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A 17-year-old Assyrian Christian artist is resisting terrorism – with art.

For young sculptor Nenous Thabit, who is an Assyrian Christian, it was painful to watch Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) destroy the ancient city of Nimrud about two years ago.

The site outside Mosul was the capital of an Assyrian realm that stretched from Egypt to parts of what is now Turkey and Iran.

It was filled with elaborate wall panels, intricate carvings and colossal statues.

Two years ago, militants swept through northern Iraq,and destroyed many ancient relics and sites which, to them, symbolised idol worship.

After standing up to the elements for 3,000 years, the ancient remains of Nimrud were also systematically destroyed by ISIS militants, who used electric drills, bulldozers and explosives to reduce a ziggurat – or terraced pyramid, sculptures and carvings to rubble and dust.
The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO has condemned the destruction at Nimrud as a war crime.

Thabit decided to do something about it, and began working on replicas of the ancient works using clay, CNN reported.

“They waged a war on art and culture, so I decided to fight them with art,” he told CNN.

Over the past year, Thabit has sculpted 18 Assyrian statues and one mural, the report said.

The destruction included three Lamassu sculptures – depicting a deity with the head of a man, the legs of an ox, the body of a lion and the wings of a vulture. Thabit can make a new one in about 15 days.

Thabit fled Mosul with his family and they are now living in an apartment in the Kurdish city of Irbil.

He was trained by his father, Thabit Michael, a professional sculptor.

While he has sculpted since he was seven, he only began taking his craft seriously after the ISIS assult on his culture.

Counter-terrorism forces breached ISIS defences in the east of Mosul two weeks ago but have faced resistance from the militants who have deployed suicide car bombs, snipers and waves of counter-attacks.

Mosul is the largest city under the militants’ control in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

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Lekki tollgate should be dismantled permanently: Bode George

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Lekki tollgates should be dismantled permanently: Bode George

Former vice-chairman of PDP SouthWest, Bode George has called for the dismantlement of tollgate at Lekki area of Lagos.

The PDP chieftain made this call at a press conference after soldiers were alleged to have shot and killed peaceful EndSARS protesters on October 20.

 

 

According to George, the dismantling of the tollgates would help in pacifying aggrieved Nigerian youths.

In his words;

“Let me reiterate the irreducible minimum acceptable to placate the angry and restless youths in order to restore peace, fairness and equity in our state.

The two tollgates should be dismantled immediately and permanently. AlphaBeta and Lekki Concession Company should be scrapped. The advert signage monopoly given to Seyi Tinubu should be withdrawn forthwith.

The Iya Oloja title should be withdrawn from Shade Tinubu and be given to the individual who deserves it according to tradition.

The NURTW which has become the militia wing of the APC should be re-organized and removed from the ambit and control of political actors.”

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Nigeria Air Force arrest officers for flogging curfew violators in Osun

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The Nigerian Airforce has arrested its erring officers for flogging violators of the state-government imposed curfew in Osun State.

A video that went viral on social media shows Airforce personnel dehumanizing and assaulting residents that violated the curfew.

The video which made rounds on social media on Tuesday, October 27, showed the curfew defaulters inside muddy water while being flogged by the security agents.

But, in a statement released on Wednesday, the Nigeria Air Force said the officers have been arrested and an investigation has commenced.

 

The statement reads:

”The attention of Nigeria Air Force has been drawn to a video showing some personnel flogging/meting out corporal punishment on suspected hoodlums involved in criminal activities during the imposed curfew in Ilesha.

We wish to inform the general public that Nigeria Air Force has identified all the personnel involved in the incident & placed them on close arrest, while investigation to determine their level culpability has commenced, after which appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

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Kunle Afolayan flaunts interior of his exquisite mansion (Photos)

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Kunle Afolayan flaunts interior of his exquisite mansion (Photos)

Kunle Afolayan, a Nigerian filmmaker, has taken to social media to flaunt the interior of his expensive mansion.

Afolayan disclosed that calls for a full view of the interior of his house by young architect and art lovers made him share the photos on social media

The father of four added that “the structural designs was done by a professional architect but all interiors and esthetic done by me.”

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Kunle Afolayan shows off the interior of his home (photos)

Kunle Afolayan shows off the interior of his home (photos)

Kunle Afolayan shows off the interior of his home (photos)

Kunle Afolayan shows off the interior of his home (photos)

Kunle Afolayan shows off the interior of his home (photos)

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