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Moroccan security forces arrest French man wanted in US for Cybercrimes

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A French national who was declared wanted in the United States for alleged cybercrimes was on Saturday, arrested by Morocco’s national security authorities and will be repatriated to the US to face charges.

The suspect who was identified as Sebastien Raoult, a 21-year-old student, was arrested and detained at the Rabat-Sale airport, while Moroccan authorities determined if he was indeed the alleged criminal wanted in the US, a senior police officer told the media.

US intelligence authorities suspect that the French computer science student is affiliated with an infamous cyberterrorism group, ShinyHunters, believed to be behind some of the most notable data breaches that have been made public in the past two years, according to the cyber intelligence website Intel471.

“The FBI believes that the group has been involved in multiple cyber attack operations that had targeted US companies, including tech giant Microsoft,” intelligence reports noted.

Raoult who was declared wanted in the US for his involvement in operations of fraud and identity theft, could face life imprisonment if convicted for the charges.

At the time of his arrest, Raoult was on an Interpol red notice for alleged involvement in a cyber-piracy case, the Moroccan police source said.

Under the Interpol red notices, member countries are asked to temporarily detain suspects while awaiting extradition or other possible legal action.

The arrest of the suspect was the result of the cooperation framework between Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) and the FBI.

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Sierra Leone: Parliament passes law to protect locals from land grabs

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The parliament in Sierra Leone has passed two laws that is widely believed will boost the rights of rural landowners and women.

The Customary Land Rights Act and the Land Commission Act, both enacted on Monday, will protect against land grabs by big mining and agribusiness firms.

The new laws empower local landowners to negotiate the value of their land with investors and prevent it being leased out without their express consent.

An official of international legal advocacy group, Namati, Eleanor Thompson, said “to our knowledge there is not a legal regime anywhere, in either hemisphere that grants such robust rights to communities facing harm.”

The move is also praised by Gerben Haringsma who is the director of SOCFIN, the biggest agribusiness company in Sierra Leone, called it a “dream of NGOs”.

“Certainly, it will block any investment… It makes things very expensive and we are all prone to enormous blackmail by various communities.” Haringsma remarked.

Sierra Leone has a history of sometimes deadly conflict between local communities and foreign companies that have cleared huge tracts of land for palm oil and sugarcane plantations in recent years.

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Nigerian army arrests suspects of Catholic church killings in Owo

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Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor has revealed that the country has arrested suspects in an Islamist militant attack in a Catholic church that killed 40 people two months ago.

General Irabor made the revelation on Tuesday. He said that the attackers were arrested during joint operations involving the armed forces, the Department of Security Services and police.

According to a statement by the Defence Chief, the suspects could not be paraded in he intended for the sake of the ongoing investigation.

“It was my intention to present them to the public, but because of the investigation still going on, I had to change my mind,” Irabo said.

“I will like to say that in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country.”

Scores were killed after suspected terrorists attacked St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo Ondo State as service got underway at the main community parish.

Despite being one of the major campaign promises of president Muhammadu Buhari, Terrorist activities have taken an upward trend in Nigeria since the deadly Boko Haram sect based in North-Eastern Nigeria, which is also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon was founded in 2002.

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