for the thorough investigation, arrest and prosecution of the people, alleged to be members of the separatist Indigenous People of …

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Cameroon: Separatist leader sentenced to life imprisonment

A Cameroonian court handed life sentences to 10 separatist leaders on Tuesday after finding them guilty of charges including terrorism in their fight to break away from the Francophone-dominated central government, their lawyers said. They included Julius Ayuk Tabe, a key figure in the Anglophone movement in western Cameroon, whose followers have made his release since he was arrested 18 …

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