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Mali pulls out of West African military force

– – The military government of Mali has withdrawn from a multinational military force fighting Islamist militants in the West Africa’s Sahel region. The West African state is protesting against its rejection as head of the G5 regional group that also includes Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger. A statement by Mali’s junta, which ousted former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in a 2020 coup, also blamed a lack of progress in the fight against the Islamists and the failure to hold recent meetings in Mali. “Bamako firmly rejects the argument…

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Nigeria: Anger and riots over the killing of a female student

– – There is outrage over the killing of a female Nigerian student over her social media post. The level 200 university student was allegedly beaten and burnt to death by fellow students in north-western Nigeria after she was accused of making a blasphemous social media post. According to a police statement, Deborah Samuel was killed in the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto state after being accused of “making a social media post that blasphemed Prophet Muhammad”. Authorities have closed the school indefinitely, in a bid to calm frayed…

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Ghana to host West African Mining and Power Exhibition and Conference

– – The West African mining industry is thriving. As one of the world’s largest gold-producing regions, it also supplies 22.6% of global titanium oxide, 11.5% bauxite (used to create aluminum) and 5.6% uranium. Each year, its countries export minerals worth around US$16.1bn. At the mining helm is Ghana, a modern, democratic powerhouse that leads the continent’s mineral production and ranks as sixth largest producer of gold and magnesium globally. The mining industry accounts for over half of Ghana’s foreign direct investment, and as the country’s primary tax-paying sector, the…

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Ghana: Popular restaurant closed down over alleged mass food poisoning

– – Ghanaian authorities on Thursday closed down a branch of a popular restaurant in Ghana, Marwako following reports of alleged mass food poisoning. Several Twitter users complained of getting food poisoning after eating at the branch located in East Legon in the capital city Accra. Many patrons of the food eatery said they have taken ill referencing the food joint as the possible source of their discomfort. Marwako @Marwakofastfood gave me and many others in this hospital the worst food poisoning ever. — Edward Elohim (@deezydothis) May 11, 2022…

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8 feared dead after Chinese vessel sinks in Ghana waters

– – At least 8 people are feared dead as the Ghana Navy ended its search for survivors on a Chinese vessel that sunk in Ghana’s Western Region. The Chinese fishing vessel, MV Comforter 2 has sunk along the Elmina – Takoradi marine waters. Reports indicate that its last known position was 46 nautical miles South of Saltpond. Information gathered also indicates that 25 crew members were on board including 19 Ghanaians and six Chinese. The Chinese captain has been confirmed dead. Meanwhile, the body of one person believed to a Chinese…

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Nigeria probes beheading of army couple

– – Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for an investigation into the murder of a military couple. The couple was killed over the weekend while heading to Imo state for their traditional wedding. Reports say the attackers made a video of the incident and circulated it online. Buhari said he was shocked to learn that a military officer and his female partner were shot dead and then beheaded in the south-east of the country. The Nigerian military has described as despicable, the gruesome murder of an army couple just…

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Nigeria probes beheading of army couple

– – Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for an investigation into the murder of a military couple. The couple was killed over the weekend while heading to Imo state for their traditional wedding. Reports say the attackers made a video of the incident and circulated it online. Buhari said he was shocked to learn that a military officer and his female partner were shot dead and then beheaded in the south-east of the country. The Nigerian military has described as despicable, the gruesome murder of an army couple just…

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Burkina Faso: Operation to rescue trapped miners suffers setbacks

– – An operation to rescue some eight miners who have been trapped underground in Burkina Faso has suffered some setbacks. The miners have been trapped underground for more than two weeks after torrential rains flooded some communities in the West African country. The floods have also disrupted the operations of the zinc mine at Perkoa following last month’s incident. Reports say six of the miners are from Burkina Faso and the other two are from Zambia and Tanzania. When the mine flooded, the eight workers were deeper underground than their…

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Ghana: University student killed by friend over $40 debt

– – A 25-year-old tailor apprentice has been arrested in Ghana’s second biggest city – Kumasi for allegedly killing one of his friends to avoid paying a $40 debt he was due to clear. The suspect, Emmanuel Boateng has been arrested by the police after he killed the victim who was a second-year student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the Ashanti region. Boateng according to police confessed to committing the crime by luring the deceased to a location after anticipating that he would be…

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Ghana: Philips lighting ads sparks anger

– – A lighting advert by electronics giant Philips has sparked anger among some Ghanaians. The company has erected several billboards on streets of major cities in the West African nation drawing attention to its products. Among others, the billboards subtly suggest that the lighting products of Philips last longer than the sexual strength of men. Some of the boards also suggest that the Philips products last longer than the terrible traffic situation in Kasoa, one of Ghana’s fastest growing communities. But these messages have not gone down well with some Ghanaians who have begun social…

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