U.S. backs postponement of elections

The United States Embassy in Nigeria has thrown its weight behind international election observers on the postponement of last Saturday’s presidential and parliamentary elections in the country. In a statement made available to New Telegraph, the U.S. Embassy said it fully supports the joint statement by the heads of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international election observation missions on the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shelve the polls by one week. “We join in encouraging all Nigerians to ensure a free,…

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U.S., Adebule, Odumakin, seek end violence against women, girls

The United States (U.S.) Consul General, John Bray on Monday advocated concerted action to end violence against women and girls Nigeria, urging Nigerians to take a firm stand against impunity, stigma and the culture of silence which fuel violence against women and girls in the country. Speaking at a public lecture organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative and the United Nations Information Center, to mark the commencement of 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence, Consul-General Bray noted that curbing escalating violence against women and girls would require candid…

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U.S., bank battle over Aluko’s assets

Tony Chukwunyem A legal battle may be brewing between United States prosecutors and a small Luxembourg bank, Banque Havilland SA, over attempts by the former to recover proceeds from an alleged $1.5 billion fraud perpetrated by Kolawole Aluko, a business associate of former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, Bloomberg reported yesterday. According to the news agency, the proceeds of the sale of a plum penthouse condominium in one of Manhattan’s most expensive buildings, which is among the cash, real estate and luxury yacht the U.S. moved last week to seize…

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U.S., Presidency fire Jonathan over poll, graft

PMB to GEJ: Corruption had no restraint under you   The United States and President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hit back at former President Goodluck Jonathan over his claims on the 2015 polls and anti-corruption fight. Jonathan had claimed that he lost his re-election to local and international conspiracies, including U.S., during the 2015 presidential election. He also accused Buhari of harassing his family with his anti-corruption fight. But both the U.S. and Buhari said there was no truth in Jonathan’s claims. Jonathan, in a book titled, “Against The Run of…

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Report: With Nigeria’s northeast facing famine, WFP funds could dry up

  The United Nations’ World Food Programme could in a few weeks run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in Nigeria, four people familiar with the matter said, intensifying one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. In the northeast, 4.7 million people, many of them refugees from the conflict with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, need rations to survive, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), one of the main aid groups handing out food. Many of those living in camps for displaced people say…

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N’Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of force

  North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks”. The comments came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung. Soldiers, tanks and other military hardware were paraded in Pyongyang in a show of strength on Saturday. It comes amid speculation that the current leader, Kim Jong-un, could order another nuclear test. “We’re prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war,” North Korean…

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U.S, UK commend Nigeria over foiled attack on embassies

The embassies of the United States and the United Kingdom in Abuja have reacted to Wednesday’s announcement by the Department State Service (DSS) that five suspected Boko Haram operatives with ties to the Islamic State terror group were arrested while plotting to attack the two missions. In separate reactions to the announcement, the U.S. and U.K. Embassies said their respective governments appreciate the efforts of Nigerian authorities in neutralising terror threats. “The United States appreciates the work of Nigerian security forces in fighting terrorism and keeping citizens and residents safe,”…

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