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FBI To Probe Death of Man Killed During Arrest

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is to investigate the death of a black man in the United State (U.S.) state of Minnesota after a video emerged showing a policeman kneeling on his neck.

In the footage, the man, believed to be in his 40s, is heard groaning and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” to the white officer.

The Minneapolis Police Department said it was responding to a reported crime. The incident echoed that of Eric Garner, a black man who died being arrested in 2014.

Garner was placed in a chokehold and uttering the words “I can’t breathe” nearly a dozen times.

The phrase became a rallying cry for activists protesting alleged police brutality against people of colour in the U.S.

The Minnesota Police admitted that the man in the footage filmed on Monday died after a “medical incident” in a “police interaction”.

He was suspected of committing a forgery, meaning to have been fraudulently altering or making a false reproduction of a product.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey described the incident as “completely and utterly messed up”.

“I believe what I saw and what I saw is wrong on every level,” Frey said.

“Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”

It is the latest accusation of U.S. police brutality against African Americans.

Recent high-profile cases include an officer in Maryland, who fatally shot a man inside a patrol car.

Flood Dashes Florida’s Reopening Hope

South Florida residents were unable to enjoy the reopening of restaurants and beaches after two months of coronavirus lockdown , when three straight days of rain Tuesday caused severe flooding in Miami and other coastal cities.

Floridians have received warnings for severe storms , tornadoes and flash floods since Sunday , as streets turned into rivers and electricity flickered.

Images of cars flooded up to their windows have circulated on social media , as well as photos of people kayaking through the streets of Miami .

Some people were even surfing , towed along by a rope attached to an SUV.

“ This is epic . Never had this much rain in 3 consecutive days in 8 years of living here . 10 . 58 ″ and counting… will be over a foot easily , ” tweeted Brian McNoldy, a hurricane and climatology expert at the University of Miami.

As of Tuesday night , there were no reports of damage.

The rain ruined the long Memorial Day weekend and prevented crowds from forming at the recently reopened restaurants and beaches in Broward County , north of Miami , that opened Tuesday.

The weather also puts at risk the launch , planned for Wednesday , of a rocket with two astronauts on board from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, in the center of the state.

Meanwhile , in northeast Florida , another disturbance producing storms has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone , according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 , but this year it was pushed forward by Tropical Storm Arthur , which formed two weeks ago in the Atlantic Ocean and passed by the coast of Florida and the Carolinas .

Obaseki: “God gave me power. If he wants me to return I will continue”

Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, claims he has confident that he will be re-elected to power as Governor of the state because “power comes from God.”

This was made public by the governor on Wednesday, in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, where noted that he is a man of peace, not a violent person.

The Governor made this statement in response to instances of insecurity in the state which have been attributed to the coming elections.

Governor Obaseki also spoke with regards to long raging the political rift within his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, adding that he is not distracted, adding that his focus is on developing Edo State.

He added that though there are issues in the Edo State chapter of the APC, those issues can be revolved within a democratic setting. Added that things are made worse by persons that are bent on compelling him to succumb to their wimps and caprices.

He continued to emphasize his optimism that the rule of law will prevail in the affairs of the State and that his confidence was based on the fact President Muhammadu Buhari will allow the rule of law to guide the affairs of the state.

[Video] Kano Distances Self from Video on Isolation Centre

The Government of Kano State has distanced its from a viral video showing that the Sani Abacha Stadium Isolation Centre has been ‘abandoned’.

In a statement from an official of the State Government, the state expressed displeasure in the manner that the video of the site of the Isolation Center was covered. The official claimed that the person who covered the site of the Isolation Center deliberately avoided filming the site workers at the site showing that the center was still under construction.

See the video below as provided by ChannelsTV:


‘Covid-19 Cases in Africa Now Over 115,000’ WHO Reports

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa as at Tuesday, had risen to over 115, 000.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO.

“There are over 115,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 46,000 recoveries and 3,400 deaths,” it said.

The figures showed that South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria had the highest reported cases in Africa.

According to the report, South Africa had 23,615 cases and 418 deaths followed by Algeria with 8,503 cases and 609 deaths. Nigeria had 8,068 confirmed cases and 233 deaths.

It stated that Ghana had 6,808 reported cases and 32 deaths. Cameroon recorded 4, 890 confirmed cases and 165 deaths.

The report said Lesotho, Seychelles and Namibia were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.

It said Lesotho had only two confirmed cases with zero death; Seychelles had 11 reported cases and zero death. Namibia recorded 21 confirmed cases with no death.

Meanwhile, as at May 25, the novel coronavirus had infected more than 5.4 million people and killed over 344,000 worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.

But, World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has paid tribute to African leaders for the progress they have made in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Moeti gave the tribute yesterday on the official twitter account of the WHO Regional Office for Africa @WHOAFRO.
The regional director also commended Africans for their patience and support in the fight against the pandemic.

“So again, a shout out to African people, I thank them so much for the courage that they have shown, the forbearance under sometimes difficult circumstances.
“We are committed to continue in this fight with them.

“I would like to pay special tribute to African communities. It was said by the WHO Director General, Dr Tedro that our leaders have put in place some measures to control the pandemic.

“We have seen African countries take very tough decisions to put in place some of the control measures.

“I am very pleased to have joined this celebration of Africa Day yesterday, and especially pleased to have been in the company of special envoys on COVID-19 in Africa,” she said.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25, 1963.

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