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Why African Nations Close Borders: Nigeria, Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Eritrea

Nigeria became the latest African nation to close its borders, following similar actions by Kenya, Rwanda, and Sudan in recent months. The borders have been closed for various reasons including diplomatic disputes, security concerns, health precautions and economic considerations among others. The closures, especially by Africa’s biggest economy, Nigeria are a slap in the face …

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Thousands of Nigerian hunters prepare to chase Boko Haram – AP

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of Nigerian hunters, armed with charmed amulets and intimate knowledge of harsh terrain, are preparing an offensive against the Boko Haram extremists who have ravaged the northeast for a decade, calling it “high time” they help soldiers end the deadly insurgency. Nigeria’s government discouraged a similar offensive five years ago, …

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African cooperation on peace ‘increasingly strong’, Security Council told – UN News

African countries are building increasingly strong partnerships for advancing peace and security, as well as inclusive sustainable development across the continent, the Security Council heard on Thursday, during a briefing by the UN Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti. Ms. Viotti recognized the African Union and Member States’ success in achieving important milestones …

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Senior Nigerian Naval officer missing- PremiumTimes

The Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Secondary School, Jaji in Kaduna State, O.O, Ogundana, has gone missing. The naval officer has not been seen for days. Reliable military sources informed PREMIUM TIMES that the Navy Commander might have been missing for days before it was noticed on Monday. According to the …

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Huawei’s Dominance of Africa’s Mobile Networks Mean More Spying on African Citizens

Chinese tech firm Huawei has been increasing its footprint across Africa, providing countries with new technology and telecommunications equipment, including most notably 4G and 5G mobile networks. According to an Aug. 14 article in the Wall Street Journal, some of this expansion has involved Huawei technicians helping governments in Africa to spy on their political opponents. …

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Burkina Faso: Twin ‘terrorist attacks’ leave dozens dead -DW.com

Violence has been growing in Burkina Faso as armed Islamic groups spill over the porous border with Mali. These latest deadly attacks show how one of the world’s poorest countries is struggling to contain the problem. At least 29 people were killed in Burkina Faso on Sunday after two separate attacks targeted a food convoy …

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S.Africa, Nigeria beef up security after xenophobic attacks – Yahoo News

Johannesburg (AFP) – South Africa and Nigeria stepped security on Wednesday after deadly attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg triggered reprisal assaults on South African businesses in Nigerian cities. The centre of Johannesburg and the impoverished suburb of Alexandra were calm as police stepped up patrols following two days of looting, AFP reporters saw. Shops …

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IS West Africa Claims Killing, Execution of 29 Nigerian Soldiers-VOA

ABUJA —  Islamic State’s West Africa branch claimed responsibility on Wednesday for a raid in Nigeria two days earlier in which it said 20 soldiers had been killed, and released a video purporting to show the execution of nine other Nigerian soldiers. A security source and a humanitarian worker, both requesting anonymity because they were …

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Local to Global: Intelligence Cooperation and Education

Dr. Oludare Ogunlana of Council for African Security Affairs (CASA) will join several other speakers at the Fifteenth IAFIE annual Conference scheduled for, June 9, to 12, 2019 at St. John’s University, Queens New York. The title of the presentation is “Stopping Boko Haram/ISWAP in Cyberspace with Cybersecurity technologies.” Intelligence educators from around the world …

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