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UK toes US line to block looted funds for Nigeria governor

6 April 2020  U.K.’s National Crime Agency opposes Nigeria transfer deal Parties say preliminary settlement talks underway in U.S. The U.K. has joined the U.S. in resisting a plan by the Nigerian government to hand nearly $110 million of funds the American authorities say was stolen by late dictator Sani Abacha to a top ruling party official. The three governments are involved in …

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Coronavirus: Trump channels his inner Obasanjo

30 March 2020 Donald Trump means different things to different people. But I never thought I would liken him to a Nigerian ruler or ex-ruler. Until yesterday. Responding in the White House Rose Garden to estimates that 100,000 or more Americans may die from the coronavirus, Trump said: “So you’re talking about 2.2 million deaths, 2.2 million people from this. …

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US opposes Nigeria plan to hand looted Abacha funds to Governor Bagudu

21 February 2020 The U.S. is opposing plans by Nigeria’s government to hand about $100 million the American authorities say was stolen by deceased former dictator Sani Abacha to a top ruling party official. The disagreement may hamper future cooperation between the two nations to recover state money moved offshore by Abacha, who Transparency International estimates may have looted as …

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Zeke Nnaji powering his way to the NBA

19 February 2020 If you don’t follow college basketball in the United States, you may not have heard of Zeke Nnaji. But it is only a matter of time before he becomes a household name in the US, Nigeria and the rest of the world. Born Ezekiel Tobechukwu Nnaji, 19 years ago, the freshman power forward out of the University …

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Despite travel ban, Nigerians tend to trust Trump – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

12 February 2020 Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani spoke to Washington-based National Public Radio’s Audie Cornish about President Trump’s surprising popularity in Nigeria, despite the country being added to the travel ban. Transcript of the interview: Audie Cornish: Immigrants from Africa’s most populous country will be blocked from coming to the U.S. beginning later this month. The Trump administration is …

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Nigerians shocked by Trump’s new immigration restrictions

5 February 2020 Akinbode Akinmutimi still remembers the first time he saw a U.S. dollar in Nigeria. He was in the fourth grade and was taken by the words “In God We Trust.” “I really want to come to this country that trusted in God,” Akinmutimi recalls. He did just that and moved to the U.S. 17 years ago. Today, …

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Trump Administration to curb immigrants from 6 nations, including Nigeria

2 February 2020 President Trump is putting new immigration restrictions on Nigeria and five other countries, the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday, in the latest move to reshape U.S. immigration rules. The new policy restricts immigrant visas for citizens of Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Myanmar, and Kyrgyzstan. It does not ban them from traveling to the U.S. for other …

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Travel ban: Is the US afraid of Nigeria?

31 January 2020 The US is punishing Nigeria amid a current humanitarian crisis where the West African nation is grappling with a violent terrorist problem in the form of Boko Haram; a terrorist entity that the US indirectly helped rise to power. The Trump administration is considering expanding its travel ban to include five more countries, including Nigeria. While there is opposition to the …

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US security source opens up on Nigerian corruption

7 January 2020 The head of the Nigeria station of one of the United States’ major security agencies has expressed disappointment about the corruption of Nigeria’s security top brass. Speaking to Naijiant.com, he explained how the US had bilateral “aid” agreements with Nigeria to provide equipment to help the Nigerians deal with various security challenges, ranging from Boko Haram in …

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