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Wife of ex-Nigerian governor, late rebel leader, Odumegwu Ojukwu’s wife clash at swearing-in ceremony

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The swearing-in ceremony of Professor Chukwuma Soludo as the governor of Anambra State, Nigeria yesterday was overshadowed by the reported fracas between the wife of outgoing Gov. Willie Obiano, Ebelechukwu, and Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu at the event.

 

Earlier reports in the media claimed Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, slapped Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu at the event but video footage from the scene obtained by slamreportafrica.com revealed Mrs. Obiano leaving her seat and walking towards Mrs. Ojukwu for a confrontation on the front row at the inauguration event.

From the angle in the video, it appears Mrs. Ojukwu hit Mrs. Obiano first but the footage also suggests the actions must have been triggered by taunting gestures from both parties.

 

 

Unconfirmed reports also say the fight began when Mrs. Obiano, who arrived at the event late, was going round to exchange pleasantries with the dignitaries.

On getting to where Bianca sat, she said: “Bianca so you are here? I thought you said you will never attend any APGA event again.”

A visibly provoked Bianca stood up abruptly and handed Mrs. Obiano a dirty slap, before dragging her wig off her head.

Meanwhile, the newly inaugurated governor of Anambra State, Governor Charles Soludo has issued a public apology for the fracas that broke out between the wife of former Governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu during his inauguration on Thursday.

In a statement signed by his Head of Media, Joe Anatune, the Anambra governor said “steps are being taken to resolve the misunderstanding”.

“Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo hereby apologizes to all Anambra people, friends, and guests who attended his inauguration this morning as the Anambra State governor for the breach of protocol.

“The breach was caused by improper communication which itself arose from a personal issue between the two parties involved in the breach.

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EU agrees sanctions framework for actors linked to Sudan war— Sources

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Sources close to developments in Sudan have revealed that European Union ambassadors on Monday agreed on a framework of sanctions against actors linked to the ongoing crisis in the country.

The proposal for sanctions was submitted in July, but it was not approved until Monday. Later this month, the EU’s foreign ministers will give their final approval before the bloc can begin adding people and organisations to the list.

The sanctions are likely to be in the form of asset seizures and travel bans, similar to measures already taken by the United States, Britain, Norway and Germany, who all plan to submit a motion to the United Nations Human Rights Council to set up an investigation into alleged atrocities in Sudan, including ethnically motivated killings, a draft motion showed on Friday.

Last week, The US continued its sanctions on persons of interest in the crisis as it imposed sanctions on two companies, including one based in Russia, and one person. The move is the latest in sanctions imposed by Washington following a conflict that erupted in mid-April between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) over proposals for a political transition and the incorporation of the RSF into the military, four years after long-time ruler, Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in an uprising.

The United Kingdom has also penalised at least six commercial entities in relation to the conflict which has rendered more than 5 million people displaced and killed hundreds.

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Tunisian opposition leader, Ghannouchi to begin hunger strike in prison

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Embattled Tunisian opposition leader, Rached Ghannouchi, who has been a political prisoner since April, has threatened to begin a hunger strike in captivity.

Ghannouchi’s party, Ennahda made the announcement in a statement on Friday, stating that the 82-year-old fierce critic of President Kais Saied, has now decided to stay without food.

Ghannouchi was convicted in absentia in May after his refusal to appear before judges on the grounds that the accusations were false and the prosecution was politically motivated.

Along with other jailed opposition figures, who accuse Saied of a coup for closing the elected parliament and implementing rule by decree, he is also accused of planning against state security.

Since coming into power, President Saied has been firm on dissenting voices in the country. More than 20 political personalities, including Ghannouchi, have been detained by the police this year on suspicion of attempting to undermine state security.

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