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DPRK PLEDGES TO PARTNER NIGERIA TO BOOST SECURITY.

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Monday, promised to partner with Nigeria in area of peace and security.

Mr Jong Yong Chol, the Ambassador, DPRK, said this in his address at the 76th birthday ceremony of the late Korean leader, Kim Jong-Il, organised by the Embassy in Abuja.

He described the late Korean leader as one who devoted his lifetime to enthrone peace and security in Korea and in the world.

He, therefore, commended the post-hummus ceremony, which was to commemorate his exemplary leadership.

According to him, it was under his leadership that the country witnessed external relationship with countries like Nigeria, they enjoy today, which brought about economic ties between both countries.

“Kim Jong Il, devoted his lifetime to the service of the whole world, this is why not only Koreans, but progressive people all over the world are celebrating his birthday.

“We hope to build on the traditional relationship and cooperation between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Korea.

“We hope to consolidate and sustain the existing peace and security.

“This is because the revolutionary of Kim Jong-Il today is successfully and succeeded by Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of our party and people towards promoting peace,’’ he said.

He, however, wished the government and people of Nigeria success in the fights against issues like corruption and terrorism.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il, who was born on Feb. 16, 1942, died on Dec. 19, 2011 at the age of 69 years.

NAN also reports the high points of the ceremony were video display on the life and times of the late Korean leader, pose for photographs

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Mali: Apex court upheld Keita’s re election

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Mali’s constitutional court on Monday confirmed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s re-election in a run-off ballot, rejecting fraud accusations by the opposition candidate.

The decision clears the way for Keita to be inaugurated next month for a second five-year term, at a time when Malian authorities are contending with rising violence by jihadist groups and ethnic militia.

Challenger Soumaila Cisse had contested the electoral commission result of the Aug. 12 vote, which showed Keita winning 67 percent.

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The election was tainted by armed attacks in the centre and north, where hundreds of polling stations remained closed, and a turnout of only 34 percent reflected fears of violence as well as voter apathy.

Cisse says he would have won 51 percent of the vote but for ballot box stuffing and other cheating by Keita’s camp. Keita rejected the allegations.

The European Union observer mission and other local and international monitors said that, despite a number of irregularities and disruptions, they saw no evidence of fraud.

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Nigeria: More bodies discovered from collapsed building in Abuja

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About four more bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the four-storey building which collapsed in Jabi, Abuja on Friday.
 
The bodies were recovered during the ongoing evacuation of debris from the site on Monday.
 
The Federal Capital Territory Administration and the National Emergency Management Agency had on Saturday ended the rescue operation at the site after six persons and one dead body were evacuated from the building on Friday.

But relatives of the victims had protested the decision of the government, insisting that about 18 workers were still trapped under the rubble.

They were dispersed by policemen who fired tear gas and shots into the air.

The rescue team consisting of officials of FCT Emergency Management Agency, National Emergency Management Agency, firefighters and Julius Berger Plc ended the rescue operations around 8am after they failed to find victims.

But the youths who were annoyed by the removal of the payloaders and other equipment attempted to take over the site, insisting that many victims were still trapped under the debris and should be rescued.

The Coordinator, Abuja Municipal Metropolitan Council, Umar Shuaibu, had explained that the rescue workers could not find any signs of life or body, adding that they deployed the necessary equipment for the job.

He disclosed that only one died out of the seven victims that were rescued, insisting that no other casualty was discovered during the overnight rescue operation.

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