Five African nations among world’s fastest-growing populations

Five African nations among world’s fastest-growing populations

Population trends continue to put a number of African nations at the top of countries seeing the biggest increases by 2050, according to “The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights” report released Monday by the United Nations. Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt all are among the…

Nigeria welcomes tobacco control measures

Nigeria welcomes tobacco control measures

Nigeria will enact strict tobacco control provisions that have been tabled for four years, according to its ministry of health, which publicly announced provisions on Friday in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organization. The country’s national assembly ratified the 2015 National Tobacco Control Act provisions…

UNHCR warns of new communal violence in Nigeria

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, raised the alarm on Tuesday over increasing violence in Nigeria, this time in a northwest region where conflict is not related to the Islamist extremism that plagues Borno state. Rather, the violence is sparked by communal and ethnic violence, vigilantism and kidnappings for ransom in…

Nigeria to co-host WHO snakebite strategy launch

Nigeria will co-host a meeting in Geneva on snakebites later this week, as part of a World Health Organization rollout of a global strategy to reduce by 50 percent the deaths and disabilities associated with snake venom. West Africa sees up to 5,350 such deaths annually across 16 countries, according…

Three Africans listed as Time Next Generation Leaders

The Time Magazine portrait of Swedish climate champion Greta Thunberg got lots of attention on social media, but she was just one of 10 people named as Next Generation Leaders – and three of them have ties to the African continent. First up is Tunde Wey, above, the 36-year-old Nigerian…

Buhari’s UK trip raises new questions about his health

There’s already new speculation in Nigeria about President Muhammadu Buhari, who left on Thursday for a 10-day private trip to the United Kingdom – the country where he’s twice had extended visits while seeking medical care. Buhari spokesman Femi Adesina announced the travels would follow Buhari’s visit to Nigerians in…

Six still missing after West African pirates storm tanker

Another six sailors have been taken hostage, after pirates stormed an oil tanker in the dangerous Gulf of Guinea. Their abductors boarded the APECUS, a Palau-flagged vessel at anchor off Bonny Island in Nigeria, at about 1:30 p.m. last Friday. They escaped with the six crew members, leaving the others…

Nearly 220 West Africans freed from human traffickers

Almost 220 victims of human trafficking trapped in Benin and Nigeria have been rescued in a law enforcement operation coordinated by INTERPOL, the France-based agency said. INTERPOL said Operation Epervier II led to the arrest of 47 people, along with cash, vehicles, phones and computers that were seized. Of the…

Singapore seizes another huge pangolin shipment from Nigeria

Authorities in Singapore say they’ve seized yet another illegal shipment of pangolin scales, this time adding another 12.7 tons to last week’s interdiction of 12.9 tons of scales – or about 21,000 endangered pangolin. The latest seizure came after inspection of a 40-foot container that was en route to Vietnam…

Singapore seizes illegal pangolin scales worth $38.7 million

Authorities in Singapore say they’ve seized what is the largest illegal shipment of pangolin scales in the world in recent years, after discovering almost 13 tons in a container en route from Nigeria to Vietnam. Customs officials along with the National Parks Board inspected a 40-foot container at the Pasir…

Nigeria’s INEC details voting irregularities, electoral violence

Nigeria’s electoral commission issued a troubling report Friday, describing challenges encountered during the February 23 election that saw President Muhammadu Buhari win a second term. The press release from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that some regions prevented from voting because of electoral violence, or sending in returns,…

Buhari wins Nigeria, PDP says it rejects results

Nigerian voters have re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, according to final results released late Tuesday night by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Buhari has 15,191,847 votes – 56 percent of the total – while main opposition candidate Akitu Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has 11,262,978 votes. Buhari won…

Nigeria’s PDP, APC trade accusations as election results come in

As Nigeria awaits final results in Saturday’s elections, both leading parties are trading accusations on electoral interference and the legitimacy of the results. “Our democracy is under threat of derailment,” said the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), claiming that results issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria…