- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 15, 2001

Nigerian soldier kills 6 Muslims in rampage
LAGOS, Nigeria Police said yesterday they had been ordered not to give information on the fate of a drunken soldier who reportedly killed Muslim worshippers Sunday in the northern city of Kaduna.
"We held a security council meeting on the issue, and we decided that the police should henceforth not give any information on the army corporal arrested," Kaduna Deputy Police Commissioner Edger Nanakumo told Agence France-Presse.
"So, we advise that you refer all enquiries about the corporal to the army," Mr. Nanakumo said by phone from Kaduna.

Food-aid funds lag for west Africans
DAKAR, Senegal The World Food Program said yesterday it may have to cut humanitarian operations for more than a million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone if international donors do not immediately provide additional funds.
Manuel Da Silva, WFP regional director for west Africa, sounded the warning while opening a new office in Dakar, echoing a similar alarm rung on June 28 on the three conflict-ridden countries.

President Taylor canes daughter, 13, in public
MONROVIA, Liberia President Charles Taylor had no qualms about flogging his 13-year-old daughter in public last week but has objected to photos showing him in full swing.
Reports here said Mr. Taylor ordered photos of the public caning, published last week, to be returned. Presidential sources said Mr. Taylor was embarrassed by a photo of his daughter Edena receiving 10 strokes of a cane while lying face down on a school desk.
She was also suspended for a week from the J.J. Roberts United Methodist School for carrying out an "undisciplined act."

Aide blames apartheid for baby's gang-rape
CAPE TOWN, South Africa Deputy President Jacob Zuma yesterday attributed the gang-rape of a 9-month-old baby to a lack of morality he blamed on apartheid.
Mr. Zuma said during a debate in the National Assembly on the rape in the small northern township of Louisville that "something was seriously amiss" in the country. Six men, between 24 and 66 years old, are accused of raping and sodomizing the baby girl.
The baby, who has been dubbed Tshepang (Have Hope) to protect her identity, suffered injuries to her vagina and anus. Doctors say she is slowly recovering but is likely to have long-term psychological trauma.

Weekly notes
The government of Nigeria's Sokoto state, where an Islamic court last month sentenced a pregnant woman to death by stoning for adultery, said yesterday an appeals court will determine her fate on Nov. 27. Safiya Tungar-Tudu, 33, is hiding after her Oct. 9 conviction and has appealed the sentence. The population of Congo Republic is 2,846,279, according to the provisional results of a census carried out between July and September by the government in Brazzaville. The count, published this week, shows 1,533,518 of the people are over 18 and thus eligible to vote.
From wire dispatches and staff reports


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