Woman’s body found on doorstep in Gordon’s Bay The body of a forty-sevenyear old woman was found on the doorstep of her home in Temperance Town, Gordon’s Bay on Saturday. According to Western Cape police provincial spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, a neighbour of the woman came across the body early in the morning. She had multiple stab wounds to her upper body. We believe the cause of the murder was a domestic argument between her and a boyfriend. The man was arrested shortly after the woman’s body was discovered and he is due to appear in court on Monday on charges of murder. The woman reportedly lived in the housing development area in Mountain Terraces. NEWS24

There is an outbreak of fatal, febrile rash illnesses in Otodo Gbame Community in Eti-Osa area of Lagos. The alarm was raised by the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, while giving an update on it in Ikeja. Death of twenty children, who died as a result of those illnesses known as FRI, since the first case on January six this year, have been confirmed. Thirty-four cases of sick children, including seventeen male and seventeen female between ages of eight and seventy-two months, with signs and symptoms which are suggestive of febrile Rash illnesses are, now, being monitored. Blood samples, throat swabs from the patients and water samples from their community have been taken to Virology Reference Laboratory at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba and Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The State’s health commissioner has urged members of the public and health workers to report any strange illness to any health facility close to them or State Ministry of Health, Alausa – Ikeja.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the 2016 budget was not padded because the total figure voted for all ministries had not exceeded six point eight trillion naira. Briefing newsmen in Lagos, he said that the total for every ministry has remained exactly the same as what was submitted to the National Assembly. The Minister said this year,the Government decided that every ministry must have a zero based budget. Mohammed also said exports, balance of trade, Gross Domestic Product were responsible for currency appreciation and depreciation. NAN.

Niger’s top court approved a controversial plan to allow voters to cast their ballots without identity papers, sparking an opposition outcry today on the eve of presidential and legislative polls. The proposal, submitted by the government, allows people to vote without any identity papers, as long as they are accompanied by two people who vouch for their identity. Kadri Oumarou Sanda, told AFP, that the opposition had challenged the proposal in court but the Constitutional Court rejected the opposition’s request, the number two of the National Independent Electoral Commission CENI. Amadou Boubacar Cisse, who is contesting for the presidency, said it was an abuse of power and violation of electoral law. The move affects about one point five million of the seven point five million registered voters who were found not to have any identity papers. Sunday’s elections pits outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou, who is hoping for a second five-year term, against fourteen challengers. Issoufou hopes for a knockout first-round majority victory but that would be a first in the country’s short history of multi-party democracy, beginning in 1990. NEWS24

A senior Mauritanian official says at least forty prisoners escaped in a jailbreak outside the capital. The official said the prisoners rushed the facility’s main door early today while guards were changing shifts. The official said none of the prisoners who escaped were suspected Islamic militants. The official insisted on anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press. The official said seven prisoners were back in custody and that officials were searching for the others. Amnesty International has accused Mauritanian security forces of torturing detainees at the prison, located in the Dar Naim suburb of Nouakchott. In December, a member of al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch escaped from a different prison in Mauritania and was caught several weeks later. NEWS24

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has won a fifth term as president, extending his thirty years in office. The election commission said, the seventy one-year-old Museveni won sixty point seventy five per cent of the vote while his nearest rival Kizza Besigye took thirty five per cent. Museveni’s supporters said his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress. But, Besigye, who is under house arrest, said the results were a sham ,calling on the international community to reject them. European Union observers have also criticised the poll, saying the governing party had created an “intimidating atmosphere” and that the opposition alleged vote rigging. BBC.

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his opposition to the devaluation of the naira. He said Nigeria could not compete with developed countries which produce to compete among themselves and can afford to devalue their local currencies. In a statement by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President stated this at the opening of the Africa 2016: Business for Africa, Egypt and the World at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Buhari said that Nigeria could not afford to devalue its currency because the country imports everything, including toothpicks. He said, developed countries were competing among themselves and when they devalue they compete better and manufacture and export more. The President added that those who have developed taste for foreign luxury goods should continue, rather than mounting pressure on government to devalue the naira. PUNCH