Big Brother Naija 2019 winner, Mercy Eke was spotted earlier today on a bike while heading to the airport with her luggage. According to reports, the traffic congestion in Lekki, Lagos was quite bad which was why the reality show star opted for the service […]
1997 May 16, In Zaire, President Mobutu Sese Seko ended 32 years of autocratic rule, giving control of the country to rebel forces.
1998 May 16, In the Philippines a fire at the Lung Center of the Philippines, in a suburb of Manila, killed at least 8 people and another 14 were presumed dead.
1998 May 16, Rwanda’s former interior minister Seth Sendashonga , a Hutu, was shot dead in Nairobi, Kenya.
2003 May 16, In northeastern Congo rival tribes fighting signed a cease-fire. There were over 100 confirmed killings and evidence of cannibalism.
2003 May 16, In Morocco suicide attackers set 5 nearly simultaneous explosions in the heart of Casablanca, killing 33 people and a dozen suicide bombers at a Jewish community center, the Belgian consulate, a Spanish social club and a major hotel. The attackers all came from the shantytown of Carriere Thomas. In 2007 a Paris court convicted eight people of supporting the suicide bombers.
2004 May 16, In Uganda rebels killed 22 civilians during a raid on a Gulu district camp set up for refugees.
2006 May 16, The Nigerian Senate rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed President Olusegun Obasanjo to run for a third term in office in 2007.
2006 May 16, In Somalia fighting between Islamic militias and rival secular fighters killed two people on the outskirts of Mogadishu, despite a weekend cease-fire ending days of bloodshed in the capital.
2007 May 16, Nigerian militants used dynamite to blow up a home of vice president-elect Goodluck Jonathan, killing two police officers.
2007 May 16, In Somalia a roadside bomb struck a convoy carrying African Union peacekeepers, killing four Ugandan peacekeepers in one of the deadliest attacks on the troops since they arrived in March.
2008 May 16, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe acknowledged he had suffered an electoral disaster in losing a first round against arch rival Morgan Tsvangirai, as the date for a run-off was fixed for June 27.
2009 May 16, Sudan accused Chad of mounting a second series of air strikes on its territory and said the conflict between the African neighbors must be resolved politically.
2011 May 16, Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara told citizens of Burkina Faso that they are welcome to return to his country, and vowed to put an end to the xenophobia and racial targeting that characterized his predecessor’s regime.
2011 May 16, Libya’s oil minister, Shukri Ghanem, reportedly defected and fled to Tunisia, one of the highest profile figures to abandon Moammar Gadhafi’s government. Ghanem’s defection was later questioned as he maintained ties to oil firms. Overnight air strikes by NATO set fire to two buildings near Kadhafi’s compound in the Libyan capital.
2011 May 16, In Somalia a bomb explosion in Mogadishu killed five pro-government troops at a base militants fled last week. An AU spokesman said his forces began an operation May 12 that has gained 500 yards (meters) of territory from insurgents.
2012 May 16, Guinea-Bissau’s interim leader Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo named Rui Duarte Barros, a former finance minister, to serve as the new prime minister and help lead a transition following last month’s coup.
2012 May 16, In western Libyan clashes in the Berber city of Ghadamis (Ghadames) left six dead and at least 20 injured.
2013 May 16, In Egypt masked gunmen ambushed two taxis at gunpoint outside the city of el-Arish, the capital of North Sinai governorate, fleeing with four border policemen working at the Rafah crossing, a riot policeman, and a military border guard. A 7th person was also taken captive. All 7 men were released on May 22.
2014 May 16, In Kenya at least 10 people were killed and 70 wounded in two explosions in Nairobi.
2014 May 16, Suspected Boko Haram rebels from Nigeria attacked a Chinese work site near Waza in northern Cameroon and at least 10 people were believed to have been kidnapped.
2014 May 16, South Africa said it has suffered its first elephant poaching incident in 10 years this week at the country’s largest game reserve.
2015 May 16, An Egyptian court sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi to death for his role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. Over 100 others were also sentenced to death. Gunmen killed two judges and a prosecutor in the Sinai Peninsula.
2015 May 16, In northeastern Nigeria a girl aged about 12 carried out a suicide attack at a bus station, killing 7 people and injuring 31 in Damaturu. The deputy governor in neighboring Borno state said Marte, located on a strategic trading route between Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon and Chad, had fallen to Islamists.
2016 May 16, Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannon at stone-throwing crowds protesting in central Nairobi against an election oversight body they say is biased and should be scrapped. Police officers were seen viciously beating an unresponsive fallen protester as they broke up the demonstrations. At least 15 people were arrested and at least one victim died. A day later Kenya’s police chief ordered an internal investigation.
2017 May 16, In Congo DRC President Joseph Kabila named eight senior police officers as “national heroes”. Former police chief John Numbi, believed by regime critics to be prime suspect in the murder of a key rights activist, was one of the eight.
2017 May 16, In Ethiopia a judge in Addis Ababa found former opposition spokesman Yonatan Tesfaye guilty of encouraging terrorism with a series of anti-government Facebook posts in 2015.
2017 May 16, Ivory Coast rebel soldiers agreed to end a four-day mutiny which drew in troops from across the country after reaching agreement with the government over a wages dispute. The government reportedly agreed to give them an immediate payment of 5.0 million CFA francs each with the remaining 2.0 million to be paid next month.
2018 May 16, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned more than 330 young people, most of whom had been convicted and jailed for their participation in illegal protests.