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Conviction of Nigerian oil deal middlemen spells trouble for Shell and ENI

20 September 2018 Conviction in middlemen’s fast-tracked OPL 245 trial a poor omen for Shell and Eni’s defence just days before major bribery trial hears first prosecution witnesses. Today two middlemen have been found guilty of corruption offences relating to Shell and Eni’s 2011 deal for one of Nigeria’s most promising oil licenses. The judgement was first reported by Reuters …

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Nigerian Pentecostal megachurches a booming business

19 September 2018 Pentecostal churches are wildly popular in Nigeria — and increasingly rich, as they run thriving businesses empires on the side. Critics say they exploit people’s faith. “The siege of unemployment is over in your life, the siege of business stagnation, frustration in your life are finally over.” The prosperity gospel by David Oyedepo sounds hypnotizing. A crowd …

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Nigeria’s “peacekillers” in Sierra Leone

16 September 2018 Almost two decades ago, when Sierra Leone was in the grip of a brutal civil war, troops from Nigeria (operating under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and its Military Observer Group ECOMOG) were deployed to protect civilians from rebel forces in the capital Freetown. But instead, some of the peacekeepers turned …

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Full text of Kemi Adeosun’s resignation letter

14 September 2019 Nigeria’s finance minister Kemi Adeosun resigned today after much speculation whether she forged the exemption certificate that allowed her to skip National Youth Service.  Her resignation, which has been accepted by President Muhammadu Buhari, is reproduced in full below. 14th September, 2018 His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari President, Federal Republic of Nigeria State House Aso Villa Abuja Dear …

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Amnesty International: Nigeria must release presidential report on the military’s human rights record

14 September 2018 The Nigerian government’s delay in making public a report on the military’s human rights record is an appalling affront to victims who are still waiting for justice, Amnesty International said on Tuesday – one year after a presidential investigative panel started its work. The Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and …

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Zamfara: Nigeria’s wild northwest

13 September 2018 Hundreds have lost their lives this year as a fertile region descends into worsening conflict It was a set-up and Buharin Daji walked right into it. The notorious cattle-rustling kingpin had arrived for a meeting in the northern Nigerian bush, ostensibly to settle differences with one of his senior lieutenants, but instead was shot dead. Daji’s murder in …

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“The good, peaceful Fulani need to tell their story”

12 September 2018 The mockery of pastoralist Fulani over their enthusiasm for cows has made way for the slurs of “terrorists” and “militia” as disputes with others in West Africa lead to bloodshed. In Nigeria they face other problems too. The voices of the two boys, neither older than 16, carry over the sound of more than 20 cows trotting …

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Boko Haram overruns town that Nigerian military asked IDPs to return to

9 September 2018 Militants have attacked the northern Nigerian town of Gudumbali, with residents reporting several deaths. The Nigerian government had asked displaced people to return to the town in June. Islamist militants reportedly traveling on motorbikes and pick-up trucks attacked the town of Gudumbali in northern Nigeria on Friday, with residents saying many people had been killed or forced …

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Report finds 500 distinct types of corruption in Nigeria

31 August 2018 Tales of corruption in Nigeria are legion. And like many analysts of the country, Matthew Page has his favorites. There’s the case of the clerk at the state examinations board who was called to account for the disappearance of $100,000 in exam fees. While news accounts of her explanations varied, according to some reports, “she claimed that a …

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Buhari’s pernicious doctrine

31 August 2018 Below is a statement from Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka in response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim on Sunday that national security and national interest should come before the rule of law. Here we go again! At his first coming, it was “I intend to tamper with Freedom of the Press”, and Buhari did proceed to suit …

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