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Burkina Faso’s ousted military ruler flees to Togo

– Advertisement – Burkina Faso’s ousted military leader, Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba has reportedly fled to neighbouring Togo after stepping down. Damiba seized power in January this year from a democratically elected president Roch Kaboré, saying he had failed to deal with growing militant Islamist violence. But factions within his own military toppled him last month accusing him of doing… Read More
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Heavy gunfire heard in Burkina Faso’s capital

– – There are reports of heavy gunfire from the main military camp and some residential areas in Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday. A large blast was also heard near the presidential palace as soldiers were deployed onto the street leading to the presidential palace. It was not clear yet if this latest gunfire was a coup attempt but there… Read More
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Burkina Faso: 50 civilians missing after deadly attack by fighters

– – At least 11 soldiers have been killed and 50 civilians reported missing after armed fighters attacked a military convoy. The 150-vehicle military-escorted convoy was taking supplies to a northern town. In a statement , the government said the assault took place in the commune of Gaskinde in Soum province, where armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIL… Read More
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Nigeria: Police officers face dismissal and prosecution for torture

– – A number of police officers in Nigeria are facing dismissal and prosecution for illegal detentions and torture. A panel set up by Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission has recommended the dismissal and prosecution of the police officers for torture, extra-judicial killings and illegal detentions. The committee, set up in the wake of mass street protests against police brutality… Read More
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Ghana’s President Akufo Addo booed at international musical event

– – Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo was booed by disenchanted Ghanaians when he mounted the stage to address the Global Citizen Festival hosted in the West African country. President Akufo Addo walked on stage to deliver a speech on Saturday only to meet many of the revellers chanting for him to leave the stage. A section of the crowd… Read More
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Nigeria: University teachers to challenge order to suspend strike

– – Public university teachers in Nigeria may not comply with an order to suspension of their seven month old strike which has disrupted academic activities. The leaders of the striking lecturers have hinted that they will appeal against the order of an arbitration court directing them to return to work. The National Industrial Court gave the order on Wednesday… Read More
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Nigeria makes its biggest ever cocaine seizure worth over $278m

– – The Nigerian drug enforcement agency has made its biggest seizure of cocaine in the country’s history. Four Nigerian men aged 69, 65, and two 53-year-olds were arrested in different parts of Lagos, officials said. A foreign national was also arrested during the operation, the agency said. In a statement the agency said “At least, four drug barons including… Read More
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Ghana declares end of Marburg outbreak

– – Health officials in Ghana have declared that the recent outbreak of the Marburg virus is now over following no positive case in 42 days. In July, an alert over the outbreak of the highly infectious disease related to Ebola was issued  after two deaths were recorded. One of those later turned out to have been incorrectly diagnosed. In… Read More
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Nigeria and Morocco sign agreement for gas pipeline

– – Morocco and Nigeria have signed an agreement to build a major pipeline transporting gas from south-east Nigeria and across the Sahara. The 7,000km (4,300-mile) link – originating from Brass Island – will connect with the Maghreb European Pipeline in northern Morocco. The pipeline will go through 13 African countries. Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) boss Mele Kyari told… Read More
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West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network launched in Accra

– – A new civil society advocacy coalition focused on promoting democratic values in the West African sub-region has been launched in Ghana’s capital, Accra. Called the West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network (“WADEMOS”), it is meant to “mobilize, coordinate, and leverage the collective power of pro-democracy actors, resources, and opportunities in West Africa,” a statement from the network secretariat said.… Read More