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Sierra Leone parliament votes to abolish death penalty

– Advertisement – Lawmakers in Sierra Leone have voted to abolish the death penalty and now awaits an approval from the country’s president. Moving forward, offenders sentenced to death will rather have their punishment replaced with life imprisonment. This has been celebrated by human rights activists who have campaigned for the death penalty to be abolished. Should Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio approve the move by the parliament, the West African nation will become the 23rd African country to have abolished the death penalty. Just last year alone 39…

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Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ bill seeks 10-year jail term for activists

– Advertisement – Ghana’s lawmakers are pushing for tougher laws to deal with LGBT+ persons and those who promote their activities with a new draft bill. The bill titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021″ is being sponsored by some individual lawmakers who are anit-LGBT+ activists. Details of the bill have now emerged with those behind the draft law seeking a jail term of up to ten years for culprits depending on the crime. According to details of the bill, anyone of the same…

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Could Saka still opt for the Nigeria national team?

– Advertisement – Bukayo Saka was one of the most exciting players to watch in the recent UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Though he didn’t start every game with the English national team, anytime the midfielder took to the field, he brought with him explosive, creative energy. Since graduating from Arsenal’s youth academy to its senior squad in 2018, Saka has become one of the most promising budding stars in the Premier League and association football as a whole. In early 2020, he made his way onto Arsenal’s starting lineup. Since…

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Ivorian political rivals Ouattara and Gbagbo to meet

– Advertisement – The President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara is to hold a face to face meeting with his rival and predecessor Laurent Gbagbo on July 27, 2021. A presidential spokesperson who made the announcement on Wednesday said this will be the first for the two since Gbagbo’s return to Abidjan last month. Laurent Gbagbo had spent a decade in exile, facing years of legal procedures at the International Criminal Court for a brief civil war that took place in 2010. The ex-president and his right-hand man Charles Ble…

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How Mali’s military leader escaped unharmed in knife attack

– Advertisement – Helped by his military instinct, the interim Mali President Assimi Goita escaped an attempt on his life this week in the capital Bamako. On Tuesday during Muslim prayers at a mosque, the special forces colonel who was sworn in as interim president was approached by some assailants trying to stab him in the neck. Security agents however overpowered the assailants shielding Goita who led two separate coups from any harm. Mali’s Prime Minister Choguel Maiga, who was sitting near Goita at the time of the attack, explained…

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Nigerian Yoruba separatist leader arrested in Benin

– Advertisement – Nigeria’s Yoruba separatist leader Sunday Adeyemo has been arrested in Benin, after he was declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms. Mr Igboho was arrested by security forces at an airport in Benin’s capital, Cotonou. He was reportedly heading for Germany when he was arrested for repatriation. Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) announced that it was pursuing Mr Igboho after fleeing a raid on his residence. The DSS on July 1, 2021 raided Mr Igboho’s residence, two days after the activist called for anti-government protests. – Advertisement – The…

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Pastor killed while trying to separate fighting couple

– Advertisement – A Nigerian pastor met his untimely death while trying to separate a couple engaged in a fight in Imo state. Police confirmed the death of the pastor Thompson Onyekwuru, who lives in in Owerri. The 62-year old pastor according to police was trying to prevent Obumneke Onyemechileuzo from stabbing his wife, Ogechi Onyemechileuzo, during a fight between the couple. The police statement said “one Obumneke Onyemechileuzo armed with a kitchen knife was beating his wife, Ogechi Favour Onyemechileuzo. “When a pastor with the Redeem(ed) Christian Church Owerri,…

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AfCFTA honours ex-Nigerien leader with a statue in Ghana

– – A bronze bust statue on a marble stone has been unveiled at a ceremony in Ghana’s capital, Accra to honour former president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou. The statue was unveiled in the presence of five African heads of state at the forecourt of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) based in Accra. Issoufou was honored for his role in getting the continental free trade deal finally activated after decades of delay and inaction. In a statement the AfCFTA secretariat and its partners said Issoufou…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana confirms outbreak of bird flu; bans poultry imports

– – Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture has announced an outbreak of Bird Flu in parts of the country. In a statement, the Ministry said cases of the flu have been detected in three regions including the capital, Accra. “The Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its Veterinary Services Directorate, has confirmed the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease, otherwise known as Bird Flu in some parts of the country. These are the Greater Accra, Central and Volta Regions,” the statement said. The ministry added in the statement…

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Rights activists kick against Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ draft bill

– – Various human rights activists have expressed their displeasure at an attempt by Ghana’s lawmakers to pass a law that criminalizes activities of LGBTQ+ persons and those who advocate such rights in the country. Last month eight members of Ghana’s Parliament jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalization of LGBTQI+ activities. The bill, titled “Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values”, was presented to Speaker, Alban Bagbin who is an anti-LGBT+ activist. The proponents of the bill want the promotion,…

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