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Africa’s richest man ‘gets richer’

Africa's richest man, Nigeria's Aliko Dangote, has risen up the annual Forbes list of world billionaires, with his fortune increasing to $15.4bn (£11bn). Mr Dankoto is ranked 51, compared with 67 in the 2015 list when the magazine put his fortune at $14.7bn. He is the founder and chairman of Dangote Cement, Africa's continent's largest cement producer. The second-richest African is another Nigerian Mike Adenua, who is worth $10bn, Forbes says. The magazine puts Mr...

Shell being sued over Nigeria oil spill

Oil giant Shell is being sued in London for the second time in five years over spills in the Niger Delta. Two communities are claiming compensation and want Shell to clean up their land. Shell said it is at an "early stage" in reviewing the claims and that the case should be heard in Nigeria. The Ogale community of about 40,000 people in Rivers State, on the...

Zimbabwe soldiers charged over ‘bomb plot’

Prosecutors in Zimbabwe have reinstated charges against two soldiers accused of planning to petrol-bomb a dairy farm owned by President Robert Mugabe's family, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports. The move annuls the decision of chief prosecutor Johannes Tomana to drop the charges against the 29-year-old and 37-year-old soldiers, it reports. The legal team of the soldiers is pushing for the case to be thrown out, saying...

Nigeria ‘abducted girl to be re-united with family’

A 13-year-old Nigerian girl who was allegedly abducted and forced into marriage is to be re-united with her family today in the capital, Abuja, police say. Ese was handed over to police yesterday but could not be reunited with her parents because they arrived in Abuja late in the evening. The search for Ese began on Sunday after a paper published an article about her alleged abduction, prompting a social...

Buhari anger over budget fiasco

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed "severe punishment" for officials who embarrassed the government by doctoring the record $31bn (£20.8bn) national budget he tabled in parliament in December. "I have been a military governor, petroleum minister, military head of state and headed the Petroleum Trust Fund. Never had I heard the words 'budget padding'," Mr Buhari said in a statement. He added that Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo...

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