Overnight news roundup: news from Africa


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Greetings from St. Louis, where I am attending an Egyptological conference. In honor of the theme, let’s focus on Africa tonight (we don’t know enough about what’s going on in Africa, even though much of the world’s population lives there). First, news on the Nigerian floods from the BBC:

Around 90,000 Nigerian homes are submerged as a result of flooding in 27 of the country’s 36 states.

The floods have killed around 500 people and 1.4 million have been displaced, according to authorities.

More on the subject from CNN:

More than 1.4 million people have been displaced and some 500 people have died in some of the worst flooding Nigeria has seen in a decade, the country’s humanitarian ministry said on Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, “more than 1.4 million people were displaced, some 500 people were reported killed, 790,254 people moved from their locations and 1,546 people were injured,” said Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters. Management and Social Development, in a statement.

From the BBC:

Nnamdi Kanu: Nigerian court drops charges against Ipob separatist leader

By Ishaq Khalid and Cecilia Macaulay

The Nigerian Court of Appeal has dropped all charges against separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu after ruling that he had been illegally detained abroad.

The court also ruled that his extradition was illegal.

The ruling by a three-judge panel is seen as a major blow to the government that had arrested Mr. Kanu on various charges related to treason and terrorism.

And the latest from Nigeria, also from the BBC:

Strike at Asuu University in Nigeria: ‘I wasted eight months of my life’

Professors in Nigeria say they will return to work on Monday after a strike shut down most of the country’s universities for eight months, leaving hundreds of thousands of students angry and frustrated.

“That’s eight wasted months of my life, and what did the strike accomplish?” asked a student who did not want to be identified.

News from other countries (including Egypt) below the fold.


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