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AK47 Rifles, RPGs Coming To Nigeria From Libya Intercepted In Niger Republic
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AK47 Rifles, RPGs Coming To Nigeria From Libya Intercepted In Niger Republic

A security source has said the Nigerien security at Ingall Department in Agadez city, Niger, intercepted a cache of weapons smuggled in Toyota Hilux vehicles coming from Libya en route to Nigeria. The source, who spoke to SaharaReporters on Tuesday, said the arms smugglers were headed for Nigeria and would have penetrated through the North-East region but for the Nigerien security. He said four arms smugglers were arrested and the total number of arms recovered from them included: 77 AK-47 rifles, 7 RPGs, 30,000 rounds of ammo and two rocket launchers. The source said, “The Nigerien security at Ingall Department in Agadez intercepted a cache of weapons smuggled in Toyota Hilux vehicles coming from Libya. Four arms smugglers have been arrested. Total Arms recovered: 77 AK-47 rifl...
Outbreak Of Bird Flu In 7 States In Nigeria – NCDC Confirms
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Outbreak Of Bird Flu In 7 States In Nigeria – NCDC Confirms

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said that Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States have reported confirmed human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 also called “Bird flu.” The NCDC Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Avian Influenza H5N1 made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja, while providing highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria. NAN reports that Avian Influenza are strains of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans. This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds, and can also be passed from person to person. It spreads by airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes). Symptoms begin with...
There are 30,000 Armed Bandits in Zamfara and Five Other Northern States – Governor Matawalle
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There are 30,000 Armed Bandits in Zamfara and Five Other Northern States – Governor Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle has disclosed that there are 30,000 armed bandits in Zamfara and five other northern states. Speaking through the newly appointed State Commissioner for information Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji Dosara at a news briefing in Kaduna on Friday April 2, Matawalle said there are over 100 bandits camps in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger, and each camp has no fewer than 300 members. The Governor who noted that the Federal Government does not have adequate troops to fight the bandits across the region, revealed that there are less than 6000 troops operating across North-West states.
618 Schools Shut In Northern States Over Abduction Scare
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618 Schools Shut In Northern States Over Abduction Scare

No fewer than 618 schools have remained closed in six northern states over the fear of attack and abduction of pupils and members of staff, according to a tally by THISDAY. Also, barely three days after the abduction of 39 students of the Federal School of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, security agencies on Saturday rescued 307 pupils of Government Secondary Science School (GSSS) Ikara, Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna from bandits who attempted to kidnap them from their school. Security forces also repelled attempts at fresh attack on the senior staff quarters of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Kaduna, where 11 people were abducted about two weeks ago. The six states where some schools have remained closed are Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Katsina, Niger an...
“We Brought In Fulani From Mali But After Election They Refused To Go Back – Kawu
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“We Brought In Fulani From Mali But After Election They Refused To Go Back – Kawu

Abubakar Kawu Baraje has traced the origin of the current insecurity in the country to the influx of Fulani from neighboring countries like Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Niger and Chad brought into the country for election purposes in 2015. He said this in Ilorin as part of activities to mark his 70th birthday anniversary. He also backed self-help initiatives of the south west governors, stating that re­sponses of Sunday Igboho to the herdsman menace were necessary because the Federal Government failed in its prin­cipal responsibility to secure life and property. Baraje said that the ruling party was only wast­ing its time. According to the former PDP chairman, who also once served as the party’s national secretary, chairman of the breakaway faction of PDP that formed the nu...
Nigeria To Disconnect Niger, Benin Over ₦2.60 Billion Electricity Debt
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Nigeria To Disconnect Niger, Benin Over ₦2.60 Billion Electricity Debt

Nigeria may be forced to cut off power supply to the Republics of Niger and Benin over an outstanding N2.60 billion electricity debt. Details of the unpaid electricity debt owed by the two countries are contained in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) second quarter 2020 report released yesterday in Abuja. The report indicated that of the N4.10billion (US$13.39 million) invoice issued by the Market Operator(MO) to international customers which included Societe Nigerienne d’electricite – NIGELEC, Societe Beninoise d’Energie Electrique – SBEE and Compagnie Energie Electrique du Togo–CEET), only CEET paid the sum of N1.51bilion (US$4.92million) in respect of services it received from the Nigerian MO. The Federal Government had in December 2019, threatened to disco...
Northerners Begin Diversion Of Food Items To Niger And Cameroon
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Northerners Begin Diversion Of Food Items To Niger And Cameroon

Foodstuff and cattle dealers across the Northern part of the country have started diverting their goods and all consumables to the neigbouring countries of Niger Republic and Cameroon. They have also begun blocking trade routes to the South by stopping food item-laden trucks from going south. Truckloads of food items from the northern part of the country were on Friday stopped by northerners from entering Kwara State and neighbouring states in the South West.
We Saw Hell In Captivity — Freed Niger Passengers
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We Saw Hell In Captivity — Freed Niger Passengers

The abducted passengers of the Niger State Transport Authority bus, who regained freedom from captivity on Sunday, have narrated their ordeals in the hands of their captors. They told journalists in Minna on Monday that their experience was terrible and horrible. One of them, Hajia Jummai Isah, said: “They were threatening us and beating the men. “They really beat the hell out of the men, but all they wanted from us was money. “They kept demanding money from us so that they would spare us, if not, they said they’d kill us. They used to give us dirty water to drink from the stream. “Their ammunition is out of this world. I’d never seen that kind of arms before in my life. They’ve different kinds of assorted weapons.” Muhammed Kindagi, a civil servant with the Niger Sta...
Bring Abductors Of Niger Students To Justice – Amnesty International To FG
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Bring Abductors Of Niger Students To Justice – Amnesty International To FG

Amnesty International has condemned the Wednesday’s abduction of 42 persons by gunmen at the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, saying attacks on schools undermine right to education. Its director, Osai Ojigho, urged the Federal Government to bring to justice, those responsible for the abduction and other human rights abuses, adding that the latest development has clearly shown that authorities are not doing enough to protect lives. “We condemn this appalling attack, which is the latest in a string of attacks on schools in northern Nigeria. Attacks on schools and abductions of children are war crimes. Those found to be responsible for the abduction must be brought to justice for these and other human rights abuses. “That this is coming only about three months aft...
FG To Begin Repatriation Of Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon, Niger, Chad
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FG To Begin Repatriation Of Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon, Niger, Chad

The Federal Government on Wednesday said all was set to begin repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon, Niger and Chad back home. Sen. Basheer Mohammed, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) made this known in Abuja during the meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon. Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of the TWG, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the group to remain steadfast in carrying out the assignment of returning Nigerian refugees from the three countries. He further affirmed that arrangements were already in top gear towards actualising the planned return of the refugees commencing with those in Cameroon from Feb. 27. He ...
Niger, Benin, Togo Pay Nigeria N2.04bn Electricity Bill
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Niger, Benin, Togo Pay Nigeria N2.04bn Electricity Bill

Niger, Benin, Togo – who purchase power from Nigeria remitted a total of N2.04bn in the first quarter of this year as their outstanding electricity bill to the Market Operator of the sector in Nigeria. But special customers, Ajaokuta Steel Co. Ltd and its environs, did not make any payment in respect of the N0.27bn and N0.05bn invoices issued them by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc and the MO respectively, during the period of review. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission disclosed this in its report for the first quarter of 2020. It said a total of N4.05bn ($13.22m) invoices were issued by the MO to international customers including Societe Nigerienne d’electricite or NIGELEC; Societe Beninoise d’Energie Electrique or SBEE; and Compagnie Energie Electrique ...
Niger Exports Fuel To Nigeria As Egypt, Algeria Build 13 Refineries
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Niger Exports Fuel To Nigeria As Egypt, Algeria Build 13 Refineries

Neighbouring Niger Republic, which started commercial oil production in 2011, now exports petroleum products to Nigeria, as Egypt and Algeria lead African operations with 13 refineries. Both countries (Egypt and Algeria) have combined capacity of 1.4 million barrels per day. For decades, Nigeria’s three major refineries have been grounded to near-zero capacity utilisation with all of its refined fuel imported from other countries. Data exclusively obtained from the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) revealed that strong refinery performance in Niger meets local fuel demand, and excess production exported to Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso. The continental body also raised concern over importation of dirty fuel into Africa and predicted health and environmental chall...
NNPC Begins Crude Oil Exploration In 11 LGAs In Niger, Kwara, Kogi
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NNPC Begins Crude Oil Exploration In 11 LGAs In Niger, Kwara, Kogi

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday said it has commenced crude oil exploration along the Bida Basin spreading across eight local government councils of Niger state, two in Kwara state and one in Kogi state. Group managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari, who disclosed this when he paid courtesy call on Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger on Wednesday said the Corporation is to unveil the 2D seismic data acquisition in the Bida Sokoto basin. Progress is being recorded in the ongoing exploration of inland basins by the Corporation is capable of growing Nigeria’s reserve to 40 billion barrels by the year 2023, the GMD who spoke through Group General Manager Frontier Exploration Services, Abdullahi Bomai said. Mere Kyari said, “In d...
Togo, Niger, Benin Owe Nigeria ₦32.04 Billion For Electricity Supplied In 2019
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Togo, Niger, Benin Owe Nigeria ₦32.04 Billion For Electricity Supplied In 2019

Togo, Niger, and Benin Republic did not pay their N32.04 billion bills for the electricity Nigeria supplied to them in 2019, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said. According to data from the NERC, the three countries received a total invoice of N32.04 billion for the electricity supplied to them in 2019. The commission had earlier said the trio owe Nigeria N29.97 billion. Through its electricity transmission company, Nigeria supplies power to these countries, which are classified as international customers in the Nigerian power sector. Niger’s power firm, Societe Nigerienne electricity, failed to pay a total invoice of N3.01 billion it received in the first quarter of 2019; N3.69 billion in the second quarter, N4.1 billion in the third quarter and N2.07...
245 new Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria – 76 in Lagos Alone
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245 new Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria – 76 in Lagos Alone

245 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Monday, May 4, 2020. According to Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, out of the 245 new cases of COVID-19, 76 were recorded in Lagos,  37 in Katsina, 32 in Jigawa, 23 in Kano, 19 in FCT, 18 in Borno, 10 in Edo,  9 in Bauchi, 6 in Adamawa, 5 in Oyo, 5 in Ogun, 1 in Ekiti, 1 in Osun, 1 in Benue, 1 in Niger,  and 1 in Zamfara. Nigeria now has 2802 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 417 patients have been discharged from various Isolation centers across the country, while 93 deaths have been recorded.
‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Members Arrive Maiduguri From Niger In Military Aircraft
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‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Members Arrive Maiduguri From Niger In Military Aircraft

Former Boko Haram members and their wives who recently surrendered to troops in Niger Republic have arrived Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. The former terrorists arrived at Maiduguri airport in a military aircraft in the company of soldiers led by Bamidele Shafa, a major general who is the coordinator of the Federal Government Safe Corridor programme. Mr Shafa said, “We have just delivered 25 persons, comprising men, women, and children,” he said. He said the ex-Boko Haram members laid down arms and surrendered to the Nigerian government, who contacted the Nigerian government to take them home. “So we have brought them home safely and handed them to the Borno State government for onward rehabilitation as part of the Operation Safe Corridor de-radicalization programme,” ...
PDP Reacts as Maiduguri Residents Boo Buhari Over killings
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PDP Reacts as Maiduguri Residents Boo Buhari Over killings

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to viral videos in which Maiduguri residents were seen booing President Buhari after he arrived the state for a sympathy visit over recent Boko Haram attacks. PDP in its statement said that the booing President Buhari got today shows loss of confidence in his administration. The party also stated that it is a clear message to the Nigerian leader that citizens of the country hold him responsible for the escalated insecurity in the country. The statement reads in full; The@OfficialPDPNig charges President @MBuhari  to go beyond his sympathy visit to Borno state and take decisive steps to end the killings in that state and other parts of the country. The booing of President@MBuhari in Borno state is a clear message to him that...
Insurgency: Air Force Deploys Fighter Helicopters To Kaduna, Niger
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Insurgency: Air Force Deploys Fighter Helicopters To Kaduna, Niger

The Nigerian Air Force says it has deployed its newly acquired fighter aircraft to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna and some parts of Niger state to flush out bandits from their hideouts inside the forests. This was disclosed by the chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, during the commissioning of blocks of accommodation for personnel of the service on Saturday. He said that the fighter aircraft are expected to complement existing efforts being made to combat the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and other related crimes in the affected states. “The helicopters inducted have already been deployed; one is already in Kaduna at the flight line, they are working very closely with the other air assets in Minna to make sure we support the efforts in Kaduna Birnin Gwari, Minna a...
Five Killed In Jihadist Attack In Cameroon
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Five Killed In Jihadist Attack In Cameroon

“Five civilians were killed by Boko Haram in Blaram,” a village in the Blangoua district of Cameroon’s Far North region, a local official said. The toll was confirmed to AFP by an army officer in the region. Based in neighbouring Nigeria, Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in the vast Lake Chad region where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria converge. Cameroon says the group has carried out nearly 13,000 attacks on its territory since 2014, with the loss of “several thousand” lives. The insurgency has forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes and triggered an influx of 60,000 people from Nigeria.
Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Draws Cape Verde, Liberia, and Central African Republic
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Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Draws Cape Verde, Liberia, and Central African Republic

The full draw  for the second round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign has been revealed with 40 African countries discovering their fates. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on Cape Verde, Liberia, and the Central African Republic in Group C. While African champions, Algeria will face Burkina Faso, Niger, and Djibouti in group A. The qualifiers will kick off in October 2020. See the full group details below.  Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Liberia Group D: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Malawi Group E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda Group F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Angola Group G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, E...
Niger Sacks Military Chiefs after Deadly Jihadist Attack
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Niger Sacks Military Chiefs after Deadly Jihadist Attack

Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country’s history. The new armed forces chief of staff is General Salifou Modi, who replaces General Ahmed Mohamed, the government said in a statement read on national radio. The new head of the army is Brigadier General Seidou Bague, replacing Sidikou Issa. The decision was made by a cabinet meeting shortly before Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou left for Pau, southwestern France, for a summit on the crisis in the Sahel. It brings together a summit of the so-called G5 countries — Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania — with France, the former colonial power in the region, who is leading the fight against the ...
FG Tells Togo, Benin, Niger To Pay Electricity Bills
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FG Tells Togo, Benin, Niger To Pay Electricity Bills

THE Federal Government of Nigeria has told the international electricity customers-Niger, Togo, and Republic of Benin-to pay up their outstanding $7million debt because “electricity is not charity”. The chairman, West African Power Pool (WAAP), Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, whom reporters in Abuja accused of playing the big brother with Nigeria’s electricity to the countries, disclosed that Nigeria was also strict with the international customers just as the Nigerians in debt recovery. Mohammed, who is also the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), recalled that on his assumption of office, the outstanding bills of the international customers were over $100million. Stressing that Nigeria does not supply any customers electricity for free, he noted that the ...
Border Closure: Benin, Niger Haven’t Met Our Conditions – FG
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Border Closure: Benin, Niger Haven’t Met Our Conditions – FG

The Federal Government on Monday said seizures made by security agents at the country’s land borders indicated that the republics of Benin and Niger were not addressing issues that led to the border closure. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this when he led a government delegation to the Seme border on Monday. He explained that from the magnitude seizures made and the number of illegal immigrants apprehended in the last two weeks, it was obvious that “nothing is being done yet by both countries – Benin and Niger – to address the challenges.” Nigeria had in August closed its land borders, saying smuggling of goods from its neighbouring countries was hurting its economy. On November 4, the Federal Government listed five conditions for reopening of t...
Nigeria Meets Benin, Niger Over Border Closure
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Nigeria Meets Benin, Niger Over Border Closure

Nigeria is locked in a meeting with neighbouring countries over the recent border closure. The Tripartite Committee Meeting by the Foreign Ministers of Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic is to consider the conditions put forward by Nigeria before the land borders can be opened for goods importation. The Federal Government Committee had met fortnight ago setting conditions for reopening of the country’s borders for goods importation from neighbouring countries. Nigeria also insisted that neighbouring countries must respect the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rules of origin if they must bring goods into the country.
Nigeria Border Closure: Nigerian Traders Cry Out ‘We Twiddle Our Thumbs & Pray’
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Nigeria Border Closure: Nigerian Traders Cry Out ‘We Twiddle Our Thumbs & Pray’

"Nothing crosses into Nigeria and nothing comes out. It's hermetically sealed," said Amadou Idi, sitting in a makeshift shelter to keep out of the rain, and reflecting on the downturn in his luck. "We twiddle our thumbs and pray." Idi's job is a transiting agent -- to get goods across the border to Nigeria at the Dan Issa frontier post in southeastern Niger. But he has been out of work since Nigeria dramatically closed its borders with its neighbours on August 20, declaring it wanted to put an end to chronic smuggling. Niger, which shares a 1,500-kilometre (900-mile) border with Nigeria, has been badly hit by the closure, along with Benin. Both nations are among the poorest in the world. A long line of lorries from Niger and elsewhere in West Africa is stranded at Dan Is...
Senate Commends Buhari For Shutting Down Nigerian Borders
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Senate Commends Buhari For Shutting Down Nigerian Borders

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, resolved to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for shutting down all the Nigerian land borders. This followed a motion raised by Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central) at today's plenary, which got the support of over 2/3 majority. According to the upper legislative chambers, the President's decision was to “rectify the deteriorating effect on our country of persistent smuggling of products that negatively affect the Nigerian economy’s decline the well-being of our nation”. The Senate equally resolved to commend the Nigerian Customs Service “for their role in intensifying the curbing of smuggling across the borders, and ridding Nigeria of smuggled goods and services.” This is even as the red chambers vowed to task the Ministries of Fore...
Real Boko Haram defeated, Says Presidency
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Real Boko Haram defeated, Says Presidency

The Presidency on Tuesday night declared that the real Boko Haram has been defeated. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that what is in existence now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals and the Islam in Maghreb He said “The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated. “What we have now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals and the Islam in Maghreb together with West African terrorists bonding together. This is a fall out of the collapse of the Libyan State, and from farther away, of the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. They are taking advantage of our porous Sahelian borders....
Burna Boy’s ‘African Giant’ Tops Chart On Apple Music In More Than 10 Countries
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Burna Boy’s ‘African Giant’ Tops Chart On Apple Music In More Than 10 Countries

The African Giant is indeed standing tall amongst the rest. Burna Boy’s recently released album, ‘African Giant’ has bagged the number one spot on Apple Music in more than ten countries in the world. The album which is less than a week old, released last Friday, 26th July, 2019, is doing good in numbers as it stands. It was one of the most anticipated albums from an African artiste. ‘African Giant’ has topped in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Niger, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Dominica and more. Prior to the release of the album, Burna performed at one of America’s live shows, Jimmy Kimmel Live Show, a performance which was so iconic.
Election Tribunal: Atiku To Challenge Kano, Kebbi And Nine Other States’ Results
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Election Tribunal: Atiku To Challenge Kano, Kebbi And Nine Other States’ Results

The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, presented their first set of six witnesses at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in their bid to prove their petition challenging outcome of the polls. They are by their petition filed before the Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal of five justices, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress at the polls. The petitioners presented their witnesses just as there were indications that they would challenge the results of the presidential election in 11 states. Monday was the third of the 10 days the petitioners were allotted to present their case. A former ally of Buhari, Buba Galadima, was the fi...
FG To Begin Ruga Settlements In 11 States Where The Governors Have Consented
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FG To Begin Ruga Settlements In 11 States Where The Governors Have Consented

Despite the harsh criticism of the planned establishment of Ruga settlements across the country, the Federal Government is set to commence the pilot phase of the project in Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kaduna and seven other states, Saturday PUNCH’s investigations have confirmed. It was learnt in Abuja on Friday that the execution of the project would start in 11 states including Sokoto, Nasarawa, Kogi, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger. Documents seen by one of our correspondents at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that all was set for the implementation of the initiative. According to senior officials of the ministry, the Federal Government is determined to go ahead with the project, notwithstanding the public outcry, particularly in the South. ...
Next Level Will Restore Peace, Justice, Prosperity To Nigeria – Buhari
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Next Level Will Restore Peace, Justice, Prosperity To Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari last night promised that the Next Level government that started on May 29, will restore peace, justice and bring prosperity for all Nigerians. The President stated this when he hosted visiting Presidents, heads of government and members of the diplomatic Corps to a dinner and gala night at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa Abuja. The event is part of the activities lined up for the celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy day, now marked on June 12 every year. The event also played host to former Nigerian Presidents and heads of states, Vice-Presidents, Presidents of courts of appeal and Justices of the Supreme Court, chiefs justice of Nigeria, newly elected President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila. Amongst the Presiden...
Facebook Bans Israeli Firm ‘Using Fake Accounts’ To Post News About Nigeria
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Facebook Bans Israeli Firm ‘Using Fake Accounts’ To Post News About Nigeria

Facebook has banned Archimedes Group, an Israeli company, for using fake accounts and pages to post political news about Nigeria. Archimedes Group is a political consulting and lobbying firm that boasts of its ability of wining elections worldwide. In a post, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, explained that the accounts and pages were identified through “internal investigations”. He accused firm of coordinated inauthentic behaviour, saying so far, Facebook has removed 265 fake accounts. “Today we removed 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Gleicher said. “This activity originated in Israel and focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia along with som...
Nigerians to experience major ‘darkness’ as national grid collapses again
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Nigerians to experience major ‘darkness’ as national grid collapses again

Once again, Nigerians are groaning in darkness after the national electricity grid suffered a major failure on Wednesday, seizing power supply to homes across the country.   The collapse has seen Nigeria’s electricity output dwindle to a meagre 230 megawatts or less as against the 4,032 megawatts national average that was generated a day before on May 7.   At least two power generation engineers who spoke with Premium Times said the faults were still being traced as of Thursday afternoon, and power situation might not return to normal for another 72 hours.   The National Control Centre acknowledged the crisis to electricity distributors on Wednesday evening, promising to get the system back on within a few hours. The centre did not say what triggered the co...
Nigeria’s Economy Slipping – World Bank.
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Nigeria’s Economy Slipping – World Bank.

The World Bank who released the taxonomy of growth performance in sub-Saharan Africa in its latest report on the regional economy titled, ‘Africa’s Pulse’, disclosed that Nigeria's economy slipping. According to the World Bank, Nigeria's economy has been slipping since 1995 and this continued till 2018. The apex bank who disclosed that its analysis involved a series of macroeconomic variables for 44 sub-Saharan African countries from 1995 to 2018, added that the taxonomy is used to help identify the factors that are correlated with success or failure in economic growth performance in sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on macroeconomic and financial variables. The World Bank said, “The bottom tercile consists of 19 countries: Angola, Burundi, Botswana, the Republic of Congo, the Co...
Eight Feared Killed In Fresh Kaduna Attack
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Eight Feared Killed In Fresh Kaduna Attack

At least eight people including two policemen are feared to have been killed and several others injured following a fresh attack by suspected armed bandits in Katangi district in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state. The fresh attack comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu launched a joint security operation to flush out bandits in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara and Katsina States in recent time. Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, the Chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, Ibrahim Nagwari, said in a statement that the bandits stormed Kakangi around 5.00 pm Saturday evening on motorcycles, shooting sporadically at the police station before proceeding on a house to house attack. He ...
Police launch Operation Puff Adder, to battle bandits, kidnappers.
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Police launch Operation Puff Adder, to battle bandits, kidnappers.

Criminals in Nigeria were served notice Friday to abandon their nefarious deeds as the Inspector General of Police M.A Adamu launched a security action plan tagged ‘Operation Puff Adder’. The Operation will be executed in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Department of State Services (DSS). It involves massive deployment of well-trained, well-equipped and well-motivated personnel and combined operational assets from the various security agencies, is tailored towards ridding the Country of all forms of crimes and criminality. Under prime focus are Kaduna – Abuja Expressway, Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara States. During the launch which took place at katari Bishin District, Abuja – Kaduna Expressway, Acting IGP Adamu appealed for public support. He sai...
12 Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Eastern Niger
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12 Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Eastern Niger

Ten people were killed along with two suicide bombers in a coordinated attack late Tuesday by Boko Haram jihadists on a town in eastern Niger, the local mayor said. “Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen then attacked civilians,” the mayor of the town of N’Guigmi, Abba Kaya Issa, told AFP on Wednesday. “We have a provisional toll of 10 dead plus the two suicide bombers,” he said, blaming “Boko Haram elements” for the assault.
Edo Govt intensifies work on over 140 roads across state
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Edo Govt intensifies work on over 140 roads across state

Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said: “Road infrastructure is top priority to the state government as part of efforts to boost socio-economic activities across the state.” Contractors handling the 107-kilometre Benin-Abraka Road with a spur to Aifuwa Street, were seen on site, last Friday, working.On Erediauwa Street, linking Upper Sokponba and Sapele roads, construction work is progressing rapidly on three roads off Erediauwa, while the drainage system that will evacuate flood water from the area is being constructed. An assessment of work on Mosheshe Street, also on Upper Sokponba Road, showed that earth work has been completed as contractors are set for stone base work and final asphalting. One of the contractors who spoke wit...
Niger Reports Sharp Drop In New AIDS Infections
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Niger Reports Sharp Drop In New AIDS Infections

The number of new AIDS infections in Niger dropped by more than two thirds between 2012 and 2016, the health ministry said Saturday, in a statement marking World AIDS day. Aids Health Minister Idi Illiassou said new infections in the four-year period under review fell from 6,000 to 1,761, a decline of 70 percent. AIDS-related deaths in the country fell by 15 percent over the same period, according to Illiassou. Between 2013 and 2017 patients receiving retroviral care rose from 11,182 to 17,122, he added with aid from partner states a factor in the country now boasting 73 screening centres from just one in 2003. “The estimated annual number of deaths due to AIDS fell from 4,000 in 2012 to 3,400 in 2016 — a drop of 15 percent,” the minister also said. HIV cases had stabili...
2019: Election Will Be Walkover For PDP In Niger –IBB
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2019: Election Will Be Walkover For PDP In Niger –IBB

A former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (Retd), has predicted that the 2019 senatorial election in Zone ‘B’, Niger State, would be a walkover for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He said the All Progressives Alliance (APC) appears to be entangled in a crisis. “The APC in all three tiers of government is still embroiled in debilitating crisis that is threatening to completely bring down the party and in next year’s general elections, all that is required by PDP is to step up efforts with fervent prayers to emerge victorious,” he said. Babangida spoke when he granted audience to the standard bearer of the PDP in next year’s senatorial election, Ibrahim Ishaku (SAN), who emerged the party’s flag bearer for Niger-East (Zone ‘B’) in last month’s primaries in Niger...
9,822 Nigerians Returned From Libya, Other Countries – NEMA
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9,822 Nigerians Returned From Libya, Other Countries – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says no fewer than 9, 822 Stranded Nigerians were assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from 10 different countries in 18 months. The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South West Zone, Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, disclosed this while receiving another batch of of 153 Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) brought back by IOM from Libya on Friday. Some Nigerian migrants from Libya repatriated home He said majority of the returnees were from Libya with about 8,657 voluntary returnees, while others were brought back from Niger, Mali, Morocco, Liberia, Burkina Faso, France, Ireland, Austria and Poland made up the remaining balance. Suleiman explained that IOM had been working with NEMA and other federal agencies towa...
Eleven Million People Are In Urgent Need of Humanitarian Aid In The Lake Chad region following nine years of Boko Haram violence, a dozen NGOs warned Thursday.  Lake Chad  The groups issued a plea for emergency aid to help communities surrounding the lake, which lies across Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, ahead of a major donor conference about the crisis in Berlin next week. “The insurgency as well as military operations across the four countries have displaced 2.4 million people and left 5 million people food insecure, while significantly reducing economic activity,” said the statement signed by the NGOs, including Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger.     “The humanitarian community scaled up the response significantly in 2017, but humanitarian needs remain massive and will continue well into 2018 and beyond.”  The United Nations estimates it needs $1.6 billion (1.4 billion euros) to offer life-saving aid for the region in coordination with humanitarian actors.  Boko Haram took up arms in 2009 in pursuit of an Islamic state in northern Nigeria but its insurgency has since spread to neighbouring states bordering Lake Chad, with frequent suicide bomb attacks.  The conflict has aggravated an already difficult humanitarian situation in one of the poorest regions of the world.  The territory around the lake is difficult to access and the majority of the aid must be delivered by heavy armed convoys and staff transported by costly helicopters.  A donor conference in Oslo last year ended with a pledge by 14 countries to give $672 million to help the region, well below the $1.5 billion sought.  However, less than half has so far Been Paid, The NGOs Added.
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Eleven Million People Are In Urgent Need of Humanitarian Aid In The Lake Chad region following nine years of Boko Haram violence, a dozen NGOs warned Thursday. Lake Chad The groups issued a plea for emergency aid to help communities surrounding the lake, which lies across Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, ahead of a major donor conference about the crisis in Berlin next week. “The insurgency as well as military operations across the four countries have displaced 2.4 million people and left 5 million people food insecure, while significantly reducing economic activity,” said the statement signed by the NGOs, including Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger. “The humanitarian community scaled up the response significantly in 2017, but humanitarian needs remain massive and will continue well into 2018 and beyond.” The United Nations estimates it needs $1.6 billion (1.4 billion euros) to offer life-saving aid for the region in coordination with humanitarian actors. Boko Haram took up arms in 2009 in pursuit of an Islamic state in northern Nigeria but its insurgency has since spread to neighbouring states bordering Lake Chad, with frequent suicide bomb attacks. The conflict has aggravated an already difficult humanitarian situation in one of the poorest regions of the world. The territory around the lake is difficult to access and the majority of the aid must be delivered by heavy armed convoys and staff transported by costly helicopters. A donor conference in Oslo last year ended with a pledge by 14 countries to give $672 million to help the region, well below the $1.5 billion sought. However, less than half has so far Been Paid, The NGOs Added.

  Eleven million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad region following nine years of Boko Haram violence, a dozen NGOs warned Thursday. The groups issued a plea for emergency aid to help communities surrounding the lake, which lies across Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, ahead of a major donor conference about the crisis in Berlin next week. “The insurgency as well as military operations across the four countries have displaced 2.4 million people and left 5 million people food insecure, while significantly reducing economic activity,” said the statement signed by the NGOs, including Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger. “The humanitarian community scaled up the response significantly in 2017, but humanitaria...
Lady Shares Miraculous Testimony As She Survives Fatal Accident In Which A Vehicle Fell From The Bridge
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Lady Shares Miraculous Testimony As She Survives Fatal Accident In Which A Vehicle Fell From The Bridge

A young lady known as Queen Ike took to Facebook to recount how God saved her from a fatal accident. According to Queen, who shared the story on her birthday, she was on her way to Kaduna for a church programmed when it happened. Queen said her bus driver in a bid to avoid a head-on collision with an oncoming trailer, drove off of the bridge. Read her story below; ”Hmmmm………..Can’t believe I am actually saying Happy Birthday to me. I OWE GOD EVERYTHING. Apparently, the devil had planned to make me rest in peace before this day but how I got out of it, I can’t tell. I have never been in a near death situation soo much as I did last Sunday, just 1 week before my birthday. Guys, on my way to Kaduna with four other people for a church programme, we were all busy making correct...
ECOWAS Commission Frowns At Disrespect Of Community Court Decisions By Members
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ECOWAS Commission Frowns At Disrespect Of Community Court Decisions By Members

The outgoing President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel De Souza, has lamented the disrespect of the Community’s court decisions by member states. De Souza expressed ECOWAS Commission’s displeasure on Thursday in Abuja when he handed over to the new President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Brou. He said that his administration worked under very stringent conditions due to inadequate finance and irregular levy payment by member states. He, however, advised the new leadership to take the issue of non-respect of decision of the ECOWAS Court seriously. “There is also non-respect for the decision of the Court of Justice; we have a Court of Justice, but its decisions are not applied. “We want to see a situation where the decisions of the Court of Justice are enforced,” he said. ...
Boko Haram School Kidnapping: An Attack Well-Planned
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Boko Haram School Kidnapping: An Attack Well-Planned

Boko Haram's abduction of more than 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi, northeastern Nigeria, shows the Islamist group still has the ability and means to stage major attacks. Since the raid last Monday, questions have been asked about how heavily armed fighters were able to storm the town in Yobe state without encountering any resistance, then disappear. Nigeria's military claims to have the region locked down, as part of a counter-insurgency effort against the group whose nearly nine-year campaign of terror has killed at least 20,000 people. But witnesses in Dapchi and analysts told AFP that it was a "well-planned attack" that specifically targeted the state-run boarding school. Residents in the dusty town near the border with Niger described seeing a convoy of at least 10 to 15 vehicl...
“I Slept With 230 Nigerian Girls, 1170 Others From 5 Other Countries” – French Tourist
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“I Slept With 230 Nigerian Girls, 1170 Others From 5 Other Countries” – French Tourist

Many Nigerian and African women see all westerners as very wealthy people who can change their lives, hence a man has revealed his escapades with hundreds of women. While speaking to an online news site, Africa24, a 40-year-old French tourist, Jean Michel, admitted that he impregnated more than 600 women in six African countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana and Guinea, within two years. His confession has been translated from French to English by Simon Ateba in Washington, District of Columbia and it reads: “Good morning Africa 24, I have a confession to make about the havoc I have wreaked in six African countries, including Cameroon, Togo, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana and Guinea. I am not proud of what I have done. These were unfortunate experiences. ...
Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift
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Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift

Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states. Chad closed Qatar’s embassy and expelled its diplomats last August, accusing its government of trying to destabilise Chad via its northern neighbor, Libya. The move came after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar in June for allegedly supporting extremist groups, meddling in their internal affairs and backing regional foe Iran’s agenda. Qatar denied all the accusations. In a statement reported by the Qatari state news agency QNA, Qatar’s foreign ministry said the two countries’ foreign ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on Tues...
Mass Defections Rock PDP In Four States
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Mass Defections Rock PDP In Four States

As the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) boasts that it will oust the ruling party in 2019, it was at the weekend inflicted by massive defection in four states. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered thousands of defectors in Niger, Kogi, Kebbi and Adamawa states. In Minna, Niger state, while PDP National Working Committee was at the Hill top residence of former President Ibrahim Babagnida, more than 38,000 members celebrating their exit from the party. Also about 110,000 members of the party and other political parties in Kogi and Kebi States defected en mass to APC. In Kogi State, over 10,000 members of the PDP and other political parties defected to APC. The new members were received at the confluence stadium in Lokoja by the National Chairman of APC...
Niger APC To Receive Decampees From PDP
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Niger APC To Receive Decampees From PDP

Niger State chapter of All Progressives Congress will on Saturday 17th February 2018, receive and welcome decampees from other political parties at an event which will have Chief John E. Odigie National Chairman APC and Governor Abubakar Sani Bello as guests of honour. The event in which many bigwigs of opposition parties are expcted to decamp to the ruling party will be hosted by Engr. Mohammed Jibril Imam, Niger State APC Chairman. Many dignitaries, including Senators, Members House of Representatives, Members State Assembly, Council Chairmen, APC Chieftains, APC officials from National and State levels are expected at the historic grand reception which will hold at Trade Fair Complex Shango Minna The decampees includes some Excos of PDP in the state, according to a top governme...

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