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Migrants protesting against the military junta in Myanmar hold pictures of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a candlelight vigil at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand, March 28, 2021. REUTERS-Jorge Silva-File Photo

Thousands suspended at Myanmar universities as junta targets education

More than 11,000 academics and other university staff opposed to Myanmar's ruling junta have been suspended after going on strike in protest against military rule, a teachers' group told Reuters.
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Experts: Nigeria’s 450,000 security officers grossly inadequate

As part of efforts to curb the security challenges bedevilling the country, the government has been urged to recruit more security personnel to help in the fight against insecurity.

EHRC: Police hold children in ‘dire’ conditions in Ethiopia’s Oromiya

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on Thursday that police from the Oromiya region are holding a large number of detainees, including babies and children, without charge, in “unhygienic and overcrowded” police stations across the region.
Kenyan judge Martha Koome has defended dissidents and helped to write women's rights into the constitution - now she's on track to be the first female chief justice in a country where the role is particularly sensitive.

Kenya set to appoint first female chief justice at sensitive moment

Kenyan judge Martha Koome has defended dissidents and helped to write women's rights into the constitution - now she's on track to be the first female chief justice in a country where the role is particularly sensitive.
Africa medics warn of India-like Covid surge. (Photo by:Emmanuel Osodi/Majority World/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Ivory Coast busts gang forging coronavirus test certificates

Ivory Coast has arrested around a dozen people, including three nurses, on suspicion of selling fake negative Covid-19 test certificates to air travellers, police sources told AFP on Tuesday.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen free 45 South African prisoners on way to court

Armed assailants on Wednesday freed 45 prisoners awaiting trial in South Africa on their way to their court hearings.
General view of the ASEAN leaders' meeting at the the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat building in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 24, 2021. Courtesy of Laily Rachev/Indonesian Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

ASEAN changed Myanmar statement on release of political detainees – sources

A draft statement circulating the day before a Southeast Asian leaders' summit on the Myanmar crisis included the release of political prisoners as one of its "consensus" points, said three sources familiar with the document.
FILE PHOTO - A screen grab from Myanmar state television broadcast from February 3, 2021 shows General Min Aung Hlaing speaking during a meeting. MRTV-Handout via REUTERS

Myanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit on first foreign trip since coup

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Indonesia on April 24, a Thai foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, for his first known foreign trip since he staged a Feb. 1 coup.
Junta spokesman Brig. Gen. Zaw Min Tun told a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, that the country was returning to normal and government ministries and banks would resume full operations soon.

Myanmar: 19 people sentenced to death by military court

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military-owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday — the first such sentences announced in public since February 1 coup and crackdown on protesters.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

ECOWAS should halt genocidal attacks on unarmed protesters in Benin Republic

Though barred from contesting the forthcoming presidential election Madougou is seen as a threat to the realisation of the ambition of the anti democratic forces in Benin Republic. Reckya Madougou’s candidacy for the April 11 election was said to have been rejected on the ground that she failed to garner required signatures of support from local mayors and lawmakers.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators are seen before a clash with security forces in Taze, Sagaing Region, Myanmar April 7, 2021, in this image obtained by Reuters. Photo obtained by REUTERS.

Myanmar junta says protests are dwindling as at least 10 reported killed by troops

Myanmar’s junta said on Friday that a protest campaign against its rule was dwindling since people wanted peace, and that it would hold elections within two years, the first timeframe it has given for a return to democracy since its Feb. 1 coup.

China sentences two ex-Xinjiang officials to death on separatism charges

Two former government officials in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang have been sentenced to death on charges involving separatism.
Members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are deliberately attacking security formations in the South East to steal weapons in order to fight for the actualisation of the Biafra Republic, experts and security operatives have said.

Imo attacks: IPOB building armoury to actualise Biafra – ex-police chief

Members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are deliberately attacking security formations in the South East to steal weapons in order to fight for the actualisation of the Biafra Republic, experts and security operatives have said.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Gunmen free over 2,000 prisoners in Imo

No fewer than 2,000 inmates escaped on Monday morning in Owerri, the Imo State capital when suspected hoodlums attacked the Correctional Facility near the State Government House.

US accuses Nigeria of significant human rights abuses

The United States has accusesd Nigeria of significant human rights abuses in its latest ‘’Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2020’’, released Wednesday by the Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.
A general view shows Champhai town in India's northeastern state of Mizoram near the India's Myanmar border March 9, 2021. REUTERS-Devjyot Ghoshal

Some Myanmar police say fled to India after refusing orders

When Tha Peng was ordered to shoot at protesters with his submachine gun to disperse them in the Myanmar town of Khampat on Feb. 27, the police lance corporal said he refused.
Security force officers hold shields in Nyaung-U, Myanmar, March 7, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media by Reuters.

Protests erupt across Myanmar; Suu Kyi party official dies in custody

An official from the party of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi died overnight in police custody, associates said, while protests were held in at least half a dozen cities in some of the most widespread action against the coup last month.
FILE PHOTO - Protesters cover with makeshift shields during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar, March 3, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar forces fire tear gas, stun grenades on protest as U.N. envoy calls for...

The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar called on the U.N. Security Council to take action against the ruling junta after the killings of protesters who have continued to defy security forces at demonstrations against last month’s coup.
Protesters set off smoke grenades to block the view from snipers in Sanchaung, Yangon, Myanmar March 3, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters. Video obtained by REUTERS

Myanmar police break up protests as ASEAN diplomatic effort stalls

Security forces fired in the air and used tear gas to break up anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar’s two biggest cities on Wednesday, witnesses said, a day after a regional diplomatic push to help end the month-long crisis made little headway.
Myanmar migrants to be deported from Malaysia are seen inside an immigration truck, in Lumut, Malaysia February 23, 2021. REUTERS-Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia court allows temporary stay of deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals

A Malaysian court has allowed a temporary stay of deportation of 1,200 Myanmar detainees who were scheduled to be sent back on Tuesday, according to a lawyer for rights groups that petitioned to stop the deportation.
Dozens of people, believed to be Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who were dropped off from a boat are pictured on a beach near Sungai Belati, Perlis, Malaysia in this undated handout photo released April 8, 2019. Royal Malaysian Police-Handout-REUTERS

U.S. voices concern as Myanmar ships arrive in Malaysia to pick up detainees

The United States has expressed concerns about Malaysia’s plans to deport asylum seekers and others from Myanmar, as the nearby country’s navy ships arrived in Malaysian waters to pick them up.

Court grants bail to 63 detained Oyigbo residents

A human rights and advocacy research group, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) said yesterday that 63 residents of Oyigbo in Rivers State detained in three facilities belonging to the Nigerian Army, Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police in Abuja, have regained their freedom.

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VP Osinbajo to represent Nigeria at Ugandan presidential inauguration

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Lagos recovers N50 million over fraudulent real estate activities

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had recovered more than N50 million from parties involved in illegal real estate transaction activities.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, stated this when the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) rose from its meeting on Wednesday at the NGF Secretariat in Abuja.

Gombe eyes World Bank loan to address erosion at Federal College

The state’s Deputy Governor, Manassah Jatau, made the declaration in Gombe on Tuesday when a Presidential Visitation Panel, led by Prof. Kenneth Okiongbo, visited the school.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi traffic agency to enforce ban on commercial motorcyclists – chairman

The Bauchi State Road Traffic Agency (BAROTA), on Tuesday, reiterated that activities of commercial motorcycle riders, popularly known as ‘Okada’ or ‘Achaba’, remained banned in the state.

South Sudan faces its worst food security crisis as humanitarian aid dwindles

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Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO chief: Pandemic grip keeps world in ‘perilous situation’

Amidst an “unacceptably high plateau” in COVID-19 cases and deaths globally, the UN health agency chief on Monday shone a light on last week’s death toll that totalled almost 90,000 people and 5.4 million reported cases.
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ICG: Nigeria’s herder-farmer conflict could escalate if NLTP fails

Nigeria’s herder-farmer conflict could escalate to wider violence if federal and state governments fail to implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned.