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Mali: Togolese Peacekeeper Wounded in Wednesday Attack on MINUSMA, Dies

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Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), has announced the death of the Togolese peacekeeper who was wounded in Wednesday’s attack on a temporary MINUSMA base in central Mali.

Annadif – in a statement by MINUSMA spokesman, Olivier Salgado, conveyed his sincere condolences to the family of the peacekeeper and also to the Togolese government.

MINUSMA said on Thursday that 28 Togolese peacekeepers were injured, five seriously, in the attack Wednesday on its temporary base in Kerena, in Mali’s central region of Mopti.

Together with the five peacekeepers who died in January, a total of six peacekeepers have sacrificed their lives to the UN peacekeeping mission this year in Mali, where terrorist threats have persisted since a coup in 2012, when extremist militias took control of Mali’s north.

MINUSMA was deployed in 2013 to support political processes in Mali.

A UN-backed peace deal in 2015 between the government and various armed groups failed to stabilise the situation in the country’s central and northern regions, with attacks multiplying over the past few years.

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Nigerian Senate Confirms Abdulrasheed Bawa as Head of Antigraft Agency

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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Bawa had earlier at plenary responded to questions from senators on his vision and mission if confirmed as chairman of the commission.

First to contribute was the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege who said that the nomination of Bawa was unique and an inspirational one.

“I am so impressed and in awe in this awesome presentation by Mr Bawa. Ordinarily there would have not been no need to ask the young man any question.

“I have been here; this is my sixth year in the Senate. And I have seen nominees come before us. I have not seen any as eloquent in his presentation.

“Ordinarily I would have said take a bow. Clearly he is a very brilliant young man. He is a good product.

“His nomination has generated hope for our young generation. It’s an inspirational nomination. It is a nomination that has generated hope for millions of our youths in this country.

“With this nomination, the youth of this country can now sit in offices and make those very crucial and fundamental decisions on how Nigeria should be governed. And there cannot be a better platform than the office of the chairman of EFCC.”

He said that the appointment of Bawa was the first time a nominee was appointed within the EFCC environment.

Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi drew the attention of Bawa to the pitfalls experienced in the institution over the years.

“For you as a young man, how are you going to straighten up your operations as Chairman of EFCC so that it works for Nigeria and that the controversies of the past are not repeated?”

Sen. Bala Na’Allah (APC-Kebbi) said Bawa had clearly demonstrated that he had the capacity and knowledge to run the office of EFCC as chairman.

“I call on my colleagues to approve his nomination.”

Sen. Ike Ekewremadu (PDP-Enugu) on his part advised the nominee to learn from the mistakes of his predecessors.

The approval of the appointment of Bawa was endorsed by the lawmakers after a Voice Vote by the President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan.

Bawa, an indigene of Kebbi and a certified anti-money laundering specialist has a Bachelor.s Degree in Economics.

Former chairmen of the commission included Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri, Ibrahim Lamorde, Ibrahim Magu and Mohammed Umar.

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Zulum Confirms Number of Casualties In Maiduguri Explosions

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Hours after explosions rocked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in Northeastern Nigeria, the governor of the state, Prof. Babagana Zulum has confirmed the death of ten people, with dozens of others injured.

Boko Haram terrorists on Tuesday fired Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPGs) at the Maiduguri township, killing several residents and injuring 47 others.

The grenade shots were fired at Kaleri, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, but travelled further to Gwange and Adam Kolo communities which are densely populated areas of the state.

Kids on playgrounds in Gwangewere were also seen to have been injured by the shots.

Zulum, during his visit to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, promised that the hospital bills of the wounded victims would be shouldered by the state’s Ministry of Health.

He said it is a very sad moment for the people and government of Borno state, as 60 persons were affected in the explosions.

The governor talked about bucking the trend of such explosions in the state with a similar incident recorded exactly one year ago. He observed that technology would help the state tackle terrorism, and that it is more important than ever to assist Borno state in overcoming its security challenges.

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Multiple Explosions Rock Maiduguri, Nigeria

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There is tension in the air in Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria as multiple explosions and gunshots have rocked the Borno State capital.

Explosions were heard the Gomari and Mairi area of the state as people ran for their lives. Mairi is a students’ village near the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

Earlier today, the military were said to have deployed trucks to an area called Layin Bori where worshippers are feared to have been killed by assailants.

The Students leadership of UNIMAID asked students to stay indoors while the attack on the surrounding area lasted.

A University gist Twitter handle also warned students to stay indoors as the attack went on.

The Nigerian Army, which had released armed trucks to protect locals in the mosque that was attacked, is yet to release an official statement on the incident.

The identity of the attackers is also yet to be known.

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