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A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank to invest $5 billion in Africa’s drylands

The World Bank Group plans to invest over $5 billion over the next five years to help restore degraded landscapes and improve agriculture productivity.
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.
Ethiopia says its forces have killed three members of the conflict-hit Tigray region’s former ruling party, including ex-Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.

Tigray: Ethiopian army kills ex-foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin

Ethiopia says its forces have killed three members of the conflict-hit Tigray region’s former ruling party, including ex-Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

FAO: Swarms of desert locust invading East Africa

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has alerted that swarms of desert locust are migrating and reaching new parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania.

Somalia’s al Shabaab says behind Turkish company attack, four dead

A car bomb targeting workers of a Turkish company killed four people including one Turkish citizen on Saturday in Somalia, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said.

Car bomb targeting Turkish company kills four in Somalia – ministry

A car bomb targeting workers of a Turkish company killed four people including one Turkish citizen on Saturday in Somalia, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said.
Members of the Oromo community march in St Paul, Minnesota, on July 8, 2020, in protest over the death of musician Hachalu Hundessa [Brandon Bell-Getty Images-AFP]

Report: Ethiopia troops killed dozens following musician’s murder

Ethiopian security forces killed more than 75 people and injured nearly 200 during the deadly ethnic unrest in June and July following the killing of a popular singer, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has said in a report.

Nigeria needs modern audit law to tackle corruption – CSOs

The present use of 1956 Audit Ordinance by Nigeria has been identified as the major reason for the widespread corruption in the country.
Ahmed Mohamed Islam better known as “Ahmed Madobe,” speaks after his reelection as President of Jubaland, a semi-autonomous state of Somalia, in Kismayo, on Aug. 22, 2019.

Somalia says it will cut diplomatic ties with Kenya  

The Somali government announced on Monday it would cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Kenya, citing violations of Somalia’s sovereignty.

First foreign aid convoy reaches capital of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray

The first international aid convoy arrived Saturday in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region since fighting broke out more than a month ago, triggering a refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed smiles during an African Union (AU) summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Insecurity holds up aid to Ethiopia’s Tigray region – aid workers

Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is too volatile for aid to reach hundreds of thousands of civilians in need, humanitarian workers said on Sunday, amid reports of persistent fighting, looting and lawlessness.

PDP House of Reps caucus calls on FEC to declare President Buhari incapable of...

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives has called on members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to invoke the provisions of Section 144 (1) of the Constitution by declaring President Muhammadu Buhari incapable of ruling the country.
Arta Solar, the Djibouti club captained by former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, suffered a humiliating 9-1 CAF Confederation Cup defeat on Friday by Al Mokawloon Al Arab in Egypt.

CAFCC: Alex Song-led Djibouti side suffer 9-1 bashing

Arta Solar, the Djibouti club captained by former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, suffered a humiliating 9-1 CAF Confederation Cup defeat on Friday by Al Mokawloon Al Arab in Egypt.
FILE PHOTO- Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a question and answer session with lawmakers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 30, 2020. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

United Nations, Ethiopia reach aid pact for war-hit Tigray

Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement on Wednesday to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people.
“For that reason, the Federal Government of Somalia recalls the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Somalia to the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Maxamed Ahmed Nur Tarzan, and instructs the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Federal Republic of Somalia, Mr. Lucas Tumbo, to depart to Kenya for consultation,” it added.

Somalia recalls ambassador to Kenya in row over alleged political interference

The Horn of Africa has once again experienced renewed tensions this weekend.
Rebel forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region claimed they shot down a military plane and retook a town from federal forces on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in the northern region.

Tigray forces say they shot down Ethiopian plane, retook Axum

Rebel forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region claimed they shot down a military plane and retook a town from federal forces on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in the northern region.
A member of the Amhara Special Forces looks on as he holds his rifle at the 5th Battalion of the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Army in Dansha, Ethiopia. EDUARDO SOTERAS - AFP

Ethiopia says military operation in Tigray region is over, hunt for Tigray leaders begins

The police late on Saturday issued arrest warrants for 17 more military officers charged with crimes in connection with the conflict that include treason and embezzlement of public properties, state-affiliated Fana TV reported. They add to the 117 warrants issued for senior military officers it says are connected to TPLF since the conflict broke out.
President Uhuru Kenyatta issued new orders Wednesday aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Kenya, European Council leaders resolve to pursue end to Ethiopian military offensive

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, on Tuesday agreed to pursue an end to the fight in Ethiopia which is threatening the stability of the Eastern Africa region.

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The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo governor, PDP leaders fighting over sharing formula for positions – APC

Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Edo State, Col. David Imuse (Rtd) said Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government is unexplainably slow because of hidden conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to the French Bakery and Pastry Federation members next to the traditional epiphany cake, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France January 13, 2021. Francois Mori-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

France to tighten legislation on incest – president

France will tighten its laws on incest, President Emmanuel Macron said in a series of tweets on Saturday, after publication of a book accusing a top French political commentator of abusing his stepson sparked outrage across the country.
Rivers United midfielder Kehinde Adedipe says he’s confident the team will get the better of Rangers in the first game of th NPFL season.

Rivers United defeat Bloemfontein Celtics in CAF Confederation qualifier

The Pride of Rivers had registered a 2-0 win when they played the first leg in South Africa in December and despite the uncertainties that postponed and rescheduled the second leg, Stanley Eguma’s men delivered yet another flawless performance.
Alhaji Basheer Mohammed, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), made this known at the presentation of the materials to the IDPs on Saturday in Shira LGA of Bauchi State.

Nigerian government distributes relief materials to IDPs in Bauchi

Alhaji Basheer Mohammed, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), made this known at the presentation of the materials to the IDPs on Saturday in Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The Miyetti Allah has called for the arrest of Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho for the alleged assault on the Seriki Fulani of Oyo state, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir.

Miyetti Allah calls for Sunday Igboho’s arrest

The Miyetti Allah has called for the arrest of Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho for the alleged assault on the Seriki Fulani of Oyo state, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir.