IDP camps in Nigeria ‘hit by suicide bombers’

IDP camps in Nigeria ‘hit by suicide bombers’

At least eight people killed after female suicide attackers strike two IDP camps in Maiduguri, Civilian-JTF group says. At least eight people have been killed after female suicide bombers attacked two camps hosting internally displaced people (IDP) in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, a civilian self-defence group said. It was the first major attack on a displaced persons camp in the city which is the birthplace of Boko Haram. Nigeria: 82 Chibok girls freed by Boko Haram…

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South African child ‘virtually cured’ of HIV

South African child ‘virtually cured’ of HIV

A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa. The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly after birth. They have since been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or signs of active virus. The family is said to be “really delighted”. Most people need treatment every day to prevent HIV destroying the immune system…

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Police arrest Boko Haram Deputy Unit Commander in Abuja.

Police arrest Boko Haram Deputy Unit Commander in Abuja.

According to vanguard news, the Boko Haram deputy unit in command of the sect at Gwako village in the Federal Capital Territory was arrested alongside a prime Boko Haram suspect on Sunday morning by Police. The suspect, 20 year old Seth Yakubu who hails from Obi in Nasarawa state, was arrested at about 11.30 am after police received a tip-off on his suspicious behaviour in the village. According to the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP…

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Nigeria’s President Buhari seen in London

Nigeria’s President Buhari seen in London

Nigeria’s president has been pictured in London for the first time since he left his homeland almost 80 days ago. President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, came to the UK for treatment for an unspecified illness. On Sunday, he met governors from his party for lunch and was very cheerful, according to a government statement. His absence has led to some anxiety in Nigeria, with some speculating that he might have died. Others have worried he may…

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Prudence Mabele: The life of the South African HIV campaigner

Prudence Mabele: The life of the South African HIV campaigner

Prudence Mabele’s decision to become one of the first black South African women to declare her HIV-positive status was the start of a lifetime’s campaigning. It was 1992, and the stigma which came with such an announcement cannot be underestimated. But Mabele was determined to be brave, and to encourage others to live without shame. That bravery and determination would become the hallmark of Mabele’s next 25 years, and would, when she died earlier this…

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Senate passes whistleblower Bill, false informant to get 5years jail, N10m fine

Senate passes whistleblower Bill, false informant to get 5years jail, N10m fine

The bill which seeks to protect Whistle-blowers was on Wednesday passed into law by the Senate. According to the bill, while a Whistle-blower whose information leads to the recovery of looted fund gets five per cent of the loot, those who give false information will get a five-year jail term or N10 million. The bill was sponsored by the deputy minority whip, Abiodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti-South), and after consideration was adopted after the Senate Committee…

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Zambia baboon causes power cut in Livingstone

Zambia baboon causes power cut in Livingstone

A baboon in Zambia has tampered with the cables at a power station in the south of the country leaving 50,000 people without electricity. It caused the blackout on Sunday morning by climbing into the power station and pulling at the lines. The baboon survived the “massive electric shock” that would have killed a human being, a power company spokesman said. A person would also have been prosecuted, Henry Kapata added. The baboon was rescued…

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Zambia parliament approves ‘enhanced security measures’

Zambia parliament approves ‘enhanced security measures’

  Opposition boycotts vote, calls President Edgar Lungu’s emergency decree a plot to ‘silence critics and kill democracy’. Zambia‘s parliament has approved enhanced measures for security services for a 90-day period in a decree by President Edgar Lungu, a move critics say is an effort to tighten his grip on power. Opposition legislators boycotted the vote on Tuesday, leaving only the 85 members of the president’s majority party to pass the measure. Lungu invoked the…

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Mozambique fuel tanker blast kills dozens

Mozambique fuel tanker blast kills dozens

At least 73 people have been killed and 110 injured in a fuel tanker explosion in western Mozambique, officials say. The circumstances of the blast on Thursday afternoon in the village of Caphiridzange in Tete province, near the border with Malawi, remain unclear. Some reports say the driver of the tanker was trying to sell fuel to villagers, others that he was ambushed. The blast itself may have been caused by a lightning strike or…

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21 Chibok Girls Released By Boko Haram

21 Chibok Girls Released By Boko Haram

The Boko Haram group based in north-eastern Nigeria has been waging an insurgency for last seven years in its quest to establish an Islamic state. When the Chibok girls were abducted in April 2014, the militants were at the height of their strength – capturing huge swathes of territory. Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language. One of the Chibok schoolgirls who managed to escape in the first few hours of…

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