The death toll of which two migrant boats sank in heavy sea off the coast of Djibouti continues to rise past 50, the UN migration agency said on Wednesday
The international organization for migration (IOM) also confirmed the disappearance of approximately 130 others based on the testimonies of survivors.
“Our coast guard has found the bodies of 52 migrants and the death toll could increase, search operations are still ongoing.” Colonel Wais Omar Bogoreh, Commandant of the Coast Guard said in a statement.
The sinking occurred about 30 minutes after the overloaded boats left the town of Godoria, located in the northeast coast of Dibouti.
On these shores, many Ethiopians, Somalis and Yemenis who are trying to find refuge in the neighbouring countries.
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“I walked from Tadjoura to Obock, where I met a trafficker. He took us to the coast where we boarded a boat. There were 85 of us. A few minutes after departure, the pilot jumped into the water after an engine failure. And the boat capsized.”
Several dangerous crossings have been recorded in recent years by the IOM, which confirms the death and disappearance of hundreds of people.
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WHO accused Tanzania of hiding information on Ebola victims
Ebola virus has cause major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in Africa.
The number of cases has began to decline gradually, following the commitment of substantial international resources.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has rebuked Tanzania for failing to provide information about possible Ebola virus infections.
The WHO said it had learned of one suspected fatal case in Dar es Salaam and two others but, despite repeated requests, was given no information
Tanzania has said it has no suspected or confirmed cases.
The latest outbreak has killed more than 2,000 in eastern DR Congo, with Uganda battling to stop any spread.
Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe
Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.
The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.
According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.
It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.
“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”
The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.
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