• US advisers may train Nigerian troops in Boko Haram fight - Official

    27/Feb/2016 // 291 Viewers

     

    The Pentagon is considering sending military advisers to Nigeria to train local troops to fight Boko Haram insurgents and boost security in the violence-wracked nation, a US official said Friday.

    The defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the US military made a string of recommendations after Nigeria's leaders asked for help determining "possible courses of action" in the fight against the Islamist militants.

    One recommendation was to send a group of US advisers -- most likely special operations troops -- to Nigeria to train local forces. They would not be in a combat role.

    Such a mission would be a resumption of an earlier Pentagon effort that Nigeria stopped in late 2014 amid US concerns of suspected Nigerian army abuses and its failure to protect civilians.

    The two countries also had strained diplomatic ties stemming in part from the US blocking Nigerian efforts to buy Cobra attack helicopters.

    The official said ties have improved under the new Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, who has vowed to do more than his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan to fight Boko Haram.

    The New York Times first reported the potential deployment Friday, saying the Pentagon was poised to send "dozens" of special operations advisers to Maiduguri, capital of northeast Borno state.

    But the defense official downplayed the speed of any deployment, and said the operation was still being discussed.

    "I don't think anyone is ready to approve anything today," the official said. "Recommendations were made, these are still being assessed."

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    Internally Displaced Persons, mostly women and children waiting to be served food in north-eastern Nigeria on February 2, 2016 after Boko Haram bomb attacks force families out of their homes
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    The Pentagon later said in a statement that there were "still a number of decision points yet to be resolved with regard to the full assessment across the US government."

    The US military already has about 40 personnel in Nigeria performing a variety of functions including embassy support and military training.

    "These same type of advise-and-assist operations are ongoing across the African continent," the statement read.

    "US military advisors are working every day to assist African partner nations in providing for their own defense and enable regional solutions to collective problem sets."

    Yan St-Pierre, an expert with the Modern Security Consulting Group (MOSECON) in Berlin, said the presence of US and other troops in Maiduguri could trigger a limited number of attacks in the area, adding to the already very high security risk.

    "It could indeed encourage more attacks on Maiduguri and its vicinity, but the presence is too minimal to become a 'dog whistle' for terrorists," he said.

    "Where it could become interesting is how the Nigerian population will react to this. Some see it as the Nigerian army to admitting it is not able to do the job, others see it as another form of foreign intervention."

    The US embassy in Nigeria said in 2014 that it regretted the end of the training program, which was offered following Boko Haram's abduction of 276 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria.

    A number of foreign powers sent surveillance and intelligence specialists to Nigeria to help the military search for the 219 teenagers still held.

    US advisers and special operations troops are playing a growing role in the global fight against Islamist extremists, including in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

    The US military is also active in Niger, where it uses drones to watch over the broad strip of Sahel territory on the southern side of the Sahara. The pilotless aircraft also monitor Boko Haram.



     


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  • Gov Wike rejoices with his Abia & Akwa Ibom counterparts

    04/Feb/2016 // 255 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 4, 2016: (DGW) - The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has sent a congratulatory message to his Abia and  Akwa Ibom  counterparts, Okezie Ikpeazu and Udom Emmanuel respectively on the validation of their elections by the nation's apex court in Abuja.

    While rejoicing with his colleagues in his message,  he  lauded the Supreme Court judgements and urged the governors to be magnanimous in victory adding that the Supreme Court has demonstrated the supremacy of the rule of law in its judgements which he said is good for the nation's democracy.

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    Governor Wike also congratulated the people of Abia and Akwa Ibom States whose mandates have been upheld by the Supreme Court adding that they remain the ultimate victors.


     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


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  • BVN registration extended to June 30 for Nigerian banks' customers in the Diaspora

    05/Feb/2016 // 328 Viewers

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 5, 2016: (DGW) - The pressure  on  Nigerians in the Diaspora will subside as the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has extended the compulsory  Bank Verification Number,( BVN) registration to June 30, 2016.

    The extension became absolutely necessary resulting from the low turnout. The registration was originally billed to end on January 31, 2016, but reports say most Nigerian  banks customers in the Diaspora were unable to meet the deadline which informed the apex bank decision to extend the deadline to June 2016.

    Reason tendered by the Central Bank of Nigeria for the extension borders on partly  inadequate information and partly inaccessibility to registration centres where customers could register.

    Information on CBN website, reports say, has given detailed addresses where Nigerian bank customers in the Diaspora  could henceforth register in their various countries of residence.

     

     

     
     
     

     


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  • SERAP asks ex-President Jonathan searching questions about $2.1 bn arms deal scam

    11/Jan/2016 // 318 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 11, 2016: (DGW) Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in an open letter to former President Jonathan has asked him to make important clarifications about what he knew or had reason to know about the controversial $2.1bn  arms deal. 

    Below is the copy of the letter dated January 8 sent to our reporter for onward delivery to DailyGlobeWatch in Paris. Important and searching questions were raised in the letter below signed by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni.

     “SERAP is sending you this open letter to seek explanations from you, as former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, on what you knew, or had reason to know on the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant to purchase arms to empower Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram.”

    “SERAP considers that there is enough material in the public domain to suggest that over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms to equip Nigerians soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the North East of the country was diverted and shared among high-ranging government and party officials under your watch as President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces.”

    “SERAP and indeed Nigerians reserve the right to pursue justice through appropriate national and international accountability mechanisms to ensure that everyone involved in this heinous crime is brought to justice in accordance with international standards of fairness.”

    “Is it correct to suggest that the budget of over $2 billion to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the North-East of the country was authorised by you or your office? In other words, did your former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) seek your approval to collect from the Central Bank of Nigeria the over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms for Nigerian soldiers?” “If so, Nigerians would like to hear from you whether the apparent diversion and sharing of our commonwealth by your former NSAwas expressly or implicitly authorised by you.”

    “Is it then correct to suggest that the former NSA implements presidential decisions and not make them? If so, is it also correct to suggest that the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms was a presidential-level decision and that you signed off on it?” “Is it not correct to suggest that yourAdministration acted on the basis that it was essentially unrestrained by international or Nigerian law in engaging in or encouraging the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers in order to protect them against attacks from Boko Haram and to enhance their ability to defend the territorial integrity of the country and provide security for its citizens?”

    “Assuming you did not directly order or authorise the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers, is it fair to suggest that you at least knew, or had reason to know, that your own former NSA was apparently involved in the heinous crime of corruption to wit: the diversion and sharing of over $2 billion meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers; and did not take all necessary and reasonable measures in your power as Commander-in-Chief and President to prevent the alleged diversion and sharing of our commonwealth, as explained above?”

    “Would you accept that the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion was largely due to your failure to ensure: (1) that system was in place to ensure a transparent and accountable spending of budget for military operations in strict accordance with the standards of international law including the UN Convention against Corruption; (2) that any such system was operating in a continuous and effective manner; and (3) that violations of the standards were punished when detected by that system?” “After the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion was brought to your attention, did you take any step to refer your former NSA and all those involved in the diversion and sharing to appropriate anticorruption agencies to ensure that all those who were alleged to be responsible for this heinous crime of corruption are brought to justice?”

    “Would you agree that the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms for Nigerian soldiers has seriously undermined the ability of the soldiers to defend themselves and fight Boko Haram; resulted in some soldiers being unfairly tried for refusing to fight without being provided with necessary arms; inflicted severe pain or suffering; and caused unnecessary loss of lives and displacement of law-abiding citizens?”

    “Would SERAP be correct to suggest that you, as President and Commander-in-Chief, knew about the authorization, apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers, in the chain of command involving your former NSA and others?” “Would it therefore be correct to further suggest that your acts and/or omissions concerning the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $ 2 billion were such as to give rise to personal liability through command responsibility for the actions of your former NSA and others who worked under you?” “Would you now, on the basis of the above, apologise to Nigerians for the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion and the catastrophic consequences for Nigerian soldiers and their families, including those who have lost their lives; those unfairly tried and convicted; and millions of displaced Nigerians?”

    “Nigerians are eagerly awaiting your clarifications on the issues raised above and your apology.”


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  • Nigeria launches new investigation of 2014 kidnap of Chibok girls

    15/Jan/2016 // 209 Viewers

     

    Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a new investigation into the kidnapping of 219 schoolgirls by Islamist group Boko Haram in April 2014 from the town of Chibok, the presidency said on Thursday.

    A statement said a panel would be announced soon by the National Security Advisor. The decision comes after parents of the girls and the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement marched to the presidential villa to demand a meeting with Buhari earlier on Thursday.

    "I assure you that I go to bed and wake up every day with the Chibok girls on my mind," Buhari was quoted as saying in the statement after meeting some of the marchers.

    "Securing the Chibok girls is my responsibility. The service chiefs and heads of our security agencies will tell you that in spite of the dire financial straits that we found the country in, I continue to do my best to support their efforts in that regard."

    On April 14, Boko Haram militants raided a school while the girls were taking exams. They loaded 270 of them onto trucks. Around 50 escaped shortly afterwards.

    There was a global outcry and threats by Boko Haram to sell the girls. Former president Goodluck Jonathan was heavily criticized for his slow reaction and Jonathan's wife at first said she doubted the kidnapping had actually happened.

    After nearly a month, Jonathan set up a fact-finding committee that went to Chibok to establish whether the abduction happened and how many girls were missing.

    Buhari's panel will have the remit to "unravel the remote and immediate circumstances leading to the kidnap of the girls by Boko Haram terrorists as well as the other events, actions and inactions that followed the incident", Thursday's statement said.

    BBOG has kept the memory of the incident alive with frequent marches and Nigerian newspapers keep daily track of the number of days they have been missing.

    Buhari won last year's election on a promise to quash the militant group as Jonathan was seemingly unable to do.

    Buhari said at the end of December that he was open to negotiating with Boko Haram for the return of the girls if credible representatives of the group could be identified.

    Boko Haram has been waging a six-year insurgency to establish an Islamist state in the northeast of Africa's biggest economy and pledged allegiance to Islamic State last year.

    In the second half of 2014, it took over vast swathes of territory, mainly in Borno state where Chibok is located. Nigerian troops recaptured most of it with the help of forces from Chad, Niger and Cameroon, who themselves were increasingly being targeted by the Islamists.

    Boko Haram has since reverted to raiding villages for provisions or hitting soft targets like places of worship and markets and are mainly around Lake Chad, the Sambisa forest reserve and the mountainous region bordering Cameroon.

     

     

     

     

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  • Nigerian inflation edges up to 9.6 pct in December

    18/Jan/2016 // 272 Viewers

     

    ABUJA Jan 17 (Reuters) - Nigeria's consumer price inflation stood at 9.6 percent year-on-year in December, up 0.2 percentage points from November, and still above the central bank's target upper limit of nine percent, the national bureau of statistics said on Sunday.

    Food price inflation accelerated to 10.6 percent year-on-year in December from 10.3 percent in November.


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  • Finally! Anita divorces Oyakhilome

    19/Feb/2016 // 1182 Viewers

     

    Lawyers to Anita, the former wife of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the founder of Christ Embassy, have said that she had finalised her divorce to the preacher, adding that she was no longer a part of, or involved in, the church, also known as Believers LoveWorld Inc.

    Anita Ebhodaghe, formerly Anita Oyakhilome, a pioneer member of Christ Embassy, where she rose to become a pastor, got married to Oyakhilome in 1991, and have two daughters.

    A statement by her solicitors, Attwaters Jameson Hill, said the divorce was finalised on February 8 and hinted that she had dropped Oyahkilome from her name, while also severing all ties with the church.

    The statement, published on the United Kingdom-based law firm’s website reads: “We have been requested by Anita Oyakhilome to confirm that on February 8, 2016 a decree absolute was pronounced in the High Court of Justice Principal Registry of the Family Division dissolving her marriage to Christian Onehirokpeana Oyakhilome.

    “Anita Oyakhilome would like to confirm that she is no longer involved in or part of Christ Embassy, A.K.A. Believers LoveWorld Inc.”

    In 2014, it was in the news that Anita had filed for a divorce, accusing her pastor husband of indulging in illicit affairs with female members of the church. This came to the fore after months of rumours suggesting that all was not well with the marriage.

    In the following months, their marital crisis got messier as both Anita’s lawyers and Oyakhilome issued statements that suggested the damage to the relationship was irreparable.

    Shortly after, news of a suit for separation broke, images of Anita, which were very prominent on the church’s website, were removed with her name and image also missing from subsequent editions of Rhapsody of Realities, the church’s devotional, which she had co-authored for years with her estranged husband.

    Oyakhilome, at that time, dismissed reports about the messy divorce including those suggesting that adultery was one of the grounds for the divorce, accusing the media of publishing a lot of “stupid things” - Vanguard


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  • ARMS DEAL PROBE: Avm. Adigun's Hebron Plaza sealed by EFCC

    19/Feb/2016 // 961 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 19, 2016: (DGW) - Following the ongoing arms deal probe in Nigeria, Air Vice Marshal J.B Adigun, the former Director of Budget of Nigerian Airforce who has been in the custody of  Nigeria's anti-graft body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC has had his business plaza sealed located in the Gudu District of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, DailyGlobeWatch reliably gathered.

    Our reporter visited the location of the plaza and saw the inscription, 'EFCC! KEEP OFF!' on all sides of the building. some heavily armed security operatives were seen going onto the second floor of the plaza where AVM Adigun's office is.

    The security operatives were said to have  ransacked the office of the Air Force officer and carted away with some valuable documents which, reports say, might help in their investigations.

     

     


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  • I'm not involved with Zarah Buhari - Gov Yari

    21/Jan/2016 // 2279 Viewers

                                Zarah, one of President Buhari's daughters

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 21, 2016: (DGW) - Zamfara State Governor, Mr. Abdulazeez Yari has denied reports on the grapevine of his involvement with Zarah, President Buhari's daughter.

    There had been media reports before now that the Governor has divorced Hadiza Umaru Shinkafi one of his wives and wooed the President's daughter with a cash gift of $200 million, a news report which the governor said was false and designed to malign him.

    Reacting, Gov Yari through his lawyers has written to the publishers of the stories to tender an unreserved apology within seven calendar days, retract the publications in two letters dated January 18 and 19, adding that failure to do so would trigger off a  legal action to claim damages up to the tune of N100 billion and N10 billion respectively, DailyGlobeWatch  reliably gathered.

    Below is part of the letter sent to our Paris newsroom, ''The above publication, no doubt, is false and defamatory, and it is intended to bring the reputation of our client to ridicule and cause odium or malignity to our client.

     

    “Since the above publication, our client has received countless phone calls and text messages from family, friends, colleagues and associates, who incessantly call to enquire about the said publication.

    “Consequent upon the above, it is our client’s instruction that we demand from you published retraction of the said defamatory piece in three national newspapers inclusive of your own,” Yari said.


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  • Ibafon Market traders in Apapa, Lagos decry incessant police harassment, detention and extortion

    22/Jan/2016 // 323 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 22, 2016: (DGW) - All is not well with traders who have barely enough to eat to keep the body and soul together as men of the Nigeria Police unleash fury on traders and their customers alike at Ibafon Main Market in Olodi Apapa area of Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos.

    Reports reaching our Paris newsroom have it that policemen from the Lagos State Police Command often invade the market and swoop on victims who they haul away to the  police station in the city for illegal detention, extortion and harassment. This incident our reporter said informed the traders' desire to storm the corporate headquarters of Vanguard Media Ltd. on a delegation as the infamous raids continue to rear its ugly head on the ascending order of magnitude.

    One of the traders who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity said that the anti-vice crack squad who storm the market on regular basis often make indiscriminate arrests, haul their victims away mostly traders, have them detained and ask for huge sum of money up to the tune of half a million Naira about (1,650 euros)  before releasing them on bail for crimes of varying degree that were never committed.

    Speaking further, he said the policemen who often indulge in this wicked act are mostly policemen from  Trinity, Panti and other  Area Commands. Patronage from customers, he said,  suffers a  decline as they are scared to visit the market for fear of being harassed, arrested and extorted for non-existent crimes by the invading  policemen in the market.

    He, therefore, pleaded with the state Governor and  Lagos State Police Commissioner to  come to their rescue by calling the policemen to order as this frequent harassment, detention and extortion  gravely affect business in the market in this hard times.

     

     


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