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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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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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Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for Sexual assault

Bill Cosby, popularly known as the “America’s Dad” was on Tuesday sentenced to three to ten years in state prison by a Pennsylvania judge for sexual assault. The world-acclaimed comedian and the major character in the famous the Cosby Show was described by the Judge as a “sexually violent predator.” Following accusations from 60 women against Mr. Cosby, some of the accusations dated back 50 years ago, the judge sentenced the 80-year-old comedian to 3 to 10 years in…

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Is the Wind of Change Blowing Towards Angola and Liberia?

When the former Defence Minister of Angola Joao Lourenco became the country’s President last year and vowed to eradicate nepotism and corruption in his country, very few people believed his seriousness. Not that Joao Lourenco is considered a liar. Not necessarily so. The fact is that many Africans have grown used to and indeed tired and fed up of sweet-mouthed African leaders, who promise paradise to their subjects only to give them hell on earth. That is the typical…

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South Sudan doctor wins UN award For Humanitarian Work

The mere mentioning of South Sudan invokes the images of war, pandemonium, refugee crisis, hunger and starvation, and a near-failed State. However, sometimes, hopes can spring out of hopelessness. Happily, this is a typical case, as South Sudanese surgeon Dr. Evan Atar was named as the winner of the Nansen Refugee Award by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The award, which is bestowed on an individual who goes beyond the call of duty to help save lives, is a…

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor on Gabon:  “The legal criteria for this Court to investigate have not been met”

On 29 September 2016, I announced the opening of a preliminary examination into the situation in Gabon, based on a referral received from the Government of Gabon with respect to crimes allegedly committed in its territory since May 2016 and potentially falling within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”). My Office also received several article 15 communications alleging crimes in the context of the 2016 presidential election. Following a thorough factual and legal analysis of…

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Tanzania: Many drown as ferry capsized on Lake Victoria

As many as, at least, 40 people have been reported dead after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. A source had, however, insisted that the number of death could be more than 200. While about 100 people were rescued; 32 of them are thought to be in a serious condition. According to the report, the ferry MV Nyerere, which was overloaded with more than 400 passengers capsized near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora. As…

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