13 French helicopter troops killed in Mali combat operation

Thirteen French soldiers fighting jihadists in Mali were killed in an accident between two helicopters, the French presidency said on Tuesday, the single biggest loss of French troops in combat in the region since intervening there in 2013. France has a 4,500-strong Barkhane force countering Islamist insurgencies in the Sahel region, where violence by militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State in the sparely-populated area has proliferated in recent years, reports Reuters. “The president announces with deep sadness the death of 13 French troops in Mali on the evening…

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24 soldiers, 17 militants killed in Mali attack

Twenty-four Malian soldiers were killed and 29 wounded in an attack on an army patrol in northern Mali on Monday in which 17 militants were also killed, a spokesman for the army said. The West African country is still reeling from an attack on an army post that killed 54 in early November – one of the deadliest strikes against its military in recent memory, which underscored the increasing reach and sophistication of armed jihadist groups active in the wider region, reports Reuters. The Malian patrol attacked on Monday was…

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Girl, four, killed, blood sprinkled on Ogun

A grieving mother, Mrs. Bola Sulaimon, yesterday said that unknown people murdered her four-year-old daughter on Tuesday and sprinkled her blood on Ogun shrine at the Iwaya, Yaba area of Lagos State. The girl, Faridat, was grabbed and killed while in the care of a woman identified Mama Hafsat. Faridat was instructed to stay in the house of Mama Hafsat, along with her other siblings, while her mother rushed down to the market. A few minutes later, Faridat’s elder siblings walked out. The girl was also said to have gone…

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Policeman killed in Paris shooting

A major security operation is underway in the Champs Elysees One policeman has been killed and a second wounded in a shooting in central Paris, police say. Some reports say a gunman who fired on them has been shot dead. The Champs Elysees, where the shooting occurred, has been sealed off. France goes to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the presidential election, reports the BBC. Jihadism is a major issue in the vote after attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State.

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Documents show Prince’s painkiller habit

  Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince’s home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016. Medical examiners have concluded that he died from an accidental overdose. No-one has been charged over the death of the 57-year-old singer. The court documents were…

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Ekiti guber aspirant preaches unity among APC members

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Ahead of the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, an aspirant, Mr. Yinka Akerele, yesterday advised members and leaders of the opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to close ranks and ensure the party’s victory at the poll. According to him, the mission of taking over power from those he described as usurpers must dwarf other tendencies among the party members. He added that they needed to remain united until APC records success democratically. He spoke when he visited the party’s secretariat where he officially notified…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Vigilantes beat man to death with charms

A 28-year-old businessman, Tayo Olatunbosun, has been allegedly killed by two members of Vigilante Service of Nigeria (VSN) at Adiyan, a community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. The vigilantes, identified as Ismaila Jimoh and Hassan Olatunde, have been arrested by the police. The suspects were said to have nabbed Olatunbosun, who was selling phones and laptops, in the Adiyan area on Saturday for allegedly stealing a hair dryer. The vigilantes reportedly beat Olatunbosun with charms and later took him to the Agbado Police Station about 10 p.m.…

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Curbing inter-security forces violent clashes

Last week, a soldier and three anti-riot policemen reportedly died during a shootout between members of the two security forces. Several others on both sides received gunshot wounds in the encounter that took place in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Some of the critically injured were said to be battling for life at the General Sani Abacha Hospital in Damaturu. Several civilians were hit by stray bullets in the clash which lasted over an hour. Residents said it was not the first the two had been engaged in clashes. According…

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Shall I tell this to the president?

They already own everything; they own our politics, our economy and our money. Even the CBN is being privatised and controlled by this cartel. The same cartel now wants to control the water we drink and the air we breathe to complete their vicious cycle of enslaving and subjugating us all. They don’t care about the future but only about the dark interest they represent. Unrestrained capitalism is evil and should be challenged. The media knows about this but will never write about it. Our elite knows about this but…

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