HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS
- IKEJA COURT ADJOURNS BABA IJESA’S TRIAL TILL SEPTEMBER 27.
- ZAMBIA’S ELECTORAL COMMISSION ENSURES FREE, FAIR POLLS ON AUGUST 12.
- NEW YORK GOVERNOR RESIGNS OVER ALLEGED SEXUAL HARRASSMENT.
- FOREST FIRES KILL 42 PEOPLE IN ALGERIA.
An ikeja special offences court has adjourned the trial of Nollywood Actor, James Omiyinka, popularly known as baba ijesha charged with alleged defilement of a minor till September 27.
The court registrars explained to newsmen that the trial which was scheduled to continue today, August 11 did not hold due to the absence of the presiding judge, justice oluwatoyin taiwo, who was said to be attending a judges retreat alongside other members of the lagos state judiciary.
Meanwhile, lagos state director of public prosecution, olayinka adeyemi, has so far presented two witnesses for the prosecution of baba Ijesha who was arraigned on June 24, charged with six counts bordering on defilement of a 14 year old girl whose foster mother was a popular actress and comedienne, damilola adekoya also known as princess.
The spokesman to a vocal supporter of Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday igboho, maxwell adeleye has clarified that his principal, Prof. Banji akintoye is not on a wanted list in Nigeria.
Adeleye made the clarification in a statement issued to newsmen, describing akintoye as a man of the people who stands for peaceful agitation, noting that he was never declared wanted by the federal government.
Meanwhile, the statesman had also on August 8 denied leaving Nigeria to escape federal government’s alleged plot to arrest him, plegding to return to the country as soon as ighoho is released by the beninise government.
Zambia’s electoral commission says all systems are in place to ensure free, transparent and fair polls on august 12, 2021.
Chairperson of the commission, patrick nshindano emphasized that the development followed allegations by opposition parties that the commission had not followed procedures to subject the voters roll to an independent audit.
Nshindano noted that the electoral body does not get involved in the maneuver of election results and that zambians would know who the next president would be 72 hours after the closure of polling stations.
It was reported that concerns over fairness of the elections have also been raised by observers and opposition parties who claimed they have been prevented from campaigning.
SA PRESIDENT /CORRUPTION
South africa’s president, cyril ramaphosa will appear before the country’s long running corruption inquiry today, august 11, 2021.
Report said the inquiry panel was set up to investigate allegations that his predecessor, jacob zuma allowed the wealthy gupta family to plunder state resources and to influence policy and cabinet appointments during his term in office.
Ramaphosa who was also the deputy leader of the governing anc party at the time had been called to answer questions on what the party knew.
It was reported that the corruption case levelled against the president is estimated to have cost south africa 81 billion dollars in public funds and lost opportunities.
No fewer than 42 people have been killed by forest fires in algeria.
Algeria’s prime minister, ayman benabderrahmane confirmed this while featuring on a television programme, saying the death toll had risen to 42, including 25 members of the military as government negotiate with foreign partners to hire planes and help speed up the process of extinguishing fires.
In a separate interview, the country’s interior minister, kamel beldjoud accused arsonists of igniting the flames, without providing more details on the allegations, explaining that dozens of separate fires have raged through forest areas across northern algeria since august 9, 2021.
Beldjoud added that firefighters and the army were still trying to contain the blazes as residents of the tizi ouzou region in kabylie used tree branches to try to smother burning patches of forest or hurled water from plastic containers in a desperate effort to douse the fire.
United states president, joe biden says he did not regret his decision to withdraw troops from afghanistan, as the taliban continue to make advances.
President biden stated this while speaking with newsmen at the white house, saying us has been keeping the commitments it had made to afghanistan, such as providing close air support and paying military salaries but urged afghanistan’s leaders to unite and fight for their nation.
Report has it that violence has escalated across the country now that us-led forces have all been withdrawn from the 20 years of military operations as taliban took over no fewer than eight of the country’s 34 provincial capitals and are threatening more.
Members of brazil’s lower house of congress have rejected a plan by far-right president, jair bolsonaro to alter the country’s voting system as military display unusual parades.
The house voted down president bolsonaro’s proposal with 229 votes in favour, 218 against and 1 abstention, with dozens of legislators absent as the vote fell 79 votes short of the three-fifths majority.
It was gathered that there was parade of tanks, armoured personnel carriers and amphibious vehicles hours before legislators voted on a constitutional amendment backed by bolsonaro.
Reacting, the speaker of the lower chamber of congress, arthur lira tagged the military parade a tragic coincidence while left-wing congresswoman, perpetua almeida said the military training exercise is a show of force in reaction to the president’s dropping poll numbers.
However, the navy said the parade had been planned long before the vote in the lower house of congress was scheduled and it was meant to invite the president to an annual military exercise on august 15.
NEW YORK/GOV. RESIGNATION
New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo has resigned following an inquiry that found he sexually harassed 11 women.
Governor Cuomo confirmed his resignation in a televised interview, saying his resignation would take effect in 14 days, derailing a long political career that once appeared headed for a possible U.S. presidential campaign.
Last week, one of Cuomo’s accusers, Brittany Commisso, filed a criminal report with the Albany county sheriff’s office, alleging the governor groped her breast at the executive mansion in Albany last November.
Reacting, Cuomo, 63, denied any wrongdoing but said he accepted full responsibility for what he characterized as ill-conceived attempts to be affectionate or humorous, adding that stepping aside is the best way in addressing the circumstances. The governor’s decision came a week after new york attorney general, Letitia James released the results of a five-month independent investigation that concluded he had engaged in conduct that violated U.S. and state laws