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Mali: Bah N'daw Sworn in As Interim President

[DW] Mali's new interim Preisdent Bah N'Daw, a retired colonel, was named by junta leaders earlier this week. The army, which staged a coup last month, is promising to hold new elections in 18 months. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Amnesty Month - UN-AU Joint Call for Surrender of Illicit Weapons

[Africa Renewal] Small arms are enablers of armed violence and a serious threat to peace, security, and stability. Use this September Africa Amnesty Month to reduce illicit flows of weapons, strengthen ties between communities and law enforcement and further peace and security. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Army Issues Stern Warning Against Anyone Planning to Violate Constitution

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- General Berhanu Jula, Deputy Chief of Staff & Military Operations Division Head of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF), said the army will be "forced to take actions against anyone who claims to violate the constitution." (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Why US Diplomatic Muscle Could Achieve More in Somalia Than Drone Strikes

[The Conversation Africa] The United States has used airstrikes against al-Shabaab forces in Somalia since January 2007, including armed drone strikes from June 2011. From early 2017, Donald J. Trump's administration loosened the targeting rules and significantly increased the number of strikes in Somalia, apparently with the consent of the Somali federal government. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: After Meat, Kenyatta Set to Hand Over Choppers to Military

[Nation] The expected handover of government owned helicopters to the Kenya Air Force has created uncertainty with confusion over whether the various affected agencies will continue to operate them semi-autonomously or if they will be under direct command of the military. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Boko Haram Commander, Family Surrender to Troops in Borno

[Daily Trust] The Defence Headquarters says a high profile Boko Haram commander has surrendered to Nigerian troops during clearance operations in their enclaves in Borno saying that the operations took place between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 7 Boko Haram Commanders Eliminated in Strike On 5 Camps in Lake Chad

[Daily Trust] Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have eliminated several top commanders and fighters of Boko Haram terrorists group in their various camps at the fringes of Lake Chad in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Police Arrest 2 Suspected Fake Soldiers in Ogun

[Vanguard] Ogun State Police Command is currently investigating two suspected fake soldiers who specialised in terrorising and robbing people. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Discussions On New Govt Intensify

[Cameroon Tribune] An ECOWAS delegation led by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Bamako yesterday to evaluate the situation on the ground. (AllAfrica)

Senegal: Lands Minister Calls for Demining On Gambia-Senegal Southern Border

[Foroyaa] Musa Drammeh, the Gambia's Lands Minister, has called for the demining of the Southern border between Gambia and Senegal, as it is hampering their activities in the area. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigerian Navy Inaugurates New Hydrographic Survey Vessel

[This Day] In line with its promise to better equip the Hydrographic Department for enhanced maritime safety, the Nigerian Navy (NN) has inaugurated the nation's first purpose-built survey vessel. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: Soldiers Get 10 Years for Murder of Civilians

[HRW] Nairobi -- Trial Conducted Behind Closed Doors (AllAfrica)

Lesotho: Missing Records Stall Soldiers' Murder Trial

[Lesotho Times] The trial of 10 soldiers accused of murdering three civilians in 2017 failed to take off on Monday due to the High Court's information technology (IT) department's failure to produce a transcript of some records relating to the case. It was then postponed to 28 September 2020 to allow the IT department time to finish transcribing the audio recording. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Another Week in Custody for Lesotho Defence Force Duo

[Lesotho Times] Two Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) officers who are languishing in a South African prison since their arrest two months ago will spend another week in custody before learning if their bail application has been successful. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Maritime Security - Navy Launches Hydrographic Survey Vessel

[Daily Trust] The Nigerian Navy, Thursday, said it had obtained from France, a new purpose-built hydrographic survey vessel to enable it to chart the country's waterways for enhanced maritime security. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Honeybols Rewards Fallen Heroes By Empowering Widows

[This Day] As part of efforts to reward the labour of heroes past in the Nigerian army, Honeybols Foundation in conjunction with Nigerian Army Officers' Wives Association (NAOWA) has empowered 10 widows and given palliative to over 500 widows at the fifth edition of 'giving hands arena'. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Residents, Former Top Soldier Fight Over Knowe Chairmanship

[New Zimbabwe] KNOWE residents in Norton are baying for the blood of former Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) colonel, Todson Ruramai, who they accuse of clinging on to the association's chairmanship and abusing their subscriptions. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Vaclav Havel to the Rescue...

[This Day] Popular American author and speaker, Natalie Golberg, has written a lot about writing, including what writers should do when they have no clue about what to write about--a situation I find myself in right now. In such moments, Golberg suggests writing about "What disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about." I have several times taken her counsel but it does not work for me this week. There are so many things that disturb me or that I fear or that I would rather not speak abo (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Zulum Redeems Pledges to Families of Slain Colonel, Others

[This Day] The Nigerian Army has said the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has redeemed the pledges he made to families of slain soldiers. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Navy Deploys Eight Ships, Others to Curb Maritime Crimes

[This Day] Abuja and Warri -- The Nigerian Navy in the Niger Delta region yesterday commenced a sea exercise aimed at enforcing the use of Automatic Identification System (AIS) by vessels operating in the region's waterways. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: UNGA Debate - Buhari Urges Global Action Against Small Arms

[Premium Times] President Buhari says Nigeria is deeply concerned over illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly in Africa. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Don't Associate Perrance Shiri With 1980s Massacre - Mliswa

[New Zimbabwe] CONTROVERSIAL Norton independent MP Temba Mliswa Tuesday urged other legislators to speak good about the late former Agriculture Minister Perrance Shiri as it was inhuman to talk evil of someone who cannot defend themselves. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa: SADC Takes Dispute Over DR Congo Force Reconfiguration to UNGA

[SANF] The issue of peace and security in the Congo is expected to be one of the issues to feature during the high-level debate at the 75th United Nations General Assembly taking place via video conferencing. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Somali Military Liberate New Areas in Galgadud Region

[Dalsan Radio] The Somali National Army (SNA) has on Monday took control of five villages in Galgadud region of Galmudug state in which had been under the al-Shabab rule, military official said. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Advocating for Accountability in the Defence Sector

[This Day] The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre recently held a one-day retreat for some members of defence committees in the House of Representatives. Chiemelie Ezeobi reports that the importance of legislative oversight, accountability, reforms and measures to tackle corruption in the defence sector were some of the issues thrashed (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Tributes As Military Buries Commander Killed By Boko Haram

[This Day] The burial of the slain Commander of the 25 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Damboa, Col. Dahiru Bako, was yesterday marked by mourning and tributes. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Insurgency - Nigeria Will Certainly Overcome - Minister

[Leadership] Sokoto -- The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi has said despite the expression of dissatisfaction about the level of insecurity in Nigeria, security agencies are doing their best to ensure that every part of this country is safe. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Zulum Donates House, N20 Million to Slain Commander's Wife

[This Day] Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has donated a house and N20 million to the widow and children of the late Col. Dahiru Bako, who died from wounds sustained while battling Boko Haram terrorists. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: NAF Immortalises Combat Helicopter Pilot Arotile

[This Day] In fulfillment of its promise to honour the memory of Nigeria's first female combat helicopter pilot for her contributions to the fight against armed banditry and insurgency in the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday immortalised the late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigerian Soldier Fighting Boko Haram Commits Suicide After 'False' Theft Accusation, Punishment

[Premium Times] A soldier in Northeast Nigeria committed suicide, on Thursday, after he was publicly punished by his superior for alleged phone theft, his colleagues told PREMIUM TIMES. (AllAfrica)

Lesotho: DPP Motinyane Sticks to Her Guns On Metsing, Mochoboroane Treason Trial

[Lesotho Times] THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane, insists the treason trial of politicians Mothetjoa Metsing and Selibe Mochoboroane must go ahead despite attempts by the duo and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to defer it until after the implementation of the multi-sector reforms. (AllAfrica)