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Pakistan blocks social media amid anti-France protests

Pakistan on Friday blocked social media platforms amid fears that activists of a radical Islamist group might use the technology to stoke violent protests against last year’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in France.

Somalia condemns ‘threats’ from foreign allies

Somalia has accused some of its foreign backers of undermining its sovereignty after the embattled government was threatened with sanctions over a decision to extend its mandate by two years.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami says the new Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics recently commissioned in FCT, Abuja will serve as a hub for innovation, research and development.

Why Nigerian minister engaged Boko Haram leader in a debate – lawyer

Michael Numa, counsel for Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has explained that the minister, many years ago, engaged the late Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf in a public debate “to challenge his (Yusuf’s) doctrinal teachings as being entirely antithesis to Islamic doctrine”.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Isa Pantami: I’ve been preaching against Boko Haram for 15 years

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has debunked reports alleging that the United States placed him on a ‘terror watch list’ for alleged ties with the late Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf.

Somali president challenged in his bid to secure new term

Somalia’s president, whose four-year term expired this month, should not take part in talks aimed at resolving a dispute that has caused a delay in choosing a new head of state, two of Somalia’s five regional governments said on Sunday.
More than 93 per cent of Palestinian eligible voters have registered for May legislative and July presidential elections, the first in 15 years, the electoral commission in Ramallah said Wednesday.

93% of Palestinian eligible voters sign up for polls

More than 93 per cent of Palestinian eligible voters have registered for May legislative and July presidential elections, the first in 15 years, the electoral commission in Ramallah said Wednesday.
More than 20 people were injured and several homes destroyed by a large explosion Saturday in a residential area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said.

More than 20 injured by blast in Gaza home

More than 20 people were injured and several homes destroyed by a large explosion Saturday in a residential area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said.
In a statement, Nyusi's office said Eugenio Mussa had replaced Lazaro Menete as chief of the general staff, and also named a new deputy chief.

Mozambique replaces army chief as jihadist attacks intensify

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has replaced the army's top generals after intensifying jihadist attacks threatened a major natural gas plant in the country's north.
A Somali security officer stands at the scene of a car bombing attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. AFP

Somali hotel rises again after al Shabaab bombing

A former minister in Somalia whose hotel was damaged in a bomb attack by the Islamist group al Shabaab says he is rebuilding and expanding, in an unusual show of business confidence in a country where violence is a daily challenge.
People pray in a mosque at the Government Science school in Kankara, in northwestern Katsina state, Nigeria December 16, 2020. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Families of kidnapped Katsina schoolboys fear time running out

“They will radicalise our children if the government does not act fast to help us rescue them,” said trader Shuaibu Kankara, crying as he spoke from home.
Muhammed Abubakar, a 15-year-old boy who escaped from men who kidnapped hundreds of students from his school, looks on in Kankara, in northwestern Katsina state, Nigeria December 14, 2020. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Boys escaped through forest after gunmen abducted their friends at Katsina school

Usama Aminu was one of the lucky ones. He managed to escape when gunman abducted more than 300 pupils from his school in northwestern Nigeria.

Official: Kidnappers of American in Niger demand ransom

The hostage, Philip Walton, described as the son of a missionary living in Niger, was abducted Monday night by six men armed with Kalashnikovs on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the border with Nigeria.

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 16 in northern Cameroon

Suspected militants from Islamist group Boko Haram killed at least 16 people and wounded seven early on Sunday in a grenade attack on a camp for displaced people in northern Cameroon, a local official said.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Security agencies foil planned Hezbolla attack on Lagos

Nigerian security agencies acted on a tip from international intelligence and apprehended the suspect at an undisclosed location in Ikoyi

Police officer, two militants killed in Kenya – security official

A police reservist and two armed attackers were killed in a gunfight on Sunday in Kenya’s northeast Mandera county near the border with Somalia, a security official said.
At least 33 Boko Haram militants were killed by Nigerian troops in a gunfight on Sunday, according to military sources on Tuesday.

ISWAP kills 20 soldiers, displaces 1,000 residents in Borno town

About 20 soldiers were killed, and nearly 1,000 people made homeless in a militant attack on a town in northeastern Nigeria, two residents, and a military source said on Wednesday.

India refuses to share proof of strikes in Pakistan

A top Indian minister said on Saturday the government would not share proof that “a very large number” of militants were killed in air strikes inside Pakistan this week after doubts were raised there were any casualties in the attack that stoked tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.
Footage showing a recent Boko Haram attack in north-east Nigeria. | AFP | Getty Images

Boko Haram kills four in Borno displaced persons camp

Boko Haram jihadists killed four people during a raid on a camp for civilians displaced by the Islamist group's violent insurgency in Nigeria's troubled northeast, security sources said on Saturday.

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Washington, DC’s police department has confirmed its servers have been breached after hackers began leaking its data online, The New York Times reports.

‘Fraudsters’ hack company’s account, transfers N78.8 million

Hoodlums suspected to be internet fraudsters have allegedly hacked the account of a company, Great Wall Exchange, and successfully transferred N78,852,881 from the account.
Ogun Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has set up a committee that will develop guidelines for a safe reopening of schools for students at the final year or transition classes in the State.

Ogun to benefit from federal government’s agric pilot programmes

This development was disclosed by the executive secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Paul Ikonne, when he led the management of the Authority to the office of the state governor in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police: Jigawa records 35 rape cases in four months

The police n Jigawa State on Wednesday said they recorded 35 rape cases in the state between January and April this year.
Liberia's President George Weah speaks during a news conference at Presidential palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, April 4, 2018. REUTERS-Thierry Gouegnon

CAF, FIFA confer Liberia’s president with ambassador of inter-school project

In continuation of a three-nation tour by Dr. Patrice Motsepe, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which newsmen reported on recently, a joint CAF and FIFA delegation arrived in Liberia on Thursday, to hold meetings in Monrovia with the Liberian Football Association and government officials.

Iker Casillas suffers new ‘heart attack’

Legendary Real Madrid and Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas has suffered a new suspected heart attack that landed him in the emergency room.

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May Day: Jigawa governor orders investigation into local council ’employment scam’

The Jigawa state governor Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar has directed for the immediate investigation into alleged employment syndicate within the local government service commission of the state.
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Andriy Shevchenko: I’m still bleeding from Milan’s 2005 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool

Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko has revealed that he has still not got over AC Milan’s collapse against Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB, IFAD, others pledge to strengthen food security in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have expressed their commitment to work with African leaders to redouble efforts at strengthening food security in the continent.

ECOWAS commission issues security alert to staff in Nigeria

Against the backdrop of the current spate of kidnappings, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has decried the heightened insecurity sweeping across Nigeria lately, warning its staff to be wary of unusual activities around them.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State

Kwara governor: Nigeria will surmount security challenges

Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Tuesday assured that the country would certainly surmount the current ‘difficult phase’ of its security concern.