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Man Strangles 17-Month-Old Stepson In Jigawa, Nigeria1 minute read

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A 40-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly strangling his 17-month-old stepson in Jigawa State, northern Nigeria.

The 40-year-old man, identified as Usman Isma’il, was arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in a farm at Miga Local Government Area of the state.

NSCDC spokesman in the state, SC Adamu Shehu, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

Shehu disclosed that the suspect, a resident of Tsakuwama Village, was arrested by the NSCDC operatives on Sept. 3, at about 4 p.m..

He explained that the suspect allegedly took the deceased to a farm on Aug. 14 and strangled him to death.

“The suspect, according to reports related the child’s death to cold related infections.

His wife suspects foul play. She disclosed that her husband had attempted to strangle the late child on two separate occasions while she was present. Her husband, she said had an intense dislike for the child.

“After detailed interrogation by the Intelligence and Investigation team of the command, the suspect confessed to committing the crime, saying that the baby distracted his wife from giving him the love and attention he deserved,” he explained.

The spokesman added that preliminary medical examinations on the suspect’s mental condition revealed no trace of mental disorder.

The suspect will be taken to a Psychiatric Hospital to properly ascertain his mental health status. Th police say he will be charged to court after investigations have been completed.

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UN Expert Calls For Immediate, Unconditional Release Of Ex-Mali Officials

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A UN human rights expert on Wednesday called on Mali’s coup leaders to release former government officials detained for more than a month.

The military junta had in a coup on August 18 ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta from power. Keita and some top politicians were arrested and detained. However, while Keita was released and allowed to travel out of the country for treatment, others are still languishing in detention.

Alioune Tine, UN independent expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, called for their immediate and unconditional release.

“There is no legal basis for detention of the former prime minister, the former president of the National Assembly, and other former Malian officials taken into custody in the coup d’état of 18 August,” he said.

“I call on the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) to comply with Mali’s international human rights obligations,” he said. “Everyone arrested during the coup must be released immediately and unconditionally.”

Of the 18 people arrested by the coup leaders on 18 August, at least 13 are still being illegally detained at the Kati military camp in Bamako, despite calls for their release from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, UN Secretary General, António Guterres, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“I am extremely concerned by the fact that those arrested by the coup leaders have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty for more than a month,” said Tine. “This detention contravenes international and regional human rights instruments to which Mali is a party.”

Under international law, no one should be deprived of liberty except in accordance with the law. Anyone arrested must be informed at the time of arrest of the reasons for their arrest and promptly informed of any charges against them.

“I urge the CNSP to scrupulously respect their rights, including the right to communicate with their families and lawyers and to receive visits, in particular from family members,” Tine said. “But above all, I urge the CNSP to release them immediately.”

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Uganda Repatriates 370 Nationals From Rwanda

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Uganda on Wednesday repatriated 80 of its citizens from neighbouring Rwanda, an official has said.

Ms Anne Katusiime, the deputy head of mission at the Ugandan embassy in Rwanda, in a statement, said the East African country has repartriated a total of 370 of its nationals.

The returnees, who had been stuck in Rwanda due to Coronavirus-induced lockdown, entered their country through the Gatuna/Katuna border post.

“The High Commission of the Republic of Uganda in Kigali, Rwanda has successfully repatriated a group of 80 Ugandan nationals including children.

“This makes 273 so far repatriated massively in addition to the 97 people who were repatriated on a case by case basis.

“Total repatriated is 370,” the deputy head of mission at the Ugandan embassy in Rwanda, Ms Katusiime said in a statement.

“The first phase of Ugandans crossing from Rwanda was conducted on September 15, the second on September 19 and the third September 23.

“The Embassy undertook the registration and verification processes and coordinated their return aboard three Volcano buses and one private vehicle from Kigali through Gatuna/Katuna border destined for Kampala. I congratulate all the repatriated Ugandans for the resilience and patience they have exhibited during this trying period.

“This is the last group of stranded Ugandans to be repatriated from Rwanda. Other Ugandan nationals in Rwanda will have to wait until the situation is normal. I wish you safe journey and always abide by Ministry of Health guidelines to fight the spread of coronavirus,” Ms Katusiime said.

She said those repatriated include teachers whose contracts were terminated after schools were closed because of the coronavirus-induced lock down. Other bar workers and some business people that have opted to transfer their businesses back home.

According to her, a total of about 3,000 Ugandans had been staying in Rwanda before the outbreak of coronavirus.

The Ugandan immigration officials led by Mr Wallace Bindeeba received the repatriated Ugandans and said that they would be transported to Kampala where the ministry of health officials would determine where to quarantine them from for 14 days as per the coronavirus guidelines.

Mr Boogere Issah, the Chairman of the Ugandan Association in Rwanda lauded all Ugandans for their cooperation and support, in terms food relief and financial, to fellow Ugandans during the lockdown period and urged them to continue with the spirit.

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Algeria Jails Four Siblings Over Corruption Linked To Ex-President Bouteflika

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An Algerian court has sentenced four members of a billionaire family to jail terms, ranging from 15 to 20 years.

Three brothers in the Kouninef family and their sister bagged their jailed terms for corruption linked to the era of the former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Three brothers – Reda, Noah-Tarek and Abdelkader-Karim Kouninef -received prison sentences of 16, 15 and 12 years respectively, while their sister, Souad, who has fled abroad, was sentenced to 20 years in absentia.

An international arrest warrant has been issued for the fleeing sister.

The Kouninef siblings had been found guilty earlier this month on charges including exerting undue influence and obtaining unfair advantages, money laundering, embezzlement of land and breaches of public works contracts.

Their family owns KouGC Group, a firm specialising in civil engineering, hydraulics and construction.

The trial was the latest in a campaign targeting Bouteflika-era politicians and businessmen accused of corruption, in a bid to prove the current government’s commitment to reform.

The court also fined the brothers 8 million dinars each.

In the same case, a former manager of the KouGC group, Kaddour Ben Tahar was sentenced to eight years in prison and a fine of 8 million dinars.

In addition, the court of Sidi M’hamed ordered the seizure of all the property of the Kouninef brothers.

The KouGC company was also ordered to pay a fine of 32 million dinars.

The three Kouninef brothers, Reda, Tarek and Karim who have been in detention for over a year, have 54 companies located in Algeria.

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