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Nigeria: Pro-Biafra IPOB has plans to destabilize Nigeria – Defence Minister

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Nigeria’s Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, insists that separatist group the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), by their actions were planning to destabilize the country, hence the action taken by government to nip their activities in the bud.

The retired Brigadier – General was speaking in an interview with the state-affiliated Channels TV where he addressed government’s handling of the pro-Biafra agitation.

According to him, a group that had established its own security forces could not be taken lightly by a government that seeks to protect national unity and security.

Pro-Biafra IPOB had plans to destabilize Nigeria – Defence Minister

“The Defence Headquarters of the Armed Forces did their analysis and there are so many factors that indicated that this IPOB group is not a peace-loving group because they have gone far beyond what is expected of a peaceful group.

“Why I say so? There are so many things they came up with. They mentioned that they are forming national guards; they have formed intelligence and what you call security forces.

“They have even gone beyond that to come up on social media to say that if their agitation is not meant, they are going to bring down tools across the country. So does any group that has peaceful intentions go to that extent?” he asked.

He defended the military operation currently underway in the south-east region. Soldiers of the operation codenamed ‘Python Dance’ clashed with IPOBmembers at the family home of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu has since been missing, the military denies he is in their custody.

On the subject of the group’s proscription, the Minister said it was a duty executed by the Ministry of Justice but also in the larger interest of public peace and security. IPOB is currently a terrorist group under Nigerian law.

An Abuja High Court granted a government request to that effect last month. Kanu’s lawyer has since challenged it saying his client was not leading a terrorist group. The government has since written to foreign governments seeking legal assistance mainly to close the group’s funding sources.

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Giraffe truncates South African film-maker’s life

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A South African film-maker was killed by a giraffe while filming on a reserve outside Johannesburg, the game lodge’s owner has said, adding that he died after being air-lifted to hospital.

The giraffe hit Carlos Carvalho in the head at the Glen Afric Country Lodge in North West province.

“When Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos,” Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge said.

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The giraffe, called Gerald, “did nothing wrong,” Brooker said.

Callacrew, a South African film production agency, said Carvalho died on Wednesday night.

“It is with a very sad heart that we have to announce the passing of Carlos Carvalho, one of our favorite DOPs (director of photography),” it said on its Facebook page.

“Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run in with a giraffe on set.”

Carvalho, a 47-year-old father-of-two, was reported to have been looking through the camera eyepiece to take close-up images of the giraffe when the incident occurred.

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Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta wins African award for infrastructure

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of this year’s Babacar Ndiaye’s African award on transport and road infrastructure.

In a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal on Friday the Africa Road Builders said Kenyatta won the 2018 award for Jubilee’s projects in railway, road, air as well as a nationwide street lighting.

Kenyatta will be presented with award on 23 May in Busan, South Korea, during the African Development Bank annual meeting.

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Babacar Ndiaye was an economist and a former president of the African Development Bank. He died last year at the age of 82.

The President of Media for Infrastructure and Finance in Africa Adama Wade cited the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway as major project that has had immense impact.

“The SGR has reduced costs of travelling between the two cities by half and at the same time taking half of the time for the trip,” he said.

“We thank and congratulate the AfDB and its President Dr Akinwumi Adesina for putting the issue of roads and transport high on its agenda through its ‘High 5 to Transform Africa’ programme,” said Mr Wade.

The General Commissioner of Africa Road Builders Barthélemy Kouame noted that transport networks, like blood vessels, must not be clogged.

He congratulated Kenya for the efforts to improve transport and to foster regional growth through such projects as the Lamu Port.

“We note the crucial role Kenya is playing as a commercial hub of East and Central Africa and the investment in big infrastructure projects to live up to the status,” he said.

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Astonishing: A Commercial Driver seen with a Tiger in his car (Video)

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 A video has shown the moment a driver stunned a passing car after winding down his passenger’s window to reveal something horrifying inside.

The clip shows the cameraman pulling up alongside the black BMW of Russian YouTube star Khizri Zapirov.

They ask what he is doing, to which he replies: “I’m taking my girlfriend for a ride.”

“Is she pretty?” the fellow driver then asks.

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Khizri responds by winding down the rear window to reveal a fully-grown tiger.

“Look for yourself! Do you like my pussy cat?” he asks as passengers watching in the other car burst into hysterics.

The tiger stares directly at the camera, before one of the people watching shouts: “Yeah, she is interesting alright!”

More than 1.3million people have watched the clip, which was titled: “Khiza knows how to deal with pussies”.

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