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Nigerian police launch nationwide crackdown on crime in protests

Lagos, Nigeria | Xinhua | Nigerian police said a national crackdown has been launched on all criminal activities to make the country safe, after reports of suspected hoodlums hiding under the guise of protesters to loot and destroy public and private assets. Frank Mba, national police spokesperson, in a statement …

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AU council calls for urgent de-escalation of unrest in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria | Xinhua | The Economic, Social and Cultural Council(ECOSOCC) of the African Union(AU) has called for an urgent de-escalation of the current unrest in parts of Nigeria arising from recent protests against police brutality. In a statement made available to Xinhua in Lagos on Saturday, the council called …

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AU chair urges Africa to prepare to implement AfCFTA

Johannesburg, S.A. | Xinhua | The African Union (AU) chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday called on the continent’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to prepare to start trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement effective from Jan. 1, 2021. Ramaphosa made the remarks in his closing address at …

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UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria

United Nations | Xinhua | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for an end to reported police brutality in Nigeria and asked for de-escalation, said his spokesman. “The secretary-general is following recent developments in Nigeria and calls for an end to reported police brutality and abuses,” said Stephane Dujarric, the …

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Somalia arrests 10 suspects for cheetah trafficking

Mogadishu, Somalia | Xinhua | Somalia’s Somaliland said Tuesday it is holding ten suspects who have been rounded up in two separate incidents of wildlife trafficking in the past three weeks. The police said some suspects were arrested in Hargeisa while attempting to sell three young cheetah cubs to the highest …

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African women enjoying increasing participation in politics: AU

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Xinhua | The African continent has achieved major milestones in women’s participation in political decision making during the past decade, the African Union (AU) Commission has said. “Throughout the decade, considerable progress was made in translating commitments into measurable action as most African countries took giant steps …

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Nigeria announces major nationwide anti-terror operation

Lagos, Nigeria | Xinhua | Nigeria announced the launch of a major military operation across the country to combat insecurity, the army said in a statement on Saturday. The annual exercise code-named “CROCODILE SMILE” is part of the army’s efforts to combat insecurity in the West African nation, said Sagir Musa, …

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