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At least 18 people including eight Somali government soldiers and 10 al-Shabaab militants were killed, and more than 13 others wounded when fighters from al-Shabaab attacked Somali National Army and African Union peacekeeping mission troops bases

Three Malian troops killed by roadside bomb

The three - members of the National Guard, a unit of the Malian armed forces - had been travelling between Koro and Mondoro, near the border with Burkina Faso, two sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
President Goodluck Jonathan

Ex-President Jonathan confident Mali will return to civilian rule in 18 months

After two days of meetings with Malian political and civil-society figures, the mediator for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), former Nigerian president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, said he had no doubt that Mali’s post-coup interim administration would hand over power to civilians within the agreed 18-month deadline.
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won a second term after gaining an outright majority in the first round of elections, the country’s electoral board announced Thursday.

Burkina Faso incumbent wins presidential election

Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won a second term after gaining an outright majority in the first round of elections, the country’s electoral board announced Thursday.
A voter prepares to vote at a polling station in Ouagadougou on November 22, 2020, during Burkina Faso’s presidential and legislative elections.Issouf SANOGO - AFP

Burkina Faso goes to the polls in shadow of jihadist threat

The people of Burkina Faso began voting in a general election Sunday in the shadow of a growing jihadist insurgency, and with opposition candidates warning of a “massive fraud” at the polls.
Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is running for a second term in Sunday’s election OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT- AFP

Burkina Faso to vote in shadow of jihadist threat

Burkina Faso will vote in a general election Sunday in the shadow of a growing jihadist insurgency, with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore expected to win re-election.

Mali militant chief, 14 others sentenced to death

A court in Mali’s capital Bamako sentenced an Islamist militant leader and 14 other people to death on Friday for jihadist activity in the south of the war-torn Sahel state.
Government soldiers patrol near Gorgadji in Burkina Faso. REUTERS-Luc Gnago

Seven soldiers killed in fresh Burkina Faso attack

Seven soldiers were killed and others wounded or missing after their patrol was ambushed in northern Burkina Faso, the centre of a five-year-old jihadist insurgency, security sources said on Thursday.

Official: Kidnappers of American in Niger demand ransom

The hostage, Philip Walton, described as the son of a missionary living in Niger, was abducted Monday night by six men armed with Kalashnikovs on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the border with Nigeria.
Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has not been seen in public since his August 18 ouster in a coup, has been hospitalised after suffering a brief stroke-like attack, a doctor said Wednesday.

Ousted Malian president returns to country

Mali’s ex-president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita returned to the Sahel state Wednesday, an official said, after leaving to seek medical treatment following his ouster in an August coup.
Mali’s military junta announced the leaders of a new transition government in the Sahel state on Monday, which will retain strong army links despite international pressure to appoint civilians after a coup.

ECOWAS likely to decide on lifting Mali sanctions Friday

The West African bloc ECOWAS will likely decide on Friday whether to lift potentially crippling sanctions imposed on Mali after last month’s coup, its mediator said.
Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of Malian military junta, attends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) consultative meeting in Accra, Ghana September 15, 2020. REUTERS- Francis Kokoroko

Mali junta chief demands end to economic sanctions

Mali’s military junta leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, on Tuesday, demanded an end to potentially crippling economic sanctions imposed after last month’s coup in the poor Sahel state.
The head of the delegation from the regional Ecowas bloc, former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, said that detained Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was doing relatively well.

West African delegation ‘very hopeful’ after meeting Mali junta

A West African delegation visiting Mali to push for a speedy return to civilian rule following a coup said it was "very hopeful" on Saturday after meeting with the country's military junta and the president it ousted.
Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Ludovic Marin-AFP

Mali soldiers promise civilian transition after president’s ouster

Soldiers who staged a military coup in Mali leading to the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his government said on Wednesday they plan to form a civilian transitional government that will organise fresh elections.
5. The truce-seeking trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Malian capital of Bamako on Thursday ended without a deal to soothe the country’s escalating political crisis.

Mali crisis: President Buhari’s meeting with other leaders ends in stalemate

The truce-seeking trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Malian capital of Bamako on Thursday ended without a deal to soothe the country’s escalating political crisis.
Burkina Faso soldiers

Two soldiers killed, five injured in Burkina Faso attack

At least two soldiers were killed and five injured in an attack Monday in eastern Burkina Faso near the border with Niger, security sources said.
People converge on market day in Djibo, in the Soum Province of Burkina Faso’s Sahel administrative region. The majority of attacks by armed Islamist groups active in Burkina Faso have been on villages in the Soum Province. Alamy Stock Photo

Amnesty: Vigilante groups behind Fulani massacre in Burkina Faso

A vigilante self-defence militia was behind for this month’s massacre of 43 people in three Fulani villages in northern Burkina Faso, according to testimonies collected by Amnesty International.
Some of the Boko Haram children who ended up in Solomon’s camp

Pastor accused of sexual abuse of children in his ICCM camp

Benin-based Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, who said he is on a self-proclaimed mission to help humanity, creating the International Christian Centre for Missions (ICCM), is facing accusations of physically and sexually abusing children seeking refuge in his church’s camp.

Mali declares national mourning after jihadists jill 25 soldiers

Malian troops backed by foreign allies on Wednesday launched a hunt for scores of soldiers listed as missing after one of the deadliest attacks in a seven-year-old jihadist insurgency.

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Jigawa disburses over 147 million to 239 health facilities

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The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

2023 Presidency: Kogi assemblyman lobby for Yahaya Bello

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Official: Death toll of traffic accident in western Cameroon rises to 53

The death toll from the traffic accident that occurred early Wednesday in Cameroon’s West region rose to 53, and 29 others injured.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Friday discharged and acquitted one Niyi Oyelami charged with defiling a nine-year-old daughter of his neighbour.

Court acquits lawyer of theft

An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday acquitted a lawyer, Yetunde Sousa, accused of stealing N50.2Million from Dominos Stores and Ozone Cinemas.
Galatasaray SK, the Turkish professional football club based on the European sides of the popular Turkish city of Istanbul, has obtained the signature of Nigeria international winger Henry Onyekuru.

Henry. Onyekuru makes third successful return to Galatasaray

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