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VOA sacks 15 Hausa Service staff over ‘brown envelopes’

David Jones and Dan Joseph The Voice of America (VOA) announced Thursday it has fired or proposed to terminate more than half the members of its Hausa language service following an investigation that found the individuals had accepted improper payments (regarded as brown envelopes) from a foreign official in West Africa. Amanda

Does the world even need the UN?

•Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping,  Justin Trudeau absent at 2019 UNGA  Annalisa Merelli  (Quartz Editorial) The world’s biggest diplomatic festival, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is about to kick off in earnest. But with high-profile absentees that include Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, and Justin Trudeau, and governments raising doubts about the UN’s

Regulating free speech on social media is dangerous and futile—Expert

Niam Yaraghi   Amid recent news about Google’s post 2016 elections meeting, multiple Congressional hearings, and attacks by President Trump, social media platforms and technology companies are facing unprecedented criticism from both parties. According to Gallup’s survey, 79 percent of Americans believe that these companies should be regulated. We know that an overwhelming majority of technology entrepreneurs subscribe

Top 10 security related news in Nigeria

Capt. Hashim  Abdullahi 1. BOKO HARAM: NIGERIA REAFFIRMS $6.7BN NORTHEAST RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, RESETTLEMENT PLAN The Federal Government says it has developed a 6.7-billion-dollar robust plan of action for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of Northeast devastated by Boko Haram activities. Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Tijjani Bande, said this

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Maj. Hashim Abdullahi  1. WE’VE CHECKED MILITANCY, VANDALISM IN N/DELTA – DEFENCE MINISTER The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, is beating his chest over the Muhammadu Buhari administration curbing of militancy and vandalism in the Niger Delta region. He said on Thursday at the National Security Council meeting at the Aso Rock

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Maj. Hashim Abdullahi 1. INSECURITY: NIGERIAN ARMY ESTABLISHES SCHOOL TO TRAIN TROOPS ON REGIMENTATION The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the newly-created Army Training School in Port Harcourt was established to improve proficiency of troops in the Niger Delta. Buratai, who inaugurated the training school and other facilities in

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 Maj. Hashim Abdullahi   1. UNDP: WE’RE REINTEGRATING REPENTANT BOKO HARAM INSURGENTS TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has disclosed that it is committed to ensuring that genuinely repentant Boko Haram insurgents are reintegrated to their various communities, noting however that there has been resistance by some of the communities.

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Maj. Hashim Abdullahi 1. CUSTOMS INTERCEPTS TRUCKLOAD OF 200,000 LIVE AMMUNITION FROM BENIN REPUBLIC The Nigerian Customs Command overseeing Niger, Kogi, and Kwara states has intercepted an Onitsha bound truck load of 200,000 live ammunition being brought into the country from Benin Republic. The Command Controller, Comptroller Benjamin Binga said that his