How children of Rwandan genocide fugitive Kabuga led police to hideout

  French intelligence agents spied on the children of Rwanda’s most-wanted genocide fugitive to track him down to an apartment in a Paris suburb and end a 26-year-long manhunt, the head of the police unit who arrested Felicien Kabuga said. The inquiry gathered pace in March after an intelligence sharing meeting between investigators from France, Britain, and Belgium, home to some of Kabuga’s children, as well as Europe’s Europol law enforcement agency and a team from a U.N. tribunal, reports Reuters. The coronavirus lockdown paralysing most of Europe meant many…

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W’Africa facing food crisis as coronavirus spreads

  More than 43 million people in west Africa are likely to be in urgent need of food assistance in the coming months – double the initial estimates – as the Covid-19 outbreak accelerates, the World Food Programme has said. Food insecurity could also double this year to affect 265 million people across the continent; west Africa, where the outbreak of the virus is most severe, is of increasing concern, reports The Guardian. The region faces the three-pronged threat of surging jihadi attacks across the Sahel and Lake Chad area,…

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Exhaustion, uncertainty mark coronavirus survivors’ journeys

  An angelic voice singing “Hallelujah” echoes off the stately stone and brick canyons of a narrow Montmartre street. Still struggling with COVID-19 complications two months after falling ill, Parisian soprano Veronica Antonelli wanted the impromptu performance from her third-floor balcony to project hope. Hours earlier, her doctor had delivered troubling news: The lung scarring that sometimes makes her too tired to sing may last for months. Or maybe years, reports The Associated Press. “It makes things a bit complicated, given my profession,” Antonelli said sadly. The virus that has…

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EBONYI TRAGEDY: River too shallow for our 3 daughters to drown in, something was wrong – Parents

The people of Amawuzu, Amaeze, Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State are yet to recover from the shock arising from the sudden drowning of their daughters at the Iyi-Echara river. The girls had already been buried in accordance with their tradition regarding persons that get drowned within the area. 81-year-old Chief Rueben Okorie who interacted with Saturday Telegraph in the area put it thus: “It is our tradition that whenever a person gets drowned in a river, he or she must be buried beside that river or…

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I don’t want to contract coronavirus in prison, says suspect

    A suspect, Yulusa Saheed, 32, who confessed to have burgled several shops in Offa and Ilorin, both in Kwara State, stealing over 1000 bags of rice, has asked the Police to free him because he didn’t want to contract coronavirus in prison. The suspect had been burgling shops for three years, causing some traders to become crippled financially before he was finally stopped by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, (IRT) in Kwara State. Saheed’s greatest fear is that he would be remanded…

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OLUWASEUN: Mother of slain only child looked up to her for grandchild – Family source

Babatope Okeowo reports that the death of a 20-year-old virgin; Oluwaseun Ajila, in the hands of yet-tobe identified assailants has led her 60-year-old mother, Mrs. Yemi Ajayi, to be hospitalised with her hope of ever getting a grandchild also truncated. Family and friends of a distraught Mrs. Ajayi are still in shock and uncertainty about how to console her following the death of her only child, Oluwaseun who was reportedly killed at her residence at Mary Labake Street, Off Ijoka Abusoro, Akure, Ondo State. She was reportedly stabbed to death…

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Evil stepfather: I slept with stepdaughters to know if they were still virgins

              …impregnates one of the girls   Our mum said it’s better we sleep with him than with others     For throwing caution to the wind, burying his sense of decency and morality which moved him from a protector to predator, 41-year-old father, Mr. Cyril Ogolo, is in trouble. He defiled and impregnated one of his 17 years old stepdaughters. Ogolo, an indigene of Opobo, in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, a known spiritualist/herbalist was arrested for having carnal knowledge of his teenage twin daughters which resulted…

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Plateau: How over 50 people were slain in latest killings

Within one week, from September 27, to 4th October 4, over 50 persons including women and children were attacked and killed in three communities in Plateau State by suspected Fulani herdsmen. The week actually witnessed incessant attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in a community in Jos North in the villages of Riyom and Bassa Local Government Areas. Saturday Telegraph gathered that the attacks and killing all took place in the night when both the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and other political parties were actively…

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NSCDC rescues 12 victims of human trafficking in Edo

The Edo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has rescued about 12 victims of human trafficking and child labour in the past five months. The state’s Commandant of the Corps, Mr Makinde Ayinla, disclosed this yesterday in Benin City, during a one-day workshop on the menace of human trafficking and illegal migration. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop with the theme: “Sensitisation of Students on the Menace of Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration was organised by the Edo Command…

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Nigeria@58: 58 landmark events

In 24 hours’ time Nigeria will be celebrating her 58th Independence anniversary. In this piece, FAVOUR NWANZE and VICTORIA NONIKE highlight some 58 unique events that have happened during this period   •1. October 1, 1960: Nigeria gained independence from Britain with Tafawa Balewa as Prime Minister and Nnamdi Azikiwe as President.     •2. February 11 & 12, 1961: People of Northern and Southern Cameroon went to the polls to decide on joining the newly independent Nigeria or the French territory of Cameroon. The South voted to leave Nigeria…

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