UN counterterrorism chief calls for renewed focus on Africa

UN counterterrorism chief calls for renewed focus on Africa

All eyes have been on Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control, but the United Nations Security Council was focused Thursday on the threat of Islamic extremism on the African continent. UN counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov, presenting his report on Islamic State and related groups to the council, called for a…

Chad: CMT sole option for regional stability

Chad: CMT sole option for regional stability

Mahamat Idriss Déby, the head of Chad’s Transitional Military Council (CMT), scored another political endorsement last week, with a visit to Abuja earning him the support of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Nigeria follows in the footsteps of France and the USA, who have also given their backing to Déby’s running…

Nigerian officials confirm release of 344 abducted students

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed late Thursday that students abducted by Boko Haram last week have been released, calling it a huge relief for the country and the international community. The students were taken from the Government Science Secondary School in the northern town of Kankara in Katsina State. Aminu…

On Cameroon, EU’s Mogherini urges humanitarian and human rights action

The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon must remain a priority for the European Union, particularly the need for humanitarian support for those displaced, said EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini in an address to the European Parliament. “Regrettably, unlawful killings and atrocities continue to be reported regularly, allegedly involving both the…

Nigerian military ups pressure against NGO Amnesty

The Nigerian army has asked citizens to tune in Tuesday morning to an interview with its public relations spokesman, one day after the country’s military again accused an international NGO of collaborating with Islamic extremists and destabilizing the nation. Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman’s media message followed his statement on…

Nigeria reverses UNICEF suspension tied to Boko Haram suspicions

The Nigerian military says it has lifted a suspension against UNICEF, the United Nations children’s relief agency, imposed earlier because of allegations that the agency was collaborating with Boko Haram terrorists and training spies in the country’s northeast. In a statement issued late Friday, military spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said that…

Nigeria confirms Boko Haram killed ICRC aid worker

Nigerian officials confirmed the death of an aid worker held by Boko Haram on Monday, a day after the extremists aligned with Islamic State threatened to kill her within 24 hours. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, condemned the death of Hauwa Mohammed Liman, above, and extended Nigeria’s…

ICRC makes appeal as Boko Haram threatens hostage

A desperate appeal came Sunday from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), after they were notified that two health workers abducted by Islamic State-affiliated Boko Haram in Nigeria faced a 24-hour deadline on their execution. Hauwa Mohammed Liman, above, and Alice Loksha were taken on March 1 from the…

UNHCR: Cameroon needs to protect Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon continues to return Nigerian refugees and asylum seekers entering the country’s far north region in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says is a violation of the international principle of non-refoulement. Some 385 Nigerians have been forcibly returned by the Cameroonian government, despite the fact that…

Buhari on Dapchi girl: ‘Leah will not be abandoned’

Authorities in Nigeria say they are working to secure the release of the last remaining student abducted from the Government Science and Technical College in February, who was not released with more than 100 of the Dapchi girls who returned early Wednesday morning. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to meet…

Nigeria: Freed Dapchi girls get medical care, head for Maiduguri

In Nigeria, the released Dapchi girls left Damaturu in midafternoon Wednesday, continuing their 135-kilometer journey to Maiduguri as part of a heavily secured military convoy. Nigerian state radio said the girls abducted from the Government Science and Technical College in February were first seen at Dapchi General Hospital before being…