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ECOWAS sanctions Mali, withdraws ambassadors

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has withdrawn all its ambassadors from Mali.

“Withdrawal of all ECOWAS ambassadors in Mali, closure of land and air borders between ECOWAS countries and Mali” are expected to take immediate effect.

The sanctions also include the freezing of Mali’s assets in ECOWAS Central Bank and the suspension of Mali from all financial assistance and transactions from financial institutions.

Additionally, ECOWAS suspended financial transactions between Mali and member states, “with the exception of the following products: essential consumer goods; pharmaceutical products; medical supplies and equipment, including materials for the control of COVID-19 products, and electricity.”

The communiqué also disclosed that ECOWAS instructed all community institutions to take steps to implement the sanctions with immediate effect.

After reviewing the situation, it added that the regional leaders rejected the transition schedule proposed by the Malian military junta as “totally unacceptable.”

ECOWAS further mentioned that the sanctions would only be gradually lifted after an acceptable and agreed transition chronogram was finalised and monitored satisfactorily to ensure progress.

Aside from Vice President Osinbajo and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, other West African leaders present at the summit were Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal, George Weah of Liberia, Patrice Talon of Benin Republic, Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso, and Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire.

Others included Umaro Embalò of Guinea Bissau, Mohamed Bazoum of Niger Republic, Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone, and Vice President Isatou Touray of The Gambia.

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EFCC detains Fashola money man Supo Shasore

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A former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Lagos Olasupo Shasore is being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives.

A source close to the commission disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday.

The source added that the ex-commissioner arrived at the headquarters of the EFCC on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the source, Mr Shasore is being quizzed over his role in the Process and Industrial Development scam.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for EFCC, declined to comment on the development when contacted.

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Lagos govt seals nightclubs over lack of fire extinguishers, poor hygiene

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The Lagos State Safety Commission says it sealed lounges and nightclubs in Ikeja over the lack of compliance with its 2022 Zero Accident Campaign (ZAC).

The commission’s director-general, Lanre Mojola, stated in a statement on Tuesday that ZAC was determined to ensure that all workplaces and public facilities are safe for all visitors and workers alike.

The commission stated that the lack of fire extinguishers, poor hygiene and housekeeping, lack of safety signages, inadequate parking spaces, and other safety infractions led to the shutting down of the outfits.

Mr Mojola further that the action on some bars, lounges and nightclubs became necessary due to their contravention of the Lagos government regulations despite several efforts to ensure compliance.

The Lagos official slammed the failure of the outfits to obtain safety compliance certificates and register with the commission through its www.lasgsafetyreg.com portal.

Mr Mojola further reiterated that similar enforcement exercises would take place across.

He also mentioned that the commission would not relent in its efforts, especially when implementing the commission’s laws towards a safer Lagos for all.

The director-general implored all business entities to regularise their safety management documentation towards achieving safer public places across Lagos.

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AFCON 2021: After Malawi draw, Senegal reach knockout phase

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On Tuesday, Senegal advanced to the Round of 16 of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after settling for a goalless draw with Malawi in their last Group B match.

In the match played at the Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam, the Teranga Lions earned their second draw from three matches to finish top with five points.

Senegal had yet to impress in the tournament and were now looking to stamp their authority, while Malawi were looking to cause an upset.

A win would guarantee a spot in the knockout stage of the competition for the Flames.

But it was Senegal who took the initiative to Malawi from the kick-off, with Habib Diallo seeking an opening through a header to Bouna Sarr’s cross wide off the mark.

Moments later, Sadio Mane missed a good chance to put his team in the lead as he could not keep his shot down from Sarr’s lovely cutback.

On the other hand, Gabadinho Mhango was looking dangerous as he began causing all sorts of problems for the Senegalese defence.

His best effort came from a set-piece he was unfortunate not to convert as it deflected wide of Mendy’s goal.

Malawi stood resolute in defence and starved the star-studded Senegal attack of the ball in the closing stages of the first half.

The Senegalese team stepped up their game at the start of the second half, looking to take control of proceedings.

Diallo came close to scoring, but Malawian goalkeeper Charles Thom was quick to react and tip the ball over the bar.

Thom made another great save, this time from Idrissa Gueye’s well-taken free-kick.

Malawi had a penalty kick claim waved away by VAR check following an alleged infringement in the penalty area.

Neither side could eventually find the breakthrough as Senegal sailed through, while Guinea joined them despite their loss as runners-up.

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