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Africa News Briefs
U.S. Military Splits Over Africa Anti-Terror Strategy
June 5 (GIN) - A turf war over Africa is dividing two wings of the U.S. military as they build a massive security presence on the continent while creating new and thorny problems for President Barack Obama.
Vying for increased power is the Special Operations Command (Socom), on one side, and regional commanders under the State Dept. on the other.
Hafsat Abiola-Costello Says Al-Mustapha Death Sentence Ruling Is “Long Overdue” - Channelstv, Lagos
Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costello, daughter of the deceased Alh. Kudirat Abiola, has responded to the death sentence ruling handed down to Major Hamza Al-Mustapha who was accused of ordering her death.
She described the sentence as a judgement for Nigerians and said it was long overdue.
Al-Mustapha, as well as Lateef Sofolahan were sentenced to death by hanging having been convicted of the murder of Mrs. Abiola, wife of Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the 12 June 1993 Presidential elections.
She’d been assassinated along the Lagos/Ibadan express way on 4 June 1996.
Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, as well Lateef Sofolahan, the protocol officer for the deceased who was accused of divulging details of Mrs. Abiola’s whereabouts on the day of her murder, have both been embroiled in a 12-year-long trial.
Nigerian Activists and locals rise up as Day 2 of protests against the country’s recent removal of fuel subsidy continues.
The youth killed by the Nigerian police today in Ilorin, Kwara state during an anti-fuel hike protest has been identified as Muyideen Mustafa.
Credible sources in Ilorin told us that Mustafa was an Abuja-based youth who decided to participate in the protest only to meet his end at the hands of the police. Mustapha is 23 years old and hails from the Ajikobi ward in Ilorin.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State police command is twisting the circumstances surrounding the killing of Mustafa, claiming that he was stabbed to death by the National Labor Congress (NLC), which had earlier accused the police of shooting the unarmed protester.
Protesters mass around the offices of the Nigerian Labour Congress in Yaba, Lagos to commence a massive demonstration against the Jonathan government over withdrawal of fuel subsidies.
PHOTONEWS: Femi Falana and Seun Kuti Join #Occupy Nigeria
Son of afrobeat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti jointhe mass movement in Lagos protesting against IMF/World Bank induced withdrawal of gasoline subsidy in Lagos.
VIDEO: Christmas Day Bombing Of St. Theresa Catholic Church In Madalla, Niger State (graphic content)
At least 30 people were killed at the St. Theresa Catholic church when suicide bombers detobnated a large bomb on Christmas day 2011. Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks.
2nd VIDEO: Wealthy Nigerian Pastor Who Slapped Teenage Girl Before Thousands At Church Service Still Boasts Of The Beating
Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor, David Oyedepo, returned to the scene of the crime last year when, speaking to a full church assembly, he recalled walloping a young girl in the face, knocking her backwards, as she knelt before thousands of church members, where people kneel to be saved.
The ringing slap could be heard easily on the video of that service but no copy was available until a source just provided it to SaharaReporters.
The incident took place in 2009 and it was recalled by Pastor Oyedepo in 2010 at his Winners Chapel, in Otta, Ogun state, Southwest Nigeria. “I slapped a witch here last year,” Oyedepo declared, stressing each word, on the video. “She came back in February to apologize. She begged me to please forgive her.” He added the warning, “Starting today, the things harassing you, you will start harassing them.”
Thanks to YouTube and Oyedepo’s tradition of videotaping his sermons, the slap and the recall of the slap are now being seen by thousands.
The girl on her knees appeared to be a suffering teenager in a simple dress whose soft voice cracked as she answered the pastor’s insistent questions. She had been first on a line of teenagers apparently ushered in to confess their sins. Pastor lost his composure when the teen from Imo state, pressured to say she was a witch, claimed instead to be a “witch for Jesus”. The words had barely left her mouth when she was hit hard by the pastor’s open hand.