Four Killed As Windstorm Ravages Houses In Yobe

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A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Four persons have been killed, with several others injured after a windstorm wreaked havoc on the Hashimeri ward of Damaturu, Yobe State.

Also, no fewer than 35 houses were destroyed in the incident.

The windstorm which started at 11.00 pm on Saturday and lasted for only 20 minutes, destroyed houses in the local settlements built with bricks.

Other places affected include Nayinawa and Abacha wards of the state capital.

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The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Muhammad Goje, confirmed the development to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

He said that no death was recorded but 17 persons were evacuated and are receiving free treatments at the state Specialists Hospital in Damaturu.

Similarly, Damaturu residents lamented that an incident is almost an annual event and called on the government to provide a lasting solution to the issue.

Torrential rainstorms and windstorms have been affecting the north-eastern state recently.

On May 10, a heavy rainstorm claimed five lives in Damaturu. It was gathered that the storm was accompanied by a strong wind, which pulled down houses and destroyed several properties.

The State Emergency Management Agency had then confirmed that five people died and 42 sustained various degrees of injuries during the storm.

Director of Rescue at SEMA, Baba Jalo, explained that those who died were killed in buildings that collapsed during the storm.

He said the storm-damaged properties in different parts of the metropolis, including Maisadari, Nayinawa, and Pompomari, he attributed the strong wind to the impact of climate.

Medical Staff To Be Tried For Maradona Death

In this file photo taken on November 02, 2019, Gimnasia y Esgrima team coach Diego Armando Maradona gestures to supporters as he leaves the field after an Argentina First Division Superliga football match against Estudiantes, at El Bosque stadium, in La Plata, Buenos Aires province, Argentina.  ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP

 

Eight medical personnel will stand trial for alleged criminal negligence in the death of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, according to a court ruling made public on Wednesday.

No date has been set for the trial of the staff over Maradona’s death in 2020, which prosecutors say was due to “omissions” by his caregivers who abandoned him “to his fate” during home hospitalization.

Maradona died aged 60 while recovering from brain surgery for a blood clot, and after decades of battles with cocaine and alcohol addictions.

He was found dead in bed two weeks after going under the knife, in a rented house in an exclusive Buenos Aires neighborhood to where he was brought after being discharged from the hospital.

He was found to have died of a heart attack.

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A panel of 20 medical experts convened by Argentina’s public prosecutor concluded last year that Maradona’s treatment was rife with “deficiencies and irregularities.”

It said the footballer “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility.

The experts found his caregivers had abandoned the idolized player to his fate for a “prolonged, agonizing period” leading up to his death.

‘Reckless’ Treatment

Charged in the case are neurosurgeon and family doctor Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, psychologist Carlos Diaz, medical coordinator Nancy Forlini and four others including two nurses.

Prosecutors had asked that the defendants be tried for negligent homicide, stating they “were the protagonists of an unprecedented, totally deficient and reckless hospitalization at home.”

They risk sentences ranging from eight to 25 years in prison. All have denied responsibility.

An investigation was opened following a complaint filed by two of Maradona’s five children against Luque, whom they blame for their father’s deterioration after the operation.

Maradona is widely considered one of the greatest footballers in history.

The former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli star suffered from liver, kidney and cardiovascular disorders when he died.

He became an idol to millions of Argentines after he inspired the South American country to only their second World Cup triumph in 1986.

The court ruling ordering the composition of a trial bench came as Argentina celebrated its Day of the Footballer commemorating Maradona’s performance in the 1986 quarter final against England — when he scored the infamous “hand of God” goal and then the “Goal of the Century” as voted in a FIFA poll.

His death shocked fans around the world, and tens of thousands queued to file past his coffin, draped in the Argentine flag, at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires amid three days of national mourning.

AFP

Three Killed As Rainstorm Ravages Houses In Katsina

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

At least three persons have died with several others injured following a ravaging of houses by a rainstorm in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The rainstorm started on Saturday and lasted till Sunday, a situation that forced many houses to cave and their roofs were blown out.

Channels Television gathered that the disaster occurred in Nasarawa and Matsiga communities, all in Kankara local council.

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According to an eyewitness, one of the victims died when the walls of her room which were made up of soil and mud blocks completely collapsed on her.

The spokesman for the  Kankara Local Government Area, Malam Abdulkarim Sani also confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Sunday.

He announced that the victims were all buried on Sunday morning according to Islamic rites, adding that staff at the information unit of the council, simply identified as Surajo Zabo also lost his wife during the incident.

But the Katsina State Emergency Management Agency is yet to react to the incident.

When contacted, officials of the agency failed to comment or respond to inquiries on the issue.

Heavy Rains Leave 10 Dead, Thousands Displaced In China

The Chinese map.

 

Ten people have died in central China as torrential rains lashed Hunan province, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands, state media reported.

The downpours, which began on June 1, have forced the evacuation of around 286,000 people, with more than 2,700 homes collapsed or seriously damaged, the official Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, 10 people were killed and three were missing, Hunan provincial official Li Dajian said, according to the agency.

“Heavy rains have caused the water levels of rivers and lakes to rise significantly,” the provincial government said in a statement on Thursday.

“The whole province at all levels is responding actively and making every effort to prevent (disasters).”

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The rains have impacted almost all of Hunan province with some weather stations reporting “historic levels” of precipitation, Xinhua said.

It cited local authorities as saying 1.79 million people have been “affected”, without providing details.

Authorities have sent tents, foldable beds, food and clothing to the stricken areas, Xinhua added.

Floods are fairly common in central and southern China, where the humid summer often brings heavy rains.

China experienced its worst floods in a decade last year when deluges in central regions killed more than 300 people.

Scores died in floods and mudslides in the worst-hit city of Zhengzhou, where residents also became trapped in subway carriages, underground car parks and tunnels.

Experts believe that disaster was likely made worse by human-induced climate change.

AFP

Nollywood Actor Leo Mezie Dies From Kidney Complications

Nollywood Actor Leo Mezie is dead

 

Nollywood actor Leo Mezie has died from kidney complications.

Leo Mezie was said to have died on Saturday after a long battle with the disease.

He had earlier undergone a transplant about four years ago and was reported to have later done another last week when he developed complications and died along the line.

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Nollywood actress, Chioma Toplis made the announcement on Monday via her Instagram page.

“Actor Leo Mezie is dead. He died on Saturday in Abuja while recovering from a kidney transplant. His corpse has been moved to Umuahia, his hometown. RIP Leo,” she wrote.

Kenya’s Former President Kibaki Dead At 90

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 23, 2010 President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki delivers his address during the 65th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.  (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

 

 

Former Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki, who led the East African country for more than a decade, has died, his successor Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Friday. He was 90.

“it is a sad day for us as a country. We have lost a great leader,” Kenyatta said in an address on state television.

He ordered a period of national mourning until sunset on the day Kibaki is to be buried, with all flags to be flown at half-mast.

Kibaki served as Kenya’s third president, from 2002 to 2013.

“As a leading figure in Kenya’s post-independence history… Kibaki earned the biding respect and affection of the people of this nation,” Kenyatta said.

“President Kibaki will forever be remembered as a gentleman in Kenya’s politics. A brilliant debater whose eloquence, wit and charm won the day time and time again.”

Football Rallies Around Cristiano Ronaldo After Death Of Baby Son

(FILES)Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez announced on April 18 that their newborn baby son has died. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

 

 

The football world rallied around Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez on Tuesday after they announced that their newborn son had died.

The 37-year-old Manchester United forward had revealed in a social media post last October that the couple was expecting twins.

In a post released on Monday on the Portuguese international’s Twitter account, they confirmed the birth of a baby girl.

“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel,” Ronaldo and Rodriguez said in a jointly signed statement.

“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support.

“We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time.”

The couple, who met during Ronaldo’s time at Real Madrid, have a four-year-old daughter together, while Ronaldo has three other children.

The announcement was met with widespread sympathy from across football.

“Your pain is our pain, Cristiano,” Manchester United tweeted. “Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time.”

 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez with family

 

On their web page, Real Madrid said that the club and its officials “deeply regret the death of one of the children that our beloved Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, were expecting”.

“Real Madrid joins the grief of the whole family and wants to show them all our love and affection,” the Spanish giants said.

Rival clubs, among them Leeds United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, also sent condolences.

“All of us here at Liverpool FC send our deepest condolences to you, Georgina and the family,” Liverpool tweeted.

Ronaldo’s United teammates also joined the outpouring of sympathy.

“Thoughts are with you and Georgina, brother I’m so sorry,” forward Marcus Rashford wrote on Twitter.

Goalkeeper David de Gea responded to Ronaldo’s announcement with a simple heart emoji.

13 Gendarmes Killed In Northern Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres and is bordered by Mali to the northwest, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest.
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres and is bordered by Mali to the northwest, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest.

 

Gunmen killed at least 13 gendarmes in an ambush Sunday at Taparko, a mining town in Burkina Faso, the latest in a series of attacks in the north of the country.

“A team from the gendarmerie at Dori fell into an ambush set by armed individuals this afternoon near Taparko,” a security source told AFP. As well as the 13 confirmed dead, a number of other gendarmes were missing, the source added.

Another security source said reinforcements had been called in and were searching the sector for eight missing gendarmes.

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An additional eight gendarmes were wounded in the attack, two of them seriously, and they had been evacuated for treatment in Tougouri.

Taparko is a mining town regularly targeted by jihadist fighters.

Reports of this latest attack came as two people were killed and several others injured when a bus hit a landmine Sunday, also near Taparko.

And on Saturday, 11 people were killed in an attack on a gold mine at Baliata, also in the north. One witness told AFP some 30 attackers arrived on scooters.

Only days earlier, an attack on another gold mine in the region left 10 people dead.

Burkina Faso has been struggling with jihadist attacks since 2015, when militants linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group began mounting cross-border raids from Mali.

More than 2,000 people have died, according to an AFP toll.

The flashpoint “tri-border” area in the north is frequently targeted by Islamic State in the Greater Sahara and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) with deadly attacks against civilians and soldiers.

Attacks with homemade bombs have multiplied since 2018, costing the lives of around 300 people, civilians and military.

A junta seized power in Ouagadougou on January 24 and has made tackling the insurgency a priority. Ousted president Roch Marc Christian Kabore was unable to contain the insurgency.

AFP

Ex-Zambian President Rupiah Banda Is Dead

In this file photograph taken on March 15, 2012, former Zambian president Rupiah Banda addresses media representatives in Lusaka.  Joseph Mwenda / AFP

 

Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda died on Friday at the age of 85 after a long battle with colon cancer, his son Andrew told AFP.

“He is gone”, Andrew Banda told an AFP correspondent in Lusaka.

The southern African country’s fourth leader since independence from Britain served for three years from 2008 — a term remembered for economic growth and corruption allegations.

Banda was vice-president when his predecessor Levy Mwanawasa unexpectedly succumbed to a stroke, propelling him into the top job.

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But the veteran diplomat was defeated in 2011 elections, despite overseeing major economic growth during his tenure.

Zambia’s economy expanded during Banda’s brief presidency, mainly on the back of rising copper prices and a surge in Chinese investment.

He pursued a construction spree started under Mwanawasa, building much-needed roads, hospitals, and schools.

Zambia recorded a 7.6 percent increase in growth for 2011, up from 6.4 percent the previous year, for which Banda took credit.

He had hoped the economic uptick would convince voters to keep him in power.

Most of Zambia’s 17.9 million inhabitants, however, did not reap the benefits of mining and constructions booms.

Wealth accumulated in the hands of a few as corruption allegations surfaced, marring his reputation.

In September 2011, he was heavily defeated by opposition leader Michael Sata.

AFP

Former Super Eagles Player Justice Christopher Dies At 41

Former Super Eagles player, Justice Longs Christopher.

 

Former Super Eagles player, Justice Longs Christopher has died in Jos, North Central Nigeria.

The former footballer, who played as a midfielder, according to a family source, was hale and hearty on Tuesday as he attended the usual morning walkout, attended a political rally and had an engagement with friends and close associates at his hotel in Wholshe before retiring for the day.

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A cousin to the late player, Manasseh Dashuwa who deposited the corpse at the morgue told Channels Television that the former player did not show or exhibit any sign of illness on a fateful day as he was full of life and was his jovial self until he retired to his room for the night.

He explained that the scream of the deceased from his room attracted others as the room was locked and was forcefully opened where the former player was found gasping for breath and was rushed to a nearby hospital but gave up the ghost and was confirmed dead by medical personnel.

Besides playing for the Super Eagles, Christopher also played for several club sides in Nigeria and overseas.

He played for Katsina United and moved to Sharks FC and to Insurance FC before journeying abroad to Belgium to dorn the jersey of Antwerp FC. He also played for Levski Sofia of Bulgaria, Trelleborg of Sweden as well as Vladikavkaz of Russia before returning home to play for Nasarawa United.

Six Killed In Australian ‘Rain Bomb’ Floods

The overflowing Brisbane River is seen from South Bank, Australia’s Queensland state on February 27, 2022. Patrick HAMILTON / AFP

 

Flooding on Australia’s east coast claimed another life overnight, bringing the death toll from the extreme weather to six as a “rain bomb” continued to move south Sunday.

Police in the state of Queensland said a 34-year-old man had died after his car became submerged in floodwaters around 2:30 am on Sunday (1530 GMT Saturday).

While the man was able to free himself from his vehicle and tried to swim to safety, he failed to surface and his body was found a short time later.

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Huge downpours have battered eastern Australia for the better part of a week, unleashing decades-high floods, inundating homes and roads, and sweeping away cars.

Adrian Schrinner, lord mayor of Queensland’s capital city Brisbane, described the weather system as a “rain bomb above South East Queensland”.

State premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pleaded that people living in Brisbane stay home as the weather system moved south Sunday into major residential areas.

“This water is unrelenting at the moment,” she said.

With intense rain expected to continue into next week, more than 1,400 homes in Brisbane were at risk from the floodwaters, she said.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for vast swathes of Queensland and northern New South Wales, with more than 300 mm (11.8 inches) falling in some areas in the last 24 hours.

Police continue to search for a man in his 70s who fell into the Brisbane River on Friday.

AFP

India Court Sentences 38 To Death Over 2008 Bombings

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

An Indian court sentenced 38 people to death on Friday over a string of bomb blasts in 2008 that killed dozens in the city of Ahmedabad, in one of the country’s biggest mass death sentences.

Coordinated attacks in western Gujarat state’s commercial hub in 2008 killed 56, launching shrapnel through markets, buses, and other public places.

An Islamist group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility, saying the blasts were revenge for the 2002 religious riots in Gujarat that left some 1,000 people dead.

The court on Friday convicted 49 people over the attacks, in which more than 200 were injured.

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“Special court judge A R Patel awarded death sentence to 38 out of the 49 convicted,” public prosecutor Amit Patel said.

“Eleven of the convicted were sentenced to life imprisonment till death… The court has considered the case as rarest of the rare,” he said.

The convicted were all found guilty of murder and criminal conspiracy. Nearly 80 people were charged but 28 were acquitted.

The marathon trial lasted over a decade thanks to India’s labyrinthine legal system, with more than 1,100 witnesses called to testify.

It was dragged out by procedural delays, including a legal battle by four of the accused to retract confessions.

Police also foiled a 2013 attempt by more than a dozen of the defendants to tunnel their way out of jail using food plates as digging tools.

All 77 accused have been held in custody for years, with the exception of one who was bailed after a schizophrenia diagnosis.

1,000 Dead 

Ahmedabad was the centre of deadly 2002 religious riots that saw at least 1,000 people — mostly Muslims — hacked, shot and burned to death in an orgy of sectarian violence that sent shock waves around the world.

It was prompted by the killing of 59 Hindus in a train fire — a case in which 31 Muslims were convicted for criminal conspiracy and murder — on the way back from one of Hinduism’s most sacred sites.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at the time head of the Gujarat state government and has subsequently been dogged by accusations that he turned a blind eye to the unrest.

Modi, from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was cleared of conspiracy but for a time was subject to travel bans imposed by the United States and others.

India was rocked by several lethal bomb attacks in 2008 claimed by the Indian Mujahideen group — with dozens killed in the capital New Delhi and northern tourist city of Jaipur.

In November of that year, 166 people were killed by gunmen armed with explosive devices, in a coordinated assault on hotels and other high-profile targets in Mumbai that was blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

Death row

Capital punishment remains an integral part of the Indian criminal justice system.

The number of prisoners on death row at the end of 2021 stood at 488, according to a report by Project 39A, a law reforms advocacy group.

The last execution was in March 2020, when four men convicted of the rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi were hanged.

AFP