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Press Review from 06-13 june 2024

14 June 2024
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Bandits Attacks: Gunmen Raid Farms, Kill 50 In Katsina – Independent Newspaper Nigeria

No fewer than fifty farmers have been killed by rampaging armed bandits in three villages across Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State. The gunmen who raided farms across ‘Yargoje, Gatakawa and Dan-nakwabo villages shot sporadically at the farmers most of whom died on the spot. While police could not be reached for confirmation of the incident, several eyewitness told our reporter in Katsina, that no less than fifty dead bodies were counted after the mayhem.

Women abused in Nigerian military cells after fleeing Boko Haram -Report | Africanews

Dozens of women and young girls have been unlawfully detained and abused in Nigerian military detention facilities after escaping captivity by Boko Haram extremists in the country’s northeast, Amnesty International said in a new report on Monday. Some of the women were detained with their children for years because of their real or perceived association with the extremists, the report said. It cited 126 interviews, mostly with survivors, over the 14 years since the Islamic extremists launched their insurgency.

American troops begin withdrawal from Niger | Africanews

The process of withdrawing American troops from Niger has officially commenced, marking a significant milestone in the relationship between the two nations. With a total of 946 soldiers stationed in various bases across Niger, the withdrawal operation has begun from key locations such as Agadez, Ouallam, and Diffa, with the destination set for Niamey.

Gunmen abduct travellers on Abuja-Kaduna highway – Daily Trust

Scores of passengers were reportedly abducted after bandits opened fire on an 18-seater commercial bus at Bishini Junction, near Katari in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State. A resident of Katari, Saleh Ibrahim, said the incident around 9pm on Monday when the bandits emerged from the bush at a sharp bend and opened fire at the bus conveying passengers from Abuja to Kaduna.

Cameroon: Motorbike Taxi Driver Shot Dead In Bamenda – Journal du Cameroun

Another tragedy in the city of Bamenda, North West Region. On 10 June, a motorbike driver was killed and his passenger kidnapped. The identities of the slain rider and the abducted passenger are currently unknown. The incident occurred at Mile 5 Nkwen. According to witnesses, the gunmen opened fire on the motorcycle taxi driver, killing him instantly.

Bandits allow Kaduna farmers to return to field after collecting N6.2m, 4 bags of rice – Daily Trust Bandits have reportedly asked some rural farmers in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State to go ahead with their farming activities after they collected N6.2 million and four bags of rice from them. City & Crime earlier reported that bandits on May, 21, 2024, chased away farmers who were cultivating their farms at Unguwar Jibo and Nasarawa-Azzara communities and asked them to raise N100,000 each before they would be allowed to continue.

Many stranded as Boko Haram abducts passengers along Maiduguri-Kano highway – Daily Trust Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have abducted passengers along Maiduguri/Kano highway. Sources told Daily Trust that the insurgents struck between Garin Kuturu and Mannanari village near Auno, which is along Damaturu highway at about 5:50:pm on Monday.

Dozens remain trapped after a gold mine collapses in northcentral Nigeria | Africanews Rescuers searched Thursday for dozens of workers who were trapped when a gold mine collapsed in northcentral Nigeria, authorities and residents said. The pit collapsed on Monday in Niger state’s remote Shiroro district after heavy rains softened the soil. State emergency services said one person was confirmed dead and at least 30 others were missing. Residents, however, said as many as 44 remained trapped. Much of northern Nigeria is rich in minerals, but corruption, illegal operations and poor working conditions are common in mining operations because the deposits are mostly in remote areas with a minimal government presence.

#EndHunger protest erupts in Lagos, Abuja, Benin – Daily Trust

Amid the commemoration of Democracy Day celebration, activists in Lagos and Abuja, took to the streets to protest against the deepening hunger crisis gripping the nation. In Lagos, the demonstrators assembled at the Ikeja Under Bridge, with their voices crying out against the backdrop of tightened security measures.

Trust TV’s cameraman attacked as traders protest demolition in Kano – Daily Trust

A cameraman with Trust TV was attacked and almost stabbed by thugs while covering a protest by traders whose shops were demolished by the Kano State Government. Daily Trust reports that Abdul, holding a camera, was hit by a vehicle and was surrounded by thugs who wanted to stab him but was saved by a Good Samaritan.

Mastermind of abduction, killing of 7 family members of Taraba chief arrested – Daily Trust

The mastermind of the abduction and killing of seven family members of the Chief of Mutum Biyu, headquarters of Gassol LGA of Taraba State, has been arrested by vigilantes.City & Crime recalls that seven family members of the Chief of Mutum Biyu: two wives and five children, were abducted in February, 2023, in the chief’s private residence in Jalingo, capital of Taraba State, and were later killed by their abductors.

BREAKING: Terrorists strike on electricity towers in Borno again – Yerwa Express News ( Just a few weeks after reconnection to the national grid, Borno State faces renewed darkness as Boko Haram terrorists struck again and destroyed two transmission towers. The attack happened on Tuesday night, along Auno, a town under the Konduga Local Government Area and located on Maiduguri – Damaturu Road. This attack comes some weeks after the Borno and Yobe state governments proposed solutions to address the recurring vandalism.

Borno subsidizes fertilizer to farmers, warns committee against diversion – Yerwa Express News (

The Governor of Borno Statehas launched the sale of 100 procured trucks of fertilizers to farmers at a subsidized rate in the state. Speaking at the launching ceremony held at the state farm center in Maiduguri, the acting governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, said the intervention was a part of the government’s commitment to agriculture, aiming to improve productivity and food sufficiency in the state.

Police rescue toddler from kidnappers’ den in Yobe – Daily Trust

The Yobe State Police Command has rescued a toddler from kidnappers’ den and apprehended the gang leader. The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Dungus Abdulkareem, who stated this in a statement, said the toddler was rescued by the personnel from Gujba Divisional Police Headquarters, while responding to a distress call.

Yobe sesame farmers excited about new processing hubs – Daily Trust

Sesame farmers in Yobe State have expressed happiness with the establishment of sesame processing plants for standard packaging and export to global markets. The farmers said the processing plants and farm inputs would raise annual sesame production in the state to over 60,000 tonnes.

Flood: NEMA seeks activation of NSCDC emergency team – Daily Trust

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for activation of emergency response teams of the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) towards a disaster free 2024. NEMA Director General, Mrs Zubaida Umar, made the call during a courtesy visit to the NSCDC Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigerian Army denies water shortage claims in Maimalari Cantonment – Yerwa Express News (

The Nigerian Army has dismissed reports circulating on social media alleging harsh living conditions for soldiers stationed at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri.

Sahara Reporters, a news outlet, published a statement on June 12th claiming soldiers lacked electricity, water, and other essential amenities. The Headquarters 7 Division, leading Operation Hadin Kai in the region, has labelled these reports ‘false and malicious.’

31 states, 148 LGs risk flooding – Daily Trust

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that 31 states and 148 LGAs in Nigeria are under threat of flooding this rainy season. The agency, therefore, urged state governments in flood-prone regions to endorse its initiative of downscaling early flood warnings and implementing risk mitigation strategies to safeguard lives and livelihoods.

5 killed, 60 hospitalised as Cholera hits Lagos – Daily Trust

At least five persons have been killed in a Cholera outbreak in Lagos State. The state’s commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this, announced that 60 persons were hospitalised. He said cases of severe gastroenteritis had been reported in communities around Eti Osa, Lagos Island, Ikorodu and Kosofe local government areas. He assured of the government’s response, urging the residents to be vigilant and adopt precautionary measures to prevent the spread of a potential cholera outbreak in the state.

‘IPOB militants’ gun down Police officers in Imo – Daily Trust

At least two police officers attached to the Imo Police Command have been gunned down by suspected militants of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The officers alongside a civilian were killed at Akabor in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo in the early hours of Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The incident was confirmed by the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Henry Okoye. Okoye, in a statement, disclosed the incident occurred on Tuesday morning when the gunmen were on a stop-and-search operation in Akabor community.

Terrorists attack military base, injure two soldiers in Niger – Daily Trust

Two soldiers were injured in a terrorist attack on a military base in Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.  The incident was said to have happened in the early hours of Monday during a gun duel between the soldiers and the bandits.

NCDC alerts on Cholera outbreak in Nigeria, records 30 deaths (

Nigeria has recorded 65 confirmed cases of Cholera with 30 deaths from 1 January to 11 June across 96 local governments in 30 states, says the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC). NCDC revealed this in a public health advisory published Thursday to alert the public of the increasing trend of cholera cases across the country as the rainy season intensifies. This follows a reported outbreak in Lagos State which resulted in about 60 hospital admissions and five deaths in 48 hours. According to the NCDC, a total of 1,141 suspected cases have been recorded in 2024. Ten states contributed 90 per cent of the total number.

We’re unperturbed by your self-serving comments, military replies Amnesty Int’l – Daily Trust

The military high command, on Monday, knocked Amnesty International, a rights organisation, over its report indicting the military of violating international law of armed conflicts. Amnesty International released an investigative report detailing the plight of Boko Haram victims in the North East.

30 reps advocate 6-year single term for president, governors – Daily Trust

A coalition of not less than 30 members of the House of Representatives, operating under the banner of ‘Reform Minded Lawmakers’, has announced the sponsorship of a constitution amendment bill for a single six-year term for presidents and governors. The legislators, who spoke through Rep. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere at a press conference on Monday, emphasised that constitutional and electoral reforms have been long-standing issues in Nigeria since independence, fueling unrest and deepening religious and ethnic divisions within the nation.

Kaduna: Nigerian military kill terrorism kingpin, 36 other terrorists – Official (

A terrorism kingpin operating in Kaduna and other northern Nigeria states, Buharin Yadi, has been killed by Nigerian security forces. The state’s Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, announced this in a statement on Thursday. Mr Aruwan said Mr Yadi was “one of the deadliest bandit leaders terrorising Northern Nigeria in the last decade, and has met his bitter end at the hands of security forces.

Military destroys 43 illegal refining sites, apprehends 32 suspected oil thieves – DHQ (

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said troops of Operation Delta Safe have in the last one week, discovered and destroyed 43 illegal refining sites and apprehended 32 suspected oil thieves. The Director, Defence Media Operations, Edward Buba, a major general, made this known while briefing journalists on the operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja. Mr Buba said that the feat was achieved in the Niger Delta region of the country.

Nigerian military kills 197 terrorists, loses nine soldiers – Official (

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says troops deployed in different parts of the country have, in the last week, killed no fewer than 197 terrorists and apprehended 310 others across theatres of operation. The Director of Defence Media Operations, Edward Buba, made this known while briefing journalists on the operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja. Mr Buba, a major general, said the troops also rescued 251 kidnapped hostages and recovered 180 assorted weapons and 5,123 assorted ammunition within the week in different operations.

Bandits release 40 kidnap victims in Niger State | Premium Times Nigeria (

Bandits have freed 40 out of 150 people they abducted three weeks ago at Kuchi in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State. The villagers, mostly women and children, were released after the payment of ransoms by the community. Sources in the community said families and friends of the victims contributed money to buy six Honda motorcycles, valued at N1.2 million each, and add an extra cash of N2 million for the bandits.

Peace and Security

From oil to arrests: Niger-Benin row escalates | Africanews

A new episode in the row between the West African neighbors who have trading accusations of hostility since May. This week Benin arrested five Nigerien nationals on accusations of entering the port of Seme illegally. Niger responded by accusing Benin of kidnapping staff of its oil company who it said were at the port to witness the loading of an oil shipment. Benin claims two of the detainees are agents of Niger’s army junta, and that they used fake documents to access the facility. The port of Seme has become a flashpoint in relations between the neighbours. Landlocked Niger runs a pipeline from its oilfields to the port where its crude on loaded into tankers for export.

Banditry: Gov. Lawal says Matawalle’s position as defence minister of no benefit to Zamfara – Yerwa Express News (

Zamfara State Governor Dauda Lawal has said the state has not benefited from the appointment of his predecessor, Bello Matawalle, as the Minister of State Defence. The governor stated this during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday. “

Facebook, TikTok Mop Off Accounts Glorifying Wanted Nigerian Terrorist – HumAngle (

Facebook and TikTok have done a massive clean-up of impostor accounts whitewashing Bello Turji, a terrorist group leader in North West Nigeria who found an appeal on the internet sometime in 2021 after masterminding some of the deadliest attacks against civilians in the region.

Military Reacts to Amnesty International’s Claims on Freed Boko Haram Women – PRNigeria News

The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to allegations labelled against the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) by Report of Amnesty International launched during a Press Conference in Abuja on 10 June 2024. Accordingly, the AFN hereby makes it unequivocally clear that, it is a professional military force that operates within the ambit of   International law of armed conflict. Additionally, the AFN adheres to humanitarian law and principles governing human rights.

Tinubu condemns Katsina killings, asks security Agencies to go after attackers – Daily Trust President Bola Tinubu has condemned the recent spate of attacks in Katsina state and asked security agencies to go after the attackers. There have been series of attacks and killings against citizens in Dutsin-Ma and Kankara Local Government Areas of Katsina State.

Africa At Epicentre Of Global Armed Conflict Surge, PRIO Report Reveals  – HumAngle (

A new report released by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), a multidisciplinary organization working on the drivers of violent conflicts, shows that 2023 experienced the highest number of state-based conflicts since 1946, with Africa being the hardest hit over several decades.  The report, which painted a global conflict landscape, has highlighted the severe and growing impact on Africa, showing that as conflicts proliferate and evolve, the challenge for global peacekeepers, aid organizations, and policymakers becomes ever more tasking.

Nigerian army speaks on report its checkpoint caused fatal road crash in Enugu (

The Nigerian army has reacted to a report that its checkpoint caused a fatal road accident in Enugu State. PREMIUM TIMES reported that many passengers were feared killed in the road crash, which occurred at about 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday along Ninth Mile-Ugwu Onyeama Road in the state. The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Enugu State, Adeyemi Sokunbi, told PREMIUM TIMES earlier on Wednesday that two male passengers died in the crash while 10 others – eight males and two females – were injured.

Nigeria democracy day: Why another coup is so unlikely (

Nigeria, a nation once notorious for military rule, is marking 25 years of democracy, at a time when several of its West African neighbours have had coups in recent years. The brass bands will play, the crowd will cheer and the president will make a speech – but outside of Wednesday’s official event many may be wondering what the celebration is really for. “You cannot eat democracy” is a phrase often attributed to autocrats – but it has also been used by elected leaders as a w

Terrorism: Military has abandoned my LG for 10 years –Borno Speaker  – Daily Trust

The Speaker, Borno State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan, has alleged that the Nigerian military has abandoned Guzamala Local Government Area of the state for 10 years due to terrorism. Speaking at an event organized in Maiduguri to mark 25th year of unbroken democracy in Nigeria, Hon. Abdulkarim said he was alarmed there was no single civilian in the council where he hails from. Abdulkarim, who was visibly angry, said it was high time his people stopped being displaced persons in their own state.

ANALYSIS: Nigerian military’s vengeance on innocent civilians poses threats to democracy, human rights (

On 29 May, Nigeria marked the 25th anniversary of the Fourth Republic, its most extended era of democracy since attaining independence on 1 October 1960.

Since marching back into their barracks in 1999, ending 29 years of military rule, the soldiers have faced their statutory responsibility of protecting the country against external aggression and assisting the police and other paramilitary agencies in combating internal security threats. However, Nigerian soldiers have failed in many instances to subordinate themselves to civil authority and respect the rights and freedom of citizens.

NAF kills 29 bandits, frees kidnapped victims in Katsina – Daily Trust

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has neutralised about 29 bandits and freed multiple kidnapped victims, including the daughter of the Ruwan Godiya village head.  Daily Trust learnt the breakthrough was recorded in an airstrike conducted in the vicinity of Bakori Hills and Yartsintsiya, Kankara Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

Report on conscription of Nigerian students by Russia false – FG – Daily Trust

The Federal Government has declared as false reports making the rounds that the Russian Government is engaging Nigerian and other African Students to participate in the ongoing war with Ukraine with the promise of Visa renewals. Reports surfaced on Monday that many African students including Nigerians were being forced to join the Russian military before getting visa renewals.

Nigerian military chief accuses Finnish govt, EU of shielding Simon Ekpa ( The Chief of Defence Staff, Christopher Musa, has accused the Finnish government and the European Union of shielding Simon Ekpa, a controversial Biafra agitator. The alleged cover has enabled Mr Ekpa to continue to incite, through social media, violence in Nigeria’s South-east state, Mr Musa said. Mr Musa, a major general, spoke on Wednesday during Channels TV’s special broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 25 years of democratic governance.


UNHCR says more people subjected to forced displacement in 2023 globally | Africanews

The head of the U.N. refugee agency says he understands that the Biden administration enacted new restrictions on asylum-seekers entering the United States, but cautioned that some aspects of the executive order may violate refugee protection required in international law. Filippo Grandi, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, spoke to The Associated Press as his agency issued its annual “Global Trends” report for 2023 on Thursday.

‘We’re Hungry’: Nigerians Protest Over Economic Hardship In Lagos  – HumAngle (

On Democracy Day, a day meant to celebrate 25 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria, some Lagos residents in the South West region of the country cast a shadow of discontent. Large crowds thronged the streets today to protest the hardship caused by the rising cost of living since President Bola Tinubu took over power in 2023.  A coalition of Nigerian Civil Societies, including the Take-It-Back Movement (TIB), Joint Action Force (JAF), Education Rights Campaign (ERC), Community Women Initiative, and Socialist Workers and Youth League (SWL), organised the protest.

UNICEF: One in four children worldwide live in severe food poverty | Africanews Around 181 million children worldwide under the age of five – or one in four – are experiencing severe child food poverty, according to a new report by the UN children’s organisation, UNICEF. In a new report, it says one in four children are experiencing severe food poverty, with 65 per cent of them live in just 20 countries of which about 59 million are in sub-Saharan Africa. “Child Food Poverty: Nutrition Deprivation in Early Childhood” analyses the impacts and causes of dietary deprivation among the world’s youngest people in nearly 100 countries, and across income groups.

Nigerian Deceived With Employment Rescued From Traffickers In Egypt  – HumAngle ( After ten months of inhumane treatment, Idowu Adijat, a Nigerian smuggled into Egypt by human traffickers, has been rescued by the Embassy of Nigeria in Cairo.  The return of the 35-year-old mother of two was facilitated by the Embassy in collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) after HumAngle’s investigation on how traffickers lured her and two others into modern slavery in Egypt.

Rural women bear the brunt of Nigeria’s worsening healthcare crisis ( When medical personnel in Africa’s most populous country flee overseas, there is a big problem. Who caters to Nigeria’s over 200 million population when less than half of registered doctors practise in the country and the larger percentage have migrated to greener pastures? Worse still, there is less investment in healthcare infrastructure. Who feels the brunt of the exodus more?

In rural areas where most residents travel miles to cities to access quality healthcare services, it has been from one tragedy to another. For women and children, who seem to be more vulnerable, life has become a misery.

CSOs trained to support N/East communities on CVE, Boko Haram propaganda – Yerwa Express News (

Neem Foundation and Hedayah trained Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Northeastern Nigeria on supporting families to counter violent extremism and propaganda from terrorist groups. The training was supported by the European Union and held from May 7 to 9 and May 28 to 30 at the Grand Sands Hotels in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Cervical cancer vaccination launched for Nigerian girls – Daily Trust

Cervical cancer has emerged as the second most common cancer among women in Nigeria; hence Pathfinder has launched vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) for girls. Dr Sakina Bello, a senior technical adviser with, Pathfinder, has underscored the critical importance of taking advantage of the ongoing vaccination against the disease

Borno govt commends FAO for distributing farm inputs to 9,975 farmers – Daily Trust

The Borno State government has commended the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for distributing crop production inputs and other interventions to 9,975 farmers. Acting Governor Umar Kadafur gave the commendation while flagging-off the distribution of crop production inputs for farmers in the North East states of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, and Taraba (BAYT) by FAO in Dusuman village of Jere local government area the state on Monday.

Departing IDPs Hopeful Yet Wary As Borno Commences Closure Of Muna Camp – HumAngle (

The government of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria initiated the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Muna, an unofficial camp, on Friday, June 7, as part of efforts to permanently close all camps in the capital city of Maiduguri.

The government says it has set aside ₦954.7 million for the resettlement and to provide support for the IDPs.

Mobilization and economic development

French Dev’t Agency Releases 20 Billion CFA Francs For Cameroon’s Infrastructural Development  – Journal du Cameroun

The two agreements signed on June 12 by the Minister of the Economy and Regional development, Alamine Ousmane Mey, the Director of the French Development Agency (AFD), Virginie Dago, and the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Thierry Marchand, amounts to 19.56 billion CFA francs. The first agreement, for 6.56 billion CFA francs (or 10 million euros), is earmarked for the Sporcap project, which aims to build local sports facilities (football stadiums, gymnasiums, etc.)

Nigerian govt bids to host $5 billion Africa energy bank (

The Nigerian government on Tuesday expressed its readiness to host the Africa Energy Bank (AEB). The bid exercise took place at a dinner for the heads of mission of the envoys of members of the Africa Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) in Abuja on Tuesday. Hosting the bank in Nigeria, according to the government, will ensure proximity to key energy technocrats and experts, which is essential for formulating and implementing effective solutions to Africa’s energy challenges.

Nigeria’s president says economic reforms will continue despite hardships | Africanews

One year after he came to power, Nigeria’s president Bola Tinubu on Wednesday said his economic reforms will continue despite increasing hardships. During his televised Democracy Day speech, he acknowledged the economic difficulties facing the nation, but said the economy had been in desperate need of reform for decades. With the country facing its worst cost-of-living crisis in years, Nigerians are angry about changes made by his administration.

The AfDB defines its strategy for the African economy [Focus] | Africanews

It was in Nairobi that the annual general meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) were held. The reform of the international financial architecture was on the agenda. Yes, but be careful, this reform cannot avoid taking climate challenges into account. Africa would need $213 billion per year until 2030 for sustainable development. So how can we meet these challenges? The AfDB has defined its new strategy for the next ten years. For this, its capital increased from 201 billion to 318 billion, an increase necessary to maintain the triple A rating of the institution, the key to borrowing on the financial markets at low rates.

Nigeria to purchase 3.5 million prepaid power meters by end of 2024 | Africanews

Nigeria’s Federal Government has announced that it will acquire a maximum of 3.5 million power meters by the end of 2024 in a move to increase revenue collection in the West African state. The country’s Ministry of Power, through its cabinet secretary Adebayo Adelabu, announced this, echoing the recent resolution by the government to purchase over 10 million meters in the next five years. This will cost the government a total of $946 million. Nigeria has been experiencing acute power shortages in recent years. The government of President Tinubu had promised to resolve the stalemate.

Jaiz Bank finances cultivation of 10,000-hectare Tiamin Rice Farm in Bauchi – Yerwa Express News (

Jaiz Bank Plc, the pioneer non-interest bank in Nigeria, has provided funding for the establishment of a 10,000 hectares of irrigation farm for one of its reliable business partners in Bauchi State, Tiamin Rice Limited. In a statement issued by Jaiz Bank Plc, the bank said the farm received the funding under a collaborative effort of the Private Sector-Led Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme, P-AADS of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and Jaiz Bank’s commercial funds.

Kaduna-Kano train service to commence early 2025 – NRC – Yerwa Express News (

The Kaduna-Kano train service will commence operations in the first quarter of 2025, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Fidet Okhiria has disclosed. Mr Okhiria made the revelation during an inspection of the Rigasa Train Station in Kaduna due to the recent cases of vandalisation on the corridor. “The Kaduna-Kano train is coming up, the track has gotten to Makarfi Local Government Area from Kano, and we are hoping that by early next year, people will be able to enjoy our services from Abuja through Kaduna to Kano,” the MD said.

Nigerian govt now pays N1trillion as electricity subsidy — Minister – Yerwa Express News ( Adebayo Adelabu, Minister of Power, said that the introduction of band A with a higher tariff has reduced electricity subsidy to N1 trillion from about N3trillion. The minister said this at the public hearing on electricity tariffs in Abuja on Tuesday. The hearing was organised by the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Power, Commerce, National Planning, and Delegated Legislation. Mr Adelabu said that without an increase in electricity tariffs the expected subsidy would have been close to N3 trillion.

Over 1m Nigerian youths to benefit from FG’s skills program – Minister – Daily Trust

Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, has disclosed that over one million young Nigerians will benefit from the National Youth Skills Program (NYSP) to equip them with the skills needed to thrive in today’s economy. Ibrahim disclosed in Abuja during the 25th Nigeria Democracy Day Anniversary Youth Program organised to celebrate the country’s 25th Democracy Day, with the theme: “25 Years of Enduring Democracy: Prospects for the Future.”

Why we’re seeking fresh $2.5bn World Bank loan — FG – Daily Trust

The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Senator Atiku Bagudu, has said that the proposed 2024 budget will be partly financed with the N50 billion Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) currently held by the National Sovereign Wealth Investment Authority (NSWIA). However, he noted that the N50bn was insufficient to fund the “Renewed Hope Transformational Projects”, prompting the federal government to seek a $2.5bn loan from the World Bank.

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