Alex Song completes Barcelona move

Alex Song has completed his £15million move to Barcelona from Arsenal.

The Cameroon international successfully passed his medical at Barca on Monday and put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Primera Division giants.

Doctor Ricard Pruna has confirmed that 24 year old Cameroon midfielder and Arsenal player Alex Song has passed his medical test with Spanish Giants Barcelona in a deal that is worth £15millon taking him away from his English Club Arsenal to Barcelona as he is close to finishing the deal.

Alex Song passed his medical test this morning and which propelled the deal to the stage of putting pen to paper to sign a five-year contract with Barcelona this afternoon.

Medically he has been rated excellent by Doctor Ricard Pruna who said “He has a very low body fat percentage and very good muscle quality. All the tests have come out satisfactorily and he is available to the coach.”

JTF kill two Boko Haram suspects, intercepts eight rocket launchers

 The Joint Task Force (Operation Restore Order) has intercepted a Hilux Van stocked with high profile weapons including eight rocket propelled grenades and their accessories in Borno state.

A statement by the spokesman of Joint Task Force Lt. Col Sagir Musa said the interception of the weapons was made around 9:00pm on Monday the 30th of July 2012 at Daban Masara a border village between Nigeria and Chad in Mongono local government area of the state.

Musa said the weapons were hidden inside desert palm tree leaves including 10 rocket bombs, 10 rocket charges, two AK 47 riffles, 13 magazines with six rounds of 76 special ammunition and an ATM card.

He said the interception was based on intelligence report and that two suspected members of the Boko Haram sect accompanying the consignment were killed in an exchange of gun fire while one fled.

The Hilux Van according to the statement is with the registration number NGU 19 XA.

The spokesman appealed to the public to cooperate with security men by giving useful information that will help in ending the insurgency.

The Department of State Security Service (DSS), Multi National Joint Task force and other security agencies from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon constitute the task force.

Cameroon men appeal five-year jail sentence for gay sex

Two Cameroonian men sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in gay sex were jeered by a disapproving crowd when they appeared in court for their appeal hearing, the AFP reported.

According to the reports, lawyer for the convicted couple, identified as Jonas and Franky, have called on the courts to repeal the sentencing and release the men.

“They will present guarantees to assure you that they will respond regularly to summons from the court,” Michel Togue said at the appeals court in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital.

A crowd outside the court booed the men as they were driven back to their prison cells.

“There is prejudice here,” the lawyer said.

Like many African countries, Cameroon is largely homophobic, and the law stipulates and individuals guilty of engaging in same-sex relationships be sentenced to five years in prison and fined.

According to reports, both Jonas and Franky and a third man were sentenced to five years in Jail last November and ordered to pay a 300 euro fine.

The third man did not appeal his sentencing. The judge adjourned the case to April 20 to consider the call for their release.

Dangote’s Land dispute in Cameroon to be resolved soon – Cameroon official

Dangote Cement opens new $1 billion plant
A land dispute that has halted construction of Dangote Group’s $115 million cement plant in Cameroon will be resolved amicably and the project completed on time, a government official said on Wednesday.

Dangote started work on the 1.5 million tonnes-per-year plant in the financial capital Douala in September with an eye to finishing the project within 18 months, but construction was halted after residents filed an injunction arguing the land belonged to the ethnic Sawa people.

“The Prime Minister and the government are very keen that the project should go on as planned, given the growing demand for cement in the country,” an aide to Prime Minister Philemon Yang told Reuters, asking not to be named.

“So the Prime Minister has already held a meeting with the Sawa chiefs and will be sending an official delegation of very senior government personalities to the city one of these days so that the problem can be solved amicably and construction work on the plant site (is) completed as scheduled,” he said.

“We cannot afford to miss this opportunity,” he said, adding talks would likely be held this week or early next week.

The company had issued a statement in the national register saying it was ready to renegotiate its accord and had already shipped in heavy equipment from Germany.

Dangote, also facing opposition from residents fearing pollution, said it was planning to use state-of-the-art environmental technology on the site, held on a 30-year renewable lease from the government.

Cameroon currently has only one cement company, CIMENCAM, with annual output of about 1 million tonnes.

But the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development says annual demand in the country is about 4 million tonnes, growing at about 8 percent per year.

Nearly 300 elephants slain in Cameroon for ivory

Cameroon’s Minister of Forestry and and Wildlife said that Ivory dealers in the north of Cameroon have slaughtered nearly 300 elephants in a bid to secure thier tusks since mid-January, a claim that was backed up by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) after an armed gang of Sudanese poachers had killed the free-roaming elephants in the Bouba Ndjida National Park, on Cameroon’s border with Chad.

Park officials say many orphaned elephant calves have been spotted, and concerns are high that the babies may soon die of hunger and thirst.

One park official, Bouba Jadi, told CNN the deaths are worsening the situation for Cameroon’s already threatened elephant populations. According to official estimates, there are between 1,000 and 5,000 elephants in Cameroon.

Officials saw at least 100 elephant carcasses. More carcasses are expected to be found in unexplored regions of the national park. A massive crackdown on poachers has been launched, according to officials in the west Central African nation.

Reports show that that the killing of elephants has been on but its been on the high since January and cannotbe compared to those of the preceding years.

She added that the ivory is smuggled out of West and Central Africa for markets in Asia and Europe, and money from ivory sales funds arms purchases for use in regional conflicts, particularly ongoing unrest in Sudan and in the Central African Republic.

Cameroon shares a porous border with Chad. Armed insurgents from Sudan and the Central African Republic seeking elephants frequently travel through Chad.

Observers in Cameroon have been blaming the raids on poorly trained and ill-equipped park guards, who are pitted against professional gangs of poachers.