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Nigerian army publishes new list of ‘most wanted’ Boko Haram members.

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The Nigerian army has released a new poster of ‘Most Wanted’ Boko Haram insurgents. The list contains 55 members of the group including its factional leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The latest list is the third to be issued by the Army. The first containing 100 terrorists was released in October last year, before the second list containing 198 terrorists was published earlier this year. The move is part of the army’s effort to use public information and alert on the wanted persons in the counter insurgency against the group.

The Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, unveiled the list at the Military Command and Control Centre of Operation Lafiya Dole headquarters, in the capital of Borno State, Maiduguri.

With this launching of additional list of wanted terrorists, it is hoped that the public will collaborate to identify the wanted Boko Haram suspects, wherever they are.

He urged Nigerians to assist in tracking down the wanted terrorists, who are on the run. He said: “With this launching of additional list of wanted terrorists, it is hoped that the public will collaborate to identify the wanted Boko Haram suspects, wherever they are.”

The army also reiterated its ‘Operation Save Corridor’ for insurgents who wished to repent and forsake terrorist activities. The group has in the recent past carried out a series of attacks on the military and civilian populations.

Their attacks have led to the death of soldiers including Lt. Col. Muhammed Abu Ali, who was described as the ‘best Boko Haram fighter.’ They have also employed the use of female suicide attackers in other attacks targeting civilian population.

The Army Chief, Yusuf Tukur Buratai, recently asserted in a meeting with a United Nations representative that 60% of Boko Haram insurgents were not Nigerians, despite the fact that the insurgency was born in the country.

Boko Haram’s activities affects largely three states in Nigeria’s northeast, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. The effect is also felt around the Lake Chad region where thousands have been killed and millions displaced.

From Cameroon’s Far North region, through Niger and Chad, the insurgent group continues to carry out attacks. Their activities have created a humanitarian crisis in the region, one that aid agencies continue to seek support to help solve.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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