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Mariam Ashley foundation launches campaign against trafficking and sexual abuse

By Chris Onuoha

Following the fight against human trafficking and sex abuse, which has become predominant across Nigeria and Africa, the Mariam Ashley Foundation has proposed a campaign themed, “Curbing The Menace of Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse in Nigeria”

The campaign will commence on the 13th of August 2019 with a “road walk” which will be followed by a radio and Television Tour on the 14th of August. The campaign will be finally unveiled on the 15th of August 2019 at the grand summit, holding at Merit House, Maitama, Abuja.

The campaign by Mariam Ashley Foundation seeks to engage partnership with National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), so as to initiate a war of imperative victory against such menace that has brought reproach and embarrassment on our national pride, strength and productivity.

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The campaign by Mariam Ashley Foundation is focused on resuscitating the devastating condition in the sector. According to the organizer, the human value and psychology of victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse are damaged, therefore affecting their productivity and social acceptance in every society they find themselves.

She noted that, Mariam Ashley Foundation through various programs and projects will be devoted and also maintain an undaunted position in curbing the menace of Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse.

However, the campaign project is proudly supported and powered by Peace Ambassador Agency. An Agency that has continued to promote human impact projects across Nigeria and Africa.

STRANGE: BBNaija housemates caught having sex

As reactions continue to trail the airing of Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) pepper dem housemates, Khafi and Gedoni have allegedly been caught having sex in the house.

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This appeared to be the first sex scene in the 2019 BBNaija house, after Bambam and Teddy as well as Miracle and Nina indulged in same act in previous editions.

The relationship of the two housemates moved to the next level last night, as they were allegedly caught having sex under the duvet in the full view of other housemates.

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Witnessing the sex scene were Diane and Tuoyo who were sharing a heart-to-heart talk.

Diane was telling Tuoyo that she does not know who she will lose her virginity to or when she plans to.

The squeaky sound of Khafi and Gedoni’s bed caught their attention as they stared in shock.

Big Brother commented on its Instagram page bigbrothernaija_live saying “Housemates Khafi and Gedoni doing The Iduplorplor under the Duvet!!!”

Click on the text in the box below to watch the video on BBNaija Instagram page bigbrothernaija_live:

Van Der Walt Relishing Falcons Chance

Philip van der Walt has admitted his excitement after joining Newcastle Falcons on a three-year deal from Super Rugby side the Sharks. The 30-year-old is yet to be capped by the Springboks but has also played for the likes of Free State Cheetahs, French side Biarritz and Japan’s Canon Eagles, but will now ply his trade in Gosforth.

It will be the back-row star’s first foray into the English game and he cannot wait to get going ahead of the new campaign. “I am very excited to join the Falcons,” he said. “I am looking forward to meeting the team, learning from their experience and contributing as best as I can. “It is a whole new experience for my family and I.

We have never been to the UK and we are looking forward to experiencing Newcastle, its people and the change in environment.” Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards feels the Eastern Cape-born ace will give his side a much-needed boost as they aim to bounce back to the Premiership at the first time of asking.

Source: Complete Sports

At least 10 civilians killed in Afghan security forces' air raids

At least 10 civilians, including women and children, have been killed in air attacks by Afghan security forces in the western Badghis province, officials said.

Two other people were wounded in Friday night’s attacks in Bala Murghab district, Ziauddin Akazai, a legislator from Badghis, said.

Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council, said fighters surrounded an army base in the district.

He said helicopters were trying to reach the base, but fighters were shooting from nearby villages.

Three children, two women and five men were among those killed in the attacks, Beg said.

The Taliban, which controls roughly half of Afghanistan, posted photos of dead children on Twitter.

Also on Friday, at least eight people were killed and more than 30 others injured in an IED blast near the entrance of Kabul University. 

The IED, planted in a car parked next to the southern entrance of the university, exploded as dozens of candidates studying law queued up for their exams, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Source: Aljazeera

CAF Ranks Enyimba Best In Nigeria, 18th In Africa

Enyimba of Aba have been ranked 18th best in the African continent and best in the Nigerian domestic scene,  Completesports.com reports.

In the latest ranking for clubs on the African continent, TP Mazembe of Congo DR top the chart, followed by Wydad of Morocco, with All Ahly of Egypt in third spot.

Esperance of Tunisia and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa are in the fourth and fifth places respectively, with Etoile du Dahel of Tunisia and Zamalek of Egypt in the sixth and seventh positions respectively.

Lobi Stars of Makurdi are ranked second in Nigeria and 29th in Africa, while Enugu Rangers are third in Nigeria and 45th in the continent just as Rivers United are placed fourth in Nigeria and 67th on the continent.

Just last week FIFA President Gianni Infantino congratulated Enyimba for winning the Nigeria league for a record 8th time.

The People’s Elephant had in 2003 and 2004 won the CAF Champions League and are known as the most successful club in Nigeria with 28 trophies in 19 years.

Source: Complete Sports

UK says tanker seizure shows Iran choosing 'dangerous path'

An undated handout photo shows Stena Impero at Bandar Abbas port [Tasnim News Agency/Handout via Reuters]

The United Kingdom has told all British ships to avoid using the Strait of Hormuz for an “interim period” after Iran seized a UK-flagged tanker.

The British government on Saturday also summoned the Iranian charge d’affaires in London over the incident, shortly after Jeremy Hunt, the UK foreign secretary, said the seizure showed “worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour”.

“Our reaction will be considered but robust,” Hunt wrote on Twitter, adding that the UK “will ensure the safety of our shipping”.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Friday it seized the Stena Imperoa, a UK-flagged, Swedish-owned vessel, for breaking “international maritime rules” in the strait, a chokepoint for around a third of the world’s sea-borne oil.

The British owner of a second tanker, the Liberian-flagged Mesdar, said it had been temporarily boarded by armed personnel, but was free to leave and that all crew were “safe and well”.

The incidents came hours after a court in Gibraltar said it would extend by 30 days the detention of an Iranian tanker seized two weeks ago in an operation aided by British Royal Marines on allegations of breaching European Union sanctions against Syria.

British cabinet minister James Brokenshire called the tanker’s seizure “completely intolerable” but added that London was still seeking to establish diplomatic connections with Tehran over the incident.

“The actions of the Iranians is completely unacceptable. It is so important that we maintain this free navigation through the Gulf,” the housing secretary told BBC radio.

“We want to see this matter resolved in a diplomatic way. The Iranians need to release this vessel as quickly as possible.”

Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker, reporting from London, said the effect of the seizures on Britain’s oil industry was still not clear

“The knock-on effect of this on British shipping [or] on the economy of the oil industry is yet to be seen,” adding that the UK hopes the issue will be resolved soon.

Referring to the Iranian tanker in Gibraltar, Barker said that while Hunt “implied it was not as simple as letting the Grace 1 go, hoping the Iranian follow suit, he [Hunt] said he hoped it would not impact British shipping further.”

Iran probe

Iranian officials, meanwhile, said on Saturday they had opened an investigation into the Stena Impero, alleging that it had collided with a fishing vessel off the southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, near where the tanker is now anchored.

The Swedish-owned tanker “has 23 crew and they are all on the ship,” Allah-Morad Afifipoor, director-general of the Hormozgan province port and maritime authority, was quoted by Fars news agency as saying.

Following the collision, those on board the fishing boat “contacted the British vessel but didn’t receive any response”, so they “informed the Hormozgan port and maritime office according to the legal procedures,” Afifipoor said.

He added that experts from Hormozgan province’s port and maritime authority had launched a probe into the cause of the accident.

Tanker tracking service Marine Traffic showed the Stena Impero had last signalled its location near the island of Larak at 9:00pm (16:30 GMT).

Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Tehran, Dorsa Jabbari, said that Iran’s seizure of the oil tanker had taken place “as a result of a series of events…[and was] not just a random seizure of a British tanker,” according to a statement by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

She added that the IRGC said in a statement that they seized the vessel after violated several maritime laws.

“They [the Revolutionary Guards] say it [the vessel] was traveling in the wrong maritime direction… that they [its crew] had turned off all their tracking devices and they were not responding to any of the attempts made to contact them. That is why this vessel is now in Bandar Abba,” explained Jabbari.

Growing condemnation

The seizure prompted the foreign ministry of Bahrain, a Gulf country hosting the US Fifth Fleet, to issue a statement on Saturday condemning the action and urging Iran to stop its “irresponsible” acts.

Also on Saturday, France’s foreign ministry raised concerns over Iran’s move, saying it harmed de-escalation efforts in the region.

“We have learned with great concern of the seizure of a British vessel by Iranian forces,” the ministry said in a statement. 

“We strongly condemn it and express our full solidarity with the United Kingdom,” read the statement.

Meanwhile, the German foreign office wrote on Twitter: “This is an unjustifiable interference in commercial shipping that dangerously escalates an already tense situation.” 

Tensions in the Gulf have soared in recent weeks, with US President Donald Trump calling off air raids against Iran at the last minute in June after Iranian forces downed a US drone, and blaming Iran for a series of tanker attacks.

The latest incidents also came as Trump and US officials insisted on Thursday, despite denials from Tehran, that the US military had downed an Iranian drone that was threatening a US naval vessel in the Strait of Hormuz.

Source: Aljazeera