| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Long-standing tensions between herdsmen and farmers have flared up again in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, leaving possibly hundreds dead in tit-for-tat violence. Earlier this month at least 21 people were killed and several homes were destroyed when suspected cattle drivers attacked five farming communities. Three districts in the predominantly Christian south of the state -- Kaura, Jema'a and Zangon Kataf -- have been riven by conflict for the last three decades. But the clashes between the Muslim, largely Hausa-speaking Fulani cattle drivers and the mainly Christian farmers have escalated since December, when a Fulani chief was killed. The Roman Catholic Church last month claimed more than 800 local Christians have died in that time and...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Two German archaeologists who were kidnapped while working at a dig site in northern Nigeria this week have been released and are doing well, officials in both countries said Sunday. "The two archaeologists from the Goethe University in Frankfurt are free. They are in the care of the German embassy in Abuja," a source at the German foreign ministry told AFP. "They are doing well under the circumstances," the source added, without providing further details. The pair, who were working with Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments, were abducted Wednesday morning from an excavation site in Kaduna state, where they were looking into ancient Nok
(Financial Times 02/27/17)
The countries have a common interest in putting a lid firmly on xenophobia. Sub-Saharan Africa’s voice on the global stage has been at its strongest over the past two decades when its two most powerful players have worked in concert. However, nearly ten years of deteriorating relations have seen the foundations for collective action — laid by Thabo Mbeki, the prickly intellectual who succeeded Nelson Mandela as South African head of state, and Olusegun Obasanjo, the gruff former military ruler...
(Bloomberg 02/27/17)
It’s 4 p.m. in Nigeria’s capital and Ahmed Chiji has been running from car to car near the National Mosque selling mobile-phone airtime vouchers. His total for the day: 500 naira ($1.59). That’s as little as a 20th of what he was selling at the beginning of last year before the economy, hit by falling crude oil prices, militant attacks on oil pipelines and foreign-exchange shortages, began contracting. Chiji, a 27-year-old high school dropout, says he can no longer make...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/17)
Three people, including an army personnel, were killed by a handheld grenade that exploded during a demonstration in a village in Nigeria's central state of Niger, a police spokesman said Sunday. The army personnel was holding the grenade late Saturday in his Bari village of Bangi district, demonstrating to his kinsmen how the Nigerian military used grenades on terrorists in the country's northeast region when it exploded, Bala Elkalla, the spokesman of Niger State police told Xinhua. The grenade killed...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/17)
A German archeologist and his associate abducted on Wednesday by unknown gunmen at Jenjela village in northern Nigeria Kaduna State, have regained their freedom, a local official said Sunday. A spokesman to the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the release to Xinhua on phone, commended the security operatives for a job well done. The governor's spokesman said, the abducted German archaeologist, Professor Peter Breunij, and his research assistant, Johannes Buringer, have been freed. The professor is said to be...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Homeless and hungry, Fadi is a young widow from Cameroon who was forced by Boko Haram's brutal insurgency to flee her village near the Nigerian border. But despite all she has suffered, and even in the relative safety of a camp for displaced people, she doesn't have enough food. "We just want to eat. If you can please help us," begs the 17-year-old, after barely surviving Boko Haram's violence in the Lake Chad region -- the focus of a donor...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Nigeria's Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo seems to have been everywhere while his boss is away. He even conducted a spot check on the public toilets at Lagos international airport. The clear aim, it seems, is to give the impression of business as usual while President Muhammadu Buhari is nearly 5,000 kilometres (3,000 miles) away in London on medical leave. The government appears keen to avoid the impression of a political vacuum, as happened in 2010 when president Umaru Yar'Adua fell ill and later died while being teated abroad. Since Buhari, 74, left for the British capital on January 19, 59-year-old Osinbajo has rarely been out of the newspapers or off the television news.
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
Donor countries meeting in Oslo on Friday pledged $672 million (634 million euros) in emergency aid for people threatened by famine in the Lake Chad region, which has been hard hit by Boko Haram, hosts Norway said. The amount was pledged over three years, and was aimed at helping 10.7 million people in need. The UN has previously said it hoped to raise $1.5 billion in 2017 for the region, which includes Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad. The United States,...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
At least seven soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack on military positions in northeast Nigeria, a civilian vigilante and a security source said on Friday. The attack happened in the town of Gajiram, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) by road north of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, on Wednesday afternoon. A military source in Maiduguri and a civilian vigilante, Babakura Kolo, both told AFP on Thursday that the fighting lasted for about two hours and that three soldiers were killed. But Kolo said on Friday that the toll was had risen and that it was "now seven, including one
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
The leader of Boko Haram's main faction, Abubakar Shekau, has admitted killing the group's purported spokesman over an apparent plot to oust him, he said in an audio recording obtained by AFP. In the 50-minute tape of a meeting with the inner circle of his militant Islamist group, Shekau said he killed "Tasiu" -- also known as Abu Zinnira -- who appeared in several video messages. "You should hear me: I killed Tasiu, hear me well," he told the gathering...
(Premium Times 02/24/17)
The Federal Government has said no Nigerian died during the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The government on Thursday also urged the South African government to put in place measures to end the incessant attacks on Nigerians in that country. The Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Khadija Abba-Ibrahim, gave the task in Abuja during a second summon to the High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, Lulu Aaron-Mnguni, on the issue. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the...
(The Guardian Nigeria 02/24/17)
Prof. Simon Irtwange, National Chairman, Engineering Personnel and Citizens Civil Rights Development Initiative, says Nigeria will start exporting yam to other countries within the next five months. Irtwange said this on Thursday at the inaugural meeting of the Technical Committee on “Nigeria Yam Export’’ in Abuja. Irtwange, who is also the Chairman of the Technical Committee, said that modalities were already on the ground to ensure that the Nigerian yam flourished in the global market. “The committee members were carefully...
(Vanguard 02/24/17)
Cameroon has forcibly repatriated more than 500 Nigerians who had fled into the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). A total of 517 Nigerians were sent back to their home country, including 313 who had applied for asylum, according to a UNHCR statement reported by AFP. Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group that has now fragmented into two factions, took up arms against the Nigerian government in 2009. The conflict, which has...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
Two Germans have been kidnapped while working at an archaeological site in northern Nigeria, police said on Thursday. "I can confirm to you the abduction of two Germans at Jenjela village in southern Kaduna on Wednesday," state police spokesman Usman Aliyu told AFP. Aliyu said the men had been working at the site in Kaduna state for more than 10 years and had been assigned security personnel because of a spate of kidnappings in the area. But he said they...
(Premium Times 02/23/17)
The time has come for both Nigeria and the United States to deepen the long-standing relationship between the countries based on mutual trust, according to Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Mr. Osinbajo, a law professor, spoke earlier on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa while receiving the Commander of the U.S.-Africa Command, Thomas Waldhauser, and the American Ambassador in Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington. “We will be very open and willing to build a relationship based on trust, so that we would...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/23/17)
Nigeria's foreign minister on Wednesday condemned recent attacks on Nigerians in South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. Homes and shops of Nigerians have been targeted and looted in Pretoria West in recent days. Buildings with Nigerian businesses have been burned in Johannesburg's Rosettenville suburbs in the past few weeks. Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said his ministry had summoned the South African ambassador to discuss the matter. The incident is the latest development in the rivalry between the countries with Africa's...
(Premium Times 02/23/17)
The Nigerian Government on Wednesday approved the construction of the Cameroon-Nigeria border link bridge as part of its efforts to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who briefed State House Correspondents shortly after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said the construction would gulp $38 million, while $9 million would be for consultancy. “We presented a memo to construct the Cameroon-Nigeria...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/23/17)
Two German archaeologists were kidnapped in central Nigeria on Wednesday, a police official said, near the road that will run between the capital Abuja and its temporary airport from next month. Abuja's main airport will be closed for repairs for six weeks from March 8, with flight rerouted to the city of Kaduna some 100 miles (160 km) to the north. That set-up has raised security concerns. Abuja-bound passengers will have to fly to Kaduna and travel in buses, guarded...

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