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#EndSARS: Nigerian Army Says Committed To Defending Country ‘At All Cost’2 minutes read

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The Nigerian Army (NA) has issued what can be considered a veiled threat to the #EndSARS protesters, saying it remained committed to defending the country and her democracy “at all cost.”

The Nigerian Army, while issuing the warning against persons it tagged “subversive elements and trouble makers” and warning them to desist from such acts, reaffirmed its “unalloyed loyalty and commitment” to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In what could be described as a veiled warning to the #EndSARS protesters, who have been occupying the streets for one week, the NA threatened to “deal with any situation decisively”.

The army authorities stated this in a statement titled, ‘Nigerian Army remains resolute to the peace and stability of the nation,’ signed by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa,
on Wednesday.

It read, “The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure law-abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security and defence of democracy in Nigeria.

“As a responsible and law-abiding organisation, the NA reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution of the country.

“The NA hereby, warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defending the country and her democracy at all cost.

“The NA is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively.”

The military authorities directed officers and men “never to be distracted by anti-democratic forces and agents of disunity.”

The #EndSARS movement have been demanding an end to a rogue police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and an end to police brutality, justice for SARS victims, among other things.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) in the West African nation, Mohammed Adamu, has disbanded SARS and replaced the unit with Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

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Malawi’s Former Internal Security Minister Jailed Five Years For Abuse Of Office

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Justice Chifundo Kachale of the High Court in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, has jailed a former minister five years for the abuse of his office.

Uladi Mussa, who served as Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security during the two-year tenure of president Joyce Banda between April 2012 and May 2014, was convicted alongside former senior immigration officer David Kwanjana for aiding foreign nationals to enter into the country illegally.

Mussa had been arrested for his role in aiding foreign nationals fraudulently acquire a Malawian passport and citizenship.

Three former immigration officers who were charged alongside Mussa have also been handed prison sentences of between three and six years.

Justice Chifundo Kachale, who is also Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, presided over the case and found Mussa and others guilty and convicted them, passed the sentence on Thursday afternoon.

Mussa, 55, was found guilty of abuse of public office, neglect of duty and altering false documents alongside former regional immigration officer David Kwanjana.

Two other people, who were co-accused in the case, were acquitted.

Mussa is a former MP who had served in various cabinet portfolios under four different presidents.

Soon after today’s ruling heavily armed police officers warded off journalists who were attempting to seek the ex-minister’s reaction before he was taken to prison, but his lawyer Paul Maulidi said he would appeal against both the conviction and the sentence.

In July last year, the US Government imposed a travel ban against the arrested former minister citing what they termed “credible information connecting Mussa to corruption”.

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300 Militants Crossed Into Tanzania From Mozambique – Police

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Tanzania authorities say over 300 armed men from Mozambique raided a village in Mtwara region of the country, killing a number of locals.

It is the first time the Tanzanian authorities have publicly acknowledged the presence militants from Mozambique in the country.

Northern Mozambique is in the grip of a militant Islamist insurgency that has claimed more than 1,500 lives.

Last week, it was widely reported that conflict had spilled into Tanzania, with a number of villagers killed and on Thursday, the head of Tanzania’s police acknowledged this.

Inspector General Simon Sirro said 300 “terrorists” attacked a village in Mtwara region.

He said that Tanzanians were among the attackers and added that they were arrested before they could flee back to Mozambique.

“We will continue to confront [the attackers] until we are able to trace their network,” he said in a statement.

The Tanzanian government had previously declined to comment on the incident.

The insurgency in Mozambique is now in its third year and the government in Maputo is struggling to contain it.

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South Africa’s Police Arrest Public Officials For Inflating Project Costs

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South African authorities have arrested four former public officials for inflating the cost of a prjoect.

The Hawks, on Thursday, arrested former senior Gauteng Department of Health officials for alleged R1.2 billion tender irregularities committed almost 13 years ago.

The arrested are a former head of department who was also an accounting officer at the time; chief director of information communication and technology; head of supply chain management; and the deputy director for executive support.

They are accused of receiving kickbacks for their role in ensuring the contract was awarded to an undeserving entity and have been charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.

Police say the case emanates from February 2007 where the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) submitted a proposal to continue with an information technology maintenance programme at the department.

The Hawks’ Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase said the total cost of a project like that was not meant to be over R57 million for a period of three years.

“The contract was instead awarded to a private entity at a whopping cost of around R1.2 billion without following due tender procedures.

“Two private company directors who unduly benefited from the tender are yet to be charged along together with their two companies. The said directors are reportedly outside of the country but steps have already been initiated to ensure that they are accounted for,” Nkwalase said.

The four appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday.

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