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Commission demands thorough investigation into death of Nigerian pastor in China

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Nigeria has asked China to carry out a thorough investigation into the death of Mr Joseph Nwajueze, a Nigerian Pastor living in that country.

Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, a the Head of Media of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made the demand in a statement on Wednesday.

”The alleged killing of the Anambra -born pastor, who was living with his wife, Chinwe and four children in China, should be thoroughly investigated and the culprits punished,” she was quoted as saying.

She was further saying that reports had it that the Nwajueze was carrying on his legitimate business in China and that there was no reason for his alleged killing.

She equally condemned the stigmatisation of Nigerians living in China, saying that those who were found guilty of the country’s law should be prosecuted.

While condoling with the family of the late Nwajueze, Dabiri-Erewa reiterated Nigeria’s resolve to ensure that justice was done by making those responsible to face the law.

The chairman of the commission, however, appealed to irate Nigerians in China to be patient and not to take the law into their hands as the Federal Government would ensure that justice was done.

Nwajueze was allegedly killed by Chinese security operatives in circumstances suspected to be related to immigration formalities.

Sources said that the Chinese security personnel, in an attempt to apprehend the fleeing Nigerian pastor, forcefully used a device on him in order to demobilse him.

It was gathered that the device made the pastor numb, leading to his collapse and eventual death. .

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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Uganda arrests 9 Congolese militiamen in Lake Albert

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Uganda arrests 9 Congolese militiamen in Lake Albert

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Toko, said that the militiamen who have been harassing fishermen on Lake Albert for a long time, were found with guns and army uniforms.

He added that the militia confiscate boat engines and fishing nets from the Ugandan fishermen and later ask for ransom of about 200 dollars per person.

“They usually take the engines and leave the occupants of the boats at the mercy of the wind. As we speak one boat has disappeared and we don’t know yet where it was blown by the wind,’’ Toko said.

He said so far four boat engines and a number of nets belonging to Ugandans were recovered from the militiamen who come from the Congolese territory of Mahagi.

Josephine Angucia, West Nile regional police spokesperson, said that this was not the first time the militia were attacking Ugandans.

“They have been robbing our people and even killing them. We want their case file taken to court and charged with theft and other related crimes,’’ she said.

She noted that they were set to hold discussions with Congolese authorities over security concerns on the lake. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Iranian Foreign Minister welcomes tanker release in Gibraltar

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Zarif disclosed this to newsmen in Helsinki after talks with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.

When asked to comment on the reports that the ship was going to Greece to offload its cargo, Zarif said Iran could not be transparent about the transport of its oil because of the U.S. sanctions.

He, however, described Finland as an old friend of Iran and now in the role of the president of the Council of the EU.

Zarif said that Helsinki represents the possibility of replacing confrontation with dialogue, warning of the possibility that the window for negotiations might be closing.

He also had talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and representatives of the Finnish mediation organisation, Crisis Management Initiative during his visit to Finland.

Haavisto noted that Europe had so far played a constructive role on the Iran issues, recalling that after the nuclear agreement, Finland sent a business delegation to Iran, but circumstances for such cooperation had since worsened.

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Somali forces kill 20 al-Shabab militants in southern region

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Odawa Rage, the commander of Somali infantry division said the militants launched an attack on Somali army base in Bariire town but the forces fought them back and wreak severe casualties.

“The confrontation was fierce but our forces repelled the militants, killing 20 of them and injured more than 30 others,’’ Rage said.

Locals reported seeing bodies on the streets following the clashes.

“We were shocked by the sounds of heavy gun fire last night and in the morning we saw many bodies in the streets near the army base,’’ Guled Adow, a resident told Xinhua by phone.

On Aug. 14, the militants drove suicide car bombs on the army’s base in Awdheegle town in the same region in which the government said it killed seven al-Shabab militants and injured 10 others.

The militant group reportedly deployed hundreds of its fighters to Lower Shabelle region after losing control of Bariire, Sabiid, Caanole and Awdheegle towns this year.

 

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Zimbabwe to borrow 1.9 bn from G7 countries to repay debt

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Mthuli said immediately after clearing the debt, Zimbabwe would seek 1 billion dollars from the two multilateral financial institutions to repay the G7 debt, the Herald newspaper reported.

The minister said Zimbabwe also expected the Paris Club, whom it owes 2.8 billion dollars, to forgive part of the debt.

The G7 is made up of the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Germany and Japan.

Mthuli said Zimbabwe’s total external debt stood at approximately 8.5 billion dollars as at end of June this year.

The debts, owed for over a decade now, have prevented the country from accessing fresh capital from the multilateral financial institutions to help revive the economy.

This is despite the fact that the country in 2016 cleared its 108 million dollars arrears with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Mthuli said Zimbabwe will need to first complete a staff monitored programme (SMP) with the IMF to restore sound and sustainable macro-economic fundamentals to be in good standing for fresh credit.

The SMP is Zimbabwe’s second in five years, and will run for 10 months from June 2019 to March 2020. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Schools, offices open in Indian Kashmir amid border clashes

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Schools, offices open in Indian Kashmir amid border clashes

Tensions have spiked in Kashmir, which has been the source of a long-running territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, since India’s Hindu nationalist government revoked special status granted to its part of the region on Aug. 5.

The move downgraded the region’s autonomy and divided what was once the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir into two federally-administered territories.

Deadly border clashes followed between India and Pakistan, who have previously fought two wars over Kashmir.

More than 190 primary schools in Srinagar and surrounding areas had reopened but while teachers and staff showed up in most schools, only a few students attended classes, local media reported.

“We have opened schools in some areas after reviewing security. We appeal to parents to send their children to wherever schools have reopened.

“Security is our responsibility,” Senior Official, Shahid Choudhary, said.

Parents said they were apprehensive of sending children to schools in light of the security situation. “I can’t send my children to school.

The situation is not conducive and I can’t take a risk,” Srinagar resident, Abdul Aziz, said.

Life was slowly limping back to normal in the region as government employees also returned to work with offices fully functional on Monday.

The communications blackout was also eased with two-thirds of the landline telephone services being restored. Internet and mobile services however, still remained suspended across the region.

Restrictions on movement have been relaxed in some areas amid reports of scattered violence on the weekend, according to officials and local media.

Asked about the tight lockdown in several parts which forced people in their homes, senior official K Vijaya Kumar said the decision was taken to ensure no lives were lost in protests or violence.

He referred to unrest in the region in 2010 when 110 people had died. “This time, we were sure we wanted to save as many lives as possible,” Kumar said.

The Kashmir border remained tense with at least two people killed in exchanges of gunfire between Pakistani and Indian border forces on Sunday, Pakistani police said.

Indian troops fired across the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto frontier that divides the Himalayan valley into parts controlled by the two countries

“Two people were killed when a shell landed close to the venue of a wedding ceremony in Darra Sher Khan village,” local police officer Mohammad Aziz, said.

A young boy was also wounded after being hit by splinters of a shell, he said.

Pakistan’s army retaliated after Indian forces lobbed mortars and rockets at the civilian population without any provocation, the military’s media wing ISPR said.

There were reports of the killings of at least two Indian soldiers but there was no official comment from New Delhi.

At least three Pakistani soldiers and two civilians were killed in Kashmir on Thursday in the first exchange of fire between border troops since New Delhi stripped India-administered Kashmir of its special status.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan and India control only parts of Kashmir, but each lays claim to the entire region since the countries gained independence from Britain in 1947. (dpa/NAN)

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