Boko Haram has staged a strong comeback by killing 87 civilians after the Nigerian military raided it camp and killed 150 of the militants on Wednesday.

Boko Haram killed 87 civilians in the town of Benisheik in Bono State

Boko Haram killed 87 civilians in the town of Benisheik in Bono State

Boko Haram has staged a strong comeback by killing 87 civilians after the Nigerian military raided it camp and killed 150 of the militants on Wednesday.

Local officials say the attack happened in the town of Benisheik in Bono State, which is some 70km west of the state capital, Maiduguri. Pictures posted on Facebook by local reporters showed women crying and wailing for dead relatives in the town.

The militants were said to have drove into the town in about 20 pick-up trucks with heavy weapons including an anti-air craft guns mounted on them.

Others too disguised themselves in military uniforms and set up checkpoints outside the town, shooting to dead those trying to flee the town from the attack. Most of those killed were said to be vigilante groups who help the military in tracking down Boko Haram.

Communications with Borno state have been severely disrupted since May, when a state of emergency was declared in Borno and two neighboring states.

Local reporters say Violence in northeast of the country has intensified over the past two months, as the militants fight back against the military operation that is backed by president Goodluck Jonathan.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in 3 northern states on May 14, and deployed thousands of troops to halt the insurgency, acknowledging that militants had taken control of some towns and villages in the north.

Borno state governor Kashim Shettima described the killings to reporters on Thursday as “barbaric and un-Islamic”, and pledged financial assistance to relatives of the victims.

The military said on late Wednesday that it attacked Boko Haram camp in Bono State and killed 150 of them including the commander of the group.

But political analysts say it appears that Boko Haram is taking revenge against vigilante groups, adding weight to fears that the strategy may trigger an escalation of the violence.

Boko Haram is believed to have carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations since 2009 which have cost an estimate number of over 4,000 lives, and saying it wants to establish an Islamic state across Nigeria.

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Boko Haram Attack: Boko Haram Suffers Major Blow against the Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army said it has killed 150 Boko Haram militants in the northeast of the country

The Nigerian Army said it has killed 150 Boko Haram militants in the northeast of the country

The Nigerian army has told reporters in the capital, Abuja on late Wednesday that it had killed 150 militants of the fearful Boko Haram group.

Boko Haram militants were said to have engaged the army in a fierce long gun battle in the north-eastern state of Borno which resulted in this massive casualties on the part of the militants.

The army also said 16 soldiers died and nine more are missing but local reporters dispute the casualties on the part of the army saying the army often plays down its own casualty figures. Local reporters say 100 military men were killed in the battle.

Local reporters also say Violence in northeast of the country has intensified over the past two months, as the militants fight back against the military operation that is backed by president Goodluck Jonathan.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in 3 northern states on May 14, and deployed thousands of troops to halt the insurgency, acknowledging that militants had taken control of some towns and villages in the north.

Army spokesman, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru said a series of raids carried out on Boko Haram camps in northeastern Borno state had pushed Boko Haram into hiding in a forest.

He said the army had received intelligence reports on September 12 that Boko Haram planned to launch an attack from the forest on the army and civilians.

“Based on this report, our own troops launched a deliberate attack. Over 150 insurgents were killed and the formation lost an officer and 15 soldiers, they well fortified with anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns mounted on vehicles’’, he said.

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau was killed by the military last month and the military say the new commander, Abba Goroma, was among those killed. He was among 19 Boko Haram members who the army offered a total of 290 million naira ($1.8 million) for in late 2012 for information leading to their capture. He had a bounty of $62,000.

Brig Attahiru also said that President Jonathan had ordered the deployment of extra troops to the central state of Nasarawa, east of the capital Abuja, following ethnic clashes which have left a reported 50 people dead in recent days.

Boko Haram is believed to have carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations since 2009 which have cost an estimate number of 4,000 lives, and saying it wants to establish an Islamic state across Nigeria.

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South Africa Mine Strike: Massive Mine Strike Grips the Republic of South Africa

Massive mine strike has gripped South Africa

Massive mine strike has gripped South Africa

Labour Union groups in the Republic of South Africa have said that some 80,000 gold miners in the country have gone on an indefinite strike to call for increment in their wages.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for a 10% wage rise but their demands have been kicked against by mines authorities. Mines authorities say they can afford 6% but it has been rejected by the workers.

President Jacob Zuma has appealed to the mineworkers to accept the offer amid looking for a solution to avert a stoppage that will hurt Africa’s largest economy.

Analysts say the strike by the mineworkers could cost South Africa more than $30m a day in lost of output that will be a significant blow to the South African economy.

Mine authorities also say it could lead to gold mines closing and thousands of jobs being lost, following a fall in the price of gold on the work market.

Spokeswoman for gold producers grouped in the Chamber of Mines, Charmane Russell told the Reuters African Service that the miners are determined not to go to work until their demands are met.

“It has officially started. There are people who have not gone underground, they wants their demands met at all cost’’, she said.

There were unsubstantiated claims that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it is determined to end the culture of low pay to mineworkers dating back to the apartheid. Apartheid which was the rule of only the minority whites ended in 1994, Nelson Mandela led the struggle.

According to government statistics, the average South African miner’s monthly pay including personal allowances and benefits is estimated to be around 15,840 rand ($1,500) at the end of last year.

But analysts say mineworkers see that they are due a bigger share from the multi-billion-dollar industry establishment by the mines companies which is largely owned by the whites.

South Africans were shocked last year when police shot dead 34 platinum miners during an unofficial strike at the Marikana Mine close to the city of Rustenburg.

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Blaise Compaore Assassination Attempt: Burkina Faso President Survives Deadly Assassination Attempt

President Blaise Compaore  survived an assasination attempt over the weekend

President Blaise Compaore survived an assasination attempt over the weekend

Officials in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou have told reporters that President Blaise Compaore has survived an assassination attempt by a fugitive ex soldier.

Romuald Tuina, an ex-deserted soldier of the Regiment Security at the Presidency (RSP) was reportedly to have broken into the Presidential Palace over the weekend unnoticed by the presidential guards.

Mr. Tuina was said to have then opened fire on the office of the president but a quick response by the security forces, shot him dead instantly.

The Fasozine Newspaper quoted deputy prosecutor of the Burkina Faso High Court, Blaise Bazie as saying that Mr. Tuina was shot because he had tried to break into the Presidential Palace and carry out what was believed to be assassination of the president.

“A former soldier named Romuald Tuina was killed in the crossfire between military and him on the night of August 30, 2013, he was wearing a military uniform improperly and tried to deceive the vigilance of a sentinel and had attacked a guard regiment of presidential security and nearly got the President”, Mr. Blaise Bazié told the Fasozine Newspaper.

Romuald Tuina on 11 April 2012 was said to have robbed a bank in a broad daylight in Ouagadougou and carried more than seven million CFA francs and fled to neighboring Cote d’Ivoire.

The fact that a wanted soldier could successfully penetrate presidential security has raised concerns about the efficiency of the country’s security situation especially at the Presidency.

President Blaise Compaore came to power in 1987 in a bloody coup d’état in which the then-president, Thomas Sankara was assassinated.

But Mr. Compaore has insisted that Sankara’s death was an accident, but the circumstances surrounding Sankara’s death was never being investigated.

Mr. Compaore reversed many of the Sankara’s policies, claiming that his policies were a rectification of the Burkinabe revolution.

Burkina Faso attained full independence from France on 5 August 1960. The person who spearheaded the independence was Maurice Yameogo, the then leader of the Voltaic Democratic Union (VDU) and later became the first President of the country.

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Ghana Election Petition Challenge: Ghana’s Supreme Court Throws out Election Petition Challenge against President Mahama

The Supreme Court of Ghana has upheld President Mahama's victory

The Supreme Court of Ghana has upheld President Mahama’s victory

The Supreme Court of the Republic of has dismissed an election petition by the opposition to annul and overturn President John Mahama’s victory in last year’s general elections.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) alleged in court that Mr. Mahama won the election fraudulently but Mr. Mahama and his ruling National Democratic Party (NDC) denied the allegation strongly.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) had asked the court to annul some four million votes, alleging the result was tampered with to guarantee Mr. Mahama victory in the first round of the election.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) argued that any mistakes made by polling station officials while recording ballots was not an attempt to subvert democracy, and there were insufficient grounds for the court to overturn the result.

But the nine member Supreme Court led by Justice William Atuguba stated on clear terms that Mr. Mahama was “validly elected’’ by the people.

President Mahama of Ghana

President Mahama of Ghana

Leader of the opposition party, Nana Akufo-Addo told reporters after the court ruling that he is highly disappointed in the ruling but he accepts the ruling unconditionally and urged his party supporters to do likewise.

“Everything in my bones, in my upbringing and in what I have done in my life thus far makes it imperative that I accept the decision made by the highest court of the land, however much I dislike or disagree with it. I am saddened by the verdict and I know many of our supporters are saddened too. We must embark on the path that builds rather than destroys to deal with our disappointments’’, Nana Akufo-Addo told reporters after the ruling.

The ruling was announced live on television and radio to show as a sign of judicial transparency which Ghana has Africa championed.

After the ruling, crowds of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters emerged to stand on the court stairs, singing and waving white handkerchiefs and jubilating.

President Mahama and his vice, Mr. Amissah Attah watched the proceedings at the Flagstaff-House which the official office for government businesses. Mr. Mahama posted on his Facebook page that the court’s decision has cemented Ghana’s credentials in democracy in Africa.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a confirmation that Ghana is a stable democracy and an example of free and fair elections for all African nations. Now, it is time to look into the future. I urge all political forces to put aside their differences and to work together so everyone will lead a better life. We all have a duty to the people to work so our country remains united. I pledge to all, the people who voted for me or the people who voted for the other candidates, to extend a hand to the NPP and all political forces in order to achieve the unity we need and want. It’s time to unite’’, President Mahama wrote.

Ghana, the first country in Sub- Sahara Africa to gain independence is generally seen as a beacon of democracy in Africa as it has practiced multi-party democracy since 1992.

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Africa Strange News: Two Men to Share One Woman in Kenya

The Two men will marry one woman because the 3 are in love equally

The Two men will marry one woman because the 3 are in love equally

An agreement has been reached by two Kenyan men to marry one woman who have been dating the men secretly for over four years now.

Sylvester Mwendwa and Elijah Kimani signed the agreement after the lady refused to choose between the two, claiming she loves them equally. They would stay in her house on a rotational basis and will both help raise any children she bears, according to the agreement.

Community policing Officer, Abdallah Abdulrahman was said to have persuaded the two men to marry the woman after he saw them fighting over her in Mombasa County.

“I talked to both of them and they claim they love her equally and cannot live without her. I asked the woman to choose but she refused, saying ‘I cannot lose either of them, I love them both’”, Mr. Abdulrahman was quoted by the Daily Nation.

Mr. Mwendwa openly told the BBC African Service that he loved the woman and said the contract would “set boundaries” and “keep the peace between him and Mr. Kimani.

“It could have been very dangerous if the other man would have come to her house and caught me… So our agreement is good as it sets boundaries and helps us keep peace’’, he said.

But Lawyers in the country say the marriage would only be recognized if the men could prove that polyandry was or is part of their custom. (Polyandry is a type of marriage why by a woman marries more than one husband).

Detail of the agreement the local Daily Nation Newspaper published has it that: “We have agreed that from today we will not threaten or have jealous feelings because of our wife, who says she’s not ready to let go of any of us,”.

“Each one will respect the day set aside for him. We agree to love each other and live peacefully. No-one has forced us to make this agreement,” the statement agreement concluded.

The woman, with two kids is said to have lost her husband some years back and says she does not want to be named in the media.

Meanwhile, People in the country have reacted with shock to the marriage, arguing that it is not acceptable in terms of their culture and religion.

“We have never heard of something like this in Kenya, it is uncouth, untraditional unbiblical and against the holy books, including the Koran. Why on earth would a woman be shared by two men? They should be taken to court and punished,” One Mr. Tumaini Juma told the Daily Nation Newspaper.

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Piracy in West Africa: Nigerian Navy Gun Down 12 Pirates at the Oil-Rich Niger Delta

Naval gunboats were deployed to free the St Kitts and Nevis-flagged MT Norte oil vessel

Naval gunboats were deployed to free the St Kitts and Nevis-flagged MT Norte oil vessel

The Nigerian Navy authorities have said that its forces have killed 12 suspected pirates and rescued a hijacked oil vessel in the country’s oil-rich producing Niger Delta region.

The navy said in a statement that naval gunboats were deployed to free the St Kitts and Nevis-flagged MT Norte oil vessel, after the navy received information that the vessel had been seized by 16 pirates off the Nigerian waters. The MT Norte vessel was carrying some 17 000 tons of petrol.

The navy and the pirates engaged in a few minutes of gun battle when they attempted to escape in a speedboat after sensing danger of the navy gun power, but they were caught by the bullets from the navy forces resulting in 12 of them being killed and four of them surrendering to avoid being killed.

“Efforts to get the hijackers to stop and surrender proved abortive as they engaged NNS Badagry in a gun battle, the gun battle between NNS Badagry and the pirates lasted for about 30 minutes after which they were over-powered, 12 were killed and four of them surrendered by raising up their hands,” a statement from the Navy stated.

The navy added that some arms and ammunitions belonging to the pirates being recovered and being sent to the navy headquarters.

Analysts say crude oil theft has also been a major problem in Nigeria, with thieves tapping pipelines and siphoning off oil before loading it aboard waiting vessels.

24 crew members believed to be Indian nationals of a Maltese-flagged Cotton oil tanker vessel were freed by pirates on July 22, after the oil tanker was hijacked off the coast of Gabon. A suspected amount of ransom was believed to have been paid to the pirates.

High Seas robbers also known as pirates Hijack oil tankers with the aim of stealing fuel from the vessel has been on the rise off the coast of Nigeria which is Africa’s largest oil producer.

In East Africa, many ships can move fast at high speed with armed guards on board to protect crew members but in West Africa, many vessels have to anchor off the West African coastal nations, with little protection, making them a soft target for pirates.

The Navy overpowered the pirates and killed 12 of them

The Navy overpowered the pirates and killed 12 of them

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) watchdog committee warned in July that all vessels especially those routing through the West African coast (Gulf of Guinea) to be vigilant as they are potentially risk of being attacked by pirates in that particular zone of the waters.

The Gulf of Guinea region include waters off Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana and stretches as far as to the Ivory Coast which is a significant source of cocoa, oil and metals for world markets and pirates use the area for their activities.

Piracy in the West African Coast is prevalent but little is being done by the International Navy and local navies in the area to stop the practice.

But this swift response by the Nigerian Navy will be raising some level of hopes about the security of vessels passing through the area.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News