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    FLASHBACK: South African ambassador spent two years in US prison for smuggling drugs

FLASHBACK: South African ambassador spent two years in US prison for smuggling drugs

Between 1999 and 2001, Hazel Francis Ngubeni who served as South African’s high commissioner to Singapore, served a jail sentence in the US. According to Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, Ngubeni waas convicted for smuggling a bag of cocaine while working as a cabin attendant for South African Airways. The newspaper reported Ngubeni, 55, who at the time went by the name [...]

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    We won’t sever diplomatic ties with South Africa, says FG

We won’t sever diplomatic ties with South Africa, says FG

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says the country will not sever diplomatic ties with South Africa as a result of the attacks on Nigerians. He said this when he appeared before the senate committee on disapora on Friday. The minister said taking such action would not be in the interest of Nigerians based in South Africa. He said Nigeria would consider other [...]

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    ‘The red line has been drawn’ — Onyeama speaks on actions against South Africa

‘The red line has been drawn’ — Onyeama speaks on actions against South Africa

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says there is no going back on the measures taken against South Africa over the fresh attacks against Nigerians. Addressing state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the minister said the red line had been drawn. He said the federal government has demanded full compensation for all Nigerians involved in the [...]

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    Onyeama accuses South African police of complicity over fresh attack on Nigerians

Onyeama accuses South African police of complicity over fresh attack on Nigerians

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says Nigerian shops in South Africa are being looted and burnt by mindless criminals with ineffective police protection. In a tweet on Monday, the minister described the constant negative report about treatment of Nigerians in South Africa as "sickening." He said the federal government will take needed steps to curb the situation. "Received sickening and depressing news [...]

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    Trump has very high regard for Nigerians, says US over ‘shithole’ comment

Trump has very high regard for Nigerians, says US over ‘shithole’ comment

Stuart Symington, US ambassador to Nigeria, says the administration of Donald Trump has a high regard for Nigerians. Tope Elias-Fatile, foreign ministry’s spokesperson, quoted the US ambassador as making the statement when he was represented by David Young, the embassy’s charge d’affairs, in an audience with Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs. The minister on Monday summoned the US ambassador to clarify [...]

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    Onyeama: We didn’t know US was monitoring Jonathan’s men

Onyeama: We didn’t know US was monitoring Jonathan’s men

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says the government did not know that the US was listening to the telephone conversations of members of the Jonathan administration on some “suspicious” investments made in the country. In July, an indicting telephone conversation between Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister petroleum resources, and her associates – Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore – was leaked. Alison-Madueke was [...]

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    You’ll make more money in Nigeria than anywhere else, Onyeama tells US investors

You’ll make more money in Nigeria than anywhere else, Onyeama tells US investors

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says investors from the United States will get a higher return on investment from Nigeria than any other place in the world. NAN reports that the minister made this statement while speaking at the Nigeria-US Business and Investment Forum in New York alongside Okechukwu Enelamah, minister of trade, industry and investment. He said: "What we are [...]

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    Onyeama: Nigerians fleeing from Bakassi drowned, not killed

Onyeama: Nigerians fleeing from Bakassi drowned, not killed

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, on Wednesday, said some Nigerians "reportedly drowned" in Bakassi while fleeing from Cameroonian soldiers over the fear of "forceful" compulsion to pay owed tax. He said the community leaders confirmed the drowning but had no "proof" of the "assertions", adding that there was no evidence of 97 Nigerians being killed by Cameroonian gendarmes. Onyeama made the clarification [...]

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    APC can learn from its defeat in Osun, says Onyeama

APC can learn from its defeat in Osun, says Onyeama

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) can learn from its defeat in the Osun by-election which took place on Saturday. Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled a total of 97,480 votes to defeat Mudashiru Hussain of the APC who had 66,116 votes. Ademola is the younger brother of the late Isiaka Adeleke, senator [...]

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    Germany donates €10m to end polio in Nigeria

Germany donates €10m to end polio in Nigeria

The German government, through German Development Bank, KfW, says it has signed a grant of 10 million euros to support polio eradication in Nigeria. KfW says seven million euros will be made available through the World Health Organisation (WHO), while the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEFthe other three million euros would be made available. "The grant we signed today will go a [...]

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    FG approves closure of five foreign missions

FG approves closure of five foreign missions

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says the federal government has approved the closure of five foreign missions. Onyeama, who did not mention the embassies or missions, told journalists in Abuja that the process for closure was underway and was also subject to the approval of the president. Nigeria currently has 119 foreign missions. “We do not want to indicate the embassies that [...]

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    Tiny minority of Nigerians in S’Africa affected by xenophobia, says Onyeama

Tiny minority of Nigerians in S’Africa affected by xenophobia, says Onyeama

Geoffrey Onyema, foreign affairs minister, has said that only a "tiny minority" of Nigerians living in South Africa are affected by xenophobic attacks. Speaking on Saturday during an interview on Arise TV, the minister said most Nigerians in South Africa were living in peace and doing well. "The South African government condemned everything that’s gone on and they felt very bad about [...]

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    Onyeama, Dambazau in South Africa to meet Zuma over attacks on Nigerians

Onyeama, Dambazau in South Africa to meet Zuma over attacks on Nigerians

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, and Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister of interior, are in South Africa to hold talks with President Jacob Zuma over the attacks on Nigerians in the country. Clement Aduku, spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs, disclosed this in a statement, saying the ministers would also meet top officials of the South African government in bid to find [...]

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    Boko Haram crisis ‘hasn’t attracted enough funds’ – UK to contribute more money

Boko Haram crisis ‘hasn’t attracted enough funds’ – UK to contribute more money

The United Nations (UN) says Boko Haram crisis has struggled to attract donor funds, but that the UK will assist with more funds. According to Bloomberg, Matthew Rycroft, president of the UN Security Council, who made the promise, did not specify how much. Rycroft reportedly said since the sect launched its campaign of violence, the north-east region has suffered damages estimated at [...]

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    Onyeama: Non-repatriation of stolen funds affecting anti-corruption drive

Onyeama: Non-repatriation of stolen funds affecting anti-corruption drive

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has reiterated Nigeria’s concern over the non-repatriation of its stolen funds stashed in foreign banks. In a statement issued by Sarah Sanda, media aide of the minister, on Friday,  Onyeama raised concern at the high level segment of the 34th Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland. “The non-restitution of the funds back to Nigeria is affecting [...]

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    Foreign ministry: Nigeria NOT leaving ICC

Foreign ministry: Nigeria NOT leaving ICC

Nigeria will remain with the International Criminal Court (ICC) despite the recent pull out of some African nations, the ministry of foreign affairs has said. Clement Aduku, spokesperson of the ministry, made the federal government's position known on Wednesday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Aduku said Nigeria’s stand on the issue as explained by the foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, [...]

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