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ECOWAS Parliament condemns Nigeria border closure

The ECOWAS Parliament has called for the reopening of Nigeria’s land border describing its closure as running contrary to ECOWAS Protocols. For over three months, the West African giant has closed its border with Benin, Niger and Cameroon arguing that the decision is in the country’s national interest; to increase local agricultural production, curb influx or substandard goods and prevent the smuggling of weapons and other vices into the country. But the decision has had devastating effects on neighbouring countries whose traders are counting loses as truckloads of produce remain…

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Francophone West Africa seeks ‘financial freedom’ from France

For decades Francophone nations in West Africa have had the management of their currency done in France. Their financial reserves have always been planned and controlled from France despite gaining independence many years ago. A model where these eight former colonies of France had their foreign-exchange accumulation kept at the French Treasury could soon change. Benin’s President Patrice Talon has revealed that the eight-member nations of the West African Monetary Union “unanimously agree” to end the practice. He said in an interview with Radio France Internationale that “I can’t give…

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Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS forces newly appointed PM to resign

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has forced Guinea-Bissau’s newly appointed Prime Minister Faustino Fudut Imbali to resign. ECOWAS had given Guinea-Bissau an ultimatum to reverse the sacking of the country’s previous prime minister, Aristides Gomes. President Jose Mario Vaz named Imbali prime minister last week after sacking his entire cabinet but the sacked prime minister Aristides Gomes refused to step down. Gomes’ decision triggered a political crisis compounding the tension in the country ahead of a presidential election. President Vaz justified the sacking of the government saying it was…

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Nigeria’s Buhari extends border closure to 2020

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the current closure of Nigeria’s border with neighbouring countries to January 31, 2020. Since August 20, 2019, Nigeria has closed its borders with some of its neighbouring West African countries. Borders in four geopolitical zones across the country, including South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West have been closed. The government took the decision in an attempt to stop what it calls smuggling activities at it’s borders. Rice is one of the commodities mostly smuggled on a massive scale into Nigeria through borders linking with Benin. A memo…

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Nigeria’s border closure sparks protests from ECOWAS countries

Since August 20, 2019, Nigeria has closed its borders with some of its neighbouring West African countries. Borders in four geopolitical zones across the country, including South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West have been closed. The government took the decision in an attempt to stop what it calls smuggling activities at it’s borders. Rice is one of the commodities mostly smuggled on a massive scale into Nigeria through borders linking with Benin. President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has said that the smuggling was a setback for his country’s agricultural policies pushing…

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Ghana in line to host ECOWAS central bank

Ghana is seeking to host the ECOWAS central bank which is expected to be set up in the coming months. The bank would be critical ahead of the introduction of the ECOWAS common currency the ‘Eco’ from January 2020. ECOWAS Commissioner in charge of Micro Economic Policy said Ghana is one of the leading countries in line to host the bank. Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku told Starr FM’s World Today Extra radio show in Accra that “There are major countries including Ghana that is actively seeking to host the central…

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ECOWAS leaders pledge $1 bln to fight Islamist militants

Leaders of West African nations on Saturday pledged $1 billion to combat the surge in Islamist militancy threats in the sub-region. The ECOWAS sub-region has become troubled region with militants constantly launching deadly attacks. Al Qaeda and Islamic State aligned groups have strengthened their foothold across West Africa and the Sahel region. This year a lot of ethnic violence and militant attacks have taken place especially in Mali and Burkina Faso. At an extraordinary summit in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ougadougou the leaders promised to fight the growing insecurity. ECOWAS Commission…

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Musa Saidykhan in Gambia Gambia West Africa 

The case of Musa Saidykhan in Gambia, ruled for over 22 years by a Military ruler Yaya Jammeh

President Yaya Jammeh has presided over the West African country of The Gambia for 22 years, since coming to power by military coup. His rule has been characterized by the imprisonment, torture, extrajudicial execution, and forced disappearances of citizens and journalists. Musa Saidykhan is one of these journalists. On 28 March 2008, Musa was arrested at The Independent newspaper during a media crackdown in the lead up to national elections. He spent three weeks in detention, enduring brutal torture, including being stabbed by a bayonet and having electric shocks applied…

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