A Mother's Agony, A Politician's Brittle Promise, and More



  Police in Toronto say two assailants and a get-away driver have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Nigerian-born Nnamdi Ogba in Toronto. They are Trevaughan Miller, 19, Abdullahi Mohamed, 22, and 27-year-old Abdirahman Islow. Islow is alleged to be the get-away driver. The men are believed to be active in gang violence associated with the Scarlettwood neighbourhood in Etobicoke. Ogba, 26, who did not know his murderers, was shot several times in the back, the result of random violence frequent in the turf war rampant in the area where he met his demise, police said. Ogba came to Canada from Nigeria ten years ago. Considered by his family in Toronto respectful and dedicated, he became an electrical engineer after studying. A soccer buff, who still played regularly, he was recently engaged to be married.


Akoouena  Noelle Bibie, the mother of a missing Montreal 10 year-old Ariel Jeffery Kouakou (of Ghanaian origins) pleads to Canadians to help search for her son. Ariel has been declared missing for many weeks now by Quebec authorities who say they're ending police search in the freezing waters of the region. 

Meanwhile Montreal police has lifted the amber alert on the ten-year-old but said investigation will continue into the case. The decision comes on the heels of potential new evidence that Ariel talked to a woman around the time the boy was reported missing. The witness had told friends that she thought she spoke to Ariel about 2 p.m. on Monday in Parc des Bateliers, a waterfront park on Rivière des Prairies. A few hours earlier, Montreal police issued an Amber Alert for 10-year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, who disappeared after knocking on a friend’s door in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough just after noon one Monday. “Yesterday, I thought he was lost, but today I believe he was abducted,” the boy’s mother, Bibie, said.“He knew the way to his friend’s house and it was only a few blocks away.” At the family’s home in the Bordeaux district, dozens of family and friends were on hand to offer support to Ariel’s parents who are facing a second night without their son.



Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Natenyahu threw a wrench in his own plan reached in a deal recently with the United Nations to send African asylum seekers to several European and western countries. The embattled Israeli PM, indicted for corruption, made a sudden about-face on the agreement he reached with the UN less than five hours after making the announcement of the fate of the African 39,000 African asylees. No spine, no kahunas, say his crirics and protesters! It's back to square one in Israel...

Israel government policy toward Africans and Black people is being questioned once more considering its past record on its own Black Jewish population who continue to criticise the Benjamin Netanyahu administration for inaction on police brutality and institutional racism. One of the more obvious criticisms came many years ago when the Ethiopian Jewish community complained that they were banned from donating blood to the public bank system.


Canada sending troops to Mali

After months of pondering, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Liberal government has decided Canada will be sending troops to the embattled West African nation of Mali as part of a United Nations Mission there. About 250 Canadian troops and six helicopters will be committed to the UN cause this summer. The troops will be part of efforts to quell Islamist dissidents and terrorist organisations affiliated to ISIS and Al-Qaeda operating especially in the north of the country. Matters came to a head five years ago when the Jihadist terrorist group Ansar-dine overran the north of the country imposing Sharia law, and harassing villagers who did not adhere to strict Islamic virtues, and banning and arresting musicians who did not perform only Islamic music. The terrorists were eventually flushed out by a combination of African and French troops; however, running battles and sneak attacks remain pervasive in the country, enough to warrant the continued deployment  of outside forces who checkmate the religious rebels as Mali marches forward to true democracy.



Political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Canadian Chris Wylie, who has been exposing the fraud he experienced during the Brexit and US polls in 2016, says plans were also afoot to undermine the Nogerian government and disstabilise the African giant's and economic structure with the sole aim of plunging the country into chaos. He told CNN that Western political operatives fomented division amongst Nigeria's various tribes, staged rallies to counter opposition leaders and sometimes in favour of anyone who fit the bill for their nefarious activities. The 2007 elections in Nigeria under former president Goodluck Jonathan comes to mind. Jonathan's spokesman Ikechukwu Eze says he wasn't aware of the expose, however, the Nigerian government as well as Senate committees are looking into the matter to find out the truth and whether any of the country's laws were broken.