May 2, 2018


Subject to further amendments as maybe necessary, participants at the consultative workshop which ended in Lagos, Nigeria on the 26th of April 2018, have adopted the draft 2018-2020 ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) Plans of Action (PoA). After a diligent review of the draft Action Plans proposed for the 15 ECPF Components and the accompanying draft budget proposals prepared to ensure implementation of the Action Plans, participants identified the level of involvement and support required from the ECOWAS Member States to ensure effective implementation of the ECPF PoA and committed to fully support the unhindered implementation of same at the national levels. During the plenary and group sessions of the Workshop, desirable improvements were made on the working documents in order to make them more responsive to peace-building needs taking into cognizance emerging trends and threats. The broad recommendations also calls for immediate action to thoroughly revise the draft b..
May 1, 2018

Letter from Africa: Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe’s lion, roars for his fans

Letter from Africa: Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe's lion, roars for his fans Image copyright AFP In our series of letters from Africa, journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe reflects on the return from exile of Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo four months after Robert Mugabe's resignation as president. Known to his fans as the "Lion of Zimbabwe", Mapfumo has long been a figure of protest. His music was the soundtrack during the fight for independence and some of his songs were later banned by state-owned media under Mr Mugabe's government. So the crowds roared with delight this weekend to have the 72-year-old music legend back on stage in the capital, Harare, after 14 years in self-imposed exile in the US. He played until the early hours of Sunday morning, revealing a deep nostalgia for his distinctive style of struggle music, known as "chimurenga", which first gained him recognition during the war against the white-minority rule in the 1970s. It is a haunting combinatio..
May 1, 2018

CAR: At least 15 killed in Bangui church attack

CAR: At least 15 killed in Bangui church attack At least 15 people, including a priest, have been killed in an attack on a church in the Central African Republic (CAR). Gunmen armed with grenades targeted the Notre-Dame de Fatima church in the capital Bangui during mass on Tuesday. The incident took place near the predominantly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood, where 28 people were killed during clashes last month. The CAR has faced several years of ethnic and religious conflict. In 2013, Muslim rebels from the Seleka umbrella group seized power in the majority-Christian country. A band of mostly Christian militias, called the anti-balaka, rose up to counter the rebels. Country profile: Central African RepublicLocal sources said that the death toll of Tuesday's attack was at least 15, while French international radio station RFI quoted the Red Cross in the CAR as saying that at least 16 people had been killed and 99 injured. Angry crowds carried the body of the slain priest towards the p..
May 1, 2018

How Trump stirred controversy in Nigeria

How Trump stirred controversy in Nigeria Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNigerian president responds to Trump slur Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari became the first president from sub-Saharan Africa to visit Donald Trump's White House on Monday. But even after they neatly avoided Mr Trump's alleged comments about "shithole" African countries, the US president managed to stir controversy in Nigeria, writes the BBC's Stephanie Hegarty from Lagos. Perhaps warning bells rang when Mr Trump started off asking Mr Buhari how he was getting on with "that Boca Haram", a reference to militant Islamist group Boko Haram. But then again, maybe that slip of the tongue was predictable. Less so was what he said next, as the former reality television star weighed in on the conflict between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria's Middle Belt - or the way in which he would frame it. "We have had very serious problems with Christians who are being murdered in Nigeria..
May 1, 2018

Referee attacked by Ethiopian footballers for goal decision

Referee attacked by Ethiopian footballers for goal decision Image copyright ETV/Facebook Image caption The referee was punched by a team coach, who has since been fired A referee has been attacked by players after making a controversial decision in Ethiopia's football premier league. The military team Defence and Welwalo Adigrat University were drawing 1-1 when the referee ruled the ball crossed the line and gave a goal to Defence. Welwalo Adigrat players then chased him down, and he was punched to the ground by one of their coaches. The coach has been fired, and the Ethiopian Football Federation has suspended all games in the league. A video posted online by state broadcaster ETV shows the referee attempting to defend himself with a corner flag. Skip Facebook post by EBC በኢትዮጵያ ፕሪሚየር ሊግ 22ኛ ሳምንት መከላከያ ከወልዋሎ አዲግራት ዩኒቨርስቲ ጋር ያደረጉት ጨዋታ በስፖርታዊ ጨዋነት ጉድለት ሳቢያ ተቋረጠ፡፡ Posted by EBC on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 Report End of Facebook post by EBC There have been several instances of violence..
May 1, 2018

Nigeria attacks: Mosque bomb blasts kill 24 in Mubi

Nigeria attacks: Mosque bomb blasts kill 24 in Mubi At least 24 people are reported to have been killed in suicide bomb blasts in the north-east Nigerian town of Mubi. The explosions happened in and around a mosque as Muslims were preparing for afternoon prayers. Police in Adamawa state said they suspect the Islamist group Boko Haram of being behind the attacks. Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence to try to create an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria since 2009. The violence has killed about 20,000 people and displaced more than two million. State police commissioner Abdullahi Yerima said the first blast took place at the mosque at about 13:00 (12:00 GMT) and a second bomber detonated a device nearby as worshippers fled. He said more than a dozen people were injured. Mubi has suffered regular attacks by Boko Haram. Last November more than 50 people were killed when suspected militants detonated a suicide bomb inside a mosque in the same town.
May 1, 2018

Ethiopia hit by power cut as dam’s circuit breaks

Ethiopia hit by power cut as dam's circuit breaks Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A technical fault at a controversial hydroelectric dam caused the blackout A nationwide power cut hit Ethiopia overnight after a technical fault at a massive hydroelectric dam. Power cuts are common in Ethiopia, but rarely on such a big scale. The dam has caused controversy in Ethiopia and has been blamed for cutting the water supply to northern Kenya, causing Lake Turkana to shrink. Ethiopia is currently building an even bigger dam on the River Nile, which has led to a diplomatic spat with Egypt and Sudan. Africa Live: More updates Do massive dams ever make sense? Can Africa lead the way on renewable energy? State media says the power went out when a circuit breaker tripped at Gibe III dam in southern Ethiopia and engineers have now rectified the problem. But BBC Ethiopia correspondent Emmanuel Igunza says that many areas across the country still do not have electricity. Gibe III is E..
May 1, 2018

Nigeria’s cough syrup problem: Emzor suspends distribution

Nigeria's cough syrup problem: Emzor suspends distribution Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Africa investigation: Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic A Nigerian company says it has suspended distribution of its cough syrup after a BBC investigation into its role in an addiction epidemic. Emzor Pharmaceuticals has also dismissed a company executive who was caught selling 60 bottles of cough syrup to an undercover reporter. The syrup, containing the highly addictive opioid, codeine, is used by young Nigerians to get high. The company has promised a "full and thorough" internal investigation. Secret filming caught the Emzor executive boasting he could sell "one million cartons" in a week on the black market. The Nigerian Senate estimates that as many as three million bottles of codeine syrup are drunk every single day in just two states, Kano and Jigawa. The cough syrup creating a generation of addicts What are opioids and what are the risks?..
April 30, 2018

How cough syrup in Nigeria is creating a generation of addicts

How cough syrup in Nigeria is creating a generation of addicts Image caption The cough syrup epidemic affects Nigerians from all social groups When the younger brother of the BBC's Ruona Meyer became addicted to cough syrup, she began to investigate the men who make and sell opioid-based medicine on the streets of Lagos. Her investigation took her deep into Nigeria's criminal underworld, uncovering an epidemic that is destroying young lives across West Africa. "Where there are lots of school kids, as soon as they get a taste for it, they'll keep pestering you for more," says Junaid Hassan. When I heard him say these words I felt sick to my stomach. I had already witnessed what he described - young Nigerians hooked on cough syrup made with codeine, an opioid which can be addictive. A 14-year-old girl from my home city of Lagos, her parents distressed and unsure how to help her. A young man in Kano, chained to the floor of a rehab centre, swarming with flies, driven mad by..
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