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Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacts to video of Nigerian diplomat being beaten in Indonesia
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacts to video of Nigerian diplomat being beaten in Indonesia

Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reacted to the malhandling and arrest of its diplomatic agent in Jakarta, Indonesia. The incident happened in front of his official quarters. The Consulate was reportedly tortured and humiliated on Saturday, August 7 and was released after paying a ransom. Social media has been abuzz with clips from the incident. In a statement on Monday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in receipt of a report and has seen a video in circulation regarding an unacceptable incident in Jakarta, Indonesia, concerning the manhandling and arrest of a Nigerian Diplomatic Agent in front of his official quarters on 7, August, 2021. “This unfortunate incident is against international law and the Vienna Conventions governin...
Ogun Refugees In Benin Republic Have All Gone Back Home – FG
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Ogun Refugees In Benin Republic Have All Gone Back Home – FG

The Federal Government has said it cannot locate the displaced Ogun State residents taking refuge in Benin Republic due to attacks on their communities by armed herdsmen. The government explained that the Nigerian Embassy officials, who visited the communities where the people were taking shelter, were informed that they had returned to their communities in Nigeria. The Director of Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bolaji Akinremi, disclosed this to The PUNCH on Wednesday in response to inquiries on what the government was doing to bring back the refugees. The displaced persons from Agbon-Ojodu, Moro, Asa, Ibeku and other villages in the Yewa Local Government Area of Ogun State had abandoned their communities and took refuge in neighbouring Benin Republic fo...
Republic Of Benin Is Not Aspiring To Be Part Of Nigeria – Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
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Republic Of Benin Is Not Aspiring To Be Part Of Nigeria – Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja __________________________________ PRESS RELEASE No: MFA/PR/2021/ REPUBLIC OF BENIN IS NOT ASPIRING TO BE PART OF NIGERIA The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to misleading reports in the media that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama in the presence of his counterpart from the Republic of Benin granted a Press Interview after a very fruitful meeting between Ministerial delegations from both countries and stated therein "... the President of Benin Republic said he would like the relations between the two countries to be so close as if Benin was the 37th State of Nigeria". The Federal Republic of ...
FG To Receive 802 Nigerian Returnees From Saudi Arabia
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FG To Receive 802 Nigerian Returnees From Saudi Arabia

Eight Hundred and Two Nigerian nationals are expected to arrive the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport from Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of January 2021 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This was contained In a statement by the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Aduda and made Available to ait.live Aduda said The Returnees will be conveyed via two Saudi Arabian Airlines. He added that The first batch will arrive on the 28th of January at 11:50 am while the second will arrive 29th January at 10:35 am. The returnees will be received on arrival by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Presidential Task Force on Covid19 and other relevant MDAs. They will be quarantined at the FCT Hajj camp for a period of fourteen (14) days in line with ...
“Is Nigeria A Sharia Country?” – Man Asks After He Was Denied Entry Into Ministry Over The Way He Dressed
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“Is Nigeria A Sharia Country?” – Man Asks After He Was Denied Entry Into Ministry Over The Way He Dressed

A Nigerian man has taken to social media to express his sadness at the way he was treated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja. The Nigerian man said he and his elder sister were denied entry into the foreign affairs ministry over the way they dressed. While the man wore t-shirt and shorts, his sister wore an armless top and trouser. He however said they were denied entry because his sister needed to cover up totally. The distraught man went on to ask if Nigeria is a Sharia country. He also captured moment his sister changed what she was wearing to gain entry into the government agency. See video below. https://youtu.be/iutHXWPIEV8
83 New Ambassadors Stranded Five Months After Senate Confirmation
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83 New Ambassadors Stranded Five Months After Senate Confirmation

Eighty-three newly appointed Nigerian ambassadors are stranded in the country more than five months after their appointments were confirmed by the Senate. There are no indications yet as to when they will be posted out, according to investigation conducted by The Nation. The ambassadors-designate include career and non-career officers. They have not even been inducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an action that normally precedes their posting by the Presidency. Officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said only President Muhammadu Buhari can determine the fate of the ambassadors-designate. The President had on May 12 and July 1, 2020 written to the Senate to seek the confirmation of 42 career ambassadors and 41 non-career ambassadors-designate respectively. Wh...
N848m, $1.5m Scandals In Nigerian Foreign Affairs Office In Israel
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N848m, $1.5m Scandals In Nigerian Foreign Affairs Office In Israel

More than N1.4 billion scandal is currently rocking the officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tel-Aviv, Israel. This is even as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, has been indicted by the report of the Auditor General of federation, Anthony Ayine. Specifically, the officials have been fingered in alleged financial scandal of N848 million and $1.5 million respectively. The alleged financial fraud was uncovered by the Senate Committee on Public Account, chaired by Senator Mathew Urhoghide. Angered by financial recklessness of the embassy in Tel-Aviv, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Public Account, directed that the former permanent secretary in the Ministry must be compelled to account for the mismanaged funds in the Ministry. He added that the person that ...
FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu
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FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu

+- An agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)” as it is called. Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi. Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano and Katsina states. The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation ba...
Ghanaian Government Apologises After Demolition Of Nigeria High Commission Building In Accra
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Ghanaian Government Apologises After Demolition Of Nigeria High Commission Building In Accra

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ghana has apologized to the Nigerian government after the building housing high commission staff was demolished in the early hours of this morning. Officials will be visiting the high commission tomorrow to access the damage done to the property. The plot of land in question houses the high commissioners residence and four other buildings It was Ceded to the Nigerian government in the sixties. A portion of the land had remained undeveloped until eight years ago when building works began – that is what is dye subject of contention now by a business man who says he is the legitimate owner Sometime in 2000, official correspondence was exchanged between Presidents olusegun Obasanjo and jerry Rawlings of Ghana where the issue of ownership was ...
Foreign Affairs Ministry and UN Office in Nigeria denies knowledge of Uno State of Cameroon
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Foreign Affairs Ministry and UN Office in Nigeria denies knowledge of Uno State of Cameroon

The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Office in Nigeria have denied knowledge of the carving out of a country from Nigeria and Cameroon. The new country whose name is Uno State of Cameroon was billed for proclamation by the United Nations on July 10, 2020. In the map of the new country, Nigeria will lose 24 local councils which were said to be captured in the green tree agreement, signed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo for Nigeria and Paul Biya for Cameroun in 2006. Though some online media referenced the agreement, which gave July 10, 2020, as date for implementation, a source in the united nations has described it as false, saying he does not create countries.
Coronavirus: FG To Evacuate Nigerians Abroad
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Coronavirus: FG To Evacuate Nigerians Abroad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed all its missions abroad to compile a list of willing Nigerian nationals who wished to come back home. Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed that this was a sequel to requests by Nigerians stranded abroad in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. She, however, said that the MFA had instructed that “the financial implications will be borne by the prospective evacuees, who will be compulsorily quarantined when they returned”. According to a statement on Friday by the Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, interested citizens should inform the embassy in their country of residence about their intention to return to Nigeria. It said, “The interested Nigerians are advised to ...
Nigerian High Commission In Ghana Not Evicted – FG
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Nigerian High Commission In Ghana Not Evicted – FG

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dismissed news reports that its High Commission in Accra, Ghana has been evicted from its properties by the host authorities. An online news reports had said that the High Commission has been asked to vacate its diplomatic property at No: 10, Barnes Road, Accra after failing to renew the lease. The development, the report said, triggered a diplomatic row between both countries. But the foreign ministry, in a statement by its spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye, described the reports as untrue, saying there was no imminent diplomatic row. The statement said, “The Ministry wishes to clarify that the said property under reference was in use by the Federal Ministry of Finance, since 1957, on leasehold and was later bequeathed to the Ministry of Forei...
FG Urges Nigerians To Apply For International Jobs
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FG Urges Nigerians To Apply For International Jobs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged qualified Nigerians to apply for the vacant position of Director-General of the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco. According to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretariat, applications for the vacant position must be accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae and should be sent to: Directorate of Cabinet, OIC General Secretariat, PO Box 178, Jeddah-21411, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Fax No. +966126512288, Email: vacancy@oic-oci.org The ministry’s spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye, in a statement, said the deadline for the submission of application is Thursday, October 31, 2019. The ministry urged interested applicants to visit: https://www.oic-oci.org/vacancies and click on vacancies at th...
President Buhari To Reconsider Re-opening Nigerian Embassy In Sri Lanka
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President Buhari To Reconsider Re-opening Nigerian Embassy In Sri Lanka

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria will re-examine the closure of her embassy in Colombo in 2017 in view of the important relationship the country has with Sri Lanka. Speaking at a farewell audience granted the outgoing High Commissioner of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Thambirajah Raveenthiran at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday, the President explained that financial challenges which the country faced at the time informed the closure of some Nigerian embassies and consulates during a rationalisation exercise. He assured that his administration will take another look at that decision as it affected Sri Lanka following the request by the outgoing High Commissioner. President Buhari wished Mr Raveenthiran success in his future undertaking...
FG Dismisses Report Of Execution Of Nigerians In Saudi
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FG Dismisses Report Of Execution Of Nigerians In Saudi

The Federal Government has dismissed reports that 23 Nigerians convicted for drug offences in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had been executed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was in contact with the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia “and it has been confirmed that the story is false and should be disregarded.” The media had been awash with the names of the convicts awaiting execution in various Saudi prisons for drug offences. But the ministry spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, explained in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, that the MFA was investigating claims that most of the trials were carried out without adequate legal representation for the accused, in accordance with internationally accepted legal principles. It said, “Furthermore, the Nigerian Mission was not informed...
Ethiopia Begins Seizure Of Undeclared Currencies By Transiting Nigerians
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Ethiopia Begins Seizure Of Undeclared Currencies By Transiting Nigerians

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned all Nigerian travellers that the Ethiopian Customs and Revenue Authority (ECRA) has stepped up its seizure of foreign currencies and valuables in excess of $3 000 (three thousand US Dollars) from passengers transiting Ethiopia without prior declaration of such valuables. The rule on the forfeiture of undeclared valuables applies to all passengers travelling to Ethiopia or transiting, including the prosecution of offenders of money laundering in line with Ethiopian Laws. In a press release signed by Friday Akpan, the Ministry therefore, implored all prospective Nigerian travellers to take note of the development and adhere strictly to avoid undue embarrassment at the airport. The statement, however, added that the Embassy of Nigeria in...
ECOWAS Adopts ECO As Name Of Single Currency
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ECOWAS Adopts ECO As Name Of Single Currency

The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Saturday adopted ECO as the name of the single currency to be issued in January 2020. The leaders at their 55th Ordinary Session in Abuja endorsed the name while congratulating the Ministerial Committee on the Single Currency for the considerable progress recorded in the implementation of the revised roadmap. Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Authority instructed the ECOWAS Commission to work in collaboration with West African Monetary Agency. The leaders also instructed the commission to work with West African Monetary Institute and the central banks to accelerate the implementation of the revised roadmap with regard to the symbol of the single currency. The Authority also directed the c...
President Buhari Heads To Saudi Arabia For OIC Summit
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President Buhari Heads To Saudi Arabia For OIC Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Saudi Arabia on Thursday (today) barely 24 hours after his inauguration for second term in office. The Presidency said on Wednesday that Buhari would be in Makkah to attend the Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. “The 14th session of the Summit Conference of the OIC, scheduled to hold on Friday, May 31, will be hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by Heads of State and governments of member states. “According to the OIC secretariat, the summit to be convened under the theme, ‘Makkah al-Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future’, seeks to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world. “President Buhari is expected to address the forum and underscore the need for member countries to uni...
UN General Assembly President, Maria Garcia Arrives Nigeria
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UN General Assembly President, Maria Garcia Arrives Nigeria

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, María Garces has arrived in Nigeria on a working visit. Garces and her delegation were received into the country on Monday by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations office in Abuja. According to a statement by the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Friday Akpan, the UNGA President will use the opportunity of her visit to have a bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. She will also meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ahead of a joint press conference. The key issues to be discussed during the meeting are Nigeria’s transition to the 74th Presidency of the General Assembly; pp-coming Hi...
Nigerian Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Ibrahim Isah Dies
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Nigerian Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Ibrahim Isah Dies

The Nigerian Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Ibrahim Isah dies. He died after a protracted illness. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that the envoy, a career diplomat, died on Tuesday in Abidjan. The MFA spokesman, George Edokpa, said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and members of staff of the Ministry received the sad news of his death with great shock. It prayed the Almighty God to grant his family and the nation the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Isah, who hailed from Niger State, joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1983 and served in different capacities both at the headquarters and in various Missions. He served at the Nigerian High Commission in Sierra Leone, Consulate-General in ...
FG To Summon U.S. Ambassador Over Trump’s ‘Lifeless’ Comment About PMB
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FG To Summon U.S. Ambassador Over Trump’s ‘Lifeless’ Comment About PMB

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, is expected to be summoned by the Federal Government over the comment allegedly made by President Donald Trump about President Muhammadu Buhari in April. The United States Embassy in Abuja has refused to respond officially to a report in the Financial Times of London, where US President, Donald Trump was alleged to have described Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari as not only being ailing but also lifeless. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs as at the time of filing this report, kept mum over since the news broke. The FT while reporting the planned meeting between Trump and his Kenya’s counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta billed for last Monday, claimed that Trump after meeting with Buhari last April, the first with any African leader told ...
Nigerian Embassy In Washington Sacks 15 Local Staff At The Embassy
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Nigerian Embassy In Washington Sacks 15 Local Staff At The Embassy

The Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC, has disengaged some 15 local workers at the embassy. Senior officials at the embassy told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the benefits of the 15 local workers would be paid soon. They said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, approved the disengagement of the workers due to some ongoing rationalization of workers at the embassy. The officials, however, said the ministry had also approved the payment of gratuities to the workers, some of whom had worked with the embassy for more than 30 years. Some of the affected workers had alleged that the decision to lay them off was arbitrary. They also alleged that the embassy had no plans to pay their gratuity and other severance benefits. Further, the local staff, who are mostly Nige...
Major Health Stories Last Week
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Major Health Stories Last Week

Cluster cases of Lassa fever in Ebonyi, Kogi The Ebonyi State government confirmed the death of one doctor and a nurse from suspected Lassa fever infection. The National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, also confirmed that the state notified it of a cluster breakout of the fever in the state. There were also reports of a doctor infected with the disease in Kogi state. NCDC has however deployed an emergency response team to assist the Ebonyi State Ministry of Health in response coordination, contact tracing, case management and strengthening infection prevention and control, IPC procedures. Medical supplies and drugs were also given to support case management in the state. Nigerian soldiers, policemen have high HIV risks – FG The National Agency for the Control of AIDS...
AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina Receives Accolade Of Highest Honour Of The Republic Of Liberia
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AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina Receives Accolade Of Highest Honour Of The Republic Of Liberia

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), on Monday, January 15, received the Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band of the Republic of Liberia, during an investiture ceremony hosted by Liberian Head of State, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Monrovia, Liberia. “On behalf of the African Development Bank, I am deeply honoured to receive the Order of the Star of Africa, Liberia’s highest distinction,” said the President of the premier African financial and development institution before an audience of members of the Government, high-ranking accredited ambassadors and diplomatic staff. “I would like to personally thank President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the jewel of Africa. Whe...
Taiwan’s Office In Nigeria Drops ‘Republic Of China’ From Name
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Taiwan’s Office In Nigeria Drops ‘Republic Of China’ From Name

Taiwan's trade mission in Nigeria, now located in Lagos, has officially changed its name to "Taipei Trade Office in Nigeria" after the Nigerian government ordered the removal of the title "Republic of China (Taiwan)" from its name, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said. The office, which is scheduled to open on Friday, has changed its name from the Trade Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Nigeria to the Taipei Trade Office in Nigeria, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The office was relocated from Abuja to Lagos on Dec. 8, after being ordered to move out of the Nigerian capital earlier in 2017, reportedly under Chinese pressure. Along with the order to move out were orders to drop "Republic of China (Taiwan)" from its title and a cut t...
FG Following Investigations On Death Of 2 Nigerians In S/Africa
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FG Following Investigations On Death Of 2 Nigerians In S/Africa

The Federal Government says it is following police investigations on the death of two Nigerians in South Africa. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja on Wednesday, signed by the Spokesperson, Mr Tope Elias-Fatile, said their death occurred in two separate incidents. “The mission informs that the first incident involved Mr Ikechukwu Mmanwoke Edmond, an indigene of Anambra State, who was murdered in front of his home in Marvern, a suburb of Johannesburg. “The second incident involved Mr Eluka Agu, who was beaten to death during a robbery alongside some unidentified persons in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, near Pretoria. “The Federal Government wishes to assure that the Consulate-General of Nigeria in Johannesburg has been following Police investigations on the sad dev...
Tackling Corruption In Nigeria Through Whistle Blowing
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Tackling Corruption In Nigeria Through Whistle Blowing

I crave your indulgence to preface this speech by reiterating what all of us already know: that corruption is the number one enemy of our country, and, therefore, the main reason Nigeria remains underdeveloped. It is generally agreed that corruption is the canker that is destroying the foundation of our society and that if no drastic measures are taken to deal with it, we would, very soon, have no country to speak of. At the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing media and information literacy, training and advocacy, as well as promoting accountability and good governance, we have for long been deeply worried by the growing damaging effects of corruption in the country. As a civil society organization, it is ...
Qatar Condemns Deadly Attack On Saudi Palace In Jeddah
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Qatar Condemns Deadly Attack On Saudi Palace In Jeddah

Qatar has condemned an attack on a palace guard post in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, which left two security officers dead. Saudi officials said an attacker drove up to the gates of the palace on Saturday before opening fire with a Kalashnikov assault rife, injuring three others before being shot dead by royal guards. In a statement on Sunday, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it “strongly condemned and denounced the attack” and sent condolences to the families of those who had died. “The Foreign Ministry reiterated Qatar’s firm position rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of their motives or reason,” the statement read. The attacker was named by the Saudi Interior Ministry as 28-year-old Saudi national, Mansour al-Amri. The palace, where the royal fam...
No Nigerian Killed In Ghana Riot‎ – Official
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No Nigerian Killed In Ghana Riot‎ – Official

The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refuted the report that five Nigerians were recently killed in Ghana. The ministry, in a statement on Tuesday, narrated the details of some violent acts, but said no Nigerian was killed. Read the ‎ministry’s full statement below: The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to the media reports on the killings of five Nigerians in Sowutoun Area of Ga Municipality of Greater Accra Region, Ghana on August 18, 2017. The Nigerians were allegedly targeted following the death of a Ghanaian who was murdered by a Nigerian national in self defence. According to reports from our High Commission in Accra Ghana, the Nigerian lodged a complaint at the police station about the deceased Ghanaian, regarding a theft at his resid...
Re-Establishing Nigeria’s Leadership Position In The World
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Re-Establishing Nigeria’s Leadership Position In The World

I was the Chairman of the first annual lecture in 2015 which was very ably delivered by the former Governor of Ekiti State and now Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. I am glad to be speaking under the chairmanship of my friend and one of our country’s most outstanding and cerebral diplomats, Prof Ibrahim Gambari. It is a testimony to how seriously Mr. Akintola Williams has dedicated his life to public policy issues in the economy and politics that the organisers of the Akintola Williams Distinguished lectures have never failed to be eclectic in their choice of topics. I would like to begin by commending the Akintola Williams Foundation for instituting this lecture series in honour of a true Nigerian iconic son, Williams, a man of many parts. One of the briefest summations...
FG Apologises To Saudi Arabia Over Sales Of Free Dates
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FG Apologises To Saudi Arabia Over Sales Of Free Dates

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has apologised to the government of Saudi Arabia over the sales of free dates donated by the kingdom to Nigeria. About 200 tons of dates packaged and circulated as gifts to Nigerian Muslims observing the Ramadan fasting are being sold in the open market in Abuja. The ministry, in a statement by its spokesperson, Clement Aduku, expressed “disappointment” over the “unfortunate turn of events” but said the matter is being investigated to avoid a repeat in the future. Aduku said the dates were warehoused by Saudi embassy in Abuja and distributed in the presence of the Charge d’Affaires, Dr Yahya Ali Mughram and the ministry’s director of Middle East and Gulf in conjunction with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Pers...
Whistle Blowers Under Threat In Nigeria – AFRICMIL
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Whistle Blowers Under Threat In Nigeria – AFRICMIL

The Africa Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), a civil society organization working on building support for the whistle-blower policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria, is deeply worried over recent news of the sack of another whistle blower by yet another agency of the federal government, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN. “The sack of Murtala Ibrahim, an auditor in the bank, for blowing the whistle and refusing to cover up a contract scam and manufactured financial report of the bank, is yet another slap on the government’s whistle blower policy,” AFRICMIL said in a statement. Co-ordinator of AFRICMIL, Chido Onumah, said the sack of Mr. Ibrahim “is one case too many coming at a time when another whistle blower, Mr. Ntia Thompson, is still battling for ...
Germany Suspends Afghan Deportations After Kabul Blast
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Germany Suspends Afghan Deportations After Kabul Blast

Germany has temporarily suspended group deportations of rejected Afghan asylum seekers in the wake of a deadly suicide attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul that killed at least 90 people and injured more 460. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday agreed to the provisional new security step a day after the deadly blast. Until a new security assessment is completed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, deportations of Afghans will be halted barring exceptional cases. Merkel’s decision does not represent a general halt of deportation procedures for Afghans denied asylum in Germany. Asylum seekers who refuse to cooperate with German authorities during investigations into their country of origin will still be deported. At least 67 Afghans were denied asylum in Germany in 201...
16 Permanent Secretaries Retire; FG Looking For Replacement
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16 Permanent Secretaries Retire; FG Looking For Replacement

Sixteen Federal Permanent Secretaries are due for retirement this year, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita told Daily Trust yesterday in Abuja. She was speaking at the send-off ceremony for the Permanent Secretary Common Services Office, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Dr Saheed Yemi Adelakun, who retired after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60. While the details of the affected PS were not available as at the time of going to the press, Daily Trust reports that Adelakun’s retirement brings the number of the retired PS to four as, the PS Federal Ministry of Information and Culture Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, also retired yesterday. Her retirement was coming on the heels of that of Mrs Rabi Jimeta wh...
FG To Drop Babachir Lawal & Oke Over $43.4m Contract Scam, Shops For Replacement
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FG To Drop Babachir Lawal & Oke Over $43.4m Contract Scam, Shops For Replacement

Suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ayo Oke are to be relieved of their duties, it was learnt yesterday. This is the outcome of the probe into the isuues in which the two top government officials were involved. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo led the three-man committee that investigated the two officials. The other members are Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Munguno. A massive shake-up has been planned for the NIA and the SGF’s office. Official sources said the government would soon release the findings and recommendations of the Presidential Investigative Committee, whose report was submitted to Presid...
Nigerian Embassy In Washington Shutdown Over Nonpayment Of 5 Months Salaries
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Nigerian Embassy In Washington Shutdown Over Nonpayment Of 5 Months Salaries

Workers at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington have been on a sit-in, paralysing activities at the mission in the United States. The workers said they have not been paid salaries for the past five months, forcing them to embark on the strike. Although some departments of the embassy are said to still be functional, they threatened to report the embassy to the U.S. Labour Department. There were no official functions at the embassy on Tuesday, as the workers only gathered at the lunch room in the basement. The embassy in Washington and the consulate in New York are said to be currently cash strapped, with staff and local workers not being paid for months. A source close to the Presidency said there has been a lot of mismanagement of resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,...
Buhari Sacks Muhammed Sani-Sidi, NEMA DG, Approves Other Executive Management
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Buhari Sacks Muhammed Sani-Sidi, NEMA DG, Approves Other Executive Management

PRESIDENT Muhammadu BUhari has sacked the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Muhammed Sani-Sidi. A replacement was immediately announced for him. This information and appointment of executive management for some other Federal Government agencies and parastatals were contained in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Friday. Adesina said Sani-Sidi is to be replaced by Engineer Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja. According to available information, Sani-Sidi’s tenure should have ended in 2018. The NEMA Board is now to be chaired by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN). Other members of the NEMA Board are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. David Babachir Lawal; Captain Talba Alkali, representing Mi...
About 400 Nigerians Are In South African Jails – Abdulrahman Dambazau
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About 400 Nigerians Are In South African Jails – Abdulrahman Dambazau

Interior Minister retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau on Friday said 400 Nigerians were saving jail terms for various offences in South Africa. Dambazau made the disclosure at joint news conference in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the visit of Nigerian delegation to South Africa. Dambazau and his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama had on Monday led a delegation to South Africa over the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in that country. He said he had a meeting with his counterpart, the Home Affairs Minister in South Africa and discussed general issues particularly on migration. The minister said they also discussed Nigerians involved in some criminal activities. “These are in the minority because equally we have Nigerian professionals who are c...
Xenophobic Attacks: Senate & House Of Reps Divided Over South Africa Visit
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Xenophobic Attacks: Senate & House Of Reps Divided Over South Africa Visit

The Senate and the House of Representatives are at loggerheads on the proposed trip to South Africa by both chambers in connection with the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in the country, The PUNCH learnt on Wednesday. The Senate had, earlier on Wednesday, announced the cancellation of its plan to send a delegation to South Africa to investigate the attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in the former apartheid enclave. After a closed-door session that preceded the plenary, which lasted for about 20 minutes, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, announced that members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly had agreed to withdraw from the trip. He said the cancellation of the trip by senators was to avoid multiple delegations to South Africa. ...
“Ignore Call To Postpone US Trip” – Foreign Minister Tells Nigerians
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“Ignore Call To Postpone US Trip” – Foreign Minister Tells Nigerians

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that Nigerians who have United States valid travel documents are free to embark on their trip. The minister's call came barely a day after the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, advised Nigerians to postpone their US travel plans until the country's new administration's policy on immigration is clear. She said the warning became imperative due to series of reports received by her office. The minister, while briefing newsmen in Abuja Tuesday, urged Nigerians to dismiss any report asking them to postpone their US trip. "This is not the case" Onyeama said, stressing that no Nigerian with valid US visa were turned back. The minister said he had spoken to the US...
Morocco Seeks To Join Ecowas As Full Member
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Morocco Seeks To Join Ecowas As Full Member

Morocco, a north African country, has officially requested to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a full member. According to APA, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation issued a statement on the plan to join the 15-member West African bloc. The kingdom of Morocco has informed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, who is the current chair of ECOWAS of “its interest to join the regional grouping as a full member” a statement from the ministry said. This request is in line with provisions of ECOWAS founding treaty and in full satisfaction of its membership criteria, it asserted. According to Morocco, its move comes “to crown the strong political, human, historical, religious and economic ties at all levels with ECOWAS member co...
Police Warn Against Reprisals As Mtn’s Office Is Vandalised
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Police Warn Against Reprisals As Mtn’s Office Is Vandalised

•FG not ready to speak on incident, says communications ministry •Telco’s CEO leads team to meet Osinbajo •Nigerian students want ties with South Africa severed, burn country’s flag Dele Ogbodo, Alex Enumah in Abuja and Emma Okonji in Lagos with agency report The Nigeria Police Force yesterday warned individuals and groups against engaging in acts that will result in the destruction of property and cause a breakdown of law and order, especially against South African companies in Abuja, or in any other part of the country. The police in the federal capital city issued the statement after the Abuja head office of South Africa’s mobile phone giant, MTN, was vandalised by Nigerian protesters in a reprisal, following the recent wave of xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and...
120 South African Companies In Nigeria Risk Attacks
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120 South African Companies In Nigeria Risk Attacks

A Reprisal attack against South Africa’s business interests in Nigeria could do huge damage to its economy, those who have been following the ongoing xenophobic attacks against other Africans in South Africa told The Guardian yesterday. Although most business analysts — including the Director-General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Muda Yusuf — dismissed concerns over reprisal, they said South Africa has firm grip on major sectors of the Nigerian economy and could lose badly unless it does more to stop the recurring attacks. Most of the attacks in South Africa occur in areas occupied by black Africans. “Cape Town is governed by the opposition party and they are mainly whites and coloured. The problems are always within the areas dominated by blacks,” says Cape T...

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