30 December 2020
Guardian Nigeria
Hope for single African market in 2021 as borders open for AfCFTA
As expectations are high about the reopening of more land borders to regional trade this week, the country would address hiccups in its trade policies to optimize the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) scheduled to take off January 1, 2021…

29 December 2020
Premium Times
COVID-19: Governor Yahaya Bello makes ‘false’ claims about ‘mass testing’ in Kogi
Despite glaring evidence of acute under testing for coronavirus in Kogi, the state governor, Yahaya Bello, claims a widespread testing campaign ia being undertaken in the state and nobody has been infected…

26 December 2020
Fish production, demand, piracy and the required strategies to boost supply
Nigeria’s internal fish production is not enough to meet its 2.7 million tons demand annually, with a current deficit of 1.9 million metric tons recorded…

Premium Times
COVID-19: Despite govt claims, experts say Nigeria not ready for vaccine distribution
Despite Nigerian authorities’ claims of expecting to receive in January one of the vaccines developed globally for COVID-19, evidence on the ground at the country’s National Strategic Cold Store suggest an exaggeration of the claims…

24 December 2020
Nigeria school abductions sparked by cattle feuds, not extremism, officials say
The kidnap of 344 schoolboys in northwest Nigeria had the appearance of an Islamist militant attack. There was even a video purporting to show some of the boys with members of Boko Haram, the extremists behind the 2014 kidnapping of more than 270 schoolgirls in the northeast…

23 December 2020
Premium Times
COVID-19: While Nigeria’s new cases surge, Kogi yet to report new infection in 175 days
Nigeria is currently experiencing its worst stretch to date of COVID-19 with the recent surge in new infections. Last week alone, 5,176 fresh COVID-19 infections were reported – the highest weekly figure so far…

20 December 2020
Daily Independent
Those for whom Christmas is bleak
“Do They Know It’s Christ­mas?” is a song written in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in reaction to television reports of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethi­opia. It was first recorded in a single day on Novem­ber 25, 1984 by Band Aid, a super group put togeth­er by Geldof and Ure and consisting mainly of the biggest British and Irish musical acts at the time…

Premium Times
Weak enforcement of COVID-19 testing in Abuja, Lagos airports aiding spread of virus
Many passengers travelling in and out of Nigeria are finding ways to breach the government enforced COVID-19 safety and testing protocols, especially in Nigeria’s two major airports – the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos…

18 December 2020
New York Times
Freed, but not yet home: Nigeria’s abducted schoolboys meet President
Hundreds of boys kidnapped last week from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria were freed on Thursday night after six days in captivity. But they had some public relations to do for the government before they could go home…

16 December 2020
Ransom requests bled Nigeria over ₦1 billion in 2019, figures to increase
Hundreds of families will be celebrating Christmas with one or two missing family members this year; some of which might be breadwinners. Sounds far-fetched? In reality, it’s more of an understatement, given the 1,984 abducted Nigerians from January to November, this year. To say nothing of the recent 300 abductees in Katsina state amid President Buhari’s visit…

The Africa Report
President Buhari opens land border at Seme, Illela, Maigatari, and Mfun
The Nigerian president has opened the land border at Seme, Illela, Maigatari, and Mfun. The land borders were closed to goods in August 2019, with partial openings and closings for people prompted by the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020…

Incessant kidnapping in Nigeria
Last month, precisely November 7, the Punch newspapers reported that no fewer than 16 persons were kidnapped along the Akure-Owo Expressway, in Uso town in Owo Local Government Area. It was reported that among the victims kidnapped was the Iyaloja of Isua Akoko In Akoko South East Local Government Area Of Ondo State, Chief Mrs Helen Edward and some other market women…

15 December 2020
Boko Haram says it was behind kidnapping of hundreds of schoolchildren in Nigeria
Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has said it was behind the abduction of hundreds of schoolchildren in Nigeria…

Nigeria’s Boko Haram behind schoolboys’ abduction – audio message
A man identifying himself as the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram said on Tuesday the Islamist group was behind the abduction of more than 300 schoolboys, as anxious parents begged the government to secure their release…

14 December 2020
Factors that’ll shape Nigeria’s int’l trade dynamics in 2021
The eventual emergence of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as the ratification of the AfCFTA agreement, expected to take off in January 2021, are two key events that can potentially shape the fortunes of the international trade dynamics in Nigeria in 2021…

The Cable
Report: Implementation of AfCFTA will shape Nigeria’s international trade in 2021
SB Morgen, Africa focused geopolitical research firm, has identified events that would shape Nigeria’s international trade dynamics in 2021. These are the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement by the federal government, and the emergence of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the director-general (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO)…

13 December 2020
Financial Times
Nigeria school kidnapping puts Buhari security record in spotlight
The kidnap of scores of students in Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari’s home state over the weekend has thrown a spotlight on the ex-general’s handling of national security, as violence afflicts every region of Africa’s most populous country…

Ratification of AfCFTA will shape Nigeria’s international trade dynamics in 2021 – SB Morgen Report
There are two developments that can potentially shape the fortunes of the international trade dynamics in Nigeria in 2021, the emergence of Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the DG of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as the ratification of the AfCFTA agreement, expected to take off in January 2021…

12 December 2020
Double trauma: Displaced by violent attacks, hunger worsens COVID-19 impact on Southern Kaduna children
Loud shouts of “run, run, run!” woke up heavy-eyed Jonathan Badamosi from his sleep around 6am on March 11, 2019. “Fetch your sister and run now!” his mother screamed…

Report: CBN must accelerate interventions in 2021 to boost economy
A report by the SB Morgen (SBM) has predicted that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will increase its interventionist stance to boost growth in country’s economy in 2021…

11 December 2020
Security experts react to live streaming of Buratai’s son wedding on Facebook
On Friday, the official Facebook of the Nigerian Army Livestreamed the wedding Fatiha of Tukur Hamisu, the son of Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, held at a mosque in the highbrow Maitama district of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital…

10 December 2020
The curious case of Nigeria’s “Ya Allah” political philosophy
Some months ago during an online encounter with someone who considers himself to be a member of Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s political and ethnic establishment, I had an exchange that went roughly along these lines…

ETF Trends
Are Nigerian stock ETFs the ultimate value play?
High-level officials in Nigeria are forecasting a comeback for the country’s economy in 2021. This is a positive sign for ETF investors looking for value plays in emerging markets with funds like the Global X MSCI Nigeria ETF (NGE)…

9 December 2020
We are looking into reopening the borders soon – President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the Nigerian Government is looking into reopening the land borders as soon as possible…

8 December 2020
CNBC Africa
How to address the insecurity challenge in North-Eastern Nigeria
SBM Intelligence says between January and November this year, there were 142 incidents of the Boko Haram insurgency in North-Eastern Nigeria…

7 December 2020
Boko Haram and super camps: How a military misstep is costing Nigerian lives
The war against the jihadist terrorist sect, Boko Haram, has been on for more than a decade and has taken on various forms across presidencies…

Guardian Nigeria
1,606 killed from 125 fatal Boko Haram attacks in 11 months
At least 142 attacks were carried out by the infamous Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria in the last eleven months, a report by SBM Intelligence said…

Boko Haram killed 1,606 people in 11 months – Report
At least 1,606 people were killed in the 125 fatal incidents, an average of 13 per incident says SB Morgen (SBM) Intelligence in a report published on Monday…

Nigeria Info
How do we defeat Boko Haram and bandits?
According to SBM Intelligence, Between January and November 2020, at least 1,606 people were killed in 125 separate Boko Haram-related incidents. How do we defeat Boko Haram and bandits?

5 December 2020
Premium Times
Zamfara, Kaduna deadliest states for police personnel in six years
Kaduna and Zamfara States recorded the highest number of police fatalities between 2015 and 2020, a report has revealed…

2 December 2020
Twitter wants you to open links before retweeting; how will this help in containing the fake news in Nigeria?
Twitter wants you to open links before retweeting. Since they took heat for allegedly enabling malicious actors in 2016 US Elections, Facebook and Twitter are doing everything they can to avoid such errors…

1 December 2020
Ratification, border opening and stakeholders’ views, as AfCFTA is set to commence January 2021
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is expected to open up Nigerian businesses to a market of over 1.2 billion people and a GDP of $2.5trillion…

The Cable
Police deaths ‘higher in south-south than other regions’
A new survey by SBM Intelligence, Nigeria’s geopolitical intelligence platform, notes that the death of police officers as a result of attacks is higher in the south-south region than other parts of the country…