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No fewer than 45 people killed in ethnic clashes in South Sudan

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No fewer than 45 people were killed during  an ethnic clashes in the volatile nation of South Sudan, an official said on Tuesday.

At least 18 others were wounded when heavily armed men from the Atok Buk ethnic group attacked several villages of the Apuk Parek ethnic group in Tonj North County in northern Warrap State.

The county’s acting commissioner, Andrew Deng, told dpa.

According to Deng, several villages were burned to the ground in the attack, while thousands of residents had fled the area.

Local authorities believe the raid was a revenge attack for a similar incident several weeks earlier.

Ethnic clashes have occurred for centuries between ethnic groups in the East African nation.

Frequent attacks include cattle raiding and sometimes the abduction of children to be used as domestic slaves.

Earlier in June, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned that armed violence causing death, injury and displacement was on the rise in various regions of South Sudan.

“Our surgical teams are working overtime, with national and international travel restrictions (due to the Covid-19 pandemic) making it difficult to bring in reinforcements,’’ the ICRC said in statement. 

Edited By: Halima Sheji/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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$25,000 grant: Niger Hospital lauds South Korean Coronavirus support

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The Medical Director, Minna General Hospital, Dr Ma’Ali Isah, has lauded the South Korean government’s support to the Niger state government towards containing Coronavirus spread in the state.

Isah gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Tuesday.

NAN reports that the South Korean government through the UN-Habitat programme had donated 25,000 dollars in May to support Niger state government to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The grant was for a smart-metered solar borehole at isolation center in the hospital and provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), face shield and hand sanitizers to health workers.

Isah, who disclosed that the borehole had been drilled, noted that it would promote personal hygiene among health workers and patients at the isolation center.

“The borehole has been drilled at the COVID-19 isolation center, it can supply water using both solar and electricity as water is very essential in any health facility.

“This intervention will add value to what is in place in the hospital, as patients at the isolation center and promote the practice of personal hygiene among our front line health workers,” he said.

Also, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Chairman of the state Task Force Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the State Government, said that the state government was happy with the support from South Korea.

He said that the borehole would supply constant water at the isolation center, ease access to water supply as all patients and health workers would have access to 24 hours water supply.

Matane commended the South Korean government and called on other well-meaning corporate entities, individuals and development partners to follow the footsteps of South Korean government.

Mr Emmanuel Adeleke, UN-Habibtat Consultant Supervising the Project, said the UN-Habitat was giving South Korean government technical support to carry out some intervention projects to contain spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Russian Agency to provide water solutions to parts of South Africa

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Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy corporation, ROSATOM, says it is set to provide an intermediate solution to parts of South Africa that lacked access to clean water.

Ryan Collyer, the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, made this known in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

Collyer said: “South Africa is considered to be a water scarce country with an average rainfall of 450mm per year.

“This is almost half the global average of 870mm per year, making it the world’s 30th driest country.”

He said, while it was estimated that close to 90 per cent of South African households could access piped water, most of these households did not have water running directly into their homes.

The chief executive officer said the global COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the country’s clean water shortage as people required better access to clean water for sanitary purposes.

“Rosatom Central and Southern Africa saw the immediate need for short term water treatment solutions in the region.

“And we, therefore, decided to fast track the introduction of our mobile water treatment units into South Africa.

“The aim is to distribute these units across the continent to give people assess to clean water to improve living standards.

“This is with the hope that it will help curb the spread of the Coronavirus as well as prevent the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera, which sadly still claims lives of thousands in Africa each year.

“The company aims to bring its mobile water treatment solutions, which are designed and produced by Rosatom subsidiary JSC Science and Innovations into South Africa.

“It is an intermediate solution for urban and rural areas that currently, don’t have access to clean water or are experiencing water disruptions due to failed infrastructure,” he said.

Collyer said the company offers various technologies for the treatment of water and had a vast amount of experience in water treatment and desalination.

“The UMKWA mobile water treatment solution is a fully containeried system that is mounted to the back of a standard one ton pickup truck.

“The units, which are produced in Russia, can be deployed to South African customers in a very short period of time to help solve the current issues.

“They can be used along rivers, dams or even the ocean. Clean water can then be distributed at the site of treatment or can be transported by tanker and distributed to nearby residents.

“The units can also add much needed support to ailing municipal water treatment facilities. We also offer larger containerised solutions which may replace existing outdated facilities,” he said.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Group wants 2023 presidency zoned to South East for equity  

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A pro-democracy group, All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidency Project 2023 on Sunday said that the 2023 presidency should be ceded to the South East in the interest of equity and fairness.

 

A statement issued in Abuja by Dr Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, the Convener and National Coordinator of South East APC Presidency Project 2023, said that the time was ripe for the zone to produce the president for the country

 

“Whatever or whoever will cause the South-East not to produce President of Nigeria in 2023 is an enemy of Nigeria.

 

“President of Nigeria from South-East extraction from May 29, 2023 would be the only guarantee of equity, justice, peace, unity, continued existence and proper progress and development of Nigeria.

 

“Presidency of Nigeria wouldn’t be a favour to the South-East; it is now the only hope of Nigeria’s survival.

 

“It would be a noble sacrifice on the part of the South-East of Nigeria.

 

“We want APC to be the party platform on which a South-Easterner will become president of Nigeria.

 

“This is simply because we are currently APC members and in reasonable expectation that APC will offer its 2023 presidential ticket to a South-Easterner,’’ Jideofor-Ogbuagu said.

 

According to him, members of South East APC Presidency Project have insisted that for equity sake, the presidency should be zoned to the South East after President Muhammadu Buhari must have completed his second term in office.

 

He added that other geopolitical zones in the country should extend hands of cooperation to the zone by supporting a Nigerian president of South East extraction.

 

He emphasised that the South East had contributed immensely to the growth of the nation and the APC as a party.

 

“We as South Easterners are in all the 774 local government areas across the country, contributing our quota through legitimate services for the good of our fatherland.

 

“As committed citizens with the same rights and privileges like other Nigerians, it is only fit and proper that the Presidency should shift to the South East having been tasted by the South West in Olusegun Obasanjo and South South in Goodluck Jonathan.

 

“APC as the biggest political party in Africa should as a matter of equity zone the 2023 presidency to the SouthEast.

 

“We are mobilising over 40 million South Easterners, friends and fellow Nigerians to queue behind this project,” Jideofor-Ogbuagu said.

 

Jideofor-Ogbuagu recalled that the country’s electorate first moved for political reconciliation when it overwhelmingly voted late Chief MKO Abiola and his running mate, Amb. Babagana Kingibe, in a Muslim-Muslim ticket on June 12, 1993.

 

He stated that although Abiola’s victory was annulled by the then military administration thus creating political turmoil, the issue was rectified when the electorate voted Chief Obasanjo from South West in 1999.

 

He thanked President M uhammadu Buhari for recognising late Abiola as winner of the hitherto annulled June 12, election and urged Nigerians to give the Igbo a fair chance to become President in 2023.

 

Meanwhile, an 18-member National Executive Committee (NEC), and a 92-member National Working Committee (NWC), have been constituted for the South-East APC Presidency Project 2023.

 

Members of the committees cut across all states of Nigeria and Abuja.

 

Some are: Dr Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu; National Coordinator, Chief Amaechi Nnolim; Deputy National Coordinator,  Chief Chooks Oko; Secretary and Mr Onyekachi Ibekwe, Assistant Secretary.

 

Some others are Mr Eze Adiuku, Publicity and Press Officer, Mr Chidi Ozoemena, Public Relations Officer, Dr Emeka Ukaegbu, Contact and Protocol Officer and Mr Uzowuike Emeka, Mobilization Officer.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

 

 

 

 

 

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Seven militants killed in security operation in southern Somalia

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Somali security forces, backed by the Southwestern state army, killed seven al-Shabab fighters and injured five others on Saturday in an operation in Bardale town in the southern region of Bay, an official confirmed on Sunday.

Mohamed Isak, governor of Bardale town, told journalists that the joint operation started when the army got intelligence that the militants were hiding to plan further attacks in the area.

“There was intense confrontation between the army and the militants in Bardale town, but our forces subdued the militants, killing seven of them including a senior leader, who was in charge of finance and we also injured five others,’’ Isak said.

He noted that a government soldier was killed and three others injured during the confrontation.

The latest operation came barely two days after Somali National Army (SNA) killed five al-Shabab militants, including two senior leaders, in another operation in Janale town in the country’s southern region of Lower Shabelle.

Meanwhile, the Somalia National Army (SNA) said its forces have captured al-Shabab territories in Mubarak district of Awdhagle in the southern region.

The SNA said in a statement on Sunday that the areas were captured during a sting military operation to liberate areas still under al-Shabab control.

The army said the operation, which was carried out on Saturday, also saw the forces removing landmines planted by the extremist group in the area.

The army said it will intensify military operations to ensure they flush out all al-Shabab remnants in the areas that are still under their control.

Somali army backed by African Union Mission in Somalia forced al-Shabab extremists out of the capital Mogadishu in August 2011.

But the militants still hold swathes of rural areas in southern and central Somalia, conducting ambushes and planting landmines as they stage attacks in the city and elsewhere.

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7 militants killed in security operation in southern Somalia

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Somali security forces, backed by the Southwestern state army, killed seven al-Shabab fighters and injured five others on Saturday in an operation in Bardale town in the southern region of Bay, an official confirmed on Sunday.

Mohamed Isak, governor of Bardale town, told journalists that the joint operation started when the army got intelligence that the militants were hiding to plan further attacks in the area.

“There was intense confrontation between the army and the militants in Bardale town, but our forces subdued the militants, killing seven of them including a senior leader, who was in charge of finance and we also injured five others,’’ Isak said.

He noted that a government soldier was killed and three others injured during the confrontation.

The latest operation came barely two days after Somali National Army (SNA) killed five al-Shabab militants, including two senior leaders, in another operation in Janale town in the country’s southern region of Lower Shabelle.

Meanwhile, the Somalia National Army (SNA) said its forces have captured al-Shabab territories in Mubarak district of Awdhagle in the southern region.

The SNA said in a statement on Sunday that the areas were captured during a sting military operation to liberate areas still under al-Shabab control.

The army said the operation, which was carried out on Saturday, also saw the forces removing landmines planted by the extremist group in the area.

The army said it will intensify military operations to ensure they flush out all al-Shabab remnants in the areas that are still under their control.

Somali army backed by African Union Mission in Somalia forced al-Shabab extremists out of the capital Mogadishu in August 2011.

But the militants still hold swathes of rural areas in southern and central Somalia, conducting ambushes and planting landmines as they stage attacks in the city and elsewhere.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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South Korea’s ex-President Park sentence reduced to 22 years

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Former South Korean President Park Geun Hye’s sentences for corruption and bribery have been reduced by 10 years, taking her total sentence to 22 years in jail, a court in Seoul decided on Friday.

Park had been indicted for corruption and abuse of power, as well as bribery in a separate case, following a scandal in 2017 that led to her impeachment.

The original sentences of these two cases were reviewed together and reduced by 10 years to 20. A third sentence for violating electoral laws remains unchanged.

Park denies any wrongdoing and has not attended her trials since October 2017.

According to the court, Park neglected her duties under the constitution, news agency Yonhap reported.

Initially, Park was charged with abuse of power, corruption and coercion, among other things. In the first instance she received a sentence of 24 years, to which one year was added in August 2018.

Later, a separate charge of bribery was levelled against her for accepting high sums from the secret service, adding six years to her sentence, which were later reduced to five.

Park was also sentenced to two years for breaching electoral laws.

Her total sentence thus amounted to 32 years, which has now been reviewed to 22.

 

The daughter of military dictator Park Chung Hee, Park was the first woman to be elected president of South Korea in 2012. Her successor is the liberal Moon Jae In.

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Japan’s southern island rain kills 16

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Torrential rains that hit Japan’s southern island of Kyushu killed 16 people, with 13 going missing and 17 showing no vital signs.

The public broadcaster NHK said on Sunday, as the weather agency expects heavy rain to resume by evening.

Saturday’s unprecedented rains in the Kumamoto prefecture of central Kyushu unleashed floods and landslides.

Television broadcast images of overturned cars, people shoveling mud from their homes and the military rescuing stranded residents in boats.

“We had no electricity and no running water,” one rescued woman told the broadcaster. “It was tough.”

The Japan Meteorological Agency urged people to stay vigilant, as more rains are predicted.

“From this evening on, extremely heavy rains with thunder are expected in southern as well as northern Kyushu,” an agency official told Reuters.

“The rainfall so far has already loosened the ground. There is a high chance of landslides occurring, even without much additional rain.”

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5 killed, 10 injured in bomb attack in southwest Somalia

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At least five people were killed and ten others injured following a bomb attack in Baidoa, southwest Somalia on Saturday, officials said.

Somali government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar confirmed the attack, saying the militant group al-Shabab was behind the latest attack in Baidoa town, the administrative capital of Southwest State in Somalia.

“Remote control landmine blast killed five people and injured 10 others.

“Most of the victims of the attack were civilians and the casualties could rise as this is the initial report,” Omar told journalists.

He noted that the situation was still tense.

Omar said the casualties were innocent civilians, who were going about their daily routines in the area.

Local residents said the explosion targeted a local tax collection center, south of Baidoa town but exploded at a nearby restaurant.

“The remote-controlled explosive device targeted a tax collection center which is located in the town on Bardhere road.

“The casualties included passersby and some security officers,” said a resident who declined to be named.

On Saturday morning, another bomb attack occurred in front of the revenue headquarters in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, injuring seven people, including security guards.

The Somali government has condemned the two attacks, saying the two incidents would not deter its resolve to stabilise Somalia.

The Somali security forces backed by allied forces have stepped up their air and ground operations against the militants in the country despite the militants’ continued resistance, at times targeting military bases, hotels, and other public places.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Rebuild PDP in South West, Oyefusi urges new caretaker committee

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A Stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abiodun Oyefusi, has urged the newly constituted Caretaker Committee of the South West PDP to rebuild the structures of the party in the zone.

Oyefusi, Lagos East Senatorial candidate of the party in the 2019 election, made the call on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP had on Thursday dissolved the Eddy Olafeso-led South West Zonal Caretaker Committee and appointed a new one.

The new committee headed by Mr Dayo Ogungbenro is to pilot the affairs of the party in the zone for three months.

Other members of the committee are, Mr Daisi Akinniran (Secretary); Mr Taiwo Kuye, Chief Adeola Ogunrinde, Mrs Oyebola Awolowo, Prince Nekan Olagbegi, Mrs Funmi Oguns and Mr Wahab Owokoniran.

Oyefusi, while congratulating members of the new committee on their appointment, urged them to take steps to reposition the party in the zone for greatness.

She said it was imperative to make the party the number one choice in the region and deliver governance to the people.

“I congratulate you; you are all capable men and women. I believe you will discharge your duties transparently and fairly and work assiduously to deliver the South West to the party by the next general elections,” she said in a statement.

Oyefusi commended Olafeso for his achievements in office and the success of producing for PDP a governor in Oyo and a number of senators as well as Federal and State lawmakers in states in the region.

She said Olafeso had laid a solid foundation for the new committee to work on.

On the forthcoming Edo Governorship elections, she described the appointment of Gov. Nyesom Wike as Head of PDP Campaign Council by the party’s NWC as commendable.

Oyefusi expressed confidence in the leadership of Wike to deliver the state to the party.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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