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The Africa Report: 21 May

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

Uganda flag. Picture: mapsofworld.com

UGANDAN POLICE USE FORCE AGAINST FREEDOM OF PRESS

Ugandan police have raided newspaper offices after reports which displeased Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, were published.

The letter, which was meant to remain confidential, had been sent from a Ugandan military man to the Internal Security Organisation detailing how Museveni had begun grooming his son for succession.

General David Sejusa sent the letter, additionally alleging that Museveni planned to assassinate those opposed to his son's takeover.

Police raided the offices of the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper and destroyed the publications' press machines.

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NIGERIAN MILITANTS CAPTURED

Following the launch of Nigeria's military attack on terror group, Boko Haram, 120 militants have been arrested whilst attending the burial of a former commander.

President Goodluck Jonathan had recently declared a State of Emergency, focusing military attention on the north-eastern provinces, known strongholds of Boko Haram.

Authorities have reported that they have reclaimed five areas and that with these 120 arrests, the total arrests are at 200.

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STAMPEDE FOR HOLY WATER

Four people have died in the city of Accra, Ghana during a stampede for holy water.

Nigerian prophet, TB Joshua, had presented holy water in his church, the Synagogue Church of All Nations, claiming the blessed water would cure people of their ailments and illnesses.

Police said that they were overwhelmed by the masses who rushed to the altar.

In addition to the four who died, 30 others were injured with some in left a critical condition.