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The Stories You Need To Know: Former Nigerian Minister Ready To Go To Jail, Kidnapped US Journalist Found Safe In The DRC, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

SENEGAL–Eight people were killed when a wall collapsed at a football stadium on Sunday. All sporting events have since been suspended in the country until elections at the end of the month. Read the full story here.


SOUTH AFRICA–Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has revealed that her ministry spent more than R10 million on flowers and gifts for employees, in the 2013-14 financial year. The official opposition the Democratic Alliance is demanding answers as to why so much money was spent on gifts when it could have been used to alleviate housing backlog. Read the party's full statement here.

DRC–A US journalist kidnapped by a militia group in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found safe. Read the full story here.

NIGERIA–Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke is being investigated for a series of fraud and money laundering in Nigeria, UK and the US. In a recorded conversation recovered by investigators probing the corrupt allegations, she claimed to be ready to say her part in the alleged fraud, threatening to reveal the part of alleged co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide omokore. Read the full story here.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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