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‘Unknown Gunmen’ grow bolder in Eastern Nigeria, sever head of legislator in Anambra

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In Eastern Nigeria, gruesome activities of  “unknown gunmen” have hit new height as police has discovered the severed head of a state legislator, Okechukwu Okoye, who went missing last week in the southeastern state of Anambra,

Eastern Nigeria has been home Igbo ethnic group, the proscribed separatist group; Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group under the detained Nnamdi Kanu. The group has been linked with the criminal activities and killings in the region.

The Anambra state police spokesman Tochukwu Ikenga revealed that the slain legislator and his aide went missing on May 15. His head was found on Saturday night in a park in the Nnewi south local government area.

“The lawmaker was killed. His head was found along Nnobi road. There is no suspect in custody yet,” Ikenga said.

Hon. Okechukwu Okoye until his death represented Aguata II Constituency in the House of Assembly.  The governor of the state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo is from the constituency.

Governor Soludo has consequently placed a N10 million bounty on the killers of the Okoye and assured that the state will soon be hell for these criminals.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari last year had vow to go hard on the penetrators of deadly act in an interview and reiterated the position in a tweet that was considered offensive and caused outcry.

The tweet, which was later deleted by the micro blogging website, reads below:

“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War.

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,’’

It is almost a year since President Buhari made the remark, days are counting and the criminal acts of innocent killings have continued in the region. The unrest needs to be nipped in the bud as matter of emergency “in the language that would bring peace” in Eastern Nigeria.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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