Posted on Sun 17 Jan 2021, 01:24 PM

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine remains under “house arrest”, his party said on Sunday after a disputed election returned President Yoweri Museveni to office for a sixth term.

The former ragga singer turned lawmaker came second in the presidential election and has said the process was marred by widespread fraud and violence.

He has not left his home since he went out to vote in the election on Thursday, and on Friday said he was under “siege” as soldiers and police surrounded his home, preventing anyone from entering or leaving.

Posted on Sun 17 Jan 2021, 01:02 PM

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the National Assembly to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from selling government properties to fund the 2021 budget.

SERAP in a statement issued on Sunday by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, appealed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila to bar the President from carrying out such moves via a letter addressed on January 16.

Posted on Sun 17 Jan 2021, 12:45 PM

Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai has commended the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole for its success in dislodging Boko Haram terrorists in Marte area of Borno.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Musa said the air task force played a decisive role in the destruction of seven terrorists’ gun trucks during an attempted attack on troops’ location in the area on Saturday.

Posted on Sun 17 Jan 2021, 12:39 PM

When Liverpool and Manchester United clash at Anfield on Sunday, there will be more at stake than just the usual bragging rights.

The bitter rivals are engaged in a battle for the Premier League title, with leaders United sitting three points clear of second-placed Liverpool.

AFP Sport takes a closer look at three duels that will define the vital showdown:

Jordan Henderson v Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has played a major role in transforming Manchester United from also-rans to title contenders.

Posted on Sun 17 Jan 2021, 12:27 PM

The United States has said it will take action against anti-democratic forces and human rights abusers in Uganda following Thursday’s general elections in the country.

The U.S. position came in a statement by the Department of State through its spokesperson, Ms Morgan Ortagus, on Saturday.

Ortagus said the government was “deeply troubled” by credible reports of “security force violence” and election irregularities before and during the polls.

Posted on Sun 17 Jan 2021, 12:19 PM

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday reported 1,598 new cases of COVID-19 with seven deaths.

The NCDC, on its official Twitter handle, said the total infections in the country is now 108,943 with 22,156 active cases and 1,420 fatalities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the country has so far tested 1,147, 523 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Feb. 27, 2020.

The Nigeria’s public health institute said that the new infections were reported from 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Posted on Sat 16 Jan 2021, 08:18 PM

The 82-year-old president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, has received his first dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus, part of a scheme mainly involving government members, a source close to his office said Saturday.

Defence minister Mohamed Diane, a scientist by training, was the first in the country to get a jab of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine on December 30.

The source said Conde received the Sputnik V vaccine on Friday.

Posted on Sat 16 Jan 2021, 08:12 PM

The Malian army has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of three jihadist prisoners while they were being transferred to a military camp, Mali’s armed forces said on Saturday.

The army’s chief of staff said in a statement that “three of four prisoners lost their lives while being transferred from Boulkessi”, where the Group of Support for Islam and Muslims (GSIM) — a group close to al-Qaeda — is active, to Sevare, where the army has an important base.

Posted on Sat 16 Jan 2021, 08:01 PM

Troops of Operation Tura Takaibango in conjunction with Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole have eliminated scores of Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed seven of their gun trucks in Matte, Borno.

The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said that unconfirmed number of the terrorists were killed when they attempted to attack troops location at the outskirts of Marte in Marte Local Government Area on Saturday.

Posted on Sat 16 Jan 2021, 07:38 PM

Governor Willie Obiano has announced the imposition of curfew on Aguleri, Umueri and Umuoba Anam towns, all in Anambra East local government area of Anambra State.

This is to stem the outbreak of communal violence reported in the three towns.

At least, one house, four vehicles and two motorcycles were burnt to ashes as the neighbouring communities engaged each other in hostilities.

The Umueri and Aguleri communities were over the years, involved in a contest, over a large expanse of land between them.

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