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Ghana: High School closed down over ghost scare

A high school in Ghana’s Upper East Region has been closed down after some students reportedly saw a ghost on campus. Over twenty female students of the Fumbisi Senior High School reportedly collapsed after seeing the said ghost. One student fell from the second floor of the girl’s dormitory after she allegedly saw the frightening creature. She has since lost her sight despite being rushed to a health centre for treatment. Daniel Gariba, the government official in charge of the community said the decision to close down the school is necessary…

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Kidnappers demand ransom for Nigerian school girls

Gunmen who kidnapped six female students and two staff members from their hostels at a remote school in northern Nigeria have made a ransom demand, the regional governor said. Armed assailants gained entry to Engravers College, a mixed boarding school in a remote area just south of the city of Kaduna, early on Thursday and seized the victims. “They have made a demand for money and that is being negotiated,” state governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai told reporters in the capital Abuja. The governor refused to disclose details of the demands…

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Tanzania’s President Magufuli backs caning of students

The President of Tanzania John Magufuli has lauded a senior government official for caning a group of high school students. The students who were caned while lying face down were accused of setting fire to their dormitories. A regional commissioner, Albert Chalamila was seen in a video caning the students. The commissioner’s action was condemned by a government minister but President Magufuli thinks otherwise. He disagreed with opinions that physically punishing students is an abuse of their human rights. ‘’I have spoken to Mbeya regional commissioner [Mr Chalamila], and I…

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Nigeria: Students taking selfies blamed for bridge collapse

Authorities of a northern Nigerian university have blamed students for the collapse of a bridge after they posed to take selfies on it. The deadly collapse of the bridge on Monday led to the death of three students of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi state. On Tuesday students of the university staged a protest over the incident to express their anger. But the vice-chancellor of the University, Muhammad Abdullazeez has revealed the reason for the collapse of the bridge. He is quoted by the PUNCH as saying that “The…

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Kenya: 57 students detained for watching porn

57 secondary school students in Kenya were detained on Wednesday for watching pornographic content at a business area. Three shop-owners were also arrested for allowing the students into their premises and showing  them porn. According to a Kenyan official, the students detained were from three Nakuru schools. Nakuru East official James Kinari said “After a thorough investigation we discovered that the students have been visiting the premises to watch movies and pornography.” Gadgets from the premises located in Nakuru’s central business district were confiscated by officials. The suspects are to…

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Schools suspended in Sudan after soldiers killed students

Schools have been suspended in Sudan following outrage among students after the murder of five of their colleagues on Monday. Sudan’s authorities ordered all schools nationwide to suspend classes indefinitely as protests and agitations emerge among students. The military council’s directive noted that doors of schools should remain closed on Wednesday, the state news agency said. “Orders have been given to governors of all states to shut kindergartens, primary and high schools from tomorrow (Wednesday) until further notice,” the official Suna news agency reported. The order for the closure of…

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Congo delays vote on electoral law, West urges revisions

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate has delayed until Friday a vote on changes to the electoral law after calls from Western powers to withdraw or alter the proposed bill, which has sparked days of violent protests. The new legislation calls for a census before elections due next year. President Joseph Kabila’s allies say the move is necessary to update voter lists, but critics say it is a ploy to allow him to remain in office beyond the period of his final term. The capital was largely quiet on Thursday but…

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DR Congo unrest: Catholic church backs protests

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has thrown its weight behind protests against President Joseph Kabila extending his rule. It called on people to peacefully oppose his move to delay presidential elections until a census is held. At least 11 people have so far been been killed in the protests. It is the worst unrest in the capital, Kinshasa, since the riots which broke out after Mr Kabila won a second term in disputed elections in 2011. Mr Kabila, who first took power in 2001 following the…

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President Kagame imprisoning students

Open Letter addressed to President Paul Kagame demanding immediate release of Jean Baptiste ICYITONDERWA and stop terrorist acts against leaders of Rwandan students Jean Baptiste Icyitonderwa: one of the four who are still detained by the police and whose head has been seriously injured by the beating according to sources in Kigali. With his colleague Emmanuel Ntakirutimana, they are in a very critical condition. Kigali – RWANDA24th February 2014 HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA We address you this open letter as representatives of the Rwanda Youth For Leadership and…

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