Nigerian gunmen kidnapped the mother of a state legislator in the southern oil producing Niger Delta while in a separate case the 11-year-old son of another legislator was released on Aug. 14. There have been three abductions in recent weeks targeting relatives of Bayelsa legislators. In other news, Nigeria’s central bank has said it will make the country’s currency convertible by 2009. The change should help increase flows of money into the banking system and encourage investment. (Reuters, BBC)

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