Security authorities say that a suspicious device has been found at Newark Liberty International Airport. Port Authority police say that the airport has been cleared. Terminal A was evacuated for about 45 minutes Saturday after the device was found on Level 3. A traveler, Tameerah Jackson from Newark said, “They blocked it off as soon as we came right here. Then, we tried to go to Terminal B and walk across. They blocked us off down there too as well..”.
An unattended brown shopping bag was found by officers near a trash can police soures said. Inside, they discovered a pressure cooker. The Essex County bomb squad responded and the device was cleared. Police now plan to review surveillance video to identify who left the package.
Authorities said passengers should expect residual delays. Terminal A is the regional terminal for United Airlines and Level 3 is the check-in area.
Police have now given the all-clear that the terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport evacuated over a pressure cooker found on site is safe.
South Sudan's warring parties on Friday signed an undertaking to work on a roadmap for the implementation of the 2015 Arusha Agreement and end the war.
The deal was struck in a meeting chaired by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Entebbe. The meeting was attended by the acting SPLM secretary-general Jena Nunu Kumba, SPLM-IO foreign secretary Ezekiel Lol Gatkhouth, the head of former detainees Pagan Amum Okietch, Juba's ambassador to Kampala Samuel Luate Leminsuk and Betty Bigombe. The deal came as the South Sudan National Dialogue finally started on May 22 with the swearing-in of the steering committee.
However, there are concerns about whether the team will achieve its objective because some areas in the country are inaccessible due to the ongoing civil war. Armed groups opposed to President Salva Kiir's government, former detainees, and a few opposition parties have cast doubts on the success of the Dialogue, saying it is not all-inclusive and terming it a "monologue."
But Abel Alier, the co-chair of the 94-member National Dialogue Steering Committee, is confident that the team will reach out to the armed opposition and other stakeholders in and outside the country, despite President Salva Kiir having declared that rebel leader Riek Machar should return to the country for the talks.
Mr Alier said the team will adopt a bottom-up approach that will involve starting from the grassroots, then the constituency level where intra and inter-communal grievances will be addressed. The exercise will end at the National Conference in Juba to discuss and adopt the findings. His co-chair is Angelo Beda Bangboru, a veteran South Sudanese politician.
But the main rebel group led by Dr Machar has cast doubt on the National Dialogue -- which was proposed by President Kiir in December 2016 -- terming it an attempt to scuttle the implementation of the August 2015 Peace Agreement and an attempt to hoodwink donors into releasing budgetary support, which has been frozen for three years.
According to Mabior Garang de Mabior, chairman of the rebel movement's National Committee for Information and Public Relations, the rebels are opposed to the "one-sided" dialogue, which they believe is being imposed by President Kiir and his allies as part of a campaign to derail the peace process.
"If President Kiir is honest and the intention is to achieve national healing, reconciliation and forgiveness, then the lack of inclusiveness and prejudice in the selection of the so-called steering committee will make the entire process redundant," he said.
Mr Mabior added that lack of a political agreement at the national level -- which puts an end to the war and creates the necessary peaceful environment for dialogue -- will affect the bottom-up approach.
He said his movement believes that the issues to be addressed by the National Dialogue, such as unequal distribution and mismanagement of national resources, are already provided for in the 2015 peace agreement. President Kiir unveiled the National Dialogue in December last year.
By Fatou Sowe Hon. Abubacarr Tambedou, the attorney general and minister of Justice has revealed to journalists that they have obtained a court order freezing or placing a temporary hold on the locally known assets and companies directly associated with former President Yahya Jammeh.
He made this revelation and more at a press conference held at his office in Banjul, during which he disclosed that the freezing order affects, 131 landed properties held in the personal name of former President Yahya Jammeh or companies directly associated with him. 88 different bank accounts held in the personal name of former President Yahya Jammeh or held in the names of organisations directly associated with him.
He continued; 14 companies purportedly belonging to or directly associated with former President Yahya Jammeh; a number of animals and livestock purportedly belonging to former President Yahya Jammeh.
According to the Justice Minister, the application for the freezing order was necessitated by the discovery of unauthorized withdrawals of millions of dalasis and foreign currencies by former President Yahya Jammeh.
He further illustrated that preliminary investigations has revealed that between 2006 and 2017, former President Yahya Jammeh personally or under his instructions directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least D189, 000, 000 from funds belonging to Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation.
He added that between 2013 and 2017, former President Yahya Jammeh personally or under his instructions directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least $50,000,000 from Special Projects Fund and International Gateway Accounts at the Central Bank of The Gambia. Again, these are only preliminary findings at this stage and all indications are that these discoveries are just a tip of an iceberg.
"The freezing order is therefore meant to prevent former President Yahya Jammeh from liquidating or dissipating assets held in his personal name or his assets held in the names of his close associates or agents so as not to cause prejudice to the State should there be adverse findings made against him by a court of competent jurisdiction which may require the recovery of assets and monies from him by the State," he said.
Minister Tambedou indicated that this list of assets frozen is by no means exhaustive, as investigations are still ongoing and if they find other assets purportedly belonging to former President Yahya Jammeh or to companies or organisations directly associated with him in this country which are not already included in this freezing order, they shall also take immediate appropriate action.
He urged, "We therefore request anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of any assets of former President Yahya Jammeh or of companies or organisations directly associated with him to come forward and share this information with the nearest police station."
He then went on to warn any person who is in possession of assets purportedly belonging to former President Yahya Jammeh and who fails to disclose this may be committing an offence. "We therefore urge you to approach the nearest police station within 48 hours after this press briefing to report this information."
He said they are finalising the draft terms of reference for the establishment of a commission of inquiry to look into the financial and business related activities of former President Yahya Jammeh.