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Burkina Faso: Groups set out for clean up to prevent flooding.

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In Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, a student group known as ‘’ I care about my planet’‘ movement and the city hall is leading a campaign to rid the capital of filth.

The move is particularly timely as the raining season sets in in this West African nation to prevent perennial floods.



“The Bangr weogo park next to the dam is in danger of being flooded by this waste, which will cause further major damage. Today’s activity is ad hoc, but we are already thinking about a system that would prevent waste from reaching the dams “, said Louis Pascal Dao, founder of ‘ I care about my planet’ movement.

During this sanitation campaign, more than five hundred (500) gutters in the city of Ouagadougou will be cleaned.

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“The teams are deployed throughout the municipal territory. The main objective of this campaign to minimize the risk of flooding because soon the rainy season will set in and it was necessary to mobilize the people of Ouagadougou to clean the gutters”, said Mahamoudou Cisse, Director of cleaning at the Ouagadougou city hall.

Students hope residents would be responsible and avoid dumping waste in gutters and dams.

In June 2015, at least 8 people died and 54 were injured by floods alone in Ouagadougou. Local media reported that up to 80 mm of rain fell on June 24.

Severe weather, including heavy rain and strong winds, also affected several provinces during the period.

In August of that year, the government issued a statement warning residents to avoid high risk flood-zones due to the rainy season.

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Nigeria: Woman Dies During Church Deliverance in Lagos

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A 51-year-old woman, Taibat Kareem, has collapsed and died during a deliverance service in a Cherubim and Seraphim Church  community, Lagos after allegedly drinking a substance said to be given to her by the church prophet, Olowomeye Ola, for deliverance.



The issue provoked reactions from the residents who went to the church and brought out the pastor to mob him on the street.

However, before he could be mobbed, the Isheri Police Division moved to the church, arrested two suspects including the pastor and took them to the police station for interrogation.

The incident happened at Oriofe Street in Ijegun in the outskirts of Lagos where the church is located.

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According to the residents, her supplier, one Ayodele Isaac, a herbalist, invited the late Taibat, who dealt in local herbs, to take some herbs for sale. She was going to take the herbs when Pastor Ola accosted her and told her that she needed deliverance. He then took her to the church for prayers; it was during the prayer session that Pastor Ola gave her a liquid substance to drink. Immediately she drank the substance, she collapsed on the ground inside the church.

 Pastor Ola reportedly took her to his own room where he allegedly tried to revive her. It was in the midst of the confusion that the residents raised the alarm, attacked the pastor and attempted to mob him before the police rescued him.
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The corpse of the deceased, Taibat, was deposited at an undisclosed mortuary for autopsy while the two suspects mentioned over her death, Ola and Isaac, were transferred to the SCIID Panti, Yaba, for further investigation.

 When our correspondent visited Isheri Osun Police Division, the DPO was not around to comment on the incident.

However, police sources at the station that the matter had been transferred to SCIID’s Homicide Department.

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United States to reinstate diplomatic presence in Somalia.

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The United States will re-establish a permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia, nearly 30 years after the U.S. embassy was closed as a civil war raged in the Horn of Africa country.

Somalia has been trying to recover from the conflict that engulfed the country in 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator and then turned on each other.



“This historic event reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years and is another step forward in formalizing U.S. diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu,” the State Department said in a statement late on Tuesday.

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Somalia has in recent years faced an insurgency by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militant group, as well as famine and maritime piracy.

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While parts of the country are plagued by militant violence, a degree of stability in the capital, Mogadishu, has drawn investment from Somalis at home and abroad.

In September, the World Bank approved $80 million in grants to Somalia to fund public finance reforms, the first disbursement to the country in 30 years.

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