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Nigerian Custom officials seize donkey genitals about to be smuggled to Hong Kong

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Nigerian Custom officials have seized a consignment containing thousands of male donkey genitals which were about to be smuggled to Hong Kong, the service said in an official statement on Thursday.

The statement signed the Lagos Area Commander of the Nigeria Customs Service, Sambo Dangaladima, said sacks containing the donkey genitals were discovered at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport on transit to the Asian country.

“The consignment was falsely declared as cow male genitals but after due examination, my export officers discovered they were donkey male genitals.

“A total of 16 sacks of the genitals were seized. An investigation has been launched to find out more information about the seized items,” Dangaladima said.

Genitals from animals like donkeys, horses and cows are very popular delicacies in Asian countries as they are said to boost make libido and make them strong sexually.

Nigeria has for years, been trying to curb the export of donkey skins which has drastically diminished the country’s population of the animals.

In 2021, a Nigerian Senator proposed a bill to ban the killing of donkeys and the export of their skins.

The lawmaker who proposed the bill, Muhammad Datti, had said such a ban on killing donkeys would curb the export of donkey skins and genitals to countries like China.

“The major beneficiary in this trade is the donkey skin merchants in China and other Asian countries.

“This animal is facing extinction in Nigeria and it is an animal you cannot breed in large numbers because of the very low rate of fertility,” Datti had said.

However, the proposed legislation has not yet been passed into law.

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Another Ugandan health worker dies from Ebola Virus

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Another health worker in Uganda has died due to complications from the Ebola Virus Disease, making it the fourth recorded death of an official since the outbreak of the Sudan-strain of the virus in last August, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, who announced the death of the health worker, said the victim identified as Ms Margaret Nabisubi, an anaesthetic officer, died at about 4.33am after battling the infection for 17 days.

“The 58-year-old succumbed to Ebola at 4.33am this morning at Fort Portal Hospital (JMedic) after battling the disease for 17 days,” Dr Aceng said in a tweet.

“The late Margaret is the 4th health worker we have lost in the current Ebola outbreak after the probable case of a midwife, Dr Mohammed Ali and the health assistant in Kagadi District. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” Aceng added.

She added that President Yoweri Museveni was very concerned about the situation and has mandated the Ministry to do everything possible to contain the spread.

The country’s disease control agency, in a statement said so far, the confirmed cases of the virus infection have increased to 43 and the deaths have also increased to 13 as of Tuesday.

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ECOWAS mediator, Mohamadou Issoufou, meets Burkina Faso new ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore

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The delegates of regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States have concluded mediation for Burkina Faso after recent unrest surrounding a military coup that ousted Lieutenant colonel Damiba last Friday.

The Friday coup was led by one of his trusted allies, Captain Ibrahim Traore, eight months after Damiba had overthrown the democratically elected President Roch Kabore in January and there has fear of a counter coup as shootings eusued at the capital on Saturday.

The mediator team led by Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday met with the country’s new ruler Captain Traoré who promised to keep the commitments made in July by the previous leadership regarding the organisation of elections and a return of civilians to power by July 2024 at the latest.

While briefing newsmen after the meeting, the mediator reaffirmed his commitment to the Burkinabe people.

“We will report on our mission to the current president of ECOWAS and to the heads of state. But I can already assure you that ECOWAS will remain at the side of the Burkinabe people.

“We will continue to accompany the Burkinabe people in this very difficult ordeal they are going through”, said Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator for Burkina Faso.

The West Africa sub-region has witnessed a series of military coups in recent years. In MaliGuinea, and Burkina Faso since August 2020.

 

 

 

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