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Togo Opposition Newspaper ‘suspended’


L’Alternative was also suspended in March last year after a complaint by France’s former ambassador about an article.

Togo’s media watchdog has suspended a pro-opposition newspaper for four months for allegedly defaming a government minister.

It is not the first time the biweekly L’Alternative has fallen foul of the authorities in the tiny West African state.


The country’s communications authority HAAC, which regulates the media, suspended the paper on Friday after a complaint from Housing Minister Koffi Tsolenyanu, who is also a notary.

A report in L’Alternative had questioned Tsolenyanu’s administration of the estate of wealthy trader Georges Kudawoo, who died in 1940.

The HAAC said the paper’s director had provided no proof of its allegations during a hearing on Friday and had declined to rectify the story.

It said the paper had “defamed and harmed the honour and dignity” of the minister and had failed to respect a professional code of conduct.


L’Alternative was also suspended in March last year after a complaint by France’s former ambassador about an article.

Togo is often accused by rights groups of cracking down on opposition politicians and media.



1960s: Nigeria loses former Ambassador


Nigeria has lost its former Ambassador to Togo, Vincent Sunny Okobi. His son Amaechi, made the announcement on Thursday in a statement.

Amaechi noted that they were deeply saddened by the passing of the diplomat.

Okobi was a clerk under then Governor-General of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, before leaving Nigeria for the United States.

He was a civil rights activist and President of the African Students’ Union in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s.


As the envoy to Togo, he was awarded France’s Légion d’honneur by President Francois Mitterrand for his commitment to promoting Franco-Nigerian foreign relations.

“Ambassador Okobi left his most unforgettable legacy as a devoted husband of 52 years, father of four children and grandfather of 14”, the statement read.

It added that in adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, there would be no condolence visits.

The late diplomat is survived by Justice Victoria Okobi, siblings and other family members.



Former Togo Prime Minister died in Paris, aged 82.

Former Togolese Prime Minister and diplomat, Edem Kodjo is dead at the age of 82.

Edem who served as the prime minister of Togo from 1994 to 1996 and from 2005 to 2006, under the leadership of a former president Gnassingbe Eyadema, died in Paris on Saturday April 11.

Togolese Foreign Minister, Robert Dussey tweeted;

“A brilliant academic, and an ardent Pan-African, our beloved Edem Kodjo died in Paris after a long illness.

“You will always remain a reference for us’. On the eve of Easter, you practicing Christian return to your creator. Condolences to his family.”

Edem also served as Togo’s Minister of Finance from 1973 to 1976 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1976 to 1978. He was elected as the Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) at its summit in Khartoum on July 18–22, 1978.

The President of Namibia, Hage Geingob, and Malian President Ibrahim Keita have also condoled with the family of the deceased and his nation.


COVID-19: Togo admit first case

Togo on Friday confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus after a 42-year-old woman tested positive following her return from a trip to Benin, Germany, France, and Turkey.

The presidency in the West African nation of eight million people said the patient, who lives in the capital Lome with her family, was “currently isolated in a treatment center for infectious diseases” after testing positive on Thursday.

“From February 22 to March 2, 2020, she visited Benin, Germany, France, and Turkey before returning to Togo via the land border with Benin,” the presidency said in a statement.

It said all people who had contact with the patient in the country “have been identified and put in quarantine.”

In sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal has registered four cases, all foreign nationals, and South Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon have one case each since the outbreak emerged in December in China.


Which baby shower?! – Davido has a secret wife since 2017 – Kemi Olunloyo speaks. {Photos}

Controversial journalist, Kemi Oluloyo, has taken to her social platforms to claim that singer Davido is already married.

According to the controversial journalist in an Instagram post which she has since archived, Davido got married to his second baby mama, Amanda in 2017.

Olunloyo also shared the photo of a man and Davido, claiming the man is Amanda’s dad.

”Which baby shower? Davido and his FIRST Father-in-law Togolese American Mr. Teko Samlan, Hermadine Samlan-Adeleke’s dad during their parlor wedding in 2017.
Swipe to see how Hermadine aka Amanda aka mama Hailey who Davido hid her real name from you for years dropped a disturbing Message to Chioma today. She ain’t happy I blew her cover. She and Chioma don’t talk. Teko did not let Adeleke impregnate his daughter without a ring. I told you 2 yrs ago that Adeleke is already married.

“Chioma will be the second wife. A big wedding is planned outside🇳🇬 Deji Adeleke’s new Gulfstream jet will be used to wash am. He just paid for it fully. Davido was teasing his fans with it. Dad owns the jet🙄 Family gets bigger when Deji Baba Olowo’s 28yo girlfriend delivers his baby this month I think. That baby was due Valentine’s😲👶🏾 Sophia! Sophia! You remain the babymama. Go marry someone else and have another kid. 😁😁😁#kemitalksgist I have the Adeleke’s in the palm of my hand. Even the DSS can’t protect them 😁😁😁”


Benin, Togo’s power supply set to be disconnected – FG.

…over $16m debts

The Federal Government has promised to disconnect Niger Republic and Togo’s power supply if they fail to pay their outstanding $16 million debts.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Usman Mohammed, who revealed that the initial debts were as high as $100 million.

“When I took over as MD TCN, both Benin and Togo owed Nigerian more than $100 million.

“They paid part of what they consumed and out of the debts, it is remaining only $14 million for Benin. Niger owes less than $2 million and we are not leaving them.”

He threatened to disconnect the neighbouring countries if they fail to adhere to the payment agreement.

“In fact, we will disconnect them as we disconnect people around here.

“Electricity is not charity; we cannot allow people to consume electricity and leave us like that, No.”

Mr. Mohammed stated that they have restricted their supply and are insisting that they pay all the outstanding before they connect and increase the power off-take.