WHY INVESTORS ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM NIGERIA – PETROLEUM MINISTER, IBE KACHIKWU

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja There is some level of latent difficulty for investors to come and invest in Nigeria due to security concerns, among other issues, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said. This is coming as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum                               Corporation, Maikanti Baru, announced that the country’s current crude oil production had risen to 2.2 million barrels per day. Kachikwu, who spoke at the 6th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries Conference organised by CSR-in-Action on Wednesday in Abuja, noted that although…

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AGAIN MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS ROCK MAIDUGURI

POWERFUL multiple explosions rock Maiduguri on Tuesday night, a day after 12 persons were killed by suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers. At least six powerful explosions occurred between 10:45 and 11:00 PM. About four explosives were detonated simultaneously while two other powerful sounds were also heard some 15 minutes later. Unlike the previous explosions, the current blast has a wide-range sound effect, sending its powerful sounds to many parts of the metropolis, forcing roofs to shake. It is not clear where the blast occurred yet and efforts to get the…

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WANTED BOKO HARAM TERRORIST, OTHERS GIVE UP OVER HARDSHIP

On Monday 17th July 2017, four Boko Haram terrorists willingly deserted their hideouts and surrendered themselves of 120 Task Force Battalion at Goniri. Among them was a high-profile terrorist, Konto Fanami, the Ameer of Kafa hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists group that operates along Ajigin-Talala-Mungusum axis. During preliminary interrogation, they confirmed that they abandoned the terrorism because of incessant hardship and realizing that they were misled by their terrorist group leaders. They further stated they were also erroneously misinformed and brainwashed about Islam and the Nigerian military and the…

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BORNO ELDERS BEG FG TO NEGOTIATE WITH BOKO HARAM THE SAME WAY THEY NEGOTIATED WITH NIGER DELTA MILITANTS

A group of community elders in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram has waged a bloody eight-year insurgency are urging the Islamists to enter peace talks, a move some see as motivated by ethnic self-interest. The Borno Elders Forum of retired military and civilian officials, all ethnic Kanuri, said it was “time they (Boko Haram) put down their arms” and they should “repent and rejoin the larger society”. “If our leaders had the leeway to negotiate with the Boko Haram for the release of some of their captives, they should employ…

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ARMY REVEALS BOKO HARAM NEW STYLE OF SUICIDAL ATTACKS

The Army has urged the public, especially Maiduguri residents, to be wary of new tactics by Boko Haram insurgents. A statement by the Army’s Deputy Director of Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the terrorist group now uses deceptive tactics to lure unsuspecting persons to target areas before unleashing their explosive ridden bodies to gain high casualty. The statement reads: “It has been observed that one of the tactics employed by the terrorists is to create a scene, such as fighting, to attract attention and cause people to gather around…

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BOKO HARAM MAY HAVE SERIOUSLY ACQUIRED REINFORCEMENT, UN REPRESENTATIVE REVEALS

Mohammed Chambers, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to West Africa and the Sahel, has called on the Security Council to strengthen support for the fight against Boko Haram and other groups standing as security threat in the sub-region. Chambas, who is also Head of the UN Office for West Africa, in his report to the Council, urged the UN to further support national and regional efforts to combat the “serious threat”. He warned that the efforts of the region’s States towards broader development, increased investment, improved infrastructure and…

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POLICE PARADE 7 OVER ABUJA KADUNA HIGHWAY KIDNAPPINGS, SEE PIX

By Joseph Erunke ABUJA—SEVEN suspected kidnappers terrorising commuters along Abuja-Kaduna Highway were paraded, yesterday, by the Nigeria Police after their arrest last week. SUSPECTED ABUJA-KADUNA HIGHWAY KIDNAPPERS: Ibrahim Gurgu, Abdulazeez Idris, Shuaibu Ibrahim, alias Kadi; Ibrahim Isiyaku, Usman Datti, Kabiru Musa and Haruna Umar, paraded by Police at Force Headquarters, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan. Their arrest, according to Force Headquarters, was effected by the Police Special Force, led by the Intelligence Response Team between July 8 and 9. The team, which had acted based on available intelligence at its disposal,…

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11 PEOPLE KILLED AS BOKO HARAM CARRIES OUT 4 ATTACKS IN 20 MINUTES IN MAIDUGURI

At least 11 persons were killed in multiple bomb explosions on Tuesday night in Maiduguri, Borno State the News Agency of Nigeria reports. A reliable security source, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the first and second explosions occurred at about 9.45pm at Mulaikalmari, some 6km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The source said that eight persons, including the suicide bombers, were killed in the attack. Three persons were also killed and five others wounded in the third and fourth explosions, which occurred about 20 minutes later at Polo-Sabon…

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POLICE GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED SAYS IGP, IDRIS

THE Police need N1.13 trillion annually to function effectively, it was learnt yesterday. This figure excludes funds for major capital projects such as arms and ammunition, purchase of new vehicles and other technological needs of the force. Its leadership noted that N26.9 billion is needed to fuel and maintain 14,306 police vehicles and motorcycles. Inspector General Ibrahim Idris said N14.5billion is required annually to provide adequate and appropriate uniforms and accoutrements for the personnel. It is also estimated that N700 billion is needed to rehabilitate barracks, police stations and build…

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WHEN KUJE BECAME BATTLE GROUND BETWEEN VIGILANTE AND SECURITY AGENCIES

•Death, blood, anguish  as security guards, community clash By Romanus Ugwu It was a day of anguish comparable only to the Kuje bomb blast of October 2, 2015. It was a day many would fervently pray would never come again. Shops, offices and businesses in Kuje were under lock and key. Parents hurriedly  withdrew their children and wards from school. Major roads were blocked with bonfires, vehicular movement was grounded, commercial activities were paralysed as residents stayed indoors for dear life. There were heavy presence of law enforcement agents, comprising…

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