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Mali hit by sanctions as ECOWAS shuts borders

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Mali’s military rulers now say elections could take five years

West African leaders have imposed sanctions on Mali after the country’s military government announced a long delay to elections originally planned for next month.

The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, which met in Accra on Sunday, agreed to close borders with Mali as well as implement a range of economic sanctions.

Mali’s military government in response said that it was closing its land and air borders with ECOWAS and recalling its ambassadors from member states.

In a statement, the junta said it “strongly” condemned “illegal” sanctions imposed on the country.

West African leaders have been calling for a return to civilian rule since a group of army officers toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta following street protests in August 2020.

The military rulers now say elections could take place in five years – a delay the West African bloc deems unacceptable.

Sanctions have been seen to be effective in the past, but a second coup last year forced out the interim civilian government, testing the resolve of regional leaders pushing for reform.






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BREAKING: Bandits currently attacking Kebbi community

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Bandits are currently attacking Ayu, Danko Wasagu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kebbi State, POLITICS NIGERIA.

Bandits attacks in Kebbi state have been on the ascendancy in recent months.
Hundreds of the residents have fled their homes, relocating to other towns in the state and internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.
Recall POLITICS NIGERIA had exclusively reported the bandits attack that occurred on January 14: 17 residents were brutally murdered and many more abducted in a punitive expedition.
Four days after the carnage of January 14 in Dankade, the bandits raided Ayu, and abducted 29 villagers into the forest.
Unlike cases in other North-west states, attacks in rural Kebbi are hardly reported in the media. Over 200 lives were lost to banditry in the state in 2021 alone, this newspaper’s findings revealed.

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How Osinbajo transformed my life – Former Secretary

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Alhaji Abdul Gafar Bakare says Prof. Yemi Osinbajo impacted his life and that of many others

Alhaji Abdul Gafar Bakare, former confidential secretary to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo while he was the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State has narrated his experience when he worked with him for eight years.

A devoted Muslim, Bakare had been a secretary at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice prior to the appointment of Osinbajo in 1999. But the appointment changed his life forever.

Prior working with the Vice President he was a trained secretary with no university education.

“Prof. (Osinbajo) not only encouraged me to further my education even at my relatively old age, he personally sponsored my BSc Accounting programme and even sponsored my pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.”

Bakare recalled that he was not the only beneficiary of Osinbajo’s large heart.

“He also sponsored some of our colleagues who became lawyers while others are into other professions”.

He added that, “Prof. is a distinctive person that one needs to emulate. He is a contented man who accommodates any serious minded individual. Even with his present position he still gives recognition to those he knows before becoming Vice President.

“I am most grateful to Allah for the opportunity of working with this kind and generous boss. I also count it as a privilege to express my views about my boss,” he said.

Bakare says he has since retired from the state civil service.

While in office as Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Osinbajo undertook far-reaching judicial reform in Lagos State, addressing critical areas as judges’ recruitment, remuneration, training and discipline.

The emoluments of Lagos judges witnessed and increase of more than 300 per cent, a situation that made the judges to earn more than Supreme Court Justices.

The Federal and State governments soon followed the good example he laid to gibe better packages to judicial officers.

He also addressed access to justice for the poor by the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), the first of its kind in Nigeria.

These offices have now been replicated in all states across the Federation. He transformed the office as well as his immediate staff.

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‘Attention I Get These Days Is Overwhelming’ – Eniola Badmus

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Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus has revealed that the attention she gets recently is overwhelming.

Recall that the actress went on a weight loss journey, that has now left her looking all gorgeously trimmed.

The actress in a post via her Instagram page on Tuesday revealed that she gets a lot of attention these days, which makes her feel like she is a new baby. She further stated that this is a new journey for her.

She wrote: ‘’The attention I get now is quite overwhelming feels like I’m a newborn baby, it’s  a new life for me and a new journey so walk with me on this and be a partaker don’t dull.’’

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