Monday 21 August 2017

Nigeria

(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took to state TV on Monday in his first speech since returning from a long medical absence in Britain, in a bid to dampen mounting separatist tensions in the country. The 74-year-old, who received treatment for an undisclosed condition in London, appeared thinner than usual as he read slowly from a prepared statement in which he also vowed to redouble the fight against Boko Haram jihadists. He did not address his more than three-month absence or the illness that caused him to seek treatment abroad.
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Royal Dutch Shell has raised an alarm over the continuing siege at a Nigerian facility by protesters, saying they could be putting their safety at risk. Hundreds of protesters from the Kula and Belema communities in Nigeria's restless southern Rivers state have occupied the plant since August 11 to press their demands for jobs and better living conditions. "The illegal occupation of Belema Flow Station and Gas Plant in Rivers State has safety implications both for the people at the facilities and nearby communities," the company's Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company, said in a statement on Sunday. It said it was "deeply concerned that unauthorised persons, including women and children, have been observed in close proximity to equipment that...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Nigerians on Sunday celebrated the return of President Muhammadu Buhari with thanksgiving services after his prolonged absence abroad for medical treatment, a period that stoked tension in a divided nation. Early morning services were held in churches across the vast west African country, including the seat of government, Aso Villa, in Abuja. Buhari left Nigeria on May 7 for his second break of treatment in Britain this year for an unspecified medical condition, on the heels of a spell of...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Twelve people were killed when a passenger boat capsized in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos on Sunday, the government said, blaming the accident on overcrowding. "Three more bodies have now been confirmed," the Lagos State Waterway Authority (LASWA) said in a statement that raised the initial death toll. "We sympathise with the families of the deceased as 12 lives were lost," it said, adding that four people are in hospital. The sinking occurred in the waterfront community of Ilashe. The...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Imagine a language without an alphabet, held together without grammar or spelling, which changes every day but is nonetheless spoken and understood by more than 75 million Nigerians. So how would a global mega-broadcaster like the BBC go about reaching this vast, young and un-tapped audience? On Monday the British media giant will launch an online portal that will be entirely in Pidgin and feature text news, features and podcasts. "It's a challenging, exciting experiment," said Bilkisu Labaran, the corporation's...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to step up the fight against the Islamist militants and proponents of secession in his first speech after returning from three months of sick leave in London. Nigeria’s national unity is “not negotiable,” Buhari, 74, said Monday in a nationally televised address. “Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.” Buhari will inform the National Assembly in writing later Monday that he’s...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/17)
Separatists calling for the breakup of Nigeria have crossed a red line and the country's unity is not negotiable, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday in his first speech since returning home after three months of medical leave in Britain. Ethnic tensions have surfaced in the last few months amid calls for a separate southeastern state, known as Biafra, while some in the restive southern Niger Delta oil hub have called for independence and Boko Haram militants seek an Islamic...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
Monetary policy officials unified some of their multiple exchange rates when they let currency dealers quote naira levels used in actual trades this month. They did it to entice back bond investors who fled in 2014 and 2015 as oil prices collapsed and the central bank tightened capital controls. But not everyone is clear on the changes in the currency market of Africa’s biggest economy, or why they matter. So, what happened? Banks had been using a currency window for...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned home on Saturday after spending more than 100 days in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness. His plane touched down around 4:35 pm (1535 GMT) at the international airport in Abuja, an AFP correspondent said. Wearing a black caftan with a cap to match, the 74-year-old left the aircraft unaided and was met by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other senior government officials, including ministers, security chiefs and state governors. He took a salute...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will return home on Saturday after spending more than 100 days in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment, his office said. The 74-year-old left for the British capital on May 7 with his prolonged absence causing tensions back home where calls have grown for him to either return or resign. A presidency statement said Buhari "returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London." It said the retired general who headed a...
(This Day Live 08/18/17)
The federal government has stated that two private Nigerian firms have been selected to build 217,000 barrels per day refineries in Port Harcourt and Warri under the co-location concept initiated by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. Modalities are also being worked out by the federal government to offer financial support to operators who were licensed to build modular refineries in the country. Kachikwu had initiated the concept of co-location of refineries to ensure that new...
(Premium Times 08/18/17)
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday in Ibadan said that the bogus earnings of National Assembly members portrayed them as a “bunch of unarmed robbers.” Obasanjo, spoke at a public presentation of a book written by Prof. Mark Nwagwu, titled, ‘I am Kagara, I Weave the Sands of Sahara,’ in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. He also called on the Federal Government to respect the agreement it signed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, saying that the Federal Government...
(Andalou Agency 08/18/17)
Warning comes amid rising hate speeches targeting different ethnic groups. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Thursday warned that hate speech would be considered as an act of terrorism in the country. "The intimidation of a population by words, by speech is an act of terrorism and this government intends to take this matter very seriously,” Osinbajo said at a security and economic summit in the capital Abuja. “The Federal Government has today drawn the line on hate speech… The law, that...
(Premium Times 08/18/17)
Amid increased demand and high prices of grains used as feed mill for the poultry industry, operators in the sector lamented the exporting of maize and soya beans to other countries after every harvest season. The General Manager, Operations, Amo Farms, Mr. Emmanuel Oloruntoba, said this during a media briefing on the natnuPreneur Broiler Out-grower scheme in Lagos on Tuesday. He said, “We are in a situation in Nigeria where we don’t have enough maize and yet during harvest season,...
(Agence Ecofin 08/18/17)
The New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) in partnership with a Turkish firm plans to invest $15 million in reviving the collapsed Kaduna Textile company in Kaduna state. The Group Managing Director of NNDC, Ahmed Musa, made this known after a meeting with a Turkish business delegation at the NNDC head office in Kaduna. According to Musa, under the partnership, the Turkish firm, Sur International Textile, will provide 35% of the amount, the Federal Government will provide 45% while the Kaduna...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
“Nothing is impossible.” These three words are on a plaque that Aliko Dangote keeps on his office desk in Lagos, Nigeria, constantly reminding Africa’s richest man how to approach the world. Dangote, who was worth $12.3 billion as of mid-August, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, is modest in his personal life but bold in business. Presiding over an empire that includes cement, freight, infrastructure, agriculture, and—soon—oil refining, Dangote, 60, possesses a towering ambition that matches the scale of his...
(Agence Ecofin 08/18/17)
A survey on graft released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Wednesday reveals that almost one out of three Adult Nigerians pay bribe to civil servants and other public officials. These amount to N400 billion ($1.27 billion) annually. The survey, which was backed by a U.N. agency and the European Union, is based on 33,067 interviews with adults across the country. According to the report, Nigerians spent $1.27 billion; which is equivalent to 39% of the combined federal...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
The health of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is receiving treatment in London since May for an undisclosed ailment, has improved significantly, said Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives. “I am glad that he is doing well; his health has improved tremendously,” Dogara said on Twitter, reporting that he visited Buhari in London with President of the Senate Bukola Saraki. Buhari, who was elected in 2015, is on his second medical trip to the U.K. trip this year,...
(This Day Live 08/18/17)
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved an interim agreement for the concession of the Lagos-Kano and Port Harcourt-Maiduguri old narrow gauge railway lines to a consortium led US engineering conglomerate, General Electric (GE). According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents, the interim concession agreement would allow the consortium to immediately commence improvements in the operational capacity of the rail network. The approval, Mohammed added, would aid the completion and full...
(This Day Live 08/18/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with state governors to continue to support his administration and to cooperate with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in running the affairs of the country. The ailing president, who has been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment in the United Kingdom for more than three months, also commended the governors for holding together the country in his absence. The Chairman of theNigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, who briefed...

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(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Royal Dutch Shell has raised an alarm over the continuing siege at a Nigerian facility by protesters, saying they could be putting their safety at risk. Hundreds of protesters from the Kula and Belema communities in Nigeria's restless southern Rivers state have occupied the plant since August 11 to press their demands for jobs and better living conditions. "The illegal occupation of Belema Flow Station and Gas Plant in Rivers State has safety implications both for the people at the facilities and nearby communities," the company's Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company, said in a statement on Sunday. It said it was "deeply concerned that unauthorised persons, including women and children, have been observed in...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Twelve people were killed when a passenger boat capsized in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos on Sunday, the government said, blaming the accident on overcrowding. "Three more bodies have now been confirmed," the Lagos State Waterway Authority (LASWA) said in a statement that raised the initial death toll. "We sympathise with the families of the deceased as 12 lives were lost," it said, adding that four people are in hospital. The sinking occurred in the waterfront community of Ilashe. The government blamed the incident on overcrowding and illegal activities of boat operators. "An unfortunate incident occurred at Ilashe today... arising from overloading of passengers on a banana boat taking off from an illegal jetty which has become a perennial issue...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Imagine a language without an alphabet, held together without grammar or spelling, which changes every day but is nonetheless spoken and understood by more than 75 million Nigerians. So how would a global mega-broadcaster like the BBC go about reaching this vast, young and un-tapped audience? On Monday the British media giant will launch an online portal that will be entirely in Pidgin and feature text news, features and podcasts. "It's a challenging, exciting experiment," said Bilkisu Labaran, the corporation's...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
The health of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is receiving treatment in London since May for an undisclosed ailment, has improved significantly, said Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives. “I am glad that he is doing well; his health has improved tremendously,” Dogara said on Twitter, reporting that he visited Buhari in London with President of the Senate Bukola Saraki. Buhari, who was elected in 2015, is on his second medical trip to the U.K. trip this year,...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Islamist militant attacks in West Africa are increasing in intensity. High-profile strikes on resorts and restaurants that have shattered the area’s tourist industry get most of the attention. Yet barely a week goes by without a deadly incident in a remote rural zone where some of the world’s poorest people live. Instability in the region affects Europe because it benefits organized crime networks which are engaged in the smuggling and trafficking of migrants to the shores of Italy. 1. What’s...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Libyan authorities on Thursday repatriated 135 Nigerian migrants, including women and children, who had made failed attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, an official said. "We are organising... the voluntary repatriation of 135 clandestine Nigerian migrants who were rescued offshore by the coastguard," said Hosni Abu Ayanah of the Libyan government agency tackling illegal migration. The first group of 75 men and 10 women gathered Thursday in downtown Tripoli to board buses with metal grills towards the capital's Mitiga airport.
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Gunmen attacked Nigeria's main anti-corruption taskforce on Wednesday and left behind a death threat for a top investigator, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in a statement. The attack on the Abuja base of the organisation which seeks to combat the oil-rich country's rampant graft comes just weeks after unidentified assailants shot and injured another investigator in Port Harcourt, in southeast Nigeria. "The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 5 am and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles," the commission's head of media, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement. "However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty." "A white envelope dropped by the fleeing
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
The mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok - the biggest publicity coup of Boko Haram's jihadist insurgency - was the accidental outcome of a botched robbery, say the girls who spent three years in their brutal captivity. The Chibok girls made the surprise revelation in secret diaries they kept while held prisoner and a copy of which has been exclusively obtained by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Recalling the night of their kidnapping in April 2014, Naomi...
(Business Day Online 08/17/17)
A National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS) survey has shown that Nigerians paid about N400 billion or $4.6 billion as bribes in 2016. The survey, which was conducted between June 2015 and May 2016, was supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union, wanted to assess the quality and integrity of public services in Nigeria. The amount paid as bribes by Nigerians to public officials was equivalent to 50 percent of the internally generated...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said. The attack -- the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region -- took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists. "Three female bombers...
(This Day Live 08/16/17)
An inter-ethnic clash involving northern and Igbo traders broke out Tuesday in the popular Wuse market in Abuja, following the attempt by the exponents of the ‘Our Mumu Don Do’ movement, led by Nigerian musician Charles Oputa, to hold an anti-Buhari protest in the largest market in the capital city. The clash, which was promptly nipped in the bud by the police and led to the closure of the market, however, did not stop it from spilling over into neighbouring...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
The Islamist-militant group Boko Haram killed 27 people and wounded more than 80 others in an attack on a market on the outskirts of Maiduguri, capital of the northeastern state of Borno. Members of the militia group simultaneously detonated several improvised explosive devices in the attack that took place on Tuesday, Hassan Ibrahim, a member of a vigilante group, said by phone. Nigeria on Tuesday deployed 2,000 special forces to battle the militant insurgency, which is aimed at imposing Boko...
(Voice of America 08/16/17)
Since April, Boko Haram has carried out more than 100 attacks in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri. Efforts are underway to secure the city, including the relocation of military chiefs to Maiduguri, and to tighten security at the university after staff abductions and repeated suicide bombings. In the past week, the Nigerian military has carried out a cordon-and-search operation for fleeing Boko Haram members. The head of the operation said more than 30 houses were searched, based on information that...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Scores of people were feared killed by suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers at a market in the village of Konduga in northeast Nigeria's Borno State, multiple sources said late Tuesday. A security source who confirmed the attacks told Xinhua that he was yet to get full details of the incident which occurred at about 35 kilometers from Maiduguri, the state capital. An emergency source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that dozens of people were killed and others injured...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Boko Haram gunmen have killed four people and torched homes in a nighttime raid on a village in restive northeastern Nigeria, local sources said Sunday. The militants stormed Amarwa village, while lies about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and birthplace of Boko Haram. According to a leader of a local militia fighting the jihadists, the gunmen shot indiscriminately at villagers and set fire to homes in the raid late Saturday. "Two were shot dead...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
The global outrage sparked by the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in Nigeria inspired Boko Haram to start strapping suicide bombs to women in a bid to gain notoriety through "shock and awe" tactics, researchers said. The Islamist jihadists have used more women and girls in bombing attacks than any other insurgency in history - 244 since 2014 - according to a report by researchers at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, a leading U.S...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in London on medical leave for more than three months, said his health is improving and he hopes to be home soon. “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge,’’ Buhari told his media team, which traveled from Nigeria to visit him, according to a statement Saturday from Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesman. “I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.’’ The former general, 74, has been in the U.K...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
LONDON - A Nigerian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights (LGBT) campaigner was granted asylum in Britain after a 13-year legal battle to prove her sexual orientation, a drawn-out process that rights groups called a "miscarriage of justice". Aderonke Apata, 50, who was given asylum last Thursday, had been trying to remain in Britain for more than a decade, but her case was refused several times after a judge ruled she was pretending to be a lesbian. "I'm extremely overwhelmed with...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(The New York Times 08/12/17)
The Nigerian military raided a United Nations base early Friday in a city often targeted by suicide bombers. The raid could add tension to the relationship between the two institutions as each struggles to respond to an eight-year-old war with Boko Haram. About 5 a.m. on Friday, soldiers entered a tent camp housing United Nations workers in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Islamist militancy, and searched it for about three hours, a statement from the United Nations said. The camp...

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(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
Monetary policy officials unified some of their multiple exchange rates when they let currency dealers quote naira levels used in actual trades this month. They did it to entice back bond investors who fled in 2014 and 2015 as oil prices collapsed and the central bank tightened capital controls. But not everyone is clear on the changes in the currency market of Africa’s biggest economy, or why they matter. So, what happened? Banks had been using a currency window for investors known as Nafex since April, but weren’t allowed to publish their trades. This month, the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, a Lagos-based platform that oversees naira transactions, asked banks to start quoting Nafex rates, effectively...
(This Day Live 08/18/17)
The federal government has stated that two private Nigerian firms have been selected to build 217,000 barrels per day refineries in Port Harcourt and Warri under the co-location concept initiated by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. Modalities are also being worked out by the federal government to offer financial support to operators who were licensed to build modular refineries in the country. Kachikwu had initiated the concept of co-location of refineries to ensure that new refineries are set up to share infrastructure with Nigeria’s existing refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri, to boost domestic petroleum products refining capacity. The minister had told journalists at the 2017 edition of the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)...
(Premium Times 08/18/17)
Amid increased demand and high prices of grains used as feed mill for the poultry industry, operators in the sector lamented the exporting of maize and soya beans to other countries after every harvest season. The General Manager, Operations, Amo Farms, Mr. Emmanuel Oloruntoba, said this during a media briefing on the natnuPreneur Broiler Out-grower scheme in Lagos on Tuesday. He said, “We are in a situation in Nigeria where we don’t have enough maize and yet during harvest season,...
(Agence Ecofin 08/18/17)
The New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) in partnership with a Turkish firm plans to invest $15 million in reviving the collapsed Kaduna Textile company in Kaduna state. The Group Managing Director of NNDC, Ahmed Musa, made this known after a meeting with a Turkish business delegation at the NNDC head office in Kaduna. According to Musa, under the partnership, the Turkish firm, Sur International Textile, will provide 35% of the amount, the Federal Government will provide 45% while the Kaduna...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
“Nothing is impossible.” These three words are on a plaque that Aliko Dangote keeps on his office desk in Lagos, Nigeria, constantly reminding Africa’s richest man how to approach the world. Dangote, who was worth $12.3 billion as of mid-August, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, is modest in his personal life but bold in business. Presiding over an empire that includes cement, freight, infrastructure, agriculture, and—soon—oil refining, Dangote, 60, possesses a towering ambition that matches the scale of his...
(Agence Ecofin 08/18/17)
A survey on graft released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Wednesday reveals that almost one out of three Adult Nigerians pay bribe to civil servants and other public officials. These amount to N400 billion ($1.27 billion) annually. The survey, which was backed by a U.N. agency and the European Union, is based on 33,067 interviews with adults across the country. According to the report, Nigerians spent $1.27 billion; which is equivalent to 39% of the combined federal...
(This Day Live 08/18/17)
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved an interim agreement for the concession of the Lagos-Kano and Port Harcourt-Maiduguri old narrow gauge railway lines to a consortium led US engineering conglomerate, General Electric (GE). According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents, the interim concession agreement would allow the consortium to immediately commence improvements in the operational capacity of the rail network. The approval, Mohammed added, would aid the completion and full...
(Bloomberg 08/17/17)
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $20 billion to $50 billion in the U.S. and Europe by 2025, in industries including renewable energy and petrochemicals. The 60-year-old Nigerian cement tycoon aims to move into these territories for the first time in 2020 after completing almost $5 billion of agricultural projects and an $11 billion oil refinery in his home country, he said in an interview with Bloomberg Markets Magazine this month. “Beginning in 2020, 60 percent of our...
(Business Day Online 08/17/17)
Prices of brand new vehicles sold in Nigeria have risen by more than 200 percent between 2014 and 2017 and are now out of the reach most individuals and corporate buyers who need them for their business. The significant rise in the prices of brand new vehicles has been blamed largely on the bogus auto policy, which raised import duty on cars to 35 percent in addition to a 35 percent levy, amounting to 70 percent, as well as a...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
Nigeria has started a $41 billion railway expansion to reduce dependence on oil and diversify its struggling economy by improving transport links to allow the movement of goods around the country and to ports. “The plan we have now will go to every nook and corner,” Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi, 52, said in an interview in the capital, Abuja. Africa’s biggest oil producer is going through its worst economic slump in 25 years following a plunge in the price and...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Protesters on Tuesday dragged the shutdown of a Shell crude oil facility in the Niger Delta into its fifth day, after storming the flow station demanding jobs and infrastructure development last week. Echoing a common complaint in the impoverished swampland that produces most of Nigeria's oil, the protesters said they were not benefiting from the region's oil wealth and wanted an end to the oil pollution that has ruined much of the land. Protesters still numbered around 800 people, praying...
(Business Day Online 08/16/17)
Aiteo Chief Executive Officer, Benedict Peters, is the latest Nigerian oil mogul to be named in the case surrounding the multi-billion dollars bribery allegations against former Nigerian Oil Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke according to records. The Premium Times reports that three London properties linked to the alleged bribery of Mrs. Alison-Madueke have been frozen under the UK Proceeds of Crime Act, at least one of which is owned by Mr. Peters. The order, issued in September 2016 and obtained by Africa...
(This Day Live 08/16/17)
The federal government has received 365 actionable tips from members of the public since the Whistleblower Policy was launched in December 2016, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed Tuesday. She also disclosed that a full-fledged Whistleblower Unit with full operation within the Ministry of Finance had been set up, adding that government intentionally integrated the team into the ministry to provide comfort to those with information by ensuring that the environment is not intimidating. The minister, who spoke...
(Business Day Online 08/16/17)
The Niger Government has signed a 3.25 billion-U.S.-dollar Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with All States Investment Ltd. on fish farming in the state. Mr Henry Goiko, Managing Director, All States Investment Ltd., made this known in Minna on Tuesday after signing the MoU at the 2017 Niger State Investment Summit tagged “Impact Advancing Agricultural Economy through Innovation.’’ Alhaji Ibrahim Ladan, Secretary to the Niger Government, signed the MoU on behalf of the state government. Goiko said that the company had...
(This Day Live 08/16/17)
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has provided more insight into the multibillion dollar railway projects to be partly funded by the China Exim Bank, stating that the Lagos-Kano and Calabar-Lagos rail lines would include state-of-the-art train stations, digital signalling and communications systems and high-speed trains that would cut the number of hours spent by commuters travelling around the country by more than 50 per cent. Speaking to THISDAY on the Lagos-Kano and Calabar-Lagos lines, which would respectively cost...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's Zenith Bank has made a provision on 30 percent of its loan to 9mobile, the country's fourth largest telecoms group formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria, the bank's chief executive said on Monday. "We have taken about 30 percent ... as a provision which we believe is very prudent as the company is undergoing restructuring ... to prepare for a new investor," CEO Peter Amangbo told a conference call. Nigerian regulators stepped in last month to save...
(Bloomberg 08/10/17)
Nigeria’s economy probably expanded in the second quarter as factory and farming output improved, helping it recover from the first annual contraction in 25 years, Statistician-General Yemi Kale said. “Intuitively, we might be getting out of recession in the second quarter, but I can’t say until all the numbers are in,” Kale, who is also chief executive officer of the National Bureau of Statistics, said in an interview Wednesday at his office in Abuja, the capital. “If it doesn’t happen...
(Bloomberg 08/10/17)
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency said it traced at least $615 million of allegedly illegally acquired cash and properties to the West Africa nation’s former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. In addition to “boxes of gold, silver and diamond jewelry, worth several million pounds” found at her residence, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission identified more than a dozen buildings across the country worth more than $500 million owned by the former minister, the agency said in a statement on its website on...
(Premium Times 08/10/17)
Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves rose to $31.22 billion, data from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, have shown. According to the data obtained from the apex bank Wednesday, the increase represents the first in about 2 years. The nation’s reserves have been affected by the ripple effects of the economic challenges being faced by Africa’s largest economy, including low oil prices, crumbling naira value and high foreign exchange demands. The last time the reserves peaked at such level was July...
(Premium Times 08/10/17)
Granting tax break to additional 27 industries and products in Nigeria is a right step towards economic recovery, some economists have said. They also described the move as an indication that Nigeria is on course out of economic recession and firmly towards growth. These were the views of some notable economists and analysts, including ‎Chief Consultant, B. Adedipe Associates Limited, Biodun Adedipe; and Chief Executive Officer, Economic Associates, Ayo Teriba, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday. “The approval by...

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(BBC News Africa 08/17/17)
Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City. Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club Trabzonspor. However the Football Association turned down a first application for a work permit for Onazi last week. An appeal made by the club was rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team. BBC Sport understands that the player and his representatives are bitterly disappointed that the panel rejected an appeal. Onazi has played 38 times for the Super Eagles and helped them to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and reach the last 16 of the World...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is hopeful goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, will return for next year's World Cup in Russia. "It’s unfortunate that Carl Ikeme will be sick for a long time, we miss him, but hopefully he will come back for the World Cup," Rohr said on Wednesday. "So, for the moment we will work with the other goalkeepers." The Wolverhampton Wanderers number one, who made his debut against Tanzania in 2015, played a...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(AFP (eng) 07/07/17)
Nigerian international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who plays for second tier English side Wolverhampton Wanderers has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, the club announced. The 31-year-old England-born goalkeeper -- capped 10 times -- returned "abnormal blood tests" during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis. "It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl's diagnosis," said Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple. "That relates to both players and...
(Daily Trust 07/07/17)
Nigeria have dropped a place in FIFA’s latest World Ranking, following a dismal 2-0 defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. Having failed to qualify for the 2017 AFCON staged in Gabon, they are now in real danger of missing out on a spot in the 2019 edition billed for Cameroon and are down to 39th in the rankings. Even at this fall, the Super Eagles remain sixth in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal, Congo DR,...
(Daily Trust 06/02/17)
The Super Eagles ended their camping exercise in France yesterday with a comprehensive 3 - 0 win over Togo in an international friendly played in Paris. Gernot Rohr’s experimental side, without the like of Ogenyi Onazi, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Carl Ikeme were too strong for the Hawks in the match. Yesterday’s match is one of the tune-up games arranged by Coach Gernot Rohr to test the players ahead of next weekend’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier...
(This Day Live 06/02/17)
Three goals in under half an hour, including a brace by Leicester of England’s Ahmed Musa steered the Super Eagles past the Hawks of Togo 3-0 in an international friendly in Paris yesterday evening. Musa slotted past goalkeeper Fatao Alhassani as early as the third minute, after a marvelous job by English FA Cup champion Arsenal FC’s Alex Iwobi. Iwobi also provided the assist for the second goal by Musa 15 minutes later. The Eagles dominated to near–embarrassing degree against...
(Daily Trust 06/01/17)
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has invited 23 players to the team’s camp ahead of next week’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. Turkey-based midfielder Ogenyi Onazi topped the list made available on Wednesday, with Elderson Echiejile, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo also called. South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi joins home-based professional Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Portugal-based Dele Alampasu to contest for the gloves, with William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyronne...
(AFP (eng) 05/31/17)
Nigeria have left out Chelsea star Victor Moses from their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa next month. Speculation has been rife in recent weeks over the whether Moses would be available for the June 10 match in the southern city of Uyo. The 26-year-old has been Nigeria's most outstanding player in Europe this past season but there have been doubts about his commitment to the Super Eagles. Another surprise in Gernot Rohr's 23-man squad is a...
(AFP (eng) 05/22/17)
Impressive home form in Africa gives Nigerian club Rivers United hope of getting back on track this week in the CAF Confederation Cup. The Port Harcourt outfit host Group A pacesetters FUS Rabat of Morocco Wednesday in a must-win match for the west Africans. United, a 2015 merger between Snarks and former Confederation Cup runners-up Dolphins, scored nine unanswered goals in three home CAF matches this year. They struck four against Real Bamako of Mali and three against Al Merrikh...
(AFP (eng) 05/13/17)
Nigerian Stanley Okawuchi scored a soft late goal to ensure Zamalek of Egypt made a winning start Friday in the CAF Champions League group phase. The five-time champions scored twice in the second half to overcome plucky CAPS United of Zimbabwe 2-0 during matchday 1 in Mediterranean city Alexandria. Several squandered chances and acrobatic saves from CAPS goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda kept the Group B clash goalless until half-time at the Borg Al Arab Stadium. But Sibanda was at fault for...
(AFP (eng) 05/09/17)
Nigeria have called up 25 mostly Europe-based players for a friendly against Corsica on May 26 in Ajaccio. The squad includes Premier League stars Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa (Leicester City), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) and Isaac Success (Watford). Nigeria, whose next World Cup 2018 qualifier will be against Cameroon in August, will get together two days before the game with Portugal-based Mikel Agu as well as domestic stars Alhassan Ibrahim 'Muazzam', Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun the fresh call-ups. Defensive...
(The Guardian Nigeria 05/02/17)
The nation’s contingent to this year’s Senior African Wrestling Championships has come back home with eight gold and two silver medals. The event was held at Marrakech, Morocco. Odunayo Adekuoroye’s victory in the 55kg, Blessing Oborududu (63kg), Mercy Genesis (48kg), Aminat Adeniyi (58kg), Kemeasuodei Dressman (69kg) and Gofit Winnie (75kg) ensured that nation won six gold medals in the female freestyle. While also in the female freestyle, both Bose Samuel, who contested in the 53kg and Bisola Makanjuola (60kg) were...
(Premium Times 05/02/17)
The Super Sand Eagles on Monday crashed out at the group stage of the Bahamas 2017. The team failed to progress to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas after losing 1-2 on penalties to Iran following a 4-4 draw after three periods. Nigeria’s head coach, Audu Adamu, opted to stick with same five players who started in the previous game against Mexico in which they needed a last gasp Abu Azeez goal to win...
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Nigerian international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will miss the last four games of the season with a knee injury, his Lille coach Franck Passi said on Thursday. Enyeama, his country's most capped player with more than 100 appearances for the Super Eagles, was injured against Rennes on April 15. Passi said Enyeama, 34, would undergo an operation next week to "clean up" the knee. "It will therefore be difficult for him to play again before the end of the season because...
(BBC News Africa 04/26/17)
The cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has received a financial boost from an energy company worth around US$9.2 million over the next five years. The deal with the Aiteo Group will commence on 1 May. "This will make it easier for us to plan adequately for our national teams," NFF boss Amaju Pinnick said. "It is important to note that this will also take care of the national team coaches' salaries." Pinnick hopes that this means no repeats of problems...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/17)
Nigeria could avoid playing friendlies in London from now on because of problems obtaining visas for staff and players, coach Gernot Rohr has said. The Super Eagles played Senegal at non-league Barnet's ground in north London last Friday, drawing 1-1, but a second scheduled match against Burkina Faso on Monday had to be called off. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said seven Burkinabe players failed to secure British entry visas. Rohr said several of his players also found themselves unable...
(BBC News Africa 03/27/17)
Watford striker Isaac Success is determined to help Nigeria qualify for the 2018 World Cup after making his senior debut for the Super Eagles. The 21-year-old came on as a substitute on Thursday as Nigeria drew 1-1 with Senegal in a friendly in London. "It was a dream come true for me. I thank God for being here representing my country," he told BBC Sport. "The energy is there, the mindset of bringing success to Nigeria and to Africa at...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho's penalty seven minutes from time secured a 1-1 draw with Senegal, preserving Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr's unbeaten record on Thursday. Veteran striker Moussa Sow had given the Senegalese -- ranked five places higher than the Nigerians in the African football rankings -- the lead early in the second-half. That goal looked like giving the Teranga Lions a first win in their last 14 meetings, dating back to 1977, in a match watched by just over...

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(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in...
(AfricaNews 07/18/17)
Nigeria’s information minister has warned against the production of music videos and films outside the country. Lai Mohammed said over the weekend that the government cannot allow Nigerians to produce local content in foreign countries which inversely affects the local job market. “This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria,” he said during a visit to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON). “We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria … It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm...
(APA 07/17/17)
The warning on ministries and agencies against clandestine recruitment and the Presidency’s insistence on the confirmation of appointment of anti-graft boss are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Sun newspaper said the Presidency has blown the whistle on illegal, large scale and indiscriminate clandestine recruitments in federal ministries, department and agencies (MDAs). The PM News said the Presidency has reiterated its stance that certain federal appointments should not require the Senate’s confirmation. To this end,...
(APA 07/12/17)
Virtually all the newspapers in Nigeria led with the unscheduled visit to ailing President Muhammadu Buhari by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday. The Guardian’s headline said that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday secretly travelled to London, United Kingdom where he held a meeting with ailing President Muhammadu Buhari. This is coming as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) holds on Wednesday where the Acting President will preside. The Sun newspaper also said Osinbajo left Abuja on Tuesday evening to...
(APA 07/07/17)
The Lagos Jazz Series Quintet is to perform at this year’s Cape Verde JazzSal, which opens on Saturday in Sal, Cape Verde. Sal is one of the 10 Islands that make up Cape Verde. According to a statement released on Thursday in Lagos by the group, the trip to JazzSal on Thursday ignites a musical exchange programme between the two festivals. It noted that this exchange programme has been described by some music experts and lovers as quite novel since...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Leggy dancers in tight shorts, bottles of Moet champagne and flashy cars feature in Nigerian pop icon Wizkid's bling-bling music videos. But the singer himself has now swapped the Versace T-shirts and low-slung jeans that show his underwear for traditional African dress -- a new youth trend in fashion hub Lagos. Last year, Vogue voted Wizkid "Nigeria's best-dressed pop singer", a particularly coveted and prestigious title in a country where appearance is all important and competition is fierce. Clothing that...
(Agence Ecofin 06/13/17)
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said that Nigeria will assist neighbouring Republic of Niger to successfully transit from analogue to digital broadcasting under the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project. Receiving the visiting Minister of Communication of Niger Koubra Abdoulaye on Monday in Abuja, Mohammed said that Nigeria would make available to Niger the legal framework for its DSO project as well as its expertise in the area of signal distribution, Set-Top-Box, STB, manufacturing and content production...
(APA 06/13/17)
The Nigerian Guild of Editors has condemned the invasion of the premises of the SUN Publishing Limited by heavily armed EFCC operatives in the early hours of Monday. In a statement issued on Monday in Lagos, the NGE said that the fierce looking operatives prevented the staff of the organisation from either entering or leaving the premises of the company and disrupted the circulation processes. It noted that the unwarranted siege to the company subjected staff of the organisation to...
(RFI(EN) 06/12/17)
In this edition of Spotlight on Africa, RFI's Zeenat Hansrod speaks to the Nigerian artist who makes Hijarbies, that's Barbie dolls wearing the hijab. They are already Instagram celebrities and are being sold worldwide.
(This Day Live 06/07/17)
The German Embassy has expressed special interest in a Nigerian film, Shehu Umar, domiciled in the National Film Video and Sound Archive of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). Shehu Umar was the protagonist in a book written in 1966 about slavery by Nigeria’s Prime Minister in the First Republic, the late Sir Tafawa Balewa, but was published in 1971. The book was adapted for a film by Adamu Halilu, a former general manager of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The embassy...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(APA 05/24/17)
Nigeria’s loss of ICT investment to South Africa, the rising cases of rape and the seizure of arms by the Nigerian Customs Service dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Guardian reported that the combination of poor power generating capacity; harsh business climate; foreign exchange volatility; high level corruption and a host of others have caused Nigeria to lose a major Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment to South Africa. The Punch newspaper said that the Senate on...
(Premium Times 05/03/17)
An escalating spate of arrests of journalists and intimidation of bloggers as well as the violent crushing of peaceful protests across Nigeria shows the authorities’ determination to suppress the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International, Wednesday, on World Press Freedom Day. The organisation is urging the federal and state governments to respect international human rights law and the Nigerian constitution by protecting the right to freedom of expression and press freedom including by ensuring that state machinery is...
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
A video clip apparently showing the traditional ruler of Lagos snubbing the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people has caused controversy in Nigeria. In the footage, the 73-year-old Oba (king) of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, appears to rebuff the greetings of the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at a public event in the city Tuesday. The ooni, 42, then went quietly to his seat without incident but what appeared to be the oba's dismissive attitude sparked protests online -- and...
(Agence Ecofin 04/28/17)
Press freedom in Nigeria continues on its downward path in Nigeria. This is what reveals the recent World Press Freedom index produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Indeed, the ranking puts the African nation at the 122nd position out of 180 countries graded, while it was 116th in 2016. According to the report, “in Nigeria, it is nearly impossible to cover stories involving politics, terrorism or financial embezzlement”. “Journalists are often threatened, subjected to physical violence, or denied access to...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(APA 04/04/17)
The meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of National Assembly and the lingering problem of meningitis disease are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper said Buhari met separately with Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja over the 2017 budget. It said the Acting Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Emmanuel Odu, confirmed that...
(AFP (eng) 03/31/17)
Sadiq Zazzabi is a talented R&B singer in northern Nigeria, popular among Hausa speakers across the country and beyond for his songs about love, social issues and politics. But for several weeks he has been caught up in a bitter rivalry between two of the region's most powerful political figures, one of whom is tipped for a tilt at the presidency. On the face of it, Zazzabi, 38, fell foul of the powerful censorship board that approves films, music and...
(APA 03/31/17)
The massive probe of a senator over contract scam and the progress in the repairs of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Nation newspaper reported that a senator is the subject of a massive probe for not executing N4 billion contracts awarded by the government of Delta State. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is also looking into how the lawmaker operates 20 accounts in six banks with...
(Voice of America 03/09/17)
Lagos has long been known as Nigeria’s pop culture hub. It’s the home of Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, as well as many of the country’s top musicians and artists. But a group of rappers and fashion designers is creating a scene of their own in Kaduna, in northern Nigeria, some 600 kilometers from Lagos. Kaduna's is the new center of Nigeria’s growing hip-hop culture. DJ Jakes Tudu is cranking out jams on his weekly radio show, playing the latest tunes...

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(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to step up the fight against the Islamist militants and proponents of secession in his first speech after returning from three months of sick leave in London. Nigeria’s national unity is “not negotiable,” Buhari, 74, said Monday in a nationally televised address. “Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.” Buhari will inform the National Assembly in writing later Monday that he’s resuming work as president, his spokesman Femi Adesina, said. He flew back to the capital, Abuja, on Saturday, after treatment for an undisclosed illness. He had temporarily handed over power to his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
Monetary policy officials unified some of their multiple exchange rates when they let currency dealers quote naira levels used in actual trades this month. They did it to entice back bond investors who fled in 2014 and 2015 as oil prices collapsed and the central bank tightened capital controls. But not everyone is clear on the changes in the currency market of Africa’s biggest economy, or why they matter. So, what happened? Banks had been using a currency window for investors known as Nafex since April, but weren’t allowed to publish their trades. This month, the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, a Lagos-based platform that oversees naira transactions, asked banks to start quoting Nafex rates, effectively merging that market with the...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
“Nothing is impossible.” These three words are on a plaque that Aliko Dangote keeps on his office desk in Lagos, Nigeria, constantly reminding Africa’s richest man how to approach the world. Dangote, who was worth $12.3 billion as of mid-August, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, is modest in his personal life but bold in business. Presiding over an empire that includes cement, freight, infrastructure, agriculture, and—soon—oil refining, Dangote, 60, possesses a towering ambition that matches the scale of his...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
The health of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is receiving treatment in London since May for an undisclosed ailment, has improved significantly, said Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives. “I am glad that he is doing well; his health has improved tremendously,” Dogara said on Twitter, reporting that he visited Buhari in London with President of the Senate Bukola Saraki. Buhari, who was elected in 2015, is on his second medical trip to the U.K. trip this year,...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Islamist militant attacks in West Africa are increasing in intensity. High-profile strikes on resorts and restaurants that have shattered the area’s tourist industry get most of the attention. Yet barely a week goes by without a deadly incident in a remote rural zone where some of the world’s poorest people live. Instability in the region affects Europe because it benefits organized crime networks which are engaged in the smuggling and trafficking of migrants to the shores of Italy. 1. What’s...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Gunmen attacked Nigeria's main anti-corruption taskforce on Wednesday and left behind a death threat for a top investigator, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in a statement. The attack on the Abuja base of the organisation which seeks to combat the oil-rich country's rampant graft comes just weeks after unidentified assailants shot and injured another investigator in Port Harcourt, in southeast Nigeria. "The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 5 am and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles," the commission's head of media, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement. "However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty." "A white envelope dropped by the fleeing
(Bloomberg 08/17/17)
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $20 billion to $50 billion in the U.S. and Europe by 2025, in industries including renewable energy and petrochemicals. The 60-year-old Nigerian cement tycoon aims to move into these territories for the first time in 2020 after completing almost $5 billion of agricultural projects and an $11 billion oil refinery in his home country, he said in an interview with Bloomberg Markets Magazine this month. “Beginning in 2020, 60 percent of our...
(BBC News Africa 08/17/17)
Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City. Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club Trabzonspor. However the Football Association turned down a first application for a work permit for Onazi last week. An appeal made by the club was rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team. BBC Sport understands that the player and his representatives are bitterly...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
Nigeria has started a $41 billion railway expansion to reduce dependence on oil and diversify its struggling economy by improving transport links to allow the movement of goods around the country and to ports. “The plan we have now will go to every nook and corner,” Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi, 52, said in an interview in the capital, Abuja. Africa’s biggest oil producer is going through its worst economic slump in 25 years following a plunge in the price and...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
The Islamist-militant group Boko Haram killed 27 people and wounded more than 80 others in an attack on a market on the outskirts of Maiduguri, capital of the northeastern state of Borno. Members of the militia group simultaneously detonated several improvised explosive devices in the attack that took place on Tuesday, Hassan Ibrahim, a member of a vigilante group, said by phone. Nigeria on Tuesday deployed 2,000 special forces to battle the militant insurgency, which is aimed at imposing Boko...
(Voice of America 08/16/17)
Since April, Boko Haram has carried out more than 100 attacks in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri. Efforts are underway to secure the city, including the relocation of military chiefs to Maiduguri, and to tighten security at the university after staff abductions and repeated suicide bombings. In the past week, the Nigerian military has carried out a cordon-and-search operation for fleeing Boko Haram members. The head of the operation said more than 30 houses were searched, based on information that...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in London on medical leave for more than three months, said his health is improving and he hopes to be home soon. “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge,’’ Buhari told his media team, which traveled from Nigeria to visit him, according to a statement Saturday from Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesman. “I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.’’ The former general, 74, has been in the U.K...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(The New York Times 08/12/17)
The Nigerian military raided a United Nations base early Friday in a city often targeted by suicide bombers. The raid could add tension to the relationship between the two institutions as each struggles to respond to an eight-year-old war with Boko Haram. About 5 a.m. on Friday, soldiers entered a tent camp housing United Nations workers in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Islamist militancy, and searched it for about three hours, a statement from the United Nations said. The camp...
(Bloomberg 08/10/17)
Nigeria’s economy probably expanded in the second quarter as factory and farming output improved, helping it recover from the first annual contraction in 25 years, Statistician-General Yemi Kale said. “Intuitively, we might be getting out of recession in the second quarter, but I can’t say until all the numbers are in,” Kale, who is also chief executive officer of the National Bureau of Statistics, said in an interview Wednesday at his office in Abuja, the capital. “If it doesn’t happen...
(Bloomberg 08/10/17)
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency said it traced at least $615 million of allegedly illegally acquired cash and properties to the West Africa nation’s former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. In addition to “boxes of gold, silver and diamond jewelry, worth several million pounds” found at her residence, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission identified more than a dozen buildings across the country worth more than $500 million owned by the former minister, the agency said in a statement on its website on...
(Voice of America 08/09/17)
The thick-set 23-year-old Nigerian woman exudes strength, keen to overcome what she suffered in Libya and Italy before she escaped from the shadows in Rome and jumped on a train heading for Ancona on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Not that she knew the train’s destination before boarding — she just wanted to flee her tormenters, run from beatings and sexual abuse. But it will take longer than a three-and-half-hour railway trip to forget the torments of the past. Anna (the name...
(Bloomberg 08/08/17)
Nigeria’s foreign-exchange market is starting to see the unification that bond and stock investors have been calling for. The naira weakened 13 percent against the dollar last week on the main interbank market after monetary officials told lenders to start quoting trades made in the so-called Nafex currency window that was opened for investors in April. The drop in the naira has almost wiped out the spread with the black-market rate. By Paul Wallace
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The Trump administration has approved a $600 million sale of high-technology attack planes and equipment to Nigeria despite ongoing human rights concerns. The Pentagon said Thursday that the State Department had approved the sale and notified Congress, which has 30 days give its go-ahead. The deal includes 12 A-29 Super Tucano planes, which are described as light attack planes. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the aircraft would support Nigerian military operations against Boko Haram and Islamic State terrorists...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
Father Carlo Ladicicco, a 65-year-old Catholic priest could be enjoying retirement after 35-years as a missionary in a remote region of Peru. Instead he is using his pension to subsidize his pastoral outreach to some of the poorest and most exploited African migrants in Italy — just a 40 minute drive from his birthplace in the country’s southern region of Campania. Sitting in his cramped, sparsely furnished rented bungalow decorated with keepsakes from his decades in the Peruvian jungle, the...

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