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  1. UN asks Ethiopia to allow war crimes investigation

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    People walking past a tank
    Image caption: The conflict in Tigray started in November

    The UN's human rights commissioner has called on Ethiopia to allow independent experts into the country to investigate continuing violations that may amount to war crimes in the Tigray region.

    Michelle Bachelet said she had received distressing reports of killings, rape, destruction and looting.

    The UN says the Ethiopian and Eritrean armed forces, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and Amhara Regional Forces are all implicated.

    A statement said her office had corroborated information about indiscriminate shelling in three towns and reports of grave human rights violations and abuses, including mass killings in Axum by Eritrean armed forces.

    Ms Bachelet said victims and survivors must not be denied their rights to the truth and justice.

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  2. Nigeria governor brushes off suggestion of intimidation

    The governor of a Nigerian state where kidnappers recently released 279 girls has brushed off the suggestion that the government's no-fly zone order was intended to intimidate him.

    The order, covering the north-western state of Zamfara, was announced on Tuesday by the president's national security adviser as part of efforts to clamp down on notorious criminal gangs often involved in kidnapping.

    The presidential spokesman told the BBC earlier this week that private jets were being used to ferry arms to Zamfara.

    But reports also indicate that Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle was not consulted on the no-fly order.

    On Wednesday night, in a Channels TV interview, he was asked: "Are you intimidated in any way Governor Matawalle? Because that is the claim of your party the PDP that the order of yesterday was meant to be intimidating."

    Governor Matawalle said: "How can I be intimidated?"

    He also talked about the subject of resigning:

    Quote Message: If I know my resigning as a governor can make the people of Zamfara state to sleep with both their eyes closed, and if I can resign and the whole scenario in Zamfara state would finish [end], I assure you I can resign today.
    Quote Message: I'm not zealous that I must be a governor. No. I'm doing it because of my people.

    Zamfara is one of the northern states in Nigeria battling armed groups that often kidnap for ransom.

    On Wednesday, the girls who were kidnapped from a school in the state were released following negotiations between government officials and the abductors.

    Governor Matawalle denied paying for the girls to be released and no group has said they were behind the Zamfara kidnappings.

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  4. South Sudan extends partial Covid lockdown

    Nichola Mandil

    BBC News, Juba

    The authorities in South Sudan say a partial lockdown, brought in to reduce the spread of Covid-19, will remain in place for another month.

    Schools and universities will remain closed, while social gatherings - including religious and sporting events - remain banned.

    The partial lockdown will run until 3 April, according to the head of the Covid-19 national taskforce, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol.

    He termed the extension as "necessary to prevent wider spread of the Covid-19 across the country".

    Mr Abdelbagi directed law enforcement agencies to enforce the measures and ensure that violators face penalties.

    On Wednesday, South Sudan confirmed 109 new cases and three deaths, bringing the total cases to 8,414, and 100 deaths.

  5. Chad president cleared to run for sixth term

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Saleh Kebzabo, Chad opposition leader
    Image caption: Mr Kebzab's inclusion in the race has raised questions

    Chad's supreme court has cleared President Idris Deby, who has been in power for 30 years, to seek a sixth term in office in the 11 April presidential election.

    He faces nine other candidates who were qualified by the supreme court, including his main and historical rival, Saleh Kebzabo.

    The inclusion of Mr Kebzabo, who had on Monday withdrawn his candidacy, has raised questions.

    The opposition leader had cited the "obvious militarisation of the political climate" following the deadly attempt by security forces to arrest another opposition candidate, Yaya Dillo, at his home in the capital, N'Djamena.

    The 28 February attack left five members of Mr Dillo’s family dead, according to his party, although the government says three people were killed, including the mother of the opposition leader.

    The supreme court rejected the candidacy of seven other aspirants including Mr Dillo and Succès Masra on grounds that their parties were not "legally constituted".

    With the crackdown on a fractured opposition, the incumbent is now seen as the favourite to win re-election for a 6th term.

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  7. Ethiopian party withdraws from polls over its jailed leaders

    Bekele Atoma Boru

    BBC Horn of Africa

    Jawar Mohammed addresses supporters in Addis Ababa
    Image caption: Activist Jawar Mohammed is among party members in jail

    One of Ethiopia's main opposition parties, The Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has announced its withdrawal from parliamentary election scheduled for June until its demands are met.

    It wants its jailed leaders to be released and its offices across Oromia state to be allowed to operate.

    Senior members of the party Bekele Gerba, Dejene Tafa and Jawar Mohammed are facing terrorism charges.

    They were charged in September in relation to a wave of ethnic unrest that followed the murder in June of popular musician Hachalu Hundessa.

    “If our questions are answered and our demands are met, we will remain in the race [election],” party official Tiruneh Gemta told the BBC.

    The authorities have not yet commented on the party's withdrawal.

    Another opposition party, The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), is also mulling withdrawing from the election citing imprisonment of its senior leaders and closure of its offices - including the head office in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    The withdrawal of the two main parties could undermine the credibility of the election.

  8. Crocodiles escape from breeding farm in South Africa

    A crocodile
    Image caption: Officials have warned that the crocodiles pose a danger

    An unknown number of young crocodiles are on the loose in South Africa's Western Cape province after escaping from a breeding farm on Wednesday, local media report.

    Efforts to recapture the crocodiles, each measuring over a metre, are underway.

    Most are suspected to have found their way to the nearby Breede River.

    "They present medium danger to people because they are farmed animals used to regular feeding and do not hunt for food. But they are wild and instinctive animals and, like all wild animals, always pose a danger to people," local government spokesman James-Brent Styan is quoted by Times Live.

    About 20 crocodiles have been returned to the farm, according to a local official quoted by Eye Witness News.

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