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Police have arrested Buba Drammeh who is accused of killing Buba Jammeh, a former staff of Brikama Area Council (BAC) during a communal land dispute between the people of Gunjur and Berending in March 2019.
Police spokesperson, ASP Lamin Njie, confirmed the development on the police Facebook page. ASP Njie says the suspect is currently under custody helping investigators on their investigation.
The suspect, he went on, was arrested by personnel of the Anti-Crime Unit of The Gambia Police Force.
‘Buba Drammeh is arrested in connection with the Gunjur-Berending shooting incident which led to the death of Mr. Jammeh.’
The office of the IGP, he added, wishes to commend efforts of members of the public for providing vital information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
“The public will be duly informed about the outcome of investigations and individuals with relevant information about the incident are encouraged to come forward to assist with investigations.”
SOURCE POINT NEWSPAPER
Hundreds of people gathered in Mexico City on Friday to protest against the murder of a young woman.
Ingrid Escamilla, 25, was stabbed to death allegedly by a man she lived with, who then mutilated her body in an attempt to hide the evidence.
Forensic workers leaked images of her corpse, and a local newspaper has been criticised for published one of these pictures on its front page.
Femicide, the gender-based killing of women, is on the rise in Mexico.
More than 700 cases are currently being investigated, but activists say the number of women killed because of their gender is much higher.
The protesters, most of them women, moved through the Mexican capital holding placards calling for “responsible journalism,” and chanting slogans like “not one more murder”.
The group initially gathered outside of the city’s National Palace, where President Andrés Manuel López Obrador lives with his family.
“It seems to me the president has evaded the issue constantly,” one protester, Alejandro Castillo, told Reuters news agency.
“It is not a personal issue against him. We believe he has the possibility of raising several things on the agenda and has not done so.”
Demonstrators later marched through heavy rain to the offices of La Prensa, the newspaper that published grisly images of Ms Escamilla body with the headline ‘It was cupid’s fault”.
At least one vehicle belonging to the newspaper was set on fire, and several protesters clashed with security forces who tried to stop them from entering the newspaper’s offices.
La Prensa, in response to public criticism, has stood by its decision but said it was open to discussions about adjusting its editorial standards beyond legal requirements.
Earlier this month, many Mexicans flooded social media with photos of wildlife and natural landscapes, using the hashtag #IngridEscamilla to drown out the photos of her body circulating online.
Her murder has shocked the country, but is only the latest in a string of slayings that have brought the issue of femicide into public debate.
Last year a record high of 3,825 women were killed in Mexico, according to official figures – up 7% from 2018.
Activists are critical of the fact that the vast majority of cases are never solved and only a tiny percentage of perpetrators are brought to justice.
President López Obrador – when asked about the classification of femicides – has previously accused media outlets of “manipulating” the issue.
But as protesters gathered outside the National Palace on Friday, he told reporters he was “not burying [his] head in the sand.
“The government I represent will always take care of ensuring the safety of women,” the president added.
FROM BBC NEWS
A sex video has ended French ruling party candidate Benjamin Griveaux’s hopes of becoming mayor of Paris.
The ex-spokesman for President Emmanuel Macron’s government, who was already trailing in the race, was apparently targeted by a Russian protest artist accusing him of hypocrisy.
“No-one should be subjected to such abuse,” said Mr Griveaux, 41.
The video, showing a man in a compromising position, quickly spread on social media late on Thursday.
Petr Pavlensky, who sought asylum from Russia in 2017, said he had posted the video online.
Opponents from across France’s political spectrum voiced their outrage.
Incumbent Mayor Anne Hidalgo appealed for respect for people’s private lives, while far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon condemned the attack as “odious”. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed his support for his former colleague.
The video appeared on a little known website that featured a profile of Mr Griveaux’s political ambitions and his “fanatical faith in family values”. It then alleged that Mr Griveaux had exchanged intimate mobile phone messages with a young woman and sent her a personal video.
A link to the site was shared by an MP who was forced to resign from Mr Macron’s LREM (Republic on the Move) party in late 2018.
Mr Griveaux told the BFMTV news channel that for the past year he and his family had been subjected to “defamatory remarks, lies, rumours, anonymous attacks… and even death threats”.
“This torrent of mud has affected me and above all hurt the people I love.”
Mr Griveaux’s lawyer said he would press charges over the publication of the video, which he said violated the right to a private life.
Who is Petr Pavlensky?
Mr Pavlensky, who says he posted the video online, first gained notoriety by nailing his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square in 2013. He fled Russia and sought asylum in France when he was accused by the authorities of a sexual assault that he denied.
He served seven months in jail for setting the front door of the FSB intelligence agency on fire in Moscow. He later caused minor damage to a Banque de France branch by setting that alight.
He told French news channel LCI that Mr Griveaux was only the first politician that he would target: he had only just begun, he claimed. Politicians had to be honest and he said he would carry on fighting the “propaganda and puritanism of politicians”.
Is this bad news for Macron?
Mr Griveaux was not favourite to win the mayoral race in March, but he has been a very close ally of the president and his political demise is inevitably an embarrassment for the president, the BBC’s Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.
He was trailing in third place, his campaign hampered by a dissident Macronite candidate called Cédric Villani.
Ms Hidalgo, the current Socialist mayor, is leading in the polls, ahead of Republicans candidate Rachida Dati.
Mr Macron came to power in 2017 and his new LREM party secured a majority in the National Assembly. However, the party has seen a spate of defections in recent months and now has only 299 MPs in the National Assembly, down from 314 three years ago.
LREM is expected to have poor local election results next month, but its majority in parliament is safe because of its alliance with the MoDem party.
NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA AWARDS – THE GAMBIA at the Ocean Bay Resort in Cape Point, on Saturday 23rd of November 2019 at 8pm.
A memorable night celebrating the brotherhood between The Gambia and Nigeria.
This event will have in attendance top Nigerian professionals who have contributed immensely to the legal, education, medical, commerce, diplomatic and military fields among many others in the Republic of The Gambia. Nigerians have rendered their support to this nation through the Federal Government Technical Aid Programme as well as through other formal and informal bodies.
The longest-serving black member of the US Congress, John Conyers, has died at home at the age of 90, police in Detroit say.
The Democrat resigned under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations in December 2017 after a career lasting nearly 53 years.
In office, he was known for his liberal stance on civil rights and liberties.
He memorably fought for 15 years to make the birthday of Martin Luther King what it is today – a national holiday.
Conyers was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
How did his career pan out?
Born on 16 May 1929, he grew up in Detroit and served in the military for nearly a decade, including 12 months in Korea during the war there (1950-53) when he was a Combat Engineers officer.
“I like to think that my worldview was broadened by my military experience,” he later reflected, according to USA Today.
Going on to train as a lawyer, he became involved in the civil rights movement.
In 1964, he narrowly won his first election in Michigan, becoming one of just six black members of the House of Representatives.
He began his campaign to create “MLK Day” (a movable holiday which next falls on 20 January) just days after the civil rights champion was assassinated in 1968.
President Donald Trump announced Sunday morning in a televised address at the White House that the “world’s number one terrorist leader” is dead.
How the raid unfolded
Argentine President Mauricio Macri conceded defeat to his center-left rival Alberto Fernandez late Sunday after the first round of voting in the country’s closely fought election.
Five people died after looters torched a garment factory near Chile’s capital Santiago, bringing the death toll in violent protests to at least seven.
The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters and a curfew was imposed in major cities.
A state of emergency already in place in Santiago is to be extended to cities in the country’s north and south.
The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, has widened to reflect anger over living costs and inequality.
There is set to be major disruption on Monday with many banks, schools and shops expected to remain closed.
What is happening on the ground?
Firefighters say they found five bodies inside the garment factory burned by rioters in a suburb of Santiago. Earlier reports suggested three others had died in a supermarket fire in Santiago on Saturday.
Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick said at least seven people had died in incidents related to the protests, without giving details.
In Santiago, almost all public transport was suspended and some flights at the international airport were cancelled or rescheduled because of insufficient crew.
At least one line of the city’s metro was expected to reopen on Monday after the entire system was closed on Friday because of the damage caused during the unrest, the worst to hit one of Latin America’s most stable countries in decades.