South Africa deployed a special envoy to Nigeria yesterday after waves of violence, arson and looting mostly targeted at the migrant business community swept through the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Special envoy from South Africa, Jeff Radebe was in Abuja to attend a meeting on Monday to convey the apologies on behalf of the […]
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday apologised to Nigeria for the xenophobic attacks on its citizens. The apology was tendered to President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja, by the two special envoys the South African leader dispatched to Nigeria yesterday. Addressing State House correspondents shortly after a closed- door meeting with the Nigerian […]
South Africa and Nigeria stepped security on Wednesday after deadly attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg triggered reprisal assaults on South African businesses in Nigerian cities. The centre of Johannesburg and the impoverished suburb of Alexandra were calm as police stepped up patrols following two days of looting, AFP reporters saw. Shops cautiously began to […]
South Africa has expressed concern over the call by the National Association of Nigerian Students for the expulsion of South Africans and protest at South Africa-owned businesses in Nigeria. The country made its feelings known in a statement issued by Ms Anna-Maria Jojozi, Counsellor in charge of Political Affairs at the South African High Commission […]
former Executive Secretary of South African Relief Fund, SARF, Dr. Omawumi Urhobo, in this interview, explains how South Africa and Nigeria can foster permanent harmonious relations. Urhobo, who is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Smart Development Foundation, also shares her experience as the student counsellor to more than 500 South African students in Nigeria […]
The Nigerians leaving in South Africa, Sunday said they have not been ask by the South African Government to leave the country. Some angry residents attack houses of immigrants in Johannesburg. A source told Basehitz Media that the situation in South Africa is a bit calm. According to him, ” We are monitoring the situation […]
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Johannesburg – The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is hauling EFF leader Julius Malema to the Equality Court over “divisive utterances” made in the wake of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe’s death in recent days.
On Saturday, Malema posted a video paying tribute to Mugabe, who died on September 6 in Singapore, featuring notable quotes from the former leader.
Among the quotes featured next to images of Mugabe was one that read “the only white man you can trust is a dead white man”.
Malema’s tweet sparked controversy and even resulted in a complaint to Twitter that was later dismissed.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 14, 2019
On Monday, the Human Rights Commission in a statement said it was “deeply concerned” by Malema’s tweet and would take action against the EFF leader.
“The South African Human Rights Commission has on numerous occasions urged political leaders to recognise and take responsibility for the power they wield through their words .
“The commission is therefore deeply concerned by recent utterances attributed to Mr Malema, a Member of Parliament and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The commission is of the view that the social media utterances by Mr Malema around former president Robert Mugabe’s passing away, on a prima facie basis, amount to hate speech under section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA).
“The SAHRC condemns these racially divisive utterances, as they go against the non-racialist values upon which South Africa’s constitutional democracy is founded and will therefore refer the matter to the Equality Court.
SAHRC also confirmed it would look into the banning of certain media houses by Malema and the EFF to “investigate the possible violation of the right to freedom of expression under section 16(1) of the Constitution”.
Last week at an EFF memorial service for Mugabe, Malema banned amaBhungane, Scorpio, and Daily Maverick from attending their party events, including press conferences.
According to News24, Malema said the publications should be treated as the enemy, much in the same way Gupta-owned The New Age and ANN7 were treated by the party.
EU is to reform air traffic management (ATM) in order to provide safer and more environmentally friendly operations. In 1999, the Council and the European Parliament created the concept of a single European sky (SES), to bring in those much needed efficiency measures. Whilst there have been some improvements in ATM, we are currently on […]
What do you think, is the right age to start climbing mountains? 9-year-old, Advait Bhartia proves that age is just a number and any age is good to start following your passion.
Bhartiya recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro that stands at a height of 4,900 from its base and 5,895 meters above sea level is the highest peak in Africa.
But this did not come easy to Advait. He reached the peak of Kilimanjaro on July 31, 2019, after trekking for 7 days. For this dream of his to come true, Advait went through vigorous training process for two months.
His training included a stringent routine, swimming for an hour, playing football, cricket and tennis for cardiovascular training were part of Advait’s daily routine. That is not all, Parkour and climbing 100 floors was a part of this training as well.
Advait completed the trek under the supervision of his expedition leader, Samir Patham. This is not the first time, Advait has achieved something of this level. At the mere age of 6, this wonder boy from Pune climbed the Mount Everest Base camp and left everybody shocked.
Advait who now has his eye on the peak of Mount Elbrus, Europe was also accompanied by his mother, Payal Bhartia on this trek. However, she had to cut the journey short at 1,000 ft as she was not able to acclimatise to the extreme climate.
Advait told PTI,
“This trek was really difficult but fun at the same time. When I was summitting (sic) the Everest Base Camp, we were living in wooden houses but during the Kilimanjaro trek, we stayed in tents and it was a good experience being exposed to snow and the surroundings.”
“I could have completed the trek faster but the mountains were very beautiful and I took a lot of breaks to take in the beauty.”
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit New Zealand in November, the South Pacific nation’s prime minister said on Friday.
It would be the pair’s third joint trip to the country, having last visited in November 2015.
“The Prince of Wales has been a strong advocate for the environment, conservation and sustainability for many years,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.
“This visit will provide opportunities for him to engage with New Zealanders on those subjects, and to learn more about the ways in which New Zealand is preparing for the future,” she added.
Ardern said that the visit was still in the planning stage and further information on dates and itinerary would be released closer to the time.
Charles’s son Prince William visited New Zealand in April to honor the victims of mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, while Prince Harry and his wife Meghan visited the country during a tour of the Pacific in late 2018.
The United States has imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerians for undermining the democratic process in the country during the 2019 general elections.
It explained that the affected individuals, who were not identified, operated with impunity at the expense of Nigerians and undermined democratic principles and human rights.
Those affected include individuals indicted for electoral violence, rigging and other anti-democratic activities before, during and after the 2019 elections.
The spokesman for the US Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, who disclosed this in a statement in Washington on Tuesday, explained that the visa restrictions would affect Nigerians believed to be responsible for undermining democracy in Nigeria.
Ortagus said the US had earlier warned in its statement on January 24 that the American government would consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organising election-related violence.
The statement read partly,
“To that end, the Secretary of State is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria.
“These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.
“The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government.
“This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realise its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.”
The US insisted that it was a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy and commended all those who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and have worked to strengthen democratic institutions and processes in the country.
The long-anticipated fourth season of the Big Brother Naija ( BBNaija ) reality show on Sunday, kicked off with 21 housemates.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this is the highest number of housemates so far as 2017’s ‘See Gobe’ had 14 housemates and 2018’s ‘Double Wahala’ had 20 housemates.
The first BBNaija housemate introduced was Avala, a 30-year-old from Ogun State who said she was in the show for the money.
She was followed by Khafi, a 29-year-old from Ekiti state who is a police officer in London and Omashola, also 29 from Delta state who is equally in the show for the money.
Although Avala wants the world to know her, he made it clear that she was not single and ready to mingle while Omashola revealed that he is a talkative.
28-year-old Frodd from Anambra State was announced next. He described himself as “odd, a bit complicated and a 9-5 guy who is not an entertainer.”
Meanwhile, 26-year-old Ike is from Imo State who wants to give viewers a show, drama and romance. He is also a model and asked that viewers expect a lot of attitude from him.
Ella is a giddy 30-year-old from Anambra state. She described herself as single but not available. She promised to light up the house.
27-year-old Isilomo from Edo state said she is very adventurous, single and ready to receive applications.
Fitness trainer, psychotherapist and paet-time stripper, Tuoyo is 24 years old and bluntly described himself as a flirt while 26-year-old Nelson from Rivers State said he is single and very available.
Nelson is a masseuse and past Mr Universe Nigeria while 28-year-old Sir Dee, who is a banker from Kogi state, said he is in the house for the money and experience.
Seyi is a 30-year-old from Ogun state known as ‘The Doctor’. The grandson of Obafemi Awolowo is not single but was in the house for the experience.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Esther, a lawyer and part-time hustler who was excited, said she was there for the money and fun.
26-year-old Thelma from Imo State is also in it for the money and experience, promised to spice up the house. Gedoni is a 31-year-old designer from Cross River who is single and ready to go all out in the show.
Diane is 23 and from Kaduna. She said she is going to be herself and is in the house for the money. She added that she is a terrible dancer but loves dancing.
Mercy is 26 and from Imo State. She is a video vixen who feels great and accomplished; and hopes the guys in the house will match her expectations.
23-year-old Tacha hails from Rivers State and cannot wait to show the world herself. She added that loves to make money.
Jeff is 30 and from Anambra. He wants to have fun and cause trouble with the ladies. 28-year-old Mike is from Manchester and Lagos. He is married and openly declared his love for his wife.
Mike is a high jumper who will probably go for the Olympics in 2020. Also, Kim Oprah
The show also featured live performances from Burna Boy, Zlatan and Teni the entertainer who thrilled the crowd with hit songs and eye-catching dance steps.
NAN reports that this is the first time the show will be shot entirely in Nigeria and winner will take home prizes worth 60 million Naira.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told herdsmen returning to the North from the South to respect their host communities.
This came as Buhari ordered increased security presence in Katsina State following fresh violence involving herdsmen and farmers in his home state, resulting in loss of lives and valuables.
A State House statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said the President “warned herdsmen and communities to stop taking the law into their own hands by resorting to violence at every provocation”.
Buhari also directed that “herdsmen returning from the South due to the rainy season must respect the boundaries of farmers and villagers, while the communities must refrain from attacking herdsmen.”
Buhari condoled with the families of the victims, “assuring the state that the security structure would be further strengthened to avoid unnecessary violence between herdsmen and communities.”
He also directed the “prosecution of all those involved in the conflict”.
In other isolated incidents, bandits also attacked some villages on Wednesday in Katsina State.
At least, 18 persons were reportedly killed in the attacks by bandits in Kankara and Danmusa local government areas of the state.
Meanwhile, Buhari will depart Abuja today for Niamey, Niger Republic.
His mission is to attend the African Union Summit scheduled to hold on July 7, according to the Presidency.
The Presidency said, “President Buhari will sign the AfCFTA Agreement on the margins of the AU meeting in Niamey.”
The President while accepting the report on the AfCFTA on Jun 27, said, ‘’For AfCFTA to succeed, we must develop policies that promote African production, among other benefits.
“Africa, therefore, needs not only a trade policy but also a continental manufacturing agenda. Our vision for intra-African trade is for the free movement of ‘made in Africa goods.’ That is, goods and services made locally with dominant African content in terms of raw materials and value addition.’’
The assault was allegedly reported on Tuesday, May 14 at the Maitama Area Command Headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, but the police reportedly told the victim to go look for Senator Abbo’s telephone number or they would not be able to do anything about it.
Nigerians have now taken to social media asking the 41-year old senator to step down from his position.
Many also called for the federal lawmaker’s prosecution, while others urged the Nigerian Senate to suspend him.
Others also called on the PDP to take disciplinary measures against the lawmaker for his conduct in the video.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear her trial.
Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia through her counsel, Chief Robert Clarke, had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear her trial on the grounds that she is still a judge of the Federal High Court and as such could not be tried in line with the precedent set in the case of Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa.
At Friday proceedings, Justice Aikawa ruled that justice Ajumogobia was no longer a judicial officer because she had been dismissed by the President on the recommendation of the NJC, therefore she can be tried for any criminal offence accused of.
The judge held that in the letter presented by the EFCC, the President had already dismissed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia on November 6, 2018, and therefore she was no longer a judicial officer.
Justice Aikawa subsequently adjourned till October 24, 25 for trial.
The EFCC had re-arraigned Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla on 18 counts, to which they pleaded not guilty before Justice Aikawa.
Organisers of the Big Brother Nigeria have announced that the winner of the upcoming fourth season will walk away with 60 million naira worth of prizes.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the e Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe noted that the increased prize money is part of significant improvement that is synonymous with the show.
He said, “Each edition of Big Brother Naija significantly improves on all aspects of the previous season and this year is no different.
“The winner of season four will walk away from the house with N30m cash prize and a top of the range SUV amongst many other exciting prizes.
“The Big Brother Naija winner will also emerge as the most popular and marketable personality on the continent, as the show is known to launch prominent careers in arts, entertainment and other supporting industries.”
The breakdown of the prizes for the winner includes a N30m cash prize; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors and a trip to Dubai for two packaged by TravelBeta.
Also, the winner will get a home make-over courtesy Scanfrost; a year’s supply of Pepsi and One Africa Fest VVIP experience; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles & Munch it; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone.
There is also a bonus prize of two VIP Tickets to watch a European Football final game LIVE, courtesy BET9ja.
In 2017, Efe Ejeba walked away N25 million cash prize and an automobile valued at N5million.
Meanwhile, in 2018, Miracle Igbokwe walked away with N45m worth of prizes.
NAN reports that the highly anticipated fourth season of the reality show will premiere on June 30 after months of delay.
The Queen will not attend baby Archie’s christening, it is claimed.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘s son will be christened next month, however, the monarch is not expected to be at the event.
Senior royals are said to be going to the ceremony, and Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, will also likely be in attendance.
However, the Queen will miss the occasion because of prior commitments, a report says.
The Palace confirmed that the Queen will be absent, according to the Daily Express .
The monarch also skipped last year’s christening for Prince Louis – William and Kate Middleton’s third child.
However, she was able to make the ceremony for Zara and Mike Tindall’s daughter Lena this year.
Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland is flying back to the UK to be at Archie’s christening.
She moved in with Harry and Meghan after the birth to help her daughter, however, she recently returned home to California, US.
The christening will take place at St George’s Chapel, where the royal couple wed, and is likely to be a traditional affair.
It is believed the religious ritual will be carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Dean of Windsor, David Conner.
Prince Charles, Harry’s father, is expected to attend, alongside his wife Camilla.
The Duke of Sussex’s brother, Prince William, and wife Kate Middleton will also be at the ceremony, potentially with their children George, Charlotte and Louis.
Nigeria dropped three places to 45th spot in the latest global rankings released by the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa).
Friday’s announcement came as a blow to the Super Eagles who moved up four places in the previous standings back in April.
During the period in review, Gernot Rohr’s men were involved in a friendly match against Zimbabwe as part of their preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) but it ended in a goalless draw in Asaba.
Nigeria join Guinea, DR Congo, Lesotho and Seychelles as the African teams with the biggest drop in ranks in the standings.
Despite the global difference, they remain the third best team in Africa behind first-placed Senegal  and Tunisia  in second.
Morocco , DR Congo , Ghana , Cameroon , Egypt , Burkina Faso  and Mali  make up the other top 10 teams in the continent.
Nigeria will be aiming for greater heights in the next Fifa ranking scheduled for July 25 with their performances at the Africa Cup of Nations will be included.
The three-time African champions have been placed in Group B of the tournament with Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar.
Football fans want Kano Pillars captain Rabiu Ali banned for his unruly behaviour in Pillars’ 1-1 draw against Enugu Rangers during their Nigeria Professional Football League Playoff clash at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.
The midfielder, who grabbed the opener for Pillars in the 58th minute, accosted referee Adebimpe Quadri after the end of the game. The ref had awarded Rangers a late penalty, which was converted by Godwin Aguda.
Ali’s reaction reportedly incited the fans of the club, who invaded the pitch in numbers wielding dangerous objects, after the encounter.
“Followers of our local league know too well that visiting teams rarely win away from home,” Nazareth Chinaza wrote on The PUNCH Facebook page.
“The behaviour of Ali and the violent action of Pillars fans are the reasons. The League Management Company must take decisive action if they are serious about growing this league and making it reputable.”
Another fan, Destiny Onyinye also suggested a four-year ban for the Pillars captain.
“After investigations and if this turns out to be true, the Nigerian FA should take four years off Ali’s career and points deducted off the club,” he wrote.
Alvin Otutu was of the view that Ali should be prosecuted for his actions against the referee.
“This is on Kano Pillars, not NPFL, it appears Ali and his cohorts are planning to return the league to her ugly past. Ali should be banned for three years, prosecuted for attempted assault and Kano Pillars should lose nine points and fined N500m. This will teach others a lesson.”
ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasised that he respects the country’s judiciary and is willing to abide by their decisions at all times.
Speaking at an Iftar dinner with the representatives of the Third Arm of the government, the judiciary on Wednesday in the evening at his official residence, President Buhari said he believed that the judiciary should be independent and recalled how he submitted himself to the adjudication of the courts three times on his way to becoming President without any fuss because, as he said, “I respect the institution.
“I have come before you three times before I got here on the fourth run for the office. Your word is the last word on any given issue.”
A very special visitor! Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s royal baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, met his grandfather, Prince Charles, on Thursday, May 16, Us Weekly can confirm.
The Prince of Wales, 70, recently returned from an overseas trip to Germany with Duchess Camilla.
Charles gushed over his grandson’s arrival to reporters in Berlin on May 7. “We couldn’t be more delighted at the news, and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return,” he said.
Two days prior to Charles’ visit, the little one was introduced to his uncle, Prince William, and aunt, Duchess Kate.
“Kate and William went over to Meghan and Harry’s to meet their new nephew in a private affair,” a source told Us exclusively.
The Duke, 34, and Duchess of Sussex, 37, welcomed their baby boy on May 6.
The first royal family member to meet Baby Sussex was Prince Philip on May 8, moments before the Suits alum and her husband posed for pics with their son for the first time.
“We just bumped into the duke as we were walking by, which was so nice,” the former actress told members of the press at her infant’s debut inside Windsor Castle. “So it will be nice to introduce the baby to the family.”
Harry added: “Another great-grandchild.”
Later that same day, he and Meghan revealed their son’s name with an Instagram post. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the couple captioned a black-and-white photo of the Los Angeles native introducing her son to Queen Elizabeth II while her husband, 97, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and Harry looked on with smiles.
“This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle,” the royal pair added. “The Duke of Edinburgh and the duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.”
Some gunmen have attack Kayauki village in Batagarawa local government area of Katsina state, raiding at least five houses.
Daily Trust reports that the attack which took place on Friday, left one Alhaji Ali with a bullet injury.
It was also gathered that Ali who was robbed of N180,000 was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina to receive treatment.
Ali said it was by providence he survived.
Speaking on the attack, the village head, Hamisu Mohammed, said the gunmen arrived the village at about 1.30 am and operated till 4.30 am.
Mohammed said the bandits also carted various sums of money and a motorcycle.
He said: “We called for help of the police and the Air Force officers ,but by the time they came, the robbers had already fled”.
The Katsina state police spokesperson, Gambo Isah, did not respond to inquiries made on the incident
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that there was an attack on Gobirawa and Sabawa villages in the Safana local government area of Katsina state on Tuesday, April 30.
The attack which took place in the evening left at least 10 people dead and others in tears, the police said.
The police in Katsina state said the bandits invaded the two villages with 150 motorcycles. A statement issued by the command’s public relations officer, SP Gambo Isah, on Wednesday, May 1, said that the bandits attacked the two villages at about 6.10 pm.
Nipsey Hussle’s death is prompting something extraordinary in L.A. — a full peace treaty between several gangs, and they’re demonstrating together to show their love for the slain rapper.
A peace march went down Friday afternoon in Crenshaw, not far from where Nipsey was murdered. We’re told the march was set in motion Thursday evening when gang leaders from Watts, Compton, L.A. and Inglewood all met up to discuss a cease-fire.
During the meeting, we’re told leaders talked about putting the word out in their neighborhoods to put down their firearms and show more unity — starting with the Friday afternoon march.
We’re told members of all the gangs are gathering outside a grocery store in Nipsey’s Crenshaw hood, and will walk together for a couple blocks … ending up outside his Marathon clothing store.
There hasn’t been this kind of peace between so many L.A. gangs since 1992. We spoke to community leader, Big U, about getting everyone on the same page.
As for how long the peace lasts — we’re told there was no time limit discussed, and the hope is it will be an extended one.
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