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Niger Republic opens land border with Nigeria



Niger Republic opens land border with Nigeria

One week after the authorities of Nigeria Customs Service opened the Illela land border between Nigeria and Niger Republic, the government of Niger Republic on Friday opened its border in Konni for operations.

According to Punch, a source, who briefed the newspaper from Konni, in Niger Republic, said the border was declared open at exactly 12pm on Friday.

He commended the decision of the leadership of the country, the military junta, for giving a listening hearing to the yearnings of the people by ensuring the border is open.


“It is a commendable effort, at least by the government, to have done the needful at last.

“It was our collective prayer that this border too should be reopened after the Nigeria side was declared open.

“I want to believe that this will definitely help a lot in the improvement of the economy of these two countries, as it will facilitate more trading activities between Nigeria and Niger Republic,” he added.

The Federal Government had last week Wednesday restored the supply of electricity to the Republic of Niger following the directive of President Bola Tinubu that Nigeria’s land and air borders with the neighbouring country be opened.

Niger Republic opens land border with Nigeria


Under-pressure AIG Okolo says state police comment personal opinion, not IGP’s



Under-pressure AIG Okolo says state police comment personal opinion, not IGP’s

Inspector-General of Police in charge of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) at the Force Headquarters, Benjamin Okolo, may have been under pressure for saying Nigeria is not ripe for state police.

Since he represented the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, at a forum on Monday with former Nigeria’s presidents and leaders of thoughts, the statement was simply attributed to the IGP.

It was at a national dialogue on state police organised by the House of Representatives in Abuja.

Okolo however on Tuesday retracted the comment, saying he was not directed by IGP Egbetokun to disagree with the position of former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, and the former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on the issue of state police at the forum.

Okolo had also proposed that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) be merged to become a department under the police.

Newstrends had quoted Okolo as saying at the Monday forum, “It is the submission of the leadership of the Nigeria police force that Nigeria is yet to mature and ready for the establishment of state-controlled police.

“In view of this, the police leadership rather is recommending the following instead of creating state police.

“First, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety to form a department under the Nigeria police.”

But in a U-turn, Okolo, at a press briefing at the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Tuesday, said he only made the comment in his personal capacity to stimulate the discourse, and not the official position of the IGP and the police force.

He said, “My expressions on state police at the session held at Abuja Continental Hotel on 22nd April, 2024 are my personal opinion to stimulate the discourse.

“They are not the views of the Inspector-General of Police or the Nigeria Police Force.”

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Shun politicking, FG tells new 17 Chargé D’affaires, Consuls General



Shun politicking, FG tells new 17 Chargé D’affaires, Consuls General

The Federal Government has advised newly  appointed five new Chargé D’affaires and 12 Consuls General to the nation’s mission in other countries to shun politicking and focus strictly on their job.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, gave the charge while unveiling the new appointees on Tuesday.

He also charged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

A statement by Alkasim Abdulkadir, the minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Communications Strategy, gave these details.
While asserting that they were pivotal to the economic drive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Tuggar further stressed that as seasoned career diplomats, they should recommit themselves to their calling of diplomacy for the collective interest and development of Nigeria.
Reacting on behalf of the new appointees, the just appointed Consul General for the Consulate in New York, Ambassador Abubakar Jidda, reiterated the commitment of his colleagues to uphold the ethos of the profession and pledged to bring the much-needed investments to the country.

He thanked President Bola Tinubu and the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the confidence reposed in them.
The new appointees are to resume immediately, the statement added.


Chargé D’affaires

Amb. Saidu Mohammed DODO, Damascus, Syria

Amb. Patrick Imoudu, IMOLOGHOME Pyongyang, Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea

Amb. Francisca Kemi OMAYULI

Singapore, Singapore

Amb. Babagana AHMADU

Bangui, Central African Republic

Amb. Mohammed MOHAMMED

Tripoli, Libya.


Consul General Conuslate

Amb. Auwalu Jega NAMADINA

Atlanta, USA


Amb. Nnamdi Okechukwu NZE

Bata, Equatorial Guinea


Amb. Francis Ntui ENYA

Douala, Cameroon


Amb. Gbadebo AFOLABI

Shanghai, China


Amb. Oludare Ezekiel FOLOWOSELE

Hong Kong, China


Amb. Abubakar JIDDA

New York, USA


Amb. Yakubu Audu DADU

Frankfurt, Germany


Amb. Taofik Obasanjo Coker

Buea, Cameroon


Amb. George Collins ONWUEKWE

Guangzhou, China


Amb. Umar Ibrahim BASHIR

Johannesburg, South Africa


Amb. Zayyan IBRAHIM

Dubai, UAE


Amb. Muazam Ibrahim Jibrin NAYAYA

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Produce copy of invitation to me, Bello challenges EFCC



Former Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello and EFCC chairman Ola Olukoyede

Produce copy of invitation to me, Bello challenges EFCC

The former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, refuted allegations that he disregarded an invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the EFCC, Bello was summoned for interrogation on January 27 this year but failed to appear, leading to a declaration of him as a fugitive after an unsuccessful attempt to apprehend him at his Abuja residence.

In response to this claim, Bello’s media office issued a statement on Tuesday, challenging the accusations and urging the anti-graft agency to produce a copy of the invitation letter.


The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a publication/press statement with the above title, issued by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, 22nd April, 2024, and signed by Wilson Uwujaren, its Acting Director of Public Affairs.

“In the said statement, which the Commission carefully circulated widely as usual, Mr. Uwujaren, who we have to believe is not a lawyer, continues the EFCC’s ongoing unconscionable lies against the former Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Yahaya Bello, CON, by labelling him as a fugitive from justice in order to disingenuously justify their established and willful pattern of defying lawful court orders.

“Contrary to Mr. Uwujaren’s claims, official records and court documents relating to their hounding of Alhaji Yahaya Bello establish a clear timeline of events. These documents are endorsed with dates and times of filing and payments, which are endorsed on court processes – all of which testify to the true sequence of events.”

The statement, signed by Ohiare Michael from Bello’s media office, dismissed the EFCC’s assertions and accused the agency of resorting to intimidation and harassment. It emphasized that while Bello respects the rule of law, he is not afraid of the EFCC.

Produce copy of invitation to me, Bello challenges EFCC

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