Saturday 25 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 11/24/17)
Nigeria's former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday quit the country's ruling party, in a clear sign he wants to challenge Muhammadu Buhari for the presidency in 2019. Abubakar, who was deputy to Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, said Buhari's All Progressives Congress had failed to deliver the change it promised before coming to power in 2015. Instead, it had become as factionalised as its rivals, he said, accusing it of a "draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced". "The party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people," Abubakar -- 71 on Saturday -- said in a statement...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/17)
Gunmen suspected of being Boko Haram jihadists shot dead on Thursday seven men working on a farm in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, where at least 50 people were killed at a mosque this week, the farm's owner told AFP. The gunmen disguised as security personnel attacked the men around 3:00 am (0200 GMT) while they were sleeping at a farm in the village of Sabon Gari in the Gombi district. The victims were shot at close range with their hands tied behind their backs. "The gunmen killed seven of the eight men who went to work on my farm. Only one escaped," said farmer owner Yakubu Sarkin-Baka, also head of the local hunters' union. The victims were all members of...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/17)
Forty people are facing prosecution after police raids in west and central Africa rescued nearly 500 victims of human trafficking, Interpol said on Thursday. Raids were carried out in Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal as part of a German foreign ministry funded initiative targeting organised crime in the region. Of the nearly 500 people rescued, 236 were children, Interpol said in an emailed statement. The operation happened between November 6 and 10, it added later. Those arrested are accused of forcing their victims into begging and prostitution and face charges including human trafficking, forced labour and child exploitation.
(Xinhuanet 11/24/17)
Terror group Boko Haram has beheaded six local farmers in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, according to sources on Monday. The killings occurred Sunday at the Dimge Plantation in Mafa area of the state, one source said. Usman Muhammed, a member of the local civilian volunteer force, told Xinhua the terrorists stormed the area on motorbikes. The victims were working on their farms. Nigerian security authorities are yet to confirm the killings. Boko Haram has been blamed for the death...
(Xinhuanet 11/23/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday condemned a suicide bombing in Nigeria that resulted in scores of deaths. In a statement through his spokesman Farhan Haq, Guterres extended his condolences to the bereaved families and to the government and people of Nigeria for the loss of life, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. He called for those responsible for these heinous acts to be swiftly brought to justice. Guterres reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/17)
At least 30 people were killed when farmers attacked herdsmen in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, police told AFP on Wednesday. State police spokesman Othman Abubakar said farmers from the Christian Bachama ethnic group stormed four settlements of Muslim Fulani herders in Numan district on Monday, hacking residents and burning homes. "We have so far recovered 30 bodies from the affected villages but the toll is not conclusive as rescue teams are still combing the bushes in the area for more bodies," he said. A man-hunt had been launched for the assailants, he added.
(AFP (eng) 11/22/17)
The Nigeria Football Federation will pay players and officials a total of $2.4 million as a bonus for securing qualification for the World Cup in Russia, a spokesman said Wednesday. "The NFF have agreed to give the team $2.4 million out of the $8 million we are expecting from FIFA," said Ademola Olajire. The NFF have also agreed other payments and benefits to the team to avoid a pay row that marred Nigeria's participation at the 2014 World Cup in...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola. "So far we have at least 50 dead from an attack at a mosque in Mubi," Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP. "Several people were injured. We don't have the figure now because they have been taken to several hospitals for treatment.
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Boko Haram fighters killed six farmers outside the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the civilian militia and the brother of one of the victims said on Monday. Sunday's attack in Lawanti village, in the Jere area of Borno state, again underlined the threat posed by the group to people outside heavily-fortified towns and cities. Mohammed Asheik, from the Civilian Joint Task Force assisting the military with security in the northeast, said: "Our people went to the farm to work. "Seven...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
The United States on Monday called for Nigeria to probe human rights abuses in the fight against Boko Haram, as it pledged more funds to help recovery from years of conflict. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said "transparent and credible" inquiries into violations and prosecutions were needed to help heal wounds in the battle-scarred region. "This is essential to deepening the people's trust of the government, strengthening security efforts in the northeast and improving the United States' ability to...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Nigeria's economy continued its recovery from recession, rising 1.4 percent in the third quarter of this year on increased oil production, official data showed Monday. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said it was the second quarter of consecutive growth since the country emerged from recession. "This growth is 3.74 percentage points higher than the rate recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2016 (-2.34 percent) and higher by 0.68 percentage points from the rate recorded in the preceding quarter (of 2017)," it said. The agency said daily oil production rose in the third quarter, averaging 2.03 million barrels per day (bpd), compared to 1.87 million bpd in the preceding quarter.
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
A gubernatorial poll in Nigeria's Anambra state passed off largely without incident, despite fears of violence after pro-Biafran separatists called for a boycott. The incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, was announced the victor on Sunday, scoring a widely-expected win. But attention was focused on turnout because of the call by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group for people to stay at home. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representative in the state, Nkwachukwu Orji, told AFP: "Saturday's election was smooth and peaceful....
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
It was a life-changing moment for Daniels when five police officers in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, locked him in the back of a van two years ago. The officers scrolled through the photos on his mobile phone and mocked the hand gestures he used when he spoke. They also threatened to ring his father to tell him his son was gay. Eventually, they asked for a bribe so he could leave. "I didn't give them anything. A-ny-thing," he stressed, recalling...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Nigeria captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa has warned against complacency as they seek to shed an underachievers tag at African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournaments. Considered one of the favourites for the 2018 title in the competition for home-based stars, Nigeria were placed in Group C with Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea. Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two of four previous tournaments, then finished third in 2014 before making a shock exit after the first round last year. Many Nigerian supporters...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
Nigeria were grouped with former title-holders Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea when the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) draw was made in Rabat Friday. The Nigerians are making a third consecutive appearance in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers, which Morocco will stage between January 12 and February 4. They finished third in 2014 in South Africa, but failed to reach the knockout phase in Rwanda last year. Libya are the only former champions in the 16-team field having triumphed...
(Reuters 11/17/17)
Nigeria and Kenya will both leave monetary policy unchanged next week, a Reuters poll forecast, as inflation in the former is not yet tame enough while an interest rate cap in the latter limits policymakers’ room for manoeuvre. All 15 analysts polled this week said rates would be held at 14.0 percent in Nigeria and 10.0 percent in Kenya. Nigerian inflation is slowing but remained high at almost 16 percent year-on-year in October while by contrast, Kenya is ripe for...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday said the country was coming out of recession and government's efforts were aimed at easing economic hardships with more jobs, social security for vulnerable families and unemployed as well as infrastructural projects. "I would, at the same time like to assure all Nigerians of my commitment to improve security, fight corruption and re-structuring the economy," the Nigerian leader said at the public presentation of a book in Abuja, the nation's capital. It is a mid-term...

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