Housing Scheme For Policemen Nearly Completed – IGP

IGP on police housing schemeThe Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said that construction for more than 25,000 housing units for police officers is underway with some at various levels of completion across four zones in the country.

The IGP made the statement at the Oyo State Police Command in Eleyele Command Headquarters, Ibadan on Friday.

In an interview with Channels Television after addressing members of Oyo State Police Command, Mr Arase disclosed that he remained committed to the welfare of the Police throughout Nigeria.

He added that the force headquarters has signed an MOU with UN Habitat and Shelter Afrique in Kenya to build various categories of mass housing schemes capable of reintegrating Police operatives properly into the society during service and after retirement.

Mr Arase sued for the collaboration of well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to shift their focus to help provide basic shelter for the Police and rehabilitate the barracks that are currently in bad shape across the country.

Disclosing that the first phase of 100 units would be ready for use in the first quarter of 2016 and handed over to Police officers, the IGP further encouraged better participation from all and sundry in the fight against terrorism as government alone cannot achieve success without people actively participating.

He added that a new scholarship scheme has also been introduced to help children of Policemen get quality education.

Muslims Shield Christians In Kenya Bus Attack

Muslims Shield Christians In Kenya Bus AttackThere has been a great show of unity and love in Kenya where a group of Muslims travelling on a bus protected Christian passengers after they were ambushed by Islamist gunmen.

Eyewitnesses said that the Muslims refused to be split into groups as they told the militants “to kill them together or leave them alone”.

BBC said that at least two people were killed in the attack, near the north-eastern village of El Wak on the Somali border.

The Somali based al-Shabab group has claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack.

The bus was travelling from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi to the town of Mandera.

Fake Bomb Grounds Air France In Kenya

Air franceAn Air France passenger jet has been forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a fake bomb was found in a toilet.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777 was on its way from Mauritius to Paris when it was evacuated at Mombasa airport where the suspicious device was taken away for examination.

Air France Chief, Frederic Gagey, later said it was made of a cardboard box, paper and a timer.

The plane, carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew, had left Mauritius at 01:00 GMT and had been due to fly directly to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

Several passengers from the flight have been questioned by Kenyan Police.

Mr Gagey told reporters that the airline would press charges against those responsible.

But he denied there had been any problem with security checks in Mauritius. He maintained that the device contained no explosives, and so would not have been detected.

Pope Francis Celebrates Rain-Soaked Mass In Kenya

popePope Francis has celebrated a huge mass at a university campus in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Crowds waited in the rain at the University of Nairobi sports ground, since the early hours of Thursday. More than one million people were expected to attend the mass.

Pope Francis made a plea for traditional values, saying “the health of any society depends on the health of its families”.

Earlier, the Pope urged Kenyans to work for peace and reconciliation on his first trip as pontiff to Africa, amid a rise in militant violence.

He arrived in Kenya on Wednesday, the first stop on a three-nation tour.

Al-Shabab Bomb Attack Kills 15 In Mogadishu Hotel

Mogadishu Hotel attackAt least 15 people have been killed after Al-Shabab islamist militants attacked a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Police said the gunmen drove into the Sahafi Hotel compound using a vehicle packed with explosives, before storming the building.

Victims include, a Member of Parliament, the owner of the hotel and General Abdikarim Dhagabadan, who led the 2012 offensive that drove Al-Shabab out of Mogadishu.

African Union Troops and government forces, however, said that they have regained control of the hotel after a fierce gun battle.

The hotel is popular with Somalia’s Members of Parliament.

A website associated with Al-Shabab claimed responsibility, saying that fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked group had infiltrated the hotel after an explosion.

The attack came a day after deadly clashes between jihadist fighters and African Union (AU) troops in the Bakool region near the border with Ethiopia.

The militants have also targeted neighbouring countries, killing almost 150 people in an assault on Garissa University College in Kenya in April.

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Nominee List

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Norminee ListTwo Nigerian internationals have been shortlisted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a 37-man list for the 2015 African Footballer of the year.

Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, who recently announced his retirement from international football made the list released by CAF on Sunday.

The current African Player of the year, Yaya Toure is also on the list.

England-based players Riyad Mahrez from Algeria, Yannick Bolasie of DR Congo, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Mame Diouf from Senegal, Kenya’s Victor Wanyama and Gabon skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on the list.

Meanwhile, no Nigerian player plying their trade in the domestic league made the shortlist of 24 players shortlisted for the African player of the year based in Africa.

Nigerian Rugby Team In Group B For 2016 Olympic Qualifiers

rugbyNational Rugby team, the Black Stallions of Nigeria, have been drawn in Pool B alongside Zimbabwe, Uganda and Zambia for the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be staged in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 14 to 15.

Despite Zimbabwe being already tipped as Group B favorites, Coach of the Black Stallions, Fabian Juries, said that the team is well prepared for the challenge where only the winner in the group qualifies for Rio Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, in Group A, Kenya, who is a strong force in Africa rugby, will tackle Madagascar, Senegal and Mauritius.

In Group C, Tunisia and Morrocco have been grouped together with Namibia and Bostwana.

Kenya At Crossroads, With Challenges And Promise – Obama

obama in kenyaUS President, Barack Obama, during his visit to Kenya praised its economic and political advances, but also warned of the challenges ahead.

While in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, President Obama said corruption, terrorism and tribal or ethnic division are threats to its future.

According to Obama, Kenya is at crossroads, a moment filled with insecurity but enormous promise.

The American President also added that the young Kenyans nowadays do not need to serve a colonial master or leave the country – like his grandfather and father did.

He said: “Because of Kenya’s progress, because of your potential, you can build your future right here, right now”.

Obama Praises Africa’s Economic, Business Potential

Barack-Obama-on-Buhari-VisitU.S President, Barack Obama, has praised Africa’s economic and business potential.

President Obama made the statement while giving his speech at a business summit in Nairobi on Saturday.

The U.S President said that “Africa is on the move, people are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up and the middle class is growing.

“People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up, the middle class is growing and young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business.”

President Obama told young entrepreneurs and businesspeople that Africa needed to be a “future hub of global growth”, adding that governments had to ensure that corruption was not allowed to flourish.

He later visited a memorial for those killed in the 1998 U.S Embassy bombing.

President Obama arrived in Kenya late Friday when President Kenyatta greeted him as he stepped off Air Force One.

“It is wonderful to be back in Kenya,” President Obama said.

“I’m proud to be the first U.S President to visit Kenya, and obviously this is personal for me. My father came from these parts.”

His schedule includes security talks with Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Obama Embarks On Trip To Kenya

obamaPresident Barack Obama has embarked on a trip to Kenya, his first trip to his father’s homeland as President.

The U.S President is expected in Nairobi later on Friday.

The tour kicked off a swing through Africa which would also include a stop in Ethiopia.

President Obama is expected to meet with family members while in Nairobi, but he would not be traveling to the village most closely associated with his family name.

The trip would focus otherwise on security and economic initiatives as the President shores up his legacy on the African continent.

President Obama has been to his home town as a U.S Senator.

The President’s trip to Kenya in the summer of 2006 was part of a 17-day, six-nation tour of Africa that included a visit to his father’s village of Kogelo in the fertile hills of East Africa.

During his visit in 2006, he lingered in Kenya, venturing deep into Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, delivering an impromptu speech with a bullhorn as throngs of people gathered to see him.

Pan African Parliament Holds Talks On Xenophobia, Insecurity Others

Pan African ParliamentThe 6th Ordinary session of the 3rd Pan African Parliament has begun in Midrand near Johannesburg, South Africa.

The meeting, with the African Union aligned theme of Women Empowerment, is expected to discuss some pressing issues which include xenophobia, migrant deaths and insecurity.

Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, a special guest at the opening session did not stop at listing the continent’s various challenges.

He suggested that good governance, bridge building beyond lip service, intra-African trade, jobs for youths and tackling the roots of insecurity would bring desired good to Africans.

Last month, at least seven persons were killed in South Africa in xenophobic attacks that started in Kwazulu-Natal province. Locals were demanding that foreigners should leave their communities.

An influential Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, was accused of fuelling the xenophobic attacks after local media quoted him as saying that foreigners should leave South Africa.

In West Africa, a terrorist group, Boko Haram, has attacked communities in Nigeria, Niger Republic and Cameroon in the last few years.

They are attempting to establish an Islamic State in the region, with their strong hold in north-east Nigeria.

A Multi-National Joint Task Force was established to tackle the dissidents group, but they have continued to attack towns and villages in Nigeria’s north-east.

 

At Least Nine UN Workers Die In Bomb Attack

UN-workers bomb blast attackTwo Kenyans and seven Somali guards have been killed in a bomb attack on a vehicle carrying workers to the United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland, police said.

A police officer, Mohamed Abdi, said that  authorities suspect Islamist al Shabaab militants of carrying out the bombing in the northeastern city.

“A blast hit the bus carrying workers to the UN Office, at least nine people died,” he told Reuters. Six bystanders were wounded, he added.

Nicholas Kay, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, condemned the attack , saying on social media that he was “shocked and appalled by loss of life”.

Al Shabaab has staged several attacks against UN officials in Somalia in recent years, most often in the capital Mogadishu, where the UN has been helping a Western-backed government rebuild the country after more than 20 years of war.