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The Mezia Abia Organization, a pro-democracy outfit has condemned the verdict of the Appeal Court that nullified the election of the Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of PDP and declared Alex Otti of APGA winner of the governorship election conducted in Abia State in April last year. 

By Ryan Cummings

(CNN)"And I assure you that we will defeat Boko Haram by the end of this year." This was the pledge made by Nigerian President Muhammdu Buhari to his Beninese counterpart, Boni Yayi, during a gala dinner commemorating Benin's independence during the summer of 2015.

 

Four gunmen have been killed in an overnight attack on an Indian Air Force base near Pakistani border, officials say.

Two soldiers at the Pathankot base were also killed in a gun battle lasting several hours.

Operations at the base are continuing, with some reports saying gunmen are holed up in the base.

 

The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is likely to deepen discontent and spark protests among Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority, largely concentrated in the kingdom's East. Protests may also erupt in neighboring Bahrain, which has seen low-level violence since 2011 protests by its Shiite majority demanding greater rights from its Sunni-led monarchy.

Nigeria on Friday unveiled a nine-metre tall statue of Jesus Christ carved from white marble, thought to be the biggest of its kind in Africa.

Standing barefoot with arms outstretched, the "Jesus de Greatest" statue weighs in at 40 tonnes.

Nigeria President, Muhammed Buhari, a former military dictator, who calls himself a born-again democrat, did not discuss the propriety of defying court orders when he spoke on national TV on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

"If you see the atrocities these people committed against this country!" Buhari said in justification. "We can't allow them to jump bail."

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