Bamako, January 19, 2022. Modibo Keïta-Senou International Airport is idling. Air France flight 520 which pose usually at 1:45 p.m. local time, is temporarily suspended. Air Senegal did not land either. Since January 9, the country has been facing several punitive measures imposed by ECOWAS Heads of State. Among them, the closing land and air borders between the member countries of the West African organization. But that day, the traffic controllers of the control tower still scan the sky. The plane of a distinguished guest is expected in the evening: that of Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé.
The Togolese president took advantage of his visit to Banjul, where he attended the investiture ceremony of Adama Barrow, to make a discreet stopover in Bamako. In the darkness of an already well advanced night, his procession goes straight towards Koulouba,