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Though granted bail by three different courts and a favourable ECOWAS court judgement,
Dasuki still locked up – lawyer
Nigeria’s poor condition used to convince Ghananians to fear ‘change’
He (Buhari) has plunged Nigeria into serious economic hardship – Ghana’s ruling part
Halt Chijioke Obioha’s execution; Amnesty tells Singapore
Despite the obvious enormous economic pain, Buhari stands ground against Niger Delta militants
Hawking of new naira notes: Senate probes CBN, banks
Fuel scarcity: Arik cuts down on flights
Talibe: Senegals’ got ‘Almajiris’
Dubai: Rape victim accused of pre-marital sex!
Husband uses drone to catch cheating wife
Nigeria: 3rd most terrorized nation in the world
Vanguard: Alhaji Atiku already running for 2019 – El-Rufai
Governor Nasir El-Rufai yesterday charged at Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice
President, saying he was “haunted by his corruption demons.” and that he is already
running for 2019, and he thinks that he can make people like him collateral damage in his
attempt to rejuvenate his image.
Daily Post: Court has no powers to stop trial of arrested judges – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, has insisted that the Federal High Court in Abuja has no
powers to stop the prosecution of some judges recently arrested over allegations of
corruption by security agencies.
Buhari, through his lawyer, Chiesonu Okpoko maintained that the court lacks the
jurisdiction to entertain a suit by a Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, which seeks
to stop the Federal Government from arraigning seven judges arrested by the Department of
State Services, DSS.
Nigerian Guardian: 60% of Boko Haram now not Nigerians, Buratai says
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, said that judging by the
current activities of the Boko Haram terrorists, 60 percent of them are not Nigerians.
Buratai said this in Maiduguri when he received the Special Representative of the UN
Secretary-General, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, at the headquarters of the Theatre Command of
Operation Lafiya Dole at the Maimalari Cantonment.
“Your Excellency, I want to bring to your attention that while the Boko Haram
(insurgency) can be said to have started in Nigeria, by and large as at today, I can say
that almost 60 per cent of the insurgents are from our neighbouring countries.
“You can see that almost all of the recently surrendered insurgents are not
Nigerians.This is a challenge that impacts more on the Nigerian side than the other
countries. But by and large, our military is up to the task and we will continue to do
our best to ensure that our country is secured,’’ Buratai said.
He said that there was no doubt that the terrorists had been defeated but added that
troops would continue with their operations until the insurgents finally surrender.
Daily Post: FG now engaged in several developmental projects – Presidency
The Federal Government has said the country is taking a giant leap in infrastructure
development, as it is now speeding up ongoing projects and investing heavily in the
construction and repair of highways, railways and power generating plants across the
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated
this in an interview program on Express Radio in Kano on Tuesday. Garba said that the
Buhari administration had chosen to fast-track projects related to infrastructure in
order to pump money into the economy as a way of pulling the economy out of recession.
According to the SSA, an unprecedented amount of 750 Billion Naira has been released for
capital projects in the last five months and that counterpart funds for the take-off of
the $11b Kano-Lagos rail project had been paid.
The presidential spokesman said a number of projects existing on paper are now being
activated, citing the Kano-Katsina dual road project as an example of what he called
“deceitful and ghost projects now being given life.”
In his words, “Kano-Katsina dual highway was awarded three years ago by the last
administration. They didn’t pay a kobo for its start-up. President Buhari just paid money
for the first tranche of 75 kilometers and work has begun apace.”
Breaking Times: Orji Uzor Kalu after resigning from PPA, joins APC
Former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has formally joined the All Progressives
Kalu was received by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Commitee of the
party at the National Secretariat on Wednesday.
He said he has succumbed to pressures from his friends and well wishers to contribute his
quota to building the party in Nigeria especially in the South East.
Breaking Times, FG never offered Dasuki permission to bury his Father – Lawyer
A senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Raji and counsel to the detained former National
Security Adviser, retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki has said he didn’t receive any
offer from the Federal Government granting Dasuki permission to travel to Sokoto to
attend the burial of his late father and 18th Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki who
was buried on Tuesday.
The counsel who spoke with the judiciary journalist at the FCT High Court Abuja said that
the purported offer was doubtful because none of his lawyers was contacted on the issue.
He said: “As his counsel, we are not aware of that offer. Our client has not told us
anything of that nature. We would have expected that if such a gesture was going to be
made to him, we as his counsel should have been involved so that we can advise him
properly. As I am speaking to you, I am hearing of this for the first time.”
Raji said there was no basis for the continued detention of Dasuki by government having
being granted bail by three different high courts in Abuja in the charges against him as
well as the order of the ECOWAS court for his unconditional release in the case for the
enforcement of his fundamental rights to freedom of liberty.
He said “Dasuki has been granted three bails and one outright judgement for his release
by the ECOWAS court which is binding in honour on Nigeria.
Globe & Mail: Lawyer: Couple guilty of sneaking Nigerian nanny into US
An eastern Pennsylvania couple will plead guilty to sneaking a Nigerian woman into the
country so she could work as their nanny.
Gilbert Scutti is the attorney for the Palmer Township couple charged by federal
prosecutors in Allentown.
He tells The (Allentown) Morning Call that John and Godever Ibechem — native Nigerians
but now U.S. citizens — learned of the woman through relatives in their native land. The
woman was homeless and posed as John Ibechem’s mother so she could enter the United
States in 2009.
The couple was charged last week with conspiracy to violate immigration laws and not
paying the woman at least minimum wage. The woman worked for the couple until September
A guilty plea hearing hasn’t been scheduled.
Scutti says it was a “win-win” arrangement “until it went sideways.”
Nigerian Guardian: Arik Air on Wednesday announced a reduction of flights due to the
lingering scarcity of JET A1 (aviation fuel).
The airline made the announcement in a statement by its Communications Manager, Mr Ola
Adebanji, in Lagos.
Arik Air said that aviation fuel scarcity started manifesting last week when major oil
marketers began to ration supply of the product to airlines.
It said: “With a daily fuel need of about 500,000 litres and an average of over 100 daily
flights, Arik Air is mostly affected by this scarcity which is the fourth this year
“One of the airline’s flights to Johannesburg on Tuesday had to be routed via Port
Harcourt to pick up fuel.
“As a result of the worsening supply situation of aviation fuel, Arik Air has announced
further reduction in flights from November 16 to cope with the fresh scarcity.”
According to the airline, the reduction will reduce unpleasant flight delays and
cancellations which passengers have experienced in recent times.
It said that an oil marketer issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) on Saturday, alerting of
non-availability of the product in Lagos.
GhanaWeb: The National Organizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi
Adams, has admonished Ghanaians not to make the same mistake as the Nigerians, who have
regretted voting out Goodluck Jonathan.
Addressing party supporters on the President’s second day campaign tour of the Greater
Accra Region in Tema last Saturday, the NDC national campaign coordinator said Nigerians
have regretted replacing Goodluck Jonathan’s government with that of President Mahamadu
Buhari who has deepened the economic woes of Nigerians.
“President Buhari in his maiden speech asked Nigerians not to expect any change from him
culminating in his abysmal performance as he has succeeded in running down several
policies and initiatives introduced by his predecessor. He has plunged Nigeria into
serious economic hardship”, Kofi Adams said.
He said it will be a suicidal if Ghanaians find themselves in similar situation by
mistakenly voting the Manama led administration out of office.
“In order to make fair development comparisons between the NDC and NPP, it is expedient
for Ghanaians to renew the mandate of the Mahama- led administration come December 7,” he
Several Ghanaians particularly sympathizers of the opposition NPP are yearning for
change, making inference to their Nigerian counterparts.
Daily Post: Man stabs father to death in Jigawa over delay to provide food
The Jigawa State Police Command on Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man, Muhammad Adamu,
who allegedly stabbed his father to death in Mairakumi village in Malammadori Local
Government Area, LGA, of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Abu Jinjiri, who spoke on the incident,
assured newsmen that the command would investigate the case.
The suspect, who is said to be a psychiatric patient, stabbed his 60-year-old father,
Malam Adamu, while working on his farm after he was reportedly infuriated by the
reluctance of the deceased to give him food.
Amnesty International: Singapore: Halt execution now
Singapore must immediately halt the execution of Chijioke Stephen Obioha, a Nigerian
national on death row for possession of drugs, Amnesty International said today.
On Wednesday, Chijioke Stephen Obioha’s family was informed that his appeal for clemency
has been rejected. He is set to be executed on Friday 18 November 2016.
“The Singapore government still has time to halt the execution of Chijioke Stephen
Obioha. We are dismayed that clemency has not been granted in his case but remain hopeful
that they won’t carry out this cruel and irreversible punishment against a person
sentenced to the mandatory death penalty for a crime that should not even be punished by
death,” said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the
The death penalty is never the solution. It will not rid Singapore of drugs. By executing
people for drug-related offences, which do not meet the threshold of most serious crimes,
Singapore is violating international law
Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific
Daily Post: El-Rufai has history of publicly telling lies – PDP youths
The Peoples Democratic Party, National Youth Frontiers, PDPNYF, says the Kaduna State
Governor, Mallam El-Rufai, is a man who has history of lying publicly.
This is coming at a time when the Governor, while reacting to an earlier claim by former
vice president, Atiku Abubakar, said Atiku was being “haunted by corrupt demons”.
A series of tweets on the group’s Twitter handle, @PDPNYF, on Wednesday, reads: “Governor
@elrufai is not above lying to the media to achieve his political objective, he has
eventually fought every of our past leaders.
“@elrufai you mean you are kneeling down before “The Devil and the Demon of Corruption.
.? Governor Elrufai; A Man Of Double Standard(s).
“@elrufai Book “The Accidental Public Servant” further define his public image as an
ungrateful, self-serving and loquacious personality.
BBC News: Nigeria militants ‘bomb’ oil pipelines in Niger Delta
A militant group in Nigeria says it has bombed three pipelines in the south of the
country in the latest attack on the country’s crucial oil industry.
The claim by the Niger Delta Avengers has not been independently confirmed.
The NDA, the latest militant group to emerge in Nigeria, is demanding that a greater
share of oil wealth be spent on ending poverty in local communities.
Attacks resumed earlier this year after funding for former militants was slashed.
Nigeria is one of Africa’s biggest oil exporters and it is the country’s main export
Nigeria’s government and the Dutch-British oil company Shell, which operates the
pipelines, have not yet commented on the alleged attack.
The NDA said it had blown up three trunk lines carrying 300,000 barrels of oil a day to
Shell’s Bonny export terminal in southern Bayelsa state.
Destruction of oil installations by successive militant organisations have severely
disrupted crude production.
But an amnesty programme for former militants led to a period of relative peace until
earlier this year.
Talks to resolve the conflict have been taking place in recent months, resulting in a
delicate ceasefire, but those talks stalled at the beginning of November.
Since then there has been a sharp increase in attacks.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest producer, accounting for roughly two million barrels of crude
The continued attacks on pipelines are slashing Nigeria’s oil production – and hammering
an economy reeling from its worst recession in years.
This month, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari met leaders from the Niger Delta in a
bid to end the violence.
The government also announced a vague plan to invest $1bn in the region – although it
didn’t spell out where the cash would come from.
Since the high-profile meeting, there have been a slew of attacks.
One of the militants told the BBC that the government was “playing with us” and that it
wasn’t putting its words into action.
Militant groups say they’re fighting for a greater share of the resources for local
communities. They also want the government to honour a previous amnesty programme – which offers cash payments and retraining – after its budget was slashed by two-thirds at the
start of the year.
The government, however, accuses the militants of holding the country to ransom.
The continued violence is designed to pressure the government into making an agreement.
Despite the enormous economic pain, the president is standing his ground.
Premium Times: Senate shuns Amaechi, passes Maritime University Bill
The bill for establishment of Nigerian Maritime University at Okerenkoko in Delta State,
on Wednesday scaled second reading at the Senate, months after Minister of Transport,
Rotimi Amaechi, announced scrapping of the project.
The bill sponsored by James Manager (PDP-Delta) was unanimously supported by the senators
after the mover’s lead debate, making case for the establishment of the university.
The groundbreaking of the proposed school at Okerenkoko in Warri south-West local
government area was done by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 and, according to
the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, physical asset were on site.
However, there has been no law backing the establishment of the university.
Addressing the senate committee on maritime on January 19, Mr. Amaechi had announced the
scrapping of the project, which was to be financed by the Nigerian Maritime and Safety
Administration Agency, a parastatal under his ministry.
Mr. Amaechi then cited insecurity in the area, and said the project was a “misplacement
of priority” because there are transport institutes in Zaria (Kaduna), and Oron (Akwa
Later on June 14 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Minister said the Federal Government lacked
the funds to continue with school; and that unless the 13 billion Naira spent on the
procurement of the land for the project was retrieved, the project stood scrapped.
“Okerenkoko (Maritime University), I am not against,” he said. “My argument about
Okerenkoko is that land alone is 13 billion (naira). If you give me 13 billion, I will
buy the half of Lagos. That 13 billion has built the university already.”
“What to do: let EFCC retrieve the money and release the money and we build the
university. If they bring the 13 billion, I will build the university for them. That’s
for land alone. I believe the Federal Government does not have money. When we have money,
we can continue. The minister of petroleum has said he would look for the money.
Minister, give me the money and we continue,” Mr. Amaechi said in Uyo.
But the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu disagreed with Mr. Amaechi, saying
he was in support of the project, drawing a loud applause from the audience.
“First, let me say on Okerenkoko University, I disagree with the Minister of Transport,”
“Any facility that is located in the South-South we should work close to developing it. I
don’t care the circumstances under which you are placed.”
On Wednesday, the Senate shunned the transport minister, ensuring the bill for the
establishment of the Maritime University scaled second reading.
Mr. Manager, the sponsor, argued that maritime sector had huge potentials and that
Nigeria should have a university for the purpose of producing capable manpower for the
sector which, as he said, is currently dominated by foreign interests.
On suitability of Okerenkoko for the project, he said the area was close to the sea and
surrounded by oil wells.
The move that the bill be read for the second time was seconded by Fauster Ogola (PDP-
Bayelsa) who said the giving legal backing to the school would make Nigeria become a “hub
of manpower development in the Maritime sector.”
He said Nigeria would be the first to have maritime university in West Africa once the
bill received approval of the National Assembly ultimately.
Gbenga Ashafa (APC-Lagos) and Jibrin Barau (APC-Kano) also supported the bill.
After the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, called the voice vote and the Senators
unanimously responded ‘ayes’, Mr. Saraki ruled the bill be referred to the committee on
tertiary education and Tetfund.
The committee was asked to report back in four weeks.
Also, the Senate made progress on the bill to make the Maritime Academy in Oron, Akwa
Ibom State a degree awarding institution. The bill, proposed by Effiong Nelson (PDP-Akwa
Ibom) was read for the second time.
ThisDAY: Nigeria: Senate Probes CBN, Banks Over Illegal Sale of Mint
The Senate yesterday accused the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and deposit money banks of
promoting illegality by sponsoring hawking of mint on the streets and consequently
mandated its Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions to
investigate their roles in the matter.
The parliament also challenged the CBN to strengthen its audit system particularly in
relation to collation, processing and disposing of defaced and mutilated notes.
In a motion, Senator Mao Ohuanbunwa (Abia North), said “every country’s currency is a
national treasure deserving of a level of dignity, and Nigeria naira is not an exception.
Yet throughout the country from Lagos to Sokoto, Kano, Enugu, Port Harcourt and even the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a huge illicit industry has been built around trading on
freshly minted naira notes by certain individuals who engage in the touting and hawking
of the nation’s treasure and legal tender.”
He described hawking as a violation of Section 21(4) of CBN Act 2007 which he said was
punishable adding that illicit trade of mint was responsible for scarcity of new notes
across the country.
Voice of America: Some Nigerians Question President’s Fight Against Corruption
The Nigerian president’s anti-corruption campaign continues, with high-profile officials
facing charges. But activists worry that the campaign is becoming increasingly one-sided,
accusing the president of targeting his political foes. The former national security
adviser appears in court Wednesday on money laundering charges.
It is another day in the ongoing trial of Nigeria’s former national security adviser,
Colonel Sambo Dasuki. Despite rulings from several courts granting him bail, Dasuki is
being held by the Nigerian state security services.
He has been charged with mismanaging more than $2b meant for purchasing military
equipment for the fight against Boko Haram, under former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Dasuki is just one of several high-profile Nigerians who have been arrested as part of
President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign over the past year. Last month,
Jonathan’s media adviser, Reuben Abati, was arrested by an anti-graft agency. The former
journalist was later granted bail.
Many people are being accused of money laundering and other forms of political
corruption, but no one has been indicted. And people are beginning to wonder why.
“What we have seen is some level of judicial conspiracy in the entire process, people
going to court and getting bail, finding a way to maneuver the official process,” said
Salaudeen Hashim, who works for a local nonprofit that partners with Transparency
International to track government corruption, says there are problems with the way
corruption cases are handled in Nigeria, including a lack of coordination between
investigators and prosecutors.
Perhaps the biggest issue, he says, is bribery.
“But most importantly, is the fact that our judicial process has become commercialized,”
said Hashim. “So the highest bidder will always get the most comfortable side of
About a dozen high level Nigerian judges have now been accused of fraud and accepting
bribes. State security officers have raided some of their homes in the past few weeks.
Some people say judges have hampered the country’s fight against corruption, but others
think it is nothing more than a smear campaign targeting the president’s own political
A report from the Washington-based Pew Research Center that came out this week shows that most Nigerians believe that only a small number of elite citizens benefit from the
It also said that 60 percent of Nigerians are optimistic that there will be less
corruption in the future.
Daily Trust: How Residents, Waste Collectors Engage in Indiscriminate Refuse Dumping
Awka — Indiscriminate disposal of refuse within Awka, the Anambra State capital, and its
environs has continued to pose a source of worry to both residents and visitors in view
of the serious danger and health implications it poses.
Despite calls by government and other stakeholders on proper disposal of refuse at the
approved and designated places where bins have been provided, many residents, including
tipper drivers and private waste collectors have insisted on littering the state capital
Even when the waste bins provided are yet to be filled, refuse heaps could be seen dumped
outside the bins, as residents dispose their waste any how, thereby making the entire
environment unhealthy and an eyesore.
It is more worrisome when these indiscriminate refuse dumps are seen dotting the major
streets of the town and around public institutions like government offices, hospitals,
schools, markets and worship centres.
While government blames residents over their refusal to use the waste bins, the people on
their part accuse the Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA), the body
responsible for refuse disposal, of insensitivity and inconsistency to their duty.
At the Muslim community in the territory, for example, the heap of refuse at the entrance
is so nauseating with odour coming from it.
The Secretary, Sarki Palace, Alhaji Bello Maigari, in a chat with Daily Trust, described
as an eyesore the heap of refuse at the entrance of the community which houses hundreds
of Hausas including the office of the sarki (leader).
He said it would take the agency two trips a day to dispose the refuse that is piledup at
the community on daily basis in view of the number of people living within it.
“The number of people living within the community is so large that if the refuse is not
evacuated before the end of each day, you will be amazed at the size of the dumpby the
following day,” he said.
Alhaji Bello, who is also chairman, Amansea Cattle market, said efforts to compile the
statistics of the residents of the area in order to write to the concerned authorities
were unsuccessful as some of them were uncooperative.
While appealing to the relevant authorities to come to their aid, he called for the
cooperation of the members of the community to ensure the continuous cleanliness of the
Another resident living close to the Nigerian Prisons Service, where one of the waste
bins is located, said the relevant government agency had not demonstrated seriousness to
their assignment as far as refuse disposal was concerned.
However, the Managing Director of the Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA), Philip Chiwuba, said poor attitude of the residents towards refuse disposal was one of the challenges confronting the agency.
He stressed the need for regular public enlightenment on the proper packaging and
disposal of refuse which, he said, the agency had been doing through the media.
Chiwuba explained that the state government had provided receptacles and other equipment
for refuse disposal, and warned the citizenry against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in
view of its health implications.
Nigerian Guardian: Government Asks ASUU to Shelve Strike, Seeks Dialogue
Abuja — From the Federal Government came an appeal yesterday that the Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU) should shelve its strike slated for today, promising to
resolve all the contentious issues.
The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, who
made the appeal, called for calm, promising that the government would protect the
interest of all stakeholders on the matter.
Reuters: Can Senegal Stop Child Begging, Trafficking by Islamic Teachers?
Dakar — Tens of thousands of children in religious schools across Senegal are forced to
beg in the streets to make money for their teachers, activists say
Dressed in ill-fitting football kits and covered in dust and dirt, dozens of young boys
chatter, laugh and chase a ball as Maimouna Balde leafs through a list of names.
When a scuffle breaks out between two boys, Balde instantly steps between the former
child beggars in the yard of the shelter for abandoned children in Senegal’s capital,
“It is tough here – many of the boys have been beaten by their teachers and forced to
live on the streets,” the head of the Ginddi centre told the Thomson Reuters Foundation,
reading a file listing boys as young as five and notes on various abuses.
Many of these children, known as talibe, are sent by parents in Senegal or trafficked
from neighbouring countries such as Guinea-Bissau to Islamic schools, called daaras,
where they are expected to receive food, shelter and teachings from the Koran.
But tens of thousands of children in daaras across the West African nation are forced to
beg in the streets to make money for their teachers, called marabouts, said rights groups
such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Anti-Slavery International (ASI).
These influential Islamic figures, respected and even feared by communities and
politicians, punish their pupils if they fail to bring in some 2,000 CFA francs ($3) per
day, activists said.
Alongside a drive to take the talibe off the streets, the state is considering a law to
regulate daaras – seeking to raise teaching standards and eliminate trafficking and
Yet activists are concerned that the clout of marabouts may hold back efforts to protect
children in the Koranic schools as Senegal wrestles with its identity amid a rising tide
of Islamist militancy in the region.
Many people in the Muslim-majority but staunchly secular West African nation are
asserting their cultural and religious identity over Western values in response to
growing anti-Islam sentiment in Europe and elsewhere, said Sarah Mathewson of ASI.
Reuters: Nigeria’s Forcados crude oil exports unlikely to resume until early 2017 –
Exports of Nigeria’s Forcados crude oil are unlikely to resume until early 2017, traders
said on Wednesday.
The grade has been under force majeure since February following a militant attack on its
main export pipeline, the Trans Forcados.
The pipeline resumed operations in October, allowing some cargoes to load, but fresh
militant attacks earlier this month took the line out again, shutting in more than
200,000 barrels per day
Metro (UK): British woman ‘gang raped’ in Dubai faces jail for pre-marital sex
A British woman who was allegedly raped by two men in Dubai could be sent to prison for
having sex outside marriage.
While the victim’s alleged attackers, both of whom are British, have flown back to
Birmingham, she was arrested after reporting the incident and charged with ‘extra-marital
The 25-year-old is not allowed to leave the country and needs £24,000 in legal fees, The
A family friend told the newspaper: ‘They have taken her passport as lawyers thrash it
out. She is staying with an English family but she is absolutely terrified.
‘She went to the police as the victim as one of the worst ordeals imaginable but she is
being treated as the criminal.’
The woman is said to be ‘terrified’
The woman was on a five-day holiday last month when the attack happened.
She met the two men at the hotel they were all staying at – but they lured her to a room,
took turns raping her, and filmed it, it is claimed.
Metro (UK): Husband uses drone to catch his wife cheating on him then shames her online
A husband believes he has caught his wife cheating on him using a camera on a drone to
catch her out.
He’s now uploaded the footage to YouTube with a commentary that shows his anger and
heartbreak at the collapse of his 18-year marriage.
He wrote: ‘Used my drone to catch my wife meeting a guy at the local CVS.
‘She had been getting called in early to work more often the past couple weeks, and then
I got a call from someone telling me something was going on.
‘I tried to follow her a couple times prior but both times she went to work, so I’m not
sure if she was getting tipped off or I was just unlucky. So I took the drone up and that
Premium Times: Nigeria remains third most terrorized nation in the world – Report
Nigeria is still ranked third among the countries in the world that have been worst hit
by terror attacks, according to the 2016 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report.
The GTI monitored and measured the impacts of terrorism in 163 countries, covering 99.7
per cent of the world’s population.
Nigeria had occupied the same position in last year’s ranking, and was ranked fourth in
2014. For 2015, Nigeria ranked behind Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and India are ranked fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and
eighth respectively, while Egypt and Libya are in the ninth and 10th position, in the
The report, released on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace, however
indicates a 34 per cent decline in the number of people killed by the terrorist group,
Boko Haram, in 2015 in Nigeria.
The total number of people killed by Boko Haram a in 2015 was 4,095, down from the 6,136
in 2014, said the report which attributed the decline to the operation of the Nigerian
military and the Joint Task Force in the north-east of the country.
According to the report, Nigeria also had a reduction in the number of people killed by
Fulani militants (herdsmen). “There were 630 fewer deaths by these militias in 2015, a
decrease of 50 per cent,” the report said.
This, according to the report, contributed to the overall 10 per cent drop in the number
of deaths caused by terrorism globally.
In fact, the report says Iraq and Nigeria had the largest reduction on deaths from
terrorism from 2014 to 2015.
The gains made against Boko Haram by the Nigerian military, however became the pains of
the country’s neighbours – Niger and Cameroon – as the terrorist group spilled over and
created more deaths in the two countries than previously recorded.
“Niger recorded a devastating year with 11 terrorism deaths in 2014 rising to 649 in
2015. This is the largest proportional increase of any country and is due to the
expansion of Boko Haram,” the report said.
Niger is now 16th in the latest ranking, compared to the 51st position it occupied in
last year. The deteriorating terrorism attacks in Cameroon also moved it from 20th
position it was in 2015 to 14th in 2016.
ISIL, the Islamic militant group in Iraq, has now overtaken Boko Haram as the deadliest
terrorist group in 2015, the report said.
The report said, “Despite the decrease in deaths from terrorism, Nigeria still
experienced a high rate of violent deaths.
“In addition to terrorism victims, there were at least 4,422 battle-related deaths from
the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Government in 2015, down from 8,233 in
The report said on the average, Boko Haram killed 11 people per attack in Nigeria, and
that the attacks were mainly targeted at civilians.
“Four out of five deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are civilians,” it said. “This is one
of the highest targeting of civilians anywhere in the world.
“Whilst the majority of fatalities were caused by armed assaults with firearms and
knives, there has been an increase in the use of bombings and explosions, a tactic Boko
Haram has been increasingly using after receiving explosives training from al-Shabaab.
“In 2013, Boko Haram conducted 35 bombings which killed 107 people. In 2015 there were
156 bombings that killed 1,638. Nearly two thirds of the bombings in 2015 were suicide
bombings, which on average killed ten people per attack,” the report said.
Out of 20 most fatal terrorist attacks in the world in 2015, according to the report,
four occurred on the Nigerian soil, with Boko Haram being responsible for three.
Fulani militants were responsible for one – where 95 people were killed in a single
attack on March 15, 2015.
According to the report, the worst terrorist attack in Nigeria occurred on September 13,
2015 when Boko Haram killed 160 villagers in Kukuwa-Gari village by gunfire or drowning.
A total of 174 people were killed in the attack, the report said.
Quartz: To save its currency, Nigeria’s central bank wants people jailed for holding on
to US dollars
Nigeria has tried a range of strategies to stem a trouble currency slide as well as
manage its mounting economic crisis. The latest strategy could see it jail its own
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is looking to amend laws that regulate the local
foreign exchange market. As part of its proposals, CBN is seeking extra powers to allow
it “seize” foreign currencies in instances “where money is imported to sponsor terrorist
activities or any other subversion activities to undermine the security of Nigeria.” But
that request could be viewed as a cynical move to allow the bank, and the government,
access funds in domiciliary accounts of private citizens in the name of national
The key challenge for the Nigerian regulators is there continues to be a wide gap between
CBN’s official exchange rate of around 305 naira to the dollar and the parallel markets’
street value of between 390 naira to 410 naira. It has created both uncertainty and a
shortage of dollars in the system as investors and individuals sit on the sidelines to
see how far the naira will fall.
Should this amendment bill be passed, a likely outcome will be Nigerians with domiciliary
accounts will withdraw and hold foreign currencies in cash, rather than risk being forced
to change money at government rates with better prices available on the parallel market.
To discourage that outcome, the Central Bank has proposed a two-year jail term or fine
for anyone in “possession” of foreign currency “without depositing same in a domiciliary
account within 30 days of its acquisition.”
Been here before
This isn’t the Central Bank’s first tactic to attempt to control the forex market. A year
ago, with oil prices down and government earnings slowing, the apex bank adopted a fixed
exchange rate as local banks put limits on spending on debit cards outside the country.
In June, after several months of criticism of its currency policies, the Central Bank
agreed to float the naira and allow the value of the currency be determined by market
forces. But given the stability in the currency’s official value despite the devaluation,
the Central Bank’s move was described as a “managed float.”
Despite its stated goal of trying to stabilize the foreign exchange market and resolve
the persistent dollar shortage, the Central Bank has curiously made several moves that
have worsened the crisis. It has barred banks from forex trading and cracked down on
money transfer operators, an important source of forex for the local market through
remittances from the diaspora (both bans were later lifted).
The bank’s unorthodox moves are believed to be backed by government which has also played
its part in worsening an already bad situation. Last week, state security agents raided
bureau de change operators accused of “unnecessarily hiking rates“, a move which has only
worsened the dollar scarcity.
Daily Post: Osinbajo presides over scanty FEC meeting
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council
President Muhammadu Buhari is in Marrakech, Morocco attending the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP-22.
The FEC meeting was scantily attended by cabinet members.
About ten ministers were in attendance when the meeting started on Wednesday.
The meeting was still in progress at the time of filing this report.
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