• Authorities in Niger arrest five journalists

    26/Nov/2015 // 174 Viewers

    NIAMEY (Reuters) - Authorities in Niger have arrested five journalists in the latest sign of political tension ahead of elections in February in which President Issoufou Mahamadou will seek a second five-year term.

    Tensions were raised on Nov. 14 when opposition leader Hama Amadou flew back to the country and was arrested. The former speaker of the national assembly and ally of Issoufou is the candidate of the MODEN party at the election.

    Press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday that Souleymane Salha, publisher of private weekly Le Courrier, was arrested on Monday over a story criticizing the deputy police director over Hama's arrest.

    Police have also arrested four reporters from two television channels who filmed authorities using teargas on stone-throwing protesters during Hama's return, the advocacy group said. Police held them for a day, confiscating equipment and cell phones.

    "We urge the authorities to free Salha at once and stop using preventive detention to intimidate media personnel," said Clea Kahn-Sriber, Africa head for the group. There was no immediate comment from police.

    Twenty media organisations called for a boycott of a state celebration of Niger's National Press Freedom Day on Nov. 30.

    Last month police arrested five reporters covering a student protest. In January, police attacked journalists reporting on demonstrations after Paris's Charlie Hebdo attacks, the group said.

    Hama was arrested on his arrival from Paris in connection with an investigation into a baby-trafficking ring in Nigeria. Hama says the allegations are politically motivated and false.

     

    Source: Reuters


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  • Breaking News: Again, 240 migrants dead off coast of Libya

    26/Nov/2016 // 425 Viewers

     

    At least 240 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya on Thursday when their boats capsized, according to officials with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. 

    Survivors relayed the news to officials on the Italian island of Lampedusa, however no bodies have been found. 

    More than 4,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year alone. They often end up on the shores of European nations like Italy and Greece.


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  • China joins Angola, bans Islam, read and watch video for reasons

    27/Aug/2016 // 1468 Viewers

     

    Angolan authorities took pre-emptive action and decided to ban the Muslim religion, which they consider a cult, NOT a religion. They see what Muslims are doing to non-Muslims, especially in Africa, and are taking steps to prevent the same from happening in Angola.

    In early October 2013, the Muslims living in Luanda in the municipality of Viana Zango were shocked to see the minaret of their mosque dismantled into pieces on the ground without permission. On Thursday 03 October in the morning, the Angolan authorities decided to destroy the mosque Zango located in the urban district of Viana 17 km.

    The governor of Luanda Bento announced in a radio spot that radical Muslims are not welcome in Angola and the Angolan government is not ready for the legalization of mosques in Angola.

    And on Tuesday, November 19, the Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said. “Regarding Islam, the legalization process has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Therefore all mosques would be closed until further notice. “ It should be noted that the Angolan government has made closing of all mosques a priority. The only two mosques located in Luanda have already received a warning document signed by the mayor of the municipality of Viana José Moreno.

    The provincial governor of Luanda, Bento Bento, said on the airwaves of local radio that “radical Muslims are not welcome in Angola and the Angolan government is not ready for the legalization of mosques.” Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva explained that the law on freedom of religion will be reviewed given the current national context , noting that the Government will redouble its efforts to fight relentlessly against religious cults like Islam which are contrary to the customs of Angolan culture.

    95% of Angola’s population is Christian. A quarter belongs to Protestant churches founded during the colonial period, including congregational evangelical church.

    This decisive action taken by the Angolan head of state is based on a desire to guard against the rise of the Wahhabi ideology that has created havoc, death and destruction in Africa and elsewhere. And as rightly explained Tunisian philosopher Mezri Haddad: “Islamism and Islamophobia feed each other. Worse, long-term Islamism as an ideology destroy Islam as religion. “


    According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2008, Islam in Angola is a minority religion with 80,000 – 90,000 adherents, composed largely of migrants from West Africa and families of Lebanese origin. The Muslims comprise between 2.5 to 3 percent of Angola’s overall population of 17 million people, most of them Christians.

    in the last decade, but especially during the last few years the Muslim community in Angola has grown appreciably and Islamic activities have become more common in major cities. Mosques have sprung up in a number of places and Qur’anic schools have been built to provide Islamic instructions and teach Arabic language to adherents.

    Public attitudes toward Islam have been generally negative. Cultural differences between Angolan and Muslim immigrants have been the basis for negative views toward Islam, as was the perceived link between Islam and illegal immigration. Since the September 11 attacks, there has been a deliberate attempt to link Muslims with terrorism. It has become a matter of routine at Luanda airport for security officers to detain Muslims arriving from Sahelian countries.

    On September 1, 2008, a Muslim mob attacked non-Muslims in the community of Andulo. The school-age daughter of a deacon at one of the churches was decapitated. Forty Christians were assaulted or tortured. The mob burned three church buildings. They also went to non-Muslim houses to intimidate them or destroyed items of property. Stones were thrown at the headquarters of a local Christian project, causing some damage. An Angolan Christian leader said that the local police were unable to stop the attack and fled the scene.

    In early October 2013, the Muslims living in Luanda in the municipality of Viana Zango were shocked to see the minaret of their mosque dismantled into pieces on the ground without permission. On Thursday 03 October in the morning, the Angolan authorities decided to destroy the mosque Zango located in the urban district of Viana 17 km. The governor of Luanda Bento announced in a radio spot that radical Muslims are not welcome in Angola and the Angolan government is not ready for the legalization of mosques in Angola.

    And on Tuesday, November 19, the Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said. “Regarding Islam, the legalization process has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Therefore all mosques would be closed until further notice. “ It should be noted that the Angolan government has made closing of all mosques a priority. The only two mosques located in Luanda have already received a warning document signed by the mayor of the municipality of Viana José Moreno.

    The provincial governor of Luanda, Bento Bento, said on the airwaves of local radio that “radical Muslims are not welcome in Angola and the Angolan government is not ready for the legalization of mosques.” Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva explained that the law on freedom of religion will be reviewed given the current national context , noting that the Government will redouble its efforts to fight relentlessly against religious cults like Islam which are contrary to the customs of Angolan culture.

    95% of Angola’s population is Christian. A quarter belongs to Protestant churches founded during the colonial period, including congregational evangelical church.

    This decisive action taken by the Angolan head of state is based on a desire to guard against the rise of the Wahhabi ideology that has created havoc, death and destruction in Africa and elsewhere. And as rightly explained Tunisian philosopher Mezri Haddad: “Islamism and Islamophobia feed each other. Worse, long-term Islamism as an ideology destroy Islam as religion. “

    According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2008, Islam in Angola is a minority religion with 80,000 – 90,000 adherents, composed largely of migrants from West Africa and families of Lebanese origin. The Muslims comprise between 2.5 to 3 percent of Angola’s overall population of 17 million people, most of them Christians.

    in the last decade, but especially during the last few years the Muslim community in Angola has grown appreciably and Islamic activities have become more common in major cities. Mosques have sprung up in a number of places and Qur’anic schools have been built to provide Islamic instructions and teach Arabic language to adherents.

    Public attitudes toward Islam have been generally negative. Cultural differences between Angolan and Muslim immigrants have been the basis for negative views toward Islam, as was the perceived link between Islam and illegal immigration. Since the September 11 attacks, there has been a deliberate attempt to link Muslims with terrorism. It has become a matter of routine at Luanda airport for security officers to detain Muslims arriving from Sahelian countries.

    On September 1, 2008, a Muslim mob attacked non-Muslims in the community of Andulo. The school-age daughter of a deacon at one of the churches was decapitated. Forty Christians were assaulted or tortured. The mob burned three church buildings. They also went to non-Muslim houses to intimidate


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  • Benin prime minister unhurt after helicopter crash

    27/Dec/2015 // 601 Viewers

                        Benin Prime Minister, Lionel Zinsou

     

    (AFP) - Benin Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou emerged unscathed after a helicopter he was travelling in crash-landed in the country’s northwest, an official said Sunday.

    The incident occurred on Saturday at a stadium in Djougou but there were no casualties.

    “The prime minister was on board at the time of the crash-landing … happily he emerged safe and sound,” a source in the Beninese presidency told AFP.

    “My father is well. There are no victims of the helicopter crash in Djougou. Thank you for your messages,” added Zinsou’s daughter Marie-Cecile on Twitter.

    An investigation has been opened into the circumstances leading to the incident, police said.

    Zinsou, a former banker who holds both French and Beninese nationality, has said he will run as the ruling party’s candidate for a presidential election scheduled to in February.

     

    Source: (AFP)


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  • Photo News: Buhari hosts ECOWAS president in Abuja

    27/May/2016 // 613 Viewers

    R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari receives President Ecowas Commission, Marcel A. DE Souza and Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, Edward Singhatey during ECOWAS President Courtesy Call to the Presidential Villa on Thursday.

     

    Photo: Buhari receives ECOWAS president

    R-L; Director of Cabinet, Ambassador Abel Agbebleo, Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Kadija Abba Bukar Ibrahim, President Muhammadu Buhari receives President Ecowas Commission, H.E. Marcel A. DE Souza, Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Edward Singhatey and Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security and Mrs Halima Ahmed, Commissioner for Finance, Allieu Sesay during ECOWAS President Courtesy Call to the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

     


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  • As Nigeria's recession takes hold, Buhari's shine wanes - AFP

    27/Nov/2016 // 261 Viewers

     

    Lagos (AFP) - It's not Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's fault that Nigeria's economy is inextricably tied to the global price of oil, now half of its 2014 peak of over $100 per barrel.

    But the president's response to the economic crisis has a growing number of people concerned that he doesn't have what it takes to rescue Nigeria from recession.

    Warning signs appeared early. Buhari took six months after being elected to name a finance minister, then vowed not to "kill the naira" by devaluing it, against expert advice and with nefarious consequences.

    His seemingly lackadaisical attitude to the crashing economy spooked investors who worried that he was ignoring the crisis.

    Now critics are coming from all sides. In October, Buhari's wife Aisha told the BBC that she may not back him in the next election, suggesting that his government had been hijacked and he had lost control.

    Buhari's response, that his wife "belongs to my kitchen", made Nigerians cringe. But what he said next was, politically, more revealing.

    "It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties to participate in the government," Buhari said.

    He can say that again. Over the past month, the president has repeatedly been stonewalled by lawmakers who want the executive to be more transparent about his economic policies and plans.

    Early this month, Nigeria's Senate rejected Buhari's attempt to take on almost $30 billion in external borrowing to fund his record budget "due to lack of documents" supporting his request.

    The Senate also "expressed surprise" at the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, who said it was considering jailing or fining people for holding dollars in an unconventional strategy designed to address a foreign currency shortage in the country.

    "The measure is disruptive and counter productive, threatening to undermine many of the reform efforts... intended to boost investor confidence," the Senate said in a press statement Monday.

    - 'Policy paralysis' -

    "The president is having difficulty making any kind of legislative headway," John Ashbourne, economist at Capital Economics, told AFP.

    "It adds to the sense that there's policy paralysis and when the economy is facing a difficult time we need some action. We can't get that if Buhari isn't able to negotiate."

    Nigeria's economy contracted in the third quarter by 2.2 percent, with rebels in the oil-producing southern swamplands continuing to attack pipelines and businesses struggling to access foreign exchange.

    "I think the recession is really starting to hurt," Razia Khan, Africa economist at Standard Chartered Bank, said.

    "With the current shortage of foreign exchange clearly having a detrimental effect on growth, there is little evidence of any meaningful policy initiative that might be able to resolve this," Khan said.

    "There is a concern that there isn't enough momentum, not enough is being done."

    Ideally, Buhari's expansionary budget would have boosted growth. But the fiscal stimulus isn't materialising.

    In October, the budget ministry said it was facing unanticipated revenue shortfalls and that it had spent only a little more than half of what was allocated for 2016.

    Revenue shortfalls will persist as long as militants continue sabotaging the oil and gas infrastructure.

    Today Nigeria's oil production is 1.6 million barrels per day, down 22 percent from the same period in 2015, with no signs the sabotage will stop.

    - 'Military ruler' -

    Talks with the militants in the south have been unsuccessful so far.

    "President Buhari and his government have so far failed to hold constructive talks with militants," Rhidoy Rashid, oil analyst at Energy Aspects, said in a recent note.

    "The Nigerian military has also continued its operations in the Delta, inflaming tensions while failing to disrupt the militants."

    Investors are rattled and want to see a more concrete plan from Buhari's government, said Manji Cheto, risk analyst at Teneo Intelligence.

    "I believe he continues to act as if he's a military ruler, there is a perception that has undermined the ability of policy makers within his government to take decisions," Cheto said.

    "I genuinely think that he's pretty much run out of his goodwill."

    Some polls are already reflecting that sentiment. Last year around this time, Buhari enjoyed an 80 percent approval rating, reported analysis firm BMI Research.

    Compare that to this September, when his approval rating hit just 41 percent, with voters bearing the brunt of 18 percent inflation, slow business and sputtering electricity, the result of lower oil and gas output.


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  • Something big is about to happen in Nigeria; what I see is total confusion - Dele Momodu

    27/Nov/2016 // 9568 Viewers

     

    Fellow Nigerians, something big is about to happen in our dear beloved country. I wish I could foretell a pleasant development. I truly wish. But what I see is total confusion. I refuse to see mayhem out of faith and not by conviction. I’m praying, fasting and hoping that our benevolent God would avert yet another dangerous crisis hovering over our great country. Nigeria has suffered too much since attaining Independence in the year of our Lord 1960. We have tried all sorts of permutations and configurations but nothing has work to our collective benefit. Each time we thought we were close to Eldorado, something came from the blues to dash our hopes and put us all into absolute disarray.

    I sometimes wonder who we have offended as a people and a country. Why are we so jinxed? A gracious God actually provided us with everything we needed to make our lives as comfortable as we wanted or desired. God did not just provide us with what was necessary for existence HE lavished upon us goodies that many nations crave for but have never seen. However, for some unbeknown reason we chose to be a country of excruciating pain and debilitating agony.

    We have tried scholars, mediocres and even stark illiterates in government, none has taken us far. What exactly is the matter with us? This is a question begging for answer. The resolution may well be our salvation.

    I have gone through this preamble for one major reason. Say what you will about former President Olusegun Matthew Okikiolakan Aremu Obasanjo, he is one man who knows Nigeria inside out. If you like, call him tempestuous, egocentric, cantankerous, or what have you, but you cannot remove the word patriotism from his qualifiers. He is a one-man riot squad. He is a true General who is not afraid of battles, never mind wars. When he talks, the world listens, no matter what he says, or how he says it.

    The trick he used to acquire such respectability was simple. As our military Head of State, General Obasanjo voluntarily handed over power to a civilian government at a time it wasn’t fashionable to do such. If he wanted, he could have engaged in a merry-go-round transition programme but he was very smart by presenting the image of a lover of democracy to the world. Everyone, especially, the Western powers, applauded him for that singular action. He has reaped the reward many times over and indeed is still enjoying the accolade and plaudits that are a consequence of his rare feat.

    Also, General Obasanjo earnestly attracted and surrounded himself with some of our greatest names in academia and started his regular summits in Ota farm where he promptly established a humongous poultry farm. This was how he began his own personal intellectualisation process as well. He was thus able to transfigure from a rambunctious dictator to a world statesman. In fact, he was close to becoming the United Nations Secretary General. He travelled the globe several times over. At a time, he was trailing only The Madiba, Nelson Mandela, in popularity. He became the voice of our continent and was invited to chair many international occasions and bodies.

    Obasanjo seized every opportunity presented to him with both hands. He catapulted himself very skilfully to the pinnacle of leadership in his home country, Nigeria, and became almost indispensable in matters of governance. Obasanjo’s ability to speak up boldly and vociferously completed his transformation into the consciousness and conscience of our complex and complicated country. He criticised every government that came after him but met his nemesis in General Sani Abacha who brooked no rascality from any quarter. Before one could say Jack Robinson, Abacha had roped Obasanjo into some phantom plot to unseat him and pronto Obasanjo landed in an unfriendly archipelago of a prison where he languished forlornly before he was mysteriously freed several years later. His former deputy, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua wasn’t that lucky. He died in prison under strange circumstances. No one ever expected such an ugly fate to befall these highly esteemed and gargantuan leaders but this is Nigeria, a country of all possibilities.

    As fate would have it, Obasanjo’s excruciating stint in prison was compensated by the Nigerian Mafia after a short while following the demise of both General Sani Abacha and the man who had won the fairest election in Nigeria, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. It is interesting that Obasanjo inherited all the goodwill and sacrifices of Abiola, his kinsman, but yet never expressed gratitude or appreciation to his saviour and benefactor. That is a story for another time.

    Obasanjo was unceremoniously freed from imprisonment and recalled from retirement to lead the People’s Democratic Party. By then, Obasanjo had become dressed in the robe of invincibility. In a jiffy, he won the election against a very cerebral economist, Chief Oluyemisi Falae and instantly became one of Africa’s most powerful leaders and secured another fist of being a former military dictator turned civilian autocrat.

    For eight blistering years, whilst Obasanjo was at the helm of affairs of this country, he swiftly moved to stamp his authority not just on our nation but also on world affairs. He assembled a very formidable team. His economic blueprint was awesome. He was somehow able to pay off our debts, although the jury is still out on the practical effect of the debt forgiveness deal that went hand in glove with this. He embarked on aggressive infrastructure development. Everything was going well for his government. His vast knowledge of Nigeria and the world came in handy for him. He looked poised to truly create a new and greater Nigeria. But there was a snag.

    Obasanjo and his Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who incidentally turned 70 just yesterday (I congratulate and rejoice with him), engaged in a debilitating war of attrition that exposed their government to incredible perils as things fell apart. We all watched incredulously as things spiralled out of control. Obasanjo unleashed terror against known and imaginary enemies. His most effective weapon then was the war against corruption. A war that now seems to have come full circle! Two powerful agencies, EFCC and ICPC, helped to pursue the sinners and saints alike with the agility of a thoroughbred warhorse and the savageness of a wounded lion. No one dared challenge that government.

    Time flew at the speed of light. Before long, it was obvious that a third term agenda was being laid and hatched from the innermost recesses of Aso Rock to the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly. Many legislators were being coaxed or coerced into assenting to a bill to change the Nigerian Constitution and set the stage for the possibility of a third or more terms in power for the President. Somehow, this ambitious plan was torpedoed and Obasanjo and his acolytes abandoned the ship of third term and started singing a new song.

    It remains a mystery how Obasanjo arrived at his decision to force Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Nigeria as President and Vice President respectively. A party that paraded Governor Donald Duke, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iwealla, Governor Bukola Saraki, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and many others threw up this less than sparkling combination. Though Yar’Adua appeared to be a good leader, his ill-health would soon prove fatal and he couldn’t do more than his weak strength could carry. The mantle of power fell on the laps of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, a university scholar who was expected to push his team hard in some key sectors. That dream also evaporated.

    The ubiquitous godfather, General Obasanjo, would soon emerge from the grove he had retreated into and shred Jonathan, his cohorts and his party into smithereens. It is difficult to decipher what truly went awry between them but one thing led to another and the falcon could no longer hear the falconer. And that was the beginning of the end. Had Jonathan known, maybe he should have done everything under the sun to offer Obasanjo whatever pacifier was needed and necessary. Obasanjo soon assembled a group of strange bedfellows in his bid to get rid of Jonathan, by fire by force. The strangest face at his Hilltop mansion, in Abeokuta, was that of his former sworn enemy, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Somehow, they were able to brew the concoction that finally killed the ruling party and usher in another former enemy, General Muhammadu Buhari. Many of us provided the media platforms for this conspiracy forged in Hades out of our deep frustration with the manner Jonathan ran the affairs of our nation.

    Anyway, Buhari took power and many things have happened. Nigeria has eventually and ostensibly entered an unprecedented recession. No one has a clue of how long it would take before we are out of the woods. The voodoo economists have been busy cooking up cocktails upon cocktails of economic experiments but none has resolved the intractable crisis.

    I had predicted that the romance between Buhari and Obasanjo would soon evaporate and many of my friends doubted. I’m sure they did not know Obasanjo and his uncommon antecedents well. Put a gun to his throat, Obasanjo would still gasp like a stricken chicken but muster enough stamina to spit out and regurgitate whatever he had in mind to say.

    Now the chicken has come home to roost and it seems the same man that invented the pencil can also quite easily manufacture the eraser. Obasanjo has started talking in sinister overtones. Tinubu has gone quiet and cleverly eased himself out of circulation. I don’t know who is deadlier, a voluble Obasanjo or a taciturn Tinubu.

    I can see some of Buhari’s guys trying to take on both men. I read an article credited to Dr Kayode Fayemi on a certain platform and I prayed it was pure fabrication and not an interview he actually granted. It is gratifying to note that my friend has since come out to deny authorship of this Satanic Verses!

    It is too early in the tenure of this government to begin the hocus-pocus of re-election. Nigeria is dangerously haemorrhaging to death on all fronts and what we need is urgent rescue not electoral rhetoric. All this in-fighting won’t do us any good. The political pugilists should please save Nigeria from this fiendish war of egos. No matter what happens, Buhari should cool temper and manage his benefactors. Even if the leper cannot squeeze out milk from a cow, he can spill out the ones already produced.

    No one is above the law but Nigeria deserves some respite after a long period of higgledy-piggledy. All men and women of good conscience should beg our powerful forces to allow President Buhari and his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN to run their full course of four years out of which two are almost gone.

    As for me and my house, I’m willing to exercise some patience hoping that a miracle can still happen in the life of this government. If nothing tangible occurs by the end of next year, then let Nigerians start working on how to assemble a new team and strive to attract our best materials from every part of the world. It can be done and it should be done. I have seen examples of the giant strides being made by young African leaders in Rwanda, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Tanzania and Senegal. Ours should not be too different, after all we remain the Giant of Africa!


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  • Rival groups kill six hostages in tit-for-tat CAR violence

    27/Oct/2015 // 221 Viewers

    © Lassa Kossangué | Residents in the Central African Republic capital Bangui survey the aftermath of protests on October 27, 2015, over the abduction of three Christian men who were later killed

    Three hostages seized in Central African Republic this week were killed and three more seized later by another group were killed as well, apparently in retaliation, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

    Three officials from the mostly Muslim Seleka alliance were attacked while driving through a neighbourhood controlled by the rival militia on Monday.

    Later the same day, three young Christians working in a Muslim enclave of the capital, Bangui, called PK5, were abducted in an apparent act of revenge, residents said.

    The twin incidents risk derailing talks aimed at restoring order in the tumultuous country, where the former colonial power France and other international allies are pushing for elections this year. The Seleka members had been participating in the talks, convened by the interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza.

    Security minister and government spokesman Dominique Said Paguindj said all six hostages had been killed. So had another person whose identity was unclear.

    “Seven people are dead since yesterday, including the Seleka officials and the young people from Lakouanga,” he told Reuters. He did not comment on the identity of the killers.

    Sectarian violence erupted in Central African Republic in early 2013, when Seleka rebels briefly seized power in the majority Muslim country, sparking reprisal attacks from the so-called anti-balaka militia. French and U.N. peacekeeping forces have failed to restore order.

    On Tuesday, hundreds of young people erected barricades made of lead pipes and wooden planks in the second district of Bangui to protest the Christian men’s abduction. They were later dispersed by security forces.

    Tensions have been running high in the capital since late September, when a Muslim man was murdered, setting off a fresh explosion of reprisal attacks that killed 77 people.

    Political sources in Central African Republic said that the assassination of the Seleka members was surprising, since they belonged to a moderate faction known as Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC), composed mostly of ethnic Peuhls.

    The missing men included the UPC’s spokesman, Ahmat Nejad, and its secretary-general, Ahssan Bouba. The abductions come just days after anti-balaka militiamen briefly seized a senior figure in the transitional government outside Bangui.

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  • Indian all-woman UN peacekeepers to depart Liberia in February

    28/Jan/2016 // 186 Viewers

    JANUARY 28, 2016: (DGW) The Indian contingent of  all-woman UN peacekeepers deployed to the war-torn West African nation of Liberia has prepared to depart the country next month, DailyGlobeWatch can authoritatively reveal.

    The Indian contingent, sources told our reporter in Monrovia,  has been in the country on a tour of duty for the past nine years and in fact the first ever all-woman police unit in  UN peace-keeping history.

    In a valedictory ceremony held on Tuesday, President Ellen Johnson thanked the Indian women peacekeepers for their invaluable contribution in inspiring Liberian women since their arrival in the country since 2007.

    Her words:''The contribution you have made in inspiring Liberian women, imparting in them the spirit of professionalism and encouraging them to join operations that protect the nation; for that we will always be grateful. Our security service now has 17 per cent women – we owe all that to you because it was not even one percent a few years ago. And these women want to emulate you in the way you’ve served this country.

    Also speaking at the ceremony organized to honour the departing contingent, Banki Moon UN Secretary General represented by Farid Zarif commended the all-woman police unit for the legacy of dedicated service it gave the Liberia National Police and indeed the Liberian people.

    Said Zarif, “You should be proud that by your presence, you have made a tremendous contribution to bringing greater stability, confidence and assisting in the strengthening of the capacities of the Liberia National Police.

    Continuing the Liberian President Ellen Johnson said, “If I had my will, I would have recommended for another unit of the United Nations Mission in Liberia to leave so that the Indian Formed Police Unit would continue its stay in the country for the time being.

     

     
     


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  • Kenya arrests two Iranians suspected of planning attacks: ministry

    28/Nov/2015 // 234 Viewers

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan security forces have arrested two Iranian men on suspicion of planning attacks in Nairobi, the Interior Ministry and Kenyan media reported on Saturday.

    The two men had planned to attack hotels in the Kenyan capital used by tourists, business executives and diplomats, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said, according to a report carried by the website of Kenya's Daily Nation.

    Kenya has suffered from a series of attacks by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, a Sunni Muslim group that has said its assaults are aimed at driving Kenyan troops and other members of an African Union force out of Somalia.

    There was no indication of any link to the latest arrests in the ministry statements. At least one of the Iranians was identified as a Shi'ite Muslim, the predominant sect in Iran.

    "Two Iranians arrested by KE (Kenyan) security agencies with a plan to mount a terror attack in NBI (Nairobi). The plan was foiled and suspects arrested," the ministry wrote on Twitter.

    An Interior Ministry official confirmed the report.

    The ministry identified the two men as Abubakar Sadiq Louw, 69, describing him as a "senior figure" in the Nairobi Shi'ite community. It named the other as 25-year-old Yassin Sambai Juma, saying he was also from Nairobi and describing him as a "recruit".

    The two men "have admitted to conspiring to mount terror attacks" in Kenya, the ministry added on Twitter.

    Boinnet said Louw admitted to recruiting young Kenyans to spy and mount attacks, Daily Nation reported.

    In 2013, two Iranian men were sentenced to life in prison by a Kenyan court for planning to carry out bombings in the country.

    In 2014, a court ordered an Iranian man and woman held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a fine after admitting to using fake Israeli passports to enter Kenya. They had been detained on suspicion of planning an attack, but officials did not say if those suspicions were laid to rest.

     

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