Monday, 26 September 2011
This incident happened in the Abuloma Community in Portharcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Believed to have started when a Generator used to pump Diesel out of a Tanker caught fire. It took the brave and collective help of the community Boys, the Rivers State Fire Service and TOTAL's Firemen to Fight the fire.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Troy Davis was executed this evening for the murder of an off-duty policeman after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution amid widespread public doubts about his guilt.
Davis, 42, died at 11:08 p.m. ET, according to a Georgia Department of Corrections official. His death by lethal injection came after an approximately four-hour delay for legal review.
Eyewitnesses described the mood in the execution chamber as "somber" as Davis was wheeled in strapped to a gurney. He declared his innocence a final time in the 1989 murder as witnesses and relatives of the victim -- off-duty Savannah, Ga., policeman Mark MacPhail -- looked on.
"I'd like to address the MacPhail family," Davis said, according to The Associated Press. "Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I'm not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent.
"The incident that happened that night is not my fault," he added. "I did not have a gun. All I can ask ... is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth.
"I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight," he said. "For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls."
Witnesses said Davis' eyes fluttered as he received his first injection and lost consciousness, and that the entire process of lethal injection lasted about 15 minutes.
"Justice has been served for Officer Mark MacPhail and his family," state Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement.
Joan MacPhail-Harris, the widow of Mark MacPhail, told The Associated Press that "it's a time for healing" now that Davis' execution has occurred, that she saw "nothing to rejoice" over in Davis' death and that she was praying for his family.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
JANZOUR, Libya -- When the sun sets on the refugee camp for black Africans that has sprung up at the marina in this town six miles west of Tripoli, the women here brace for the worst.
The rebels who ring the camp suddenly open fire. Then they race into the camp, shouting "gabbour, gabbour" - Arabic for whore - and haul away young women, residents say.
"You should be here in the evening, when they come in firing their guns and taking people," one woman from Nigeria said Wednesday as she recounted the nightly raids on the camp. "They don't use condoms, they use whatever they can find," she said, pointing to a discarded plastic bag in a pile of trash.
As she spoke, other women standing nearby nodded in agreement.
There is no way to know how many women have been violated here, where hundreds of Africans have settled in and around the boats of a marina. No one keeps statistics in the camp, and foreign aid workers say they are prohibited from discussing the allegations on the record. International Red Cross representatives say only that they have spoken to rebel leaders about "security concerns."
But the story that women tell is part of a larger picture of abuse of black Africans in Libya that is emerging in the wake of the rebel victory, born of allegations that deposed strongman Moammar Gadhafi often hired sub-Saharan Africans to fight for him.
Hundreds of black Africans have been swept up and are being held in makeshift prisons awaiting some sort of judicial finding of whether they were mercenaries or not. Thousands more are trapped in refugee camps. They can't leave the camps, they say, for fear they'll be targeted on the streets. They do not feel safe inside the camps, either.
Human rights advocates have decried what appears to be mistreatment of black African workers, and U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, admitted it's a growing problem.
"We've seen fairly credible reports that there has been some mistreatment of African migrants," Cretz told McClatchy. He said the U.S. was trying to work with rebel leaders to prevent abuse, which he blamed on young rebels who are confusing Africans who might have fought as mercenaries for Gadhafi with the hundreds of thousands of sub-Saharan Africans who were working in Libya when the rebels took over.
"We don't think it's a systematic or intentional problem on the part of the Libyan authorities," Cretz said. "It's something that's happening at levels below that, which is of considerable concern to us."
Cretz said the rebels' National Transitional Council is working with the United Nations and other international relief organizations to ease the situation.
There was little evidence of such efforts at the marina here, however. At the nearby headquarters of the revolutionary forces in the area, Mohammed Abdullah Fatouri, the head of the military council, said that he was unaware of any problems in the camp.
"Have them bring a letter," he said. "If they tell us this is happening, we will protect them."
At the camp itself, fear is pervasive. When a car bearing two armed rebels drove into the camp, men and women scattered.
It was not clear what the rebels wanted. Someone said they were looking for laborers. Perhaps emboldened by a pair of European TV camera crews, however, some of the camp's residents confronted the rebels. An older man, apparently the translator for one of the European TV crews, intervened, and after a few minutes, the militiamen got back in the car and drove off.
As President Goodluck Jonathan marks 100 days in office, hard knocks came yesterday from former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, saying Jonathan’s 100 days in office is a waste.
Buhari, the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the April, 2011. election, said that it is those who had misplaced expectations that would be surprised that the country has gone the way it has gone in the past 100 days.
He said that in the last 12 years, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been in power and Nigeria has been going down on daily basis.
Speaking through his spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Buhari said that it is clear today that Jonathan is not doing badly in terms of the expectations of those who know what the PDP is all about and his own level of competence.
“The blind can see that it is not well with our country and that there is no sign of leadership in place that is even giving any ray of hope of addressing the issues confronting us.
“This is the continuation of the way the PDP has mismanaged this country in the last 12 years and they are going to continue that way until Nigerians know that it is time to make for a better country.”
On the change of members of the presidential election panel, Buhari said that the action was quite absurd and only confirmed the fears that people raised when all the abracadabra of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the president’s illegal suspension of the President of the Court of Appeal was done, that something was in the offing.