| Africatime
Tuesday 25 April 2017
(Voice of America 03/11/13)
The Nigerian militant group known as Ansaru says it has killed seven foreign hostages it kidnapped last month in Nigeria's northern Bauchi state. The Nigerian radical group, known by its nickname Ansaru, says it killed seven hostages in retaliation for what it said were British and Nigerian plans to rescue them, referencing local media reports. A silent video posted to YouTube purports to show the hostages' bodies. Four bodies are seen at a slight distance, while three are seen in graphic close-up shots. The body of one man appears to have an eye missing. The Nigerian government has remained silent on the report. But European officials are saying the hostages were killed. Four of the hostages were Lebanese, one was...
(Voice of America 03/08/13)
ABUJA — Nearly a month after nine health workers in Nigeria were slaughtered as they prepared to administer polio vaccinations, the polio eradication program remains at a standstill in Kano, a state health officials call the epicenter of the disease. Officials say other polio vaccination programs in Nigeria are operating and they are working to beef up security to assure hundreds of health workers it is safe again to give vaccinations. At a church in the Nigerian capital, residents of northern Nigeria tell horror stories about how they survived militant attacks in their hometowns, and how others did not. Pastor Sarana Chinda, from Kano state, says one of the many sad results of insecurity is that children in Kano are...
(Voice of America 03/08/13)
MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA — Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said he was not ready to offer an amnesty to members of Islamist militant sect Boko Haram, brushing aside a proposal from the country's most senior Muslim spiritual leader. Jonathan spoke on his first state trip to the northeastern region worst hit by the group's more than three-year insurgency - the Christian southerner has been widely criticized for not visiting sooner. "I cannot talk about amnesty with Boko Haram now until they come out and show themselves,'' Jonathan told reporters in Yobe state capital Damaturu, a town regularly hit by the sect's guerrilla-style bomb and gun attacks. Muslim leader the Sultan of Sokoto suggested this week members of Boko Haram - who currently...
(AL Jazeera 03/07/13)
Twenty fighters killed in assault on army base, official says as group's leader allegedly rejected peace talks on video. Nigerian security forces say they have killed 20 members of the Boko Haram armed rebel group in the northeast of the country, after the fighters attacked a military base there. Sunday's attack in the village of Monguno in Borno state followed an unverified video by Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram, was circulated rejecting peace talks with the government and saying attacks will continue. "Whoever kills any of our member should await a grave retaliation from us," said Shekau in the undated video. "We will continue waging war against them until we succeeded in establishing an Islamic state in...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/07/13)
Nigeria cannot grant amnesty to Islamist sect Boko Haram until its members come out from the shadows, President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday, on his first state visit to the northeastern region worst hit by the group's insurgency. Jonathan has been criticized for not going sooner to Yobe and Borno states, where hundreds have died since Boko Haram intensified its conflict with security forces two years ago. "I cannot talk about amnesty with Boko Haram now until they come out and show themselves," Jonathan told reporters in Yobe state capital Damaturu, a town regularly hit by the sect's guerrilla style bomb and gun attacks. Nigeria's Muslim spiritual leader, the Sultan of Sokoto, suggested this week members of Boko Haram should...
(News Day 03/06/13)
ABUJA — Royal Dutch Shell may be forced to shut down “completely” its 150 000 barrel per day (bpd) Nembe Creek oil pipeline in Nigeria due to persistent thefts, the company’s local unit said yesterday. The Nembe trunkline is one of the most important production routes for Africa’s top crude oil exporter, feeding the benchmark Bonny Light export terminal. The pipeline was replaced in 2010 at a cost of $1,1 billion, Shell says. But criminal gangs tap into exposed pipelines in the winding creeks and waterways in the Niger Delta. Some of the crude is refined locally, but the majority is transferred onto larger ships offshore and sold internationally. Oil theft also has a devastating environmental impact, destroying fishing communities...
(Voice of America 03/04/13)
Nigerian security forces say they killed 20 Islamist militants while repelling an attack on a military base in the country's northeast. Army spokesman Sagir Musa says Sunday's attack occurred in the village of Monguno, some 200 kilometers from the city of Maiduguri. He says those killed were Boko Haram militants who attempted to raid the military barracks there sparking a firefight which resulted in the 20 deaths. The spokesman did not mention any civilian or military casualties. Boko Haram began violent operations in 2009, and it has killed an estimated 3,000 people in attacks on churches, schools, government and newspaper offices, security forces, markets and the local United Nations headquarters. Some Boko Haram members say they to want to enforce...
( 03/01/13)
A Nigerian court ruled on Friday that President Goodluck Jonathan can run for office again in 2015, rejecting his opponents' complaints that he has already reached the constitutional limit of two terms. An increasingly bitter battle is raging between Jonathan's supporters and opponents over whether he should run for office in 2015, in what analysts say is a distraction from such urgent tasks as fixing the power sector and passing crucial oil legislation. The president has declined to say whether or not he wishes to rule Africa's top oil and gas producer again, although most pundits expect him to run. Jonathan first took power in May 2010, after the death of then president Umar Yar'Adua, ending a six-month political crisis...
( 03/01/13)
A Nigerian court ruled on Friday that President Goodluck Jonathan can run for office again in 2015, rejecting his opponents' complaints that he has already reached the constitutional limit of two terms. An increasingly bitter battle is raging between Jonathan's supporters and opponents over whether he should run for office in 2015, in what analysts say is a distraction from such urgent tasks as fixing the power sector and passing crucial oil legislation. The president has declined to say whether or not he wishes to rule Africa's top oil and gas producer again, although most pundits expect him to run. Jonathan first took power in May 2010, after the death of then president Umar Yar'Adua, ending a six-month political crisis...
(Business News 02/27/13)
France won’t negotiate with the militant Islamist group Boko Haram that kidnapped seven French citizens including four children last week, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today. “We will use all means possible to ensure the liberation of the hostages,” he said on RTL radio. “But we won’t take part in this bidding war because it’s terrorism we are dealing with here. This is the first time we have children taken hostage. It is an unacceptable situation.” French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said yesterday that the hostages are probably held in Nigeria by Boko Haram. A video posted yesterday on YouTube showed what appeared to be the French hostages sitting on the floor, including children aged between five and...
( 02/27/13)
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan approved on Tuesday a 4.99 trillion naira ($31.63 billion) budget passed by parliament, the presidency said, ending two months of dispute over the spending plans. Jonathan presented the budget to the national assembly in October but lawmakers increased spending and reduced the amount of oil revenues Africa's largest producer would save by the time they passed the budget in December. Spending has risen from 4.92 trillion proposed by Jonathan's team, which is led by Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who has been praised by economists for her fiscal prudence. But parliament usually wins budget disputes. "Following consultations and an agreement between the Executive and the Legislature on the 2013 Appropriation Bill, President Goodluck Jonathan today signed the...
( 02/26/13)
Britain advised its citizens on Wednesday against travelling to several regions in northern Nigeria, after an increase in attacks blamed on Islamist militants and the abduction of several foreigners earlier this month. Gunmen killed a security guard and abducted a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese workers after storming the compound of Lebanese construction firm Setraco in Bauchi state on February 16. It was the worst case of foreigners being kidnapped in the mostly Muslim north of Africa's most populous country since an insurgency by Islamist militants intensified two years ago. Britain upped its travel risk ratings on Wednesday, advising against any travel to Bauchi state and Okene city in southern Kogi state where militants last month attacked...
( 02/26/13)
Nigeria will earn less for its oil and struggle to replace reserves unless it can end years of industry stagnation, at a time its biggest customer is becoming self-sufficient and African rivals are boosting supplies. A domestic energy boom in the United States has already sharply cut demand for Nigerian oil, while legal uncertainty, political wrangling, corruption and insecurity plague an oil industry which is still Africa's biggest. In addition, rivals on the continent - both East and West - are fast catching up, and hungry for returns to boost their smaller economies they are tempting foreign oil and gas companies with better terms and fewer bottlenecks than Nigeria. "Nigeria has multiple problems in its oil game - it has...
( 02/26/13)
Fifteen Russian sailors charged with illegally bringing weapons into Nigeria last year were granted bail on Monday and released until a hearing in early April, a Lagos court ruled. Nigerian authorities intercepted a ship and arrested its Russian crew on October 23 after they found several guns and around 8,500 rounds of ammunition aboard. The Russian sailors have pleaded not guilty and the Moran Security Group, the Russian company that owns the confiscated vessel, has said the ship had permission to carry arms, calling the accusations "groundless". "I'm glad that everybody - the court, the prosecution - they saw the need that the accused persons be granted bail. They've been in detention for months," defense lawyer Chukwuwike Okafor told Reuters...
( 02/26/13)
Reuters) - France will not negotiate with gunmen claiming to be from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram who have taken a French family of seven hostage, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday. The three adults and four children were seized in Cameroon's far north near the Nigerian border last week. In a video posted online on Monday, the gunmen threatened to kill them unless authorities in Nigeria and Cameroon released Muslim militants held there. "We do not negotiate on that kind of basis, with these kind of groups," Le Drian told RTL radio. "We will use all (other) possible means to ensure that these and other (French) hostages are freed." "We do not play this bidding game because...
( 02/11/13)
Nigeria clinched its first continental title in nearly two decades and man-of-the-match Moses' performance helped ensure there was no repeat of Zambia's underdog victory over Drogba's favored Ivory Coast 12 months ago.

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