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Six Nigerians are facing prison terms of ten years to life after a federal appeals court in the United Arab Emirates upheld their convictions for funding the terrorist group Boko Haram. 

According to The Daily Trust newspaper, the accused were initially tried and convicted last year following their arrest in 2017. 

The court in Abu Dhabi Monday sentenced Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu to life in prison. Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa were each given a ten-year sentence. 

The newspaper said the court judgement said that between 2015 and 2016, the accused transferred $782,000 from Dubai to Nigeria to benefit Boko Haram even as associates defended their actions, saying there was nothing criminal about the transaction.


Over 70 new COVID-19 cases have taken Nigeria’s tally past 63,000, authorities said on Tuesday.

A total of 72 more infections were registered across the country over the past 24 hours, raising the overall count to 63,036, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC) daily update.

One more COVID-19 fatality moved the death toll to 1,147, while 59,328 patients have recovered and been discharged from medical facilities so far, it said.

With over 21,300 infections, commercial capital Lagos remains Nigeria’s worst-hit city.

It is followed by the Federal Capital Territory, which includes the capital Abuja, with more than 6,100 cases, and the southwestern Plateau State, where more than 3,600 cases have been confirmed to date.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is among the five hardest-hit countries on the continent, along with South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, and Ethiopia.

Since last December, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 1.2 million lives around the world, according to data compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

More than 46.8 million infections have been recorded across the globe, with recoveries now over 31.35 million, the latest figures show.


The shootings of peaceful protesters in Nigeria last week will be investigated by a judicial committee, an official announced Tuesday, as some seek accountability for the worst turmoil in decades in Africa’s most populous country.

The committee is also investigating alleged atrocities committed by the now-disbanded police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, tweeted. Protests against the squad continued last week even after authorities agreed to ban it.

“The scope of the panel has been expanded to cover the Lekki toll incident,” he said. Amnesty International has asserted that soldiers killed several peaceful demonstrators at the toll plaza in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, opening fire as they sang the national anthem.

The shootings sparked international condemnation. The Nigerian army, however, has denied any soldiers were at the Lekki toll plaza, drawing further criticism. Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. TY Buratai on Monday struck a defiant note against calls for the International Criminal Court to investigate, telling senior military commanders not to be afraid, a statement said.

Relatives of victims, and protesters who survived last week's shooting with gunshot wounds, are expected to appear before the judicial committee.

The committee started hearing petitions against former SARS operatives on Tuesday. 

One petitioner described how SARS operatives extracted two of his teeth, among other abuses, while in their custody after his former boss made false allegations of theft against him.


A total of 21 people have been killed in unrest in Guinea following a disputed presidential election last week, state television reported as international envoys attempted to soothe tensions in the West African nation.

The RTG state news channel said that 21 people had been killed since October 19, including officers of the security forces – six fewer than figures compiled by the opposition which claims 27 have died.

President Alpha Conde, 82, won a hotly contested October 18 election according to official results announced on Saturday, setting the stage for a controversial third term.

But his main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, disputes the results. He claimed victory last week, citing data his activists gathered at individual polling stations.


Diallo's self-proclaimed victory led to a week of clashes between supporters and security forces across the nation.

The government had previous put the number of dead at 10.

A diplomatic delegation from the United Nations, African Union and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States landed in Guinea Sunday in the aftermath of the unrest.

The envoys – who include ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and the UN special representative to West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas – met several ministers and government officials on Monday.

An ECOWAS official in Conakry said they also spoke with representatives of Guinea's electoral commission and foreign diplomats.

Diallo told AFP that the envoys met him too, at his Conakry home which police have blockaded for days.

Anti-Conde protests were due to resume in the city early Monday and many shops stayed shut, but few people ended up hitting the streets in the end.

"In my neighbourhood, people say they are waiting to see the outcome of the joint mission," said a suburban resident who declined to be named.

Scars from the unrest were apparent in the Conakry neighbourhood of Wanindara – an opposition stronghold – with burned-out vehicles lying on the roadside.

Mohamed Saliou Camara, whose house was torched, said Conde and Diallo supporters had clashed in the area.

Much of the turbulence centres on a third term for Alpha Conde, whom opponents accuse of drifting into authoritarianism.

He pushed through a new constitution in March which he argued would modernise the country. But it also allowed him to bypass a two-term limit for presidency.

-TRT World

THE United Nations' Security Council has frozen of assets and imposed a travel ban on persons and entities responsible for the constitutional crisis in Mali.

This follows the coup that occurred in Kati on August 18 when President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were arrested.

Keïta has since announced his resignation.

Their arrest followed irregularities in the March and April parliamentary elections.

The Security Council, which calls for a return to order, has unanimously adopted sanctions which are to be effective until August 31, 2021. 

Sanctions may further be extended.

People or entities inscribed on the Security Council list will not benefit from any financial, operational or logistical support from the United Nations (UN) entities deployed in Mali. 

The Security Council established the UN Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in 2013.

It has a total of more than 15 400 personnel.

Mali has been in crisis since a rebellion by extremists in 2012.

Military officer, Amadou Sanogo, seized power in a coup that dislodged Amadou Toumani Touré.

Conflict has also escalated since 2015 between agricultural communities like the Dogon and the Bambara, and the pastoral Fulani people.

The government of Mali is suspected of supporting some of these groups.


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