IN THE ANALYSIS

Africa Watch – Call of duty

A deal is close that would allow Russian mercenaries into Mali, extending Russian influence over security affairs in West Africa and triggering opposition from former colonial power France, Reuters reported citing seven unnamed diplomatic and security sources said. Paris has begun a diplomatic drive to prevent the military junta in Mali from enacting the deal, which would permit Russian private military contractors, the Wagner Group, to operate in the former French colony, the sources said. A European source who tracks West Africa and a security source in the region said at least 1,000 mercenaries could be involved. Two other sources believed the number was lower but did not provide figures. Four sources said the Wagner Group would be paid about 6 billion CFA francs ($10.8 million) a month for its services. One security source working in the region said the mercenaries would train the Malian military and provide protection for senior officials. Reuters said it could not confirm independently how many mercenaries could be involved, how much they would be compensated, or establish the exact objective of any deal involving Russian mercenaries would be for Mali’s military junta. France’s diplomatic offensive, the diplomatic sources said, includes enlisting the help of ...
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ANALYSIS

Africa Watch – Call of duty

A deal is close that would allow Russian mercenaries into ...
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The week ahead – Inferno

Nigeria’s Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said that the ...
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Africa Watch – Coup de grace

Putschists who seized power in Guinea at the weekend have ...
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Video: Nigeria’s VAT turmoil

Nigeria's Federal Inland Revenue Service is in court trying to ...
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The week ahead – On a knife’s edge

A bill seeking to empower the state government to collect ...
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Africa Watch – Gun runs and other tales

Three residents of Maryland in the United States, have been ...
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The week ahead – Off balance

Ondo Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has signed into law the ...
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Africa Watch – Sour grapes

Algeria announced on 24 August that it was officially severing ...
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The week ahead – Good news and bad

Gunmen killed two Nigerian military personnel and abducted another in ...
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Slowly, then suddenly: Afghanistan’s collapse and lessons for Africa’s war on terror

America’s longest war has come to a messy and chaotic ...
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Africa Watch – Resource fight

Around 11,000 people fleeing clashes between herders and fishermen in ...
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The week ahead – Eye don red!

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted a request ...
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Under the hood: A look into taxation in Nigeria’s informal sector

A recurring theme in many reports about Nigeria’s tax base ...
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Africa Watch – The long war

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed issued a call on 10 ...
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The week ahead – A rock and a hard place

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has declared ...
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Africa Watch – Zambia on the precipice

Zambia deployed the military to curb escalating political violence ahead ...
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The week ahead – Battle stations ready

The ward congresses held across the country on 30 July ...
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Africa Watch – Slipping into the past

Tunisia is facing the worst crisis in its decade of ...
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The week ahead – Deep impact

Widespread voter apathy marred the local government elections held in ...
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Video: Revisiting Russian interest in Africa

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian interest in ...
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Africa Watch – Dinner time

Interim Mali President Assimi Goita, a special forces colonel who ...
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The week ahead – House of cards

The Senate on 15 July passed the long-awaited Electoral Act ...
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Africa Watch – Cloudy rainbow

South Africa has been rocked by violence and looting for ...
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The week ahead – Dissociated

The Supreme Court has restrained the FG and its agencies ...
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