Four Officials of Tantita Security Services Cleared and Released After Being Wrongfully Arrested for Oil Theft+30

Four officials of Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited (TSSNL), who were wrongfully arrested by the Nigerian Navy for alleged oil theft, have been cleared and released following an intensive investigation. The Navy discovered that their arrest was a mistake and convinced the police to release them due to a lack of satisfactory evidence. Tantita's management expressed relief and stated that the incident had vindicated their personnel. The Navy and Tantita are now working together to combat crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region.

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ECOWAS Ranks Low in Trading Among West African Countries, Nigeria Customs Expresses Disappointment+30

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has expressed disappointment over the poor trading performance of West African countries within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Despite having a significant population advantage, ECOWAS ranks fourth in intra-African trade, lagging behind other regional trade blocs. The Customs Area Controller, Compt. Dera Nnadi, highlighted factors such as non-adherence to transit agreements and border closure. The NCS pledges to adopt strategies to boost trade and enforce anti-smuggling laws.

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France Accused of Amassing Forces for Possible Military Intervention in Niger+30

Niger's new military leaders have accused France of amassing forces for a potential military intervention in the country following the coup in July. French President Emmanuel Macron stated that any action taken would be at the request of deposed Nigerien leader Mohamed Bazoum. The junta in Niger has used anti-French sentiment to bolster support in their resistance to reinstate President Bazoum, impacting the strategic partnership against jihadi violence in the Sahel region.

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Workers in Nigeria Protest Gas Subsidy Removal, Threaten to Shut Down Economy+30

Workers from all sectors in Nigeria are demanding improved welfare and protesting the government's removal of gas subsidies. The Nigeria Labor Congress initiated a two-day "warning strike" in response to the rising cost of living and the suffering inflicted on the workers and masses. If their demands, including increased wages, are not met, they threaten to shut down Africa's largest economy. President Bola Tinubu's efforts to revamp the economy have faced criticism for causing hardships without providing sufficient relief. The strike is expected to disrupt activities in many sectors, further impacting the already struggling economy.

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Mutinous Soldiers Strengthen Grip on Power, Prepare for Defense+30

The mutinous soldiers in Niger have taken several measures to consolidate their power and prepare for potential opposition from regional leaders. This article discusses the actions taken by the junta and the response of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS.

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Babcock University Vice-Chancellor Encourages African Youth to be Change Agents for a Better Future+30

The Vice-Chancellor of Babcock University, Prof Ademola Stephen Tayo, urged young Africans to become change agents who will bring about impactful leadership and address the various challenges faced by the continent. Speaking at the 7th edition of the Babcock International Model United Nations Conference, Prof Tayo highlighted the need for transformative solutions to combat issues such as conflicts, poverty, and unemployment. The conference aimed at empowering young Africans to take part in building a better world for all.

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Nigerian Finance Minister Nominee Calls for Stronger Naira+30

Olawale Edun, the likely next finance minister of Nigeria, has called for a stronger Nigerian naira. He believes that the current exchange rate of around 860 naira to the dollar, quoted on the parallel market, is not supported by the economic fundamentals of the country. Edun suggests a more suitable rate of about 700 naira to the dollar. The Nigerian naira has been experiencing record lows recently, which has been attributed to dollar shortages and the central bank's decision to allow the currency to depreciate on the official market. This news comes as President Bola Tinubu introduces bold reforms to kick-start the country's economy.

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West African Nations Impose Sanctions on Niger's Military Junta+30

West African nations have imposed economic and travel sanctions on Niger's military leaders following the recent coup. The ECOWAS bloc has threatened to use force if the ousted president is not reinstated within a week. Amid widespread condemnation and protests, Niger now faces financial isolation and the closure of its borders. International partners, including the United States, France, and the EU, have refused to recognize the new junta.

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Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Begins Massive Revenue Drive and Disconnection of Indebted Customers+30

Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has announced plans to embark on a massive revenue drive and disconnection exercise to recover outstanding bills from indebted customers. This move is aimed at improving the company's operations and delivering efficient services to all customers in the South-East region. EEDC urges customers to settle their current and outstanding bills to avoid disconnection and offers multiple online payment channels for convenient bill payment.

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Taraba APC Stakeholders Forum Urges Members to Support Sen. Sani Abubakar's Ministerial Nomination+30

Taraba All Progressives Congress (APC) Stakeholders Forum has called on party members in the state to rally behind Sen. Sani Abubakar, a ministerial nominee from the state. They expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for nominating Abubakar and pledged their support and cooperation to the nominee. The forum believes that Abubakar's appointment will bring unity, peace, development, and progress to the Taraba APC chapter.

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Senator Oshiomole Apologizes to Colleagues Over Allegations of Office Looting+30

Senator Adams Oshiomole has issued an apology to his colleagues in the Senate after making allegations of office looting against them. In a recent interview, Oshiomole accused former Senators and members of the House of Representatives of vandalizing and looting their offices. However, he has now clarified his statement, stating that he meant offices were vandalized and not that the Senators looted their offices. Oshiomole has apologized for any offense caused by his initial remarks.

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Edo State Governor Plans to Boost Tourism with Four-Star Hotel Project+30

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has announced plans to develop a four-star hotel project in Benin City to enhance the State's tourism sector. The project aims to attract sporting competitions, film festivals, and art exhibitions while creating employment opportunities and boosting economic growth. Construction is set to commence in July 2023 and is expected to complete before the end of Obaseki's administration in 2024. The governor emphasized the need for adequate accommodation to meet international standards and secure the rights to host various events.

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Raid on Former Governor's Auto Shop Sparks Controversy in Benue State+30

A surprise raid conducted by the Asset Recovery Committee on an auto shop owned by former Governor Samuel Ortom in Benue State has ignited controversy. The opposition party, PDP, accuses Governor Hyacinth Alia of initiating a witch hunt against Ortom, claiming that the seized vehicles were privately owned and brought in for repairs. The current governor's office claims that 29 government vehicles were looted by Ortom. The raid intensifies the political tension between the two governors and raises concerns about asset recovery and accountability in Benue State.

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The Power of a Positive Mindset for Better Mental Health+30

Developing a positive mindset can have a profound impact on your mental health and overall well-being. In this article, we delve into the power of a positive mindset and provide tips on how to cultivate optimism for better mental health.

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