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FILE PHOTO - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech in Minsk, Belarus May 26, 2021. Press Service of the President of the Republic of Belarus-Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Belarus introduces prison sentences for taking part in protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday signed into law prison sentences for people taking part in protests or insulting state officials, part of an unprecedented crackdown by the veteran leader since a disputed election last year.
Aimable Karasira, 40, a former university lecturer, runs a popular YouTube channel with over 62 000 subscribers, from where he launches regular attacks against the Rwandan government.

Rwanda police arrest YouTuber for ‘genocide denial’

Rwandan authorities on Monday said they had arrested a highly critical YouTuber on charges of denying the 1994 genocide, which could land him in jail for over a decade if he is found guilty.
Antonio Guterres

UN secretary-general calls for release of civilian leaders in Mali

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for civilian leaders in Mali to be released, after military officers upset with a government reshuffle detained the president and prime minister at an army camp.
Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff and military junta spokesperson Ismael Wague (C) holds a press conference in Kati on August 19, 2020, a day after the military arrested Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and he officially resigned.

Mali army detains president, prime minister after government reshuffle, triggering coup fears

Malian officers upset with a government reshuffle have detained the president and prime minister at an army camp outside the capital, triggering broad international condemnation and demands for their immediate release.
Nigeria Police

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.
A police officer uses pepper spray against demonstrators as they attempt to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day, during a nationwide "full closure" imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contagion, in Istanbul, Turkey May 1, 2021. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish police detain hundreds at lockdown May Day marches

Turkish police detained 212 demonstrators after scuffles broke out at May Day marches on Saturday amid a coronavirus-related curfew, according to the Istanbul governor’s office and Reuters witnesses.

Kebbi: NSCDC sets up committee to investigate ‘extortion’

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) says it has set up a five-man committee to investigate alleged N1 million extortion by its staff in Kebbi State.
Security forces in Italy on Monday detained dozens of people across the country in a crackdown on Mafia organisations.

Italian police arrest 99 in anti-Mafia operations

In the morning, Italian police executed 99 arrest warrants in the southern city of Bari as part of an anti-Mafia operation, news agency ANSA reported.
A demonstrator is taken away by law enforcement officers during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg, Russia April 21, 2021. REUTERS-Anton Vaganov

Russia arrests over 1,700 at rallies for hunger-striking Alexei Navalny

Police rounded up more than 1,700 protesters on Wednesday as Russians in dozens of cities took part in rallies organised by allies of hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny over his failing health in jail.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers a statement as he meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, Belgium, April 14, 2021. REUTERS-Johanna Geron-Pool

U.S. imposes visa curbs on those who undermined Ugandan elections

The United States is imposing visa bans on Ugandan government officials accused of human rights violation and repressive acts that tainted the January election, putting pressure on longtime Western ally President Yoweri Museveni.
Jordan's Prince Hamza has pledged to disobey military orders to not communicate with the outside world after he was put under house arrest, in an audio recording released on Monday.

UN rights office voices concern over arrests in Jordan

The United Nations human rights office has said that it was unclear whether Jordan’s Prince Hamzah remains under de facto house arrest and voiced concern at what it called a lack of transparency surrounding at least 16 detentions.
Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Five killed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding several, media said, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta.
Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Bloodshed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops stormed an anti-coup protest camp on Wednesday, a resident said, in a pre-dawn operation that local media said killed and wounded several demonstrators, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta.
Jordan's Prince Hamza has pledged to disobey military orders to not communicate with the outside world after he was put under house arrest, in an audio recording released on Monday.

Jordan’s Prince Hamza says he will disobey army orders to keep silent

Jordan's Prince Hamza has pledged to disobey military orders to not communicate with the outside world after he was put under house arrest, in an audio recording released on Monday.
A person shows a painted Easter egg with a sign reading Spring Revolution following the protests against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar April 3, 2021 in this picture obtained by Reuters from social media.

Easter eggs a symbol of defiance for Myanmar protesters

Opponents of military rule in Myanmar inscribed messages of protest on Easter eggs on Sunday while thousands of others were back on the streets, denouncing a Feb. 1 coup and facing off with the security forces who shot and killed two men.
A man flashes the three-finger salute as he passes burning tires during a protest against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar April 1, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar protesters vow to keep up action as internet blackout widens

People in Myanmar opposed to the military junta marched, observed strikes and scrambled to overcome a shutdown of the internet on Friday, undaunted by the generals’ bloody suppression of protests during the past two months.

U.N. experts alarmed by Russian security contractors’ ‘abuses’ in Central Africa

U.N. experts expressed alarm on Wednesday over reports of executions and other abuses by Russian security contractors in Central African Republic and over their close contacts with U.N. peacekeepers.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticised his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi after the recent execution of nine people in Egypt, saying he refused to talk to someone like him.

Turkey detains 218 people linked to failed coup

Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday ordered the detention of a total of 218 suspects over their alleged links to a network behind a failed coup in 2016, local media reported.
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

EU foreign affairs ministers to issue sanctions for rights abuses

The European Union’s 27 foreign affairs ministers are expected to endorse sanctions against various individuals and entities for human rights abuses on Monday, according to EU diplomats.
Riot police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, March 19, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar security forces kill eight as Indonesia calls for end to violence

Myanmar security forces shot dead at least one opponent of military rule on Friday, a witness said, as ousted lawmakers explored whether the International Criminal Court can investigate crimes against humanity since a Feb. 1 coup.
Bobi Wine

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine briefly detained while leading protests

Uganda's opposition leader Bobi Wine was briefly detained on Monday as he led an anti-government demonstration in the capital, his latest effort to reject the results of a January presidential election he says he won.

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Wednesday that the United States and Britain should lift their block on the export of COVID-19 vaccines.

Italian premier calls for Euros final to be moved from Wembley

The prime minister of Italy has called for the Euro 2020 final to be moved from Wembley due to coronavirus concerns. Mario Draghi says the level of infection in the United Kingdom means alternative venues must be considered.
Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo

Laurent Gbagbo files for divorce, to end 30-year marriage

Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo filed for divorce on Monday from his wife of three decades, his lawyer said, days after his highly anticipated return to the country.
Hon Justice Monica Bolna’an Dongban-Mensem is currently the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, Nigeria and Life Member of Body of Benchers.

Appeal court president inaugurates special court sitting 270 cases in Jos

The President of the Court of Appeal, Hon Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has organised a special court sitting in Jos where about 270 Motions and Appeals would be addressed for quick dispensation of justice.
The logo of MTN is pictured in Abuja, Nigeria September 11, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde-File Photo

MTN to invest N640 billion to expand broadband access

MTN Nigeria plans to invest N640 billion (approximately US$1.5 billion) over the next three years to expand broadband access across the continent’s most populous country, in line with the federal government’s 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan and in support of MTN Group’s strategy, Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.
The three survivors of Sunday’s sporadic shooting by a police operative in Enugu have regained consciousness, a medical doctor at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, has said.

Enugu: Victims of police shooting stable – physician

The three survivors of Sunday’s sporadic shooting by a police operative in Enugu have regained consciousness, a medical doctor at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, has said.

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NURTW: We aren’t part of PMS ‘atrocities’ in Oyo

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has distanced itself from the alleged nefarious activities of the Park Management System (PMS) in Oyo State.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi governor: No proof South-east is marginalised

Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Mr. Dave Umahi, has said it will be difficult to prove that the South-east is marginalised as being perceived by people of the region.
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 kill two, kidnap two others in Ondo

There was tension in Ajowa Akoko, Akoko North-west Local Government Area of Ondo State on Wednesday, as gunmen invaded the home of a farmer.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Ekiti 2022: Governor Fayemi’s performance‘ll make the job easier for APC – party chairman

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Akinlayo Kolawole, has disclosed that the performances of the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration would make next year’s governorship election easier for the party to win in the state.
Yoruba secessionist agitator Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise known as Sunday Igboho, has distanced himself from a statement that angry Yoruba youth would invade the palace of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

Yoruba ‘activist’ issues fresh eviction notice to herdsmen

A self-styled Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has issued a fresh eviction notice on herdsmen in the six South-west states of Nigeria.