Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 30th 2014 Contents ABUJA--- Nigeria s
leader vowed yesterday
to "do everything pos-
sible to bring our
daughters home," refer-
ring to the mass abduc-
tion of more than 300
schoolgirls, and said
that the Islamic extrem-
ists who kidnapped
them threaten the coun-
try s democratic gains.
"It is a sad fact that as
I address you today, all
the gains of the past 15
years of democratic gov-
ernance in our country
are threatened by the
presence of international
terrorism on our shores,"
Jonathan said in a speech
marking Nigeria s trans-
formation from decades
of military dictatorship.
He also blamed the
Islamic uprising on
"extremist foreign ele-
ments" and offered
amnesty to those who
Jonathan gave no
details of what is being
done to rescue the girls
who the military claimed
this week it has located.
But the military chief said
he fears using force to
rescue them could
instead get them killed.
Jonathan has ruled out
swapping the girls, who
were kidnapped from a
school in the town of
Chibok on April 15, for
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NAIROBI---Corrupt police and other
government employees willing to
break rules for bribes are weakening
Kenya s ability to prevent a new rash
of terror carried out by attackers with
links to Somali militants, officials and
"Corruption---systemic graft---is at
the heart of the state s inability to
respond to insecurity in general," said
John Githongo, a former Kenyan gov-
ernment adviser who exposed millions
of dollars in government corruption.
Grand theft by the country s ruling
elite has allowed an attitude of "if he
can do it so can I" to permeate the
country s lower ranking security appa-
ratus, he said.
"We are paying the price in blood,"
Two senior Kenyan police officials
said police officers, customs officials
and immigration officials are easily
compromised because of low pay and
bad working conditions. One of the
officers said there have been multiple
instances of police arresting a suspect
and setting him free for a bribe and it
later turned the suspect is a terrorist.
"National security has always been
the last refuge of the corrupt in Kenya.
Security sector contracts were always
subject to unconstrained predatory
treatment. The chickens are coming
home to roost and it hurts," Githongo
JOHANNESBURG---A South African
judge has ordered the correctional
services ministry to decide within 30
days whether to grant parole to the
former head of a covert police unit
that tortured and killed dozens of peo-
ple during white rule.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled
Wednesday in the case of Eugene de
Kock, who confessed to murder and
other crimes and was sentenced to life
in prison. He has been in jail since 1994,
when apartheid ended.
The case is highly sensitive for the
South African government. It seeks to
promote the ideals of reconciliation and
forgiveness embodied by the late anti-
apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela, but
must also address the enduring anger
of people who lost family members dur-
ing white rule.
De Kock, has said he is the only mem-
ber of the former police force serving
time for crimes committed on behalf
of South Africa s old order and he main-
tains he acted on instructions from lead-
ers who were never punished.
His lawyer, Julian Knight, said de
Kock is legally entitled to parole and
has alleged that the government has
violated his client s rights by delaying
a decision on the latest parole request.
Previous requests for parole were turned
Kenya to terrorism'
South Africa: Judge orders
ruling on apartheid killer
Women sing slogans during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue
the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja,
Nigeria, Wednesday. AP PHOTO
Nigeria's leader vows to bring girls home
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