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Princess Ubolratana disqualified as Thai PM candidate

Thailand's Election Commission has disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister, ending a stunning, short-lived candidacy for a populist party after King Maha Vajiralongkorn called the bid "inappropriate".
Men carry rafts and kayaks used during white water rafting at Itanda falls on the River Nile near Jinja district, 109km east of the Ugandan capital of Kampala [James Akena-Reuters]

Outcry after Uganda uses ‘curvy women’ to boost tourism

Female Ugandan activists on Thursday slammed a government campaign to use "curvy women" as a tourism "product", which has sparked a furore in the east African nation.
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Pakistan court upholds Aasia Bibi’s blasphemy acquittal

Pakistan's Supreme Court has upheld the acquittal of a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, standing by its earlier verdict that sparked days of protests, death threats and nationwide chaos.

Femi Falana petitions NHRC, seeks compensation for victims of 2017 Rann bombing

A senior Nigerian lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking compensation for the families of about 200 Internally-displaced persons (IDPs) ‘mistakenly’ bombed in January 2017 by a Nigeria airforce jet at a camp in Rann, Borno State.
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Justice Onnoghen: My life is under threat – Dennis Aghanya

The Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption and Research-based Data Initiative, Dennis Aghanya, has raised the alarm over threats to his life following his petition against Justice Walter Onnoghen for failing to declare five bank accounts with about $3m.

Activist cautions Nigerians not to politicize Justice Onnoghen’s case

A human right activist, Mr Modibbo Bakare, has urged Nigerians to thread with caution in order to avoid the politicisation of the case filed against the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen.
Zimbabwe police fired teargas to disperse a crowd queuing for bread at a shopping centre near central Harare [Philimon Bulawayo-Reuters]

Uneasy calm in Zimbabwe amid stay-at-home fuel price protest

An uneasy calm returned to Zimbabwe's main cities but businesses and schools remained closed and mobile networks enforced a government internet shutdown on the final day of a national strike triggered by a steep rise in fuel prices.

Police detain leading Zimbabwe activist after protests

Leading Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire was detained by police on Wednesday when he was taken from his house in a widening crackdown after anti-government protests, AFP reporters witnessed.

Media urged to promote national security, good governance

A Human Rights activist, Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko, has urged the media to continue to promote national security through their reportage.
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China arrests Marxist student leader for celebrating Mao Zedong’s birthday

Chinese police detained a well-known Marxist student activist at a top university on Wednesday, a witness said, for attempting to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Mao Zedong, whose legacy in China remains controversial.
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CSOs protest Deji Adeyanju’s arraignment for murder in Kano

A coalition of civil society groups on Wednesday protested the arraignment of an Abuja activist and Convener, Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, for attempted homicide and criminal conspiracy before a Kano Magistrates’ Court.
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National Assembly summons US ambassador over visa denial

The National Assembly has summoned the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, over the alleged high rate of visa denial of Nigerians.

Mudashiru Obasa: Nigeria, Yoruba nation will miss Fredrick Fasehun

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Sunday commiserated with the leadership of the Oodua Peoples Congress over the death of its national leader, Dr Frederick Fasehun.

Bola Tinubu: Frederick Fasehun left behind fine legacies

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday, described the late Dr Fredrick Fasehun as a renowned pro-democracy and good governance activist who left behind fine legacies.
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Court jails pregnant blogger for defacing flag

A Vietnamese blogger was sentenced to nearly three years in jail on Friday for smearing white paint on the national flag in the one-party communist country where defacing state symbols is deemed an egregious offence.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is to kick-start his campaign for the 2019 presidential election through an address to Nigerians on Facebook on Monday.

Federal government urges US to be cautious of granting visa to Atiku Abubakar

The Federal Government tells the US to be cautious in granting visa to the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in order not to create the impression of endorsing him for the 2019 election.
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2019: Activists warns against ‘money bag’ politicians

An activist, Mr John Oluwole, on Monday urged Nigerians to be wary of “ money bag’’ politicians.

Debo Adeniran: EFCC, ICPC too elitist for anti-graft war

Front-line rights activist and executive chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran, has observed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), are too elitist for the fight against corruption.

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Police officer, 8 others killed in Rivers

At least nine persons including a police officer, have been reportedly killed by gunmen at different locations in three local government areas of Rivers State.

Election postponement: APC manipulating INEC to rig polls – Senator Jang

Former Governor of Plateau State and Senator representing Plateau North, Dr Jonah David Jang, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of manipulating the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enable them rig the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

Labour Party candidate receives postponement news with mix feeling

The Labour Party governorship candidate in Kwara state, Issa Aremu, has said the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was accompanied with mixed feelings.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has ruled out political influence in the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections earlier scheduled to hold on February 16 and March 2, 2019.

INEC rules out political influence in election postponement

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has ruled out political influence in the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections earlier scheduled to hold on February 16 and March 2, 2019.
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Adams Oshiomhole: Nobody had clue elections won’t go on

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has condemned the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission.