Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tag "Saudi"

    Ex-president of Benin Rep accuses Saudi Arabia of funding Boko Haram

Ex-president of Benin Rep accuses Saudi Arabia of funding Boko Haram

Nicephore Soglo, former president of Benin Republic, has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding Boko Haram.Boko Haram has grown to constitute a threat to the Western African Region.Also, Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), which is an affiliation of the Islamic State in the Middle-East, is a potent threat to the security of the region.Soglo, who spoke at [...]

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    When an umpire becomes a vested party

When an umpire becomes a vested party

BY JOHN IBEKWELet’s play a game. Take a statement issued by Amnesty International, or a story credited to the NGO, strip it of the organization's name and read the story again. The outcome is that one would be left with a head scratching situation. The resulting story from this exercise would give one the impression that the statement or story [...]

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    Tinubu meets with Buhari, Mamman Daura in Saudi Arabia

Tinubu meets with Buhari, Mamman Daura in Saudi Arabia

One day after hosting Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state, President Muhammadu Buhari held a meeting with Mamman Daura, his cousin, and Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Saudi Arabia, where he is performing lesser hajj.Sa’ad Abubakar, sultan of Sokoto; Isa Dodo, Nigerian ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Ismaila Isa, an associate of the president; Wale Tinubu, [...]

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    Buhari hosts Yari in Saudi Arabia, laments insecurity in Zamfara

Buhari hosts Yari in Saudi Arabia, laments insecurity in Zamfara

President Muhammadu Buhari says he will do his best to ensure that Nigerians live in peace.Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as saying this when he had iftar (breaking of fast) with Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.Garba Tambari, emir of Maradun local government in Zamfara, was also present at the iftar.Buhari left Nigeria to [...]

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    Zainab Aliyu: How I survived 124 days in Saudi prison

Zainab Aliyu: How I survived 124 days in Saudi prison

Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian who was detained in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, says she learnt “pure Arabic” and memorised half of the Qur’an during her 124-day stay in prison.Aliyu was arrested on December 26 after tramadol, a drug prohibited in Saudi Arabia was found in her bag.The 22-year-old student of the Maitama Sule University, Kano, had travelled to [...]

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    EXTRA: In Saudi Arabia, snooping through your spouse’s phone could land you in jail

EXTRA: In Saudi Arabia, snooping through your spouse’s phone could land you in jail

The Saudi Arabian government has asked residents of the country to "think twice" before spying on their spouse's phone as the act is now a criminal offence.According to the new anti-cybercrime law— applicable to both husbands and wives— offenders are liable to a fine of $133,000 and or spend a year in jail.The law aims to "protect morals of individuals [...]

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    For the 3rd time in 10 months, Angola overtakes Nigeria as Africa’s largest oil producer

For the 3rd time in 10 months, Angola overtakes Nigeria as Africa’s largest oil producer

Angola has overtaken Nigeria to become the largest oil producer on the African continent.According to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Southern African country now leads the continent in oil production, despite perceived growth in the Nigerian managers' index.This is the third time Angola will overtake Nigeria as the continent's largest producer, following Niger Delta unrest in April, [...]

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    Nigeria not alone…virtually all OPEC countries removed subsidy

Nigeria not alone…virtually all OPEC countries removed subsidy

Just like Nigeria, virtually all 14 members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have had to cut or totally remove fuel subsidies between 2015 and 2016.Subsidies have also been removed time and again across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations.In the European Union, plans are also underway to end domestic coal subsidies by 2018.According to [...]

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    STOP IT! UN body tells Saudi to end stonings, executions

STOP IT! UN body tells Saudi to end stonings, executions

A UN human rights watchdog On Friday called on Saudi Arabia to end “severe” discrimination against girls and to repeal laws that allowed stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children.Bandar Bin Mohammed, chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, said the committee on the rights of the child, condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s air strikes in Yemen.It said air strikes killed [...]

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    Saudi Arabia executes Ethiopian maid for killing child

Saudi Arabia executes Ethiopian maid for killing child

Saudi authorities on Monday executed an Ethiopian housemaid convicted of killing the child of her employer more than three years ago, the interior ministry said.The ministry noted in a statement that the execution was carried out after the death sentence was endorsed by the king.The convict had confessed having knifed to death the six-year-old girl in June 2013, allegedly in [...]

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    2016 Hajj: Saudi authorities commend Nigerian pilgrims

2016 Hajj: Saudi authorities commend Nigerian pilgrims

A Saudi minister in charge of hajj on Thursday commended Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s pilgrimage for their discipline and comportment at the airport in Jeddah.Abdullah Marghalani, who is the assistant deputy minister, ministry of hajj and Umrah affairs, made the commendation when he received AbdullahI Mohammed, chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), in his office at [...]

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    Saudi policeman shot dead in Mecca

Saudi policeman shot dead in Mecca

A Saudi policeman was shot dead in the holy city of Mecca, hours after four terror suspects were killed during a raid on Friday.Atthe al-Qurashi, the media spokesman for Mecca's regional police department, said the policeman was killed by an unidentified gunman while performing his duties on Thursday evening.Almost 12 hours earlier, Saudi security forces had killed two suspected militants [...]

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    Saudi Arabia downplaying death toll in stampede, say officials

Saudi Arabia downplaying death toll in stampede, say officials

Officials from several countries have claimed that more than 1,000 people died in last week's stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.Though the Saudi authorities had pegged the death toll at 769, confusion began after Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Sunday that the Saudi authorities had released photos of 1,090 pilgrims who died.Pakistani and Indonesian officials also [...]

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