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Nigeria seizes $21mln and property of former oil minister

Nigerian authorities have seized about $21 million and property belonging to former Nigerian Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke amid public Fund embezzlement and corruption scandals in the West African nation. The seizure comes after an investigation conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). According to the commission, accounts were opened in local banks by […]

Nigeria’s unity not negotiable, says Buhari in fist speech after a 103-day absence

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday addressed Nigerians after he spent more than one hundred days in London for medical treatment. His absence sparked numerous protests, including demands for his resignation, as well as calls for more transparency about his health condition. After thanking Nigerians for their prayers, the 74-year-old leader indicated that separatists calling […]

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Nigeria: Trump Okays sale of high-tech attack planes

The United States President Donald Trump has given the go-ahead for the sale of military planes to Nigeria to aid in the fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the Northern regions of the West-African nation, AP news agency reports. In Trump’s first phone call with Buhari in February, he assured the Nigerian president […]

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Nigeria releases first photo of Buhari in UK after almost 80 days

Nigeria presidency on Sunday, released a photograph of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, the first in almost three months after the 74-year-old ex-military general was flown to London on his second medical trip this year. The health of Muhammadu Buhari has been the source of constant speculation in the West African country since the start of […]

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Benin’s president undergoes successful surgeries in France

Benin’s president Patrice Talon has returned home after almost one month of medical leave in France, local media reported. Patrice Talon, dubbed the “King of Cotton”, had left the capital Cotonou for France to seek medical attention. According to a statement released by the presidency on Monday, one procedure was required after doctors found a […]

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Nigeria: 20 whistleblowers to get over $1mln from gov’t

The Nigerian government will disburse about $1.2 million to reward whistleblowers for offering information leading to the recovery of over $36.8m in the West African nation. The Whistleblower Policy was launched in December 2016 by the administration of President Buhari to help recover looted state funds. “The payment underscores the commitment of the President Muhammadu […]

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Nigeria to fund budget deficit with foreign loans, Eurobonds

Nigeria will raise $3.5 billion in foreign loans including from international lenders and debt markets to fund the West African nation’s 2017 budget deficit, Reuters reported. According to the Budget Office Director General Ben Akabueze,  $2 billion of the foreign borrowings would come from concessionary loans with the balance of $1.5 billion from commercial markets […]

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Morocco, Nigeria Turning Africa’s Dreams into Reality

Morocco and Nigeria, two major African regional powers, are enhancing their strategic alliance in a bid to turn the cherished African dreams into tangible reality. The two countries’ cooperation is gaining momentum in fertilizers as well as their landmark project of building a gas pipeline that will connect Nigerian gas wells with West African countries, […]

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Nigeria: two officials jailed for diverting food aid

A court in Nigeria on Thursday sentenced two Nigerian officials to two years in jail for taking and selling about 300 bags of rice donated by an international aid group for people fleeing severe food shortages and insurgency in the West-African nation. The two convict are Umar Ibrahim, a counsellor for agriculture, and Bulama Ali […]

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Take a medical leave now, Nigerian activists urge Buhari

Thirteen civil society leaders on Monday urged Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to take a medical leave immediately as his heath situation is deteriorating. In an open letter titled “President Buhari should take medical leave immediately”, the civil society leaders questioned Buhari’s absence from the latest two weekly cabinet meetings and speculation about his ability to […]

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