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In the not too distant past, kidnappings in Nigeria targeted oil companies’ Western workers, but there has been a dramatic shift to prominent members of the society too often for ransom.
The surge in kidnappings has seen singers, “Nollywood” film stars and now the elderly mother of the Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becoming victims of abductions.
A Nigerian anti-AIDS agency has acquired over three million condoms to distribute at the Carnival Village in Calabar this year.
There are around 250,000 persons currently living with HIV/AIDS in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, says the Cross River State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (SACA).
The Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta has said it impounded 700 boats, barges, and trucks in nearly 3,000 operations in the area against oil theft.
The JTF also said it registered some success in cracking down on kidnappings in the region.
Civil society organizations in Nigeria have been holding talks on the need to strengthen democracy and reinforce the country’s justice system.
One of such meetings was a workshop for Civil Society on Legal Advocacy for Justice and Anti-Corruption held in Abuja, the Federal capital of Nigeria.
Nigerian billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote is providing something different in West Africa’s biggest market of jobless youths - driving jobs for PhD and master degree holders.
To many, this may sound shocking, but that’s what these highly educated Nigerians are doing, serving as drivers in the Dangote Group of Companies.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan have been trading criticisms about the leadership styles of each other in public statements.
Obasanjo sees ‘weaknesses’ in Jonathan’s handling of security challenges and corruption, while Jonathan retorts that he’s not prepared to ‘adopt the heavy-handed military approach’ of Obasanjo.
A new initiative has been launched to improve cocoa production in Africa, with the launch of the Sustainable Trade Initiative, a sustainable agro-industry project of the Dutch government in the Ivory Coast.
The growing insecurity in Nigeria caused by A wave of fatal bombings and shootings is leaving Nigerians increasingly worried that insecurity is reaching and alarming level..
Amid the fear and tension, some citizens are thinking that the terrorist group Boko Haram is outsmarting the country’s security forces, with Monday’s attack on the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the capital, Abuja.
Amidst doubts over whether Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared his assets, the Code of Conduct Bureau on Tuesday said in Abuja, the Federal capital, the president has complied.
Mr. Sam Saba, Chairman of the Bureau, disclosed that President Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo, duly declared their assets in line with Constitutional provisions before they were sworn-in to assume their offices.
The government of Nigeria will soon establish staple crop processing zones in some parts of the country, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said.
Adesina made the disclosure Tuesday in Abuja at a meeting with private sector partners in the agriculture value chain convened to garner support for the Federal Government's Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).