Friday 24 November 2017
(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...
(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...
(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) 11/21/17)
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.
(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) 11/17/17)
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...
(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)
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...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Six members of a cargo ship kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria's Port Harcourt have been freed, their German employer said Sunday. "Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG are pleased to report that the six crew members of her container vessel Demeter who were taken hostage on October 21 and have spent the past two and a half weeks in captivity, were released and are now safe," the Hamburg-based group said in a statement to AFP. "Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG wishes to...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Ministers from 13 European and African countries on Monday pledged steps to ease the migrant crisis around the Mediterranean, vowing especially to improve conditions for migrants held in Libya. Interior ministers and other representatives from countries impacted by the ongoing wave of migration up through Africa towards Europe, including Libya, voiced deep concern over the "ongoing human tragedy" along the so-called Central Mediterranean route. "The participants intend to address the challenges posed by the alarming situation along the migration route...
(AFP (eng) 11/11/17)
At least three Nigerian soldiers and a militiaman were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on the edge of Sambisa forest near the border with Cameroon, military and militia sources told AFP Saturday. The ambush occurred as troops returned to base late Friday in the town of Gwoza near the mountainous border with Cameroon after destroying three Boko Haram camps in their forest enclave, the sources said. "We lost three soldiers and a member of the CJTF (anti-Boko Haram militia)...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/17)
Nigerian police investigating the kidnapping of four British missionaries said Thursday that they had arrested two people suspected of involvement while a third was killed in a shoot-out at the gang's hideout. The Britons, from a Christian medical charity providing free healthcare in villages in Delta state, in Nigeria's oil-rich south, were abducted on October 13. The foreign ministry in London announced Monday that three of the hostages were released and returned home safely while a fourth was killed in...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/10/17)
ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Police in Nigeria’s southern Delta state said they killed one suspect and arrested two others accused of involvement in the kidnapping last month of four Britons. Three of the British hostages, who were taken by gunmen on Oct. 13, were released earlier this week after negotiations, but a fourth, Ian Squire was killed. Delta state police spokesman Andrew Aniamaka said officers arrested two suspects and killed a third after he opened fire, wounding two officers. Aniamaka...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/10/17)
ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the past three weeks, Kolo Adamu has slept on the floor beside her daughter Naomi’s hospital bed in northeast Nigeria, unable to afford the surgery she needs for a kidney condition. Naomi, 27, was one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, and among the 82 girls freed by the jihadists in May, adding to 24 others who were released or found...
(AFP (eng) 11/09/17)
Nigeria's government was urged on Thursday to order the release of the leader of a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim group who has been in custody for nearly two years since clashes with soldiers. Ibrahim Zakzaky, who heads the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and his wife should be freed "on health grounds", lawyer Femi Falana said in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. The cleric lost the sight in his left eye during two days of unrest in the northern city of...
(AFP (eng) 11/08/17)
Nigeria on Wednesday called for an international inquiry after 26 women and girls drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. The bodies of the victims -- all believed to be Nigerians -- were brought on a Spanish ship to Italy last Sunday, where the authorities are looking into how they died. Twenty-three lost their lives last Friday when the inflatable dinghy they were travelling on sank. Three others were found during operations earlier in the week. The foreign...
(AfricaNews 11/08/17)
The Foreign Policy (FP) magazine has conferred an award on deputy United Nations Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. The former Environment Minister of Nigeria was named by FP as its 2017 diplomat of the year. She takes over an award won by Google in 2016 and in 2015 by former United States Secretary of State, John Kerry. It was the highest accolade for the ceremony on a night two other women were also awarded for their roles in global diplomacy. The ‘citizen...
(AFP (eng) 11/08/17)
A dozen other students look on as Umar Amadu uses a glass pipette to draw a solution from a conical flask as part of a chemistry experiment. It could be a scene from any school laboratory around the world, but until two months ago Amadu and his fellow students had no access to any science equipment. Science subjects at his rural secondary school outside the city of Katsina in northern Nigeria were taught using theory only. But now they have...

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