By Gordon Brown
LONDON – It has been eight weeks since the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from their school dormitories in Chibok, in northern Nigeria’s Borno State. The geopolitical implications are now ramifying across Africa.
Chad, Niger, and Cameroon are being drawn into the crisis, owing to growing suspicion that some of the girls are being held on their territory. And, though a recently signed memorandum of understanding offers Nigeria security assistance from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and other powers, residents of remote villages in northern Nigeria, fearful of night raids by Boko Haram and running out of food and supplies, are fleeing to mountain caves or bigger towns.
A judge at the Arada First Instance Court, First Bench, told the police this morning to finalize its investigations and bring charges against three independent journalists and three members of the blog Zone9 detained without charges since 25th and 26th of April this year.
Defense lawyer Amha Mekonnen told journalists at the scene of the court that the judge has told the police to finalize their investigations and bring charges during the next appearance, which is adjourned for Sunday July 13th.
The World Food Program (WFP) annual report launched on Wednesday June 11th says despite positive advances Ethiopia has shown in the past it remained one of world’s most food insecure countries.
Over the past decade, a fast growing economy has helped bring the percentage of people living in extreme poverty from 38 per cent down to 29 per cent. However, approximately 30 million people still live below the food poverty line.