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The Africa Report: 20 September

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

French President Francois Hollande. Picture: AFP

OIL THEFT BLEEDS NIGERIAN ECONOMY

Nigerian oil is being stolen on an industrial scale with at least 100,000 barrels being taken on a daily basis.

A report published by Chatham House, Nigeria's Criminal Crude: International Options to Combat the Exports of Stolen Oil, states that Nigeria, the world's 13th largest oil producer, loses 100,000 barrels a day to oil theft.

Each barrel costs approximately $100, leaving the Nigerian economy without $3.65 billion in revenue every year.

Nigeria loses between six and 30 percent of its 2 million barrels produced on a daily basis to theft.

Barrels are stolen from tank farms, refineries, storage tanks on jetties, and ports.

Figures and shipping documents are manipulated and those guilty of the fraud include politicians, oil traders, military officers, rebels, and surrounding communities.

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FRANCE WANTS HELP TO FREE HOSTAGES

French President Francois Hollande has called upon African leaders to assist France in getting their hostages back from al Qaeda.

Hollande, who was in Africa to attend the inauguration of newly elected Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, made a plea to African regions to assist in locating and rescuing French hostages captured al Qaeda's north African branch.

On Monday, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video showing seven hostages, four of which are French nationals.

After his summit on obtaining a United Nations Resolution for the Central African Republic, Hollande met with African leaders and requested their assistance.

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KENYAN SITE NAMES AND SHAMES POACHERS

An online anti-poaching site has been launched by Kenyans to publicise the names of any and all individuals involved in the massacre of wildlife.

Poachers Exposed, www.poachersexposed.com, was launched by Kenyans United Against Poaching (Kuapo).

Individuals charged or convicted, this includes the poacher and the trafficker, will be publically named and shamed on the website's "Convicted Poachers" platform.

Also assisting the fight against poaching in Africa is the French government who donated money to Mali to combat the slaughtering of elephants.