Two firms challenge forfeiture of Kola Aluko’s $73m, N350m properties

By Robert Egbe A Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned till November 21, to hear applications by two firms seeking to challenge the forfeiture of three landed properties in Lagos and Abuja belonging to Mr Kola Aluko. Aluko is an ally of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke. Justice Mohammed Liman fixed …

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Alleged N2.1bn fraud: Court grants Dokpesi permission for medical trip abroad

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja   A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday granted permission to businessman, Raymond Dokpesi to travel abroad for medical attention and to also visit his wife, who he claimed, is being treated for cancer related ailment. Dokpesi, who is standing trial with his company, Daar Investment and Holdind Company Limited, …

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Petroleum minister bemoans ambiguity in Nigerian oil, gas laws

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, yesterday, emphasized the need for a review of the constitution of the country, calling for clarity in the drafting of the laws of the country, especially legislations affecting the oil and gas industry. Continue reading Petroleum minister bemoans ambiguity in Nigerian oil, gas laws at Vanguard …

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Senate again proposes death by hanging for hate speech

Sanni Onogu, Abuja   The Senate on Tuesday once again proposed death by hanging for anybody found guilty of hate speech in the country. This followed the first reading of a Bill to set up an agency to prohibit hate speech in the country. The Bill titled: “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches …

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INEC ready for Kogi,Bayelsa elections – Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday it was ready for the smooth conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa and Kogi States The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting in Lokoja. Yakubu said 12 out of the 14-point steps for the smooth conduct of the election had …

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Yobe Assembly Screens Commissioner Nominee in Absentia

Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Email Google+ Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Print Tumblr Telegram StumbleUpon VK Digg LINE Viber By Michael Olugbode in Damaturu Yobe State House of Assembly on Tuesday concluded the screening of commissioner nominees. One of the nominees, Hajiya Hauwa Abubakar, who was out of town was screened in absentia. The lawmakers had began the …

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INEC ready for Kogi, Bayelsa poll says Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it was ready for the smooth conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this at a stakeholder meeting in Lokoja. Yakubu said that 12 out of the 14-point steps for the smooth conduct of the election had been …

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EFCC opens case against Atiku’s in-law, Babalele in alleged money laundering charge

By Innocent Anaba The prosecution has opened its case against Abdullahi Babalele, son-in-law of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, who was accused of laundering $140,000 in the build-up to the 2019 general election. Babalele is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Trial judge in …

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Tam David-West: Tinubu speaks on death of ex-Petroleum Minister

Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has described the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West as a nationalist and social critic who always spoke truth to power. Tinubu stated this in his tribute to the Professor of Virology, who died on Monday at the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo …

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Former US President Jimmy Carter recovering after surgery

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by recent injuries, his foundation said on Tuesday. Carter, 95, was hurt during “recent falls.” The surgery was said to have gone well and there were no reported complications. He is expected to remain in hospital …

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Gunmen kill two policemen in Bayelsa

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   Two Policemen were on Tuesday shot dead by unknown gunmen along the Otuogidi community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The hoodlums carted away the riffles of their victims creating apprehension in the state few days to the Saturday governorship election. But the 32,000 policemen detailed by the Inspector-General …

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Super Eagles coach Rohr reveals why he snubbed NPFL stars

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has stated home-based players were omitted from his latest selection for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches because they are not fit enough. The Super Eagles will host Benin for their Group L opening game at Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Wednesday with only Enyimba defender Ifeanyi Anaemena making Rohr’s …

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Fruits traders protest in Lagos over demolition of Ikosi/Isheri market

By Ebunoluwa Sessou Scores of fruits traders in Ketu/Ikosi area of Lagos today stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly protesting the demolition of the Ikosi/Isheri fruits market in the state. The protesters, who were majorly women came out en masse holding placards with different inscriptions and marched to the Assembly chanting “help us, help …

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Kano guber: Political parties make fresh allegations against Appeal Court President, Justice Bulkachuwa

The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has raised the alarm over an alleged move by the Court of Appeal President Justice Z. A. Bulkachuwa, to disband the Kano State governorship Appeal Panel for the third time. CUPP described the setting up of three different panels without any reason as arbitrary, forum shopping and bastardization …

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BREAKING: Trailer being chased by police crushes 20 persons to death in Yola

No fewer 20 persons were reportedly crushes to death after a trailer loaded with farming produce overran several tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep, Tuesday, at Vinikling bridge (Hayin Gada) in Yola, Adamawa State. Residents told DAILY POST that the accident was caused by police officers, who were pursuing the truck driver for refusing to …

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Kogi/Bayelsa Guber: 11th Hour Judgement won’t affect Polls — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has expressed commitment to the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa states, assuring stakeholders that in spite of several postelection court cases in both states, no last-minute judicial pronouncement could alter the elections. Continue reading Kogi/Bayelsa Guber: 11th Hour Judgement won’t affect Polls — INEC at …

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Naija News

The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a West African country.

Countries bordering Nigeria include the Republic of Niger to the north, the Republic of Chad to the northeast, Cameroon to the east, and Benin to the west.

The southern part of the country lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.

Nigeria has had inhabitants for thousands of years.

The country's other moniker is the "Giant of Africa" due to its economic importance and large population.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.

The country is teeming with diversity, with over 250 ethnic groups and 500 languages.

While the majority of Nigerians identify as either Christian or Muslim, some groups still practice traditional Nigerian religions.

Their constitution defines them as a democratic secular state.

Currently, Nigeria is experiencing an economic boom.

It has one of the largest economies in the world, and it's still growing.

However, with the quality of life, Nigeria is not considered a first-world country.

Its scores on the Human Development Index are low.

Despite this, Nigeria is a country that is on the rise.

It is a founding member of the African Union, and it ranks on the list of the "Next Eleven" economies on track to be the largest in the world.

Nigerians call their country Naija to express their patriotism.

The Naija people pride themselves on their intelligence and strength.

Naija History

Pre-Middle Ages

The early civilisations of northern Nigeria date back to 999 AD, based on records found in cities such as Kano and Katsina.

Also in northern Nigeria was the Nok civilisation, which thrived from 1500 BC to 200 AD.

The terracotta figures that have been discovered in the country are some of the oldest sculptures found in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nigeria held out against colonisation for hundreds of years.

Beginning in the 10th century, the Igbo people of the Kingdom of Nri resisted conquest from outsiders until Britain took over in the early 1900s.

Nri is the root of the Igbo culture, which still exists in areas of Nigeria today.

Yoruba, another ethnic group in Nigeria, had major cities in Ife and Oyo.

The earliest signs of settlement in Ife date back to the 9th century.

Pre-British Nigeria

The kingdom of Oyo once stretched from western Nigeria to present-day Togo.

At one point, the Benin empire reached as far as the city of Eko (modern-day Lagos) and beyond.

The Benin empire eventually became the country of Benin.

A significant development came in the 1800s when a successful jihad established the Sokoto Caliphate.

The territory controlled by the Sunni leader Usman dan Fodio lasted until 1903 when European colonisation led to the break-up of the Empire into various colonies.

During the Middle Ages, Nigeria reigned as a trade power.

Trade routes in the country led all over western, northern, and central Africa.

In the 16th century, Nigeria began direct trade with Portuguese explorers.

Much of this trade occurred along the coast.

This period also marked the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade by European powers, including Portugal, Great Britain, and the Netherlands.

Nigeria was home to many major slave-trading posts, including the Bight of Biafra, Badagry, the Bight of Benin, and Bonny Island.

Most of the slaves traded here were victims of war and raids.

Numerous slave routes emerged, linking the inland areas with the coastal trading posts.

Some of the prominent slave traders included the Oyo Empire, the Aro Confederacy, and the Sokoto Caliphate.

Slavery was widespread in the Caliphate.

Most slave labours were agricultural, and by the late 1800s, the area held the most significant slave concentration in the world.

It's estimated that the Sokoto Caliphate had over 2 million slaves.

Colonial Nigeria

Great Britain outlawed the international slave trade in 1807 and established the West Africa Squadron in an attempt to stop the slave trade.

They enforced punishment of anyone caught trying to smuggle slaves and re-settled the seized slaves in Freetown, a West African colony.

After Britain established an anti-slave trade leadership in Lagos, a treaty was signed in 1852.

Britain declared Lagos, an official colony in 1861.

In the late 1880s, the British established the Royal Niger Company with Sir George Taubman Goldie as its leader.

Slowly, Britain consolidated its hold in modern-day Nigeria.

The country finally became part of the British Empire in 1901.

Britain allowed the establishment of Christian missions in the colony, but it did not discourage the practice of Islamic religion.

They also did not encourage Christian missions in the Islamic parts of the country.

This established regional differences, which still exist today.

Naija Civil War, Independence, & Democracy

The country gained independence from Britain in 1960 although they retained the Queen as the head of state.

In 1963, the country established the Federal Republic.

Cultural differences between ethnic groups were noticeable.

A series of successive military coups led to repeated overthrows of the government.

In 1967, tensions came to a head and led to a civil war that lasted 30 months.

Estimates put the number of dead anywhere between one to three million people.

Foreign countries such as Britain, France, the Soviet Union, Israel, and Egypt were involved in the conflict as well.

Nigeria remained unstable for over 30 years.

Military groups reigned, and unrest continued until eventually, the country established a democracy.

They adopted a new constitution in 1999, giving birth to the modern nation and government of Nigeria.

While some of the problems from years of military rule remained, the democratisation of the country has put them on a track to becoming a world power.

Naija Government

Nigeria's present-day government is a federal republic.

The structure of governance has been modelled after the United States. Executive power rests with the President.

The country elects presidents by popular vote, with term limits of 2 four-year terms.

General Muhammadu Buhari, the current President, was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 for his second term.

A Senate and House of Representatives comprise the National Assembly, which balances presidential powers.

Their Senate holds 109 Senators - 3 from every state and one from the capital city of Abuja (the capital).

Senators are elected by popular vote.

The House of Representative holds 360 seats.

The number of representatives is based on the population size of each state.

The country's two major parties are the People's Democratic Party of Nigeria and the All Progressive Congress.

The parties are mainly secular and pre-national.

Corruption has plagued the country since its independence, with many critics citing a culture of corruption in the government and electoral processes.

However, Nigeria has demonstrated notable efforts to address governmental corruption.

Naija Geography

Nigeria is the world's 32nd largest country, comparable to Venezuela.

It is about two times the size of the US state of California.

The highest point in the country is Chappal Waddi, a hill that measures 2,419 metres tall.

The principal rivers are the Niger and the Benue, which empty into the Niger Delta.

This delta is one of the world's largest and is home to a large population of Central African mangroves.

In the south, tropical rainforest climates dominate the land with an annual rainfall of over 60 inches.

The southeast holds the Obudu Plateau, and coastal plains characterise the southwest and southeast.

Between the far south and far north is a savannah.

Rainfall is minimal, and the area holds the Guinean forest-savanna mosaic, Sahel savannah, and Sudan savannah.

Lake Chad is in the dry northeast corner of the country, shared with Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

Economy

Nigeria is a mixed economy emerging market.

The World Bank states that the country has reached a lower-middle-income status, placing it in a higher tier than most of Africa.

The country's stock exchange is the second largest in the continent and ranked as the 21st in GDP worldwide in 2015.

Nigeria supplies 11% of America's oil imports and is the largest trading partner of the US in sub-Saharan Africa.

The US is its largest foreign investor.

As of 2014, Nigeria has overtaken South Africa to become the biggest economy in Africa.

Nigeria's most lucrative market is the oil industry.

They are the world's 12th largest producer and the 8th largest exporter of oil.

While most of the oil fields are small, they account for about 62% of production.

The 16 largest fields produce 38% as of 1990.

Agriculture is a significant trade in the country, with about 30% of its people employed in this sector.

Major crops include beans, maize, palm oil, rubber, rice, soybeans, and more.

Cocoa is the leading non-oil exchange earner.

However, the growth of the agricultural sector has failed to keep up with Nigeria's population boom.

The country relies mostly on imports for food.

Society

In less than 20 years, Nigeria saw a 60% population increase.

As of 2017, the population stands at around 191 million people.

Most of the population is under the age of 14, with the second-largest age group being 25-54 years old.

The median age was 18.4 years old in the 2017 census.

The country makes up about 17% of the total population of Africa.

As of 2019, one in six Africans is Nigerian.

Lagos is the largest city in the country, with an estimated population of over 13 million people.

The country has been home to over 521 languages although nine of them are now extinct languages.

The country's official language is English, chosen to help unite the country during British rule.

The Naija people have over 250 ethnicities.

The largest ethnic groups in the country are also some of the oldest - the Hausa, the Yoruba, and the Igbo.

This three account for over 70% of the population.

Other major ethnicities include the Edo, Ijaw, Kanuri, Jukun, and Igala.

These make up 25-30%, and other minority groups comprise the remaining 5%.

The government provides free education, but attendance is not required, so many lower-class groups are under-served.

The education system is made up of six years of primary school, three years of junior secondary, three years of senior secondary, and 4-6 years of university education in many areas.

Organised crime is an issue in Nigeria, particularly with drug trafficking.

Heroin and cocaine are the main products of the drug trade.

There are also some cults with political power and connections to officials.

Corruption is overwhelmingly prevalent, and piracy is also a problem.

The country has a poor record of human rights.

The US Department of State cites issues of human trafficking and sexual violence.

Discrimination and violence based on race, religion, and ethnicity are also widespread.

In the northern states, Muslim Shari'a law harshly punishes offences that range from homosexuality to drinking alcohol.

The country is well known for its homophobic stances.

As recently as 2014, a signed law decreed that married gay couples could face 14 years in prison.

Those helping them could face ten years.

Although the country signed the Maputo Protocol, a treaty securing women's rights, women in the country still face discrimination.

Forced marriages are common, as is child marriage.

Both are considered in some political platforms.

Tourism

The primary source of tourism for the country is cultural and ethnic events, but the natural scenery of some areas is also a huge draw.

Millennium Park in Abuja is a large, famous park that opened in 2003.

Lagos draws in the most significant number of tourists.

Lagos is making strides to become a global city with power in the world's economy.

Many national and international festivals take place within the city.

It has become an essential part of Naija identity.

The country is also home to many beautiful beaches.

Culture

The main religions of Nigeria are Christianity and Islam, with many ethnic groups also practising traditional Nigerian religions.

The country is known for its influence on African music, especially Afrobeat and palm-wine music.

Native music and jazz have been combined to create compelling sounds for modern music.

The other main cultural component of Nigeria is the food.

Its rich flavours and unique spices create deep flavoured sauces and soups.

The food is vibrant and delicious.

Football is the country's leading sport.

The Super Eagles, the national football team, have reached the World Cup multiple times.

Nigeria is a growing and thriving country.

Its economy, its government, its people, and its culture all have a significant impact on the world.

As they grow, the world changes with them.

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