Mauritius prez refuses to resign:
Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has refused to resign, vowing to fight allegations that saw her embroiled in a financial scandal, the presidency said in a statement Wednesday.
Gurib-Fakim, Africa’s only female head of state, has been accused of using a bank card provided by an NGO to make personal purchases.
Last Friday Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced that Gurib-Fakim had agreed to resign, with a date set for her departure after Monday’s ceremony celebrating the Indian Ocean archipelago nation’s 50 years of independence.
However a statement from the presidency slammed “weeks of attacks and false allegations” and said that Gurib-Fakim planned to clear her name and would not resign. (AFP) C. Nigeria clashes kill 25: Herders are believed to have killed 25 villagers in central Nigeria’s Plateau state, police said on Wednesday, in the latest violence linked to land, water and grazing rights.
The killings happened on Monday in the Bassa area of Plateau state, just a few days after at least five people were killed in the area.
“The people were returning to Zirechi (village) from Dundun when they were attacked by gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen,” state police commissioner Undie Adie told AFP.
“I can confirm that 25 villagers were killed while two were injured. A number of houses were also burnt down by the attackers,” he said.
No arrests have yet been made, he said, adding: “The terrain is mountainous. The assailants had fled before police could (get) there. (AFP)