Four citizens of Guyana and one Ghanaian pleaded guilty on Friday to charges related to the seizure of a ship carrying tens of millions of dollars' worth of cocaine, a senior legal official said.
Ghanaian authorities impounded the Guyana-registered MV ATIYAH on Tuesday and arrested the five when they discovered it was carrying 400 kilos (880 pounds) of cocaine worth around $50 million, according to a statement by the Ghana Narcotics Control Board (NACOB). The five men were charged by a High Court judge with offences including engaging in a criminal conspiracy and transportation of narcotics without authority, said the official, who was in court.
Nigeria set November 30 for the rerun of parts of a state governorship election that were annulled because of suspicious actions by a polling official, in a test of the national electoral commission some 18 months before presidential polls.
Organizers said parts of Anambra state would hold a re-run after an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official distributed the wrong voting materials to polling stations, forcing the vote in those areas to be canceled. He was later handed over to the police for investigation. Past elections in the continent's most populous country and biggest oil producer have been marred by accusations of widespread fraud.
The Wales international continued his outstanding season with the only goal in a crucial Champions League victory that underlined his side's growing stature and maturity.
Another big test, another big victory - Arsenal's critics have been watching and waiting for them to stumble and fall like so often before. Yet after beating Borussia Dortmund 1-0 at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night, the Gunners are beginning to look like genuine championship material.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan asked the national assembly on Wednesday to extend by six months a state of emergency in three northeastern states where the military is fighting a drawn out battle with Islamist militants.
Jonathan ordered extra troops into Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states when declaring the six-month-long emergency rule in May, in an effort to crush Boko Haram, an Islamist group that has killed thousands during its four year rebellion. Jonathan said in a letter to lawmakers that security challenges still existed in a few parts of the country.
The Mauritanian news website Sahara Medias said on Wednesday it had received a claim of responsibility from al Qaeda's regional wing for the killing of two French journalists in northern Mali.
A Sahara Medias reporter said a spokesman for Abdelkrim al-Targui, a senior regional commander for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), had called by satellite phone to read a communique in Arabic. The caller had started by speaking in Tamashek, the language spoken by Tuaregs in northern Mali.
Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd and the National Chairman of the APC Chief Bisi Akande, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, urged Governor Chibuike Amaechi to come over to the APC.
Describing Governor Amaechi as a very courageous politician, Tinubu said the APC was the party for people like the governor. As the recruitment train of the All Progressives Congress, APC, moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital yesterday, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, one of the seven opposition governors amused his numerous supporters as he promised to consult with President Goodluck Jonathan and other stakeholders in the political sector before deciding on whether he would remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or cross over to the All Progressive Congress, APC.
At least seven Boko Haram militants were killed in the latest clampdown against the group in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, the military said here Tuesday.
Vehicles, explosives and weapons were also recovered when security forces raided a camp of the insurgents in Bama, a town where attacks have been on the rise in recent months, Xinhua quoted army spokesperson Mohammed Dole as saying. He said several members of the group were also injured in the successful raid launched Monday.
The lingering crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a new turn yesterday, as there were strong indications that the suspended truce talks between the warring factions may not resume.
Governors of the party supporting the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led breakaway faction, otherwise called the G-7 governors, renewed their nationwide consultations with a number of Nigerian leaders. Also yesterday, governors Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Musa Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) conferred with former president Olusegun Obasanjo, former head of interim government Ernest Shonekan and former defence minister General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd).
An impeccable military source has confirmed to Reporters that a combined team of Nigerian soldiers, police, and operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) has rounded up top Boko Haram ‘commanders’ after combing several locations in Kaduna State this week.
The source said the captured Boko Haram “commanders” were the brains behind a series of violent attacks carried out in the state in recent weeks. He added that they were caught as they planned to launch new attacks in the town of Kaduna during the Sallah festivities.
Authorities in Mali say an overcrowded boat carrying hundreds of passengers and goods sank late Friday on the Niger River, leaving at least 20 people dead and about 170 others unaccounted for hours later.
Officials say the boat was traveling northward from Mopti toward the city of Timbuktu when it sank near the town of Konna with an estimated 400 passengers and crew on board. Search efforts were continuing late Saturday. The Associated Press quotes a Bamako resident and father of a 7-year-old girl who drowned as saying many of the passengers were children returning to northern Mali for the start of the school year.
African leaders want sitting heads of state to be immune from prosecution at international courts, said Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopian prime minister and the current chairman of the African Union.
“We have agreed that no charges shall be commenced or continued before any international court or tribunal against any serving heads of state or government or anybody acting or entitled to enact in such capacity during his or her term of office,” he said in a speech after leaders met in Addis Ababa today. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta won’t appear at the International Criminal Court until the United Nations Security Council responds to requests to delay his trial by a year, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom told reporters.
Zeidan says Libyans need wisdom after brief but dramatic ordeal that saw him taken from his hotel room by armed men.
The Libyan prime minister, Ali Zeidan, has called for calm after being released by rebels who kidnapped him in the early hours of Thursday morning. "Libyans need wisdom … not escalation … to deal with this situation," he said during a televised cabinet meeting in which he thanked those rebels who helped in his release and urged them to join the regular armed forces.
Shell Nigeria said on Wednesday it had shut down its Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) owing to reports of leaks, deferring 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil just 10 days after the pipeline was re-opened.
"The latest leaks were reported at B-Dere, Nonwa-Tai, and Bodo West, all in Ogoniland. (Shell Nigeria) shut the line as a precautionary measure ... and has also mobilised a spill response team," Shell Nigeria spokesman Precious Okolobo said in an email to Reuters. He added the cause of the leak was under investigation.
Nigerian soldiers raided an Islamist bomb-making factory just outside the north's biggest city of Kano on Wednesday, seizing guns, fertilizer and equipment for assembling suicide vests, the military said.
Kano has been relatively quiet for much of this year, as Islamist sect Boko Haram focuses its fight for an Islamic state on its heartland in the northeast. However, Kano, historically a hub for trade across the Sahara, has been periodically attacked by the sect. A bomb blast in a bus park, in an area predominantly inhabited by Igbo Christians from the south, killed at least 15 in July.
Zambia have released coach Herve Renard to allow him to take charge of French side FC Sochaux.
Frenchman Renard began his second stint as Zambia coach in October 2011 and led Chipolopolo to the Africa Cup of Nations title just four months later. But Zambia struggled in defence of their title this year and were also eliminated from 2014 World Cup qualifying at the group stage.
Work has begun to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.
It's part of a deal to get rid of chemical weapons which was made by the Syrian government and leaders in Russia and America. A specialist team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in the country looking for and destroying the weapons they find.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan intends to inaugurate an advisory committee on Monday to develop a plan to begin a national dialogue to help resolve the country’s challenges, says Rueben Abati, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Mr. Jonathan.
“It has the mandate to work out the modalities, the form the structure the nomenclature, the agenda for the dialogue or conference,” said Abati. “Part of the function is also advising government on the legal proceeding that may be necessary, the constitutional action that may follow the outcome of the dialogue.”
Egyptian security forces clashed with anti-government protesters Sunday as the nation marked the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
At least 50 people have been killed, over 200 wounded, and more than 300 arrested in the clashes. The military-backed government had hoped to highlight popular support during the national holiday, calling for rallies festooned with flags and the ubiquitous posters of de facto leader General Abdel Fatah el Sissi.
At least 20 people were killed when Islamist group Boko Haram attacked a town in northeast Nigeria, triggering clashes with troops stationed there, the military said on Sunday.
A spokesman for Nigerian forces in northeastern Borno state, which lies at the heart of a four-year-old Islamist insurgency, said the Islamists crept into the town of Damboa in the early hours of Saturday. They killed five worshippers at a mosque as they said their morning prayers, he said.
A female lawyer, Mrs Ijeoma Micah's lifeless body was found mutilated, yesterday, in her chambers in the highbrow Maitama area of Abuja.
The Police in Abuja have begun investigation into the suspected murder of the female lawyer, Ijeoma, the owner of Micah and Micah Chambers, who was found dead in her office three days after she was said to have gone missing. Her worried husband, who hadn't heard from her for three days, was learnt, arrived from London on Sunday morning, rushed to her office, only to discover her lifeless body.
Eighteen people died when a boat carrying some 70 passengers capsized on the Niger River in central Nigeria, an official said Sunday, a week after 42 perished in a similar incident.
"We lost 18 lives. We were told there were about 70 people on the boat," Mohammed Shaba, head of the State Emergency Management Agency, told AFP. The accident, which happened on Thursday, took place as people were returning from a weekly market, added the official.
Nigeria's Kabo Air officials have denied reports that their Saudi Arabia-bound Boeing 747 plane was involved in landing mishap at the Sir Abubakar III Airport in Sokoto on Saturday.
“No one was hurt, we were not involved in air mishap and it was just a speculation aimed to tarnish our image and God willing they will not succeed at all," said the airline. According to the Spokesman of the airline, Malam Aminu Hamza: “Our aircraft did not have any air mishap but what actually happened was that it had a rear tyre problem at a point of landing at Sokoto where it intended to pick passengers bound for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia”.
Fourteen people have been killed in violent clashes between Christians and Muslims in an isolated town in eastern Central African Republic that began last week, police and a senior Catholic official said on Sunday.
The mineral-rich but impoverished nation has descended into chaos since northern Seleka rebels seized the capital, Bangui, and ousted President Francois Bozize in March. U.N. officials and rights groups say both sides may have committed war crimes, prompting calls for outside intervention to end the violence.