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Nigerian court dismisses eight of 15 terror charges against separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu

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A federal court in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, had dismissed eight of the 15 terror charges against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of a a separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Nigerian government through the secret police, the Directorate of State Services (DSS), had arrested Kanu in June 2021, while on a trip to Kenya and extradited him back to Nigeria where he has been in detention since then, with charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony and broadcasting falsehoods, levelled against him.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, the presiding judge of the court, Justice Binta Nyako, dismissed counts 6,7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14, disclosing that the government did not disclose any offence committed by the dissident.

However, with the remaining seven charges against him, Kanu will still stand trial on seven counts of terrorism.

Kanu, who is also a British citizen, leads the proscribed IPOB group which he founded in 2014, which had been agitating for secession from Nigeria and an independent country for the people of the South East of Nigeria where the majority of the population belongs to the Igbo ethnic group.

The hearing was held in secret after a federal judge ruled on Thursday that all trials of terrorism cases in Nigeria will henceforth be held without public coverage or media attention.

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Somaliland electoral body, SLNEC, postpones presidential election. Here’s why

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Somaliland has postponed its presidential elections to next year from its initial scheduled date in November.

The region’s electoral body, Somaliland National Electoral Commission (SLNEC) made the revelation on Saturday.

The poll will now be held in nine months from October – or next July – because the currently scheduled date of Nov. 13 “is not viable due to time, technical and financial constraints,” SLNEC tweeted on Saturday.

 

There were deadly protests in the region in August with demonstrators demanding elections be held in November when President Abdi’s term will end.

The protest came out amid suspicions President Muse Bihi Abdi wanted to delay the poll and extend his term.

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Chad pushes for Africa’s permanent seat at UN’s Security Council

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Chad, a country in Central Africa is pushing for a representation of the continent in the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.

Chad’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Awatif El Tidjani Ahmed Koiboro, on Friday said Africa’s inclusion into the Security Council would “correct a historic injustice” and help countries in the G5 Sahel.

“On the reform of the Security Council, the body responsible for peace and international security, Chad once again urges member states to move from rhetoric to action in order to achieve the said reform and correct the historic injustice towards the African continent, which excludes it from full and equal participation in this body.” She said.

“Regarding the internal situation of the G5 Sahel, which recorded the departure of the sister Republic of Mali, we regret this withdrawal,” said Mss Koiboro.

“Because Mali is a founding member of this organization. It has its place by our side.

“We will not be able to defeat terrorism, stabilize and develop the Sahel, without a common fight and pooling of resources.

“We hope that our Malian brothers will reconsider their decision and rejoin our common organization. The door of the G5 Sahel is always wide open to welcome them.

The push for a permanent seat at the UNSC has lasted for some time, countries like South Africa and specifically Nigeria have already demanded two permanent seats be allocated on the UN Security Council to Africa. How soon will the seat come?

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

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