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Nigerian lawmakers in the National Assembly invited President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss steps taken to combat the bold attacks by terrorists in the Northeastern part of the country. A security expert, Kabir Adamu joins us on News central Now to discuss the possibility of the President appearing and must-have questions if he does appear. This was on the news at 9am today.

The President did not show up.

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Oil Spill Reported at Chevron Nigeria’s Facility in Bayelsa

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An oil leak has reportedly been spotted from the Funiwa oilfield operated by Chevron Nigeria (CNL).

The leak was reported on Sunday by fishermen, operating on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean near Bayelsa State.

The fishermen, from Koluama in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, raised the alarm in a chat with newsmen on Sunday in Yenagoa.

The fishermen, who operate on shallow waters near the ocean, said they noticed that crude was on the waters near the oil facility as helicopters were seen overflying the area.

Tombra Ebitimi, a fisherman from the coastal settlement, said that he observed the incident on Saturday night and subsequently reported the same to the community leadership.

He said that apart from helicopters sighted around the area possibly for assessment, meaningful response efforts had yet to begin.

“Some of us, who went on fishing, sailed into the oil-contaminated area near the Funiwa oilfield got our nets and fishing gear soaked with crude on Saturday.

But we noticed some helicopters hovering around the facility by today,’’ he said.

Ebitimi said it could be that community leaders have informed the company of the development, which made them deployed helicopters in the area.

He appealed to the company not to apply toxic chemicals from the sky to dissolve the crude oil, saying, “those chemicals are unfriendly to fishes and marine life generally’’.

He said that fishermen in the area had temporarily suspended fishing to avoid catching contaminated fishes that could jeopardise public health.

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Militia Kill 48, Injure 97 in Sudan

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No fewer than 48 people died in militia attacks on El-Geneina in West Dafur, Sudan.

A statement by Doctors Syndicate of West Darfur, on Sunday, said that 97 people were also injured, adding that the attacks began on Saturday.

The statement said that the medical personnel were making efforts to provide medical care to the wounded despite a shortage of supplies and nursing staff.

The Doctors Syndicate also appealed for armed transportation in order to transport medical personnel to government and private treatment institutions.

This recent attacks came weeks after UN peace-keepers began withdrawing from the region, where violence is increasing.

The Dafur Bar Association said the attacks were triggered when a member of the Masalit tribe stabbed a member of an Arab tribe.

“Armed militias took advantage of the incident and attacked El Geneina from all sides,” the association said, as well as the nearby Kreinding camp for internally displaced people, from where SUNA said there was now a wave of people moving towards the city.

The association accused the militias of looting and human rights abuses.

On Saturday, the governor of West Darfur declared a state of emergency, authorising the use of force in order to stabilise the situation and imposing a curfew.

While the military had begun to deploy, the bar association said the commander for the region had not responded to the state governor’s directives.

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Cameroon, Mali Earn Victories in CHAN Opener

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The host nation, Cameroon huffed and puffed before getting a beautiful lone goal against Zimbabwe in the opening match of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

It took a Salomon Banga bicycle kick in the 72nd minute for the Cameroonians to break the deadlock against their stubborn opponents.

The hosts threw everything at a resolute Zimbabwean team, as they enjoyed 60% of possession and had 29 shots against Zimbabwe’s 2. However, the Zimbabweans appeared to be the more technically disciplined side with one of their two shots being on target while 5 of Cameroon’s 29 hit the target.

In another contest, Mali defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 courtesy of Djoliba AC defender, Siaka Bagayoko’s 70th minute winner.

The Malians have now tied on point with hosts Cameroon with a goal and 3 points apiece after one round of game.

Later on Sunday, Libya will face Niger while the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) will face the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa).

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