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How Ghana is upstaging Nigeria as West Africa’s maritime hub

AP Moeller-Maersk, one of largest ship-owning companies, announced recently that it has invested over $1 billion in Ghana for the acquisition of ultra-modern cranes and framework for their ports. Under the investment plan, seven ship-to-shore and ultra-modern gantry cranes have already arrived the main Ghanaian port of Tema and are

Record cocaine busts signal West Africa is transit hub again

Alonso Soto Record cocaine busts in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde have fueled fears of a resurgence of drug trafficking in West Africa that's likely to benefit Islamist militant groups in the region. Authorities in the two former Portuguese colonies have intercepted as much as 10.4 metric tons of cocaine this year, more

Special Report: Recruitment saga, forgery and fraud allegations rock Buhari’s IPCR

*As Ag.DG Bakut dares governing council *Says his conflicting DOBs, dual nationalities not a crime Senator Iroegbu Editor's Note: All is not well with Nigeria's Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) since President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mr. Bakut Tswah Bakut as the Acting Director-General having refused to extend the tenure

Tenure extension for IGP unconstitutional, investigation reveals

Adelani Adepegba The 1999 Nigerian Constitution does not have provisions for extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), investigations revealed. This is coming against the backdrop of concerns trailing the alleged attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of the curremt IGP Ibrahim Idris who was earlier

Voyage of Life or Death

Editor's note: Nextier SPD Policy Weekly provides an analysis of topical conflict, security, and development issues as well as proposes recommendations to address them.This edition examines the risks posed by such migration and makes recommendations on how the challenges can be addressed. The phenomenon of irregular migration has become a major global security

How Nigerian military saved Boko Haram, ISWAP from self destruct

Ahmad Salkida There are several ironies that have dogged the war on terrorism in Nigeria. For those who closely follow the conflict, both the Islamic State West Africa and its progenitor, Boko Haram, are still in existence is all thanks to the Nigerian Army. Hard to believe, yet at the

Killings: When statistics speaks so little

Editor's note: Nextier SPD Policy Weekly provides an analysis of topical conflict, security, and development issues as well as proposes recommendations to address them.This edition examines the challenges with the statistical representations of violent killings in Nigeria and what it fails to cove 2018 was a violent year in Nigeria. There were

General Elections: Politics and the thugs of war

Editor's note: Nextier SPD Policy Weekly provides an analysis of topical conflict, security, and development issues as well as proposes recommendations to address them. In this publication considered the disruptive roles of thuggery in Nigeria's political and electoral processes, especially the fears of violence and insecurity mounts in February-March, 2019

Food: Weapon for Peace

Editor's note: Nextier SPD Policy Weekly, which provides an analysis of topical conflict, security, and development issues as well as proposes recommendations. This publication looks at the problem of food security especially among the IDPs and local populace in the Boko Haram ravaged North East.  The Government of Nigeria has encouraged tens

Special Report: No security strategy despite mass killings in Zamfara

Ahmad Salkida Editor's note: A survey on the state of insecurity in Zamfara state gives a damning no-confidence-vote on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. In February of 2018, officials of Zamfara state government took stock of losses from the festering banditry in the state. The records, by conservative official standards, suggested

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