West Africa

Burkina Faso on map used to illustrate the story.

Gunmen kill 24 in attack on Burkina Faso church

The attack on the church in northwestern Burkina Faso occurred during Sunday service.

Ghana An abandoned rosewood processing area

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the illegal logging of rosewood in Ghana

The records from Ghana says between 2010 and 2018, 506,199 cubic meters of wood was exported to China, but the Chinese records show that the country imported 953,827 cubic metres from Ghana, leaving an unaccounted 447628 cubic metres of rosewood.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID launches $60 million for West Africa trade, investment hub

USAID says the West Africa trade would last over the next five years and attract private sector investment of an estimated $300 million.

Gambia arrests 137 protesters urging president Barrow to step down

Mr Barrow came to power after the 2016 election, ending 22 years of authoritarian rule by Yahya Jammeh.

Equatorial Guinea speeds up investment drive with Nigerian investors

The delegation from Equatorial Guinea met with several Nigerian executives from the Africa Finance Corporation, Polaris Bank, Sterling Bank, First Bank, UBA and Zenith Bank.

Nigerien President President Mahamadou Issoufou

Nigerien president sacks army chief

The army chief was sacked after two of the country’s deadliest attacks in living memory killed at least 160 soldiers.

A Sierra Leone Policeman guards a road block forming part of a three day country wide lockdown on movement of people due to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, March. 27, 2015. Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

Journalists threatened, assaulted while covering local politician in Sierra Leone

The attack took place at Jalloh’s home in Sierra Leone’s northern Bendugu village.

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

Why we introduced higher cedi denominations – Bank of Ghana

The Ghanaian apex bank in November 2019 introduced higher denominations of its local currency.

Alassane Ouattara (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Cote d’Ivoire militia leader gets 20 years jail sentence for role in civil war

Charles Ble-Coude was sentenced in absentia by a court in Abidjan.

Ghana-Police

China donates 100 police vehicles to Ghana

The Chinese ambassador says the vehicles were donated to protect both Ghanaian people and foreign investors.

ECOWAS-Court

ECOWAS Presidents adopt $2.3bn budget to counter regional insecurity

According to the communiqué, the ECOWAS Authority agreed that out of the $2.3 billion, $1 billion would be financed from internal funds.

African Development Bank President (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina

AfDB has $20bn investments’ portfolio in ECOWAS — Adesina

The bank says its major focus is on energy and transport infrastructure, private sector, regional financial market integration, water and sanitation

Ghana on map

Polls open to elect local govt representatives in Ghana

57,040 are contesting for positions in the local level election which was first introduced in 1988.

Niger Republic on map

67 soldiers killed in Niger Republic terror attack – Buhari

”We offer prayers for the repose of those murdered and for the safe recovery and return of those who are still to be accounted for.”

President Muhammadu Buhari at the 53rd Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS

ECOWAS Presidents to meet on single currency December 21

Nigeria’s finance minister expresses doubt about the ECOWAS single currency commencing next year.

Death toll in migrant boat sinking off Mauritania rises to 63

The boat bound for Spain capsized on Wednesday with up to 180 people aboard.

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Nigerians enjoy more electricity than many countries in West Africa – Official

Nigeria is among first five in access to electricity in West Africa.

Burkina Faso on map used to illustrate the story.

Fourteen killed in terrorist attack on Burkina Faso church

An unprecedented wave of violence has rendered a once-peaceful Burkina Faso stumbling amidst threats of rampaging Jihadists in the Sahel.

Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase

ECOWAS Parliament backs Nigeria’s border closure

The official said ECOWAS has adopted Nigeria’s position on the border closure.

Mali on map

Buhari expresses grief over death of 13 French soldiers in Mali

“I am deeply saddened by the news of this helicopter accident that claimed the lives of 13 French soldiers.”

Burkina Faso on map used to illustrate the story.

U.S. advises citizens not to travel to Burkina Faso

The U.S. orders all family members of government employees not of age to leave, and authorises the voluntary departure of non-emergency staff and family members.

Gulf-of-Guinea

70 people killed in Guinea ahead of 2020 presidential polls – Report

The deaths have occurred since 2015, during various demonstrations against President Alpha Conde’s plans to amend the constitution to run for a third term

Mali military

53 soldiers killed in attack on Mali military post

No group has claimed responsibility for the assault.

Burkina Faso on map used to illustrate the story.

16 killed in Burkina Faso terror attack

The identity of the Burkina Faso assailants and their affiliation remained unknown on Wednesday.

Tension in Guinea-Bissau as sacked PM refuses to leave office

President Jose Vaz dissolved the government late on Monday.