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Rio Police Say They Are 'Ramping Up Efforts' To Find Marielle Franco's Killers

Authorities indicate the investigation into the assassination of the popular Black Brazilian politician and activist is in its final stage.

Rio police say they are closing in on who killed Marielle Francothe high-profile Rio de Janeiro politician and activist who was assassinated on March 14, AFP reports.


Officials also say they are "ramping up efforts" to find Franco's killers, after going over two months without announcing significant progress. "The investigation is entering its final stage," Raul Jungmann, security minister, says to news site noticias.UOL. "I believe that we'll soon have results."

AFP says Jungmann also confirmed media reports that the suspects include a Rio city councilor and a jailed commander of one of the city's underground militias.

Officers from Rio's homicide department prepared a reenactment of the assassination Thursday, that was captured on Globo television, for ballistics analysis.

Franco's assassination was a huge shock to Brazil and the world—as it sparked demonstrations against Rio's surging violence, as well as peaked the global black community to learn more about the struggles of police brutality black Brazilians have been fighting against.

Colleagues suspect the motive of her assassination was due to her angering police and the militias, as she became a prominent critic of police violence in Rio, especially calling out the targeting of black people in the city's favelas.

Local media also quoted an unidentified police informant this week, saying he knew the murder was masterminded by the city councilor and militia leader who Jungmann also referred to. The informant also says the councilor and militia commander ordered Franco's killing because of her human rights activism in the violent west of Rio, a militia stronghold, AFP says.

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Niger Singer Hamsou Garba Dies At 64

One of Niger's prominent musicians, Hamsou Garba, has died at the age of 64.


Hamsou Garba, the Maradi, Niger-born singer who had a successful career that spanned the course of three decades, recently died in a hospital in Niamey after battling a long-term illness. She was 64. The singer, who was called Niger's "music box", made a name for herself for her signature melodic singing in the indigenous language of Hausa. Throughout the long span of her career, the Niger legend led a band of women and men, singing in indigenous languages, making their mark on indigenous African music. The theme of her songs were primarily focused on love, religion, and social issues. As a testament to her activism, the singer was briefly jailed in 2016, after she criticized the government during a segment of her performance where she called the then-embattled opposition leader Hama Amadou "Niger's Mandela."

The singer spent 10 days in jail at the Niamey Prison in Niger. At that time, she was accused of inciting civil disobedience, and triggering unrest. During the course of her career, she also used her radio show to shine a light on the ongoing social issues in Niger's government. The tragic death of the legendary singer has been called a "national loss" by the national musician's union.

Garba's first completed album, Gargadi, was released in 2008, and it chronicled much of the themes she had become well-known and celebrated for. That album was quickly followed by Tout est possible, which she released in 2009. In 2011, she began working on two more albums, titled Les hommes de l’histoire and Aouran dollé.

Listen to one of her most recent songs "Andounia" below.

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