Insecurity: U.S. supports NDLEA with forensic, intelligence-gathering, prosecution tools

The United States (US) government has announced a project to strengthen the forensic and chemical analysis capacity of the NDLEA as well as its intelligence-gathering and prosecution capabilities. NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi stated this yesterday, in Abuja. The spokesman added that the support was from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, but clarified that it came on the heels of an award of N500 million grant received by the Agency from the ‘AbdulSamad Rabiu Initiative’ to fund selected projects. He explained that the…

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Trump should never hold office again – US insurrection report

Donald Trump should never be allowed to run for public office again after inciting an insurrection, lawmakers investigating last year’s assault on the US Capitol concluded in their watershed final report. The recommendation led a list of proposals from the 845-page document aimed at ensuring there is no repeat of the deadly riot the ex-president is accused of orchestrating in a failed bid to cling to power after losing the 2020 election. “Our country has come too far to allow a defeated president to turn himself into a successful tyrant…

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Buhari departs today to attend US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC 

President Muhammadu Buhari will today, Sunday, depart for Washington DC, USA, to join other African leaders at the United States-Africa Leaders Summit. In a statement yesterday, signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari will address his counterparts from various countries on the topic: Conservation, Climate Adaptation and a Just Energy Transition, with special emphasis on Just Energy Transition. The statement is titled ‘President Buhari leaves for US- Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington.’ According to Shehu, “The High-Level Meeting, which is to…

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2023: IPOB, Amotekun may spark post-election violence – US Institutes warn

An international delegation of two United States-based institutes have expressed concern over the activities of separatist groups and informal security outfits in the South-East and South-West regions, warning that they could be recipes for post-election violence in 2023.  The organisations which issued the alert were the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute. According to them, while the secessionist agitation by the banned Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) might affect voter turnout because of apathy, the proliferation of regional security elements, including Amotekun, in the South-West, and Ebube Agu, in…

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Buhari to meet President Biden, 48 African leaders, as US plans African Summit 

United States (US) President Joe Biden, has invited Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, along with 48 African Heads of State to Washington, D.C. for a 3-day U.S-Africa Leaders Summit, scheduled to take place from December 13 to 15. The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, in an issued statement in Abuja, said the summit will deepen U.S. Partnerships with Nigeria and other African democracies. “The goal of this historic summit will be to build and expand vital political, economic, and strategic partnerships, as well as people-to-people dialogue, based on mutual interests…

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Travel Advisory over theft: FG advises Nigerian travellers to US, Europe to be cautious

The Federal Government has advised Nigerians travelling to Europe and the United States to take extra precaution to avoid being dispossessed of their belongings. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the advice on Monday in Abuja at the fifth edition of the ‘President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series’. The scorecard series was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the fifth edition witnessed presentations by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar. In an opening remark, Mohammed said the…

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2023: US vows to impose visa ban on election riggers

The United States (US) Government has warned that it would sanction anyone who interferes with the democratic process or instigates violence in the 2023 general elections in Nigeria. Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, Rolf Olson, who gave the warning at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association Annual Seminar 2022, said that it would apply sanctions, including visa restrictions, on those found culpable of election rigging. The country also threw its weight behind the decision of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), to deploy the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System,…

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US Speaker of House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, bows out 

America’s most powerful woman and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, 82, says she will be stepping down as Speaker of the House after about 20 years of being the face of the Democratic Party in the House. In her own words: “Scripture teaches us that, for everything, there is a season – and a time for every purpose under heaven. “As Speaker, it has been my privilege to play a part in forging extraordinary progress for the American people. Now, the hour has come for a new…

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Letter exonerating Tinubu from drug cases in the US resurfaces

Following recent media reports that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was convicted of drug-related cases in the United States of America some years ago, a letter issued by the American Embassy in Nigeria debunking the reports has emerged. The letter, dated February 4, 2003, and addressed to the then Inspector General of Police (IGP), Tafa Balogun, passed through the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos Part of the letter read: “In relation…

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“We have no record of crime against Tinubu” – US declares

…Falsifies drug dealing allegations The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was neither involved nor convicted for criminal drug dealing, the United States (US) government has said. The US offered the clarification while responding to a petition filed a while back seeking details about the failed suit brought against Tinubu over unsubstantiated allegations of drug dealing and purported questionable financial transactions in the country. This falsifies reports amplified by his political opponents who are recycling an unsuccessful suit in which the former Lagos Governor was cleared…

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