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Supertanker Attacked, 18 Indian Sailors Kidnapped Off Nigerian Coast

NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (NNN-PTI) – Eighteen Indians on board a Hong Kong-flagged vessel have been kidnapped by pirates, near the Nigerian coast, local media reported, quoting ARX Maritime, a global agency tracking maritime developments in the region.

ARX Maritime, said that, the Hong Kong-flagged vessel, NAVE CONSTELLATION, was taken over by pirates on Tuesday evening, while transiting through Nigeria, and 19 crew members were kidnapped, out of which 18 were Indians and one Turkish national.

Chinese mining activities in Nigeria not beneficial

ABUJA, Dec 3 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The Federal Government has frowned on China’s domination of the Nigerian mining sector, noting that the development had not helped the country’s economy.

Chinese businessmen and firms, alongside other Asians, are the major players in the exploitation of solid minerals in the country, with Nigerian operators playing minor roles.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, made the observation during a workshop organised by the ministry in collaboration with the Lagos Business School, in Abuja.

Nigeria: No date yet to re-open land borders

DAURA (Nigeria), Dec 3 (NNN-NAN) — President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria’s domestic fuel consumption has dropped by more than 30 per cent, following the closure of land borders.

Buhari, who said this at his country home in Daura, while receiving a delegation of Katsina State Elders Forum, also said he had not given any date for the reopening of the land borders.

Drone project aims to put floating Lagos slum on map

29 November 2019; AFP: John Eromosele records the coordinates of a bustling canal on his smartphone from aboard a dug-out canoe navigating the floating slum of Makoko in Nigerian megacity Lagos.

The waterway is "like a boulevard, there's always traffic here," the computer coding specialist laughed as other boats jostled for space between rows of wooden houses on stilts.

Officially Makoko does not exist.

Nigeria launches first national sex offenders register

ABUJA, Nov 26 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Nigeria launched its first national sexual offenders register, setting up a database of those convicted for sexual violence in a move seen as an important step towards clamping down on abuse.

The “Sexual Offender Register” will contain the names of all those prosecuted for sexual violence in Africa’s most populous nation since 2015.

The record will be available online to better help the public, state bodies and police conduct background checks and identify repeat offenders.

Chinese Firm To Build First Rolling Stock Assembly Plant In Nigeria

OGUN, Nigeria, Nov 10 (NNN-XINHUA) – Chinese construction giant, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), will build a rolling stock assembly plant in Nigeria, to promote the country’s railway modernisation project.

At a groundbreaking ceremony for the plant at Kajola, a town in the southwestern state of Ogun, Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said, it is a “historic turning point” in Nigeria’s railway modernisation plan.

Nigeria’s supreme court upholds president Buhari’s election win

ABUJA, Nov 1 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Nigeria’s top court has dismissed an appeal by main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar to overturn the result of February’s presidential vote in which President Muhammadu Buhari won re-election.

“We have examined all the briefs and the exhibits for over two weeks and we agree that there is no merit in this appeal,” Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad said following the Supreme Court’s judgement.

“The appeal is dismissed,” he concluded in a decision made unanimously with six court justices.

Nigerian state enlists hunters in Boko Haram fight

MAIDUGURI (Nigeria), Oct 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Thousands of Nigerian hunters, armed with charmed amulets and intimate knowledge of harsh terrain, are preparing an offensive against the Boko Haram extremists who have ravaged the northeast for a decade, calling it “high time” they help soldiers end the deadly insurgency.

Nigeria’s government discouraged a similar offensive five years ago, calling it a suicide mission. This time it has the backing of the governor of Borno state, which has suffered the worst of the Boko Haram attacks.

Gunmen in mass kidnap in Nigeria’s capital

ABUJA, Oct 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Unknown gunmen are now asking for a ransom after at least nine people were kidnapped in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

They abducted the victims from an area on the outskirts of the city. Reports say the victims include a 12-year-old boy.

Eyewitnesses say the gunmen were dressed in military uniform and turned up in large numbers.

They laid an ambush along a main road and fired shots at moving vehicles, forcing them to stop.

The vehicles’ occupants were then shepherded at gunpoint into the bush.

Nigerian activist Sowore pleads not guilty to treason charges

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore pleaded not guilty at a court in Abuja on Monday to charges of treason, money laundering and harassing the president.

State Security Service agents arrested Sowore in early August after he called for a revolution after a February election which he said was not credible. He ran for president in that election, in which former military ruler President Muhammadu Buhari secured a second term in office.

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