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"My mother hit me with machetes and locked me up in the toilet" - 5-year-old boy accused of witchcraft in Akwa Ibom narrates his ordeal

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  A 5-year-old boy rescued in Akwa Ibom has narrated how he was allegedly tortured and abandoned by his parents and stepmother after being accused of witchcraft.    The boy identified as Victor Asuquo was found roaming the streets of Odoro Nkot in Esit Eket with scars all over his battered body and protruding testicles due to enlarged hernia.     Victor was rescued by a community leader and Child's Right And Rehablitation Network (CRARN) volunteer, Prince John Ekpo, who first took him to their house and met only his old blind grand mother who was stigmatized a witch as well and crying for help.    Speaking to a CRARN admin personnel, Victor narrated how his mother allegedly used machetes and hit him several times and locked him up in the toilet.   He claimed that his mother took him to prayer houses for exorcism then abandoned him on the road at midnight.   The boy also alleged he returned home but his step mother warned him not to come into the house otherwise she will kill him.  

'If somebody interprets our good intentions as weakness our reaction will be rapid and harsh' - Russian President, Putin warns US and NATO

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  Russian President, Vladimir Putin has warned the US and NATO not to cross a "red line" with Russia and condemned what he called a coup plot against the Belarus government.   Speaking in his annual state of the nation address on Wednesday, April 21, Putin claimed that the West shouldn't misjudge Russia as tension mounts over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine and Russia's jailing of Putin critic Alexei Navalny. President Putin said Russia wanted good relations with all countries, but there were constant attempts by Western powers to "pick on" Russia.     "We don't want to burn bridges, but if somebody interprets our good intentions as weakness our reaction will be asymmetrical, rapid and harsh." He said: "We'll decide for ourselves in each case where the red line is". On 17 April the Belarus government announced that they had foiled a plot to assassinate President Lukashenko.  Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said

‘Cattle traders’ kidnapped and killed a man 10 days to his wedding – Police

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  The Kwara state police command has accused some cattle traders of kidnapping and killing a man who wanted to buy a cow from them for his wedding.   Police spokesperson in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the arrest of the alleged leader of gang, Mohammed Kazeem, in Patigi, Patigi Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday April 21.    Mr Kazeem was alleged to have collected N160,000 from the man Olokose Oluwasola Ojo, to get him a cow for his wedding scheduled for March 12 and 13 this year.   Security operatives were alerted after Ojo's fiancee received a phone call from his line demanding for N12 million ransom if she hoped to see him again.   Okasanmi said;    “Since the victim left Ilorin with the suspect, he could no longer be reached by anybody including his intending wife, one Ilori Oluwakemi ‘f’. “On 3/3/2021, the wife received a phone call from her husband’s line demanding for N12 million ransom if she hoped to see her husband again. “When the incident was reporte

There's a 'small possibility' Chelsea and Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final will not go ahead as punishment for their roles in European Super League, says UEFA chief Ceferin

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  UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin has said there is a 'small possibility' that next week's Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Chelsea may not go ahead as punishment for their roles in the European Super League saga.    The two clubs were part of the 12 European giants who announced their intention to form a controversial breakaway competition, which they referred to in the announcement as the Super League.   However, after huge protests from fans, players, managers, and pundits, plans for the breakaway league were suspended.    Discussions are currently ongoing as to what punishment the 12 clubs, which included all of the Premier League's 'Big Six', three clubs from Spain and three from Italy, would face for their role in the scheme.   Three of the 12 clubs, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid - are still in the Champions League while Arsenal and Manchester United are competing in the Europa League semi-finals.   The clubs might be disq

9 notorious armed robbers arrested in Niger state

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  The Niger State Police Command has arrested nine notorious armed robbers and recovered vehicles, arms and ammunition.    Spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, April 21, said the suspects were arrested at Bida Local Government Area, Farm Centre and Tunga area of Chanchaga LGA of the state.    "The Command recorded incidences of robbery attacks in the following areas; Bida on 14/03/2021, Farm Center Minna on 05/04/2021 and Niteco Tunga on 07/04/2021 in which people were robbed of their valuables and about six vehicles carted away," he stated.   Upon the receipt of these complaints, the Command swung into action and arrested nine suspects at different locations in Minna, Bida, Abuja, Sokoto State respectively and recovered six assorted vehicles.   He gave the names of the suspects as Abdul Mohammed (a.k.a Audu Dukku) 25, of Anguwan Masa, Bosso Minna, Amos Oyerinde (a.k.a Babanla) 25, of Barkin-Sale, Minna, Yahaya Jibrin (