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On the basis that the covid situation has improved in Asia, the federal government has removed India from its list of flagged countries. Four months ago, the FG banned travellers from India and also those from Turkey and Brazil from visiting the country over the high surge of Covid-19 infection. But on Monday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), declared that the situation in the Asian country is better. Mustapha said...

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Many Nigerians living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are currently experiencing a tough period, especially those in Dubai, as they lament job loss and the denial of obtaining work permits. One of the affected Nigerians, Bisi Kazeem, believes the authorities of the Arab country are punishing them for the sins of others. “As far as I’m concerned, I can only say maybe it is one out of 10, or 10 out of 100 Nigerians...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the group’s capture of U.S. military materiel highlights the risk inherent to U.S. arms deals with countries wracked with insecurity. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially placed in service six A-29 Super Tucanos, light turboprop aircraft manufactured by Embraer (Brazil) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (United States). Six more Super Tucanos will be delivered later this year in a deal set to cost...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger The Nigerian Embassy in Moscow announced last week the signing of a legal framework agreement that would provide for Russia to supply Nigeria with military equipment and training. The Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation also provides for “after-sales services, training of personnel in respective educational establishments, and technology transfer.” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly raised the possibility of such an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019. Media sees the agreement as related to U.S....

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LONDON — The United Kingdom has expressed its willingness to support Nigeria in controlling the heightened security situation in the country. Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, said his country is available and is ready to grant Nigeria necessary assistance. “We are available to help,” Boris was quoted to have said. Boris made this pledge on Thursday at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London, UK according to a statement...

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NEW YORK — Nigeria is expected to receive over 7,000 artifacts plundered from the Benin Kingdom. These artifacts are to be repatriated by Germany to Nigeria before October according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Aduda, disclosed this at the Inaugural Nigerian Cultural Show held at the Cultural Centre, Nigeria House, New York. He noted that the repatriation of the artifacts will be used to build an ultramodern museum in Edo...

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Facts on Tuesday revealed how Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (retd), masterminded the arrest of the Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho. According to The Punch, a source in Benin Republic confided that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote the government of the West African country and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho. It was gathered that former Army boss was at the...

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ABUJA — The Senate has condemned and ordered investigation into what it described as the “unlawful” encroachment and arrest of Nigerians by the authorities of the Republic of Benin. The red chamber directed its Committees on Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, and States and Local Governments to interface with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Justice and the National Border Commission to urgently put in place the necessary...

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The United Kingdom (UK)’s guide for the support for British Nationals has revealed that the Queen’s country cannot get nationals out of prisons abroad. The document has, therefore, dashed the hope of Kingsley Kanu, a brother of the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who has called on the UK Government to secure the release of his sibling. Kanu, who was born on September 25, 1967, holds both Nigerian...

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The office of the  United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development  (FCDO)  has promised to work with donor partners and the Nigerian government to restore peace in the Northeast. The representative of UK FCDO, Paul Nyulaku, indicated this on Friday at the Northeast conflict management and stabilisation (NECMS) programme held in Abuja. Speaking at the event, the FCDO representative said peacebuilding is crucial in regions devastated by insecurity. He also admitted that insurgency limits the growth...

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