86 elephants killed in one week

EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish looks at the day's top African news.

An African elephant. Picture: animal.nationalgeographic.com

PRETORIA - Within the last week, at least 86 elephants, including 33 pregnant cows and 15 youth, have been killed.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), it is likely that these poachers belong to the same group who killed 300 elephants in February 2012.

The herd that is currently being targeted is one of the last remaining elephant populations in central Africa and is evidence that the endangerment of the species is parlous.

Thirty years ago, there were 150 000 elephants in central Africa. That number is down to less than 2000 today.

Groups of elephants follow traditional migration routes during the dry season from the Central African Republic, through Chad to Cameroon.



Former Zambian president interrogated on corruption allegations

On Tuesday, former Zambian president Rupiah Banda began facing the corruption allegations brought against him.

He his is to answer allegations of corruption during his three years in charge of Africa's biggest copper producer.

Police barricaded roads leading to the national anti-drugs offices, where Banda underwent more than two hours of questioning behind closed doors.

There was some unrest around his interrogation on Tuesday with people wanting to escort him into the area in which he was questioned.

Among the allegations he faces is entering into an illegal oil contract with a Nigerian firm.

$2, 5 million was deposited into an offshore account to Banda and he is also accused of procuring loan agreements of $1 million from firms listed in Dubai.



Death toll rises after a suicide car bomb at a Nigerian bus station

On Monday, the city of Kano, Nigeria, was rocked by a suicide car bomb and a boat capsizal that has left scores of victims dead.

Initially, the police were saying that the death toll was 22 but sources are saying that in different hospitals there are 20 in one and 21 in another.

A rescue official said late on Tuesday that 41 people were killed, 65 others injured, and five luxury buses burnt to ashes so far.

Two men rammed an explosive-laden blue VW Golf into a fully-loaded passenger bus in a mainly Christian neighbourhood in Kano, northwest Nigeria's predominantly Muslim commercial centre.

The city is northern Nigeria's busiest city, and the car bomb was timed at 5PM when the buses leave for a 17-hour overnight trip to Lagos.