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Death toll from northwest Nigeria attack doubles to 130


The death toll from an attack last week by gunmen in northwestern Nigeria has doubled to more than 130, the Kaduna state governor said on Tuesday, adding it appeared to have been a deliberate plan to “wipe out certain communities.”

Governor Nasir el-Rufai did not elaborate on what he meant. Those killed in last week’s attack were mainly from the Fulani ethnic group, who are usually Muslim and have been involved in clashes in recent years with people from the Adara ethnic group, who are predominantly Christian.

United Nations moves to help combat sexual abuse in its ranks


The United Nations on Tuesday took steps to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse within its ranks, naming an array of experts to a panel aimed at ending incidents of harassment that have plagued the global agency for years.

The panel will advise the U.N. secretary-general on ways to address gender-based harassment and abuse by U.N. staff and U.N.-related forces, according to a statement issued by the Office of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Liberia police keep popular station off air


A radio station known for being critical of the Liberian government has been kept off air for the second day after armed police blocked staff’s access to the tower that hosts the station’s transmitter.

Roots FM, a popular Monrovia radio station which broadcasts on 102.7FM, is owned by the opposition political commentator Henry Costa.

Just last week, station equipment worth around $10,000 (£7,760) was stolen and damaged by unidentified gunmen. Among the stolen items was Roots FM’s transmitter, which fans crowdfunded to replace with a new one that police are now cordoning off.

The government condemned last week’s attack, promising a police investigation.

Three weeks ago, a similar attack on the station forced it off air for several days.

Liberia’s Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said the police presence at Roots FM was part of an ongoing investigation into the station’s previous complaint that it had been vandalised, and had its transmitter stolen away by armed men.

But that statement was rubbished by outspoken opposition politician Yekeh Kolubah, who said the government simply wants to silence critical views.

Likely successor promoted to Lieutenant General


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his son to the rank of lieutenant general – the second highest position in the army.

Lt Gen Kainerugaba Muhoozi is considered a likely successor to 74-year-old President Museveni, but denies any immediate plans to enter politics.

How ‘cheating husbands’ are linked to Sudan’s protests


In our series of letters from African journalists, Zeinab Mohammed Salih explores how women in Sudan are using a Facebook group about love to expose alleged abuse amid anti-government protests.

Unprecedented numbers of women are taking to the streets to join daily nationwide protests that erupted in mid-December.

Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ Yang Fenglan jailed in Tanzania


Tanzania has sentenced Yang Fenglan, a Chinese businesswoman nicknamed the “Ivory Queen”, to 15 years in jail for smuggling hundreds of elephant tusks.

Yang was accused of operating one of Africa’s biggest ivory-smuggling rings, responsible for smuggling $2.5m (£1.9m) worth of tusks from some 400 elephants.

We are not going to stop fighting – Gen Thomas Cirilo

Prominent South Sudan rebel and National Salvation Front (NAS) leader, Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka said he will not  stop fighting against the government of President Salva Kiir which he said believes in the power of bullets.

Cirilo was speaking to the US-based Vice News on Friday.

The five candidates running in Senegal’s presidential election


Senegal, the most stable democracy in West Africa, is preparing for an election on Sunday with President Macky Sall facing off against four other candidates.

Sall is widely expected to win a second term, after the country’s two best-known opposition figures were barred from running because of corruption allegations, in moves critics said represented a worrying crackdown on dissent.

Cameroon kidnap: 170 students freed


Cameroonian students and school staff who were kidnapped on Saturday have been freed, the Bishop of Kumbo has told the BBC.

A total of 176 people, mostly students, were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen at Saint Augustin’s College in Kumbo, in the North West region of Cameroon.

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari vows to deal with vote riggers


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he has ordered the police and military to be “ruthless” with vote-riggers, following the last-minute postponement of the general election.

Critics said his comments condoned “jungle justice”.

Two policemen killed in blast in central Cairo: ministry


Two policemen were killed and three wounded when an explosive device carried by a militant they were pursuing detonated in the heart of the Egyptian capital on Monday, an interior ministry statement said.

According to the ministry, security forces were pursuing the man in the search for the perpetrator of an attempted attack against a police patrol in western Cairo on Friday.

Change a man IF wearing diapers : Zari

Buzz Diamond Platnumz’s ex-lover Zari Hassan has proved it is difficult to teach an old dog new trick.

Betty Kyalo wishes ex-hubby Dennis Okari happiness weeks after his engagement to longtime girlfriend

Raila Odinga sends Mao to deliver a secret message to Bobi Wine

Kenya’s opposition heavy weight H E Raila Odinga has urged Ugandans to build a strong alliance against President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni come 2021. Odinga who was at the Memorial of his father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga who departed 25 years ago at Kisumu said this is the best time ever for Ugandans to defeat Mr. Museveni.

Senior al-Shabaab commander Aliyow Iman Ibrahim killed in action


Somali National Army (SNA) killed a senior al-Shabaab commander in an operation in Bakol region in southwestern Somalia, officials said on Sunday.

Warsame Mahamed Diriye, commander of SNA section 60’s unit nine, told journalists that they had killed a senior al-Shabaab leader in an operation conducted on Friday afternoon in the vicinity of Shidle in the country’s southern region of Bakol.

Why Kenya and Somalia are fighting over ocean boundary


Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre’s defiance not to postpone or stop the London meeting where contentious oil blocks were “auctioned” escalated diplomatic friction with Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Khayre met at State House, Nairobi on January 29, where sources said the PM was asked to put the auction on hold.

Kiir, Machar do not fit to govern South Sudan – opposition leader


South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, and prominent opposition and SPLM-IO leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, do not fit to government South Sudan according to a holdout opposition leader.

In September, Mr Kiir and Mr Machar signed a revitalized peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to end the ongoing five-year old brutal civil war.