May 3, 2018

Nigeria companies raided over cough syrup addiction

Nigeria companies raided over cough syrup addiction Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Africa investigation: Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic Four pharmaceutical companies have been raided in Nigeria after a BBC investigation into the role of cough syrup containing codeine in an addiction epidemic. The firms are in Lagos, Ilorin and Kano, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said. Nigeria this week announced a ban on the production and import of the syrup. The BBC investigation showed the syrup being sold on the black market for young Nigerians to get high. The probe recorded a number of pharmaceutical employees selling the drug illegally. Prices of the syrup on the black market have shot up since the ban. Officials estimate that about three million bottles of codeine syrup are being drunk a day in just two states, Kano and Jigawa. Excessive consumption of codeine can cause organ failure and schizophrenia. The cou..
May 3, 2018


George Manneh Weah (en bleu) et Jean-Claude Kassi Brou The Liberian Head of State, George Manneh Weah, has assured the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, of his determination to work towards the consolidation of peace, security and stability within the community. Receiving Jean-Claude Kassi Brou in Monrovia on Tuesday 1st May 2018, the Liberian President expressed concern over the political tensions in Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and Togo, which currently holds the office of Chairman of the regional organisation. We should find a peaceful end to these tensions stated George Manneh Weah, intimating his guest on talks he was scheduled to have the following Monday with his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Julius Maada Bio, on the crisis in the country’s parliament. “It is imperative that Sierra Leonean political stakeholders hold discussions to iron out differences and avoid needless quarrels or outright war. War..
May 3, 2018

Somali gunmen abduct German ICRC nurse in Mogadishu

Somali gunmen abduct German ICRC nurse in Mogadishu Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kidnappers snatched the nurse from an ICRC compound in Mogadishu A German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was kidnapped in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, the aid group said. She was seized by unknown armed men from inside the ICRC compound at 20:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday. Police told Reuters they are searching for her. No-one has claimed responsibility for the abduction. It comes a day after gunmen shot dead a Somali woman who worked for the World Health Organization, also in Mogadishu. The unidentified attackers escaped and their motive remains unknown. Decades of conflict have made Somalia one of the world's most dangerous countries for aid workers. The targeting of foreign workers, however, has become far less frequent as security has improved in the Horn of Africa country in recent years. Somalia profile 'I felt dead', ki..
May 2, 2018

South Africa’s Sandile Mantsoe guilty of Karabo Mokoena murder

South Africa's Sandile Mantsoe guilty of Karabo Mokoena murder Image copyright kayfab_27 Image caption Karabo Mokoena's killing was used as a symbol of the wider violence faced by women in South Africa A South African man has been found guilty of killing his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend in a case that shocked the country last year. The High Court in Johannesburg concluded that Sandile Mantsoe stabbed Karabo Mokoena, and tried to conceal the crime by burning her remains. Her killing sparked outrage with women using the hashtag #MenAreTrash. South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of rape and murder of women. More than 40,000 cases of rape are reported every year, figures which are thought to only represent a fraction of actual attacks. Updates on this and the rest of Africa's news Will I be next? South Africa women ask South Africa crippled by rape culture Presiding judge Peet Johnson labelled Mr Mantsoe an unreliable witness who fabricated evidence and was..
May 2, 2018

“Success of AfCFTA Depends on Creation of Traded Goods by Private Sector,” says Afreximbank President

Cairo, 29 April 2018(CABNCTV) – The success of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will rest significantly on the ability of the continent’s private sector to […]
May 2, 2018

President of Afreximbank Addresses Guests at the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston, U.S.

Cambridge, United States, 30 April 2018: Industrialisation and African Diaspora investment are key to raising Africa’s capital stock which will trigger faster economic growth and development […]
May 2, 2018

Libya violence: Twelve killed in Tripoli election HQ attack

Libya violence: Twelve killed in Tripoli election HQ attack At least 12 people have been killed and several injured in an attack on Libya's electoral commission headquarters in the capital, Tripoli, officials say. At least one suicide bomber blew himself up while other armed assailants stormed the building and set it on fire, they say. Voters have been registering for elections expected before the end of the year. Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. After his 42-year rule, the country remains under the control of myriad rival armed groups. Although many observers have questioned whether an election can be secured in the politically and militarily divided country, the international community appears hopeful that it would give the troubled North African state a fresh start. Updates on this and the rest of Africa's news How realistic are Libya's election plans? Why is Libya so lawless? Electoral commission spokesman Khaled Omar told Re..
May 2, 2018

Zimbabwe opposition MDC ‘will expel Chinese investors’

Zimbabwe opposition MDC 'will expel Chinese investors' Image copyright AFP Image caption Nelson Chamisa, 40, said the new government did not care about ordinary workers A Zimbabwean opposition leader has vowed to expel Chinese investors if he wins elections due in July. "They are busy asset-stripping the resources of the country," Nelson Chamisa said at a May Day rally in the capital, Harare. The presidential polls will be the first since the resignation of long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe last year. China is Zimbabwe's fourth largest trading partner and its largest source of investment. Why China matters to Zimbabwe's leaders BBC Africa Live: More on this and other stories Mr Chamisa took over as leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in February. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose nickname is "Ngwena" meaning "the Crocodile" in the Shona language, will contest the election on the ticket of the ruling Zanu-PF party. He is a strong ad..
May 2, 2018


Eight (8) million euros is the amount budgeted for the Agro-ecological Transition Support Project in West Africa (AETSP), which was launched on 27 April 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. The launch ceremony of the project was chaired by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Sékou Sangaré and the Director of the Grand Sahel Regional Unit of the French Development Agency (AFD), Philippe Chedanne in the presence of Denys Gauer, Ambassador of France to Nigeria. The project is aimed at backing agro-ecological transition in West Africa through the financing of field projects that support agro-ecological intensification and the exchange of experience, in order to contribute to the development of public policies in the sector. It will be spread over 4 years (2018-2021) and it currently covers Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Togo. The implementation of the project is being coordinated by the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA) with the te..
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