Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/24/17)
Nigeria's intelligence service on Friday said it had thwarted a plan to target Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan after fears that Boko Haram was planning a major attack. The Department of State Services (DSS) said two men were arrested in a dawn raid on Friday on suspicion of plotting an attack on the northern city of Kano. A third man, described as an "explosive expert", was arrested in Kano state on Tuesday, DSS spokesman Tony Oyuipo said in an emailed statement. "Their plan, together with others now at large, was to assemble the explosives and use them on select targets during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations," he added. Among the items recovered were eight AK-47...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/17)
Nigeria's acting president Yemi Osinbajo has ordered troops in to keep the peace in the restive state of Taraba after deadly clashes between herders and farmers. The vice-president, standing in for President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on indefinite medical leave, said Thursday the extra military battalions and police reinforcements had been sent. Police say 18 people were killed in unrest between the Mambilla and Fulani groups in the central state earlier this week but others put the death toll at more than 100. A local senator put the death toll at about 50 but it was not possible to independently verify that figure. "With great sorrow, I offer my condolences to the victims of the violent attacks in communities in...
(APA 06/24/17)
Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday ordered zonal IGPs and Commissioners, to deploy massively across the country ahead of the Eid prayers. The prayers locally known as sallah marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said security is being beefed up around recreation centres, public places and critical infrastructure and national utilities. He said that the Federal Highway patrol Teams, Safer Highway patrol, and Anti-Crime...
(APA 06/24/17)
Nigeria's secret police known as the Department of State Services (DSS), on Friday, said it has uncovered plots by suspected Boko Haram insurgents to attack Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Maiduguri during celebrations marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan or Eid-el-Fitr. Mr Tony Opuiyo, an operative of the service who made the disclosure in Abuja, said two suspects — Yusuf Adamu and Abdulmuminu Haladu — were arrested in Sokoto in connection with the plot in the early hours...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Okechukwu Ugo has been left in a predicament after an ultimatum was issued for all southern Christians of Igbo heritage to leave Nigeria's Muslim-majority north. "I was born in Kano," the building materials salesman told AFP in Sabon Gari, a Christian enclave on the edge of the country's biggest northern city. "My father relocated to Kano from the east more than 60 years ago. I don't have any other place to call home apart from Kano." Since the call was...
(APA 06/23/17)
Nigeria's Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the deployment of an extra military battalion, and police reinforcements to protect people in Taraba State. The officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are also to be deployed to the areas affected by recent violent attacks in the state. A statement released on Thursday by Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity Office of the Vice President, said that Osinbajo had summoned and held an emergency meeting with top security officials of the Federal Government and Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku. The Federal Government has also put in motion, long time solutions, including mediation between opposing groups...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of children across the Lake Chad basin are prey to deadly water-borne diseases such as cholera and hepatitis E as the rainy season hits a region already reeling from Boko Haram's insurgency, the United Nations said on Friday. More than 5.6 million children in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, many of whom have been uprooted by violence and live in host communities or refugee camps, are facing the disease threat as the rains arrive,...
(APA 06/23/17)
The Nigerian Government has declared Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations. Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, who announced the holidays on behalf of the government on Thursday in Abuja, enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood. He urged all Nigerians to shun hate speeches...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks...
(APA 06/23/17)
Nigeria’s leading brewer, the Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc says that it plans to raise local sourcing of raw materials like Sorghum, Food Grade Starch and other locally raw materials from 57 percent to 60 percent by 2020. The Corporate Communications and Brand Public Relations Manager of the company, Mr. Patrick Olowookere, told journalists that the company was always looking at ways to partner with local farmers and processors to develop agricultural value chains that would strengthen the economy and save...
(Bloomberg 06/23/17)
Dangote Cement Plc, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said it may shut its operations in Ethiopia if authorities in the central state of Oromia don’t reverse an order to cement makers to hand over control of some parts of their businesses to local young people. Oromia state’s East Shewa Zone administration wants the Nigerian company to outsource its pumice, sand and clay mines to youth groups or be responsible for “any problems” that may arise, according to a...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Impoverished fishing communities in Nigeria's financial capital, Lagos, celebrated a court ruling on Wednesday that said government demolitions of their homes were illegal. Residents went to court in October to protest the Lagos state government's plan to demolish their waterfront communities on the pretext of cutting crime in the megacity. The government went ahead with the demolitions in a series of raids across the city that saw security agents bulldoze homes to the ground and in April shoot people with live ammunition. Judge Adeniyi Onigbanjo, sitting at the Lagos State High Court, on Wednesday ruled that the demolitions were unconstitutional and violated the residents' rights.
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Five people have been killed in a landmine explosion and a roadside ambush in northeast Nigeria blamed on Boko Haram , the civilian militia and police said Wednesday. In the first incident, at least three loggers were killed when their truck ran over a landmine outside Abbari village in the Konduga district of Borno state on Tuesday. "The truck hit the landmine at about 4:30 pm (1530 GMT) and went up in flames, killed all three loggers on board," said...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
The UN voiced alarm Wednesday at the many Nigerian refugees returning from Cameroon to Banki, a border town clouded by Boko Haram violence and already struggling with overstretched supplies and services. "I am extremely worried that large numbers of Nigerian refugees hosted in Cameroon are again returning to northeast Nigeria - into a situation dangerously unprepared to receive them," UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said in a statement. The Nigerian military recaptured Banki in September 2015 after fierce battles with the Islamist militants, whose insurgency has killed at least 20,000 in Nigeria alone since 2009. On June 1, UNHCR had said that more than 12,000 refugees had returned to the area in May alone...
(APA 06/21/17)
Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has said the Lagos-Kano rail line as well as the Lagos-Port Harcourt standard gauge will start running before the end of 2017. Speaking during a facility tour of the Kaduna inland dry depot on Tuesday, Amaechi said that the rail projects, when completed, would largely ease transportation of goods, save cost, time and guarantee safety of goods. The minister also said that plans were underway to procure additional 20 locomotives for cargo services from...
(APA 06/21/17)
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that seven ships laden with petrol and other commodities are at the Lagos ports waiting to berth. According to the shipping position chart released on Tuesday in Lagos by the NPA, four of the vessels are laden petrol, while three other ships are laden with bulk coke, base oil and bulk fertiliser. It noted that 31 other ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected at Apapa and Tin-Can...
(APA 06/21/17)
The Director-General of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Mr. Onallo Akpa, has warned that the poultry industry, worth about N1.4 trillion (about $4.6bn) is on the verge of collapse due to the current harsh economic realities in the country. Akpa told the Independent newspaper in an interview in Abuja that the poultry sub-sector was gradually dying due to unfavourable business climate and gross negligence on the part of the government. He lamented that the cost of feed for birds...
(APA 06/21/17)
The embattled Etisalat Nigeria, a telecom giant, may get respite as key institutions are reported to be finding a solution to its financial predicament. The company has not been able to meet its financial obligation to 10 consortium of banks, necessitating a change in shareholding. Therefore, a meeting between the officials of Etisalat Nigeria, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and a consortium of banks has been scheduled for Wednesday. This is to find a resolution...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(Bloomberg 06/20/17)
A year after Nigeria scrapped a currency peg that sent foreign investors fleeing, it’s still battling to entice them back. But trying to placate investors by introducing multiple exchange rates isn’t going to work, bond funds and Wall Street lenders including Citigroup Inc. say. To end the dollar shortage that has hamstrung West Africa’s biggest economy and oil producer, President Muhammadu Buhari and central bank Governor Godwin Emefiele will have to weaken the naira’s official rate again, or let it...

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