Author: Dave Okonjie

Boko Haram returned Nigeria’s abducted schoolgirls to their parents

Chibok Schoolgirls released by Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. LAGOS—Boko Haram Islamists terror group that kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi, in northeast Nigeria about seven weeks ago, has returned the students to the town, according to some parents of the students on Wednesday. “The girls have been brought back. They were brought in nine vehicles and dropped outside the school at about 8:00 am (0700 GMT),” said Bashir Manzo, who leads a group set up to support parents whose children were abducted. Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has denied that it paid ransom for girls’ release President Muhammadu Buhari administration...

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Nigerians angry about Lawmakers’ ‘shocking’ Monthly Allowance

Members of the Nigerian Senate LAGOS–––Nigeria, often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”, owing to its large population and economy has and continues to remain a nation of mystery and misery. With an estimated 190 million inhabitants, the West African country is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. It has one of the world’s highest economic growth rates, averaging 7.4% according to the Nigeria economic report released in July 2014 by the World Bank. But poverty remains significant at 33.1% in Africa’s biggest economy.  It is a puzzle for...

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The government of Ghana evacuates 106 of its nationals from Libya

Over 168 Ghanaians detainees in Libya ACCRA, Ghana––Ghana is evacuating its citizens from Libya after years of being stranded in the war-torn nation. The Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release on Wednesday that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was aiding the Ghanaian administration in evacuating 106 Ghanaians from the volatile situation in Libya.  The evacuees were voluntarily brought on a chartered flight on Tuesday. The voluntary evacuation followed 127 Ghanaian nationals held as illegal migrants in Libya and who were earlier transported to Accra in November last year, similarly facilitated by the IOM.  The government constituted...

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Tillerson pledges US support to Nigeria in Boko Haram fight

President Buhari hosts U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, says Nigeria Negotiating with Boko Haram. LAGOS––ON Monday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticized last month’s mass abduction of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria and promised Washington’s “full support” in the country’s fight against Boko Haram jihadists. “The recent kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls heartbreaking,” Tillerson said on his arrival in the capital Abuja on the final leg of an African tour. The US top diplomat said, “Nigeria has the US in full support and we are actively working with our partners in what we can assist you in this fight.”...

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Ivory Coast to reduce cocoa output over next two years

ABIDJAN–– The world’s largest producer of cocoa said it will reduce out.  Ivory Coast’s Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) over the weekend announced that the country will suspend programs for the 2018-19 season that boost cocoa and coffee output. The announcement comes as the West Africa nation aims to reduce production in the face of global oversupply. Sources say the marketing board seeks to pause the distribution of higher-grade seeds and plants by chocolate makers, including Mars and Nestle, that develop hybrid species that they pass on to farmers to increase yields. In a statement, the Ivory Coast’s CCC...

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