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Summary

  1. President Buhari sacks Nigeria's wanted ex-pension boss
  2. Row over 'whites only' job advert for M-Net
  3. Mozambique uncovers traffic police corruption scam
  4. Nigeria to freeze 46 million bank accounts
  5. Kenyan prosecutors order arrest of Raila Odinga's sister
  6. Tanzania arrests over 'promoting homosexuality'
  7. Derailed train injures five in Ghana
  8. Nigeria university 'hires snake charmers'
  9. Outrage over Algeria website 'censorship'
  10. Female bombers target Nigeria's Maiduguri, killing 14

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By Lucy Fleming and Natasha Booty

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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 check the BBC News website.

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  2. Mozambique uncovers traffic police corruption scam

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Twenty-two civil servants, mainly traffic police officers, have been detained for allegedly siphoning off the equivalent of more than $6.4m (£4.8m) from state coffers over three months, the country’s anti-corruption body says.

    The Mozambican Central Office for the Fight Against Corruption says the money was stolen between July and September this year.

    Its spokesman Cristovao Mondlane says 18 of the 22 detainees were caught in the act.

    Quote Message: These state workers retrieve the money claiming to be paying for services provided by ghost companies - set up by them or relatives.
    Quote Message: These relatives do not even meet the prerequisites to be awarded bids. And even without providing any service to the state they are paid. Sometimes, the money is stolen through over-invoicing."
  3. Outrage over Algeria website censorship

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent

    A sign reading 'no to censorship' in French and Arabic
    Image caption: The news site - still accessible outside Algeria - has posted the "no to censorship" statement

    Editors of 16 Algerian news outlets have condemned the "censorship" of leading online news agency Tout sur l'Algérie (All About Algeria), which has been offline in Algeria for almost three weeks.

    The director of the website believes it was targeted for being critical of the government.

    But Algerian authorities deny any involvement and the minister of communications said earlier this month that his department had nothing to do with it.

    Tout sur l'Algérie has been inaccessible via two of the country’s state-owned internet providers for nearly three weeks.

    The media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says the state-run telecoms company has not explained why the site remains blocked.

    A joint statement (in French) by the 16 Algerian editors describes the blockade as “censorship” and an attack “on the fundamental freedoms of expression”.

    In the past year, Algeria has dropped five places in the World Press Freedom Index.

    Several journalists and bloggers have been jailed in recent years.

    The state’s rising intervention in broadcast content means Algerian media professionals are feeling increasingly under pressure.

  4. Nigeria to freeze 46 million bank accounts

    A man counts a stack of 1,000 Naira notes

    About 46 million bank accounts in Nigeria which are not linked to customers' biometric data are to be frozen as part of moves to crack down on corruption.

    Last Tuesday, the High Court ordered that the Central Bank of Nigeria and the 19 commercial banks in the country freeze any account without a Bank Verification Number (BVN).

    Every bank customer in Nigeria has been required to have their biometric details captured and linked to a unique number that can be verified across every account and transaction in every bank.

    The case was brought by the attorney general and news of the order only became public at the weekend.

    The court ordered the banks to disclose the details of all accounts without a BVN and forfeit the proceeds to the government.

    The BBC’s Chris Ewokor in the capital, Abuja, says tens of millions of dollars are believed to be trapped in these accounts.

    The banks must first advertise the accounts without BVNs in a national newspaper to notify those affected.

  5. Derailed train injures five in Ghana

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Derailed train in Ghana

    A number of people have been injured after a train derailed in Ghana's capital, Accra.

    The cause of the accident is not yet known. But authorities suspect weak rail tracks.

    Eyewitnesses say at least five people are receiving treatment at the hospital.

    The Accra-to-Nsawam route serves thousands of commuters every day.

    The railway has become a convenient means of travel for traders who live on the outskirts of Accra.

    A similar accident occurred in 2015.

    Some of the rail tracks have not been replaced for many years.

    People inspect railway tracks
  6. Africa's first black female Olympic champion

    Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu pulled off a spectacular victory to win gold in the 10,000m final at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

    Twenty-five years on, she reflects on how she made history to become the first black African woman to win Olympic gold.

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    Video caption: Derartu Tulu: Africa's first black female Olympic champion
  7. Will Africa commit to end child marriage?

    A 15-year-old child bride in Niger
    Image caption: In Niger 67% of girls are married before legal age, according to Save The Children

    A three-day summit on child marriage is under way in Senegal between international rights groups like Save The Children along with officials from West and Central Africa, religious and traditional leaders and civil society groups.

    An estimated 15 million children are married before the age of 18 across the world, says a spokesperson for Save The Children, who adds that five of the six highest rates are in Africa - Niger, Chad, CAR, Mali and Guinea.

    The summit has so far achieved one high-level commitment - from the first lady of Burkina Faso, who pledged that her nation would end child marriage by 2025.

    Focus on Africa radio spoke to Loveness Mudzuru, a child bride who fought back and made legal history by outlawing child marriage in Zimbabwe. She said:

    Quote Message: My mum found I was pregnant six months into it - I was supposed to be writing my exams two weeks later.
    Quote Message: My whole life in school I was a brilliant student, so I thought, 'This is the end of my life – I am never going to be a lawyer [like] I always wanted.'
    Quote Message: I had to leave my mother’s house to stay with my husband. Luckily my mother-in-law understood I wanted to go and write my [school-leaver] exams.
    Quote Message: In my marriage I experienced physical abuse. Child brides are isolated - by society... You are alone.
    Quote Message: A person can only make rational decisions when they get to 21 years old.
    Quote Message: A child needs someone who cares for them, not the other way around."
  8. Kenyan businesses feel the political heat

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenya’s electoral crisis is proving disastrous for the economy, according to businesses large and small as customers are reluctant to spend money.

    Pamela Akinyi, who runs a welding plant on a busy street in the capital, Nairobi, says her business is dying.

    Man welding in Kenya

    Her workers make windows and doors frames and grills.

    Before the electoral crisis she used to sell 20 products a day. She may not make a sale in three days now – and then only for one window frame.

    Ms Akinyi says her customers are afraid to buy in bulk until they know the outcome of the re-run of the presidential election on Thursday.

    Pamela Akinyi (R) in Kenya

    Vimal Shah, company chairman of Bidco Africa, one of the largest manufacturers in East Africa, agrees the market is sluggish.

    His company produces more than 600 tonnes of oil and soap products a day and the warehouse is piling up, even though products are usually fast moving.

    Bidco Africa workers in Kenya

    Mr Shah does remain optimistic about the country’s prospects and the firm is set to open up another plant next month, but he urges politicians to put the country first.

    Bidco Africa worker in a Kenyan warehouse

    Last month, the Supreme Court annulled August’s presidential election result, citing irregularities.

    The opposition has withdrawn from the repeat poll demanding sweeping reforms first.

    Some projections suggest it may take Kenya two years to recover economically from the effects of the political uncertainty.

  9. Liberia's George Weah attends TB Joshua church

    Pastor TB Joshua and George Weah shake hands in the church
    Image caption: Pastor TB Joshua (R) greeted George Weah with a handshake

    Liberian presidential hopeful and former football star George Weah has been spotted at church service led by Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua.

    Mr Joshua, who is one of Nigeria's best-known evangelists with influence at home and in other African countries, said: “My brother is here today because he loves his country and wants God’s choice for his country."

    Joseph Boakai - Mr Weah's challenger in the second round run-off vote next month - is also reported to have contacted TB Joshua to request a meeting, according to Nigeria's Premium Times.

    Mr Weah said he had come to the service at the Synagogue Church Of All Nations in the Nigerian city of Lagos on Sunday to “seek God’s face” for his nation.

    The service was broadcast live on the Christian channel Emmanuel TV.

  10. Buhari sacks Nigeria's ex-pension boss

    Adejuwon Soyinka

    BBC Pidgin editor, Lagos

    L: EFCC logo.  R: Abdulrasheed Maina
    Image caption: Abdulrasheed Maina is the on the EFCC's wanted list

    Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate sacking of Abdulrasheed Maina, the controversial former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms.

    Despite being wanted by Nigeria's anti-corruption body on allegations of corruption, Mr Maina was recently appointed to a new civil service position (see earlier entry).

    Mr Buhari also demanded that the head of the civil service provide “a full report of the circumstances of Maina's recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior”, a statement from presidential adviser Femi Adeshina said.

    The president wanted the report before the end of work on Monday, it added.

    Mr Maina, who had fled the country in 2015, denied allegations of embezzling $5.5m (£4.2m).

    He remains on the wanted list of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

  11. How Edna Adan became the first Somali female driver

    Somaliland’s veteran nurse, midwife, politician and women’s rights campaigner Edna Adan Ismail is this week’s guest on the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs.

    She told the BBC’s Kirsty Young that her dream as a 12-year-old to build her own hospital was realised more than 50 years later when the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital opened in 2002 – and since then more than 22,000 children have been born there.

    Married three times, she admits she was “not the ideal Somali wife”:

    Quote Message: I think; I work; I voice my opinion; I have a brain and I try to use it; I’m a hopeless cook; I did not bear children."

    But she says not having children may have been a good thing:

    Quote Message: At the end of the day if I had children I would not have spent so much time and resources and energy on my hospital today and when I was praying for just one or two children I think God had four million and more for me."

    The 80-year-old also revealed that she became the first Somali woman to get a driving licence and was fined at one stage for "impersonating a man at the wheel":

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    Video caption: Edna Adan Ismail, midwife, on learning to drive in 1950s London.

    A guest on Desert Island Discs must chose eight records, a book and a luxury item to take with them as they're cast away on a mythical desert island.

    This was Ms Adan's line-up:

    1. Happy - by Pharrell Williams
    2. Heetsa Maxay Dantu Ciishay Wiiloo - by Cabdi Nuur Alaale
    3. Je Ne Regrette Rien - by Edith Piaf
    4. Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – a poem by Robert Frost
    5. My Way - by Frank Sinatra
    6. These Foolish Things - by Ella Fitzgerald
    7. I Will Always Love You - by Whitney Houston
    8. Island In The Sun - by Harry Belafonte.

    Ms Adan is a former foreign minister in Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, but this has not been internationally recognised.

  12. Diplomats warn Kenyan leaders

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Western diplomats have urged Kenyan politicians to stop engaging in "dangerous behaviour" as tension mounts ahead of the re-run of the presidential poll in Kenya.

    In a statement, they said the election must be held in accordance with the constitution.

    They urged President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign recent amendments to the electoral law.

    US Ambassador Robert Godec also said that if the electoral commission felt it was not ready for Thursday's poll, it should ask the courts for a delay, the AFP news agency reports.

    "We would be fine with that," it quotes him as saying.

    But following a meeting with the electoral commission, Mr Kenyatta insisted the body deliver the election on Thursday.

    The main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has pulled out of the re-run, saying it will not be credible.

    Employees check ballots for Kenya's upcoming presidential elections before their shipment from Dubai -  21 October 21 2017
    Image caption: Raila Odinga will appear on the ballot despite withdrawing from the poll
  13. Dear Diary: Chronicling my Boko Haram kidnapping

    A quote from Naomi Adamu reads "I wrote it for remembrance"

    One of the Chibok girls freed in May has been telling journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani how a diary was kept of some of her three years in captivity with Boko Haram Islamist militants.

    Among the oldest in her class, Naomi Adamu was 24 when she and more than 200 mainly Christian students were taken off into Boko Haram's Sambisa forest hideout in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014, sparking global outrage.

    While in captivity, the girls were given exercise books for the Koranic classes they were made to attend.

    But some of the girls used these to keep secret diaries. When the militants found out, they were forced to burn the books.

    Ms Adamu managed to hide hers. She and her close friend, Sarah Samuel, now 20, and three other girls used the books to chronicle some of their experiences.

    A close shot of handwritten text in a notebook diary

    The diary entries include some key revelations, including the suggestion that kidnap was not the plan. Instead, the militants who attacked the Chibok school had planned to steal an "engine block".

    Read the full story on the BBC news site.

  14. Niger ambush widow - 'They won't let me see my husband'

    The widow of a US soldier who was killed in action in Niger hit the headlines recently when a senior politician claimed President Donald Trump told the deceased's family in a phone call that "he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts".

    President Trump denies making the comments and says the politician - Congresswoman Frederica Wilson - is not telling the truth.

    But La David Johnson's widow has now spoken publicly for the first time, telling US TV news programme Good Morning America that "whatever [Congresswoman Frederica Wilson] said was not fabricated. What she said was 100% correct."

    She adds that she has been prevented from seeing her husband's body.

    Quote Message: They won't show me a finger, a hand. I don't know what's in that box. It could be empty for all I know. But I need to see my husband. I haven't seen him since he came home." from Myeshia Johnson Widow of Sgt La David Johnson
    Myeshia JohnsonWidow of Sgt La David Johnson
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    La David Johnson was one of four soldiers killed - three of them from the US - in an ambush in Niger near the border with Mali.

    The US soldiers had been providing advice and assistance in Niger's counter-terror operations and come under "hostile fire", the US Africa Command has said.

    Islamist militants, including al-Qaeda fighters, operate in the region.

    Mrs Johnson was recently forced to speak out after a fake Facebook post began circulating which was written in her name and defended Mr Trump.

    Mrs Johnson says the post criticising Ms Wilson - who has been in a war of words with Mr Trump - was written by someone claiming to be her.

  15. Pope calls for Kenya dialogue ahead of elections

    A youth holds a banner bearing an image of Pope Francis, as he waits for the arrival of the Pontiff at the Church of St Joseph the Worker at the Kangemi slum in Nairobi on November 27, 2015.
    Image caption: Pope Francis visited Kenya in 2015

    The head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis has called for dialogue in Kenya where political tension is rising ahead of this week's re-run of the cancelled presidential poll.

    Speaking during a prayer service in Italy, the Pope said he was following the situation in Kenya with "close attention".

    He also said he was praying "that the whole country might be able to face the current difficulties in a climate of constructive dialogue, having at heart the search for the common good".

    Almost a third of Kenya's population are Catholics, according to data from The Vatican.

    Raila Odinga had been due to compete against President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat of Kenya's presidential election on Thursday, but pulled out earlier this month, saying the polls would not be free and fair.

  16. Tanzania arrests over 'promoting homosexuality'

    Tulanana Bohela

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    Anonymous shot of two men holding hands
    Image caption: Gay sex is banned in Tanzania, as it is in many African countries

    Police in Tanzania have re-arrested 12 people, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for presumed promotion of homosexuality.

    The 12 individuals were initially arrested at a hotel last week but were released on bail, only to be arrested once again over the weekend.

    They are currently being held in Dar es Salaam’s central police station as they await legal charges.

    The majority are said to be part of the non-governmental organisation Community Health Education Services and Advocacy.

    Their lawyer Jebra Kombole said they were first arrested as they sought a legal consultation to challenge the government over its decision to restrict healthcare services to LGBT community members.

    This is the government's latest crackdown on people who are presumed to support LGBT communities.

    In February, the East Africa nation provoked criticism from human rights groups for announcing the closure of several health centres specialising in HIV/Aids prevention, alleging they were fronts for promoting homosexuality.

    Homosexual acts in Tanzanian can attract punishments from 30 years to life imprisonment.

  17. Nigeria's ex-pension boss 'still on wanted listed'

    ABDULRASHEED MAINA
    Image caption: As far as the EFCC is concerned, Abdulrasheed Maina remains at large

    Nigeria's anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is calling for the arrest of the country's former pension boss, saying he is still on their wanted list.

    Abdulrasheed Maina previously led the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms but was sacked and fled the country in 2015 after he was accused of fraud to the tune of $5.5m (£4.2m). He denied the allegations.

    On Friday, it was reported that the government had appointed Mr Maina to take up another role in the civil service - director of the Ministry of Interior.

    Civil society groups say the appointment casts doubt on President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to eradicating corruption.

    Nigeria's Punch news site reports that others - including the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption and human rights lawyer Femi Falana - back the EFCC's call to arrest Mr Maina.

    The EFCC website states that Mr Maina "remains at large, after charges were filed against his accomplices".

  18. Will Gambia's Yahya Jammeh have his day in court?

    A campaign has been launched by Gambian activists to bring former President Yahya Jammeh to justice.

    He's currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea - and faces accusations of ordering killings and torture to suppress dissent.

    Reed Brody, a Human Rights Watch lawyer who was instrumental in bringing former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to justice, told BBC Newsday's about the campaign:

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    Video caption: A campaign is launched to bring the former Gambian President to justice

    More highlights from BBC Newsday.

  19. Egypt disputes death toll from desert shoot-out

    Egypt's government has disputed reports that more than 50 policemen were killed in a shoot-out with militants in the Western Desert on Friday.

    The interior ministry said only 16 policemen died when they were ambushed during a mission in the Bahariya oasis.

    Egypt's State Information Service (SIS) criticised the BBC and Reuters news agency for citing unnamed sources for the death tolls in their articles.

    No group admitted to the attack, some 135km (84 miles) south-west of Cairo.

    But hundreds of police and soldiers have been killed by jihadist militants affiliated to so-called Islamic State (IS) since 2013, when the Egyptian military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

    Read the BBC News story for more.

    Funeral of one of those who died in the shoot-out
    Image caption: Egypt's government said 11 officers, four conscripts and one sergeant were killed
  20. 'Only whites may apply' - South African advert for TV job

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Advert for Idols
    Image caption: M-Net broadcasts popular South African talent show Idols among other productions

    A South African TV channel has distanced itself from a “whites only” vacancy advertised at the company.

    Posted online on a recruitment agency website, the advert for a job at M-Net reads:

    Quote Message: We are specifically looking for a white, English-speaking commissioning editor as this role is for someone who will produce soapies and programmes in this specific demographic."

    M-Net has fired the recruitment company responsible, South Africa's Channel 24 news site reports.

    M-Net told local media that it did not authorise the advert, saying the process was managed by Ambit Recruitment which then subcontracted another group without M-Net's consent.

    Eyewitness News reports M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle as saying:

    Quote Message: M-Net was absolutely appalled to learn about this advert. We would never advertise for a position in this way. It is clearly racist, against the constitution and against our values.”