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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara walks after his inauguration ceremony in Abidjan, Ivory Coast December 14, 2020. REUTERS-Luc Gnago

Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara sworn in for disputed third term

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara took the oath of office for a controversial third term on Monday, urging the opposition to help “defuse tensions” ahead of general elections early next year.
Trump’s fans on Europe’s far right have gone online to take the soon to be former president’s side [Kacper Pempel-Reuters]

Europe far right backs Donald Trump, hopes for violence amid vote drama

“There is no question at all that these elections are rigged,” Mart Helme, of the far-right EKRE party and interior minister in Estonia’s coalition government, told a radio show on November 8, as he repeated the US president’s false claims of elections fraud.
Guinean President Alpha Conde declared Wednesday that he would seek a third term in elections on October 18, confirming long-expected plans that have already triggered deadly unrest.

Guinea opposition decries wave of arrests

Three Guinean opposition figures surrendered to the police on Thursday after being put on a wanted list for their alleged role in post-election violence, one of their lawyers said.
Fugitive Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N'Guessan has been arrested north of Abidjan, officials and his party said Saturday, as prosecutors investigate President Alassane Ouattara's rivals for rejecting his reelection.

Fugitive Ivory Coast opposition chief arrested

Fugitive Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N'Guessan has been arrested north of Abidjan, officials and his party said Saturday, as prosecutors investigate President Alassane Ouattara's rivals for rejecting his reelection.
Guinean President Alpha Conde declared Wednesday that he would seek a third term in elections on October 18, confirming long-expected plans that have already triggered deadly unrest.

Guinea’s president wins controversial third term

Guinea’s President Alpha Conde has won 59.49 per cent of votes in a hotly contested election where he sought a controversial third term, according to provisional results announced by the country’s electoral authority Saturday.
At least four people have been killed in clashes in Ivory Coast as hundreds took to the streets following President Alassane Ouattara's decision to run for a third term this October.

Ivory Coast clashes kill 11 in pre-election violence

At least 11 people died in intercommunal clashes in an Ivory Coast port town this week as tensions rise before an October election with President Alassane Ouattara seeking a contested third term.
Laurent Gbagbo

ICC allows Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo to leave Belgium

Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions, the International Criminal Court said on Thursday, following his acquittal last year over post-election violence that killed 3 000 people.
A non governmental organisation, Search for Common Ground has called for mopping of fire arms in Kogi State.

Group calls for mop up of firearms in Kogi

A non governmental organisation, Search for Common Ground, has called for mopping of fire arms in Kogi State.

Bayelsa/Kogi elections: SERAP seeks ICC probe of APC, PDP officials over violence

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) “to investigate whether the persistent crimes of corruption, violence, and killings during elections in Nigeria, most recently in Bayelsa and Kogi states, and the repeated failure of the Nigerian authorities to address the crimes amount to violence against Nigerians and crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the ICC.”
In nearby Vinto, an opposition mob stormed the municipal headquarters and dragged the mayor, Patricia Arce, into the street before setting the building ablaze.

Mob attacks Bolivian mayor with paint, cuts hair

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales condemned Thursday an attack on a female mayor in which an opposition mob forcibly cut her hair, covered her in paint and marched her barefoot through the streets.
Peter Odili, former Governor of Rivers State

CSOs accuse Peter Odili of using judiciary to thwart justice

Representatives of civil society in the country have described as ‘abuse of judiciary, and the desecration of the nation’s institutions, the non-prosecution of a former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, alleging that the judiciary was being used to thwart the course of justice in the land.

ICC will not investigate post-election violence in Gabon

The International Criminal Court will not open a formal investigation into claims of post-election violence following the disputed 2016 presidential election, the ICC’s chief prosecutor said Friday.

Victims of Southern Kaduna violence seek N4 billion compensation from federal government

Victims of 2011 violence in Southern Kaduna have asked the Federal Government to pay the N4 billion compensation earmarked for them.

2019: INEC urged to sanction persons, parties acting against electoral laws

As the 2019 general election draws near, the Senate’s Joint Committee on INEC and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to exercise its powers and sanction persons or parties acting against the electoral laws.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Director-General of NAPTIP, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, on Wednesday in Abuja.

NAPTIP seeks partnership with UNODC to fight human trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it will continue to deepen partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to fight trafficking in person in the country.
Arsenal have reportedly made a move for Real Madrid playmaker Martin Ødegaard.

Arsenal ‘make approach’ for wantaway Real Madrid playmaker

However, the 22-year-old has played just five minutes in the last six games and earlier today, reports in the Spanish press indicated that the player had told Zinedine Zidane of his intention to leave on loan during the window.
FILE PHOTO - Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer on Epiphany, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Vatican, January 6, 2021. Vatican Media-­Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Pope urges U.S. reconciliation as bishops call out Joe Biden on abortion

Pope Francis told U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday that he was praying that God would guide his efforts to bring reconciliation in the United States, while the nation’s bishops condemned Biden’s pro-choice stand on abortion.
A Deputy Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DCG John Mrabure, has been appointed as acting Comptroller General of the Service.

John Mrabure emerges new acting correctional chief

A Deputy Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DCG John Mrabure, has been appointed as acting Comptroller General of the Service.

Jigawa PDP inaugurates 29-member reconciliation committee

The Jigawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has inaugurated a 29-member reconciliation committee to unite and bring back its lost glory in the state.