Kaduna Train Abduction: Why bandits hold captives after FG released 30 imprisoned terrorists — Sources

The Federal Government is upset that many victims of the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train attack in March this year are still being kept by terrorists who kidnapped them, multiple sources have said. The FG’s discomfort stems from the terrorists’ failure to honour the swap deal they allegedly entered into with it over the release of the train attack captives. According to reports, the government’s anger followed the refusal of the abductors to release all the train attack victims after it had freed no fewer than 30 imprisoned terrorists the bandits had requested…

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Impeachment Notice: Senate President, Security Chiefs move to save Buhari from impeachment

The leadership of the Senate and the Service Chiefs are working hard to prevent the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is coming just as the six weeks impeachment notice to the President has entered the second week, with signatures currently being collated. However, worried by the threat from the National Assembly members who are desirous of impeaching Buhari, the leaders of the Senate who are likely to be casualties of the pending impeachment held a crucial meeting with the military chiefs, Heads of security and intelligence agencies over the…

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War on Terror: Katsina terror kingpin, 7 others killed in NAF air strikes

The leader of a terrorist group in Katsina, AbdulKarim Faca-Faca, has reportedly been killed during a raid by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday. The NAF air strikes was said to have killed Faca-Faca along with seven other terrorists at their hideout in Tandama village, of Danja local government area (LGA) in the State. The spokesperson of Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the development, said the Police embarked on a mop-up operation after the activities of the Nigerian Air Force. According to him, the victims include 52-yr-old…

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Arewa Consultative Youth Forum insists NNPC must be probed over non-remittance

The leadership of the Arewa Consultative Youth Forum, (ACYM) has insisted that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), must be probed over alleged non-remittance of revenue to the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), as stipulated by law. Recall that in an issued statement in Abuja at the weekend, the President of the Forum, Kabiru Yusuf, distanced the Forum from a statement purportedly issued by him to the contrary. He said the statement claimed that himself and his office dissociated the Forum from the Tuesday statement by the Arewa Consultative Youths…

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NESG laments state of Nigerian economy; describes ASUU strike as national embarrassment

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has lamented that Nigeria is currently stuck in an economic morass, as most macro-economic indicators are spiralling out of control, inflicting severe hardship on more Nigerians. A communiqué issued yesterday by the NESG Chairman, Asue Ighodalo, on behalf of its Board of Directors, explained that even though the economy continued to recover in the first half of the year, economic growth was dominated by sectors with low contributions to output and weak job-creating capacity, while the oil sector remained in recession for eight consecutive…

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NBC Broadcasting Code Sanction: SERAP sues Buhari on terrorism reporting, TrustTV N5m fine

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, (CJID), have slammed Nigeria’s number one man, President Muhammadu Buhari. The groups filed a lawsuit against the President, asking the court to “declare arbitrary and illegal, the N5 million imposed on Trust Television, (TrustTV), MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Television Authority-StarTimes Ltd and others over their documentaries on terrorism in the country”. Joined in the suit as Defendants are the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC). NBC had last week…

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2023 APC Presidential Campaigns: “My appointment as DG not to ridicule Christians, N’Central”, Says Gov. Lalong

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has stated that his appointment as the Director-General, All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council is not about religion or an attempt to ridicule Christians and the North-Central geo-political zone. Lalong’s statement is coming on the heels of different calls on him to reject the appointment. One of those who made the call is a group within the APC, christened: “North -Central APC Forum”, which described it as an insult to the region. Speaking on behalf of the Forum in Jos, Saleh Mandung Zazzaga, said…

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Insecurity: Foreign oil companies divest N20tr from Nigeria 

Some International Oil Companies (IOCs) that are operating in Nigeria have over a period been divesting their portfolio in the country, with current trends reaching an alarming level. Several reports since 2021 had shown that some of the IOCs were in the process of divesting assets worth over N20.8 trillion. For instance, Shell plans to divest about $2.3bn in assets, Eni’s asset divestment is around $5bn and ExxonMobil would offload $15bn in assets. More so, an international energy consulting firm, Rystad Energy, in its energy transition report, estimated that Total…

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Between Slaughtered Cattle and Insecurity in Nigeria

By; Ishaq Moddibo Kawu. Recently, the video of hundreds of slaughtered cattle, was making the rounds, on various social media platforms. An old classmate posted it on my Secondary School Class WhatsApp platform; and because he neither spoke Fulfulde nor Hausa, he was sufficiently alarmed, to request for translation of what was being said, by the obviously distressed people, in the video. I made a translation of the conversation; but I thought it was proper to provide some more engaging context for the video. There have been circulated in.the recent…

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On the Emerging Narratives of Hausa/Fulani Animus in the Northwest

By; Dr Raji Bello. The past few years have witnessed a gradual emergence of references in public commentary and social media to a potential or actual rupture of relations between Hausa and Fulani groups in the Northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Prior to this, the two groups had enjoyed a largely harmonious relationship for much of their history which was only punctuated during the period of the establishment of the Sokoto Caliphate. Since Nigeria came into being at the turn of the 20th century, conflict between the two groups was…

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