| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(The Associated Press 03/25/17)
Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary "fiercely opposed" environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of the worst oil spills in the West African nation's history, according to a German geologist contracted by the Dutch-British multinational. An environmental study found "astonishingly high" pollution levels with soil "literally soaked with hydrocarbons," geologist Kay Holtzmann wrote in a letter to the Bodo Mediation Initiative. The people of Bodo in the oil-producing southern Niger Delta should get urgent medical tests, Holtzmann wrote in the letter dated Jan. 26 and seen by the Associated Press. Shell did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The cleanup halted 17...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/24/17)
Nigeria has launched an online system aimed at enabling business executives to apply for a visa online and collect it on arrival 48 hours later, its immigration service said on Thursday. The move to ease visa rules in the West African country follows complaints from foreign executives that obstructive embassy officials made it difficult to enter the country. Under the new system, travelers must register with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and provide details including travel document information, after which a letter of approval may be issued and the visa collected on arrival. Mohammed Babandede, comptroller general of the NIS, said the facility was in line with the government's "policy on creation of a conducive environment to attract foreign high...
(Andalou Agency 03/24/17)
Human rights group accused of promoting violation of law, remaining silent on activities of terrorist groups. A group of protesters on Thursday continued to besiege the Nigerian office of the Amnesty International accusing the rights group of promoting violations of the country's laws and keeping quiet on terrorist activities in the guise of human rights protection. "We are convinced that the mission of the Amnesty International in Nigeria is to shield terrorist and other lawless groups in the guise of...
(Premium Times 03/24/17)
The Nigerian Navy on Thursday deployed three warships and a helicopter in a joint multinational maritime exercise comprising 29 foreign Navies. James Oluwole, rear admiral and commander, Task Group 17.1, flagged-off the exercise tagged: “Obangame Express 2017” in Onne, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers. Mr. Oluwole said the exercise was aimed at promoting inter-agency and transnational cooperation on maritime safety and security, especially in the Gulf of Guinea. According to him, the exercise, which would commence on March 24...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of...
(AFP (eng) 03/23/17)
Libyan authorities on Thursday flew home 159 Nigerian migrants stranded after failing to reach Europe, in the second such voluntary repatriation operation this week. "In coordination with the IOM (International Organization for Migration), we are repatriating 159 Nigerians... including three infants," Badreddine Ben Hamed, head of Libya's anti-illegal immigration force, told AFP at Mitiga airport. The Nigerians, wearing tracksuits and new sneakers, were driven to the airport near the Libyan capital in two buses. "I wish I could go to Europe but I can't," said a woman called Fate, carrying a baby in her arms. "I'm happy to be going home," said another Nigerian woman.
(AFP (eng) 03/23/17)
At least 46 people were killed and almost 100 others wounded in clashes between rival ethnic groups in southwest Nigeria earlier this month, police said on Wednesday. Special forces were deployed to the city of Ile-Ife in Osun state after violence between local Yoruba and Hausa people erupted on March 7, Nigeria's national police spokesman Moshood Jimoh told AFP. "The casualty figures are 46 dead and 96 wounded in the violence in Ile-Ife. Of those injured, 81 had been treated...
(Daily Trust 03/23/17)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the latest attacks at a motor park in Polokwane in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, in which two Nigerians were involved, was not a xenophobic attack. The ministry, in a statement by its spokesperson, Clement Aduku, said though there was no reported loss of live in the latest incident, two Nigerians were said to be injured and properties destroyed in the fracas. "Contrary to media reports, the recent incident was a scuffle...
(Premium Times 03/23/17)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said the latest fracas in South Africa, in which two Nigerians were involved, was not a xenophobic attack. The ministry in a statement by its spokesperson, Clement Aduku, in Abuja, said that there was no reported loss of live during the incident. It expressed concern that the incident came barely few days when both Nigerian and South African Governments successfully proffered solution to xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa. It said that...
(AFP (eng) 03/22/17)
At least 46 people were killed and almost 100 others wounded in clashes between rival ethnic groups in southwest Nigeria earlier this month, police said on Wednesday. Special forces were deployed to the city of Ile-Ife in Osun state following two days of violence that broke out between local Yoruba and Hausa people on March 7, Nigeria's national police spokesman Moshood Jimoh told AFP. "The casualty figures are 46 dead and 96 wounded in the violence in Ile-Ife. Of those injured, 81 had been treated while 15 are still in the hospital," Jimoh said.
(AFP (eng) 03/22/17)
Suicide bomb blasts rocked a camp for migrants who have fled Boko Haram insurgents near Nigeria's restive northeastern city of Maiduguri early Wednesday, officials said. "There were four explosions inside the camp," the coordinator of the Muna camp Tijjani Lumani told AFP. "The bombers struck at different locations around 4:30 am. "The explosions triggered fires which burned down many tents", he said, adding that casualties details were not known. The emergency services confirmed the attacks. "There were some suicide explosions in Muna camp. Our men have mobilised to the scene," Ibrahim Abduljkadir of the National Emergency Management
(AFP (eng) 03/22/17)
A Nigerian rights group on Tuesday called for an investigation into "attacks" on the Amnesty International office in Abuja following heavy criticism by the country's military. Protesters had surrounded the Amnesty office in the Nigerian capital on Monday and Tuesday, demanding that the London-based rights group leave the country immediately. The demonstration comes less than a month after the Nigerian military issued a press statement urging Amnesty to "desist from meddling into security issues in our country which is inimical...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Gunmen killed 17 people, mostly women and children, after invading a farming community in central Nigeria, police said Tuesday, the latest violence linked to grazing rights disputes. The attack in Benue State occurred Monday, state police spokesman Moses Yamu told AFP, saying attackers on motorcycles and in a car opened fire on a market and set buildings on fire. "There was indeed an attack yesterday afternoon on a market in Zaki Biyam by unknown persons. Seventeen people were killed and 11 injured by the gunmen," Yamu said. "We have not made any arrests and we are yet to find out the motive for the
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
More than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram jihadists have been forced to go home since the start of the year, the UN said Tuesday. Thousands of Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has seen deadly attacks since 2009 in pursuit of a caliphate in northern Nigeria. Some 85,000 have sought refuge in Cameroon but the UN refugee agency said many had been sent back, with officials citing security reasons. "So...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
The demolition of homes in a shanty town in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, in defiance of a court order, has left thousands of people homeless and raised eviction fears among a further 300,000 slum dwellers, residents and activists said on Monday. The homes of nearly 4,700 people in the Otodo Gbame waterfront slum were destroyed on Friday by bulldozers as security forces used teargas and gunfire to clear the area, said several rights groups, including Amnesty International. The razing came...
(Premium Times 03/21/17)
A group of protesters on Monday barricaded the Abuja office of Amnesty International and asked the international organisation to quit Nigeria within 24 hours. Speaking for the protesters, Melvin Ejeh warned that the group would lead other Nigerians on a five-day Occupy Amnesty International protest as a first warning, if the organisation does not shut down its operations and leave Nigeria in the next 24 hours. “Let us warn at this point that there will be no interval of respite...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(News24 03/20/17)
At least five large black bags containing bundles of cash valued at $155 000 were reportedly seized at a Nigerian airport last week. Nigeria's anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on its website that the cash, in the local naira currency, was still sealed when it was discovered near the check-in points at the Kaduna airport. The anti-graft unit said that the bags were found during a regular screening, and the five bags were "unattended and...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/18/17)
Nigeria's amnesty program which provides vocational training and stipends to former militants who attacked oil facilities in its Niger Delta energy hub is struggling with a shortfall of funds, a special adviser to the president said. The government has been in talks with militants to end the attacks which cut Nigeria's output by 700,000 barrels a day (bpd) for several months last year, reducing total production at that time to about 1.2 million bpd. It has since climbed. Under the...
(This Day Live 03/17/17)
Justice Baba Yusuf of the Abuja High Court has said that two sets of charges brought against former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) cannot be consolidated because of so many defendants involved in the charges. The judge said the two charges, if merged would make the trial difficult for the court to manage and therefore declined to consolidate the charges. Delivering ruling in a motion argued by Dasuki, in which he prayed the court to consolidate the...

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