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Why regional efforts are key to Africa’s maritime security

16 January, 2018 – Maritime security has become a priority for most of Africa’s regional communities since the early 2000s when kidnappings were on the rise and later in that decade when Somali piracy became a major threat to international trade. Members of regional economic communities across Africa now understand the importance of protecting their maritime territories. The threats they’re more conscious of today are armed robbery, illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, smuggling and human trafficking. The protection they’re putting in place have other spinoffs. They can boost the economic opportunities available from the sea – known as the blue economy – as...

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NGO: Al-Shabaab Forcing Parents to Hand Children over to Serve in Jihad

15 January, 2018 – The Somalia-based al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab is using death threats to coerce civilians into surrendering children from their community ages 9 to 15 “for indoctrination and military training,” reveals the Human Rights Watch (HRW) group. Al-Shabaab’s threat of handing over children as young as 8 “or face attack” has reportedly already forced community elders to surrender hundreds of children, including 300 in one region alone, reports HRW. The United Nations Security Council’s Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) has confirmed that child abductions, notably from schools in Somalia, and al-Shabaab’s use of children as jihadists significantly increased in the second quarter of 2017. “Al-Shabaab’s ruthless...

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AMISOM to intensify training of Somali Police Force this year

Mogadishu, 10 January 2018 – AMISOM will this year intensify training and mentoring of the Somali Police Force (SPF) officers to enable them assume more security responsibilities in the country. The move in is line with the United Nations Security Council resolution, passed in August last year, which authorized the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to commence the transfer of security responsibilities to the Somali national security forces. The Security Council also sanctioned the gradual reduction of AMISOM troops during the transition period. Speaking during a medal awards ceremony, held on Saturday, for a group of Nigerian police officers,...

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Newly deployed individual police officers conclude induction course- AMISOM

Mogadishu, 28 October 2017 – Thirteen Individual Police Officers (IPOs) recently deployed to Somalia to serve under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) yesterday concluded an induction course to acquaint themselves with the Mission’s mandate and standard operating procedures. The IPOs from Nigeria and Sierra Leone completed the nine-day induction course, Friday, as they began their one year tour of duty in Somalia to mentor and train their Somali police officers on best practices in policing. Speaking during the closing ceremony, AMISOM Deputy Police Commissioner, Christine Alalo, described the arrival of the team as timely and urged the officers...

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37 job openings for young Nigerians in UN – Amina Mohammed

21st October, 2017 – There are 37 career openings for young Nigerians under the United Nations bureaucracy, according to UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed. Amina disclosed this at a Cultural Night organised by Nigerians working at the United Nations Systems. She said the openings are available via the Junior Professional Officers’ (JPO) Programme, including internship for young graduates. According to her, Nigeria has the opportunity to sponsor its youth for UN careers through the JPO. But Nigeria has not seized the opportunity in a long while, she noted. JPO is a programme for the young people to come and...

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