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ABUJA —  After a successful tenure as the first vice-chairman of West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA), Mr. Aliu Aboki of Nigeria has emerged as Chairman of WATRA for 2021. Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), announced this in a statement on Friday. He said that Aboki was elected at the 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the assembly on Thursday. Adinde said that the Nigerian candidate also emerged as executive...

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathized with Niger Republic over the killing of 100 people in Zaroumdareye, a border town between Niger Republic and Mali by militants, describing the incident as another clarion call for united action by African leaders against terrorism. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari in his reaction to the incident on Sunday in Abuja, said, “I am profoundly shocked by the...

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By Simon Stephen ____ More details were released this week on plans for a new museum, gallery and research centre in Benin City, Nigeria. The creation of the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA), which also includes the gallery and research centre, is linked to an archaeology project that is being carried out with London’s British Museum. Details of the archaeology project were also announced this week. It is being led by the Legacy...

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The strain of virus of the second wave of coronavirus currently circulating in Senegal is “more virulent” than that of the first wave. Senegalese Minister of Health and Social Action, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, disclosed this on Saturday. In an interview with a local newspaper, Le Quotidien, Sarr said that, in terms of the aggressiveness of this second wave, “the virus is considered to be more virulent’’. “Clearly, from the point of view of the statistics...

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A Boko Haram female suicide bomber was captured in  Ldaotsaf, Mayo-Moskota, in the Far North Region of Cameroon late Wednesday. The unknown lady was about to denote an explosive device strapped on her but was hindered by Cameroonian troops who captured her and neutralised the explosives. A spokesperson of the security forces in the area disclosed the information on Monday “The individual discretely infiltrated into the village and was actually searching for a target were...

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The Commonwealth has reiterated its commitment to work with African countries to deepen export capacity and, particularly, take advantage of trading opportunities like the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, stated this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. She explained that the Commonwealth Secretariat had been working with the 19 African member states to strengthen their institutional capacity and develop trade...

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lamented members’ inability to access fund to tackle climate change. The ECOWAS Commission said that the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement by the Commission member states in 2015 signified an important turning point in combating the process of climate change. Speaking on Tuesday at the opening of a four-day training for national experts in the development of climate project to access the Green Climate Funds...

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Amadou Touré, coup maker, coup victim, military ruler, and eventually civilian chief of state in Mali, died last week in Istanbul at the age of seventy-two. Touré dominated Mali’s governance for some twenty years and, in death, is being praised as a “soldier of democracy.” Following his successful 1991 coup against Moussa Traoré, military ruler for thirteen years, Touré orchestrated a transition to elections and civilian government. In 2002 he was elected president and, in 2007, reelected....

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday welcomed the release and soon-to-return to France of a humanitarian aid worker who was kidnapped and held in captivity by militants in Mali for almost four years. Sophie Petronin was abducted by a group of armed militants in December 2016 in the northeastern Malian city of Gao. She spent 1,381 days in extremists’ custody. Petronin has been known as the last French hostage in the world. “I just exchanged...

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Senegal is a major center of West African Islam, and its imams, mullah, and brotherhoods are influential across the Sahel. The holy city of Touba, 120 miles east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar, is the site of a major, annual pilgrimage called the Magal, which is now underway. While no estimates are yet available as to the number of participants this year, in past years there have been as many as five million. The pilgrimage...

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