Sahara Reporters

Syndicate content
Updated: 8 min 4 sec ago

Vandalism Affecting Telecoms Service –NCC

Fri, 2019-08-23 21:12


The Nigerian Communications Commission says the spate of vandalism of telecoms infrastructure across the country has resulted in slowing the pace of growth of services.

The Director, Zonal Operations of the commission, Mrs Amina Shehu, raised the concern on Friday at a programme in Nasarawa.

She frowned at the state of vandalism, theft and hostility from some host communities, stressing that telecom facilities should be treated as collectively owned infrastructure.

Shehu, who was represented by Principal Manager, Zonal Operation, Abubakar Usman, said the telecom sector had contributed and recorded not less than 10 per cent growth in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

She said the programme was aimed at enlightening the public and other stakeholders on the need to protect telecom infrastructure within their communities.

She said it would also create awareness about the importance of telecommunication infrastructure and ensure that telecom consumers get satisfaction from the quality of service.


Technology News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

BREAKING: Gunmen Abduct Anglican Bishop’s Wife

Fri, 2019-08-23 21:04


Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Friday kidnapped the wife of the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, Emmanuel Maduwuike, according to a report by PUNCH.

The victim, Anuri, was abducted on Thursday while on her way to Owerri in Imo State.

The prelate’s wife was accosted at Ekemele by the gunmen and was taken away to an unknown destination.

A source said, “Wife of the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, Mrs Anuri Maduwuike, was kidnapped yesterday (Thursday) by unknown gunmen.”

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the incident, adding that her abductors had yet to establish contact with her family.

Christianity CRIME Police Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Fraud: Obinwanne Okeke Appoints Nigerian As Legal Representative

Fri, 2019-08-23 21:01


Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for various acts of cyber scam, has appointed John Iweanoje, as his lawyer, according to court documents seen by Premium Times.

Iweanoje takes over from Rahul Sharma, a public defender hired by a United States judge to stand as counsel to Okeke.

The accused had failed to appear with a lawyer during his initial court appearance on August 9.

Iweanoje indicated that he was stepping in to defend the Abuja-based businessman later the same day.

Okeke did not put in a plea when he made his first court entry.

The accused, who would stand trial in Norfolk Virginia, is expected to remain in custody until a trial date is fixed.

“Since he was arrested on a criminal complaint, it means he could be held in custody pending trial.

“The jury will decide whether to return indictment or not. If they decide to return indictment, he will be presented before a judge to enter a plea. If he pleads guilty, he would be sentenced. If he pleads not guilty, then a trial date will be set,” spokesperson for the US attorney’s office for the Eastern District, Joshua Stueve, said.

In June 2018, the FBI received complaints from Unatrac, an international subsidiary of heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar that Okeke gained unauthorised access to the e-mail account of its chief financial officer and authorised a series of fictitious invoices to the tune of $11m.

The domestic intelligence body also found that Okeke had duped an American show manufacturer as part of a business email compromise scheme that he and other accomplices had coordinated.

Corruption Legal Money Laundering United States of America News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

The Igbo Crime Culture (2) By Fredrick Nwabufo

Fri, 2019-08-23 20:51

Fredrick Nwabufo

Fredrick Nwabufo


In the heat of the lynching of Igbo citizens in Asia in 2013 over alleged criminality, I wrote an essay entitled, ‘The Igbo fallacy’. In it, I appealed to the Igbo to de-emphasise the culture of profligacy, decadent opulence and vanity, which fuels the pursuit of crime by their own. I also suggested the need for value re-orientation – a task that must be actuated by all groups – the age grades, unions and traditional institutions.

Really, it is enervating for me that my kinsmen are taking the inglorious front row in ‘’money crimes’’ – drug peddling and internet fraud – abroad.

In August 2016, an Igbo drug dealer was guillotined in Indonesia. But his funeral in Anambra was a rambunctious shin-dig. He was even described as a “hero” by his people.

I have skimmed through the list of alleged online fraudsters indicted by the FBI, in what is regarded as the biggest scam bust in history, and I could see familiar names. It is heart-breaking for me. The refrain that criticising your own people for shortcomings is an act of sanctimony is obtuse. Crime has no ethnic face, but does that imply condoning or rationalising a persistent ill?

I have said it before, we have a problem. The Igbo have a problem. Out of the 21 Nigerians on death-row for drug peddling in Indonesia, 20 are Igbo – from my state – Anambra. Personally, I feel violated by this.

A few months ago, some armed robbers of Igbo origin launched an attack on a bureau de change in Dubai, United Arab Emirates but they were arrested. It is painful, instead of exporting the durable products of Aba, we are exporting crime and violence. That Nigerians are a pariah in South Africa is partly due to the activities of some Igbo drug cartel.

But what happens when these drug gangs return to the South-East? A bazaar of bloodshed. A few years ago, there was a massacre at a church in Ozubulu, Anambra. The killings were linked to a drug war between rival gangs in South Africa. The gangs took their battle out of the turf to native soil. Really, we are baiting the hurricane.

And now, out of the 77 names listed for online fraud in the United States, 74 are Igbo. We have a problem. We cannot solve this problem by living in denial.

I agree, there are millions of us doing great things in our fields but we must condemn the activities of these criminals among us. They do not represent us but their actions are capable of making an execrable impression of all us.

One drop of dirt is enough to make a basin of water impure. We must have serious conversations on this atypical criminality.

The argument that the Igbo are marginalised and that they are deprived because of the civil war, so very few among them are forced into crime is puerile. This is a terrible way to rationalise a problem that dents the entire group. There is no excuse for crime.

We have a culture that glorifies “money” crime – “ego mbute” – the culture of money grubbing and worship, as the-be-all and end-all of everything. It is a pervasive culture, not limited to the Igbo though.

We need value re-orientation, and this should be actuated by all groups – age grades and traditional institutions. We must stop celebrating people of unknown fortune. We must name and shame those with illicit wealth in our communities. We should upbraid them instead of giving them chieftaincy titles and front-row seats in church.

What exactly do we discuss at annual August meetings and town-union meetings? Enough should be enough. We cannot keep ignoring this filth.

We have a problem. A crime culture.


Opinion AddThis :  Original Author :  Fredrick Nwabufo Disable advertisements : 

Buhari To Depart Nigeria For Japan On Sunday

Fri, 2019-08-23 20:26


President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Nigeria on Sunday for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development taking place in Yokohama from August 28-30.

A statement on Friday by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that President Buhari’s participation would be his second having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016.

Buhari is expected deliver a statement during the summit and would use the opportunity to appraise Nigeria-Japan relations and takeaways from TICAD6.

The statement reads, “In addition to a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe, the Nigerian President will also attend some side events and meet chief executive officers of some Japanese companies with huge investments in Nigeria.”

Politics Travel News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Court Orders Nigerian Government To Renew Shell’s OML 11 For 20 Years

Fri, 2019-08-23 19:35

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered President Muhammadu Buhari to grant the renewal of the Oil Mineral Lease 11 to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria for 20 years.

The suit by Shell was instituted against the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Minister of State.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Friday in his judgment delivered on Shell’s suit, ruled that renewal would be for 20 years and not 30 as requested by the company.

President Buhari was Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources during his first term in office between 2015 and May 2019 and is most likely to retain the same position for his second spell in office.

Oil News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Nigerian Government Asks Citizens Indicted In US $40m Fraud To Surrender

Fri, 2019-08-23 19:32

The Nigerian Government has asked the 77 Nigerians indicted by the United States for Internet fraud to voluntarily surrender.

In a statement on Friday, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the government would not hesitate to extradite them if the diplomatic treaties between the two countries are invoked.

She said, “We acknowledge the fact that accusation does not mean guilt, and we hope that all the accused will be given fair and speedy trial.

“We also ask those accused in Nigeria to voluntarily turn themselves in to American authorities to clear their names without which the Nigerian Government will extradite them if relevant international treaties between the two governments are invoked. See Also Corruption Inside Details Of How US Government Indicted 77 Nigerians For Money Laundering 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

“While such actions ultimately have negative effect on the image of the country, the commission, however, reiterates as it has always done, that the actions of a few Nigerians involved in criminal activities is not and can never be what the majority of Nigerians represent.”

CRIME News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Nigerian Serial Robber, Gloria Makanjuola, Jailed In UK

Fri, 2019-08-23 19:20

A Nigerian woman in the United Kingdom, Gloria Makanjuola, who committed a series of robberies and theft on buses in Hackney, even targeting an 87-year-old woman, has been jailed.

Makanjuola, 28, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court to two years and eight months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to eight counts of robbery, four counts of theft and four counts of fraud at an earlier hearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court.

Makanjuola committed the offences between September 2018 and October 2018 across Hackney. 

Her victims were aged between 18 and 87 years and all the offences occurred on buses in Hackney.

One victim, an 87-year-old man, was targeted by Makanjuola as he travelled on a route around Wick Road. 

She sat next to the victim and tried to put her hands in his pocket, he told her to stop but she managed to grab around £80 in cash.

On another occasion, an 18-year-old woman was on board a route 277 bus in the area of Mare Street, E5 when Makanjuola started talking to her. 

During the conversation, she kept touching the victim and was crying.

The victim told her to leave her alone, Makanjuola then left the bus by pressing the emergency exit button. 

When the victim got up to leave the bus, she noticed that her purse and oyster card had been stolen.

Detective Sergeant Coleman, the senior investigating officer from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said, “Gloria Makanjuola was a prolific offender in the Hackney area. 

“She targeted vulnerable passengers using the bus network system, committing robbery or theft offences. 

“If bank cards were stolen, she used the opportunity to use the cards to make contactless payments at local stores.

“Working in partnership with the Safer Transport Teams and Transport for London, Makanjuola was identified and arrested for various robbery and theft related offences. 

“I would like to thank the victims in this investigation who had the courage to report these matters and assist in the police investigation. 

“Without their support, this outcome would not have been possible.”

CCTV footage was obtained from the buses and Makanjuola was identified by the investigation team and Safer Transport Team officers

A number of the victims were able to recognise Makanjuola during the course of formal identification parades.

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, the lead investigator for transport network crime across London, said, “We are focused on targeting prolific criminals like Makanjuola who target and prey on the most vulnerable commuters. 

“Through extensive CCTV coverage across the transport network, we are able to identify and bring offenders to justice.”

The court also heard that Makanjuola is currently serving a sentence for similar offences which she committed last year in the Hackney area. She was imprisoned for two years.

CRIME News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

WHO Calls For Increased Political Commitment To End Malaria

Fri, 2019-08-23 18:42

A new report by the World Health Organisation Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication has called for an increase in political commitment in ensuring an end to malaria in the world.

The report said, “There must be an increased domestic and external resources, as well as increased political commitment and fast tracking of new tools and innovations.

“Making better use of data and surveillance, and a strong health system, important components of the WHO and RBM Partnership High Burden to High Impact approach.

“We must also ensure that the lifesaving tools we do have, such as insecticide treated nets are reaching everyone who needs them.” 

It further noted that global actions against malaria have yielded more success against the epidemic and more action would help put an end to the disease.

Chief Executive Office of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, said, “Since 2000, global efforts have driven tremendous progress, saving more than 7 million lives and preventing more than one billion cases of malaria, creating the opportunity to end malaria within a generation.

“Today, there are more countries without malaria than with malaria, and more countries than ever have fewer than 10,000 malaria cases, putting elimination within reach.

“However, malaria cases are increasing in the highest burden countries, and we are working with partners to do more to reignite and accelerate progress to drive malaria cases back down and stay on track to end this deadly yet preventable and treatable disease once and for all.”

PUBLIC HEALTH News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Flood Destroys Property, Paralyses Economic Activities In Adamawa

Fri, 2019-08-23 18:31


Flood File photo

Heavy rainfall resulting in flood has destroyed property and paralised economic activities in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.

The rain, which started about 9:00am, prevented a lot of people from going to their places of work and businesses, according to findings by Sahara Reporters.

A business owner at one of the popular markets, Hebron Kumle, told SaharaReporters that the flood had caused a lot of damage to their investments.

He said, “My shop containing wares of over N50m was affected by the flood, this is aside other valuables that was destroyed also.

“As things stand, only God can actually determine what we've lost so far.”

Most parts of the city including the road leading to the city’s airport have all been flooded, leaving many persons stranded in the process.

Calls placed to the phone line of Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Abubakar Mohammed, were not answered as of the time of filing this report.

Environment News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

38 Inmates Freed In Gombe

Fri, 2019-08-23 17:33

The Gombe Criminal Justice Committee on Friday released 38 prison inmates, who were said to have spent many years waiting for trial.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, those released were considered on health grounds and good conduct.

Urging the released inmates to be of good conduct, Chairman of GCJC, Mr Hakeela Heman, said the organisation would continue to work to ensure that individuals get justice within the stipulation of the law.

He said, “I want to commend the Federal Government for changing Nigerian Prison Service to Nigerian Correctional Service. This will go a long way in reforming the inmates.”

In his response, Controller of Prisons in Gombe, Ahmadu Adamu, said the prison was congested and posed a lot of challenges to staff and inmates, adding that drastic measures must be taken to address the situation.

CRIME News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

48 Rights Groups Petition UN, AU Over Sowore's Detention

Fri, 2019-08-23 17:19

About 48 human rights and press freedom organisations have petitioned the United Nations and African Union Special Mechanisms to intervene in the arbitrary detention of activist and convener of #RevolutionNowmovement, Omoyele Sowore.

The rights group include the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Coalition for Revolution, Open Society for West Africa, Nigerians in Diaspora Europe (Belgium-Luxembourg), Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda among others.

Sowore, a vocal public affairs commentator for good governance, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services on August 3 for calling on Nigerians to express their frustration at the poor state of leadership in the country and has since been held despite growing calls for his freedom.

The 48 organisations, who petitioned the UN and AU, argued that the treat of Sowore constitutes a violation of his right not to be arbitrarily detained, right to a fair trial, right to freedom of expression, right of freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and his rights as a human rights defender.

The organisations, assisted by Nani Jansen Reventlow from Doughty Street Chambers, are calling upon the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, the situation of human rights defenders, and African Commission Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression and human rights defenders to intervene urgently to secure the immediate release of Sowore and declare his arrest and continued detention a gross violation of his human rights.

“The arrest and detention of Sahara Reporter's founder, Omoyele Sowore, is without doubt a threat to press freedom and investigative journalism in Nigeria,” said Chief Operating Officer of Sahara Reporters, La Keisha Landrum Pierre.

“Sowore has used the word ‘revolution’ contextually to mean ‘change for the better’ since he founded Sahara Reporters in 2006. 

“He then stated that he would “revolutionise” the way news is being reported: something he actually did by leading the pioneering efforts in citizen journalism in Nigeria.

“We are shocked that a government that rode to power on the promise to wipe out corruption and be the ‘voice of the voiceless’ is trying to silence the call for change by the same people who elected it,” she added.

Head of Advocacy at Index on Censorship, Joy Hyvarinen, said, “Index on Censorship urges the Nigerian authorities to release prominent journalist and campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, immediately. 

“The arrest and detention are a shocking violation of Sowore's human rights, which calls into question Nigeria's willingness and ability to meet international human rights obligations.”

ACTIVISM Human Rights News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Kano To Accommodate Almajiri System Under New Education Policy

Fri, 2019-08-23 17:16

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that his administration will integrate the Almajiri education system into the modern academic curriculum to improve the quality of learning.

The governor made the announcement on Friday in Abuja while speaking to journalists during a visit to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

According to Ganduje, education should be made free from basic to secondary school levels for every Nigerian child.

He said, “As a government, we have said that basic education and secondary education will be free; we have also made it compulsory to ensure sustainability.

“We have also resolved to hold a stakeholders’ summit to this effect; the summit will brainstorm on how to take care of out-of-school children which include Almajiri.”

Speaking further, the Kano governor said his administration’s plan was to modify the curriculum in such a way that would tally with the national curriculum.

Education Islam News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Nigerian MBA Candidates Get $1.5m Yearly To Study In Lebanon

Fri, 2019-08-23 17:09


The Lebanese Nigeria Initiative has established a $1.5m scholarship for Nigerian MBA candidates to study at the American University Beirut.

The full scholarship will be available to two Nigerians every year for life, according to the LNI that also added that the scheme will help strengthen the relationship between the country and Lebanon.


Making the announcement in Lagos during the presentation of one of the beneficiaries for this year’s edition, Mr Ajibola Olubando, a Petroleum and Gas Engineering graduate of the University of Lagos, Consul General of Lebanon in Nigeria, Mr Elias Nicolas, said the scholarship will boost the quality of knowledge in Nigeria and drive development initiatives at all levels in the society.


He said, “The AUB is a globally recognised institution of learning and I am confident that the beneficiaries of this scholarship will be equipped with knowledge and skills that would help them contribute meaningfully to the development of Nigeria upon their return back home.


“The scheme is aimed at further strengthening the existing friendly relations between the two countries.

“The Lebanese community has always seen itself as part of the social fabric of Nigeria, the scholarship is a sign of its commitment towards the educational upliftment of young Nigerians.”


Speaking on the criteria for selection, Vice-Chairman of LNI, Mr Ali Safieddine, said candidates must satisfy the stringent admission requirements of AUB and also be ready and willing to return to Nigeria to use their education to impact the society before they can be considered.

Education News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Nigerians React To Arrest Of Compatriots In $46m Internet Scam By FBI

Fri, 2019-08-23 16:00

FBI Agents

FBI Agents The intercept


Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the news that United States authorities announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging Internet fraud and money laundering operation of $40m.

The operation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is aimed at cracking down on Nigerian romance scam, which has been growing in the past months.

Reacting to the news, one Twitter user with the handle @gideonogbonnac, said, “I know that the 80 Nigerians arrested just further soils the image of the average honest Nigerian who wants a better life.

“But I also know 80 Nigerians do not represent the real truth of the Igbo race, neither the truth of all Nigerians. So we'll keep to #ChangeTheNarrative.”

Another user, @omojuwa, said, “What has the Nigerian President said on the FBI issue? What role did Nigerian authorities play in the man-hunt? What does this mean for Nigeria-America relationship?

“How do you ensure other Nigerians aren’t made to pay for the crimes of these few? Where is the leadership?”

Bearing his mind on the situation, @eshobloss said, “We cannot keep acting like we don't know there's something fundamentally wrong with our value system.

“How did we manage to build a society that endorses terrible behaviour? Are you angry about the 80 Nigerians? You fuelled it.”

Another user, @arktraviningo said, “Only 80 Nigerians, this is not up to the tip of the iceberg.

“This syndrome is deep rooted in Nigeria even the politicians are not safe. If we to be sincere and get them all, some government officials will be behind bars too.”

Unhappy at the news, @NnamdiUmunna said, “While we keep going back on the prevalent ethnic group on the 80 Nigerians, have we bothered to look at the fundamental issues that enabled this fraudulent acts. Unemployment.”

Internet Money Laundering United States of America News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Don’t Jubilate Yet, Melaye Tells Opponents After Tribunal Ruling

Fri, 2019-08-23 15:53


Senator Dino Melaye has told his opponents not to rejoice yet as according to him their jubilation would be short-lived.

The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly was reacting to a ruling by the elections petitions tribunal on Friday in Lokoja, the state capital, nullifying his victory during the February 2019 general election.

Melaye expressed confidence in getting a favourable verdict at the Appeal Court when the matter is heard.

He said, “I commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice.

“I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement.

“I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short-lived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secure and cannot be taken through any mischievous means.

“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”

Politics News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

Nigeria Deports Nigerien Man Who Climbed Plane About To Take Off

Fri, 2019-08-23 15:05

An investigation carried out by SaharaReporters has revealed that the
intruder into the restricted area of the Murtala Muhammed
International Airport (MMIA), one Usman Adamu has been deported back
to his country, Niger Republic.

A source close to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja
SaharaReporters that Adamu who on July 19, was spotted on the wing of
an Azman aircraft that was preparing to take off out of Lagos to Port
Harcourt was allegedly found to be mentally imbalanced after some
psychiatric tests were carried out on him.

The source said Adamu was deported Friday last week by road through Lagos.

The immigration source said the service carried out profiling and,
interrogation on the suspect, but was found to be unstable.

The source said: “Immediately he was arrested at the airport, by
security agencies, he was interrogated and asked series of questions,
and later taken to the psychiatric hospital for a test. It was at the
hospital that it was confirmed that he had a mental challenge.

“But despite that, he was still kept in detention for another round of
questioning, which didn’t produce any meaningful result. So, he was
handed over to us and as the law required, we returned him to his

Series of reactions had trailed his access to the area of the airport,
while the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), had
immediately suspended the security officers on duty at the time, while
also taking responsibility for the breach.

For instance, the industry unions had said they had been vindicated by
the breach.

Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, the General Secretary of the Association of
Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) had told journalists in Lagos
that rather than recruit qualified personnel for the position of
Aviation Security, a department under FAAN, politicians had hijacked
activities in the sector by engaging their cronies into the sensitive
aspect of the industry.

He alleged that the industry had been polarised in the past four
years, insisting that those above 30 years were being recruited to
AVSEC as against the extant rule.

He further purported that the government through the Ministry of
Transport, Aviation Unit, had jettisoned the compulsory background
checks for impending new recruits, warning that the problem may
persist if there was no change in the current system.

Travel News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

BREAKING: Tribunal Sacks Senator Dino Melaye

Fri, 2019-08-23 14:55


The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja on Friday sacked Senator Dino Melaye as the Senator for Kogi West.

In its judgment, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district, reports TheCable.

Details soon...

Legal Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

9,272 Schools Closed In Nigeria, Nine Others Because Of Terrorism, Violence -UNICEF

Fri, 2019-08-23 13:56

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), says in an urgent appeal for aid 9,272 schools have remained closed in Nigeria and nine other countries across West and Central Africa between 2017 and June 2019.

The children’s agency said if funding was not provided, 25 percent of the world’s out-of-school children in Nigeria and other violence infested African states, will be left stranded.

It estimated the number of children who cannot attend classes in the affected countries to be 1.9 million.

While there is no breakdown of how many schools have been closed down in Nigeria in the report, the international organisation said roughly 1,000 schools have been locked up in Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria, where Boko Haram is actively pursuing a campaign of terror.

The agency warned that deliberate targeting of schools is sweeping across the region, denying children their right to learn, and leaving them – and their communities – in fear for their lives and futures.

“Deliberate attacks and unabating threats against education – the very foundation of peace and prosperity have cast a dark shadow on children, families, and communities across the region,” Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director said. In the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon – Northwest, and Southwest, over 4,400 schools have been shut down since 2016.

Many of the women and children in these areas have taken respite in Nigeria and no report has so far been carried out on the extent of school attendance by these children.

“I visited a displacement camp in Mopti, central Mali, where I met young children at a UNICEF-supported safe learning space. It was evident to me how vital education is for them and for their families,” Gornitzka said.

The agency reported that more than 2,000 schools have been closed in the country, with over 900 more locked up in neighbouring Burkina Faso thanks to a spillover.

“In the central Sahel, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have witnessed a six-fold increase in school closures due to attacks and threats of violence in just over two years, from about 500 in April 2017 to 3,000 in June 2019,” the report said.

Fanta is one of the victims devastated by the Boko Haram terror in Northern Cameroon.

“I lived with anxiety every day. They would come three, four times a day looking for my father. They killed my father and my older brother. They took my sister away. I haven’t seen her since,” she told UNICEF.

Education News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements : 

692 Million Barrels Of Crude Oil Produced By Nigeria In 2017 – NEITI Report

Fri, 2019-08-23 13:54

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says
that 692 million barrels of crude oil were produced in the country in

NEITI disclosed this in its report, 'Pilot study on commodity trading
for 2017' and released in Abuja.

“The total crude oil production for 2017 was 692 million barrels. Out
of this volume, the share that went to the federation was 240.9
million barrels representing 35 percent of the total crude oil
production for the year 2017.

“A trend analysis for the year under review shows that the 2017
federation share was four percent higher than the 231.6 million
barrels in the same category for 2016 but was 19 percent lower than
the 297.8 million barrels for 2015.’’

According to the report, it shows a slight improvement on the figure
for 2016, a year characterized by vandalism and sabotage of oil

It noted that crude production for 2017 was about a fifth less than
the 2015 level.

The report further showed that out of 240.9 million barrels federation
share for 2017, Domestic Crude Allocation (DCA) had 105. 9 million
barrels or 44 percent while FIRS Liftings got 57.3 million barrels or
24 percent of the share.

Also, Federation Export got 50. 2 million barrels or 21 percent of
federation share.

Third-Party financing, 17.6 million or 7 percent of federation share
and DPR liftings was 9.9 million barrels or four percent of federation

On the 105.9 million barrels DCA crude assigned for local supply of
refined products, Direct Sale Direct Purchase (DSDP) got 72. 8 million
barrels or 69 percent.

Refineries got 26. 5 million barrels or 25 percent, Product Exchange
received 4.7 million barrels or four percent while Export (an
unutilized portion of DCA) got 1.9 million barrels or two percent, the
report said.

“The total revenue from the sale of the federation share of oil and
gas for 2017 was 14.5 billion dollars—13.18 billion dollars or 90.8
percent from crude oil and 1.32 billion dollars or 9.1 percent from

“NNPC deducted N297 billion from earnings from the Domestic Crude
Allocation as costs and losses,’’ it added.

A breakdown of the deduction indicated that N141.6 billion was for
under-recovery on petroleum products, N25 billion for crude and
product losses and N130.4 billion for pipeline repairs and

“The Sum of N77.92 billion was under-remitted by NNPC to the
Federation Account from Domestic Crude Allocation in 2017.

“NNPC acknowledges the under-remittance and states that there is an
on-going reconciliation to net off the N77.92 billion from the
established Federation indebtedness to the Corporation of N797bn
arising  from KPMG Forensic audit of the Corporation at the instance
of the Federation,” it noted

On crude destination in 2017, the reports showed that the federation
crude went to 29 destinations.

It noted that the top-five destinations were India with 41.3 million
barrels (17.12 per cent}, the U.S.,  30.6 million (12.72 percent),
local refineries, 26.5 million barrels (10.98 percent),  Netherlands,
22.9 million barrels (9.5 percent)  and Spain, 21 million barrels
(8.83 percent).

It added that 60 individuals and consortiums were buyers of
federation’s crude in 2017 with the top five buyers as Duke Oil
Company, the trading arm of NNPC, which lifted 29.3 million barrels
(12.16 per cent}.

TOTSA/Total oil Trading, lifted 18.4m barrels (7.67 percent), Port
Harcourt Refinery lifted 18 million barrels  (7.49 percent),
SIR/Sahara Energy Resources lifted 15.2 million barrels  (6.32
percent) while  LITASCO SA/MRS Oil and Gas lifted 10.5 million barrels
(4.38 percent).

NEITI said the report did not cover other revenue streams from the
sector, such as Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), royalties, signature
bonuses, dividends, penalties and fees, statutory payments, among

Commenting on the report, NEITI Executive Secretary Waziri Ado, said
other details on production and processes would be in the 2017 NEITI
oil and gas industry report to be released soon.

He said that the pilot study which was conducted by BDO, an
international auditing and advisory firm, covered four government
agencies and 73 companies, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“The 73 companies were six bilateral companies, 13 international
trading companies, four trading arms of international oil companies,
25 Nigerian trading companies, two NNPC trading companies, nine
refineries, and 14 DSDP contractors,’’ Adio added.


Oil News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :