• More hopes for BIAFRA restoration as UN expert says Indigenous Peoples abused by Gov'ts

    02/May/2017 // 7341 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 2, 2017: (DGW) The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said the rights of indigenous peoples around the world are being abused by governments and corporations.

    Tauli-Corpuz made the remarks at the sidelines of the ongoing 60th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN headquarters in New York.

    “The rights of indigenous peoples are being abused by authorities and corporations that want access to their land and the resources such as petrol that are beneath it.

    “The situation of indigenous peoples’ rights is really not in a very good state these days because there are policies and laws used to criminalize them,” she said.

    She regretted what she termed the use of harassment, torture and arrests against indigenous peoples peacefully protecting their property.

    “This is out of line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007, which established a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of the world’s indigenous peoples.

    “The main preoccupation of indigenous peoples is really to work on the defence of their land and resources, and protection of the right of self-determination.

    “In their assertion of this right, they are accused of being a terrorist or arrested,” Tauli-Corpuz alleged.

    The independent UN expert said she just returned from Honduras, where she met with the family of an indigenous right defender killed last year.

    She said the hearings in the case were being delayed and said that there was a “lack of determination from the side of prosecutors to pursue” the case.

    Tauli-Corpuz said she had also recently been in the U.S., where members of the Standing Rock reservation are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    According to her, she saw indigenous peoples arrested and pounced on by police dogs, adding, “these gatherings are not violent and should not be subjected to this type of force”.

    UNESCO Stresses Jazz Power

    Indigenous peoples represent five per cent of the world’s population, but their lands hold about 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity, according to UN-cited figures.

    “Petrol, minerals, it’s all beneath the earth, which leads to a tremendous problem,” Lourdes Guala, a Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from Ecuador, said.

    Speaking alongside Tauli-Corpuz, Guala stressed the importance of land to indigenous peoples:

    “The land passes everything, health, education, agriculture. But whenever there are discussions about the economy of a country, indigenous people’s lands are the first to be used.”

    “This is done without discussions with the indigenous peoples, but with the belief that the nations will trade for ‘some chickens, some cows’.

    “But indigenous peoples do not want machinery on their territory without prior consultation,” the Ecuadorian advocate stressed.

    Among other issues raised on Monday’s briefing was the idea of having an Ambassador for the indigenous peoples joining Ambassadors from the 193 UN Member States on the General Assembly floor.

    The 60th Session of the Permanent Forum, which opened last Monday, will run through Friday, May 5 at the UN headquarters.


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  • Obama: Russia action in Syria is 'recipe for disaster

    02/Oct/2015 // 236 Viewers

    © AFP | US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House on October 2, 2015, in Washington, DC

     

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - 

    US President Barack Obama warned Friday that Russia's military engagement in Syria in support of strongman Bashar al-Assad is a "recipe for disaster," though Washington could still work with Moscow on reducing tensions.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin "doesn't distinguish between ISIL and a moderate Sunni opposition that wants to see Mr Assad go," Obama told reporters, referring to the self-proclaimed Islamic State group.

    "From their perspective, they're all terrorists. And that's a recipe for disaster."

    Russia carried out a third day of air strikes in Syria, saying it targeted Islamic State jihadists, as Putin faced increased international criticism over his military campaign.

    The West has raised concerns that Russian forces were also striking at rebel groups opposed to Assad, in a bid to bolster its ally.

    Obama accused Moscow of "propping up a regime that is rejected by an overwhelming majority of the Syrian population."

    He also said the United States would "continue to support" moderate rebels in Syria because they are groups that "can help pick up the pieces and stitch together a cohesive, coherent country" in the aftermath of Assad's rule.

    Obama signaled he was willing to engage with Putin, particularly if Moscow "works instead to bring about a political settlement" instead of doubling down on its military support to Assad.

    "I said to Mr Putin that I'd be prepared to work with him if he is willing to broker with his partners, Mr Assad and Iran, a political transition," Obama said.

    "We can bring the rest of the world community to a brokered solution, but that a military solution alone -- an attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify the population -- is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire."


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  • JUST IN: US drones to bomb northern Nigeria

    02/Oct/2016 // 2105 Viewers

     

    There are strong indications that the United States government may launch attacks against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, as a drone base being constructed in the Niger Republic would soon be completed.

    According to reports, the American drone base is under construction in Agadez, a town in Niger.

    The facility is expected to offer US military, greater ability to use drones against Islamist extremists in countries like Libya, Mali and Nigeria.

    But some security experts revealed that such drone attacks against insurgents in the North might kill innocent people.

    The project, considered to be the United State’s most important military construction effort in Africa, according to secret files obtained by an online medium, The Intercept, will gulp $100m.

    The construction of the base is an indication that the US is paying more attention to terrorist groups in Nigeria and other countries on the African continent.

    “As the only country in the region willing to allow a US base for MQ-9 Reapers — a newer, larger, and potentially more lethal model than the venerable Predator drone — Niger has positioned itself to be the key regional hub for US military operations, with Agadez serving as the premier outpost for launching intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions against a plethora of terror groups,” The Intercept said.

    The Americans have for years operated an air base in Niamey, Niger’s capital, but in September 2014 the US African Command announced plans to build a drone facility for “Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.”

    The documents obtained by The Intercept and made available online stated, “The top MILCON [military construction] project for USAFRICOM is located in Agadez, Niger to construct a C-17 and MQ-9 capable airfield.

    “Remotely Piloted Aircraft presence in Africa supports operations against seven (Department of State)-designated foreign terrorist organisations.

    “Moving operations to Agadez aligns persistent ISR to current and emerging threats over Niger and Chad, supports French regionalisation and extends range to cover Libya and Nigeria.”

    Reacting to the development, a member of the American Society of Industrial Security, Prof. Femi Adegbulu, told SUNDAY PUNCH that there was a possibility of collateral damage, should the US launch drone attacks against Boko Haram in the North.

    He said, “There are two sets of drones, one for surveillance and the other for attacks. A reconnaissance drone is used for intelligence gathering, while the other kind of drone is used for attacks. There is no 100 per cent accuracy in warfare.

    “You lose lives, money, time, and resources. The possibility of collateral damage cannot be ruled out, especially since Boko Haram terrorists are known to use humans as shields when attacked.”

    Similarly, a former Director, Department of State Services, Mike Ejiofor, told one of our correspondents that he was concerned about the US military’s plan to launch attacks against Boko Haram from Niger.

    “I am worried that the US military will be making such efforts to launch attacks against Boko Haram from outside Nigeria. If the US did not get the nod from the Federal Government to establish its drone base in the country, how could the US military launch attacks against Boko Haram from Niger Republic?”

    When the spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Charles Nwodo, was contacted at 3pm, he asked one of our correspondents to give him till 6pm to respond to the story.

    However, when he was called again at 6pm, he did not pick the calls placed to his telephone line. Also, Nwodo had yet responded to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

    Army releases 348 suspected Boko Haram detainees

    Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Saturday freed 348 suspected Boko Haram members as a gesture to celebrate the country’s 56th Independence anniversary.

    The detainees included 114 male, 107 female and 127 children.

    They were handed over to the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, at the Ramat Square, Maiduguri by the acting General Officer Commanding, the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezegwu.

    Ezegwu explained that the suspects were arrested at various camps and havens of the insurgents in Borno State.

    He said they were investigated and found to be innocent of involvement in insurgency.

    He also said 115 out of the 127 children among the suspected insurgents were between the ages of five and 10, while 12 of them were 11 years and above.

    He however, said some suspects, including six foreigners who illegally entered Nigeria, would be prosecuted.

    He added that the suspected insurgents had been handed over to the Police and the Department of State Services.

    He said the foreigners comprised of four Cameroonians, a Chadian and a Jamaican, who would be separately handed over to the Nigerian Immigration Service for deportation.


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  • Breaking News: SpaceX Explosion Destroys Satellite, Sets Back Facebook's Internet Push in Africa

    02/Sep/2016 // 342 Viewers

     

    An explosion occurred during a SpaceX fueling operation at its launch site in Florida around 9:07 a.m. Eastern today, destroying a satellite that Facebook intended to use to provide internet connectivity to rural Africa, SpaceX officials and local authorities said.

    SpaceX was conducting a fueling test on Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral when the incident took place, an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center told ABC News.

    The explosion happened "in preparation for today's static fire," and resulted in "the loss of the vehicle and its payload," SpaceX said in a statement.

    The explosion was felt around the facility, and a mushroom cloud could be seen over the launch site, the engineer told ABC News.

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the loss of the Falcon rocket today, "Originated around upper stage oxygen tank. Cause still unknown. More soon."

    Video from the scene showed smoldering infrastructure.

    No Reported Injuries

    There were no injuries as a result of the explosion, the Brevard County Emergency Management Office told ABC News. The office tweeted, "There is NO threat to general public from catastrophic abort during static test fire at SpaceX launch pad at [Cape Canaveral] this morning."

    Brian Purtell, a spokesman for the Air Force's 45th Space Wing, which controls Cape Canaveral's space operations, said that personnel were being evacuated from the facility.

    "Once we determine everybody is out of there, then we can go in when it's safe to kind of determine what happened," he said, noting that SpaceX had a scheduled launch for early Saturday morning.

    NASA released a statement Thursday evening expressing confidence in the private space company with which it contracts, saying, "we remain confident in our commercial partners," but warning that "it's too early to know whether the incident will affect the schedule for upcoming NASA-related SpaceX launches to the International Space Station."

    Destroyed Payload

    The rocket that was destroyed was carrying the AMOS-6 communications satellite, a spokesman for SpaceX told ABC News, adding that the mission was commercial and not for NASA.

    SpaceX announced in January 2013 a deal with Space Communications Ltd. (Spacecom) to launch AMOS-6 into geosynchronous orbit sometime in 2015, which would "provide communication services, including direct satellite home internet for Africa, the Middle East and Europe," and was built by Israel Aerospace Industries.

    As part of its activities in space, the AMOS-6 was going to "provide internet coverage to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa" as part of Facebook's Internet.org initiatives to increase internet connectivity around the world, according to a posting on the social network by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

    Zuckerberg, who coincidentally is travelling in Kenya today, posted on Facebook: "I'm deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent."

    "We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided," he said.

    In an email, a spokesman for Spacecom acknowledged the SpaceX statement, but did not add further details.

    Israel Aerospace Industries said that it was, "disappointed about this incident," and was ready to provide assistance. The manufacturer said that the satellite was "the largest and most advanced communications satellite ever built in Israel."

     


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  • Breaking! Oakland officials fear up to 40 dead in warehouse party fire

    03/Dec/2016 // 270 Viewers

     

    California officials fear up to 40 people have been killed in a massive fire that happened Friday night during a concert inside a building in Oakland.
     
    Nine people have been confirmed dead and 25 others remain missing. Sgt. Ray Kelly, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters during a press conference Saturday that officials are “prepared to deal with up to 30 to 40 deceased people.”
     
    The three-alarm fire was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Friday at a building off 31st Avenue and International Boulevard, about three miles outside of downtown Oakland, according to the Oakland Police Department.
     
    [This is how the devastating Gatlinburg wildfire erupted overnight]


     
    The fire broke out during a party featuring musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk West Coast Tour. Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach-Reed told The Washington Post that more 50 people were inside the building, a warehouse that’s been turned into multi-purpose venue for artist exhibits and parties.
     
    “This is pretty tragic for us,” Deloach-Reed said. “It is hitting this community pretty hard. I don’t even want to talk about how the families and friends are feeling. We have a community that’s hurting.”
     
    Majority of those inside the building are young people, some of whom are from outside the Bay Area, Kelly told reporters. Some are foreigners.
     
    The event’s Facebook page is now filled with people inquiring if their loved ones have been accounted for. Some asked how they can help.
     
    A list of people who were missing have been created on a Google docs spreadsheet, along with any identifying features and their loved ones’ contact numbers. Twenty-seven names are listed on the spreadsheet; one has been found safe, while two are in the hospital.
     
    Deloach-Reed said fire officials will verify those names against the ones they have.
     
    A total of 72 firefighters responded to the fire, Deloach-Reed said. Crews had to fight the blaze from outside because it was too hot and too intense for firefighters to go inside the building, she said.
     
    Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said three sides of the building were on fire, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
     
    Deloach-Reed told the East Bay Times that most of the nine people who were killed were found on the second floor of the building. She told The Post that the warehouse used to have one floor, but a makeshift ladder and another floor had been added.
     
    Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said three sides of the building were on fire, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
     
    Deloach-Reed told the East Bay Times that most of the nine people who were killed were found on the second floor of the building. She told The Post that the warehouse used to have one floor, but a makeshift ladder and another floor had been added.
     
    [Death toll rises to 13 in Tennessee wildfires as grim search for survivors continues]
     
    A large blaze and thick smoke can be seen coming from the building at about 3 a.m. Saturday.
     
    Fire crews will remain at the scene for several more hours, the fire department said at about 7 a.m.
     
    Kelly told reporters that the building’s roof had collapsed.
     
    Deloach-Reed said the fire has been extinguished, and crews are currently on standby waiting for a county task force and fire investigators to arrive. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
     
    “There’s still a large portion of the building that we’re going to have to search,” she said.
     
    Deloach-Reed said this is the worst fire the city has seen since the Oakland hills firestorm that killed 25 people in 1991. That fire, which rapidly spread through the Oakland hills wiped out nearly 3,500 homes, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.


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  • US confirms 'rare' case of sexually transmitted Zika virus

    03/Feb/2016 // 267 Viewers

     

    (AFP) - The Zika virus has been transmitted sexually, top US health authorities confirmed on Tuesday, fueling fears of the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies.
     
    With concern growing that an outbreak sweeping Latin America could spread much farther, health authorities in Texas said they had confirmation of the virus being transmitted by sexual contact and not just tropical mosquitoes.
     
    That is a troubling prospect for the United States, Canada and Europe, where Zika had so far only appeared in travelers returning from affected areas.
     

    "The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present" this year, a Dallas County statement read.
     
    The county subsequently tweeted that the virus was contracted from someone who had traveled to Venezuela, and that a second case of Zika imported from Venezuela has also been documented.
     
    Dr Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later Tuesday confirmed in an email the case of sexually transmitted infection reported earlier in Texas.
     
    Someone who visited Venezuela and was infected there developed Zika symptoms as did their sexual partner who never left the United States, he said on Twitter.
     
    Last month, the CDC said it was aware of one reported case of sexual transmission of Zika and one case of the virus being present in a man's semen after it disappeared from his blood.
     
    Zika, which was first identified in Uganda in 1947, causes relatively mild flu-like symptoms and a rash.
     
    But there is growing alarm over an apparent link between the current outbreak and both a rise in birth defects and a potentially crippling neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
     
    Latin American countries, particularly Brazil, have reported a surge in cases of microcephaly – which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads – since the Zika outbreak was declared in the region last year.
     
    The virus is spread primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, whose habitat is concentrated in the tropics – giving temperate countries an apparent reprieve.
     
    But sexual transmission would complicate matters.
     
    "The majority of Zika infections are asymptomatic," said Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at Oxford University.
     
    "Is there a risk of sexual transmission from people who had asymptomatic infection? For how long can sperm be infectious? This highlights our ignorance of this virus."
     
    Global risk
     
    A day after declaring the spike in serious birth defects in South America an international emergency, the World Health Organization said it had created a global Zika response unit to contain the virus.
     
    WHO expert Anthony Costello emphasized the urgency of rapid action, stressing there was no reason to believe the crisis would remain limited to Latin America.
     
    "We know that the mosquitoes that carry Zika virus... are present through most of Africa, parts of southern Europe and many parts of Asia, particularly south Asia," he said.
     
    Underlining Costello's point, Thai officials announced a man had contracted the virus in the country. Cape Verde and Indonesia have also reported domestic Zika cases.
     
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies joined the WHO in declaring an "emergency," and appealed for 2.4 million Swiss francs ($2.36 million) to support its response in the Americas.
     
    French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi meanwhile announced it had begun research into a vaccine for Zika, for which there is currently no specific treatment.
     
    Developing a vaccine could however take years, experts say. A Dutch women's rights group meanwhile offered to send free pills to trigger an abortion to pregnant women in Latin America, a region known for its restrictive abortion laws.
    "We are extremely worried that (the outbreak) might cause increasing unsafe abortions," said Rebecca Gomperts, founder and director of Women on Web.
    Since October, Brazil has reported 3,670 suspected cases of microcephaly, of which 404 have been confirmed – up from 147 in 2014. In all, more than 1.5 million Brazilians are estimated to have been infected with Zika.

    Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Jamaica and Puerto Rico have all warned women not to get pregnant. Mexico announced it was creating special brigades to address areas likely to have more mosquitoes. And Peru performed health checks on all Sao Paulo footballers visiting Trujillo for a Copa Libertadores match. They were all clear of Zika, dengue and chikungyuna. Some health experts urge condom use, while others say abstinence is the only way to avoid Zika.
    "Don't have sex with a virus, it's that simple," said Jill Rabin, co-chief of the division of ambulatory care at Women's Health Programs at Northwell Health in New York.


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  • Obama denounces anti-Muslim prejudice in US mosque visit

    03/Feb/2016 // 310 Viewers

     

    (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama visited a U.S. mosque on Wednesday and declared that attacks on Islam were an attack on all religions, in an effort to counter rhetoric from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that has alienated Muslims.
     
    “We have to understand that an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” Obama said at the mosque in Catonsville, Maryland, outside Baltimore. “When any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up.”
     
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States after a California couple who killed 14 people last December were described by authorities as radicalized Muslims inspired by Islamic State militants.

     
    Republicans vying to be the party’s candidate for the Nov. 8 presidential election also have argued against Obama’s plan to accept 10,000 refugees fleeing Syria’s war, saying it raised national security risks.
     
    Obama urged people watching on television who had never been to a mosque to think of it as similar to their own houses of worship.
     
    “Think of your own church or synagogue or temple, and mosques like this will be very familiar,” he said.
     
    Before Obama’s remarks a man and woman did a recitation from the Koran, then an honor guard of two boys and two girls carried the American and Maryland state flags into the mosque. The children led the audience, with some men in prayer caps and most women in head scarves, in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.
     
    Obama urged young Muslims not to embrace a worldview that required them to choose between faith and patriotism.
     
    “You fit in here. Right here,” he said. “You’re not Muslim or American. You’re Muslim and American.”
     
    The president, who is a Christian, said it was important to have more Muslim characters portrayed on television unrelated to national security themes, and he said engagement with Muslim American communities must not be a cover for surveillance.
     
    To counter perverted versions of their religion portrayed by extremist groups such as Islamic State, Obama urged regular Muslims to “let your light shine,” a Christian expression.
     
    “This is a struggle between the peace-loving overwhelming majority of Muslims around the world and a radical tiny minority,” he said. “Ultimately I’m confident that the overwhelming majority will win that battle.”
     
    Obama’s motorcade zipped past two women holding signs protesting his visit and equating Islam to terrorism.
     
     
     
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  • JUST IN: Danger looms as US warns North Korea against nuclear attack - BBC reports

    03/Feb/2017 // 1019 Viewers

     

     

    The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an "effective and overwhelming" response.

    Mr Mattis spoke in South Korea, where he had been reaffirming US support, before flying to Tokyo.

    He also reconfirmed plans to deploy a US missile defence system in South Korea later this year.

    North Korea's repeated missile and nuclear tests and aggressive statements continue to alarm and anger the region.

    The US has a considerable military presence in South Korea and Japan, as part of a post-war defence deal. There are just under 28,500 US troops in the country, for which Seoul pays about $900m (£710m) annually.

    President Donald Trump has previously said he wants both South Korea and Japan to pay more towards maintaining that presence.

    Mr Mattis used his visit to reassure South Korea that the Trump administration "remains steadfast" in its "iron-clad" defence commitments to the region, said the Pentagon.

    Speaking after talks at the defence ministry with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo, Mr Mattis told reporters that "any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming".

    North Korea conducted its fifth test of a nuclear device last year, and claims it is capable of carrying out a nuclear attack on the US, though experts are still unconvinced its technology has progressed that far.
    It has also said in recent weeks that it has a new intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of reaching the US mainland, which it is prepared to test launch at any time.

    Mr Mattis's assertion that an attack by North Korea would get massive retaliation will hardly be a revelation to Kim Jong-un, says the BBC's Stephen Evans in Seoul.

    The bigger question is whether to talk to the North Korean leader to try to persuade him to abandon or limit the size of his nuclear arsenal, our correspondent adds. On that, the Trump administration has so far been silent.


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  • JUST IN: Muslims Travel Ban: Trump revokes over 100,000 visas - Attorney General reveals

    03/Feb/2017 // 1962 Viewers

     

    Over 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, an attorney for the government revealed in Alexandria federal court Friday.

    The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport last Saturday. They were coerced into giving up their legal resident visas, they argue, and quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia.

    “The number 100,000 sucked the air out of my lungs,” said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center, who represents the brothers.

    The government attorney, Erez Reuveni from the Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation, could not say how many people with visas were sent back to their home countries from Dulles in response to the travel ban. However, he did say that all people with green cards who came through the airport have been let into the United States.

    For people like the brothers, Tareq and Ammar Aqel Mohammed Aziz, who tried to enter the country over the weekend with valid visas and were sent back, the government appears to be attempting a case-by-case reprieve. They and other plaintiffs in lawsuits around the country are being offered new visas and the opportunity to come to the U.S. in exchange for dropping their suits.


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  • If Govs condemn kidnappers to death, what about those who kidnap public funds? - Sen. BEN BRUCE

    03/Feb/2017 // 6728 Viewers

     

    Ben Murray Bruce, lawmaker representing Bayelsa east senatorial district, believes it is not enough to check kidnapping through capital punishment, but that drastic measures should be equally taken about looting of public funds.

    Known for his radical stance on issues, the entertainment mogul took to Twitter to question governors on what they are doing to make corruption less attractive.

    “Many state governors have signed laws condemning kidnappers to death. My question is does the law apply to those who kidnap public funds?” he wrote on Twitter.

    Bruce’s tweet comes two days after Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, endorsed death penalty for kidnapping.

    Speaking while signing the anti-kidnapping bill into law, Ambode said the spate of abduction in the state had reached a level that require decisive action from government.

    “Security is of utmost importance to our administration and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos,” he had said.

    “It is important that we ensure that everything we do in respect of this anti-kidnapping law is in good faith and good spirit to eradicate the issue of kidnapping once and for all in the state.”

    Ambode added that the justice system would be activated to execute the anti-kidnapping law to the letter.

    Human rights group Amnesty International is against death penalty.


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