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NIGERIA POLITICS: Wanted: A Kinder, Gentler New EFCC

NIGERIA POLITICS: Wanted: A Kinder, Gentler New EFCC

The EFCC under Melaye and with oversight by Saraki, corruption will have no means of fighting back. Melaye and Saraki will put corruption and its patrons out of business. For the first time in our history, we will kill corruption before it kills us. Corruption will be history! We can then sing the Old Negro Freedom Song: Free at last, thank God Almighty, Nigeria is free of corruption!

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Kidnapped & Death: Ian Squire British Hostage Killed, Three Others Freed

NIGERIA POLITICS: Kidnapped & Death: Ian Squire British Hostage Killed, Three Others Freed

A statement from the families of the Britons said: “We are grateful for the support received by the British High Commission, and help from the Nigerian authorities in negotiating their release. We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely. Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria Offers to Meet Niger Delta Avengers After Ceasefire Cancelled in Oil Region

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria Offers to Meet Niger Delta Avengers After Ceasefire Cancelled in Oil Region

“If the Avengers wants to meet with us, we are ready to meet with them … We are at all times ready to engage them and other groups and stakeholders,” Usani Uguru Usani the minister for Nigeria’s oil-producing Delta region told reporters at the presidential villa in Abuja.

“My message to the Avengers is that they should be patient with the government. We have been doing what we can to ensure the development of the region. Everything has a phase of planning and a phase of execution so I will advise all stakeholders to remain calm,” he added.

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AFRICA POLITICS: Despite Secessionist Sentiment Africa Still Holding Together

AFRICA POLITICS: Despite Secessionist Sentiment Africa Still Holding Together

Africa has seen multiple civil wars and assorted secessionist movements arising from the illogicality of these borders. In the immediate aftermath of independence, both Katanga, the mineral-endowed Congolese province, and Biafra, in south-east Nigeria, sought to break away. When Biafran independence was crushed by the Nigerian military in the war of 1967-70, it sent a message around the continent about the high cost of separatism.

It is a minor miracle that African states have held together. Porous borders and a sense of pan-Africanism help. But states cannot take their integrity for granted. All must strive to make minorities feel part of a greater whole. If they do not, the centre will not hold forever.

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SOMALIA POLITICS: US Army Conducts Two Air Strikes Against ISIL in Somalia

SOMALIA POLITICS: US Army Conducts Two Air Strikes Against ISIL in Somalia

“We are currently assessing the results of the strike,” the statement said.

Reports from Somalia suggest ISIL has been recruiting members there since it became active in the country, although the scale of its activities is far smaller than that of al-Shabab.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari and His Government of ‘Fugithieves’

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari and His Government of ‘Fugithieves’

Buhari once said that the late General Sani Abacha never looted the nation’s treasury, yet, the Buhari administration is not only aggressively pursuing the return of Abacha’s loots in foreign lands but is also actually receiving same from Switzerland and other places. It takes a “fugithief” to clear a “fugithief”!

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Sambo Dasuki’s Detention Not Basis to Adjourn His Testimony: Court Rules

NIGERIA POLITICS: Sambo Dasuki’s Detention Not Basis to Adjourn His Testimony: Court Rules

It was the first time Dasuki would be called upon to publicly speak on his alleged diversion of funds meant for arms procurement into presidential campaigns of the then ruling PDP in 2015.

Justice Abang who has now resumed sitting for the Friday’s proceedings is to first rule on the request by the defence to defer the testimony of Dasuki until his release from the custody of the DSS and would be able to have access to his records which he claimed he needed to be able to continue his testimony.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s Best Hope For 2019: Abdulrasheed Maina

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s Best Hope For 2019: Abdulrasheed Maina

In 2019, Nigeria heads to the polls for its presidential election. The ballot will boast the usual cast of characters in the Nigerian political arena. But Nigeria’s best hope for 2019 is Abdulrasheed Maina the erstwhile Chairman, Presidential Task Force

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Negotiation With Switzerland on Return of $321m Abacha Loot Concluded: Abubakar Malami Says

NIGERIA POLITICS: Negotiation With Switzerland on Return of $321m Abacha Loot Concluded: Abubakar Malami Says

“It is widely acknowledged that corruption undermines economic development, political stability, rule of law, social development, disrupts social order and destroys public trust in the governance system. It is an established fact that corruption which is linked to organised crime, terrorism and insecurity is one of the reasons for underdevelopment,” The Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami stated.

Mr. Malami reiterated that resources and funds meant for development of infrastructure in education, health and security sectors, among others had been stolen and laundered in different parts of the world.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Governors Back Buhari as APC Defers Decision on Automatic Ticket

NIGERIA POLITICS: Governors Back Buhari as APC Defers Decision on Automatic Ticket

Regarding the issue of an automatic ticket for the president, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong said all the APC governors had resolved that they would work for a return ticket for Buhari, adding that the party does not have anyone that could match Buhari for the ticket at the moment.

“I want to say that if Mr. President is performing, is well respected and carrying everybody along, all of us have resolved that we will work for him. Do we have any other person that will challenge the president again? Whatever you call it, as far as we are concerned, we have one president and that is the ticket we will fly,” he said.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Revealed! Jacob Zuma Darkest Secret Takes Center Stage

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Revealed! Jacob Zuma Darkest Secret Takes Center Stage

At the end of March 2011, the Russian multinational Norilsk Nickel said in a press statement that Vladimir Strzhalkovsky had visited Jacob Zuma and had handed the president a Russian mobile telemedicine laboratory at Nkandla. Siyabonga Cwele was present at the ceremony.

Norilsk said in its statement: “Jakob [sic] Zuma expressed high opinion of the Company’s current projects in the country. He emphasized that South Africa is ready to proceed with supporting the participation of Norilsk Nickel in new ore extraction and processing projects in South Africa.”

“But that is not the end of it,” said my source. “The medical equipment wasn’t all that SARS detained on that day at the airport.”

“What else?”

“There was also a lot of cash on that plane. A lot.

“SARS detained the entire plane with everything on board. When Cwele moved in, he took over the whole shipment, including the money. The money was also not declared and therefore illegally imported. Its origin and destination were never determined. But I think it makes sense that the clinic and the money had the same end destination.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Recovers $85m Deposited in UK in Oil Licence Deal Funds

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Recovers $85m Deposited in UK in Oil Licence Deal Funds

“Nigeria had recently recovered the sum of $85 million from the controversial Malabu Restrained Funds from United Kingdom,” said the office of the attorney general, Abubakar Malam, in a statement late on Thursday based on his remarks at an asset recovery event in the capital, Abuja. The money is part of funds related to OPL 245 payments that have been frozen in bank accounts around the world.

President Muhammadu Buhari has, since taking office in 2015, sought help from several nations to recover money he said was taken from public coffers.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Vindication Of Justice Ayo Salami

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Vindication Of Justice Ayo Salami

So Justice Ayo Salami was forced out of the judiciary. The party threw a ball, they got the judgments they desired on the Wamakko and presidential petition cases, Katsina_Alu went on retirement, Musdapher became Chief Justice. Justice was interred. Electoral manipulation continued unchallenged and everybody went to sleep.

All said, Justice Ayo Salami is a positive totem Nigerian judges should hold high. I believe that is what the NJC wants to advertise by this strategic appointment. He is a proof that truth can never ever be buried and the just can never get crushed by evil and its disciples.

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KENYA POLITICS: Police Disperse Protesters as Odinga Tempers Vote Protest Call

KENYA POLITICS: Police Disperse Protesters as Odinga Tempers Vote Protest Call

When called for clarification, Odinga’s spokesman said he was saying “peaceful protests” would still take place and that the opposition would fully explain their plans on Wednesday.

At least 49 people have died in political violence since the August ballot, evoking unwelcome memories of the aftermath of a disputed 2007 vote, when more than 1,200 people were killed.

Kenya’s Supreme Court is still hearing several cases challenging the legality of Thursday’s election.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: European Union Denies Favouring Buhari in 2015 Presidential Election

NIGERIA POLITICS: European Union Denies Favouring Buhari in 2015 Presidential Election

Santiago Fisas, a former Chief Observer of the 2015 European Union EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) and member of the European Parliament said, “The international community was not in favour of any candidate. The election was done in a proper way and I praise former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat. I think it has proved that he is a man of the state that he put the interest of Nigeria before his own interest.

“That is an example in Nigeria and for many countries in Africa to follow, he accepted that he lost the election to another party,” Santiago Fisas said.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: WHO Overturns Controversial Decision Appointing Mugabe As UN Goodwill Envoy to Africa

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: WHO Overturns Controversial Decision Appointing Mugabe As UN Goodwill Envoy to Africa

“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment,” Tedros said in a statement published on the WHO official website.

“I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised. I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization,” further said Tedros, whose election as the first African leader of the UN organization was billed as a pivotal moment for the continent, where much of the organization’s work is based.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: US, UK Biggest Recipients of Looted Funds From Nigeria: US Intelligence Expert

NIGERIA POLITICS: US, UK Biggest Recipients of Looted Funds From Nigeria: US Intelligence Expert

Mr Mathew Page, former United States intelligence community’s top expert on Nigeria has said, “Nigeria’s kleptocrats deftly use both Nigerian banks and the international financial system, especially anonymous shell corporations and offshore tax havens, to launder stolen public funds and stash them overseas, often in the form of high-end real estate in London, Dubai, New York, and California.

“Despite possessing robust discretionary powers, the US and UK rarely deny visas to corrupt officials or report cases of suspected corruption or unexplained wealth back to law enforcement agencies back home.

“The UK is one of a small number of global financial centres that play a key role in processing substantial levels of corrupt capital,” Mathew Page said.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

LIBERIA POLITICS: Official! 7 November Boakai, Weah to Contest in Presidential Election Run-Off: NEC

While many people blame Joseph Boakai for what they see as the lapses of the Unity Party under President Sirleaf, others see in him, comparing him with George Weah as an erudite statesman capable of handling the issues of the country aright. Hence, many think it is a situation that voters should take into consideration in the runoff.

Another issue being held against Boakai is the statement attributed to him that the Unity Party government “squandered lots of opportunities.” Though Boakai did not offer an explanation about the “opportunities squandered” his partisans say he could do things differently, as his famous slogan, says “Think Liberia, Love Liberia, Build Liberia.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Boko Haram Militants Kill Nigerian Soldiers in Borno State

NIGERIA POLITICS: Boko Haram Militants Kill Nigerian Soldiers in Borno State

“I was one of those trailing behind the military convoy when Boko Haram opened fire and soldiers responded with fire,” Sani Mato, a commercial bus driver, said, adding, “The soldiers were able to repel the attack but lost three men. Five were also injured.”

Boko Haram has been largely pushed back out of its main strongholds in northern Nigeria, according to the country’s military and government. The group, however, is still active in their Sambisa Forest enclave in Borno and launches sporadic attacks on civilians and security forces there.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: US FBI to Probe Guptas

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: US FBI to Probe Guptas

The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing. Gupta family spokesman Gary Naidoo could not be reached for comment and the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria had no immediate comment.

“If there is any information suggesting corruption or irregularities, it needs to be investigated across the borders. It should not be restricted to South Africa,” Zweli Mkhize, one of several potential candidates to replace Zuma told reporters.

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