June 28, 2018

Kenyan police ‘killed aristocrat Alexander Monson’

Kenyan police 'killed aristocrat Alexander Monson' Image copyright Monson Family Image caption Alexander Monson died in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of smoking cannabis A British aristocrat who died in custody in Kenya was beaten to death by police, an inquest has ruled. Alexander Monson, 28, son of Lord Nicholas Monson, was arrested for allegedly smoking cannabis in the Diani beach resort in May 2012. His family has always maintained he was killed by the police, while officers claimed he died of a drug overdose. Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo has recommended four officers be prosecuted. More from Lincolnshire According to the AFP news agency, Mr Odenyo said: "His death was not natural, neither was it due to drugs. "His life was cut short by the police and therefore, the director of public prosecution should prosecute the officers mentioned." The officers suspected of being involved - named as Naftali Chege, John Pamba, Charles Munyiri and Is..
June 28, 2018

‘Voodoo’ nurse Josephine Iyamu guilty of sex trafficking

'Voodoo' nurse Josephine Iyamu guilty of sex trafficking Image copyright Google Maps Image caption Josephine Iyamu will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court next week A British nurse has been convicted of trafficking five Nigerian women into Germany to work as prostitutes after subjecting them to voodoo rituals. Josephine Iyamu forced the women to swear oaths to hand over money to her during "juju" ceremonies. Iyamu, 51, formerly of Bermondsey, was convicted of five counts of arranging or facilitating travel for sexual exploitation at Birmingham Crown Court. Jurors also found her guilty of perverting the course of justice. The voodoo rituals saw the women forced to eat chicken hearts, drink blood containing worms, and have powder rubbed into cuts, the court heard. The case is the first in England and Wales in which a British citizen has been prosecuted for sexual trafficking offences committed outside the UK. Iyamu, who was born in Liberia, will be sentenced on Wednesday.
June 28, 2018

Stanley Kwenda: The rise of Senegal’s coach Aliou Cissé

The rise of Senegal's World Cup coach Aliou Cissé Image copyright Getty Images Sport Image caption Insiders say that Cissé - the only black coach at the World Cup - is a born leader with extraordinary willpower Senegal's national football team coach Aliou Cissé is a perfectionist. He is known for his attention to detail and no-nonsense approach. It's a trait that dates back to the time as captain of the Lions of Teranga. He led his country to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals in South Korea and Japan. That was a highlight in a career of mixed fortunes. In the same year, Senegal lost the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) final to Cameroon in Mali. He was to end his football career in 2005 without a trophy for his country. That failure has spurred him on to succeed as a coach. Sheer determinationSalif Diao, who played with Cissé between 2000 to 2005, remembers him as a fighter. "The day we lost 2002 Afcon final to Cameroon, we were sharing rooms," Diao says. "Cissé was so gu..
June 28, 2018

Kenya fire: Several dead in Nairobi market

Kenya fire: Several dead in Nairobi market Image copyright AFP Image caption The Gikomba is one of Nairobi's largest markets At least 15 people have been killed in a fire in a market in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. More than 50 people were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the middle of the night destroying many properties. The Gikomba is one of the largest open-air markets in the city and fires there are frequent, leading to speculation about possible arson attacks, The Standard newspaper says. However, the cause of the current fire is not known. Some of the victims were burned while others inhaled poisonous fumes as they tried to salvage their property. Pictures from Reuters news agency showed people searching the wreckage and ash. The injured have been rushed to different hospitals across the city.
June 27, 2018

Surf competition accused of ‘sexism’ over prize money

Surf competition accused of 'sexism' over prize money Image copyright The Ballito Pro Image caption Rio Waida (left) won twice as much as Zoe Steyn Organisers of a junior surf competition in South Africa have been accused of sexism after discrepancies in the prize money awarded to the male and female winners. Rio Waida and Zoe Steyn claimed first place in the boys' and girls' 2018 Billabong Junior Series Ballito Pro event on Sunday. A photograph of the pair posing with their winners' cheques has drawn waves of criticism online, as Rio is shown to have won double Zoe's prize. The photograph, which was posted to the competition's Facebook page, has been shared widely - and sparked discussion about gender equality. Skip Facebook post by The Ballito Pro Meet your 2018 Billabong Junior Series Ballito Pro Junior winners, Rio Waida (Indonesia) and Zoe Steyn (East London, SA)... Posted by The Ballito Pro on Sunday, 24 June 2018 Report End of Facebook post by..
June 27, 2018

Algeria’s powerful police chief Gen Abdelghani Hamel sacked

Algeria's powerful police chief Gen Abdelghani Hamel sacked Image copyright AFP Image caption Abdelghani Hamel used to head the Republican Guard, responsible for the president's security Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika has sacked his powerful police chief, who was seen as a possible successor to the 81-year-old head of state. Gen Abdelghani Hamel had led the police since 2010. No reason was given for the 62-year-old's dismissal but it comes amid a drug-trafficking scandal that has shaken the establishment. The police have denied media reports that the general's personal chauffeur was involved in smuggling cocaine. BBC Africa Live: More on this and other stories Behind the ousting of Algeria's secretive spy chief However, the force admitted that one of its fleet of drivers had been arrested in connection with the case involving the seizure of more than 700kg (1,540lb) of cocaine from a container ship in May. The shipment, destined for a prominent business..
June 27, 2018

ECOWAS and Spain strengthens collaboration on migration and development in the region

l-r,Albert Siaw-Boateng, Director Free movement and Mr. Konzi Tei, Commissioner for Customs, Trade,Free Movement Abuja, 27th June 2018. The Ambassador of Spain to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Nigeria, Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena reiterated the commitment of the Spanish government to support Member States in harmonizing migration policies and promoting free movement of people, goods and services. The Ambassador made this known at the 11th meeting of the ECOWAS/Spanish fund on migration and development on 26th June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. The ECOWAS Commissions’ Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement, Konzi Tèi, in his comments during the meeting stated that free movement and the management of migration is one of the pillars of regional integration in West Africa. ‘Hence the meeting has been convened in order to consider proposals for ensuring that realistic and effective corrective actions are implemented in migration and the development of the..
June 27, 2018

ECOWAS and Germany reiterate commitment to curb illegal migration in West Africa

l-r,Mrs. Koroma and Mr. Schlagheck Abuja, 27th June 2018. The Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mrs. Finda Koroma reiterated the Commissions’ commitment to cooperating with the German government in order to address the menace of illegal migration and its effects on the region. Mrs. Finda Koroma emphasized this while receiving the Ambassador of Germany to ECOWAS and Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Schlagheck during a courtesy visit to the ECOWAS Commission on 26th June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. She described the illegal migration of youth in the region as a ‘brain drain’ which affects the economy of ECOWAS Member States as they could be gainfully employed, pay taxes and contribute meaningfully to the society. The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission noted that the youth in the poorest areas of West Africa are more susceptible to illegal migration due to lowly standards of living and insufficient employment opportunities. On his part, ..
June 27, 2018

ECOWAS Commission tasks journalists to be conflict sensitive reporters

L-R Ligbi Midjida(DPKRS), Nikiema Dieudonne, Stefania Marrone,Dr. Ajibewa, Mr. Arthur. Obayuwana and Tunji Olonode Abuja, 27th June 2018. In order to help consolidate its peace building and conflict resolution processes, the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has enjoined journalists in the region to be conflict sensitive reporters. Opening a 3-Day Workshop on the role of the media in promoting peace and security in West Africa on the 25th of June 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) General Francis Behanzin, said the exercise will enable the building of effective channels of communication, visibility and networking towards the successful implementation of ECOWAS peace and security agenda. Speaking through the Director, Political Affairs Dr. Aderemi Ajibewa, the Commissioner charged the journalists, drawn from the 15-Member States of the Community, to be committed to the attain..
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