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A senior Nigerian official has told the BBC that a would-be suicide bomber arrested in Cameroon is not one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls.

The girl had told investigators she was one of 270 abducted in Nigeria in 2014 by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

She had explosives strapped to her body, had been drugged and was badly injured when she was arrested last week, Cameroonian officials say.

Boko Haram is increasingly using girls to carry out suicide bombings.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a new investigation into the kidnappings in January, but admitted he had no information on the girls' whereabouts.

The abductions of the schoolgirls from Chibok town in north-eastern Nigeria sparked international outrage and the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign.

While about 50 of the girls managed to escape, 219 of the girls remain missing.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has said some of the girls have been converted to Islam and forced to marry Boko Haram fighters.

There have been reports that some of them may have been forced to fight for the militant group, which is affiliated to Islamic State.

Although Boko Haram has been driven out from most of the areas it controlled in north-eastern Nigeria, it has continued to carry out suicide bombings and raids into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

(BBC)

Naij.com:The Nigerian army has reacted to reports that the photos of soldiers taking delivery of weapons inside coffins was taken during in-barracks training exercise that took place in 2012. There had been reports on the social media about the Nigerian army arresting some people going about with outrageous ammunition. But, in a tweet by Sahara Reporters, the Nigerian army has denied doing any such thing, stating instead, that they were pictures from an in-house training in 2012.
 
Original False News Below From Naij.com:
 
An army unit has intercepted an arms running syndicate
– The suspects were apprehended on their way to Ondo state from Lagos
– Their wares of guns and bullets were buried in a coffin as they traveled under the guise of mourners headed for the burial of a beloved Photos of a coffin stuffed with an outrageous amount of ammunition has been discovered by some men of the Nigerian army. The photos which are making the rounds, show a casket that was supposed to be carrying a corpse, stuffed with various arms. Some men and women were apprehended in connection with the gun running scandal. The suspects were intercepted on their way from Lagos to Ondo, conveying the ammunition under the guise of burial. Below are the very striking photos, which on the strong at heart can bear.

Cameroon Concord Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai primarily examines the economic impact of Britain leaving the EU with CRTV’s Charles Ebune on Globe Watch.

Cameroonians Hold Massiv Demonstration Infront Of Lanquintinie Hospital In Douala under the hastag #‎MoniqueKoumatesLifeMatter‬ ‪#‎AllCameroonianLivesMatter‬

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power since 1979 and is one of Africa's longest-ruling leaders, said on Friday he intended to step down in 2018 but gave no reason for his decision and did not name a preferred successor.

Angola, a member of OPEC and Africa's second largest oil exporter after Nigeria, has been hit hard by the slump in global crude prices. Oil export revenues account for more than 90 percent of foreign exchange revenues.

"I took the decision to leave active political activity in 2018," Dos Santos, 73, said in a speech to members of his ruling MPLA party's key decision-making body. He did not elaborate.

Angola holds its next parliamentary election in 2017 and the leader of the winning party will then become president. MPLA leader Dos Santos was re-appointed to a new five-year term as Angolan president in 2012 after his party won a landslide win.

Some Luanda residents expressed surprise that Dos Santos had decided not to step down before the next election.

"The elections are in 2017, not in 2018. He should quit before the elections in 2017," said Afonso Kangulo, 42, who is jobless and blamed the government for the weak economy.

But Frank Francisco, 48, a public service worker, said: "If he were to quit before the election, maybe people would say he ran away because he would have lost."

Weak oil prices have hammered Africa's third largest economy and the government is in discussions with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund about possible financial assistance.

Dos Santos' mild, inscrutable public demeanor belies his tight control of Angola, a former Portuguese colony where he has overseen an oil-backed economic boom and the reconstruction of infrastructure devastated by a 27-year-long civil war that ended in 2002.

Critics accuse him of mismanaging Angola's oil wealth and making an elite, mainly his family and political allies, vastly rich in a country ranked amongst the world's most corrupt.

Dos Santos, a Soviet-educated former petroleum engineer, is Africa's second longest ruling leader after Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Vice-President Manuel Vicente - former head of state oil firm Sonangol - is seen as a likely successor to Dos Santos.

"(Dos Santos) has been grooming Vicente for quite a while now ... He has deputized for him on a number of important occasions, which sent a strong signal," said Gary van Staden, a Johannesburg-based political analyst with NKC African Economics.

But another analyst said the president was grooming his son, Jose Filomeno de Sousa dos Santos, to succeed him. The younger Dos Santos currently heads Angola's sovereign wealth fund.

"It may mean the succession is in progress and that it will be a dynastic one," said Nelson Bonavena, an economics lecturer at the Catholic University of Angola and political analyst.

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, an Angola expert at Britain's Oxford University, struck a more cautious note.

"Dos Santos' departure from power has been the talk of the town in Luanda for 15 years. He has always hinted that he wanted to leave but this is the most specific commitment he has ever made," he said.

"The fact that he put a date to it is a powerful marker and would come back to haunt him if he were to renege on it."

(Reuters)

Gunfire was heard on Sunday at the Ivory Coast resort town of Grand Bassam, about 30 km east of the commercial capital Abidjan, diplomatic sources said.

The gunmen were not identified and it was unclear if they were affiliated with any militant group. The incident comes nearly two months after Islamist fighters killed dozens of people in a hotel and cafe frequented by foreigners in neighboring Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou.

(Reuters)

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