By MOHAMMED MOMOH
Muslim and Christian leaders in Nigeria have signed an agreement to hold the peace ahead of the February 2019 General Election.
The religious leaders penned the agreement in Abuja on Tuesday in the presence of the UN and US officials.
They affirmed their commitment to peace and harmony in the populous nation so afflicted by religious and ethnic divisions.
By IVAN R. MUGISHA
Two former Rwandan refugees, Innocent Habumugisha and Egide Rwasibo, who were deported from Zambia in December 2015 on the grounds that they were working as spies for the Rwandan government and causing insecurity in Zambia, won a case in the Zambian High Court last week, with the judge ruling that their deportation was “unconscionable and unreasonable."
- Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (Midimar) said it has dispensed some 2,760 cards to mainly Burundian and some Congolese refugees.
- The ID issuance began on Thursday after the conclusion of a joint refugee verification exercise to capture biometric data by the government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
By Ivan R. Mugisha
Rwanda has issued more than 2,500 identity cards to refugees in the country to enable them move freely and access social services and jobs.
By KEMO CHAM
Researchers in Sierra Leone have found a new strain of the Ebola virus, the government said on Thursday.
The virus was discovered in bats in northern Bombali region by scientists in a joint US-West African study funded by USAid.
The finding comes two years after end of the worst-ever Ebola outbreak that killed more than 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
But researchers say the new Bombali virus is distinct from other Ebola virus strains and it is not yet known whether it could develop into the deadly disease.