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Nigeria: Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi Olowo of Owo is dead

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Olowo of Owo,Ondo State Nigeria, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, CFR, who was born on June 26, 1941 died in the early hours of Wednesday

A source from the palace confirmed his death to newsmen.

“Yes, the Monarch is dead but we cannot announce it for now. There are some traditions to follow.

 “We are trying to inform the governor but I am aware he is currently out of the state for an official duty, but it is true Oba Olateru is dead,” he said.

Oba Folagbade was the eldest son of the late Olowo of Owo in Ondo State, Sir Olateru Olagbegi who ruled the ancient town between 1910–1998.

He was given the staff of office as the Olowo of Owo in December 11, 2003 by the late Olusegun Agagu, former governor of Ondo State after succeeding his father in 1999.

Before his enthronement, he received his first degree in law from London, UK and attended Nigeria Law school, in 1968, he later returned to Nigeria to practice Law under the late Fatai Williams. He was a lecturer in the Nigerian Law School, where he retired as a reader in 1999 and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), married to Ololade Olateru-Olagbegi, a Barrister and law lecturer at the Ondo State University, and they are blessed with children and grandchildren.

He was appointed as Chancellor of University of Benin (Nigeria) in 2005 and later University of Abuja.

He was the Chancellor of the University of Jos, (UNIJOS) Plateau state until his death.

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Tunisia: former President Ben Ali confirmed dead

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All time, former Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile aged 83, his family says.

Ben Ali led the country for 30years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

But he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms and for widespread corruption.

In 2011, he was forced from office following mass street protests. This triggered a wave of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

At least half a dozen countries in the region saw their president fall or conflicts break out in the wake of the former Tunisian leader’s downfall, in what became known as the Arab Spring.

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Gantz refuse’s Netanyahu offer on unity government

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After a vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival.

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival,  Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

Netanyahu’s surprise move was an abrupt change of strategy for the right-wing leader. Its rejection could spell weeks of wrangling after Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive national ballot in April.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged from the second round of voting this year slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, but also short of enough supporters in the 120-member parliament for a ruling bloc.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, said in a video clip in which he urged Gantz, the country’s former military chief, to meet him “as soon as today”, that he had pledged during the election campaign to form a right-wing, Likud-led government.

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