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$40m contract: EFCC’s attempt to inject fresh evidence stalls GEJ’s cousin’s trial

...Nneoma Ndibe  The prosecution in the trial of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola Robert, wife, Stella and company, Oneplus, stalled the cross-examination of its witnesses for the second time in two days, by seeking abrupt adjournment. This approach by the Prosecuting Counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, yesterday infuriated the trial judge, Nnami Dimgba of the Federal High

Why ex-combatants pose a threat to Côte d’Ivoire’s stability

Dissatisfied ex-combatants who aren’t serving in Côte d’Ivoire’s formal military structures pose the biggest long-term threat to the stability of the country. This is particularly true in regions where groups of these men were present during the civil wars. At least 42,564 ex-combatants emerged out of Côte d’Ivoire’s first civil war

Nigeria Rolls Out $2 Billion Brazil-Like Social-Welfare Plan

By David Malingha Doya Nigeria is rolling out its first national social-welfare program modeled partly on Brazil’s Bolsa Familia in a bid to boost a weak economy and curb poverty by giving cash to its poorest citizens and ensuring their children go to school. The government of Africa’s most-populous nation is investing

DSS foils planned terrorist attacks on Eid praying grounds, others places

•Arrested Boko Haram suspects planned to attack Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto ...Jude Johnson and Babatunde Opalana  The Department of State Security Service (DSS) announced in Abuja on Friday  that it has foiled a coordinated plan by terrorists to attack some places including Eid Praying Grounds and other densely populated areas during the forthcoming

INC crisis: Dickson inaugurates 20-members committee to resolve

•Charges committee to also reconcile the Ijaw nation ...Jude Johnson  The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Friday in Yenagoa assembled leaders of thought in Ijaw nation to request their assistance and support to help in resolving issues affecting Ijaw ethnic nationality, especially the Ijaw National Congress (INC). The governor while

Ghana Court Rejects Resettlement of Guantánamo Bay Detainees

By NANA BOAKYE-YIADOM ACCRA, Ghana — The Supreme Court of Ghana ruled Thursday that thegovernment’s decision to allow two former Guantánamo Bay detainees to live in the country was unconstitutional. Last year, Ghana signed an agreement with the United States to allow the two detainees, Khalid Mohammed Salih al-Dhuby and Mahmmoud Omar Mohammed Bin

Nigeria deploys troops amid ethnic violence in Taraba

By Rafiu Ajakaye  The Nigerian government on Thursday deployed troops to the northeastern state of Taraba where clashes between local farmers and herdsmen have resulted in multiple deaths and displacements. "Acting President Yemi Osinbajo condoles with the victims of the recent violent attacks in a number of communities in Taraba State, where