Nigeria’s accountant general faces corruption charges after arrest

ABUJA – Nigeria’s economic crimes agency said on Monday night it had arrested the country’s accountant general over charges of diverting public funds and money laundering to the tune of 80 billion naira ($193 million). Africa’s biggest economy and energy producer, Nigeria has struggled for decades with endemic corruption among senior public servants and the political elite, who many Nigerians blame for widespread poverty in the country. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said…

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Biden approves redeployment of some ground troops to Somalia- officials

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden has authorized the redeployment of several hundred American troops back into Somalia, two U.S. officials said on Monday, more than a year after Donald Trump ordered their withdrawal. Prior to Trump’s withdrawal, the United States had about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency.

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Kenya presidential contenders pick rights champion, political campaigner as running mates

NAIROBI – Kenya’s top two presidential candidates have announced their running mates, with veteran contender Raila Odinga opting for a champion of women’s rights and social justice and his rival William Ruto choosing a skilled political campaigner. Both selected running mates are Kikuyus, Kenya’s most populous ethnic group, as Odinga and Ruto – who hail from other communities – seek to attract Kikuyu votes. Announcing his choice, Odinga, 77, on Monday named Martha Karua, a…

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Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI – Authorities in Ethiopia’s war-shattered Tigray region are forcing young people to join their army’s fight against the central government by threatening and jailing relatives, according to captured fighters and residents. The war in northern Ethiopia since late 2020 has killed thousands of civilians and uprooted millions, triggering famine and devastating infrastructure, though it has garnered less attention globally than other conflicts, such as the war in Ukraine. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front…

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Tunisian opposition figure says he is under investigation

TUNIS – The head of a Tunisian opposition party said on Friday he had been summoned for investigation over a radio interview and accused President Kais Saied of attempting to intimidate opponents. Ghazi Chaouachi, the head of Attayar party and a prominent critic of Saied, said an investigative judge had called him to answer suspicions of “disturbing public order and disrupting the work of government”. Saied has entrenched one-man rule since seizing executive power last…

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Behind blast walls, Somali parliament to choose new president

MOGADISHU – Two former presidents will face off against the incumbent in Somalia’s long-delayed presidential vote on Sunday behind blast walls to protect lawmakers from Islamist attacks and meddling by factions within the security services. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is among 39 candidates seeking the top post, to be chosen by parliamentarians in an airport hangar as the government’s tenuous grip on the nation makes a popular vote impossible. The winner will inherit a daunting…

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Tunisian president names new election commission members

TUNIS – Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday appointed new members of the election commission, to be headed by Farouk Bouasker, the official gazette said, entrenching his one-man rule and casting doubt on electoral integrity. Saied said last month he would replace most election commission members, seizing control of one of the last independent bodies in the North Africa country. Saied had already dismissed parliament and taken control of the judiciary after assuming executive authority…

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Tunisian president’s backers rally to demand clampdown on opposition

TUNIS – Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated to support President Kais Saied on Sunday and to back his rewriting of the constitution that opponents say will entrench his one-man rule. Saied’s supporters, whose rally in central Tunis was smaller than recent opposition protests, said the president’s opponents were corrupt and called for opposition parties to be banned. “Our message is clear: we ask Saied to arrest the corrupt … the future is not for parties,” said…

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Worsening global food security needs Ukraine, Russia production, UN chief says

ABUJA -U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday the problem of global food security could not be solved without restoring Ukrainian agricultural production and Russian food and fertilizer output to the world market. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has added to volatility in financial markets, sending commodity prices higher and affecting logistics, potentially derailing the economic recovery from COVID-19 in many countries including Nigeria. “Our analysis indicates that the war in Ukraine is only…

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