Nigeria have attacked a prison in southwest Nigeria, freeing dozens of inmates, an official told The Associated Press Saturday. The third jailbreak in Africa’s most populous country this year raises more concerns about how safe detention facilities are in the West African nation where authorities have struggled to stem rising violence. A handful of security facilities, especially police stations, have been attacked in a similar manner in the past year.
Olanrewaju Anjorin, a spokesman of the Oyo correctional center in Oyo state, told the AP that the gunmen attacked the facility late Friday night and an investigation into the incident which will reveal the extent of damage has begun.
Francis Enobore of the Nigerian Prisons Service also confirmed the incident and said he was on his way to the attacked facility. Friday’s attack is the third this year in Nigeria, where jailbreaks are becoming more frequent and police only capture a fraction of those who escape. Lagos-based online newspaper TheCable reported in July this year that at least 4,307 inmates had escaped from prisons since 2017, based on compiled media reports.
BEIJING, Oct 20, 2021 (BSS/AFP) – The Olympic flame arrived in China early Wednesday for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, state media reported, following a ceremony in Athens overshadowed by protests over China’s human rights record. Beijing — set to become the first host of a Summer and Winter Games — will hold a welcome ceremony for the flame at 10am (0200 GMT) at the capital’s Olympic Tower, where it will go on display to the public, before setting off on an exhibition tour. Around 2,900 athletes, representing approximately 85 National Olympic Committees, will compete in the Winter Games from February 4-20, 2022?
Washington has described the treatment of China’s Uyghurs as “genocide”. After initially denying the existence of the Xinjiang camps, China later defended them as vocational training centers aimed at reducing Islamic extremism. IOC chairman Thomas Bach has batted off talk of a potential boycott, claiming the International Olympic Committee’s political neutrality and saying it was up to governments to live up to their responsibilities. A victim of the 1980 Moscow Games boycott, the former fencer has said such moves only punish athletes, and insists the IOC is addressing the rights issue “within our remit”. “In these difficult times we are still living through, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 will be an important moment to bring the world together in a spirit of peace, friendship and solidarity,” Bach said on Monday.