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Cameroon sentences 89 Boko Haram fighters to death

Cameroon has sentenced 89 members of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram to death, local media report.

They were convicted on terror charges by a military court for their roles in several attacks in Cameroon's northern region which borders Nigeria.

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Boko Haram: 300 girls and women taken to safety

A group of nearly 300 women and girls, which the Nigerian army says were freed from Boko Haram militants earlier this week have been taken to a refugee camp in north-eastern Nigeria.

They had travelled for three days from the vast Sambisa forest where they were rescued, according to the army.

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Buhari wins – Nigeria’s ThisDay newspaper claims

One of the leading newspapers in Nigeria has reported that the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari has won Saturday’s presidential elections.

The announcement was made on the paper’s website on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

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Deadly attack targets UN staff in Somalia's Puntland

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for attack on UN vehicle in Garowe, capital of Puntland, killing at least seven people.

At least seven people have been killed in an attack on UN staff members in Garowe, the capital of Puntland in northeastern Somalia, local security sources told Al Jazeera.

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#Nigeriadecides: "INEC boss is tribalistic, partial, compromised; We will not accept results"– PDP

The incumbent party in Nigeria, PDP has said it will not accept the results of the recently held elections.

Its agent at the collation centre Tuesday morning launched an acerbic attack on the head of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, accusing him of bias.

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South Africa violence: Zulu king set to urge calm

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is set to urge restraint after a wave of violence against migrants in South Africa.

He has been accused of fuelling the attacks which have killed at least seven people after saying foreigners should "go back to their countries".

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Nigeria election: Counting under way after close poll

Collation of results in Nigeria's landmark presidential election is underway. Final results from all states would be collated at the headquarters of the independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja where the winner of the election would be announced.

Below are some of the provisional results sent through by our correspondent in Lagos, Kwamena Nyamekye.

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Goodluck Jonathan’s concession speech...

Following the emergence and declaration of Muhammadu Buhari of the APC as President-Elect by INEC in the early hours of today, April 1, 2014, here is the concession speech of Nigeria’s outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan …

‘Fellow Nigerians, I thank you all for turning out en-masse for the March 28 General Elections. I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word.

I have also expanded the space for Nigerians to participate in the democratic process. That is one legacy I will like to see endure. Although some people have expressed mixed feelings about the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I urge those who may feel aggrieved to follow due process based on our constitution and our electoral laws, in seeking redress.

As I have always affirmed, nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else. I congratulate all Nigerians for successfully going through the process of the March 28th General Elections with the commendable enthusiasm and commitment that was demonstrated nationwide.

I also commend the Security Services for their role in ensuring that the elections were mostly peaceful and violence-free. To my colleagues in the PDP, I thank you for your support. Today, the PDP should be celebrating rather than mourning.

We have established a legacy of democratic freedom, transparency, economic growth and free and fair elections. For the past 16 years, we have steered the country away from ethnic and regional politics. We created a Pan-Nigerian political party and brought home to our people the realities of economic development and social transformation.

Through patriotism and diligence, we have built the biggest and most patriotic party in Nigerian history. We must stand together as a party and look to the future with renewed optimism. I thank all Nigerians once again for the great opportunity I was given to lead this country and assure you that I will continue to do my best at the helm of national affairs until the end of my tenure.

I have conveyed my personal best wishes to General Muhammadu Buhari. May God Almighty continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I thank you all.’...

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Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo jailed

Ivory Coast's former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections.

Gbagbo, 65, had been charged with undermining state security.

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#Nigeriadecides: "Continue in the peaceful mood" – Kufuor tells Nigerians


Ghana’s former President John Kufuor, who is leading an ECOWAS Election Observer delegation in Nigeria has asked Africa’s most populous country to continue in its peaceful mood as the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) collates results from Saturday’s general polls.

“Nigeria so far has been at peace with the process and so we appeal to Nigeria to continue in this mood through the entire process so that at the end of the day the people of Nigeria will be satisfied with themselves that they used the process to give themselves the government they want, [and the Government] they deserve,” Mr Kufuor told journalists.

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Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone vice-president quarantined

The vice-president of Sierra Leone has put himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards died from Ebola.

Samuel Sam-Sumana said he would stay out of contact with others for 21 days as a precaution.

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