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Kenyan Instagram influencer has died while allegedly trafficking drugs.

According to reports from the country’s media, Brenda Akinyi Ochola, better known as Brendalicious, died in Malaysia when the cocaine she was allegedly trafficking burst in her stomach.

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She allegedly started acting weird when she arrived at the airport in Malaysia and this attracted security guards.

Kenyan Instagram influencer dies while allegedly trafficking drugs

She is said to have fallen to the ground and started foaming from the mouth.

Efforts to save her proved abortive.

According to unconfirmed reports, 34 capsules of illicit drugs were found in her stomach.

Kenyan Instagram influencer dies while allegedly trafficking drugs

Brenda’s social media posts documented her regular travels, lavish vacations, and luxurious lifestyle.

Following news of her death, social media users took to various platforms to react.

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Sudanese Police Order Foreigners to Evacuate Khartoum Amid Ongoing Conflict

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Sudanese Police Order Foreigners to Evacuate Khartoum Amid Ongoing Conflict

Sudanese Police Order Foreigners to Evacuate Khartoum Amid Ongoing Conflict

Sudanese security authorities have ordered all foreigners to leave the capital, Khartoum, and the surrounding region within two weeks, citing safety concerns due to ongoing clashes between government troops and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia.

In a statement issued by the police division responsible for foreign affairs, it was emphasized that the evacuation order is for the safety of foreigners amid escalating violence. The police warned that the situation remains perilous, with increasing hostility towards foreigners, particularly those from other African countries, following reports of foreign mercenaries fighting alongside the RSF.

Recent media reports indicate a rise in hostility towards foreigners, fueled by allegations of foreign mercenaries in the RSF ranks. Just days ago, over 150 foreigners lacking valid residence documents were detained.

Sudan has been embroiled in a bloody power struggle for over a year between de facto ruler Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy, Mohammed Hamdan Daglo. The conflict has resulted in nearly 10 million people being displaced from their homes and has raised the risk of famine in the country, according to the United Nations.

International aid organizations and diplomatic staff relocated from Khartoum to Port Sudan following the outbreak of hostilities. Port Sudan offers a relatively stable environment for continued operations.

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THE OBA OF BENIN

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THE OBA OF BENIN

THE OBA OF BENIN

He who knows not the Oba

Let me show him.

He has mounted the throne,

He has piled a throne upon a throne.

Plentiful as the grains of the sand of the earth are those in front of him.

Plentiful as the grains of the sand of the earth are those behind him.

There are two thousand people to fan him

He who owns you is among you here.

He has piled a throne upon a throne

He has lived to do it this year;

Even so will he live to do it again.

 Benin traditional poem

THE OBA OF BENIN

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Why we lifted sanctions on Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso – ECOWAS

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Why we lifted sanctions on Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso – ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African State​s (ECOWAS) says the decision to lift sanctions on Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso was based on the need to maintain regional unity and security.

D​r Omar Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission said this at the end of the extraordinary session of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on Saturday in Abuja.

He said that the authority took note of the period of Lent and the approaching month of Ramadan and the impact on citizens, adding that pleas were also received from prominent leaders including retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon.

”The authority takes note that the withdrawal will have political, social, socio economic, financial and institutional implications for the three countries as well as for ECOWAS as a region.

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”The authority recall​s that within the framework of regional cooperation against terrorism, violent extremism and organised crime, the three countries benefited from about 100 million US dollars mobilised by UMR within the context of ECOWAS plan of action against terrorism.

”Moreover, some funds allocation, about 7.5 million U.S. dollars is being made towards supporting the three countries in acquiring the equipment to help their fight against terrorism.

”The withdrawal will affect security cooperation in terms of sharing intelligence and participation in regional counterterrorism initiatives.
”Such as the Accra initiative, and the Multinational Joint Task Force,’‘ he said.

Touray added that the withdrawal of the countries from the sub-regional bloc would lead to diplomatic and political isolation at the international scene where the countries have obtained support for their candidates in the contest for international positions.

”The authority recognises that the withdrawal will automatically affect the immigration status of the citizens, as they may be required to obtain visas to travel around the region.

”Citizens may no longer be able to reside or set up businesses under ECOWAS arrangement and may be subject to diverse national laws.
The three countries will cease to use ECOWAS passports across biometric national identity cards, and the brown card vehicle insurance.

”The authority recognises that the three member states represent 17.4
per cent of the region’s 425 million population.
Even though they represent 10% of the region’s GDP, their departure will constitute a reduction of the market size of ​ECOWAS.

He said that the ​sanctions w​ere lifted to promote trade and benefits derived from​ several regional projects and programmes including the Regional Food Security Reserve.

”The regional support programme for powerful pastoralism in the Sahel, which is being funded by the World Bank to the tune of 215 million US dollars is also a project that benefits the three countries.

”The three countries also benefit from the Sahel regional irrigation support programme, which is being funded by the World Bank to the tune of 103 million US dollars.

”The three regional food systems resilient support programme in the amount of 230 million, funded by the World Bank is also benefiting the three countries.

”West African single identity and regional integration and inclusion project is another programme that the three countries benefit from.”

​He said that other projects the countries benefits from are the ECOWAS regional electricity market, West African Power Pool project, which links member states to a regional electricity grid for improved access to electricity.

He said not lifting the sanction would result in the halt or the suspension of all ECOWAS projects and programmes worth more than 500 million US dollars.

Touray said that the projects collectively valued at approximately 321.6 million U.S. dollars.

”Reviewing the implications at the institutional level, the authority notes that the withdrawal will not only require the closure of four regional entities in Burkina Faso, two regional bodies in Mali and one regional office in Asia.

”It will also affect the job security of some 130 ECOWAS staff who are citizens of the three countries. Currently 77 staff members are from Burkina Faso, 23 are from Mali, and 32 are from Niger.

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