Author: Emmanuel Egobiambu

Chad army officers pay tribute to late Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno during the state funeral in N’Djamena on April 23, 2021. Issouf SANOGO / AFP Chad on Friday staged a state funeral for veteran ruler Idriss Deby Itno, a key figure in the fight against the Sahel’s jihadist insurgency, as France and regional allies voiced backing for his son and successor, Mahamat Idriss Deby.The elder Deby, who had ruled the vast semi-desert state with an iron fist for 30 years, died from wounds sustained fighting rebels at the weekend, the army said Tuesday.His death has stunned the Sahel and its…

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In this file photo taken on April 09, 2021, late Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno addresses supporters at his election campaign rally in N’djamena. Marco LONGARI / AFP The death of Chadian President Idriss Deby has been a hefty blow to the anti-jihadist campaign in the Sahel, but especially so for Nigeria, locked in a 12-year-old battle with Boko Haram and Islamic State-allied militants.After Deby’s death announced on Tuesday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was quick to pay tribute, saying he would leave a “vacuum” in the fight against Africa’s Islamist militants.Deby was killed on a northern front line by rebels based…

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Leicester City’s Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho (2nd R) prepares to score the opening goal of the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Leicester City and Southampton at Wembley Stadium in north west London on April 18, 2021. Richard Heathcote / POOL / AFP Leicester reached the FA Cup final for the first time in 52 years as Kelechi Iheanacho’s solitary goal earned a 1-0 win over Southampton in front of 4,000 fans at Wembley on Sunday.The biggest crowd for a football match in England for 13 months was made up of key workers and local residents as part of a…

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People abd security forces gather at the scene of a railway accident in the city of Toukh in Egypt’s central Nile Delta province of Qalyubiya on April 18, 2021. AFP A train accident north of Cairo on Sunday left 97 people injured, Egypt’s health ministry said, in the latest rail calamity to hit the North African country.The ministry said “97 citizens were injured in a train accident in Toukh”, a small farming town in the fertile Nile Delta about 40 kilometres (25 miles) outside the capital.No deaths were reported.A security source told AFP eight carriages came off the rails as the…

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Sanwo-Olu says the project will become operational by 2022. Photo: [email protected] Lagos State. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday flagged off the ‘red line’ rail project which, when completed, has the capacity to commute at least one million persons daily.  During the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction, the governor explained that the 37-km Rail Mass Transit will traverse from Agbado to Marina, noting that it would become operational by the last quarter of 2022. “Since efficient transportation is the backbone of any economy, we are happy to be committing this investment in our transport infrastructure, so that our…

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File photo: US President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office as he signs a series of orders at the White House in Washington, DC, after being sworn in at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) President Joe Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before this year’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America’s longest war despite mounting fears of a Taliban victory, officials said Tuesday. The drawdown delays only by around five months an agreement with the Taliban by former president Donald Trump to pull troops,…

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Those injured include a police officer. Photo: [email protected] Knoxville Police TN Several people were shot on Monday at a school in Knoxville, Tennessee, including a police officer, police said. “Multiple gunshot victims reported, including a KPD officer. The investigation remains active at this time. Please avoid the area,” the Knoxville Police Department said on Twitter. It said the shooting occurred at Austin-East Magnet High School, without providing further details about the condition of the victims. There was no immediate information on the assailant, including whether they were still at large. Multiple agencies are on the scene of a shooting…

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Police officers take cover as they clash with protesters after an officer shot and killed a black man in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 11,2021. Kerem Yucel / AFP The police officer who shot a 20-year-old Black man in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday accidentally confused her handgun with her taser, the police chief said Monday. “The officer drew their handgun instead of their taser,” Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon said at a press conference. “This was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. (Daunte) Wright,” Gannon said. “There is nothing I can…

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In this file photo taken on March 22, 2020 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (C) conducts a media briefing at the end of a meeting with various business leaders and political party leaders on matters relating to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Phill Magakoe / AFP Africa needs the skills and capacity to manufacture its own vaccines, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday, as the continent lags other global regions in inoculating against Covid-19. With only around two percent of the world’s total number of shots so far administered, “Africa needs to harness its…

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A file photo of a court gavel. A former Angolan minister was Monday handed a 14-year prison sentence for graft during his tenure, the latest conviction in a string of corruption prosecutions involving the ex-regime. President Joao Lourenco has been on an anti-corruption campaign against politicians and businessmen operating under the auspices of his predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Ex-communications minister Manuel Rabelais was arrested in October for allegedly embezzling around $117 million in 2016 and 2017, using a marketing firm he headed to siphon off the money. On Monday he was found guilty and jailed to 14-and-a-half years…

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