Monday 24 July 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/12/17)
People cover their noses at the stench of death in the Crystal Church of God in Owode Onirin, just outside Lagos, where bloody clothes, drums, bibles and hymn books still litter the bare floor. Three days earlier, four worshippers were killed as they prayed, in the latest murders blamed on a shadowy gang dubbed the Badoo, believed to have killed 30 people since June last year. So-called "cult killings" -- gang violence often fuelled by drugs and belief in black magic -- are not a new phenomenon in Nigeria, which is nearly evenly split between a Muslim north and Christian south. Crime often spikes during times of economic hardship. But the murders by the Badoo are making headlines because of...
(AFP (eng) 07/12/17)
Boko Haram ambushed Nigerian troops in the country's restive northeast, leaving three soldiers and two Islamists dead, military and vigilante sources told AFP Tuesday. The insurgents opened fire on a military vehicle convoy late Monday in Hambagda village outside the town of Gwoza near the border with Cameroon, they said. "A convoy of soldiers and vigilantes was ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists in Hambagda village in which we lost three soldiers," said a military officer in Maiduguri. Two "Boko Haram terrorists" were killed" in a shootout, while the rest fled, said the officer, who asked not to be identified as he was not authorised to speak about the incident. Babakura Kolo, a member of a civilian militia fighting Boko Haram...
(Bloomberg 07/12/17)
Dangote Group, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $3.8 billion in sugar and rice and $800 million in dairy production in the next three years as the company seeks to expand and deal with a shortage of dollars in its home market of Nigeria. The conglomerate plans to increase its production of sugar to 1.5 million metric tons a year by 2020 from 100,000 tons now and is seeking to add 1 million tons of rice, Edwin Devakumar, executive director at Dangote’s industries unit, said Tuesday in an interview in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub. The company also plans to have 50,000 cattle producing 500 million liters of milk a year by 2019, he said. A lack...
(APA 07/12/17)
The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, on Tuesday said the country must not borrow more to fund the 2017 budget but should instead raise money by other means. The Finance Minister said this while speaking at a business forum in Abuja. She said: “We cannot borrow anymore, we just have to generate funds domestically enough to fund our budget. Mobilize revenue to fund the necessary budget increase.” This is the second time, the Minister is making such statement. It should be recalled that in February she also said that the country does not need to go to International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fund its budget deficit. The West African country is currently in the second year of its first...
(APA 07/12/17)
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has pledged that despite challenges in the downstream petroleum sector, petroleum products would continue to be available in all parts of the country. The NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made the pledge at the end of the 24th, 25th and 26th Annual General Meeting of its downstream subsidiaries, the Nigerian Products Marketing Company (NPMC) and the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC) in Abuja. Baru said the two companies had fared well despite the circumstances in which they found themselves. He said amidst upheavals in products pricing and the intrigues among players in the industry, the companies ensured an unimpeded petroleum products supply into the market. ”The NPMC and NPSC are the...
(APA 07/12/17)
Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has returned to Abuja after an hour meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London on Tuesday night. The spokesman for the Acting President, Mr. Laolu Akande, who announced Osinbajo’s arrival in a tweet on Wednesday morning, said that the acting President would be presiding over the Federal Executive Council meeting at 11am today. Akande had earlier on Tuesday night said that the Acting President would be meeting with President Muhammodu Buhari in London. President Buhari has been in London, the British capital since May 8, 2017 on medical vacation. It was gathered that Osinbajo did not speak to newsmen in London after the meeting, but Akande tweeted later that the meeting was good and that...
(AFP (eng) 07/12/17)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is recovering fast from an undisclosed illness and should be back in Nigeria soon, his deputy said on Wednesday, after a whistlestop trip to meet the ailing head of state in London. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo told reporters before a weekly cabinet meeting in Abuja that he had been in London on Tuesday to "check up on" the 74-year-old Buhari, who left for medical treatment in the British capital on May 7. "Of course I've been speaking to him on the phone and I thought it would be a good thing to go and see him and generally check up on how he was doing and also to brief him on developments," he said. "We had a...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/17)
At least 11 people were killed following multiple explosions in Maiduguri city in Nigeria's volatile northeast region late Tuesday, an official source confirmed on Wednesday. Four suspected suicide blasts hit the Mulaikalmari and Sabon Gari areas of the city in quick successions, the source said. Eight people, including two suicide bombers, died in the first and second attacks while three more people were killed in the following attacks. Five people were injured, according to eyewitnesses. Head of the government emergency agency Satomi Ahmed, while also confirming the attacks, said rescue operation was still ongoing in the areas. A senior security agent suspected that the attacks were carried out by Boko Haram. The security officer said the terror group had attempted...
(APA 07/12/17)
Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has returned to Abuja after an hour meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London on Tuesday night. The spokesman for the Acting President, Mr. Laolu Akande, who announced Osinbajo’s arrival in a tweet on Wednesday morning, said that the acting President would be presiding over the Federal Executive Council meeting at 11am today. Akande had earlier on Tuesday night said that the Acting President would be meeting with President Muhammodu Buhari in London. President Buhari has been in London, the British capital since May 8, 2017 on medical vacation. It was gathered that Osinbajo did not speak to newsmen in London after the meeting, but Akande tweeted later that the meeting was good and that...
(Punch 07/12/17)
The Police Command in Borno on Wednesday confirmed that 19 people were killed in the latest deadly Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri in Nigeria’s troubled North East. The attacks, which occurred late on Tuesday, claimed the lives of 12 Civilian Joint Task Force members and seven civilians, according to the Borno State Commissioner of Police Borno, Mr Damian Chukwu. No fewer than 860 CJTF members have lost their lives to the insurgency in Borno since 2014. Chukwu told reporters in Maiduguri on Wednesday that at least 23 people sustained injuries in the latest attacks. The commissioner, who had since visited the scenes of the attacks, said that four female suicide bombers attacked Moloi, Judumeri and Polo-Sabongari areas of Maiduguri. He...
(Voice of America 07/12/17)
Three years ago, at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerian soldiers stopped all fishing activities in the country's section of Lake Chad. Militants had infiltrated the ranks of the fishermen, the army said, and were using the guise to fund arms purchases and launch surprise attacks on innocent people. The local fishermen's union said it understood the army's actions but pushed for an easing of the ban, because its members had no other way to earn a living in the largely dry and remote area. Relief came to the local fishermen over the weekend, when the Nigerian Army commander in charge of the area, Major General Ibrahimn Attahiru, addressed the fishermen and said they could return to work...
(Reuters 07/12/17)
Suicide bombers killed 17 people and injured 21 in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the police commissioner of Borno state said on Wednesday. It is the latest in a spate of suicide bomb attacks on the city in the last few weeks. Borno, of which Maiduguri is the capital, is the Nigerian state worst affected by the eight-year-old insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Witnesses said four suicide bombers carried out attacks in the Molai district, which is around 5 kilometers from the city center, on Tuesday night at around 10:00 p.m. (2100 GMT). Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Damian Chukwu, the Borno state police commissioner said the suicide bombers were among the 17 killed. Boko...
(Bloomberg Tv Africa 07/12/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating and should be back in the country “very soon,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said a day after visiting him in the U.K. Osinbajo, who traveled to London Tuesday to meet Buhari, told reporters in the capital, Abuja, that they spoke for more than an hour. Buhari is “in very good spirits,” Osinbajo said. “He’s doing very well.” Buhari, 74, has been in the U.K. since May 7 for his second trip this year to receive medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment, fueling concern about his ability to see through the rest of his term that ends in 2019. No photos or videos have been released of Buhari since he left Nigeria. By Yinka Ibukun...
(Reuters 07/12/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating fast and will return home shortly, his deputy said on Wednesday after visiting the head of state in London where he has been on prolonged sick leave. Yemi Osinbajo's brief and unannounced trip has revived speculation about Buhari's health and whether he will be able to stand for re-election in 2019. The details of his illness have not been made public. "He is in very high spirits, he is recuperating very quickly and we had a very long conversation. We spoke for well over an hour. His humour is all there. He is doing well," said Osinbajo, who is acting president. "We discussed wide-ranging issues. I can't go into specifics," he said in his...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will perform," he said. De Klerk believes that African countries are primed to take advantage of the world's growing size. "If we look at food shortages for the rest of the world with a growing population, Africa is the solution," he...
(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 attend a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom. The Vanguard newspaper reported that Osinbajo will soon brief the nation on the outcome of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London. The Punch newspaper said there was...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
Boko Haram have publicly executed eight villagers in northeast Nigeria who opposed the enforcement of its hardline form of Islam, according to a graphic video seen by AFP. The eight were blindfolded and lying face down on the ground when they were shot at close range by four masked gunmen. Crowds were seen cheering, the images showed. One man wearing a white turban told the crowd before the execution that the condemned villagers were "apostates (who) have left the fold of Islam". "These people are not different from vigilantes fighting us, spies and Nigerian soldiers," said the unidentified man in Hausa, which is widely spoken in northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad area. He said the eight had defied Boko...
(Business Day Online 07/11/17)
The European Union (EU) said it would help in facilitating more EU investment flow into Nigeria. EU Ambassador and Head of EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michell Arion, s‎tated this in Abuja at a local political dialogue between Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, other ministry officials; and 20 representatives of EU member states in Nigeria. He said the meeting focused on Buhari’s three-point agenda of security, economy and corruption as well as others which include irregular migration and the humanitarian situation in the northeast. ‎“We believe that our prosperity is your prosperity, we see West Africa as a block of ECOWAS and Nigeria as the economic base. “We see West Africa not as export designation for the EU but...
(The Guardian 07/11/17)
High hopes for Muhammadu Buhari’s four-year term have diminished at the midpoint after months spent on medical leave. Nigeria’s ailing president has not been seen in two months and has spent over a third of the year so far abroad, with no known plans to return. More than a month since the two-year midpoint of his presidency, Muhammadu Buhari is still in London receiving treatment for a mystery illness that many believe to be cancer. His aides refuse to say what is wrong with him, and on his last trip back to Nigeria, Buhari said only that he had never been so sick, and hinted that he had received a blood transfusion. The president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, refused a request...
(APA 07/11/17)
The Nigerian Government says it has begun recruitment into the 2017/2018 phase of its empowerment programme, N-Power. The programme, which started in 2016, is aimed at creating jobs for the teaming unemployed youths and graduates in the country. According to a statement on the programme’s website, qualified members of the general public are advised to apply for full time empowerment. It added that interested candidates should send a scanned copy of their CV to N-power registration email and that the minimum qualifications for interested applicants are Secondary school certificates, National diplomas and university degrees. It emphasized that the academic qualifications must be obtained from reputable and approved government institutions/organizations and that the applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 40.

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