Ex-Boko Haram fighters face their hardest battle: Reintegration

After living with armed group, runaways, including wives and children, struggle for social acceptance in Nigeria. A ring with a big red glass stone sits on Mohammed Adamu’s middle finger. It is all that is left of the small jewellery business that he tried to set up. “It reminds me that I need to push much harder to be able to get out of here,” he said. Adamu, 30, is a former Boko Haram fighter who now lives in a refugee camp. He claims he was captured by the group…

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Amazon fires and fight for human survival

As NAS President calls for law on bush burning in Nigeria     Often referred to as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has been on fire and this has raised concerns about the global ecosystem. In this report, WALE ELEGBEDE looks at the effect of the blaze on the global health system especially in sub-Sahara Africa     In a social media post on August 22, French President Emmanuel Macron, tweeted: “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produce…

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BDCs take compliance to new heights as FATF Mutual Evaluation team visits Nigeria

The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) is taking the issue of compliance to regulations locally and globally seriously. This is why ABCON through the many years of training and guidance, has strengthened the Bureaux de Change (BDCs) sector and helped operators understand the gains of compliance to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) rules. But as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) prepares to visit Nigeria this month, Nigerian BDCs are ready to assist the team succeed in its mission, writes NDUBUISI UGAH…

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3 DAYS OF HELL IN NIGER: GUNMEN KILL 1, KIDNAP 3 , RAPE 10 WOMEN, DISPLACE 800

Victims recount losses as IDPs protest, block roads     HELL! That is the best expression to qualify the situation that befell the people of Shiroro, Rafi and Kagara local government areas of Niger State during the week as they did not have any moment of respite from hoodlums for three consecutive days. Many residents of the three local council areas were forced to flee their homes while being dispossessed of their belongings by bandits, who were said to have emerged from the forests of neighbouring states. Investigations by Saturday…

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SS1 student hospitalised after 41-days dry fasting

I do menial jobs to carter for him, siblings –Widowed mum     He was praying against our misfortune, says brother     Doctors and Nurses at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi State (AE-FUTHA) are battling to save the life of an SS1 student, Ikechukwu Oke who was hospitalized after observing 41-days dry fasting.     He had severally complained of hardship in the family and sort assistance from government and private individuals but to no avail.     He hawks sachet water otherwise known as pure…

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Cafe: Giving succour to indigent women

T he rainy season of last year did not spare many of the households in Eziagalu Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.     Being a rain forest zone both the flooding and the attendant erosion that trailed the down pour dealt a great blow on the home of Mrs. Joy Bank Mokwugwo a widow who lost her husband years ago.     On that fateful day, the rain was unprecedented and Mrs. Mokwugwo battled without end to protect her family from the unrelenting elements.  …

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Coscharis Farm targets 20% of Nigeria’s $3bn rice import bill –Dr. Maduka

A couple of months ago, the video of billionaire industrialists and farmer, Dr. Cosmas Maduaburochukwu Maduka, President of Coscharis Group of Companies, preaching on the street in Lagos went viral on social media, leaving people wondering how such a man of such extraordinary means could take such risks at this time Nigeria is battling with serious security challenges. However, in this no holds bared interview with select journalists, Maduka says, “I have just one life to live, and I am not afraid of death, but take this from me: Nobody…

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Shipwrecks threaten nation’s economy, navigation –FOC

  Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Command, Nigeria Navy, Rear Admiral Oladele Bamidele Daji has said that Lagos waterways must be cleared of ship wrecks in order to ensure safe operations along the water ways.     Daji made this known recently when he led Defence Correspondents on the tour of the waterways, which he said were busy areas of the Navy.     He identified the water ways were shipwrecks must be removed to include Lagos Channels of Tin Can Island Port, Kirikiri to Navy Town and Badagry Creek.…

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How fraudsters’ fight over woman led to collapse of crime syndicate

A fraud syndicate, which has been in operation for years, finally crumpled like a pack of cards after two of its members started fighting over a lady called ‘Precious.’ The division in the syndicate, which had offices in different states and communities, led operatives of the Inspector- General of Police Special Intelligence Team (IRT), to smash the gang. The smashing of the gang followed a series of letters to the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, in Abuja, from some victims, detailing how they were defrauded.   The IGP instructed IRT operatives, led…

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NIGERIA: AN END TO POLIO IN SIGHT

Polio, short for poliomyelitis, or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by poliovirus. In about 0.5 per cent of cases there is muscle weakness resulting in an inability to move. This can occur over a few hours to a few days. Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation, has gone three years without a case of wild polio being detected. This, it said, is a significant milestone in the quest to eradicate the disease. ISIOMA MADIKE in this report looks at the journey so far     The news…

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