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BREAKING: The two Germans kidnapped in northern Nigeria freed

The two Germans kidnapped by unknown persons in the northern state of Kaduna last week have been released.The two archaeologists, Professor Peter Breunig, and his colleague, Johannes Buringer, were freed on Saturday night, according to Nigeria’s online daily PREMIUM TIMES.“Yes, they were released last night (Saturday) by their kidnappers. No ransom was paid,” a senior police officer was quoted as …

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Famines put more than 20 million at risk of starvation in northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia

More than 20 million people are at risk of dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.Conflicts in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up food prices while a drought in Somalia has ruined the agricultural economy, the global organisation said.In Yemen and South Sudan, economic …

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Nigeria: Kidnappers of Germans demand ransom payment

The gunmen who abducted German archaeologist, Prof. Peter Breunij, and his associate, Johannes Buringer, in Jenjela village in Kagarko Local Government of Kaduna State, have demanded N60m (180,000 euros, official rate) as ransom.The kidnappers, according to a source at Jenjela village, said the abductors called the line of the camp supervisor around 11.00 am and demanded N30m ransom for each …

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Two Germans kidnapped in northern Nigeria

Authorities in northern Nigeria say unknown gunmen have kidnapped two German nationals from a village in Kaduna state in northwestern Nigeria.Assistant Superintendent  of Police Aliyu Usman from the Kaduna Police Command confirmed that gunmen took archaeologist Peter Breunig and his associate Johannes Behringer from Jenjela village in Kaduna state on Wednesday morning.Usman said police were working with villagers to try …

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Full Speech: My Vision for The Gambia, by President Adama Barrow

Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, unveiled the key programmes of his government at the country’s 52nd independence anniversary celebrations on Saturday. Mr Barrow, 52, who was elected in last December’s election, was also sworn-in as Gambia’s third president at the event, attended by thousands of citizens and graced by foreign guests, including several African heads of states. Below is the …

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Anglophone activists go on trial in Cameroon

The trial has begun of three activists on charges branded by a defense lawyer as “hyper-political.” They relate to protests in the English-speaking regions over the marginalization by the majority Francophones.The trial of three civil society figures and political activists – Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Aforteka’a Neba and Mancho Bibixy – has opened in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde. The three face multiple …

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Gambia’s President Barrow to be sworn in today again

Thousands of people are expected to witness the official inauguration of Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, today in Banjul.The event, to be attended by many African heads of state, also marks the country’s 52nd independence anniversary.Barrow, who was first sworn in on 19 January in the Senegalese capital Dakar, is the third president in the history of independent Gambia.Today’s ceremony, …

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What future for DR Congo after opposition leader’s death?

The death of veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi at a critical moment in the DR Congo’s history is an irreparable loss for a country trying to navigate a constitutional crisis without descending into bloodshed. The best way to honour Tshisekedi is to continue the fight for democracy in the country, argues Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja.Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, the historic leader in …

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EU gives ‘virtually bankrupt’ Gambia €225m aid as new government takes off

The European Union announced aid worth 225 million euros for The Gambia on Thursday (Feb 9) as President Adama Barrow warned that the nation was “virtually bankrupt” due to economic mismanagement by the former regime.The EU froze assistance to The Gambia in December 2014 over the dire human rights record of ex-president Yahya Jammeh, whose security services were accused by …

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Kwesé TV, Africa’s newest satellite network starts broadcasting

Kwesé TV, Africa’s newest satellite network has launched. The Kwesé Network’s Pay-TV satellite service started broadcasting on 30 January 2017, beaming Kwesé’s full suite of entertainment and sports programming to households in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia, which make up the first phase of the Kwesé TV rollout across Africa – other countries will be announced in due course.Having already showcased …

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Gambia: Yahya Jammeh was ready to die, reveals military commander

One of the commanders of the ECOWAS Military Intervention in the Gambia (ECOMIG) force has revealed the reason why ex-leader Yahya Jammeh finally decided to leave the country after weeks of obstinacy, which allowed the newly-elected president, Adama Barrow, to take office.The commander of the Nigerian Air Force’s contingent deployed in The Gambia to secure the nation’s presidential transition has …

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Nigeria: It’s now death penalty for kidnappers in Lagos State! Governor Ambode signs law

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday (1 February) signed into law the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the State House of Assembly, with a pledge to ensure its full implementation to eradicate kidnapping once and for all in the State.The Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping Law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment on kidnapping for ransom. The …

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41 Nigerians deported from the UK arrive Lagos

No fewer than 41 Nigerians, which included 33 males and 8 females,  deported from the United Kingdom to Nigeria arrived Lagos today (1 February).The deportees arrived at the cargo terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja in an unmarked Airbus aircraft which touched ground at exactly 7:40 a.m.According to the correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), among …

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Gambia: Jammeh’s top general arrested, weapons seized in ex-president’s private residence

Efforts by the West African force deployed in The Gambia to secure the nation’s presidential transition have yielded a big success.General Francois Ndiaye, who leads the force of the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG), said on Monday (30 January) that it had recovered arms and ammunition stored in ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s private residence in …

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Cameroon widens clampdown to curb Anglophone protests

After cutting off the English-speaking regions from the Internet, targeting media outlets and stripping Cameroon’s beauty queen of her crown for speaking her mind, the government has now set its sights on journalists, reports Cristina Krippahl.The Cameroonian government seems especially worried that word gets out into the world about the situation in Anglophone regions.Journalists working for the international media, including …

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African leaders elect Chad’s foreign minister as new AU Commission chairperson

African Union (AU) leaders, attending the ongoing 28th Summit of the organization in Addis Ababa, have elected Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat as the new chairman of the AU Commission, succeeding South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.The 56-year-old seasoned diplomat beat his Kenyan counterpart, Amina Mohamed, after seven rounds, an indication of how keen the race was.Five candidates vied to replace …

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Libyan trafficking camps are hell for African refugees, say German diplomats

The Libyan camps where traffickers hold would-be migrants resemble concentration camps, German diplomats say. Their report comes as the EU considers a migration deal with the North African country.Would-be migrants and refugees in Libya are being subjected to torture, rape and even execution by the human traffickers who are holding them, a newspaper report said on Sunday (30 January), citing …

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Gambia no longer an Islamic republic, says new president at first press conference

 President Adama Barrow of The Gambia has promised to run a transparent government with zero tolerance for corruption.Addressing his first world press conference on Saturday (28 January) in Banjul, Barrow vowed that he would demand “complete financial transparency” from members of his government. He said his ministers would have to declare their assets before assuming office.The president also promised to …

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Gambian new president returns home to warm welcome but also many challenges

Jubilant Gambians on Thursday, 26 January welcomed home their new president, who was elected almost two months ago but forced to flee to Senegal when his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step aside.Dressed in flowing white robes and cap, Adama Barrow stepped off the plane at the Banjul International Airport with heavily-armed troops from Senegal and Nigeria standing by to …

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