Former Minister Sentenced To Prison, 3 Die As Cult Groups Clash Over Girlfriend

Ivory Coast Ex-rebel Chief Soro Gets Life For ‘Insurrection’
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Ivory Coast former rebel leader and prime minister Guillaume Soro was Wednesday sentenced to a life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government at the end of 2019.

Soro, 49, was tried and sentenced in absentia. Two other defendants, his close associates Souleymane Kamagate and Affoussy Bamba, received 20-year sentences.

Two of Soro’s brothers and his former aide Alain Lobognon got 17-month jail terms for “disturbing public order”.

The court also ordered the confiscation of the assets of Soro, who lives in exile, and those of his 19 co-defendants and the dissolution of Generations and Solidary Movement for “subversive acts”.

It also ordered them to pay one billion CFA francs (150 million euros) to the Ivorian state.

The former rebel chief’s scheduled return to the Ivory Coast in December 2019 after a six-month absence to be a candidate in the following year’s ballot had raised tensions in the West African country, where a 2010-2011 election ended in deadly violence between rival supporters.

Soro then aborted his planned return by diverting his flight to Ghana as security forces stormed his party headquarters in Abidjan.
Source – Guardian

3 Die As Cult Groups Clash Over Girlfriend
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Renewed cult clashes in Eket, Akwa Ibom has claimed the lives of three persons.

A source in Eket, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN on Wednesday that the incident occurred on June 21 at a popularly area called Idung Afianwe in Eket.

He said the killing of the trio resulted from a fight between two rival cult groups – Axe Confraternity and Klans over a girl at a popular spot at Afaha Ukwa Street, Eket.

The source, who claims to be a member of one of the cult groups said: “the fracas started on Monday, June 21 and we lost a vibrant young man.

“We all know the clubhouse at Afaha Uqua, where they sell all sorts of hard and contraband drugs and where those loose girls hang around.

“All the cult wars in Eket start from there and it’s high time the government shuts the place to stop all these cult wars in Eket.’’

According to him, one Klans cult member and two Axe cult members have so far been killed in the renewed cult war.

When the News Agency of Nigeria contacted the Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom, SP Odiko Macdon, he said that the Command had not received any report on the incident.

“I have not received any report on the incident. However, we shall investigate and get back to you.

“We will get the needed contacts, but I can’t talk now,’’ Macdon said.
Source – Daily Nigerian