Friday 24 November 2017
(Xinhuanet 11/23/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday condemned a suicide bombing in Nigeria that resulted in scores of deaths. In a statement through his spokesman Farhan Haq, Guterres extended his condolences to the bereaved families and to the government and people of Nigeria for the loss of life, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. He called for those responsible for these heinous acts to be swiftly brought to justice. Guterres reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism, and renewed the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support regional counter-terrorism initiatives, said Haq. A suicide bomber set off explosives on Tuesday...
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal acts of human trafficking. He calls for a swift action to be taken and identify all perpetrators and accomplices, with the view of bringing the criminals to justice. This comes following the release of shocking images showing the sale of...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
The United States on Monday called for Nigeria to probe human rights abuses in the fight against Boko Haram, as it pledged more funds to help recovery from years of conflict. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said "transparent and credible" inquiries into violations and prosecutions were needed to help heal wounds in the battle-scarred region. "This is essential to deepening the people's trust of the government, strengthening security efforts in the northeast and improving the United States' ability to...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
A gubernatorial poll in Nigeria's Anambra state passed off largely without incident, despite fears of violence after pro-Biafran separatists called for a boycott. The incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, was announced the victor on Sunday, scoring a widely-expected win. But attention was focused on turnout because of the call by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group for people to stay at home. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representative in the state, Nkwachukwu Orji, told AFP: "Saturday's election was smooth and peaceful....
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
It was a life-changing moment for Daniels when five police officers in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, locked him in the back of a van two years ago. The officers scrolled through the photos on his mobile phone and mocked the hand gestures he used when he spoke. They also threatened to ring his father to tell him his son was gay. Eventually, they asked for a bribe so he could leave. "I didn't give them anything. A-ny-thing," he stressed, recalling...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday said the country was coming out of recession and government's efforts were aimed at easing economic hardships with more jobs, social security for vulnerable families and unemployed as well as infrastructural projects. "I would, at the same time like to assure all Nigerians of my commitment to improve security, fight corruption and re-structuring the economy," the Nigerian leader said at the public presentation of a book in Abuja, the nation's capital. It is a mid-term...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/17)
Voters in Anambra state, southeast Nigeria, go the polls to elect a new governor this weekend, with security tight after a call from a pro-Biafran group for people to boycott the polls. The result of Saturday's election is unlikely to change anything politically at national level but proceedings are being watched closely because of what analysts have said are "unprecedented" measures to stop unrest. Nigeria's federal police said it is sending 26,000 extra police officers, including counter-terrorism and bomb disposal specialists, sniffer and attack dogs. Three surveillance helicopters will monitor proceedings from the air, while there will be 10 gunboats on the river Niger, plus 15 armoured personnel carriers and 303 patrol vehicles.
(APA 11/14/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari's plan to appoint eight new ministers and his poor rating of the state of education in Nigeria dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. In a move to keep to his promise to the loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari is considering a tentative proposal to restructure some of the ministries, appoint eight new ministers to his cabinet, THISDAY newspaper's front page stated. The Daily Trust reported that President Buhari has decried...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
ABUJA (Reuters) - President Muhammadu Buhari is to visit southeast Nigeria this week, his spokesman said on Monday, his first trip since taking office to a region formerly known as Biafra. Calls for secession have become increasingly loud in the last few months in parts of the southeast, where the president is deeply unpopular, prompting Buhari to say he will not allow Nigeria to be divided by separatist groups. A million people died in a 1967-70 civil war over the short-lived Republic of Biafra. Buhari, a 74-year-old former military ruler who took office in May 2015, fought in the war as a young...
(AFP (eng) 11/08/17)
Gunmen have killed at least 11 traders in central Nigeria, police said Wednesday, in the latest violence in the region, which has been hit by decades of ethnic and sectarian strife. The traders were returning from a rural market in the Riyom district of Plateau state when they were ambushed by "unknown assailants" on Tuesday, said police spokesman Tyopev Terna. "Eleven people who were returning from a weekly village market in Makera village were shot dead at about 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) yesterday", he told AFP. Four other traders were injured in the attack, which happened some 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of the state capital, Jos, heh added.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/17)
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nearly a decade after two catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta, a comprehensive clean-up has finally been launched in the southern Nigerian region. Oil companies and activists hope it will be a blueprint for wider rehabilitation but other badly polluted communities are unhappy not to be included. Earlier this month, crews of young men equipped with high pressure hoses began to attack the crude oil that has blighted the creeks and mangrove swamps in...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/17)
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s oil minister will visit the Niger Delta this week in a bid to stave off a threat of more insurgent attacks in the area, and said that without more investment it would be a struggle to ease tensions and develop its main crude producing region. The Niger Delta Avengers, whose attacks on energy facilities in the region last year helped push Africa’s biggest economy into recession, said on Friday it had ended its ceasefire in its...
(AFP (eng) 11/07/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presented a record 8.6 trillion naira ($24 billion, 20.8 billion euros) budget to the National Assembly to support the country's economic recovery. Buhari, addressing a joint session of lawmakers in Abuja, said the spending was a 16 percent increase over 2017 and aimed to "consolidate on the achievements of previous budgets and facilitate Nigeria's economic recovery." He said critical sectors of the economy like roads, health, housing and job creation would be given priority...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/17)
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said the country “cannot afford to go back to dark days of insecurity” in the oil-producing Niger Delta region. In a speech to present the 2018 budget, Buhari called on all sides to maintain dialogue. Last week, the militant group Niger Delta Avengers threatened a “brutal and bloody” return to the violence that last year slashed oil output. Oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu will visit the region this week in an attempt to...
(AFP (eng) 11/07/17)
At least three people were killed when police opened fire on supporters of a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim group during an annual religious procession in northern Nigeria, locals said on Monday. Awwalu Ismail, a trader in the Dengi roundabout area of Kano, said the shooting happened on Sunday, as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) marked Ashura. Ashura commemorates the death of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. IMN members from across the mainly Sunni Muslim north typically...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/17)
Community leaders in Nigeria's oil-rich south on Monday urged militants not to resume attacks on pipelines but give peace talks with the government another chance. The Niger Delta Avengers group last week threatened to resume its targeting of oil and gas infrastructure that in 2016 led to a slump in output that helped tip Nigeria into recession. But Edwin Clark, the head of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) set up last year to chart a way forward with the...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/17)
ABUJA (Reuters) - The minister for Nigeria’s oil-producing Delta region said on Monday the government was ready to meet militants days after they called off a year-long ceasefire. Usani Uguru Usani asked the Niger Delta Avengers to be patient and said the government was pushing through development schemes in the southern territory where rights groups have long complained about poverty and pollution. The Avengers - whose attacks on energy facilities in the Niger Delta last year helped push Africa’s biggest...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/17)
US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy. Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into the spotlight, with lawmakers calling for greater transparency on what is going on in Africa. "The footprint in Africa is much bigger than the American public understands," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said this week...

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