Daily Archives: February 4, 2015

Boko Haram ‘kill 70’ in Cameroon border town of Fotokol

Boko Haram militants have reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria.

The Islamist militants attacked civilians in their homes and in the town’s mosque, local officials said, setting many buildings on fire.

The attack comes a day after a regional force said it had driven the militants from a Nigerian town near Fotokol.

The Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead over the last six years.

More than a million people have also been displaced by the militants, who now control a large stretch of land in north-eastern Nigeria.

Residents of Fotokol interview by the AFP news agency said the militants had killed many people by slitting their throats.

“Boko Haram inflicted so much damage here this morning,” Umar Babakalli, a resident of Fotokol, told the agency by telephone. “They have killed dozens of people.”

The town’s main mosque is said to have been torched.

The militants were eventually driven back by Cameroonian troops, backed by Chadian forces who had been deployed as part of a regional force in the nearby Nigerian town of Gamboru.

On Tuesday, the Chadian army said it had killed more than 200 militants in the battle to recapture Gamboru. However, it added that some of the militants had escaped its offensive.

Chadian troops have entered Nigeria and Cameroon to join the offensive against Boko Haram, following widespread criticism of the Nigerian army’s failure to curb the insurgency.

BBC News

Ivory Coast win to reach Afcon final

Ivory Coast reached their third Africa Cup of Nations final in nine years after proving too strong for DR Congo.
Yaya Toure put them ahead with a ferocious 20-yard shot but soon after Dieumerci Mbokani levelled with a penalty after Eric Bailly handled.
Gervinho had a header cleared off the line before he made it 2-1 when he curled in to finish off a breakaway.
The Ivorians made sure of victory when Wilfried Kanon kneed home after Serge Aurier’s header had been saved.

BBC Sports

Rumeurs : Njié Clinton dément formellement

« Je tenais à me prononcer par rapport à toutes les rumeurs qui circulent à mon sujet. C’est du mensonge. Depuis que nous sommes revenus de la CAN, je n’ai pas encore accordé d’interview, ni fait de déclaration. Et pour tout dire je ne suis sur aucun réseau social », a tenu à préciser Clinton Njié. Il a fait parvenir ce message à un de ses proches qui a approché par la suite notre Rédaction.
Pourtant une information faisant état d’une affaire d’argent entre Volker Finke, le sélectionneur national et le joueur fait l’effet d’une bombe. Elle a circulé ce lundi à travers le pays et a alimenté toutes les conversations.

L’article paru dans un site quelconque est intitulé : « Njié Clinton parle de ses non titularisations ! ».

L’on est en droit de se poser de multiples questions : Pourquoi cet article n’est pas signé ? Pourquoi Clinton Njié qui connaît bien les canaux par lesquels il peut communiquer peut-il choisir de le faire à travers « un site anonyme » ? Ce sont là autant de questions dont les auteurs de cette « manipulation » n’ont cure. Ils jettent ainsi en pâture le tout jeune talent camerounais ainsi que son sélectionneur.


Dangote group opens 3rd cement factory

(Business in Cameroon) – The cement factory built on the banks of the Wouri River by Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote (an investment of 50 billion FCFA) will start production in the next few days and will also start selling its cement on the Cameroonian market within that timeframe. This was the assurance given by project head, Baba Abduhallï.

The latter indicated that the cement factory has already received raw materials, particularly clinker and gypsum as well as pozzolan produced from a 27-hectare quarry in Tombel (south-west region) that Dangote has been approved to mine for another 5 years.
Ahead of its production launch, the cement factory has been conducting tests on its equipment for several weeks now. With the start of activities, Dangote Cement Cameroon intends to produce 1.5 million tonnes of cement which will bring national production to approximately 3.6 million tonnes, including the 500,000 tonnes produced by Moroccan company Cimaf and Lafarge subsidiary Cimencam’s 1.6 million tonnes.
Initially slated to be launched in January 2014, then August, then October 2014, Cameroon’s 3rd cement factory has experienced delays which Dangote Group officials have attributed to “congestion at Douala Port, which slowed the import of equipment for the factory’s construction.” At first, the Dangote cement factory will employ 77 Cameroonians, 11 expatriates and around 250 temporary workers each month.