How Nigeria’s police used telecom surveillance to lure and arrest journalists

As reporters for Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper, Samuel Ogundipe and Azeezat Adedigba told CPJ they spoke often over the phone. They had no idea that their regular conversations about work and their personal lives were creating a record of their…

Benin attack stirs worries of jihadist menace

An attack on police in the far north of Benin has spurred fears that a country struggling with political problems is now at threat from jihadism sweeping down from the Sahel. The authorities have distanced the incident from the Islamist…

Ex-Nigeria stars West and Babayaro join fight to tackle graft

In his playing heydey Taribo West was a tough-tackling defender taking on the best strikers in Italy’s Serie A with his trademark shock of brightly-coloured braids. Now the former Inter Milan and AC Milan player is one of several ex-Nigeria…

Warner, Smith braced for ‘very hostile’ South Africa crowds after cheating scandal

Australia opener David Warner is braced for a hostile reception but hopes fans will show “respect” as he and Steve Smith return to South Africa for the first time since the ‘Sandpapergate’ ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket. The last…

World standing by as children harmed by conflict: charity

Governments were on Thursday urged to do more to protect children from the effects of war and serious violence, after a new report suggested record numbers were living in a conflict zone. Save the Children said wars were becoming more…

S.Africa protests delay president’s state of union speech

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was Thursday forced to delay his annual state of the nation address as far-left Economic Freedom Fighters lawmakers protested rowdily in parliament over the presence of a former apartheid leader. After an hour of disruption,…

Belgium weighing French military mission in Mali: minister

Belgium has not ruled out participating in a French military initiative in Mali aiming to bring together special forces from several countries, Belgian Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin told AFP Thursday. “It’s a matter of debate, dialogue. There already are many…

ISMI 2nd Training For 20 Fisheries Inspectors End Today

The Interregional Institute for Maritime Security (ISMI) has trained some fishery officers to fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Gulf of Guinea. Atleast 20 auditors which comprise fisheries inspectors, naval officers, agents of fisheries administrations from…

Mali army returns to former rebel bastion Kidal in symbolic move

The Malian army on Thursday returned to Kidal, a former rebel-held town that had become a symbol of the country’s strife-torn north, commanders there said. The arrival of Malian troops in Kidal is considered a step towards the government reasserting…

Malawi protestors padlock election commission after vote debacle

Protesters on Thursday padlocked Malawi’s electoral commission offices in a new bid to force the panel’s chief to quit after a top court overturned last May’s presidential elections. The Constitutional Court on February 3 annulled results that declared President Peter…