Sunday 25 February 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
Clashes between rival ethnic groups in central Nigeria killed at least 27 people on Wednesday, witnesses said, in a region straddling the country's largely Christian south and mostly Muslim north that is prone to civil unrest. Witnesses said armed Fulani herdsmen attacked the villages of Da Jak and Attakar in Plateau state in the early hours, spraying residents with automatic gunfire and torching houses. "They came at night and overran the village. They were shooting people, just murdering, and burned down the houses," villager Dung Sati told Reuters. "Many of my kinsman have stayed away because they are homeless now." On his return he counted 27 bodies, he said. Another witness who fled the scene of the attack, Pam Samuel,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
A South African court sentenced suspected former Niger Delta rebel leader Henry Okah to 24 years in jail on Tuesday for masterminding two deadly car bombings in the Nigerian capital in 2010, officials said. The bombs killed at least 10 people during Independence Day celebrations in Abuja. Okah was convicted in January on 13 counts, including conspiracy to commit terrorism and detonating explosives. Okah, who denies any leadership role in the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), moved to South Africa after Nigeria issued an amnesty for members of the guerrilla group in 2009, lifting charges of gun-running and treason against him. The South African court tried Okah under counter-terrorism laws that cover crimes committed outside the...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(The Zimbabwe Mail 03/22/13)
NIGERIA’S stock market regulator said it has suspended Ecobank from all capital market activities because of irregularities surrounding a loan. Ecobank runs a subsidiary in Zimbabwe, previously Premier Finance Group which it acquired in December 2010 after injecting $10 million for recapitalisation which gave it 70% ownership. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria said an Ecobank client Arian Capital Management had used capital from another company without that company’s permission as collateral for a loan from Ecobank. After suspending Arian, the SEC said it had asked Ecobank for an explanation, but the bank did not reply. “The suspension is as a result of the role played by the bank in a complaint by Avil Services Ltd relating to...
( 03/19/13)
Activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) for the second consecutive day ended on the bullish trend on Tuesday with the All-Share Index appreciating by 0.17 per cent. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the index rose by 55.21 points to close at 33,298.74 against the 33,247.53 achieved on Monday. Similarly, the market capitalisation appreciated by N18 billion or 0.17 per cent to close at N10.66 trillion compared with N10.64 trillion posted on Monday. Lafarge WAPCO topped the gainers' table with a gain of N3.79 to close at N76.79 per share. Okomuoil came second with N2 to close at N59 while Cadbury gained N1.40 to close at N35.10 per share. Nigerian Breweries and CAP rose by 91k each...
( 03/19/13)
Five bidders have so far paid a total of $156.50 million to the Federal Government being the mandatory 25 per cent of the bid value of the PHCN Successor Companies they have indicated interest to acquire. A statement from the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) indicated that Amperion Power Company Limited, the preferred bidder for Geregu Power Plc has paid $33 million, Integrated Energy Distribution & Marketing Company, the preferred bidder for Ibadan and Yola Distribution Companies paid $42.25 million and USD$14.75 million for Ibadan and Yola Discos respectively, NEDC/KEPCO, the preferred bidder for Ikeja Distribution Company, $ 32.75 million; and West Power & Gas, the preferred bidder for Eko Distribution Company $33.75 million. This is coming ahead of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/13)
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has pardoned a former state governor convicted in 2007 of stealing public funds and money laundering, the presidency said on Wednesday, a move which in principle allows him to re-enter politics. Anti-corruption campaigners say sentences handed down to powerful politicians who steal tens of millions of dollars are too soft, and often compare favorably with those handed to petty thieves and robbers. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, ex-governor of Nigeria's oil producing Bayelsa state, was sentenced to two years jail in 2007 on charges of corruption and money laundering, but freed days later because he had already been in detention for that long. He was originally arrested in London in 2005, but he skipped bail and escaped back to...
(Nigershowbiz 03/12/13)
Nigeria’s external trade index decreased by 4.3 per cent to about N28 trillion in 2012 compared to about N29 trillion in the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. Despite the decrease in the value of trade recorded by the country, it recorded visible trade surplus as the value of export exceeded imports in the period under review. The NBS, in its Foreign Trade Statistics, which was released yesterday, said the change in external trade index was caused by a 43.1 per cent decrease in the value of imports which fell to about N5.6 trillion in 2012 from about N9.8 trillion the preceding year. However, the value of exports increased by 15.5 per cent to N22.4 trillion...
(Nigerian Tribune 03/12/13)
A 53- year old grandmother, has been apprehended at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja. She was arrested at the weekend by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) following the discovery and seizure of 1.00kg of white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine hidden inside her hair. According to a press statement issued by the spokesman for the anti-drugs agency, Mr. Mitchel Ofoyeju stated that the suspect, Giwa Ayoka Sikirat concealed the drug in her beautiful hair style while trying to board an Ethiopian airline Flight ET 910 to Pakistan enroute Addis Ababa and Dubai. Also, NDLEA Abuja Airport commander, Mr Hamisu Lawan, said that the suspect who attempted smuggling the drug to Pakistan was...
(Nigershowbiz 03/12/13)
The Supreme Court, Abuja, and the various divisions of the Federal High Court across the country were, yesterday, shut down by striking judicial workers under the aegis of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JASUN. At the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mariam Mukhtar and other Justices of the Supreme Court, were locked out of their offices by the striking workers. Activities were also paralysed at all the federal courts in Abuja in protest of what the workers described as “inhumane working conditions.” Locked Similarly, Federal High Court divisions in Delta, Lagos and Sokoto states, among others, were also shut by the striking workers. In Abuja, the striking workers stormed the Appeal and Federal High Courts in...
(Nigerian Tribune 03/12/13)
The presiding judge, Justice Adamu Bello, did not sit, as courts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were deserted, as judiciary workers stayed away from their offices. No new date was communicated for the delivery of the judgment. The strike also paralysed activities at Federal High Courts throughout the country, as members of JUSUN commenced nationwide strike. This is just as judges at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos took cases as scheduled, as members of the union in the state did not join the strike. The national president of JUSUN had, while calling for the strike, said the union reached an agreement with the Federal Government in 2009 on the increase of their minimum wage from N17,000 to...
(The Sun 03/12/13)
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account yesterday queried the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over the discrepancy of N7.935 billion in the funds generated and remitted to the Federation Account in 2007. The committee also sought for explanation in the delay for five months in the remittance of N14.210 billion import duty lodged into CBN Port Harcourt by the Customs Area Command. The money was generated in August 2006, but was not transferred to the Federation Account until January 2007. Speaking when the Accountant-General of the Federation, Auditor-General of the Federation, CBN officials led by the Deputy Governor , Mr Tunde Lemo, Customs and FIRS officials...
(The Sun 03/12/13)
A video posted online claims to show the bodies of at least some of the seven foreign hostages believed killed by Islamist extremist group Ansaru following their abduction in Nigeria. The grainy and silent video posted on YouTube, and seen by AFP yesterday, appears to show at least four victims. The images matched screenshots released at the weekend along with the claim that the hostages had been executed after their abduction last month. The 91-second video was titled in Arabic “the death of the seven Christian hostages in Nigeria,” while an English statement announcing the executions was copied in below. It first showed what appeared to be four bodies on the ground next to a man standing with a rifle...
( 03/12/13)
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at least five million farmers nationwide will be registered in this year’s Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme, according to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. NAN also reports that 207 enumerators have already been trained for the effective take off of the programme in Plateau. Mr Samuel Dung, the Manager, Plateau Agricultural Development Programme (PADP), told NAN that only registered farmers would benefit from the scheme. Dung said that added that awareness and enlightenment campaigns were being carried out to encourage farmers to register. He urged farmers who did not register in the 2012 exercise to take advantage of the current exercise to get the maximum benefit of the programme...
(Ventures Africa 03/12/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – South Africa’s Standard Bank Group has disclosed its Nigerian unit, Stanbic IBTC Plc, contributed 21 per cent to its Africa earnings (South Africa not inclusive) for the financial year ended, December 31, 2012. Exempting Standard Bank’s South Africa earnings, the group made R1.8 billion ($0.216 billion) as total earnings from 17 African countries. Chris Newson, Standard Bank Group CEO Africa, told THISDAY at the presentation of the financial institution’s 2012 financial results that Nigeria is a ‘key’ market for the group. “You remember that we have about 49 percent shareholders in Nigeria and the type of contribution as announced by Stanbic IBTC as a listed entity in Nigeria, effectively and 50 percent of that is included in...
(Voice of America 03/11/13)
The Nigerian militant group known as Ansaru says it has killed seven foreign hostages it kidnapped last month in Nigeria's northern Bauchi state. The Nigerian radical group, known by its nickname Ansaru, says it killed seven hostages in retaliation for what it said were British and Nigerian plans to rescue them, referencing local media reports. A silent video posted to YouTube purports to show the hostages' bodies. Four bodies are seen at a slight distance, while three are seen in graphic close-up shots. The body of one man appears to have an eye missing. The Nigerian government has remained silent on the report. But European officials are saying the hostages were killed. Four of the hostages were Lebanese, one was...
(Voice of America 03/08/13)
ABUJA — Nearly a month after nine health workers in Nigeria were slaughtered as they prepared to administer polio vaccinations, the polio eradication program remains at a standstill in Kano, a state health officials call the epicenter of the disease. Officials say other polio vaccination programs in Nigeria are operating and they are working to beef up security to assure hundreds of health workers it is safe again to give vaccinations. At a church in the Nigerian capital, residents of northern Nigeria tell horror stories about how they survived militant attacks in their hometowns, and how others did not. Pastor Sarana Chinda, from Kano state, says one of the many sad results of insecurity is that children in Kano are...

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