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Nigeria: ”My husband bewitched me into marriage” Housewife tells court

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A housewife,  Abosede Bamgbose, 28, on Wednesday pleaded with a Badagry Customary Court in Topo Garage to dissolve her marriage,  alleging that she was bewitched by her husband, James, for eight years.

Abosede also told the court that there was no longer love in the marriage, adding that a spell was cast on her to win and sustain her love.

“ Sometime in the year 2009, I followed my friend to a wedding party at Ajara Topa, Badagry;  immediately I  saw James, I fell in love with him.

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“We dated for two months and I packed my belongings to his residence in Ido-Iroko, Ogun State, without introduction or dowry paid to my parent.



“After two months in his house, I got pregnant without meeting any of his relatives.

“Four months after the pregnancy, he started beating me for no reason.

“I gave birth to a premature baby which died three days later due to his beatings.

“After the death of my child, the beatings continued to the extent that I  fainted one day and I was rushed to the hospital.

“It was in the hospital that I was told that I  was two months pregnant and I had lost it due to the beatings.

“My husband did not visit me in the hospital throughout when I  was hospitalised, my parent paid the bills before I was discharged.

“So, when I got better, I packed my belonging and left his house.

“Since then, I have not seen him and I did not meet his relations.



“James is a herbalist and I know he had put me under a spell when I was living with him,  but it is all over now,” she said.

Abosede said that since about eight years that she left  James, he had not looked for her.

She begged the court to grant her freedom so that she could marry again, adding that James had abandoned her.

Abosede said that when her husband was served with a court summon, he said he was no longer interested in the relationship.

The respondent was, however,  not in court.

The court’s President, Mr Sakirudeen Adekola, adjourned the case till October 18  for judgement.

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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