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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“Some of Nigeria’s security challenges are imported” – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration recognises that some of the security challenges confronting Nigeria were imported by foreign elements. The President, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stated this at the Graduation of Course 30 of the National Defence College (NDC) yesterday, in Abuja. He said that the nation and indeed the African region had been facing difficult times such as terrorism in the North-East, banditry and other criminal activities across the country,  adding that the military and…

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Insecurity: Kadaria Ahmed insists government knows terrorists’ hideouts

…Expresses fear over 2023 elections Nigerian journalist and CEO of Radio Now, Kadaria Ahmed, received what she called a mix-bag of commentaries for accusing the British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC) Africa Eye of fuelling terrorism in Nigeria through its latest documentary, titled: ‘The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara’. Some Nigerians who lashed at her for turning against the BBC, are angry because her Op-Ed about the documentary was believed to have spurred the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, into announcing sanctions against the BBC and other affected media. In addition,…

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“Some of Nigeria’s security challenges are imported”
– Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the government recognises that some of the security challenges confronting Nigeria were imported by foreign elements. The President, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stated this at the Graduation of Course 30 of the National Defence College (NDC) yesterday, in Abuja. He said that the nation and indeed the African region had been facing difficult times such as terrorism in the North-East, banditry and other criminal activities across the country. Buhari added that the military…

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Insecurity: “Fish out perpetrators of Imo killings”, Northern Elders task security agencies

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has expressed outrage over the murder of eight people suspected to be migrants from the North by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Owerri-West local government area of Imo State.  The Arewa elders, in an issued statement by the NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, also called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the killings in the State. The NEF said: “We are deeply concerned over rising cases of profiling, targeting and killings of Northerners in many parts of the South. “The recent…

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Insecurity: “Account for security expenditure” – Osinbajo to military

…Challenges defence ministry on accountability, transparency  Nigeria’s current security challenges and emerging threats require the country’s military and other relevant stakeholders to be several steps ahead of perpetrators while also stepping up local production of armaments. This was one of the highlights of the response of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo after receiving a presentation on: “Defence Transformation and National Security: Strategic Options for Nigeria of the Future”, by the National Defence College Course-30 participants, on Wednesday, during a virtual interaction. Prof. Osinbajo said Nigeria is facing a myriad of challenges like…

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Insecurity: Killing of Northerners in South-East must stop – NEF spokesman

The spokesman of Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has issued a caution against killing Northerners in the South-East region. Baba-Ahmed, who said targeting and killing Northerners in the region was dangerous, pointed out that such an action could worsen community relations in other parts of Nigeria. In a tweet, the NEF spokesman said politicians looking for votes should openly condemn such acts. He stressed that such action against Northerners must stop. Baba-Ahmed wrote: “Targeting and killing of Northerners, particularly in the South-East, should be condemned, and must stop.…

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Kaduna Train Attack: ‘Terrorists have spies all over Nigeria’ – Freed victim

…Says FG should take them seriously One of the released hostages of Kaduna-Abuja train attack, Professor Mustapha Umar Imam, has said that the terrorists that abducted them on March, 28 are organised and have spies all over the country. Imam, who was one of the five freed victims, spoke in a video broadcast yesterday, adding that the terrorists deliberated and planned the attacks they would launch and succeed. He also said their abductors talked about classified information about the country, which confirmed that they have moles working for them across…

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Insecurity: “Show no mercy against terrorists” – Air Force boss urges commanders  

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air-Marshal Oladayo Amao has charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational Commanders in the various theatres of operation across the country to ‘show no mercy’ and ensure they employ maximum firepower against terrorists posing security threats in the country. Air-Marshal Amao made these assertions when he met with frontline Air-Officers Commanding (AOC) and Air Component Commanders at the NAF Base yesterday, in Kaduna”. While commending them for their efforts as well as the improved synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, Air Marshal…

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Majority of Nigerians feel less safe than they did 5 yrs ago – Poll Report

As President Muhammadu Buhari repeatedly claims that security has improved under his administration, a new poll shows that the majority of Nigerians feel less safe than they did five years ago. The report, World Risk Poll, shows that 3 in five Nigerians, or 61%, feel less safe than they did five years ago. The report was authored by an independent global charity, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, working to engineer a safer world. The organisation gathered data from 125,000 people in 121 countries in order to get a global picture of the…

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