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Kenya Crash Kills 11 Returning From Dowry Ceremony
Kenya, News, Safety, Transportation

Kenya Crash Kills 11 Returning From Dowry Ceremony

At least 11 people have been killed in central Kenya when the minibus they were travelling in overturned. Police in Kitui county say the victims, who were related to each other, were returning from a dowry payment ceremony during the night. Police say the vehicle was being driven at high speed, resulting in loss of control and the fatal crash that occurred at 11pm. “The matatu rolled over, killing ten on the spot. The eleventh victim died during treatment at the Matuu Level 4 Hospital,” area chief Jacob Mueti said. Read Also: Okada Riders Raze Houses In Abuja Over Killing Of Two Colleagues The administrator said a few other passengers were injured and taken to Matuu hospital, with some, who sustained serious injuries, being transferred to the Kenyatta National Hospital ...
Two More Miners Found Dead In Flooded Burkina Faso Mine
Burkina Faso, News, Safety

Two More Miners Found Dead In Flooded Burkina Faso Mine

Two more dead bodies have been recovered from a flooded zinc mine in Burkina Faso, the government said on Saturday. Millions of litres of water have been pumped out of the site owned by Canadian firm Trevali as rescue efforts continue. The case has caused outrage in the country. A total of eight miners had become trapped there by unexpected torrential rain six weeks ago. At this stage two of the group still remain missing. Trevali and the Burkinabè government have launched investigations into the causes of the incident at the Perkoa zinc mine, which is about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital, Ouagadougou. Read Also: Four Bodies Recovered In Burkina Faso Mine "We've brought in experts from all over the world. We've got people from Australia, from South Africa, f...
Thousands Abandon Their Homes Amid DR Congo Battles
Armed Forces, Congo, News, Rwanda, Safety, Security, Terrorism

Thousands Abandon Their Homes Amid DR Congo Battles

More than 37,000 people have been forced from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last four days of fighting, according to aid agencies. Local media report that the national army has retaken some areas that had been seized by the M23 rebels in recent days. But the main road between Rutshuru and the North Kivu regional capital, Goma, remains blocked by the M23. The DR Congo government has again accused Rwanda of supporting the rebels, which the government in Kigali denies. Earlier this week, Rwanda called for a regional investigation into how some artillery fire crossed into its territory, injuring some Rwandans. Read Also: Over 50 Villages Vacated Due to Bandits’ Attacks in Niger – Gov Bello On Wednesday, a police chief in Goma asked locals to ta...
Senegal Health Minister Fired After Babies Die In Hospital Fire
News, Safety, Senegal

Senegal Health Minister Fired After Babies Die In Hospital Fire

Senegal Health Minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr Senegal President Macky Sall has sacked his Health Minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, after 11 babies were killed by a fire in a hospital on Wednesday. Mr Sarr will be replaced by Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, the ministry's director general, following the tragedy in Tivaouane city. The blaze, which rapidly engulfed the newborn unit at the Tivaouane hospital, is being blamed on an electrical short circuit. Read Also: Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire President Sall declared three days of national mourning. He also ordered an investigation into the tragedy. He is expected to visit Tivaouane on Saturday to meet the babies' relatives. Many observers say that Senegal's health system is beset by staffing, infrastruc...
Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire
News, Safety, Senegal

Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire

Eleven newborn babies have died in a hospital fire in the western city of Tivaouane in Senegal, the country's president has said. The fire at Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital was in the maternity department, President Macky Sall tweeted. Initial reports suggest the fire was caused by a short circuit, according to Senegalese politicians. Three babies were saved from the fire, said the city's mayor, Demba Diop Sy. The fire spread very quickly and emergency services were still at the scene, Mr Sy told local media. The hospital had been newly inaugurated, according to AFP, citing local media reports. "To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy," President Sall wrote in a tweet. "This situation is very unfortunate and extremely painful," He...
Eight Miners Trapped For Two Weeks In Burkina Faso Await Rescue
Burkina Faso, News, Safety

Eight Miners Trapped For Two Weeks In Burkina Faso Await Rescue

Rescue efforts has continued in Burkina Faso as workers try to reach eight miners who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks. The zinc mine at Perkoa flooded following heavy rain last month. Six of the miners are from Burkina Faso and the other two are from Zambia and Tanzania. Burkina Faso Prime Minister Albert Ouedraogo said that managers of the mine have been banned from leaving the country while investigations are under way into the cause of the accident. “Precautionary measures have been taken to prevent the persons in charge of the mine from leaving the country and instructions have been given firmly to the Minister of Security for this,” a statement from the PM’s office said on Monday. Read Also: Chinese Businessman Jailed 20 years in Rwa...
Zimbabwean Killed as Protest Rocks South Africa
African Development, Human Rights, Law Enforcement, News, Safety, Security, South Africa, Violence, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Killed as Protest Rocks South Africa

A Zimbabwean man has been killed as irate protesters took to the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa to clamour for an end to violence and crime. This was contained in a statement issued by South African police on Thursday. According to the public channel SABC and another media, the victim is a Zimbabwean immigrant. The murder comes amid growing popular anger over high crime rates, sometimes directed at immigrants accused of fuelling them. Protests began Wednesday in the township of Diepsloot, after it was announced that seven people had been killed there last weekend. Protesters in South Africa Residents angry at the police for allegedly refusing to attend to one crime scene marched through the streets with chants and placards, burning tires and camping outside the local...
25 Nigerien Migrants Dumped in the Desert by Smugglers
Human Rights, News, Niger, Safety, Security, United Nations, Youths

25 Nigerien Migrants Dumped in the Desert by Smugglers

At least twenty-five Niger migrants consisting of women and children have been rescued in the northern Niger desert after they were dumped by their driver. This was disclosed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in a statement issued on Tuesday. The migrants were rescued "last weekend in the Sahara desert by (teams of) IOM and the Directorate of Civil Protection of Niger," said the UN agency in a Facebook post. Nigerien Migrants Left in the Desert The survivors, whose destination was not specified, "remained without food and water for three days" before being found, said the IOM. Rescue operations for migrants are frequent in the hostile Nigerien desert, mainly in areas close to Libya. Many West African migrants try to cross through Libya to reach the Me...
Seven Die as Train Derails in DR Congo
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Seven Die as Train Derails in DR Congo

At least seven people have been confirmed dead when a cargo train derailed in the South-East Democratic Republic of Congo, the second accident in the area in a fortnight. Confirming the incident, a local official from the National Railway Company said that the accident occurred in the village of Buyofwe, Lualaba province on Saturday. The freight train which was made up of eight wagons was leaving Tenke in Lualaba province for Kananga in the Kasai region. See Also: Terrorists Bomb Abuja-Kaduna Rail Track, Attack Train Passengers “Seven people died and 14 were seriously injured” in the latest accident, Lualaba Interior Minister, Deoda Kapenda, told newsmen on Monday. “The toll could rise because a large number of clandestine passengers were trapped under the upturned wagons,...
Ukraine-Russia war: FG to Airlift 2,000 Nigerians, Evacuation Begins Wednesday
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Ukraine-Russia war: FG to Airlift 2,000 Nigerians, Evacuation Begins Wednesday

The Federal Government will from Wednesday begin the evacuation of about 2,000 Nigerians who have fled the war in Ukraine to neighbouring countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who disclosed this in an interview on a Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme, revealed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had approved funds for the airlines to evacuate Nigerians. When asked if the number of evacuees was about 2,000, and when the evacuation would take place, he said, “Wednesday hopefully…Air Peace and Max Air.” He said there were about 8,000 Nigerians in Ukraine, 5,000 of whom were students, adding that the Federal Government had tipped Air Peace and Air Max to airlift the Nigerians who wanted to be evacuated. Read Also: Nigeria Lo...