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Fatima: MURIC reacts to killing of pregnant Hausa woman, four children in Anambra

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to the killing of an Hausa woman, identified as Fatima, along with her four children in Anambra State.

Fatima and her little kids were killed on Sunday, 22nd May, 2022 by yet-to-be-identified men.

MURIC condemned the heinous act in a statement signed on Wednesday by the group’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

The pregnant Hausa woman was brutally murdered along with her children in Anambra.

MURIC said, “We strongly condemn this killing. It is brutish, horrendous and barbaric. No family deserves to be wiped out in this manner.

“We call on the security agencies to smoke out the killers and bring them to justice. At the same time, we ask all men of conscience to speak up and condemn this killing.

“In particular, we ask the British Embassy in Nigeria and other Western sources to condemn this ugly incident with the same vehemence that they condemned other killings.

“In the same vein, we charge all social critics who have condemned other killings to speak up against this latest brutality.

“We call for fairness in comments on developments in Nigeria. Selective condemnation of evil cannot bring peace either to Nigeria or to the world at large.

“In the meantime we appeal to Northerners not to retaliate. Vengeance will only ignite a cycle of violence. Nigeria needs peace at this crucial time. Therefore, nobody should embark on reprisal killing. It will only compound the problem.”

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Dakar Biennale: From red swimmers to floating teapots

One of the largest events in the African modern art world, the Dakar Biennale, has returned for its 14th edition – after a four-year gap because of the coronavirus pandemic – featuring hundreds of pieces from artists from around the world.

Exhibits have popped up throughout Senegal’s capital, including in galleries, fine art centres, restaurants and hotels.

The theme for this year is Ndaffa, which means “to forge out of the fire” in the Serer language.

One of the artists, British-Nigerian painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, said his time in Senegal had inspired his work.

His pieces, including the blue and red one pictured below, centre on dance and movement.

Dakar Biennale: From red swimmers to floating teapots

“I absorbed everything in my surroundings and that manifested in some paintings that were a bit more fluid and expressive,” he said. “There was more spirit in the work.”

Another Nigerian artist, Tyna Adebowale, said she was touched by how welcomed she felt in Senegal. She was particularly inspired after spending several days with an elderly woman who would go on to become the voice behind her paintings.

Her work, she said, is an exploration of feminism through the lens of that Senegalese matriarch.

“Senegal is this very beautiful spirit,” she said. “Inserting yourself in a space where you don’t understand the language but you still feel at home – it’s beautiful.”

Two painted portraits of a women smoking a pipe.

The main exhibit is being held at the Ancien Palais de Justice in Dakar and is composed of 59 artists from nearly 30 countries.

The month-long event is expected to attract 250,000 visitors, as it did when it was last held in 2018, when around 50,000 travelled to the Senegalese capital from abroad for the festival.

One work, by Nigerian artist Ngozi Ezema, features hundreds of strings beaded with bits of clay suspended in mid-air.

From the front angle it takes the shape of a teapot being tipped into a teacup.

A viewer looking at the artwork of Ngozi Ezema, which looks like a teapot suspended in mid-air.

The piece represents the effort Ezema pours into her various endeavours: her work, her children and her marriage. Often the teacup is cracked and unable to be filled – she rarely has a chance to enjoy the tea.

Another striking piece of artwork is found on Dakar’s coastal walkway – a red swimmer by Senegalese artist Diadji Diop.

Diadji Diop's sculpture of a red swimmer.

The sculpture symbolises the emergence from the pandemic and a moment to catch one’s breath.

During the biennale outdoor spaces have transformed into walkable exhibits and performance halls.

Performers dance along the coastal walkway on May 21, 2022 as part of the Dakar Biennale.

Some of the other artists being features at the festival are from the United States, Mali, Rwanda and France.

Moses Hamborg’s work, pictured on the right hand side in the photo below, was on display at the opening of the Black Rock gallery on 20 May.

The work of Moses Hamborg (on the right) which is a painting of two black women.

He has been in Dakar for the last two months and is impressed by how integrated art and culture are in everyday life.

“I feel like the biennale’s been going on for a while. It’s on the streets of Dakar everyday,” he said. “Senegal is such a welcoming place and I feel so lucky to have been able to access that.”

Meanwhile, back at the Ancien Palais de Justice, the work of Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté was on display on 21 May:

Viewers walk past work by Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté at the Ancien Palais de Justice on May 21, 2022 as part of the Dakar Biennale. The artwork features varying shades of blue and contains what looks like the moon.

At the same event on the same day, paintings by Rwandan artist Gilles Dusabe were on display:

Photographs of black bodies by Rwandan artist Gilles Dusabe hang.

As was the work of French artist Louisa Marajo:

An installation by French artist Louisa Marajo is displayed at the Ancien Palais de Justice

Senegalese artists are also front and centre at the Biennale, including works of Aissa Dione:

Viewers admire a piece by Senegalese artist Aissa Dione at the opening of the Black Rock gallery. The artwork looks like a hammock-like structure.

And these sculptures by Abdou Fary Faye:

Sculptures by Abdou Fary Faye

Alioune Diagne, who uses a combination of figurative and abstract styles, is known for his paintings inspired by daily life in Senegal:

Woman looking at a paining by Alioune Diagne

The biennale, which started on 19 May, will run until 21 June.

One of the attendees, from New York City, said he admired how the art he had seen around Dakar acted as a mirror.

“It responds to what’s around, it doesn’t add fluff. It doesn’t overcomplicate things,” Devin B Johnson commented.

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Pregnant woman and children killed in Nigeria attack

Police in Nigeria say they are tracking down gunmen who killed at least 12 people, including a pregnant woman and her four children, in the south-eastern state of Anambra.

The police have blamed the increasing violence in the region on Biafra separatists.

A community leader told the BBC that the pregnant woman and her children were returning home on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen ambushed them in the Orumba area.

Several other people were also shot dead in separate incidents on Sunday evening. Police say they are investigating.

The killings have sparked outrage on social media.

They happened a day after mutilated bodies of a local politician and his aide were discovered a week after they were abducted.

The worsening violence in south-eastern Nigeria is being blamed on a banned separatist group – the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) – which is campaigning for a breakaway state in the region.

The group has denied involvement in some of the attacks.

Security forces are also grappling with various armed groups carrying out killings and kidnappings in other parts of Nigeria.

In the north-east of the country, more than 30 people were reported either killed or kidnapped in an attack in Borno state last Sunday.

Militants from Boko Haram and an IS-linked group are active in that region.

The widespread insecurity is a major concern ahead of elections due to take place in February next year.

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Gunmen kill woman, four children in Anambra

A woman and her four children have been killed by gunmen in Anambra state.

 

The incident was said to have taken place in a community in Orumba north LGA of the state over the weekend.

 

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said investigation into the incident has commenced.

 

“Investigation has since commenced and our deployment is very strategic and intelligent-driven aimed at unraveling the identities of these perpetrators,” he said .

 

The killing of the woman, who is said to be a resident of Hausa extraction, has elicited criticism in the light of recent attacks across the state by gunmen.

 

Echeng Echeng, Anambra police commissioner, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Hausa community in the LGA.

 

In his remarks during the visit, Echeng said the police will ensure adequate security for the community.

 

Also reacting to the development in a statement issued on Tuesday, Christian Aburime, spokesman to Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, condemned the killing, but said it had no religious or ethnic undertones.

 

“While it is true that there is general insecurity across the country, there is no targeted religious or ethnic killings in Anambra State. As a matter of fact, Anambra indigenes have suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings,” the statement reads.

 

He also said the state is stepping up efforts to tackle insecurity.

 

“It is on record that Ndi Anambra and people of the North and other parts of the country who live and do business in the state, not only share common values, but have always lived at peace with each other in the state,” he said.

 

 “Governor Soludo’s administration has not only demonstrated commitment in tackling insecurity but has continuously reassured both indigenes and non-indigenes in the State of their protection and safety.”

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Dakar Biennale: From red swimmers to floating teapots

One of the largest events in the African modern art world, the Dakar Biennale, has returned for its 14th edition – after a four-year gap because of the coronavirus pandemic – featuring hundreds of pieces from artists from around the world.

Exhibits have popped up throughout Senegal’s capital, including in galleries, fine art centres, restaurants and hotels.

The theme for this year is Ndaffa, which means “to forge out of the fire” in the Serer language.

One of the artists, British-Nigerian painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, said his time in Senegal had inspired his work.

His pieces, including the blue and red one pictured below, centre on dance and movement.

Dakar Biennale: From red swimmers to floating teapots

“I absorbed everything in my surroundings and that manifested in some paintings that were a bit more fluid and expressive,” he said. “There was more spirit in the work.”

Another Nigerian artist, Tyna Adebowale, said she was touched by how welcomed she felt in Senegal. She was particularly inspired after spending several days with an elderly woman who would go on to become the voice behind her paintings.

Her work, she said, is an exploration of feminism through the lens of that Senegalese matriarch.

“Senegal is this very beautiful spirit,” she said. “Inserting yourself in a space where you don’t understand the language but you still feel at home – it’s beautiful.”

Two painted portraits of a women smoking a pipe.

The main exhibit is being held at the Ancien Palais de Justice in Dakar and is composed of 59 artists from nearly 30 countries.

The month-long event is expected to attract 250,000 visitors, as it did when it was last held in 2018, when around 50,000 travelled to the Senegalese capital from abroad for the festival.

One work, by Nigerian artist Ngozi Ezema, features hundreds of strings beaded with bits of clay suspended in mid-air.

From the front angle it takes the shape of a teapot being tipped into a teacup.

A viewer looking at the artwork of Ngozi Ezema, which looks like a teapot suspended in mid-air.

The piece represents the effort Ezema pours into her various endeavours: her work, her children and her marriage. Often the teacup is cracked and unable to be filled – she rarely has a chance to enjoy the tea.

Another striking piece of artwork is found on Dakar’s coastal walkway – a red swimmer by Senegalese artist Diadji Diop.

Diadji Diop's sculpture of a red swimmer.

The sculpture symbolises the emergence from the pandemic and a moment to catch one’s breath.

During the biennale outdoor spaces have transformed into walkable exhibits and performance halls.

Performers dance along the coastal walkway on May 21, 2022 as part of the Dakar Biennale.

Some of the other artists being features at the festival are from the United States, Mali, Rwanda and France.

Moses Hamborg’s work, pictured on the right hand side in the photo below, was on display at the opening of the Black Rock gallery on 20 May.

The work of Moses Hamborg (on the right) which is a painting of two black women.

He has been in Dakar for the last two months and is impressed by how integrated art and culture are in everyday life.

“I feel like the biennale’s been going on for a while. It’s on the streets of Dakar everyday,” he said. “Senegal is such a welcoming place and I feel so lucky to have been able to access that.”

Meanwhile, back at the Ancien Palais de Justice, the work of Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté was on display on 21 May:

Viewers walk past work by Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté at the Ancien Palais de Justice on May 21, 2022 as part of the Dakar Biennale. The artwork features varying shades of blue and contains what looks like the moon.

At the same event on the same day, paintings by Rwandan artist Gilles Dusabe were on display:

Photographs of black bodies by Rwandan artist Gilles Dusabe hang.

As was the work of French artist Louisa Marajo:

An installation by French artist Louisa Marajo is displayed at the Ancien Palais de Justice

Senegalese artists are also front and centre at the Biennale, including works of Aissa Dione:

Viewers admire a piece by Senegalese artist Aissa Dione at the opening of the Black Rock gallery. The artwork looks like a hammock-like structure.

And these sculptures by Abdou Fary Faye:

Sculptures by Abdou Fary Faye

Alioune Diagne, who uses a combination of figurative and abstract styles, is known for his paintings inspired by daily life in Senegal:

Woman looking at a paining by Alioune Diagne

The biennale, which started on 19 May, will run until 21 June.

One of the attendees, from New York City, said he admired how the art he had seen around Dakar acted as a mirror.

“It responds to what’s around, it doesn’t add fluff. It doesn’t overcomplicate things,” Devin B Johnson commented.

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Pregnant woman and children killed in Nigeria attack

Police in Nigeria say they are tracking down gunmen who killed at least 12 people, including a pregnant woman and her four children, in the south-eastern state of Anambra.

The police have blamed the increasing violence in the region on Biafra separatists.

A community leader told the BBC that the pregnant woman and her children were returning home on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen ambushed them in the Orumba area.

Several other people were also shot dead in separate incidents on Sunday evening. Police say they are investigating.

The killings have sparked outrage on social media.

They happened a day after mutilated bodies of a local politician and his aide were discovered a week after they were abducted.

The worsening violence in south-eastern Nigeria is being blamed on a banned separatist group – the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) – which is campaigning for a breakaway state in the region.

The group has denied involvement in some of the attacks.

Security forces are also grappling with various armed groups carrying out killings and kidnappings in other parts of Nigeria.

In the north-east of the country, more than 30 people were reported either killed or kidnapped in an attack in Borno state last Sunday.

Militants from Boko Haram and an IS-linked group are active in that region.

The widespread insecurity is a major concern ahead of elections due to take place in February next year.

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Dakar Biennale: From red swimmers to floating teapots

One of the largest events in the African modern art world, the Dakar Biennale, has returned for its 14th edition – after a four-year gap because of the coronavirus pandemic – featuring hundreds of pieces from artists from around the world.

Exhibits have popped up throughout Senegal’s capital, including in galleries, fine art centres, restaurants and hotels.

The theme for this year is Ndaffa, which means “to forge out of the fire” in the Serer language.

One of the artists, British-Nigerian painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, said his time in Senegal had inspired his work.

His pieces, including the blue and red one pictured below, centre on dance and movement.

Dakar Biennale: From red swimmers to floating teapots

“I absorbed everything in my surroundings and that manifested in some paintings that were a bit more fluid and expressive,” he said. “There was more spirit in the work.”

Another Nigerian artist, Tyna Adebowale, said she was touched by how welcomed she felt in Senegal. She was particularly inspired after spending several days with an elderly woman who would go on to become the voice behind her paintings.

Her work, she said, is an exploration of feminism through the lens of that Senegalese matriarch.

“Senegal is this very beautiful spirit,” she said. “Inserting yourself in a space where you don’t understand the language but you still feel at home – it’s beautiful.”

Two painted portraits of a women smoking a pipe.

The main exhibit is being held at the Ancien Palais de Justice in Dakar and is composed of 59 artists from nearly 30 countries.

The month-long event is expected to attract 250,000 visitors, as it did when it was last held in 2018, when around 50,000 travelled to the Senegalese capital from abroad for the festival.

One work, by Nigerian artist Ngozi Ezema, features hundreds of strings beaded with bits of clay suspended in mid-air.

From the front angle it takes the shape of a teapot being tipped into a teacup.

A viewer looking at the artwork of Ngozi Ezema, which looks like a teapot suspended in mid-air.

The piece represents the effort Ezema pours into her various endeavours: her work, her children and her marriage. Often the teacup is cracked and unable to be filled – she rarely has a chance to enjoy the tea.

Another striking piece of artwork is found on Dakar’s coastal walkway – a red swimmer by Senegalese artist Diadji Diop.

Diadji Diop's sculpture of a red swimmer.

The sculpture symbolises the emergence from the pandemic and a moment to catch one’s breath.

During the biennale outdoor spaces have transformed into walkable exhibits and performance halls.

Performers dance along the coastal walkway on May 21, 2022 as part of the Dakar Biennale.

Some of the other artists being features at the festival are from the United States, Mali, Rwanda and France.

Moses Hamborg’s work, pictured on the right hand side in the photo below, was on display at the opening of the Black Rock gallery on 20 May.

The work of Moses Hamborg (on the right) which is a painting of two black women.

He has been in Dakar for the last two months and is impressed by how integrated art and culture are in everyday life.

“I feel like the biennale’s been going on for a while. It’s on the streets of Dakar everyday,” he said. “Senegal is such a welcoming place and I feel so lucky to have been able to access that.”

Meanwhile, back at the Ancien Palais de Justice, the work of Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté was on display on 21 May:

Viewers walk past work by Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté at the Ancien Palais de Justice on May 21, 2022 as part of the Dakar Biennale. The artwork features varying shades of blue and contains what looks like the moon.

At the same event on the same day, paintings by Rwandan artist Gilles Dusabe were on display:

Photographs of black bodies by Rwandan artist Gilles Dusabe hang.

As was the work of French artist Louisa Marajo:

An installation by French artist Louisa Marajo is displayed at the Ancien Palais de Justice

Senegalese artists are also front and centre at the Biennale, including works of Aissa Dione:

Viewers admire a piece by Senegalese artist Aissa Dione at the opening of the Black Rock gallery. The artwork looks like a hammock-like structure.

And these sculptures by Abdou Fary Faye:

Sculptures by Abdou Fary Faye

Alioune Diagne, who uses a combination of figurative and abstract styles, is known for his paintings inspired by daily life in Senegal:

Woman looking at a paining by Alioune Diagne

The biennale, which started on 19 May, will run until 21 June.

One of the attendees, from New York City, said he admired how the art he had seen around Dakar acted as a mirror.

“It responds to what’s around, it doesn’t add fluff. It doesn’t overcomplicate things,” Devin B Johnson commented.

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CAN condemns killing of women, children in South-East Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State has lamented the massacre of Fatima, her unborn child and four children by criminals and terrorists in Anambra as a dangerous omen for the sustenance of Nigeria’s peace and unity.

A statement by Rev. John Joseph Hayab, CAN Chairman in Kaduna said, “CAN see the massacre of Fatima, her unborn child and four children by criminals and terrorists in Anambra as bad for Nigeria’s peace and unity.”

The Christian body said it read the story of the killing with sadness and disappointment, noting the extent to which evil activities have expanded in the country while good people are divided and silent.

The association regretted that killings of human beings are no longer a serious matter, lamenting that the people have been divided by tribe, region, and religion which has made it impossible for them to collectively condemn the evil around them or fight the evil they are seeing as a united force.

He lamented, “We have read the story of the Killing of Fatima, her unborn child, and four children in Anambra with sadness and disappointment about how evil activities have expanded in our country while good people are divided and silent. Life in our country has become so cheap with the raising of many evil criminal groups in every part of the country.

“Killing of human beings is no longer a serious matter because the people have been divided by tribe, region, and religion which has made it impossible for us to collectively condemn the evil around us or fight the evil we are seeing as a united force.

“CAN cannot keep quiet when evil is destroying the land. We all must know that when there is an injury to one then that injury is to all and evil only triumphs when good people keep quiet and look the other way.”

The group urged the federal government to go after Fatima’s murderers and all others who have killed any Nigerian from any region or of any identity.

“Until our government and our law enforcement agencies go after all criminals and murderers and justice is seen to have been done on all murderers this evil will not stop and the murderers will not see their crime as evil but instead, they will smartly make us fight amongst ourselves and pay less attention to their crime,” the statement reads.

The body commiserated with Fatima’s family and prayed to God for comfort, saying that CAN would also continue to preach peace, pray for peace, and speak truth to power and against every wrongdoing in Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole.

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Gunmen kill woman, four children in Anambra

A woman and her four children have been killed by gunmen in Anambra state.

 

The incident was said to have taken place in a community in Orumba north LGA of the state over the weekend.

 

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said investigation into the incident has commenced.

 

“Investigation has since commenced and our deployment is very strategic and intelligent-driven aimed at unraveling the identities of these perpetrators,” he said .

 

The killing of the woman, who is said to be a resident of Hausa extraction, has elicited criticism in the light of recent attacks across the state by gunmen.

 

Echeng Echeng, Anambra police commissioner, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Hausa community in the LGA.

 

In his remarks during the visit, Echeng said the police will ensure adequate security for the community.

 

Also reacting to the development in a statement issued on Tuesday, Christian Aburime, spokesman to Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, condemned the killing, but said it had no religious or ethnic undertones.

 

“While it is true that there is general insecurity across the country, there is no targeted religious or ethnic killings in Anambra State. As a matter of fact, Anambra indigenes have suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings,” the statement reads.

 

He also said the state is stepping up efforts to tackle insecurity.

 

“It is on record that Ndi Anambra and people of the North and other parts of the country who live and do business in the state, not only share common values, but have always lived at peace with each other in the state,” he said.

 

 “Governor Soludo’s administration has not only demonstrated commitment in tackling insecurity but has continuously reassured both indigenes and non-indigenes in the State of their protection and safety.”

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Gunmen kill woman, four children in Anambra

A woman and her four children have been killed by gunmen in Anambra state.

 

The incident was said to have taken place in a community in Orumba north LGA of the state over the weekend.

 

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said investigation into the incident has commenced.

 

“Investigation has since commenced and our deployment is very strategic and intelligent-driven aimed at unraveling the identities of these perpetrators,” he said .

 

The killing of the woman, who is said to be a resident of Hausa extraction, has elicited criticism in the light of recent attacks across the state by gunmen.

 

Echeng Echeng, Anambra police commissioner, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Hausa community in the LGA.

 

In his remarks during the visit, Echeng said the police will ensure adequate security for the community.

 

Also reacting to the development in a statement issued on Tuesday, Christian Aburime, spokesman to Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, condemned the killing, but said it had no religious or ethnic undertones.

 

“While it is true that there is general insecurity across the country, there is no targeted religious or ethnic killings in Anambra State. As a matter of fact, Anambra indigenes have suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings,” the statement reads.

 

He also said the state is stepping up efforts to tackle insecurity.

 

“It is on record that Ndi Anambra and people of the North and other parts of the country who live and do business in the state, not only share common values, but have always lived at peace with each other in the state,” he said.

 

 “Governor Soludo’s administration has not only demonstrated commitment in tackling insecurity but has continuously reassured both indigenes and non-indigenes in the State of their protection and safety.”

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Girl whose foster mother burnt her fingers needs Psychological attention – Clinical psychologist recommends

A Clinical Psychologist with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Daniel Fordjour has recommended immediate and intensive psychological attention for Stephanie whose hand was damaged by a foster mother.

Nine-year-old Stephanie had her hand held in boiling water for taking two Ghana Cedis belonging to her guardian, without asking, to buy food.

The injury was managed at home for days until the fingers began deteriorating.

Responding to cases of child abuse, where victims often do not access support from the Social Welfare Department, Mr. Fordjour stated the psychological damage on the girl may be irreparable due to the lasting imprints of the incident on her mind.

“The child is a girl. She’s going to grow up to be a mother. She is going to have anxieties about how mothering another human being is because of what she’s gone through. 

“This is a damage that is going to be difficult to repair. Even the physical ones we are struggling to do this. Psychological one will be much more difficult,” he said. 

Stephanie has undergone two surgical operations at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and there is the fear of losing some of her fingers.

Speaking to David Akuetteh on Luv Fm, the Clinical Psychologist said the actions of the foster mother will not only affect the emotions of little Stephanie but her children, too.

“What this mother has done has caused a lot of traumas for the child, including the 5-month-old baby she’s breastfeeding.  Because it is already on social media. This child is going to grow up.

“By the time they start looking at videos on social media, they will find their mother there. Their mother’s name is going to be all around and they will find out what their mother had done,” he said.

Daniel Fordjour recommends intensive psychological attention for children who suffer abuse.

“Certain psychological help that will follow-up should go on for a while to deal with all the negative conditions that Stephanie might have formed in her own mind and even will be forming per the experiences she will face as she’s growing.

“This is a long-term kind of help that this child needs,” he added. 

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Girl whose foster mother burnt her fingers needs Psychological attention – Clinical psychologist recommends

A Clinical Psychologist with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Daniel Fordjour has recommended immediate and intensive psychological attention for Stephanie whose hand was damaged by a foster mother.

Nine-year-old Stephanie had her hand held in boiling water for taking two Ghana Cedis belonging to her guardian, without asking, to buy food.

The injury was managed at home for days until the fingers began deteriorating.

Responding to cases of child abuse, where victims often do not access support from the Social Welfare Department, Mr. Fordjour stated the psychological damage on the girl may be irreparable due to the lasting imprints of the incident on her mind.

“The child is a girl. She’s going to grow up to be a mother. She is going to have anxieties about how mothering another human being is because of what she’s gone through. 

“This is a damage that is going to be difficult to repair. Even the physical ones we are struggling to do this. Psychological one will be much more difficult,” he said. 

Stephanie has undergone two surgical operations at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and there is the fear of losing some of her fingers.

Speaking to David Akuetteh on Luv Fm, the Clinical Psychologist said the actions of the foster mother will not only affect the emotions of little Stephanie but her children, too.

“What this mother has done has caused a lot of traumas for the child, including the 5-month-old baby she’s breastfeeding.  Because it is already on social media. This child is going to grow up.

“By the time they start looking at videos on social media, they will find their mother there. Their mother’s name is going to be all around and they will find out what their mother had done,” he said.

Daniel Fordjour recommends intensive psychological attention for children who suffer abuse.

“Certain psychological help that will follow-up should go on for a while to deal with all the negative conditions that Stephanie might have formed in her own mind and even will be forming per the experiences she will face as she’s growing.

“This is a long-term kind of help that this child needs,” he added. 

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Girl whose foster mother burnt her fingers needs Psychological attention – Clinical psychologist recommends

A Clinical Psychologist with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Daniel Fordjour has recommended immediate and intensive psychological attention for Stephanie whose hand was damaged by a foster mother.

Nine-year-old Stephanie had her hand held in boiling water for taking two Ghana Cedis belonging to her guardian, without asking, to buy food.

The injury was managed at home for days until the fingers began deteriorating.

Responding to cases of child abuse, where victims often do not access support from the Social Welfare Department, Mr. Fordjour stated the psychological damage on the girl may be irreparable due to the lasting imprints of the incident on her mind.

“The child is a girl. She’s going to grow up to be a mother. She is going to have anxieties about how mothering another human being is because of what she’s gone through. 

“This is a damage that is going to be difficult to repair. Even the physical ones we are struggling to do this. Psychological one will be much more difficult,” he said. 

Stephanie has undergone two surgical operations at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and there is the fear of losing some of her fingers.

Speaking to David Akuetteh on Luv Fm, the Clinical Psychologist said the actions of the foster mother will not only affect the emotions of little Stephanie but her children, too.

“What this mother has done has caused a lot of traumas for the child, including the 5-month-old baby she’s breastfeeding.  Because it is already on social media. This child is going to grow up.

“By the time they start looking at videos on social media, they will find their mother there. Their mother’s name is going to be all around and they will find out what their mother had done,” he said.

Daniel Fordjour recommends intensive psychological attention for children who suffer abuse.

“Certain psychological help that will follow-up should go on for a while to deal with all the negative conditions that Stephanie might have formed in her own mind and even will be forming per the experiences she will face as she’s growing.

“This is a long-term kind of help that this child needs,” he added. 

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Kaduna-Abuja train attack: Shehu Sani reacts to bandits’ 7-day ultimatum to kill abducted passengers

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to take the threat made by bandits who abducted the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers seriously.

Sani made the plea in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

He tweeted: “The threat made by the terrorists who abducted the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers that they will start “killing them in 7 days’ time” should be taken seriously.

“Similar threat was made and ignored two months ago with tragic consequences.”

It was earlier reported that terrorists who attacked and kidnapped the 28 March 2022 Abuja-Kaduna bound train passengers have threatened to, within seven days, start killing the passengers in captivity if their demands are not met.

They called the government to, as a matter of urgency, release their children allegedly kept in a Yola detention facility in Adamawa State.

Malam Tukur Mamu and Dan Iyan Fika, the spokesman of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, were spoken to on the phone by the leaders of the terrorists.

The terrorists claimed that the Federal Government suspended the resumption of the train service because of their threats in the audio of the conversations between Malam Tukur Mamu and the leaders of the terrorists that executed the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

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Northern coalition warns against attacks on northerners, destruction of properties in S/East

 

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has bemoaned what it noted as “hate campaigns and propaganda” being conducted by certain interest groups in the South-East to carry out unprovoked evictions, attacks, killings, destructions of properties and other forms of violations against northerners in various parts of the region.

 

The CNG said it is particularly disturbed by the reports of the brutal murder of a mother and her four children for the only sin of being northerners, adding that other reports that some trucks conveying goods to the south were also set ablaze in Anambra at the weekend and the drivers and other occupants were killed, injured or disappeared without a trace.

 

The group, speaking through its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman in a statement, said, “The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has taken stock of events unfolding in South-East Nigeria, noting especially, the unrelenting attacks and killings of northerners passing through or residing among Igbo communities as minorities.”

 

It said that there is a manifestation of a dangerous conspiracy of silence days after Sunday’s killing of the northerners without any provocation, saying that the story has not been told by any of the national print and broadcast media despite wide coverage by the social media with graphic photos of the mayhem and condemnation by security operatives, groups and individuals.

 

According to the statement, “We have watched and studied these events carefully and with considerable restraint and maturity, to the point of condoning and accommodating several unreasonable and unacceptable actions that have been perpetrated against Nigerians collectively, and northerners in particular.

 

“The intrinsic bias of the media and the double standards, hypocrisy and cowardice of regional, traditional, cultural, political and religious leaders from both the South and the North have become more glaring when they condemned the Deborah incident in Sokoto but conspiratorially and deliberately decline comments on the murderous activities of IPOB/ESN terrorists including the slaughter of a legislator.”

 

CNG explained that it also noted the deliberate attempt by the media and southern leaders to conceal the true identity of the murderous IPOB/ESN terrorists by concealing them as ‘unknown gunmen’ while in actual sense they are known.

 

It claimed that it is aware that the activities of the IPOB/ESN terror groups are supported morally and politically by the vast majority of Igbo elites, politicians, traditional rulers, business persons, and the larger population of this ethnic group, alleging that it is also a situation that feeds on the docility of the affrighted section of those who pose as Northern leaders today.

 

It stated that the North’s reticence in speaking out or taking action is not born of fear or ignorance of how to respond in kind, saying that those who tempt them should know that the North is no longer going to turn the other cheek.

 

“We, therefore, invite the attention of southern leaders, their Northern collaborators and the bankrupt section of the northern political elite and other authors of mindless violence and separatism who see it as their duty to actualise what their fathers started in 1966, to remember that people from other regions are residing and doing businesses all over the North and to warn them that we shall no longer be expected to turn the other cheek if northerners would not be protected wherever they live as minorities in particularly Nigeria,” the group said.

 

CNG warned media operators of an imminent boycott of patronage all over the North unless they change to being more restrained and balanced in their reporting of all situations in the country, particularly when matters coming from or affecting northerners are reported or commented on.

 

“We caution them to desist from and to eschew the slanted reporting of events with greater bias against a particular religious and ethnic group as is witnessed in the reporting of security situations recently,” the statement stated.

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Egyptian tycoon jailed for assaulting orphan girls

A court in Egypt has sentenced a media tycoon with close links to the government to three years in jail for his involvement in human trafficking and the indecent assault of underage girls at an orphanage he founded.

Mohamed El-Amin – who owned a number of influential media outlets – was arrested earlier this year after allegations of sexual abuse at the orphanage were made public by a humanitarian organisation called Missing Children.

The public prosecutor said that he had exploited his authority and the girls’ vulnerability.

El-Amin has denied the charges and will be able to appeal against the sentence.

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Suspend de-classification of Achimota Forest Reserve – Edem Senanu

Co-Chair of Citizens Movement Against Corruption, Edem Senanu, has asked the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry to suspend the de-classification of the Achimota Forest Reserve.

The Anti-Corrpution campaigner added his voice to calls for an independent investigation.

“The whole idea of de-classifying the forest reserve should be suspended and I would probably suggest for us to have an independent investigation running simultaneously either from the end of the Special Prosecutor or CHRAJ, so that we are quite certain that we are getting all the relevant information,” he said on NewsNight on Monday.

Edem Senanu believes the investigation ought to be done to find out who else aside the allodial owners may have documentation to prove ownership of the forest reserve.

“Really speaking, the question on our minds is who else may have documentation showing that our forest reserve has actually become part of their property,” he wondered.

Suspend de-classification of Achimota Forest Reserve - Edem Senanu
Achimota Forest

His call for the de-classification of the forest reserves follows the emergence of a document believed to be the will of a former General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as ‘Sir John’.

At the time of his demise, Sir John was the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, the organisation that has direct oversight for the Achimota Forest.

The will contains four parcels of specified and unspecified acres of land in the Achimota Forest, which the late politician bequeathed to his children and nephew, “forever”.

Reacting to this, Edem Senanu said “it is not the kind of thing that one will expect that once he was entrusted responsibility for a representative of the people, you will find that they are acquiring properties in that space”.

It would be recalled that last week, government issued an Executive Instrument to declassify the Achimota Forest. The Instrument gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, stipulated that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve, pursuant to Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157).

The cessation, per that document, was to be effective on May 1, 2022.

However, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has said the government is not selling the land.

According to him, plans are rather afoot to upgrade the Achimota Forest into a world-class asset.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, May 17, the sector Minister emphasised that widespread reports about the supposed sale of the Forest are false and baseless, as government has no such plans.

“The government intends to enrich the Achimota forest, revamp it and hopefully in the not too distant future, transform it into the likes of High Park of London and Central Park of New York, where Ghanaians can go and enjoy the beauty of nature and forest reserve as it happens in other parts of the world”.

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Suspend de-classification of Achimota Forest Reserve – Edem Senanu

Co-Chair of Citizens Movement Against Corruption, Edem Senanu, has asked the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry to suspend the de-classification of the Achimota Forest Reserve.

The Anti-Corrpution campaigner added his voice to calls for an independent investigation.

“The whole idea of de-classifying the forest reserve should be suspended and I would probably suggest for us to have an independent investigation running simultaneously either from the end of the Special Prosecutor or CHRAJ, so that we are quite certain that we are getting all the relevant information,” he said on NewsNight on Monday.

Edem Senanu believes the investigation ought to be done to find out who else aside the allodial owners may have documentation to prove ownership of the forest reserve.

“Really speaking, the question on our minds is who else may have documentation showing that our forest reserve has actually become part of their property,” he wondered.

Suspend de-classification of Achimota Forest Reserve - Edem Senanu
Achimota Forest

His call for the de-classification of the forest reserves follows the emergence of a document believed to be the will of a former General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as ‘Sir John’.

At the time of his demise, Sir John was the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, the organisation that has direct oversight for the Achimota Forest.

The will contains four parcels of specified and unspecified acres of land in the Achimota Forest, which the late politician bequeathed to his children and nephew, “forever”.

Reacting to this, Edem Senanu said “it is not the kind of thing that one will expect that once he was entrusted responsibility for a representative of the people, you will find that they are acquiring properties in that space”.

It would be recalled that last week, government issued an Executive Instrument to declassify the Achimota Forest. The Instrument gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, stipulated that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve, pursuant to Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157).

The cessation, per that document, was to be effective on May 1, 2022.

However, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has said the government is not selling the land.

According to him, plans are rather afoot to upgrade the Achimota Forest into a world-class asset.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, May 17, the sector Minister emphasised that widespread reports about the supposed sale of the Forest are false and baseless, as government has no such plans.

“The government intends to enrich the Achimota forest, revamp it and hopefully in the not too distant future, transform it into the likes of High Park of London and Central Park of New York, where Ghanaians can go and enjoy the beauty of nature and forest reserve as it happens in other parts of the world”.

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Suspend de-classification of Achimota Forest Reserve – Edem Senanu

Co-Chair of Citizens Movement Against Corruption, Edem Senanu, has asked the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry to suspend the de-classification of the Achimota Forest Reserve.

The Anti-Corrpution campaigner added his voice to calls for an independent investigation.

“The whole idea of de-classifying the forest reserve should be suspended and I would probably suggest for us to have an independent investigation running simultaneously either from the end of the Special Prosecutor or CHRAJ, so that we are quite certain that we are getting all the relevant information,” he said on NewsNight on Monday.

Edem Senanu believes the investigation ought to be done to find out who else aside the allodial owners may have documentation to prove ownership of the forest reserve.

“Really speaking, the question on our minds is who else may have documentation showing that our forest reserve has actually become part of their property,” he wondered.

Suspend de-classification of Achimota Forest Reserve - Edem Senanu
Achimota Forest

His call for the de-classification of the forest reserves follows the emergence of a document believed to be the will of a former General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as ‘Sir John’.

At the time of his demise, Sir John was the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, the organisation that has direct oversight for the Achimota Forest.

The will contains four parcels of specified and unspecified acres of land in the Achimota Forest, which the late politician bequeathed to his children and nephew, “forever”.

Reacting to this, Edem Senanu said “it is not the kind of thing that one will expect that once he was entrusted responsibility for a representative of the people, you will find that they are acquiring properties in that space”.

It would be recalled that last week, government issued an Executive Instrument to declassify the Achimota Forest. The Instrument gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, stipulated that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve, pursuant to Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157).

The cessation, per that document, was to be effective on May 1, 2022.

However, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has said the government is not selling the land.

According to him, plans are rather afoot to upgrade the Achimota Forest into a world-class asset.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, May 17, the sector Minister emphasised that widespread reports about the supposed sale of the Forest are false and baseless, as government has no such plans.

“The government intends to enrich the Achimota forest, revamp it and hopefully in the not too distant future, transform it into the likes of High Park of London and Central Park of New York, where Ghanaians can go and enjoy the beauty of nature and forest reserve as it happens in other parts of the world”.

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Flood at Lands Commission at this time fishy – Social media users

Some social media users have cast doubt about the authenticity of the reported flooding of the headquarters of the Lands Commission.

The Ghana News Agency sources claimed that hundreds of documents, computers, and scanners in the basement of the edifice were destroyed after Saturday night’s downpour.

The affected documents include; indentures, land maps, and land documents.

Although the weekend’s rain caused a lot of mayhem in various parts of the Greater Accra Region, some netizens are finding it hard to believe that the premises of the Lands Commission could also be flooded.

The justification for their skepticism is that over the past few weeks, these social media users have been accusing some government officials of attempting to illegally acquire lands at the Achimota Forest Reserve.

Even before the dust settled, another jaw-dropping discovery was unearthed in the will of the former Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.

In the 12-page document, it emerged that the politician, popularly known as, Sir John, owned some parcels of land in the Forest Reserve which he has passed on to inheritors forever.

As netizens gradually assimilate this news and the story of the Lands Commission getting flooded popped up, it has become difficult for them to accept that it is just another disaster.

The users believe that the flooding is just part of the scheme to cover up the illegalities perpetrated by some politicians.