27m people lack safe water in countries at risk of famine

Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. UNICEF  made this assertion in a statement it issued on Tuesday. Across the four famine-threatened countries, nearly 27 million people are reliant on unsafe water which, for malnourished children, can lead to fatal diarrhoeal diseases. In its response to the severely malnourished children in the northeast of Nigeria, UNICEF is providing safe water to nearly 666,000 people and treating nearly 170,000 children suffering…

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Four die in explosion as tankers crash

Four persons were burnt beyond recognition on Tuesday when a fuel laden tanker fell and exploded around Fidiwo area along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Two others were seriously injured in the accident which occurred about 2:28pm on the ever busy highway. New Telegraph learnt that two tankers were involved in the mishap which sparked inferno that raged for over two hours. Eye witnesses said the four victims, who lost their lives, were trapped inside one of the fuel tankers marked FFA 752 XA after it fell on its side and caught…

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Buhari, ministers reinstate commitment to made in Nigeria goods

President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the Federal Executive Councils have reinstated the commitment of the incumbent administration to made in Nigeria products to boost the country economy. Speaking Tuesday at the 9th Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos, President Buhari and Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun said Federal Government will help young entrepreneurs to grow made in Nigeria products. Buhari, who was represented by the Minister for Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, said: “The present administration is determined to make sure that we produce and consume what we produce…

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UN experts ‘found dead’ in DR Congo

Two UN experts who were missing in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been found dead, officials say. The bodies of US citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan were discovered in the central Kasai region, a government spokesman said. They were abducted two weeks ago after going to Kasai to investigate reports of abuses after local rebels took up arms. Some 40 police officers were found beheaded in the region at the weekend. Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende confirmed reports of the discovery to the BBC. “Two bodies…

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Disaster declared after Australia cyclone

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has activated a disaster response plan after a powerful cyclone pummelled the north-east coast. Cyclone Debbie caused major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Defence force helicopters and naval vessels carrying aid are to be despatched to Queensland. Turnbull said one death had been confirmed but added that emergency crews had yet to assess the damage. Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 263km/h (163mph). It is…

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Turkey ‘spied’ on opponents in Germany

German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere has said Turkey will not be allowed to spy on Turks living in Germany. Reports say the head of Turkey’s intelligence service handed a list of people suspected of opposition sympathies to his German counterpart. The list is said to include surveillance photos and personal data. Germany and other EU states have banned local rallies in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish ministers have been seeking to campaign among ethnic Turks in a referendum on 16 April on increasing his powers. Some…

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Court strikes out Yakubu’s human rights suit

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday struck out the breach of fundamental human rights suit instituted by former NNPC Group Managing Director, Andrew Yakubu against the EFCC. This followed an application by Mr Adeola Adedipe, Yakubu’s counsel, to withdraw the suit. Adedipe told the court that his application was due to the prevailing circumstances, particularly since his client had been charged to court and admitted to bail. “We consider it necessary to discontinue with this suit, we have served the notice on all the parties and they are not…

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Senate suspends screening of INEC Commissioners over Magu

The Senate on Tuesday put on hold the screening of the 27 Commissioners proposed for the Independent National Electoral Commission by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate, which took the action on Tuesday, demanded the removal of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (INEC), Ibrahim Magu, as condition for the screening. It said the suspension of the screening will be two weeks in the first instance. The Senate had rejected Magu as the chairman of the EFCC over a damning report by the Department of State Services….

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I was forced to kill 13 people, says 17-year-old Boko Haram suspect

A 17-year-old Boko Haram suspect (Name withheld) said he was forced to kill 13 people in Chikingudu forest in Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno, when he was held captive for three years by the insurgents. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspect was arrested by men of the Borno Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) after he was sent on a mission by his Commander to spy on Maiduguri. He told NAN in an interview in Maiduguri that he was sent by…

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Melaye storms Senate in academic robe

Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West drew a lot of attention at the National Assembly on Tuesday when he appeared for plenary in academic robe and cap. The senator, whose first degree had come under scrutiny in the recent past, walked into the red chamber clad in the full academic regalia, smiling as cameras clicked away. Melaye’s first degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria had come under question in the last week. Many online reports had it that the senator did not graduate from the institution like he claimed….

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