- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 5, 2002

Cameroon releases 165 seized in Bakassi
LAGOS, Nigeria Cameroon has released at least 165 Nigerians arrested and detained for purported trespassing and espionage, the Daily Times newspaper reports.
The Nigerians, including four women, were handed over Tuesday to Nigerian authorities in Calabar, the capital of the southeastern Cross River state, the paper said. The Nigerians were reported to have been arrested between January and July.
One of those freed said she was seized Feb. 9 while shopping for fish on the Bakassi Peninsula, a disputed 390-square-mile territory in the Gulf of Guinea.

Parliamentarians list Obasanjo charges
ABUJA, Nigeria Lawmakers gave reporters yesterday a list of 17 purported constitutional breaches by President Olusegun Obasanjo, some of which they said "amount to gross misconduct," for which they are threatening impeachment.
One of the charges, according to the document, is that Mr. Obasanjo sent 2,000 troops to Odi in southern Bayelsa state this year to avenge the killing of about a dozen security men. About 300 people in Odi were reported killed by the troops, and the president has yet to account for the incident.
The president's purported refusal to appoint an oil minister since 1999, his merging of some government agencies and his appointment in 1999 of the inspector general of police without consulting parliament were also cited.

Brazzaville restores rail link to Atlantic
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo Soldiers escorted a train to Brazzaville, a week after a rebel attack closed the main rail link to the Atlantic Ocean port of Pointe-Noire, railway officials report.
The temporary closure followed an attack on Aug. 24 in the troubled Pool region, on the southwestern outskirts of Brazzaville. Twenty-seven persons were killed when suspected members of a die-hard rebel group called the Ninjas attacked a freight train and made off with its food and goods cargo.

Rwanda repatriates 1,300 Tutsi refugees
KIGALI, Rwanda Authorities have repatriated at least 1,300 refugees to the North Kivu province in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo since the weekend, officials report.
In coming weeks, an Organizing Committee for the Repatriation of Congolese Refugees in Rwanda plans to help 31,500 people return to their homes, the committee said. Nearly all are ethnic Tutsis from the Masisi region of North Kivu, across the border from Rwanda.
They fled in 1994 and 1995 to escape persecution at the hands of militias and former government troops from Rwanda's Hutu majority, evicted from Rwanda by the mainly Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front after the 1994 genocide.

Weekly notes
Rebels this week freed five nurses they had kidnapped from a U.N.-sponsored camp in Liberia more than two months ago, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in Geneva. The Liberian nurses "were handed over to UNHCR late Monday on the Guinea-Liberia border," a UNHCR statement said. The International Monetary Fund will give drought-wracked Malawi $23 million in emergency aid to finance food imports, Finance Minister Friday Jumbe said yesterday. A shortfall of 600,000 tons of corn has left about 3 million Malawians facing starvation.

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