ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Nigeria says no 'time limit' on border closure for goods

2019-10-14 19:35

Nigeria's customs chief says a ban on goods coming into the country across its land borders will last as long as it takes for neighbours to stem the flow of smuggled merchandise.

Burkina violence forces 267 000 to flee in last 3 months - UNHCR

2019-10-12 10:17

Violence in Burkina Faso has caused more than a quarter of a million people to flee their homes over the last three months, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says.

OPINION | Buhari's visit to SA eased tensions, but more needs to be done

2019-10-10 19:47

Although Nigeria and SA are often cast as rivals, they have a strong bilateral relationship founded over the decades. This springs in part from Nigeria's historical role in its support for the liberation struggle against apartheid, writes Olayinka Ajala.

OPINION | A look back at the turbulent relationship between Nigeria and SA

2019-10-10 13:29

Nigeria is a major player in West Africa while SA is a major player in the Southern African Development Community region. Sustained tensions would be to the detriment of both countries - and Africa as a whole, writes Bheki Mngomezulu.

Kidnappers demand ransom for Nigerian school girls

2019-10-05 09:15

Gunmen who kidnapped six female students and two staff members from their hostels at a remote school in northern Nigeria have made a ransom demand, the regional governor says.

6 school girls kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria

2019-10-04 10:18

Gunmen have abducted six girls and two staff members from a boarding school in northern Nigeria, according to a police spokesperson.

EXPOSED | Islamic 'house of torture' in Nigeria

2019-10-02 10:34

Horrific revelations of torture and abuse at a compound billing itself as a Koranic reform school in northern Nigeria have shone a spotlight on Islamic institutes unregulated by the authorities.

40 000 people flee Nigeria violence in 10 months - UN

2019-09-27 22:18

Escalating violence in northwest Nigeria blamed on armed bandits has forced more than 40 000 people to flee across the border into Niger over the last 10 months, the UN says.

WATCH | Over 300 'abused' students freed from Islamic school in Nigeria

2019-09-27 12:37

Police in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna have rescued more than 300 male students from an Islamic boarding school where many had been tortured and sexually abused, a police spokesperson says.

Mob justice for police commissioner accused of abuses in Mali

2019-09-20 19:13

A Malian police commissioner was killed by a mob that accused him of links with bandits, the security ministry says.

 

Amnesty decries 'climate of fear' for Nigeria journalists

2019-10-14 15:22

Amnesty International says journalists in Nigeria are operating under a "climate of fear", after 19 reporters were detained by security forces this year.

'Gunmen kidnap' school head in northern Nigeria

2019-10-10 21:12

Gunmen have kidnapped a school principal in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state, his deputy says, a week after six female students and two staff at another school were seized for ransom.

Ghana puts nine 'coup plotters' on trial for treason

2019-10-10 18:22

Ghana has charged nine people with treason for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, in a rare case for one of west Africa's most stable democracies.

Mali president dismisses coup speculation

2019-10-07 11:31

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has rejected as speculation talk of a military coup after recent jihadist attacks left dozens of soldiers dead near the border with Burkina Faso.

DID YOU KNOW? About 90% of Nigeria's cars are smuggled in

2019-10-04 13:32

About 90% of cars, including those on display at dealerships in Nigeria were smuggled into the country by unscrupulous elements, says Nigeria's customs.

Mali reels after jihadist raids on military camps

2019-10-02 19:10

Malian troops backed by foreign allies have launched a hunt for scores of comrades listed as missing after one of the deadliest attacks in a seven-year-old jihadist insurgency.

Mali army in major clash with jihadists

2019-10-01 21:31

A large contingent of Malian troops, backed by air support, fought Tuesday with jihadist fighters who made an incursion into a military camp in the country's fragile central region, sources said.

WATCH | Grand mosque opening draws huge crowds in Senegal

2019-09-27 15:52

Tens of thousands of people from across Senegal converged on the capital Dakar for the inauguration of a huge mosque, claimed to be the largest in West Africa.

WATCH | Tanker explosion leaves several dead in Mali

2019-09-25 10:03

Several people have died following an explosion of a tanker truck in the Malian Capital Bamako, according the the Malian government. WATCH NOW.

WATCH | 'Notorious serial killer' arrested in Nigeria after 8 women killed

2019-09-20 11:23

Nigerian police investigating the murders of at least eight women lured to hotels in the southern city of Port Harcourt have arrested a man they described as a 'serial killer'.

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