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Lagos, Nigeria, is growing fast — and so is its mountain of garbage

As this port city grew, its slums expanding across the muddy coastline, its skyline rising in glass and metal, residents ran into a problem plaguing all of the world’s great metropolises: What should they do with the trash? Years ago, there was a seemingly easy fix. Trucks drove the waste far outside town, depositing it at the 100-acre Olusosun dumpsite. …

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Nigeria: Deadly mass forced evictions make life misery for waterfront communities

Over 30,000 forcibly evicted from settlements in Lagos state in defiance of court orders 11 people unlawfully killed and at least 17 missing after violent evictions by security forces and unidentified armed men 300,000 others are under threat of further forced evictions Evicted residents not provided with consultation, compensation or alternative housing Nigerian authorities must halt a violent, unlawful campaign …

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Biafra: IPOB’s lost chance

After some two years in detention by the Federal Government, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was released on stringent bail conditions by the Federal High Court in Abuja. Two of the bail conditions were that he was not to be seen in public gatherings of more than 10 people; and he was not to …

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Victor Osimhen takes stock of his journey in Wolfsburg

It is almost a year since Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen arrived Wolfsburg, and based on his comments in a German newspaper, Wolfsburger Nachrichten, Osimhen still has big dreams. The striker is satisfied with his personal development, like his adjustment to training and the coming winter. He witnessed his first winter last year fresh from Ultimate Strikers Academy in Nigeria to Wolfsburg. …

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Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Sec-Gen & ex-environment minister implicated in $300m timber racket

The Rosewood Racket The results of a two-year investigation by Environment Investigation Agency (EIA), The Rosewood Racket details the journey of illegal African rosewood, also known as “kosso,” from the remote forests of Nigeria beset by illegal logging to luxury furniture boutiques in China, despite protections placed on this threatened tree species by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered …

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Calls for Biafran independence return to Southeast Nigeria

A fresh insurrection by Biafra secessionists would plunge the country into deeper insecurity. In September Nigeria’s military launched Operation Python Dance II, its second military exercise in South East Nigeria this year. It was carried out with the intention of quashing any calls for secession in a region with a long history of antagonism with the central Nigerian state. The stakes …

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Nigeria’s Central Bank governor Godwin Emefiele named in Paradise Papers scandal

What are the Paradise Papers? The Paradise Papers is a special investigation by the Guardian and 95 media partners worldwide into a leak of 13.4m files from two offshore service providers and 19 tax havens’ company registries. The files reveal the offshore financial affairs of some of the world’s biggest multinational companies and richest individuals, and set out the myriad …

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Michael Emenalo explains why he has quit Chelsea

Former Nigerian international defender Michael Emenalo announced today that he he is standing down as technical director at Chelsea.  He has been at the club for 10 years, starting out as a scout under coach Avram Grant.  He rose to technical director in 2011. He spoke to Chelsea TV today explaining his reasons for leaving. How difficult a decision was it …

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