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Highlights of The Week
Highlights of The Week

By - Adedoyin Shittu

Posted - 14-06-2019

Boris Johnson “Man of the Moment” Poised to becoming the Britain’s Next Prime Minister

In a race to choose who to succeed Theresa May as the next leader of the ruling Conservative party and the Prime Minister of the country, Boris Johnson tops the race by racking 114 votes out of 341.

Johnson received 114 votes, significantly more than his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt, who came a distant second with 43.  Michael Gove was third with 37 votes, former Brexit minister Dominic Raab picked up 27, Home Secretary Sajid Javid won 23 votes, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock had 20. International Development Secretary, Rory Stewart came a close seventh place with 19 votes after running an original social media campaign that endeared him to more liberal party members and the British public at large.

The three other candidates namely Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey, were unable to secure a minimum of 17 breakthrough votes making them unqualified for the next round of votes.

Huawei Catches a Break: Signs 5G Deal with Russia

Huawei has signed a deal with Russia to help them develop their 5G network. The Chinese company has recently been hit hard by trade sanctions that have banned U.S companies working with them.

A deal was signed between Huawei and telecoms company MTS to develop the 5G network on Wednesday, on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Mali attack: ‘100 killed’ in Dogon village

Nearly 100 people have been killed in attack in a village in central Mali inhabited by the Dogon ethnic group, reports say.

The attack happened in Sobale Kou, close to Sanga town, according to French-language news outlet RFI.

The bodies of the dead have been burned, says a local official, and the search for more bodies is ongoing.

There have been numerous attacks in Mali in recent months, some ethnic, some carried out by jihadist groups.

Clashes between Dogon hunters and semi-nomadic Fulani herders are frequent.

In the same region in March, more than 130 Fulani villagers were killed by armed men wearing traditional Dogon hunters’ clothing.

The Danger of 5G: 5th Generation Cellular Technology Might Be a Threat to Public Health

On June 9, 2017, scientists with the International EMF Scientist Appeal submitted a letter of comment to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in opposition to FCC Docket Numbers 17-79 and 15-180, which would allow streamlined approval of 5G infrastructure to be built on existing utility poles, in greater number than current cellular antennas.

The group is comprised of over 225 reputable scientists from 41 countries who have peer reviewed publications on electromagnetic fields. Their letter calls on “The FCC to critically consider the potential impact of the 5th generation wireless infrastructure on the health and safety of the U.S. population before proceeding to deploy this infrastructure.”

The scientists went on to say: “Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines.” These effects can include an increased cancer risk, genetic damage, structural and functional changes to the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, and neurological disorders.

Kano Emirate: Ganduje gives fresh conditions for reconciliation with Emir Sanusi

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has given fresh conditions, before he can reconcile with the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Emir Sanusi has been asked to tender a public apology to Ganduje and people of Kano for “dragging the revered image of the Kano emirate into the mockery waters of politics”.

The Governor also wants the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to withdraw all litigations challenging the Kano state government over the creation of the new Emirates.

The Governor also wants Emir Sanusi to extend hands of fellowship to the new first class Emirs, including Emir of Rano, Bichi, Karaye and Gaya.

“When these are done, the reconciliation will not only become sweetest but very rewarding,” Mallam Muhammad Garba, former Commissioner for Information, said in a statement.

Garba further maintained that the Emir’s ordeals, were a self-inflicted one and not a case of a witchhunt.

According to the statement, the case of financial impropriety against Sanusi was instituted by some concerned group, which clearly vindicated the government.

US envoy to visit Sudan amid crisis

The US’s top diplomat for Africa was in Sudan this week amid unrest, the state department said on Monday.

Tibor Nagy, the US assistant secretary for Africa, “called for a cessation of attacks against civilians”.

Workers have staged a national strike, which began on Sunday, to pressurise the ruling military government to make way for civilian rule.

Four people were killed on the first day of the strike after security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition.

The state department said Mr Nagy “urge parties to work towards creating an enabling environment” for talks between the two sides to resume.

Other Headlines

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks

Two tankers have been damaged by explosions in the Gulf of Oman, a strategic waterway crucial to global energy supplies.

It is the second time in the past few weeks that tankers appear to have been attacked in the region and comes amid escalating tension between Iran and the Unit.

Russia has dropped charges against a journalist after protests

On Tuesday, Russian authorities dropped a criminal case against prominent investigative reporter Ivan Golunov after a fierce backlash against his arrest caught the Kremlin off guard.

Golunov, a reporter for the independent news website Meduza, was freed from house arrest after Russia’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, announced the case was dropped because of a lack of evidence.

“According to the results of biological, forensic and fingerprint examinations and DNA testing, a decision was made to terminate the criminal prosecution of citizen Ivan Golunov due to the lack of evidence of his participation in the crime,” Kolokoltsev said.

Hong Kong protesters demonstrate against extradition bill

Tens of thousands of people are marching in Hong Kong against a law critics fear could let China target political opponents in the territory.

The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial.

The protests are expected to be the biggest since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, which saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets.

The government says the bill has built-in protections and will plug loopholes.

Chemical castration: Alabama enacts new paedophile law

Alabama has signed into law a bill that requires some convicted paedophiles to undergo chemical castration.

Under the law, those found guilty of a sex offence against a minor under the age of 13 will have to start sex-drive-lowering medication a month before being released on parole.

A court will decide when it is no longer necessary.

There are now seven states, including Louisiana and Florida, with chemical castration laws.

The bill was signed into law by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Monday. “This is a step toward protecting children in Alabama,” she said.

The bill has been criticised by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. Executive director Randall Marshall told “It’s not clear that this actually has any effect and whether it’s even medically proven.

“When the state starts experimenting on people, I think it runs afoul of the Constitution.”

What is chemical castration?

The treatment, usually administered in a tablet form or by injection, blocks testosterone production and affects a person’s sex drive.

However it is usually reversed when treatment is discontinued.

Where are Liberia’s missing millions?

Liberians are angry about the apparent disappearance of state funds – and are planning a protest march on Friday, June 7, to demand answers.

Their anger centres on two scandals:

Revelations last year that $15.5bn Liberian dollars ($104m, £82m) of freshly minted currency had disappeared from Liberia’s ports

The mismanagement of a 25m US dollar cash injection into the economy last year.

Kathua child rape and murder: Three men given life sentences

Three men have been jailed for life for the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Three police officers were found guilty of destroying evidence and sentenced to five years in prison.

The victim, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest near Kathua city in January 2018.

The case sparked widespread anger and made headlines when Hindu right-wing groups protested over the men’s arrest.

Eight people, including a former government official, four policemen and a minor, were charged in connection with the crime. One of them has been acquitted and the minor is set to be tried separately.

All of them had pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

The case became one among many high-profile ones that prompted India to pass a new law which introduced death penalty for anyone convicted of raping a child under 12.

But it is still left to the judge’s discretion to decide whether or not to hand out a death sentence.

South-East of Nigeria loses out as National Assembly presiding officers emerge

The South-East geopolitical zone has lost out in the scheme of national politics following the election of presiding officers of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The position of the President (Muhammadu Buhari) and the Vice-President (Prof. Yemi Osinbajo) are already being occupied by the North-West and the South-West respectively.

The position of the Senate President is being occupied by Senator Ahmed Lawan from the North-East while his deputy, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, is from Delta-Central, South-South Nigeria.

In the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila from the South-West emerged as Speaker while Idris Wase from the North-Central emerged as the Deputy Speaker.

A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, representing Abia-North senatorial district ran for the office of the deputy senate president but stepped down on Monday.

Similarly, Ekweremadu contested against Omo-Agege but lost.

South Africa: Toddler killed by leopard in Kruger National Park

A two-year-old boy has been killed by a leopard in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

The leopard managed to access a fenced off area of the park and grab the boy, who was the son of an employee.

Family members rushed the boy to hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The park said in a statement that such attacks were “very rare”, but rangers killed the leopard to “remove the danger”.

Ebola outbreak spreads to Uganda

A five-year-old boy in Uganda has been diagnosed with Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed.

This is the first case confirmed in the country amid a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 2,000 cases have been recorded there in the last 10 months – most of which have been fatal.

The boy is said to have travelled across the border with his family from DR Congo on Sunday.

He was then taken to a Ugandan hospital after exhibiting symptoms including vomiting blood, officials said.

The diagnosis of Ebola was then confirmed by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI) on Tuesday before being announced by officials.

Kenyan MP arrested ‘for slapping female colleague’

Mr Kassim, MP for Wajir East in north-eastern Kenya, is accused of attacking Ms Gedi in the parliament building car park after confronting her about why she had not allocated money to his area.

Male MPs then made fun of their female counterparts in parliament over the incident, MP Sabina Wanjiru Chege told BBC Focus on Africa.

“Some of our male colleagues started mocking us and saying it was slapping day,” she said.

Ms Chege added that they said “women needed to have manners” and “we need to know how to treat men”.


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