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With two days left for Nigeria to appeal the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) granting the Bakassi Peninsula to neighbouring Cameroon, anxiety is growing among Nigerians over whether their government will meet the deadline to appeal against the judgment.
Ahead of the 10 October deadline for Nigeria to seek review of the case, President Goodluck Jonathan last week set up a committee to advise the government on the way to pursue the review of the ICJ decision.
Though the Nigerian government has expressed displeasure over Saudi Arabia’s decision to deport some 1,000 Nigerian women who were en route to the pilgrimage to the Muslim Holy city of Mecca, a number of Nigerians hold a different view over the expulsion.
Visiting Mecca for the annual Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, provided a Muslim faithful has the finance and is in good health to make the pilgrimage.
With a few days left for Nigeria to request a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling giving the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon, the Nigerian Senate has released some ‘facts’ it alleges were not tendered during the ICJ proceedings in the land dispute pitting the two countries.
The upper legislative House now wants the Executive to use these facts in seeking the review before expiration of the 10 October, 2012 deadline for appeal.
The Nigerian House of Representatives in Abuja has again threatened to start an impeachment proceeding against President Goodluck Jonathan, if he fails to fully implement the 2012 fiscal budget.
The leadership of the House, headed by Speaker Alhaji Aminu Tambowa, first issued the threat in July before the body went on two months recess.
In recent times, Nigerian crude has been viewed as a potential substitute to lost volumes of Libyan crude oil, increasing its price on the global market.
In the international oil industry, the light, sweet quality of Nigerian crude makes it a preferred gasoline feedstock.
--WADR’s Correspondent on mood of nation
There has been another suicide bomb attack in Nigeria, this time a mosque has been hit in the northern city of Maiduguri on Friday.
The government of President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the blast, which killed five people at a Mosque toward the end of Friday prayers.
WADR’s Abuja Correspondent Martins Martins says the targeting of the mosque came as a surprise to many.
Click full article below to listen to audio of Martins being interviewed by WADR’s Frank Sainworla on the Evening News show on Friday.
Nigeria’s National Environmental Standards, Regulatory and Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has shut down two construction companies for allegedly violating the country’s environmental laws.
Amid threats being faced from piracy in the Gulf of Guinea along the West and Central African coast, maritime, security experts and other stakeholders are drawing up strategies to combat the menace at a sub-regional conference.
As Boko Haram continues to pose serious challenge for security forces, the Nigerian government has said it would continue to empower the military to carry out its constitutional responsibility to the fullest.
A Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) agent has told a Federal High Court in Abuja, that the former spokesman of Boko Haram, Kudunga Abdul, allegedly named Senator Ali Ndume as a financier of the group.