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Nigerian students clash with soldiers over cash withdrawal as Naira scarcity bites harder



Students of the popular University of Benin in southern Nigeria, on Thursday, threw caution to the winds and engaged soldiers at the school premises in a brawl over cash withdrawal at one of the bank’s Automated Teller Machines in the campus.

Nigerians have been going through serious pains and hardship in the past two weeks following a cash crunch and scarcity of Naira notes due to a new cashless policy and redesign of the country’s currency by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Trouble, according to witnesses, started when some soldiers attempted to jump the queue at the ATM stand but were resisted by the students who had waited on the queue for their turn to withdraw money.

One of the students who spoke with journalists on the condition of anonymity, said that the resistance of the students to the soldiers jumping the queue got the military men infuriated and they pounced on the students who retaliated, leading to the clash.

“On Wednesday, some soldiers had come to the ATM gallery on campus and harassed the students. They even asked the students who challenged them to lie on the ground,” the student said.

“But today (Thursday) when they came again and wanted to do the same thing, the students resisted and that led to the clash.”

The witness said while the arguments was ongoing between the students and the military men, the Chief Security Officer of the institution tried to intervene but was assaulted by the soldiers.

“The development got the students aggrieved and they took matters into their hands. They blocked vehicular movement on routes to and from the school which resulted in a gridlock.

“It took the intervention of some spirited Nigerians and the Divisional Police Officer Ugbowo Division to appease the irate students to allow vehicular movements around the axis,” he added.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Lilian Salami, who appealed to the students for calm in a statement on Friday, described the incident as unfortunate and called for calm.

“The unfortunate incident of the clash between some students of our University and soldiers on Thursday 2nd February, resulting from alleged resistance of students to the soldiers’ attempt to jump ATM queue on campus has been brought under control and the management of the University is in discussions with the hierarchy of the S&T for amicable resolution,“ the statement reads.


Ugandan policewoman shot dead by civilian lover



A 23-year-old Ugandan policewoman, PC Caroline Komuhangi, has been shot dead by her civilian lover following an altercation.

The Kigezi regional police spokesperson, Elly Maate, who released a statement on the incident, said the suspect, Denis Arinaitwe, who has been arrested, shot Komuhangi on Sunday morning.

According to Maate, PC Komuhangi who was attached to the Kabale Police Field force Unit, was killed at her barracks residence behind the old Kabale police station.

“It’s alleged that on March 18, 2023, at around 6pm, the deceased signed for the gun and went for night duty. At around 6:30am on March 19, she reported back from duty and while she was resting, her man friend, Denis Arinaitwe, came in and the two picked a quarrel,” the police spokesman said.

“As Komuhangi tried to escape, the man friend picked her gun, thereby shooting her one bullet from the back and other two on the shoulder, killing her instantly,” Maate added.

He said the suspect was arrested by the police and taken to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital (KRRH) under guard.

“This was because he was also injured as he attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself through the nose,” Maate revealed.

Maate said that the exhibit of cartridges and blood stains on the rifle were recovered and a case of murder recorded at Kabale police station.

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Journalists detained for posting video of South Sudan President ‘peeing’ on himself freed



Seven South Sudanese journalists who have been in detention for circulating a video showing President Salva Kiir urinating on himself during the inauguration of a road project, have been released.

The journalists were arrested by the National Security Service in January and have been in detention since then despite pressure on the authorities by international and local human rights groups and activists.

The seven journalists with the state broadcaster were released on Saturday without being charged to court, according to a statement by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan who promised to do everything possible to get the remaining two reporters released.

“The union will continue to engage with all stakeholders in the country to ensure journalists work in a free and safe environment,” the journalists’ organization said.

The South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation had aired the offensive video footage in December which immediately went viral and was widely shared online.

The clip showed the 71-year-old Kiir standing during the national anthem and then looking down at what appeared to be a spreading stain, before the camera turned away from him.

One of the released journalists, Garang John, who posted on his Facebook page, said his health had been “totally compromised by the 60 days of confinement.”

“I am completely weak and tired, but it shall be well,” he wrote.

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