The Africa Report: 09 May

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

A picture dated June 7, 2012 shows US ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens (L), shaking hands with Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil (R) after presenting his credentials during a meeting in Tripoli. Stevens, and three officials were killed when a mob attacked the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the interior ministry said on September 12, 2012. Picture: AFP.


In United States, congressional hearings held to discuss the September Benghazi attacks, the panel were told that more could have been done to save the US Ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

One of the US diplomats stationed in Libya's capital city, Tripoli, at the time of attacks, Gregory Hicks, was the first to find out about the deaths of Stevens and three more of his colleagues.

Hicks stated that he was "stunned" and "embarrassed" after hearing United Nations Ambassador, Susan Rice, claimed the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous one.

According to Hicks, the self-proclaimed whistleblower, Rice's account of the attack diverged from the truth as he had known all along about the planned attack that followed an anti-Islamic film circulated in 2012.

Susan Rice's statements lost her the job of US Secretary of State.

The findings on the attack indicated that that orders had been given on incomplete information and that there was no attempt to mislead the public.

Hicks and two other officials who were also stationed in Libya at the time, concluded that more should have been done to safeguard personnel.



On Tuesday, 20 police officers were killed in central Nigeria by ethnic militia.

The attack followed an attempt by police to raid and arrest the ethnic minority in the Alakio village in the Nasarawa State.

The raid and arrests were an attempt to stop a gang from forcing locals to take part in blood oaths.

The officers were ambushed by the militia.

Nigerian authorities have made it clear that Islamic fundamentalists, Boko Haram, had nothing to do with the attack, but rather it was an ethnic minority, one of 250 ethnicities belonging to Nigeria's population of 160 million.