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Summary

  1. Oil tycoon's son in lavish wedding in UK
  2. German chancellor appeals for development in Africa
  3. Man suspected of abducting Lagos businessmen arrested
  4. Six held in Kenya over alleged al-Shabab plot
  5. Pope gives Nigerian priests ultimatum to obey him
  6. Mining firms under fire in Tanzania
  7. Top SABC executive fired
  8. Hero's welcome for Mozambique footballers after historic win

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By Farouk Chothia and Clare Spencer

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. Keep up to date with what's happening on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

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Merkel calls for end to 'hopelessness' in Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Chairman of the African Union Alpha Conde upon his arrival at the Chancellery on June 12, 2017 in Berlin, Germany
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Angela Merkel welcomes African Union commission chief Alpha Conde at the summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more investment in Africa, saying economic growth was vital to tackle the poverty that led to mass migration to Europe, AFP news agency reports.

She was speaking at a conference with 10 African leaders in Berlin held as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 big economies.

AFP quoted Ms Merkel as saying:

If there is hopelessness in Africa, then its young people will of course say they will seek a new life elsewhere in the world.

If we work together with them for their countries, then we also create more security for ourselves."

French soldier 'guilty of molesting girls in Burkina Faso'

A former special forces French soldier has been sentenced to a year in prison by a French court for molesting two girls aged three and five in Burkina Faso, reports AFP news agency.

The 40-year-old, identified only as Sebastien L., admitted to sexual contact with the girls after viewing images he had filmed with a GoPro camera at a hotel pool in Ouagadougou, it reports.

The mother of one of the girls alerted the French embassy after seeing the images on the camera that was left behind.

French authorities immediately suspended the soldier and sent him back to France.

Sebastien L. was sentenced to one year in prison followed by a one-year suspended sentence, AFP reports.

He is banned from any profession involving minors for five years, the Paris court said.

He was also ordered to pay several thousand euros in damages to the girls and their families.

The soldier, who was a member of a force fighting militant Islamists in Africa's Sahel region, said he could not explain his behaviour, blaming it on alcohol and the stress of his mission.

A French Gazelle helicopter is seen at a base near Goa, 320 km east southeast of Timbuktu, on January 2, 2015, as part of the Barkhane Operation.
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France has a strong military presence in its ex-colonies

Gyan's 50-goal milestone 'deserves more respect'

Asamoah Gyan
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Asamoah Gyan is the most prolific scorer in Ghanaian football history

"Sometimes it can take until someone has finished their career to be fully appreciated."

This view was expressed by Michael Carrick earlier this year when he called for Wayne Rooney to be given more respect for his achievements at Manchester United.

He might as well been talking about Asamoah Gyan - a perfect example of a player whose contributions are chronically undervalued.

On Sunday the 31-year-old forward became the first player to score 50 goals for the Black Stars.

Gyan was on target as Ghana began their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a 5-0 victory over Ethiopia in Kumasi.

Half-a-century of international goals is a terrific stat in anyone's book and only five Africans have hit that milestone for their countries.

Gyan is now a full member of an exclusive club that includes Zambian legend Godfrey Chitalu, Egyptian great Hossam Hassan, Ivory Coast icon Didier Drogba and Cameroon goal machine Samuel Eto'o.

He is also Africa's all-time top scorer at the Fifa World Cup with six goals.

To put his accomplishments into context, Ghana's most revered footballer Abedi Pele Ayew, who played in five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, retired from international football with 33 goals in 67 appearances.

At the age of 31 and in the twilight of his career, Gyan remains as indispensable as ever but also bafflingly under-appreciated.

Read more here

Mozambique footballers get big welcome

Mozambique's football players are receiving a hero's welcome as they return home after their win against Zambia on Saturday in the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The BBC sport journalist Oluwashina Okeleji tweets the raucous welcome in Maputo:

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Zambia lost against Mozambique who scored in the 89th minute after Germany-based Stanley Ratifo scored the winning goal.

Read more from the qualifiers on the BBC Sport website.

Nigeria budget approved

Nigeria's budget has been signed into law by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, reports the BBC's Stephanie Hegarty from the main city, Lagos.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is being treated in the UK for an unspecified medical illness, had indicated that it was in the nation's economic interest for Mr Osinbajo to sign it, his office said in a statement.

Nigerian oil baroness's son marries in British palace

Wedding guests are still sharing pictures from the incredibly lavish wedding of the son of Nigerian oil baroness Folorunsho Alakija, which happened over the weekend.

The UK-based Daily Mail newspaper reports that Folarin Alakija married Iranian Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in Bleinheim Palace in the UK.

The newspaper says that the wedding is estimated to have cost £5m ($6.3m). There was a 12ft (3.6m) cake, one million roses and a surprise performance by US singer Robin Thicke.

Wedding guests shared their favourite moments on Instagram:

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One guest shared video of guests entering the dance floor to Nigerian musician Ycee's song Omo Alhaji:

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While what looks like later in the night, bejewelled guests danced to Montell Jordan's This Is How We Do It:

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The floral designers posted on Instragram that they used "10,000 hydrangea and counting":

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Folorunsho Alakija is estimated to be worth $1.61bn by Forbes magazine. She made most of her money in the oil industry and is ranked number 18 in Forbes' list of African billionaires.

Nigerians remember Moshood Abiola

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

Authorities in Nigeria’s south-western states have declared today a public holiday to honour the presumed winner of the 12 June 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola.

The election was annulled by Gen ani Abacha and his military regime, citing irregularities. But many people saw it as the most free and fair election ever conducted in the West African state.

The controversial annulment of the election sparked riots across the country by pro-democracy activists.

Mr Abiola died in jail believing he was Nigeria's rightful ruler.

Many Nigerians believe 12 June has become one of the most significant dates in Nigeria’s political history.

BBC Witness interviewed Fred Eno, an aide to Mr Abiola:

The election of Chief MKO Abiola 20 years ago, which was annulled by the military

SA girl in court on murder charge

A 17-year-old girl in South Africa has appeared in court on a murder charge after allegedly killing a man who tried to rape her.

Her case was remanded following her brief appearance at the Lenyenye magistrates court in northern Limpopo province.

She was not asked to plead.

Mozambique elephant population 'decimated'

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

Mozambique elephants
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Mozambique has lost some 9,000 - or nearly 48% - of its elephant population to poaching in the last five years, wildlife protection director Lopes Pereira has said.

“We’ve been losing an average of seven elephants a day and two rhino horns due to poaching activities," he added.

The problem was "serious", and about 700 rangers had been deployed to conservation areas to protect the animals, Mr Pereira said.

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Somali Bravanese break Ramadan fast in a synagogue

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Members of London’s Somali Bravanese community broke their Ramadan fast in a synagogue on Sunday night.

The Jewish community invited them to use their synagogue after the community centre used by the Bravanese as a place of worship was burned down by an arsonist in 2013 in an alleged Islamophobic attack following the killing of the British soldier Lee Rigby.

The Bravanese come from a port town called Brava on the southeastern coast of Somalia but their heritage is a mix of Yemeni, Omani, Portuguese and Persian.

They were badly persecuted during Somalia’s civil war and many fled the country in the early 1990s.

Children on stage
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Bravanese children recited verses of the Koran from memory to everyone gathered
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The rabbi and the man who recited the Muslim prayer sat next to each other listening to songs
Food being offered
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A Bravanese Muslim offered food to Jews, Ismaelis, Hindus, Christians and agnostics at his table

Top SABC exec fired

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Demonstrators rally outside the offices of South Africa's public broadcaster on July 1, 2016 in Johannesburg to protest against alleged bias and self-censorship in news coverage ahead of key municipal elections.
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SABC has been accused of censoring news critical of the government

South Africa's public broadcaster, the SABC, has sacked its controversial Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

SABC interim board chairwoman Khanyisile Kweyama confirmed his dismissal at a media briefing.

“Mr Motsoeneng’s dismissal has been accepted by the board,” she said.

The decision came after an independent disciplinary panel found him guilty on all charges, including bringing the SABC into disrepute by criticising it for scrapping the 90% local music policy which he had implemented.

Mr Motsoeneng has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing while his lawyer was quoted by SABC as saying he had not been informed of the verdict.

On the financial state of the Africa’s largest broadcaster, Ms Kweyama said:

“The financial situation is dire. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be asking for a bail out. We are in the red. We are looking at our balances every day, but do still need to be rescued. Sometimes we have to rob Peter to pay Paul.”

Mr Motsoeneng was also accused of misrepresenting his qualifications, purged staff who stood for editorial independence and massively increased his salary while in charge of operations at Auckland Park, the SABC headquarters which is referred to by local media as “Fawlty Towers”.

Read: Is South Africa’s public broadcaster using apartheid tactics?

'My bullet-shaped tampons created a security alert'

Claire Read

BBC News

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Tampons are not discussed as an option in Egypt because of the fear that they take a girl's virginity

When I was pulled aside for a pat down at Cairo airport a uniformed woman found a lump in my right-hand jeans pocket. It was small and bullet-shaped.

"What's that?" She asked

"It's for the monthly period, the monthly bleeding," I said.

"How do you use it?" she replied.

I asked the female guard if she'd like to see the instructions from the box of tampons I had in my suitcase, and she looked askance, saying "You've got more?! We'll have to put them through the scanner by themselves."

She thrust my box of tampons into the male guard's hands crying, "Look at these things she's got! I think we should put them back through." He rifled through them and nodded his approval. As the tampons were re-examined in the suitcase X-ray machine, the female guard pored over the instructions.

She handed me back the box, which had now cleared security, and leaned in close. She asked conspiratorially, "Can you get these in Egypt?"

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Kenya's electoral commission 'fixing anomalies in voter register'

Kenya's electoral commission will use only one voter register to authenticate details of voters in the 8 August election, a top official at the electoral commission has told the BBC.

Dr Roselyn Akombe said that the commission was working to fix some of the anomalies that had been found after a review by audit firm KPMG, including a revelation that more than a million names in the register are of people who are deceased.

She said that the audit had exposed poor data collection:

It's an indictment of our institutions and the ability of our institutions that are mandated to do the registration of deaths to be able to do a good job"

She said that work had already begun to fix the problems that were exposed:

We are working day and night. We received the detailed report from KPMG. The chairman of the commission put together a team that is working 24 hours ... to look through the data. We have collected all the registration forms from each of the 290 constituencies.

We have called all our constituency returning officers and they are sitting at ... offices going through each form to ensure we correct as much of the data as possible. "

In 2013, the integrity of the voters' register was questioned because the commission used multiple registers; leading opposition parties to accuse the electoral commission of aiding vote rigging.

Dr Akombe was speaking to our colleague Dickens Olewe who hosts a weekly podcast, Kenya Election Watch, which goes on out on the Africa Today podcast every Wednesday.

They also discussed the commission's reaction to a call by civil society groups to ban politicians with integrity issues and a court case challenging the electoral commission's plan to announce the final presidential results at the national tallying centre instead of constituency.

Tanzania 'lost $84bn' from undeclared mining revenues

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Gold in hand
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A presidential commission says Tanzania has lost 188 trillion Tanzanian shillings ($84bn) over 19 years due to mining companies under-reporting the amount of minerals they have been exporting.

This is denied by mining companies.

In a live televised ceremony at state house in Dar es Salaam, President John Magufuli ordered the minister for legal affairs to review all mining laws.

The commission also says Canadian mining firm Acacia Mining - the largest gold miner in the country - never registered in Tanzania and therefore is operating illegally.

The comes a few days after another government report which said containers at the port were carrying up to 15.5 tonnes of gold instead of the 1.1 tonnes which was declared by Acacia mines.

Acacia Mining denied this, saying the findings contained “significant discrepancies”.

The previous report led to the sacking of the minerals minister and other top officials in the mineral sector.

Ivory smugglers 'arrested'

A female elephant is pictured in Tsavo East national park, on November 21, 2016
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Ivory is used for jewellery, combs, piano keys and religious ornaments.

Seven smugglers involved in the illegal ivory trade from Uganda to Singapore have been arrested following an 18-month investigation by African and Asian law enforcement agencies, Reuters has reported counter-trafficking organisation Freeland as saying.

A top Kenyan customs officer and shipping agents were among those arrested, Freeland added.

Tens of thousands of elephants are killed for their tusks every year, causing their numbers to drop by up to 30% in Africa over the last decade.

In a statement, Freeland chairman Kraisak Choonhavan said:

We hope the investigation will now continue in Asia to find the big buyers who are sponsoring the killing of elephants. Africa is now ahead of Asia in going beyond seizures and making meaningful arrests of wildlife criminals."

Read: Elephants and the ivory trade

Pope 'upset with his children' in Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama
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Archbishop Kaigama says the Pope "needs absolute obedience"

A leading figure in the Catholic church in Nigeria has told Africa Live Pope Francis was very upset with the clergy in the diocese of Ahiara in the south-east for not accepting the appointment of a bishop (see earlier story).

The president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, was at the meeting in Rome where the Pope issued his 30-day ultimatum for the clergy to pledge obedience or face suspension.

He said:

I could see the pain in the Pope's eyes. He was upset that his children were going in a different direction."

Archbishop Kaigama said that obedience to the Pope was central to the way the Catholic church worked:

The Catholic church has had a system operating for hundreds of years and that is not going to change now because they want someone from their area.

We are shocked, surprised and disappointed that they have rejected an appointment by the Holy Father."

Archbishop Kaigama also said that he had been trying to persuade the clergy in Ahiara to accept the bishop for the past four-and-a-half years but to no avail.

He is now praying for God's intervention to help solve the problem, he said.

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SA girl on murder charge for killing 'would-be rapist'

Women protesting in South Africa
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More than 60,000 cases of rape are reported in South Africa every year

A 17-year-old girl, who handed herself in to South African police, is expected to appear in court on a murder charge after killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her.

She stabbed the 21-year-old man, after overpowering him during a struggle in a village in northern Limpopo province, police say.

The suspect, who is a minor under South African law and cannot be named, would be assigned a social worker and possibly a trauma counsellor to assist with the case, according to the police.

"She was visibly distraught when she arrived at the police station and will receive the necessary care given in such cases," police colonel Moatshe Ngoepe told the BBC.

The girl is expected to tell the court that she acted in self-defence.

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Read: Will I be next? South African women ask

Ethiopia says UN exaggerated food shortage warning

Sacks of emergency food supplies are pictured at the Ethiopia's largest 'strategic grain reserve' depot in Adama, on February 13, 2016.
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Ethiopia has been storing emergency grain supplies

Ethiopia has denied the warning by the UN that 7.8 million people will run out of emergency food aid by the end of this month.

The Commissioner for Disaster Risk Management Mitiku Kassa told the BBC that far fewer people will be affected:

"It's true that in some areas food will run out by the end of the month but this will only affect around 1.7 million people.

"We expect the donor community to step in and fill that gap and we are hopeful. But if they fail to do that we will have to use some of our development budget to provide emergency assistance to our people," he said.

Pope's intervention in Nigeria 'unusual'

Martin Bashir

BBC religious affairs correspondent

Pope Francis' ultimatum to Nigerian priests to pledge obedience to him and accept a bishop appointed for their diocese or risk being suspended is unusual, given that Popes normally defer to local governance in the form of national cardinals.

However, Pope Francis has recently intervened in another area - that of Knights of Malta Chivalric Order.

Pope Francis is generally seeking a more compassionate approach to ministry, but many have made the mistake of assuming that this suggests he is theologically liberal. He is not.

Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with the Italian president at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome on June 10, 2017
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Read: Pope Francis in profile

SA teenager held 'after attempted rape'

Protesters hold on October 18, 2013 a placard reading 'A Real Man Doesn't Rape !' during a demonstrating in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, after five people were arrested for the rape and murder of two toddlers in a shantytown
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Many protests have been held in South Africa to highlight the problem of rape

A 17-year-old South African girl is in police custody after apparently stabbing to death a man who tried to rape her as she was on her way to a tavern in the early hours of Sunday morning, police say.

Police doing routine patrols found the man’s body with multiple stab wounds on the road in Sofaya Village in northern Limpopo province, police added.

South Africa's News 24 site quoted Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe as saying:

"[He] wanted to rape her, but she fought back, overpowered him, disarmed him of his knife and stabbed him to death."

Armless albino runs weaving business

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Mariam Staford Bandaba
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A Tanzanian woman with albinism who lost her arms in an attack is now running a weaving business.

In 2008, Mariam Staford Bandaba was viciously attacked by a machete-wielding gang who tried to kill her and sell her remains for witchcraft.

She escaped with her life, but only just.

The attackers chopped off one of her hands - the other had to be amputated in hospital.

This meant she could no longer earn money working in farming.

"I couldn’t do almost everything. I spent my days just sitting idle, sleeping, and very much provided for almost everything," she told me.

But years later, a Canadian and American charity, Under the Same Sun, organised for her to go to Canada where she was fitted with prosthetic arms.

When she returned to Tanzania she enrolled in training in weaving.

Mariam Staford Bandaba
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Six months ago, Mariam got a weaving machine which she’s been using to weave sweaters, scarves and other outfits.

"The prosthetic arms have not only given me an opportunity to work and start earning my own income but has also restored in me a sense of empowerment," she said.

Mariam Staford Bandaba
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Firm operating 'illegally' in Tanzania

Shares in London-listed Acacia Mining have fallen more than 8% after Tanzanian media reported a government investigation team had accused the company of operating in the country illegally, Reuters news agency reports.

Pope warns Nigerian priests

ope Francis, holding with a cross made from the wood of rickety fishing boats that migrants typically arrive on, leads a mass during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, a key destination of tens of thousands of would-be immigrants from Africa, on July 8, 2013.
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Pope Francis had unusually harsh words for Nigerian clerics

Pope Francis has given Nigerian priests 30 days to pledge obedience to him and accept a bishop appointed for their diocese - or risk being suspended, the Associated Press news agency reports.

The pontiff met on 8 June a delegation from the Ahiara diocese in south-eastern Nigeria, where priests have been refusing to accept the 2012 appointment by then pontiff, Benedict XVI, of the local bishop, Peter Okpaleke.

Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported yesterday that Pope Francis was acting "for the good of the people of God" by threatening to suspend the priests from the ministry if they did not pledge in a letter, by July 9, "total obedience" and accept Bishop Okpaleke's appointment.

The Vatican issued only a short statement on the 8 June meeting, describing the situation in the diocese as “unacceptable”, the Catholic Herald reported.

The protests were motivated by the fact that Bishop Okpaleke is not a local priest, it added.

The newspaper quoted the Pope as saying that every priest of the diocese must write a letter to him by 9 July asking for forgiveness and "must clearly manifest total obedience to the Pope” - or else he would be suspended and would lose his office.

Pope Francis said he was taking a tough line because "the people of God are scandalised. Jesus reminds us that whoever causes scandal must suffer the consequences”, the Catholic Herald quoted the Pope as saying.

Kenya 'foils terror attack planned by Somali militants'

Kenya has seized six men suspected of planning an attack sponsored by the al-Shabab militant group from neighbouring Somalia, the head of Kenyan police says, reports Reuters news agency.

"The six had been dispatched from Burhanche in Somalia by their commanders to launch attacks in Kenya," Joseph Boinnet, the inspector general of the police, is quoted as saying in a statement.

The captured men were being interrogated to establish the extent of the entire network, Mr Boinnet said.

Police also seized assembled explosives, four suicide vests and bomb-making materials such as TNT.

He added that two of the suspects were Kenyans and the others were Somali nationals.

Kenya has faced a constant threat since it sent its troops into Somalia in 2011
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Al-Shabab is an al-Qaeda-linked group which has targeted Kenya on many occasions

Read: Who are al-Shabab?

Nigeria 'kidnap ringleader' arrested

Stephanie Hegarty

BBC Africa, Lagos

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Police in Nigeria say they have caught the head of a well-known kidnapping ring in the commercial capital, Lagos.

The suspect, known as Evans, has been accused of high-profile kidnappings of several traditional rulers and wealthy businessmen, demanding millions of dollars in ransoms.

Nigerian police say that after an “intense gun battle that lasted several hours” on Saturday night, they captured the notorious kidnapper.

In a statement released yesterday, they said they hunted the suspect down to his “criminal den”, a house in an upmarket part of Lagos. He attempted to escape from the roof but was captured.

He was paraded alongside six of his suspected commanders and a haul of rifles, pistols and double-barrelled shotguns.

Evans was first declared wanted in 2013.

Police allege he has confessed to 13 counts of kidnapping.

The arrest comes amid concerns of an increase in kidnapping in Lagos.

Earlier this year, the governor of the state announced that kidnappers could face the death penalty.

What's it like to be kidnapped? We hear from three victims

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