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Missing Belarus exile group leader, Vitaly Shishov found hanged in Ukraine.

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Vitaly Shishov Belarusian exile found dead in Kyiv on 3 August 2021

Vitaly Shishov Belarusian exile found dead in Kyiv on 3 August 2021

Shishov headed the Belarusian House in Ukraine group, helping those who left Belarus

Several political exiles, including Belarusians, have been murdered in Ukraine in recent years

‘The circumstances around Vitaly’s death suggest it is linked to the Belarusian authorities’ – Marie Struthers

Responding to news of the death of prominent Belarusian exile Vitaly Shishov, who was found hanged in a park in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv this morning, and whose death is being investigated as a possible murder related to his political activism, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, said: 

“We welcome the launch of an investigation into the tragic death of Vitaly Shishov.

“The circumstances around Vitaly’s death suggest it is linked to the Belarusian authorities.

“The Ukrainian authorities must ensure that its findings are made public and if anyone is reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility they must be brought to justice.

“Ukraine’s track record in investigating murders and attacks on foreign nationals seeking refuge has, up to now, been poor. We hope this case will be different.”

Mr Shishov led the Belarusian House in Ukraine, a group helping people who had left Belarus. Shishov’s colleagues have described receiving warnings of sinister plans by the Belarusian security services, threats which Shishov reportedly shrugged off. 

Exiled dissidents killed in Ukraine

Several political exiles have been killed or have narrowly survived assassination attempts in Ukraine in recent years – including Belarusian journalist, Pavel Sharamet (Sheremet), who was killed in 2016; former Russian State Duma Deputy, Denis Voronenkov, who was killed in 2017; Chechen refugee Adam Osmayev, who survived two assassination attempts in 2017; and his wife Amina Okueva, who was killed the same year. The Ukrainian authorities have been heavily criticised by human rights organisations for failing to conduct effective and conclusive investigations into these cases. 

Referring to the dangers facing exiled political activists living in Ukraine, Marie Struthers, said:

“It is critically important that the Ukrainian authorities take tangible steps to ensure their safety. It is equally important that the rest of the world pays attention to the ongoing human rights violations in Belarus.”

Source:(Amnesty International)


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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