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South Africa: Panic As Sporadic Violence Hits Johannesburg

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Panic As Sporadic Violence Hits Johannesburg

South Africa: Panic As Sporadic Violence Hits Johannesburg


There is palpable fear rocking Johannesburg,  South Africa. 
Panic As Sporadic Violence Hits Johannesburg
Reportedly, Sporadic violence has erupted in South Africa, with dozens arrested after looting in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, where ex-president Jacob Zuma is in jail, and in the economic capital Johannesburg.
Police said in a statement Sunday they had arrested 37 people in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal and 25 in Johannesburg over the previous two days.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


In KwaZulu-Natal, protests broke out a day after Zuma was imprisoned on Thursday.

South Africa: Panic As Sporadic Violence Hits Johannesburg

The N3 highway linking Durban and Johannesburg was blocked for many hours, including a stretch south of Estcourt prison, where Zuma is being held, and 23 trucks were set alight at Mooi River.

While some of the protests In SouthAfrica appear to have been triggered by Zuma’s 15-month detention for contempt of court, they are tied in with a sense of economic desperation as the country faces tightened restrictions under a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We don’t know yet what the strike is all about… but from what people have been saying it’s something related to our former president,” Sphamandla Ndlazi told AFP in the Jeppe neighborhood of Johannesburg, with looted shops and burnt cars in the background.

President Cyril Ramaphosa called for calm on Saturday, urging people to “express themselves within the law” and avoid the destruction that could further cripple the economy.

In Kwazulu-Natal, the police “had their hands full yesterday and throughout the night”, spokesman Jay Naicker told AFP on Sunday.

“Criminals and opportunistic individuals” took advantage of the tense climate to “enrich themselves”, he added. Several stores were looted, including in the Durban suburb Mariann Hill.

In Johannesburg, hundreds defied restrictions in two disenfranchised suburbs late Saturday, but their protests ended in violence, looting, and 25 arrests, police said.

In Jeppe, police dispersed a crowd of 300 who had set up barricades on the main road before looting businesses.

In South Africa, Similar scenes unfolded in Alexandra, one of the poorest townships that neighbours the high-end city of Sandton, where nearly 800 rioters clashed with the police overnight. One officer was shot and hospitalized in South Africa.

The police said they “remain on high alert” in the two provinces.

South Africa’s top court on June 29 jailed Zuma for refusing to appear before a probe into the corruption that entangled his nine years in power.

But the 79-year-old former anti-apartheid fighter remains popular, especially in his native KwaZulu-Natal where he is seen to embody traditional values.

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HON. PRINCE IDRIS BALOGUN THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR EGBE /IDIMU 2025 CHAIRMAN

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HON. PRINCE IDRIS BALOGUN THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR EGBE /IDIMU 2025 CHAIRMAN

 

 

For years, Prince Idris Balogun popularly refer to asOluomo Kafata and SLA to the Senate of the federal Republic of Nigeria has been a dedicated and loyal member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) political party, in Alimosho Lagos State, His unwavering loyalty to the party has been evident through his consistent hard work, services and dedication to serving the party and people of Alimosho especially Egbe idimuLCDA,his free ride of school children and masses over the years upon the fact it is coming from his personal earnings is a testimony of his large heart ,he has shown perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges, always working tirelessly to ensure victory for the party at all levels, improve the welfare of the residents and promote the development of the community.

His experience in serving the party couple with his philanthropic gestures in his community, Hon Prince Idris Balogun has proven himself to be a competent and capable leader. His track record of quality leadership is undeniable, as he has consistently prioritized the needs of the people and worked towards achieving tangible results that benefit the community as a whole.

As the 2025 chairmanship elections approach, now is the time to reward Oluomo Kafata for his years of dedicated service and commitment to APC. He has demonstrated his loyalty, perseverance, experience, and quality leadership, and it is only fitting that he is supported and endorsed for the upcoming chairmanship.

With Oluomo at the helm, the future of Egbe Idimu Local Government is in capable and trusted hands.

He his a Royal Prince of isheri Road who has identify with his community and well respected,a successful business man who fought gallantly for the welfare of his people and a family man.

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Breaking! Fire guts Christ Embassy headquarters in Lagos (Video)

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Breaking! Fire guts Christ Embassy headquarters in Lagos

Breaking! Fire guts Christ Embassy headquarters in Lagos

Sadly, the headquarters of the Christ Embassy Church, located in the Oregun area of Ikeja, Lagos State, reportedly caught fire on Sunday morning.

This was revealed in multiple videos from the scene shared on X.com on Sunday.

Officials of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service are also said to be at the scene in efforts to salvage the situation.

Sharing a video from the location, Augustine tweeting as Chief_Augustin1 on X.com wrote, “Christ Embassy Church on Billings Way, Oregun, is on fire.

“Serious fire is raging, and men of the Lagos State Fire Service are working hard to put it off. Thank God service hasn’t commenced fully.”

 

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Utsev: Harnessing Nigeria’s Water Resources For Economic Gains By Tolulope Adebayo

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Utsev: Harnessing Nigeria’s Water Resources For Economic Gains

By Tolulope Adebayo

 

Under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation has experienced a remarkable resurgence, led by the visionary leadership of Professor Joseph Terlumun Utsev. As the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Utsev has leveraged his vast expertise and experience in water resources and environmental engineering to champion groundbreaking initiatives addressing the nation’s complex water challenges.

 

Utsev: Harnessing Nigeria's Water Resources For Economic Gains
By Tolulope Adebayo

 

Hailing from Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria, Professor Utsev boasts an impressive academic pedigree. He graduated with distinction from the Federal University of Agriculture (now JOSTUM), Makurdi, in 2004, earning a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) as the best student in his cohort. He then pursued advanced studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, earning a Master’s degree in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in 2007 and a PhD in the same field in 2011.

Professor Utsev’s illustrious career spans approximately 17 years, marked by distinguished tenures in academia and the engineering field. He has accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise, earning widespread recognition and acclaim as a consummate administrator and highly esteemed professional. A prolific scholar, he has authored approximately 40 scholarly papers published in esteemed national and international journals, solidifying his standing as a leading authority in his field.

As Minister of Water Resources, Utsev has drawn upon his extensive experience to address flooding and erosion across the country. His academic background and professional expertise have enabled him to devise innovative solutions addressing the root causes of these problems. His leadership has fostered a culture of inclusivity and effectiveness, characterized by a silent intellectual approach focused on results-driven initiatives and collaborative governance.

Professor Utsev’s most outstanding achievement yet has been his remarkable aptitude for augmenting and expanding existing initiatives, tailoring and refining them to harmonize with the pragmatic nuances of the situation. He has expertly recalibrated, adopted, or adapted policies to align with his visionary objectives for the water sector, demonstrating mastery of strategic adaptation and leadership.

Under his leadership, the Ministry of Water Resources has made significant progress in water infrastructure development, irrigation projects, and water supply expansion, enhancing the nation’s water security. His commitment to a water-secure Nigeria has led to the implementation of innovative technologies and sustainable practices, ensuring equal access to clean water and sanitation for all citizens.

Professor Utsev’s appointment as Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation marks a homecoming, with an expanded purview that affords him the opportunity to leverage his intellectual approach to governance, cultivating synergy and inclusivity among diverse stakeholders. Through his commitment to transparency and accountability, he has earned the esteem and trust of the Nigerian populace, inspiring confidence in the ministry’s programs and initiatives.

As a silent intellectual, Professor Utsev exemplifies leadership by example, dedicating himself selflessly to the service of the nation and its people. His efforts have begun to yield concrete results, positioning Nigeria for a brighter future where water resources are optimally harnessed for sustainable development, economic growth, and human betterment. His steadfast commitment to public service, combined with his legal acumen and expertise, makes him the perfect fit for President Tinubu’s administration.

As the nation marks the first anniversary of the Tinubu administration, Professor Utsev’s contributions to the water sector stand out as a testament to the transformative power of silent intellectual leadership, demonstrating the impact of dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to shaping a better Nigeria.

–Adebayo is a communication expert based in Badagry, Lagos.

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