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.
Suspected Christian militiamen killed two Moroccan peacekeepers from the United Nations mission in Central African Republic on Tuesday, the mission said, in the second deadly attack on Moroccan forces this week.
The peacekeepers were ambushed by suspected anti-balaka fighters in the town of Banagassou, 700 kilometres (435 miles) east of the capital Bangui, as they stocked up on water to deliver to the population, the mission said in a statement.
Thousands have died in an ethnic and religious conflict that broke out when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in 2013, provoking a backlash from Christian anti-balaka militias.
Tuesday's raid, which injured a third soldier, followed similar attacks by suspected anti-balaka fighters in the diamond-mining town in recent days, including one on Sunday that killed a Moroccan peacekeeper and left three others wounded.
The violence has prompted several humanitarian organisations to suspend their activities in Bangassou, where fighting in May killed at least 115 people.
It also points to the inability of the 13,000-strong U.N. force to contain violence in a country where government control barely extends outside the capital.
"I am shocked by these new losses of human life and I firmly condemn this flagrant violation of the right to life and of international law," mission chief Parfait Onanga-Anyanga said in the statement.
Violence has escalated in Central African Republic since former colonial power France ended its peacekeeping mission in the country last year, and despite a peace deal signed between the government and rival factions in Rome last month.
The Cameroonian Minister of Transport, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, has just taken delivery of a donation of meteorological equipment worth a little more than one billion francs FCfa, we learn officially. This equipment has been offered by the People's Republic of China.
Destinés à équiper 23 stations météorologiques à travers le pays, ces équipements mis à disposition par le gouvernement chinois viennent renforcer le dispositif local en la matière, déjà constitué de 20 stations automatisées, apprend-on.
Destined to equip 23 meteorological stations across the country, this equipment provided by the Chinese government comes to strengthen the local facility in the field, already made up of 20 computerised stations, we learn.
Cette sollicitude de la Chine contribuera au succès du Programme d’adaptation aux changements climatiques, mis en place par le gouvernement camerounais afin de pouvoir favoriser la production de données utiles sur les variations climatiques.
This support from China will contribute to the success of the Programme of Adaptation to Climatic Change, established by the Cameroon.
The lions' emblematic goal getter, Clinton Njie is back on his feet again after many months of difficulties emanating from multiple injuries and relatively unstable performance. The youngster who plays for French division one side Olympique de Marseille( OM) scored twice over the weekend in a friendly game against sporting of Portugal. The promising striker who was almost rolled out of Rudi Garcia's programme in Olympique de Marseille has finally signed a three year contract with the club after his loan period from Tottenham expired. The transfer deal which has given him another chance to prove his goal scoring skills in the ligue 1 championship worth seven million Euros.
Two Cameroonian gendarmes were reportedly killed on Wednesday morning during an attack by the Boko haram insurgents in Sagmé in the Logone and Chari region of northern Cameroon.
This attack comes barely two days after a previous deadly assault in which the insurgents attacked an internally displaced persons’ camp in Nigeria, killing at least three persons and injuring seventeen others, just hours before attacking a military post in Cameroon on Monday morning.Two soldiers lost their lives in the Monday attack as a military post in Gloudjan, in the Mayo-Sava department in the country’s far north, came under attack.
Cameroonian newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, first reported the attack.
Boko Haram has increased attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon in recent months, leaving many people dead and raising questions about claims by authorities in both countries that the terrorists had been defeated.
Plans are underway to introduce a vagina ring in Africa which is expected to curb HIV infection by 56%.
The ring has already been tested in teenage girls in the US, reports the BBC.
Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%, according to the BBC.
The six-month US trial gave the ring to 96 sexually active girls aged 15 to 17, who had not used it before.
Data presented at the IAS Conference on HIV Science, showed:
◾87% of the girls had detectable levels of the drug in their vagina
◾95% said the ring was easy to use
◾74% said they did not notice the ring in day-to-day life, the BBC reports.
Reports say the ring enhances satisfaction, contrary to initial concerns.
The ring which is removed every month, will help protect women from the 'dishonesty' of some men, who can't be trusted when using condoms.
In fact, some men tend to break condoms when making love to women.