Mardi 17 Octobre 2017
(Daily Trust 02/07/13)
Abuja, Lagos, Bauchi, Minna, Kaduna, Kano, Aba — Long queues yesterday resurfaced at filling stations in Abuja, Kano, Bauchi, Aba and many other major cities as oil workers' union NUPENG began a three-day "warning" strike to press for fairer labour practices. The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is demanding labour rights for workers in major oil companies, higher pay from their employers, as well as the repair of dilapidated roads that union members use in moving fuel products. At the start of the industrial action yesterday, members of the unions shut down oil depots in Lagos, thereby stifling supply to all parts of the country. Our correspondents witnessed chaotic scenes at petrol stations in Abuja, Kano,...
(Boston.com 01/07/13)
The first drops of crude float in the languid muddy currents of Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta, then slowly grow into the splatter of a massive crime scene. Oil thefts, long a problem in the Niger Delta, are growing at an ever-faster rate despite government officials and international companies offering increasingly dire warnings about the effect on Nigeria’s crude production. Some 200,000 barrels a day — representing about 10 percent of Nigeria’s production — are siphoned off pipelines crisscrossing the region. While drums end up leaking in villages and used to make crude kerosene and gasoline, the major thieves appear to belong to international criminal gangs that sell it into world markets, analysts and experts say. And the same Nigerian politicians...
( 24/06/13)
The Federal Government’s gamble to revive Nigeria’s rice fortunes faces its biggest test so far, since its introduction in early January 2013. More than six months after unveiling a ten percent import duty, as well as 100 percent levy on both brown and polished rice, and engineering a programme to support local rice production, the effort appears to be succumbing to the onslaught of smugglers who are thriving on cheap imports from neighbouring countries. Some analysts say they are tempted to dismiss the new tariff regime as another futile exercise. “The policy will not work for now, because the ministry of agriculture does not have control over the Nigeria customs,” says Afioluwa Mogaji of X-Ray Consulting, an agricultural consultancy, who...
( 24/06/13)
The demand for loans and advances by customers of microfinance banks (MFBs) operating in the country is expected to rise to about N900 billion annually. This was disclosed by Godwin Ehigiamusoe, managing director, LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited, at BusinessDay’s in-house briefing in Lagos. As at 2011 year end, MFBs loans and advances stood at N68 billion based on the figure provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This implies that for the MFBs to meet the rising demand, they will have to mobilise deposits above N900 billion annually. BusinessDay investigation has revealed that in Lagos State alone, MFBs empowered over 1.2 million low income earners who are enterprising to the tune of N100 billion in 2012. Meanwhile, LAPO Microfinance...
(The Nigerian Voice 17/06/13)
Governors of South-South and South East states have condemned in strong terms the various acts of terrorism and their sponsors in parts of the country. The Governors who gave this condemnation yesterday in a communiqué after a closed door meeting in Asaba condemned the abominable behaviours and antics of some Nigerians and their evil collaborators in assaulting the collective psyche of the nation and commiserated with the president, governments, and victims and their families of this evil act. They appealed to all Nigerians to be cooperate with government to stamp out these evil acts. In their words “The meeting was concerned at the condemnable behaviour and antics of some Nigerians and their evil collaborators in assaulting the collective psyche of...
(Vanguard 17/06/13)
ABUJA- A Spanish contractor, Mr Jose Lopez-Pepe, has dragged the Imo State government before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleging that his Nigerian partner, one Benjamin Emenike, connived with some commissioners and diverted contract funds. In a petition he filed through his lawyer, Abiodun Oduwole, and copied to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, the Spaniard, alleged that while he travelled abroad to procure technical drawings and other equipment for the contract valued at about N3.6 billion, Emenike who is the Managing Director of a company, Hormipresa Nigeria Ltd, collected part payment for the project and bought several exotic cars. Consequently, Mr Lopez-Pepe, who claims he never received the payment by the state government for the...
(Nigerian Tribune 17/06/13)
Lamido: Tukur’s leadership has made terrible mistakes •Amaechi: No NGF meeting today, warns Jang against impersonating him. THE last may not have been heard about the unending crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as majority of its governors are said to be insisting on compelling President Goodlock Jonathan to prevail on the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to convene the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party with immediate effect. An impeccable source close to one of the governors told the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja on Sunday night that the move was to ensure the NEC waded into the crisis rocking the party, rather than allowing Alhaji Tukur, allegedly at the centre of...
(Nigerian Tribune 17/06/13)
AS the fight against kidnapping has assumed new dimensions in Delta State, no fewer than three buildings belonging to kidnap suspects were demolished in Ovara-Orogun community of Ughelli Noth Local Government Area of Delta State. This is as a result of the abduction of the wife of the traditional ruler of Ughelli kingdom, Queen Gladys Ohasiri. Queen Oharisi fell into the hands of the kidnappers who waylaid her on her way from school, Delta State University, where she went to register some of her courses. Two of the buildings, said to belong to a kidnap kingpin residing in Lagos, were demolished by the combined team of the men of the Nigeria Police, the army and the local vigilance team. The...
(Vanguard 13/06/13)
LAGOS —TWENTY years after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections presumably won by late business tycoon, Chief M.K.O Abiola, the Head of Abiola family, Mubashiru, yesterday, exonerated former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida from the complicity that led to the death of Abiola in government’s custody. Rather, he said that Babangida, who annulled the election, had been a pillar of support to the Abiola family since the business mogul died in detention on July 7, 1998. Mubashiru, M.K.O Abiola’s younger brother spoke at Abiola’s Oja-Agbo family house in Abeokuta during the 2013 June12 democracy walk organized by the Ogun State Government. The disclosure came on a day that President Goodluck Jonathan said that ‘June 12’ had...
(National Mirror Online 12/06/13)
Twenty years after the historic June 12, 1993 presidential election, chieftains of the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, yesterday assured that Nigerians would re-enact the magic again in 2015. The late Chief M.K.O. Abiola won the election, considered the freest and fairest in the nation’s history on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, but the military regime led by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida annulled the poll, for yet-to-be explained reasons Abiola, who later declared himself president, was promptly arrested by the infamous military junta of Gen Sani Abacha and died in custody on July 7, 1998 under unclear circumstances. Former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said in a statement that the “spirit of June 12 is alive and...
(New Vision 12/06/13)
LAGOS - Nigeria's military offensive against Islamist militants in its northeast has forced more than 6,000 refugees - mostly women, children and the elderly - to flee to neighbouring Niger, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Nigerian forces are engaged in a 4-week-old operation to regain territory from fighters loyal to Islamist group Boko Haram, which they say has enabled them to wrest back control of the country's remote northeast. They also say they have destroyed key bases and arrested more than 150 suspected insurgents in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa -- all covered by a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan last month. Islamist groups like Boko Haram and the al Qaeda-linked Ansaru...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/13)
The dusty, remote spot in Nigeria's far northeast where the military says insurgents operated a major camp is now little more than burnt-out cars, strewn trash and unanswered questions. More than three weeks into a military offensive seeking to end a years-long insurgency by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Nigeria has claimed important successes, but the truth is difficult to determine. It has denied killing civilians, though it declines to provide numbers or details on casualties. Soldiers say Boko Haram members have "scattered" in areas where the army has pushed them out, but they cannot say where, only that "hundreds" have been arrested. Thousands of residents have fled into neighbouring Niger and Cameroon, and some allege soldiers indiscriminately killed civilians...
(This Day Live 07/06/13)
The aftermath of the election of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) continues to reverberate and is posing a serious threat to the existence of the Northern States Governors' Forum (NSGF), an umbrella body for the governors of the 19 northern states. In protest over what some northern governors have described as an act of betrayal by some of their colleagues who voted for the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi to retain his position as chairman of the NGF, 14 northern governors stayed away from the NSGF meeting, which took place in Kaduna thursday. Also opening up on why he had opted out of the NSGF, Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, did not mince words thursday when he accused the Niger...
(The Times of Nigeria 28/05/13)
Governors of South-South and South East states have condemned in strong terms the various acts of terrorism and their sponsors in parts of the country. The Governors who gave this condemnation yesterday in a communiqué after a closed door meeting in Asaba condemned the abominable behaviours and antics of some Nigerians and their evil collaborators in assaulting the collective psyche of the nation and commiserated with the president, governments, and victims and their families of this evil act. They appealed to all Nigerians to be cooperate with government to stamp out these evil acts. In their words “The meeting was concerned at the condemnable behaviour and antics of some Nigerians and their evil collaborators in assaulting the collective psyche of...
(AL Jazeera 22/05/13)
Nigeria has announced it will release a number of Boko Haram members, including all women, in what it called a peace bid as its military waged operation in the country's northeast to clamp down on the armed group. The news of the prisoner release was announced on Tuesday shortly after the government relaxed the curfew in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and a stronghold of Boko Haram, which has been fighting the government to enforce Islamic laws. "The (prisoner release) measure, which is in line with presidential magnanimity to enhance peace efforts in the country, will result in freedom for suspects including all women under custody," a statement by defence spokesperson Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade said. Olukolade's statement said President...
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(National Mirror Online 16/05/13)
Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) have arrested no fewer than 89 suspected oil thieves in Rivers, Edo and Delta states. The suspects are being interrogated pending when they will be handed over to the relevant prosecuting agencies. JTF media co-ordinator, Lt-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement made available to National Mirror yesterday. Nwachukwu said the agency impounded a selfpropelled (VI) barge and destroyed 22 illegal refineries, 18 boats, 133 plastic surface tanks and 28 pumping machines used for stealing crude oil in some parts of Niger Delta. He said the self-propelled barge was tracked down at Burutu with quantities of stolen petroleum product in Delta State by the Maritime Component of the JTF. Nwachukwu said:”Three...
(Voice of America 15/05/13)
ABUJA — After an upsurge of violence in Nigeria’s north, President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three states and ordered the immediate deployment of more troops to the region. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan announced emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, northern states that have been hard hit by the more than three-year-old Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking on Nigerian television, Jonathan said parts of the north have been taken over by Boko Haram, a militant group that says it wants to establish Islamic law and has also demanded its imprisoned members be freed. “What we are facing is not just militancy or criminality, but a rebellion, an insurgency by terrorists groups who pose a very serious...
(The New York Times 30/04/13)
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Days later, the survivors’ faces tensed at the memory of the grim evening: soldiers dousing thatched-roof homes with gasoline, setting them on fire and shooting residents when they tried to flee. As the village went up in smoke, one said, a soldier threw a child back into the flames. Even by the scorched-earth standards of the Nigerian military’s campaign against Islamist insurgents stalking the nation’s north, what happened on the muddy shores of Lake Chad this month appears exceptional. The village, Baga, found itself in the cross hairs of Nigerian soldiers enraged by the killing of one of their own, said survivors who fled here to the capital of Borno State, 100 miles south. Their home had...

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