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John Sentamu says: It’s time to act against oil companies causing death and destruction

10 December 2012 Repentance, reparation and remedy for the terrible damage done to the people of Bayelsa state in Nigeria is long overdue The Universal Declaration of Human Rights begins: “All human beings … should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” It is now widely acknowledged that human rights cannot be enjoyed without a safe, clean and healthy environment. …

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Iran pursuing case of Nigerian cleric’s health via diplomatic channels

8 December 2019 Iran constantly pursues the case of Nigeria’s top Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky through diplomatic contacts with the Nigerian government in line with efforts to help improve his health, says the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Sunday, Abbas Mousavi said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Iranian Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohammad …

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International Criminal Court opens the door for the prosecution of Nigeria

8 December 2019 The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, on Thursday published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. The report looked at situations in several countries “under consideration for possible investigation”. In Nigeria, these mainly cover the conflict with Boko Haram in the northeast and possible war crimes committed by Nigerian security forces (NSF). The report …

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US senator Bob Menendez condemns harassment & rearrest of Omoyele Sowore in Nigeria

7 December 2019 Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat, New Jersey, and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has issued the following statement after Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and New Jersey resident, was rearrested in dramatic scenes in Nigeria. Sowore was first arrested in August and was released yesterday, after the Nigerian government ignored two court orders. But he …

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London-born Joe Aribo speaks on choosing to play for Nigeria

6 December 2019 Joe Aribo, the Glasgow Rangers midfielder, born in Camberwell, south London, made a scoring debut for Nigeria against Ukraine in September this year. In this interview, he reflects on his choice to represent the country of his parents’ birth, how he looked up to Jay Jay Okocha and Peter Odemwingie and his playing style. Follow @naijiant

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Nigeria transfers Zakzaky’s wife to ‘dilapidated’ jail

12 December 2019 Nigerian authorities transfer top Shia cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife to a dilapidated prison, where many detainees have so far died due to lack of medical attention. A High Court ordered the Department of State Services on Thursday to transfer the cleric and his wife, Zinat, to the Correctional Center in Kaduna state, northwest of the country. …

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Diezani Madueke implicated in diplomatic passport scandal

Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Madueke, has been named in an Al Jazeera documentary, “Diplomats” for sale”, as having obtained a Dominican Republic diplomatic passport to avoid prosecution for corruption. Madueke, currently in London, is facing several charges of corruption and money laundering both back in Nigeria and in the UK. The programme reveals that a few days before she …

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