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  1. Pope meets Ethiopian Orthodox Church head
  2. Ex-Nigerian minister charged with defrauding unemployed
  3. Lions spotted in Kenya's capital
  4. Nigeria investigation 'after hundreds killed'
  5. South African 'baby snatcher weeps' in court
  6. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive
  7. Email stories and comments to - Monday 29 February 2016

Live Reporting

By Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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    We'll be back tomorrow

    We're shutting the BBC Africa Live page early today, but we'll be back tomorrow at the normal times. To keep up-to-date with news from across the continent, listen to the BBC Africa podcast or check the BBC News website.  

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: It is easy to break a single broomstick but not a bunch. from An Akan proverb sent by Jojo Quayson, Ghana
    An Akan proverb sent by Jojo Quayson, Ghana

    We leave you with a photo of a Libyan shoemaker working next to a vegetable market in the city of Sabratha, west of the capital, Tripol:.

    A Libyan shoemaker in the city of Sabratha
  2. #FreeEse trending in Nigeria

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigerians have been using the #FreeEse hashtag on Twitter to campaign for the release of a young girl who was allegedly abducted and forced to convert to Islam.

    Ese Oruru, 13, was taken by a man, named only as Yinusa, in August  from her family home in southern Bayelsa state to the northern city of Kano where he married her, the girl's family says.  

    The family adds that they have made several efforts to bring her back but were told she was no longer their daughter.

     Yinusa has denied abducting her or forcibly converting her. 

    There have been reports that the marriage took place at the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, an influential Muslim leader in Nigeria. He has vehemently denied this. 

    Mr Sanusi said the girl was brought to his palace after her alleged conversion to Islam but he told the person to return her to her family because she was too young.

    "We asked that if he really wants her he should wait for her until she turns 18 and then if she still wants him they can get married. No-one will stand in the way," Mr Sanusi said in a statement. 

    Here are some of the tweets about the story: 

  3. Top Sierra Leone mayor supended

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC Africa, Freetown

    Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has suspended the mayor of the diamond-rich district of Koidu. 

      While allegations of corruption have been cited as the reason for Saa Emerson Lamina's removal, many say it is politically motivated, with civil society groups going to the extent of calling it an abuse of power.  

    Mr Lamina is a relative and close ally of former Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana, who was also sacked last year following disputes with the president.  

  4. Civilians 'hacked to death' in DR Congo

    Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) soldiers march on December 31, 2013 towards the front line in Eringeti to fight against the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-Nalu), a rebel group opposed to the Ugandan government
    Image caption: The military is battling to end lawlessness in the east

    Suspected Ugandan rebels killed 13 civilians in an overnight raid on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army has said, AFP news agency reports. 

    "We've just discovered a total of 13 bodies, cut to death, including four women," said Lieutenant Mak Hazukay, army spokesman in DR Congo's Beni region, it reports. 

    He blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group based in DR Congo.  

    The UN accuses the ADF of killing more than 500 civilians in eastern DR Congo since October 2014, AFP reports.

    The ADF was formed in 1996 by a puritanical Muslim sect in the Ruwenzori mountains of western Uganda.

  5. French police clash with migrants in Calais

    Demolition of Calais migrant camp

    Clashes have broken out in the French port of Calais where demolition teams are tearing down parts of a migrant camp known as the "jungle". 

    Riot police have used teargas in response to migrants throwing stones. 

    Police have gone through the camp telling people to leave their shacks and move to shipping containers that have been installed on another part of the site. 

    But many migrants fear this will require them to claim asylum in France, and give up their hopes of travelling to Britain. 

    Calais Police Commissioner Fabienne Buccio said there were very few people left in the camp.

  6. France starts clearing Calais migrant camp

    Demolition of Calais migrant camp

    French demolition teams have begun dismantling huts with hammers in part of the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle.  

    They seem to be leaving inhabited huts intact as they move through the camp's southern sector.

    Police later fired tear gas after migrants began throwing stones inside the camp. A water cannon was  also used to extinguish a fire in one of the shacks.

    The government plans to relocate migrants to reception centres.

    Those living in the camp, mainly from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa, hope to cross the English Channel to reach the UK.

    Read more on the story here

    Demolition of Calais migrant camp
  7. Live coverage of Uganda arrest

    A Ugandan journalist kept reporting live for his television station as he was arrested by police outside the home of opposition leader Kizza Besigye. 

    You can watch his report here.

    Mr Besigye was also detained, as he attempted to leave his home, 10 days after he was first placed under house arrest.

    He has rejected Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's victory in the 18 February presidential election, saying the poll was rigged.   

    Ugandan police officers stand guard outside the house of Uganda"s main opposition leader Kizza Besigye home on February 22, 2016 in Kasangati, suburb of Kampala
    Image caption: Security has been tight at Mr Besigye's home
  8. 'No imminent threat' at Kenya airports

    Kenya Airways airliners sit grounded on August 14, 2009 at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after staff of the national carrier went on strike to demand a salary increase

    Kenyan officials say there is no credible information of an imminent threat against the country's airports after a leaked memo warned of possible suicide attacks by al-Shabab militants. 

    The head of Kenya's airports authority, Yatich Kangugo, said at a press conference that the memo contained unverified information which had been released prematurely. 

    The document warned that airports in the capital, Nairobi, and Mombasa were among those being targeted by militants trained in Somalia. 

    He said disciplinary action would be taken against the person responsible for the leak.

    See our 09:06 post for more details

  9. Abacha 'betrayed' Mandela

    Ken Saro-Wiwa addressing Ogoni Day demonstration, Nigeria, (1 May 1993)
    Image caption: Saro-Wiwa was hanged after a secret trial

    Nigeria's former military ruler Sani Abacha reneged on a promise he made to South Africa that leading human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa would not be executed, South Africa's ex-leader Thabo Mbeki has said, in the latest Facebook post looking back at his time in government. 

    The execution in 1995 of Mr Saro-Wiwa and eight others left Nelson Mandela, who had become South Africa's first democratically elected president a year earlier, "truly surprised and genuinely outraged that Gen Abacha could evidently so easily betray his solemn undertaking in this regard", says Mr Mbeki, who was Mr Mandela's deputy at the time.  

  10. UN to send human rights investigators to Burundi

    A UN team will be sent to Burundi to investigate human rights abuses, the UN Human Rights Office says in a statement.

    The three investigators - from Algeria, Colombia and South Africa - will spend a week in the central African state from 1 March, it added.

    Burundi violence

    The aim of the visit was to ensure accountability for human rights abuses, and to identify alleged perpetrators, said the UN's Christof Heyns, who is one of the investigators.  

    Burundi plunged into crisis last April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his third-term bid.    

    More than 400 people have been killed since then and at least 240,000 have fled to neighbouring countries.

    Read: Tit-for-tat killings spread fear

  11. Gabon's leader seeks re-election

    President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba departs at the conclusion of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 25, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands

    Gabon President Ali Bongo says he will run for a second term in elections later this year, seeking to extend his family's rule over the oil-producing nation to more than 50 years, Reuters news agency reports. 

    In a speech in the oil hub of Port Gentil, he promised to fight against a "system of privileges" in a country where much of the oil wealth has historically flowed to a small elite, it reports. 

    Mr Bongo won a disputed election in 2009, and his main challenger in this year's election is expected to be former African Union commission chief Jean Ping. 

    He took over from his father Omar Bongo, who ruled from 1967 until his death in to 2009.  

  12. Sexwale explains Fifa vote withdrawal

    Tokyo Sexwale
    Image caption: Mr Sexwale received a standing ovation after his speech

    South African business tycoon Tokyo Sexwale has told the BBC that he withdrew from Friday's Fifa presidential election because he was "not sure" how many votes he would have won, and also to create a sense of calm.

    Mr Sexwale said he used his speech at the Fifa congress in Zurich to "break the ice because there was a lot of tension".

    "I am from the country of Nelson Mandela, who preached reconciliation, and I could feel the tension as we built towards this congress," he told the BBC's Piers Edwards.

    "I felt I needed to play a role to break the logjam," he added.

    His withdrawal left four candidates in a vote which was won by Gianni Infantino, who succeeds Sepp Blatter.

    Even before he quit the race, many observers were wondering where the 62-year-old businessman's votes were going to come from.

  13. Violence 'uniting' Christians

    A handout picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L"Osservatore Romano, shows Pope Francis as he arrives to lead the weekly general audience in Saint Peter"s Square, Vatican City, 24 February 2016.

    Pope Francis has met the head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Abuna Matthias, at the Vatican. 

    AFP news agency quotes the pontiff as saying that the devastating violence unleashed by militant Islamists in Africa and the Middle East has helped improve relations among Christians:

    Quote Message: "The shared suffering means that Christians, who are otherwise divided on several issues, have become much closer to one another
    Quote Message: "The blood of martyrs belonging to different churches will serve as the seed of Christian unity."
  14. Will Enyeama returns to Super Eagles?

    Vincent Enyeama
    Image caption: Enyeama is the most capped Super Eagle player

    Nigeria's interim coach Samson Siasia wants to bring back former Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama and striker Emmanuel Emenike after the pair quit the team following their disagreement with former coach Sunday Oliseh.

    A BBC Africa Sport reporter has been tweeting about it:

    Mr Siasia took over from Sunday Oliseh who resigned last week citing disagreement with Nigeria's football authorities.

  15. Ex-minister in Nigeria charged with fraud

    Nigeria's former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has been charged with fraud and money- laundering for his alleged role in a failed recruitment process in which 20 job-seekers were killed in a stampede in 2014, Vanguard newspaper reports.

    Mr Moro pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts in the High Court in the capital, Abuja. 

    He was remanded in prison until his bail application hearing on 2 March.

    Nigeria's anti-corruption agency alleged that Mr Moro, who served under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, and three other defendants defrauded thousands of job-seekers of $2.5m (£1.8m). 

    Applicants had to pay about $6 (£3.5) to take a test for jobs in the immigration department.

    Nigeria job-seekers
    Image caption: Thousands of people turned up to take the test

    The recruitment exercise, at six stadiums across the country, was halted following the deadly stampede in Abuja and the northern city of Bauchi.

    Mr Moro's three co-accused also pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

    There is a high level of unemployment in Nigeria, especially among young people.  

  16. Barclays tries to end Kenya panic

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Residents in the Kawangware slum walk past a branch of Barclay's Bank on January 8, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya

    Kenyan customers of banking giant Barclays were panicking at the weekend and started withdrawing money from their accounts following reports that the bank plans to close down its operations in Kenya and the continent. 

    Its Kenya MD, Jeremy Awori, has now issued a statement to reassure customers that the bank will not be shutting down:  

    Quote Message: The on-going speculation is related to the shareholding of Barclays Africa Group Ltd, the holding company of Barclays Bank of Kenya and does not in any way impact the day-to-day running of this institution
    Quote Message: I assure you that your money is safe with us and you should not be concerned about the operation of your account."
  17. South Africa 'baby snatcher' weeps in court

    A woman accused of snatching a two-day old baby 19 years ago from a hospital in South Africa's Cape Town has broken down during her trial, the IOL news site reports

    The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and fraud. 

    She said she had been given the girl, known in court as Zephany Nurse, by another woman on 30 April 1997 after she had a miscarriage, IOL reports.

    The woman told her the baby's mother did not want her, she said in court.  

    She was arrested last year after the parents of a girl looking similar to Zephany saw her in school, and alerted police.

  18. Barclays 'evaluates' its future in Africa

    Barclays bank

    UK banking giant Barclays has said it is evaluating itsfalse"strategic options" falsein Africa, and will make an announcement on Tuesday.

    The move follows a report in the London-based Financial Times newspaper on Friday that the bank's chief executive, Jess Staley, had decided to shut operations in Africa and had appointed a subcommittee to study the sale process.

    However, Barclays Africa Group has said that any announcement of a sale by its London-listed parent company would not impact the shareholding and ownership of operations in individual African states.

  19. Lions spotted in Kenya's capital

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    A lion in Kenya
    Image caption: Nairobi National Park is on the southern edge of Nairobi

    Two lions were spotted in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, early this morning, a week after several lions escaped from a nearby national park.

    The lions were seen by traffic police, who were patrolling a major highway in the city, Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement.

    A search team has now been dispatched to track the lions. 

    About a week ago, six lions strayed from the Nairobi National Park and were spotted in two heavily populated residential areas. 

    One of the lionesses, together with her cubs, were eventually tracked down and returned into the Nairobi national Park. 

    The others are believed to have found their way back into the park.