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Border closure: Stop harassing the poor- Falana tells FG

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Border closure: Stop harassing the poor- Falana tells FG

Wale Elegbede

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana has cautioned the Federal Government against infringing into the rights of the poor in the name of fighting corruption.

Speaking on Thursday in Abuja at the 13th Anti-Corruption Situation Room organised by the Human Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), Falana said the unannounced closure of the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic is a harassment of poor traders who are daily fending for living.

The Federal Government on Tuesday, August 20, shut down the border between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.

Thousands of Nigerian and Benin Republic nationals were stranded and could not access the border as they were returning to their bases after business transactions on Wednesday, August 21.

The spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Joseph Attah, explained that the closure was caused by a joint security exercise that may take several days.

Falana said: “The government must stop harassing the poor because the rich already know how to take care of themselves.

“Accepted that the government was trying to fight corruption but in fighting smugglers, the government shouldn’t fight the poor.”

While urging for a searchlight against corruption in states and local governments, the Senior Advocate said the poor can only be assisted in the country when there is sanction against impunity.

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NFIU request: Plot to blackmail S’Court justices – CUPP

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The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) said the latest request by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) for the bank accounts of justices of the Supreme Court, was aimed at blackmailing the lord justices who are billed to hear the appeal filed against President Muhammadu Buhari’s election.

 

The coalition also noted another request by one of the security agencies to mobile telecommunication companies to furnish it with  the phone log of the apex court justices and other listed Nigerians from August 1, 2018 to September 10, 2019.

 

In a statement Sunday by its spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, CUPP said the attempt to add some members of the National Assembly did not hide the real intention of government.

 

It observed that no member of the executive arm of government was listed in the NIFU letter, and wondered whether there was no corrupt persons among the members of executive.

 

“We would not have been so surprised by this latest government action since the same government had earlier ordered a midnight raid on houses of some judges and also removed a sitting Chief Justice of Nigeria in a most controversial manner.

 

“The same government sent security agents to lay siege on the National Assembly with a view to forcing a leadership change,” the coalition stated.

 

The CUPP expressed concern that these directives to invade the privacy of the justices as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution “is coming at a time the coalition presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is approaching the Supreme Court to contest the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

 

 

 

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Brace up for flooding, emergency experts warn Kogi govt

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Brace up for flooding, emergency experts warn Kogi govt

 

In view of the possibility of flooding in some states in the federation, stakeholders in emergency management have called on the Kogi State government to begin preparation towards mitigating victim’s suffering should the disaster hit the state.

 

The stakeholders, in a communique issued in Lokoja on Sunday after their meeting, urged the state government to immediately begin the renovation and cleaning of all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state in readiness for possible flooding, most particularly in all the affected local governments.

 

According to the stakeholders, schools should be made ready to become emergency camps where necessary with health facilities and welfare packages put in place.

 

The communique was issued at the end of a one-day meeting convened by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to appraise the level of  preparedness and early response startegies put in place to confront the flood disaster by the stakeholders.

 

“Children in camps should be provided with training facilities,” they said in the communique signed on their behalf  by Mr Enemali Abdul of the State Emergencgy Management Agency (SEMA) and Mr Ginikanwa Nwosu of NEMA.

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Iran dismisses US claim it was behind Saudi oil attacks, says ready for war

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Iran dismissed accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that disrupted world oil production and warned on Sunday that U.S. bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles.

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacks that knocked out more than half of Saudi oil output. But U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was no evidence the attacks came from Yemen and accused Iran of “an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.”

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi, speaking on state TV, dismissed the U.S. claim as “pointless”. A senior Revolutionary Guards commander warned that the Islamic Republic was ready for “full-fledged” war and that U.S. military assets were within range of Iranian missiles.

“Everybody should know that all American bases and their aircraft carriers in a distance of up to 2,000 kilometers around Iran are within the range of our missiles,” the head of the Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force Amirali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

State-run oil company Saudi Aramco said the strikes would cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day, or more than 5% of global crude supply, at a time when Aramco is gearing up for a stock market listing.

Aramco gave no timeline for when output would resume but said early Sunday it would give a progress update in around 48 hours. A source close to the matter told Reuters the return to full oil capacity could take “weeks, not days”.

The kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter, ships more than 7 million barrels of oil to global destinations every day, and for years has served as the supplier of last resort to markets.

The United States said it was ready to tap its emergency oil reserves if needed after the attack on two oil plants, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility in Abqaiq.

Saudi Arabia’s stock market opened down 2.3% on Sunday. Saudi petrochemical companies, including Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC), announced a significant reduction in feedstock supplies.

“Abqaiq is the nerve center of the Saudi energy system. Even if exports resume in the next 24-48 hours, the image of invulnerability has been altered,” Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, told Reuters.

Saudi authorities have yet to directly blame any party for Saturday’s pre-dawn strikes, which they said involved drones, but the energy minister linked it to a series of attacks on Saudi oil assets and crude tankers in Gulf waters.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was no evidence the attacks came from Yemen, where a Saudi-led military coalition has been battling the Houthis for over four years in a conflict widely seen as a proxy war between regional rivals Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran.

Riyadh has accused Iran and its proxies of being behind previous attacks claimed by the Houthis on oil pumping stations and Shaybah oilfield, charges Tehran denies.

Some Iraqi media outlets said the attack originated from Iraq, where Iran-backed paramilitary groups have wielded increasing power but Iraq denied this on Sunday and vowed to punish anyone who intended to use Iraq as a launchpad for attacks in the region.

Regional tensions have escalated after Washington quit an international nuclear deal and extended sanctions on Iran to choke off its vital oil exports, a move supported by U.S. Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The attack comes after U.S. President Donald Trump said a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was possible at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later in September. Tehran ruled out talks until sanctions are lifted.

“Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” Pompeo said in a Twitter post on Saturday.

Saudi de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Trump by telephone on Saturday that Riyadh was willing and able to deal with the “terrorist aggression”.

Turkey, an ally of Iran, condemned the attack but called for avoiding “all sorts of provocative steps” that could damage regional security and stability, the foreign ministry said.

A senior Emirati official said the UAE, Riyadh’s main partner in the Western-backed military coalition in Yemen, would fully support Saudi Arabia as the assault “targets us all”.

The UAE, concerned about rising tensions with Iran and Western criticism of the Yemen war, in June scaled down its military presence, leaving Riyadh to try to neutralize the Houthis to prevent Iran from gaining influence along its border, reports Reuters.

The conflict has been in military stalemate for years. The alliance has air supremacy but has come under international scrutiny over civilian deaths and a humanitarian crisis that has seen Yemen pushed to the brink of famine.

The Houthis, who have proved better at guerrilla warfare, have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities, complicating U.N. peace efforts to end the war. Riyadh accuses Iran of arming Houthis, a charge both of them deny.

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Tunisians voting in unpredictable presidential contest

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People in Tunisia are casting their ballots in the country’s presidential election, with some of Tunisia’s most prominent politicians taking part in the contest.

It is the second presidential vote in the country since longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was removed during the revolution in 2011.

The election was brought forward by the death in July of 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi, who had served as head of state from 2014.

More than seven million people are eligible to choose from 24 candidates on Sunday, making the outcome difficult to predict.

Polls opened at 8:00am (07:00 GMT). Some voting stations will remain open until 6:00pm, while others will close two hours earlier, for security reasons.

The crowded field of 26 was narrowed slightly by the last-minute withdrawal of two candidates in favour of Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi just before Saturday’s campaign blackout.

Zbidi has pledged he will change the Constitution to resolve the deadlock between the presidency and Parliament.

Prominent candidates

Among the key players are media mogul Nabil Karoui – behind bars due to an ongoing money-laundering probe – Abdelfattah Mourou, who heads a first-time bid on behalf of his Islamist inspired Ennahdha party, and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

The prime minister’s popularity has been tarnished by a slow economy and he has found himself having to vehemently deny accusations that Karoui’s detention in late August was politically inspired.

Last week, Karoui, 56, launched an open-ended hunger strike but on Friday, an appeal to have the Tunisian businessman released from jail was rejected, his party and lawyers said.

Candidates must secure 50 percent of the vote to win, but if no single candidate obtains a majority on Sunday, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to a second, decisive round.

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Tunis, said voters at one polling station say they are hoping their vote is going to make a difference.

That’s because “jobs, the economy, unemployment … and the security situation is worse than it was before 2011,” Dekker said.

“The question people are asking here: what is democracy really giving to them,” she said.

“They want change, they don’t just want another person to come and sit on the chair, as they say.”

Publication of opinion polls has officially been banned since July, but many voters remain undecided, due to difficulties in reading a shifting political landscape.

Shortly before polls were due to be open, Sofiene told the AFP news agency that she remained “undecided between two candidates”.

“Honest candidates don’t have much chance of winning,” she said.

Some hopefuls have tried to burnish anti-establishment credentials in a bid to distance themselves from a political elite discredited by personal quarrels.

One key newcomer is Kais Said, a 61-year-old law professor and expert on constitutional affairs, who has avoided attaching his bid to a political party.

Instead, he has gone door-to-door to drum up support for his conservative platform.

Distrust of the political elite has been deepened by an unemployment rate of 15 percent and a rise in the cost of living of close to a third since 2016.

Tunisia’s president controls foreign and defence policy, governing alongside a prime minister chosen by Parliament that has authority over domestic affairs.

Some 70,000 security agents have been deployed, including 50,000 focused solely on polling stations, according to the interior ministry.

Exit polls are expected overnight Sunday into Monday, but preliminary results are not expected from the electoral commission until Tuesday.

The date of the second round and final round has not been announced, but it must happen by October 23 at the latest and may even take place on the same day as legislative polls, slated for October 6.

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Forensic scientists in Mexico have managed to identify 44 bodies buried in a well in the state of Jalisco.

Discovered just outside the city of Guadalajara, the human remains were hidden in 119 black bags.

The remains were discovered earlier in September when local residents started complaining about the smell.

Jalisco is the heartland of one of Mexico’s most violent drug gangs and this is the second major find of bodies in the state this year.

The vast majority of the bodies were cut up, so authorities had to piece together different parts in order to identify them.

A local organisation which searches for missing people has appealed to the government to send more specialists to assist with identification, reports the BBC.

They say the local forensic department is overwhelmed and does not have the necessary skills to complete the operation.

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Forensic scientists in Mexico have managed to identify 44 bodies buried in a well in the state of Jalisco.

Discovered just outside the city of Guadalajara, the human remains were hidden in 119 black bags.

The remains were discovered earlier in September when local residents started complaining about the smell.

Jalisco is the heartland of one of Mexico’s most violent drug gangs and this is the second major find of bodies in the state this year.

The vast majority of the bodies were cut up, so authorities had to piece together different parts in order to identify them.

A local organisation which searches for missing people has appealed to the government to send more specialists to assist with identification, reports the BBC.

They say the local forensic department is overwhelmed and does not have the necessary skills to complete the operation.

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Trump: We’ve killed Osama bin Laden’s son

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The son of former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed during a US counter-terrorism operation, Donald Trump has said.

Hamza bin Laden, who had been groomed by his dad to become his successor, was killed in the region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The White House said the son of the 9/11 mastermind had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organisation.

But they gave no further details on when Hamza bin Laden was killed or how the United States confirmed his death.

The statement said his death ‘not only deprives Al Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operation activities of the group’.

Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals in a raid on his house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

In July US intelligence officials leaked news of the Saudi Arabian born terrorist’s death but they refused to offer further information on when or how he died.

This is the first time US involvement in the 30-year-old terror heir’s death has been confirmed.

A $1million reward for information leading to his capture was issued by the US State Department in February this year.

Hamza’s last known public statement was released by Al Qaeda’s public relations department in 2018.

In it, he issued a threat against Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt.

Hamza was born to Khairiah Sabar, one of Osama bin Laden’s three wives, reports metro.co.uk.

The terror heir married a daughter of high-ranking Al Qaeda operative Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah when he was 17.

He was dubbed the ‘Crown Prince of Terror’ in 2008 after a poem said to have been written by him was unearthed.

It said: “Accelerate the destruction of America, Britain, France and Denmark.”

In August 2015, he released an audio message which saw him call on followers to wage jihad (holy war) on Washington, Paris, London and Tel Aviv.

Hamza moved with his late father to Afghanistan in 1996, and appeared in propaganda videos after bin Laden Sr declared war on the United States.

The infamous terror mastermind became the world’s most wanted man after plotting the September 11 2001 attacks on New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

A total of 19 Al Qaeda terrorists killed 2,977 people after flying airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC and crashing a third jet into a field in Somerset County Pennsylvania.

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The son of former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed during a US counter-terrorism operation, Donald Trump has said.

Hamza bin Laden, who had been groomed by his dad to become his successor, was killed in the region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The White House said the son of the 9/11 mastermind had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organisation.

But they gave no further details on when Hamza bin Laden was killed or how the United States confirmed his death.

The statement said his death ‘not only deprives Al Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operation activities of the group’.

Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals in a raid on his house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

In July US intelligence officials leaked news of the Saudi Arabian born terrorist’s death but they refused to offer further information on when or how he died.

This is the first time US involvement in the 30-year-old terror heir’s death has been confirmed.

A $1million reward for information leading to his capture was issued by the US State Department in February this year.

Hamza’s last known public statement was released by Al Qaeda’s public relations department in 2018.

In it, he issued a threat against Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt.

Hamza was born to Khairiah Sabar, one of Osama bin Laden’s three wives, reports metro.co.uk.

The terror heir married a daughter of high-ranking Al Qaeda operative Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah when he was 17.

He was dubbed the ‘Crown Prince of Terror’ in 2008 after a poem said to have been written by him was unearthed.

It said: “Accelerate the destruction of America, Britain, France and Denmark.”

In August 2015, he released an audio message which saw him call on followers to wage jihad (holy war) on Washington, Paris, London and Tel Aviv.

Hamza moved with his late father to Afghanistan in 1996, and appeared in propaganda videos after bin Laden Sr declared war on the United States.

The infamous terror mastermind became the world’s most wanted man after plotting the September 11 2001 attacks on New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

A total of 19 Al Qaeda terrorists killed 2,977 people after flying airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC and crashing a third jet into a field in Somerset County Pennsylvania.

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Trump: We’ve killed Osama bin Laden’s son

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Trump: We’ve killed Osama bin Laden’s son

The son of former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed during a US counter-terrorism operation, Donald Trump has said.

Hamza bin Laden, who had been groomed by his dad to become his successor, was killed in the region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The White House said the son of the 9/11 mastermind had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organisation.

But they gave no further details on when Hamza bin Laden was killed or how the United States confirmed his death.

The statement said his death ‘not only deprives Al Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operation activities of the group’.

Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals in a raid on his house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

In July US intelligence officials leaked news of the Saudi Arabian born terrorist’s death but they refused to offer further information on when or how he died.

This is the first time US involvement in the 30-year-old terror heir’s death has been confirmed.

A $1million reward for information leading to his capture was issued by the US State Department in February this year.

Hamza’s last known public statement was released by Al Qaeda’s public relations department in 2018.

In it, he issued a threat against Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt.

Hamza was born to Khairiah Sabar, one of Osama bin Laden’s three wives, reports metro.co.uk.

The terror heir married a daughter of high-ranking Al Qaeda operative Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah when he was 17.

He was dubbed the ‘Crown Prince of Terror’ in 2008 after a poem said to have been written by him was unearthed.

It said: “Accelerate the destruction of America, Britain, France and Denmark.”

In August 2015, he released an audio message which saw him call on followers to wage jihad (holy war) on Washington, Paris, London and Tel Aviv.

Hamza moved with his late father to Afghanistan in 1996, and appeared in propaganda videos after bin Laden Sr declared war on the United States.

The infamous terror mastermind became the world’s most wanted man after plotting the September 11 2001 attacks on New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

A total of 19 Al Qaeda terrorists killed 2,977 people after flying airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC and crashing a third jet into a field in Somerset County Pennsylvania.

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How impostor of NNPC’s COO almost scammed UK firm

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How impostor of NNPC’s COO almost scammed UK firm

A company based in Salehurst, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, United Kingdom (UK), narrowly escaped being scammed by am impostor of Chief Operating Officer, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

 

The Corporation, which confirmed this on Saturday, advised that individuals and corporate bodies, locally and internationally, should be wary of unscrupulous elements parading themselves as officials of the corporation.

 

 

The warming, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said in a statement, came in the wake of the claim by a group of dubious individuals to be representing “a Gas and Power Committee” of the corporation, hosting a chief executive of a United Kingdom based company in a purported “office of NNPC” in Abuja recently.

 

The release said one of the miscreants had claimed the identity of NNPC Chief Operation Officer (COO), Gas and Power, Engr. Yusuf Usman, all in an attempt to swindle the unsuspecting company based in Salehurst, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, UK.

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