World Drug Report traces trafficking across Africa

World Drug Report traces trafficking across Africa

Maps of the migration routes from places like Somalia or The Gambia into Libya and other North African states illustrate some of the continent’s most pressing economic and security challenges – but there are other illicit flows often associated with them. The new World Drug Report 2017, released on Thursday,…

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…

A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

Within the span of just a few days, two long-serving African leaders will go to the polls in search of new electoral mandates. As part of the “Super Sunday” of African elections in 2016, Djiboutian strongman Ismail Omar Guelleh will stand for re-election on April 8 while Idriss Déby Itno…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Nigerian Air Force: Drone bombs Boko Haram base

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Air Force says a drone bombed a Boko Haram logistics base in the northeast, possibly hitting an ammunition depot and dealing a “major setback” to the Islamic extremists. A statement from Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the first attack by an unmanned combat aerial…

Will Buhari ban the veil?

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president stated on Wednesday during the country’s presidential media chat, that a ban on the hijab could be implemented due to the threat of Boko Haram. Female suicide bombers have been known to use their hijab to conceal bombs. “Hijab would have to be banned if suicide…

Has Nigeria “technically defeated” Boko Haram?

President Muhammadu Buhari announced that Nigeria has “technically won the war” against the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, reported the BBC. “Boko Haram, as an organized fighting force, we have dealt with them. Boko Haram cannot now march their forces and attack towns or attack military installations. Technically, we’ve won…