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Boko Haram Claims Nigeria’s Schoolboys Abduction

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West Africa’s terrorist group, Boko Haram, says its members are behind the recent attack on a boarding school in Katsina, north-western Nigeria.

News Central reported the group’s raid on Friday, last week at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara and kidnap of some students. While the Nigerian government claimed only 10 boys are still in captivity, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina said over 300 boys were abducted.

Masari, who in the wake of the kidnapped ordered the indefinite closure of all boarding schools in the state, also added that the bandits had contacted the state government.

Claiming the attack on Monday, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in a four-minute audio message that his group carried out the attack “because Western education is against the tenets of Islam”.

“I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina,” said the leader of the group behind the 2014 abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Chibok. What happened in Katsina was done to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices as Western education is not the type of education permitted by Allah and his holy Prophet.”

Shekau did not give details about the attack, the number of schoolboys abducted or confirm reports of negotiations with the government.

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Nigerian Celebs Mourn Late U.S Broadcaster, Larry King

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Some Nigerian celebrities are mourning late American broadcaster, Larry King, who died on Saturday morning January 23, aged 87.

These celebrities took to their Instagram handles to pay tribute and mourn the ace broadcaster who had contributed immensely to American Journalism.

Veteran Nollywood Actress, Joke Silver wrote on her page with the broadcaster’s picture “Rest well Larry King. You were the king of interviews. Always polite, always listening”.

Renowned Comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka said “Legends don’t die, they transit to glory. Rest in peace Larry King”.

Also Ace Comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, popularly known as “Alibaba” mourned the late broadcaster saying “Rest on” with King’s picture displayed.

The Giant of American broadcasting, Larry King was reported to have battled health problems over the years like prostrate cancer and type-two diabetes.

Recall that he contracted the Coronavirus earlier in January.

King began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and gained prominence beginning in 1978 as host of The Larry King Show, an all-night nationwide call-in radio programme heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1985 to 2010.

He hosted the nightly interview television programme Larry King Live on CNN.

His works were recognised with awards including two Peabody, an Emmy award and 10 Cable Ace awards.

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Cyclone Eloise Rages on Africa’s East Coast, Leaves Several Dead

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Power utility EDM said power supplies were shut down as the cyclone uprooted some electricity poles thereby damaging power lines.

Also walls around low-lying buildings collapsed, swaths of land were flooded and vehicles were submerged in water in Beira.

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Eswatini have also been impacted by the recent rains.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department has advised communities in Jozini, Mtubatuba, Ulundi and Umlalazi areas and its surroundings to be vigilant over the stormy weather.

Cogta spokesperson Nonala Ndlovu
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“We are trying as hard as we can to make sure that people predicted to be on the path on that storm are moved.

Those that can be moved so that when the storm hits, they are not severely affected”

Cyclone Eloise originated close to Madagascar where, there was at least one death, swamped settlements and displacement.

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More Casualties as Cyclone Eloise Sweeps Africa’s East Coast

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At least nine people have died and many gone missing on Saturday after Tropical Cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique bringing rain and powerful winds of around 130 kilometers per hour.

Now identified as a category 2 tropical cyclone, most of Eloise’s victims died in the worst-hit port city of Beira, most of them killed by collapsing buildings and falling trees.

The South African Weather Service on Sunday warned residents in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo
Mpumalanga to expect flash floods and heavy winds as tropical cyclone Eloise made its way inland.

Property was damaged due to flooding in Mozambique’s coastal city of Beira when the cyclone hit the country on Saturday.

Beira, Mozambique’s second largest city was devastated by Cyclone Idai less than two years ago.

Power utility EDM said power supplies were shut down as the cyclone uprooted some electricity poles thereby damaging power lines.

Also walls around low-lying buildings collapsed, swaths of land were flooded and vehicles were submerged in water in Beira.

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Eswatini have also been impacted by the recent rains.

Forecaster Lulamo Pheme said while the cyclone had since lost its strength, the level nine alert for possible disruptive rains remained.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department has advised communities in Jozini, Mtubatuba, Ulundi and Umlalazi areas and its surroundings to be vigilant over the stormy weather.

Cogta spokesperson, Nonala Ndlovu, said
“We are trying as hard as we can to make sure that people predicted to be on the path on that storm are moved.

Those who can be moved so that when the storm hits, they are not severely affected”

Cyclone Eloise originated close to Madagascar where, there was at least one death, swamped settlements and displacements.

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