WORLD NEWS 24-05-2021

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HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • GOVERNOR ORTOM INSISTS ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE TO CURB INSECURITY IN NIGERIA.
  • FANI-KAYODE CONDEMNS F.G’S INSENSITIVITY TO NIGERIA’S CHALLENGES.
  • ACCIDENT, VOLCANO ERUPTION CLAIM MULTIPLE LIVES IN DR CONGO, GUINEA-BISSAU.
  • U.S ORDERS VISA BAN ON ETHIOPIA FOR FUELING TIGRAY’S CRISIS.

DETAILS OF THESE AND MORE IN A MOMENT. PLEASE STAY TUNED.

US/VISA RESTRICTIONS

THE UNITED STATES HAS ANNOUNCED VISA RESTRICTIONS ON ETHIOPIAN AND ERITREAN OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF INCREASING THE SIX-MONTH-OLD WAR IN ETHIOPIA’S TIGRAY REGION.

U.S SECRETARY, ANTONY BLINKEN, DISCLOSED THIS, STRESSING THAT THOSE INVOLVED HAD TAKEN NO MEANINGFUL STEPS TO END HOSTILITIES.

BLINKEN SAID THE COUNTRY IS ALSO IMPOSING CURBS ON ECONOMIC AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO ETHIOPIA BUT HUMANITARIAN AID IN AREAS SUCH AS HEALTH, FOOD AND EDUCATION.

IN THE MEANTIME, REPORT SAID THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN KILLED AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MORE FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES IN THE TIGRAY REGION SINCE NOVEMBER WHEN THE ETHIOPIA PRIME MINISTER, ABIY AHMED SENT TROOPS TO DETAIN AND DISARM LEADERS OF THE REGIONAL RULING PARTY, THE TIGRAY PEOPLE’S LIBERATION FRONT.

GUINEA-BISSAU/ACCIDENT

NOT LESS THAN FOURTEEN PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE SOUTHERN GUINEA-BISSAU AFTER A CARGO TRUCK CRASHED INTO VILLAGE HOMES.

A HOSPITAL WORKER IN BISSAU AND POLICE CONFIRMED THAT THE DRIVER WAS SPEEDING AROUND A BEND WHEN HE LOST CONTROL AND CAREERED INTO THE SMALL VILLAGE OF CAMBESSE, A 120 MILES AWAY FROM SOUTH OF THE CAPITAL BISSAU.

THE POLICE OFFICER WHO DECLINED TO BE NAMED NOTED THAT THIRTEEN OF THE PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN THE TRUCK PLOUGHED THROUGH SEVERAL HOUSES IN THE EARLY HOURS OF MAY 23, 2021 INCLUDING THE DRIVER.

GUINEA-BISSAU IS AN IMPOVERISHED FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONY OF ABOUT TWO MILLION PEOPLE, WHERE THE STATE OF ROADS IS POOR AND ACCIDENTS ARE FREQUENT.

SAMOA/POLITICAL CRISIS

POLICE HAS BARRED SAMOA’S PRIME MINISTER-ELECT, FIAME NAOMI MATA’AFA FROM ENTERING PARLIAMENT AS INCUMBENT LEADER REFUSES TO CEDE POWER.

REPORT SAID MATA’AFA WAS LOCKED OUT OF THE PACIFIC NATION’S PARLIAMENT AFTER HER POLITICAL RIVAL REFUSED TO CEDE POWER DESPITE LOSING A GENERAL ELECTION IN APRIL.

MATA’AFA WAS SAID TO HAVE ARRIVED THE PACIFIC NATION’S PARLIAMENT IN THE EARLY HOURS OF TODAY, ACCOMPANIED BY JUDGES, READY TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT AND TAKE THE OATH AS THE COUNTRY’S FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER.

HOWEVER, POLICE BARRED HER FROM ENTERING THE LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER AND THE PARLIAMENT CLERK SAID HE COULD ONLY ALLOW PARLIAMENT TO SIT ON THE ORDERS OF THE APPOINTED HEAD OF STATE, AN ALLY OF OUTGOING PRIME MINISTER, TUILAEPA SAILELE MALIELEGAOI.

DR CONGO/VOLCANO

ERUPTION OF VOLCANO HAS LEFT NOT LESS THAN 15 PEOPLE DEAD, DESTROYING MORE THAN 500 HOMES IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, DR CONGO.

CONFIRMING THE INCIDENT, THE UNITED NATION CHILDREN’S AGENCY SAID THE ERUPTION SENT ABOUT 5,000 PEOPLE FLEEING FROM THE CITY OF GOMA ACROSS THE NEARBY BORDER INTO RWANDA, WHILE ANOTHER 25,000 SOUGHT REFUGE TO THE NORTHWEST IN SAKE.

ACCORDING TO THE AGENCY, MORE THAN 170 CHILDREN ARE STILL FEARED MISSING WHILE UNICEF OFFICIALS SAID THEY WERE ORGANISING TRANSIT CENTRES TO HELP UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN IN THE WAKE OF THE DISASTER.

GOMA ULTIMATELY WAS LARGELY SPARED THE MASS DESTRUCTION IT SUFFERED THE LAST TIME THE VOLCANO ERUPTED IN 2002.

FLOYD/ANNIVERSARY

PEOPLE HAVE AGAIN RALLIED IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, IN ADVANCE OF THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD, WHICH SPARKED MASS PROTESTS ACROSS UNITED STATES FOR AN END TO POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE.

THE GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, A GROUP FOUNDED BY FLOYD’S SISTER BRIDGETT FLOYD, SAID THE EVENT AIMED TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR CONTINUED CALL FOR.

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IN THE MIDST OF THE SEVERAL EVENTS BEING ORGANISED TO MARK THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLACK AMERICAN’S KILLING, ACTIVISTS AND OTHERS HOWEVER, QUESTIONED JUST HOW MUCH HAD CHANGED IN THE YEAR SINCE FLOYD’S DEMISE.

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IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT FORMER MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER, DEREK CHAUVIN WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER IN APRIL AFTER HE HELD HIS KNEE AGAINST FLOYD’S NECK FOR MORE THAN NINE MINUTES DURING AN ARREST ON MAY 25, 2020.

MYANMAR/COUP

MYANMAR STATE COUNSELOR, AUNG SAN SUU KYI HAS APPEARED IN PERSON AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE 31ST ASEAN SUMMIT IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES, NOVEMBER 13, 2017.

HER LAWYERS SAID THE OPPOSITION LEADER APPEARED IN PERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HER GOVERNMENT WAS OVERTHROWN BY THE MILITARY NEARLY FOUR MONTHS AGO.

ACCORDING TO REPORT, SUU KYI, LOOKING IN GOOD HEALTH DURING A 30-MINUTE MEETING WITH HER LEGAL TEAM, HOWEVER, SAID SHE HAD NO ACCESS TO NEWSPAPERS DURING DETENTION AND WAS ONLY PARTIALLY AWARE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING OUTSIDE.

THE LEADER’S LEGAL TEAM HEAD, KHIN MAUNG ZAW, TOLD NEWSMEN THAT THE OUSTED LEADER, 75, WHO WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE IN 1991 FOR HER EFFORTS TO BUILD DEMOCRACY, IS AMONG MORE THAN 4,000 PEOPLE DETAINED SINCE THE FEB. 1, 2021 COUP, FACING CHARGES THAT RANGE FROM ILLEGALLY POSSESSING WALKIE-TALKIE RADIOS TO VIOLATE A STATE SECRETS LAW, PUNISHABLE BY 14 YEARS IN PRISON.

ORTOM/NATIONAL DIALOGUE

BENUE STATE GOVERNOR, SAMUEL ORTOM HAS AGAIN URGED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CONVENE A NATIONAL SUMMIT TO DIALOGUE AND ADDRESS BOTH THE SECURITY AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES FACING THE COUNTRY.

GOVERNOR ORTOM STATED THIS DURING AN INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE TO MARK THE END OF A SEVEN DAY FASTING AND PRAYING PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA, CAN, IN CONJUNCTION WITH BENUE STATE GOVERNMENT.

ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNOR, NIGERIA MAY NOT MOVE FORWARD EXCEPT THERE IS A DIALOGUE WHICH WOULD ENABLE NIGERIANS DISCUSS THE CHALLENGES FACING THEM.

HE HOWEVER, LAUDED THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN THE STATE FOR ALWAYS GIVING HIM THE NEEDED SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO CARRYOUT THE TASKS ASSIGNED TO HIM BY THE BENUE PEOPLE AND PROMISED NOT TO DISAPPOINT THEM.

ATTAHIRU’S DEATH

FORMER AVIATION MINISTER, FEMI FANI-KAYODE, HAS ACCUSED PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND HIS VICE, YEMI OSINBAJO OF BEING INSENSITIVE TO THE LEVEL OF INSECURITY IN NIGERIA.

FANI-KAYODE MADE THE REMARK WHILE REACTING TO PRESIDENT BUHARI AND THE V.P’S FAILURE TO ATTEND THE BURIAL OF THE CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, LT. GEN. IBRAHIM ATTAHIRU AND TEN OTHER OFFICERS IN ABUJA.

THE FORMER MINISTER IN A TWEET, INSISTED THAT THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THE PRESIDENT AND HIS VICE NOT TO ATTEND THE BURIAL.

ATTAHIRU AND 10 MILITARY OFFICERS DIED WHILE IN ACTIVE SERVICE ON FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021 WHEN ON AN OFFICIAL TRIP TO KADUNA WHEN THEIR AIRCRAFT CRASHED.

BELARUS/JOURNALIST ARREST

WESTERN COUNTRIES HAVE CONDEMNED BELARUS FOR DIVERTING A PLANE FLYING OVER ITS TERRITORY TO ARREST A BELARUSIAN OPPOSITION JOURNALIST.

THE EUROPEAN UNION LEADERS ARE DUE TO DISCUSS THEIR RESPONSE TO WHAT THE UNION’S EXECUTIVE CALLED A HIJACKING AND THE UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT REGARDS AS A SHOCKING ACT.

REPORT SAID BELARUS SCRAMBLED A FIGHTER JET TO FORCE THE PLANE BOUND FOR LITHUANIA TO LAND, CLAIMING A BOMB THREAT AND IMMEDIATELY, POLICE CAME AND TOOK THE BELARUSIAN OPPOSITION JOURNALIST, ROMAN PROTASEVICH AWAY WHEN PASSENGERS DISEMBARKED.

THE 26-YEAR-OLD WAS ABOARD THE RYANAIR PLANE, WHICH WAS FLYING FROM THE GREEK CAPITAL, ATHENS.

THE AIRCRAFT WAS DUE TO LAND IN VILNIUS, BUT WAS STILL IN BELARUSIAN AIRSPACE WHEN IT WAS TOLD TO DIVERT IT TO THEIR OWN CAPITAL, MINSK.

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