Nigeria-bound ship with weapons detained in South Africa

South Africa yesterday detained a Russian ship laden with weapons and allegedly bound for Lagos, Nigeria. The vessel said to have left Madagascar was stopped near Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.“We are aware that she has dangerous cargoes – explosives and weapons – on board,” Olwethu Mdabula, spokeswoman for the Transnet state transport company told AFP, declining …

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Zimbabwe bails detained opposition supporters over allege clashes

Twenty-seven supporters of Zimbabwe’s MDC opposition party were released on bail Tuesday over alleged violence at last week’s post-election protests that triggered a security crackdown. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, declared winner of the historic first elections since the downfall of Robert Mugabe, has vowed to protect rights since his re-election but the opposition say their members have been targeted. “We are …

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Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni set for life presidency

A lawyer for a group of Ugandan opposition leaders has warned that President Yoweri Museveni, 73, is heading for a “life presidency” after a court upheld a constitutional amendment scrapping presidential age limits. Previously the law required presidential contenders to be under the age of 75 and would have blocked Museveni, president since 1986, from seeking re-election in polls due …

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Nigeria and Morocco sign agreements on regional gas pipeline, two others

The Federal Government and the Kingdom of Morocco have today in Rabat, Morocco, signed three agreements as part of activities marking President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day visit to the country. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu stated that the agreements included that of a regional gas pipeline that would see Nigeria providing gas to countries …

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Three Nigerians shortlisted for 2018 Caine Prize

Three Nigerians have been shortlisted for the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing. They are Nonyelum Ekwempu for ‘American Dream’, Olufunke Ogundimu for ‘The Armed Letter Writers’ and Wole Talabi for ‘Wednesday’s Story’. Other shortlisted writers includes South Africa’s Stacy Hardy for her short story, ‘Involution’ and Kenya’s Makena Onjerika for ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’. The five-writer shortlist was unveiled by this …

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Police detains 8 football fans over protest in Egypt

Egypt has arrested eight people after football fans tore out seats and chanted against the government during a game earlier this month. The demonstration, which was dispersed by police, happened during a March 6 match in which Egypt’s Al-Ahly beat Gabon’s CF Mounana 4-0 in Cairo’s international stadium. There were no reports of serious injuries in what authorities said was …

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Liberia’s proposed refinery to end fuel scarcity in the region

The Ecowas Refinery Liberia Limited (ERLL) has reached an advanced stage for the setting up of a refinery project in the Buchanan coastal city in Liberia, thereby putting an end to the lingering fuel scarcity, particularly in Nigeria and the West African Region. During the Presidential inauguration, President George Weah told the International Community that he will open flood gates …

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Buhari Signs Extradition Treaty On Anti-Corruption War, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as part of efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption. The President, who signed the treaty on Thursday in Abuja, also ratified three other agreements covering legal assistance in criminal, civil and commercial matters, and extradition. The others treaties are Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters; Agreement …

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Kenyan Opposition Supporters Celebrate Poll Victory Claim

Celebrations broke out in pockets of Kenya on Thursday (August 10) after the opposition said Raila Odinga should be declared the winner of the presidential vote – a claim rejected as “ridiculous” by an election commission official. An opposition official said information from “confidential sources” showed Odinga had secured victory, contradicting official preliminary results released so far which show President Uhuru Kenyatta …

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