Day: November 21, 2017


Robert Mugabe finally resigned as Zimbabwe’s President after 37 years of autocratic rule on Tuesday,  succumbing to the pressure of a military takeover and the humiliation of impeachment.

The announcement came minutes into a joint session of the Zimbabwean Parliament in Harare, convened to prise the 93-year-old from power.

As the Speaker read out a letter from Mugabe, lawmakers broke out in thunderous applause. The impeachment proceedings were immediately suspended.

It was the culmination of an extraordinary week in the history of Zimbabwe that began when the country’s military leaders staged an unprecedented intervention to prevent the ascent to power of Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife, Grace.

When the crisis started, it bore all the hallmarks of a coup. At the end, it almost resembled a popular revolt. “We think that this is the work of God,” one young man told CNN in Harare. “We were in crisis for a long time, and this is a new day for Zimbabweans.”

Key developments

 The ousted President insisted that his resignation was voluntary. “I have resigned to allow smooth transfer of power,” he wrote . “Kindly give public notice of my decision as soon as possible.”

Successor lined up: All the signs pointed to a swift ascent to power for the former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking by Mugabe two weeks ago triggered the crisis.

International reaction: Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Britain, from which Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980, said Mugabe’s resignation provided the country “with an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterized his rule.”

Mugabe’s announcement was an acknowledgment of the inevitable. In reality, he lost his grip on power six days ago when the country’s top generals launched what amounted to a military coup, placing the veteran leader under house arrest.

After nearly four decades of unimpeded rule, which began amid the triumph of independence from Britain, Mugabe’s political downfall unfolded in just two weeks.

The crisis began on November 6 when Mugabe fired Mnangagwa as Vice President, in an apparent attempt to clear a path for his wife, Grace Mugabe, to succeed him.

Army generals and senior figures in Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party, suspicious of the First Lady’s lavish lifestyle and political ambitions, were horrified by the possibility she could take over.

On Tuesday, tanks were seen outside Harare and in the early hours of Wednesday morning, an army spokesman appeared on state TV to declare that a military operation was underway. By dawn it was clear that Mugabe was under house arrest, and his grip on power ebbing away

But Mugabe clung on to power for a further six days, quitting only after his party ousted him as leader, and Parliament began impeachment proceedings.

The whereabouts of the former President and his wife were unknown on Tuesday. Grace Mugabe — dubbed “Gucci Grace” after her penchant for extravagant shopping expeditions — has not been seen since the day of the military takeover. Her husband’s last appearance was during a television statement on Sunday night.


Cabinet ministers snubbed a call by President Robert Mugabe to attend a meeting early on Tuesday, a Zimbabwean ruling party senior official has said.
Only five ministers and the attorney general turned up at State House at 9am on Tuesday, while 17 attended a meeting about impeaching President Mugabe, according to the official.
Lovemore Matuke said “all” ministers heeded a party directive to skip the Cabinet meeting.


The woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death has been arrested.

Nigerian Police confirmed the arrest of Maryam Sanda, the daughter of Maimuna Aliyu, former Aso Saving Bank executive for murdering her husband, Haliru Bello last weekend.

Bello, 35, son of Haliru Bello, a former chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has been buried according to Islamic rites in Abuja, after prayers at the National Mosque.

Police Public Relations Officer, DPS Anjuguri Manzah, in a chat with newsmen said that the suspect was arrested on Sunday night. He said that she would be charged to court after investigations have been concluded.

According to the police, the investigation was being handled by its homicide department adding that investigation would be concluded soon.

Haliru Bello’s death was not natural, as he was allegedly  killed in his Maitama home in Abuja by his wife,  Maryam Sanda..

According to reports, Maryam allegedly killed her husband on Saturday night, stabbing him several times.

Multiple reports online said she attacked her husband based on allegations of infidelity after seeing a text message  on his phone.


Maryam was said to have stabbed Bello three times in the back and several times in his genitals.

After stabbing him, she drove him to the hospital for treatment but he did not survive the attack.

He would have been 36 on November 23.

Anjuri Manza, spokesman of FCT police command, confirmed the murder : “We are investigating the matter,”he told the Cable.

According to reports, it was not the first time Maryam  would attack Bello violently.

She once  bit part of his ear off  during an previous argument. Bello was treated at a hospital before returning home. Some report said he was advised to leave the house but he refused, only to be brutally attacked the second time.

The couple had a daughter together.

Bello married Maryam following an affair he had with her while still married to his previous wife.

His father was the acting chairman of the PDP board of trustees from 2015-2016, minister of defence from 2011-2012, and minister of communications from 2001-2003.



An aspirant for National Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and founder of Africa Independent Television, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, said he consulted widely with stakeholders, including party leaders and members before entering the contest.

The media mogul said that it was the positive responses he got from the consultations that motivated him to pursue the aspiration to lead the party as national chairman.

Dokpesi made this known while addressing Benue State Executive Committee (SEC) members of the party and National Delegates on Monday in Makurdi.


He said that after the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt in May, 2016, he waited to know the party’s decision on micro-zoning for the national chairmanship position.

“I sent out 2,000 text messages and made phone calls to well-meaning Nigerians asking if I could contest and if the position was not zoned to South-West.

“I got positive responses from 1,997 persons, while only three persons said I should not run,” Dokpesi said.

He said that one of the three persons that discouraged him was of the view that PDP members would not allow him to win so that he would not carry out necessary reforms within the party.


“The second person said I should not run because PDP has not learnt lessons and that the party does not appreciate my sacrifice.”

According to him, the second person who advised me not to contest has defected to the All Progressives Congress, while the third person wanted me to go to a foreign country to rest.

Dokpesi, however, said he joined the race because majority of those he consulted advised him to pursue the ambition.

He urged the delegates to give him the opportunity to serve and return PDP to its winning ways and reunite Nigeria.

“I want to work with the state executive to transform, rebuilt, reconstruct, rejuvenate and reposition the PDP to win the 2019 elections, including that of Benue.

“It is only if we work together and we are united that we can effect these changes,” he said.

The Director-General of Dokpesi Campaign Organization, Mr Baba Kachalla, described Dokpesi as “candidate to beat” in the Dec. 9 national convention.

He urged delegates from the state to vote for Dokpesi and shun anybody that may want to buy their votes.

Chairman of the party in the state, Mr John Ugbede, urged party leaders to ensure that right things were done at the convention.

“For our leaders, the process must be correct and transparent.”

Ugbede, who assured Dokpesi of the state’s support, said Benue delegates would always give its bulk votes to the aspirant of their choice.

Other party leaders, who also spoke at the occasion, expressed support for Dokpesi.



The Nigerian Army Council on Monday approved the promotion of 45 Brigadiers-General to Major Generals and 92 Colonels to Brigadiers-Generals.

A statement issued by the Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman ,listed some of those promoted to two star generals (Major Generals) as Brig.-Gen. H.O. Otiki, Acting Commander, Defence Headquarters Garrison; Brig.-Gen. O.O. Soleye, Acting Director Veteran Affairs and Defence Headquarters.

Others are: Acting Provost Marshal, Brig.- Gen. A.T. Hamman; Acting Military Secretary, Brig.-Gen. l. F Yahaya; Acting General Officers Commanding 3, 7 and 8 Divisions, Brig.-Gen. B.A. Ahanotu, I.M. Yusuf and S.O. Olabanji.

Also promoted to Major General are: Acting Commander, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Brig.- Gen. J.I. Unuigbe; Brig.-Gen. A.A. Jidda, Acting Commander Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport and Acting Chief of  Accounts and Budget (Army), Brig.-Gen. J.E. Jakko.

Promoted to the two star general are also Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. V.O. Ezugwu and Brig.- Gen. A.C.C. Agundu, Director, Foreign Liaison, Defence Intelligence Agency, Acting Commander, Headquarters Command Army Records, Brig.-Gen. H.E. Ayamasaowei and Brig.-Gen. M.S. Yusuf, Commander Guards Brigade, while late Brig.-Gen. B.A. Raji, was promoted posthumously.

Others elevated to Major general are: Brig.-Gen. O.F. Azinta, Commandant Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre and the Commandant Nigerian Army School of Infantry.

Brig.-Gen. J. Sarham, Brig.-Gen. T.A. Gagariga, Commander Nigerian Army School of Artillery and Brig.- Gen. L.F. Abdullahi, the Acting Commander Nigerian Army Education Corps have also been promoted Major General.

Brig.-Gen. J.G.K. Myam, Acting Director Operations and Brig.-Gen. U.S. Yakubu, Acting Director Peacekeeping Operations are now Major Generals.

In the category of those promoted to one star General (Brigadiers Generals) are Col. A. Israel,  Col. C.O.C. Ekulide of Defence Headquarters, Col. S.O.F. Olowolayemo, Col. J.T.E. Chukwu, Col. .E.E Eyong and the prolific writer, Col. D.C. Nengite.

Others are: Col. C.A. Dalhatu, Col. U.N. Babangida, Col. U.I. Mohammed, Col. N.U. Mukhtar, Col. O.G. Onubogu, Col. S.T. Shafaru, Col. G.G. Shipi and Col. A.S. Ishaq of 8 Division Provost Group.

Col. A.O.I. Kalajaiye, Col. J.C. Mbibi, Col. J.T.E. Chukwu, Col. H.A. Gambo and Col. L.B. Mohammed have been elevated to Brigadiers-General.