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The Republic of Niger has been formally suspended from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) until constitutional order is restored in the country. The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the regional body was contained in a statement following the decisions taken at the summit of heads of state and government held on Sunday in Abuja. The statement reads in part: “Until the 64th ordinary session held on Dec. 10, 2023, the Conference...

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Eight ECOWAS countries to include Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, and Liberia had received $245,000 each on Thursday amounting to$1.96 million from Economic Community of West African States Gender Development Centre to address fistula disorder. The presentation of cheques to the beneficiaries was one of the highlights of the 91st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers in Abuja. According to United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 13,000 new...

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Niger’s junta has dragged the Nigerian government and Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to court, seeking the relaxation of the harsh sanctions imposed on the country following the late July coup that led to the overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum. Younkaila Yaye, one of the military government attorneys, at the proceeding in Abuja on Monday, said the country is in the grip of economic depression. Businesses are shutting down because of rising costs,...

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The West African Elders Forum (WAEF) Mission to Liberia has called for caution and restraint as Liberians wait eagerly for the final results of the November 14 presidential run-off elections which is currently being collated by the country’s National Electoral Commission (NEC). Head of WAEF Mission and former Nigerian President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in a statement issued in Monrovia on Wednesday urged leaders of the two political parties to desist from premature declaration of results...

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame announced on Thursday that Africans will no longer need a visa to travel to the Central African country. “Any African can get on a plane to Rwanda whenever they wish and they will not pay a thing to enter our country,” said Kagame at the 23rd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council in Kigali. “We should not lose sight of our own continental market,” the 66-year-old President said...

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are among the 24 national teams that have sealed qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire next year. Other countries that secured a spot in the upcoming game are Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire (host), DR Congo, Egypt, and Equatorial Guinea. Also on the list are The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal (title holder), South Africa, Tanzania,...

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The Central African regional organisation, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has suspended Gabon’s membership in response to last week’s coup by the country. Recall that Gen Brice Oligui Nguema, the coup leader, was sworn in as provisional president on Monday. The junta took control shortly after Ali Bongo was declared the winner for a third term as president, after the country’s controversial presidential election. He has not specified a timetable for restoring civilian...

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….AFN announces CDS half marathon race 42 African countries are set to participate in the 2nd edition of  African Military Games scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital in 2024, the Defence Headquarters (DQH) said. Air Vice Marshal Abidemi Timothy Marquiz stated this on Tuesday, during a press conference to announce activities lined up for the Military Games by the Director of Sport, Defence Headquarters. Air Vice Marshal Marquiz also announced the Chief of Defence...

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It is another sad story coming from Africa, amidst fears of escalating crisis of coups in the continent, as soldiers in Gabon have seized power suspending democratic rule in the country. According to reports, Army officers showed up on national television in Gabon to announce that they have taken power. They complained about irregularities in the country’s elections, stating that they were annulling the results of Saturday’s polls, in which President Ali Bongo was declared...

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Nigerians have opposed the decision of West African governments under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to mobilise a coalition of military troops for a possible invasion of member-nation Niger. On July 26, Nigerien soldiers unseated the country’s elected president, Mohamed Bazoum and held him hostage. Two days after the military takeover, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the commander of the Nigerien presidential guard, named himself as the new leader. The coup...

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