One person was killed in Cameroon when a freight train operated by state rail company Camrail derailed, less than one year after another Camrail train crash killed 79, an official said on Thursday.
Nine cars left the tracks on Wednesday near the town of Makondo, about 140 km (87 miles) west of the capital Yaounde, said an official at Camrail, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak about the crash.
“The train was carrying hydrocarbon products. Five cars completely overturned,” he said.
One guard on the train died from injuries, he said. He did not say how many people had been on board.
Camrail, a unit of French industrial group Bollore, was determined to be “mainly to blame” for the derailment of a passenger train last October that was going more than twice the speed limit, was overloaded and had defective brakes, according to a government report.
The government said at the time that President Paul Biya would review the concession agreement signed between the state of Cameroon and Camrail.
A Bollore spokesman in Paris declined to comment on the latest crash.
Government sources were not immediately available for comment.
One of the dirtiest wounds Cameroon can't hide any longer is the dishonesty of its election management body, Elecam.
Elections Cameroon is supposed to ensure fair and free elections in Cameroon.
Of course that's true, depending on where you stand.
One issue about Elecam caught my attention on Wednesday when some newly appointed members of the corrupt body were taking oath of office.
They were warned that they would be judged negatively or positively based on how they did their job.
What they meant by negative and positive judgment is what I don't seem to understand.
In normal circumstances, these guys ought to organize free and fair elections indeed.
But unfortunately, they have to dance to the rhythm of Biya's dictatorship.
Elecam is managed and run by Paul Biya.
I wonder how these guys would not favour Biya in every election, given that he who pays the piper calls the tune.
Paul Biya has been in power for over three decades and is certainly set to seek reelection in next year's presidential election.
Since a military vessel capsized over a week ago, no official declaration has been made concerning the whereabouts of the the 34 members of the team who went missing as a result.
Instead, media reports suggest the minister of defence will preside over a ceremony on Friday in Douala to pay homage to the 'fallen' guys.
The corpses will also be retrieved and handed to the various families concerned.
The event is expected to take place at the airbase in Douala.
The vessel of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, dubbed Mundemba, reportedly disappeared on a supply mission to Bakasi earlier this month.
Three of the 37 people on board survived.
Search teams were dispatched to fish out the rest of the team.
Since then no official information has been given about the whereabouts of the missing guys.
However, media reports suggest two corpses were retrieved a couple of days back.
It's not yet clear what might have caused the tragedy.
Investigations are underway.
The erstwhile Advocate General of the Supreme Court, Justice Ayah Paul Abine, has now turned to the United Nations (UN) to rescue him from Biya’s henchmen, who have been holding him in detention.
Ayah’s plights are contained in curtly worded letter to the UN.
In the epistolary to the UN, the ex-Advocate General asserted that he was virtually abducted from his house on January 21 and caged without any charges.
“Given my very poor health, I am humbly inviting the UN Working Group to take urgent action about my case following my arbitrary arrest and detention,” the letter reads in parts.
The letter which is written on behalf of the victim by his son, Ayah Ayah Abine, says that his father does not have any secured postal address and prefers to be contacted by telephone or mail or DHL.
Justice Ayah was arrested at his Tam-Tam Weekend family home in Yaounde on January 21, by armed security officers and whisked off to detention.
Since then, the former MP of Akwaya Constituency has been detained at the Gendarmerie Headquarters popularly known by its French acronym as SED.
Following his arrest, the 67-year-old is said to be suffering from many diseases. Many hope that the UN will intervene and liberate the National President of PAP from the fangs of the Biya regime.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has been surveying for more than a year for what it says could be vast oil reserves in the Lake Chad Basin, a region wracked by Boko Haram's eight-year insurgency. At least 20,000 people have been killed and millions have been forced to leave their homes and flee to neighboring countries.
Boko Haram is also known for kidnapping civilians, especially young women and boys, for recruitment purposes. The most prominent one was when they abducted 276 girls from a government school in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria. Since then at least 100 of the girls have been rescued.
Two-thirds of Nigeria revenue comes from oil. But constant attacks on energy facilities in its southern Niger Delta oil heartland last year cut production by more than a third, deepening the recession in Africa's biggest economy.
NNPC spokesman Ndu Ughamadu said the contractors were kidnapped near Jibi village in Borno state on Tuesday afternoon.
"About 10 members of the University of Maiduguri geology and surveying department were abducted by suspected Boko Haram members," Ughamadu said, noting that the group included academic staff, drivers and other workers. The university is still waiting for a report from security agencies.