Thursday 17 August 2017
(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 triggered their explosive outside of the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp... killing 28 people and wounding 82 others," Kura said. The first assailant blew herself up, triggering panic, Kura said. "People were trying to close...
(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 output of oil, which accounts for more than 90 percent of foreign income and two-thirds of government revenue. President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, presented in March, seeks to boost agriculture and manufacturing by developing the country’s transport...
(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)
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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Business Day Online 08/16/17)
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has assigned portfolios to the two ministers who were sworn in three weeks ago after being confirmed by the National Assembly in May this year. This is even as the Acting President swore in 15 Permanent Secretaries, with an order to drive the four Executive Orders he signed in to drive the ease of doing business reforms in the country. Stephen Ocheni was assigned to fill the vacuum created by the death of James Ocholi who...
(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)
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...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 08/11/17)
Nigerian forces conducted an unauthorised search of the UN's main operating base in the town of Maiduguri in the country's northeast in the early hours Friday, the UN told AFP. "Members of the Nigerian security forces entered a United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, without authorisation," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria said by email. An internal UN memo seen by AFP suggested that the Nigerian forces may have been searching...

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