Kaduna Government Gives Conditions for El-Zakzaky’s Medical Trip to India

The Kaduna State government on Wednesday gave new conditions for granting the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, known as Shi’ites, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, permission to travel to India for medical treatment.

The Kaduna High Court presided over by Justice Darius Khobo on Monday permitted the IMN leader and wife leave to travel to India for treatment, following injuries they sustained during the IMN’s clash with the Nigerian Army on December 15, 2015.

The court order granting the medical leave, signed by Hon. Justice D.H. Khobo

In a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, the state government said granting the popular cleric asylum would prevent him from facing justice for offences he had been accused of.

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A high court in Kaduna had on Monday granted permission to El-Zakzaky and his wife to travel to India for medical treatment after being held in detention since 2015 by government forces.

According to Aruwan, El-Zakzaky must return to face trial for his actions and therefore India or other countries must not accommodate him.

The cleric and his followers are being accused by the government of disturbing public peace and posing a threat to national security.

Aruwan, according to a report by The Cable, said, “Malam Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is facing criminal trial before the Kaduna High Court on charges filed in April 2018. 

“The Kaduna State Government is prosecuting Malam him on an eight-count charge, including culpable homicide punishable with death.

“The Kaduna State Government respects the right of anyone to seek treatment anywhere in the world. 

“But in the case of persons facing trial for serious offenses, necessary safeguards are required to ensure that such persons do not become fugitives from justice or frustrate trial by claiming asylum or the status of political prisoner in the host country.”

Nigeria’s Got Talent as Artists Shared Rarely seen cutting-edge talent on a Twitter hashtag

It all started with an innocuous tweet nearly two weeks ago when Bunmi Olaoye, an artist based in Nigeria’s southeast city of Port Harcourt, decided to start “a hashtag to celebrate and appreciate Nigerian creatives.” The response was stunning with hundreds of Nigerians showing off their artistic talents using #WeAreNigerianCreatives.

Olaoye says he has been “blown away by the feedback” on the hashtag. “I’m trying to reply my non-ending messages,” he told Quartz. Sagir Carpenter, an Abuja-based artist who also participated in the trend, says he’s been inundated with enquiries about his work. “My phone has not stopped buzzing since,” he says. “The #WeAreNigerianCreatives hashtag has given me so much exposure in such a short time with so many people making inquiries. I really think it’s an amazing phenomenon.”

Nnedi Okorafor, the Nigerian-American science-fiction author, also joined in on the fun with a tweet showing covers of her books, including Who Fears Death—a novel HBO will be turning into a television series with George R.R Martin, Game of Thrones creator, as an executive producer.

Okorafor, a 2016 Quartz Africa Innovator, is known for her Afrofuturistic fiction novels and has been signed up by Marvel as one of the writers of its forthcoming Venomverse anthology.

Social media has a good history of helping little-known Nigerian artists become famous. Back in 2016, Oresegun Olumide gained internet fame for his hyper-realist paintings. Even though it was not intended, the #WeAreNigerianCreatives trend caps a great fortnight for Nigerian art.

Last week, Tutu, a newly discovered, decades-old masterpiece by legendary artist Ben Enwonwu, was sold for a record £1,205,000 at an auction in London.

Jacob Zuma Resigns as South Africa‎ President

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, has resigned from office with immediate effect.

Zuma made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.

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Jacob Zuma.

Zuma has been in power since 2009, but his administration has been riddled with many allegations of corruption.

On Tuesday, Ace Magashule, ANC’s secretary-general, told journalists that the national executive committee (NEC) decided that the removal should be “treated with urgency”.

“It is obvious we want Comrade Ramaphosa to come in as the president of South Africa,” he said.

Buhari’s Son, Yusuf, In Ghastly Powerbike Accident, Sustains Head Injury

President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, was involved in a ghastly power bike accident last night in the Gwanripa area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja according to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President.

The statement disclosed that Yusuf “broke a limb and had an injury to the head as a result. He has undergone surgery at a clinic in Abuja. He is in a stable condition.” Yusuf was reportedly drag racing with friends last night when the accident happened According to Presidency sources.