Monday 25 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/25/17)
Thousands of Nigerians uprooted from their homes by the Boko Haram insurgency hit the streets of Maiduguri Sunday in protest at food shortages and poor conditions in their refugee camp, demanding they be allowed to go home. More than 2.6 million people have been displaced by the deadly violence in northeastern Nigeria that erupted eight years ago, forcing them into camps and host communities. Around 3,000 people living in Dalori camp joined the protest in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the insurgency, denouncing food and water shortages as well as "appalling" living conditions. The protesters, from Borno state's
(Bloomberg 09/25/17)
Now that Nigeria’s economy is recovering from its worst slump in 25 years, the central bank can turn its focus to fighting inflation again -- and shoring up its currency. The Monetary Policy Committee has kept its interest rate at a record-high 14 percent since July 2016, trying to support the economy, and will probably hold it there at its decision this week to contain above-target consumer-price growth. Officials can take heart from a pickup in West Africa’s biggest economy in the second quarter after more than a year of contraction, as higher oil output boosted the supply of foreign currency to buy raw materials and food. That upswing probably gives the MPC, led by Governor Godwin Emefiele, room to...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/17)
Nigeria will begin trying Boko Haram suspects detained in military camps from next month and the cases will be speedily handled, the justice ministry said on Sunday. It said poor investigation and logistical problems had been responsible for the delay in prosecuting suspects. "All is now set to begin the arraignment of suspected Boko Haram suspects in various detention facilities in the country," a statement said, adding that this would start on October 9. Justice Minister Abubakar Malami has assigned government prosecutors while defence counsels would be provided by the Legal Aid Council, it said. The ministry said 1,600 detainees will be tried early next month, adding that judges who would "expeditiously"
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Boko Haram fighters killed nine people from a camp that was mistakenly bombed by the Nigerian military earlier this year, an aid worker and a resident said on Friday. The aid worker, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorised to talk to the media, said the attack happened near Rann, in northeastern Borno state, on Wednesday. "Nine people were killed while working on their farms about three kilometres (just under two miles) from Rann," he told...
(Bloomberg 09/22/17)
Nigeria’s decision to designate a group campaigning for an independent state of Biafra as “terrorist” and ban it runs the risk of backfiring. A federal high court in the capital, Abuja, on Wednesday granted an application by President Muhammadu Buhari’s attorney general to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra, known as Ipob, designating it as a terrorist organization. The move came as tensions escalated in southeastern Nigeria, with the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, threatening to disrupt state elections unless there’s a vote on secession and his supporters clashing with the security forces. “We saw in videos young people willing to confront the military with their bare hands,” Freedom Onuoha
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
A top Nigerian official was scheduled to meet the Turkish ambassador Friday after hundreds of rifles allegedly from Turkey made it to the west African country this week falsely labelled as plumbing materials. It was the fourth time this year Nigerian customs officers had intercepted illegal arms shipments from Turkey at the nation's ports, a customs official said. According to the Nigeria Customs Service, a total of 2,671 action pump rifles allegedly imported from Turkey have been seized in Lagos...
(Daily Post 09/22/17)
Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has declared support for the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB. NEF leader, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, gave the position of the group while addressing journalists on Thursday in Abuja. He said having witnessed terrorism over the years, the North was against the “emerging terrorism” in the South-East. Unongo said the NEF would not “sit idly and watch the nation sink into chaos under new and additional threats”. He said, “The North recognises and acknowledges...
(Daily Post 09/22/17)
The Nigerian government has summoned the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Çakıl. The meeting expected to hold on Friday was called over massive illegal shipment of arms from his country to Nigeria. Nigeria will express dissatisfaction over the situation and also demand immediate action to curb the menace. Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs, Col Hameed Ali (rtd.), said the service was collaborating with the Directorate of State Service (DSS) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to tackle the increase...
(Vanguard 09/22/17)
Minister of Finance in the Second Republic, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji, said yesterday the International Monetary Fund, IMF, borrowed money from Nigeria in 1974. Alhaji, who revealed this when Senator Shehu Sani paid him a private visit in his residence in Sokoto, said he signed the loan agreement when he was Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance. The former Finance Minister, who did not disclose the amount involved, said: "I weep for Nigeria for what it has become today...
(Xinhuanet 09/22/17)
Nigeria needs steady growth to fully recover from its worst economic recession in more than two decades, an economic expert told Xinhua on Thursday. The Abuja-based economist said the end of the recession in Nigeria was a good development but the country's economic growth remained fragile and vulnerable to external shocks and policy slippage. Muye Yahaya said cruel choices or policies, aimed at adding value to all sectors of the economy, were needed as quickly as possible. It is through...
(Bloomberg 09/22/17)
Dangote Cement Plc, the Nigerian company controlled by Africa’s richest person, has written to PPC Ltd. offering South Africa’s biggest cement maker cash and shares as part of a takeover deal that is fueling a bidding war. PPC’s shares rose. “We are waiting for them to get back to us, hopefully early next week,” Aliko Dangote said in an interview with Bloomberg TV in New York. “They can be part and parcel of the Dangote Cement story, where we’re going...
(Punch 09/22/17)
The Data Analyst and Farmer Satisfaction Representative, Amo Group of Companies, Mr. Alaba Yunusa, has said that 70 per cent of the chicken consumed in Nigeria is imported. He made the statement while guiding journalists round some facilities belonging to Amo Byng, Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery Limited and natnudO Foods in Oyo State. Yunusa pointed out that there was a huge market for chicken production and supply in the country with smuggled chicken taking a huge deficit of 70 per...
(Premium Times 09/22/17)
Normal activities continued in government hospitals in Abuja on Thursday as health workers are yet to comply with the call by the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, to embark on strike over alleged inability of the federal government to meet their demands. JOHESU had on Wednesday insisted on going on strike in spite of the Minister of Health's plea with the association not to do so. The strike commenced in the early hours of Thursday, the union, whose membership includes...
(Punch 09/22/17)
Many houses, cars and other property were on Thursday flooded after a 10-hour downpour wreaked havoc on Owerri, the Imo State capital, and its environs. The streets affected by the downpour, which covered major roads, include Okigwe, Douglas, Mbari, Egbu Wethdral, Orlu, Port Harcourt and Ikenegbu, Orji, Federal Housing Estate, World Bank, Akwakuma and Works Layout. When our correspondent visited one of the affected areas at Orji Street, the victims were seen struggling to salvage some property that had been...
(Daily Post 09/22/17)
Lagos State Government has declared a two-night restriction of vehicular movement on Ikorodu road. It explained that this was to enable works on the dilapidated steel footbridge at Fadeyi Bus Stop. The days declared are September 23 between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and September 24 between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Permanent Secretary, Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday. He noted that the decision to replace the bridge became imperative to...
(Daily Post 09/22/17)
Nigerian frontline novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has taken a swipe at Nigerians for criticising former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dieziani Alison-Madueke over fraud allegations. According to her, Dieziani’s case would not be capitalised if she was a man because stealing money is a norm practised by Nigerian politicians. While speaking at the university of Edinburgh, Chimamanda stated that assumptions that men are expected to steal and women should be like angels aggravated the former Minister’s fraud case. She said: “We...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Sea pirates have kidnapped five people from a ship off the coast of oil-rich southern Nigeria, police and maritime security analysts said on Thursday. The incident happened on Monday night near Parrot Island, south of the Cross River state capital, Calabar. "Information so far at our disposal is that the hoodlums came in four speedboats, attacked the vessel and abducted five men aboard," a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity. Dirk Steffen, a maritime security specialist at...
(Daily Post 09/21/17)
Nigeria has signed the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty. The country joins other countries that signed the treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama, signed the treaty on behalf of Nigeria on Wednesday at the UN headquarters on the sidelines of the High-level UN General Assembly. Onyeama told ​n​ewsmen that Nigeria was in support of weapons-free world. He said “right from the early 60s, Nigeria has been a...
(Premium Times 09/21/17)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday successfully blocked an attempt by embattled former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to return to Nigeria from London to face trial. Mrs. Alison-Madueke had fled to London shortly after she left office in May 2015, and has stayed away from the country since then. She later became an object of interest to the UK National Crime Agency which has since then being investigating her for corruption and money laundering. Already some assets linked...

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