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Gunmen attacks kill at least 200, displacing thousands in Nigeria

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Gunmen in Nigeria killed at least 200 people and displaced thousands more in multiple raids in the northwest region.

After details began filtering out early Saturday, the first official toll was communicated on Sunday. Gunmen in Nigeria killed at least 200 people and displaced thousands in multiple raids in the northwest Zamfara state.

The Nigerian minister of humanitarian affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, called the past week’s attacks “horrific and tragic.

Gunmen rampaged through Anka and Bukkuyum districts, murdering dozens of people and dealt a heavy blow to authorities struggling to restore order. The minister said more than 10,000 people were displaced when “scores are still missing.”

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Consequently, many villagers have fled leaving everything behind them. After we ran and left the village, I did not see my relatives, but I have seen them now, thank God“,Zainab Hassan, a displaced resident, shares. “I don’t think there is anybody in that village now, including security force“, explains Ali Usman, another displaced.

At first, Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state that borders Niger, downplayed the violence and said only 58 people were killed. He imposed highly restrictive measures for almost three months last year, shutting down telecoms, capping fuel sales and closing cattle markets, in an attempt to weaken the bandits but attacks have continued.

Herders and farmers have clashed over access to land in northwest and central Nigeria for years, but some groups have turned into criminal gangs known as “bandits” who kill, loot and kidnap for ransom.

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Burkina Faso’s ousted leader ‘doing well’

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Burkina Faso’s ousted President Roch Kaboré is doing well, a senior member of his party said.

This comes days after the military coup that was strongly condemned by the international community.

Mr Kaboré is detained in a presidential villa under house arrest, he is physically well and has a doctor at his disposal, according to a senior member of his party, the People’s Movement for Progress (MPP).

For several hours on Monday, the fate of the ousted president remained unclear, with conflicting information circulating about an arrest, an exfiltration, or even an assassination attempt.

An extraordinary virtual summit of the west African regional bloc Ecowas will be held on Friday to discuss the situation in Burkina Faso after Mr Kaboré was overthrown, with possible sanctions against the military

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Ugandan author accused of insulting president freed

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A Ugandan author accused of insulting the president and his family has been released after being re-arrested moments after a court freed him on bail.

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija was “dumped” by the military at the gate of his home in eastern Uganda on Wednesday, his lawyer said.

The novelist’s wife also confirmed the release.

The lawyer said the author was unwell and had been taken to hospital for treatment.

The award-winning writer was charged with offensive communication after he was accused of insulting President Yoweri Museveni, and his son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, on Twitter.

He successfully obtained bail from a Kampala court before he was rearrested in unclear circumstances.

His lawyer said he was “kidnapped” from prison by men in plain clothes and taken to an unknown location.

The author won acclaim for his 2020 satirical novel The Greedy Barbarian which describes high-level corruption in a fictional country.

He was awarded the 2021 PEN Pinter Prize for an international writer of courage.

PEN said on Tuesday after his disappearance that it feared for the author’s life – and would hold Mr Museveni, his son and the Ugandan military responsible for “flagrant abuse of office”.

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Watch| Man Catches Wife Sleeping With Another Man In Their Matrimonial Bed With Their Baby Sleeping In The Room

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A married man has had the shock of his life after catching his wife in bed with another man while their newborn baby was sleeping in the same room.

In a video that has surfaced online, the man could be heard confronting his wife and asking her why she had the nerve to sleep with another man when their newborn baby was in the room.

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