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Bandits camp destroyed in Kaduna amid Airforce strikes

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The Nigerian military on Saturday said it has neutralised several armed bandits at their camp in the Kuduru Forest area of Kaduna State.

According to a statement signed by a military spokesman, John Enenche, the strikes were carried out on August 13.

The airstrikes were carried out by the Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike, a joint military operation with the mission to help rid the country’s North-West of bandits presently terrorising the region.

The destroyed bandit camp, the military said, was occupied by members of an Ansaru Terrorist Sect-linked group led by one Mallam Abba.

The country’s North-West has witnessed a recent rise in bandit-related attacks, contributing to calls for the sack of Service Chiefs.

President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted more needs to be done to protect the region.

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READ THE MILITARY’S FULL STATEMENT:

PRESS RELEASE

OPERATION THUNDER STRIKE: AIR COMPONENT HITS ARMED BANDITS’ CAMP AT KUDURU FOREST IN KADUNA STATE

  1. The Air Component of Operation THUNDER STRIKE has neutralized several armed bandits at their camp in the Kuduru Forest area of Kaduna State. This was achieved through air strikes carried out on 13 August 2020 on the heels of intelligence reports indicating the convergence of members of an Ansaru Terrorist Sect-linked bandits group, led by one Mallam Abba, at the location. Aerial surveillance missions conducted over the area also observed several bandits, some wielding weapons, in the forest.
  2. Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets and helicopter gunships were therefore tasked to attack the location. Several of the bandits were killed as the attack aircraft strafed the area, while others attempting to escape were mopped-up in follow-on attacks.
  3. You are please requested to disseminate this information and show the attached declassified short video clip of the attack through your medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
15 August 2020


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EdoDecide’20: We did not cause violence at PDP Campaign – APC denies

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Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied its involvement in the violence that occurred during a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally.

Speaking during a press conference in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu distanced his party members from the incident.

Ize-Iyamu explained that the party’s campaign across the state has been generally peaceful and that his party has no reason to encourage violence in an election it is confident of winning.

“We heard of so much violence during the PDP rally in Etsako-West and they are accusing us of the destruction and shooting, saying APC is causing trouble.

Edo APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu speaks of the violence in Etsako-West Local Government Area of the state on August 13, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“We did not go near their activities, we did not destroy any of their billboards and have no hands in any of the violence that took place at their rally.

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“We don’t believe in violence and have no intention to encourage our members to be violent,” the APC candidate said.

He called on law enforcement agencies to rise to the occasion and bring perpetrators of electoral violence to book.

This comes two days after armed thugs purportedly stormed the venue of the PDP campaign in Apana community in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.

No life was lost as security operatives were able to disperse the thugs to enable the PDP to conduct its rally.


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Belarus elections: Opposition pushes for fresh protests. [Video]

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Opposition leaders call for weekend of protests; prime ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania call for new polls.


Thousands are gathering in the capital, Minsk, as Belarus gears up for a weekend of new demonstrations with pressure growing on longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko.

With the opposition gaining momentum after days of protests over last Sunday’s disputed presidential vote, Lukashenko’s main election challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called on supporters to rally this weekend again.

Reporting from Minsk, Noble Reporters Media learnt protesters have started gathering near the Pushkinskaya metro station to honour Alexander Taraikovsky, a 34-year-old protester who died there on Monday and whose funeral was being held.

“Thousands have gathered here in the last hour. They held a minute’s silence. People are here on the streets for the seventh day in a row to not just protest police violence but also the election results,” she said.

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“They are asking for President Lukashenko to step down. They are also asking for fresh elections to be held. So far, the government has not responded to any of their requests.”

A “March for Freedom” is planned in central Minsk on Sunday, a week after the contested election that 65-year-old Lukashenko claims to have won with 80 percent of the vote.

Tikhanovskaya, a 37-year-old political novice who ran after other opposition candidates, including her husband, were jailed, accuses Lukashenko of rigging the vote and has demanded he step down so new elections can be held.

On Tuesday, she left the country for neighbouring Lithuania, with her allies saying she came under official pressure.

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On Friday, she re-emerged with the call for a weekend of “peaceful mass gatherings” in cities across the country.

She is also demanding authorities be held to account for a police crackdown on post-election protests that saw more than 6,700 people arrested.

Hundreds have been injured after police used rubber bullets, stun grenades and, in at least one case, live rounds to disperse the crowds.

Women greet a soldier guarding the Belarusian government building in a show of friendliness, in Minsk, Belarus [Sergei Grits/AP]

Officials have confirmed two deaths in the unrest, including Taraikovsky who they say died when an explosive device went off in his hand during a protest, and another man who died in custody after being arrested in the southeastern city of Gomel.

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On Friday, authorities began releasing hundreds of those arrested and many emerged from detention with horrific accounts of beatings and torture.

Amnesty International condemned “a campaign of widespread torture and other ill-treatment by the Belarusian authorities who are intent on crushing peaceful protests by any means”.

In some of the biggest demonstrations yet, thousands marched in Minsk on Friday to denounce the police violence and demand Lukashenko step down.

In euphoric scenes on Independence Square in Minsk, protesters hugged and kissed young interior ministry troops guarding a government building and put flowers in their anti-riot shields.

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Unlike the scenes of violent detentions days earlier, police stood by quietly.

‘We will not give up the country to anyone’
On Saturday, prime ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania called on Belarus to conduct new “free and fair” elections.

A new vote should be held “in a transparent way with the participation of international observers”, the leaders said in a joint statement after meeting in Estonia.

Protesters are demanding President Lukashenko step down and call for fresh elections [Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters]

The Kremlin said on Saturday that President Vladimir Putin and Lukashenko agreed in a phone call that the “problems” in Belarus would be swiftly resolved.

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“Both sides expressed confidence that all the problems that have arisen will be resolved soon,” the Kremlin said in a statement after Lukashenko said he needed to contact Moscow over the growing protests against his rule.

Lukashenko rejected on Saturday offers of foreign mediation, telling defence chiefs he would not give up power.

“We will not give up the country to anyone,” state news agency Belta quoted Lukashenko as saying at a meeting at the defence ministry.

“We don’t need any foreign governments, any intermediaries,” he said.


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OndoDecide’20: APC Inaugurates National Campaign Council

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Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a National Campaign Council.

Addressing party members in Abuja on Saturday, Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni sued for cooperation.

The governor said the party remains committed to building the Sunshine State if given the mandate for a second term in office.

While calling for healthy competition in the build-up to the election, Buni asked members of the party to be law-abiding.

“Let me use this occasion to assure the good people of Ondo state that your investment in the party in this election will consolidate the achievements recorded in the last four years.

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“I want to assure you that APC will not renege in its drive to build a peaceful and prosperous Ondo state that will be the pride of all,” he said.

According to him, APC carefully selected its chairman and members of the campaign council based on their personal records of hard work, proven integrity, and commitment to the party’s ideals.

On Tuesday, the APC appointed Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to chair its National Campaign Council for the Ondo election.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, will serve as deputy chairman of the council of 104 members.


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Dubai leader sends Food, Medical supplies to Nigeria, Sudan

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The Ruler of Dubai has ordered 14 tonnes of medical supplies and 20 tonnes of food supplies to Nigeria and Sudan, the Dubai Media Office said on Saturday.

“@HHShkMohd orders humanitarian aid flight to Sudan and Nigeria carrying 14 tonnes of medical supplies, 20 tonnes of food supplies,” the press office said in a tweet.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, recently paid for the medical bills of a Nigerian mother, Suliyat Tijani, who was delivered of a set of quadruplets in the United Arab Emirates.

This picture, released by the Dubai Media Office on August 15, 2020, shows cargo being loaded into a plane apparently headed for Nigeria and Sudan. (Noble Reporters Media //)

The latest gesture is likely connected with the coronavirus pandemic.

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On August 11, the United States Government handed over 200 modern ventilators to the Nigerian government to aid the latter’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.’

Meanwhile, 170 Nigerians returned from the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria on Saturday, taking the number of evacuees from the Arab nation to over 3,000 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).


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Zimbabwe govt refuses to admit growing crisis as inflation rises to 840%

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Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate soared to almost 840 percent in July, the statistics agency said Saturday, adding to the country’s desperate economic woes even as the government refused to acknowledge a growing sense of crisis.

The southern African nation has been grappling with more than a decade of hyperinflation triggered by economic mismanagement under former president Robert Mugabe, who was ousted by a military coup in 2017.

Many Zimbabweans have seen their savings evaporate and still struggle to afford basic commodities such as sugar and the staple cornmeal, with corruption and poverty rife.

The figures were published shortly after a government statement was issued saying that President Emmerson Mnangagwa had implemented policies “that result in a robust economy” and had kept the country “commendably stable”, denying any crisis.

The July inflation rate of 837.53 percent, which was announced by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency on Twitter, compares with 737.3 percent in June.

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Month-on-month, inflation stood at 35.53 percent in July, up from 31.66 percent in June.

The government statement — published by the state-owned Herald newspaper — was a response to a letter by Zimbabwe’s Catholic Bishops on Friday that deplored a recent crackdown on dissent by Mnangagwa’s administration and a deepening crisis in the country.

Last month, the authorities banned protests planned by an opposition politician and deployed the army and riot police in huge numbers to quell them.

Opposition figure Jacob Ngarivhume, who had called for the July 31 protests against alleged state corruption and worsening economic troubles, was arrested 12 days ahead of the strike.

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Journalist and documentary filmmaker Hopewell Chin’ono was also detained. They both remain in custody after being denied bail.

A South African police member grabs a protestor during their picket against the government of Zimbabwe’s alleged state corruption, media freedom and the deteriorating economy outside the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria on August 7, 2020. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

More than a dozen protesters, including award-winning author Tsitsi Dangarembga, were arrested on July 31 and later freed on bail. All have been charged with inciting public violence.

– ‘Multi-layered crisis’ –
The bishops described the clampdown as “unprecedented” and weighed in on the ongoing crisis, which the government has repeatedly denied.

They said the “struggle in Zimbabwe” resulted “in a multi-layered crisis of the convergence of economic collapse, deepening poverty, food insecurity, corruption and human rights abuses”.

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Government spokesman Nick Mangwana accused the bishops of joining the “bandwagon of individuals and entities” seeking to invent crises for political gains.

“Government reiterates that Zimbabwe, like most countries in the world is currently grappling with challenges attendant to illegal sanctions, drought and the coronavirus pandemic,” Mangwana said, quoted by The Herald. “There is no ‘crisis’, political or otherwise.”

The United States slapped sanctions on Zimbabwean businessman and political operator Kudakwashe Tagwirei days after the July 31 crackdown, calling him “notoriously corrupt”.

The sanctions were issued to commemorate the two-year anniversary of a violent army-led suppression of protests over alleged election fraud, in which at least six people were killed.


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[Story] » Birthright | Season 1 – Episode 13

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Harren could not help but to repeatedly glance out of the carriage window, looking for the queen’s men. It had been three days since they had left the safety of Picket and Valor was still at least a day’s journey away.

Their food was running lower and lower as each day passed and the comforts of the carriage began to feel like a prison cell. There was naught to do but listen to Lord Tallgrow’s guards gallop alongside the carriage and it was like to drive him mad.
The carriage came to a halt and Harren’s heart jumped to his throat. The door to the carriage creaked open and one of the guards poked his head inside. “Forgive us m’lord but may we stop for a moment to rest. The horses grow thirsty as well as the other men,” he asked with his head bowed.
“I am no lord. You and your men may rest, you deserve it”.
The guard gave thanks and departed the carriage.
“Harren, would it be alright to step out and stretch my legs? They are cramping most horribly,” asked Kyran.
“It would be best if you didn’t. You never know who could be watching the carriage. The queen’s men could be spying even now,” said Harren, pulling back the curtain a bit to glance out the window once more.
“As you say,” said Kyran with a groan.
“You will have your chance Kyran. We should reach Valor on the morrow and you will be safe,” said Harren reassuringly.
He didn’t know why he kept telling Kyran that he was going to be safe. The truth was that he would never be safe. Lord Tallgrow’s words had rung true. The queen rules all of Ethios, not just the Queensgrove. She could easily send her men into Valor.
Perhaps it was the idea of rebellion that gave Harren the false sense of safety. Perhaps he found solice in the fact that the queen had many enemies within the Riverlands, ones who have pledged their allegiance to her but would betray her at the slightest hint of a usurper.
Will that be what they call Kyran? A usurper?
Harren knew Kyran’s claim wasn’t strong and that many Lords will try to squash his chances but he had to try. The queen was not like to marry again and her rule was driving Ethios into poverty.
The foreign merchants saw it as well. They run back to their countries and tell their people that Ethios is weak and ripe for the taking. Rentos had been itching for their chance at Ethios for centuries if history could be believed.
The queen saw herself as a just ruler when it was the exact opposite. She loathed her people. The highborn lords and ladies were the only ones with which she gave her courtesy and even that was coldly given. The smallfolk were of little matter to her. She harvested them like vegetables for the slave trade and shipped them off to the far corners of the world to be beaten and worked until their days were done. She overtaxed the poor and used their scraps to pay for her many feasts that were always taking place in the castle.
She would even send her brother Gabrial and her Royal Guard to the streets to “cleanse” the sick by slaughtering them where they lay dying in their own filth.
Memories of Harren’s sister came flooding back to him. Her smiling face, her laugh, and even the way she always pinched his cheeks and called him little brother.
He would never have the chance to see her again, to hear her voice or talk to her about her life or his. His family was gone and all he had was the one he made for himself.
It was then that he remembered Tymen, Hannah and his other children. Lord Tallgrow had received his letter and had sent his guard out every day to look for the children on the road. They had been doing just that when the guards brought Kyran and Harren into the city. They had not made it to Picket but he prayed they did soon. He wondered what had befallen them. It worried him to think that they had been captured by the queen. She had been on her way to Picket when they had left the city and could have very well found the children on their way.
He pushed the thought from his mind.

They don’t know what any of my wards look like. Lord Tallgrow said he would send a bird to Valor if the children arrived safely. I can only trust in that.
As the carriage began to move forward once more, Kyran reached into the small chest that sat on the floor of the carriage. He pulled out two loaves of bread and handed one to Harren.
Lord Tallgrow had seen to it that they were not like to want for food on their journey. He gave the guards ample amount of food for themselves and did the same for Harren and Kyran.
The bread was still warm, even after three days. Rich and creamy butter filled the center, giving their mouths much welcomed flavor.
“Harren, do you think Lord Galia will claim me for his King,” asked Kyran after a moment of silence.
“Im like to think so. We can not be sure but I trust in the man I once knew”.
The Elliot Galia that Harren knew as a boy was no longer a child. He was a man grown, and quite renowned for his cruel and violent actions during “The Beggars War”. There was also the chance that Lord Galia no longer remembered Harren.

There was so much at risk that Harren began to doubt if it was worth the trouble.
If Lord Galia does not claim Kyran as his one true king then we will have no choice but to flee. We would board a ship from Galenport and sail to Godsland, that is the only place where the Queens armies cannot touch us.
Godsland was considered “holy land”. It is where the priests and priestesses claim their titles and learn to spread the faith.
No armies dared set foot on the Godsland or risk the wrath of the gods.
Even on the Godsland, Harren could not say for sure if the Queen would try to retrieve them or not. There was no limit to what she would do in order to retain her crown.
Harren spent the remainder of the day thinking about all that could happen when they reached Galenport.
Harren’s stomach turned to knots when the shadow of the Great Gates of Valor began to emerge from the morning fog. The gates were eighty feet tall, made of stones that looked dark blue. Moss and vines draped the walls of the city, making it look as if it had just burst from the ocean.
Two guard towers with a portcullis in between stood as the entrance to the city. Laying out in front of the city was the vast expanse of The Serpent. Its waters were a dull grey but the sight of the grand city of Valor on its other end was enough to give the river a certain beauty. The road changed from dirt to brick as they began to cross the large bridge that led to Valor’s gates. As they drew nearer to the city, they noticed the guard towers. Flying brilliantly on top of the two guard houses was the sigil of House Tyber, a Merman holding his trident on a sky blue field. Below House Tyber’s sigil flew the sigil of House Galia, a Sea Serpent on a green and blue field.
As they approached the gates, a voice called to them from the arrow slits above, “Lady Tallgrow was not being expected today”.
Harren’s stomach gave a lurch. Kyran shifted in his seat as well.
“Lady Tallgrow does not have to inform you of her comings and goings ser! She is not here to visit with Lady Tyber. She is here for the market for which she heard a specific piece of jewelry is being sold. Very valuable she says,” shouted the guard outside of the carriage.
Without another word from the guard in the tower, the portcullis began to clank open.
The city was so grand that Harren half wondered why Valor wasn’t the capitol of Ethios. Its tall white washed buildings cloaked the carriage in shadow as it trudged down the brick streets.
Lord Tyber’s castle was hard to miss amongst the cities many buildings. Towering above all the rest with his banner hanging from every tower, Lord Tyber’s castle was like to make any lord green with envy.
The carriage came to a halt, and the guards opened the doors. They had parked the carriage within a small allyway between two of the large buildings. Harren and Kyran stepped from the carriage and thanked the guards in kind.
“What now,” asked Kyran inquisitively as he looked around.
“We should be safer now than we were in the Queensgrove. Hatred for the queen runs deep within the Riverlands, and their loyalty to her is only kept together to prevent war. No one would contest the Arintears without a great army and even greater cause,” said Harren quietly.
One of the guards handed Harren the reigns to his horse that they had been trailing behind the carriage.
Harren thanked him, then hoisted Kyran onto the horse’s back.
Leaving Valor was a difficult task. Harren did not know the city and it was very large. If his map could be believed, he needed to leave Valor from the north and follow the road North and West to reach Galenport.
This journey was one he was not feeling up to take. He was tired and wearisome. He had not been able to sleep for what felt like days upon days at a time.
Kyran was not fairing to badly. The boy seemed sure of his task and didn’t seem to be as worried as Harren was.
That’s his father in him, thought Harren as they wandered aimlessly about the streets.
Once they had been searching for what seemed like hours, Harren began to notice that the city guards were giving him strange looks.
Most would look at him with suspicious eyes then whisper to their comrades who then turned their gaze to him as well.
Then, it finally happened.
“Halt,” came the voice of a particularly heavy set guard when Harren and Kyran made their way through the city plaza.
Harren halted his horse and the guards rushed them.
He had no time to think as they pulled Kyran from the horse, causing him to shout in fear.
Instinctively, Harren unsheathed his nameless sword and jumped from his horse. Without thinking he drove his sword into the guard’s neck. Releasing Kyran, the guard fell to the ground, clinching his neck to keep the blood from flowing from his wound.
The man eventually died, as his hands fell to the ground and his eyes glazed over.
Panic erupted within the plaza.
The people began to scream as mothers pulled their children into their homes. The men began grabbing the goods from their market stalls in haste then retreated indoors as well.

The remaining guards pulled out their weapons quickly.
“Put down your weapon. You are under arrest for treason against the crown,” said the guard in the center as Harren moved Kyran behind his back.
There were three of them, and Harren knew he was doomed.
He slowly pulled the map from his back pocket and put it into Kyran’s hands.
“Kyran, run,” shouted Harren as he charged the guards.
Kyran threw himself upon the horse and darted away without hesitation as the guards overtook Harren.
“Stop that boy,” shouted one of guards toward his comrades.
Knocking Harren’s sword from his hands, the guards seized him and tied his hands.
“Where is the boy headed,” asked the guard as he struck Harren across the face.
His head span and blood ran down his lip where the guard’s mail glove had broke it.
“I don’t know,” said Harren as he spit blood into the guards face.
The guard struck him once more, then began dragging him towards the castle. Harren didn’t know what to expect.
Lord Tyber won’t kill me if Kyran is still gone. How could I have been so careless. Lord Tallgrow was right the queen has men everywhere.

The castle seemed even larger as they guards pulled Harren up to its gates. Once inside, he couldn’t help but marble at the high vaulted ceiling, held up by many polished cedar posts. The carpeted stairs were a deep blue and Merman of Tyber was set in the marble floor with blue tile.
The room was brightly lit with the many sconces that lined the walls. For a castle so big, its seemed rather empty.
The guards continued to drag him up many flights of stairs until finally they approached a wooden door with many iron locks. They threw Harren into the room and shut the door loudly behind him.
He heard the clanks and clacks of the iron fittings locking into place, then sat in silence as he listened to their footsteps grow quiet.
The room was brightly lit as well and didn’t look at all like a prison cell. There was a large feathered bed made to fit two people. There was a window that overlooked the river, a table for eating, a bookshelf lined with many books, even a wardrobe filled with clothing for both a man and a child.

They were expecting us. They had this room ready for our arrival and they expected Kyran to be here with me, thought Harren as worry set over him.
Had Kyran made it out of the city?
Nothing frightened him more than knowing that Kyran was alone and being pursued by guards. He was but a boy of ten, with a heavy burden upon his shoulders.
Even if Kyran escaped, and followed the map to Galenport, who is to say that Lord Galia wont hand him over to the queen.
She would take off his head and put it on the highest spike on Galverin’s castle walls.
All the while Harren would be locked away inside of a tower, unable to be there to comfort him, or tell him that everything would be ok. Kyran would be alone.
That’s when Harren let his emotions overtake him. All of his anger towards Genna and the Queen, his worry for Kyran’s safety, and even his sadness towards his sister’s death, all came bursting out of him in a fit of rage.
He threw all the books from the bookshelf and turned it over. He flipped the table, causing the candles on top of it to come crashing to the ground. He tore the curtains from the windows and threw the clothes from the dresser.
Finally he gave the loudest scream he could muster before falling to the ground in tears.
After his sobbing came to a halt, the room was silent but for his breathing. He was surprised that his commotion didn’t bring anyone to investigate.
He crawled over to the bed and got beneath the blankets, where his tears took him again. Unable to ward off sleep any longer, he finally accepted it.

The sunlight shining through the window woke him from his slumber. The mess he had made the night before had been cleaned. There were new candles upon the table, the clothes had been put back into the dresser, the bookshelf was turned right side up and the books were back in place, and new curtains hung from the window.
Suddenly, the door opened and four strong men, who appeared to be servants, brought in a giant wooden tub. Shuffling behind them were ten serving women with buckets of hot water. They poured the water into the tub, then looked took their leave, save for two of them. All of the men left as well.
Harren decided that he would bathe. He needed it after all. His hair had become dirty and his body smelled of stale sweat.
He stripped down, and covered his manhood, so as not to embarrass the serving women. As soon as he sat into the tub, every muscle in his body relaxed. The serving women took to him with scrubbing brushes and soap.
“Do you know what they are going to do with me,” asked Harren as the women scrubbed him.
He received no answer. They women did not even look him in the eyes. It was as if they never heard him speak.
“I asked a question,” he said angrily.
The women scrubbed him harder but gave no answer. Not only was he losing his patience, but their scrubbing was starting to hurt.
“ANSWER ME,” he shouted as he took the brushes from their hands and threw them across the room.
The women did not even seem to flinch. They retrieved the brushes and returned to scrubbing him, remaining silent.
Harren gave up once he realized that they would not answer him.
Is this how Lord Tyber planned on punishing him? Ordering everyone to remain silent in my presence?
In truth, Harren didn’t mind his punishment. He would much rather be cut off from human contact than be beaten or killed.
The only thing he didn’t seem to understand was why they kept him in such comfortable holdings. The room seemed nice enough to house a lord and Harren was anything but.
The fact that they imprisoned him in nice conditions also meant that they had other plans for him. They could very well turn him over to the queen, but all that requires is that he remain alive. Harren could easily be alive in the darkest cell in Valor’s dungeons yet they kept him in a nice room and treated him as a guest.

The maids finished scrubbing him, gathered his dirty clothing, then left the room without a word. He rose from the tub and moved to the wardrobe. He chose a blue tunic and sand colored trousers.

Harren moved to the window and stared out at the vast expanse of the Riverlands.
Where are you Kyran? Next time I see you, I pray you have an army at your back, thought Harren as the servants returned and silently took the tub and its water.


Insurgency: Don’t blame Buhari, fault Service Chiefs – Masari.

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Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Saturday blamed Service Chiefs for the perpetuation of banditry in the state.

According to Masari, President Muhammadu Buhari has done all it takes to ensure security in the region.

He made the remarks while presenting a N10 million economic empowerment cheque to 1,000 women and N7 million scholarship support cheque to 701 students in the Rimi Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor said he couldn’t understand why they haven’t done more to help the region since they (the Service Chiefs) were all Northerners.

He also said the bandits are now camouflaging and living with the people.

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“We know them and their parents,” he said. “To identify bandits in rural communities is not a difficult task, because you know his business, his farmland capacity, his livestock.

FILE: Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, speaks during a visit to an IDP camp in the state on June 28, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media //)

“And if one day he buys a new motorcycle amounting to over N200,000 naira, then you must know that he is selling people’s lives.”

Katsina State has recently been a hotbed for banditry, along with other North-West states.

On August 10, bandits attacked the Kurfi area of the state and kidnapped a 13-year-old girl.

President Buhari has charged security leaders to do more in protecting the region.


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COVID-19: Denmark enforces Face Masks on public transport

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Denmark will make the wearing of facemasks mandatory on public transport across the country from August 22 to try to contain the coronavirus, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Saturday.

He called on Danes not to let down their guard and to respect social distancing and hygiene rules.

Danish authorities currently recommend masks on public transport during peak times, while they are obligatory in six areas including the country’s second city of Aarhus, where the outbreak of the virus is greater.

“We have witnessed a rise in the number of people infected in Denmark, with several local clusters,” said Tyra Grove Krause, an official from the infectious diseases control authority.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (C) delivers a a press conference on the new coronavirus COVID-19 in the Prime Minister’s Office in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 15, 2020 . – From August 22 face masks will be compulsory in all public transportation in Denmark. (Photo by Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT

“Some (outbreaks) are under control and others are about to be.”

Denmark has registered a total of 15,859 cases of COVID-19 with 621 deaths.


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How Barca players reacts to shocking 8-2 UCL defeat against Bayern.

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Barcelona players and staff have been reacting to their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter finals on Friday evening.

The Catalan giants were torn to pieces, conceding eight goals for the first time in 74 years as they suffered a dramatic Champions League quarter final exit for the third successive season.

The result brought an end to a campaign of turmoil at Camp Nou, which has already consisted of a managerial sacking, public squabbling, behind the scenes resignations and a social media scandal.

Speaking at full time, Gerard Pique – a three-time Champions League winner with the club – gave an honest assessment of the club’s future. “We feel devastated, although shame is the real word I’m looking for,” Pique said.

“We cannot afford to compete like this because it’s not the first, the second or the third time that something like this has happened.

“This is very painful but I hope it serves some purpose… We all need to reflect deeply, the club needs lots of changes, I’m not talking about the coach, players – I don’t want to point the finger at anyone but the club needs changes on a structural level.

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“If new blood needs to come for the club to change course then I’m not untouchable and I’ll be the first to leave if needs be, because it seems as if we’ve hit rock bottom.”

Frenkie de Jong echoed Pique’s sentiments about alterations being needed at Camp Nou.

“I think today showed that we have a lot of problems in the team,” the midfielder said [via Goal]. “I think tonight showed that and we know we have to make a lot of changes.

“It’s difficult for the fans to take too so sorry to them. We believed we could beat Bayern. The first 15-20 minutes because they scored early but we scored the equaliser and had two good chances so believed in it of course.

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“But they were much better than us. I don’t think it’s too much about talent, I think it’s about putting in intensity and hard work and we need to change these things.”

Manager Quique Setien – whose Barcelona future is in grave danger following the result – admitted he was hurt by the manner and magnitude of the defeat.

“Barça is a club that is so great that this will cause us a lot of damage,” Setien said [via the Daily Mail]. “Obviously some things will have to change. The truth is this is a tremendously painful defeat.

“We have to reflect, taking the situation into account and the importance that such a humiliating and painful defeat means. I’m hurt, evidently, by such a hefty defeat. The way it came about has been tremendously painful.

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“Right now, it’s too soon to think about whether I will stay or not. It doesn’t depend on me.”

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Bayelsa’20: Tribunal dissolves three petitions against Duoye Diri.

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The Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal has dismissed three petitions filed against Governor Douye Diri challenging his victory.

The three-man panel that sat on Saturday took the decision in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Owodunni, the tribunal held that the petition filed by Owei Woniwei of the Alliance for Democracy is incompetent and lacks merit.

This comes a month after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by a former aspirant of the Bayelsa governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Timi Alaibe, challenging the candidacy of Senator Diri in the November 2019 election.

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BBNaija lockdown housemate, Nengi has opened up about her liposuction surgery during a conversation with Ozo on Friday.

Speaking about the procedure, the 22-year-old said she regrets ‘not blogging about her experience and would consider blogging her next surgical procedure’. She also maintained that liposuction was nothing to be ashamed of as it gives her the joy she wants.

“When I tell people I have had liposuction, they always said I should not be talking about it. The way I look at it there is nothing there at all.

“If I ever had a procedure again I will talk more about it. I even regret not putting it in a blog like the white girls do ’cause’ I had a bombass experience and it came out really nice.”


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Storyline: 170 Nigerians arrives Lagos airport from UAE.

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One hundred and seventy Nigerians have returned from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, taking the number of evacuees from the Arab nation to over 3,000.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed this in a tweet via its official handle on Friday.

It explained that the evacuees arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on board the Fly Dubai airlines.

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According to the agency, the returnees who arrived on Friday night came on board one of three free flights offered by the UAE government.

The UAE government offered the gesture to Nigerians whose documentation expired since March 1 and were given till August 17 to leave the country.

All evacuees tested negative to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and are now on a mandatory 14-day self-isolation as part of the guidelines stipulated by the Presidential Task Force.

This development comes three days after 292 more Nigerians were evacuated from the UAE.

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On Thursday, NIDCOM said 175 Nigerians returned from Uganda.

As at June 2020, the Federal Government said it had spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians from overseas.

During a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had directed all Nigerians interested in returning to the country to work with Nigeria’s embassies and high commissions where they are.

“What is important to get out to all Nigerians is that their engagement and communication should be with the embassies, high commissions and not with any other parallel agency, department of government or anything like that.”

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted regular daily activities in several countries across the world, leaving millions of people stranded in foreign nations.

Against the backdrop of the outbreak, many countries initiated the process of evacuating their citizens back home.

Nigeria is not left out as the Federal Government has facilitated the repatriation of thousands of its citizens stranded abroad.

Among the nations where Nigerians have been brought back home include the United States, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Sudan, France, Ethiopia, and several others.


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Bauchi police arrest four over kidnap of 6-year-old.

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The police in Bauchi State have arrested four teenagers for allegedly kidnapping a six year-old-boy and demanding N2.6m ransom in order to start a tailoring outfit.

The teenagers were among 32 suspects paraded on Friday for various offences bordering on armed robbery, rape among others at the Police Headquarters in Bauchi.

Speaking to journalists, one of the suspects, Muhammad Isa, confessed that he was lured into the crime by his friend, Abdulgafar Adamu.

Isa, an 18-year-old student of Legal Studies, Misau, claimed that the 6-year-old victim is their victim’s son.

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“I met my school friend and told him about the kidnapping plan because we need money to start a business, sitting without doing anything was the reason we did it,” he said.

While blaming the cause of the action on the COVID-19 lockdown, Isa said: “that’s what made us decide we want to start a business because we don’t know the day of resuming of school. We asked his father to come with one million to collect his boy.”

According to the police authorities, the kidnappers had earlier demanded N2.5 million and after much negotiation, they agreed to receive 1 million naira.

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The victim was said to have been kept in one of the suspect’s parent’s house for two days.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lawal Jimeta, said the case is still under investigation.

“You saw the nature of the suspects of the kidnappers. What is frightening is that you saw their ages, they are very small, and none of them has reached 20 years.

“They did the kidnapping right close to where they stay, that is very frightening. Some of them have just finished secondary school, only one of them is in the first year of university. As I said it is very frightening, they are the ones that kidnapped the 6 years,” he said.


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BBNaija’5: Let this be last time – Kiddwaya warns Tolanibaj after she hugged him. [Video]

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Big Brother Naija 2020 housemate Kiddwaya warned female housemate Tolanibaj not to put him in trouble with his “madam” after she hugged him.

On Friday night after they started getting all dressed up, Tolanibaj stepped into the kitchen looking beautiful in a figure hugging dress while Kiddwaya and Lucy were there.

Tolanibaj gave Kiddwaya a hug after he completed her for looking fabulous before warning her not to try that again to avoid getting him in trouble with his “madam” (Erica).

Looks like the relationship between Erica and Kiddwaya is getting stronger, should we assume this is a move to set boundaries to secure their relationship.

Recall that Erica recently confronted Kidd over his flirty nature.

Well, Tolanibaj took no offense, instead she agreed with Kidd and said they’d never cross that line.

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‘Twice As Tall’ – Wizkid react to Burna Boy’s newest album

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Multi award-winning Nigerian singer, Wizkid, has shown support and love to Grammy nominated singer and self acclaimed Giant of Africa Burna Boy, after the release of his most anticipated music album, Twice As Tall yesterday, 14th August, 2020.

Star Boy, as his popularly known, took to Instagram page to share Burna Boy’s Album cover on his Instagram status. He wrote; “Eje Mi”, which means My Blood in Yoruba Language.

Burna Boy’s Album has been getting lots of support from both local and international celebrities, as fans of the African Giant took to social media to hype the album. Nigerian celebrities has been tweeting about the Album.

The Album has peaked on Apple Music top songs worldwide and has moved to no. 7 on the United State Apple Music Top Albums. Truly, this is Burna Boy’s Year!!!


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As school resumes: Delta gov approves another three for JSS exams.

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The Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has approved additional three private schools as centres for the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) being organised by the National Examination Council (NECO).

The Commissioner, Mr Patrick Ukah in a statement listed the schools as Patricia High School, Asaba, Infant Jesus Academy, Asaba, and Marymount College, Agbor.

According to him, 43 private schools had earlier been approved as centres for the BECE by NECO which is different from that organised by the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.

Noble Reporters Media reports that BECE by NECO will begin on Aug. 24, while that organised by the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education will start on Sept. 21.

“JSS 3 students writing the NECO examination are expected to have resumed school for their revision, while those sitting for the state examination are expected back to school on Sept. 8,” he said.c

The commissioner advised management of the approved schools to adhere strictly to laid down COVID-19 protocols during the period.

“As the committee set up to monitor compliance will be visiting the schools regularly and any of the schools found not to be complying will be closed down.


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