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Nigerian Yoruba separatist leader arrested in Benin

– – Nigeria’s Yoruba separatist leader Sunday Adeyemo has been arrested in Benin, after he was declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms. Mr Igboho was arrested by security forces at an airport in Benin’s capital, Cotonou. He was reportedly heading for Germany when he was arrested for repatriation. Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) announced that it was pursuing Mr Igboho after fleeing a raid on his residence. The DSS on July 1, 2021 raided Mr Igboho’s residence, two days after the activist called for anti-government protests. – – The agency said…

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Benin’s President Talon wins re-election to serve 5 more years

– – Benin’s President Patrice Talon has been re-elected with 86% of the votes, provisional results released by the national electoral commission shows. His closest rival, Allasane Soumanou secured about 11.3% while Corentin Kohou came in third with 2.3%, with a voter turnout of 50%. The final results would have to be announced by the Beninese Constitutional Court. The election could not be held in 13 of the country’s 546 districts, because of security problems in some areas in the country’s northern and central regions. President Patrice Talon had previously…

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Benin President Talon seeks five more years in Sunday’s election

– – Benin’s President Patrice Talon had previously vowed to serve only one term in office but he now seeks a second term of five more years in Sunday’s election. He is the favourite to win the race to rule the West African nation considered by many to be one of the continent’s model democracies. Talon in 2017 a year after he was elected in 2016 failed in his attempt to reform his country’s constitution. Reducing the current two five-year presidential term to just one six-year term was among the reforms…

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Benin Republic wants to join Nigeria as its 37th state

– – Benin reportedly is expressing interest to join Nigeria and become its 37th state, according to Nigerian officials. The Beninoise president, Patrice Talon is said to have made the offer during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari weeks ago. Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama made the revelation to the Nigerian media after holding a meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci. Onyeama said “The President of Benin said as far as they are concerned, they want (not just saying it like that) but in…

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Benin Republic walks back on desire to be Nigeria’s 37th state

– – Benin Republic has officially reacted to news that it wants to join Nigeria and become its 37th state. Spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye, said Saturday that Benin has never aspired to be part of any country. The Beninoise president, Patrice Talon was said to have made the offer during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari weeks ago. Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama made the revelation to the Nigerian media after holding a meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci. Onyeama said…

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Nigeria reopens borders with neighbours for trade

– – Nigeria has reopened its land borders with neighbouring countries after closure for months. The country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the immediate reopening of four of Nigeria’s land borders. The four affected borders are Seme border in South- West, Ilela border in the North- West, Mfun border in the South-South and Maigatari border in the North-West. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed told journalists “Four land borders will be reopened immediately while the remaining borders are directed to be reopened on or before…

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Benin as a Paradigm for Improving Country Risk

Specialist risk intelligence firm EXX Africa publishes a new report that assesses that the West African country of Benin has set one of the most admirable examples on how to successfully mitigate country risk for foreign investment LONDON, United Kingdom, December 17, 2019/ — EXX Africa (www.EXXAfrica.com) publishes a special report on Benin as a paradigm for improving country risk in Africa. EXX Africa conducted a comprehensive review of the political, economic and security risks facing the country in the coming year and years. Since 2016, the government has embarked…

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Benin sacks EU ambassador over ‘interference’

Benin has ordered the European Union ambassador to leave the country over alleged political interference. A statement from the office of the President of Benin described Ambassador Oliver Nette as harmful. It however indicated that the West African country has nothing against the EU. A government source has also told the AFP that the ambassador is inciting the nationals against the government. According to the source the German envoy, Oliver Nette has ignored several warnings from Benin’s Foreign Minister. “He has interfered too much in domestic affairs. He constantly calls on civil…

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Benin probes abduction of 9 persons by pirates

Benin officials have launched a probe into the abduction of nine people from a Norwegian-flagged boat off its coast. The port of Cotonou has confirmed the said abduction carried out by some pirates. The pirates reportedly boarded the vessel, owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland, while it was at anchor over the weekend off the coast. The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association said all those on board were Filipinos. The Norwegian-flagged MV Bonita docked in Cotonou and police have conducted an interview with the remaining crew on board the vessel after…

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Nigeria-Benin border closed due to smuggling

The Nigerian-Benin border has been closed partially as both countries work at stopping the ongoing smuggling activities at the border. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari revealed that the partial closure of the border should hopefully stop “massive smuggling activities”. Rice is one of the commodities mostly smuggled on a massive scale into Nigeria through Benin. Buhari and his Beninois counterpart Patrice Talon have met to discuss the issue in Japan on Wednesday. Both leaders are attending the 7th Tokyo International Conference for African Development in Yokohama. The Nigerian leader said the…

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