By Mike Ikenwa, Linda Kalu and Fumilayo Kolawole
Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.
The Committee disclosed that the committee would invite former president Goodluck Jonathan to testify on his role in the award of Oil Prospecting Licence, OPL 245, to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd.
According to Razak, recent developments from the committee’s investigation demand that Jonathan testify.
The notion of South African exceptionalism runs deep. Having suffered white minority rule much longer than most other African states, the country had one of the most stable and successful transitions to democracy on the continent.
Following the election of the ANC in 1994, Nelson Mandela’s government promoted tolerance and responsible government.
At that point, South Africa did not look very “African”. While Nigeria was blighted by endemic corruption, the ANC was led by a man whose reputation was beyond reproach. When the ZANU-PF government was becoming increasingly brutal in Zimbabwe , Mandela’s administration was promoting the rule of law and inclusion. And just as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Somalia were falling apart, the South African state appeared to be growing stronger.
Exactly when did human beings start tipping their weapons with poison to hunt prey? This is a question at the forefront of recent archaeological research.
In southern Africa San (or Bushman) hunter-gatherer groups, such as the /Xam of the Western Cape and the Ju/wasi and Hei//om of Namibia, used poisoned arrows for hunting during the 19th and 20th centuries. The origins of this technology, though, may be far older than we thought.
Recently, traces of the poison ricin were found on a 24 000 year-old wooden poison applicator at Border Cave in South Africa’s Lebombo mountains. If this identification is correct it would mean that people in southern Africa were among the first in the world to harness the potential of plant-based poisons.
The US military dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.
A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, the sources said.
The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is set to miss the last seven games of the season with a knee injury.
Mane, 24, was taken off after colliding with Leighton Baines in Saturday’s 3-1 home victory over Everton.
Manager Jurgen Klopp said he was “pretty sure” Mane needed surgery, leaving it “pretty much impossible for him to play again this season”.
The £34m signing from Southampton has started all but five of Liverpool’s league games this campaign.
Google has added its fact check feature to search results globally, in a bid to help tackle the spread of “fake news”.
The search giant will now highlight “authoritative sources” in search results, with a summary of claims that have been fact-checked.
On Thursday, Facebook announced a campaign to help people spot fake news.
The Economic Financial Crime and Commission (EFCC) discovered $50 million in a residential building located at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Mu’azu was also the governor of Bauchi State in Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.
Sources close to Mu’azu have confirmed that the former PDP chairman owns the building.
While in Lagos, he lives on the penthouse on the building, a source said. Other residents of the house are former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, a former Managing Director at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Godwin Obla, a senior lawyer and former prosecutor to EFCC.
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