1. AFP report
A court in Ethiopia has sentenced 18 Muslims, including clerics and a journalist, to up to 22 years in prison under controversial anti-terrorism legislation.
The 18 were convicted last month on charges including terrorism and conspiracy to create an Islamic state.
They were arrested three years ago over protests against alleged government interference in religious affairs.
3. Is Boko Haram spreading attacks from Nigeria to Cameroon?
Bana Fanaye also known as Mahamat Moustapha, said to be the mastermind of Boko Haram operations in Chad and northern Cameroon, has been arrested by authorities in Chad. Assorted weapons, as well as cell phone SIM cards for various countries, including Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger were recovered from his residence.
Bana Fanaye is said to be the brain behind most Boko Harma operations including arms purchases in Chad and northern Cameroon. He was arrested on Friday afternoon.
Media reports quoted Chadian officials as saying that Fanaye is in charge of recruiting Boko Haram terrorists, arms purchases and planning of terrorism targets and operations in Chad and northern Cameroon.
By Mbom Sixtus, August 03, 2015
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – Chirstine Robichon, French ambassador to Cameroon has refuted allegations that the main subject of discussions during the recent visit of Francois Hollande to Cameroon was the liberation of some nine French expatriates being detained at the head office of Cameroon’s secret service in Yaounde, commonly known as DGRE.
At least, that is the subject of a rejoinder the French diplomat sent to Repères, a local French language weekly newspaper in Cameroon. Repere had on July 15, published a report with the headline “Les secrets de la visite de François Hollande”, loosely translated as “the secret of Francois Hollande’s visit.” In the report, the newspaper stated that nine French men caught fighting alongside Boko Haram are still detained in Yaounde.
The National Emergency Management Agency and Red Cross officials have dragged Cameroon authorities to the United Nation High Commission on Refuges over the country’s alleged dehumanization and unlawful repatriation of 2,600 Nigerians.
An official of NEMA, Sa’ad Bello, said this while fielding questions from journalists, and added that the manner Internally Displaced Persons from Nigeria were threatened and deported by Cameroonian authority was unacceptable.
“It’s so disturbing that what Cameroon authority did to Nigerians refuges was totally against norms and violation of the International Refuges Rights .
“We only received a call from the men of Nigerian Immigration who were patrolling along Nigeria- Cameroon border.
“They called our attention that there were trucks fully loaded with Nigerians who after investigation are refuges, internally displaced by Boko Haram and repatriated by Cameroon gendarmes,” Mr. Bello said.
Thank you M., Richard and all. This is major. Something is actually happening that needs to happen. It isn’t Miller time yet, but it may be time to put 6 on ice.