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August 5: This Day Some Years Ago

August 5
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On this day in 2011: Federal Government of Nigeria took over the management of three banks “Afribank, Bank PHB and Spring Bank” rescued under a major 2009 bailout amid concerns over their ability to recapitalize by a September 30 deadline.

Also on this day in 2007: In Bauchi  (Nigeria), eighteen (18) men were arrested, they were found with women’s apparel as they prepared for a gay wedding.

They faced charges of sodomy in a Nigerian Islamic court.  They were accused of lesser crimes in court, but angry crowds reacted violently.  Three weeks later they were rearrested and charged with more severe crimes including indecent acts and faced 10 years in jail if found guilty.

Equally on this day in 1962;Nelson Mandela, African National Congress (ANC) leader and first commander-in-chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), was captured in Cedara, a small town near Howick, Natal, shortly after his return to South Africa on completing six months’ military training in Oujda, Morocco, and after attending the All Africa People’s Conference in Ethiopia. He was charged with incitement to strike and with illegally leaving the country. Bob Hepple acted as his legal representitive. His trial took place in Pretoria’s Old Synagogue. In November 1962, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on the charges. He began his sentence in Pretoria Central Prison.
And on this day in 2004;Nigerian police arrested some thirty people in Anambra state after fifty corpses and twenty skulls were discovered in raids on the fetish Okija shrine.

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