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US accuses Nigerian govt. of gross human rights violations

*Alleges use of state agents for unlawful killings The United States has accused the Nigerian government and it agents of committing gross human rights violations, especially  “arbitrary and unlawful killings.” This was contained in a recent report titled, “2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” available on the Department of State website. The report, which took a look at Nigeria’s

2019 Budget: N7bn allocation for Buhari’s presidential air fleet equals 2017, 2018 combined

Oladeinde Olawoyin The Nigerian government has proposed to spend N7.30 billion (7,297,022,065) on the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) in the 2019 budget proposal, according to details obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation. This is almost equals to the amount budgeted for the 2017 and 2018 combined. According to the Premium

Six states to watch in Nigeria’s 2019 elections–Crisis Group

Nigerian elections are high-stakes affairs often marred by street clashes and worse. As the 2019 contests approach, the risk of disturbances is particularly high in six states. The government and its foreign partners can limit campaign-related violence by enhancing security and promoting dialogue among rivals. What’s new? As presidential, gubernatorial and legislative

Rights Violations: FG protecting military officials, Boko Haram terrorists— Amnesty International

•Urges ICC to probe Nigerian gov't failure to sanction perpetrators  Sam Ogun The Amnesty International (AI) has accused Nigeria's Federal Government of shielding the military top brass and commanders as well as Boko Haram terrorists engaged in rights violations from prosecution.   To this end, AI in a statement on Monday to make the

Nigerian govt detains more Anglophone Cameroonian separatists

Ebuka Onyeji Five alleged members of the Ambazonia separatist movement, a Cameroonian group seeking independence from the Francophone country, are currently being detained at an Abuja Police station. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter was on Wednesday not allowed to speak with the detainees when he visited the Asokoro Police station where they are

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian govt violated own laws, historical role by expelling Cameroonian separatists

By Evelyn Okakwu Despite widespread condemnation of the Nigerian government for arresting and detaining some Cameroonian separatists, they were on January 26 deported to Cameroon where they would be tried as terrorists. About 12 members of Southern Cameroon proposing an independent state of Ambazonia were arrested by Nigerian security officials after they

My life is in danger, ex-IPOB member cries out

Freeda Nzemo   The former member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Chidozie Oliver Mbah, has cried out to the international community, particularly to the United Nations (UN), to save his life and that of other IPOB members from the hands of Nigeria military officials who are determined to punish

Dozens killed as military launches air attacks on Nigerian villages-Amnesty International

•Communal clashes leading to killings with impunity •At least 35 killed by military air strikes in communal violence Babatunde Abiodun  The Amnesty International (AI) has berated the Nigerian government for its slow non- responsive response to communal violence resulting from herders and farmers in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna states describing it

Customs generates N1tr, loses 6 officers in 2017

Babatunde Opalana  With five more working days to the end of the year 201, the Nigeria Customs Service has recorded the highest revenue collection ever, of N1,012,259,006,779.74.This is a dogged implementation of the Presidential mandate to Restructure, Reform and Raise revenue (3Rs). This spectacular performance in revenue collection shows N241,685,276,289.74 over the N770,573,730,490

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