Monthly Archives: March 2015

West African states in joint move against Boko Haram

Chadian soldiers walk in front of a building that Boko Haram insurgents used as their base before being driven out by the Chadian military in Dikwa March 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Madjiasra Nako

Chad and Niger launched a joint army operation against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria on Sunday, military sources said, intensifying a regional push to try to defeat the Sunni Islamic group that has killed thousands in a six-year insurgency. Boko Haram has expanded cross-border raids into Cameroon, Chad and Niger in recent months, spurring Nigeria’s neighbours to retaliate, although cooperation between them and the government in Abuja has been limited and at times strained. Sunday’s strike marks Niger’s first incursion deep into Nigerian territory; the country’s troops had until now only fought Boko Haram in the border area. Chad has already sent troops many kilometers inside north-eastern Nigeria, winning back … Continue reading

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LRA’s Dominic Ongwen’s court appearance set to be delayed

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (2nd right) chats with some members of parliament during her recent visit to the country

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala, Uganda The International Criminal Court (ICC) may delay the hearing of the Lords Resistance Army general’s case which had been scheduled for August this year. The revelation was made by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda while meeting with Uganda’s Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga this week. Bensouda said the court needs some more time to investigate before moving on with the case. “The case has taken quite long it was one of the cases that was hibernated by my offices, meaning that my office had little time to proceed to investigate the situation,” she said. Bensouda says it’s now time for both the prosecution and … Continue reading

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