NFF Lauds Bill Recognising Football As ‘National Asset’ In Nigeria

By Taiwo Adelu London, 25 May, 2019 (AltAfrica)-President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has described as ‘the real next level’ for Nigerian football development, the passage by the Senate of the Federal Republic on Wednesday of the NFF Bill, which automatically repealed the long –standing NFA Act and recognized football … Continue reading “NFF Lauds Bill Recognising Football As ‘National Asset’ In Nigeria”

GOKADA, Nigeria’s motorcycle startup aims global, secures $5.3 million funding

London, May 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)-GOKADA, Nigeria’s on-demand bike-hailing startup has secured $5.3 million in a Series A funding led by  Rise Capital, a venture capital firm with interest in tech-driven startups in emerging markets. The round is intended to support the company’s vision as it seeks to expand its operations and push for growth. GOKADA will … Continue reading “GOKADA, Nigeria’s motorcycle startup aims global, secures $5.3 million funding”

Nigerian state approves death sentence for kidnapping, life imprisonment for rape

London, May 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Frequent acts of violent crime have grown to form a major threat to Nigeria’s national security. These include instances of militancy, insurgency and banditry. Banditry includes cattle rustling, armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom. Kidnapping has remained the most virulent form of banditry in Nigeria. It has become the most pervasive and … Continue reading “Nigerian state approves death sentence for kidnapping, life imprisonment for rape”

Nigerian billionaire, Benedict Peters strikes it big in Zimbabwe

London, May 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)– Zimbabwe economy may be in taters, consumer prices have surged at their fastest pace since a hyper inflationary spiral a decade ago Inflation accelerated to 20.9% in a couple of months ago, from 5.4% in the previous month. The price of food, which contributes a third to the inflation basket, … Continue reading “Nigerian billionaire, Benedict Peters strikes it big in Zimbabwe”

Apapa gridlock: LASMA Begins Enforcement of Presidential Order

London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) is to begin ‘’Operation Totality Enforcement’’ to ensure timely implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that trucks parking on Apapa roads should vacate with 72 hours. Mr Chris Olakpe, the Chief Executive Officer of LASTMA, made the disclosure on Friday in an interview with … Continue reading “Apapa gridlock: LASMA Begins Enforcement of Presidential Order”

May Leaves, But Brexit Remains By Thomas Raines

London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-‘Please do not waste this time.’ When EU leaders agreed to extend negotiations with the UK back in April, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, cautioned exhausted British parliamentarians to refocus on finding a way forward. Six weeks later and with European elections conducted, Britain is leaderless and Brexit … Continue reading “May Leaves, But Brexit Remains By Thomas Raines”

Like father like son: Ghana’s Ayew emulates dad, named captain ahead of Africa Cup of Nations

London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah on Friday named Andre Ayew as the new captain while the nation’s football federation said former captain Asamoah Gyan had been made ‘general captain’ for the Africa Cup of Nations squad. Gyan said Monday he would quit the national team, angered by Appiah’s plan to strip him … Continue reading “Like father like son: Ghana’s Ayew emulates dad, named captain ahead of Africa Cup of Nations”

Nigeria: Fayemi’s Supreme Court Victory, Triumph of Law, Says S/West APC

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The All Progressives Congress (APC), South West Nigeria has described the Supreme Court victory of the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, as the triumph of supremacy of the Nigerian constitution, rule of law and a new dawn in the independence of the judiciary. The Supreme Court … Continue reading “Nigeria: Fayemi’s Supreme Court Victory, Triumph of Law, Says S/West APC”

Nigeria: Don’t Sweep General Alikali’s Murder under Carpet, MURIC Warns FG

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A faith based human rights group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has decried the shoddy manner in which the case of the gruesome murder of General Muhammad Idris Alkali (rtd) is being handled, warning that the case must not be swept under the carpet. In a statement issued … Continue reading “Nigeria: Don’t Sweep General Alikali’s Murder under Carpet, MURIC Warns FG”

Theresa May becomes latest Brexit casualty, quits as British PM

 London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)–Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close. She made the announcement after a meeting with Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee – which … Continue reading “Theresa May becomes latest Brexit casualty, quits as British PM”

Nigeria:Lagos-Ibadan rail project’ll be in April 2020 —CCECC

London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Executive Director, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Mr Jacques Liao, has given the assurance that the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan rail project, which is at 79 per cent completion, will be concluded in April next year. Liao, who made this disclosure while interacting with journalists at the corporate headquarters of the company … Continue reading “Nigeria:Lagos-Ibadan rail project’ll be in April 2020 —CCECC”

Israel offers to assist Nigeria confront security challenges

By Taiwo Adelu  London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, H.E Mr Shimon Ben-Shoshan has hinted that Israeli government is ready to discuss with Nigeria on the solutions to myriad of security problems confronting the country Mr. Ben-Shoshan made this know during an interview with newsmen in Abuja, Nigeria at the Music … Continue reading “Israel offers to assist Nigeria confront security challenges”

Nigeria: PDP abandons court case against Kwara governor-elect

By RAZAQ BAMIDELELondon, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Kwara State High Court is to strike out the suit seeking to disqualify the state Governor-elect AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the request of the petitioner. ADEKUNLE Oluwafemi Abraham said in a notice of discontinuance of Suit No. KWS/73/2019 that he “hereby wholly discontinues” the case against the defendant.The application is … Continue reading “Nigeria: PDP abandons court case against Kwara governor-elect”

Nigeria: Make Justice Hallmark of Your Administration, Cleric Tells Oyo State Governor-elect

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE  London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Chief Imam of University of Ibadan Central Mosque, Professor Abdul Raman Oloyede has charged the Oyo State governor elect, Engineer Seyi Makinde to make justice hallmark of his administration with a view to entrenching good governance.  The Don gave the advice while delivering a lecture on “Good Governance in … Continue reading “Nigeria: Make Justice Hallmark of Your Administration, Cleric Tells Oyo State Governor-elect”

Nigeria’s Democracy @ 20: Imperatives of the Next Level

By Abdulwarees Solanke London, May 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-When Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari takes oath of office for a second four year term on May 29, 2019, Nigeria’s fourth experiment in democracy or democratization, indeed the longest in the country’s history, will clock 20 years of teeing off¸  witnessing six presidential inaugurations. Two terms of eight years of … Continue reading “Nigeria’s Democracy @ 20: Imperatives of the Next Level”

Finally, US charges Wikileak founder Assange with violating Espionage Act

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United States Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with receiving and publishing what it calls one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States. The 18-count charge was announced Thursday by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney … Continue reading “Finally, US charges Wikileak founder Assange with violating Espionage Act”

The Undercover Migrant

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica) – It was close to midnight when the young man crawled into the desert. All around him was darkness. A hundred metres away, a handful of Tuareg rebels and people smugglers, who worked together ferrying migrants through this unforgiving stretch of the Sahara, were gathered around three trucks, drumming and … Continue reading “The Undercover Migrant”

Britain must end “colonial administration” of the Chagos Islands in Mauritius”-UN

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to demand that Britain end its “colonial administration” of the Chagos Islands, which include the U.S. air base on Diego Garcia, and return them to Mauritius within six months. The 193-member world body approved a resolution supporting an advisory opinion in February by the … Continue reading “Britain must end “colonial administration” of the Chagos Islands in Mauritius”-UN”

Anger as Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world’s highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants. The lifting … Continue reading “Anger as Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting”

China Trade Week to attract more investors to Ghana

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC)- Yofi Grant, says his outfit is seeking to use the China Trade Week to attract more investments to Ghana. The event is expected to bring about a hundred investors and six thousand visitors to explore business opportunities between China and Ghana. … Continue reading “China Trade Week to attract more investors to Ghana”

Investments in Nigeria’s telecom industry hit $70 billion-NCC

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the total investment in the Nigerian telecom industry is currently estimated at $70 billion. The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta made this known on Thursday in Lagos, during the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit 2019. The summit organised by NCC has the theme … Continue reading “Investments in Nigeria’s telecom industry hit $70 billion-NCC”

Nigeria: Ex-NIMASA Acting DG jailed for N136m fraud

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Justice Mojisola Olatoregum of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday convicted a former Acting Director-General of NIMASA, Calistus Obi, charged with N136 million fraud. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had preferred an eight-count charge against Obi, who was also a former Executive Director of the agency. He … Continue reading “Nigeria: Ex-NIMASA Acting DG jailed for N136m fraud”

Controversy over Fulani radio as Leaders’ Forum rejects “Fulanisation” of Nigeria

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), has rejected the Federal Government’s alleged plan to set up an AM Radio Station for Fulani herdsmen to broadcast in Fulfude, viewing the development as a step towards ‘Fulanisation’ of Nigeria. This call was contained in a statement jointly signed … Continue reading “Controversy over Fulani radio as Leaders’ Forum rejects “Fulanisation” of Nigeria”

Buhari Congratulates Fayemi as Nigeria Governors’ Forum Chairman

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated most warmly Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on his emergence as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). The President, in a statement from his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, expressed delight that Dr. Fayemi’s choice was by … Continue reading “Buhari Congratulates Fayemi as Nigeria Governors’ Forum Chairman”

63 yr old Nigerian boxer, Bash Ali to fight in Guinness World Record Boxing Championship

By Taiwo AdeluLondon, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Nigerian is on the verge of rewritten a world history as the oldest man to step in the boxing ring and eventually becomes the oldest man on earth to win a world title bout. Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung (second left) Chief Ozekhome ,Chief … Continue reading “63 yr old Nigerian boxer, Bash Ali to fight in Guinness World Record Boxing Championship”

British police bust terrorism financing gang that shipped £300m overseas using cash transfer shops in London

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A global “money laundering and terrorist finance network” that shipped £310 million of criminal profits overseas in a year using high street money transfer shops in London has been busted by Met detectives. The illicit operation saw huge quantities of cash being smuggled out of the country to pay for drug … Continue reading “British police bust terrorism financing gang that shipped £300m overseas using cash transfer shops in London”

Nigerian govt launches radio station to educate herdsmen

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government says it has acquired an Amplitude Modulation (AM) radio broadcast licence to reach herdsmen across various locations in the country as parts of measures to enhance nomadic education. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this in Abuja during an interview with newsmen, adding that the establishment of … Continue reading “Nigerian govt launches radio station to educate herdsmen”

World Bank partners Nigerian state, Kaduna to enroll 145,000 out-of-school children in September

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Northern Nigerian state, Kaduna State and the World Bank have concluded arrangements to enroll about 145,000 out-of-school children and almajiris into primary schools across the state by September. The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) chairman, Nasiru Umar, disclosed this at a workshop in Kaduna on how to strategise and … Continue reading “World Bank partners Nigerian state, Kaduna to enroll 145,000 out-of-school children in September”

Another Nigerian bonds oversubscribed by N171bn

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)– Despite lingering economic challenges Nigerian’s bonds for the month of May worth N100bn, offered on Wednesday, followed a recent pattern and were oversubscribed by over N171.11bn. Debt-Management-OfficeThe Debt Management Office disclosed that the trend of over-subscription at the FGN bond auctions for the year continued, after the three instruments for … Continue reading “Another Nigerian bonds oversubscribed by N171bn”

Chinese investments in Nigeria hit $20bn-Chinese Chambers of Commerce

London, May 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)– A total of 160 Chinese companies operating in Nigeria have invested about $20bn into Nigerian economy in demonstration of their growing confidence in Nigeria. That’s according to the President, China Chambers of Commerce in Nigeria, Mr Ye Shuijin Aside the gargantuan investments, the companies have also employed over 200,000 Nigerians … Continue reading “Chinese investments in Nigeria hit $20bn-Chinese Chambers of Commerce”

Chinese firm, CITIC invests $40 million in Angola’s aluminium plant

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-An aluminium profile factory with an annual production capacity of 10,000 tonnes has been inaugurated in the Luanda-Bengo Special Economic Zone (ZEE) in Viana Angola. The new foreign Direct Investment in Angola is a $40 million investment from China’s CITIC The manufacturing unit allowed the creation of 300 jobs and became … Continue reading “Chinese firm, CITIC invests $40 million in Angola’s aluminium plant”

Nigeria dissolves cabinet as Buhari orders ministers to hand over to SGF on May 28

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has dissolve its federal executive council otherwise known as the cabinet with a directive from the President Muhammadu Buhari that all outgoing ministers must handover their portfolios on the 28th of May, 2019. He gave the directive during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) valedictory session at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on … Continue reading “Nigeria dissolves cabinet as Buhari orders ministers to hand over to SGF on May 28”

The hash reality of life:The struggles of a female ex soldier in Ethiopia

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A veteran soldier who fought the one-party Derg regime in Ethiopia now lives in poverty in the northern city of Mekelle. Birha Asebha is forced to sell roasted grains and peanuts on the streets of Mekelle, with all her attempts to find a job unsuccessful. Ms Birha was a soldier in … Continue reading “The hash reality of life:The struggles of a female ex soldier in Ethiopia”

Another suicide car bomb kills 6 soldiers in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu

 London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Somalia police spokesman said a suicide car bomb by Islamic extremists has killed at least six people in the capital Wednesday. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said most of the casualties were soldiers and more than 13 people were injured. Somalia’s extremist rebel group, al-Shabab, has claimed the responsibility for the blast, … Continue reading “Another suicide car bomb kills 6 soldiers in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu”

Nigeria: Relief in Lagos as presidency orders clearance of Apapa gridlock within two weeks

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Presidential directive has been issued for the immediate clearance of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks. The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into … Continue reading “Nigeria: Relief in Lagos as presidency orders clearance of Apapa gridlock within two weeks”

Nigeria: EFCC begins Alison-Madueke’s trial in “absential” Oct.3

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The FCT High Court, Apo on Wednesday fixed Oct. 3, for the arraignment of Deziani Alison-Madueke, former Minister of Petroleum on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission leave … Continue reading “Nigeria: EFCC begins Alison-Madueke’s trial in “absential” Oct.3”

Multilateralism remains a powerful agent of positive change-Commonwealth Secretary-General

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has underscored the global benefits of multilateral cooperation through the Commonwealth and other international bodies. She was delivering the Global Strategy Forum lecture to an audience of high commissioners, ambassadors, other representatives from governments and representatives from international organisations.  Based in London, the Forum is an independent, non-party … Continue reading “Multilateralism remains a powerful agent of positive change-Commonwealth Secretary-General”

Somalia making progress but must tackle extremism-UN chief

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Somalia is making progress toward building a functioning state but must still tackle violent extremism, terrorism, armed conflict, political instability and corruption, the U.N. chief said in a new report. Antonio Guterres said in the report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Monday that these challenges “demonstrate the fragility of the … Continue reading “Somalia making progress but must tackle extremism-UN chief”

ECOWAS partners Nigeria on Space Technology Development

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is collaborating with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) of Nigeria in the development of space technology and research in the Region. As part of this partnership, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission paid a visit to the NASRDA … Continue reading “ECOWAS partners Nigeria on Space Technology Development”

Nigeria: NNPC remits N41billion more than its projected revenue in 2018

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it met its financial obligations to the Federation Account in 2018 by remitting N1.26 trillion as against the N1.22 trillion projected in the 2018 budget, recording a surplus of N41billion. The higher revenue came against drastic drop in daily production of crude oil. Managing Director of NNPC … Continue reading “Nigeria: NNPC remits N41billion more than its projected revenue in 2018”

Nigeria promotes cooking gas usage with 600,000 gas cylinders to boost LPG penetration

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government of Nigeria says it will inject 600,000 gas cylinders to support effort to boost Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), also known as cooking gas, penetration in the country. Ms Brenda Ataga, Special adviser on Gas to the Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed this at the stakeholders’ forum on … Continue reading “Nigeria promotes cooking gas usage with 600,000 gas cylinders to boost LPG penetration”

Nigeria shuts three foreign missions, downsizes others to save money

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-In her bid to save scarce foreign exchange and judicious use of available resources, Nigeria has closed three foreign missions considered as “expendables” while one was seriously downgraded The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who made the announcement on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking on activities of the ministry in … Continue reading “Nigeria shuts three foreign missions, downsizes others to save money”

Kenya, South Africa sign MoU on Kiswahili language

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-South Africa will offer Kiswahili in its educational system after signing an agreement with Kenya. This follows a meeting held on Kenya’s capital in which Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Education, Prof. George Magoha and South African Minister for Basic Education Angelina Matsie Motshekga, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the respective … Continue reading “Kenya, South Africa sign MoU on Kiswahili language”

EU inaugurates second largest foreign mission in Nairobi, Kenya

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The European Union (EU) Mission on Tuesday unveiled a new embassy in Kenya’s capital Nairobi making Kenya the seat of its second largest foreign mission in the world after London. After inaugurating the embassy in Nairobi, EU High Representative Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, met Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet … Continue reading “EU inaugurates second largest foreign mission in Nairobi, Kenya”

Court awards $1.5m for a man wrongly imprisoned for 45 years

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A former auto worker who spent 45 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit has been awarded $1.5 million by the US state of Michigan as restitution for his wrongful conviction. Richard Phillips was convicted in 1972 and sentenced to life in prison “based almost entirely” on the false … Continue reading “Court awards $1.5m for a man wrongly imprisoned for 45 years”

Russian multinational company, Kaspersky Lab opens office in Rwanda to boost presence in East Africa

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Russian multinational company, Kaspersky Lab is has announced plans to create hundreds of jobs with its new office in Kigali, Rwanda, to support the rapid growth of its business in East Africa. This strategic move will provide more room for development as well as closer proximity to new partners in the … Continue reading “Russian multinational company, Kaspersky Lab opens office in Rwanda to boost presence in East Africa”

Cisco outlines commitments to digitisation of Africa, to train 1m in networking certification

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Technology giant, Cisco has pledge commitment to support the digitisation of Africa’s communities, businesses, and governments through several initiatives for skills and talent development including innovation and job creation. The bold commitment was one of the high points of at the Cisco Connect conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We are living … Continue reading “Cisco outlines commitments to digitisation of Africa, to train 1m in networking certification”

Withdraw your divisive comments and apologise, Nigerian govt tells ex president Obasanjo

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s Federal Government has asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to tender a public apology over his comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and ISWAP. Government also asked him to withdraw the statement it described as deeply offensive and patently divisive. It said such indiscreet comments are far below the status … Continue reading “Withdraw your divisive comments and apologise, Nigerian govt tells ex president Obasanjo”

Cameroonian cook sentenced to death in Nigeria for killing employer

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Lagos High Lagos in Igbosere has sentenced a Cameroonian cook, Leudjou Koyemen Joel, to death for the December 20, 2016 murder of Dayo Adeleke. Justice Adedayo Akintoye convicted Joel, after a nearly two year trial following his “Not guilty” plea to a one-count charge of murder. Cameroonian cook sentenced to … Continue reading “Cameroonian cook sentenced to death in Nigeria for killing employer”

Zimbabwe to embrace electric vehicles by 2030

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Zimbabwe will by 2030, have done away with diesel and petrol powered vehicles and is likely to adopt electrically powered engines, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions that are largely blamed for fast-tracking global warming, 263Chat has learnt. In an interview with 263Chat on the sidelines of a National Workshop … Continue reading “Zimbabwe to embrace electric vehicles by 2030”