Nigerian governor declares 'war' against herdsmen

2016-05-24 22:30

A Nigerian state governor has declared 'war' against nomadic herdsmen, after another deadly attack in an escalating conflict killed two people.

Would-be bomber escapes Boko Haram captors

2016-05-23 19:28

A Nigerian mother of three has described how she escaped from Boko Haram Islamists after being abducted, drugged and told she was going to become a suicide bomber.

Boko Haram refugees in Niger feel 'abandoned' by the world

2016-05-21 10:31

"Take us away from this hell," says Boussam, a mother of seven cradling skeletal goats in Niger's Assaga camp, where thousands of desperate refugees fleeing Boko Haram Islamist insurgents are living in hunger.

Army 'moving into' Boko Haram stronghold

2016-05-20 07:10

A Nigerian state governor has voiced hopes for the swift return of 218 Chibok schoolgirls still being held by Boko Haram, after one of the students was found near the group's stronghold.

Fresh hope for Chibok girls - Buhari

2016-05-20 05:28

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said there is fresh hope for the recovery of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago, as he met the first student to be found.

Gunmen storm Burkina police station

2016-05-18 23:45

Two police were wounded, one of them seriously, when heavily-armed gunmen attacked a Burkina police station near the border with Mali.

Rebels bomb Eni's gas pipeline in Nigeria

2016-05-18 21:01

Suspected Niger delta oil rebels have bombed a gas pipeline owned by the Nigeria subsidiary of Italy's Eni, the latest attack on the country's oil facilities.

Chibok girl snatched by Boko Haram found, pregnant

2016-05-18 14:25

One of the 219 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok in northeast Nigeria has been found, the first found since their seizure by Boko Haram more than two years ago, activists, the head of a support group and a community leader say.

Donors promise $15bn to Ivory Coast

2016-05-18 11:52

International donors and partner countries of the Ivory Coast meeting in Paris have promised more than $15bn by 2020 to help finance the country's development.

Millions of Lake Chad residents need food aid

2016-05-17 05:12

More than nine million people in the Lake Chad region are in desperate need of food aid as the violent insurgency being waged there by Boko Haram rages.


Burkina Faso capital hit by water cuts

2016-05-24 08:21

Across Burkina Faso's capital, even the wealthiest neighbourhoods typically spared from shortages are suffering without water amid an unprecedented heat wave.

Nigeria beefs up security after oil installation attacks

2016-05-21 12:38

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security to be stepped up in Nigeria's oil-producing south, after a spate of attacks blamed on local militants that he says threatened the economy.

Doubts about 'second' Chibok girl

2016-05-20 17:20

Campaigners have questioned a Nigerian military claim that a second Chibok schoolgirl has been rescued, but the army maintains she was one of the 219 abducted by Boko Haram.

Second abducted Chibok girl rescued, says Nigerian army

2016-05-20 06:04

A second Chibok schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been found during military operations in northeast Nigeria, the army says.

Mali drug squad uncovers new African smuggling route

2016-05-19 17:00

Mali's anti-drug squad says it has made its biggest drug seizure in two decades and has uncovered a previously unknown west African smuggling network stretching to Ghana.

Tearful reunion after Chibok girl Amina Ali rescued

2016-05-18 23:14

Binta Ali hadn't seen her daughter Amina since she was abducted with more than 200 classmates from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, more than two years ago.

Nigerian unions warn of nationwide strike over fuel price increase

2016-05-18 15:31

A coalition of Nigerian labour unions has warned of an indefinite nationwide strike following the scrapping of the country's fuel subsidy and a subsequent rise in the petrol price.

Warrant for Burkina's ex-president Compaore still live - army prosecutor

2016-05-18 13:57

Burkina Faso's military prosecutor has denied reports that an arrest warrant for ex-president Blaise Compaore, currently living in neighbouring Ivory Coast, has been cancelled.

Chad to probe disappearance of soldiers missing since April

2016-05-18 06:15

Chadian officials say they have opened an investigation into the disappearance of more than 20 soldiers in the days before and after the April 10 presidential election.

Nigerian government to meet unions

2016-05-16 22:42

Nigeria's government is trying to reach an agreement with union leaders to prevent a national strike over petrol price rises.

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