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Three South African ‘Boko Haram’ gang members bag 384 years jail term for two-months crime spree

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Three members of a South African criminal gang which identifies itself as “Boko Haram,” have been sentenced to a combined 384 years in prison following a two-month crime spree in Polokwane province

The convicts, Ndou Lukase Rembuluwani, 29, Ndou Ben, 29, and Khoza Ngobeni Small, 28, were found guilty on Wednesday by the Limpopo High Court in connection with 25 crimes perpetrated in the Seshego and Westenburg regions in September and October 2017.

The three defendants will share a total of 128 years in jail each following a breakdown of the sentence.

“The trio were among a group of criminals who called themselves ‘Boko Haram’, and were terrorising communities around the said areas by committing serious crimes that included “murder, attempted murder, rape, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, house breaking with the intention to rob, robbery with aggravating circumstances, malicious damage to property, theft and house robberies.

“They were also convicted for contravening immigration laws for being in the country illegally,” police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, said in court.

The three accused, who were said to be the leaders of the ‘Boko Haram’ gang, were arrested on October 19, 2017, following an attempted robbery in which an accomplice was allegedly shot dead by the victim, the police spokesman added.

“According to the information, the suspects sent their girlfriends to go to the hospital and check if their accomplice was brought in.

“The police immediately activated a snap operation consisting of detectives and Public Order Policing members and on arrival, they found the suspects’ girlfriends, who led the police to Seshego, where the suspects were hiding,” said Mojapelo.

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Guinean demonstrators hit UN building in Brussels, Belgium over junta’s anti-protest policy

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Guinean opposition coalition have staged a demonstration in front of European Union (EU) buildings in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday in reaction against the ruling junta’s decision to ban public protest.

An order by the ruling military junta in Guinea suspended a major collective, National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (NFDC) that has been protesting against it.

According to document signed by Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Mory Condé, “the de facto grouping known as the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution is dissolved” and “this order (…) takes effect from the date of its signature.”

“The country or death!” organizers exhorted the crowd, which was watched over by a small contingent of Belgian police.

The rally demanded the exit of junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who overthrew former president Alpha Conde in September last year.

“We are going to try and tell authorities here (in the EU) that, no, it’s not working in Guinea, no, there has been treason,” said one Guinean civil society activist, Naby Laye Camara.

“They (the CNRD) haven’t come for democracy, they have effectively come to confiscate power and even the liberty of people,” he said.

The decision to suspend the pressure group has been criticized by the opposition. Cellou Dalein Diallo, who is the main Guinean opponent under former president Alpha Conde, condemned the decision, and rated it “a blow to freedom, justice, democracy and peace” on social networks.

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Somali government receives food aid from UAE as dought worsens

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE), has donated 40 containers of food aid to Somalia as severe drought and famine continue to ravage the Horn of Africa country.

Somali state media which confirmed the receipt of the food aid on Sunday, said the items which also include medical supplies, arrived on Saturday and would be distributed to millions of people who have so far displaced by the drought.

In a handover ceremony that took place in Mogadishu’s seaport, government officials said it received much-needed humanitarian assistance from the UAE in the presence of senior Somali government officials.

UAE Ambassador to Somalia Mohamed al-Othmani, who spoke at the handover said the food supplies include more than 1,000 metric tons sent by the UAE Red Crescent, meant to help Somalia fight the drought that has devastated the country.

“We are handing over a thousand tons of aid to the Somali government. You know that earlier this year the UAE donated 35 million Dirham, $9.5 million, to the Somali government,” al-Othmani said.

Somalia’s state Minister for the office of the Prime Minister, Hirsi Jama Gani, who spoke on behalf on the government, said the country welcomed the assistance and thanked the UAE for helping Somalia’s drought relief efforts.

“We thank UAE for this and previous assistance meant to help drought-affected people. We know the situation that our people are in who are in a middle of drought and calling other parties and Somalis to join the efforts to reach people in need,” Gani said.

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