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Man Who Tried To Stab Mali Leader Dies In Custody



Man Who Tried To Stab Mali Leader Dies In Custody

The man who tried to stab Mali’s interim President, Assimi Goïta, last week has died in hospital while under guard. The government stated.

The assailant, who has not been identified, was arrested after the failed stabbing, which took place while  Goïta was attending prayers in a mosque.

A government statement said the man’s health had deteriorated in custody and he was taken to hospital, where he died.

According to BBC, there are no particular details about his health prior to the incident.

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According to the government, the suspect’s death was not an obstacle to continuing the investigation, “especially since preliminary evidence and intelligence gathered indicate that he was not an isolated element.

The cause of death is said to be under investigation.

Recall that Goïta had led two coups in Mali. He is currently assuming Mali’s presidency for a transitional period of 18 months, after an agreement between the Malian coup leaders and the West African states regional bloc (ECOWAS).

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Buhari To Present Nigeria’s Statement At The UN General Assembly, As Second Speaker On Friday



Buhari To Present Nigeria’s Statement At The UN General Assembly, As Second Speaker On Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari who arrived in New York on Sunday, to participate in the ongoing 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, is to present Nigeria’s statement to the General Assembly on Friday, Sept. 24.

The Nigerian leader would be the second speaker on the fourth day and would deliver his address around 9 a.m. (around 2 p.m. Nigerian time) to other world leaders at the morning session.

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He had earlier attended the opening of the General Debate of the 76th session of the General Assembly.

Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, and Head of Chancery of the Permanent Mission, Muyiwa Onifade.

No fewer than 100 heads of state attended the General Debate in person in New York, while others spoke through pre-recorded videos, the UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

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Buhari Fumes At Military Coup In Guinea, Says It’s Unconstitutional



Buhari Fumes At Military Coup In Guinea, Says It's Unconstitutional

President Muhammadu Buhari has fumed at the military takeover of Guinea, as it described it as a violation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol on democracy and good governance.

It would be recalled that in the early hours of Sunday, September 5, 2021, gunfire rented the air around the country’s capital.

Later in the day, some pictures surfaced on social media in which the West African country’s president was held in custody by men in military fatigues. Shortly after, the head of Guinea’s special forces Col. Mamady Doumbouya announced on state television that the constitution, government, and all institutions have been dissolved. Then, it dawned on the global community that he had staged a coup.

“We are no longer going to entrust politics to one man, we are going to entrust it to the people. We come only for that,” declared Doumbouya, the special forces head, appearing on state television with Guinea’s national flag draped around his shoulders and members of the military surrounding him. He said it was “the duty of a soldier to save the country.”

Condemning the military coup, Buhari called on those behind the unconstitutional change of government to restore constitutional order without delay and protect lives and property.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Esther Sunsuwa, quoted Buhari as expressing sadness to the development.

The statement titled, ‘Nigerian government condemns coup d’etat in Guinea,’ reads, “The Nigerian government is saddened by the apparent coup d’etat in the Republic of Guinea, in clear violation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.

“The government of Nigeria strongly condemns and rejects any unconstitutional change of government and therefore, calls on those behind this coup to restore constitutional order without delay and protect all lives and property.”

Newsrand, however, understands that if the takeover becomes successful, Guinea will become the third West African country to experience a violent transfer of power in the past five months.

It would be recalled that in April, the president who had ruled Chad for three decades was killed on the battlefield and replaced by his son in what academics called a “covert coup.”

A month after, Mali’s vice president arrested the president, prime minister, and defense minister in the country’s second coup within nine months.

Sunday’s coup in Guinea comes barely a year after the president, Alpha Condé, won a contentious third term after changing the Constitution, allowing him to stay in power beyond the two-term limit.

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Devastating Rainfall Kills Over 36 In East Coast Of U.S



Devastating Rainfall Kills Over 36 In East Coast Of U.S

The devastating storm in the north-eastern United States (U.S.) in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida killed at least 36 people, local authorities said on Thursday.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Thursday evening that “at least 23 New Jerseyans have lost their lives to this storm,” while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said 13 New Yorkers died due to the storm.

People were also said to have died in neighbouring Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

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Murphy said that the majority of the deaths in his state “were individuals who got caught in their vehicles by flooding and were overtaken by the water.”

De Blasio asked New Yorkers to “stay off the roads as much as possible and let our crews finish the cleanup and get our city back up and running.”

Remnants of tropical storm Ida have wreaked havoc across the U.S. east coast, with record floods in New York City.

The state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, said she formally requested a Federal Emergency Declaration “for 14 downstate counties following damage caused by last night’s historic weather event.”

New York’s subway traffic was still partially halted on Thursday evening after some stops had been completely flooded earlier.

In neighbouring New Jersey, the storm had uncovered roofs and damaged houses, as shown on videos broadcast on TV.

Both Newark Airport in New Jersey and New York’s John F Kennedy Airport reported disruption due to the storm

Flights at Newark Airport in New Jersey had been temporarily suspended, while New York’s John F Kennedy Airport reported hundreds of delays.

Some 100,000 households in the region were temporary without electricity.

Late on Wednesday, de Blasio had declared a state of emergency in New York City after record rainfall.

Hochul also announced a state of emergency and also urged people to remain at home.

Fuelled by the remnants of tropical storm Ida, Wednesday was “the wettest day on record for Newark and LaGuardia, 3rd wettest at Bridgeport, and 5th wettest at Central Park,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Ida pulverised the previous record that tropical storm Henri had only set a week ago with 49 millimetres of rain in 60 minutes.

Overall, the summer of 2021 has not only been very hot and sunny in New York City but also the rainiest in its history.

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