Saturday, July 13, 2019

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    Report: UK detectives storm Nigeria over probe of Diezani

Report: UK detectives storm Nigeria over probe of Diezani

Detectives from the UK are currently in Nigeria to gather more evidence in the probe of  Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, who has been standing trial on allegations bordering money laundering.According to The Nation, the detectives, who met with officials the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have been in the country for a week in what appeared [...]

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    Abacha Loot: Again, FG refuses to give information on ‘dubious’ $15m lawyers fee 

Abacha Loot: Again, FG refuses to give information on ‘dubious’ $15m lawyers fee 

The office of the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and ministry of justice, has again refused to provide information on payment of lawyers hired for the recovery of Abacha Loot.  Abubakar Malami, former AGF, had engaged Oladipo Okpeseyi and Temitope Adebayo, two Nigerian lawyers, for the recovery of $321 million Abacha Loot from Switzerland.But Enrico Monfrini, a Swiss lawyer who had [...]

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    ‘Navy is not above the law’ — families of detainees demand their release

‘Navy is not above the law’ — families of detainees demand their release

Family members of 22 Nigerians detained by the Nigerian navy have called on the authorities to free the detainees after nine months without trial. It was a moment of tears and lamentation on Thursday when the families gathered in Lagos for a press conference organised by the Centre Against Impunity (CAI).In April,  Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, had raised the alarm [...]

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    Abacha Loot: Sept 23 is judgement day in Cable Foundation vs AGF  

Abacha Loot: Sept 23 is judgement day in Cable Foundation vs AGF  

The federal high court sitting Abuja has set September 23, 2019 to deliver judgement on the case filed against the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) by the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF). The foundation had sued the AGF over his failure to respond to a freedom of information (FoI) request on the engagement of lawyers for the recovery of the $321 [...]

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    Nigerian traders ‘under attack’ in Ghana

Nigerian traders ‘under attack’ in Ghana

At least 20 shops belonging to Nigerians were forcibly locked at Suame Magazine in Kumasi, Ashanti region of Ghana, on Monday.According to GhanaWeb, the traders said they were being targetted over the alleged involvement of Nigerian nationals in kidnappings in Ghana.Four Nigerians had been arrested over the alleged kidnap of two Canadians.The arrested suspects were reported to have abducted Bailey Jordan [...]

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    Ghanaian media demonising our citizens, Nigerian diplomat raises the alarm

Ghanaian media demonising our citizens, Nigerian diplomat raises the alarm

Olufemi Abikoye, Nigeria’s high commissioner to Ghana, has expressed concerns over the manner in which the Ghanaian press has been "priortising" negative reports about Nigerians.In a statement he personally signed, Abikoye appealed to the Ghanaian media to stop referring to Nigerians based in Ghana as a bunch of criminals.He described as terribly worrisome, the action of taking an "insignificant few elements" [...]

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    Biosec partners NIMC to register Nigerians abroad

Biosec partners NIMC to register Nigerians abroad

Biosec Solutions, an identity management company, has patnered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to allow Nigerians in the diaspora register for the national identity number (NIN).Agu Osoka, managing director of the company, who disclosed this on Monday, said it will also be launching centres in 15 countries across the world.He said Biosec Solutions has been part of many identity [...]

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    ICPC to prosecute NBET MD over fraud allegations

ICPC to prosecute NBET MD over fraud allegations

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it is set to prosecute Marilyn Amobi, managing director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Limited (NBET), over procurement fraud.In February, Leaks.ng had done a story on how Amobi approved at least N2 billion  to two power generating companies.Leaks.ng is a coalition of media and civil society organisations. Daily [...]

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    Kingibe: I chose Abacha over Abiola because of national interest

Kingibe: I chose Abacha over Abiola because of national interest

Babagana Kingibe, running mate of MKO Abiola in the 1993 presidential election, says he decided to work under the military government of Sani Abacha because of "national interest".Kingibe, who served then as minister of foreign affairs, had been described as a traitor.He was accused of abandoning the struggle after the election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, former military head [...]

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    IBB, Agu-Iyi Ironsi to attend book launch on Nigerian war

IBB, Agu-Iyi Ironsi to attend book launch on Nigerian war

Former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), Thomas Agu-Iyi Ironsi, former minister of defence, are expected to grace the launch of a book on Nigeria's air operations in Sierra Leone.According to Abayomi Balogun, author of the book, it provides "vital lessons" for the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts in the north-east.Organised by Green Heroes Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, with the [...]

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    El-Rufai scraps three ministries, creates new ones

El-Rufai scraps three ministries, creates new ones

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has scrapped three ministries and created new ones, including the ministry for internal security.In a statement, Samuel Aruwan, media aide to the governor, said as part of el-Rufai's structure for second term, he has signed an executive order creating three new ministries.“In a major rejig of the governance structure, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has signed [...]

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    Goje, Orji Kalu, Shekarau — ex-govs elected as senators while facing corruption trials

Goje, Orji Kalu, Shekarau — ex-govs elected as senators while facing corruption trials

At least seven of the senators who were inaugurated on Tuesday are standing trial for corruption. Five of them are former governors. Although members of the national assembly had once pushed for immunity against prosecution of lawmakers, the legislative houses power and privileges act only shield them from litigation in respect of word spoken or written at plenary. In 2018, Joshua [...]

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    Kebbi speaker: We rejected acting CJ because of forgery NOT religion

Kebbi speaker: We rejected acting CJ because of forgery NOT religion

The Kebbi state house of assembly has denied writing Atiku Bagudu, governor of the state, to confirm the appointment of Elizabeth Karatu as chief judge of the state.According to Daily Nigerian, Karatu, who has been in acting capacity, had said the governor acted against the approval of the lawmakers who had confirmed Karatu as the substantive chief judge in January. [...]

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    Julius Berger launches website on 2nd Niger bridge

Julius Berger launches website on 2nd Niger bridge

Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has launched a website to "allow Nigerians track the status" of the ongoing construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.The federal government had in November awarded the construction giant a N206 billion contract for the work.Julius Berger, in a statement issued by the company’s media office, said visitors to www.secondrivernigerbridge.com, the website, will have access [...]

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    Soyinka: I won’t participate in this year’s Democracy Day celebrations

Soyinka: I won’t participate in this year’s Democracy Day celebrations

Wole Soyinka, foremost playwright, says he will not participate in this year’s June 12 celebrations. In honour of MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari had signed into law, a bill to make June 12 replace May 29 as Democracy Day. In an essay made available to TheCable on Tuesday, Soyinka condemned the conduct of the [...]

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    Theodore Orji’s son emerges speaker of Abia assembly

Theodore Orji’s son emerges speaker of Abia assembly

Chinedum Orji, son of Theodore Orji, former governor of Abia state, has emerged speaker of the state house of assembly.Orji, who was the majority leader emerged speaker on Monday after being nominated by Munachim Alozie of Ugwunagbo state constituency.The nomination was seconded by Ginger Onwusibe of Isialangwa north respectively constituency.The father of the new speaker was governor of the state from [...]

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