The state of insecurity in Nigeria has begun to impact actions by some of its traditionally friendly nations—actions that could drive investments and tourism away from the country.
Three such countries, Australia, Canada and the United States are the latest to alert their citizens to what they describe as dangerous areas in Nigeria. Attached to the alert is a travel advice to Nigeria which they say has begun to record high levels of crime and insecurity.
The U.S. consulate in Lagos issued a security notice on Tuesday that warned its citizens living in Lagos to be very vigilant because of rising crime wave in the city. The security notice specifically pointed to incidents of armed robbery on Lagos roads.
Australia has advised its citizens to completely forget about traveling to Nigeria. It says those who are already in the country may find it difficult to get government assistance when they need it.
Canada and the United Kingdom, on the other hand, have warned their citizens in the country to be aware of crimes and insecurity in not just Lagos, but in other states like Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta and Bayelsa—states that were previously not reputed for insecurity and crime.
These countries emphasize the spread of crime, violence and insecurity beyond the traditional theaters in the northern part of the country.
El-Rufai Declares NLC President, Ayuba Wabba Wanted, Promises ‘Handsome’ Reward
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.
Nigeria Receives £4.2m Ibori Loot From UK – Malami
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.
Nigeria Immigration Suspends Passports Issuance Till June
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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