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Crime in Africa and the Death Penalty

While the death penalty is abolished in the West and some other developed countries, many other countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. have in fact increased the number of executions by the death penalty. On the other hand, some African leaders have argued that criminal justice must reflect the society where it is applied. Does that explain, perhaps,   why the USA, seemingly, the oasis of democracy in the world, still practices the death penalty…

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Is The Union Called Nigeria Coming To An End?

If the recent political tensions in Nigeria are anything to go by, they clearly show the heterogeneity of the infamous political marriage amongst different Nigerian ethnic groups, forcefully moulded together as an entity by the colonial master, Britain for its selfish reasons. With more than 300 ethnic groups, speaking more the 500 languages, the obvious cultural, religious, ethnic, linguistic differences of the groups, the union, called Nigeria seemed more or less, a stillbirth from its birth. The result of…

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Africa and Superstition: Bald Men Targets of Ritual Attack in Mozambique

Police in Mozambique have warned bald men that they could be targets of ritual attacks in the country. The warning came, following the recent killing of three bald men in the central district of Milange. The body parts are suspected to be used for rituals. Like albinos who have been victims of inglorious ritual killings in this region of Africa, especially in Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique, bald men are equally believed to be a source of financial success in…

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Ex-Wife Of Charles Taylor Charged With Torture

The ex-wife of Liberian former President Charles Taylor has been charged at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London with torture. The 51-year old Agnes Reeves Taylor is accused of committing the offence between 1989 and 1991 during a civil war in Liberia. Her trial is scheduled to commence on 30 June at the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court in London. Ms. Reeves Taylor, who has been living in the UK after the former President Taylor lost power and was…

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, visits Nigeria

On Friday, 26 May 2017, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC“ or “the Court“), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda concluded a two-day visit to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prosecutor Bensouda met with the Acting President of Nigeria, H.E. Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Defence, H.E. Brigadier General Mr. Mansur Dan Ali,  high-ranking military officials, the Solicitor General, H.E. Mr. Taiwo Abidogun, among other relevant authorities. The topics discussed…

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South Sudanese Soldiers on Trial: Between the Lives of Foreign Aid Workers and Locals’

 Thirteen South Sudanese soldiers are standing trial in Juba for allegedly raping of foreign aid workers and murdering their local colleague. The ugly incident, which took place last July was one of the series of lawless acts being committed by the warring parties in the youngest independent country, South Sudan. The latest rape of the foreign workers, who risk their lives to help the war-torn South Sudan has forced many to doubt the ability and willingness of the UN…

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Zambia : To Move Or Not To Move The Capital From Lusaka?

The national planning and development minister of Zambia Lucky Mulusa has intimated his government`s plan to move the capital from Lusaka to Ngabwe district, 120km (75 miles) north of Lusaka. The minister said the cabinet would discuss the move within the next two weeks. The honourable minister, Mr. Mulusa defended the plan by insisting that Lusaka is not only over-crowded but would be congested within 10 years. This, according to him, would make it difficult for one to conduct…

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$32,000 Prize Award for Engineering Excellency: Will Africa Follow Suit?

Recently, a 27-year-old Nigerian Godwin Benson won an engineering award given by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering for developing a tutoring app. The App called Tuteria, is a platform, which does not only link qualified tutors to students in their area, it equally helps the students make a good choice of the tutors based on their budgets. Godwin Benson, who developed the APP based on his experiences as a tutor, beat 16 other participants to win the prestigious…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, Visits Ghana

On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda concluded a two-day visit to Accra, Republic of Ghana.   The visit highlights the Prosecutor`s ongoing commitment to intensify engagement and dialogue with the African States and relevant stakeholders, including African civil society and academia. Prosecutor Bensouda began her visit with a meeting with the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.   The Prosecutor…

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The Gambia and Confiscation of Jammeh’s Assets: The Road to the ICC?

The authorities in the Gambia have on Monday confiscated bank accounts and assets belonging to the former President Yahya Jammeh. The action followed the authorisation from a court in the country, on Monday to freeze the assets of Yahya Jammeh, who is accused of stealing  $50 million (about 44.5 million euros) from the state coffer during his 22 years as president. Supporting the allegation, Gambia’s justice minister, Abubacarr Tambadou alleged that former President Jammeh “personally or under his instructions…

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Ivory Coast Mutiny: The Issues of Honesty, Trust, and Loyalty

A four-day nationwide mutiny carried out last week by rebellious soldiers in Ivory Coast has made many to question the degree of control President Alassane Ouattara has over the military. More than that, the mutiny, which had occurred before in January, keeps one wondering whether the deserted soldiers see themselves indeed as an integral part of the Ivorian military force. More worrisome yet, the latest revolt casts some doubts on the level of loyalty, President Alassane Ouattara enjoys amongst…

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Africa and Youth unemployment

In an exclusive interview with the BBC yesterday about the state of both Africa’s and Nigeria’s economy and politics, the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo insisted that the greatest challenge facing Africa is the high unemployment rate among Africa’s large youthful population. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who estimated that 60% of the continent’s population is under the age of 25 and that half of those is unemployed, feared that the continent is ” sitting on a keg of…

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