Five candidates contest for presidency as Senegal goes to the...

One of Africa’s most stable democracies will go to the polls on Sunday, 24th February to elect a president. Five candidates are in the race to become Senegal president with the incumbent Macky Sall, seeking his final five-year mandate after he defeated the then-incumbent Abdoulaye Wade in 2012 to become the fifth president in the…

Congo police executed 27 in anti-gang operation – HRW…

An international rights group on Thursday accused Congolese police of summarily executing at least 27 people, some of whom were bound, strangled and mutilated in a crackdown on gangs in the capital Kinshasa last year. Police in Democratic Republic of Congo denied the allegations in a report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW). The…

Uganda: President Museveni gets nod for 6th term run…

Uganda’s ruling party has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as its candidate for the 2021 elections. The 74-year-old leader, who came to power in 1986, will be running for a sixth term. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) agreed in a meeting chaired by Mr Museveni on Wednesday, that he should continue leading the movement and the…

Mideast crisis:200 families still trapped in Syria-UN…

About 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria still controlled by Islamic State. Colville urged the Islamic State to provide safe passage for civilians, but also the U.S.-led Coalition and their Syrian Democratic Forces allies to take precaution to protect civilians in the fight against ISIS. Islamic State redrew the map of…

Election Shift : NGOs, International observers back INEC…

By Fortune Abang The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI), both NGOs, joint international observation mission have thrown their weight on INEC’s postponement of the Feb. 16 elections, to ensure credible polls. This was expressed in a statement on Monday in Yola by Mr Tony Awesu, Head of Media of NDI, for…

309 Nigerian communities abandon FGM – UNICEF…

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund says over 309 communities in Nigeria have publicly declared their abandonment of female genital mutilation in 2018. The UNICEF Country representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, marked every February 6 yearly….

BREAKING: British MPs vote in favour of changing PM May’s...

British MPs have voted for an amendment, supported by Prime Minister Theresa May, calling on her to change the unpopular Brexit deal she struck with the European Union. MPs voted 317 to 301 in favour of the amendment asking May to replace the deal’s so-called backstop provision preventing a hard border with Ireland, although the…

Brexit: MPs vote on changes to PM May’s plan…

British MPs are voting on proposals to change the direction of Brexit.A number of amendments have been put forward after Prime minister Theresa May’s original deal was voted down by Parliament earlier in January. Among them are plans to delay Brexit to prevent a no deal, and a call for the Irish backstop to be…

Nigeria improves in TI anti-corruption ranking…

President Buhari: Nigeria moves up to 144th in corruption perception index Nigeria moved to 144th from 148th in Transparency International latest corruption perception index worldwide, that also saw the United States dropping four notches out of the top 20 countries in the world. However, Nigeria made the four notch jump without improving its score of…

Presidency warns US, UK to stop interfering…

The Presidency wants the United Kingdom, United States and European Union to desist from meddling in the internal affairs of the nation. The U.K, U.S and E.U, had on Saturday expressed concerns over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen on Friday. They also revealed their doubts over the commitment of…

Philippines vows to crush ‘terrorists’ after church bombs kill 20…

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote. The attack wounded 81 and was one of the deadliest in recent years in a…

FG welcomes U.S., U.K’s plan to place visa ban on...

The Federal Government has welcomed the statements from the United States and the United Kingdom demanding a credible and peaceful election in Nigeria. The statement threatened punitive measures against those caught perpetrating election malpractices. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement, said the Federal Government was delighted at the statements, which…