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May 26, 2015

Failed migrants return home to Senegal after Libya ordeal

DAKAR (Reuters) – Scores of Senegalese migrants returned home on Tuesday after they were detained by Libyan authorities and imprisoned for months when they tried to reach Europe illegally.

Some 145 flew back to the Senegalese capital of Dakar once authorities in Tripoli released them, on a charter organized by the International Organisation for Migration, the migrants said.

Apr 28, 2015

Nigerian army says rescues hundreds of girls from Boko Haram camps

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigeria’s army has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation to wrest back the Sambisa Forest from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group, it said on Tuesday.

Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls near the northern village of Chibok in April 2014, causing an international outcry. The six-year insurgency has seen thousands killed and many more abducted.

Mar 31, 2015

Northern Nigeria erupts in celebration at Buhari win

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigerians streamed down the streets of flashpoint northern cities on Tuesday, waving flags and chanting in celebration of a stunning election victory by opposition candidate, northerner Muhammadu Buhari.

The divided city of Kaduna had been calm and deserted for most of the day as nervous residents stayed indoors, glued to radio and television sets for word from the electoral commission about the results of this weekend’s presidential election.

Mar 30, 2015

Nigeria’s flashpoint city Kaduna braces for election results

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) – As results of Nigeria’s March 28 election trickled in on Monday, residents of the northern city of Kaduna barricaded themselves indoors, fearing a repeat of the tit-for-tat killlings that engulfed it following a highly contested poll in 2011.

The usually bustling Constitution Avenue, in Kaduna’s main commercial hub, was deserted and most shops were closed.

Mar 29, 2015

Nigeria opposition rejects presidential vote in oil state

ABUJA, March 29 (Reuters) – Confusion and violence blighted
Nigeria’s tensest presidential election since the end of army
rule, with the opposition rejecting results from a turbulent
southern state even before they have been announced.

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers
state accused supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan of being
behind killings of its campaigners, and denounced the vote there
as “a sham and a charade”.

Mar 29, 2015

Nigeria vote runs into second day after glitches, killings

ABUJA, March 29 (Reuters) – Voting in Nigeria’s tensest
election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a
second day on Sunday after technical glitches hit voter ID
machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a
dozen people in drive-by shootings.

The race pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former
military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favour of an electorate
divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some
cases religious lines.

Mar 29, 2015

Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

ABUJA (Reuters) – Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.

The tense race pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favour of an electorate divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some cases religious lines.

Mar 28, 2015

Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday for the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, in which an opposition candidate has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

The tense race pits Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari with an electorate divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some cases religious lines.

Mar 27, 2015

Nigeria president warns against bloodshed ahead of Saturday poll

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday’s presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for fear of post-election clashes.

Jonathan will face former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999.

Mar 9, 2015

Senegal dairy firm bets the farm on cattle that roam

RICHARD TOLL, Senegal, March 9 (Reuters) – Bagore Bathily
was working as a vet to Senegal’s pastoralist farmers when he
was struck by an absurdity: 3 million cows roam the country but
no dairy company processes their milk.

Demand for dairy products was growing among Senegal’s middle
class but consumer choice was limited to those made from
imported milk and cheap milk powder. Others had failed to solve
the riddle but Bathily decided to try.

    • About Bate

      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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