West Africa

PICS | Lagos blast death toll rises to 17

2020-03-16 10:54

Authorities in Nigeria's largest city Lagos on Monday said that the death toll from a suspected gas explosion had risen to 17 as emergency services dug bodies from the debris.

Nigeria braces as coronavirus hits megacity Lagos

2020-02-28 12:43

Nigeria's economic hub Lagos confirmed a case of new coronavirus on Friday, stirring memories of the fears sparked six years ago when West Africa's Ebola epidemic hit the chaotic megacity of 20 million.

Three Nigerian soldiers killed in jihadist attack

2020-02-03 13:36

Islamic State-affiliated jihadists have killed three Nigerian soldiers and seized two military vehicles in an attack in violence-wracked northeastern Borno state, security sources and residents said Monday.

Nigeria ex-minister granted bail in oil scandal case

2020-01-30 14:10

A former Nigerian justice minister accused of complicity in a billion-dollar oil scandal involving Shell and Eni was on Thursday granted bail by a high court in the nation's capital.

Lassa fever outbreak kills dozens in Nigeria

2020-01-27 13:30

At least 29 killed and 195 cases of the disease confirmed in the latest outbreak to hit the country, government says.

Four die in Nigeria oil pipeline fire

2020-01-20 11:16

Four people were killed and several shops and vehicles burnt after thieves breached a fuel pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, causing an explosion, emergency services said on Monday.

89 Niger soldiers killed in jihadist attack on camp: govt

2020-01-13 10:53

A jihadist attack on a military camp in western Niger three days ago left 89 soldiers dead, according to a new toll announced by the government on public radio Sunday.

UN envoy: 'Devastating surge' of attacks in Sahel and West Africa

2020-01-09 11:26

Deadly attacks increased five-fold in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016 with over 4 000 deaths reported in 2019.

West Africa monetary union to reform CFA franc, keep euro peg

2019-12-22 11:21

The West African Economic and Monetary Union has agreed with France to a number of changes to the CFA franc currency, says Ivory Coast's president.

3 killed in UN peacekeeping helicopter crash in Central African Republic

2019-09-27 19:11

Three Senegalese crew were killed and a fourth was injured when a combat helicopter used by United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic crashed in the west of the country, the UN force said on Friday.


At least 50 killed in northern Nigeria 'bandit' attacks

2020-03-02 21:04

At least 50 people were killed in multiple attacks by armed 'bandits' on villages in an area of northern Nigeria rife with cattle theft and kidnappings, local officials say.

Nigeria to receive $308m stolen by ex-dictator: US

2020-02-04 14:50

Nigeria is set to receive around $308 million seized from former military dictator Sani Abacha under a deal backed by the United States and the island of Jersey, US prosecutors said Monday.

Three killed in Boko Haram suicide bombing in Nigeria, house 'destroyed' in separate attack

2020-01-31 15:58

A girl detonated a bomb, killing three boys at an Islamic seminary in northeast Nigeria in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, a local militia and residents said Friday.

Lassa fever deaths in Nigeria rise to 41, 19 states affected

2020-01-29 12:27

The death toll from Lassa fever in Nigeria since the beginning of January has risen to 41 as cases were confirmed in more regions, Nigeria's disease control agency said.

Nigeria files graft charges against ex-minister over oil scandal

2020-01-22 09:34

Nigeria's anti-graft agency on Tuesday filed corruption charges against a former justice minister over a $1.3 billion dollar oil scandal involving international majors Shell and Eni.

Africa hamstrung by deadly flood of fake medicine

2020-01-15 13:15

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every year some 100 000 people across Africa die from taking "falsified or substandard" medication.

63 'terrorists', 25 others killed in Niger army base attack: defence ministry

2020-01-10 13:51

Heavily armed assailants stormed a military base in Niger on Thursday killing 25 people and leading to fierce clashes that killed 63 "terrorists", the defence ministry said, in an area where dozens died in a previous jihadist attack.

Nigerian communities struggle with devastating oil spills

2020-01-03 11:49

Martha Alfred used to harvest 20 bags of cassava each year before an oil spill forced her to abandon her field and hawk roasted fish to survive.

In crime-hit Nigerian city, rape victims find their voice

2019-12-17 14:25

"They forced their way in at around 2am. They raped us. And when they left, they stole our phones and money."

West Africa bloc currency ECO to launch in 2020

2019-06-30 23:03

Analysts are sceptical the introduction of the ECOWAS single currency will solve the region's economic problems.

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