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Rave News Digest: Omoyele Sowore Still Detained by DSS, Zimbabwe Faces Water Shortage, Mad Melon Reported Dead + More

Rave News Digest: Omoyele Sowore Still Detained by DSS, Zimbabwe Faces Water Shortage, Mad Melon Reported Dead + More


Omoyele Sowore is still being detained by the DSS after the Judge ordered his release, China launches it first amphibious assault ship in Shanghai, Chelsea to host Manchester United and more. Stay, in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news topics…

1. DSS fails to release Omoyele Sowore after 45 days

Omoyele Sowore

On Tuesday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, ordered the immediate release of pro-democracy activist and politician, Omoyele Sowore, following the expiration of an August 8 detention order, which permitted agents of the Department of State Service (DSS) to detain him for 45 days.

The DSS had, at the time, filed an ex-parte application seeking to keep the activist for 90 days to investigate him over his call for revolution through the #RevolutionNow protests. But Justice Taiwo approved 45-day detention, saying that the order was renewable after the expiration of the first 45 days.

With the detention order having elapsed on September 21 without renewal, and in view of DSS’s ex-parte motion earlier withdrawn, Taiwo ruled that there was no extant order for the activist’s continued detention.

2. Zimbabwe’s water woes worsen as capital shuts down treatment plant

A woman fetches water from a spring in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Authorities in Zimbawe are scrambling to meet the water needs of the country’s capital Harare after the city’s main water treatment plant was shut down on Monday, leaving 1 million people without tap water. Zimbabwe was hit by a severe drought between October 2018 and May this year, but Harare’s Deputy Mayor Herbert Mupamaonde said a prolonged shortage of foreign currency to import water purifying chemicals has worsened the situation.

Mupamaonde said officials have sought a week’s supply of chemicals from Bulawayo, the country’s second-biggest city, to resume operation and they hoped to get water running in homes by late Tuesday.

“The secured quantities will only last seven days during which period other quantities will be secured. We are currently engaging all stakeholders, including the government to find a lasting solution to the water crisis,” Mupamaonde said Tuesday.

3. Mad Melon of Danfo Drivers music group has reportedly passed on

Omeofa Oghene AKA Mad Melon

Veteran singer, Daddy Showkey has just announced the death of Mad Melon, one half of the popular 90s group Danfo Drivers.

The late musician, Omeofa Oghene, popularly known as Mad Melon reportedly passed away on Wednesday, September 25. The cause of his death is unknown at this time but Daddy Showkey in a video shared on Instagram moments ago said, “If dem de tell people, make dem dey hear.”

Mad Melon and his partner Mountain Black became very popular in 2003 after the release of their debut album Danfo Driver. Due to the success of the single titled after the album, the duo became known as Danfo Driver.

4. China launches amphibious assault ship

China’s first amphibious assault ship was launched in Shanghai on Wednesday | Photo: Reuters

China’s ability to fight island and coastal conflicts got a big boost Wednesday when the country’s navy launched its first amphibious assault ship. The massive ship, which was floated at a shipyard in Shanghai, is the first in China’s Type 075 class of amphibious assault ships, according to the People’s Liberation Army’s English language website.

Analysts said the launch is yet another indication of the growing power of the Chinese fleet. “It highlights China’s growing maritime power projection and the expansion of its amphibious warfare ambitions and forces,” said Carl Schuster, a former United States Navy captain and Hawaii Pacific University instructor. Amphibious assault ships – sometimes called helicopter landing docks – can be described as small aircraft carriers designed for island or coastal assaults.

China provided no details of the size and capabilities of the new ship. But, in general, the flat-topped ships have the ability to carry dozens of aircraft – helicopters in the case of the Type 075 – along with hundreds of ground troops, their vehicles and equipment. The ships have internal docks that allow those troops to load into smaller vessels to be carried ashore.

5. Chelsea to host Manchester United 

Photo: Instagram – manchesterunited

Chelsea will host Manchester United in the fourth round of the Carboa Cup. The Stamford Bridge side reached that stage after beating Grimsby Town 7-1, while United came from behind to beat Rochdale after a 1-1 draw.

There is also a big game at Arsenal for Anfield against Liverpool in the remaining 16 games of this year’s Caraboa. There are also teams playing League Two in Crawley and Colchester.

Southampton have released Portsmouth for the first time in 35 years and will visit Manchester City. There is also a clash between Premier League clubs, where Everton face Watford and Aston Villa and Wolves in the Caraboa Cup. Leicester City visit Burton, while teams playing in League One in England host Sunderland.

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