ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Gabon's Bongo attacks mob justice after 'child kidnap' lynchings

2020-01-27 18:00

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has attacked mob justice after a second person was lynched by a crowd in the capital Libreville after rumours spread of child kidnappings.

Unrest in Gabon over child kidnappings rumours

2020-01-24 21:14

Protesters blocked roads and burned tyres in Gabon's capital Libreville on Friday, a report says, as rumours circulated of a wave of child abductions, dismissed as untrue by the authorities.

Nigeria remands ex-minister in custody over oil scandal

2020-01-23 22:55

A Nigerian court has remanded a former justice minister accused of corruption in custody pending a bail hearing.

German businessman shot dead in Liberia

2020-01-23 09:36

A German businessman has been shot dead in his home in Liberia's third-largest city Buchanan, the government says.

Fifty years on, Nigeria struggles with memory of Biafra war

2020-01-11 14:54

Dikoye Oyeyinka, 33, has been billed as one of the most promising Nigerian writers of his generation.

Gunmen kill 12 in central Nigeria attack

2020-01-09 19:08

Gunmen have killed 12 people in an attack on a village in a region of central Nigeria known for bloody clashes between cattle herders and farmers, police say.

Clashes over garrison town kill 3 Nigerian soldiers

2020-01-08 17:00

Three soldiers have been killed in intense fighting between Nigeria's army and jihadists over a key northeastern garrison town, a security source says.

Gambia president forms new political party

2019-12-31 22:00

Gambian President Adama Barrow has created a new political party, according to the country's electoral authority, in a move that would allow him to contest future elections unhindered.

ISIS claims execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria

2019-12-27 18:55

Jihadists aligned to the Islamic State group have released a video claiming to show the execution of 11 Christians in restive northeast Nigeria.

Ivory Coast accused of 'brutality' by presidential hopeful

2019-12-24 18:35

An Ivorian former rebel leader who hopes to stand for president next year has denounced "unacceptable brutality" by security forces against his supporters.

 

Boko Haram kills five in northeast Nigeria: sources

2020-01-24 22:32

Gunmen from the Boko Haram jihadist group killed five people and abducted several others as they collected firewood in restive northeast Nigeria, security sources say.

Benin police say ringleader of deadly clashes arrested

2020-01-24 18:14

Police in Benin say they have arrested the alleged instigator of clashes between the opposition and security forces that left two dead in the restive bastion of the country's ex-leader.

At least six Mali soldiers killed in overnight ambush

2020-01-23 18:12

At least six soldiers were killed and several were wounded in an overnight attack in central Mali, the army say, in fresh violence in the war-torn west African state.

Kidnapped Greek tanker crew freed from Cameroon: govt

2020-01-22 20:44

A Greek oil tanker captain and seven crew members kidnapped last month from a Cameroon port have been released, Greek officials say.

Sierra Leone suspends minister for suspected graft

2020-01-10 22:45

Sierra Leone's labour minister and three other government officials have been suspended in an alleged corruption case involving a rice donation from China, the presidency said Friday.

18 UN troops and 2 civilians injured attack in Mali mortar attack

2020-01-09 13:46

Eighteen UN troops and two civilians were wounded Thursday in a mortar attack on a military base in northern Mali, a UN official said, in fresh violence in the war-torn West African country.

Togo president confirms candidacy for fourth term

2020-01-07 22:09

Togo's president Faure Gnassingbe has confirmed his candidacy for elections next month that look set to see him claim a fourth term and extend his family's decades-long rule.

Captain, 7 crew abducted from Greek oil tanker in Cameroon port

2019-12-31 21:00

Armed men staged a night raid on a Greek oil tanker anchored in a Cameroonian port and abducted eight crewmen, including the vessel's Greek captain, the merchant marine ministry and the ship's owner say.

35 civilians killed in double Burkina Faso attack

2019-12-25 10:50

A militant attack in northern Burkina Faso on Tuesday killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women, the president said, one of the deadliest assaults in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country.

Guinea opposition vows to boycott, 'prevent' legislative polls

2019-12-23 22:00

The opposition in the West African state of Guinea has vowed to boycott legislative elections set for February and prevent them from taking place, in a dispute focussed on the country's electoral roll.

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