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  1. Police seize Nigeria football headquarters
  2. Internet 'blocked' in Chad
  3. 'Deadly' building collapse in Uganda's capital
  4. Turkish ship hijacked off West Africa coast
  5. Taiwan accuses China of 'abducting' people from Kenya
  6. Al-Shabab blast 'kills' children in Somalia
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By Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.  

A reminder of today's wise words:

When you follow the path of your father, you learnt to walk like him.

Sent by Mule Evance, Juba, South Sudan

Click here to send us your African proverbs. 

And we leave you with this photo of 23-year-old mechanic Rumbidzai Mlambo working  on a bicycle in a converted shipping container workshop in South Africa's Cape Town city: 

23-year-old bicycle mechanic Rumbidzai Mlambo works on a bicycle in a converted shipping container workshop that is the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) centre in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 11 April 2016

Fifa threatens to ban Nigeria

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Amaju Pinnick
Mr Pinnick was elected NFF head in September 2014

World football governing Fifa has warned that Nigeria will be suspended from all football-related activities should Amaju Pinnick be removed as president of Nigeria's Football Federation (NFF).

If last week's ruling by a court in Nigeria, that Mr Pinnick be replaced by Chris Giwa is implemented, it will amount to interference in the internal affairs of the NFF, Fifa said in a letter to Mr Pinnick. 

“… the case would be brought to the highest authorities of Fifa for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF,” the letter added. 

Fifa says Mr Giwa's bid for the leadership of the NFF was dismissed by its highest judicial authority last May. 

The crisis rocking the NFF has led to police taking over the main of office of the organisation in the capital, Abuja.

See our 13:37 post for more details

African tradition on display in India

The BBC's Christian Parkinson is in the Indian state of Gujarat making a film about the African community in the country.  

African community in India

He sent us these photos of members of India's Sidi community preparing for a traditional African dance.

African community in India

The community is made up descendants of Africans who came to India as warriors hundreds of years ago.  

Valencia suspend Algeria's Feghouli

Algeria international Sofiane Feghouli
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Algeria international Sofiane Feghouli has been suspended by his Spanish club Valencia amid reports he refused to take part in a warm-down after Sunday's 2-1 win over Sevilla.

"Valencia have opened a disciplinary procedure involving player Sofiane Feghouli," the club said on Monday.

Read more on the story here

Ghana cleric 'appeals for tighter security'

Nigerian pastor TB Joshua speaks during a New Year's memorial service for the South African relatives of those killed in a building collapse at his Lagos megachurch on December 31, 2014.
TB Joshua has a large following across the world

A leading Christian cleric in Ghana has urged the security services not to act on the "back of prophecies" after popular televangelist TB Joshua alleged that Ghana and Nigeria risked "foreign attacks", Ghana's Joy FM news site reports.

However, security agencies should put in place measures at border points to avert any possible attack, said Rev Opuni Frimpong, the general-secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana. 

The Nigerian televangelist was quoted as telling members of his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday to pray against the planned "foreign attacks" on the two West African states. 

"The attack will come not in a local way. So please open your lips and pray for these two nations for protection,” he is quoted as telling worshippers.

SA judge calls for ethical leadership

South Africa's new Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gives a press conference in Pretoria on September 8, 2011
The chief justice is known to be fiercely independent

South Africa's top judge has been speaking about the importance of ethical leadership at a conference in the main city Johannesburg - some two weeks after he delivered a damning judgement against President Jacob Zuma, ruling that he breached the constitution by failing to repay government money used to upgrade his private residence. 

“If there ever was a time to embrace ethical leadership, stop spinning, stop manipulating, stop relaying on our supporters or sympathisers to do wrong knowing that our own doing will be covered up in some way, that time is now,” Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is quoted as saying by South Africa's Eyewitness News.

But he dismissed suggestions that only African leaders behaved unethically, as a BBC correspondent in Johannesburg tweets: 

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Uganda building collapse death toll rises

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

The number of people killed in the building collapse in Uganda's capital, Kampala, has risen to three, local media is reporting. 

Rescue workers are still trying to get access to the basement of the building to see if there are more people trapped.

Seven people have already been pulled out alive.

Uganda building collapse

'Internet down' in Chad

The internet remains mysteriously cut in Chad's capital, a day after President Idriss Deby contested elections to extend his 26-year rule, AFP news agency reports. 

Mobile internet was suspended from Sunday morning, while fixed Internet went out in the evening in N'Djamena, and text messages could not be sent over the local phone network, it reports. 

The online blackout, which occurred without official explanation, was preventing discussion about how the election had gone, AFP adds.

Twelve candidates ran against Mr Deby, who seized power in a coup in 1990. 

Women casts her vote at a polling station in the street in N"dajmena on April 10, 2016

Africa's economic woes

A journalist with Reuters news agency has been tweeting about the bleak economic outlook for Africa:

#WorldBank lowers Africa growth projection to 3.3% compared with previous forecast of 4.4%, citing plunge in commodity prices

Court victory for Nigeria's ex-security advisor

Dasuki (R) with lawyer
Mr Dasuki (R) denies corruption charges

Nigeria's former security adviser Sambo Dasuki has achieved a legal victory over government after a regional court agreed to hear a case he brought against what he says is his unlawful detention. 

The court of the West African regional bloc Ecowas rejected the government's objections to it hearing the case, at a sitting in Nigeria's capital, Abuja. 

"In our opinion, what Dasuki brought before us as a case is an issue for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to liberty." said Judge Friday Chijoke Nwoke, AFP news agency reports. 

Mr Dasuki, on trial in Nigeria for fraud in connection with the alleged looting of millions of dollars from arms contracts, has been detained since December despite being granted bail.

He has denied any wrongdoing.   

He was former President Goodluck Jonathan's security adviser, and is the most high-profile member of his administration to be charged since former military ruler Mohammadu Buhari took power in elections almost a year ago with a pledge to fight corruption.

Buhari arrives in China

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in the Chinese capital, Beijing, for the start of a five-day visit to the country.

He is expected to meet with China's President Xi Jinping and sign a series of trade and investment deals.

Nigeria's foreign minister has tweeted a photo of Mr Buhari being welcomed by his Chinese hosts:

View more on twitter

Equatorial Guinea expelled from 2020 Olympics qualifiers

Equatorial Guinea's women's football team have been expelled from the 2020 Olympics preliminary qualifying competition by Fifa after one of its players presented different birth dates.

Camila Maria do Carmo Nobre de Oliveira used two passports with different birth dates and two birth certificates showing different parental information, the world governing body said in a statement.

De Oliveira played in the preliminary competition of the 2016 Olympics.

Equatorial Guinea Football Association has been fined $40,000 (£28,000), it added.

De Oliveira has also been fined £1,475 and banned for 10 matches.

Egypt to give Saudi Arabia two Red Sea islands

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Opposition politicians and activists in Egypt have condemned President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to hand over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Egypt said that technical work on the two countries' maritime boundary had shown that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir were within Saudi territorial waters.

Prominent lawyer and veteran rights activist, Khaled Ali, said that he would file a court case against the proposed handover.

In a post on Facebook , he called on legal experts, historians and geographers to help him research the case, Aljazeera news reports.

The decision was announced on Sunday at the end of Saudi King Salman's five-day visit to Cairo.

Zimababwe rhino 'put down'

Veterinary surgeons in Zimbabwe have been forced to put down a rhino, which featured in a wildlife television series, after it was shot by poachers, AFP news agency reports. 

It quotes a spokeswoman for the Zimbabwe wildlife authority as saying that the eight-year-old rhino survived the wounds for nearly a week, but at the weekend surgeons took the "very painful'' decision to euthanize her. 

The rhino named Ntombi featured in the television series Karina: Wild On Safari.


A black male rhinoceros is seen at a game farm in Malelane 30 September 2004. South Africa will ask the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at a meeting that opened 02 October 2004 in Bangkok to be granted an annual hunting quota of 10 black rhino
Poachers target rhinos for their horns

Survivor rescued

Our correspondent has been tweeting from the site of the building which has fallen down near Makerere University in Uganda's capital, Kampala:

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Rescue workers urge crowd to move

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala


Crowds have gathered at the site of the collapsed building in Makerere, a surburb of Uganda's capital. 

Rescue workers are pleading with them to move back. 

Uganda building collapse video

Our correspondent has tweeted a video from the site of the building which has collapsed near the main university in Uganda's capital, Kampala:

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Body recovered from Uganda collapse

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Site of building

At least one body has been recovered after a building collapsed in a suburb in Uganda's capital, Kampala, eyewitnesses have told me.

Seven people have been pulled out alive from beneath the rubble, the eyewitness added.  

Uganda 'casualties' after building collapses

More tweets have been coming in on the collapse of a building in a suburb of Uganda's capital, Kampala:

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BREAKING NEWS Kyaseka Towers, Makerere that has been in use though incomplete has collapsed PHOTOS:Muwanguzi Collins
BREAKING NEWS Kyaseka Towers, Makerere that has been in use though incomplete has collapsed PHOTOS:Muwanguzi Collins
BREAKING NEWS Kyaseka Towers, Makerere that has been in use though incomplete has collapsed PHOTOS:Muwanguzi Collins
BREAKING NEWS Kyaseka Towers, Makerere that has been in use though incomplete has collapsed PHOTOS:Muwanguzi Collins

BREAKING NEWS Kyaseka Towers, Makerere that has been in use though incomplete has collapsed PHOTOS:Muwanguzi Collins

Pirates 'hijack' Turkish ship off Nigeria coast

Pirates off the coast of Nigeria have attacked a Turkish cargo ship, kidnapping six crew members in a region which has seen increasing piracy in recent years, a Turkish maritime news agency reports. 

The Deniz News Agency said among those abducted were the ship's mechanical engineer, electrician and navigator. 

The ship is owned by Kaptanogul Shipping, which told the news agency that both the kidnapped crew, and those who remained on the ship, were "in good health". 

 It was unclear how many crew members were aboard the M/T Puli, which was carrying chemicals, when it was attacked, AFP news agency reports. 

A ship tracking agency has been tweeting about it: 

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No-one allowed into Nigeria football HQ

Haruna Shehu Tangaza

BBC Africa, Abuja

Nigeria police

Police in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, have confirmed to the BBC that they have taken over the office of the country's Football Federation (NFF). 

No-one, including staff, is being allowed to enter the building.

"We were sent to come here and do our job," one officer told me. 

He refused to give further details.

The crisis erupted after a court ruled on Thursday that NFF head Amaju Pinnick lost the top post to Chris Giwa in elections in September 2014.

Journalists are waiting outside the building to see if Mr Giwa will turn up as he promised to do on Friday.

Nigeria journalists

See our 11:40 post for more details 

Egypt ex-minister jailed for corruption

A court in Egypt has sentenced a former agriculture minister to 10 years in prison for corruption, months after his arrest for taking bribes. 

Salah Helal had been detained in September after being told to step aside during a corruption scandal that prompted the entire government to resign a few days later. 

His chief of staff Muhyidin Mohamed Said was also sentenced to 10 years. 

Helal was also fined 1m Egyptian pounds ($112,600, 98,700 euros), and Said was fined 500,000 Egyptian pounds, AFP news agency reports. 

The businessman who paid the bribe, and another who facilitated it, were spared jail because they confessed, it quotes a judicial official as saying. 

Building collapses in Uganda

A Ugandan television is tweeting that a building has collapsed in the capital, Kampala:

A building under construction on Makerere Hill road (opp. Makerere College) has collapsed. Details to come.

A building under construction on Makerere Hill road (opp. Makerere College) has collapsed. Details to come.

We'll bring you details as they come in. 

Angolan activist on hunger strike

A researcher with the campaign group Human Rights Watch has tweeted:

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Mr Dala was sentenced last week along with 16 other activists for planning a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

They included prominent rapper Luaty Beirao who was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.

Zuma-free browsing on the internet


If you've had enough of news about South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, a new Chrome browser extension promises to provide some relief, the local fin24tech news site reports

Digital artist Mitch Said it has developed the 'Fallen Zuma' Google Chrome web browser extension that promises to remove all mentions of Mr Zuma from the internet, it adds. 

Mr Zuma has been at the centre of political controversy in South Africa, with the opposition and prominent members of the governing party demanding his resignation after a Constitutional Court ruled that he breached the constitution by failing to repay government money used to upgrade his private home.

South Sudan rebel forces arrive Juba

Rebel forces in South Sudan have completed their return to the capital, Juba, as part of a peace deal signed to end the two and half year civil war, ceasefire monitors said, AFP news agency reports.

The 1,370-strong force of soldiers and police were brought to Juba on UN and chartered airplanes "as required by phase one of the transitional security arrangements plan", the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) said.

They are expected to ensure security for rebel chief Riek Machar - named as vice-president in the transitional government - who is due to arrive in Juba next week.

The fighting has forced more than 2.2 million people from their homes in the world's youngest state since December 2013.

Read: Five obstacles to South Sudan lasting peace

Moroccan on sex assault trial in Germany

Toufik M arrives in court

A Moroccan man has gone on trial in the German city of Duesseldorf accused of sexual assault - the first such trial for New Year's Eve sex crimes which shocked the nation.

Most of the attacks took place in Cologne, where more than 550 complaints of sexual assault were made.    

A woman identified the 33-year-old man, named only as Toufik M, when he was interviewed on TV.

He was allegedly in a group of up to 20 men who surrounded the woman and sexually molested her. 

Police say many of attackers may never be caught. Several North African men have been convicted of theft.

Read more about the story here

'Children killed' in Somalia explosion

Two school children were among five people killed when a car bomb exploded in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a local government spokesman has said, AFP news agency reports. 

Seven people were wounded in the blast, Abdifatah Omar Halane is quoted as saying. 

Al-Shabab behind blast

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it carried out the car bomb blast in the capital, Mogadishu, Reuters news agency reports.

A witness told the Associated Press news agency that five people were killed in the blast (see previous post).    

'Deadly' Somalia blast

A car bomb blast outside a restaurant in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least five people, a witness is quoted by Associated Press news agency is saying. 

 Mohamed Mahdi said he saw five bloodied people lying outside the restaurant, which is located close to the local government's headquarters. 

 Another witness, shopkeeper Yusuf Ali, told AP the bombing targeted a busy area where there were many shoppers nearby. 

 The blast happened as the restaurant in Mogadishu's Hamarweyne district was packed with customers at lunchtime, AP reports. 

Al-Shabab fighters
Al-Shabab is affiliated to al-Qaeda

Guptas have not 'fled' South Africa

South Africa's controversial Gupta family, which has been at the centre of a political storm over its relationship with President Jacob Zuma, has not fled the country, Oakbay Investments CEO Nazeem Howa has told Bloomberg news agency.

South Africa's City Press newspaper reported yesterday that members of the Indian-born family flew to Dubai in their private jet last week with a "mountain of luggage".

"They are not in hiding. They have not fled the country," said Mr Howa in the interview with Bloomberg. 

Two members of the Gupta family - non-executive chairman Atul Gupta and head Varun Gupta - resigned from Oakbay last week, though the company remains in the family's hands. 

Mr Zuma's son Duduzane Zuma also announced that he was leaving his position in a mining company owned by the family due to "a sustained political attack".     

Gupta brothers
Gallo Images
The Guptas moved to South Africa shortly before minority rule ended

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has ordered an investigation into allegations that the family was involved in "state capture", and tried to influence ministerial posts to promote its business interests. 

The family has strongly denied the allegation. 

Mr Howa has said the Guptas have come under attack because of a "political war" within the ANC over Mr Zuma's future.

The Guptas moved from India to South Africa in 1993 and have acquired interests in computers, mining and air travel.

Mr Zuma's critics have said his relationship to the Guptas is so close that they describe the two families as the "Zuptas".

Read: Who are the Guptas?

Police take over Nigeria football HQ

Security forces have taken over the main office of the crisis-hit Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) in the capital,  Abuja, African Examiner news site reports

Soldiers and riot police are manning the entrance of the building, it adds.

It follows a court ruling on Thursday, confirming that NFF head Amaju Pinnick lost the top post to Chris Giw in elections in September 2014.

On Friday, Mr Giwa and his team - armed with the court ruling - took control of the NFF offices and said he would start work today. 

The NFF has since appealed against the ruling, arguing that Pinnick is still the football boss.

 It is not clear why police have taken control of the building.

Nigeria now face the prospect of a Fifa ban, which could put their World Cup qualification hopes in jeopardy.

Chris Giwa
The court says Chris Giwa is the elected president of the NFF

Hunger in Ethiopia after drought

Ethiopia is experiencing one of the worst droughts in almost 50 years. 

The United Nations says that more than 10 million people are affected, and malnutrition is a serious problem. 

BBC Africa's Emmanuel Igunza reports:

Hunger in Ethiopia after drought exacerbated by El Nino

Buhari in China trade talks

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

hinese President Xi Jinping (R) greets President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari (L) during a plenary session of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit April 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. US.
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The two leaders met earlier this month in the US

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is visiting China where's he expected to sign a series of trade and investment deals later this week. 

Mr Buhari is scheduled to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Ever since he took office last year, the Nigerian leader has been clocking up the air miles in his effort to fix a shrinking economy hammered by the fall in global oil prices. 

President Buhari's priority in China will be to secure loans to plug a $10bn (£7bn) deficit in his budget. 

He wants to use the cash to improve the country's crumbling infrastructure and invest in agriculture. 

His government also says it will discuss issuing Chinese - backed bonds to raise funds in the future. 

Taiwan protests over Kenya 'abductions'

BBC World Service

The Taiwanese government has complained after eight of its citizens were forcibly flown to mainland China following their acquittal on fraud charges in Kenya. 

It accused the Chinese authorities of "uncivilised behaviour" that amounted to abduction.

The eight were among 23 Taiwanese nationals who were cleared of being part of a telephone fraud ring that also included Chinese citizens. 

Taipei says that when they went to retrieve their passports from Kenyan police, they were detained and put on a plane by Chinese officials. 

Relations between Taiwan and China are entering a rocky period ahead of the inauguration of Taiwan's pro-independence president, Tsai Ing-wen. 

China sees the island as a breakaway province, which it has threatened to take back by force if necessary.  

Obama's regret over Libya conflict

A picture of a damaged neighbourhood in the city of Sirte on October 28, 2011 following recent heavy fighting between NTC fighters and loyalists of Moamer Kadhafi.
Col Gaddafi's birthplace of Sirte was heavily bombed by Nato forces

US President Barack Obama has said the "worst mistake" of his presidency was probably a lack of planning for the aftermath of the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by Nato-backed forces in 2011. 

"Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya," he said, when asked in a Fox News interview about the worst mistake he made in office.

Mr Obama is due to hand power to a new president in January following the end of his two terms. 

Libya has been in chaos since Col Gaddafi was killed, with rival governments and militias fighting for power.

Read: Is Libya back from the brink?

Pastor: 'We have failed Chibok girls'

One of the mothers of the missing Chibok school girls wipes her tears as she cries during a rally by civil society groups pressing for the release of the girls in Abuja on May 6, 2014
Parents have been waiting anxiously for news about their children

A prominent pastor in Nigeria has strongly criticised the government for failing to rescue more than 200 girls abducted by militant Islamist group Boko Haram from their boarding school in the north-eastern town of Chibok almost two years ago, the local Vanguard newspaper reports this morning. 

"The whole nation has failed these children," Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Gospel Assembly is quoted as saying at a church service yesterday,  

Political parties paid "lip service, using our pain and plight of our daughters to score cheap political points", he said at an event organised by campaign group #BringBackOurGirls to highlight the plight of the girls. 

Meanwhile, the government has denied media reports that Boko Haram is demanding a $50m (£35m) ransom for the release of the girls who will have been missing for two years on Thursday.

Journalist executed in Somalia

Hassan Hanafi
Hassan Hanafi helped identify targets for the Somali militants to kill

A firing squad has executed Somali journalist Hassan Hanafi in the capital, Mogadishu, reports the BBC Somali service.  

Hanafi was convicted by a military court last month of helping militant Islamist group al-Shabab mastermind the murder of five fellow reporters.

Several journalists who watched the execution said Hanafi struggled as he was taken to be killed, with police having to tie him to the firing post, AFP news agency reports. 

Voting 'underway' in Sudan's Darfur region

A woman (R) casts her ballot at a polling station at the Abu Shouq camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in El-Fasher, in North Darfur on April 11, 2016

Polls have opened across Sudan's conflict-hit Darfur region in a referendum on whether to keep its five states or unite them into a single region, despite some rebels calling for a boycott, AFP news agency reports. 

The referendum is being held amid ongoing insecurity and many displaced people have not been registered to vote.

The US has said the vote will not be credible but President Omar al-Bashir insists it will be free and fair.

He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes related to the conflict. 

He denies the charges. 

Read more about the referendum here.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day: 

When you follow the path of your father, you learnt to walk like him."

Sent by Mule Evance, Juba, South Sudan

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