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    ‘60,000 killed’ in middle belt violence since 2001

‘60,000 killed’ in middle belt violence since 2001

A coalition of civil society groups says at least 60,000 people have been killed in the middle belt region since 2001. Addressing reporters in Abuja on Monday, the coalition said while over 600 people had been killed, more than  160,000 people have been displaced in Benue state alone between January and February this year. “The African centre for strategic studies estimates that [...]

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Insecurity threatens completion of Benin-Lokoja road project

There are now fears that the Lokoja-Benin road dualisation project could be delayed as the contractor handling section one, CGC Nigeria limited, says its Chinese expatriates have fled the site due to kidnapping. Alhaji Yaba Abubakar, the project manager, section one, Lokoja-Benin road dualisation project, said this in Okene during a media tour of some federal government’s projects in the state. Abubakar [...]

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    Tension as angry youth attack Hausa community in Benue, ‘kill 8’

Tension as angry youth attack Hausa community in Benue, ‘kill 8’

Many people have been killed and displaced in a reprisal attack on the Hausa community in Makurdi, Benue state capital. The attack is believed to be carried out by Tiv youth protesting the killings of some priests and worshippers at a Catholic church in Gwer east local government area of the state. Daily Trust quoted Bello Abdurrahamn, sarkin Hausawa of Makurdi, as [...]

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Anglican bishop to herders: You can’t forcefully seize land and claim all benefits to the exclusion of host communities

Moses Tabwaye, the bishop of the Anglican diocese of Gwagwalada Abuja, says it is unjust for herders to forcefully seize land, claim indigenous rights and approrpiate all attendant benefits to themselves, to the exclusion of host communities. Speaking while giving his charge at the opening of the synod of the Anglican diocese of Gwagwalada on Friday, Tabwaye said it was criminal [...]

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    Chukwuma’s absence in court stalls his trial

Chukwuma’s absence in court stalls his trial

The Lagos high court has adjourned the case involving Innocent Chukwuma, CEO of Innoson Motors, following his absence and pending outcome of the petition against the presiding judge, Mojisola Dada, before the National Judicial Council (NJC). On February 12, Innoson petitioned NJC to investigate the circumstance leading to Dada's issuance of a bench warrant against him and ordering his arrest. This followed [...]

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    Immigration: We’ll no longer issue passport without national identification number

Immigration: We’ll no longer issue passport without national identification number

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says those who do not have national identity card number will no longer be eligible for international passport. Mohammed Babandede, comptroller general of NIS, said this in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 4th annual meeting of the ID4Africa movement hosted by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Babandede said this is part of the efforts to streamline the databases of all government [...]

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NIMC: We’ll reject any database that can’t be verified

In a bid to ensure absolute integrity and security of information, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has vowed to reject any database that cannot be verified. Aliyu Aziz, chief executive of NIMC said this at the ongoing 4th annual meeting of the ID 4 Africa conference in Abuja. He said Nigeria was working towards leveraging on digital identity to ascertain the [...]

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Atiku: Based on antecedents. i’m not desperate to be president

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar says based on his political antecedents, he has never been desperate to be president of Nigeria. Over the years some political watchers have accused Atiku of changing political parties at will in a bid to become Nigeria’s president. But in an interview with BBC Hausa service, Atiku recalled how he stepped down for the late Moshood Abiola to [...]

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Buhari: 50 million Nigerians to get national IDs by December

President Muhammadu Buhari says government is committed to ensuring that 50 million Nigerians are enrolled under the national identity card scheme by the end of December this year. Speaking while declaring the  the 4th annual government forum on electronic Identity in Africa tagged ID4-Africa 2018 open in Abuja, Buhari noted that a harmonized data was vital if the government’s Economic Recovery [...]

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NIS: Data harmonization won’t lead to the scrapping of government institutions

Mohammed Babandede, the comptroller general of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), says the harmonization of data by all government agencies under the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) would not lead to the scrapping of other government agencies. Rather, the harmonization would ensure all Nigerians have one single identity with clearly defined information. He said this while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the [...]

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    VIDEO: Police thwart #BBOG sit-out at Unity Fountain

VIDEO: Police thwart #BBOG sit-out at Unity Fountain

An attempt by the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement to engage in a sit-out at the Unity Fountain in Abuja was thwarted by the Nigerian police on Monday. Edith Yassin, a member of the movement, told TheCable that "the police shot tear gas at us point blank". "We did not cross their line. We simply crossed the road to sit on the ground as [...]

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Hurled up at home with security details withdrawn, Melaye alleges threat to life

The battle of wits between senator Dino Melaye and the Nigerian police has taken another turn, as the police details attached to Melaye have been withdrawn, a move the Kogi senator described as a threat to his life. He confirmed this development via his twitter handle. “All my policemen have been taken away with their arms. One CP came and took them [...]

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    Protesters storm Melaye’s residence as DSS denies senators access to their colleague

Protesters storm Melaye’s residence as DSS denies senators access to their colleague

Protesters are currently in front of the house of Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, demanding that security operatives leave the place. Armed security personnel comprising policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) had laid siege to the place on Monday afternoon. The operatives restricted movement on Sangha street, Maitama, where Melaye's house is located. They prevented four of [...]

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    One killed’ as Shi’ites, policemen clash again

One killed’ as Shi’ites, policemen clash again

A member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi'ites has reportedly been shot dead during a clash between IMN members and the police. The protesters, who were denied access to the converged on a spot in the Maitama area of Abuja. The police fired teargass to disperse them but the protesters pelted the officers with stone. The deceased [...]

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    Dino Melaye regains freedom

Dino Melaye regains freedom

Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district, has been released hours after he was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. A witness at the airport disclosed this to TheCable. Melaye had announced his arrest on Twitter, saying he was prevented from embarking on a trip to Morocco. But Anjuguri Manzah, spokesman of the police in the federal capital territory [...]

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    Chinedu Moghalu appointed head of UN communications for Africa Risk Capacity

Chinedu Moghalu appointed head of UN communications for Africa Risk Capacity

Nigeria’s Chinedu Moghalu has been appointed the head, communications and advocacy, for the Africa Risk Capacity (ARC)/United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). A statement released by the African Risk Capacity (ARC) said Moghalu would be leading efforts to ensure that its work in responding to the challenges of climate change and natural disaster risk management is strategically communicated to the member [...]

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