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Senegalese President Macky Sall announcing a softening of state emergency measures taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 during an address to the nation from the Presidential Palace in Dakar on May 11, 2020. Lionel Mandeix-Senegalese Presidency-AFP

Protests erupt in Senegal capital over coronavirus curfew

Youths protesting a coronavirus curfew clashed with security forces overnight in the Senegalese capital, burning tyres and erecting barricades as police fired tear gas in Dakar's Ngor district, an AFP photographer reported.
Former Super Eagles stars Nwankwo Kanu and Sunday Oliseh and the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF have joined the rest in mourning former Senegal star Papa Bouba Diop, who died on Sunday.

Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop gets post-humous national award

Former Senegalese soccer international, Papa Bouba Diop, who died last Sunday in Arras, northern France, will receive a post-humous national award on Friday, after his body arrived in Dakar, before his burial on Saturday in Rufisque, his hometown.
China on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of spreading a “political virus” at the United Nations after the US leader delivered a harsh attack on Beijing over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Donald Trump lashes China as UN warns against ‘Cold War’

US President Donald Trump angrily cast blame on China over the coronavirus pandemic in an address on Tuesday before the United Nations, whose chief warned against a new “Cold War” between the two powers.
Lamine Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations from 1999 to 2015, was found guilty of corruption in a Paris court. Martin Bureau-AFP-Getty Images

Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack guilty of Russian doping corruption

The former head of athletics’ world governing body, Lamine Diack, was on Wednesday found guilty by a French court of corruption in covering up Russian doping cases and sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended.
The coup in Mali was a direct result of the protests and mass marches that have been raging through the capital Bamako since 5 June. Getty Images

ECOWAS: Mali military junta must name president by September 15

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS called on Mali's new military government that seized power last month to appoint a civilian to head a transition government by 15 September.
The President of Ghana, Prof. Nana Akufo-Addo, has emerged as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States.

Ghana president emerges new ECOWAS chairman

The President of Ghana, Prof. Nana Akufo-Addo, has emerged as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States.
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.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not implement policies that will affect the existence of the poor while raising revenue to fund the nation’s infrastructure projects.

President Buhari, other leaders in Bamako over Mali crisis

West African leaders including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari have arrived in Bamako, the Malian capital to find a solution to the worsening political crisis in the francophone country.
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo attends the fifty-sixth ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja on December 21, 2019. Kola Sulaimon-AFP

Ghanaian president goes into isolation

Ghana’s president has gone into self-isolation for two weeks as a precautionary measure despite testing negative for coronavirus, the government said, after one of his contacts was confirmed to have the illness.
Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed that a four-month-old child was among the 20 new coronavirus cases recorded in the state on Friday.

Senegal postpones school restart after teachers test positive for coronavirus

Senegal has postponed the restart of schools until further notice after several teachers tested positive for the new coronavirus, the education ministry said late on Monday.
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Senegalese return to mosques after restrictions eased

Some Senegalese mosques opened their doors on Friday after the government eased coronavirus restrictions, but others judged the rate of infection too high and stayed shut.
Senegal's President Macky Sall speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany January 27, 2020. REUTERS-Annegret Hilse

Senegal to re-open mosques, churches, ease restrictions as coronavirus cases jump

Senegalese President Macky Sall announced the re-opening of mosques and churches and the easing of other restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus, even as the largest one-day jump in cases was recorded on Monday.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Senegal reports 59 more coronavirus cases

Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Social Action, on Friday, reported 59 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the confirmed total to 1,551 in the country.
Women wear face masks as they wait to receive their food supplies during a food aid distribution to people in need, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Guinaw Rail Suburbs of Dakar, Senegal April 28, 2020. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra

WHO says very concerned at community spread of coronavirus in West Africa

The World Health Organization is worried by the community spread of the new coronavirus in a significant number of West African countries, the regional head of the organization said on Thursday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 13, 2020. REUTERS-Sumaya Hisham

Sub-Saharan Africa braces for full-fledged virus outbreak

After escaping mostly unscathed by the coronavirus pandemic, sub-Saharan Africa is bracing for the worst after its first outbreaks of the illness that has already engulfed China and Italy and spread to other parts of the globe.
A regional minister in Lombardy, the Italian region most affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, has tested positive for the virus.

Coronavirus hits Senegal holy city ahead of religious event

A novel coronavirus case has been confirmed in the central Senegalese city of Touba, the country’s health ministry said Wednesday, ahead of a large religious gathering planned there later this month.
Fighters of a battalion loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Haftar pictured in the eastern city of Benghazi in December 2019. Both sides in Libya’s conflict agreed to a ceasefire, January 1, 2020. AFP

Why African countries seek greater role in Libya peace process

African Union leaders are expected to renew calls for greater involvement in efforts to resolve Libya's long-running conflict at a summit held on Thursday in the Republic of the Congo.
L-R, Segun Osoba, Osinbajo and Tony Elumelu at the Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum in Abuja on Saturday

VP Osinbajo: Young African entrepreneurs will change narrative about the continent

Africa’s young men and women entrepreneurs will positively change the narratives about the continent, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, has said that Nigeria needs to evolve a more effective tariff structure in order to achieve steady electricity supply.

AfDB chief, three others for Tony Elumelu foundation forum

The leaders of three African countries and the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, are expected to participate in the on-going Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum in Abuja.
Aliou Sall, brother of Senegal’s President Macky Sall has resigned from his government post as a director of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations of Senegal(CDC) after allegations of fraud relating to natural gas contracts, he said on Monday.

Senegalese president’s brother quits over bribery scandal

Aliou Sall, brother of Senegal’s President Macky Sall has resigned from his government post as a director of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations of Senegal (CDC) after allegations of fraud relating to natural gas contracts, he said on Monday.

Senegal protests over fraudulent oil deals

Oil, one of the world’s biggest source of income as well as trouble. Senegal being the latest country to be afflicted.
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Senegal police detain protesters amid outcry over gas deal

Senegalese riot police fired tear gas and detained more than 20 people on Friday, at an unsanctioned protest in Dakar over a BBC report of allegations the president’s brother was involved in fraud related to two offshore gas blocks developed by BP PLC.

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who demanded for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over his failure to handle insecurity in the country.

Kano governor sacks aide over social media comments

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has relieved his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, of his appointment.

Group: Killer of Nigerian man in South Africa will be investigated

The Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA) says it will follow-up the case of a 40-year-old, Temitope Abudu, who was killed by yet-to-be identified assailant in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and 15 others have not been released by their abductors.

Assailants free 42 people kidnapped from Nigeria school

"The abducted students, staff and relatives of Government Science College Kagara have regained their freedom and have been received by the Niger state government," governor Abubakar Sani Bello said on Twitter
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who demanded for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over his failure to handle insecurity in the country.

DSS denies arresting Kano governor’s aide

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who demanded for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over his failure to handle insecurity in the country.
Prince Bola Ajibola, a Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice has rated Western Nigeria Security Network, tagged “Operation Amotekun”, high in terms of its capacity to protect the people of Ogun State from Fulani marauders.

Ex-AGF: Amotekun will tame criminal herdsmen

Prince Bola Ajibola, a Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice has rated Western Nigeria Security Network, tagged “Operation Amotekun”, high in terms of its capacity to protect the people of Ogun State from Fulani marauders.

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made their first move to sign highly-rated Anderlecht Nigerian winger Paul Mukairu this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur make move for Nigerian winger

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made their first move to sign highly-rated Anderlecht Nigerian winger Paul Mukairu this summer.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said that more private and public sector collaboration will be encouraged as Nigeria steps up effort to realise its target of boosting domestic gas utilisation.

Minister: Passage of PIB’ll unlock several midstream gas opportunities

Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, says the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) will unlock several midstream gas opportunities and enhance domestic gas utilisation.
Players and officials of Nigeria Professional Football League [NPFL] side Adamawa United FC were robbed at gunpoint around Benin-Ore expressway on Friday night at about 11.45 pm on their way for their week 11 NPFL fixture against MFM FC in Lagos.

Gunmen abduct Adamawa United bus driver, demand N59 million ransom

The Adamawa state Government has confirmed the attack on Adamawa United football team by suspected kidnappers along the Benin – Lagos federal highway.
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Minister: Unifying Naira’s exchange rate will take time

The total borrowing of the country as of 31 December is 21.6 per cent of the GDP. So, if we were not looking at adding the other category of loans that I mentioned, we don’t even need to increase that at this time As of 2019, the debt to GDP ratio was 19.2 per cent so only two per cent was added.

Court issues criminal summons against Shell, 7 others over ‘oil theft’

A judge of an Upper Area Court in Abuja, Gambo Garba, on Thursday issued a criminal summons against Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria and seven of its top executives over alleged stealing of 16 million barrels of crude oil through the use of a fraudulent and unapproved metering system.