Gender-Based Violence: Christian Aid seeks protection of women’s human rights defenders

Christian Aid (UK) Nigeria, has called on the government at all levels to protect and uphold the rights of women human rights defenders, as well as activists towards preventing and ending Gender-Based Violence. Mr Temitope Fashola, Country Director, Christian Aid, made the call in a statement in Abuja to commemorate the commencement of the 2022 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. Fashola said that every year, the 16 Days of Activism period holds as a reminder of the persistence of the most widespread and pervasive…

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UK supporting Nigeria to deliver credible elections in 2023 – British High Commissioner 

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, says that the Government of the United Kingdom is supporting Nigeria to ensure credible elections in 2023. Laing, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said the UK would monitor the elections closely. She expressed the UK government’s optimism that Nigeria would deliver free and fair elections in 2023 once the amended Electoral Act was implemented. According to her, the UK government had been supporting the electoral process in Nigeria by ensuring that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)…

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UK drops warning to its nationals against travels to Nigeria, including FCT

…Says “Abuja now relatively safe” The United Kingdom (UK) says it no longer advises against travel to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) disclosed this in an updated travel advisory published on its website yesterday. Recall that the UK on October 23 warned of an increased threat of terrorist attack in the FCT, and urged its citizens to stay alert and avoid visits to public places in the federal capital. The UK also restricted access to the British High Commission in…

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Buhari proceeds to London for medical check up

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday left for London, United Kingdom, for a routine medical check-up. An issued statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President is expected to return to the country in the second week of November 2022. Earlier yesterday, the President had presided over an emergency Security Council meeting which reviewed the recent security alert by the United States Embassy in Abuja. In another development, the President also yesterday issued a statement expressing his heartfelt condolences to the government and people…

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“Security situation not bad enough to warrant US, UK’s terror warning” – NSA Monguno

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, says the security situation in Nigeria does not warrant travel advisories and terror warnings from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). Recall that the US authorised the evacuation of non-critical staff in the country, while the UK had asked its citizens not to embark on ‘non-essential’ movements in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). President Muhammadu Buhari, in his response, said that despite the terror alerts, attacks are not imminent. “However, it does not mean an attack in Abuja is imminent.…

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National Security: FG fumes over UK, US embassies’ security alerts

…Assures of security safety for all The Federal Government yesterday expressed strong disapproval over security alert issued by some embassies alleging plot by terrorists to attack government and public facilities in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The United States and United Kingdom embassies in Nigeria had on Sunday issued advisories to their citizens with warning that terrorists are planning to launch attack against public places in Nigeria. The embassies had consequently warned their citizens to be on alert and keep off such public places. However, the Minister of Information and…

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Rishi Sunak set to become UK’s new Prime Minister after winning party race

Rishi Sunak is set to become Britain’s first prime minister of colour today, Tuesday, after he won the race to lead the Conservative Party, tasked with steering a deeply divided country through an economic downturn set to leave millions of people poorer. One of the wealthiest politicians in Westminster, Sunak, 42, will become the country’s youngest leader in modern times – and its third in less than two months – as he takes over during one of the most turbulent eras in British political history. He replaces Liz Truss, who…

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After 44 days in office, Liz Truss resigns as UK Prime Minister 

…Anger over purported plan by Boris Johnson to return as PM UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss yesterday resigned 44 days after her assumption of office on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. It was gathered that Truss made the announcement after a rising chorus of members of her own Conservative Party called for her resignation hours after saying she was a fighter and not a quitter, and so would continue in office. Liz Truss succeeded Boris Johnson who resigned from his appointment as Prime Minister in July over a series of scandals.…

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Tinubu returns from UK, lands in Abuja

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has returned to the country after observing a 10-day rest in the United Kingdom. The APC flagbearer landed in Abuja to the warm embrace of party chieftains and supporters. He was received by a delegation led by his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima, former APC chair, Adams Oshiomhole, and others. He alighted from the plane that conveyed him to a shout of ’Jagaban’ and ’Asiwaju’, in a video shared by the spokesman of his Presidential Campaign Council,…

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Independence: EU, UK reiterates support for Nigeria’s democracy

The European Union (EU) and the British High Commission in Nigeria have reiterated their commitment to support Nigeria’s democracy as the nation turned 62 years after independence. The envoys made the commitment on Saturday, at Nigeria’s 62 independence anniversary celebration in Abuja. The Ambassador of the EU to Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Ms. Samuela Isopi, said Nigeria is a work-in-progress, just like any country in the world, saying, “No country is where they want to be, it is always a work in progress for every country and I think Nigeria…

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