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JUST IN: ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrants For Netanyahu, Hamas Leaders

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The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has applied for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas’s leader in Gaza for war crimes.

According to BBC, Karim Khan said there were reasonable grounds to believe that both men bore criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity from at least 7 October 2023.

The ICC, based in The Hague, has been investigating Israel’s actions in the occupied territories for the past three years – and more recently the actions of Hamas as well.

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Mr Netanyahu recently called the prospect of senior Israel figures joining the ICC’s wanted list “an outrage of historic proportions”.

Last week, 13 Western countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, Japan and others cautioned Israel over its resolve to launch a full-scale operation in Rafah.

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Homes Are Bleeding, Methodist Archbishop Tells Tinubu

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The Metropolitan and Archbishop of Abuja Methodist Church, His Grace, Most Revd Michael Akinwale, has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to address the economic hardships facing Nigerians, saying homes in the country are “bleeding”.

The Cleric made the appeal during the 2024 Men’s Work Week/Father’s Day Thanksgiving Service at the Methodist Cathedral of Unity, Wuse, Abuja on Sunday.

The Archbishop called on Tinubu to take decisive actions to address the hardship, stressing, a lot of Nigerians were suffering.

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“A lot of homes are bleeding at this time. The government should do everything they can to cushion the effect of this battered economy,” he implored.

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He highlighted the high costs of living, which, according to him, has placed basic necessities beyond the reach of the common man.

This is part of our Divine responsibilities as men. But the truth is that we know that we are equally being challenged by the economy.

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“One thing we need to understand is that God is our provider. He is the one who has the ability to provide for us.

“As long as we are resolutely determined as a father to meet our responsibility, God will always make a way for us.

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“To our president, I want him to understand that a lot of home is bleeding at this time.

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“The commoners are really complaining. The government should block every conduit pipe where our resources are being drained at the expense of the masses,” he said.

Speaking on the theme “Arise and Build,” the Clergy emphasised the critical role of fathers in the home and the nation.”

“President Tinubu’s led government should do everything they can to cushion the effects of this battered economy. It is becoming very difficult to maintain the family, now, because almost everything has skyrocketed.

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“It is far beyond the reach of the common man. As the father of the nation, we want to use this Father’s Day to appeal to the President passionately, to address the challenges.

“We understand that the administration is trying to entrench the stability of the economy, but the effect is really telling on the masses,” he said.

Quoting from the Holy Book of Colossians 3:19, the Cleric urged men to love and provide for their families, notwithstanding the economic pressures.

“God is our provider. As long as we are resolutely determined as fathers to meet our responsibilities, God will always make a way for us,” he said.

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Saudi Stops Stoning Ritual For Five Hours Over Heatwave

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The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has stopped pilgrims from proceeding to the Jamarat Bridge for the ritual of throwing stones from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to extreme heat

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Dr Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman, issued the directive in a statement on Monday in Mina, Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Sulaiman stated that the measures became necessary to ensure the well-being of pilgrims amidst high temperatures and to prevent heat stress.

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Accordingly, the following measures have been implemented: Pilgrims are prohibited from proceeding to the Jamarat Bridge for the ritual of throwing stones from 11. a.m to 4.pm.”

Speaking further, he said security personnel would be stationed at camps to enforce the restriction and prevent any pilgrim from departing before 4 p.m.

He urged the Office of Hajj Affairs and service providers to ensure compliance, adding that they would be held responsible for any violations thereof.

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“We pray for Allah’s protection over the pilgrims and the acceptance of their Hajj.”

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Meanwhile, the official of Nigeria’s Hajj Commission has intercepted two illegal migrants of Nigerian descent ( Muhammed Umar and Nazifi Tasi’u GARBA), over infiltration of pilgrims’ tents amidst concerns regarding overstretched accommodation and petty theft.

Consequently, the suspects were handed over to the Saudi Police, where their biometrics were obtained and a fine of 10,000 Saudi Riyals was imposed on them to be paid whenever they were leaving the country.

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NAN reports that the Jamarat are three pillars located in Mecca and are an important part of the Hajj pilgrimage for Muslims.

As part of their pilgrimage to Mecca, pilgrims throw pebbles at the pillars to symbolically “stone the devil.”

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The Stoning of the Devil—or rajm al-jamaat, translated as throwing pebbles—is a way for Muslims to reject temptation, affirm their faith in Allah, and honour the Prophet Ibrahim.

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Over 1.83 million pilgrims performed this year’s hajj, according to the Saudi Gazette.

A total of 1,833,164 pilgrims came from within the Kingdom and abroad to perform the annual pilgrimage and they included 1,611,310 foreign pilgrims and 221,854 domestic pilgrims, both citizens and expatriates.

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NDLEA Destroys 28,959kg Cannabis In Edo, Ekiti Forests

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said that it destroyed not less than 10, 534.78 kilograms of cannabis (also called Marijuana) cultivated on 4.213912 hectares of farmland in Edo.

NDLEA’s spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja, said that the farm was located at Uhen forest in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state.

Babafemi said that the operatives of the agency, who raided the forests on Wednesday, June 12 arrested four suspects.

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He gave the names of the suspects as Frank Ishoku, 38; Clifford Ossai, 49; Vanger Timothy, 30; and John Oluwaseyi, 30, adding that 16kg of processed cannabis was recovered for the purpose of prosecution.

Babafemi added that operatives of the agency also destroyed 18,425kg of the same psychoactive substance on 7.37 hectares of farmland.

Similarly, he said personnel of sister security agencies supported the agency’s operations in the thick forest of Ise Ekiti, on Friday.

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This is a new mixture of psychotropic substances, seized by operatives during a raid on Friday June 14 at Garki Area 10 and Dutse Suokale, both within the FCT.”

In another development, Babafemi said that Emmanuel Ogechi, 24, was nabbed with 11,200 pills of tramadol on Wednesday, June 12, along Otukpo-Enugu road, by NDLEA operatives in Benue.

He said another suspect, Anayo Onwe, 40, was arrested with 62.4kg cannabis sativa at Nteje, saying the agency’s operatives seized 1kg of methamphetamine belonging to a fleeing suspect in Oraifite, in Anambra.

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And in Kwara State, Muhammed Musa, 24, was arrested with 33kg cannabis at Bode-Saadu, Jebba, while Shokuro Adeola, 59, was nabbed with 11.5kg of same substance along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Oyo State.”

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