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Ethiopia Surpasses Kenya, Hosts Largest Number Of Refugees In Africa

By Fatima Sesay, SaharaReporters

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made reports August 20 that Ethiopia now hosts the largest figure of refugees in Africa, surpassing neighbor Kenya.

“Generally, when a person’s life is in danger, they flee to the closest safe country,” a UNHCR spokesperson said. “Most of these people walked to get to Ethiopia.”

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Dr. Stella Adadevoh, First Doctor To Attend To Liberian Patrick Sawyer, Dies Of Ebola

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adedavoh, the doctor who was the first to attend to Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, has died.

The death of Adadevoh, which occurred on Tuesday, has not yet been confirmed by Nigeria’s health authorities. But a source close to the Adadevoh confirmed her passing to SaharaReporters.

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Nigeria Appoints Suleiman Abba As New Police Chief

CLARIFICATION: PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPOINTS NEW INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE The statement earlier released announcing President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s approval of the appointment of a new Inspector-General of Police refers. Please note that AIG Suleiman Abba’s appointment as Inspector-General of Police is in acting capacity. The appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014-Reuben Abati

A source at the Presidency told SaharaReporters that Mr. Abubakar tried in vain to gain an extension of his tenure, but that many forces opposed to him prevailed on President Goodluck Jonathan to look for a successor. Mr. Abubakar had spent 35 years as a police officer.

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Boko Haram Working To Seize Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi And Nasarawa States—Says Intelligence Source

A high-level Nigerian security source told SaharaReporters that Nigeria’s intelligence agencies have received “credible reports that Boko Haram has developed an ambitious plan to overwhelm and take over Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa states.”

The source said the Islamist terrorist group plans to carry out its design by intensifying its bombings and choosing locations that would yield high casualty figures.

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Insurgents Kill Monarch, 11 Others In Fresh Borno Attack

Suspected Boko Haram militants yesterday killed 12 people in Garubula village of Biu local Government area of Borno State, a security source as well as a community member have just disclosed to SaharaReporters.

One source said some gunmen stormed the residence of a district head, Ibrahim Dawi, shot him several times, and then killed 11 other villagers.

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Death Of Rap Star ‘Da Grin’ Is Another Tragedy Blamed On Police In Mushin

The fatal night-time crash that involved a budding Nigerian rap artist named Olaitan Olanipekun, famously known as “Da Grin,” was caused by the police, sources and residents in Mushin say. Da Grin’s death is the latest casualty, in a long running battle between terrified residents, and a police force many believe that is out of control.   

Policemen at the Alakara Police Command in the Mushin area of Lagos State are notorious for illegal raiding, bribery, and even escapades of what some call ‘murder at night.’ Such is the wary view of some residents in the Mushin area that have come forward in a series of interviews with a SaharaReporters correspondent. The death of Da Grin, for many, may well be ‘the tipping point.’

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Boko Haram Battle Called A ‘Tough Fight’ By The U.S. State Department

The Islamic militant group, Boko Haram is believed to have been behind the shooting down of the Nigerian Air force helicopter that was on a training mission around Borno state, according to reports by the International Business Times, and Catholic World, including local daily claims.

Nigeria’s military helicopter ‘take down,’ coupled with the recent take-over of the town of Damboa, in the Borno State, was called part of ‘a tough fight’ by Marie Harf, the U.S. State Department Deputy Spokeswoman. Her comments came Wednesday during the department press briefing in Washington, monitored by a SaharaReporters correspondent.

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Students’ Protest: Ondo Poly Shut Down For Two Weeks

The Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo (RUGIPO) was on Tuesday closed down for two weeks following a students’ protest at the institution over high tuition.

The Rector of the Ondo State owned institution, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, told SaharaReporters in a phone interview that the school will remain closed until the authorities have reviewed the issues that eventually led to the protest.

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Nigerian Troops Clear Terrorists Bases In Balmo Forest: Capture Foreign Mercenaries

In the latest twist in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian military announced that it has conducted major breakthrough just hours ago.  In a statement issued to the media, and one also obtained by SaharaReporters, military spokesmen say their persistence has paid off in the continuing fight.
 
The statement appears below:
   
“Troops have cleared and taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend.  Prior to the operation, Balmo forest stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa States with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.

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Tragedy And Protests In Abuja As Demolition Bulldozer Crushes Child, Followed By Death Of Mother

By SaharaReporters, New York

Protests broke out today along Kubwa Express Road in Galadima, a section of Abuja, after a bulldozer being used by a demolition squad of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) killed a child. The bulldozer was being used to demolish illegal structures built on a parcel of land that a source belongs to an unnamed “influential person.” The child’s mother then died shortly after by stabbing herself, the two tragedies triggering protests by squatters and onlookers in the area.

A source at the location told SaharaReporters that the “influential individual” who owns the land had connived with officials of the Federal Capital Territory by pretending that he was building an estate on the land.

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