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‘Disobedient’ Nigerian clerics faced with suspension from Catholic Church

‘Disobedient’ Nigerian clerics faced with suspension from Catholic Church

| June 19, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian clerics who have refused to accept a bishop appointed by the Vatican for the past four and a half years are facing suspension for disobedience to the Church. At a recent gathering in Rome, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, observed that Pope Francis seemed very sad about what […]

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Nigeria’s five wealthiest men could end poverty in that country—OXFAM

Nigeria’s five wealthiest men could end poverty in that country—OXFAM

(GIN)—A new report by the anti-poverty group Oxfam International paints a devastating picture of economic inequality, finding that the combined wealth of five of the richest Nigerians—put at $29.9 billion—could end extreme poverty in their country yet millions face starvation in the country’s north east with no relief in sight. The report, “Inequality in Nigeria” […]

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Tipoff leads anti-graft SWAT team to upscale Lagos pad, bundles of U.S. cash

Tipoff leads anti-graft SWAT team to upscale Lagos pad, bundles of U.S. cash

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Neatly-bound bundles of fresh U.S. dollars, Nigerian naira and British pounds totaling more than $50 million were recovered by an anti-graft “SWAT team” in a raid at the Osborne Towers, a luxury building in an upscale section of Lagos. The raid was orchestrated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) acting on a new […]

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Nigerian, Namibian papers scoop highest prize in explanatory journalism

Nigerian, Namibian papers scoop highest prize in explanatory journalism

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Way to go African media! The prestigious Pulitzer Prize which honors excellence in journalism has named two media outlets in Africa—working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)—as distinguished 2017 winners for their groundbreaking reporting on the Panama Papers. This historic, global investigation uncovered offshore hideaways tied to mega-banks, corporate bribery scandals, drug kingpins, […]

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Nigerians put brakes on superhighway cutting through rainforest

Nigerians put brakes on superhighway cutting through rainforest

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—Bulldozers approaching the communities of the southern state of Cross River, with orders to raze up to a million homes and cut down an ancient tropical rainforest, were stopped in their tracks as an environmental impact statement for a proposed superhighway was rejected by officials. As conceived, the roadway would link northern Nigeria to a […]

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Surplus food found for local groups with novel Nigerian computer app

Surplus food found for local groups with novel Nigerian computer app

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian-born Oscar Ekponimo was 11 when his family was struck by misfortune.  His father had a partial stroke, causing him to lose his job, and with it, the family income. “For the next three years we had little food in the house,” he recalled. “If we had one small meal at the end of the […]

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President’s months-long hospitalization abroad spurs rumor deluge

President’s months-long hospitalization abroad spurs rumor deluge

| March 7, 2017

(GIN)—There seems to be little agreement in Nigeria as to why President Muhammadu Buhari  extended his stay in a British hospital reportedly for an ear infection—especially when Nigeria has well-trained doctors at specialized hospitals at home. According to a presidential media aide speaking to Naij.com, the president has an infected ear and a loss of […]

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Revised ban on immigration ‘catastrophic,’ critics charge

Revised ban on immigration ‘catastrophic,’ critics charge

| March 7, 2017

(GIN)—A revised travel ban by the Trump administration is already in trouble with a leading aid agency, with the travel industry, and with the Nigerian government which has urged its citizens to postpone making trips to the U.S. without “compelling or essential reasons.” The new travel ban. which still targets majority-Muslim countries, slightly modifies an […]

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Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—The government of South Sudan and the United Nations are reporting that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but […]

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Nigeria ‘slavery monument’ demolished by developers

Nigeria ‘slavery monument’ demolished by developers

| February 1, 2017

(GIN)—A living monument to Nigeria’s slave trade past was destroyed this month by developers of Lagos Island—the site of a wave of new luxury homes built in recent years. The nearly two centuries old “Olaiya House” had been declared a national monument in 1956. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as he inspected […]

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