Sunday 21 January 2018
(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 acts of human trafficking. He calls for a swift action to be taken and identify all perpetrators and accomplices, with the view of bringing the criminals to justice. This comes following the release of shocking images showing the sale of...
(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 Boko Haram on two motorbikes met them and slaughtered two, then killed the other four. They killed six people in all." Asheik's account was supported by Jidda Ahmed, who said his elder brother, Musa Jidda, was "shot and beheaded" as...
(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 partner with Nigeria," he said on a visit to Abuja. Nigerian troops have been repeatedly accused of abuses against Boko Haram suspects and civilians, including arbitrary arrest, torture and extra-judicial killings. The military has consistently denied the claims but concern...
(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 the incident. "If they caught me while I was with another man, maybe... but I knew my rights. You don't arrest someone because you don't like the way he walks," he told AFP. "I kept strong in front of them,"...
(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 statement. Israeli official figures from June 30 show a total of 38,043 African migrants in the country. They include 27,494 Eritreans and 7,869 Sudanese, and their presence in south Tel Aviv has raised discontent among Israelis there and elsewhere. Speaking...
(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 believe the country will coast to a top-two group finish in January and secure a quarter-finals slot, but Ezenwa is wary of their rivals. "Libya must be respected as they have been CHAN champions while Rwanda lost narrowly to eventual...
(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 in 2014 by overcoming Gabon, Zimbabwe and Ghana after penalty shootouts. Rwanda were the last qualifiers for Morocco, winning a play-off against Ethiopia last weekend after Egypt withdrew because top clubs were not prepared to release players. Equatorial Guinea are...
(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 easing with annual inflation falling to 5.72 percent last month. However, the Kenyan central bank is hamstrung by the cap imposed last year that limits commercial lending rates to 4 percentage points above its official rate. “The interest rate cap...
(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 scorecard on Buhari's administration. The 360-page document chronicles achievements of the present administration in socio-political and economic development. Buhari told his audience that the ongoing fight against corruption has started yielding fruitful results. The nation's credit worthiness was also sound,...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Africa is making only faltering progress towards food and nutrition security, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Multiple forms of malnutrition coexist, with countries experiencing simultaneously high rates of child undernutrition or anaemia as well as high rates of obesity," it says in a new report, Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition. In sub-Saharan Africa, "progress towards the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets has been generally poor," the Rome-based agency says, referring to goals to end hunger by 2025. The annual document came out Thursday at the start of a two-day food and health seminar in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan. Around 200 people from 47 African nations are gathered to discuss "sustainable food systems...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/17)
Twelve people were killed Wednesday evening after four suicide bombers struck in the regional capital of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, rescue workers told AFP. Two men and two women blew themselves up in the Muna neighbourhood at around 1700 GMT, the chief security officer of Borno State's emergency response agency, Bello Dambatta, said. "The total people who died in these four suicide bombings is 12, 16 including the bombers," he told AFP. "Twenty-two people were taken to the Borno State Specialist Hospital for treatment to various injuries."
(AFP (eng) 11/16/17)
Voters in Anambra state, southeast Nigeria, go the polls to elect a new governor this weekend, with security tight after a call from a pro-Biafran group for people to boycott the polls. The result of Saturday's election is unlikely to change anything politically at national level but proceedings are being watched closely because of what analysts have said are "unprecedented" measures to stop unrest. Nigeria's federal police said it is sending 26,000 extra police officers, including counter-terrorism and bomb disposal specialists, sniffer and attack dogs. Three surveillance helicopters will monitor proceedings from the air, while there will be 10 gunboats on the river Niger, plus 15 armoured personnel carriers and 303 patrol vehicles.
(AFP (eng) 11/16/17)
Police broke up a sit-in protest in Lagos early Thursday, dispersing hundreds of former slum-dwellers demanding compensation after being evicted from their waterfront homes. Some 600 people from the Otodo-Gbame area of the Nigerian megacity, including women and children, had earlier on Wednesday marched to the office of the state governor. They were among more than more than 30,000 people made homeless in the last year, as part of a move by the city authorities to remove shanty towns. At least 11 people are said to have died and 17 others disappeared as the bulldozers moved in and residents were chased into the nearby lagoon. Earlier this week, Amnesty International published a report calling the evictions from the poor fishing...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria will move ahead with plans to borrow $5.5 billion from foreign investors after the Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari request for the move. The money is designed to plug a large gap in Nigeria’s finances that stems in part from the global fall in oil prices. Nigeria’s economy grew in the second quarter, climbing out of its first recession in 25 years, but the pace of growth was slow suggesting that the recovery remains fragile. The 7.44 trillion naira ($24.33 billion) 2017 budget projects a shortfall of $7.5 billion, prompting Buhari’s call for foreign loans. The borrowing would include $2.5 billion in Eurobonds to plug part of the 2017 budget deficit and $3 billion...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
Timu Elijah was heavily pregnant and asleep at her shanty town home in the Otodo-Gbame area on the water's edge of Lagos, Nigeria, when she was woken up by her neighbours. "People were running helter-skelter, shouting, 'They're shooting, they're setting houses on fire'," she told AFP. In the confusion, her five-year-old son went missing. Timu, 30, is convinced the trauma of looking for her son made her go into early labour. Yet even three days after the birth, she too was evicted and her home demolished. "I escaped with the baby as people destroyed and burned down the houses," she said, bouncing Faithful -- the little girl who was born in the chaos -- on her hip. "I couldn't carry...
(APA 11/14/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari's plan to appoint eight new ministers and his poor rating of the state of education in Nigeria dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. In a move to keep to his promise to the loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari is considering a tentative proposal to restructure some of the ministries, appoint eight new ministers to his cabinet, THISDAY newspaper's front page stated. The Daily Trust reported that President Buhari has decried the state of education in the country, saying “it calls for a serious concern”. He listed the effects of decades of neglect suffered by the sector to include an estimated 13.2 million children out of school, high illiteracy level, infrastructural...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
ABUJA (Reuters) - President Muhammadu Buhari is to visit southeast Nigeria this week, his spokesman said on Monday, his first trip since taking office to a region formerly known as Biafra. Calls for secession have become increasingly loud in the last few months in parts of the southeast, where the president is deeply unpopular, prompting Buhari to say he will not allow Nigeria to be divided by separatist groups. A million people died in a 1967-70 civil war over the short-lived Republic of Biafra. Buhari, a 74-year-old former military ruler who took office in May 2015, fought in the war as a young...

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