Policeman mourns son who died in anti-govt protests

Like many Nicaraguans, police inspector Armando Reyes was shocked by the image of a young protester with blood seeping from his head being taken to the hospital on a motorcycle by his friends.

Then came the gut-wrenching realisation that it was his own son.

Reyes, 65, used to be the kind of citizen that President Daniel Ortega, the man who has dominated Nicaraguan politics for the past four decades, could depend on for rock-solid support.

He fought along with Ortega in the Sandinista rebellion that overthrew dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979. After the guerrillas won, he joined the police force, under the new ruling junta they installed with Ortega at its head.

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For 39 years, Reyes served in that force, through Ortega’s first 11 years in power, his loss at the ballot box in 1990, and his return to the presidency in 2007. Now he no longer wants to be part of the Nicaraguan police.

In fact, he is so enraged by the repression blamed on Ortega’s security forces that he chased his fellow officers from his son Francisco’s funeral on Friday.

“It wasn’t some dog that died,” said Reyes, a plain-spoken man with short-cropped salt-and-pepper hair who lives with his large family in a working class neighborhood in the capital Managua named for late Nicaraguan revolutionary Walter Ferreti.

Reyes did not realise Francisco was at Wednesday’s protests. Francisco, 34, usually spent his days as a traveling salesman — a job he invented for himself when he could not find any other.

But on Wednesday, he decided to join the peaceful marches in support of the mourning mothers who have lost their children in seven weeks of bloody crack-downs on the demonstrations sweeping the Central American country.

Reyes was at work in his Managua precinct when he happened to catch a glimpse of a television screen playing cell phone footage of one of the many blood-soaked incidents that day.

In the video, a group of young men try to load an injured protester with a bullet wound through his face onto the back of a white motorcycle. It is clear the bleeding man has little chance: his body flaps around like a rag doll and falls from the motorcycle as soon as the driver tries to accelerate.

It was only after nightfall, at 8:00 that evening, that Reyes got the news in a phone call from his brother and began piecing together the horrifying truth: the wounded protester on TV was Francisco.

A humble man with dark skin, Reyes has little to say about the government he spent most of his life serving. But one can feel his outrage.

“The other officers tell me to be strong, be strong. OK, I tell them, but how can you kill brothers like criminals, when they were peacefully protesting?”

He has asked to resign from the force, though it is a process that will take time.

“They’re murderers,” Francisco’s mother, Guillermina Zapata, told AFP at his funeral, where mourners filed past a closed coffin with a small flap in the lid that only those with the stomach for it could open to view the remains.

In all, 16 people died in Wednesday’s crack-down, the deadliest day in an unrest that has now claimed more than 100 lives since it started on April 18.

Ortega, 72, denies his government is responsible for the killings. He called Wednesday’s unrest a “conspiracy” by the opposition aimed at “terrorising” the people. But based on Reyes’s four decades of police experience, his family believes otherwise.

They have studied the evidence, and everything indicates Francisco was killed by a sniper equipped with a rifle available only to the army and police, they say.

“The proof is there in the pictures. You can see how they killed my brother,” said Francisco’s older brother Jose. “They were positioned on top of the (national baseball) stadium.”

Another brother, Roberto, described the forensic evidence: Francisco was shot from above, through the back of the head. The bullet exited through his eye. There is only one conclusion, he said: “He was shot by a sniper.”

That could only mean the security forces, or pro-government vigilantes acting with their support, he said. “This government is killing the people, using the national police,” he said.

The question is whether that conclusion — shared by human rights groups and much of the international community — will prove fatal for Ortega. The army has already said it wants no part in repressing the protests, and called for an end to the violence.

The business elite, once deep in crony capitalism with Ortega’s government, have broken with him over the crack-down. Protesters are optimistic that many police are also sympathetic to their cause.

“A lot of police are afraid. They don’t want to keep doing this,” said one protester at the latest rally Friday, a 25-year-old sociology student who asked to remain anonymous for her own safety.

“They know we’re unarmed. They know this isn’t a war. It’s a massacre.”

 

(AFP)

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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has explained why his team lost 2-1 to England in an international friendly match played at Wembley on Saturday. Gary Cahill headed the hosts in front from a corner-kick, before Harry Kane made it 2-0 ahead of the half-time. Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi pulled one back for Nigeria […]

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Rapper Chief Keef Reportedly Shot at Outside a Hotel in New York

News report have confirmed that rapper Chief Keef was shot outside the W hotel in New York’s Times Square early Saturday morning.

According to Billboard, the rapper was not hurt because the shooters missed. And law enforcement officers told TMZ that bullets hit hotel signage. The shooters, two back males, fled the scene before the police arrived.

Presently, it is unclear how many shots were fired, but only two shell casings had been discovered at the scene. Now, the police are searching for the men who carried out the attempted murder on the rapper.

TMZ adds that Keef was returning to the hotel after a night out when the man attacked him.

The rapper had yet to speak up as at press time.

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In Oyo State: PDP wins Ibarapa East State Constituency by-election

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Omole said Adebodun Adepoju of  Accord Party scored 2,859 votes while  Rasheedat Oyewumi of Fresh  Democratic Party garnered  33 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  on Saturday declared Mr Debo Ogundoyin,  the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), as the winner of the Ibarapa East State Constituency by- election in Oyo State.

Announcing the result, the  returning officer,  Dr Ayodeji Omole of the  University of Ibadan, said Ogundoyin polled 6,277 votes to defeat Mr Olukunle Adeyemo of the All Progressives  Party (APC), who came  second with 4,619 votes.

Omole said Adebodun Adepoju of  Accord Party scored 2,859 votes while  Rasheedat Oyewumi of Fresh  Democratic Party garnered  33 votes.

Others were Adekemi Raheem of Hope Democratic Party,  14 votes;  Grace Olarinde of  Nigerian Peoples Congress,  60 votes   and Matins Adeyemo of Mega Party of Nigeria,  9  votes.

He stated that 14,332 voters were accredited and voted out of  the 44,077 registered.

Total votes cast are 14,179 while valid votes are 13,871 and 308 votes were rejected,’’ he said.

He declared Ogundoyin as the winner  “having scored the highest votes as stipulated in the electoral law.”

The by-election that was held in 140 polling units in all of the 10 wards across the constituency was necessitated by  the death of Michael Adeyemo, the occupant of the seat in the State House of Assembly, on April 27.

Mr Adedeji Soyebi, the National  Electoral Commissioner for Oyo, Osun and Ekiti, said the election was successful and  commended  the people of the constituency for conducting themselves peacefully.

“  We had  little issue with card readers unlike previous elections because we used enhanced smart card readers now, ” Soyebi said.

He also commended security personnel deployed to the area for their efforts in ensuring a  peaceful and violence-free exercise.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN),  who monitored the  election in Eruwa and Lanlate, reports that there was heavy presence of security operatives led by Mr Abiodun Odude, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police.

Polling officials and election materials had arrived early in all polling units while accreditation and voting started on schedule in  all the polling units visited.

Only the three agents of Accord, APC and PDP were present at  polling units  visited in Lanlate and Eruwa, although seven political parties participated in the exercise.

The turnout of voters, however, was low in  Ward 6, polling units 001 – 005, Sango area, LA Primary school , Ward 05, polling units 001-006 as well as  other polling units visited.

Mr Hamza Adamu, the presiding officer  in Ward 09, polling unit 002, Lanlate, said the exercise  was peaceful and hitch-free.

Mrs Abigael Folorunsho, the PDP agent at Ward 05, unit 002, Eruwa, Mrs Abigael Folorusho, attributed the low turnout to the perceived likelihood  of  violence as being speculated.

Folorunsho, however, commended INEC for providing a  level playing ground for all participating political parties.

Manchester United working to sign Real Madrid Galactico Gareth Bale

What next for Gareth Bale?

A week ago tonight, Gareth Bale was in the midst of coming on as a substitute and scoring one of the finest goals ever seen in a Champions League final.

Bale was introduced by Zinedine Zidane and scored an overhead kick past Loris Karius 122 seconds after coming on.

The Welsh Express added a second and Real Madrid’s third thanks to a second howler of the night from Karius.

Will Bale stay after Zidane exit?

As soon as the final whistle went in Kiev, Bale told BT Sport and other journalists present on receiving his man of the match award, that he is keen for more playing time next season.

Zinedine Zidane’s departure from Real Madrid was thought to be a boost to Bale, who struggled for playing time when fit at Los Blancos last season.

The Welsh attacker was one of the few Real Madrid squad members not to pay homage to Zidane on social media after his shock exit announcement.

MADRID, SPAIN – JANUARY 21: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Deportivo La Coruna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 21, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Duncan Castles has a Gareth Bale to Man United update

On Sunday, Duncan Castles, a journalist known to be close to Jorge Mendes, the agent of Jose Mourinho, has an update on Gareth Bale in The Sunday Times.

Castles reports that “Manchester United are working to sign Gareth Bale” and plan to play the Welshman up front with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United would have to pay at least 85 million pounds and math Bale’s personal terms at the Bernabeu, which would make him one of the highest paid players at Old Trafford.

Castles adds that Real Madrid are keen to sell “one of” Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema this summer.

Gareth Bale is on 500,000 pounds a week at Real Madrid!

The Sunday Times scribe also reveals that Bale’s representatives have been “securing a potential escape route” for Bale this week, despite the Zidane bombshell.

Incredibly, Castles adds that Bale earns around 500,000 pounds a week. This should not ward off Manchester United, but does curtail plenty of other options in European football.

Including Bayern Munich, who have also been linked with Bale in recent days.

See The Sunday Times sport front page in the Tweet below. The Manchester United/Gareth Bale claims are bottom right.

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Emerhor, Omo-Agege commend cleric’s involvement in politics

Two leaders of the All Progressives Congress in Delta State, have  commended  the involvement of Revd Francis Waive, a House of Representatives aspirant for Ughelli North/South and Udu constituency, in  politics.

Francis Waive

Olorogun O’tega and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, speaking at the meeting of Clergy Ward Executives from the 32  wards in the federal  constituency of  Waive  at Ughelli, on Democracy Day, noted that the cleric had  added value to APC since he joined the party.

Emerhor, who was represented by Chief Fred Oloko, a former House of Reps member, promised Waive a level-playing ground in the party primaries, saying the likes of  the aspirant was an asset to the party, and therefore will be given the needed support.

“Waive has been working hard to bring new members to the party, so I must commend his efforts because he has added value to APC since he joined the party, from what I have seen here, I can assure you that he will be given a level playing ground during the primary”, he said.

On his part, Omo-Agege, who was represented by a chieftain of the party in Ughelli North, Chief Dickson Umukoro, stated that  Waive was already a candidate of the party for Ughelli North/South and Udu constituency.

“There is no way Omo-Agege can leave Waive, they are going to the National Assembly together; I can tell you that Revd Waive is a candidate of APC for Ughelli North/South and Udu constituency”, Umukoro said.

Earlier, the Director General of Revd Francis Ejiroghene Waive Campaign Organisation, Revd Israel Unutami, said that with the Church solidly behind Waive, the game was over as he will be declared unopposed.

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