Month: January 2012

Rescued from Libyan war, jailed in Nigeria

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Michy Ranny pressed the phone against his ear to hear the news once more as the caller repeated, “We won the case!”  He dropped the phone from his ear, grinned and began dialling friends and family to announce his ultimate freedom.

Ranny and 23 others won a case against the federal government, Tuesday. They were prisoners on death row in Libya, rescued during the Libyan war but were re-imprisoned by the Nigerian government touching down in Abuja, February last year.

The judge declared that it was illegal for the comptroller general of Nigerian Prisons and the National Security Adviser to imprison the Libya-condemned Nigerians. The judge awarded Ranny and fellow detainees damages of N100,000.00 each. (more…)

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Nigerian Fuel Subsidy Probe Abracadabra

Fuel Subsidy illusion

Someone has collated the most commonly asked questions in the recently concluded fuel subsidy probe by the House of Representatives and the answers different government officials gave to each question. The answers are so dissimilar it leaves you wondering if these officials worked for the same government.

Read them below.

Farouk Lawan: What is Nigeria’s daily fuel consumption?Diezieni: (more…)

Nigerians Third Top Tweeters in Africa, How Africa Tweets Reveals – New Research

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South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are most active tweeting countries in Africa

South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco lead Tweeting on the continent

Young people Tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa, according to How Africa Tweets, new research launched by Portland in Nairobi today.

In the first ever attempt to comprehensively map the use of Twitter in Africa, Portland and Tweetminster analysed over 11.5 million geo-located Tweets originating on the continent during the last three months of 2011. This pan-African analysis of Twitter traffic was complemented by a survey of 500 of Africa’s most active Tweeters.

How Africa Tweets found that: (more…)

The Press Statement That Sacked Hafiz Ringim

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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPOINTS ACTING INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar as Acting Inspector General of Police as a first step towards the comprehensive reorganization and repositioning of the Nigeria Police Force to make it more effective and capable of meeting emerging internal security challenges.
Mr. Abubakar who is currently an Assistant Inspector General of Police replaces Mr. Hafiz Ringim who (more…)

Boko Haram killed 935 Nigerians since 2009 – Human Rights Watch report

Boko Haram attack

Boko Haram has killed 935 Nigerians since 2009

The campaign of violence by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, including attacks on churches and suicide bombings in the first three weeks of 2012 that killed more than 253 people, is an indefensible attack on human life, Human Rights Watch said today.

The January 20, 2012 attacks in the northern city of Kano left at least 185 police and residents dead and resulted in the highest death toll in a single day since Boko Haram began its violent campaign in July 2009. More than 935 people have been killed in some 164 suspected attacks by the group during this period, Human Rights Watch said. (more…)