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December 21, 2013
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Father Georges Vandenbeusch's glasses are still lying abandoned on his desk, a reminder of his sudden kidnapping three days ago near Cameroon's border with Nigeria by Islamist group Boko Haram.
There has been mixed news for France on hostages with engineer Francis Collomp free after close to a year in captivity, but Catholic priest Father Georges Vandenbeusch reportedly now in Nigeria having been kidnapped in Cameroon.
Cameroon’ s Indomitable Lions whose natural habitat seems to be the World Cup, have become the third African nation to qualify for next year's finals in Brazil, after Nigeria and Ivory Coast on Saturday.
A French priest was kidnapped overnight near Cameroon's border with Nigeria in an area designated as dangerous for foreigners, French authorities said on Thursday.
Civil society organisations in West Africa need to be more fully implicated in anti-drugs campaigns in a region which faces new challenges on both drugs trafficking and consumption. Both the coastlines of West Africa and the vast swathes of desert in the interior are now belong used by drugs traffickers, who have long established transit routes. Most of the narcotics come from Latin America, arriving by boat or plane.
As the rains in Nigeria fall more heavily, many Nigerians are still coping with the legacy of last year’s flooding while fearing 2013 will be just as bad.
A three-day international meeting of African countries and the Franc zone is underway here in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to discuss regional single currency regimes on the continent.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally decided not to seek a review of the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which transferred the controversial Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon in 2002. The Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, explained that the country had considered the merits and the demerits of the case and finally decided not to press for a review of the ICJ decision.
With two days left for Nigeria to appeal the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) granting the Bakassi Peninsula to neighbouring Cameroon, anxiety is growing among Nigerians over whether their government will meet the deadline to appeal against the judgment. Ahead of the 10 October deadline for Nigeria to seek review of the case, President Goodluck Jonathan last week set up a committee to advise the government on the way to pursue the review of the ICJ decision.
Nigeria and Cameroon have signed an agreement on establishing a trans-border security committee to crack down on crimes along both countries’ land and maritime borders.