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Peace Of Niger Republic Must Matter To Nigeria – Buhari
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Peace Of Niger Republic Must Matter To Nigeria – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, said the peace of Niger Republic must matter to Nigeria, being “our very close neighbour.” He therefore commended the country’s outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou and his government for keeping to their country’s Constitution with respect to run-off polls scheduled for February 21, 2021. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving in audience former Nigerian Vice President, Namadi Sambo, who is ECOWAS Head of Mission on the elections in Niger Republic. The statement was titled “Nigerien run-off polls: President Buhari praises outgoing government for following the constitution.” The statement quoted Buhari as congratulating Samb...
Niger Republic Arms Dealer And Sons Arrested In Katsina (Photos)
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Niger Republic Arms Dealer And Sons Arrested In Katsina (Photos)

A Niger Republic national, Haruna Yusuf and his two sons were on Monday January 25 paraded by the Nigerian Police Force over alleged banditry and gun running. The 47-year-old resident of Muduru village in Mani Local Government Area of Katsina, was accused of leading a syndicate supplying arms from Niger Republic to bandits in Zamfara and Katsina. According to the state commissioner for police Sanusi Buba, the suspect was arrested alongside his sons, Ibrahim Salisu, 20, and Shuaibu Haruna, 18, and other suspected members of the syndicate who have been identified as Haruna Yusuf, 47, of Sawarya village, Kaita LGA of Katsina State; Haruna Adamu, 35, and Auwal Abubakar, 28, both of Maduru village, Mani LGA of Katsina. Buba said Mr Yusuf had confessed to sourcing arms and ammunition ...
Suspected Niger Republic arms dealer and sons arrested in Katsina
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Suspected Niger Republic arms dealer and sons arrested in Katsina

A Niger Republic national, Haruna Yusuf and his two sons were on Monday January 25 paraded by the Nigerian Police Force over alleged banditry and gunrunning.   The 47-year-old resident of Muduru village in Mani Local Government Area of Katsina, was accused of leading a syndicate supplying arms from Niger Republic to bandits in Zamfara and Katsina.     According to the state commissioner for police Sanusi Buba, the suspect was arrested alongside his sons, Ibrahim Salisu, 20, and Shuaibu Haruna, 18, and other suspected members of the syndicate who have been identified as Haruna Yusuf, 47, of Sawarya village, Kaita LGA of Katsina State; Haruna Adamu, 35, and Auwal Abubakar, 28, both of Maduru village, Mani LGA of Katsina.     Buba said ...
EFCC Reveals Why Maina Escaped To Niger Republic
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EFCC Reveals Why Maina Escaped To Niger Republic

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed why former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, jumped bail and fled to Niger Republic. Maina is on trial for money laundering charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja. Late in 2020, he was found by the court to have jumped bail and fled to Niger. Upon an arrest warrant issued by the court, Maina was later apprehended in the neighbouring country and repatriated to Nigeria. In a fresh court document filed by the EFCC, the anti-graft agency claimed Maina “sneaked out to Niger Republic after jumping court bail was to obtain new travel documents at the Embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Niamey to enable him flee back to the USA with his family where he and his fami...
Buhari Sympathizes With Niger Republic Over Terrorist Attack That Killed 70
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Buhari Sympathizes With Niger Republic Over Terrorist Attack That Killed 70

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of 70 people in Zaroumdareye, a border town between Niger Republic and Mali by militants, describing the incident as another clarion call for united action by African leaders against terrorism. President Buhari, while reacting to the incident on Sunday in Abuja, said, “I am profoundly shocked by the large scale death of innocent people at the hands of these callous militants who have no regard for the sanctity of human life.” The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja last night said, “We are facing grave security challenges on account of the evil campaign of indiscriminate violence by terrorists in the Sahel and only united action can help us defeat t...
‘Senator Ndume I Hail Oooo’ – Dino Melaye Welcomes Maina Back To Nigeria
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‘Senator Ndume I Hail Oooo’ – Dino Melaye Welcomes Maina Back To Nigeria

Senator Dino Melaye has welcomed the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team Abdulrasheed Maina back to Nigeria. Maina was extradited to Nigeria from Niger Republic on Thursday to face his N2 billion money laundering charges. Melaye shared a video of Maina’s arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Twitter. He also hailed Senator Ali Ndume who stood as surety for Maina. “Welcome back Maina. Sen. Ndume I hail oooo,” the former Kogi West lawmaker wrote. Ndume was recently granted bail after spending days in prison for being unable to produce Maina.  
Abdulrashid Maina Extradited To Nigeria After Arrest In Niger Republic
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Abdulrashid Maina Extradited To Nigeria After Arrest In Niger Republic

Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), AbdulRashid Maina, who was this week arrested in Niger Republic has been extradited to Nigeria. The Police had announced he will be extradited to face charges bordering on his time as PRTT Chief. Maina is a facing a 12-count money laundering charge brought against him and a firm by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), amounting to a tune of about N2 billion. ABDULRASHID MAINA EXTRADITED TO NIGERIA The Nigeria Police Force has extradited Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), today, 3rd December, 2020, to Nigeria from Niamey, Niger Republic, ...
Police Says Maina Will Be Extradited To Nigeria Soon
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Police Says Maina Will Be Extradited To Nigeria Soon

Following the arrest of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina in Niamey, Niger Republic, the NPF is perfecting extradition processes of the fugitive to Nigeria to enable him face trial in pending criminal proceedings against him. Abdulrashid Maina, who was declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction, was arrested last night, 30th November, 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart. He is currently in a detention facility in Niger Republic awaiting the completion of the extradition processes. The Force assures the citizens, that there shall be no hiding place for any suspect, no matter how highly placed  
Ex-Pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina Arrested In Niger Republic By Intelligence Operatives
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Ex-Pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina Arrested In Niger Republic By Intelligence Operatives

Operatives of intelligence service in a collaboration with men of anti-corruption agency in Nigeria on Monday evening, arrested Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, in town Niger Republic. A top intelligence officer told us that the arrest was made possible due to an existing mutual relationship and security agreement between the two neighbouring countries. Maina, a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), is facing a 12-count money laundering charge levelled against him and a firm by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). EFCC, alleged that Maina, as Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, used the account of the firm for money laundering to the tune of about N2 billion, part of which he used to acquire landed properties in Abuja. He however, has ...
FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu
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FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu

+- An agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)” as it is called. Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi. Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano and Katsina states. The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation ba...
Niger Exports Fuel To Nigeria As Egypt, Algeria Build 13 Refineries
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Niger Exports Fuel To Nigeria As Egypt, Algeria Build 13 Refineries

Neighbouring Niger Republic, which started commercial oil production in 2011, now exports petroleum products to Nigeria, as Egypt and Algeria lead African operations with 13 refineries. Both countries (Egypt and Algeria) have combined capacity of 1.4 million barrels per day. For decades, Nigeria’s three major refineries have been grounded to near-zero capacity utilisation with all of its refined fuel imported from other countries. Data exclusively obtained from the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) revealed that strong refinery performance in Niger meets local fuel demand, and excess production exported to Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso. The continental body also raised concern over importation of dirty fuel into Africa and predicted health and environmental chall...
COVID-19: Despite zero-case, Yobe enforces lockdown in LGAs bordering Niger Republic, other states
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COVID-19: Despite zero-case, Yobe enforces lockdown in LGAs bordering Niger Republic, other states

The Yobe State COVID-19 Subcommittee on Security, Lockdown and Enforcement has taken its monitoring and evaluation campaign to communities bordering Niger Republic with a view to assessing strict adherence to the lockdown order. Gaidam, Yunusari, Yusufari and Nguru Local Government Areas located at the northernmost part of the state were visited by the subcommittee. Brig. Gen. Abdulsalam Dahiru (rtd), while briefing security operatives and the local government officials, emphasised on the need for them to work in harmony for strict compliance with the lockdown order. He said the idea was to contain trans-border importation of the dreaded COVID-19 as Niger Republic currently grappling with the virus. He also restated that only trucks conveying food items, medical supplies, build...
Coronavirus: Governor Masari Orders Closure of Land Borders with 4 States and Niger Republic
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Coronavirus: Governor Masari Orders Closure of Land Borders with 4 States and Niger Republic

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has ordered the closure of all land borders with neighbouring states and Niger Republic, in a bid to curb the possible spread of coronavirus in the state. Masari who ordered the closure of  borders with Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna and Zamfara, and with the Republic of Niger to the north, also placed a ban on large gathering in public and religious centers. The Katsina State Governor who stated that movement of people into the state is strictly prohibited with effect from 6:00 am on Saturday March 28, added that fuel tankers and vehicles carrying food items and other essential commodities will be allowed into the state subject to screening and test at the point of entry. People are however at liberty to move within the state.
What Determines Reopening Of Nigeria’s Borders – Buhari
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What Determines Reopening Of Nigeria’s Borders – Buhari

He revealed that the reopening the borders would be determined by the report from the Tripartite Committee comprising the governments of Nigeria, Benin Republic and the Niger Republic. The President stated this when he met with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso who paid him a visit on Friday at the State House in Abuja. “Our major problem is security – the inflow of weapons, ammunition and drugs,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu. President Buhari added, “We have witnessed a decline in banditry using such weapons since the partial closure of the border. “Also, our farmers are now able to sell their rice since we stopped the inflow of foreign rice, usually dumped in the country.” He informed his visitor that Nigeria’s...
608 Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents Currently Undergoing Rehabilitation
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608 Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents Currently Undergoing Rehabilitation

The military authority says no fewer than 608 repentant Boko Haram insurgents are currently undergoing De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) Programme by Operation Safe Corridor (OSC) at Malam-Sidi, Gombe State. Brig:- Gen. Musa Ibrahim, Commandant DRR Camp OSC made this known when the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mr Mohammed Alkali visited the camp on Saturday. He said 14 of the repentant insurgents were foreigners from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic. Ibrahim said: “From inception, we received 893 out of which 286 graduated and were returned to their respective states and countries for reintegration’’. He said the personnel in the camp were working diligently with the mandate of OSC in conformity with international best pr...
Nigeria May Lose Niger Republic’s $665m Yearly Energy Cash
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Nigeria May Lose Niger Republic’s $665m Yearly Energy Cash

Nigeria will lose more revenues from energy exports once Niger Republic starts generating her own electricity, it was gathered at the weekend. Aside Niger Republic, the country, according to the Federal Ministry of Power, exports electricity valued at between $582 million and $665 million annually to countries such as Togo, Chad, and Benin Republic. It exports between 350megawatts (Mw) and 400 Mw of electricity daily to those countries, with a view to generating more revenues and meet their energy needs. Speaking on the side of a stakeholders forum in Lagos, the Technical Director, Consistent Energy Limited, Mr Mohammed Etti, said Nigeria’s export earnings would dip further once Niger Republic starts generating electricity. He said: “If Nigeria allows Niger Republic to dam ...
‘Charcoal Anthrax’: Cattle Disease Hits Niger Republic, Customs Takes Precaution
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‘Charcoal Anthrax’: Cattle Disease Hits Niger Republic, Customs Takes Precaution

The Nigeria Customs Service has directed its officials to take precautionary measure at land borders to prevent importation of "charcoal anthrax" diseases into the country. The deputy comptroller -general (E, I&I) of the agency, V.D Dimka, gave this directive in a memo last week. This was as against the backdrop of a reported outbreak of the disease in the neighbouring Niger Republic from where sheep and cattle are imported to Nigeria. According to the directive, the custom headquarters received a report that the Nigerien Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock had notified the World Organisation for Animals Health (WOAH) of an outbreak of charcoal anthrax diseases, the Bacterium Bacillus Anthracis variant, in sheep and cattle in Niger. "Given the supply of cattle and she...
IMF Says Border Closure Negatively Impacting Benin, Niger Republics
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IMF Says Border Closure Negatively Impacting Benin, Niger Republics

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the sustained closure of the Nigerian land borders is hurting economies of Benin Republic and Niger Republic. Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director, African Department (IMF) stated this at a press briefing during the launch of Economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa at the ongoing World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Washington DC. “On the border closure in Nigeria which has been impacting Benin and Niger, our understanding is that the border has been closed, reflecting concerns about smuggling that’s been taking place, illegal trade, not the legal trade that you want to facilitate” he sisd. IMF is also optimistic the borders would soon open. “So we’re very hopeful that, you know, discussions will resolve the challenges that this illegal trade...
Niger Bans Rice Export To Nigeria Following Closure Of Nigeria’s Borders
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Niger Bans Rice Export To Nigeria Following Closure Of Nigeria’s Borders

Niger Republic has banned the exportation of rice to Nigeria following the closure of Nigeria’s borders. Since August 20, 2019, Nigeria has closed its borders in four geopolitical zones across the country, which include South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West. In his address during a joint press briefing in Abuja on Monday, the Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, revealed that Niger Republic recently banned the export of rice to Nigeria as a result of the closure. He said, “The government, through diplomatic channels will continue to engage our neighbours to agree to comply with ECOWAS Protocol on Transit. “Goods that are on the prohibition list in Nigeria, such as rice, used clothing, poultry products and vegetable oil should not be exp...
Niger Republic Bans Export Of Rice To Nigeria
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Niger Republic Bans Export Of Rice To Nigeria

The Government of Niger Republic has banned the export of rice into Nigeria. The ban follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive for the closure of Nigeria’s border with neighbouring countries to curtail the activities of smugglers. The directive stated that the ban was to take effect from September 5. In a circular dated September 5, 2019, Niger’s Director-General of Customs, Oumarou Amadu, ordered all relevant agencies to comply strictly or face severe sanctions. Since the restriction of access to rice and 40 other commodities came into effect in 2015, Nigeria’s other neighbours, Benin, Cameroon and Togo, have not been so understanding of PMB’s protectionist policy. Benin is said to have crashed its rice importation tariff to seven per cent, while Cameroon brought i...
Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from other African countries pictured in Mecca for Hajj
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Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from other African countries pictured in Mecca for Hajj

Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from some other African countries were pictured in Mecca as they prepared for the commencement of Hajj.   The First Lady of Nigeria was pictured with the First Ladies of Guinea Conackry, Niger Republic, Gambia and Somalia.     Sharing the photos, Ms. Buhari wrote: "I and the First Ladies of Guinea Conackry, Niger Republic, Gambia and Somalia, as we set to enter Mina for the commencement of the Hajj, I pray to Allah to answer our prayers for peace and rahma in our various countries and the rest of the world, Ameen??."  
AFCFTA Trade Agreement Signed By Buhari: What You Need To Know About It
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AFCFTA Trade Agreement Signed By Buhari: What You Need To Know About It

President Muhammadu Buhari has just signed the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AFCFTA)in the Niger Republic Where he is Currently attending The African Union Summit. Many Nigerians were however not aware of the real meaning, merits and demerits of this Agreement. MEANING: The African Continental Free Trade Area(AfCFTA) is a free trade area, outlined in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 52 of the 55 African Union nations. The free trade Area is the largest in the world in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organisation. WHAT IS IN THE AGREEMEN? The agreement was brokered by the African Union(AU) and was signed on by 44 of its 55 member states in Kigali, Rwanda on March 21, 2018. The agreement initially req...
President Muhammadu Buhari Signs Africa Free Trade Agreement
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President Muhammadu Buhari Signs Africa Free Trade Agreement

President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in Niger Republic attending African Union Summit has signed the Africa Free tarde Agreement. President Buhari signs Agreement establishing African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at the Opening of the 12th Extra Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government in Niamey Niger Republic on 7th July 2019.
AU Summit: Buhari To Depart For Niger Republic Saturday
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AU Summit: Buhari To Depart For Niger Republic Saturday

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Saturday for Niamey, Niger Republic to attend the African Union Summit, scheduled to hold on July 7. A statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, said the president would participate in the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union on African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA. The presidential aide added that the president would also participate in the First Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the AU and the Regional Economic Communities in Niamey. “The Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union is expected to launch the operational instruments of the Agreement establishing AfCFTA. “The instruments include: AfCFTA Rules of Origin, Tariff...
‘I Joined A Robbery Gang After Losing N6M To Betting,’ Suspect Tells Police
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‘I Joined A Robbery Gang After Losing N6M To Betting,’ Suspect Tells Police

One of the gang members confessed that they once stole a Toyota Matrix from a woman and sold it in Kaduna for N270,000. Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested a robbery gang that specializes in robbing women of expensive vehicles in Abuja, Punch reports. The three members of the gang were identified as Ego Ike, Obinna Igwe, and Adamu Nuhu. It was reported that the suspects after stealing a vehicle usually take it to the Niger Republic where they sell it. According to Punch, police went after the gang after they stole 2016 Toyota Corolla from an official of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, who was on her way home from work. The suspects thereafter drove the car to Katsina state and then to the Niger Republic to sell it. Ho...
Buhari’s Father Is From Niger Republic, Not A Nigerian – Nnamdi Kanu
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Buhari’s Father Is From Niger Republic, Not A Nigerian – Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has come up with a fresh claim about the true nationality of President Muhmmadu Buhari. Kanu, in his broadcast from the United Kingdom at the weekend, said that neither “dead” Muhammadu Buhari, nor “his replacement” Jibril al Sudani, is qualified to contest for Nigeria’s presidential election. Nnamdi Kanu argued that being born on Nigerian soil was not enough to qualify one as a Nigerian citizen by birth, unless the parents, grandparents of such person is also born in Nigeria. The IPOB leader said that Buhari’s father, Hardo Adamu, was a nomadic FULANI trader, a duck seller, from the Niger Republic and later became a bodyguard in the Emir of Daura’s palace, which made him to settle in Daura, Katsina State, adding...
Mali Crowned Champions of U-20 AFCON
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Mali Crowned Champions of U-20 AFCON

Mali yesterday defeated Senegal 3-2 on penalties to claim their maiden Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations title following a 1-1 stalemate after extra time in Niamey, Niger Republic. The Aiglons held their nerves in the pulsating shootouts to hand Senegal their third successive defeat in the final. Mamoutou Kane’s charges open the score at Stade General Seyni Kountche after 15 minutes when Boubacar Traore hammered home Hadji Drame’s delivery as Senegal found themselves behind for the first time in the tournament. Youssouph Dabo’s Les Lionceaux replied 17 minutes from normal time through FC Metz’s Amadou Ndiaye who volleyed in the equaliser from close range to force the match to extra time and penalties. Senegal missed their first spot kick when midfielder’s spot kick hit the post. The ...
U20 AFCON: World Cup Ticket in the Bag, Flying Eagles Dream Title
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U20 AFCON: World Cup Ticket in the Bag, Flying Eagles Dream Title

Flying Eagles midfielder, Afeez Aremu said the team is now focused on winning the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations title, after securing qualification for the U20 FIFA World Cup in Poland. Flying Eagles Nigeria beat the hosts Niger Republic on Friday night to berth their place at the FIFA World Cup billed for May 23- June 15, and also a semi-final clash on Wednesday against Mali. Winning the title according to Aremu will be a good come back for the Flying Eagles who missed the 2017 edition. “We’ve got the qualification to play in the World Cup, which was our first priority of going into this tournament. Our next priority is to win the AFCON,” Aremu declared. “Now we can only get better as we keep pushing forward.” Flying Eagles coach Paul Aigbogun said his wards are ready for ...
U20 AFCON: Flying Eagles Aim For Redemption In Niger
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U20 AFCON: Flying Eagles Aim For Redemption In Niger

On the 23rd of July 2016, a rainy afternoon at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigerian players clad in white shirts lay scattered on the pitch in dejection after the final whistle, the reality dawned, Nigeria won’t be going to the CAF U20 AFCON in Zambia and Ultimately miss out on the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea. Not only was the reality of missing out on the U20 World Cup painful, but more painful was the nature and circumstances which surrounded the Flying Eagles implosion to Sudan in Lagos. After a 2-1 lead from the first leg of the final qualifying round in Sudan, the Eagles capitulated and lost 3-4 in Lagos thus allowing the Sudanese to progress to the 2017 U20 AFCON in Zambia on goals difference after a 5-5 aggregate scoreline. It was a stunning shock as...
Flying Eagles List Utin, Nazifi, Maxwell For Under-20 AFCON
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Flying Eagles List Utin, Nazifi, Maxwell For Under-20 AFCON

Team captain Ikouwem Utin and forwards Yahaya Nazifi and Effiom Maxwell are among 21 players listed by Nigeria’s under-20 male team for the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic. Flying Eagles Utin, a wingback with Enyimba International Football Club of Aba, won a silver medal at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco. Nazifi recently signed contract with a Danish club, while Maxwell was Man-of-the-Match in the 4-2 defeat of Ghana’s Black Satellites at the WAFU Under-20 Cup Tournament in Togo last month. Aigbogun has also included goalkeepers Detan Ogundare, Akpan Udoh and Olawale Oremade, as well as defender Mike Zaruma, midfielders Peter Eletu, Quadri Liameed and Aniekeme Okon, and forwards Adeshina Gata and Ibrahim Abubakar. Defender Valent...
Niger Republic Surprises President Buhari With Birthday Celebration (Photos)
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Niger Republic Surprises President Buhari With Birthday Celebration (Photos)

The Republic of Niger suprises Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari with Birthday celebration after he visited them for their 60th anniversary. He wrote: I assumed the birthday surprises were over — only for me to travel for the 60th Anniversary of the formal Proclamation of the Republic of Niger, and face a second ambush. I’m very grateful to everyone who honored me today. May Almighty Allah reward you all abundantly.
President Buhari Leaves Nigeria For Niger Republic On Tuesday
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President Buhari Leaves Nigeria For Niger Republic On Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Tuesday for Zinder, the Republic of Niger, to participate in the programme of activities marking the 60th anniversary of the formal Proclamation of the Republic of Niger. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday. According to him, at the invitation of President Mahamadou Issoufou, the Nigerian leader will join fellow West African leaders as Special Guest of Honour at the event. Republic of Niger, Nigeria’s northern neighbour, commemorates Dec. 18, 1958, the date of its founding as a Republic and the creation of the Presidency even before it gained complete Independence from France on Aug. 3, 1960. The presidential aide stated that the participati...
PDP Imported Supporters From Niger Republic For Sokoto Rally – El-rufai
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PDP Imported Supporters From Niger Republic For Sokoto Rally – El-rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Tuesday said majority of the persons who participated at the Peoples Democratic Party presidential rally which held in Sokoto were from neighbouring Niger Republic. The governor, a member of the ruling party, APC, disclosed this during an inauguration of his campaign commitee in Kaduna. The PDP launched its zonal presidential rally in Sokoto on Monday for the North-west. Thousands of people attended the rally which was addressed by the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. However, according to Mr El-Rufai, many of those that attended the rally were from neighbouring Niger Republic. Mr El-Rufai said the PDP brought these peop...
Katsina Police Arrest Notorious Syndicate of Trans-Border Indian Hemp Traffickers
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Katsina Police Arrest Notorious Syndicate of Trans-Border Indian Hemp Traffickers

The Katsina State Police has arrested a notorious syndicate of trans-border Indian Hemp traffickers and recovered forty sealed parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp. Spokesperson for the Command, Isah Gambo, who confirmed the arrest said that on Monday, November 26, based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in arresting the notorious syndicate that specializes in trans-border Indian Hemp trafficking. "Nemesis caught up with the duo of one Nura Inusa, ‘m’, aged 25yrs of Maimujiya, Niger Republic and one Rabiu Ahmadu, ‘m’, 28yrs of Danbatta LGA of Kano state, when they were arrested by gallant policemen attached to Safer Highway Patrol, on routine checks along Kano – Daura – Republic of Niger road in possession of forty (40) sealed parcels of dried leaves suspected to be ...
Governor Ajimobi Orders Arrest, Prosecution Of Herdsmen Found With Guns In Oyo
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Governor Ajimobi Orders Arrest, Prosecution Of Herdsmen Found With Guns In Oyo

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Monday directed security agencies to begin the immediate arrest and prosecution of any Fulani herdsman caught carrying guns and other dangerous weapons across the state. Ajimobi, who gave this directive at a stakeholders’ meeting aimed at dousing the tension triggered by the incessant herdsmen-farmers clash, also declared that a surveillance unit would be created under the Oyo State Joint Security Outfit, Operation Burst, to curtail the menace of cattle rustlers, murderous herdsmen and farmers who may take the laws into their hands by poisoning cattle grazing on farmlands. Speaking at the meeting which was attended by the representatives of farmers, Fulani herdsmen, security agencies and other stakeholders, at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, ...
Why We Are Constructing Maradi–Kano Rail – Governor Amaechi
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Why We Are Constructing Maradi–Kano Rail – Governor Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says the Nigerian government is constructing a rail line to link Kano with Maradi in Niger Republic in order to boost Nigeria’s economy. Maradi is at the border with Nigeria in Niger Republic. Mr. Ameachi explained the reason the Nigerian government is taking up the project told journalists in his office Thursday afternoon. “Currently, Niger Republic, Chad and others have abandoned the Nigerian market. They do not use our seaports again,” he said. “They go to countries like Benin Republic and they are growing the economy of those people and we do not have deep seaports in Nigeria.” He said Benin Republic was the first to build a deep seaport in Nigeria. According to the minister, Nigeria is the only country in West Africa wi...
WAFU Cup: 35 Players Invited To Super Falcons Camp
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WAFU Cup: 35 Players Invited To Super Falcons Camp

Thirty-five players have been invited to the camp of the of the Super Falcons ahead of the forthcoming maiden edition WAFU Cup of Nations for women taking place in Cote d’Ivoire from 10 February to 24 February. According to NFF websites, the list includes Falconets forward Rasheedat Ajibade who was the team’s top scorer in the just concluded France 2018 U20 Women World Cup qualifiers. It also includes veterans like Joy Jegede, Anam Imo, Mariam Ibrahim as well as junior internationals Monday Gift and Mary Ologbosere. All players are expected to be at Serob Legacy Hotel, Wuye, Abuja on Thursday with their international passports. The eight-time African champions are placed in Group B of the tournament alongside Benin Republic, Senegal and Togo while the host Cote d’Ivoire will ta...
BREAKING: Boko Haram Factional Leader ‘Fatally Injured’ — Military
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BREAKING: Boko Haram Factional Leader ‘Fatally Injured’ — Military

A factional leader of the militant Boko Haram group, Mamman Nur, has been fatally injured, the Nigerian military said Friday. A military statement said Mr. Nur, who broke away from the faction led by the better known Abubakar Shekau, was injured during an operation in the northeast. According to the spokesman of the Operation Dole counterinsurgency force in northeast Nigeria, Onyema Nwachukwu, Mr. Nur was hit during a bombardment of a targeted location believed to be his base. The statement did not indicate the location where the Boko Haram leader was attacked. It did not also say how he was identified. Previous claims by the military that Mr. Shekau had been killed or fatally injured turned out to be false. See the military statement below: “Ongoing artillery and aerial ...
How Senator Wamakko Sponsors 40 Students To Study Abroad
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How Senator Wamakko Sponsors 40 Students To Study Abroad

Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto) has sponsored 40 indigents of the state to undergo various first degree courses at the Maryam Abacha American University, Maradi, Niger Republic. This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Malam Bashir Mani, in Sokoto on Monday. Mani said that Wamakko, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, distributed the admission letters to the beneficiaries drawn from across the state. The aide said that the students comprised 37 males and three females. He said the students would study Computer Engineering, Nursing Sciences, Law, Information Technology, MBBS and Public Health, among other Arts, Science and Humanities courses. Addressing the beneficia...
Buhari Plans To Boost Rail Transportation In 2018
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Buhari Plans To Boost Rail Transportation In 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has set an ambitious target in his new year message to boost rail transportation in all the zones of the country in 2018. Buhari said that Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge line, which has the capacity to carry two million passengers per year and five million tons of cargo, would reach Ibadan from Lagos by the end of 2019. He said the rail line was expected to give substantial boost to the country when completed. The President also said that the construction of the Kano-Kaduna segment was expected to commence this year and reach Kaduna by the end of 2019. He said that the two ends would be joined to ensure that there would be standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route by the end of 2021. According to him, the Abuja – Kaduna route will...
BREAKING: Buhari Cancels Trip To Niger Republic
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BREAKING: Buhari Cancels Trip To Niger Republic

President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled his scheduled trip to Niger Republic. Buhari was billed to attend the 59th proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. His spokesperson, Garba Shehu, had announced that the President would be accompanied on the trip by Aminu Masari, Ibrahim Gaidam and Kashim Shettima, governors of Katsina, Yobe and Borno States respectively. But in a statement on Monday, Shehu revealed the president would no longer be embarking on the trip. “President Buhari felt satisfied that he had had useful discussions with his friend and brother, President Mahamadou Issoufou, in the course of the weekend meeting in Abuja, of the Economic Community of West African States. “After a phone call last (Sunday) night, between the leaders, President Buh...
E‎ITI Suspends Niger Republic
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E‎ITI Suspends Niger Republic

The board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, EITI, has suspended Niger Republic for failure to make meaningful progress against key issues in the 2016 EITI Standards.‎ The decision to suspend Niger from the group till April 2019 was taken during the 38th board meeting in Manilla, Philippines due to “inadequate progress or no progress on 14 EITI requirements.” “Following the conclusion of Niger’s Validation under the 2016 EITI Standard, the EITI Board concluded that Niger has made inadequate progress overall in implementing the EITI Standard. “In accordance with requirement 8.3.c.iii, the EITI Board agreed that Niger will be suspended and will need to undertake corrective actions to remedy it’s status,” the board said in a statement at the end of its meeting on F...
Buhari Approves New Rail Line From Kano To Daura, Others
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Buhari Approves New Rail Line From Kano To Daura, Others

The Federal Government on Friday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a rail line from Kano to his hometown in Daura, Jibia local government areas of Katsina State. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi made the disclosure at The Osasu Show Symposium, which bothers on the economy and its effects on the less privileged holding in Abuja. Ameachi disclosed that Buhari also approved, “rail lines from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, Kano to Maiduguri, Makurdi to Jos, Gombe to Yobe to Borno, Jigawa to Niger Republic.”
Air Force Seeks Improved Rescue Operations
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Air Force Seeks Improved Rescue Operations

The Nigerian Air Force has asked its personnel to adopt best practices in handling emergencies, especially Boko Haram attacks in the North-East. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said NAF had established ties with other African forces as well as the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) on intelligence gathering and aeromedical skills. Abubakar spoke on Friday at the closing ceremony of African Partnership Flight 2017, organised for the officers and their counterparts from Chad, Republic of Benin and Niger Republic in conjunction with USAFE, at NAF Base, Ikeja, Lagos. The five-day event, tagged, ‘Aeromedical Evacuation and Medical Deployment,’ was aimed, among others, at training the participants in rescue operations and provision of effective treatment...
Why Public Officials Send Children Abroad – Sen. Barau
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Why Public Officials Send Children Abroad – Sen. Barau

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund, Senator Jibrin Barau, has dismissed the call by Nigerians that children of public officials should be restricted to the country’s public schools. The lawmaker said Nigeria needed to have socio-cultural exchanges with other countries. According to Barau, any law that would force public officers to send their children to schools in the country was not good for Nigeria. He noted that there were students from Cameroon and Niger Republic who also studied in Nigeria. He said, “Making a law to bar people from taking their children outside to study is something that will not be good for our country. We know that it is always good to mingle with people from other parts of the world when it comes to the issue of e...
WAFU Nations Cup: Eagles, Black Stars Renew Rivalry
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WAFU Nations Cup: Eagles, Black Stars Renew Rivalry

The competition has been scheduled for September 9 to 24 and teams are expected to feature wholly home-based professionals. All is now set for the WAFU Cup of Nations tournament for senior national teams in the sub-region after the draw ceremony for the tournament scheduled for September took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra on Thursday. The competition has been scheduled for September 9 to 24 and teams are expected to feature wholly home-based professionals. Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been drawn in Group A alongside host nation Ghana, with Mali and Guinea also involved in a unique format that will see teams play single games before proceeding to the quarter finals. Ghana and Nigeria have seven African titles between them, with the Super Eagles and the Black Stars featuring ...
Ibrahim Idris Pushes For Death Penalty For Kidnappers
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Ibrahim Idris Pushes For Death Penalty For Kidnappers

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is pushing for stricter laws on kidnapping. While meeting with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers of the Force in Abuja yesterday, the IGP urged the National Assembly to enact stricter laws. He stated that the evil act is thriving because there are no laws in place to tackle it. He said: "When I went to the National Assembly, I told them that what we need to challenge kidnapping is punishment. I think these boys see us parade people but they don’t see them taken to court or sentenced to death. In some states where kidnapping leads to death of somebody, the penalty is death but they only see the court sentencing such persons to 10 years or life imprisonment. "I feel that is why they feel more relaxed and I told the Nation...