September 2023

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30 September 2023
Human Angle
Terrorists Kill Medical Worker In Nigeria After Collecting Ransom Thrice
Malam Saleh* got a call at around 10 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2023, that would change his life in a manner he would never forget. His elder brother, Alhaji Tanimu,* had been kidnapped…

ICIR Nigeria
Inside secret details of how Chinese-allied miners bribed Dogo Gide terror group to access mining sites in Niger state
Despite the presence of terror groups — Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and the bandits’ faction of Dogo Gide — illegal mining activities continued in Kurebe and other surrounding villages, even after many residents deserted the axis following double-edged attacks from the military and terrorists…

28 September 2023
University World News
‘I am scared of going back to that school,’ says student
Ovioza Ikeme, a student at the Federal University Gusau (FUGUS) in Zamfara State, Nigeria, was sound asleep around 3am on 22 September when a loud bang on her door, followed by a series of gunshots, startled her…

27 September 2023
Opinion Nigeria
Uduak Adams And Mob Justice
To say that jungle justice has become a recurring issue in Nigeria is to state the obvious. I am disheartened by the gruesome stories of mob lynching that occur across different parts of the country. Regardless of a person’s age or their alleged crime, we must strive to be more tolerant and law-abiding…

26 September 2023
TRT World
What’s next for Niger junta after French troops’ exit?
Niger’s military leaders have welcomed an announcement made by French President Emmanuel Macron that his country is withdrawing its ambassador and troops. The announcement comes two months after a coup in the West African country, which saw its pro-Paris government ousted. Ikemesit Effiong, head of research at SBM Intelligence explains…

25 September 2023
Trust Radio
Kill him; he’s one of us
Mob lynching has become a national pastime. Last week, a celebrated Nigerian author shared a chilling story of how a man was lynched in Abuja on the false suspicion that he stole a woman’s phone. The woman later found her phone, but the man lost his life to the mob…

The Whistler
Discordant Tones In Zamfara Over Rescue Of Varsity Students
Following the rescue of the 16 female students and some workers abducted from the Federal University, Gusua, Zamfara State, the state government issued a statement suggesting that there could be more to the rescue than the public was aware of…

24 September 2023
Wikki Times
Northern States Paid Over ₦170m Ransom to Kidnappers in One Year
Data from SBM intelligence has revealed that kidnappings and ransom payments in the Northern Part of the country have cost ₦172.7m from June 2022 to June 2023…

22 September 2023
How Chinese Agents Bribed Terror Group to Access Niger’s Mining Sites
Despite the presence of terror groups like the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and a faction of terrorists led by Dogo Gide, a notorious outlaw, illegal mining activities have continued in Kurebe and other surrounding villages in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State…

St Louis Review
Plagued by kidnappings of Christians, Nigeria sees priest, 36 others abducted in just a few days
In another chapter of an “evil scheme” plaguing Nigeria, the southern Enugu Diocese asked for prayers for Father Marcellinus Obioma Okide, who was kidnapped Sept. 17…

21 September 2023
The Nation
Rising death toll amid widespread arms proliferation
Sixty-two year-old Hassan Yusuf, who was battling with illness, was inside his hut alongside his wives and children in Magami village in Shiroro local government area of Niger State when terrorists forced their way in, dragged him out and shot him in full public glare…

Pass Blue
Zelensky, Blinken and Lavrov Appear in the Security Council; Nigeria and Algeria
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine promoted his 10-point peace formula to the United Nations Security Council, meant to end Russia’s war in his country. Among the points he referenced was how the plan would revive the UN Charter and trigger long-awaited reform of the Council, including use of the veto by Russia…

Premium Times
Tinubu’s UNGA speech needs action back home
Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu addressed major African issues while calling for equal partnerships with the global West, but Nigerian analysts say he must first show strong leadership back home…

20 September 2023
Catholic Review
Plagued by kidnappings of Christians, Nigeria sees priest, 36 others abducted in just a few days
In another chapter of an “evil scheme” plaguing Nigeria, the southern Enugu Diocese asked for prayers for Father Marcellinus Obioma Okide, who was kidnapped Sept. 17…

Financial Times
Political crisis shakes Senegal’s image of stability in a volatile region
As Senegal president Macky Sall arrived in New York for this week’s UN gathering, pro- and anti-Sall protesters faced off near the country’s UN mission, in the latest sign of the political crisis gripping the west African nation…

Tinubu urges UN to help Africa tackle foreign illegal mining, arms trade
President Bola Tinubu has called on the United Nations to support Africa to curb the influx of illegal arms trade and illicit mining by foreign firms…

19 September 2023
Daily Trust
Open letter to Bauchi State governor
The state of education in Bauchi is terribly on the alarming side! If care is not taken, rebuilding the education system in Bauchi to a world-class standard may take the state one hundred years to come because of its regrettable state of damage…

Plus TV
Sustainable Strategies To Alleviate Poverty In Nigeria
SBM Intelligence’s Head of Research Ikemesit Effiong discussed solutions and strategies for tackling Nigeria’s persistently high poverty…

Premier Christian News
Call for prayer as priest abducted in Nigeria
A Catholic priest has been kidnapped in Nigeria, along with six other men. Armed militants abducted the seven men on 17th September. Father Marcellinus Obioma Okide was en-route to his parish, in Udi, Enugu State when the incident took place…

18 September 2023
#Justice4Mohbad: Should We Take Laws Into Our Hands? Here’s What the Law Says on Jungle Justice
The death of Mohbad, aged 27, on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, a few months after he revealed that his colleagues at his former record label, Marlian Records, were after his life, has caused outrage among Nigerians who demand justice for the singer…

17 September 2023
CGTN Africa
Talk Africa: Africa at G20 and beyond
The African Union is now a permanent member of the G20. And it came quickly and surprisingly after years of unsuccessful attempts. Looking back, it was perhaps the continent’s biggest take-away at the 18th G20 Summit, meeting in New Delhi, India. So now, there is South Africa and the African Union as members of the Club. And Nigeria is in the queue waiting after filing for membership. But to what end? And, more importantly, was Africa’s membership in the G20 fast-tracked..?

16 September 2023
Wikki Times
Inside Secret Details of How Chinese-allied Miners Bribed Dogo Gide Terror Group to Access Mining Sites in Niger State
Despite the presence of terror groups — Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and the bandits’ faction of Dogo Gide — illegal mining activities continued in Kurebe and other surrounding villages, even after many residents deserted the axis following double-edged attacks from the military and terrorists…

13 September 2023
Catholic Review
Seminarian is burned to death in Nigeria in endless cycle of violence against Christians
In an endless cycle of violence against Christians in Nigeria, seminarian Na’Aman Danlami Stephen of the Diocese of Kafanchan was burned to death on Sept. 7 when a terrorist group called Fulani herdsmen attacked the rectory at St. Raphael Church in Fadan Kamantan…

12 September 2023
Catholic Priests As Endangered Species
Recently, bandits invaded the premises of St Raphael’s Parish, Fadan Kamantan, Kafanchan Catholic Diocese of Kaduna state and burnt down the Rectory killing a seminarian, Naam Ngofe Danladi in the process…

11 September 2023
Daily Post
100 days in office: Nigerians await actions on Tinubu’s promises
A few days ago, President Bola Tinubu crossed the symbolic 100 days in office but there was no fanfare because the day coincided with the delivery of judgement on the petition against his victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal…

“Peter Obi Is God-Sent” – Pastor Releases Prophecy, Tells Tinubu Why He Should Resign
The spiritual leader of the Holy Ghost Mountain Zion City of Miracle for All Nations, Prophet David Yahweh, has asked Bola Tinubu to resign as President of Nigeria. Legit reports that killings by non-state actors have continued unabated in many places in Nigeria several weeks into Tinubu’s administration…

News Central
President Bola Tinubu Champions Nigeria’s Inclusion in G20
In a recent statement, Nigerian president Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu expressed Nigeria’s readiness to play a crucial role in the Group of 20 (G20) and contribute to the advancement of global economic cooperation…

9 September 2023
Nigeria’s trade surplus nears 4-year high as oil exports rise
Nigeria’s trade surplus surged to the highest in nearly four years in the second quarter of this year, a BusinessDay analysis of the latest foreign trade statistics report has shown…

8 September 2023
Al Jazeera
Rivalry among Boko Haram factions compounds violence in northern Nigeria
Three years ago, Hussaini Abubakar feared the worst when armed men on motorbikes and in military camouflage stormed Damari, his village in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria…

Energy Voice
Eni’s Oando sale runs into headwinds
Eni set out its deal to sell its onshore unit to Nigeria’s Oando earlier this week but has swiftly run into problems, raising some similarities with Seplat Energy’s difficulties…

New Telegraph
Insurgency: 25,000 Persons Missing In North East Nigeria
The alarm raised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) that in less than a decade, more than 25,000 persons were registered as missing in the North East geo- political zone simply beats the imagination. According to the ICRC some 14,000 children are unaccounted for, while 13,000 family members are searching for missing loved ones…

7 September 2023
Al Jazeera
Opposition supporters saddened as tribunal upholds President Tinubu’s win
On Wednesday night, Nigeria’s presidential election tribunal upheld Bola Tinubu’s victory in the highly disputed presidential election of February 25, causing opposition supporters to despair about the state of the country…

The Times
What do the Commonwealth countries really think of King Charles?
Bob Carr has long advocated for Australia to become a republic. Yet in a surprisingly warm assessment, he is filled with praise for the first year of King Charles…

6 September 2023
Nigeria court rejects opposition bid to overturn February election
A Nigerian appeals court on Wednesday threw out opposition challenges to overturn President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s February election victory after a highly contested ballot…

4 September 2023
Business Hallmark
Insecurity spikes in President Tinubu’s 100 Days
For over a decade, insecurity has remained the top issue in Nigeria, despite all promises made by previous administrations to tackle the menace, the level of insecurity, which has been worsened by the economic crisis has left a large percentage of Nigerians hopeless…

Nigerians paid ₦302 million as ransom for kidnapping in one year
SB Morgen (SBM), known as SBM Intelligence, has revealed that between July 2022 and June 2023, $387,179, translating to ₦302 million, was paid as ransom to kidnappers in the country…

Resign Now for Failure to Rescue Eight Kidnapped Youth Corps Members in Zamfara, IG Told
Worried that the Nigeria’s acting Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, is not bothered that for 10 days since terrorists kidnapped eight National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members on a highway in Zamfara State and they are yet to be rescued, Human Rights Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked the police chief to either get the youth corps members freed within 24 hours or resign forthwith…

3 September 2023
Daily Independent
HURIWA To IGP: Resign Now
Civil Rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on Nigeria’s acting Inspector-General of Police Mr. Kayode Egbetokun to resign from office for alleged failure of the police to rescue eight corps members who have been held for 10 days by terrorists along a highway in Zamfara State…

2 September 2023
Bandits kill five worshippers, two others in fresh Kaduna attack
Seven persons, including five worshippers, have been reportedly killed by suspected bandits in Saya-Saya village of Ikara local government area of Kaduna State…

Insecurity: The One Year Timeline
Recently, President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, gave the defence ministers and service chiefs a period of one year to put an end to any form of insecurity in Nigeria. Taking up the challenge, the Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru, has been visiting some very senior military officers for ideas on how to get the job done…

1 September 2023
Multipolar world — BRICS vs G7 — spurring return of coups in Africa?
A series of violent change of governments in recent times in French-speaking West and Central Africa by military men is raising the spectre of a return to the hoary days of dystopia and tyranny rampant in the continent between the 1960s and the end of the Cold War…

Daily Independent
Tackling The Renewed Insurgency
In an apparent reference to the recurring decimal of insecurity in Nigeria, the current Vice President, Kashim Shettima, then a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), boasted in November, 2022: “Within six months and one year, my leader (Tinubu) will mobilise the leadership to end this madness!”…