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The press- The Catholic church in Sri Lanka has said the government should crack down on Islamists "as if on war footing" in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.


Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said the church may not be able to stop people from taking the law into their own hands unless the government conducts a more thorough investigation and prevents further attacks.

The cardinal said he is not satisfied in the manner in which the government has carried out its investigations so far.

Cardinal Ranjith told reporters: "All the security forces should be involved and function as if on a war footing.


"I want to state that we may not be able to keep people under control in the absence of a stronger security programme.


"We can't forever give them false promises and keep them calm. (We ask the government) to implement a proper programme in order that the people don't take the law into their own hands."

More than 250 people were killed when seven Islamist suicide bombers blew themselves up, targeting worshippers in three churches and in three luxury hotels.

The victims included at least 40 tourists who were having breakfast at the hotels.

Two other suicide bombers died by triggering blasts - one to avoid capture by the police, and another at an inn he was staying.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility, and investigators are looking into the extent of their direct involvement with the local radicalized Muslims who carried out the attacks.

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While the world sleep, suicide becomes an escape plan for a  prisoner. Turkey's news agency has reported the death of a UAE suspected spy in prison. The report reads that one of the suspects, who was arrested on charges of spying for the UAE, committed suicide by hanging himself in Istanbul’s Silivri prison.

The body of the suspect, identified as Zaki Y. M. Hasan, was found hanging from the bathroom door in his cell at 10.22 a.m. local time (0722GMT) on Sunday, a statement issued by the Istanbul’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office said.


The suspects were arrested earlier this month as part of a probe by Istanbul prosecutors of alleged spying by the Gulf state.


The AFP reported that the man was detained as part of Turkey’s probe into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.


But Anadolu Agency said the deceased and one other were remanded in custody on charges of political, military and international espionage.


Reuters reported that the two suspects were arrested on April 19 and confessed to spying on Arab nationals, a senior Turkish official said at the time. Turkey was investigating whether the arrival in the country of one of them was related to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


One of the two men arrived in Turkey in October 2018, days after Khashoggi was murdered inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, the official said at the time of their detention, adding the other had arrived later to help his colleague with the workload.


Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in the consulate on Oct. 2 by a team of Saudi operatives, provoking an international outcry.


NAN

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What you can only see in Nigeria.

While the country's education, security, job, health & socioeconomic sector stretches to its limit, the president finds it fitting to contribute to the government & welfare of West African countries.

  President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly donated the sum of $500,000 to the government of Guinea Bissau to support its election process.

The president also approved the donation of 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, five Hilux vans and two light trucks to Nigeria's West African neighbours.

According to a statement signed by the president's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the donation is a response to the neighbouring country's urgent request for assistance.

"This vital assistance ensured that legislative elections held in Guinea Bissau, which should help in stabilizing the country," Shehu said.

In addition, President Buhari, who's the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to undertake an urgent mission as his Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau, in the company of ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Thursday, April 25, 2019, rounded up 32 suspected internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys.'

The suspects were arrested at Liberty Estate, Laderin area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in an early morning sting operation.


Ranging between the ages of 15 and 39 years, the suspects were taken by surprise when EFCC operatives swooped on them at one of their havens in the estate.


Fourteen of them claimed to be undergraduates, while 18 others said they are self-employed in various vocations.


Their arrest was a sequel to a petition detailing their alleged fraudulent activities, including internet fraud through which they obtain illicit funds from unsuspecting victims.


Items recovered from them include six exotic cars, laptops, mobile phones, several documents containing false pretenses and fetish objects.


The suspects are already helping operatives of the Commission with useful information.


They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.


NAN

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The West African Health Organization (WAHO) made a remarkable donation on the 24th of April 2019. It donated a thermal camera set to be used at the new terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.


This is part of a set of high-resolution thermal cameras provided in three airports- Abuja, Enugu, and Kano.


In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research, and Statistics, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole expressed his gratitude to WAHO, stating that the thermal cameras will strengthen the country’s efforts at real-time surveillance and detection at ports of entry.


Speaking at the commissioning of the thermal camera in Abuja, the Director General of WAHO Professor Stanley Okolo, expressed commitment to continue supporting health security in Nigeria, by working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Port Health Services and other relevant agencies.


In addition to the thermal cameras provided by WAHO, the Dangote Foundation had provided similar equipment in the past, in response to the Ebola outbreak.


The provision of thermal cameras by the Dangote Foundation and WAHO in support of the work led on by NCDC in protecting the health of Nigerians is an example of how the private sector and regional organizations can collaborate on health security.


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was established in the year 2011 in response to the challenges of public health emergencies and to enhance Nigeria’s preparedness and response to epidemics through prevention, detection, and control of communicable diseases. Its core mandate is to detect, investigate, prevent and control diseases of national and international public health importance.

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Prior to public speculations, The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it has no plans to relocate its Gas Marketing Subsidiary, Nigerian Gas Marketing Company Limited (NGMC), from Warri to Abuja. 

The Corporation disclosed this in a statement issued by Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, in Abuja, on Friday. It also said that the purported plans to spend N120million as yearly rent and another N294million to relocate NGMC to Abuja were false and should be discountenanced by members of the public.


It said the clarification was imperative because of a misleading report on the purported relocation and allocation of the huge sums of money for that purpose as broadcast in the social media by a group. It described the misinformation by the group as malicious and capable of inciting the public, particularly NGMC’s host communities, against the company. NNPC to continue oil exploration in the North — Baru “NGMC remains committed to staying and executing its business operations in the Niger Delta.

“The company is poised to sustaining the existing relations between it and its esteemed stakeholders and members of the public,” the corporation added.

(NAN)

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Thousands of protesters demanding the departure of Algeria’s ruling elite rallied in Algiers for a tenth Friday.


President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down after 20 years in power this month, bowing to pressure from the army and weeks of demonstrations mainly by young people seeking change.


“The system must go” and “We are fed up with you,” read banners held up by protesters in central Algiers.


The protests, which began on Feb. 22 and have been largely peaceful, have continued as many want the removal of an elite that has governed Algeria since independence from France in 1962 and the prosecution of people they see as corrupt.


Bouteflika has been replaced by Abdelkader Bensalah, head of the upper house of parliament, as interim president for 90 days until a presidential election on July 4.


Algeria’s wealthiest businessman and four other billionaires close to Bouteflika were arrested this week as part of an anti-graft investigation, state media said.


Algeria’s army chief Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah has said he expected members of the ruling elite to be prosecuted for corruption.


Salah intervened when Bouteflika sought to extend his fourth term, declaring him unfit for office in a bid to avoid prolonged turmoil.


Reuters

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will dissolve the Federal Executive Council on 22 May.

The minister made this announcement in an attempt to dismiss the fake news that the cabinet has been dissolved.

He said the valedictory session will hold on May 22. President Buhari swore in the 36 ministers on 11 November 2015, with few departures recorded till date.

Alhaji Mohammed spoke today at the end of the Federal Executive Council, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

President Buhari left Abuja this morning to visit Maiduguri, Borno state to commission a host of projects.

After the visit, he flew to London, the United Kingdom for a private medical visit. He is expected back in Abuja on May 5.

(NAN)

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Love or lust breaks every boundary, they say and it's evident in this report from Berlin. A man and a woman(media only refer to them as a couple to save time) have been fined $8,400 for making out in the middle of the day on a Berlin train, a court spokesman said on Thursday. We don't know if the fine is as a result of the time of the day or the location they chose to have the exercise. 

This happened on a Sunday in April 2018.


Police at the time said the man and woman were performing oral sex in full view of passengers, including children, on a train heading into the city center.


Witnesses reportedly intervened, leading to a physical altercation that eventually prompted one passenger to pull the emergency brake.

The man and woman were arrested at the scene.

The 37-year-old woman was fined 3,900 euros and the 39-year-old man 3,600 euros, according to the decision, which was handed down on April 10.

Source; (dpa/NAN)

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Snake frightens Liberia's President, George Weah, out of his office. The president has temporarily stopped working from his office after two black snakes somehow paid him a scary visit at his workplace. This has made the former world and African best footballer to work from his private residence since Wednesday.

BBC citing the Press secretary, Mr. Smith Toby, said that two black snakes were found in the foreign affairs ministry building, Weah’s official place of work. In view of this, therefore, all staff have been told to stay away until 22 April.

“It’s just to make sure that crawling and creeping things get fumigated from the building. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the office of the president, so it did an internal memo asking the staff to stay home while they do the fumigation”, Mr. Toby said.

The office of the president has been based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since a fire in 2006 gutted the nearby presidential mansion. However, workers tried to kill the snakes but did not succeed.  “The snakes were never killed,” Mr. Toby said. “There was a little hole somewhere through which they made their way back.”

Recall that similar incident happened in Nigeria when his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari left the country for about three months on medical ground. Following the three months period of disuse, rodents caused a lot of damage to the furniture’s and interiors in his office, making it impossible for him to operate from the office in that condition. However, Police and presidential securities were seen guarding Mr. Weah’s residence in the capital Monrovia.

A fleet of vehicles including escorts jeeps were parked outside. Mr. Toby said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has started to fumigate the area.

“That building has been there for years now, and because of the drainage system, the possibility of having things like snakes crawling in that building was high”. The president is definitely returning to his office on Monday after the fumigation, whether or not the snakes are found and killed, Mr. Toby said.

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