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Sudanese coup general threatens to expel UN envoy over interference

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The leader of the October 25, 2021, coup in Sudan, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has threatened to expel the United Nations envoy in the country, Volker Perthes, after accusing him of “unwarranted and flagrant interference” in the country’s internal affairs.

Gen. Burhan who is the head of Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council (SC), said on Saturday that Perthes had no right to make certain comments on Sudanese affairs after the envoy warned that the country was heading for “an economic and security collapse” unless it addresses the political paralysis.

At a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, Perthes who is leading international efforts on resolving the crisis in the country, had said the “absence of a political agreement on returning to a transitional path has already led to a deteriorating economic, humanitarian and security situation in the country.”

But Gen. Burhan who spoke in the capital Khartoum, at a ceremony for new graduates of Sudan’s Military Academy, called on Perthes to “stop exceeding the U.N. mission’s mandate and blatant interference in Sudanese affairs.”

“To the U.N. envoy, Volker, if you exceeded the mandate, we would kick you out of Sudan,” Gen. Burhan said while addressing the military graduates.

Gen. Burhan also called on the U.N. and the African Union to facilitate a dialogue among Sudanese and avoid exceeding their mandate and interfere in the country’s affairs.

The North-Eastern African country has been the center of turmoil with almost daily protests following the military coup led by Burhan which removed a Western-backed transitional government.

The military takeover had effectively put paid to Sudan’s attempt at a democratic transition after a popular uprising forced the military to remove autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

The street protests in Sudan demanding a return to civilian rule have been met by a crackdown on protesters with more than 93 people, mostly young men, killed and thousands injured, as the protesters have been demanding the removal of the military from power and a return to civilian rule.

But the military junta have said they will only hand over power to an elected administration, with elections tentatively fixed for July 2023 as contained in a constitutional document governing the transitional period.

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Nigeria: Senate President wants police rid of bad officers 

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Nigeria’s Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has asked the police to get rid of bad officers. He also promised that the National Assembly would work with and back the police to make Nigeria safer.

Akpabio said this at the first Nigeria Police Awards and Commendations Ceremony, which took place in Abuja on Monday night. The Senate President commended the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, and the rest of the Nigeria Police leadership for putting together the event. He also told them to use it to celebrate the force’s accomplishments and reaffirm their promise to work together to make Nigeria safer.

He stated,  “I commend the Police for this maiden effort in organising this awards ceremony. It is a testament to IGP Egbetokun’s commitment to giving honour to whom it is due.

“By recognising the gallant, selfless and patriotic contributions of individual officers, we not only motivate them for higher performance but also reinforce the new policing agenda of the Force.

“This agenda focuses on internal ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standards and the enhancement of the anti-corruption drive.

“However, let us not ignore the challenges faced by the police in Nigeria. The ever-evolving landscape of crime and the increasing sophistication of criminal gangs pose significant obstacles. “

“Moreso, as we honour the good officers, let us weed out the bad ones because a chain is as strong as its weakest link. We must address these issues and work together to find solutions, he emphasised.

In front of Vice President Kashim Shettima and other important people, Akpabio said, “As the leader of the National Assembly, I pledge our full cooperation and support for better cops in Nigeria.”

“We recognise the importance of a well-equipped and motivated police force in ensuring the security and well-being of our citizens.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to provide the necessary legislative framework and resources to enable the police to carry out their duties effectively.”

Statista data shows that most Nigerians did not trust the cops at all in 2020. In cities, where six out of ten people who answered the survey said they didn’t believe the police, this lack of trust was higher. Also, 19% of the people interviewed in Nigeria’s cities and 26.8% of those interviewed in the country’s rural areas said they merely trusted the police.

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Chad: Interim President Deby begins campaign ahead of election

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With a promise to improve security and the economy, Mahamat Idriss Deby, Chad’s temporary president, started his campaign for president on Monday.

 

The election is set for next month and will end three years of military rule. Concerns of a democracy backslide have been raised about Deby’s government and others that have taken power in West and Central Africa since 2020.

 

Chad is one of the countries in Central and West Africa that is run by the military. There is still a push from both inside and outside of Africa for the country to switch to a democratic government.

 

Mahamat’s father had been in charge for a long time and was killed in rebel fighting in 2021. At first, Deby promised that polls would happen in 18 months. Later, however, his government passed measures that let him run for president and pushed the election date to 2024.

 

 

Some countries in the region and around the world have been pressuring Chad to quickly hand power back to people, but the country has been the first to hold elections.

 

 

“Today we are at the final turn on the road to constitutional return,” Deby told a large crowd gathered in scorching weather at the high-security event in Chad’s capital N’Djamena.

 

 

“You know me, I am a soldier and I hold my promises,” he said, barely visible behind a barrier of bodyguards crowding the podium.

“We will strengthen internal security to guarantee peace and stability in our country,” he said.

 

 

 

Deby made it official that he was going to run at the beginning of March. The news came a few days after Yaya Dillo, an opposition politician, was killed in a gunfight with security forces. This caused worries about the safety of the upcoming election.

 

Since then, forensic experts have said that Dillo was most likely shot from close range. Among the nine other candidates for president is Succes Masra, who was recently named Prime Minister of Chad and is a strong opponent of the junta.

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