West Africa

Ghana-Central-Bank. [Photo credit: Independent Newspapers Nigeria]

Ghana Central Bank cuts interest rate to 17%

Ghana is in its final year of a $918 million credit deal with the International Monetary Fund.

U.S. commandos killed in Niger not authorised to participate in mission – Sen. Kaine

Four U.S. soldiers were killed in the attack, while two others were wounded.

Ghana President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Qatar (Photo Credit: Ghanalive.TV)

Ghana opens embassy in Qatar after decades of “progressive’’ ties

“The bilateral relations between Qatar and Ghana will be further expanded, strengthened and consolidated.”

President Deby of Chad announces new cabinet

The new government consists of 29 members including eight women.

Soldiers from Ivory Coast's Special Forces march in a military parade, marking Independence day, near the presidential palace in Abidjan

Cote d’Ivoire retires 2,168 soldiers

A spokesperson said the soldiers accepted voluntary retirement.

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau

Herders/Farmers conflicts: Nigeria, ECOWAS to host regional conference

A sub-regional ministerial meeting will hold on April 26 in Abuja.

Monkeypox

Liberia issues alert on monkeypox outbreak

The disease has already been discovered in the southern county of River Cess.

Sierra Leone’s new president calls on rival not to challenge results

The new president indicates he might offer his challeger a role in government.

French, Malian troops kill 30 insurgents in gun battle

“A number of Malian soldiers died in the ensuing gun battle.”

APC’s Kamara vows to challenge Sierra Leone’s presidential runoff result

Mr Kamara has also refused to congratulate the new president, Julius Maada Bio.

APC dethroned in Sierra Leone; Julius Maada Bio sworn in as president

The new leader briefly ruled the country as head of a military junta in 1996.

Ghana teachers commence indefinite strike

“When the senior high schools reopen on April 16, nobody should expect our members to be present.”

Cameroon army frees 18 hostages held in Anglophone region

The group was abducted on its way to the Twin Lakes in Mount Manengouba National Park.

Sierra Leone Poll: Heads of Int’l Observation Missions meet ahead result announcement

“This tension is what the heads of observation missions are resolved to douse.”

Sierra Leone presidential run-off: Vote counting commences

Voting closed 5p.m.

Voters in Sierra Leone return to polls for presidential run-off

Run-off vote is between opposition leader Julius Maada Bio and ruling party candidate Samura Kamara.

We’re ready for Saturday’s run off Poll – Sierra Leone NEC

The commission was deploying some 63,000 permanent and ad-hoc staff across the 11,122 polling stations.

Thousands of Ghanaians protest expanded military cooperation with U.S.

“They (the American military) become a curse everywhere they are, and I am not ready to mortgage my security.”

President Deby of Chad to stay on until 2033

A two-week forum made the recommendation.

No Niger fighters in Libya – Ambassador

“The ambassador of Niger denied presence of any armed opposition groups of his country on Libyan soil.”

Sierra Leone Supreme Court postpones presidential election

The NEC requested the delay.

Sierra Leone High Court vacates interim injunction on Tuesday’s presidential run-off

The run-off will be between the opposition leader Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party and Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress

Ghana’s parliament ratifies deal granting “unimpeded” access to U.S. troops

According to the agreement, the Americans will use Ghana’s radio spectrum for free.

Gambia will ‘collapse’ if Nigerian professionals leave – VP

At about 30,000 strong, Nigeria also has by far the largest population of foreign nationals living in The Gambia.

Cameroon’s aging Biya holds first cabinet meeting since 2015

A letter calling his council of ministers to the Unity Palace did not reveal the agenda.