- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 15, 2010

NIGERIA

Police fined for killing sect leader’s relative

KANO | A Nigerian court has ordered police to pay 100 million naira ($666,400) in damages to the family of the father-in-law of a slain Islamic militant leader who was himself also killed, officials said Wednesday.

Baba Fugu Mohammed — father-in-law of Mohammed Yusuf, the slain leader of the Boko Haram sect — was killed after surrendering to police in Maiduguri in the aftermath of the sect’s rebellion last July in which more than 800 people were killed.

The Boko Haram leader was killed by the police shortly after his capture.

Court officials said a state high court in Maiduguri, capital of northeastern Borno State, on Tuesday ordered the police authorities to compensate Baba Fugu Mohammed’s family for the killing.

The high court “also ordered the police to exhume the body of Baba Fugu Mohammed from wherever it was buried and hand it over to the family for a proper burial in accordance with Islamic rites,” court official Bukar Zanna told Agence France-Presse.

SOMALIA

Islamists ban music; 11 killed in clashes

MOGADISHU | Islamist rebels warned private radio stations to stop playing music in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, while at least 11 people were killed in fighting, residents in the south of country said on Wednesday.

A fragile Western-backed government controls just a few blocks in the capital, while militant Islamist groups, some linked to al Qaeda, control large swathes of southern and central Somalia.

The rebels want to impose a harsh version of Islamic law or Shariah on the anarchic nation on the Horn of Africa, and the threat to radio stations in Mogadishu demonstrated their growing reach.

Hizbul Islam, which is allied with al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels, had given a 10-day ultimatum to Mogadishu’s radio stations, a media rights group said.

“We could do nothing else but obey the order,” said Mohamed Barre Fiyore, director of Danan, a radio station in the capital.

He said his station was using the sound of crowing of roosters, traffic and recitation of traditional poems instead of music to link programs.

Similar actions had been taken elsewhere outside the capital, and the Islamists routinely ban what they call social vices such as music or women not wearing veils.

SUDAN

Ruling party seeks ‘inclusive’ government

KHARTOUM | Sudanese President Omar Bashir’s ruling party on Wednesday reached out to the opposition, much of which has boycotted ongoing elections, calling for an “inclusive” future government.

Presidential adviser Ghazi Salaheddin said that “given the challenges facing the nation,” Mr. Bashir’s National Congress Party was interested in “our government being as inclusive as possible.”

“If we are declared winners … we would extend the invitation to all parties, even those who have not participated in the elections, because we believe this is a critical moment in our history,” Mr. Salaheddin told reporters.

The statement came as authorities suspended voting in areas struggling with logistical problems in the presidential, legislative and local elections and extended the process for two days until Thursday.

The credibility of the election already had been dented by a boycott of the opposition including by the heavyweight Umma party, which won the 1986 elections.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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