West Africa

The charred remains of the vehicle in which the six French and two Niger nationals were killed on Sunday in the Kouré region, south-east of the capital, Niamey. BOUREIMA HAMA / AFP

French anti-terror investigation launched into Niger killings of eight people

French aid group, the Agency for Technical Development and Cooperation, says several of its workers were among those killed during a tourist outing in Niger.

UN says 27 dead after boat capsizes off Mauritanian coast

“Passengers, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and including Guineans, were stranded on the boat and began suffering from extreme dehydration,” the IOM and UNHCR said.

A Nigerien security agent participates in a simulated raid on a militant camp during U.S. sponsored exercises in Ouallam, Niger, in April 2018. [Credit: Aaron Ross/Reuters]

INVESTIGATION: How a Notorious Arms Dealer Hijacked Niger’s Budget and Bought Weapons From Russia

As militant groups spread across the Sahel, the West African nation of Niger went on a U.S.-backed military spending spree that totaled about US$1 billion between 2011 and 2019.

File photo of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari at the 56th Ordinary session of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS)

Mali Crisis: ECOWAS leaders take tough decisions, ask 31 parliamentarians to resign

“These resignations will pave the way for by-elections,” the ECOWAS leaders said.

President Muhammadu Buhari participates in a virtual meeting of the Extraordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, from the State House, Abuja. [PHOTO CREDIT: @BashirAhmaad]

Mali Crisis: Again, Buhari, ECOWAS leaders attend crucial meeting

The meeting was summoned in line with the outcome of Thursday’s meeting of the ECOWAS leaders in Bamako, Mali.

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, visits president Muhammadu Buhari at the state house. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Buhari || @MBuhari]

Jonathan returns to Mali with Buhari, Akuffo-Addo, two other presidents

As ECOWAS’ Special Envoy to Mali, the former president will be accompanying a High-Level Mission of five west African Heads of State.

ECOWAS Headquarters in Nigeria..

COVID-19: ECOWAS Parliament urges citizens not to lose hope

ECOWAS Parliament says medical personnel are already mastering the different stages and administering the right treatment for COVID-19.

Mali on map

Mali Crisis: Jonathan-led ECOWAS mission recommends unity government

It also recommended the establishment of a technical committee to be set up by ECOWAS to monitor the implementation of the proposed

ECOWAS Headquarters in Nigeria..

Asante, Ouattara reelected ECOWAS Court’s President, Vice

The five judges of the court include Edward Asante (Ghana) President, Gberi-be Ouattara (Cote D’Ivoire) Vice President, Dupe Atoki (Nigeria), Keiukura Bangura (Sierra Leone), and Januaria Costa (Cape Verde)

U.S. seeks recovery of $3.5M ‘looted’ by ex-President Jammeh of Gambia

Ex-President Jammeh and wife are accused of buying a mansion in Potomac, Maryland.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

ECOWAS gives ex-President Jonathan new appointment

Mr Jonathan’s appointment was communicated to him by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission.

Ghana on map

Ghana’s COVID-19 cases surpass 24,000

The health authorities had treated and discharged 619 more people, bringing the number of recovered cases to 19,831, while the number of deaths stood at 135

The Prime Minister of Cote d'Ivoire, Gon Coulibaly. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of Amadou]

Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Gon Coulibaly, is dead

Mr Coulibaly, 61, died on Wednesday evening after falling ill at a ministerial meeting.

President Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s President self-isolates after COVID-19 exposure

A number of government appointees and members of the president’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) have so far tested positive for COVID-19.

Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister - Geoffery Onyeama

Single Currency: No division in ECOWAS – Onyeama

The sub-regional body would hold a meeting of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government to ensure that all the member states were on the same page.

Senegalese President Macky Sall. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter account of the Senegal government]

Senegalese president self-quarantines after contact with COVID-19 carrier

Mr Sall had taken the COVID-19 test after being exposed to coronavirus and the results came back negative.

ECOWAS headquarters

How COVID-19 has hampered justice delivery at ECOWAS Court – Official

Justice Asante said the resumption of court sessions on June 22, 2020, was possible because of the substantial investment in technology.

Ex-Gambia leader, Yahya Jammeh

CDD recommends restitution for victims of rights abuses in Gambia

The CDD said once reparation regulations are finalised, the details should also be simplified and communicated across media.

ECOWAS map used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Nigerian Infopedia]

COVID-19: ECOWAS recommends gradual re-opening of regional borders

ECOWAS says reopening of the borders is for movement of humanitarian personnel, medical supplies and equipment and essential goods in the fight against COVID-19.

Power Lines [Photo: energymixreport.com]

Togo, Niger, Benin owe Nigeria N32.04 billion for electricity supplied in 2019 – NERC

Data from the NERC shows that the three West African countries received a total invoice of N32.04 billion for the electricity supplied to them in 2019.

Niger journalist Samira Sabou jailed, charged with cybercrime over Facebook post

Authorities arrested Sabou, editor with the privately owned Niger Search news website and manager of the Mides-Niger news website, on June 10.

10 killed in attack on military checkpoint in Ivory Coast

The victims were killed at a military checkpoint near the border with Burkina Faso.

Ghanaian president [photocredit: CGTN.com]

Ghana’s COVID-19 cases reach 10,358

The number of recovered cases increased to 3,824 with 69 more recoveries recorded

Niger soldiers provide security for an anti-Boko Haram summit in Diffa city, Niger September 3, 2015. Picture taken September 3, 2015. To match Exclusive USA-NIGER/BOKO HARAM REUTERS/Warren Strobel - RTS1NYL

Soldiers rampage through Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso villages, killing many – Amnesty International

Nearly 200 people including IDPs unlawfully killed or forcibly disappeared between February and March 2020.

Map of Cameroon

CPJ asks Cameroonian govt to account for arrested journalist

“Samuel Wazizi’s friends, family, colleagues, and lawyers have unsuccessfully sought answers about his arrest from the Cameroonian government for far too long.”