Mali arrests suspects after announcing foiled coup attempt

Malian authorities have arrested suspects after an announcement by the ruling junta that it had foiled a coup attempt supported by an unnamed Western government.Col. Assimi Goita Security forces thwarted the counter-coup against two-time coup leader Col. Assimi Goita, according to a government statement. The army on Tuesday said that authorities arrested suspects who are being questioned. “For the moment, investigations and interrogations of those arrested are underway and it is after this work that details can be communicated to the public,” Mali army spokesman Col. Souleymane Dembélé said. Early Tuesday, a list of several Malian military personnel suspected in … Continue reading Mali arrests suspects after announcing foiled coup attempt

LOL: Kenya alarm after carrier bag mistaken for stray lion

The three armed Kenyan wildlife officers must have been on high alert as they cautiously approached a homestead following reports that a stray lion had been sighted in the area. But that soon turned to astonishment when all they found was a shopping bag in a hedge – albeit one with a realistic image of a lion’s head on it. A farm hand in Kinyana village, just a kilometre from the Mt Kenya National park, raised the alarm after spotting what he thought was a lion just outside his employer’s home. The bag had been placed in the hedge by … Continue reading LOL: Kenya alarm after carrier bag mistaken for stray lion

Just in: 29 people die after boat capsizes in Nigeria

A tragic incident which left at least 29 people dead has been recorded in Nigeria after a boat capsized in the northwestern state of Sokoto. Five children were among those who perished. At least 29 people have died after a boat capsized in a river in the northwestern Nigerian state of Sokoto, the governor- of the region said on Wednesday. Five children were among those who perished in the accident. The boat was carrying 35 people across the Shagari river when it sank. Divers were able to rescue six people, Governor Aminu Tambuwal said. The boat was mainly carrying women and … Continue reading Just in: 29 people die after boat capsizes in Nigeria

Terrorism: 16 killed in Burkina Faso army base attack

At least 12 soldiers and four paramilitary fighters were killed and 21 wounded in an attack on an army base in Burkina Faso’s insurgent-hit centre-north on Friday, the army said in a statement. Soldiers from Burkina Faso patrol on the road of Gorgadji in the Sahel area, Burkina Faso The attack took place early in the morning at Burkina Faso’s Namissiguima military base in the province of Sanmatenga. The death toll was provisional and reinforcements were sent to secure the area, the statement added without providing detail on the assailants. The West African nation is battling a jihadist insurgency that … Continue reading Terrorism: 16 killed in Burkina Faso army base attack

Seven bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Nigeria

At least seven bodies were recovered and about a dozen people were missing after a boat carrying mostly women and children capsized in north-central Nigeria on Wednesday, residents said. Two residents in Guni village in Niger state said the passengers on the boat were trying to escape from gunmen who had attacked their village in the Munya local government area. Gangs known locally as bandits have been terrorising areas of northern Nigeria in recent years, forcing thousands to flee and perpetrating mass kidnappings for ransom. Guni resident Kabiru Musa told Reuters by phone that his wife and 7-year-old child were … Continue reading Seven bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Nigeria

M23 rebels in DR Congo deny shooting down UN helicopter

Rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have denied shooting down a UN helicopter, killing eight peacekeepers on-board. DR Congo’s army had blamed M23 rebels for the crash in which six Pakistanis, a Russian and a Serbian died. It went down in North Kivu province where there has been fierce clashes between M23 fighters and the army. The rebels, who had been driven out of DR Congo in 2013, have regrouped and retaken strategic areas since Monday. The UN says more than 13,000 people have fled their homes to escape the heavy fighting. Witnesses told reporters that hundreds of … Continue reading M23 rebels in DR Congo deny shooting down UN helicopter

Mali’s detained ex-prime minister dies on medical parole

Boubeye Maiga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mali speaks to media next to Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France at U.N. headquarters in New York Mali’s former prime minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, arrested over corruption allegations last year, died of an undisclosed illness in hospital on Monday, one of his lawyers said. Maiga, 68, was detained in August over his suspected role in the purchase of a presidential plane during the rule of ex-president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, ousted in a military coup a year earlier. He was charged with multiple counts of graft and was … Continue reading Mali’s detained ex-prime minister dies on medical parole

Over 100 million Nigerians don’t have recognised ID

Over 100 million Nigerians lack access to any form of recognized identity Card (ID), and about 500 million Africans do not have any form of recognizable legal identity, according to a report by VerifyMe Nigeria. In a report titled, ‘Digital ID in Nigeria: State of the Industry,’ the firm said Nigeria like most other nations operates a foundational ID system concerned with accounting for the population overall, and functional IDs to demonstrate eligibility for certain services such as voting or driving. According to it, foundational ID systems are identical to national IDs issued by the government to clarify someone’s legal … Continue reading Over 100 million Nigerians don’t have recognised ID

Gunmen kill at least 62 vigilantes in Nigeria’s Kebbi state

Gunmen ambushed and killed at least 62 members of a volunteer vigilante group in Nigeria’s northwestern Kebbi state, the head of the group and a police spokesman said, in the worst violence to hit the state since mid-January. Many northwestern states in Nigeria have groups of volunteers who help defend villages and towns from armed gangs as the security forces are stretched fighting Islamist militants and the gangs, known as bandits. Usman Sani, the head of the “Yan Sa Kai” vigilante group in Kebbi, told Reuters that his group had planned to attack bandits in the Sakaba area on Sunday … Continue reading Gunmen kill at least 62 vigilantes in Nigeria’s Kebbi state

US flags Kenya for relaxing dirty cash reporting rule

Kenyan officials handling money-laundering investigation files are tipping account holders of suspicious transactions to move their assets before raids, hampering the fight against money launderers. A new US report tracking the global money-laundering hotspots also says Kenya appears to have taken a step back in the fight after last year it lifted the threshold of reporting cash transactions above Sh1 million. Before 2021, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) required commercial banks to record and report all transactions above Sh1 million (approximately $10,000). However, in October 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the lifting of the reporting requirement. He noted that … Continue reading US flags Kenya for relaxing dirty cash reporting rule

China opens party school in Africa to teach its model to continent’s officials

A leadership school funded and built by the Chinese Communist Party to train political party officials in southern Africa has opened in Tanzania, as part of Beijing’s efforts to export its model of governance. The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School, for which China’s ruling party provided US$40 million in funding, was opened on Wednesday by Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and several neighbouring countries’ leaders. Located in Kibaha, near the port city of Dar es Salaam, it will serve political parties in the region and be a platform for China to enhance exchanges with them as a form of “party-to-party … Continue reading China opens party school in Africa to teach its model to continent’s officials

Seven children killed in Niger ‘by Nigerian air strike’

Seven children have been killed in Niger in an air strike by the Nigerian army targeting “bandits”, a local governor and state media have said. Five more were hurt in the apparently accidental strike, the governor of Niger’s Maradi region told AFP. Governor Chaibou Aboubacar said four were killed instantly and three died on their way to hospital. State TV said the attack happened in Nachade village. Nigerian officials said an investigation had begun. Mr Aboubacar said the victims’ parents were attending a ceremony and “the children were probably playing” when the air strikes hit them. He said he believed … Continue reading Seven children killed in Niger ‘by Nigerian air strike’