Investigation into journalist’s murder entrusted to judicial police

first_imgNews January 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigation into journalist’s murder entrusted to judicial police NigeriaAfrica Receive email alerts June 10, 2021 Find out more to go further January 28, 2021 Find out more Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms News February 8, 2021 Find out more Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosurescenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this information News The investigation into the murder of Paul Abayomi Ogundeji, journalist on the privately-owned daily Thisday, and member of its editorial committee, has been handed to the judicial police, regional authorities in Lagos State said on 20 January.The journalist was shot dead in the Dopemu district of the capital Lagos on 17 August 2008 as he was returning home in his car.Police said that Abayomi Ogundeji was killed by armed men who blocked the road and told him to open his car door, opening fire when he refused. Local residents who witnessed the shooting said however that there was a dispute between the journalist and several police officers manning a roadblock and the officers shot him when he tried to continue his journey.“Only a thorough and independent investigation can lift the doubts surrounding the death of Paul Abayomi Ogundeji”, Reporters Without Borders said. “It is essential that the killers be identified and convicted in order to protect Nigerian journalists, who are subjected to repeated violence,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.———————-21.08.08 – Journalist murdered in unclear circumstances in LagosReporters Without Borders is saddened and dismayed by the murder of Paul Abayomi Ogundeji, a reporter for the privately-owned daily Thisday and a member of its editorial board. He was gunned down in Lagos on 17 August, less than two years after Godwin Agbroko, the chairman of its editorial board, was killed in similar circumstances.The press freedom organisation wrote today to police commissioner Ali Amadu of the Special Investigation Unit, who is in charge of the case, asking him to ensure that the investigation is “credible and transparent” and that all leads are followed up, including information provided to the inspector general of police by Thisday managing director Eniola Bello indicating the possible involvement of police officers.According to initial police information, Ogundeji was shot dead in the Lagos neighbourhood of Dopemu at around 11 p.m. as he was returning home by car. Gunmen were said to have blocked his way, told him to open his car door, and opened fire when he refused.However, in his petition to the inspector general, Bello quoted an alleged statement by a policeman that Ogundeji ignored police orders to stop at a police checkpoint before getting himself killed. The 19 August issues of two independent dailies, The Punch and The Nigerian Compass, quoted an unidentified source as saying he saw uniformed police officers shoot Ogundeji.Police commissioner Amadu met with the staff of Thisday yesterday, assured them that he realised the seriousness of this evidence and appealed to anyone with information that could help the investigation to come forward.Ogundeji had worked for a range of Nigerian newspapers including The Guardian, The Punch, The Comet and The Week. He had just joined Thisday’s editorial board after stepping down as press spokesman for Femi Pedro, the former deputy governor of Lagos state, who was the opposition Labour Party’s candidate in last year’s general elections. Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria NigeriaAfrica Follow the news on Nigeria News RSF_en last_img read more

Mourinho bites back at detractors

first_imgJose Mourinho insisted Chelsea did everything required of champions as he hit out at criticism of the Premier League winners’ approach. Press Association “What the players are feeling now is fantastic. They deserve.” Mourinho returned for a second spell as Chelsea boss in June 2013 and now in his second season has won the Capital One Cup and the Premier League, taking his personal trophy tally to 22. “When you go back to a place where you had success before you risk a little bit of your prestige, your history. I risked it,” Mourinho added. “This amazing team that was Chelsea’s team for a decade is not here any more. And a new team won again. “Now I can say I won titles for Chelsea with two different generations, separated by almost a decade.” Mourinho made a veiled criticism of rival Pep Guardiola, whose Bayern Munich are the dominant team in Germany, and spoke of enjoying the competitive nature of English football. Mourinho added: “Maybe in the future I have to be smarter and choose another country, another club, where everybody’s champions. Even the kit man coaching is champion in some countries “I still enjoy these difficulties. I still enjoy to be tired after a very difficult match. So I think I am in the right place.” Mourinho is two years into a four-year contract of his second spell and received the congratulations of owner Roman Abramovich afterwards. “I stay here until Mr Abramovich wants me to stay. The day he tells me to go, I go,” the Blues boss added. “I was with TV, just a hug and a hug means more than words. “He’s a man that won every title with Chelsea. Some players did some, some players did others. “Some managers did some, some managers did others. Mr Abramovich is the only one that won every title.” Mourinho’s side needed three points to claim the trophy with three games to spare and Eden Hazard headed in the rebound after seeing his first-half penalty saved by Julian Speroni. Chelsea have led for some time and suffered just two defeats all season – on December 6 at Newcastle and January 1 at Tottenham, when Manchester City drew level at the top of the table. The challenge of each of the Blues’ rivals faltered at varying times and Mourinho knew the title was his side’s to lose, but insisted on taking a game-by-game approach. “We were convinced for a long time,” he said “Champions now. Not one hour ago, not yesterday, or a week or one month ago. Champions now. “From that moment (the loss to Spurs), January, February, March, April, not one single defeat.” Mourinho is already targeting title number four, aware the margins between success and comparative failure are fine. Mourinho said: “I will try (for) another one. The day I don’t feel that passion to try to do it again, I stop. I don’t feel that day is arriving. “(But) I think top four in this country, for the top teams, is the first target.” Ramires was a late withdrawal from the Chelsea side through illness and went to hospital to be assessed. Mourinho said: “Ramires went to the hospital, he was feeling so bad.” Palace boss Alan Pardew felt the penalty award was “questionable” and that his side might have had their own spot-kick when John Terry blocked a Jason Puncheon shot, with the ball hitting the Blues captain’s shoulder and upper arm before going clear. “I do feel a little bit hard done by,” Pardew said. “It was kind of questionable. Then they get another break when he misses it and it goes straight to him. “(But) it’s not about us today. They’ve obviously done the job. Sometimes fantasy and flair goes out the window to do the job to win. “That’s why this guy (Mourinho) earns the money he earns, because he wins and he wins trophies.” A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace gave the Blues an unassailable lead at the summit and a fourth Premier League title in 11 seasons. It was Mourinho’s third – drawing him level with Bill Shankly, Arsene Wenger and Stan Cullis – and first of his second spell. Chelsea, by the Portuguese’s own admission, became “more strategic, less artistic” as the title neared, with detractors labelling the Blues “boring”. Mourinho, who values substance over style, dismissed those who had the temerity to criticise his side. “We do everything that the team needs,” Mourinho said. “That’s why we deserve so much to be champions. And I think everybody knows that. “And the ones that have a big face to say we don’t deserve are the ones that in my country we say: the dogs bark and the caravan goes by. “(It’s) easy to be a pundit, because as a pundit you win every game. Fantastic job. “Maybe in 10 years’ time it’s my job. And then I win every game. “Now as a manager I lose sometimes and it’s a much more difficult job. last_img read more

Letterkenny Busking Festival hits all the right notes – Picture Special

first_imgLetterkenny town was bustling at the weekend as large crowds of visitors and shoppers gathered together on the Main Street to witness the fifth annual Letterkenny Busking Festival.On Saturday August 24th, over thirty buskers and performance groups lined the Main street, entertaining the crowds and competing to win top cash prizes. The buskers travelled to Letterkenny from all parts of the county and country and provided great entertainment to our town’s visitors.This year’s festival hosted a variety of performers, such as street entertainers, magicians and even a live painter! Music acts consisted of trad bands, solo performers, violinists, acoustic guitarists and more. Polxroid made up of Catherine Gallagher and Ciaran Coleman, Ballybofey and Castlefinn with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Carragh Lynch, Muff with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Overall competition winners Rag A Ra pictured alongside Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District.The buskers performed from 11am to 2pm and were visited by this year’s judges, singer/songwriter Tanya McCole, Highland Radio presenter Paul McDevitt and well-known local performer Martin Orr. The judges were amazed at the variety of acts taking part and had the tough task of choosing the final winners.The competition winners were announced at the prize giving party in McGinley’s Bar beer garden. The buskers and their families enjoyed some light refreshments and music from singer and guitarist Mark McClean, before the prizes were presented by Letterkenny Chamber president, Leonard Watson.In first place were trad group Rag A Ra, in second place were family trad group COSA and in third place was magician Jessica Harkin. Highly commended prizes were also awarded to singer and guitarist, John Gregg, violinist and concertina duo Aine and Sophie Ferry, singer and guitarist Aidan Laird and singer and guitarist Clara Sharvin.Letterkenny Busking Festival favourite Jessica Harkin, who placed third in our annual competition.Caela Carr, Letterkenny with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Prize winners Aine and Sophie Ferry entertaining the crowds at the 2019 Letterkenny Busking Festival.Leonard Watson of Letterkenny Chamber had this to say about the event, “This year’s busking festival has been our biggest yet! We were delighted with the large number of buskers that took part in this year’s festival and are already in the process of planning next years festival which we hope will be even bigger! One of the best things about events like these is that they bring locals and visitors together and help to showcase all the great businesses that we have on Letterkenny Main Street! We are really looking forward to our 2020 festival!” Letterkenny Chamber President, Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District alongside Clara Sharvin, who won a prize in the competition.Competition participant George McCready (Mr Majestic), enjoying the festival with alongside Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District.Fire spinner Dani Burns, Letterkenny with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.All at Letterkenny Chamber and ShopLK wish to thank all our buskers, judges and everyone who came along to support the festival. We hope to make the 2020 festival even bigger so keep an eye out on our Letterkenny Busking Festival Facebook page for more information on next year’s event.ShopLK is funded by Donegal County CouncilLetterkenny Busking Festival hits all the right notes – Picture Special was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkenny buskingLetterkenny Main StreetMUSICShop LKlast_img read more

Mack out, Eureka in Lakin tourney after Del Norte sweeps Panthers

first_imgCrescent City >> Allison Douglas allowed just four hits in 12 innings pitched as the Del Norte Warriors finished their Big 5 schedule with a doubleheader sweep of the McKinleyville Panthers Monday afternoon at Del Norte High School.The Warriors used the long ball to defeat the Panthers 11-1 in the opener that was decided via the 10-run rule. Del Norte then eked out a 2-1 victory in the nightcap as Douglas outdueled McKinleyville pitcher McKenzie Gonsalves.The Warrior bats got going early in …last_img

Giants CEO Larry Baer suspended by Major League Baseball

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Giants CEO Larry Baer will miss the first three months of the season after being suspended without pay by Major League Baseball for his role in a public altercation with his wife, Pam, on March 1.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday that Baer’s leave of absence will be converted to an unpaid suspension that will last through July 1, 2019. Manfred released a statement Tuesday declaring that Baer, 61, shall have “no involvement in the operation of the Giants” and that the …last_img

New vaccines to curb child mortality

first_imgThe Rotavirus vaccine, Pentavalent vaccine and Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine will be introduced this month as part of the government’s expanded immunisation programme, which aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. All children should be vaccinated with Pentavelent at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks and at 18 months. Fighting pneumonia These diseases can lead to major complications such as deafness and brain damage, and can even be fatal. The Pneumococcal vaccine should be administered to children at 6 weeks, 14 weeks and 9 months. According to the department, the Rotavirus is a major problem in developing countries, as it is not always possible for infected children to reach a hospital in time, and thus they are likely to succumb to the disease. Developing countries Professor Shabir Madhi from the University of Witwatersrand encouraged the use of the Pneumococcal vaccine, saying it protects against severe life-threatening diseases caused by the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. South Africa is to make three new vaccines freely available at public healthcare facilities across the country as part of efforts to combat child mortality. The Pentavelent vaccine is a combination vaccine with five components. It protects against five conditions, namely diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, haemophilus influenza and polio. “We want to vaccinate more and more children with this new vaccine,” Dr Ntombenhle Nqcobo, a specialist involved with the immunisation programme, said in Pretoria last week. “Every child has a right to vaccination.” Worldwide, it is estimated that 10-million children die each year from preventable and treatable causes.center_img According to the Department of Health, immunisation prevents more than three million deaths a year. The Rotavirus vaccine will help provide protection against the Rotavirus which causes diarrhoea, leading to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and death. The vaccine can be used in the fight against pneumonia, which affects the chest and the ability to give oxygen to the body, meningitis, which affects the brain and spinal cord, and septicaemia, a condition where bacteria multiply in the bloodstream. The new vaccine replaces an older combination of four antigens, which is called Combact-Hib. The advantage of this vaccine lies in it being more advanced and causing fewer side-effects. HIV/Aids contributing The mortality rate in South Africa for children under five is high considering the level of economic development reached, and the largest contributing factor in these cases is HIV/Aids. 3 August 2009 Combination vaccine Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

World Bank sharpens African focus

first_imgSouth Africa’s Eskom received a substantial loan from the World Bank in 2010. The bank will introduce a new funding scheme for Africa.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) The World Bank is to strengthen its focus on funding development programmes in Africa, with plans to introduce a new five-year support strategy already at an advanced stage. The new strategy, known as “Africa’s future and World Bank support to it”, replaces the outgoing Africa Action Plan, which was introduced in 2005.The 2011 to 2016 strategy will be officially announced to the public in March, but will be implemented from the beginning of the new fiscal year in July. It is currently being finalised within the World Bank.The new plan will focus on fostering development on the continent through partnerships with various sectors. When released, it will outline how the organisation “plans to revise its approach and deepen its partnership with Africa”, according to the World Bank.“The main instrument for implementing the strategy will be partnerships,” Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank vice president for the Africa region, said in a news release.“We need to leverage the private sector, development actors and most importantly the African society in designing development solutions going forward. We must ensure that our knowledge and financial resources are much more productive and effective.”The Africa Action Plan was a working document credited for keeping the World Bank focused on necessary development initiatives in Africa.The Africa Catalytic Growth Fund (ACGF), through which the World Bank disbursed grants to the poorest African countries as opposed to offering loans, is one of the initiatives that came out of the Africa Action Plan. ACGF was launched in 2008 and is likely to be incorporated into the new strategy.Some of the specific commitments of Africa Action Plan included increasing financial support for free primary education in 15 countries. The strategies are part of efforts to make it possible for countries to achieve some of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.Vital inputThe new strategy will be largely influenced by input from thousands of people, mostly Africans. The World Bank said it consulted no less than 2 000 Africans and other role-players over eight months to discuss the revision of the current strategy.The consulted included government officials, development experts, policy-makers and legislators, Africans in diaspora, civil society representatives, the private sector, the media and academia, said the bank.Consultations were held in 36 countries, including 31 African states, through face-to-face meetings and workshops.Issues raised included how governments could beef up their capacity to manage resources, how sub-regional economic blocs could step up their roles and how the private sector could be involved in driving economic growth.A popular suggestion was strengthening the focus on African agriculture.The best ways to incorporate informal sector s into mainstream economies will also likely be prioritised in the new strategy, as was suggested in the consultations.Draft strategy well receivedThe bank said a number of those consulted reviewed the strategy draft in November 2010 and expressed that it could make a huge contribution to development on the continent.“The comments we received proved what we have known for some time: that Africans are best placed to determine their development needs and the interventions necessary to foster economic growth and poverty reduction in their countries,” said Shanta Devarajan, World Bank chief economist for the Africa region.Devarajan is also one of the lead authors of the strategy.In 2010 the World Bank channelled US$11.5-billion (R81.4-billion) into loans, near-zero-interest credits, grants, equity investments and guarantees to Africa.last_img read more

What is the role of the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ)?

first_imgGlobalisation is upon us and South Africa is ensuring readiness by adopting what is called Specialised Economic Zones (SEZ). According to Investopedia, an SEZ is a designated area in a country subjected to specialised economic regulations different from other areas. These zones play a huge role in encouraging trade and investment opportunities that benefit the country through job creation.The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone Company (‘Gauteng IDZ’) was founded in 2009 under the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) and was established with the purpose of developing and operating the designated Industrial Development Zone at OR Tambo International Airport. OR Tambo International Airport accommodates over 21 million passengers annually, making it Africa’s largest and busiest international airport.The vision of the GIDZ is “to identify, design, package and enable focused export driven manufacturing and beneficiation programmes for location at the OR Tambo International Airport IDZ. OR Tambo International is known for its exceptional infrastructure and resources. It is a well-positioned logistics and distribution hub for air cargo internationally and in the region. OR Tambo international is the largest air cargo airport on the African continent, with the capacity to handle 40 000 tonnes annually. 82% of South Africa’s cargo comes through OR Tambo.”How does an IDZ impact citizens? In an effort to reposition itself in the world economy, the South African government launched the Industrial Development Zones (IDZ) programme with the aim to facilitate inclusive and competitive economic growth in order for citizens to enter new jobs and benefit from the investments attracted.The GIDZ also runs a post-graduate Jewellery Design course called [email protected] The Jewellery Design Centre was established in 2013, and puts students through an 11-month course offering training in Marketing, Commercial Jewellery Design and Product Development, utilising state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing technology. The centre aims to increase technology proficiency ahead of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and pave the way for skilled designers by shaping talent that can contribute to the development of the South African jewellery [email protected] was launched as part of the OR Tambo Industrial Development Zone, currently under construction next to OR Tambo International Airport.To find out more about the GIDZ, click here: http://www.gidz.co.zalast_img read more

Border collie named Verb wins Westminster agility contest

first_imgBig firm products top worst plastic litter list — report PLAY LIST 01:45Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report06:56Magalong drops Albayalde’s name in ‘ninja cops’ probe00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Verb tore through an obstacle course, guided by handler Perry DeWitt of Wyncote, Pennsylvania.A dog called Plop got a special award for top mixed-breed. Plop is handled by Lisa Topol of New York City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 330 contestants were as small as a Chihuahua and as big as a 98-pound Bernese mountain dog.The dogs navigate jumps, ramps, tunnels and other objects on a route packed with tricky turns. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Border collie named Stella competes in the masters agility preliminary rounds during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)NEW YORK — The Verb is: “win.”A border collie named Verb won the Westminster Kennel Club’s agility contest Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics So far, Border collies and Australian shepherds have won the annual contest since it began in 2014. Participants say the sport builds a special bond between dogs and owners.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIESlast_img read more