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  1. Ethiopia returns fleeing Eritreans to refugee camps

    BBC World Service

    Ethiopia says it's bussing Eritrean refugees from the capital, Addis Ababa, back to two camps in Tigray they had fled to escape the fighting there.

    A statement spoke of a large number of "misinformed refugees" moving out in an irregular manner, and insisted they were being returned safely.

    The UN refugee agency said any relocation would be absolutely unacceptable.

    Earlier, the Ethiopian government dismissed suggestions by the same UN agency that the fighting in Tigray was preventing aid from reaching civilians.

    It said they were untrue and undermined work to stabilise the region.

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  2. Nigeria readies to receive 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    The Nigerian government says it’s put machinery in place to receive 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine by early next year.

    This comes as the Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, ordered all isolation centres across the country to reopen, in light of the rising number of daily confirmed cases.

    Africa’s most populous nation says priority would be given to workers in the health sector and vulnerable citizens to receive the vaccine first.

    At a Covid-19 media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the head of Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, said the country will be using its polio vaccination system to ensure effective delivery of the vaccines.

    Mr Shuaib said that 92 countries, including Nigeria, had formed an international coalition to ensure access and safety of vaccines.

    This week a senior Nigerian Army officer reportedly died of Covid-19 complications in Abuja.

    Over the past week, Nigeria has seen an upsurge in the number of daily confirmed cases, sparking fears there will be a second wave of the pandemic.

  3. Release from house arrest changes nothing - Kamto

    Maurice Kamto, leader of Cameroon Renaissance Movement
    Image caption: The Cameroonian opposition figure was confined at home for 78 days

    Cameroonian opposition MRC leader Maurice Kamto has slammed the government for wasting time and resources in keeping him under house arrest until earlier this week.

    He had spent 78 days in confinement after calling peaceful anti-government protests in September that saw hundreds of demonstrators arrested. A number of journalists at the scene were also detained.

    Days before his release on Tuesday, Cameroon held its first regional council elections aimed at pacifying those calling for federalism. Mr Kamto and some other oppositions figures boycotted the vote, which saw the ruling CPDM party win nine out of 10 councils.

    In an interview with the BBC, Mr Kamto said he will keep fighting for electoral reforms, and a resolution to the crisis in Cameroon's Anglophone regions, where separatists are waging an insurgency and government forces have been accused of atrocities.

    He accused President Paul Biya's government of reversing the gains Cameroon made in its democratisation process.

    He told the BBC’s Killian Ngala about his experience under house arrest:

    Quote Message: It prevented me from my engagements abroad - teaching in some universities where I was invited as a professor. I couldn't carry on my professional duties as usual... But I still managed to do some work, to continue to sit for doctorate defences via Zoom."
    Quote Message: The retreat of police from around my house doesn't change anything as far as I'm concerned. The problem is the situation of our country and until you resolve the Anglophone crisis, stop the bloodshed in the North-West and South-West [regions] - until you agree to make a consensual reform of the electoral code to avoid further post-electoral crisis in this country - it doesn't change anything whether you maintain me in house detention without any legal basis, or you give me my normal constitutional freedom to move."

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  4. Thwarted ex-president rejects Ghana election results

    John Mahama
    Image caption: John Mahama accuses the military of interfering

    Ghana's opposition NDC presidential candidate John Mahama has said he will "not accept anything short of a declaration of the legitimate results", despite the electoral commission declaring incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo winner of the election with 51.59% of total votes cast.

    Mr Mahama led Ghana between 2012 and 2017. He ran for office again in this month's presidential election but came a close second with 47.36% of the vote, according to the electoral body.

    He also accused the military of interfering in the election, and told reporters, "we will take all legitimate steps to reverse this tragedy of justice".

    Mr Mahama said the verification process hadn’t been followed, making the vote "illegal", Bloomberg reports.

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