Sunday 22 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 01/30/18)
The president of the anglophone separatist movement in Cameroon, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, was extradited to Yaounde on Monday after being detained in Nigeria, the government said. Ayuk Tabe, who had been held in Abuja since January 5, was sent to Cameroon with 46 of his supporters, Cameroonian government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement. "A group of 47 terrorists, which includes Mr Ayuk Tabe, has been in the hands of the Cameroonian justice system for a few hours," Tchiroma said. "They will answer for their crimes" before the Cameroonian courts, he added, underlining the "determination" of Nigeria and Cameroon "never to tolerate that their territories...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/18)
"Are there bookshops in Nigeria?" The question posed by a French journalist last week incensed acclaimed Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. At an event held in a ritzy Paris government building under crystal chandeliers, Adichie launched a blistering assault on perceived French arrogance. "I think it reflects very poorly on French people that you have to ask me that question," said Adichie. "My books are read in Nigeria. They are studied in schools. Not just Nigeria, across the continent in Africa." The subsequent outrage on social media was perhaps predictable: insults hurled at the French journalist amid accusations of racism and colonial prejudices. Adichie wasn't done yet. The novelist, who was born in Nigeria but now lives in the United...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/18)
Separate outbreaks of violence attributed to a Boko Haram attack and clashes between Muslim herders and Christian farmers left at least six people dead in Nigeria, police and local authorities said Saturday. At least three people were killed late Friday when Boko Haram attacked the Hyambula village in northeast Adamawa state, police and a community leader told AFP after the latest in a spate of jihadist raids targeting civilians. "There was an attack at Hyambula last night. Three people were killed and three others kidnapped," Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar said, blaming Boko Haram for the attack. The suspected jihadists had shot dead one man, before a suicide bomber blew himself up among residents gathered at the scene, killing...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/18)
Two South Africans kidnapped last week in Nigeria were released on Saturday, police said, in the latest abduction targeting foreigners. "Police put pressure on the suspected kidnappers using a police helicopter," police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said in a statement. Thomas Arnold Pearce and Hendrik Gideon were seized from a mining site in Maidaro, in Kaduna State, on January 23 and held captive in a forest hideout. Their case was not made public at the time. It comes a week after two Americans and two Canadians were released after being kidnapped in the same state during a business trip. Two of their police escorts were shot dead in that ambush near Jere, on the road from the town of Kafanchan to...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/18)
President Donald Trump said the United States "deeply respects" Africans and will dispatch its top diplomat to the continent, in a letter to African leaders seen by AFP on Sunday. The letter sent last week comes after Trump provoked a firestorm of indignation among African nations earlier in January when he reportedly called them "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers in Washington. While Trump has denied the remarks, they are expected to be formally condemned by the 55 member states of the African Union during their ongoing summit in the Ethiopian capital. "I want to underscore that the United States deeply respects the people of Africa, and my commitment to strong and respectful relationships...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/18)
Nigeria clawed back from the brink of defeat to edge Angola 2-1 after extra time on Sunday in cold, windy Tangiers and book an African Nations Championship (CHAN) semi-final against Sudan. In the last quarter-final, former champions Libya pipped Congo Brazzaville 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in southern city Agadir and they will face hosts Morocco for a place in the final. Both semi-finals are scheduled for Wednesday, with the final next Sunday offering a record $1.25 million (about one million euro) first prize in the fifth edition of the biennial competition. Nigerian Anthony Okpotu atoned for several misses in an enthralling quarter-final against Angola by equalising during the first minute of stoppage time in northern Morocco. A...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
Ten people in central Nigeria were killed over two days in violence linked to cattle grazing, part of a months-long crisis that has heightened religious tensions, sources said late Thursday. In central Plateau state, military taskforce spokesman Major Adam Umar said eight deaths were recorded from tit-for-tat attacks in the rural districts of Bokkos and Bassa on Tuesday and Wednesday. A Fulani nomadic herder was attacked and killed by sedentary farmers from the Ropp tribe while he was digging out sand to make mud bricks for a home. "In retaliation members of the Fulani community attacked and killed two persons, including a woman, from the Ropp community," Umar said. In a separate incident on Tuesday, Umar said, five people were...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
US President Donald Trump on Friday asked the African Union chairman to pass on his "warmest regards" to other regional leaders at a summit this weekend, after sparking outrage with a reported slur against Africans. Trump met Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where some African business leaders say they are planning to boycott Trump's closing speech later Friday. The outspoken US leader congratulated Kagame on taking over as chair of the 55-nation African bloc, which Trump said was a "great honour". "I know you're going to your first meeting shortly. Please give my warmest regards," Trump told Kagame after they held a one-on-one meeting at the forum.
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
The oldest remains of a modern human outside Africa have been dug up in Israel, offering evidence of what genetic studies have already suggested -- that humans migrated out of Africa some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel. The bones date to between 174,000 and 188,000 years old, said the report in Thursday's edition of the US journal Science. Until now, the earliest modern human fossils found outside of Africa were estimated to be between 90,000 to 120,000 years old. "Misliya is an exciting discovery," said co-author Rolf Quam, an anthropology professor...
(AFP (eng) 01/25/18)
A gigantic oil tanker arrived in Nigeria as part of a multi-billion dollar project that should allow one of Africa's biggest crude producers to pump out an additional 200,000 barrels a day. The floating production storage and offloading vessel is docked in Lagos after spending three months at sea, project partner LADOL Free Zone said in a statement Thursday. The vessel is part of a $16 billion oil project developed by French giant Total on the Egina field, about 150 kilometres offshore from the oil hub of Port Harcourt in southeastern Nigeria, a company source told AFP. The ultra-deep field was discovered in 2003 ...
(AFP (eng) 01/25/18)
Nigeria's anti-graft squad said on Thursday it had placed David Babachir Lawal, once a senior official under President Muhammadu Buhari, in custody for alleged corruption. "He was invited to our office yesterday (Wednesday) and since then he has been in our custody," the acting spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Samin Amaddin, told AFP Thursday. Amaddin could not say how long Lawal would remain in EFCC custody. Lawal, an engineer with experience in telecoms, was appointed to the job of government secretary in August 2015. But last October he was stripped of office, under suspicion of having awarded contracts running into millions of naira (dollars, euros) to companies in which he had interests. Buhari, a former army...
(AFP (eng) 01/25/18)
Nigeria's government on Wednesday hit back at claims that President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure had been a failure but refused to say if he would seek re-election. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday called for Buhari to step down as he had a poor grasp of economics, foreign affairs and Nigeria's complex internal politics. The 75-year-old Buhari "needed a deserved rest", his 80-year-old former military colleague suggested, and asking Nigerians to return him for four more years was "unrealistic". Nigerians go to the polls in February next year. Obasanjo's intervention comes as political parties and candidates begin jostling for position in preparation for campaigning.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/25/18)
DOUALA (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a border crossing in Cameroon’s southwest on Thursday, launching their assault from Nigeria, security source witnesses said. No one was killed, the officials said, but the incident is likely to further damage relations between the neighbors, strained over the rise of an Anglophone Cameroonian separatist movement. Five security and administrative agents said the unidentified gunmen launched their attack on the Ekok border post along Cross River. “They came around 3 a.m. (0200 GMT). They came from Nigeria and there were many of them. They had heavy weapons. They had grenades. They were shooting everywhere,” said one police source, who like the other witnesses asked not to be named. He said the shooting lasted nearly three...
(AFP (eng) 01/24/18)
Boko Haram may dominate headlines about Nigeria, but more than twice as many citizens are being killed in battles over land between farmers and herders than they are by jihadists. After decades of government inaction, skirmishes over resources have become blood feuds and threaten to morph into something even deadlier. The conflict already claims more lives than the Boko Haram insurgency. According to a report by the International Crisis Group released last year, more than 2,500 people were killed by the violence across the country in 2016. According to the Global Terrorism Index, there were 1,079 deaths attributable to Boko Haram the same year. "If nothing is done urgently, it's going to get worse," warned SBM Intelligence, a Lagos-based advisory...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/18)
Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Tuesday called on the country's current leader not to seek a second term of office. Obasanjo, who headed a military government in the 1970s and was Nigeria's first president when civilian rule was restored in 1999, said Muhammadu Buhari needed a "deserved rest". With a nation increasingly divided, insecure and in an economic slump, to ask Nigerians to vote for Buhari for another four years was "unrealistic," Obasanjo argued. It "will only sentence Nigeria to a prison term of four years, if not destroy it beyond the possibility of an early recovery and substantial growth", he added. Buhari's wife, Aisha, has previously indicated she will not support him if he seeks re-election and in...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/18)
Six people were killed last weekend when cattle herders battled farmers in northeast Nigeria, a state government official said on Tuesday, in violence that has piled pressure on the government. The clashes happened on Sunday in the Numan district of Adamawa state, where militia from the ethnic Bachama farming community killed at least 30 Fulani herders last November. "Six people were killed and many others were injured in attacks on two villages, Kikan and Lauru," Adamawa state information commissioner Ahmad Sajo told AFP. "A group of Fulani attacked Kikan, which is a Bachama village, killing three people, injuring many and carting away cattle." He added: "Bachama youths in the area mobilised and launched a reprisal attack on nearby Lauru village."...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/18)
Nigerian police on Tuesday briefly detained activists calling for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists nearly four years ago, campaigners said. Members of the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy group were taken into custody as they held their daily demonstration in the capital, Abuja, said group coordinator Aisha Yesufu. #BringBackOurGirls has been calling on the government to rescue or secure the release of scores of girls abducted from the remote northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014. It also wants the return of thousands of other women, men and children who have been seized during the conflict, which began in 2009 and has killed at least 20,000. "The Nigeria police force decided to arrest us, arrest innocent citizens...
(AFP (eng) 01/22/18)
Five oil workers have been kidnapped in Nigeria's restive southern Niger Delta region, an area regularly hit by militant attacks and abductions, police told AFP on Friday. Suspected militants seized the workers on Wednesday near the Ajoki community, which borders Edo and Delta States, said Delta State police spokesperson, Andrew Aniamaka. "The police in partnership with the military are working to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt with the perpetrators arrested and brought to book," Aniamaka said. The workers are employees of Sahara Energy Oil Company, a Nigerian energy firm. The oil workers were in a boat en route to an offshore location when the gunmen" arrived, said local resident Ajugu Fidelis, who witnessed the abductions. "(They) stormed the...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/22/18)
KLEINARL, Austria (Reuters) - The chilly conditions on an Austrian mountainside belied the warm reception given to people from 15 African countries who took part in an annual luge race aimed at helping migrants integrate into European society. The event over the weekend, dubbed the African Winter Sports Cup, is a luge race contested by people with little or no experience of winter sports. Its aim, over the six years it has been held, is to promote social integration through sport, organizers said. The countries represented included Nigeria, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan. Some of the people taking part had come to Europe as asylum seekers while others were born on the continent. “We are all human, we have...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/18)
Two American and two Canadians who were kidnapped in an ambush by gunmen in northern Nigeria this week were freed on Saturday, police said. Nigerian security forces had launched a manhunt after the four were seized on Tuesday evening in the state of Kaduna by kidnappers who shot dead two of their police escorts. "They have been rescued thanks to the efforts of the police," Kaduna state police spokesman Muktar Aliyu said. "All of them are in a good condition of health" and are now in the care of their embassies, he said. Aliyu said they were rescued at about 5 am (0400 GMT) in the same area where they were kidnapped, but declined to give further information, saying it...

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