Cameroon deports 2 000 Nigerians in fight against Boko Haram

2015-08-01 14:07

Cameroon has deported more than 2 000 Nigerians who were living in the country illegally as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, sources say.

Chad army: Over 100 militants killed in anti-Boko Haram operation

2015-07-31 15:12

At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the island of Lake Chad, the Chadian army says.

Nigeria military poorly equipped to fight Boko Haram

2015-07-31 12:37

Nigeria’s military is underfunded and poorly equipped in its battle to check Boko Haram’s rampaging insurgency, the country’s outgoing chief of defence staff says.

70 000 Liberian births unrecorded in Ebola crisis - Unicef

2015-07-31 09:12

More than 70 000 Liberian babies have been born without being registered as the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaged the impoverished west African nation, leaving them without healthcare and vulnerable to trafficking, Unicef says.

Nigeria army frees 50 women, children

2015-07-30 21:56

Nigeria's army says it had set free 59 people held by Boko Haram, among them 29 women and 25 children.

Child lab or rises on Ivory Coast cocoa farms – report

2015-07-30 18:23

The number of children working on cocoa farms in the world’s top producer Ivory Coast is on the rise as production climbs, a report shows.

Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad

2015-07-30 13:45

Boko Haram Islamists have slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga, on the shores of the Lake Chad in north-eastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman says.

Date set for Niger’s presidential election

2015-07-30 09:28

The first round of Niger’s presidential election will be held on February 21 in 2016, the country’s election commission says, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term.

Full veil banned in key Niger region

2015-07-29 20:43

Authorities in Niger's Diffa area, on the border with Nigeria, have banned the full Islamic veil following suicide attacks in countries in the region.

Nigeria's Buhari in Cameroon to discuss Boko Haram fight

2015-07-29 16:13

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in neighbouring Cameroon for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.


10 killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian village

2015-07-31 19:59

At least 10 people have been killed when Boko Haram Islamist gunmen raided a village in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state in a revenge attack against local vigilantes, an official says.

UN closes Ebola emergency mission

2015-07-31 13:13

The UN Ebola Emergency Response Mission is winding down, with the WHO to once again take the reins in the fight against the deadly virus that has killed over 11 000 people in West Africa since 2013.

Blast kills at least 5 in Nigeria market

2015-07-31 10:12

At least five people have been killed by a bomb in Gamboru market in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri, a police and a rescue worker say.

Nigeria names head of regional force to fight Boko Haram

2015-07-31 06:29

Nigeria has named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.

Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback

2015-07-30 20:54

Authorities in Sierra Leone have quarantined 500 people after a man died from Ebola in an area where the deadly virus had been gone for months.

Nigeria, Cameroon vow to step up co-operation against Boko Haram

2015-07-30 14:55

The leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon have pledged to improve the exchange of intelligence and security co-operation along their border in a border to tackle Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Nigeria appoints new head of multinational force on Boko Haram

2015-07-30 12:43

Nigeria has named a general to lead the new multinational task force to fight Boko Haram Islamists, the military says.

Checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast

2015-07-30 05:09

Extortion at Ivory Coast security checkpoints costs the country millions, HRW says

Nigeria, Cameroon seek closer partnership

2015-07-29 19:32

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has begun a two-day visit to Cameroon in a bid to soothe fractious ties between the West African neighbours.

Niger strips opposition parliamentary leader of immunity

2015-07-29 14:02

Niger’s parliament has stripped the head of the opposition MODEC party grouping of his immunity from prosecution, opening the way to his trial on charges of corruption, judicial sources say.

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