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Liberia Seeks US Help To Probe Mysterious Death Of Finance Officials2 minutes read

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Liberia has asked the US to help probe the mysterious deaths of four senior officials in finance-related posts.

The deaths of Mr Emmanuel Nyeswua, whose remains were discovered in his apartment in the capital, Monrovia, on Saturday; an official at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) who died in a car crash in Monrovia on 4 October; and two other officials at the tax-collection agency who were found dead in a car in the city the next day, had sparked rumours of an assassination campaign.

To unravel the mystery, Liberia’s President George Weah has asked the US to help with investigations.

The president also asked Liberians not to speculate about the deaths and to await the outcome of investigations.

Weah said the US embassy in Monrovia had been asked to help, including in finding a pathologist to examine the corpses to determine what caused the deaths.

Weah had instructed Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean to coordinate his efforts with partners of the government, including the US.

Meanwhile, Information Minister, Ledgerhood Rennie, has defended the move to seek help from the US to investigate recent deaths, explaining that the Liberian government wanted a transparent investigation involving the best experts.

“Ourselves as government do not know what happened that is why we have launched a full scale investigation,” he said.

Mr Rennie said a preliminary report would determine if a criminal or non-criminal investigation is needed.

“People will come out with conspiracy theories and speculation about things when they happen. So we want to be clear and open so that tomorrow when the conclusions are made they can be convinced that whatever conclusions that are derived as a result of these investigations will be accepted by the public,” he said.

Mr Rennie said the investigation will involve the families of the deceased civil servants.

The officials who died include the head of the Internal Audit Agency, Emmanuel Nyeswua, and three other officials who worked for the Liberia Revenue Authority.

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Nigeria’s Ex-Minister Blasts Bola Tinubu Over Comments On Lekki Protesters

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Femi Fani-Kayode, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Bola Tinubu, a ruling All Progressives Party (APC) stalwart, over comments the latter made on Lekki protesters.

It would be recalled that soldiers had opened fire on a group of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Roundabout in Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos State, last Tuesday.

In a comment, Tinubu – a former governor of Lagos, had said the protesters also have questions to answer.

Reacting in a Facebook post titled – A BAT FROM HELL AND THE ASIWAJU OF BLOOD, Fani-Kayode wrote: “My dear Asiwaju Tinubu,
Even if the whole country is cowed and mesmerised by you and applauds your callousness, vanity, evil, subterfuge, deceit, ruthlessness, obsessive ambitions, lack of fear of God and doubkespeak I FFK, the Voice of the Voiceless, the Servant of Truth, the Lover of God, the Beloved of the Lord, the Otunba of Jogaland, the Sadaukin Shinkafi, the Odum Agu and the Odugwu Eze will not.

Your spell cannot silence, bind or blind me like it has done to others. I see you for what you are and your vain and boastful words here have confirmed it. To think I once loved and admired you gives me sleepless nights and goose pimples. How could I have been so blind?

When Baba Fasoranti’s daughter was murdered by Fulani herdsmen you made mockery of it, went to his house and asked “where are the cows?”
This was insensitive, callous and painful and all the more so because when the murderers of this much-loved and referred lady were eventually apprehended and arrested they were indeed Fulani herdsmen even though their cows were not arrested with them.

The latest episode in your catalogue of atrocities is that children that were protesting peacefully and asking for #EndSARS and an end to police brutality have been slaughtered at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos under your watch as National Leader of the APC.

Sadly instead of exhibiting any remorse or displaying any regret for this abominable atrocity, with a sheepish smile and a sneering and jocular tone, you had the sheer nerve and effrontery to say nothing other than that you are “still the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban?”

Yet what was even worse than this and what shocked and astounded all right-thinking people all the more was that you had the temerity to go on even further to say that the “casualties at the Lekki shooting have some questions to answer!”

You then asked, “how are they there?”, “how long were they there?” and “what kind of characters were they?”

How cruel can you be? Not a word of condolence or expression of commiseration to the families of the dead but instead you offered stupid questions and baseless accusations against their wards and children who were butchered in the most brutal circumstances and heartless manner.
You have no honor. You have no shame. You have no dignity. You have no self-respect. You have no decency. Children were murdered in our streets and this is all you have to say?

You are attempting to blame them for being shot to death and blown to pieces by a bunch of genocidal maniacs in uniform who subjected them to crimes against humanity, genocide and mass murder?

You seek to cover up these horrendous crimes and you are attempting to dishonor and denigrate the dead and desecrate and mock the great sacrifice of these courageous young martyrs for democracy who were murdered in cold blood on the front lines in the field of battle?

Let me tell you this: your dastardly strategy and evil diversionary plan will not work! This matter will not go away!

You will not brush it under the carpet, you will not play it down, you and your puppet Sanwoolu will not escape responsibility for failing to protect our people from the beastly savages that slaughtered them and God will punish you for your scurrilous attempt to muddy the waters, cover up the truth and pervert the course of justice.
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The bitter truth is that you have no conscience and no compassion. You lack the milk of human kindness. You bear no love for humanity or for human beings and you place no value or reverence on human life.

You only harbour love, which borders on obsession, for your vain and lofty ambition to rule Nigeria and trust me when I tell you that this will never happen.

You are heartless, you are cold-blooded, you are wicked, you lack empathy for the suffering and you are a sociopath. Your spell may work on others but it does not work on me.

I see you for what you are: pure evil. You are the darkness that seeks the darkness. The monster that betrayed his own people and put a tyrant and blood-sucking demon in power just to further his own fading ambition and feed his psychotic obsession for power.

Permit me to end with the following.

I urge you to find out what happened to a character called Icarus in Ancient Greek mythology when he flew too close to the sun because that is precisely what is going to happen to you.

As they say pride comes before a fall and hubris always leads to nemesis. Your hubris is here and your nemesis is coming.

To add to that the Holy Bible says “the Lord resists the proud and exalts the humble”.

It also says “who art thou O man? Thou art as the flower that fadeth! Thou art as the grass that withers! A man that is born of woman, that is today and tomorrow is no more!”

I counsel and urge you to ponder and meditate deeply on these words. I advise you to humble yourself before God, get to know Him, learn to fear Him and seek justice and truth before it is too late!

Remember that you will NOT be Asiwaju and Jagaban for ever and, like all mortals, one day you will answer the great call, go the way of all flesh, come face to face with your maker and account for your horrendous crimes against the Nigerian people!

LekkiGenocide #EndSarsNow #EndBuhari #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW #LagosMassacre #BuhariResignNow #BuhariMustGo #EndSARS

(FFK)

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Tanzania Government Censoring Mobile Networks Ahead Of Presidential Election

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With only four days to go before Tanzania’s hotly contested presidential election on October 28, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has ordered telco service providers to suspend access to bulk short messaging services (SMS) and bulk voice services. We have also received reports that individual text messages with election-related keywords are being blocked, and more expansive internet blocking may follow.

This is the latest development in a series of government actions to undermine digital rights in the country.

Access Now, together with 28 human rights groups from around the world that are members of the #KeepItOn coalition, via an open letter, are urgently calling on President John Magufuli and TCRA Director James Kilaba to ensure that the internet and all other communication channels are open, secure, and accessible throughout the election period and thereafter.

“Introducing such restrictive measures aimed at limiting people’s online and offline rights undermines the possibility of a free, fair, and transparent election,” said Felicia Anthonio, Campaigner and #KeepItOn Lead at Access Now. “The government of Tanzania must ensure an open and accessible digital space for all by immediately putting an end to such premeditated acts aimed at preventing people from actively engaging in the election process.”

The government of Tanzania must urgently take the following steps to facilitate transparency and enable citizens’ active participation in the upcoming election:

  • Reverse the TCRA directive ordering telcos to restrict services, and rather encourage telcos to ensure quality service to everyone throughout the election period.
  • Ensure that the internet, including social media and other digital communication platforms, remains open, accessible, and secure across Tanzania throughout the election.
  • Order internet service providers operating in Tanzania to provide everyone with high-quality, secure, and unrestricted internet access throughout the election period and thereafter.
  • Order internet service providers operating in the country to inform internet users of any disruptions and to work around the clock to fix any identified disruptions likely to impact the quality of service they receive.

Across the globe, elections are a trigger point for governments to disrupt access to the internet and other digital communications platforms, among other repressive acts aimed at limiting people’s online and offline activities.

The internet and digital communications tools play a crucial role in enabling people to exercise fundamental rights such as freedom of opinion and expression, access to information, and freedom of assembly.

The #KeepItOn coalition monitors potential disruptions, distributes circumvention resources, and urges authorities around the world to ensure access to open and secure internet and digital platforms during important national events like elections.

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Zambia Celebrates 56th Independence Anniversary

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The Emir of Qatar, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has congratulated Zambian President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, on the anniversary of the East African country’s Independence Day.

Zambia on Saturday observed a lowkey 56th independence anniversary from the British colonisation in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

The lowkey event started with the laying of wreaths at the Freedom Statue in which President Edgar Lungu led senior government officials and diplomats whose attendance was restricted.

The event later shifted to State House for an investiture ceremony where various people were honoured for their distinguished service to the country, with only 100 people allowed to attend due to restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The events were broadcast live on the state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.

This year’s celebration is being held under the theme, “One Land, One Nation, Building Our Future, Proud and Free.”

In his message on the eve of the anniversary, the Zambian leader said the government was determined to make the country a prosperous nation through improving different sectors of the economy.

Investments in various sectors such as roads and information technology were one way of growing the country’s economy.

He further emphasized the need for unity, adding that it was the dream of the country’s founding fathers to have a unitary and prosperous country where every citizen was equal before the law.

“Zambia shall forever be one country, one nation, indivisible and belonging to all of us as its citizens. It does not matter where one comes from, what language one speaks, what faith or political persuasion one holds. We all have a stake in our country,” he said.

The Zambian leader called on the current generation to emulate the spirit of the founding fathers who waged the struggle for independence, adding that they sacrificed everything in order to liberate the country from the shackles of colonialists.

“They came together, regardless of their differences, because they wanted this country to be free. Free from colonial rule and free from exploitation,” he added.

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