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  1. African nations want second term for Caf boss Ahmad

    BBC Sport Africa

    Ahmad Ahmad

    A potential second term in office for Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Ahmad Ahmad is looking considerably more likely after 46 of the continent's 54 association presidents have called on him to run again.

    The support comes despite Madagascar's Ahmad, who took charge in 2017, being yet to formally announce his intention to stand in March's elections.

    The deadline to apply is 12 November, and no formal has been submitted by any candidate yet.

    A statement signed by the heads of all Africa's six regions suggests that the 60-year-old will have widespread backing should he opt to run again, even though he is the subject of an ongoing Fifa Ethics case.

    Ahmad has previously said he would seek guidance from the continent's football fraternity before deciding to run, saying he does the role out of "collective motivation" not "personal ambition".

    Read more on BBC Sport Africa.

  2. Twenty-three Nigerian officers facing charges for brutality

    "End Sars I can't Breath" written on a boulder at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, Nigeria
    Image caption: After weeks of demonstrations, the protests turned bloody on Tuesday night

    The governor of Nigeria's most populous state has published a list of 23 police officers who have been charged or are waiting to be charged with various offences relating to brutality.

    The charges include murder, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, armed robbery and causing grievous body harm.

    It is unclear when the alleged offences were committed.

    Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, wrote on Twitter that he published the list to show he is "rebuilding Lagos and ending police brutality".

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    A number of people have reportedly been shot dead or wounded in recent protests in Lagos.

    Human rights campaigners Amnesty International said security forces killed at least 12 people in Lagos on Tuesday.

    The state governor said about 25 people had been wounded but only one person had died.

    An indefinite 24-hour curfew has been imposed in the state and other regions.

  3. Death toll in Ghana church collapse rises

    The death toll from Ghana's church that collapsed has risen to 21 after rescue services personnel retrieved more bodies from the rubble.

    The church located at Akyem Batabi, in the east of the country, collapsed as congregants were praying earlier in the week.

    President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday sent condolences to the bereaved families with the death toll at that time standing at 15:

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    The pastor in charge of the Church of Prosperity, Akwa Isaac, is in police custody to assist in investigations.

    Several worshippers were rescued from the three-storey building alive shortly after it collapsed.

    The disaster management organisation in the country tweeted photos of rescue operations on Thursday:

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  4. BA flight to Nigeria turns back over ailing passenger

    A British Airways flight turned back to London's Heathrow airport overnight while enroute to Nigeria's capital Abuja.

    The airline says the crew had to care for an unwell customer on-board.

    The aircraft landed safely and the flight was met by the emergency services.

    The flight, BA83, departed Heathrow for Nigeria just before 22:30 on Thursday night.

    Flight Radar shows it turned around over Le Mans in France and returned to UK airspace after appearing to declare an emergency.

    The London Ambulance Service says it was called at 23:23 and sent an ambulance crew to the airport.

  5. Thousands of seal pups found dead in Namibia

    Conservationists in Namibia say more than 7,000 dead seals have washed ashore in the past few days.

    Most of them are pups which have been born prematurely.

    Naude Dreyer of Ocean Conservation Namibia told the BBC's Newsday that the most likely cause is a lack of food as female seals have been known to abort their babies when they are malnourished.

    Quote Message: The most likely cause is food resources we are going through some really strange climatic changes at the moment it could be the warm currents that bring in the fish.

    He added that fish stocks had decreased at Pelican Point, a popular tourist destination known for its seals and dolphins.

    Other reasons could be toxins or disease.

    Thousands of other seals have washed up alive, but conservationists say many are so weak it will be difficult to save them.

    Quote Message: Its tragic walking around the beaches and seeing these mothers we don't really have formal rehabilitation facilities in Namibia and when they get to that point where they are malnourished its difficult to bring try and them back."

    Here is Mr Dreyer's full interview on BBC's Newsday:

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    Video caption: Conservation groups are trying to find out the reason why
  6. Court clears 13 Burkinabe presidential candidates

    President Roch Kaboré
    Image caption: President Roch Kaboré is seeking a second term

    Thirteen candidates have been cleared to run for the presidency in Burkina Faso's elections scheduled for 22 November.

    President Roch Kaboré, who is seeking a second term, and opposition leader Zephirin Diabre were among those allowed to contest.

    Others include the former ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) party's candidate Eddie Komboigo.

    The constitutional court did not clear one candidate, Kindo Harouna, because he did not pay the required nomination fee.

    Eight presidential candidates and 22 opposition parties signed an agreement in August to rally behind any candidate who will reach the second round of the elections to boost chances of unseating President Kaboré.

  7. Guinea's Condé set for victory in preliminary results

    BBC World Service

    President Alpha Conde casts his ballot during the presidential elections on 18 October  2020.
    Image caption: President Alpha Condé is seeking a controversial third term

    Preliminary results of Sunday's presidential election in Guinea indicate that the President, Alpha Condé, appears set for a first round victory.

    The election commission released fresh results late on Thursday which showed the 82-year-old president to be the clear leader in the race.

    He has a lead of 1.2 million votes with 37 of 38 electoral districts counted, Reuters news agency reports.

    But the main opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has complained of large-scale fraud and has declared himself the winner.

    There has been widespread violence in Guinea since the election and after President Condé's controversial decision earlier this year to seek a third term, which required a change to the constitution.

  8. Nigeria protest group asks people to stay at home

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    Protesters in Lagos on 9 October 2020
    Image caption: The demonstrators had been on the streets for over two weeks to push for police reforms

    The feminist coalition, a group instrumental to the formation of Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement, has encouraged young Nigerians to stay home and follow any curfews that may be in place in their states.

    The group says it will no longer be taking donations for the protests.

    The development will be seen by many as a mark of the end of a wave of protests, which had shaken Nigeria to its core.

    The announcement was made five hours after President Muhammadu Buhari warned Nigeria’s youth to stop the protests - saying that to do otherwise would undermine national security, and would not be tolerated.

    The feminist coalition says it received almost $400,000 (£306,000) in donations from around the world. Most of it has not yet been spent.

    It plans to divide the rest of the money towards #EndSARS medical and legal aid, as well as to victims of police brutality and their families.

    In a separate statement, the US Mission in Nigeria said it met Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday where it raised concerns about ongoing violence in Nigeria.

    It also condemned the use of excessive force by Nigeria's army, who shot unarmed demonstrators in Lagos on Tuesday.

    The army had previously denied reports of shooting at protesters as "fake news".


  9. Ivory Coast opposition rejects electoral reforms

    A car burns during protests
    Image caption: Opposition supporters have been protesting against the president's third term bid

    Ivory Coast's opposition has rejected the government's plan to reform the electoral commission ahead of next week's election

    It maintains it will boycott the elections.

    President Alassane Ouattara is vying for a controversial third term. His candidature has caused unrest in the country.

    The UN has expressed concern over ongoing violence that has in recent days left at least seven people dead and more than 40 injured, according to the authorities.

    "Opposition candidates are maintaining their policy of civil disobedience and reiterate their request for international mediation," Maurice Kakou Guikahue, a spokesperson for the opposition, told reporters on Thursday.

    The two main opposition candidates - former President Henri Konan Bédié and former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan - announced the boycott earlier in the month.

    They asked their supporters to block what they described as an electoral coup.


  10. Nigeria suspends school exams amid protest violence

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    A protester in the #EndSARS demonstrations
    Image caption: The demonstrators want major reforms

    Nigeria has suspended ongoing national examination for final year students in secondary schools amidst violent clashes between anti-police brutality protesters and security forces in the country.

    The commercial hub, Lagos, and other parts of the country have seen buildings torched, shopping centres looted and prisons attacked since Tuesday's shooting of protesters.

    The National Examination Council (Neco) said the decision to suspend the examinations was also due to round-the-clock curfew imposed by some state governors.

    The council has directed examiners to return to their stations and await further instructions.

    The Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) determines transition to universities and institutions of higher learning.

    An official of the examining body told the BBC that the exams would resume in mid-November.

    On Thursday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari urged protesters to stop demonstrating and instead engage with the government "in finding solutions".

    Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed by soldiers and police in Lagos on Tuesday.


  11. Friday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: The best trees grow on the steepest hills." from Sent by Mabor Dut in Cairo, Egypt.
    Sent by Mabor Dut in Cairo, Egypt.
    A drawing of a tree on a hill

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

  12. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    We'll be back on Friday

    This is where the BBC Africa Live team says goodnight, but for updates on what Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said in his national address please check our main news site.

    There will be an automated service on this page until Friday morning.

    You can also keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: One arm doesn’t climb the tree." from An Ewondo proverb sent by Christian Messina Mvogo in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
    An Ewondo proverb sent by Christian Messina Mvogo in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this image from the protests in Nigeria taken by our colleague Grace Ekpu:

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  13. Six killed in violence ahead of Ivorian poll

    We've focused a lot on what's been going on in Nigeria today, but there have been stories from elsewhere in the continent. Here are some of the brief details:

    • At least six people have died in southern Ivory Coast as supporters of rival candidates clashed ahead of 31 October elections
    • Police in Liberia have been interrogating 55 people who were picked up on Wednesday when riot police forcibly put down a demonstration by a crowd of Guineans who had stormed their embassy in Monrovia, as part of the election standoff back home
    • Campaign groups have demanded the immediate release of four journalists in Burundi who were arrested exactly a year ago
    • A court in South Africa has granted bail to one of two suspects in a murder case which has inflamed racial tension. Earlier this month, white farmers overturned a police truck and stormed the court building
    • Authorities in southern Ethiopia are investigating the killing of at least 31 people in a farming community. They are just the latest in a series of violent attacks in the country
  14. Ex-Malawian cabinet minister jailed for five years

    Peter Jegwa

    Lilongwe, Malawi

    The High Court in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, has handed an influential former cabinet minister, Uladi Mussa, a five-year sentence for the abuse of his office.

    Mussa had been arrested for his role in aiding foreign nationals fraudulently acquire a Malawian passport and citizenship when he served as home affairs minister under former President Joyce Banda.

    Three former immigration officers who were charged alongside Mussa have also been handed prison sentences of between three and six years.

    Mussa is a former MP who had served in various cabinet portfolios under four different presidents.

    Soon after today’s ruling heavily armed police officers warded off journalists who were attempting to seek the ex-minister’s reaction before he was taken to prison, but his lawyer Paul Maulidi said he would appeal against both the conviction and the sentence.

    In July last year, the US Government imposed a travel ban against the arrested former minister citing what they termed “credible information connecting Mussa to corruption”.

  15. 'We thought we had more time with him'

    BBC OS

    People in the streets in the dark
    Image caption: Oke Obi-Enadhuze is believed to have been killed on Tuesday evening

    Many people in Nigeria are using the hashtag #RIPOke to pay tribute to Oke Obi-Enadhuze, a young man allegedly killed during protests this week.

    Photos and videos showing the moments following his death have been circulating on social media.

    BBC OS on World Service radio has been hearing from Lola, a close friend of Oke’s.

    “He was a really talented product designer,” she said. “He was also the most reliable person I had in my life. He was always there to talk.

    “He’s not the kind of person who deserved this. I think that’s why everybody is so shocked. I’m shocked beyond words. We thought we had more time with him.”

    You can listen to the OS programme here.

  16. Tanzania: 300 militants crossed over from Mozambique

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC News, Dodoma

    Map of Tanzania and Mozambique

    Police in Tanzania have confirmed that more than 300 armed men from Mozambique raided a village in southern Tanzania, killing a number of locals.

    It is the first time the Tanzanian authorities have publicly acknowledged the presence militants from Mozambique in the country.

    Northern Mozambique is in the grip of a militant Islamist insurgency that has claimed more than 1,500 lives.

    Last week, it was widely reported that conflict had spilled into Tanzania, with a number of villagers killed and on Thursday, the head of Tanzania's police acknowledged this.

    Inspector General Simon Sirro said 300 "terrorists" attacked a village in Mtwara region.

    He said that Tanzanians were among the attackers and added that they were arrested before they could flee back to Mozambique.

    “We will continue to confront [the attackers] until we are able to trace their network,” he said in a statement.

    The Tanzanian government had previously declined to comment on the incident.

    The insurgency in Mozambique is now in its third year and the government in Maputo is struggling to contain it.

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  17. A day of fear and violence in Nigeria

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    Burnt out car

    There’s been a breakdown in law and order in Nigeria following the shooting of peaceful protesters on Tuesday.

    The incident which took place in the Lagos suburb of Lekki has drawn international outrage.

    Businesses, police stations and administrative buildings have been looted and torched.

    Lagos is usually a bustling city with round-the-clock traffic, but it has been brought to a standstill.

    Its affluent business districts are eerily quiet.

    Burnt tyres smoulder on residential streets and people walk with their hands up to show they’re not armed.

    There are informal roadblocks set up by groups of young men, and official ones manned by the police, enforcing a 24-hour curfew.

    Yet vandals have still managed to move freely enough to cause havoc.

    In the oldest part of the city, a high court has gone up in flames.

    We find somebody’s charred will, and cars seized by the court having been burnt to a crisp.

    Neighbours told us that neither the security forces nor the fire service came, as the 70-year-old building burnt overnight.

    On television this morning, the governor of Lagos admitted he hadn’t been able to reach President Buhari since the shootings.

  18. Buhari: Army should act within the law

    An assistant to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been tweeting more details about the outcome of a security meeting in the capital, Abuja.

    Mr Buhari said that he does not "desire to see any unwanted loss of lives and he is determined to ensure that things do not cascade into unpleasant situation", Bashir Ahmad tweeted.

    But there did not seem to be any specific mention of the reported shooting of protesters in Lagos on Tuesday which has caused global condemnation.

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    The president's security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said that as the government has conceded to the protesters' demands "it is logical for the protesters to take a step back, take stock of their activities and come to a meeting point with government and its agencies’’, reports the BBC Ishaq Khalid in Abuja.

    The president is due to address the nation at 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

    Mr Monguno said the government was looking into what happened on Tuesday evening in Lagos.

  19. Buhari: Security forces 'should show restraint'

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said that soldiers and policemen should show restraint and operate within "the confines of legality", according to his national security adviser Babagana Monguno quoted by the Reuters news agency.

    "The security agencies have been asked to apply as much restraint as possible," Mr Monguno is reported to have said after the president held a meeting with his defence chiefs.

    "But then again, the youths should also understand that pushing their luck might also result in unwanted issues."

  20. Inmates break out of prison in southern Nigeria

    An unknown number of prisoners escaped from a prison in Delta state, southern Nigeria, amid heavy shooting from security operatives, police have told the BBC Pidgin service.

    The jailbreak in Warri began after people tried to force their way into the facility.

    In another incident, dozens of inmates are reported to have escaped from a jail in Ondo state after it came under attack.

    And an attempted jailbreak at the Ikoyi prison in Lagos was foiled by the security forces earlier on Thursday.

    Videos shared online showed smoke billowing from parts of the prison while inmates were seen running.

    The prison authorities called for reinforcements and they said that no prisoners managed to escape.