The fatal shooting of a prominent Ethiopian singer in the capital Addis Ababa has sparked rising tensions in the city on Tuesday, with calls for demonstrations circulating online.
Hachalu Hundessa was shot and killed in the city’s suburb of Gelan Condominiums on Monday evening, local media reported.
The killing has reportedly sparked unrest.
On Tuesday, a DPA reporter said the internet had been shut down, major roads were blocked, tyres were being burned and smoke was seen billowing across the city.
The German Embassy in Addis Ababa sent out a warning, advising people to avoid large crowds and driving through the city, citing calls for demonstrations on social media.
The context to the singer’s death was not initially clear, although the embassy said Hundessa’s supporters had blamed security forces and “assume a political motive” for the crime.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his condolences and tweeted that an investigation was currently underway.
Hachalu’s music is considered by many to advocate the rights of Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic group, the largest in the multi-ethnic state, who have long believed they are being neglected by the government.
Ongoing protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions ultimately led to the resignation of the head of government and Abiy taking office in April 2018.
Abiy, who is also Oromo, is regarded as a reformer and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year for, among other things, his attempts to pacify the region.
However, ethnic tensions and conflicts in the country have increased again under his rule.
American held captive in Lagos hotel rescued
The police has rescued an American woman who was held captive against her will, in a hotel for 15 months by a Nigerian man.
Nigerian police spokesperson, Frank Mba said the retired civil servant arrived Nigeria on 13th February, 2019. The lady who is from Washington DC, was visiting 34-year-old Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku (pictured above), a native of Ikeduru local government area of Imo State who she met on Facebook.
Obiaku was accused of forcefully collecting and taking control of her credit and debit cards as well as the operation of her bank accounts, including the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances over the period of fifteen (15) months.
The statement read;
“She was however rescued by Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Ogun State Annex following information received from a patriotic and civic minded Nigerian in the Meran area of Lagos State.
“The rescue of the American lady is coming on the heels of a similar case of abducted Philippino lady who was lured to Nigeria by her supposed lover whom she equally met on Facebook.
“Investigations reveal that the suspect, Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku is a graduate of Business Administration and Management and an internet fraudster who has defrauded many unsuspecting members of the public both locally and internationally.
“Chukwuebuka deliberately lured the victim into the country under the pretext of love and deceitfully married her on 15th May, 2019.
“ He subsequently held her captive in a hotel, extorted from her monies amounting to a total of 48,000-USD.
“He also forcefully collected and took control of her credit and debit cards as well as the operation of her bank accounts including the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances over the period of fifteen (15) months.
“Chukwuebuka also used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies.”
Police arrest man for allegedly burning 10-year-old boy with hot knife in Ogun
The police has arrested one Mr Badmus Folarin, for maltreating a 10-year old boy by allegedly burning him with a hot knife.
Police said Folarin admitted to punishing the boy because he opened a tin of Milo belonging to his mother and licked out of it.
According to DAILY POST, the incident occurred at Owode, in Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State.
A statement by the Ogun State Police Command spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Sunday, confirmed that the suspect was arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Owode Egbado division, SP Olabisi Elebutte.
Oyeyemi told DAILY POST that some concerned neighbours had reported through a telephone call to the DPO that,
“they were hearing a sorrowful crying of a young boy at 12, Elegushi Street, Owode Yewa.”
Consequent upon this, the DPO had reportedly detailed the patrol team to the scene where the young boy was seen lying down helplessly with serious injuries all over his body.
On enquiry, Oyeyemi informed that the police discovered that “the suspect put a knife on fire and when the knife was red-hot, he applied it to the buttock of the young boy thereby inflicting a second degree injury on the innocent boy.”
While being questioned by the police, the suspect, Oyeyemi added,
“alleged that the victim, who is living with the family. opened a tin of ‘Milo tea’ belonging to his mother and licked from it.”
According to him, the boy had been immediately rushed to OreOfe hospital by the police for medical attention, as the suspect was arrested and detained.
The suspect will be transferred to the Anti-Human and Anti-Child Labour Unit of the command for more investigations and possible prosecution; this is as ordered by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson.
Notorious gang leader, Abiola Ebila killed in
Another notorious gang leader in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Abiola Ebila, has been killed.
Newsmen gathered that Ebila was killed around Kudeti area of Ibadan around 12 pm on Sunday.
Recall that the killing of Ebila is coming few weeks after Ebila gang killed another gang leader known as Mosood Oladokun.
It was learnt that Ebila group had in May this year killed Oladokun during a clash.
It was gathered that there was a clash in the area and security agencies responded to it.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi when contacted, said police operatives had been deployed to the area to maintain peace.
He, however, said he was yet to get the full details of what happened or whether anybody was killed.
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