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Circumcision style may help detectives trace slain man’s origin

Muthara OCS Nehemiah Ogero displays a blood stained shirt, which was among clothing recovered next to the head that had been severed from the body, and left in a maize farm at Charururu market, Tigania East, Meru County.

A traditional Meru circumcision technique could help detectives narrow down their search for the identity of a man whose headless body was found on a dry riverbed in Mati Anduui, Meru County, 19 days ago.

The Nation has learnt that investigators have been informed that the man could have undergone the Tigania cultural circumcision.

The man had been stripped naked and left with a blue sock on his left foot, while one blood-stained left brown shoe and blue underwear lay metres away from the body.

Tigania East police boss Peter Karanja said they suspect the torso and a severed head found on a maize farm in Charuru village, 20km away, belong to one person.

A brown right shoe that was also found at one scene is similar to the one found near the body.

The head, found in shrubs, appeared to have been tossed over the fence from the Muriri-Michimikuru road. A woman who was collecting firewood spotted it.

Also collected on the side of the road, a few metres from the head, was a pair of blood-soaked blue denim trousers and a blue long-sleeved shirt.

The trousers’ left side had been cut from above the knee and had a brown leather belt with the word “boss” inscribed on it.

DNA matching 

Mr Karanja said investigators will analyse the man’s fingerprints and find out whether he was registered, while the body parts were taken to the Meru Level Five Hospital mortuary for a postmortem exam and DNA matching.

“We highly believe that this is the same person because even the brown shoes (loafers) are a pair. No one has come forward to report any missing relative but we hope we will establish his identity,” Mr Karanja said.

Buuri Chief John Mamira, who was among the first responders to the scene when the headless body was spotted on June 11, agreed that the man was most likely a Meru adult from the Tigania sub-tribe.

“Police should not look far. He is a Tigania man because I know how we circumcise our people. I told the police that they should look for his identity from around Tigania East, West and Central,” he said.

“The man was smartly dressed and probably working-class. He is about 26 to 32 years old, in my assessment.”

Cover up 

Residents were puzzled and shocked by the brutal murder, he said, especially the great lengths the killers went to in an attempt to cover up their tracks.

The killing is believed to have been carried out at the scene where the headless body was found, a torturous terrain teeming with wildlife.

When the Nation visited the murder scene on Tuesday, we spotted fresh elephant dung near the Buathumara and Kiare rivers, where the largest existing land animals invade local farms.

The area has one poorly paved road with rugged igneous rocks and the more remote parts are only accessible by a motorcycle.

Many herders who had built temporary cattle sheds have abandoned them and only visit the area for grazing and then take their livestock home.

“This person must have been brought there by a person or people who know the area well. Only herders and farmers come here,” Chief Mamira said.

“I’m certain that once we identify the deceased, the suspects will be from this area… Maybe the body was left there to be eaten by wild animals.”

Police are also pursuing the theory that it was a contract killing, where it is thought that hitmen carried the head for a long distance “to show it to their client”.

Source:Nation Kenya

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Algeria’s former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies at 84

Abdelaziz Bouteflika
President Bouteflika

The former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died at 84, the presidency announced on Friday, more than two years after he stepped down amid mass protests and under pressure from the army.

Bouteflika, a veteran of Algeria’s war for independence, had ruled the North African nation for two decades. He resigned in April 2019 after nationwide street demonstrations rejecting his plan to seek a fifth term in office.

He had rarely been seen in public, even before his departure, after suffering a stroke in 2013.

After Bouteflika’s resignation, in an attempt to end the protests demanding political and economic reform, Algerian officials launched unprecedented investigations into corruption.

The probes led to the imprisonment of several senior officials, including Bouteflika’s powerful brother and advisor Saïd.

Saïd Bouteflika is in jail serving a 15-year sentence on a range of charges, including plotting against the state.

Place on the world stage

After Algeria’s independence from France in 1962, Abdelaziz Bouteflika became Algeria’s first minister of youth and sports and then, within a year and at the age of 26, foreign minister.

He was an influential figure in the Non-Aligned Movement, which gave a global voice to the emerging nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

As president of the UN General Assembly in 1974, Bouteflika invited the former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to address the United Nations, a historic step towards international recognition of the Palestinian cause.

He also demanded that China be given a seat on the UN Security Council and was loudly critical of apartheid rule in South Africa.

He championed post-colonial states, challenged what he saw as the hegemony of the United States and helped turn his country into a seedbed of 1960s idealism.

He welcomed Che Guevara to Algiers, and the young Nelson Mandela got his first training in Algeria. The Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver was given refuge in Algeria while on the run from the US police.

Negotiating the peace

In the early 1980s Bouteflika went into exile after the death of President Houari Boumédiène and settled in Dubai, where he became an advisor to a member of the emirate’s ruling family.

He returned home in the 1990s, when Algeria was ravaged by a war between the army and armed Islamist militants which killed at least 200,000 people.

Elected president in 1999, he negotiated a truce with the Islamists and launched a national reconciliation process that allowed the country to restore peace.

Bouteflika joined the independence war against France at the age of 19 as a protégé of the then Commander Boumédiène, chief of staff of the Algerian border army.

On independence in 1962, Bouteflika became minister of youth and tourism in the government of President Ahmed Ben Bella at the age of 25. His appointment as foreign minister the following year made him the youngest in the world. That record still stands.

His rise continued after Boumédiène seized power and became president in 1965.

Little is known about Bouteflika’s private life. Official records mention no wife, though some accounts say a marriage took place in 1990. For years he lived with his mother, Mansouriah, in an apartment in Algiers, where she used to prepare his meals.

He used the revenue from oil and gas to soothe internal discontent, and the state he ruled became more peaceful and prosperous, allowing it to sidestep, for a while, the Arab Spring unrest that toppled leaders across North Africa in 2011.

But corruption flourished and Algerians were increasingly angered by the country’s political and economic torpor. This fuelled the mass protests which finally brought Bouteflika’s presidency to an end.

Source: Reuters

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25-year-old arrested for having midnight s3x with a goat

The Police in Jigawa have arrested a 25-year-old-man for alleged sexual intercourse with a goat in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Jigawa Police Command, ASP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the arrest in a statement in Dutse on Friday.

ASP Shiisu said the suspect was arrested at about 1:00 am by the police, who were on patrol in Gwaram town.

He explained that the suspect, a resident of Kunnadi quarters, was arrested by the patrol team while having sex with the goat.

“At about 0100hrs, Police from Gwaram Divisional Headquarters, while on patrol in Gwaram and its environs, arrested one 25-year-old resident of Kunnadi quarters, while having intercourse with a goat,” ASP Shiisu said in the statement.

The spokesman added that investigation into the case was ongoing after which the suspect would be charged.

Source : NNA

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Akufu-Addo in Guinea to confer with military junta

Akufo-Addo lands in Guinea for crucial talks with military junta | 3NEWS
President Akufu-Addo(left) on red carpet with the Military Leader of Gunea

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, ECOWAS Chair, on Friday, September 17, 2021, left Accra for Guinea to meet its military leaders a day after the regional bloc imposed travel and financial sanctions on the coup makers and their families.

This is a follow-up on the recommendations West African leaders made at the regional body’s Accra Extraordinary meeting to firm up a decision on the political situation in Guinea.

The ECOWAS leaders, in a post-summit communiqué, ordered a swift return to constitutional order, asking the military rulers of that country to fix presidential and legislative elections within six months.

They also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of President Alpha Conde who has been detained since his removal on September 5, 2021, by an elite army unit led by a former French legionnaire, Lt. Col Mamady Doumbouya.

The regional body said the military rulers would be “individually and collectively responsible for the physical safety of President Conde”, who is being held in detention at a military facility.

The bloc froze the financial assets and imposed travel bans on Guinea’s military leaders and their relatives.

It called on the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, and other multilateral and bilateral partners to support the implementation of the sanctions against the Junta and to endorse the decisions taken by the Authority, for the restoration of constitutional rule in Guinea.

The Accra meeting, which also discussed the situation in Mali, demanded that that country’s transitional authorities adhere strictly to the transition timetable for the effective conduct of elections within the non-negotiable deadline of February 2022.

Anyone stalling the transitional process, the body warned, would face the same sanctions taken against Guinea’s military government.

The Authority requested President Akufo-Addo to visit Guinea and Mali as soon as possible to convey in person the decision of the Authority.

Source: citinewsroom

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