Author: Blama G. Konuwah

27 Sierra Leonean citizens being deported from US, Authorities Confirmed.

US President Donald Trump left, and Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma WEST AFRICA (Globe Afrique) — Authorities in Sierra Leone say it has issued the necessary documents and awaits the arrival of 27 citizens being deported from the United States for drug crimes and other offenses. Emmanuel Turay, the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the Sierra Leoneans were still in custody in the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Sept. 12 announced visa restrictions on four African and Asian nations that have refused to accept citizens deported from the U.S. The restrictions affect Sierra Leone’s foreign ministry...

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Sierra Leone: Ruling APC and main opposition SLPP named presidential picks

WEST AFRICA–– Sierra Leone’s two historical and traditional rival political parties have christened their presidential candidates and vice–presidential candidates to stand in a crucial election in March 2018. Political commentators and international election experts say the country’s ongoing process illustrates a standard of stability since the end of its civil conflict in 2002. Foreign Minister Samura Kamara and the deputy speaker of parliament, Chernor Maju Bah, have been named by President Ernest Bai Koroma to lead the All People’s Congress (APC) party as the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for next year’s poll. Sources in the APC told Globe Afrique...

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Plane carrying 10 crashes in Cote d’Ivoire, killing four people

WEST AFRICA –– Aviation authorities say a plane with 10 people on board on Saturday morning crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from an airport in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. At least four people were killed when a propeller-engine cargo plane crashed in the sea near the international airport in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, according eye witness account. According to multiple reliable sources, the crashed cargo plane belongs to a company that airlift equipment for the French army from and to the West African nation. Both government and non-governmental authorities confirmed that rescue workers removed two bodies from...

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Italian priest kidnapped in southern Nigeria: Reports

ITALY (Globe Afrique) — Italian news reports say an Italian priest has been kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria, where he has been working for three years. The news agency ANSA and Avvenire, the website of the Italian Catholic Bishops Conference, reported Friday that Father Maurizio Pallu was taken with four others after arriving Thursday in southern Benin City. Avvenire said the 63-year-old priest was a lay missionary before entering a seminary in Rome in 1988. He later served as a parish priest in the Dutch city of Haarlem before being assigned to the archdiocese in the Nigerian capital of...

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Electoral Chief: Liberia’s presidential poll successful

LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA –– No serious disturbance has been narrated so far as polls opened and closed Tuesday for Liberians to elect a new president, the country’s electoral institution chief said. Voters in the West African nation waited and strolled in long queues across the country to vote for a new president and 73 members of the country’s legislature in the election. The head of the National Elections Commission, Jerome Korkoya, said the general elections in Liberia have been successful, except for what he described as “pockets of incidents” that emerged from misperception on the part of voters. He...

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