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Garba Shehu: Kukah’s Criticism Of FG Led To Delayed Delivery Of Tucano Jets
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Garba Shehu: Kukah’s Criticism Of FG Led To Delayed Delivery Of Tucano Jets

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, says criticism of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari contributed to delaying the delivery of the Super Tucano fighter jets ordered from the United States. In October 2021, the federal government announced the delivery of 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets expected from the United States. In a statement on Sunday, Shehu said the jets were requested in 2015, but the delivery of the jets was initially delayed over concerns raised by the US on religious issues in Nigeria. The presidential spokesman said the persistent lobbying of the US congress by opponents of the Buhari administration “who had lost the previous election” also exacerbated the situation. According to the him, “religious supporters”, including Matthew ...
#EndSARS: US Threatens To Stop Military Aid To Buhari-led Government Over Human Rights Abuses
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#EndSARS: US Threatens To Stop Military Aid To Buhari-led Government Over Human Rights Abuses

The United States has once again warned that it may stop rendering military assistance to Nigeria if the country fails to protect human rights. Antony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State disclosed this an interview with CNN. Bliken urged the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to sanction any individuals found to have violated human rights during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests when the white paper on the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters is ready. He added that the US might evoke the Leahy Law on military aid against Nigeria if the country failed to protect human rights. The Leahy Law is an American rights ordinance that prohibits the US government from providing military assistance to foreign security fo...
#EndSARS Report: US Seeks Justice For Victims, Over 75,000 Sign ICC Petition
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#EndSARS Report: US Seeks Justice For Victims, Over 75,000 Sign ICC Petition

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said America is keenly waiting for the federal and Lagos State governments to take action on the report of the judicial panel of inquiry, which probed the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers and policemen on the night of October 20, 2020 at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos. The eight-man panel, led by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, had submitted a 309-page report on Monday, indicting soldiers and police and affirming that security agents killed peaceful protesters. Affirming the widespread description of the Lekki toll gate incident as a massacre, the panel, in its report, declared at least nine persons were killed by security agents at the toll gate. The panel report listed 48 names as casualties of the Lekki in...
DSS Stopped American Lawyer, Others From Visiting Kanu —Counsel
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DSS Stopped American Lawyer, Others From Visiting Kanu —Counsel

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Lead Counsel for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that the Department of State Services stopped the detainee from seeing his lawyers on Thursday. Ejiofor, in a statement on Friday, said the secret police denied himself and other lawyers including “IPOB’s Attorney in the United States, Bruce Fein”, from meeting with Kanu. He described the denial as a violation of the order of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which ordered that the DSS should allow the lawyers to visit Kanu twice a week. The lawyer had previously alleged maltreatment by the DSS during the routine visits. See Also: IPOB Members Arrested During Meeting in Ghana Ejiofor’s statement on Friday was titled, ‘Update On Yesterday’s Visit Being 2nd Day Of...
June 12 Protests: US Issues Directive to Citizens
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June 12 Protests: US Issues Directive to Citizens

The United States Mission in Nigeria has asked her citizens not to get involved in the planned protests across Nigeria on June 12. This follows the planned protest announced by various groups on June 12, designated as Democracy Day. In an advisory to its citizens in Nigeria, the US embassy advised them to lay low and avoid the areas where the protests are scheduled to hold. Read Also: June 12: Akeredolu Faults Federal Police Structure It read, “Several groups have announced their intentions to protest nationwide on June 12, Democracy Day. Police presence and response can be expected nationwide, including in Abuja where government events are scheduled to celebrate the national holiday and in Lagos where simultaneous protests are planned. “The likely locations for the protests...
Pentagon Responds to Buhari’s Plea to Relocate US African Command to Nigeria
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Pentagon Responds to Buhari’s Plea to Relocate US African Command to Nigeria

Following the request by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for the United States to relocate its Africa Command from its present base in Germany to Nigeria, the US has said that it does not harbour such a plan. The response just two weeks after President Buhari asked the US government to consider relocating AFRICOM to Africa as a measure to help Nigeria and other African nations struggling to combat increased terrorism, banditry, and other security challenges. President Buhari had made the appeal in a virtual meeting with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on April 27. Germany-based Africa Command (AFRICOM) is the US military headquarters that oversees its operations in Africa. Buhari’s plea comes after a series of recent military casualties in Nigeria’s decade-long...
COVID-19 Vaccination Commences in Abuja Friday
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COVID-19 Vaccination Commences in Abuja Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses on Saturday. Nigeria on Tuesday took delivery of 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of the 16 million expected through the World Health Organisation-led COVAX facility. The government is expecting 129 million vaccine doses to vaccinate 70 per cent of its population within two years. The consignment was received through the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja aboard Emirates Airlines. The vaccine will be administered in two doses. At the end of Tuesday’s ceremonies to mark its arrival, a few vials of the vaccines were expected to be handed over to the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) team for analysis between today and...
Biden Threatens Financial, Visa Sanctions Against Nigeria, Others Over Anti-gay Laws
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Biden Threatens Financial, Visa Sanctions Against Nigeria, Others Over Anti-gay Laws

President Joe Biden has issued a presidential memorandum aimed at expanding protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people worldwide, including potentially through the use of financial sanctions. Nigeria's anti-gay laws have been increasingly criticised by global rights groups, which have categorised the country as overtly homophobic. Despite international pressure, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in January 2014, prescribing between 10 to 14 years in prison for cohabitation between same-sex sexual partners, public show of same-sex relationship, registration, operation or participation in gay clubs, societies and organisation, amongst others. As a predominantly conservative country,...
Biden Cancels Travel Ban on Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, others
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Biden Cancels Travel Ban on Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, others

U.S President Joe Biden on his first day in office issued some executive orders undoing some of former President Donald Trump’s policies. Among the 17 executive orders and presidential actions Biden signed on Wednesday were the order to end travel restrictions and immigration from countries including Nigeria, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan and others. “There’s no time to waste,” Biden said before signing the executive orders in the White House. “These are just all starting points,” he added. The American Civil Liberties Union, a non-profit civil rights organisation, applauded the move calling the travel policy a “cruel Muslim ban that targeted Africans.” However, the ban was changed, in part due to legal challenges, and included some non majority-Muslim nations. President Biden de...
APC Weighs in on US Controversy, Asks Trump to Emulate Buhari
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APC Weighs in on US Controversy, Asks Trump to Emulate Buhari

The All Progressive Congress has asked US President Donald Trump to emulate his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari after losing an election. This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary of the party’s Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, John Akpanudoedehe. Akpanudoedehe in the statement titled “The integrity of a leader is as important as strong institutions,” condemned the invasion of the Capitol Hill by pro-Trump protesters and faulted Trump’s refusal to concede defeat in the presidential poll. The party said President Buhari contested and lost elections a couple of times and followed the process through to the Supreme Court on all accounts, lauding his example as ‘an outstanding credential of a true democrat’. The statement ...