Nigeria: Buhari to meet next week with Niger Delta militants

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari plans to meet next week with Niger Delta militant groups in an effort to end attacks on oil infrastructure and help stabilize the troubled southern region – a big step toward meeting the latest demands for dialogue raised by industry saboteurs earlier this week. The ongoing…

Violent attacks leave Nigerians dead, injured

New waves of violence gripped Nigeria on Wednesday as the death toll rises in clashes in the Katsina State region, while a bomb blast in Maiduguri has claimed up to 18 lives in the nation’s northeast. Boko Haram was believed responsible for the terror attack in Borno state, where a car…

Vietnam seizes ivory tusks found in Mozambique timber shipment

Vietnamese officials say they’ve seized about a half-ton of ivory tusks at a Ho Chi Mihn City port, after finding the ivory hidden within a timber shipment from Mozambique. The AFP reports the ivory was discovered as Vietnam Customs Administration officials completed a more extensive search of two shipment crates at…

Lagarde: Africa’s tech, soft infrastructure are IMF priorities

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said soft infrastructure investment across Africa is a development and investment priority as the IMF encourages a more inclusive – and more vigorous – approach to global economic growth. “More can be done to raise growth now and make it more inclusive,”…

Nigeria’s Barkindo appeals for OPEC output cooperation

African economies dependent on oil revenues continue to struggle with high supply levels and low prices, as representatives of OPEC nations meeting in Algeria Tuesday said it will be November before any decision to limit output and stabilize markets could have an impact on their ailing budgets. Nigerian Mohammad Barkindo,…

Nigerian Dangote renews call to make African trade, travel easier

As world leaders gathered at the United Nations Monday to discuss the movement of refugees and migrants across the globe, Africans at home called for easier cross-border travel across their continent. Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest businessman said he needs 38 different visas to move across Africa and renewed his…