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Buhari to face protests at UK-Africa Investment Summit in London

17 January 2020 President Muhammadu Buhari flies out of Nigeria today to attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit, scheduled to start in London on Monday. Buhari never passes up an opportunity for an overseas trip and he has what seems like an adequate excuse for a foreign junket with this summit. However, the pressure group, Global Justice Now, claims that the …

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Opeyemi Sowore calls on the UN to help bring her husband home

21 December 2019 Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of Omoyele Sowore, the New Jersey-based publisher of Sahara Reporters currently being detained by the Nigerian authorities, has asked the United Nations to intervene against the “lawlessness” of the Nigerian government. The activist was held in August and charged with “treason” after calling for a “revolution” in Nigeria. His wife spoke to CNN. …

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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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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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A border patrol force is unlikely to solve Nigeria’s smuggling problem

25 November 2019 In August, Nigeria closed its border with Benin without notice. Then, in October, the customs service announced that all goods trade would remain entirely, and indefinitely, banned across all land borders. Finally, on November 14 came the announcement that Nigeria, Benin and Niger would form a joint border patrol force. Nigeria’s total land borders are 4,477 km long. The border with Benin is 809 km …

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Wole Soyinka: Nigeria on a horrendous descent into an abyss of inhumanity

22 November 2019 Nobel literature laureate and activist Wole Soyinka described his country, Nigeria, as being in an “intractable situation” in which it was on what he called “a horrendous descent into an abyss of inhumanity”. This was due to the “astronomical rise in kidnapping for ransom, rape, paedophilia, sex trafficking” and other forms of inhumanity across the country. Soyinka …

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Nigerian pastor Nims Obunge runs for London mayor

8 November 2019 Nims Obunge is the senior pastor of Freedom’s Ark Church, in Bruce Grove, Tottenham, and well known among Nigerians and other black people in London, from his ministry and work with several faith organisations, government and voluntary agencies around curbing violent crime in the British capital. He is running as an independent to be mayor of London …

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Buhari’s “private visit” to London, more questions than answers

Globetrotter-in-Chief

5 November 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari is at it again on a London trip shrouded in secrecy, evasion and probable lawbreaking.  The Globetrotter-in-Chief returned to Nigeria from a trip to Russia last month and then headed off to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia three days later.  He didn’t bother return to Nigeria from Riyadh and instead flew from there to London last …

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