Suicide bomber kills 13 in Maiduguri

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here At least, no fewer than 13 people have been reported killed by a suicide bomber killed during an attack in Maiduguri, with confirmation from Borno state’s police that five others were also injured.

get link It was gathered that the attack in the city occurred yesterday evening and that rescue and investigation were on going to gathered information about the killing Confirming the killing, the Borno State Commisioner of Police, Damian Chukuw,  disclosed that the 13 people were killed during evening attack, which also injured five people, struck the city’s Muna Garage area,

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Nigeria, Turkey move to curb illegal arms importation history homework essays By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

see Following interception of over 1,000 riffles imported from Turkey at Apapa Tin Can port by Nigerian Customs, the Turkish authorities have expressed its readiness to enter into an agreement with  the Federal Government to stop further illegal importation of arms into Nigeria. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed these in a statement on Sunday at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Turkey during which he participated in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8).

page While listing benefited from the four-day visit, Shehu disclosed that the visit afforded the president opportunity to discuss security and engage leaders on transnational crimes; industry, trade, investment and transportation; civil aviation; education and health matters; and defence partnerships.

enter site It would be recalled that the Turkish government had during the president’s visit disclosed that the bill of laden was falsified, saying, a container with such content never left their shore for Nigeria. news channels essay Nonetheless, the country agreed to enter into agreement with Nigeria that their ports, harbors, airports and territories will never again be used as transit points for such trafficking originating from other lands. “On the specific issue of arms smuggling, our team which included the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau(retd.) and the Comptroller-General of the Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, reached conclusions with the Turkish authorities on how to avert future occurrence and to that effect, a negotiated agreement is to be signed by both sides after vetting by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice as a requirement of our own administration,” he disclosed.

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Buhari returns to Abuja after Turkey four-day visit

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after a successful four-day working visit to Ankara and Istanbul in Turkey, where he also attended the D-8 summit, and held meetings with leaders from other countries, to strengthen bilateral ties.

Buhari, accompanied by his wife, Aisha, was received at the airport by senior government officials, including his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammad Bello and other presidential aides.

The president’s official aircraft arrived Nigeria hours after it took off from Ataturk airport, Istanbul at about 12 p.m (Turkish local time), and landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 4.05p.m.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the  President’s Spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the outing was Buhari’s first visit to Turkey since his election in 2015, but the second meeting with Erdogan who as Prime Minister visited Abuja in March, 2016.

While in Ankara, Buhari was hosted by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyeb Erdogan for a fairly long one-on-one meeting before the bilateral meeting that involved their ministers and members of their delegations.

He noted that the president’s objective during both visits focused on issues of security and anti-terrorism; agricultural cooperation and trade cooperation.

Others sectors which enveloped the president’s though were education and health; transport and connectivity; energy sector cooperation and increased private sector participation.

Shehu noted that aside that Buhari attended the summit, the visit to the country assisted the president in achieving quite a lot on the stated objectives.

“The meetings have also helped to enhance momentum in ties between Nigeria and the rest of the `D-8’ member-countries and the establishment of a positive working relationship, especially between Buhari and Erdogan,’’ Shehu said.

The presidential aide noted that Nigeria and Turkey, during the visit, had agreed to support each other in the fight against terrorism, human, drugs, and arms trafficking.

“Turkey specifically mentioned the menace of the Fethullah organisation “FETO” which they accused of terrorism and involvement in the abortive coup plot in 2016, which the Turkish population gallantly resisted.

“There are more than 1,000 Turkish citizens in Nigeria, many of them accused of belonging to this organisation and for which reason their passports have been declared invalid by their country.

“Nigeria has her own problems with the Boko Haram terrorist organisation which claims ties to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS and (possibly) Daesh, (two international terrorist organisations which Turkey is up against) in the fight of which we get support from Turkey and we desire more.

“Both countries also have issues with domestic terror organisations for which they need each other’s help. There is equally the burning issue of the smuggling of illicit arms allegedly from Turkey, which their authorities effectively debunked but nonetheless agreed to enter into agreement with Nigeria that their ports, harbors, airports and territories will not ever again be used as transit points for such trafficking originating from other lands.’’

Buhari discloses solution to terrorism

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Worried by development of new terrorism groups in Africa, President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that solution to end insecurity challenges lies within the continent and on shoulder of every president in Africa.

Buhari added that the solution to end activities of Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and other terrorist groups in the continent required that African leaders speak with one voice shunning foreign influence.

The president gave the hint during a bilateral meeting with his Guinean counterpart, Alpha Conde, in Istanbul, Turkey, where they had gone to attend the ninth D-8 Summit.

Buhari, while exchanging views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest with Conde, stressed that if African leaders adopt the strategy, economic integration, development, peace, and security within the continent would be achieved.

Buhari said leaders should learn from history to effectively tackle conflicts, violent extremism, and proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

He assured his Guinean counterpart, who is also the current Chairman of AU, that Nigeria would continue to strengthen its engagement with all AU member states to address current security challenges in restive areas such as South Sudan and Libya, and the political crisis in Togo.

In his remarks, Conde praised Nigeria’s leadership on the continent, particularly Buhari’s great job on anti-corruption and his strong voice on African issues at the international stage.

The Guinean leader stressed the need for Guinea and Nigeria to accelerate economic cooperation, particularly in the natural resources sector, where Guinea boasts of 25 percent or more of the world’s known bauxite reserves.

Britain assures Nigeria continuous commitment towards trade, economic development

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The British Government has reassured Nigeria of its commitment to trade and economic development of the nation, saying government relevant agencies have been positioned to offer interventions and supports such that would enable the country attain its potential.

Besides, Nigerian in Britain tasked  Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to dedicate more focus to policies that could help better Nigerian economy.

The group of Nigerians in Diasporas, who reacted to the CBN’s boss alleged suggestion which accused citizens of Nigeria living abroad not to be contributing enough to revamp Nigerian economy, said that those of who live over sea were direct foreign investors and that they deserve commendations.

Meanwhile, their response came at a policy forum titled “Policy Roundtable on Business and Sustainable Development”,  hosted by British Prime Minister’s Envoy on Trade to Nigeria, John Howell, and Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary on International Trade, Iain Stewart, in London, where some of the Nigerians charged  Emefiele on friendly monetary policy to encourage Nigerians in Diaspora.

At the gathering, Howell reiterated that the UK’s was committed to trade relation and development of Nigeria, and that his country’s government would to continue to put it best, to ensure tie between the two nations goes stronger.

According to him, Nigeria remains Britain good trade partner and and the UK government through the office and other relevant government agency including Department for International Development (DFID) are committed to offering interventions and support that will enable Nigeria attain its true potential.

On side Stewart, who stated that British government understand challenges of insecurity and infrastructure among others in Nigeria, disclosed motive behind the UK dedication renewal as to assist in tackling these issues, and that the country’s foreign minister was in the country recently to examine areas where support would be needed.

He said, “our experts in security management have been active in giving training and relevant assistance. And we will continue to give encouragement to our businesses to look for opportunities that will help the two countries and deepen the capacities of Nigerians.”

On part of need for CBN to direct focus on policy that could development the nation’s economy, a London based journalist, Lekan Fatodu, explained that Nigerians in Diaspora have been tremendously contributing their quotas to economic uplift of the the country, expectations on agency in charge of decision making to put in best.

He noted that in 2015, the diaspora remittances to Nigeria was $21 billion and that the record proved Nigerians abroad investments, contrary to the CBN’s boss alleged submission.

“Mr. Emefiele has completely missed the point in that front. The man was in charge of the CBN 2015 and he is still the one superintending the apex bank.

“So instead of looking across the ponds for what is not, he should face the bigger picture”, he stated.

He charged the CBN  to focus efforts on rebuilding investor’s confidence, getting the monetary policy  and making good use of remarkable diaspora remittances into Nigeria among other necessities.

To one of the Diaspora group member, Priscilla Nwikpo, after several months of economic shocks, the moment should be a great opportunity for managers of the Nigerian economy including CBN, to provide solution, to the nations economy.

“We thought the era of blame game was over because Nigerians home and away are yearning for inclusive growth”.

Another one, Kayode Salau, maintained that the Nigerians in diaspora direct investments in Nigeria were enough evidence to counter the CBN assertion against contribution people living abroad.

“We are actually the major facilitators of foreign investments, investors and key international partnerships. So Mr. Emefiele and his colleagues need to redouble efforts in buidling a stronger economy and creating an environment that is attractive and secure for investments.”


The media preserved Turkey’s democracy during failed coup-Buhari

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated importance of media in the society, stressing that their constructive coverage and dissemination  of government activities has aided development helped in aiding development, unity and harmony.

Citing recent coup in Turkey, Buhari noted that retention of democracy in the country does not exclude efforts included by the media in their constructive coverage of the failed coup last year.

Speaking at a meeting with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ismail Kahraman, the president hailed the courage of the people of Turkey for defending democracy in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident.

‘‘The international media helped the world in trying to understand what really happened (on July 15 in this country) and what the government is doing,’’ he added

Reiterating Nigeria’s solidarity with Turkey after the failed attempt to oust a democratically-elected government, he opined that Turkey’s assumption of the Chairmanship of the D-8 on Friday would afford both countries the opportunity to work together on economic, security and political issues.

He told Turkey’s parliamentary leader that following the fruitful talks with President Recep Erdogan earlier on Thursday, both countries are optimistic of improved cooperation in strategic areas as soon as talks are finalised between their officials.

After the meeting with the lawmaker, Buhari visited a part of Turkey’s Parliament building damaged by a bomb during last year’s coup attempt, and laid a wreath at the site of one of the damaged areas.

The President then made an unscheduled appearance at the Turkish Parliament in session and his presence drew a loud applause when the Presiding Officer acknowledged him.

Buhari, Erdogan meet, agree on strengthening counter terrorism

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Following Nigerian Customs persistent interception of imported riffles at Apapa Tin Can ports, Lagos state, President Muhammadu Buhari and his Turkey counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to strengthen cooperation between their security agencies to boost counter terrorism.

The agreement was reached after a tete-a-tete between both leaders in Ankara, barely 24 hours after Buhari left Nigeria to attend the D-8 summit holding in the country.

During a press briefing on outcome of their meeting on Thursday, while Erdogan hinted that the bill of laden and other documents used in exporting the riffles were fraudulent, Buhari disclosed that outcome of the ongoing meeting between representatives of both countries would be made public soon.

Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed satisfaction that defence ministers of both countries held extensive discussions on developing new strategies for counter-terrorism.

‘‘We will as a result of the meeting between the ministers and officials of both countries strengthen rapidly whatever their recommendations are,’’ the President said.

Commenting on degradation of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Buhari said the improved security situation in the North East was an eloquent testimony to the efforts of his administration in combating terrorism since he came into office in May 2015

‘‘We were very surprised and disturbed by the claim made by Boko Haram on what they have been getting from ISIS. We know we will be able to contain them and we have proven that we can do it. ‘We are very pleased that Turkey is in a position to assist us and has been strengthening our educational and health institutions.

‘‘There are a lot of potentialities in terms of investments and a lot is being done in the educational and health sectors in Nigeria. These will be strengthened and I assure you that Nigeria is prepared to accept Turkish business people to come and explore more of Nigeria’s potentialities,’’ the Nigerian leader added.

In his remarks, Erdogan said Nigeria had great potentials and remains a global actor in terms of economy, demographics and its peacekeeping records.

He indicated that Turkey was interested in investing in Nigeria’s electricity, refineries and gas sectors, adding that increasing the flights between Turkey and Nigeria would further improve commercial and people-to-people relationships.

On the fight against terrorism, the Turkish leader argued that there was no difference between any of the terrorism group considering their mode of operations.

‘‘There is no difference between Boko Haram, Fethullah Terrorist Organisation or Daesh (ISIS), which have all killed, inflicted pain and hardship on innocent people.

‘‘All of these organisations are hordes of murderers that feed on the innocent people, and in the fight against terrorism, we will stand with our Nigerian friends, and we are ready to share our experience and provide all kinds of support. We also expect the same cooperation from Nigeria in fighting against Fethullah that murdered 250 Turkish citizens last year,’’ he added.

Before the meeting, Buhari had visited mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, laid a wreath in red and white colours of the Turkish flag at the tomb of Ataturk and later observed a minute silence.

Afterwards, the President signed the official Anitkabir memorial Book of Honour at the Misaki-i Milli Kulesi (National Pact Tower), within the precincts of the mausoleum, and toured the museum.

He wrote: ‘‘It is an honour and privilege to visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of a great patriotic, visionary and courageous leader who shaped modern Turkey, during my official working visit to Ankara and the ninth D-8 summit in Istanbul. I pay my profound respect to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey and the first President from 1923 until his death in 1938.

‘‘I am pleased with the friendly relations between Turkey and Nigeria, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. I look forward to a more fruitful cooperation between our governments and people in areas of mutual concern and interests, for the benefit of our people.’’

Dogara eulogises Gowon @85


By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

The House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, has described former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, inspirational leader and symbol of genuine patriotism and statesmanship.

Through a message issued from by the speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan,on Thursday, to commemorate Gowon’s 85th Birthday, Dogara commended the former head of state over his relentless commitment to unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.

According to the statement, Gowon has been known for demonstrating uncommon patriotism, courage, vision and statesmanship as well as genuine commitment to national unity and integration both during his active years as a head of government and even now as an elder statesman.”

It said, “Gowon as a peace-maker and fine Military officer who worked for the preservation of the nation’s unity by bringing together all the constituent regions of Nigeria and keeping the country one after the unfortunate civil war.

“Gowon’s unwavering commitment, excellent leadership disposition, vision as well as his ability to galvanize the broad spectrum of Nigerian society are testimonies of the success of his popular slogan, ‘To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done,’ and his unequivocal love for peace, harmony and corporate existence of the country.”

“The speaker prayed God to grant the elder statesman more years of excellent health, wisdom and selfless service to God, country and humanity.

Muslims more in Nigerian prisons, NBS reports over 68,686 inmates

By Newsdesk

A statistics released by Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that there were more Muslims in Nigerian prisons, with over 71,402 been incarcerated within two years, compared to 59,940 Christians and 11,506 traditionalists, atheists and others recorded same period.

The NBS disclosed that no fewer than 68,686 inmates were currently occupying prisons across the country, with Lagos, Kano and Rivers states topping the table.

According to the agency’s report, Lagos prison capacity is 3,927 but currently accommodates 7,396 inmates, indicating that it is almost 100 per cent overcrowded, a trend that President Muhammadu Buhari has described as a national scandal.

From the data released by NBS on Thursday, Lagos is closely followed by Rivers and Kano states with 4,424 and 4,183 prison inmates population.

The statistics was contained in NBS Prison Statistics catalogued Prison Population by Total Detainees, Prison Capacity and Number of Un-sentenced Detainees by State and Year and Prison Inmate Population by Gender from 2011 to 2016. The study showed a rise in prison population from 65,030 in 2015 to 68,686 last year.

While Kano can conveniently accommodate just 2,116 prisoners, Rivers, according to the Bureau had one of the worst prison congestion ratio as it can take only 1,354, compared to the 4,183 prisoners it currently accommodates.

Bayelsa and Ekiti states, However, had the lowest numbers of prisoners, with 444 and 585 as at last year. Even then the two states also failed to buck the trend as their cells can accommodate only 200 and 400 prisoners.

The report released by the Bureau showed a rise in over-population of the prisons. In 2015, the prisons capacity was 49,965. But the prisoners were 65,033. In 2016, the capacity rose to 50,803, as the inmates also increased to 68,686.

More revealing is the gender skewness of the population: There are far more men in prisons than women. While male inmates last year were 67,329, the women were 1,357. Two year ago also, the gender ratio was similar, with 63,668 as men as against 1,357 women.

In terms of the beliefs of the inmates, there were more Muslims kept in jail between 2015 and 2016, more than Christians. A breakdown of the statistics revealed that 59,940 Christians were incarcerated in two year period, in contrast with 71,402 Muslims. The number of traditionalists, atheists and others was 11,506.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari expressed concern over the state of the nation’s prisons, noting that it is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent.

Buhari bear his mind when he hosted a delegation of the judicial arm of government led by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The president said: “We need a new approach to prison congestion. It is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent.”

He stressed the need to put in place urgent new measures to speedily decongest the prisons across the country, stating that the call had become imperative not only in the interest of justice but to save the cost of prisons’ maintenance and boost the welfare of prisoners.

SERAP discloses FG’s plans on looter’s name publication

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abukabar Malami, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all relevant agencies to compile documents on names of all looters with a view to promptly enforce judgment delivered at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

According to the judgement, the Apex government was expected to release names and other details on Nigerians especially public office holders from whom public funds were recovered.

The court also ordered the government to tell Nigerians the circumstances under which funds were recovered, as well as the exact amount of funds recovered from each public official.

 Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), in a statement on Thursday, signed its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, hinted that Malami disclosed Federal Government’s plan during a meeting at his office in Abuja with a delegation from the organisation.

“We had a very productive meeting with Mr Malami, discussing among other critical issues the need for the government to obey the judgment delivered in July by Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari following a Freedom of Information suit number:   FHC/CS/964/2016  brought by SERAP.

“Mr Malami informed us that President Buhari has directed the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and other relevant agencies involved in the recovery of looted funds to promptly put the documents together with a view to fully and promptly enforcing the judgment by Justice Shagari.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to meet with the Attorney General of the Federation and look forward to working with him as the government strives to enforce this very important judgment. We hope that the implementation of the judgment will now happen sooner rather than later. We believe that effectively implementing the judgment will be a victory for the rule of law, show the way forward in the fight against corruption and impunity of perpetrators in the country, as well as demonstrate Buhari’s oft-repeated commitment to tackling the problem of grand corruption,” Mumuni added.

It would be recalled that the SERAP suit followed disclosure last year by the Federal Government of funds recovered from some high-ranking public officials and private individuals.

In her judgment delivered three months ago by Justice Shagari, it was agreed with SERAP that the apex government had legal rights to inform Nigerians those officials whome money were recovered from them.