At Least 200 Girls Kidnapped in Attack on Nigerian School in Chibok

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At Least 200 Girls Kidnapped in Attack on Nigerian School in Chibok (Attribution Unknown)

BBC News reports that scores of girls were abducted from a north-east Nigerian school their parents said.

The gunmen reportedly arrived at the school, located in Chibok, Borno state, late Monday night and ordered the teenage girls to board trucks.

At least 200 girls were abducted.

 

Mike Ocquaye Warns Africa’s Family System Under Satanic Attack from Gays

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Mike Ocquaye Warns Africa’s Family System Under Satanic Attack from Gays (Credit: Radioxyzonline)

Mike Ocquaye, Ghana’s former deputy speaker of Parliament, warns that the traditional family system in Africa is under threat from gay promoters from the West.

Ocquaye spoke at an antigay forum in Accra saying, “Indeed the family is under satanic attack and we should take great care to protect it.”

He said, “we consider this an abomination. We don’t want a mustache man marrying another bearded man and it is the right of the children to call a man father and a woman mother.” He added, “Children brought up in the other way will become what we call miscreants.”

Mike Ocquaye, who is also a clergyman, said, “We Africans have certain values and our friends who want to remain our friends in the Western world must respect our values.”

He charged that the family system in the Western world is vanishing because it has been engulfed by homosexuality.

[H/T Ghana Web]

Senegal Closes Border with Guinea to Prevent Spread of Ebola Virus

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Senegal Closes Border with Guinea to Prevent Spread of Ebola Virus (Credit: NSBE.org)

Senegal has closed its land border with Guinea to try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, which Guinean authorities say is suspected of killing 70 people in the deadliest outbreak in seven years – @Reuters

The Senegalese interior ministry said the land borders will remain closed until further notice.  The statement said the governors of Kolda and Kedougou regions have already taken necessary measures to effectively implement the decision.
The weekly marketplace at Diaobe has been closed.

Text Messages Between Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp Show Jealousy

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Text Messages Between Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp Shows Jealousy (Credit: CityPress)

#OscarPistorius:  Text messages between Oscar Pistorius and his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp showed rage fueled by jealousy. The text messages were read in court during his high-profile trial for the shooting death of Steenkamp, who he claimed he mistook for an intruder.

One text sent on Jan. 27, 2013 read, “u are very quick to act cold and offish when you’re unhappy… every 5 seconds i hear how u dated another chick,” she wrote.

Perhaps the most damaging to Pistorius was the line Steenkamp wrote saying, “i am the girl who let go with u even when i was scared out of my mind to. i’m the girl who feel in love with u and wanted to tell u this weekend.

“I get snapped at and told my accents and my voice are annoying. i touch your neck to show u i care you tell me to stop. Stop chewing gum. do this don’t do that,” read part of one long text. Source: ABC News

The text messages come as a third witness testified to hearing screaming leading up to the moments when Reeva Steenkamp was murdered by Oscar Pistorius. Anette Stipp told the court that “The thing I remember the most, and I don’t think I will ever forget, is the screaming.”

Stipp’s testimony corroborates Michelle Burger and Charl Johnson’s testimonies. They also said they heard bangs, followed by screaming and another set of bangs with more screaming, the City Press reports.

House of Horror: Suspects Arrested After Slaughter Den Found in Nigeria

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House of Horror: Suspects Arrested After Slaughter Den Found in Nigeria

#HouseofHorror:  Nigerian police have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of rotting bodies and skeletons in an abandoned building which the media is calling a “House of Horror.”

The grisly discovery was made after a group of motorcycle taxi drivers who reported some of their members had gone missing and were believed to have been kidnapped.

Several severely malnourished people were found wandering in the bush near the abandoned building in the southwestern city of Ibadan. More were found shackled with leg chains inside the building.

Oyo state police spokeswoman Olabisi Ilobanafor told AFP, “When we got to the abandoned building in the Soka community of Ibadan yesterday (Saturday), we saw decomposed corpses, skeletons and skulls in the building and surrounding bushes.”

Ilobanafor said police had arrested some suspects at the scene. She also said, “It’s not a common occurrence in Ibadan or in the state.”

The Sunday Tribune published some gruesome pictures of rotting bodies, human skulls and a man in the throes of death with flies hovering around his face.  Human bones were also found inside a well in front of the abandoned building, which the Tribune reports belongs to Ponti Construction Company.

Police arrested six suspects, including five security guards, who are reportedly armed with guns, bows and arrows, found at the abandoned building.

 House of Horror: Suspects Arrested After Slaughter Den Found in Nigeria

16 Killed, Including 4 Pregnant Women, in Stampedes for Jobs in Nigeria

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16 Killed, Including 4 Pregnant Women, in Stampedes for Jobs in Nigeria (Credit: Twitter)

SHOCK:  At least 16 people were killed, including four pregnant women, in stampedes in Nigeria as thousands were invited to apply for less than 5,000 positions with the Nigeria Immigration Services.

The applicants showed up different centers, including Abuja, Kano, Minna and Port-Harcourt, to take the aptitude test for the vacancies, Vanguard reports.

Activists are calling for Interior Minister Abba Moro to resign for the deaths. He is blaming the victims saying “they lost their lives through their impatience.”

Emergency officials have said the death toll could rise.

Moro reportedly said that many of the applicants “jumped through the fences of affected centers and did not conduct themselves in an orderly manner … This caused stampedes and made the environment unsecured.” 

 

Climate Scientists: ‘African Alps’ Melting at Disturbing Rate

 Climate Scientists: African Alps Melting at Disturbing RateVanishing ice warning for ‘Africa’s Alps’ (via AFP)

African Alps:  In swirling snow, John Medenge prods a thin ice bridge over a crevasse with an iron-tipped spear, guiding climbers scaling the steep glacial wall using crampons and axes. “We are the last few who will climb on the ice, it is going so fast,” said Medenge…

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Catherine Samba-Panza Elected President by Central African Republic Lawmakers

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Catherine Samba-Panza Elected President by Central African Republic Lawmakers (Attribution Unknown)

Catherine Samba-Panza has been chosen as the interim president for the troubled Central African Republic. She edged out Desire Kolingba, the son of a former president, in an election by the transitional parliament, to become the country’s first woman leader.

Samba-Panza called for an end to the violence by the Muslim Seleka ex-rebels and Christian self-defense militias known as anti-balaka (machetes).

Catherine Samba-Panza said, “I’m launching a resounding appeal to my anti-balaka children who are listening to me: Show your support for my nomination by giving the strong signal of laying down your weapons.” She is a Christian but did not campaign on a religious platform.

Samba-Panza, who was the mayor of CAR’s capital Bangui, has fought for equal rights for women  and for the rights of sexual violence victims.

Catherine Samba-Panza is married with three children.

 Catherine Samba Panza Elected President by Central African Republic Lawmakers

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Refuses to Sign Tough Anti-Gay Law

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Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Refuses to Sign Tough Anti-Gay Law

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni refuses to approve a controversial bill that would toughen punishment meted out to homosexuals.

BBC reports Museveni wrote to the parliamentary speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga criticizing her for passing the bill in December without a quorum. He wrote that homosexuals were “abnormal” or were so for “mercenary reasons” and could be “rescued,” BBC News reports.

The bill calls for life imprisonment for homosexual acts and makes it a crime for failure to report homosexuals.

Africa is in the dark ages on homosexuals and gay rights. Nigeria sparked international outcry with its tough legislation against gays and lesbians. It’s just a disgrace. Period.

If President Yoweri Museveni signs the bill, aid to Uganda should be suspended right away. Tough love.

 Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Refuses to Sign Tough Anti Gay Law

Frank Bwalya Arrested for Comparing Zambian President to a ‘Potato’

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Frank Bwalya Arrested for Comparing Zambian President to a ‘Potato’ (Credit: Wikipedia)

Frank Bwalya, a member of Zambia’s opposition, is facing a maximum jail sentence of five years, for comparing President Michael Sata as “chumbu mushololwa,” which is a Bemba phrase that means a sweet potato. Bwalya made the comments on radio on Monday.

Chumbu mushololwa‘ is also used to describe someone who doesn’t listen to advice, BBC Africa reports. Frank Bwalya, who is a former pastor, heads the opposition Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) party. He was arrested for making defamatory remarks against the president, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo told state-run media.

Wow, to arrest someone for calling the president a name that’s not even derogatory is just ridiculous.