The Reporter – All News & Reports https://allnewsandreports.com Breaking News, Latest News, Investigative Stories,Analysis,Opinions,Interviews About Nigeria Fri, 26 Feb 2021 19:48:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://allnewsandreports.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/cropped-ANR-LOGO-90x60-1-32x32.png The Reporter – All News & Reports https://allnewsandreports.com 32 32 Finishing 2020 Strong, United Capital Records Double Digit Growth with Profit Rising by 61% https://allnewsandreports.com/finishing-2020-strong-united-capital-records-double-digit-growth-with-profit-rising-by-61/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 19:14:24 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124969
  • Delights shareholders with a proposed dividend of N0.70k per share
  • Foremost Pan-African financial and investment services group, United Capital Plc has announced its audited results for the full year ended December 31, 2020, recording double-digit growth across all its major income lines.

    Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant challenging operating environment, the investment institution leveraged on increased efficiency to deliver an impressive 61 per cent year-on-year growth in profit before tax to N7.95 billion compared with N4.95 billion at the end of 2019; while profit after tax stood at N7.81 billion, showing an increase of 57 per cent above the N4.97 billion it closed in 2019.

    United Capital also recorded a 50 percent year-on-year growth in gross earnings to close at N12.87 billion in December 2020, compared to N8.59 billion recorded in the similar period of 2019. 

    On account of a significant 54 per cent increase in investment in financial assets, United capital’s total assets also rose by 48 per cent to N224.75 billion in the period under review, compared to N150.46 billion recorded at the end of the 2019 financial year; while shareholders’ funds grew to N24.43 billion rising by 25 per cent from 19.59 billion a year earlier.

    On the back of the strong performance, the Directors of United Capital have proposed a dividend of 70k per share, amounting to a total of N4.2 billion dividend to be paid upon ratification by shareholders at its forthcoming AGM. The 70k dividend per share, which is higher than the 50k per share declared in 2019, is payable to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members at the close of business on March 5, 2021.

    The Group Chief Executive Officer, United Capital Plc, Mr. Peter Ashade, expressed delight on the performance, which according to him is cheering news despite the challenges that most companies faced in the year 2020. 

    He said, “I am pleased to inform all stakeholders that United Capital delivered impressive returns amid the unprecedented environment worsened by the pandemic during the 2020 financial year with remarkable double-digit growth in Revenue, PBT and PAT and solid performance across key business parameters.

    “This empowers us to adopt a more positive outlook for the year 2021 as we navigate the tough terrain compounded by a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic among other severe economic challenges,” Ashade noted.

    Speaking on its plan for the 2021 financial year, Ashade said, “Despite the tough operating environment, all stakeholder groups can be assured of our commitment to providing best-in-class solutions to diverse client segments and delivering superior returns to shareholders even as we work with regulatory authorities to strengthen the broader financial system as the domestic economy continues on the path to recovery in the year 2021.”

    United Capital Plc is a leading Pan-African financial and investment services group, with a mission to provide bespoke and innovative value-added services to its client. The group aims to transform the African continent by providing innovative and creative investment banking solutions to governments, companies, and individuals

     

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    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to make history at WTO https://allnewsandreports.com/ngozi-okonjo-iweala-set-to-make-history-at-wto-2/ Sat, 06 Feb 2021 21:32:19 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124958

    Having survived the murky waters of politics in Nigeria, where her mother was kidnapped to send her a message, and rising to number two at the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should have no trouble dealing with international trade negotiators in her new job at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

    The 66-year-old will be the first woman and the first African to occupy the position.

    Despite recently taking out US citizenship, she revels in being Nigerian and is fiercely patriotic – flaunting her African identity in her African-print tailored outfits.

    She told the BBC in 2012 that she had in fact adopted such attire as a working mother of four to do the school run, an easy answer for a smart look – and a thrifty one at that, given she estimated each outfit cost around $25.

    The Harvard-educated development economist is seen as a down-to-earth, hard worker, who told BBC HardTalk in July that what the WTO needed was a shake-up.

    “They need something different, it cannot be business as usual for the WTO – [they need] someone willing to do the reforms and lead.”

    Reform in Nigeria

    During her 25 years at the World Bank, she is credited with spearheading several initiatives to assist low-income countries, in particular raising nearly $50bn in 2010 from donors for the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries.

    But it is her reform agenda in Nigeria in which she takes real pride – especially the two times she served as the country’s finance minister under Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at African finance ministers' press briefing in 2003IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
    image captionMs Okonjo-Iweala gave up her job at the World Bank to work as Nigerian finance minister

    One of her greatest achievements was leading a team which negotiated a whopping $18bn debt write-off in 2005 for the country, helping Nigeria obtain its first ever sovereign debt rating.

    The country’s debts had dated back to the early 1980s, and had ballooned to more than $35bn due to penalties and late fees during the 1990s.

    Her economic reforms had a far-reaching impact and saved Nigeria at a critical period, according to prominent Nigerian economist, Bismarck Rewane.

    This included de-linking the budget from the oil price, allowing the country to save money in a special account when oil prices were high.

    “It was this buffer that ensured Nigeria’s economy survived between 2008 and 2009,” Mr Rewane told the BBC.

    Ms Okonjo-Iweala had given up a well-paid job at the World Bank and left her family in Washington, where her husband works as a neurosurgeon, to work in Nigeria, where unlike other ministers she did not have a large domestic staff or fleet of cars.

    In fact she even liked doing her own cooking when she could, with cowtail pepper soup being a favourite, a Financial Times interview revealed in 2015.

    No-nonsense approach

    But her reforms and especially her crackdown on corruption in the fuel sector, where some powerful importers – known as marketers – claimed huge sums of money in subsidies from the government for fuel they had not sold, came at personal cost.

    Her mother, Kamene Okonjo – a medical doctor and retired professor of sociology – was kidnapped from her home in southern Nigeria in 2012, aged 82.

    Kidnapping is common in Nigeria, where it is a lucrative criminal enterprise and families often pay up as the security services do not often find those abducted.

     

    The then-finance minister said the kidnappers had first demanded her resignation and then a ransom

    “I knew that the largest vested interest that I had recently offended in my anti-corruption work was an unscrupulous subset of the country’s oil marketers,” she said in her account of the event.

    Mrs Okonjo was released within five days in unclear circumstances, but her daughter’s no-nonsense approach may have come to bear in the matter.

    One of her sons – Uzodinma Iweala, author of the 2005 novel Beast of No Nation – has said of his strict upbringing: “My mum is a very powerful woman. She knows how she wants things done, and if you don’t do it her way, you are in trouble.”

     

     
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    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to make history at WTO https://allnewsandreports.com/ngozi-okonjo-iweala-set-to-make-history-at-wto/ Sat, 06 Feb 2021 20:46:25 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124940

    Having survived the murky waters of politics in Nigeria, where her mother was kidnapped to send her a message, and rising to number two at the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should have no trouble dealing with international trade negotiators in her new job at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

    The 66-year-old will be the first woman and the first African to occupy the position.

    Despite recently taking out US citizenship, she revels in being Nigerian and is fiercely patriotic – flaunting her African identity in her African-print tailored outfits.

    She told the BBC in 2012 that she had in fact adopted such attire as a working mother of four to do the school run, an easy answer for a smart look – and a thrifty one at that, given she estimated each outfit cost around $25.

    The Harvard-educated development economist is seen as a down-to-earth, hard worker, who told BBC HardTalk in July that what the WTO needed was a shake-up.

    “They need something different, it cannot be business as usual for the WTO – [they need] someone willing to do the reforms and lead.”

    Reform in Nigeria

    During her 25 years at the World Bank, she is credited with spearheading several initiatives to assist low-income countries, in particular raising nearly $50bn in 2010 from donors for the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries.

    But it is her reform agenda in Nigeria in which she takes real pride – especially the two times she served as the country’s finance minister under Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at African finance ministers' press briefing in 2003IMAGE COPYRIGHT GETTY IMAGES
    image captionMs Okonjo-Iweala gave up her job at the World Bank to work as Nigerian finance minister

    One of her greatest achievements was leading a team which negotiated a whopping $18bn debt write-off in 2005 for the country, helping Nigeria obtain its first ever sovereign debt rating.

    The country’s debts had dated back to the early 1980s, and had ballooned to more than $35bn due to penalties and late fees during the 1990s.

    Her economic reforms had a far-reaching impact and saved Nigeria at a critical period, according to prominent Nigerian economist, Bismarck Rewane.

    This included de-linking the budget from the oil price, allowing the country to save money in a special account when oil prices were high.

     

    “It was this buffer that ensured Nigeria’s economy survived between 2008 and 2009,” Mr Rewane told the BBC.

    Ms Okonjo-Iweala had given up a well-paid job at the World Bank and left her family in Washington, where her husband works as a neurosurgeon, to work in Nigeria, where unlike other ministers she did not have a large domestic staff or fleet of cars.

    In fact she even liked doing her own cooking when she could, with cowtail pepper soup being a favourite, a Financial Times interview revealed in 2015.

    No-nonsense approach

    But her reforms and especially her crackdown on corruption in the fuel sector, where some powerful importers – known as marketers – claimed huge sums of money in subsidies from the government for fuel they had not sold, came at personal cost.

    Her mother, Kamene Okonjo – a medical doctor and retired professor of sociology – was kidnapped from her home in southern Nigeria in 2012, aged 82.

    Kidnapping is common in Nigeria, where it is a lucrative criminal enterprise and families often pay up as the security services do not often find those abducted.

    The then-finance minister said the kidnappers had first demanded her resignation and then a ransom.

    But she says she refused to do either.

    “I knew that the largest vested interest that I had recently offended in my anti-corruption work was an unscrupulous subset of the country’s oil marketers,” she said in her account of the event.

    Mrs Okonjo was released within five days in unclear circumstances, but her daughter’s no-nonsense approach may have come to bear in the matter.

    One of her sons – Uzodinma Iweala, author of the 2005 novel Beast of No Nation – has said of his strict upbringing: “My mum is a very powerful woman. She knows how she wants things done, and if you don’t it her way, you are in trouble.”

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    Biography

    • Born 1954 in Nigeria
    • Studied at Harvard 1973-76 and earned a PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1981
    • Spent 25 years at the World Bank, rising to the No.2 position as managing director (2007-11)
    • Twice Nigerian finance minister – 2003-2006 and 2011-2015 – and the first woman to hold the post
    • Served briefly as foreign minister in 2006, also the first woman to do so
    • Sits on the boards of Twitter, Standard Chartered Bank and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)
    • Nominated by President Mohammadu Buhari as candidate for director-general of the WTO in June 2020
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    ‘I can take hardship’

    Her drive may come from her knowledge of real poverty. She lived with her grandmother until the age of nine as her parents were abroad getting their education.

    “They were gone for almost a decade before I really saw them and knew them. I did everything a village girl would do, fetch water, go to the farm with my grandmother all the chores, I saw what poverty meant, to be poor at first hand,” she told the BBC in 2012.

    Her experience as a teenager during the Biafra civil war of 1967-1970 crystallised this.

    Her Igbo parents lost all their savings during the conflict as her father, a renowned professor, was a brigadier in the Biafran forces.

    “I can take hardship. I can sleep on the cold floor anytime,” she said.

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala lays foundation of new classrooms for a school in Chibok burnt down by Boko Haram fighters - 2015IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
    image captionMs Okonjo-Iweala lays foundation of new classrooms for a school in Chibok burnt down by Boko Haram fighters in 2015

    But always quick to laugh in interviews, she added: “I can also sleep on a feather bed.”

    This determination and independence helped her as she took on other reforms in Nigeria – like her decision to reveal the amount of money allocated monthly to local authorities for things like the construction of roads and the running of rural schools and clinics.

    Economist Pat Utomi said Nigerians had not realised how much regional administrators were receiving.

    “But she came up with the idea of publishing them and basically embarrassed a lot of people,” Prof Utomi told me.

    She also introduced a system that helped to remove thousands of fake workers and pensioners from government payroll.

    But when the government decided to remove a fuel subsidy in 2012, things did not go well.

    Ms Okonjo-Iweala said the subsidy was unsustainable as it was costing $8bn a year, and encouraged corruption.

    However, the government was forced to back down after nationwide protests – the subsidy was only removed earlier this year, with the government promising to keep the price capped.

    And some believe while her reforms in Nigeria were good they have not been long-lasting.

    ‘Like running a household’

    But Nigerian women’s activist Josephine Effa-Chukwuma says Ms Okonjo-Iweala’s career is so much more impressive given how little respect women can be shown in Nigeria.

    “She made women proud that a woman in a patriarchal and misogynistic country like Nigeria could hold her own and perform creditably contrary to what detractors thought,” she told the BBC

    “She was honest, transparent and accountable – virtues not often found in public office-holders in Nigeria.”

     

    The economist, who also serves on Twitter’s board of directors, as chair of the Gavi vaccine alliance and as a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 fight, has joked before that women seem to be less corrupt.

    “Women tend to be more honest, more straightforward, more focused on the job, and bring less ego to it. I don’t know if it’s a feminine instinct but running an economy is sometimes akin to running a household,” she told the Independent in 2006.

    And women are also on her agenda at the WTO.

    In her job application, she said: “It should also be responsive to the challenge of facilitating the greater participation of women in international trade, particularly in developing countries, where greater efforts should be made to include women owned enterprises in the formal sector.”

    Ms Effa-Chukwuma says this all bodes well for the WTO: “We trust her to deliver on the job and ensure that developing countries benefit from international trade.”

    BBCNews

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    Li Wenliang: ‘Wuhan whistleblower’ remembered one year on https://allnewsandreports.com/li-wenliang-wuhan-whistleblower-remembered-one-year-on/ Sat, 06 Feb 2021 20:25:04 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124953

    Tributes have been paid on social media in China commemorating a doctor who raised the alarm about the country’s coronavirus outbreak, one year after he died with Covid-19.

    Thousands paid tribute to Li Wenliang ahead of the first anniversary of his death on 7 February 2020.

    He died after contracting Covid-19 while treating patients in Wuhan.

    Dr Li had tried to warn fellow medics of a disease that looked like Sars – another deadly coronavirus.

    But he was told by police to “stop making false comments” and was investigated for “spreading rumours”.

    Dr Li was an eye doctor at a hospital in Wuhan – the central Chinese city where the first case of the coronavirus was detected at the end of 2019.

    Dr Li’s death prompted a rare wave of grief and public anger over the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

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    image captionSunday marks the first anniversary of Dr Li’s death

    As hospitals filled up in Wuhan, the government was accused of downplaying the severity of the virus and concealing the extent of its spread.

    Only when anger reached fever pitch was Dr Li exonerated and honoured as a hero by the Chinese government.

    Since then, more than 105 million people have been infected with coronavirus and 2.3 million have died with Covid-19 worldwide.

    What tributes have been made?

    Freedom of speech is limited in China, where the government has promoted an official narrative hinged on its successful handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

    China does routinely censor comments on social media.

    But Dr Li’s personal page on Weibo – the Chinese equivalent of Twitter – has become a rare space for users to express themselves about the trauma of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Comments left behind on Li's WeiboIMAGE COPYRIGHT Dr Li’s post saying he was ill with Covid-19 has been flooded with comments

    Hundreds of thousands of messages have been left in the comments section of his posts.

    Many more appeared on Saturday.

    “Dr Li, history and the people will never forget you!,” one wrote in the comments of Dr Li’s final post.

    “I thought everyone would have forgotten you after a year,” another wrote. “I was wrong, you live forever in the hearts of the Chinese people.”

     

    Citizens in Wuhan have also been paying tribute.

    Close to the hospital where Dr Li worked, Li Pan told Reuters: “He was the first to tell us about the virus.

    “He must have considered the impact would be huge, but he still raised the alarm. That was really brave.”

    BBCNews

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    Biden: ‘Erratic’ Trump should not get intelligence briefings https://allnewsandreports.com/biden-erratic-trump-should-not-get-intelligence-briefings/ Sat, 06 Feb 2021 19:54:50 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124938

    President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump should not be given access to intelligence briefings because of his “erratic behaviour”.

    The US has a tradition of allowing former presidents to be briefed on the nation’s security issues – as a courtesy extended by the incumbent.

    But when asked by CBS News if Mr Trump would receive the same courtesy, President Biden said: “I think not”.

    He cited Mr Trump’s “erratic behaviour” as his reason for refusing access.

    “I don’t think there’s any need for him to have an intelligence briefing,” Mr Biden said in his first sit-down interview since becoming president.

    He declined to speculate on what his worst fears would be if Mr Trump were allowed to see classified reports, but he suggested the former president could not be trusted to keep confidential information to himself.

    “What value is giving him an intelligence briefing? What impact does he have at all, other than the fact he might slip and say something?” Mr Biden said.

    The move is the first time a former president has been excluded from the tradition of being granted continued access to the briefings, according to the New York Times.

    For weeks after the 3 November presidential election, Mr Trump himself broke with tradition by failing to include his successor in security and intelligence briefings.

    Mr Trump eventually agreed to allow the formal transition process to take place, but his administration was still accused of blocking Mr Biden’s access to intelligence.

    Mr Trump feuded with the intelligence community throughout his four-year presidency and went through six national intelligence directors.

    He questioned reports by US agencies that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election, and assailed intelligence chiefs for being “extremely passive and naive” over Iran.

    In 2017, he disclosed highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister about an Islamic State operation in what was seen as a breach of trust by many in the US intelligence community.

    During his CBS interview, President Biden was asked about the impeachment trial Mr Trump is facing in the US Senate for his role in the riot at the Capitol in Washington on 6 January.

    Mr Biden said he “ran like hell to defeat” Mr Trump in the election “because I thought he was unfit to be president”, but he would leave the Senate to decide whether the Republican should be barred from ever holding public office again.

    BBCNews

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    ANAMBRA TO WORK WITH AIR PEACE TO BRING EMBRAER CENTRE TO THE STATE https://allnewsandreports.com/anambra-to-work-with-air-peace-to-bring-embraer-centre-to-the-state/ Sat, 06 Feb 2021 19:49:58 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124935

    The Anambra State government has set in motion the machinery to work with West Africa’s leading airline, Air Peace, to get Embraer of Brazil, the world’s fourth largest civilian aircraft manufacturer, to locate a service centre for Africa in the state.

    Though the details of the state government’s move are not yet made public, it is understood that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has since last year been in talks with the Air Peace founder, Chief Allen Onyema, to get the Brazilians to cite the service centre at Anambra International Cargo Airport at Umueri which is still undergoing construction.

    At the delivery last week of Air Peace E195 –E2 in Lagos, Chief Onyema made a passionate appeal to the Brazilian embassy in Abuja to advise the Embraer Corporation in Sao Paulo to build a service centre in Nigeria to cater for the African region.

    The brand new plane, registered as 5N-BYF, is the first in 13 Embraer aircraft ordered by the airline for its African regional routes.

    “As the first carrier in Africa to purchase Embraer’s E series, which is the latest, Air Peace, with our support, is in a strong position to lobby the manufacturer to bring such a centre to our state”, Governor Obiano said today in a virtual discussion with some members of his administration working quietly on the project.

    Anambra International Cargo Airport, the second biggest airport in the country, is designed to accommodate at least one hanger to service different kinds of aircraft, according to Air Vice Marshall Ben Chiobi (retired), Special Adviser to Governor Obiano on Creative Security and a former Nigerian Air Force pilot who also used to be the military attaché at the Nigerian Embassy in Paris, France.

    When he visited the airport last August, an impressed Chief Onyema pledged to build a hanger there.

    “If Air Peace builds a hanger there and Embraer follows suit with an African service centre, the vision of building this modern and large airport on a very large swath of land will have been realized”, stated Chief Obiano.  

    “We didn’t set out to build just any airport, but a strategic one which will help boost traditional commerce in our state and beyond, but, quiet importantly, result in technology transfer and in the transformation of our economic landscape”.

    Meanwhile, the state government has described Chief Onyema as the greatest current promoter of private diplomacy in Nigeria.

    “Onyema”, said Governor Obiano in a message to the Air Peace chairman following the acquisition of the new plane from Brazil, “has shown that you need not be in government or hold any public office to effectively promote the interests of your country.

    “It is not just in Brazil that he has boosted our reputation far better than any person but also in such places as South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates where Air Peace flies into regularly, with plans to start flying into the United States, India, Israel and the United Kingdom shortly.

    “What is more, the excellent safety record of the carrier and the efficient ground and onboard services it provides, coupled with its schedule integrity, have all combined to make it compete effectively with the best airlines in the world.

    “We are proud that Chief Onyema, a worthy son of Anambra State, is championing African economic integration, a Nigerian foreign policy plank, through tireless opening of regional routes.

    “This is to say nothing about his promotion of national integration and unity by flying every hour to all parts of Nigeria.

    “Air travel in Nigeria would have been extremely difficult if not for Chief Onyema who is not driven by the profit motive but service to humanity, starting with fellow Nigerians”.

    Air Peace, which commenced commercial operations in 2013, has 30 aircraft in its fleet, with 23 more expected from both Embraer and Boeing Corporation of the United States, the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer.

    C. Don Adinuba

    Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment. 

     
     
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    Anambra hunter shoots wife, son dead, sets house ablaze https://allnewsandreports.com/anambra-hunter-shoots-wife-son-dead-sets-house-ablaze/ Sat, 06 Feb 2021 19:06:13 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124933 Thursday, January 28, 2021 will remain indelible in the memories of the people of Amanuke community in Awka North Local Government Area, Anambra State. The unforgettable experience, unfortunately, is for the wrong reason.

    Residents of the area had woken up on that fateful day without any inkling of the calamity that would befall one of their own later in the night.

    Uchechukwu Nweke, an indigene of the community said to have been having a running battle with his wife and children for several years over an undefined matter, had concluded plans to bring the matter to an end on that day by not only taking his own life but those of his 55-year-old wife and 29-year-old son.

    The 65-year-old hunter reportedly married to two wives with no fewer than 10 children, according to sources from the community, had allegedly suffered series of maltreatment, including being beaten by one of his wives and some of her children.

    A resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, said the leadership of the community had made several attempts to wade into the matter with a view to resolving the lingering crisis. He, however, regretted that none of the efforts yielded results until tragedy struck.

    He said: “I have always known the man to be a hardworking man. In fact, he built his first house in his 20s. He had about seven children from the first wife before he married the second one.

    “I can’t actually trace what led to the quarrel between him and the first wife and some of her children, which made them to hate him with passion, particularly the one he killed together with his wife.

    “The beating was so much that he, at a time, ran away and decided to build a house close to his farm. Before he finally ended his life, he has suffered internal bleeding from the series of beating by his wife and children, which he feared he might not survive.

    “That day, he took everyone by surprise. He first set ablaze his house near the farm, before he returned to the other one where his first wife lived. His second wife was asleep with her children when he quietly woke her up and asked her to run with her children.

    “She then shot the wife and the son and later set the house on fire before he finally killed himself. All this took place before neighbours could arrive.”

    A close neighbour, Sampson Okoye, told The Nation that the deceased had earlier threatened to carry out an act that would be disastrous after complaining several times of maltreatment by his wife and children.

    He said he had appealed to him to go back home, with a promise that the matter would be resolved in the morning, not knowing that the gunshots he heard earlier were for his wife and son.

    He said: “On the eve of that fateful day, the man came to my house complaining that the wife and children refused to give him money to collect the results of the lab test he did after the last beating he received from them.

    “He complained to me that his wife and one of his sons were talking ill of him. I warned him not to do anything that would harm his family, not knowing that he had made up his mind to shoot his wife and son before killing himself.

    “I tried to reconcile them, especially through the wife, but they all turned deaf ears to my pleas. You know in family matters, when you advise the man or woman, they won’t listen. It was around 3 am that I heard two gunshots.”

    Okoye added that the deceased was undergoing treatment at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku from the injury he sustained before his eventual demise.

    Corroborating Okoye, the chairman of the vigilance group in the area, Charles Nnawude, said he had intervened in the family’s matter on several occasions when the deceased brought complaints of inhuman treatment from his wife and children.

    “He came to my house sometime ago and complained about the wife and children who were beating him,” he said. He said they did a lot of things to him, including chasing him out of the house.

    “I tried to reconcile them, including inviting them to my house, but the man walked away angrily and the next place we saw him was inside the bush.

    “They still traced him to the bush and pounced on him. They went to the extent of beating him on the buttocks with knife. If you saw his buttocks, you would weep.

    “Up to two days before the incident, the man was still complaining that they were still beating him, especially his son, Obinna.

    “Actually, the man was married to two women. When he was about to carry out the act, he told the other woman to go away with her children. So she ran away with them,” he added.

    While expressing shock over the unfortunate incident, Nnawude cautioned residents of the area, especially mothers, to desist from instigating their children against other members of their families.

    He advised them to rather embrace peaceful resolution of internal issues.

    When our correspondent visited the residence, neighbours and sympathisers thronged the house in their numbers, with some expressing shock over the incident while some others took pictures.

    The deceased’s building and property were completely razed after they were set ablaze around 3 am while neighbours were fast asleep.

    A public affairs analyst, Tony Okafor, described the case as that of psychotic occasioned by provocation.

    He said: “It could be a psychotic problem, which can be as a result of provocation. It can’t just happen. If someone has a psychotic problem, little provocation can take him to that level.

    “The only problem I have is that one had thought that when he released the first shot, it would have attracted neighbours who could have prevented him from going further.

    “But he released the first and second shots, and even burnt the house, yet we didn’t hear that someone came out to intervene. So, to me, it’s purely a psychiatric problem.

    “That he was married to two wives is not the issue. Even if he had married 20 wives, it wouldn’t lead to that if the man had sound mind. We’ve seen people that are polygamous and they’re living fine.

    “It is likely to be a psychiatric problem provoked by someone, probably one of the persons he killed. If he had asked one of the wives to go with the children and the other to stay, then it was premeditated.

    “The lesson to take away from this is that people should not be necessarily provoked. Secondly, people should share their problems with others. If you have such problems, you can share it. A problem shared is somehow a problem solved.

    “Government can also create recreational and social centres where people can go and forget their sorrows. If a man carries his burden alone, there are possibilities that he can go to the extreme. People should socialise.

    “In the olden days, our grandparents were fighting those things by taking snuff. They say, psychologically, if you take it, your worries will vanish.

    “But these days, people don’t take anything. People pile their problems. Besides, we think too much.

    “But in all, we should not be provoked because we have little patience now, especially with the high cost of living in the country.”

    Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, said the corpses of the victims were immediately deposited at the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.

    He said investigation had commenced to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

    He said: “On 28/1/2021 there was a report from the vigilante chairman Amunike community in Awka North LGA of Anambra State that on the same date at about 3 am, a hunter, one Uchechukwu Nweke ‘m’ aged 65 years, of same address, allegedly shot his wife Patricia Nweke ‘f’ aged 55 years with a single barrel gun.

    “He also burnt his house along with his son named Obinna Nweke, aged 29 years, in circumstances yet to be ascertained.

    “Suspect equally shot himself using the same gun.

    “Meanwhile, Police detectives attached to Achalla Police Station visited the scene and rushed victims to Uche Hospital Isuanocha for medical attention where all the three victims were certified dead by a medical doctor on arrival.”

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    Facebook removes Nnamdi Kanu’s account https://allnewsandreports.com/facebook-removes-nnamdi-kanus-account/ Thu, 04 Feb 2021 19:27:31 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124919

    Social networking site Facebook has removed the account of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, for repeated violation of its rules on harm and hate speech.

    The account was blocked after a live broadcast on Tuesday, in which Kanu accused Fulani herdsmen of destroying their farms.

    Mazi Kanu had posted a video of people suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network – an armed militia group he set up in the south-east region, attacking and killing cattle in Fulani herders’ settlements.

    It comes at a time when Nigeria is struggling with an upsurge in clashes between herders and farmers in many parts of the country.

    A spokesperson for Facebook told the BBC that it “believes in giving people a voice” but it also wants people to “feel safe” while using the platform.

    In a statement, it said Mazi Kanu’s page was removed in line with its rules for repeatedly posting content that breaks Facebook’s Community Standards, including those violating rules on co-ordinating harm and hate speech.

    Ipob’s lawyer Paul Achalla told the BBC that it will appeal against the ban.

    He added that the ban does not affect Radio Biafra and other platforms of the group.

    Nnamdi Kanu’s Facebook page has served as a key platform for Ipob to communicate with his followers across the world, reaching thousands of listeners regularly.

    The Nigerian government outlawed the group in 2017 after designating it a terrorist organisation. 

    BBCNews

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    Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi flees to Kenya https://allnewsandreports.com/ugandan-activist-stella-nyanzi-flees-to-kenya/ Thu, 04 Feb 2021 19:11:47 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124922

    Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi has fled to neighbouring Kenya to seek asylum citing political persecution, according to media outlets in both countries.

    The activist says her children had been trailed by the police and “abductions and detentions of political actors were getting closer” to her, Nation Africa website reports.

    “I just left prison in February last year and I don’t want to go back,” the website quotes her as saying.

    Her lawyer George Luchiri Wajackoyah also confirmed she had fled, according to Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper.

    Ms Nyanzi unsuccessfully vied for Kampala Woman MP in last month’s general election.

    She is a strong critic of President Yoweri Museveni’s administration and was previously detained for abusing the president.

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    CHAN: Morocco to defend title against Mali in final https://allnewsandreports.com/chan-morocco-to-defend-title-against-mali-in-final/ Thu, 04 Feb 2021 19:07:24 +0000 https://allnewsandreports.com/?p=124926 Morocco will defend their African Nations Championship (CHAN) title against Mali in Sunday’s final in Yaounde after the holders thrashed Cameroon 4-0 in Wednesday’s semi-final.

    The Moroccans were simply too good for the hosts, as a double from Soufiane Rahimi either side of goals from Soufiane Bouftini and Mohammed Ali Bemammer secured a comprehensive win.

    “It was a little difficult for us from the start, but things got better when we scored the first goal,” said Morocco coach Houcine Ammouta, whose side are the first to reach successive CHAN finals.

    Bouftini opened the scoring in Limbe when Cameroon goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido suffered a moment to forget, dropping a free-kick at the feet of his opponent just five yards out.

    Rahimi doubled the lead six minutes before the break as Morocco carved open a Cameroon defence in disarray as he slid home a fine lay-off from Abdelilah Hafidi to become the CHAN’s top scorer.

    Raja Casablanca striker Rahimi netted his fifth of the tournament after 74 minutes as Cameroon’s defence gifted him the chance with a wayward pass from a free-kick deep in their own half that was pounced upon and expertly slotted in from 30 yards.

    Ten minutes from time, Bemmamer sealed the rout with a goal that was allowed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) even though the midfielder appeared to be offside.

    “Nothing seemed to work us,” said Cameroon coach Ndtoungou Mpile Martin. “Morocco committed less errors.”

    The North Africans secured the title on home soil in 2018 when beating Nigeria 4-0 in the final.

    Mali goalkeeper Djigui Diarra was a hero as his side reached the African Nations Championship final
    Mali goalkeeper Djigui Diarra was a hero as his side reached the African Nations Championship final

    Earlier in the day, goalkeeper Djigui Diarra and Mamadou Coulibaly were the penalty heroes as Mali beat Guinea after the first semi-final ended goalless after an evenly-balanced 120 minutes at Douala’s Japoma Stadium.

    Mali will be in the CHAN final for a second time, and looking to improve on their 3-0 defeat to DR Congo in 2016.

    After both sides scored their first four penalties each, Mali keeper – and captain – Diarra set up the win by saving Guinea’s fifth from Morlaye Sylla, who had been man of the match three times at the tournament.

    The stop meant that Mamadou Coulibaly’s successful spot kick took Mali to the final, where they will try to become the first West African side to win the tournament, while Guinea failed in the semi-final stage for a second time after their 2016 exit.

    The match had started with some tough tackling, forcing Mali to make two substitutions in the opening period – the first of which came after just one minute.

    Guinea created the better chances in the first half with the best falling to Yakhouba Gnagna Barry, who had topped the scoring charts before Wednesday’s semi-finals started.

    His first was a shot from eight yards out which was well-saved by Diarra after 13 minutes and Barry thought he had scored after 25 minutes as he was put through on goal and lashed home only for the offside flag to be raised, a decision confirmed by VAR.

    Mali started the second half with more intent and some good runs down the flanks, but there was no-one in the box to get on the end of the crosses.

    On the hour, Guinea’s Morlaye Sylla forced Diarra to push a long-range free-kick over the bar while Mali’s Moussa Kone will feel he should have done better with an overhead kick 18 minutes from time, failing to hit the target with the Guinea keeper Moussa Camara stranded.

    Extra-time was balanced as both sides struggled in the final third, resorting instead to trying their luck from distance.

    Guinea will rue a close-range miss by Mamadouba Bangoura with just five minutes left and although they brought on replacement keeper Sekouba Camara for penalties in the dying seconds, the gamble did not pay off.

    While Guinea face a Cameroon looking to restore pride in Douala on Saturday, Yaounde’s Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium will host the final the following day as Morocco try to become the second team, after DR Congo, to win the CHAN twice.

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