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Ghana Bans Importation Of Goods From Nigeria
Neighbouring country, Ghana has followed in the footstep of Nigeria by placing an embargo on some items from entry into its domain, just as the latter had restricted 41 items from access to foreign exchange.
The Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah stated on Tuesday, February 16, that Ghana and Nigeria are said to account for some 68 per cent of the ECOWAS region’s Gross Domestic Product, however, Ghana has placed a ban on some goods from being imported into Nigeria.
It was gathered that Nigeria accounts for almost 10 per cent of Ghana’s foreign trade volume, making Ghana the 9th largest trade partner to Nigeria
Soldiers Demolish Boko Haram Camps In Sambisa, Alagarno (Photos)
Gallant troops of the Nigerian Army have continued their relentless, offensive operations against the dreaded Boko Haram sect as the remaining camps and enclaves of the ferocious death cult in Alagarno and Sambisa forests were reported destroyed.
It was gathered on Tuesday, February 16, that troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion patrol team, cleared Boko Haram camps located at Komala, Dole, Kumshi and Moadori around the fringes of Alagarno forest.
‘Somalia Training Boko Haram Fighters’ – President Mohamud Alleges
Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has exposed that militias of the dreaded Boko Haram sect trained in his country before coming to Nigeria to carry out their nefarious acts.
Addressing a press conference on Security in Munich, Germany, Mohamud said the east coast country’s political system has been plagued by political infighting, corruption and attacks by al Shabaab insurgents, Reuters reports.
Somalia’s President was quoted as saying: “Without a stable Somalia, the whole region of the Horn of Africa will remain unstable and by and large, the African continent. There are proofs and evidence that (for) some time Boko Haram has been trained in Somalia and they went back to Nigeria.
“The terrorists are so linked together, they are associated and so organised, (that) we the world we need to be so organised.”
Breaking! Pres. Buhari Fires DGs Of NTA, VON, NAN, NBC, VOA, FRCN
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has wielded the big stick at the Directors General of Nigeria Television Authority, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria, News Agency of Nigeria, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and the National Orientation Agency.
Their dismissal was announced in a statement by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Adviser to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Monday, February 15, 2016.
The statement read: “The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the disengagement during a meeting he held with the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Monday.”
1,500 Niger Delta Militants Ready To Surrender Arms To FG
Following the special intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, about 1,500 Niger Delta militants have on Sunday, February 14, decided to surrender arms to the Federal Government and embrace amnesty.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the commanders from Arepo, Ikorodu, Abule, Fatorla, Ibafo, Magboro, Epe, Itokin, Ilepete, Okenekene, Agric, Gbokoda camps, Camp 5 and environs.
The militants said they were ready to surrender their arms as long as the Federal Government is sincere with the matter.
The statement which was signed by General O.C Babaeere and General America Tekeiminikpoba on behalf of other commanders, reads: “We write to express our desire to surrender our arms and embrace the amnesty program as long as the federal government is sincere.
Pope John Paul II Had An Intense Relationship With A Married Woman – BBC
Strong indications via letters and photographs have emerged on a story of Pope John Paul II’s close relationship with a married woman, which lasted more than 30 years, BBC reports on Monday, February 15, 2016.
The letters which the Pope sent to Polish-born American philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka had been kept away from public view in the National Library of Poland for years.
There was no suggestion that the Pope broke his vow of celibacy, however the documentary revealed a rarely seen side of the pontiff, who died in 2005.
Female Passenger Found Dead In Lagos Airport Toilet
Mild drama unfolded on Wednesday, February 17, at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos following the death of a middle-aged female passenger billed to travel to Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates, on Etihad Airways.
The cause of her demise remains unclear, however, it was learnt that the deceased, whose identity was not revealed, was travelling for medical treatment abroad and suffered a bout of pains which compelled her rush to the toilet where she died.
Confirming the tragedy, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Yakubu Dati, who said the corpse was discovered at about 6.30am, added that the agency was investigating the death and would give details of what happened later.