Wednesday 18 October 2017
(This Day Live 09/21/17)
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court Wednesday struck out the name of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the ongoing trial of the Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept (AEDC) Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jide Omokore, and five others standing trial over their alleged involvement in a $1.6 billion crude oil fraud. The trial judge struck out her name while delivering ruling on the former minister’s motion seeking to be joined as a defendant in the suit. Omokore, AEDC, Atlantic Energy Brass Development (AEBD) Ltd., Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere and David Mbanefo are standing trial for their alleged involvement in defrauding the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the exploration and production...
(Voice of America 09/21/17)
More than 100 "Chibok girls" released by Boko Haram militants have begun a new phase of their lives, taking classes at the American University of Nigeria after months of rest and recovery under the care of the Nigerian government. The girls had been expected to start at the university in the city of Yola early next month, and the government threw them a send-off party last week at their rehabilitation center in the capital, Abuja; but, the chairman of the Chibok parents' association, Yakubu Nkeki, said the start date was moved up because the school year had already begun. "I went with them to the school until they were handed over to the school authority," Nkeki told VOA's Hausa service...
(This Day Live 09/21/17)
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nigeria, the South-east separatist group which has been agitating for the realisation of the Republic of Biafra. The acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Adamu Kafarati, granted the order proscribing IPOB following an application filed and moved Wednesday by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN). The judge granted all the prayers brought before him by the justice minister. THISDAY had on Tuesday exclusively reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday signed a presidential proclamation proscribing IPOB, effectively initiating the formal process of banning the group in accordance with the provisions of...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Nigeria's Minister of Education Adamu Adamu Thursday warned the country of its alarming illiteracy rate, put at up to 75 million out of a population of more than 180 million, representing a rate of around 41 percent. Speaking in northern Kebbi State during a courtesy call on Governor Atiku Bagudu, the minister described the figure as unbecoming and high, considering the country's population. The minister led delegates to the state for a two-day International Literacy Day conference organized by the National Commission for Mass Education. "Education is the bedrock of any country's development and any country that does not educate its populace is bound to fail," he added. "Unfortunately, in Nigeria we have a very large population of illiterates; the...
(Premium Times 09/21/17)
The Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, has 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 other hospital workers apart from doctors, said. The strike is coming a few days after the National Association of Resident Doctors called off its ten days national industrial action that crippled health activities at both secondary and tertiary health institutions. The chairman, University College Hospital, UCH, JOHESU chapter, who also doubles as Deputy President south, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Olusegun Sotiloye, said the strike is indefinite until the government attends to their demands which include payment of...
(The Guardian 09/21/17)
Officials hail landmark for child protection as youth vigilante group known as Civilian Joint Task Force pledges to draw a line under recruitment of minors. A landmark agreement between the UN and the Civilian Joint Task Force will end the use of children in the conflict against Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria. According to the UN, between October 2015 and August 2017, more than 360 children were used by the 23,000-strong armed taskforce, some as young as nine. The concord, reached after a year of negotiations led by the UN, will draw a line under the enlistment of children by the group. Minors have been recruited by Boko Haram since its inception in 2013, often for search operations, to guard...
(Daily Post 09/21/17)
The Chief Imam of Rann, Ba’liman Goni Guja has confirmed that the military has released 9 corpses of IDPs attacked on the farm at Daima village, between Rann and Tilam on Wednesday. Ba’liman who spoke DAILY POST said some of the people attacked had fled to the Cameroon side, while few of them returned to the camp and were being treated by doctors at the Rann Camp. He said the attackers met the IDPs on the farm at about 10:00am contrary to earlier reports that the IDPs were returning from their farm. “We were told earlier that they were returning from the farm when it happened but those who survived the attack said they were actually attacked on their farms...
(Premium Times 09/21/17)
The Nigerian government has approved the payment of N45 billion severance package to former staff of the defunct Nigeria Airways. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said this on Wednesday in Abuja. Mr. Sirika told State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday that money has been approved for the settlement of the entitlements. He said: “Governments, in the past, decided just to liquidate Nigeria Airways without tending to the issue of the entitlements of the workers and they have been struggling to get that paid. “We came in and took it very seriously. I’m happy to announce that Mr. President has approved N45 billion which has been confirmed to be the...
(Daily Post 09/21/17)
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its Operation Crocodile Smile II in the South-West would go after Badoo group and other cults. Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, insisted that the military operations – Egwu Eke II and Crocodile Smile II – like the earlier operations, were not targeted at “any particular ethnic group or group of individuals.” Usman said, “I made reference to Operation Crocodile Smile, because there is so much mischief and misinformation in respect of Exercise Egwu Eke II. What we are saying is that the exercise is not targeted at any particular ethnic group or a group of persons. “The army needs to train because in the event of being called upon by the...
(Daily Post 09/21/17)
The apex Igbo-socio cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday visited the Muslim Community in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State. The visit led by the President of Ohanaeze in Enugu State, Chief Alex Ogbonna, was to commiserate with them over the fire incident which engulfed a mosque in the area. A mosque located at Ogrute, the council headquartres was early morning of Saturday last week engulfed by a mysterious fire, which razed the entire roof down. Ogbonna, who led other members of his exco to the mosque, said he was in the area to re-echo the existing peace and bond existing among all the residents of the State irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences. Ogbonna, who expressed sadness...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(AFP (eng) 09/20/17)
Nigeria was warned on Tuesday that clashes between herders and farmers threatened the country's national security, after such conflict claimed more lives last year than the Boko Haram insurgency. The International Crisis Group said some 2,500 people were killed in 2016 and tens of thousands forced from their homes, as unrest spread southwards from central and northern states. "These clashes are becoming as potentially dangerous as the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast," it said in "Herders Against Farmers: Nigeria's Expanding Deadly Conflict". The new report called for more cooperation and the adoption of a number of measures, including better rural security, designated grazing areas and conflict resolution programmes. The violence has been attributed to a battle for resources because...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Nigeria’s air force on Tuesday said it was deploying aircraft to the southeast of the country where unrest related to a campaign for secession has escalated in an area formerly known as Biafra. The military presence in the southeast has increased in the last few weeks as part of an operation that the military said was part of efforts to crack down on crime, kidnapping and secessionist agitation. The air force deployment marks a further escalation of the operation, which began this month. “The essence of the deployment is to provide the necessary air cover to the ground troops to enhance overall operational cohesion and efficiency,” said Olatokunbo Adesanya, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman. “The request by the Nigerian...
(Bloomberg 09/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari urged the international community to support the Lake Chad region in its fight against Islamist extremism even as other conflicts emerge. Nigeria and neighboring countries lack the resources and the capacity to effectively deal with the security threat from groups linked to al-Qaeda and other Islamist organizations, he said Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “New conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts,” Buhari said. The Islamist group Boko Haram has waged an eight-year war from its base in northeastern Nigeria to impose its version of Islamic law in Africa’s most populous country, leaving tens of thousands of people dead and forcing millions to flee. The region, which...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Health workers in northeast Nigeria said on Tuesday they were striving to contain a cholera outbreak which is sweeping through camps for those uprooted by Boko Haram, amid a drive to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people against the disease. More than 2,600 people have been infected and at least 48 have died so far in Borno state, heart of an insurgency by the Islamist militants and the disease outbreak, which began last month in a camp for the displaced, the health ministry said. A major vaccination campaign aims to reach more than 900,000 people this week in the area, and aid agencies such as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said they are stepping up efforts to halt the spread of...
(Leadership 09/20/17)
Stakeholders in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) have advised against any attempt at jerking up the electricity tariff as NERC holds consultations towards reviewing the Multi-Year Tariff Order 2015 which though signed in 2015, became effective from February, 2016. Speakers at the consultation being held by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Abuja yesterday expressed fear that any upward review (increment) of electricity tariff may lead to a worse economic crisis now that the country has just managed to wriggle out of recession. NERC is holding consultations with stakeholders in each of six geopolitical zones across the country to look into possibility of coming up with new regulations on MYTO methodology, Business Continuity, and Eligible Customer Declaration, today...
(APA 09/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the UN General Assembly and the seizure of more guns at the Lagos port are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Trust headline showcased Buhari at the United Nations General Assembly where he appealed to the world for assistance in government’s efforts to fight corruption and recovering stolen assets. The Sun newspaper said that Tin Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday uncovered another container suspected to contain yet another cache of arms imported from Turkey. This is coming about a week after the command intercepted a 20-foot container laden with 1,100 pump action rifles. The Vanguard newspaper reported that the Federal Government, has met...
(Leadership 09/20/17)
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has listed Lagos among states with the highest domestic debt and the highest foreign debt estimated at $15.05 billion as at June 30, 2017. According to NBS, other states with high foreign debts include Kaduna, Edo, Cross River and Ogun. In its report on Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt as at June 2017, NBS revealed that the total domestic debts of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was N14.06 trillion billion as at June 30, 2017. A breakdown of the figures showed that Lagos State topped the list of foreign indebted states by multilateral, with a total of $1.3 billion foreign debt and bilateral debt of about $136 million, bringing the...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
Eighteen people drowned in boat accidents in Nigeria last weekend, the emergency services said Tuesday, nearly a week after more than 50 died when an overloaded craft capsized. Twelve people lost their lives on Saturday when their boat capsized during heavy rainfall on the River Kaduna, in the Shiroro district of central Niger state. The head of the Niger state emergency management agency, Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, said the passengers were heading to a local market in Kwata-Zuma village at the time. "So far, 12 bodies have been removed from the river...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari urged fellow leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to condemn Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people. Comparing the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine province to the massacres in Bosnia in 1995 and Rwanda in 1994, the leader of Africa's most populous nation declared: "The international community cannot remain silent." More than 420,000 people have fled violence in Rakhine, which Buhari said bears the hallmarks of a "state-backed program of brutal depopulation" targeting Rohingya on the basis of their ethnicity and Muslim religion. "We fully endorse the call by the secretary-general on the government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their...

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