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Mali: Former diplomat Moctar Ouane named prime minister

– Advertisement – Mali’s transitional government leader, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou on Sunday named a new civilian prime minister. N’Daou appointed former foreign affairs minister of the country Moctar Ouane to the new role. Before serving in the role as Mali’s foreign minister between 2004 and 2011, he was Mali’s permanent representative to the UN from 1995 to 2002. Ouane also served as a diplomatic adviser to the west African regional bloc, Ecowas. Ecowas had said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country had an…

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African court rules Gbagbo qualifies to seek Ivorian presidency

– Advertisement – Former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo has been declared worthy of seeking the Ivorian presidency. The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights ruled on Friday rejecting Gbagbo’s exclusion from the presidential elections slated for October 31. The Ivorian electoral commission had said that Mr. Gbagbo was not fit to stand for president due to criminal conviction. Mr. Gbagbo was sentenced in absentia in November 2019 for the “looting” of the Central Bank of West African States. He was convicted of the crime following a disputed…

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Ecowas says sanctions imposed on Mali will not be lifted

– Advertisement – West African regional bloc Ecowas has said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country now has an interim president. Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou was sworn into office on Friday at a ceremony in the capital, Bamako. Ba N’Daou was named interim leader by the soldiers who toppled the government of former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. The new leader is now expected to oversee the 18-month transition period towards a return to civilian rule. The Head of the National Committee for…

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Mali: Ba N’Daou sworn in as interim president

Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou has been sworn into office at a ceremony in the capital, Bamako. Ba N’Daou was named interim leader by the soldiers who toppled the government of former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. The new leader is now expected to oversee the 18-month transition period towards a return to civilian rule. The Head of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, Colonel Assimi Goïta was also sworn in as transitional vice-president. The interim president is a Soviet-trained helicopter pilot who worked…

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Ghana: One killed as soldiers raid homes over secessionists attack

– Advertisement – At least one people have been killed in Ghana’s Volta region where some individuals belonging to a secessionist group blocked major roads. Soldiers on Friday reportedly stormed a community called Juapong where one of the road blocks was mounted as they raid homes. Eyewitnesses say soldiers raid homes, arresting anyone they suspect of belonging to the separatist group and might have taken part in the road block. The soldiers allegedly beat up those arrested and parade them on the roadside as the community continues to be characterized…

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Ghana: Secessionist group blocks entries to disputed region, attacks cops

– Advertisement – A secessionist group in Ghana called “Homeland Study Group Foundation” on Friday blocked major entries into the Volta region. Members of the group according to local media mounted roadblocks on some roads preventing motorists from entering their communities. Motorists travelling to areas like Tefle, Tsopoli and Juapong were left stranded amid the chaos. Members of the group were said to be wielding guns and sticks and chanting war songs during the blockade. – Advertisement – They are also reported to have attacked two police posts in the…

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Ecowas signals it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali

– Advertisement – The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS has hinted it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali following last month’s coup. The current sanctions imposed on Mali include border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Ecowas leaders had asked the Military leaders to appoint a civilian to head the transitional government for 18 months. On Monday Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou was named as interim president by the military junta. Ba N’Daou will…

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Nigeria: Hotel workers allegedly stripped naked over $12

– Advertisement – A former Nigerian Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi has sparked outrage after he was alleged to have ordered that some hotel workers be stripped naked. Gbagi is reported by local media to have ordered the act to be executed on four employees of the Signatious Hotel, Warri, Delta State. He chairs the management of the hotel, according to local news media reporting. The hotel workers – three women and a man – were said to have been stripped naked and photographed. Their nudes pictures were…

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Fuel tanker explosion kills 25 people in Nigeria

– Advertisement – A fuel tanker explosion in Central Nigeria has killed at least 25 people. Schoolchildren are reported among those killed when the tanker exploded after a collision with other vehicles. Police in the area say the crash happened on Wednesday morning on a major highway in Lokoja when the driver lost control of the tanker after the brakes failed. Lokoja police spokesman Willy Aya said that several victims were burnt beyond recognition. Many of them were pedestrians, including the students who were crossing the road to go to…

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Merchants of Death Sentence. Femi Oluwasanmi, Ibafo, Ogun State

written by Femi Oluwasanmi The recent death sentence delivered by the Upper Sharia court in respect of a 22 years old man who allegedly used derogatory statement against Prophet Mohammed in Kano State, does not only shows the level at which religious activisim has corroded objectivity in Nigeria but also raises questions on the place of Justice in the country’s Justice system. A Presiding Judge of Kano Upper Shari’a Court, Khadi Aliyu Kani, had in his judgement on 10th August, 2020, sentenced Yahaya Sheriff-Aminu, to death by hanging for blaspheming…

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