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PDP tasks Joe Biden to sanction APC leaders, officials for ‘corruption, assault on democracy’

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has commends United States President Joe Biden for lifting the immigration visa restrictions on regular Nigerians but urged him to impose firm sanctions on leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and officials of the Buhari administration involved in acts of corruption and undermining our nation’s democracy.

Thai woman sentenced to 43 years in jail for insulting monarchy

A Thai court on Tuesday sentenced a 65-year-old woman to more than 43 years in jail for sharing online posts criticizing the royal family, her lawyer said, the country’s harshest ever sentence for insulting the monarchy.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia Navalnaya walk out of a plane after arriving at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia January 17, 2021. REUTERS-Polina Ivanova

Joe Biden’s team calls for release of Russian activist Alexei Navalny

The team of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday called for the release of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny after he was detained upon arrival at a Moscow airport, as the Trump administration remained quiet on the subject.
Amnesty International is calling for Ugandan officials to lift bans on social media imposed ahead of Thursday’s election.

Rights group urges lifting Ugandan social media ban

“It is alarming that the Ugandan authorities have suspended social media networks including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp and restricted people’s right to freedom of expression and access to information,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, in a press release.
After violent pro-Trump protesters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, a growing number of Republican leaders and Cabinet officials told CNN that they believe Donald Trump should be removed from office before January 20. Four of them called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, and two others said the President should be impeached.

Amnesty raps Donald Trump over Capitol mob action, labels him, ‘instigator’

Global rights group, Amnesty International, has lampooned US President Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol riots in Washington on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO - Palestinian activist Issa Amro is pushed back by an Israeli solider during clashes at a protest in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank February 23, 2018. REUTERS-Mussa Qawasma-File Photo

Israel convicts Palestinian activist of illegal protest, assault in West Bank

An Israeli military court on Wednesday convicted a Palestinian rights activist of offences in the occupied West Bank, in a case that Amnesty International described as politically motivated.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says ensuring an indivisible Nigeria and safeguarding its sovereignty were the cardinal objectives and mandate of the force, Air Marshall, Sadeeq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), said in Yola.

Numerous bandits killed in military strikes in Kaduna

The state's Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 that the bandits were killed in joint land and air operations conducted at identified locations across Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi, and Chikun local government areas.
Freelance journalists of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam Pham Chi Dung (R), Le Huu Minh Tuan (C) and Nguyen Tuong Thuy (L) stand between police during their trial at a court in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam January 5, 2021. VNA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. VIETNAM OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN VIETNAM. MANDATORY CREDIT. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.

Vietnam jails journalists for ‘propaganda’ critical of state

A court in Vietnam on Tuesday sentenced three freelance journalists known for their criticism of government to between 11 and 15 years in prison, after finding them guilty of spreading anti-state propaganda.
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Nigerian government warns ICC, Amnesty to stop threatening troops

The Federal Government says the International Criminal Court (ICC) and some human rights organisations have colluded to aggravate the security challenges facing the country.
A Federal High Court has ordered Senator Ali Ndume to be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre for failing to produce the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Senator Ndume: President Buhari should reconstitute a new cabinet if he means well for...

Senator representing Southern Borno, and Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Mohammed Ndume, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately reconstituted a new cabinet if he mean well for Nigerians in the 2021.
Omoyele Sowore

Amnesty International demands Omoyele Sowore’s release

Amnesty International has called out President Muhammadu Buhari over the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, asking him to stop targeting activists and respect human rights.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna blames sexual immorality for insecurity

The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KASUPDA) this week demolished a hotel allegedly for being the proposed venue of a sex party advertised on social media.
Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested in May 2018 along with four other human rights activists. Reuters

Saudi woman activist jailed for five years

A prominent Saudi female activist, who campaigned for women’s right to drive, has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for practically leading from the front and ensuring that the abducted Kankara schoolboys regained their freedom.

Nigeria school abductions sparked by cattle feuds, not extremism – officials

The kidnap of 344 schoolboys in northwest Nigeria had the appearance of an Islamist militant attack. There was even a video purporting to show some of the boys with members of Boko Haram, the extremists behind the 2014 kidnapping of more than 270 schoolgirls in the northeast.
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest to urge authorities to rescue hundreds of abducted schoolboys, in northwestern state of Katsina, Nigeria, December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Nigerian security forces rescue more than 300 schoolboys kidnapped by gunmen

Security forces on Thursday rescued nearly 350 schoolboys who had been kidnapped by suspected Islamist gunmen in northern Nigeria and taken into a vast forest, the governor of Katsina state said.
At least 33 Boko Haram militants were killed by Nigerian troops in a gunfight on Sunday, according to military sources on Tuesday.

Boko Haram recruited three local gangs to kidnap Katsina students – report

Boko Haram recruited three local gangs in to kidnap hundreds of schoolboys on its behalf in Katsina, security and local sources said Wednesday.
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#EndSARS: BMO accuses Amnesty, Transparency of trying to discredit states judicial panel

The Buhari Media Organization, BMO, has accused global rights watchdog, Amnesty International, and anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International, of working with their local collaborators in Nigeria to set up parallel investigative panels just so as to rubbish the judicial panels on police brutality earlier constituted by sub-national entities in the country.
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CSO faults Amnesty report against military

A human rights organisation under the aegis of Conference of Nigeria Civil Society for Peace, Human Rights and National Unity on Sunday, picked holes in the 2020 report of Amnesty International alleging rights violation and atrocities by the military troops in the North East.
Ruhollah Zam, whose Amadnews social media feed had more than 1 million followers, was convicted of fomenting violence during anti-government protests in 2017.

Iran summons German, France envoys over criticism of journalist’s execution

Iran on Sunday summoned the envoys of Germany, current holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency, and of France over criticism of the execution of an Iranian journalist, Iranian media reported.
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Amnesty urges ICC to begin full investigation into atrocities in Nigeria

Amnesty International has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to immediately open a full investigation into atrocities committed during the conflict in Northeast Nigeria.
The legal team set up by the Nigerian Army to represent the service at the ongoing Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the alleged shooting of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate has submitted its report to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Don’t be distracted by ICC investigation – Army chief tells troops

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has urged troops not to be distracted by the move by International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate war crimes against Nigerian forces in the north eastern part of the country.
Amnesty International

Amnesty backs ICC’s move to probe war crime allegations against Nigerian security agencies

Amnesty International has called for immediate investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC), following a preliminary probe over allegations of war crimes committed by the Nigerian military and Boko Haram.

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

NUJ calls for Sheikh Gumi’s arrest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday, called for the arrest of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for saying journalists are criminals for calling bandits criminals.
Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, an energy expert, has commended the Federal Government on plans to make available 600,000 gas cylinders in the country as part of effort to drive Liquified Natural Gas (LPG) penetration.

Nigerian government to launch new pricing framework for gas operations

The chairman of National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the federal government will launch a new pricing framework to regulate operations in the gas sector.
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OPC nabs four ‘kidnappers’ in Ibarapa

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“Now countries are still pursuing deals that will compromise the COVAX supply,” WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward told a briefing. “Without a doubt.”

WHO: Countries threaten global COVAX vaccine supply by making own deals

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The whereabouts of Dr Jones Gilbert Ayuwo, a lecturer with the Linguistics and Communications Department of the University of Port Harcourt, who was abducted by four gunmen on Sunday, February 21, remains unknown.

UNIPORT confirms abduction of lecturer

The whereabouts of Dr Jones Gilbert Ayuwo, a lecturer with the Linguistics and Communications Department of the University of Port Harcourt, who was abducted by four gunmen on Sunday, February 21, remains unknown.
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Investigations set to begin in DR Congo following the death of Italian envoy

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American golfing icon Tiger Woods has been taken to hospital with what reports called “multiple leg injuries” after his car somersaulted in a crash.

Tiger Woods will not face charges over crash

Tiger Woods will not face any criminal charges following his single-car crash on Tuesday that left him with serious injuries.
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Insecurity: Cross River APC chieftain urges other governors adopt Governor Ayade’s crime bursting blueprint

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Mr Goddy Akpama, has applauded Governor Ben Ayade’s handling of security issues in the state.
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Ghana receives world’s first doses of free Covax vaccines

Ghana received Wednesday the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free, as the world races to contain the pandemic.