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Engagement of private company by Minister of interior to collect CERPAC fees illegal – Court

Engagement of private company by Minister of interior to collect CERPAC fees illegal – Court

A Federal High Court in Lagos in a landmark judgment delivered by the presiding Judge Rilwan Aikawa has declared as illegal the engagement of a private company, Continental Transfer Technique Limited, by Minister of Interior to fix and collect the Combine Expatriates Residence Permit and Alien Card, CERPAC, fees paid by all expatriates in Nigeria as illegal and unconstitutional. It ... Read More »

Queen Elizabeth sacks Prince Andrew,strips him of 249,000 pounds salary

Queen Elizabeth sacks Prince Andrew,strips him of 249,000 pounds salary

The Queen of England has ‘sacked’ Prince Andrew from royal duties after discussing the crisis with Prince Charles and summoning her distraught ‘favourite son’ to Buckingham Palace to learn his fate. The Duke of York is today being urged to fly to America to speak to the FBI with lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims warning him ‘any delay’ must lead to ... Read More »

Iran Military Power Report Statement

Iran Military Power Report Statement

NOV. 19, 2019 The following remarks were delivered by Christian Saunders, the Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for Iran, Defense Intelligence Agency. The complete report is posted at: https://www.dia.mil/Portals/27/Documents/News/Military%20Power%20Publications/Iran_Military_Power_V13b_LR.pdf  Today, the Defense Intelligence Agency presents Iran Military Power, a report that examines the core capabilities of Iran’s military.  This publication is part of DIA’s series of unclassified military reports that provide ... Read More »

Again, Bill Gates Emerges World Richest Man

Again, Bill Gates Emerges World Richest Man

Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and philanthropist, has again, reclaimed the position of the world’s richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates reportedly has a net-worth of $110 billion. He replaces Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, at the top spot after Microsoft’s shares went up nearly 48 percent this year. Microsoft’s success this year has been helped by winning a ... Read More »

Trump ‘Strongly Considers’ Testifying In His Impeachment Probe

Trump ‘Strongly Considers’ Testifying In His Impeachment Probe

President Donald Trump said today he is “strongly” considering accepting a challenge from opposition Democrats to testify in his own impeachment investigation, AFP reports. After the speaker of the lower house, Nancy Pelosi, upped the ante by suggesting that Trump come forward to tell the “truth,” the Republican president said he was keen. Pelosi suggested “that I testify about the ... Read More »

US, South Korea postpone joint  training to encourage North Korea’s return to negotiating table

US, South Korea postpone joint training to encourage North Korea’s return to negotiating table

The U.S. and South Korea are postponing a combined flying training event that was scheduled to start tomorrow in South Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Saturday. “The reason we’re doing that is to give the North Koreans an opportunity to reconsider some of their recent provocations and come back to the negotiating table,” Army ... Read More »

Nigeria won’t open its borders now — Col. Ali

Nigeria won’t open its borders now — Col. Ali

By Demola Abimboye Nigeria’s neighbours should perish the thought of the giant of Africa opening its borders soon. Colonel Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, dropped this hint at the graduation ceremony of Senior Course 3 of the NCS Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja yesterday. “I know that our neighbours are in a haste to get us open the ... Read More »

US Attorney General says Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE ‘cannot be trusted’

US Attorney General says Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE ‘cannot be trusted’

By Kate Fazzini US Attorney General, William Barr, has written to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai saying Chinese technology giants Huawei and ZTE “cannot be trusted,” CNBC reports. Barr was writing in support of the FCC’s draft Report and Order that would disallow the two companies – which make popular computers, smart phones, routers and internet equipment – from ... Read More »

How The New York Times is building its TV business and moving into movies

How The New York Times is building its TV business and moving into movies

By Tim Peterson The New York Times is making a move into movies, DIGIDAY reports. The publisher aims to premiere at least two feature-length documentaries in the first half of 2020. One of the films will be the Times’ TV unit’s first feature-length documentary directed by Times journalists and featuring Times journalism, according to a Times spokesperson. The documentary films ... Read More »

Nigeria, Benin, Niger raise joint team on border reopening

Nigeria, Benin, Niger raise joint team on border reopening

A joint patrol team comprising Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic will set up a date for the opening of the borders, the countries said on Thursday. The patrol team was set up by the tripartite committee of the three countries on border closure. Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, who read a communique at the end of a four-hour meeting, said ... Read More »

No Nigerian in Namibian prison, Envoy tells Dabiri-Erewa

No Nigerian in Namibian prison, Envoy tells Dabiri-Erewa

The Namibian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Humphrey Geiseb has stated there is no Nigeria in Namibian prison , just as he announced that Diaspora voting will take place all around the world tommorow as Namibians go to the polls to elect a new President and parliamentarians. The Namibian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Humphrey D. Geiseb, gave the cheering news when ... Read More »

AU, AfDB release 2019 Africa Visa Openness Index

AU, AfDB release 2019 Africa Visa Openness Index

“For the first time, African travellers have liberal access to over half the continent, the 2019 Africa Visa Openness Index published by the African Union Commission and African Development Bank, reveals. The report was launched on Monday on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum, which opened in Johannesburg, South Africa.” PRESS RELEASE 2019 Africa Visa Openness Index: African Union Commission, African ... Read More »

2019 Africa Investment Forum kicks off with Fayemi, others in South Africa

2019 Africa Investment Forum kicks off with Fayemi, others in South Africa

“The Africa Investment Forum inaugural edition was launched in 2018 in partnership with Africa50, Afrexim Bank, the Trade Development Bank, the Development Bank of South Africa, the Islamic Development Bank, the Africa Finance Corporation, the European Investment Bank.” PRESS RELEASE 2019 Africa Investment Forum Kicks Off Delivering on the Promise to Redefine and Unpack the Continent’s Investment Opportunities The 2019 ... Read More »

The Real Immigration Crisis

The Real Immigration Crisis

The Problem Is Not Too Many, but Too Few By Charles Kenny Opponents of immigration are ascendant. From Poland to the United States, politicians are shutting borders and turning away refugees. “Our Country is FULL!” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in April. But misplaced fears over security, slow assimilation, and stolen jobs have distracted from the real demographic crisis looming ... Read More »

Thieves hit at South Africa police chief’s home, steal TV sets

Thieves hit at South Africa police chief’s home, steal TV sets

Thieves have made away with two TV sets from Mpumalanga home of South African national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole, South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed on Monday. Spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the items were stolen by criminals who were “purely opportunistic”. The commissioner’s house is under construction and the work was near completion when the theft occurred last ... Read More »

Nigeria has second-largest number of child brides, says UNICEF

Nigeria has second-largest number of child brides, says UNICEF

THE United Nations Children’s Fund has said Nigeria has the second-largest number of child brides in the world, with 23 million girls and women married out as children in the country, thereby ending their educational strive. Mr Bhanu Pathak, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, stated this in Bauchi State on Saturday at a Youth Talk organised ... Read More »

Osinbajo Attends ECOWAS Summit In Niger Republic

Osinbajo Attends ECOWAS Summit In Niger Republic

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is set to visit Niamey, Niger Republic for an extraordinary Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Summit. Osinbajo is representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the meeting. A statement signed on Friday by Laolu Akande of the office of the Vice President explained that the Summit will include other ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and ... Read More »

Nigeria Demands $62 Billion From Oil Majors for Past Profits

Nigeria Demands $62 Billion From Oil Majors for Past Profits

By: Dulue Mbachu and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo *Government demand based on October 2018 Supreme Court decision *State says oil companies failed to comply with 1993 law Nigeria is seeking to recover as much as $62 billion from international oil companies, using a 2018 Supreme Court ruling the state says enables it to increase its share of income from production-sharing contracts. The proposal comes as President ... Read More »

NAHCON Chairman commends Nigeria’s bilateral agreements with Saudi Arabia

NAHCON Chairman commends Nigeria’s bilateral agreements with Saudi Arabia

“The Commission’s Chairman praised the Saudi Crown Prince for the respect demonstrated to Nigeria by honouring President Muhammadu Buhari with a royal visit in the President’s hotel room instead of the other way round.” Press release The (NAHCON) National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad expressed delight over the outcome of President Muhammadu ... Read More »

How the Netherlands Built One of the World’s Worst Tax Havens

How the Netherlands Built One of the World’s Worst Tax Havens

And How to Shut It Down By Johan Langerock and Maarten Hietland Tourists pose for photos outside the Rijksmuseum in central Amsterdam, Netherlands, December 2017* Dutch officials really don’t like it when someone calls their country a tax haven. In 2009, the Obama administration did just that, naming the Netherlands as one of a number of countries where scores of major American firms ... Read More »