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  •   Police save 2The timely intervention of the police command in Lagos may have saved 29 year old man Mr Sanni Gafar from mob justice The command s spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the incident which occurred at Ijora Badia area of Lagos to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday Hundeyin said that at 11 00 a m on Monday the mob descended on Gafar who they suspected to be a terrorist but the timely arrival of the police saved him from being lynched He said that the suspect was allegedly dressed as a woman at the time the mob gathered to lynch him before the police rescued him Preliminary investigation shows that the suspect who many alleged disguised as a woman is Sanni Gafar aged 29 He was found with a bag containing three hammers six screwdrivers one pair of pliers one chisel five spanners three rolls of black cellophane cable wires 20mm bending spring a pair of black trousers and a plastic box of clips The investigation is ongoing to ascertain his claim that he is an electrician He is detained in an undisclosed place he said Hundeyin said that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos CP Abiodun Alabi commended the residents of Lagos for their vigilance which led to the arrest of the suspect The CP however once again warns against any form of jungle justice All suspicious persons or movements are to be reported to security agencies Hundeyin said www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police save 29-yr-old man from Lagos mob
      Police save 2The timely intervention of the police command in Lagos may have saved 29 year old man Mr Sanni Gafar from mob justice The command s spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the incident which occurred at Ijora Badia area of Lagos to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday Hundeyin said that at 11 00 a m on Monday the mob descended on Gafar who they suspected to be a terrorist but the timely arrival of the police saved him from being lynched He said that the suspect was allegedly dressed as a woman at the time the mob gathered to lynch him before the police rescued him Preliminary investigation shows that the suspect who many alleged disguised as a woman is Sanni Gafar aged 29 He was found with a bag containing three hammers six screwdrivers one pair of pliers one chisel five spanners three rolls of black cellophane cable wires 20mm bending spring a pair of black trousers and a plastic box of clips The investigation is ongoing to ascertain his claim that he is an electrician He is detained in an undisclosed place he said Hundeyin said that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos CP Abiodun Alabi commended the residents of Lagos for their vigilance which led to the arrest of the suspect The CP however once again warns against any form of jungle justice All suspicious persons or movements are to be reported to security agencies Hundeyin said www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police save 29-yr-old man from Lagos mob
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Police save 29-yr-old man from Lagos mob

    Police save 2The timely intervention of the police command in Lagos may have saved 29- year-old man, Mr Sanni Gafar, from mob justice.

    The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident, which occurred at Ijora-Badia area of Lagos, to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.

    Hundeyin said that at 11.00 a.

    m. on Monday, the mob descended on Gafar, who they suspected to be a terrorist, but the timely arrival of the police saved him from being lynched.

    He said that the suspect was allegedly dressed as a woman at the time the mob gathered to lynch him before the police rescued him.

    “Preliminary investigation shows that the suspect, who many alleged disguised as a woman, is Sanni Gafar, aged 29. “He was found with a bag containing three hammers, six screwdrivers, one pair of pliers, one chisel, five spanners, three rolls of black cellophane, cable wires, 20mm bending spring, a pair of black trousers, and a plastic box of clips.

    “The investigation is ongoing to ascertain his claim that he is an electrician.

    He is detained in an undisclosed place,” he said.

    Hundeyin said that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Abiodun Alabi, commended the residents of Lagos for their vigilance which led to the arrest of the suspect.

    “The CP, however, once again warns against any form of jungle justice.

    “All suspicious persons or movements are to be reported to security agencies,” Hundeyin said.

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  •   Zamfara Govt UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools Zamfara Govt UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara Govt, UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools
      Zamfara Govt UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools Zamfara Govt UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara Govt, UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools
    Education2 months ago

    Zamfara Govt, UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools

    Zamfara Govt, UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools Zamfara Govt, UNICEF partner to abolish corporal punishment in schools
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  •  The international medical humanitarian organisation M decins Sans Fronti res MSF also known as Doctors Without Borders in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health SMoH has expanded the capacity of its inpatient treatment facility for malnourished children to 565 beds to respond to an increasing influx of the patients in Katsina state The capacity is increased through opening of 80 bed Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre ITFC including 30 bed Intensive Care Unit ICU at Dr Yusha u Armaya u Maternal and Paediatric Health Facility in Kofar Sauri and the extension at Turai Ummaru YarAdua Maternity and Children Hospital in Katsina the state capital Governor of Katsina State Aminu Bello Masari together with MSF team inaugurated the new ward in a ceremony also attended by the commissioner of health royal fathers volunteers and others on Monday MSF teams has been witnessing an alarming rise in admissions of malnourished children in its facilities in Katsina since the start of the year In June the team had to quickly increase their inpatient capacity to 280 beds but the influx of malnourished children was so significant both in outpatient and inpatient that restricted admission criteria had to be introduced for some outpatient treatment centres Between January and July MSF teams in Katsina have admitted and treated over five thousand children suffering from severe malnutrition with complications under its inpatient programme while about 50 thousand children have so far been enrolled under the outpatient program with currently more 20 000 children in the cohort for of follow up We had to put in place temporary structures by way of extension at the Turai YarAdua Hospital to effectively manage and treat the increasing number of children suffering from malnutrition and further expand the bed capacity at Kofar Sauri says Hassan Issa MSF Emergency Coordinator in Katsina Nigeria We are working in collaboration with the state government and our teams are ready to treat up to 100 000 malnourished children this year in our nutrition programme in Katsina state alone Katsina is one of the chronically food insecure states in Northwest Nigeria with a low level of coverage in terms of malnutrition case management The state is going through escalating levels of violence and displacement have pushed many communities to their limits In recent years armed groups that are locally referred to as bandits have intensified attacks killings kidnappings lootings and sexual violence Many people cannot farm cattle are stolen and markets and trade are disrupted amidst soaring staple food prices which remain above the five year average in most Nigerian markets in an already fragile health context The lean season or hunger gap is approaching its peak and the malaria transmission is further deteriorating the health and nutritional status with more severe cases admitted that need intensive medical care blood transfusion perfusion NG tube to feed children etc in inpatients says Hassan Issa MSF teams support in the treatment of malaria through test and treat for outpatients with about 800 treated since the beginning of July MSF also continues to support Jibia IDPs with drug donations and in July about 500 consultation was done from which 70 percent were children under five years old We have reached at our maximum capacity and the patients are still arriving in large numbers We again strongly urge all other health and humanitarian actors to immediately take steps to address the alarming inflow of the malnourished children If the current humanitarian assistance lags far behind in northwest Nigeria that s partly because the UN have failed to include the region in its humanitarian response plan for the country for the current year which primarily focuses on the critical situation in the northeast As a result many organisations are struggling to follow up on assessments and secure funding to implement lifesaving support in northwest Nigeria despite the known acute needs Other than Katsina MSF teams has been providing treatment to malnourished children in Kano Zamfara Sokoto and Kebbi states We are supporting 8 inpatient and 31 outpatient facilities across five states in the Northwest In MSF run or supported outpatient nutrition centres almost 53 000 patients of severe acute malnutrition SAM and about 25 000 patients of moderate acute malnutrition MAM were admitted between January and end of July 2022 M decins Sans Fronti res Doctors Without Borders MSF is an international independent medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict epidemics natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare MSF first started working in Nigeria in 1996 and currently provides healthcare services in 11 states across the country
    Doctors-Without-Borders expands inpatient facility to 565 beds in Katsina
     The international medical humanitarian organisation M decins Sans Fronti res MSF also known as Doctors Without Borders in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health SMoH has expanded the capacity of its inpatient treatment facility for malnourished children to 565 beds to respond to an increasing influx of the patients in Katsina state The capacity is increased through opening of 80 bed Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre ITFC including 30 bed Intensive Care Unit ICU at Dr Yusha u Armaya u Maternal and Paediatric Health Facility in Kofar Sauri and the extension at Turai Ummaru YarAdua Maternity and Children Hospital in Katsina the state capital Governor of Katsina State Aminu Bello Masari together with MSF team inaugurated the new ward in a ceremony also attended by the commissioner of health royal fathers volunteers and others on Monday MSF teams has been witnessing an alarming rise in admissions of malnourished children in its facilities in Katsina since the start of the year In June the team had to quickly increase their inpatient capacity to 280 beds but the influx of malnourished children was so significant both in outpatient and inpatient that restricted admission criteria had to be introduced for some outpatient treatment centres Between January and July MSF teams in Katsina have admitted and treated over five thousand children suffering from severe malnutrition with complications under its inpatient programme while about 50 thousand children have so far been enrolled under the outpatient program with currently more 20 000 children in the cohort for of follow up We had to put in place temporary structures by way of extension at the Turai YarAdua Hospital to effectively manage and treat the increasing number of children suffering from malnutrition and further expand the bed capacity at Kofar Sauri says Hassan Issa MSF Emergency Coordinator in Katsina Nigeria We are working in collaboration with the state government and our teams are ready to treat up to 100 000 malnourished children this year in our nutrition programme in Katsina state alone Katsina is one of the chronically food insecure states in Northwest Nigeria with a low level of coverage in terms of malnutrition case management The state is going through escalating levels of violence and displacement have pushed many communities to their limits In recent years armed groups that are locally referred to as bandits have intensified attacks killings kidnappings lootings and sexual violence Many people cannot farm cattle are stolen and markets and trade are disrupted amidst soaring staple food prices which remain above the five year average in most Nigerian markets in an already fragile health context The lean season or hunger gap is approaching its peak and the malaria transmission is further deteriorating the health and nutritional status with more severe cases admitted that need intensive medical care blood transfusion perfusion NG tube to feed children etc in inpatients says Hassan Issa MSF teams support in the treatment of malaria through test and treat for outpatients with about 800 treated since the beginning of July MSF also continues to support Jibia IDPs with drug donations and in July about 500 consultation was done from which 70 percent were children under five years old We have reached at our maximum capacity and the patients are still arriving in large numbers We again strongly urge all other health and humanitarian actors to immediately take steps to address the alarming inflow of the malnourished children If the current humanitarian assistance lags far behind in northwest Nigeria that s partly because the UN have failed to include the region in its humanitarian response plan for the country for the current year which primarily focuses on the critical situation in the northeast As a result many organisations are struggling to follow up on assessments and secure funding to implement lifesaving support in northwest Nigeria despite the known acute needs Other than Katsina MSF teams has been providing treatment to malnourished children in Kano Zamfara Sokoto and Kebbi states We are supporting 8 inpatient and 31 outpatient facilities across five states in the Northwest In MSF run or supported outpatient nutrition centres almost 53 000 patients of severe acute malnutrition SAM and about 25 000 patients of moderate acute malnutrition MAM were admitted between January and end of July 2022 M decins Sans Fronti res Doctors Without Borders MSF is an international independent medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict epidemics natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare MSF first started working in Nigeria in 1996 and currently provides healthcare services in 11 states across the country
    Doctors-Without-Borders expands inpatient facility to 565 beds in Katsina
    Health2 months ago

    Doctors-Without-Borders expands inpatient facility to 565 beds in Katsina

    The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH) has expanded the capacity of its inpatient treatment facility for malnourished children to 565 beds to respond to an increasing influx of the patients in Katsina state.The capacity is increased through opening of 80-bed Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) including 30 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Dr. Yusha’u Armaya’u Maternal and Paediatric Health Facility in Kofar Sauri and the extension at Turai Ummaru YarAdua Maternity and Children Hospital in Katsina, the state capital.Governor of Katsina State Aminu Bello Masari together with MSF team inaugurated the new ward in a ceremony, also attended by the commissioner of health, royal fathers, volunteers, and others on Monday.MSF teams has been witnessing an alarming rise in admissions of malnourished children in its facilities in Katsina since the start of the year. In June, the team had to quickly increase their inpatient capacity to 280 beds, but the influx of malnourished children was so significant both in outpatient and inpatient that restricted admission criteria had to be introduced for some outpatient treatment centres.Between January and July, MSF teams in Katsina have admitted and treated over five thousand children suffering from severe malnutrition with complications under its inpatient programme while about 50 thousand children have so far been enrolled under the outpatient program with currently more 20,000 children in the cohort for of follow up.“We had to put in place temporary structures by way of extension at the Turai YarAdua Hospital to effectively manage and treat the increasing number of children suffering from malnutrition, and further expand the bed capacity at Kofar Sauri”, says Hassan Issa, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Katsina, Nigeria. “We are working in collaboration with the state government and our teams are ready to treat up to 100,000 malnourished children this year in our nutrition programme in Katsina state alone.”Katsina is one of the chronically food-insecure states in Northwest Nigeria with a low level of coverage in terms of malnutrition case management. The state is going through escalating levels of violence and displacement have pushed many communities to their limits. In recent years, armed groups that are locally referred to as ‘bandits’ have intensified attacks, killings, kidnappings, lootings and sexual violence. Many people cannot farm, cattle are stolen, and markets and trade are disrupted amidst soaring staple food prices – which remain above the five-year average in most Nigerian markets– in an already fragile health context.“The lean season or hunger gap is approaching its peak, and the malaria transmission is further deteriorating the health and nutritional status with more severe cases admitted that need intensive medical care (blood transfusion, perfusion, NG tube to feed children etc) in inpatients.” says Hassan Issa. .MSF teams support in the treatment of malaria through test and treat for outpatients with about 800 treated since the beginning of July. MSF also continues to support Jibia IDPs with drug donations and in July about 500 consultation was done from which 70 percent were children under five years old. “We have reached at our maximum capacity, and the patients are still arriving in large numbers. We again strongly urge all other health and humanitarian actors to immediately take steps to address the alarming inflow of the malnourished children.”If the current humanitarian assistance lags far behind in northwest Nigeria, that’s partly because the UN have failed to include the region in its humanitarian response plan for the country for the current year, which primarily focuses on the critical situation in the northeast. As a result, many organisations are struggling to follow up on assessments and secure funding to implement lifesaving support in northwest Nigeria, despite the known acute needs.Other than Katsina, MSF teams has been providing treatment to malnourished children in Kano, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states. We are supporting 8 inpatient and 31 outpatient facilities across five states in the Northwest. In MSF run or supported outpatient nutrition centres, almost 53,000 patients of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and about 25,000 patients of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) were admitted between January and end of July 2022.Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF first started working in Nigeria in 1996, and currently provides healthcare services in 11 states across the country.

  •  Most Reverend Oliver Abba has been elected as the new Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria taking over from the outgoing Prelate Dr Samuel Kanu Uche The outgoing Prelate Samuel Kanu Uche made this known during a media briefing on Monday in Abuja The briefing marked the end of the church s 48th and 13th Biennial Conference with the theme Prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ which was presided over by the outgoing Prelate Until his election Abba was the Archbishop of Benue and had been in the service of the church for over 30 years He would be succeeding Uche Kanu who would be retiring in November 2022 having served the church for over 45 years In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Abba said he would continue on the foundation Uche Kanu had led We will continue to strengthen the existing four point agenda and also at this point going to look at the other issues that affect the church and as a nation This issue of corruption is almost everywhere and we have to fight it I also think the church has to fight corruption much more than the secular society and we are hoping we are going to sanitize the church He said that when members are properly brought up in their moral standard the society will be a happy one And so the church has much to do and enable a new crop of leadership I want to assure you that we are going to do our best by the grace of God in order to consolidate our efforts and the existing efforts of our fathers Our father had done wonderfully well he has been able to carry us and as a father he had let us into righteousness and that we became The church is not like the secular society where a new organization will come in and they abandon projects Our own may not be like that we will work on existing one and add new designs to it so that we can be richer than before he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Archbishop Abba emerges as new Methodist Prelate
     Most Reverend Oliver Abba has been elected as the new Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria taking over from the outgoing Prelate Dr Samuel Kanu Uche The outgoing Prelate Samuel Kanu Uche made this known during a media briefing on Monday in Abuja The briefing marked the end of the church s 48th and 13th Biennial Conference with the theme Prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ which was presided over by the outgoing Prelate Until his election Abba was the Archbishop of Benue and had been in the service of the church for over 30 years He would be succeeding Uche Kanu who would be retiring in November 2022 having served the church for over 45 years In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Abba said he would continue on the foundation Uche Kanu had led We will continue to strengthen the existing four point agenda and also at this point going to look at the other issues that affect the church and as a nation This issue of corruption is almost everywhere and we have to fight it I also think the church has to fight corruption much more than the secular society and we are hoping we are going to sanitize the church He said that when members are properly brought up in their moral standard the society will be a happy one And so the church has much to do and enable a new crop of leadership I want to assure you that we are going to do our best by the grace of God in order to consolidate our efforts and the existing efforts of our fathers Our father had done wonderfully well he has been able to carry us and as a father he had let us into righteousness and that we became The church is not like the secular society where a new organization will come in and they abandon projects Our own may not be like that we will work on existing one and add new designs to it so that we can be richer than before he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Archbishop Abba emerges as new Methodist Prelate
    Religion2 months ago

    Archbishop Abba emerges as new Methodist Prelate

    Most Reverend Oliver Abba has been elected as the new Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, taking over from the outgoing Prelate, Dr. Samuel Kanu-Uche.The outgoing Prelate, Samuel Kanu-Uche, made this known during a media briefing on Monday in Abuja.The briefing marked the end of the church’s 48th and 13th Biennial Conference with the theme “Prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ” which was presided over by the outgoing Prelate.Until his election, Abba was the Archbishop of Benue and had been in the service of the church for over 30 years.He would be succeeding Uche Kanu, who would be retiring in November 2022, having served the church for over 45 years.In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Abba said he would continue on the foundation Uche – Kanu had led.“We will continue to strengthen the existing four-point agenda and also at this point going to look at the other issues that affect the church and as a nation.” This issue of corruption is almost everywhere and we have to fight it.” I also think the church has to fight corruption much more than the secular society and we are hoping we are going to sanitize the church.”He said that when members are properly brought up in their moral standard, the society will be a happy one.”And so the church has much to do and enable a new crop of leadership”.“I want to assure you that we are going to do our best by the grace of God in order to consolidate our efforts and the existing efforts of our fathers.” Our father had done wonderfully well, he has been able to carry us and as a father, he had let us into righteousness and that we became.” The church is not like the secular society where a new organization will come in and they abandon projects.”Our own may not be like that, we will work on existing one and add new designs to it so that we can be richer than before,”he said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Presidency celebrates presidenPresidency has honoured State Chief of Protocol SCOP Amb Lawal Kazaure and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Household and Domestic Affairs Sarkin Abba for bagging Nigerien highest Civilian National Awards The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari organised the reception in honour of the presidential aides Kazaure and Abba were conferred with the awards by President Mohammed Bazoum of Niger Republic Speaking at the event Gambari expressed delight over the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Niger Republics According to Gambari those countries sharing borders with Nigeria including Cameroon Benin Republic Chad and Niger Republic share the same interests and cultural affinities which bind them together All these boundaries are very much artificial The Europeans in Congress of Berlin just took a piece of paper and were drawing lines across places where they have never been they never intended to be They separated people who should be united and uniting people perhaps who should be separated But the leaders of Africa decided that it s wise to keep those boundaries artificial as they may be This is because to change them other than peacefully will be creating even more problems than they can solve But in any case whether by those lines whether artificial or not share common boundaries common interests common concerns with their families across the borders he said On Buhari s foreign policy Gambari said In his Buhari s earlier incarnation as Head of State the defining feature of his policies was concentric circle of Nigerian foreign policy That our interests our efforts will be concentrated on promoting Nigeria s interests in concentric circles at the epicenter the defense of Nigeria s integrity the prosperity the welfare of its people But next is the neighboring countries then West Africa then Africa and then the rest of the world And he has proved the continuity of Nigeria s foreign policy in this sense by the fact that the first countries he visited after being sworn in were the neighboring ones Gambari said The State House Permanent Secretary Tijjani Umar who also spoke at the event congratulated the awardees He however said that the challenge of COVID 19 climate change and lately the war had impacted the population negatively and as such it has become important for countries to watch each other s back He stressed that the honour conferred on the presidential aides had further strengthened the bonds between Nigeria and Niger Republics Kazaure who spoke on behalf of his fellow awardees said the international award was in recognition of the enviable strides made by the Buhari administration He therefore thanked the president for exposing them locally and internationally Kazaure also thanked the Chief of Staff for organizing the reception in their honour NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Presidency celebrates presidential aides that bagged Nigerien highest awards
      Presidency celebrates presidenPresidency has honoured State Chief of Protocol SCOP Amb Lawal Kazaure and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Household and Domestic Affairs Sarkin Abba for bagging Nigerien highest Civilian National Awards The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari organised the reception in honour of the presidential aides Kazaure and Abba were conferred with the awards by President Mohammed Bazoum of Niger Republic Speaking at the event Gambari expressed delight over the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Niger Republics According to Gambari those countries sharing borders with Nigeria including Cameroon Benin Republic Chad and Niger Republic share the same interests and cultural affinities which bind them together All these boundaries are very much artificial The Europeans in Congress of Berlin just took a piece of paper and were drawing lines across places where they have never been they never intended to be They separated people who should be united and uniting people perhaps who should be separated But the leaders of Africa decided that it s wise to keep those boundaries artificial as they may be This is because to change them other than peacefully will be creating even more problems than they can solve But in any case whether by those lines whether artificial or not share common boundaries common interests common concerns with their families across the borders he said On Buhari s foreign policy Gambari said In his Buhari s earlier incarnation as Head of State the defining feature of his policies was concentric circle of Nigerian foreign policy That our interests our efforts will be concentrated on promoting Nigeria s interests in concentric circles at the epicenter the defense of Nigeria s integrity the prosperity the welfare of its people But next is the neighboring countries then West Africa then Africa and then the rest of the world And he has proved the continuity of Nigeria s foreign policy in this sense by the fact that the first countries he visited after being sworn in were the neighboring ones Gambari said The State House Permanent Secretary Tijjani Umar who also spoke at the event congratulated the awardees He however said that the challenge of COVID 19 climate change and lately the war had impacted the population negatively and as such it has become important for countries to watch each other s back He stressed that the honour conferred on the presidential aides had further strengthened the bonds between Nigeria and Niger Republics Kazaure who spoke on behalf of his fellow awardees said the international award was in recognition of the enviable strides made by the Buhari administration He therefore thanked the president for exposing them locally and internationally Kazaure also thanked the Chief of Staff for organizing the reception in their honour NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Presidency celebrates presidential aides that bagged Nigerien highest awards
    General news2 months ago

    Presidency celebrates presidential aides that bagged Nigerien highest awards

    Presidency celebrates presidenPresidency has honoured State Chief of Protocol (SCOP), Amb. Lawal Kazaure and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Household and Domestic Affairs, Sarkin Abba, for bagging Nigerien highest Civilian National Awards.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, organised the reception in honour of the presidential aides.

    Kazaure and Abba were conferred with the awards by President Mohammed Bazoum of Niger Republic.

    Speaking at the event, Gambari expressed delight over the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Niger Republics.

    According to Gambari, those countries sharing borders with Nigeria, including Cameroon, Benin Republic, Chad and Niger Republic, share the same interests and cultural affinities which bind them together.

    ”All these boundaries are very much artificial.

    ”The Europeans in Congress of Berlin just took a piece of paper and were drawing lines across places where they have never been; they never intended to be.

    ”They separated people who should be united and uniting people, perhaps, who should be separated.

    ”But, the leaders of Africa decided that it’s wise to keep those boundaries artificial as they may be.

    ”This is because to change them other than peacefully, will be creating even more problems than they can solve.

    ”But, in any case, whether by those lines, whether artificial or not, share common boundaries, common interests, common concerns with their families across the borders,” he said.

    On Buhari’s foreign policy, Gambari said: “In his (Buhari’s) earlier incarnation, as Head of State, the defining feature of his  policies was concentric circle of Nigerian foreign policy.

    ”That our interests, our efforts, will be concentrated on promoting Nigeria’s interests in concentric circles at the epicenter; the defense of Nigeria’s integrity, the prosperity, the welfare of its people.

    “But, next is the neighboring countries, then West Africa, then Africa, and then the rest of the world.

    ”And he has proved the continuity of Nigeria’s foreign policy in this sense by the fact that the first countries he visited after being sworn in were the neighboring ones,” Gambari said.

    The State House Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar, who also spoke at the event, congratulated the awardees.

    He, however, said that the challenge of COVID-19, climate change and lately, the war had impacted ”the population negatively and as such, it has become important for countries to watch each other’s back.

    ”He stressed that the honour conferred on the presidential aides had further strengthened the bonds between Nigeria and Niger Republics.

    Kazaure, who spoke on behalf of his fellow awardees said the international award was in recognition of the enviable strides made by the Buhari administration.

    He, therefore, thanked the president for exposing them locally and internationally.

    Kazaure also thanked the Chief of Staff for organizing the reception in their honour.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Industrialists entreSome industrialists and entrepreneurs on Monday called on the Federal Government to adopt modalities that could boost micro businesses revamp moribund industries and reduce tariffs on consumer goods to tackle rising cost of items They gave the advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in reaction to the July inflation rate of 19 64 per cent NAN reports that the National Bureau of Statistics NBS posted that Nigeria s headline inflation rate increased by 2 27 per cent to 19 64 per cent from 18 60 per cent year on year the highest since 2005 The NBS attributed the development to disruptions in food supply index Naira depreciation transportation and logistics costs and higher energy costs Dr Muda Yusuf Founder Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprises CPPE said to address the rising cost of items which was largely being felt by ordinary citizens manufacturers must be given some succour Yusuf stated that the advice had become important seeing that the rising cost of basic items and staple food had weakened purchasing power of citizens as real incomes had become eroded He added that the development had aggravated pressure on production costs negatively impacted profitability eroded shareholders value and undermined investors confidence Yusuf said that government could tweak the tariff policies by granting concessionary import duty on intermediate products for industrialists He stressed that the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN also needed to adopt a less rigid exchange rate policy to address the problem of acute foreign exchange scarcity with its attendant backlash on the economy Yusuf added that the accelerated fiscal deficit financing currently in the threshold of N20 trillion by the CBN was a significant inflation driver that must be taken more seriously The heightened inflationary pressures in the Nigerian economy remains very troubling and the major inflation drivers which the supply side issues have not abated if anything they have become more intense These factors include transportation costs logistics challenges exchange rate depreciation forex liquidity issues hike in energy prices climate change insecurity in many farming communities and structural bottlenecks to production Any mitigation measures would have to be situated in the context of these factors he said In her remarks Dr Chinyere Almona Director General Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI noted that the high cost of aviation fuel Jet A1 drove the cost of air transport to the roof becoming a major driver of the July inflation rate Almona specified that for manufacturers input prices spiked due to increase in items such as diesel with the country s electricity crisis worsening alongside a bumpy road to renewable energy deployment She stressed the need for government to deploy a good mix of both fiscal and monetary policies to tackle the core drivers of the inflation scourge in Nigeria The LCCI DG said that there should be targeted financing for critical sectors like agriculture food processing aviation fuels transport and foreign exchange availability for manufacturing inputs A major worry is about the inflation scourge constraining production causing job losses and courting an imminent recession It is obvious that government s intervention so far has not impacted the inflationary pressures that keep rising till now Without concrete and quick steps to intervene the rising tide of inflation rate may continue into the end of the year she said Mr Saviour Iche National President Association of Micro Entrepreneurs of Nigeria AMEN said that the July inflation figure was not reflective of current realities with masses entrepreneurs and manufacturers According to him bread and other staple food raw materials chemicals and other manufacturing inputs had skyrocketed by over 100 per cent in one year He attributed the development to the depreciation of the Naira moribund and dying industries absence of funding and foreign exchange high cost of raw materials among others Iche tasked government to ensure that funding was particularly available to micro entrepreneurs for recapitalisation to revive dying businesses and revamp moribund industries Government should call a stakeholders meeting for start ups provide funding for local manufacturers get a proper channel for the distribution of funds to the micro entrepreneurs so that the monies would indeed get to those that need it This can be achieved if government opens a micro entrepreneurs bank in all local governments in the long term while in the short term commercial banks should be mandated to create an entrepreneurship desk to handle micro entrepreneurs financial needs Once all these are in place businesses would run more sustainably unemployment would be better tackled and disposable income would be better distributed he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Industrialists, entrepreneurs task FG on strategies to tackle rising cost of items
      Industrialists entreSome industrialists and entrepreneurs on Monday called on the Federal Government to adopt modalities that could boost micro businesses revamp moribund industries and reduce tariffs on consumer goods to tackle rising cost of items They gave the advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in reaction to the July inflation rate of 19 64 per cent NAN reports that the National Bureau of Statistics NBS posted that Nigeria s headline inflation rate increased by 2 27 per cent to 19 64 per cent from 18 60 per cent year on year the highest since 2005 The NBS attributed the development to disruptions in food supply index Naira depreciation transportation and logistics costs and higher energy costs Dr Muda Yusuf Founder Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprises CPPE said to address the rising cost of items which was largely being felt by ordinary citizens manufacturers must be given some succour Yusuf stated that the advice had become important seeing that the rising cost of basic items and staple food had weakened purchasing power of citizens as real incomes had become eroded He added that the development had aggravated pressure on production costs negatively impacted profitability eroded shareholders value and undermined investors confidence Yusuf said that government could tweak the tariff policies by granting concessionary import duty on intermediate products for industrialists He stressed that the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN also needed to adopt a less rigid exchange rate policy to address the problem of acute foreign exchange scarcity with its attendant backlash on the economy Yusuf added that the accelerated fiscal deficit financing currently in the threshold of N20 trillion by the CBN was a significant inflation driver that must be taken more seriously The heightened inflationary pressures in the Nigerian economy remains very troubling and the major inflation drivers which the supply side issues have not abated if anything they have become more intense These factors include transportation costs logistics challenges exchange rate depreciation forex liquidity issues hike in energy prices climate change insecurity in many farming communities and structural bottlenecks to production Any mitigation measures would have to be situated in the context of these factors he said In her remarks Dr Chinyere Almona Director General Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI noted that the high cost of aviation fuel Jet A1 drove the cost of air transport to the roof becoming a major driver of the July inflation rate Almona specified that for manufacturers input prices spiked due to increase in items such as diesel with the country s electricity crisis worsening alongside a bumpy road to renewable energy deployment She stressed the need for government to deploy a good mix of both fiscal and monetary policies to tackle the core drivers of the inflation scourge in Nigeria The LCCI DG said that there should be targeted financing for critical sectors like agriculture food processing aviation fuels transport and foreign exchange availability for manufacturing inputs A major worry is about the inflation scourge constraining production causing job losses and courting an imminent recession It is obvious that government s intervention so far has not impacted the inflationary pressures that keep rising till now Without concrete and quick steps to intervene the rising tide of inflation rate may continue into the end of the year she said Mr Saviour Iche National President Association of Micro Entrepreneurs of Nigeria AMEN said that the July inflation figure was not reflective of current realities with masses entrepreneurs and manufacturers According to him bread and other staple food raw materials chemicals and other manufacturing inputs had skyrocketed by over 100 per cent in one year He attributed the development to the depreciation of the Naira moribund and dying industries absence of funding and foreign exchange high cost of raw materials among others Iche tasked government to ensure that funding was particularly available to micro entrepreneurs for recapitalisation to revive dying businesses and revamp moribund industries Government should call a stakeholders meeting for start ups provide funding for local manufacturers get a proper channel for the distribution of funds to the micro entrepreneurs so that the monies would indeed get to those that need it This can be achieved if government opens a micro entrepreneurs bank in all local governments in the long term while in the short term commercial banks should be mandated to create an entrepreneurship desk to handle micro entrepreneurs financial needs Once all these are in place businesses would run more sustainably unemployment would be better tackled and disposable income would be better distributed he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Industrialists, entrepreneurs task FG on strategies to tackle rising cost of items
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    Industrialists, entrepreneurs task FG on strategies to tackle rising cost of items

    Industrialists, entreSome industrialists and entrepreneurs on Monday called on the Federal Government to adopt modalities that could boost micro businesses, revamp moribund industries and reduce tariffs on consumer goods to tackle rising cost of items.

    They gave the advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in reaction to the July inflation rate of 19.64 per cent.

    NAN reports that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) posted that Nigeria’s headline inflation rate increased by 2.27 per cent to 19.64 per cent from 18.60 per cent year on year; the highest since 2005. The NBS attributed the development to disruptions in food supply index, Naira depreciation, transportation and logistics costs and higher energy costs.

    Dr Muda Yusuf, Founder, Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprises (CPPE), said to address the rising cost of items which was largely being felt by ordinary citizens, manufacturers must be given some succour.

    Yusuf stated that the advice had become important seeing that the rising cost of basic items and staple food had weakened purchasing power of citizens as real incomes had become eroded.

    He added that the development had aggravated pressure on production costs, negatively impacted profitability, eroded shareholders value and undermined investors confidence.

    Yusuf said that government could tweak the tariff policies by granting concessionary import duty on intermediate products for industrialists.

    He stressed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also needed to adopt a less rigid exchange rate policy to address the problem of acute foreign exchange scarcity with its attendant backlash on the economy.

    Yusuf added that the accelerated fiscal deficit financing, currently in the threshold of N20 trillion by the CBN was a significant inflation driver that must be taken more seriously.

    “The heightened inflationary pressures in the Nigerian economy remains very troubling and the major inflation drivers, which the supply side issues have not abated, if anything, they have become more intense.

    “These factors include transportation costs, logistics challenges, exchange rate depreciation, forex liquidity issues, hike in energy prices, climate change, insecurity in many farming communities and structural bottlenecks to production.

    “Any mitigation measures would have to be situated in the context of these factors,” he said.

    In her remarks, Dr Chinyere Almona, Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), noted that the high cost of aviation fuel, Jet A1 drove the cost of air transport to the roof becoming a major driver of the July inflation rate.

    Almona specified that for manufacturers, input prices spiked due to increase in items such as diesel, with the country’s electricity crisis worsening alongside a bumpy road to renewable energy deployment.

    She stressed the need for government to deploy a good mix of both fiscal and monetary policies to tackle the core drivers of the inflation scourge in Nigeria.

    The LCCI DG said that there should be targeted financing for critical sectors like agriculture, food processing, aviation fuels, transport, and foreign exchange availability for manufacturing inputs.

    “A major worry is about the inflation scourge constraining production, causing job losses, and courting an imminent recession.

    “It is obvious that government’s intervention so far has not impacted the inflationary pressures that keep rising till now.

    “Without concrete and quick steps to intervene, the rising tide of inflation rate may continue into the end of the year,” she said.

    Mr Saviour Iche, National President, Association of Micro Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (AMEN), said that the July inflation figure was not reflective of current realities with masses, entrepreneurs and manufacturers.

    According to him, bread and other staple food, raw materials, chemicals and other manufacturing inputs had skyrocketed by over 100 per cent in one year.

    He attributed the development to the depreciation of the Naira, moribund and dying industries, absence of funding and foreign exchange, high cost of raw materials among others.

    Iche tasked government to ensure that funding was particularly available to micro entrepreneurs for recapitalisation to revive dying businesses and revamp moribund industries.

    “Government should call a stakeholders meeting for start-ups, provide funding for local manufacturers, get a proper channel for the distribution of funds to the micro entrepreneurs, so that the monies would indeed get to those that need it.

    “This can be achieved if government opens a micro entrepreneurs bank in all local governments in the long term, while in the short term, commercial banks should be mandated to create an entrepreneurship desk to handle micro entrepreneurs financial needs.

    “Once all these are in place, businesses would run more sustainably, unemployment would be better tackled, and disposable income would be better distributed,” he said.


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  •   We ll sustain support for critical sectors privatization Minister Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation has said that the Federal Government would continuously support the privatisation and commercialisation of critical sectors of the nation s economy The minister stated this during the presentation of Full Business Case FBC certificates for Public Private Partnership in Abuja on Monday According to him government will continue to support critical sectors with great financial burden in order to bolster the socio economic growth and development of the nation Mamora said that two projects to be concessioned were Planetarium and Broadband facilities with specialised theatre He said that both projects already had representations where the solar system galaxy and the universe can be projected The minister said with satellite intelligence information could be gathered on tackling some of the problems retarding the growth and progress of the country Also speaking the Minister of State for Science Technology and Innovation Mr Henry Ikoh said the Federal Government was resolute in commercialising innovations Earlier Dr Halilu Shaba the Director General National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA said that Planetarium and Museum building were inaugurated in April 2018 Shaba stated that its sole objective was educational with the provision of entertainment services to Nigeria about space science and technology He said that it also aimed at generating revenue for Nigeria The DG said after the projects become operational they would contribute significantly to space knowledge and astronomy The Director General Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC Dr Joe Ohiani said that the two projects would create about 10 000 direct and indirect jobs He added that they would also enhance tourism boost capacity and create great innovations in the country Ohiani said that the broadband project would generate about N28 billion and the project would equally create N20 billion He said that both projects would also attract foreign investors to the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister
      We ll sustain support for critical sectors privatization Minister Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation has said that the Federal Government would continuously support the privatisation and commercialisation of critical sectors of the nation s economy The minister stated this during the presentation of Full Business Case FBC certificates for Public Private Partnership in Abuja on Monday According to him government will continue to support critical sectors with great financial burden in order to bolster the socio economic growth and development of the nation Mamora said that two projects to be concessioned were Planetarium and Broadband facilities with specialised theatre He said that both projects already had representations where the solar system galaxy and the universe can be projected The minister said with satellite intelligence information could be gathered on tackling some of the problems retarding the growth and progress of the country Also speaking the Minister of State for Science Technology and Innovation Mr Henry Ikoh said the Federal Government was resolute in commercialising innovations Earlier Dr Halilu Shaba the Director General National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA said that Planetarium and Museum building were inaugurated in April 2018 Shaba stated that its sole objective was educational with the provision of entertainment services to Nigeria about space science and technology He said that it also aimed at generating revenue for Nigeria The DG said after the projects become operational they would contribute significantly to space knowledge and astronomy The Director General Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC Dr Joe Ohiani said that the two projects would create about 10 000 direct and indirect jobs He added that they would also enhance tourism boost capacity and create great innovations in the country Ohiani said that the broadband project would generate about N28 billion and the project would equally create N20 billion He said that both projects would also attract foreign investors to the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister
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    We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister

    We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, has said that the Federal Government would continuously support the privatisation and commercialisation of critical sectors of the nation’s economy.

    The minister stated this during the presentation of ‘Full Business Case(FBC)’ certificates for Public-Private-Partnership in Abuja on Monday.

    According to him, government will continue to support critical sectors with great financial burden in order to bolster the socio-economic growth and development of the nation.

    Mamora said that two projects to be concessioned were Planetarium and Broadband facilities with specialised theatre.

    He said that both projects already had  representations where the solar system galaxy and the universe can be projected.

    The minister said, ”with satellite, intelligence information could be gathered on tackling some of the problems retarding the growth and progress of the country.

    ” Also speaking, the  Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Henry Ikoh, said the Federal Government was resolute in commercialising innovations.

    Earlier, Dr Halilu Shaba, the Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA),said that Planetarium and Museum building were inaugurated in April 2018. Shaba stated that its sole objective was educational, with the provision of entertainment services to Nigeria about space science and technology.

    He said that it also aimed at  generating revenue for Nigeria.

    The DG said after the projects become operational, they would contribute significantly to space knowledge and astronomy.

    The Director-General, Infrastructure, Concession Regulatory Commission,(ICRC), Dr Joe Ohiani said that the two projects would create about 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.

    He added that they would also enhance tourism, boost capacity and create great innovations in the country.

    Ohiani said that the broadband project would generate about N28 billion and the project would equally create N20 billion.

    He said that both projects would also attract foreign investors to the country.


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  •  Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sued the US Central Intelligence Agency and its former director Mike Pompeo on Monday alleging it recorded their conversations and copied data from their phones and computers The attorneys along with two journalists joining the suit are Americans and allege that the CIA violated their US constitutional protections for confidential discussions with Assange who is Australian They said the CIA worked with a security firm contracted by the Ecuadoran embassy in London where Assange was living at the time to spy on the WikiLeaks founder his lawyers journalists and others he met with Assange is facing extradition from Britain to the US where he is charged with violating the US Espionage Act by publishing US military and diplomatic files in 2010 related to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars Robert Boyle a New York attorney representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said the alleged spying on Assange s attorneys means the WikiLeaks founder s right to a fair trial has now been tainted if not destroyed The recording of meetings with friends with lawyers and the copying of his attorneys and friends digital information taints the criminal prosecution because now the government knows the contents of those communications Boyle told reporters There should be sanctions even up to dismissal of those charges or withdrawal of an extradition request in response to these blatantly unconstitutional activities he said The suit was filed by attorneys Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek and journalists Charles Glass and John Goetz They all visited Assange while he was living inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London under political asylum since withdrawn The suit named the CIA former CIA director and former US secretary of state Pompeo and the security firm Undercover Global and its chief executive David Morales Guillen It said Undercover Global which had a security contract with the embassy swept information on their electronic devices including communications with Assange and provided it to the CIA In addition it placed microphones around the embassy and sent recordings as well as footage from security cameras to the CIA the suit alleges This the attorneys said violated privacy protections for US citizens Assange is awaiting a ruling on his appeal of the British extradition order to the United States The charges he faces could bring a sentence of up to 175 years in prison Pompeo approved the spying The suit said that Spain based Undercover Global was recruited to work with the CIA in 2017 by officials from the Las Vegas Sands casino group Las Vegas Sands was at the time controlled by the late tycoon Sheldon Adelson a powerful conservative backer of the Republican Party who the suit said had cooperated with the CIA on similar matters in the past The suit said that while Undercover Global controlled security at the embassy each visitor had to leave their electronic devices with a guard before seeing Assange The information contained on the plaintiff s devices was copied and ultimately given to the CIA they said Defendant Pompeo was aware of and approved the copying of information contained on plaintiffs mobile electronic devices and the surreptitious audio monitoring of their meetings with Assange the suit alleged It said the defendants became aware of the spying only when the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported in September 2019 that Morales and Undercover Global were under criminal investigation in Spain El Pais revealed information on the London operations that had previously been sealed in the case
    Assange lawyers sue CIA for spying on them
     Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sued the US Central Intelligence Agency and its former director Mike Pompeo on Monday alleging it recorded their conversations and copied data from their phones and computers The attorneys along with two journalists joining the suit are Americans and allege that the CIA violated their US constitutional protections for confidential discussions with Assange who is Australian They said the CIA worked with a security firm contracted by the Ecuadoran embassy in London where Assange was living at the time to spy on the WikiLeaks founder his lawyers journalists and others he met with Assange is facing extradition from Britain to the US where he is charged with violating the US Espionage Act by publishing US military and diplomatic files in 2010 related to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars Robert Boyle a New York attorney representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said the alleged spying on Assange s attorneys means the WikiLeaks founder s right to a fair trial has now been tainted if not destroyed The recording of meetings with friends with lawyers and the copying of his attorneys and friends digital information taints the criminal prosecution because now the government knows the contents of those communications Boyle told reporters There should be sanctions even up to dismissal of those charges or withdrawal of an extradition request in response to these blatantly unconstitutional activities he said The suit was filed by attorneys Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek and journalists Charles Glass and John Goetz They all visited Assange while he was living inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London under political asylum since withdrawn The suit named the CIA former CIA director and former US secretary of state Pompeo and the security firm Undercover Global and its chief executive David Morales Guillen It said Undercover Global which had a security contract with the embassy swept information on their electronic devices including communications with Assange and provided it to the CIA In addition it placed microphones around the embassy and sent recordings as well as footage from security cameras to the CIA the suit alleges This the attorneys said violated privacy protections for US citizens Assange is awaiting a ruling on his appeal of the British extradition order to the United States The charges he faces could bring a sentence of up to 175 years in prison Pompeo approved the spying The suit said that Spain based Undercover Global was recruited to work with the CIA in 2017 by officials from the Las Vegas Sands casino group Las Vegas Sands was at the time controlled by the late tycoon Sheldon Adelson a powerful conservative backer of the Republican Party who the suit said had cooperated with the CIA on similar matters in the past The suit said that while Undercover Global controlled security at the embassy each visitor had to leave their electronic devices with a guard before seeing Assange The information contained on the plaintiff s devices was copied and ultimately given to the CIA they said Defendant Pompeo was aware of and approved the copying of information contained on plaintiffs mobile electronic devices and the surreptitious audio monitoring of their meetings with Assange the suit alleged It said the defendants became aware of the spying only when the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported in September 2019 that Morales and Undercover Global were under criminal investigation in Spain El Pais revealed information on the London operations that had previously been sealed in the case
    Assange lawyers sue CIA for spying on them
    Foreign2 months ago

    Assange lawyers sue CIA for spying on them

    Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sued the US Central Intelligence Agency and its former director Mike Pompeo on Monday, alleging it recorded their conversations and copied data from their phones and computers.

    The attorneys, along with two journalists joining the suit, are Americans and allege that the CIA violated their US constitutional protections for confidential discussions with Assange, who is Australian.

    They said the CIA worked with a security firm contracted by the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where Assange was living at the time, to spy on the WikiLeaks founder, his lawyers, journalists and others he met with.

    Assange is facing extradition from Britain to the US, where he is charged with violating the US Espionage Act by publishing US military and diplomatic files in 2010 related to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

    Robert Boyle, a New York attorney representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said the alleged spying on Assange’s attorneys means the WikiLeaks founder’s right to a fair trial has “now been tainted, if not destroyed.

    ” “The recording of meetings with friends, with lawyers and the copying of his attorneys’ and friends’ digital information taints the criminal prosecution because now the government knows the contents of those communications,” Boyle told reporters.

    “There should be sanctions, even up to dismissal of those charges, or withdrawal of an extradition request in response to these blatantly unconstitutional activities,” he said.

    The suit was filed by attorneys Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek, and journalists Charles Glass and John Goetz.

    They all visited Assange while he was living inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London under political asylum, since withdrawn.

    The suit named the CIA, former CIA director and former US secretary of state Pompeo, and the security firm Undercover Global and its chief executive David Morales Guillen.

    It said Undercover Global, which had a security contract with the embassy, swept information on their electronic devices, including communications with Assange, and provided it to the CIA.

    In addition it placed microphones around the embassy and sent recordings, as well as footage from security cameras, to the CIA, the suit alleges.

    This, the attorneys said, violated privacy protections for US citizens.

    Assange is awaiting a ruling on his appeal of the British extradition order to the United States.

    The charges he faces could bring a sentence of up to 175 years in prison.

    Pompeo ‘approved’ the spying The suit said that Spain-based Undercover Global was recruited to work with the CIA in 2017 by officials from the Las Vegas Sands casino group.

    Las Vegas Sands was at the time controlled by the late tycoon Sheldon Adelson, a powerful conservative backer of the Republican Party who, the suit said, “had cooperated with the CIA on similar matters in the past.

    ” The suit said that while Undercover Global controlled security at the embassy, each visitor had to leave their electronic devices with a guard before seeing Assange.

    “The information contained on the plaintiff’s devices was copied and, ultimately, given to the CIA,” they said.

    “Defendant Pompeo was aware of and approved the copying of information contained on plaintiffs’ mobile electronic devices and the surreptitious audio monitoring of their meetings with Assange,” the suit alleged.

    It said the defendants became aware of the spying only when the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported in September 2019 that Morales and Undercover Global were under criminal investigation in Spain.

    El Pais revealed information on the London operations that had previously been sealed in the case.

  •   Nigeria India to strengthen partnership in artificial intelligence solar energy Envoy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria, India to strengthen partnership in artificial intelligence, solar energy – Envoy
      Nigeria India to strengthen partnership in artificial intelligence solar energy Envoy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria, India to strengthen partnership in artificial intelligence, solar energy – Envoy
    Foreign2 months ago

    Nigeria, India to strengthen partnership in artificial intelligence, solar energy – Envoy

    Nigeria, India to strengthen partnership in artificial intelligence, solar energy – Envoy
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  •   Buhari conPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President elect of Kenya William Ruto on his victory in the General Elections on Tuesday In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman Mr Femi Adesina on Monday in Abuja the president also commended the people of Kenya for the peaceful and transparent outcome of the elections He said this had again demonstrated that the democratic process values and principles remain the best way for the people to select their leaders and hold them accountable According to him Nigeria values Kenya as a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and violence extremism He believed that the partnership was buoyed by a long history of friendship economic and trade ties Buhari also said that effective collaboration through international organisations such as the African Union the United Nations and the Commonwealth was responsible for the mutual ties While wishing Deputy President Ruto a successful inauguration and tenure in office the president said he looked forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries He observed that the two countries shared priorities such as enhancing peace and security on the continent democracy and greater economic prosperity and social development The Nigerian leader saluted President Kenyatta for his statesmanship and exemplary leadership to the people of Kenya in the past nine years He also lauded him for the profound legacies of his administration on infrastructure education healthcare reforms and tourism as well as strong influence and support on regional security NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari congratulates William Ruto on election as President of Kenya
      Buhari conPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President elect of Kenya William Ruto on his victory in the General Elections on Tuesday In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman Mr Femi Adesina on Monday in Abuja the president also commended the people of Kenya for the peaceful and transparent outcome of the elections He said this had again demonstrated that the democratic process values and principles remain the best way for the people to select their leaders and hold them accountable According to him Nigeria values Kenya as a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and violence extremism He believed that the partnership was buoyed by a long history of friendship economic and trade ties Buhari also said that effective collaboration through international organisations such as the African Union the United Nations and the Commonwealth was responsible for the mutual ties While wishing Deputy President Ruto a successful inauguration and tenure in office the president said he looked forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries He observed that the two countries shared priorities such as enhancing peace and security on the continent democracy and greater economic prosperity and social development The Nigerian leader saluted President Kenyatta for his statesmanship and exemplary leadership to the people of Kenya in the past nine years He also lauded him for the profound legacies of his administration on infrastructure education healthcare reforms and tourism as well as strong influence and support on regional security NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari congratulates William Ruto on election as President of Kenya
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    Buhari congratulates William Ruto on election as President of Kenya

    Buhari conPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of Kenya, William Ruto, on his victory in the General Elections on Tuesday.

    In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday in Abuja, the president also commended the people of Kenya for the peaceful and transparent outcome of the elections.

    He said this had again demonstrated that the democratic process, values and principles remain the best way for the people to select their leaders and hold them accountable.

    According to him, Nigeria values Kenya as a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and violence extremism.

    He believed that the partnership was buoyed by a long history of friendship, economic and trade ties.

    Buhari also said that effective collaboration through international organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the Commonwealth was responsible for the mutual ties.

    While wishing Deputy President, Ruto a successful inauguration and tenure in office, the president said he looked forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries.

    He observed that the two countries shared priorities such as enhancing peace and security on the continent, democracy, and greater economic prosperity and social development.

    The Nigerian leader saluted President Kenyatta for his statesmanship and exemplary leadership to the people of Kenya in the past nine years.

    He also lauded him for the profound legacies of his administration on infrastructure, education, healthcare reforms and tourism as well as strong influence and support on regional security. 


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