Nigerian jet 'kills at least 50 civilians' in accidental attack

A Nigerian air force jet has accidentally killed and injured many civilians in Rann, in the north-east of the country, the military has said.

International aid agency MSF says at least 50 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the incident.

Aid workers are among the casualties - the Red Cross says six of its workers are confirmed dead.

The attack took place near Nigeria's border with Cameroon where the army has been fighting Boko Haram militants.

Army spokesman Maj-Gen Lucky Irabor said the jet's pilot had mistakenly believed he was attacking insurgents. He said the mission had been ordered, based on intelligence about a gathering of Boko Haram fighters.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message expressing his dismay at the loss of life and pleading for calm.

His spokesman said Mr Buhari's administration would offer help to the government of Borno state "in attending to this regrettable operational mistake".

'Shocking and unacceptable'

MSF said many of the casualties were believed to be displaced people who had fled from areas where Boko Haram had carried out attacks.

The charity's director of operations, Jean-Clement Cabrol, said: "This large-scale attack on vulnerable people who have already fled from extreme violence is shocking and unacceptable."

MSF spokesman Etienne l'Hermitte urged the Nigerian authorities to facilitate evacuations of those injured, by land and air.

"Our medical and surgical teams in Cameroon and Chad are ready to treat wounded patients," he said.

"We are in close contact with our teams, who are in shock following the event."

It is the first time an accident of this type has happened in north-east Nigeria and comes as the military carries out what it is calling its final push against Boko Haram.

Source: bbc.com

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17/Jan/2017

Nigerians understudied Ghanaian music - Quata

Tongue twisting rapper, Quata has agreed with musician Mr Eazi, who received a lot of backlash for saying that Ghana’s influence on Nigerian music cannot be over emphasised.

According to Quata, some Nigerians have been sampling songs from some of Ghana’s top music producers.

On Wednesday, Mr Eazi tweeted: “Ghana's influence on present day "Naija Sound" cannot be over emphasized!!!”.

This tweet sparked a lot of controversy on social media with insults, mostly from Nigerian subscribers.

Speaking in an interview with Doreen Avio of Joy News, Quata said that Nigerians have been sampling beats from several producers like Appietus, Jay-Q and Hammer.

According to him, Nigerians have been incorporating Ghanaian music into theirs. He also added that Ghana is the apex in Africa and almost everybody took a bit from the country’s music.

“They were sampling tunes from us and were refining what we do to make theirs,” he stressed.

The rapper added that he can say for a fact that Nigerians understudied us and the likes of 2face Idibia came to Ghana secretly to record their songs.

“They only knew [we did] proper - hundred percent - recording in Ghana. That’s why most of their artistes came here secretly to record. The engineers were smart enough to do what we were doing, study it, and adapt the style. They understudied us,” he explained.

Other music artistes like Ghanaian rapper Kojo Cue, M.anifest and others have also agreed with Mr Eazi, who is a Nigerian-born artiste.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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17/Jan/2017

Ghana’s influence on Nigerian music cannot be over emphasised

Tongue twisting rapper, Quata has agreed with musician Mr Eazi, who received a lot of backlash for saying that Ghana’s influence on Nigerian music cannot be over emphasised.

On Wednesday, Mr Eazi tweeted: “Ghana's influence on present day "Naija Sound" cannot be over emphasized!!!”. This tweet sparked a lot of controversy on social media with insults, mostly from Nigerian subscribers.

Speaking in an interview with Doreen Avio of Joy News, Quata said that Nigerians have been sampling beats from several producers like Appietus, Jay-Q and Hammer.

According to Quata Budukusu, Nigerians have been incorporating Ghanaian music into theirs. He also added that, Ghana is the apex in Africa and almost everybody took a bit from the country’s music.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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17/Jan/2017