30 Killed In Clashes In Chad’s Gold-Rush Region



More than 30 people have died in northern Chad after Arab fighters, crossing from neighbouring Libya, attacked miners in a region in the grip of a gold rush, rights activists said Sunday.

The clashes broke out on Thursday in the Kouri Bougoudi area of the Tibesti border region, the Chadian Convention for the Defence of Human Rights (CTDDH) said in a statement.

At least 30 gold miners were killed and more than 200 wounded, it said.

Abdul Aziz Youssouf Mustapha, a Chadian with the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), said the fighters attacked all “non-Arabs” who had come to Kouri Bougoudi in search of gold.

All miners were forced off the gold-mining area on Saturday, he said.

A military source confirmed that there had been fighting but did not give further details.

Many of the miners hailed from the Ouaddai region in central-eastern Chad. Sources among the Ouaddai community also confirmed there had been clashes in Kouri Bougoudi.

Kouri Bougoudi has been a theatre of violence since discoveries of gold were made there in 2012 and 2013.

Miners have rushed in from around Chad and abroad, leading to friction over access to lucrative sites.

The CTDDH accuses the government of orchestrating a takeover of the area by using Arab fighters.

The government has given authorisation to several mining companies to exploit the deposits.

In August, it carried out a military operation in the far north aimed at “clearing out” illegal miners and stopping cross-border incursions from Chadian rebels holed up in Libya.


Indian Officials Arrest Smugglers With Gold Hidden In Their Rectums

This file photo taken on August 24, 2017 shows the Indian Supreme Court building in New Delhi. PHOTO: SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP

Gold smugglers are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to get the metal past customs, Indian officials say, after nearly a dozen people were caught with bullion stashed in their rectums.

India is the world’s second-largest consumer of gold and smuggling has been increasing since duties were raised on the precious metal, an essential part of religious festivals and weddings.

Customs officials acting on a tip-off Sunday detained a group of crafty gold mules as their plane from Sri Lanka touched down in the southern city of Madurai.

“Eleven passengers had concealed some 32 to 50 grams (1.1 to 1.8 ounces) each in their rectums. Another 17 had hidden gold in their luggage,” a senior Directorate of Revenue Intelligence official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The value of the haul was more than 30 million rupees ($500,000), he added.

Demand for gold peaks in the final months of the year as the wedding season gets going and preparations are made for the major Hindu festivals of Diwali and Dussehra.

There has been a rise in smuggling since duties on gold were raised in 2013. But secreting the valuable metal inside a body cavity has really only caught on recently, officials say.

“It seems to be a new trend that has caught up in the last 7-8 months. Since the amounts of gold are not huge, it is easier for them to escape detection,” the customs official said.

The bars are usually wrapped in plastic and shaped like a battery to ease insertion and removal, he said.

“They stuff it in on boarding and then take it out so it is not uncomfortable during the flight. Just before disembarking the plane, they put it back there again,” he said.

“All this is done meticulously so as not to cause any bruise or injury.”

The World Gold Council estimates smuggling networks imported up to 120 tonnes of gold into India in 2016.

Bangladesh has emerged as a major route for smuggled bullion into neighbouring India, with authorities seizing a record 1.5 tonnes at airports in the past three years and arresting more than 100 people.

Smugglers have become more creative as their schemes have been uncovered, with authorities discovering gold bars sewn in clothes or hidden inside traffickers’ bodies and some using wheelchairs to conceal their illicit cargo.


Rio Olympics: Nadal And Lopez Win Gold For Spain

Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, French OpenSpanish tennis players, Rafa Nadal and Marc Lopez won the Olympic men’s doubles tennis title on Friday, after beating Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau to win gold for their country.

The Spanish duo beat Mergea and Tecau 6-2 3-6 6-4 to secure their country’s third gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Meanwhile, American duo Steve Johnson and Jack Sock beat Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-2 6-4 to clinch bronze.

Rio Olympics 2016: Phelps Wins 21st Gold Medal

Michael PhelpsOlympic legendary swimmer, Michael Phelps, on Tuesday, added his 20th and 21st Gold to his tally of Olympic Gold medals.

The American won Gold as he triumphed in the 200m butterfly and the 4x200m freestyle relay.

According to reports, the 31-year-old powered home to win the 200m butterfly in a time of 1:53.36 to avenge his London defeat rival, Chad le Clos while USA took gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

FG Seeks Partnership To Harness Solid Minerals

Solid Minerals-Kayode FayemiThe Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, says Nigeria can generate five trillion Naira annually ‎from mining and exporting of its vast solid mineral deposits.

Dr. Fayemi made the observation while in a meeting with other experts on Friday at the third Dr. John Agboola Odeyemi Lecture held at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

He expressed hope that the development would be accompanied with several multiplier effects on job creation and social infrastructure in various states across Nigeria.

The Minister added that Nigeria’s potentially most beneficial solid minerals such as: limestone, coal, diatomite, gold and silver among others were spread around the country.

He said it was necessary for the Federal, State and Local governments to partner with private investors, to harness the resources and turn it to a win-win situation for the nation.

In his speech at the event, Dr. Agboola, who was marking his 77th birthday, could not agree less with the Minister.

Other speakers at the event tagged ‘Harnessing Our Natural and Cultural Heritage for National Development’, were ‎the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Chairman of the occasion, Professor John Alo and a representative of the Vice Chancellor of OAU, Professor Omolayo Ajayi.

YBNL Star, Adekunle Gold Reveals Title Of Debut Album

Adekunle GoldUrban Highlife singer, Adekunle Gold has revealed the title of the full body of work – GOLD.

In a telephone chat with Channels TV’s Entertainment News presenter, Mayowa Ogundele, the ‘Orente’ crooner said that although he’s keeping details of guest features close to his chest, the album will be released sometime between May and June and it will contain many surprises.

“It’s in the works. If I’m featuring anybody or not, I am not ready to say yet, but, definitely there are surprises on the album’.

He described the album as ‘a piece of a mind’ as he tells different stories about his life experiences as well as the stories of other people.

“I’ve been working round the clock to make sure it’s an amazing one”, he said, adding that Pheelz, Oscar and Seyi Keys are some of the producers working on the album.

According to him, the album will be one big ‘gist’, an avenue for him to tell stories he didn’t get a chance to tell. “I’m just to gist about everything”, he said.

Adekunle Gold took Nigeria’s music industry by storm with the release of his debut song as a solo artiste, Sade, a story about his reluctant love interest, which has been followed by two more hits – Orente, Pick Up and now a new track he calls Ready.

His unique sound, a rhythmic story-telling delivery have seen him win top awards – All Africa Music Awards, Headies – within a short time of making his entry into the industry.

With the release of ‘Ready’, a song in which he professes his readiness to be in love, the YBNL star is, perhaps, telling the world that his debut album is READY.


Miners Urges Buhari To Revive Solid Mineral Sector

Mining-of-solid-mineralWhile Nigerians await a new federal cabinet, miners under the Progressive Miners Empowerment Association have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to revive the solid minerals sector.

At a media briefing in Abuja on Saturday, the National President of the association, Mr Sunday Ekozien, said a group of miners had taken hold of the sector to the detriment of the nation’s economy.

Mr Ekozien, who is a former National Chairman of the Mining Association of Nigeria, urged the Federal Government to unravel and remove the cartel which he said had roots in the ministry.precious-Stone

Nigeria has paid little attention to the solid mineral sector since it generates its revenue mainly from sales of crude oil.

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Nigeria is richly endowed with a variety of solid minerals of various categories ranging from precious metals to various stones and also industrial minerals such as barytes ,gypsum, kaolin and marble.

Much of these are yet to be exploited.

Madagascar Names New Minister

Hery Rajaonarimampianina says government is ready to alleviate poverty

Madagascar President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, on Sunday announced the replacement of eight ministers, including a new finance minister, after dissolving the government earlier this month amid mounting public frustration over power and other issues.

Air force commander and businessman, Jean Ravelonarivo, was sworn in as the new premier.

There were innovations in the Ministries of health, culture, trade among others. While 22 other ministers maintained their jobs.

Maurice Gervais Rakotoarimanana, an accountant who has worked with the World Bank, would be the next Minister of Finance and budget.

The president said in a press conference that special attention would be given to building the energy sector saying, “This government is ready to fight. Ready to fight against poverty, ready to fight for the development of infrastructure, for education, for health”.

The mineral-rich island nation has been struggling to rebuild its economy which was crippled after a coup in 2009 that drove away donors and investors.

A peaceful election in 2013 has redeemed the nation a bit, but it is still struggling to impose stable government and economic. Challenges remain such as weaning the nation off fuel and electricity subsidies.

According to analysis by the International Monetary Fund released last week, Madagascar’s economy boosted about 3 percent in 2014, and could also increase by 5 percent this year if it can increase tax revenue and improve the business climate.

Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries, despite its reserves of nickel, cobalt, gold, uranium and other minerals.