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Two Soldiers, Civilian Killed In Borno Insurgency Attack

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Boko Haram Hoists Flags In Captured Niger Villages – Gov Bello

Two Nigerian soldiers are reported killed in north-eastern Borno State when the Boko Haram terrorists attacked Damasak town in Mobbar local government area on Saturday.  Media reports claimed at least three others were also killed during an ambush.

Homes of the local police chief, the traditional ruler and United Nations humanitarian offices in the town, were also burnt.  An eyewitness said, facilities of the Norwegian refugees commission at Fulatari ward were burnt.

The warehouse of the World Food Programme, which was filled with assorted food items, was also completely looted.  Medicines and other equipment at a nearby government hospital were also carted away.

Chairman of Mobbar LGA, Mustapha Bunu Kolo described the attack as “worrisome.”

Authorities say military troops repelled members of the terrorist group.

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon has condemned the destruction of humanitarian hub and other NGOs.  He said facilities of three international aid partners sustained damage after being directly targeted and set ablaze.

He expressed concerns that humanitarian operations in the region will be reduced due to the violent attack, which will affect the support to more than 8,000 internally displaced persons and several thousand others in the host communities receiving humanitarian assistance and protection.

Kallon also expressed deep concern about recurrent reports of violent attacks by non-state armed groups putting the lives of civilians at risk.

Damasak is a major humanitarian hub in Borno State in north-east Nigeria, located 188km from Maiduguri, Borno State capital. The town had survived several attacks in the last decade.

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El-Rufai Declares NLC President, Ayuba Wabba Wanted, Promises ‘Handsome’ Reward

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Kaduna governor, Nasir El Rufai, has declared the chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, and other members of the union’s headquarters wanted.

The governor said in a tweet on Tuesday Wabba and his team are wanted for economic sabotage and attacks on public infrastructure under the miscellaneous offenses act.

The governor has promised what he calls “a handsome reward” for anyone who knows his whereabouts and turns him by sending a message to the ministry of justice in Kaduna.

The NLC chairman, Ayuba Wabba, had led members of the union in a protest in Kaduna on Monday against the government’s decision to sack 4,000 workers from all local government areas of the state.  The government says this it has to do this to rein in a ballooning wage bill among other reasons.

Labor was opposed to the move; so, it decided to ground activities in the state by starting a five-day warning strike that began on Sunday.

Workers in just about every sector joined in the strike that has left most of the state paralyzed.  Even, electricity workers are also on strike, plunging the state into darkness.

El Rufai has also declared as wanted former chairman of the Nigerian national human rights commission, Chris Odinkalu for incitement and injurious falsehood over a tweet on Monday.

The governor remains adamant that nothing, not even strikes, can cause it to change course and scuttle its plans to right-size.

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Nigeria Receives £4.2m Ibori Loot From UK – Malami

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Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation has on Tuesday said the federal government has received the £4.2million seized from the associates of convicted former governor of Delta State, James Ibori from the United Kingdom.

The AGF, Abubakar Malami via a statement issued by his spokesman, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu confirmed that the “Federal Government of Nigeria has received GBP 4,214,017.66 of the loot associated with the family members of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori.”

In the statement released, Malami said “the amount has been credited into the designated Federal Government account with naira equivalent value of the amount as of 10th May 2021.”

The minister was said to have signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the repatriation of the Ibori loot on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Malami said the development was a demonstration of the recognition of reputation Nigeria earns through records of management of recovered stolen Nigerian stolen in the execution of public-oriented projects.

Ibori was Delta State governor from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007. In April 2012, he received a 13-year jail sentence after admitting fraud of nearly £50million.

He pleaded guilty two months earlier, to conspiracy to launder funds, substantive counts of money laundering and one count of obtaining money transfer by deception and fraud.

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Nigeria Immigration Suspends Passports Issuance Till June

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The Nigeria Immigration Service says it is suspending issuance of new passports and renewals nationwide till next month.  The service says the directive is to enable the commission clear all application backlogs before the commencement of new passport regime.

Deputy comptroller-general of immigration, Ab Yarima said in a statement, all new applications in the country will be suspended till June the first.

The Nigeria Immigration Service has now directed all passport offices to use the rest of this month to ensure that all backlogs are cleared up and delivered for collection by members of the public.

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