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Africa: Equity and Equality for all?

For a meaningful democracy to flourish anywhere, there must be equity, equality, and fairness. More often than not, the terms equity and equality are used interchangeably, even though they are different but related. While equity, aims at providing individuals with the necessities for a good, healthy and productive life, equality, on the other hand, ensures that equity is achieved under the same conditions for everyone. In that case, you could argue that fairness is the sine qua none to…

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Nigeria: NFF officials granted bail in $9.5m FIFA grant fraud

An FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja has adjourned hearing in the case of three Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials dragged before the court on allegation of fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to November 27. The court presided by Justice Peter Affen upheld the administrative bail granted to the three NFF officials, Christopher Andekin (Director of Administration and Finance), Reagan Zaka (Cashier) and Fadanari Mamza (Head, Finance and Account Department) who are accused of mishandling…

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Statement of the ICC Chief Prosecutor Regarding the Situation in Palestine

I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank.  Evacuation by force now appears imminent and with it the prospects for further escalation and violence. It bears recalling, as a general matter, that extensive destruction of property without military necessity and population transfers in an occupied territory constitute war crimes under the Rome Statute. I am similarly alarmed by the continued violence, perpetrated by actors on both sides,…

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Nigerian Presidential Elections: The Emergence of Atiku and the Reason Behind Obasanjo’s Endorsement

For those who are following the African political chase game diligently, to stay politically relevant and rich, what matters the most are shrewdness, selfishness and the survival of the fittest. The Nigerian political territory is no exception to this unwritten rule. Definitely, permanent enemies matter less than permanent interests in the Nigerian political zone. One could be forgiven to ask whether these social realities did in any way, influence the decision of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria…

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South Africa and Resignation of Finance Minister: A South Africa or a slap on Ramaphosa’s Government?

When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took over power from the corrupt-ridden former President Jacob Zuma, Mr. Ramaphosa promised a new South Africa and vowed to vigorously stamp out corruption amongst South African leaders. In view of this, the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as the country’s finance minister amidst his alleged meetings with the infamous Gupta family has generated discussions, as well as different interpretations in the South African political arena. President Ramaphosa accepted Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation and replaced…

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Sierra Leone Cancels plans for China-funded airport

Definitely, since Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as President of Sierra Leone on 12 May 2018, after defeating the Ernest Bai Koroma government, many political metamorphoses have been taking place in the country. It is no more business as usual. The latest decision by the Julius Bio led the government to cancel a $400m (3300m) contract with China to build a new airport, clearly shows that things are no more the same in Sierra Leone. According to the…

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ICC Prosecutor attends 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

  From the 24th to the 27th of September, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, attended the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (“UNGA”) held at the United Nations (‘‘UN’’) Headquarters in New York, to participate in a number of high-level side events and to hold bilateral meetings so as to highlight and advance the work of her Office and mandate under the Rome Statute. In the margins of the…

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A Good Reason to Welcome Melania Trump to Africa.

One may bark, What the hell is the US First Lady Melania Trump, possibly doing in Africa? A continent once labeled a Sh.thole? Now in Ghana, does Melania Trump’s husband really know where his wife is? Or could she have lied and told him she was visiting Germany instead of Ghana? Germany – Ghana? Hum, sounds similar…? Similar? Never mind, all I wanted to say was that the two countries may “sound” similar, to some people. Yes, to someone,…

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Can Mo Salah Lead The EPL In Scoring Again?

Mohamed Salah is off to a slightly slower start in the 2018/19 Premier League. The “Egyptian King” has established himself as one of the true offensive stars of arguably the best football league on the planet. Yet his biggest headline thus far on the young season came when he was given a controversial award. Salah was recognized for having the best goal of last season, while most (including some of his teammates) believed Gareth Bale ought to have earned…

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Are Jose Mourinho’s days numbered at Manchester United?

With the latest painful defeat at West Ham on Saturday, coupled with what many sports analysts have called the worst start to a top-flight season since 1989 – 90, many football pundits are wondering whether Jose Mourinho’s days as Manchester United manager are numbered. Will the Portuguese, regarded as one of the best and most decorated coaches in the world survive this season with the Red Devils before the dismissal hammer from the top hits his head? The tornado-like…

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ICC President at the opening of UN General Assembly holds high-level meetings with States

The President of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji held an official visit to the United Nations in New York from 23 to 25 September 2018 to participate/attend the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit which took place on 24 September 2018, as well as the opening of the High-Level general debate of the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2018. At the Summit world leaders unanimously adopted a declaration committing to redouble efforts to…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor on the referral by a group of six States Parties regarding the situation in Venezuela

On 27 September 2018, I received a referral from a group of States Parties to the Rome Statute (the “Statute”), namely the Republic of Argentina, Canada, the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Chile, the Republic of Paraguay and the Republic of Peru (the “referring States”), regarding the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (“Venezuela”) since 12 February 2014. Pursuant to article 14 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), the referring States…

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