Eket Communities Suspend Protests Against Exxon Mobil
The one-week old massive protest embarked upon by the people of the four Eket core oil producing communities in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria against the operation of Exxon Mobil, has been suspended. A statement by representatives of the communities under the aegis of Eket Federal Constituency Vanguard said... Read more
Nigeria Army Attacks Boko Haram Camp, Kills 74 Fighters
Nigeria’s army said Friday it had killed 74 suspected Boko Haram fighters in a raid on insurgent camps in restive Borno state, the latest operation in the military’s bid to crush a four-year Islamist uprising. “The operations, which involved ground and aerial assault…led to the destruction of the identified... Read more
N26.5bn Oil Spill Fund:Eket Community Shuts Down ExxonMobil Operations
Operations at ExxonMobil in Eket, Akwa Ibom State have come to an abrupt halt, as agitating people of Eket Communities took to the streets on Thursday to say enough is enough. The mass protest which was staged simultaneously around Mobil facilities namely the Airstrip in Eket, Mobil Terminal in... Read more
Libya Post Gadhafi: Anarchy Overtakes Freedom Hoped for Two years After
Libya marks two years since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday, but instead of the freedom and development Libyans had hoped for, the country has fallen deeper into anarchy. Rival Islamist and Western-backed factions are melding with the country’s dizzying array of militias, turning political feuds into armed... Read more
African Union’s Call for ICC Trial Deferment Deplorable, Says Amnesty International
The African Union’s call for the International Criminal Court to defer the crimes against humanity trials of Kenya’s leadership is “deplorable”, Amnesty International said Sunday. The London-based human rights organisation said the AU, which also called for sitting heads of state to be exempt from appearing before the court... Read more
Italian Divers Recover More Bodies from Shipwreck
Divers in Italy recovered 38 more bodies on Monday from a shipwreck in which over 300 African asylum seekers are feared to have died, as EU states prepared to address the growing refugee crisis. Hundreds of rescuers and army personnel have been deployed to the island of Lampedusa whose... Read more
94 Dead, 200 Unaccounted for after Migrants’-laden Ship Capsizes off Italian Island
A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, killing at least 94 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. Over 150 people were rescued but some 200 others were still unaccounted-for. It was... Read more
Nigeria: Boko Haram kills 40 Students in Early Morning Attack on School
Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday opened fire in a college dormitory in northeast Nigeria as the students slept, killing 40, in the latest massacre blamed on the Islamist insurgents. All of the dead were students of the College of Agriculture in the town of Gujba in Yobe state, the... Read more
10 African Naval Chiefs Meet U.S, British Counterparts in Nigeria on Gulf of Guinea Challenges
By Dianabasi Effiong Naval chiefs from no fewer than 10 African  countries; the US; the UK; and other collaborating nations met recently  at Tinapa Resort, Calabar, to strategies on ways to ensure a safe and secure maritime environment in the Gulf of  Guinea (GOG). According to Vice Adm. Dele Ezeoba,... Read more
From a windowless room in a dilapidated Hong Kong high-rise, Ali Diallo sells Chinese electronics to retailers across Africa. The modest surroundings belie the multi-million dollar business the West African trader has built in the five years since he moved to the city. The 39-year-old from Guinea is part... Read more