Tekashi 6ix9ine sentenced to 2 years, Nigerian church set ablaze over a missing child, Nigerian tennis played in a bad state in Bosnia. 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.
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1. Nigerian church set ablaze over a missing child
Protesters have set ablaze a church in Akure city, south-west Nigeria, following unconfirmed rumours that the body of a missing one-year-old child had been found buried by the altar. Witnesses said two of the protesters were shot and wounded by police officers who tried to disperse the angry crowd. Police said one of their officers was killed.
The child went missing last month while attending the church, known as the Sotitobire Miracle Church, with his mother. The exact circumstances of the child’s disappearance are unclear, but his mother, Modupe Kolawole, told the media she suspected foul play.
Alfa Babatunde, who is the founder of the church, was arrested last week by Nigeria’s secret police in connection with the boy’s disappearance. He has not yet commented publicly. Reports from the scene show that it has not yet been confirmed that the boy’s body has been found.
2. CAR’s ousted president returns from exile
The Central African Republic’s (CAR) former President François Bozizé has returned to the country after six years in exile, raising questions about his motives. Mr Bozizé’s return was announced on Monday by his Kwa Na Kwa party, leading observers to speculate that they could be preparing for him to contest next year’s presidential election.
The former president fled after the Seleka rebel coalition, which accused him of not honouring peace agreements, seized the presidential palace in the capital, Bangui, in 2013.
3. Tekashi 6ix9ine sentenced to 2 Years in prison in drugs and weapons case
Tekashi 6ix9ine has been sentenced in his drugs and weapons case. Tekashi 6ix9ine, the 23-year-old rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, appeared in court on Wednesday, where he was sentenced to a term of 24 months (two years) in prison, with five years of supervised release.
This legal news comes over a year after Tekashi was arrested on racketeering and firearms charges. The artist was later indicted on six counts: conspiracy with others to commit racketeering, discharging a firearm while committing a crime, committing a crime of violence in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm, and committing a crime in aid of racketeering.
Earlier this year, Tekashi pleaded guilty to nine counts in his federal drugs and weapons criminal case. It was also revealed at this time that Tekashi was cooperating with federal prosecutors.
4. ‘Neutral’ Pakistan pulls out of Malaysia summit of Muslim nations
Pakistan has pulled out of an international summit for leaders of Muslim countries to be held in Malaysia over concerns it could “divide” the Muslim world, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said
Pakistan’s Gulf allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had expressed reservations over Islamabad joining the summit, hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur.
Speaking to reporters in the capital on Tuesday, Qureshi confirmed that neither he nor Prime Minister Imran Khan would be attending the summit.
5. Nigeria table tennis players in ‘bad state’ in Bosnia
Nigeria’s government has raised a concern about the plight of two Nigerian table tennis players, Alexandro Abia and Kenneth Eboh, held in Bosnia-Herzegovina since last month. In an interview, the chairwoman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said she had spoken to the two students, and they were in a bad state. She added that one of them had fainted while in a migrant camp in Bosnia.
The two were meant to have been sent back to Nigeria on Friday, she added. Mr Abia and Mr Eboh said they were forcefully deported to Bosnia-Herzegovina from Croatia, where they were attending a university table tennis championship last month.
They say they were mistaken for illegal migrants. The Croatian government has denied their allegations, saying the students disappeared after checking out of their hotel voluntarily. Ms Dabiri-Erewa said the Nigerian government would ask the European Union (EU) to intervene if the students were not sent back home this week. Bosnia-Herzegovina is not a member of the EU.
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