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Boko Haram: Cameroonian authorities shut mosques, Islamic centres

Cameroonian authorities have ordered all mosques and Islamic centres to be shut in northern parts of the country. The decision was said to be part of a set of measures intended to increase security after several terror attacks in the region, triggered by the country's war on Boko Haram. In…

Security Operatives Nab Pastor, 12 Others for Kidnapping in Ekiti

A team of operatives from the police and the State Security Services in Ekiti State have arrested a self-styled pastor, Babatunde Balogun, and 12 other persons for allegedly running a kidnapping ring in the state. They have also declared four other persons, Kenneth Ozoh, Jonathan Ozoh, Kehinde Adeleye and Sunday…

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UPDATE: How 10-year-old suicide bomber killed 15 people in Damaturu

The police in Yobe have confirmed that the suicide bomber who killed 15 people in an explosion in Damaturu, Yobe State, was about 10 years old. The police spokesperson, Toyin Gbadegeshin, who addressed journalists in Yobe, said the girl detonated the explosive device at the gate of the market, killing…

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U.S. to trace Nigeria’s stolen asset, boost military assistance

The United States has said it will help Nigeria's new leader track down billions of dollars in stolen asset and increase U.S. military assistance to fight Boko Haram militants. President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington on Monday is viewed by the U.S. administration as a chance to set the seal…

UPDATE: Damaturu Blast: Army confirms 50 dead; police say 15

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of 50 persons in two separate bomb explosions in Damaturu, Yobe, on Friday morning. A statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the acting-director of army public relations, Sani Usman, a colonel, said the explosions occurred at screening areas of the Eid prayer…

Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia attack

Islamic State militants on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack in a Tunisian seaside resort that killed 39. In a statement released on social media, the group identified the gunman as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani. It described him as a "solider of the caliphate" and most of the killed as "subjects…

University lecturers threaten strike over Nigerian govt.’s move to stop primary school teachers’ pay

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities said on Friday that it would resist moves by the Federal Government to stop the payment of salaries of teachers of University Demonstration Primary Schools. The union’s National Vice-President, Eastern region, Leku Ador, led members in their hundreds to stage a protest at…

Tribunal orders INEC, Akwa Ibom REC to transfer all guber election materials to Abuja

The Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to move all materials related to the April 11 governorship election in the state to Abuja within 10 days. Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Sadiq Umar, who gave…

NDLEA impounds illicit drugs worth N59m in Kano

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Kano State on Thursday said it had impounded illicit drugs worth more than N59 million from January to March. The NDLEA Commandant in the state, Garba Ahmadu, disclosed this to journalists in Kano. Mr. Ahmadu said the command had arrested 135 suspects with…

USAID, UN sign $10.5m grant deal to assist IDPs

The U.S. Agency for International Development, United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF and WHO have signed a $10.5 million grant agreement to assist Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria’s North East. Ratidzal Ndhlovu, who spoke on behalf of the agencies at an event in Abuja on Thursday, said they were delighted to…

Burundi opposition leader says elections should hold in August

Burundi opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa, said it was essential to have an elected government in place by August 26, when the president's current term ends. Mr. Rwasa, a presidential candidate like Nkurunziza, added that “there is no room for a transitional government. We will have to comply with the constitution.…

Saudi-led strikes on Yemen army headquarters kill 44, official says

Over 44 soldiers were killed on Sunday in a series of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition on the headquarters of the Yemeni army in the rebel-held capital Sana'a, a health official said. The official at the rebel-controlled Health Ministry told journalists that over 180 people, mostly civilians living nearby,…

Ban commends release of abducted UN contractors in Darfur

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, says he is deeply delighted by the release of two United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) contractors, who were abducted in Zalingei, Central Darfur, Sudan, on Jan. 29. Ban in a statement on Sunday in New York, commended the efforts made by UNAMID.…

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, breaks leg following bicycle accident

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was on Sunday in Geneva flown to a hospital with a broken leg following a bicycle accident in the French Alps. The spokesperson at the U.S. mission in Geneva disclosed that the secretary had broken his leg. Kerry's Spokesperson, John Kirby, also confirmed…

Schools reopen amid uncertainty in quake-battered Nepal

Nepalese authorities said children were likely to remain out of school, even as the term resumed on Sunday for the first time since the April 25 earthquake. The authorities confirmed on Sunday in Kathmandu that there were 34,000 government schools and 8,000 private schools in Nepal, and more than 7,800…

4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows — Coast Guards

The Italian coast guards said in Rome on Sunday that more than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in the last 24 hours. The guards said a total of 4,243 people have been saved from fishing boats and rubber dinghies in 22…

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Somali lawmaker shot dead in error – Government

The government of Somalia on Sunday confirmed that military forces shot and killed a lawmaker and injured another on Saturday in the capital, Mogadishu. Security Ministry spokesman, Mohamed Yusuf, said the two legislators were shot while driving from parliament in what he termed as a case of mistaken identity. “The…

Burundi Crisis: UN/EU urge dialogue after killing of opposition leader

The United Nations and the European Union, have cautioned Burundi’s government and its opponents not to allow violence derail the UN-sponsored dialogue in the country. The two organizations gave the advice on Sunday after an opposition politician was shot dead which prompted opponents of the government to threaten to boycott…

Xenophobia: South Africa repatriates 5,645 immigrants

South Africa has repatriated 5,645 foreigners since the end of xenophobic attacks in late April, the government said on Sunday. A Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who said this in a statement, added that the foreigners chose to leave South Africa voluntarily. Malawians made up the bulk of the…

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi President

Burundi President makes first public appearance after failed coup

The Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, made his first public appearance on Sunday after a failed coup. Nkurunziza met with ruling party officials in the Kamenge neighbourhood of the capital, Bujumbura, as part of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy's (CNDD-FDD) election campaign. Local…

Burundi charges 18 suspects in failed coup plot

Burundi took 18 people suspected of involvement in a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza to the high court, relatives of some of the accused said on Sunday. Earlier, about 100 demonstrators took to the streets of Bujumbura to protest Mr. Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term, defying the…

Egypt: U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ over Morsi’s death sentence

The U.S. is "deeply concerned" about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Morsi, a State Department official said on Sunday. The U.S. criticism followed condemnations from Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan after the court ruling on Saturday. The ruling was against…

Ex-militants in Akwa Ibom plead for inclusion Jonathan’s pipeline surveillance contract

Members of the Akwa Ibom State Ex-Militants Forum on Thursday called for their inclusion in the Oil and Gas Pipeline and Waterways Surveillance (OGPWS) contract awarded by President Goodluck Jonathan to former militants. The ex-militants made the call in a letter jointly signed by the Chairman of the forum, Kingsley…

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Nigerian govt raises panel to screen degrees obtained abroad — NUC

The Federal Government has constituted a committee to screen certificates obtained by Nigerian students who studied abroad, says Prof. Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC). Mr. Okojie made this known while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the presentation of licences to two new private universities on…

Ekiti Crisis: Court strikes out APC lawmakers’ suit against Fayose

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday struck out a suit filed by the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers, challenging the removal of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, and his deputy, Adesegun Orisalade. Justice Saliu Saidu, who gave the ruling, awarded a cost…