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Separatist group in Cameroon claims responsibility for explosion that killed 7 officials

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Cameroon separatists have claimed responsibility for an attack on Wednesday that killed seven people, including a senior official and a mayor.

Six officials, including highest government official in Ekondo Titi, Timothee Aboloa; Mayor of Ekondo Titi, Nanji Kenneth, and
the Ekondo Titi president of Cameroon’s ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement party, Ebeku William,
died on the spot.

Cameroon’s military says the officials were on a tour to raise support against the rebels when a homemade bomb hit their car.

The Cameroonian government said the explosive device hit the officials’ car in Bekora village in the Ekondo Titi district of Cameroon’s English-speaking South-West region.

Cameroon’s military said after the device exploded, separatist fighters hiding in a nearby bush started shooting.

Bernard Okalia Bilai is the governor of the South-West region. Bilai said several government troops sustained injuries, and a military official died while being rushed to a local hospital by the military. Bilai spoke during a press conference broadcast by local media including Cameroon state broadcaster CRTV.

“All the six occupants of the car died. The other forces of law and order [military] who were in the pickup following the [officials’] car was wounded. One young officer, a lieutenant, was wounded, and he too passed away. So, in that attack we have lost seven persons,” he said.

Bilai said the officials were on a meet-the-people tour of Ekondo Titi. He said during the tour, the officials were expected to educate civilians on braving separatists and relaunch economic activities in their towns and villages.

Cameroon’s military on Thursday said troops were deployed to Ekondo Titi shortly after the explosion. The military said the troops will track and arrest or kill the fighters should government troops face any resistance from the rebels.

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Nigeria won’t bleed to death under my watch— Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu has once again assured that Nigeria won’t “bleed to death” under his watch as he will do everything to make sure the country comes out of its present economic crisis.

Tinubu, who gave the assurance when he received a delegation of the Yoruba Leaders of Thought at the State House in Abuja on Friday, emphasised that governance must be transformative and must address the critical needs of citizens.

The Nigerian President also emphasised the need for a more effective local government system that promotes community development and delivers essential governance within a robust federal framework, warning that the local government administration was must not be suffocated so that effective governance can be felt at the grassroots.

Tinubu admitted that the past 12 months had been fulfilling for his administration despite the presence of some challenges that were being addressed frontally.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President noted said;

“Yes, it has been challenging; it has been fulfilling as well. We took over, and we stopped the bleeding.

“I can say categorically now that Nigeria is no longer bleeding. And it will not bleed to death, but rather will now move to prosperity.

“That is the promise that I made to you all, and it is also the charge that you gave to me.

“We are managing to swim through the pond. The current is not a good one. We will turn the tide. We are turning the bend. This I assure you. I am being very careful. The worst is over for Nigeria. We will prevail.

“I thank the team that has been working hard. All I can promise is that we will do whatever it takes. We are determined, and we will work so that all Nigerians can feel the impact of good governance.

“My administration would ensure Nigeria gets value for every kobo spent. My government will leave a lasting legacy of prosperity to future generations,” he emphasized.

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Chief Mnukwa says history of libel suits by govt officials scares citizens from freely expressing themselves

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Chief Mnukwa of the Ngoni people says individuals are afraid to speak out on matters involving government officials due to a history of lawsuits against those who have voiced their opinions.

Mnukwa noted that individuals in government positions command a level of respect that discourages citizens from freely expressing their opinions.

In an interview with Zambia Monitor in Eastern Province, the traditional ruler claimed that some individuals in power exploit citizens.

“We have been observing in government circles, whoever says something about someone, they sue, they take you to court,” he pointed out.

He added that this practice prevented many people in rural communities from voicing their grievances.

“He may want to say something, but he will think twice, ‘I may be sued and what do I have,” Mnukwa stated.

He urged that this element of fear must be eradicated from people’s minds.

Mnukwa further added that abolishing the law of defamation must be prioritised so that people can freely oppose the government.

“We need to open up on those, to give the people the freedom to comment on government issues and any public figure’s actions,” he encouraged.

He further urged government officials to step up and fight for media freedoms, freedom of expression and digital rights on behalf of the Zambian people.

This story is sponsored content from Zambia Monitor’s Project Aliyense.

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