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Guinea: ECOWAS sanctions coup leaders and their families

– Advertisement – The West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Thursday imposed sanctions on soldiers who carried out the coup in Guinea. The coup makers and their families are to be subjected to travel ban and their assets frozen. In a communique issued after the regional leaders met in Ghana’s capital, Accra for an extra-ordinary summit, Ecowas upheld the “suspension of Guinea from all Ecowas governing bodies until restoration of constitutional order.” The leaders said the imposition of sanctions on the coup makers was “in accordance with extant ECOWAS protocols,…

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Nigeria: Over 100 prisoners captured after jail break

– – Over 100 prisoners who escaped from prison have been recaptured. They are part of some 240 prisoners who escaped from prison over the weekend. The prisoners escaped after gunmen attacked a correctional facility in Kogi state. A spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service said in a statement the correctional facility in Kogi’s Kabba district came under fire from unidentified gunmen, who raided the site and “immediately engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle.” At least one police officer was killed in the attack whilst another was…

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The ‘miracle baby’ living without a nose in Ghana

– – A baby –born without a nose who has lived for a year and eight months has shocked many in Ghana. Ramatu Musa’s condition called Congenital Arhinia is a rare condition and just one of some hundred cases recorded in the world. Doctors at the Mother and Baby Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana where the baby was born reportedly had little hope she would live on after her birth. Dr. Gyikua Plange Rhule, Consultant Pediatrician with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital pointed out that Surgeons…

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Guinea: Former PM warns against sanctioning coup leaders

– – As leaders of the West African regional bloc Ecowas prepare to decide whether to sanction Guinea over recent military takeover, a former prime minister of the country has said it will be a bad idea. Cellou Dalein Diallo who is also a leading opposition figure is asking ECOWAS not to impose economic sanctions on Guinea’s new military regime. He told AFP that the recent coup is “welcome development” and that “The junta does not deserve to be sanctioned because it put an end to a situation of lawlessness.”…

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Ghana: Move to stop consumption of cats and dogs sparks outrage

– – There is a raging controversy over a move to ban the trade in cats and dogs for human consumption. An International Animal Rights Activist, Natasha Choolun, has petitioned the Government of Ghana to ban the trade in cat and dog meat for human consumption. “Dogs and cats are not food, but loyal companion animals that should be treated with kindness and respect, not brutalised and eaten,” she said in a petition. The petition noted that the trade in dogs and cats is widespread across African countries, making them unattractive…

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Guinea coup leaders impose curfew, order ministers for a meeting

– – Guinea’s coup leaders have imposed a nationwide curfew as they move to consolidate power following Sunday’s coup. Residents are to remain indoor by 8pm local time until further notice, according to the new military. The soldiers have also ordered government ministers and national figures to attend a meeting on Monday. These ministers and national figures have been warned against not honoring the invitation since they would be regarded as a rebel. Video received: soldiers in Guinea have appeared on state TV and announced an 8pm curfew nationwide.Civil servants…

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Military takeover in Guinea as Alpha Conde is arrested

The district of Kaloum is said to have been deserted as residents stay at home on the orders of soldiers. The leader of the special forces, Commander Mamady Doumbouya has confirmed the arrest of President Condé. Guinea’s president Alpha Conde has been arrested by the military. Earlier heavy gunfire was heard in the capital. #Conakry #Militarycouptinguinea pic.twitter.com/h9ZgQtipGo — Baillor Jalloh (@baillorjah) September 5, 2021 – – Last year there tension was high in Guinea with some streets reportedly deserted as security forces patrolled them to contain a post election violence.…

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya is Guinea’s coup leader

– – It has now emerged that Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, commander of the country’s special forces led Sunday’s military takeover in Guinea. He has since appeared in a video circulated to local media and across social media confirming the arrest of President Alpha Conde. Doumbouya said the President is unharmed and announced that the government has been dissolved and the constitution suspended. Doumbouya’s men surrounded the Presidential palace on Sunday morning engaging in a gun battle with Conde’s security details. There are reports of at least three soldiers dying amid…

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UN and AU call for the release of Guinea’s President after coup

– – The United Nations and the African Union have both called for the immediate release of Guinea’s toppled president, Alpha Conde following Sunday’s military coup. President Alpha Conde has been arrested and detained by soldiers who carried out the coup and is reportedly unharmed. Videos and pictures of him surrounded by soldiers have been circulating on social media on Sunday. Conde’s government is said to have been dissolved and the constitution suspended. But the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Twitter that…

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Ghana investigates bird strike that disrupted a KLM flight

– – Ghana’s aviation authorities say they have commenced investigations into a bird-strike that disrupted a KLM flight at a major airport in the capital, Accra. The incident occurred last Friday evening preventing the KLM flight from taking off at the Kotoka International Airport. The Ghana Airports Company Limited said in a statement on Saturday that investigations have already started into the incident which led to the cancellation of the flight. The pilot for the Accra to Amsterdam bound flight had reported a bird strike to the windshield of the…

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