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Protesters attack UN warehouse, loot offices in Congo DR

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of protesters have attacked a United Nations peacekeeping force’s warehouse and looted its offices.

The attacked took place on Monday in Goma in the eastern region of the troubled East Africa country.

The protesters are reportedly demanding that the mission leave for failing to protect the population.

According to statement by the mission, the attack took place a day after hostile remarks and threats made by individuals and groups against the United Nations.

Acting head of the mission, Khassim Diagne said “the incidents in Goma are not only unacceptable but totally counterproductive. MONUSCO is mandated by the Security Council to support the authorities in protecting civilians.”

“It is not in chaos and confusion or division that we will make progress towards stabilization and peace.”

Spokesperson for the peacekeeping mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, revealed that “one of our warehouses was attacked by protesters early this morning. They entered one of our bases and looted the equipment. They managed to enter a few offices, we are obviously appalled and shocked by this.”

Congo has been a troubled territory with more than 120 rebel groups continuing to operate across large swathes of east Congo almost two decades after the official end of the central African country’s civil wars.

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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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