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Kenya Receives Remains Of Ethiopian Airline Crash Victims

3 hours 46 min ago

Anadolu Agency


About 28 victims of the March 10, 2019 Ethiopian Airline crash, which had a Nigerian onboard, were on Thursday transported to the Jomo Kenyata International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Ethiopia had noted in September that all the remains of all 157 persons on the aircraft had been identified and matched.

Seven months after the accident, this appears to be the first batch of remains sent for interment. 

A few family members were given jars of ash and earth to serve as memories but the relatives had insisted they wanted closure from burying the remains of the loved ones. 

CGTN recalls that the Ethiopian authorities had explained that the reason for the delay in sorting the corpses was due to the nature of damage done and the mass of bodies to identify. 

The Ethiopian Government said it had taken them 243 days and several DNA tests to identify all victims.

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Royal Swedish Academy Awards Economic Prize To Youngest Recipient

4 hours 6 min ago

Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer and Abhijit Banerjee, who have just won the Nobel memorial prize for Economics Composite

Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer and Abhijit Banerjee, who have just won the Nobel memorial prize for Economics Composite Getty Images


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has given the Nobel Prize for Economics to the youngest awardee since it started in 1969. 

French professor, Esther Duflo, 46, her husband Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, will share $918,000, receive a gold medal and a diploma each for their research work. 

They were rewarded for their dive into the nature of investments that best help the poor, the BBC reported.

"I didn't think it was possible to win the Nobel Prize in Economics before being significantly older than any of the three of us," the French professor said. 

She added, "Showing that it is possible for a woman to succeed and be recognised for success I hope is going to inspire many other women to continue working and many other men to give them the respect that they deserve like every single human being." 

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences explained that the winners had introduced "a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty". 

The academy said the trio had broken the complex issue into smaller, more manageable questions. 

This had in turn made the problems easier to tackle.

"As a direct result of one of their studies, more than five million Indian children have benefited from effective programmes of remedial tutoring in school," the academy said.

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Except Government Meets Our Demands, No Going Back On Strike, Says NLC

4 hours 21 min ago

The Guardian Nigeria

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said that only a favourable outcome of its meeting with the government scheduled for Tuesday could stop its proposed strike action on Wednesday.

Chairman of NLC in Ondo State, Oluwole Adeleye, gave the warning on Monday in Akure, the state capital. 

He said, "The government would be meeting with Labour Unions through the Minister of Labour and Productivity by Tuesday.

"Don't forget that the ultimatum that was given to the government will end on Wednesday.

"If they are able to meet the demands of the union, there is not going to be strike. 

"But if they fail to meet our demands, the strike action would go on as planned."

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Aisha Buhari Almost Attacked Me, Mamman Daura's Daughter Alledges

4 hours 29 min ago

Fatima, daughter of Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, has accused the First Lady, Aisha, of almost physically attacking her inside Aso Villa in Abuja.

The lady made the allegation while commenting on a video where Mrs Buhari was seen complaining about being denied access to her residence, according to a report by TheCable.

Fatima said she recorded the video as proof that Buhari’s wife assaulted her.

She said, "If one reasons well, he or she will understand that it is not possible to say that the wife of the President was denied access to her apartment but let me give a context. 

“The apartment in question is called the Glass House. When President Buhari got into office, he gave it to our father, Mamman Daura.

“You all know that they are friends and are related, more so, they grew up together. 

"Our dad stayed there for three years until the President’s son, Yusuf, had an accident and went to Germany for treatment.

“When Yusuf returned, the President told our dad to move out of that apartment to an even bigger one in the villa, that his son was going to stay and be treated there. 

“On that day I filmed the video, my mom and dad were not around. So, my dad instructed I and my elder sister to move our belongings to the new apartment. 

“All of a sudden, as we were busy packing our belongings, we heard noise from outside. 

“On getting there, we realised it was the wife of the President. When she came, the door was locked and she picked a metal chair and broke the door. 

"My sister who went outside was almost hit by the chair. She threw the chair which broke through the door and almost hit my sister.

“I was so shocked and afraid of getting outside because the First Lady was shouting and cursing, saying we should move out of that apartment. 

"She had already said a lot of things depicting that she was being suppressed.

"I recorded the incident to show our parents and the security, so that they will know the truth should anything happen. 

“There are even other clips that have not been released. She was insulting the security personnel and drove them away."

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HEDA Trains Journalists On Corruption Tracking Techniques

4 hours 55 min ago

HEDA Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju

HEDA Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju


Leading anti-corruption group, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, has begun a training programme on new ways and usage of corruption tracking techniques for community-based organisations, bloggers, anti-corruption agencies officials and media practitioners in the North-Western part of the country.

According to the organisers, the training is aimed at strengthening the capacity of the participants.

The organisers posited that Nigerians needed to take over the campaign against corruption and therefore own the process, adding that participants would be empowered to deal with corruption without necessarily relying on existing institutions for sources of information at all times.

Speaking at the session, HEDA Chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, said corruption was a major problem that requires constant anti-vice innovations by citizens.

He said one of the most strategic ways of fighting corruption was to empower people to act on their own.

He said, “There is a link between corruption and violence. 

"Corruption has impact on utilities like water, roads, security that Nigerians are being made to privately pay for.

“This means that the government is eroding its responsibilities. Money is allocated for services not rendered. We can checkmate this by fighting corruption. 

"Public officials are building personal homes and investing in huge projects. It is time to ask questions about corruption.” 

The training, which began in Kano, will also take place in Abuja and Rivers State.

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Group Queries Oduah, Chidoka, Others Over Closure Of Enugu Airport

Mon, 2019-10-14 21:09


A group, Igbo Renaissance Forum, has queried the performances of three aviation ministers from the region between 2010 and 2015 following the closure of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The group noted that at different times during the tenures of Fidelia Njeze, Stella Oduah and Osita Chidoka as ministers in the sector, the government carried out extensive repairs of the airport’s runway but expressed surprise that the three ministers rather than work for the general interest of the South-East, deceived the entire people of the region.

The group in a statement by its International Coordinator, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka, said, “The Akanu Ibiam Airport project was executed in two phases; the first phase being the extension of the runway.

“The first phase was what former President Goodluck Jonathan himself commissioned and formally re-designated as an international airport.

“The second phase was the construction of a new apron and taxiway and the upgrade of the airfield lighting system to Category 11.

“It is rather befuddling how none of these individuals took a closer look at the issues that made Enugu Airport a death trap by aviation industry standards in less than six years, leading to this current shut down that has plunged the South-East deeper into economic repression.”

Onwuka posited that the current closure of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport was due to badly executed job by the contractor.

The group decried that over 50 days after the closure of the airport, there was no sign of any activity despite assurances by Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, that the project would be completed by December 2019.

Onwuka added, “As a pro-Igbo organisation committed to ensuring that we revive the true Igbo spirit, we have resolved to first take the questions surrounding the Akanu Ibiam International Airport to our kith and kin who were and are still in positions of authority.

“We also demand that the Government of Nigeria treat the repair and upgrade works at the airport like they did with other airports.

“We are using this medium to put our brothers and sisters who had in one way or the other had any dealings with the Akanu Ibiam International Airport and its repairs and upgrade on notice to get themselves ready as we shall be calling on them to explain to Ndi Igbo what they know and how we got to this point.”

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Buhari's Regime Encourages Official Corruption –Senator Yaroe

Mon, 2019-10-14 20:38


Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market, Binos Yaroe, has said that the present regime under President Muhammadu Buhari is encouraging official corruption.

Senator Yaroe made the remarks in Yola, Adamawa, on Monday, adding that the 2020 budget is a mere budget of consumption and not national development.

He questioned the integrity of the Buhari regime, predicating his concerns on the current dual exchange rate, which he said the present government was encouraging.

He said, “My concern is the dual exchange rate regime that this government is encouraging.

“They are using N305 rate for revenue sharing among the three tiers of government. That is not fair, we all know that the dollar sells for N360.

“If a state government wants to buy dollars for whatever purpose, they have to pay N360.

“But the few people who have access to the official rate of N305, would turn round and sell it at N360, making about N55 in the process. So this government is continuing to encourage official corruption.”

On the budget estimate, the senator faulted the general structure, lamenting that the N8.14trn revenue estimate was below the N10.33trn expenditure estimate.

He added, “You can see that by this estimation we are already projecting to consume more than we can earn.

“It means they have to borrow to bridge the gap.

“By this, they are mortgaging the future because if you borrow to consume, it means there will be no production.”


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Stop Harassment, Intimidation of Journalists, Amnesty International Tells Buhari Regime

Mon, 2019-10-14 20:25

Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian Government to end the climate of fear and repression of journalists and media organisations across the country.

Country Director of the organisation, Osai Ojigbo, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during a public presentation of a report titled “Endangered Voices”.

Ojigbo said, “At least 19 journalists were detained at various times this year. 

“Increasingly, the human rights cost of receiving and sharing information for journalists, bloggers and activists to operate in a climate of fear.

“This is totally unacceptable. The authorities must immediately put an end to this hostility towards human rights.”

She noted that Amnesty International has examined the cases of journalists, who were detained, threatened or intimidated over the past five years. 

Ojigbo further explained that the investigation had revealed a disturbing escalation in the authorities' threat and attacks against Nigerian journalists, who had expressed critical opinions of the government on both conventional and social media.

She added, “The escalating clampdown on the rights to freedom of expression and media freedom is mostly perpetrated by the Nigeria Police Force, the military and officials of the Department of State Services.”

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Teenager Remanded In Prison For Robbery In Ondo

Mon, 2019-10-14 20:14

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State, on Monday ordered the remand of an 18-year-old male at the Olokuta Prison for alleged armed robbery.

The accused had on August 11, 2019 committed the offence in the Oniparaga area of Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

Prosecutor of the case, Martins Olowofeso, noted that Arowolo and others at large were armed with two guns, sticks and other dangerous weapons and robbed one Gbenga Oyegun of his motorcycle valued at N270,000.

Olowofeso said the offence of the accused was contrary to and punishable under Sections 5b, 1(2) a and b of the robbery and firearm (Special provision) Act Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

He, however, urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody till legal advice from Office of Director of Public Prosecution in the state’s Ministry of Justice.

Counsel to the accused, Yunusa Aliyu, opposed the remand application, noting that there was no cause to remand his client in prison custody.

Magistrate Ruth Olumilua however, ordered the accused person to be remanded in prison custody and also added that both the original and the duplicates case file be handed over to the clerk of the court.

She adjourned the case until November 12, 2019 for further hearing. 

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Nigeria Places Full Ban On Importation Of Goods Through Land Borders

Mon, 2019-10-14 19:39

Nigeria Cameroon border

Nigeria-Cameroon border


The Nigerian Government has totally banned the importation of goods through any of its land borders.

The government had on August 20 announced the partial closure of its border to importation of goods.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Retd), who spoke for the joint border security exercise along Nigeria’s borders, said goods could only come into the country through the seaports and airports.

He added that the preference for foreign goods especially food items like rice has continuously impoverished our farmers and adversely affected domestic government policies supporting the agricultural sector to enhance food security.

He also lauded the partial border closure, saying it had so far curbed the smuggling of foreign rice into the country in addition to other prohibited items.

He said, “The border closure has impacted positively on revenue generation of the government which in turn will be used to build more infrastructures and develop critical sectors of the nation’s economy.

“In addition, the National Assembly has supported the executive directive on the border closure and the efforts of security agencies in executing the task.

“Goods that are on the prohibition list to Nigeria such as rice, used clothing, poultry products and vegetable oil should not be imported into the country.

“Let’s understand that all perishable items are on prohibition whether on export or import.

“Therefore, nobody can carry tomato to the border to import or export. So it makes it easier for us to close and ensure that all goods for now are banned from being exported or imported through our land borders.

“That is to ensure that we have total control over what comes in and what we do. We are strategising on how best the goods can be handled when we get to when this operation will relax.

“While we call on Nigerian local rice consumers to be patriotic by patronising Nigerian rice, as this will further help the country in reaching self-sufficiency in local rice production and boost our economy, we equally appeal to the business community to see the exercise as opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local businesses to thrive in the interest of national security and development.”

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Poor Nigerians Are Being Overtaxed, Says Don Jazzy

Mon, 2019-10-14 19:28

Nigerian musician and producer, Don Jazzy, has lamented moves by the government to increase taxes.

The Nigerian Government on September 11, 2019, approved an increase in Value Added Tax applicable on supply of goods and services in Nigeria from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent.

The new rate, which has been met with public outcry, is expected to take effect in 2020.

In a post on Twitter, Don Jazzy said, “How does the government plan to bring many Nigerians out of poverty when the masses, neck-deep in poverty are being overtaxed.

“The income and living standards of citizens of other countries that pay much taxes can't be compared to that of Nigerians.”

How does the govt plan to bring many Nigerians out of poverty when the struggling masses, neck-deep in poverty, are being overtaxed. The income & living standards of citizens of other countries that pay much taxes can't be compared to that of Nigerians. 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️ #POSCharges

— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) October 13, 2019

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Shiites Ask Nigerian Government To Release 23 Female Members Five Years After Zaria Massacre

Mon, 2019-10-14 19:06

Shiites mourning procession in Kano

Shiites mourning procession in Kano Sahara Reporters Media


The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has called on the Nigerian Government to release 23 of its female members being held by security agencies since the December 2015 Zaria massacre.

The group said neither the Nigerian Army nor the police have said anything about the missing persons or their whereabouts.  

Leader of Sisters Forum of IMN, Zainab Zakariyya, who addressed journalists on Monday in Abuja, said the girls were kidnapped by a combined team of police and army during Asura procession.

She said families of the girls have been subjected to harrowing experiences as they cannot ascertain if they were dead or alive.

Zakariyya said, “Zaria Girls are like Chibok Girls, they are all human beings.

“It is either one is for humanity or against it, no one can make good an escape from this choice.

“The humanity that aroused the interest of people of conscience as well as civil society organisations with respect to the Chibok Girls, should provoke them about Zaria Girls.” 

She said the deafening silence of government about the missing girls is tantamount to the conspiracy that surrounded the bloodshed in Zaria five years ago.

The group therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to redeem his image and order the security agencies to release the girls from detention.

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Farmers In Sub-Saharan Africa Still Store Grain Traditionally, Says FAO

Mon, 2019-10-14 18:56

World Grain


Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa have been found to store grain in contraptions made of grass, wood and mud, the Food and Agricultural Organisation said in a report published on Monday.

The United Nations farming body observed that this method of storage provides no defense against pests.

The body also noticed that farmers store produce in their houses due to a lack of storage facilities.

The report said, “Many farmers in sub-Saharan Africa still use traditional grain stores made of grass, wood and mud, which offer little protection against pests.

“In some cases, farmers store grains inside their own house due to a lack of storage facilities or because they are afraid of theft.”

The organisation found that post-harvest losses in grain storage in sub-Saharan Africa is at a maximum of 22.50 per cent.

The report also cited a study from the International Food Policy Research Institute stating that lack of access to market causes post-harvest losses in the country’s maize value chain.

Globally speaking, post-harvest loss was placed at 14 per cent, with variations in the percentage across continents and crop type.

The preference of consumers for aesthetic presentation of food items on shelves in supermarkets and malls, contribute a fair share to post harvest losses, the report found.

“As we strive to make progress towards reducing food loss and waste, we can only be truly effective if our efforts are informed by a solid understanding of the problem,” FAO Director-General, Qu Dongyu, said in the report.

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72-year-old Remanded In Prison For Allegedly Raping, Impregnating Daughter

Mon, 2019-10-14 18:49


A 72-year-old man, Ibrahim Yunusa, was on Monday remanded in prison custody by a Magistrate Court in Gombe for allegedly raping and impregnating his daughter. 

Yunusa had on arraignment pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Daura Sikkam, ordered the remand of the accused person and adjourned the case until November 13 for further hearing to enable the police complete investigation.

Earlier, reading the police First Information Report, Dalaky Wanma, the court clerk, claimed that the accused committed the offences several times between December 2018 and January 2019 at Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area of Gombe State.

Police prosecutor, Sgt. Bako Shekari, also told the court that investigation into the matter had commenced.

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Five Killed In Anambra Robbery Operation

Mon, 2019-10-14 18:27


Five persons have been killed while scores sustained varying degrees of injuries during a robbery operation in Onitsha, Anambra State.

It was said that the attack occurred in a petrol station and pharmacy shop.

According to report, among the five victims, two were females and three males.

A source said, “They were six in number. While coming in, the robbers shot dead one of the vigilante operatives on sight before gunning down a worker, who was woken up by the sound of gunshots.

“Another female attendant, who delayed when the masked pointer asked her for the key to the volt, was also killed.”

It was also gathered that money realised from the day’s sale at the petrol station was carted away by the robbers, according to a report by The Nation.

When contacted, police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed, said, “We’re investigating the matter and will come out with our findings later.”


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EFCC Storms Osogbo Nightclub, Arrests 94 Suspected Fraudsters

Mon, 2019-10-14 17:10


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has conducted a raid on an Osogbo, Osun State, nightclub and arrested 94 suspected Internet fraudsters.

The anti-graft agency made the disclosure on Monday in a post on Twitter.

The tweet reads, “Operatives of the EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Monday, October 14, 2019, raided an Osogbo-based nightclub notorious for hosting parties for suspected Internet fraudsters.

“The raid led to the arrest of 94 suspects and confiscation of 19 exotic cars, laptops, scores of sophisticated mobile phones and other items.

“Popularly known as ‘Club Secret Underground’, the facility is located on the Ibadan-Iwo Expressway in the Osun State capital.” 

EFCC Storms ‘Yahoo-boys’ Party in Osogbo, Arrests 94 Suspected Internet Fraudsters

Operatives of the EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday, October 14, 2019, raided a Osogbo-based nightclub notorious for hosting parties for suspected internet fraudsters.#YahooYahooNoBeHustle

— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) October 14, 2019

The EFCC said it conducted the raid after receiving information that the suspects were celebrating their loot at a party.

It added, “The wee-hour operation was sequel to an intelligence report hinting that the suspected Internet fraudsters were organising a party during which some of them intended to celebrate their loot.

“A discreet operation on the club had earlier been carried out to ascertain the authenticity of the intelligence.

“The confirmation, therefore led to the raid this morning.

“The suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation and would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”


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Governor Wike Inaugurates Task Force For Recovery Of Government Properties

Mon, 2019-10-14 17:05


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has inaugurated the State Task Force for the recovery of government properties with a charge to members to work diligently for the state.

Inaugurating the committee on Monday, Governor Wike said several Permanent Secretaries and top civil servants had retired from service but still illegally occupying government quarters.

He noted that several attempts to ensure that they vacate those places so that serving officers could occupy them have been met with resistance from the retirees.

Wike said, “You are by this inauguration required to recover all government properties illegally occupied by some persons.

“There are many civil servants who have retired from service but are still occupying government buildings several years after. 

“This has made it difficult for those in service to have official quarters allocated to them.”

Governor Wike told the members of the Task Force that they will face challenges while carrying out their responsibilities but advised them to be firm.

He assured that his administration would provide the required security and logistical support for them to carry out their functions successfully.


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Court Fixes December 5 For Falana's Suit Against Chief Judge Over Failure To Perform Statutory Role

Mon, 2019-10-14 16:39

Femi Falana

Femi Falana


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed December 5 for the hearing of the case filed against the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abdul Kafarati, by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, for allegedly failing to appoint justices to conduct a monthly inspection of detention facilities.

Falana had in a suit with no FHC/ABJ/CSI/764/19, sought a mandatory order compelling the defendant to assign justices to conduct monthly inspections in the detention centres of the Department of State Service, Economic and Financial Crime Commissions, and police stations.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday before Justice Inyang Ekwo, counsel to the plaintiff (Falana), Marshal Abubakar, informed the court that the relief sought by the plaintiff was in line with Section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

Abubakar argued that thousands of persons were being detained without trial in various detention facilities across the country.

He added that federal agencies saddled with the arrest and prosecution had on several occasions failed to comply with the said law.

Falana had in a letter dated September 7, 2018, urged Kafarati to comply with statutory obligation.

He also recalled how a journalist (Jones Abiri) was arrested and detained for over two years without trial.

He also recalled how authorities of the Nigerian Navy have ignored demands for the release of about 150 persons held in naval detention facilities in Lagos, Abuja, Calabar, Warri and Port Harcourt.

He said in spite of the several cases of arbitrary detention at the various detention centres, Kafarati had not complied with the statutory provision.

The presiding judge adjourned the case until December 5, 2019 for mention.

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Young Nigerian Footballer Tricked And Left Stranded In Mongolia By Fraudulent Agent Returns Home Through Stranger’s Help

Mon, 2019-10-14 16:36

Moshood Afolabi arrives back in Nigeria after a 16-month ordeal in Mongolia that saw him lose money, confidence and hope

Moshood Afolabi arrives back in Nigeria after a 16-month ordeal in Mongolia that saw him lose money, confidence and hope [Tolu Olasoji/Al Jazeera]


Moshood Afolabi, a Nigerian footballer, has arrived back home from Mongolia following an ordeal that saw him scammed by a shady agent, who promised him a glittering sports career that never materialised.

Afolabi, 24, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Saturday having left Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital, a day earlier according to Al-Jazeera.

He had been trapped in Mongolia for 16 months and was overstaying a tourist visa, a situation which made it impossible to secure work, get his travel documents in order or afford a flight home.

“I'm very happy to have gained freedom leaving Mongolia,” he said. “I didn't believe I'd be in Nigeria on Saturday. I didn't believe it. Now, I'm experiencing so many things in Nigeria. Fresh air, fresh food. I'm really happy,” he added.

Al Jazeera reported on his plight in August and the challenges faced by many other aspiring African footballers stranded in several countries, having been duped by people posing as agents and tricking them into paying significant sums to travel and play for foreign clubs.

In Afolabi's case, a Nigerian man, who lived close to his home, spun him a tale, took his savings and sent him to play for local Mongolian club Western Khovd FC but the job did not last beyond his tourist visa and he quickly fell into serious financial and personal problems.

Christopher Hannah, a Scottish businessman, who had lived in Mongolia for six months, read and empathised with Afolabi's story and volunteered to help him.

“I had come across Moshood two weeks before I contacted him. I saw the article and at the time I was in Scotland.

“I flew back to Mongolia and saw it posted again on a forum and I remember someone was asking, 'Why doesn't someone help this guy?

“Football is one of the best ways to break communication or culture barriers. This was the main reason Moshood and I could come together,” he said.

After the Nigerian footballer spent a week in detention in late September at the Mongolian Immigration Service, Hannah booked and paid for Afolabi's $900 flight home, while Afolabi's friend Wael, an Egyptian immigrant, gave him the $750 he needed to pay to Mongolia for overstaying his visa.

“I felt sad because I hadn't experienced it in my life to be in a detention room for seven days,” said Afolabi.

“For the first three days in detention, I was drinking water, fasting and praying to God to save me,” he added.

Hannah claimed that his life in Mongolia took a turn for the worse after he helped Afolabi, saying he was treated with hostility by locals and was eventually denied a business visa extension.

He has now returned to his native Scotland and is in the process of opening a new football agency focusing on regions such as Africa.

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Release Sowore Now, Religious Leaders Tell Buhari

Mon, 2019-10-14 16:25


Some concerned religious leaders have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release pro-democracy campaigner and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and other political detainees.

The religious leaders, mainly Christians, stormed the hometown of Sowore in Kiribo under Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday to show solidary with his people and demand his unconditional release.

Led by Bishop Irawo Joseph, President and Founder of Zion Land of Canaan Ministry, the religious leaders said Sowore committed no offence to warrant his continued detention by the government.

Bishop Joseph noted that Sowore had always spoken against every government’s malfeasances with the aim that things would be done in the right and proper way.

The cleric, who later observed that Sowore was being kept deliberatly in custody through trumped up charges, asked Buhari’s administration to remember the story of Joseph in the Bible.

He said, “We know that he (Sowore) is just being kept in custody for speaking the truth to power but we are calling on the government to release him.

“The man has committed no offence that warrant all the charges against him. Sowore is not a criminal, he is only asking for an egalitarian society.

“We are therefore pleading with the Nigerian Government particularly President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene urgently and set Sowore free from detention.

“The Sowore that we know has always been the voice of the oppressed Nigerians, he has not committed any crime.

“He has a pure heart of gold and only wants the rapid growth and development of this nation. He must not be caged but be set free unconditionally.”


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