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Guns, blood and Nigeria’s borderless international borders

In 2008 the research topic for my 2nd Masters programme was titled “International Small Arms Regime And The State:” The focus was on Africa and Nigeria.
Some 300 marines standing at attention aboard the USS Winston Churchill were greeted by a Sudanese military band in Port Sudan, a strategically important city on the Red Sea that serves as Sudan’s main port.

U.S. destroyer docks in Sudan for the first time in decades

A U.S. naval destroyer docked on Sudan’s Red Sea coast on Monday in the latest sign of thawing relations with the United States, a day after a visit by a Russian frigate.
The IOM says at least 20,000 migrants died since 2014 while trying to reach Europe crossing the Mediterranean, including 161 this year [Alberto Pizzoli-AFP]

Italy’s coastguard searches for survivors after migrant shipwreck

The Italian coastguard has launched a rescue operation after a boat carrying at least 50 migrants and refugees capsized overnight off the coast of Lampedusa.
Security forces clash with demonstrators during anti-government protests in Tunis, Tunisia, January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Zoubeir Souissi

Hundreds protest police repression, corruption in Tunisia

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Tunisian cities on Saturday to protest police repression, corruption and poverty, following several nights of unrest marked by clashes and arrests.
The flags of Morocco, Israel, and the United States flutter from the cockpit of an El Al airplane that landed in Morocco's capital Rabat for the first Israel-Morocco direct commercial flight on December 22, 2020 - US EMBASSY IN MOROCCO-AFP-File

Moroccan Jews await commercial flights to Israel

"We Moroccan Jews, did not have this possibility in our minds to return, but now it exists. His Majesty paved the way. It is a true revolution but the impact will not be seen until much later when we come out of this pandemic," said Fanny Mergui, a saleswoman.
A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.

US diplomat visits Western Sahara after Morocco-Israel deal

A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.
Tunisia has arrested a suspected branch leader of Al-Qaeda in North Africa, along with several others suspected of planning “terrorist” attacks, a judicial spokesman said Friday.

Tunisia arrests suspected Al-Qaeda branch leader

Tunisia has arrested a suspected branch leader of Al-Qaeda in North Africa, along with several others suspected of planning “terrorist” attacks, a judicial spokesman said Friday.
The African Development Bank, AfDB, says it has approved a 70 million dollar loan for a road project in Ebonyi. The bank said on its website on Friday that it would provide $40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), would contribute $30 million for the project.

AfDB appoints directors-general, deputy directors-general in regional offices

The African Development Bank Group has announced the appointment of directors-general for the East, Central and Southern Africa regions and deputy general for the East, Central, Northern, Southern and West Africa regions.
Walid Kechida, 25, was accused of insulting President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and “offending the precepts” of Islam in internet memes and other online posts, said Kaci Tansaout, from the CNLD prisoners’ rights group.

Algerian jailed for three years for political protest memes

Walid Kechida, 25, was accused of insulting President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and “offending the precepts” of Islam in internet memes and other online posts, said Kaci Tansaout, from the CNLD prisoners’ rights group.
Qatar’s sports broadcasting network has signed a new deal to retain the rights to air all English Premier League games for another three years in the Middle East amid a long-running dispute with Saudi Arabia over the pirating of football broadcasts.

Qatari sports network beIN retains Premier League TV rights

Qatar’s sports broadcasting network has signed a new deal to retain the rights to air all English Premier League games for another three years in the Middle East amid a long-running dispute with Saudi Arabia over the pirating of football broadcasts.
Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from Palestinians.

Bahrain open to imports from illegal Israeli settlements

Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from Palestinians.
The World Health Organization, WHO has urged countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, especially in Africa, where many families are planning get-togethers as the year comes to a close.

WHO warns of coronavirus surge in Nigeria, other Africa countries

The World Health Organization, WHO, has urged countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, especially in Africa, where many families are planning get-togethers as the year comes to a close.
Babagana Umara Zulum

Governor Zulum: Borno’s 25-year development plan to drive stability, stimulate growth

The Borno Government has launched a 25-year “Development Plan’’ that would ‘’drive stabilization, boost recovery efforts and stimulate growth across all sectors in the state’’, according to Gov. Babagana Zulum.
A wildfire has killed two people west of the Algerian capital, the emergency services said Saturday, one of a spate of seasonal blazes to hit the north African country.

Wildfire kills two in Algeria

A wildfire has killed two people west of the Algerian capital, the emergency services said Saturday, one of a spate of seasonal blazes to hit the north African country.
Harrison Kingston has left reigning Premier League champions Liverpool to take up a role with the Moroccan Football Federation.

Liverpool coaching staff member leaves club for Morocco

Harrison Kingston has left reigning Premier League champions Liverpool to take up a role with the Moroccan Football Federation.
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-IMF annual meetings in Morocco postponed until 2022

The Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) scheduled to take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, in October 2021 has been postponed by 12 months until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A lot of progress was made today,” Stephanie Williams, the UN’s acting envoy to the troubled North African nation, said at the end of the first day of talks.

UN hails ‘progress’ as military rivals meet in Libya

Rival Libyan military officers began talks Monday on home soil for the first time following a ceasefire agreement last month, discussing the implementation of the deal.
The Algerian Football Federation has tied Djamel Belmadi to a new deal that will see him remain as Desert Foxes coach until the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Algeria coach’s contract extended until 2022 World Cup

The Algerian Football Federation has tied Djamel Belmadi to a new deal that will see him remain as Desert Foxes coach until the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.
Kais Saied is a Tunisian politician, jurist and former lecturer serving as the fifth President of Tunisia since October 2019. He was president of the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law from 1995 to 2019.

Pandemic impact on Tunisia tourism ‘catastrophic’

Tunisia's tourism sector has collapsed, officials warned on Saturday, with earnings plunging 60% and swathes of hotels at risk of closing permanently.
Libyan youth block a road with burning tyres in the eastern city of Benghazi to protest against poor public services and living conditions. Yahoo News

Libyan protestors burn eastern government offices

Police and firefighters quickly arrived, but the fire destroyed the main entrance to the building.
A South African Airways (SAA) plane is towed at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, January 18, 2020. REUTERS-Rogan Ward-File Photo

Ethiopian Airlines in rescue talks with South African Airways – official

Ethiopian Airlines is in talks over possible involvement in the rescue of flagship carrier South African Airways (SAA), the head of the airline told Reuters on Friday.
Former EFA vice-president Ahmed Shobier has revealed the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt has been misplaced by Egypt Football Federation.

AFCON trophy misplaced by Egypt Football Federation

Former EFA vice-president Ahmed Shobier has revealed the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt has been misplaced by Egypt Football Federation.

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Senator Lawan felicitates with VP Osinbajo at 64

The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as he marks his 64th birthday anniversary on Monday, March 8, 2021.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

International Women’s Day: Senate president felicitates with Nigerian women

The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Nigerian women as they celebrate the annual International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Ex-DSS director: Calls for negotiation, amnesty for bandits senseless, bizarre

A former Director in the Department of State Services DSS, Barr. Mike Ejiofor, has described as senseless and bizarre, the call by an Islamic Cleric, Abubakar Gumi that the federal government grants amnesty to armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken to terrorism in some parts of the country.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to rededicate himself and his ample talents to the betterment of the nation and its people.

Senator Tinubu hails VP Osinbajo at 64

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to rededicate himself and his ample talents to the betterment of the nation and its people.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

Delta governor congratulates new GOC, General Fejokwu

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Maj.-Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu on his appointment as General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Lagos.

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Israel’s top court ruled Tuesday the government must curb its use of the domestic spy agency to track coronavirus infections, saying “draconian” surveillance constituted a blow to democracy.

Israeli court limits use of spy agency to track coronavirus cases

Israel’s top court ruled Tuesday the government must curb its use of the domestic spy agency to track coronavirus infections, saying “draconian” surveillance constituted a blow to democracy.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Abia rural women receive N20 million in federal government cash grants

The federal government at the weekend disbursed N20 million in cash grants to rural women in Abia rural, each recipient getting N20,000. The disbursement was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Alhaji Bashir Nura Alkali.
A Senegalese opposition collective on Saturday called for fresh protests starting Monday, following days of clashes that have left at least four people dead.

Schoolboy among five dead in Senegal unrest

A schoolboy was killed during violent protests in Senegal at the weekend, officials said, bringing the death toll from days of violence in the country to five.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor promises more dividends of democracy during second term

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says he will give more dividends of democracy to the people of the state during his second term in office.
A Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019, Chief Charles Udeogaranya, has said that the way things are going in Nigeria, Ndigbo Republic may emerge instead of Biafra.

Charles Udeogaranya: Ndigbo Republic may emerge if South-East fails to produce president in 2023

According to him, “if after 50 years of Nigeria/Biafra civil war and political power brokers do not find it expediently urgent to close this monumental gap of inequality by giving a sense of belonging to the South-East region of Nigeria, then Ndigbo Republic (NR) is inevitable and I will lead the struggle of its actualisation.”