April 2024

1st April 2024

22 April 2024
Punch
Solutions to Nigeria’s soaring food prices
Far too long, Nigerians have been under torment by the astronomical rise in the prices of basic foods and services in the marketplace. This gives room for a huge concern as the steep prices have battered the purchasing power of citizens, leading to uncertainty, an increase in poverty, and an unpalatable cost of living…

21 April 2024
FIJ
In Q1 2024, Over 1000 Civilians Killed in Nigeria
At least 1,027 civilians lost their lives to a spectrum of preventable incidents such as violence, armed robbery, abductions, gang clashes, Boko Haram, Fulani herders and other forms of terrorist attacks in the first quarter of 2024…

20 April 2024
Al Mayadeen
10 years following abduction by Boko Haram, Nigerian woman rescued
10 years after being abducted by Boko Haram militants when she was a schoolgirl in the town of Chibok, Nigerian troops have rescued a pregnant Lydia Simon and and her three children…

Vanguard
Pricing: Why Is MultiChoice Public Enemy No. 1?
When, in February, Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc announced an upward review of prices of 45 products, a beer-loving friend of mine said: “The last hope of the common man is under threat.” He was, of course, not talking about the judiciary, but beer…

19 April 2024
Punch
State police: Further delay is risky
The deterioration of security has continued to stimulate support for the swift establishment of state police as a panacea for the bloody violence. The state and federal governments and the federal and state assemblies must fast-track the process to save the country from implosion….

Wall Street Journal
One Sister Fled Boko Haram. The Other Was Trapped. Their Lives Will Never Be the Same.
Maryam Ali Maiyanga stepped onto the balcony of her university dorm, phone to her cheek, listening for the voice of a sister who had been missing for almost 10 years…

18 April 2024
CNBC Africa
Power outages cost Ghana over $680mn yearly
Upgrading infrastructure, diversifying energy sources to reduce reliance on volatile gas prices, and strengthening the grid’s resilience among others are key solutions highlighted in a report by SBM Intelligence which focuses on Ghana’s energy crisis. Isaac Kofi Agyei, an Analyst at SBM Intelligence joins CNBC Africa for more…

The Guardian
Nigerian woman rescued 10 years after kidnap by Boko Haram in Chibok
Nigerian troops have rescued a pregnant woman and her three children 10 years after she was abducted by Boko Haram militants when she was a schoolgirl in the town of Chibok…

Punch
Obi decries insecurity, urges rescue of remaining Chibok girls
The 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has lamented the deteriorating security situation across Nigeria and called for decisive action to free the remaining Chibok girls still in captivity…

15 April 2024
ICIR Nigeria
The Nigeria Police Force image-maker approach, a plus or a minus?
Many Nigerians began 2024 with anxiety due to the spike in cases of abductions that occurred towards the end of 2023 and in the early weeks of the new year…

La Croix
A decade after Chibok, mass abductions surge in Nigeria
Their abduction shook the world and spurred global efforts to combat the Islamist influence in the Sahel. In Nigeria, this tragic event now marks the beginning of a decade of mass kidnappings…

ThisDay
Currency Crisis Pushing Consumer Products’ Firms from Nigeria
Despite consumer groups on the front line of the global cost of living crisis assuring shoppers that the relentless price increases of the past few years will taper, for consumers in Nigeria there is little relief in sight, FT, has said in a report…

The United States Institute of Peace
To Help Stabilize West Africa, Bolster a Key Partner: Nigeria
Continued violence in West Africa is sharpening America’s critical challenge to reduce extremism and violence, particularly in the Sahel. Violent deaths in three western Sahel nations surged by 38% last year and Niger’s coup has complicated the U.S. military role in the region…

14 April 2024
AP
Nigerian families cope with trauma of more school kidnappings
His weak body stood in the doorway, exhausted and covered in dirt. For two years, the boy had been among Nigeria’s ghosts, one of at least 1,500 schoolchildren and others seized by armed groups and held for ransom…

BusinessDay
Chibok Girls: Nigeria’s govt still paying lip service to insecurity fight 10 years on
Today, 10 years ago, about 276 Nigerian girls were abducted from their school in a sleepy village of Chibok in Borno State. It was the first-of-its-kind in the history of Nigeria. An Islamist insurgent group, Boko Haram, accepted responsibility for the attack…

Kidnappers grow bolder with huge ransom despite FG’s threats
With the increasing value of ransom being demanded by kidnappers, “which are often not negotiated and fully paid”, it is very obvious that kidnapping is now a very lucrative enterprise in the country. From ₦5miilion demanded by a militant group to release an oil worker in Nigeria’s Delta in 2015, to ₦10 billion (around $50 million then) demanded by Boko Haram to release some of the 276 captured Chibok girls, and to now ₦100 million for each victim of the 10 people kidnapped from their homes inside an estate in Abuja recently, kidnapping is truly enterprising as most of the ransom money is being paid even by the government that either keeps mum or denies such…

Financial Times
Currency crisis pushes consumer groups from Nigeria
Many consumer groups on the front line of the global cost of living crisis have assured shoppers that the relentless price increases of the past few years will taper as global inflation cools. But for consumers in Nigeria there is little relief in sight…

ICIR
Nigerian Military retrieves over 66,000 firearms from non-state actors
Between January and April 2024, the Nigerian military recovered 66,692 arms and ammunition in various operations against bandits and terrorist groups across the country. The military noted that the firearms were recovered from terrorist groups, bandits, kidnappers, and ethnic or secessionist groups…

News Central TV
The Gigantic Cost of Anyhowness: Critiquing Nigeria’s Arbitrary Public Holidays
In a scathing critique, Ireti Bakare highlights the staggering economic consequences of Minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo’s decision to extend public holidays in Nigeria. Bakare condemns the minister’s apparent disregard for fiscal responsibility, labeling his actions as a display of wasteful generosity…

Pulse
Boko Haram abducted Chibok girls 10 years ago — Nigeria learned nothing from it
Before 2014, Boko Haram was already the world’s third deadliest terrorist group, responsible for the two bloodiest attacks anywhere across the globe in 2013, according to the Global Terrorism Index. The jihadists — targeting religious institutions, government buildings, businesses and security installations — had killed nearly 3,500 people in over 700 attacks and left nearly 2,000 wounded in its campaign of terror which started in 2009…

Punch
Military recovers 66,692 firearms in 2024
Troops across various theatres of operations in the country in separate operations have recovered a total of 66,692 arms and ammunition from non-state actors. A breakdown of the figures revealed that a total of 3,117 dangerous arms and 63,575 ammunition were captured by troops…

Radio Canada
Nigeria : 10 ans après l’enlèvement des jeunes filles, les kidnappings se poursuivent
Dans la nuit du 14 au 15 avril 2014, le groupe armé islamiste Boko Haram choquait le monde entier en enlevant 276 jeunes filles dans une école secondaire du nord du Nigeria. Dans des vidéos diffusées au cours des jours suivants, le chef de la secte, Aboubakar Shekau, affirmait avoir converti à l’islam les jeunes filles, qu’on a pu voir vêtues de tchadors noirs et gris, en train de prier…

11 April 2024
AP
10 years after Chibok, Nigerian families cope with the trauma of more school kidnappings
His weak body stood in the doorway, exhausted and covered in dirt. For two years, the boy had been among Nigeria’s ghosts, one of at least 1,500 schoolchildren and others seized by armed groups and held for ransom…

Context
Girls suffer most as Nigeria kidnap scourge hits school attendance
A kidnapping crisis in northern Nigeria is costing girls an education as parents choose safety over school a decade since the mass abduction of 276 female students in the town of Chibok caused global outrage. Jihadist group Boko Haram carried out the 2014 Chibok raid, but since then hundreds of children have been seized by criminal gangs using the same tactic of mass school kidnappings to seek ransom payments from parents…

Guardian Nigeria
‘We refuse to move on’, 91 Chibok girls’ parents tell Tinubu’s wife, seek intervention
Ten years after enduring raised hopes and dashed promises of seeing their loved ones return, parents of the 91 remaining girls of the 2014 Chibok school abduction in Borno State have written to the wife of the President, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, seeking her intervention…

SABC
Girls suffer most as Nigeria kidnap scourge hits school attendance
A kidnapping crisis in northern Nigeria is costing girls an education as parents choose safety over school a decade since the mass abduction of 276 female students in the town of Chibok caused global outrage…

10 April 2024
AFP
Nigeria’s Kidnapping Crisis
Ten years after the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping, Nigeria is facing a resurgence of mass abductions. The anniversary of Boko Haram’s infamous attack comes after two large-scale kidnappings — one in the same northeastern state as Chibok, the other in northwestern Kaduna state, where over 130 children were seized from their school…

BusinessDay
15 states shed ₦118bn in debt as FAAC inflows rise
The combined domestic debt stock of 15 states fell by ₦117.6 billion in the fourth quarter of last year as the increase in the money shared by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) boosted their revenues…

Punch
West African CSOs agenda-setting meeting for democracy
On April 4, 2024, civil society organisations on the platform of the West Africa Civil Society Institute with funding support from the Ford Foundation met in Lagos to find a lasting solution to the threat to democracy in the West Africa sub-region…

9 April 2024
Polygraph.info
Nigerian presidential adviser falsely claims Nigeria is safer than the US
On March 30, Bayo Onanuga, a journalist who now works as the Nigerian president’s special adviser on information and strategy, was interviewed by the “Mic on Podcast” about the burning issue of security in Nigeria…

The Daily Scrum
Impact of Escalating Kidnappings in Nigeria: Families Bear the Brunt
In recent years, Nigeria has witnessed a disturbing surge in kidnappings, particularly in the northwest and central regions of the country. Criminal gangs, taking advantage of vulnerable areas, have been brazenly abducting individuals for ransom, causing profound distress and upheaval within families and communities alike. The repercussions of these abductions are far-reaching, stretching beyond mere financial loss to inflict emotional trauma and social instability…

8 April 2024
Decrypt
Detained Execs, Daring Escapes: How Binance’s $35 Million Battle With Nigeria Unfolded
Binance’s operation in Africa’s biggest cryptocurrency market is under intense scrutiny, with Nigerian authorities accusing the crypto giant and a host of other exchanges of infractions including currency manipulation and facilitating transfers of illicit funds…

7 April 2024
Punch
Shattered hope: Families of slain soldiers struggle with grief, unfulfilled dreams
The weathered face of retired Warrant Officer, Zakari Aliu, father of the late Captain Usman Zakari, was etched with lines of sorrow and fatigue as he spoke. Aliu’s eyes, once filled with hope and determination, are now hollow, reflecting the deep anguish of a parent who has lost a child…

5 April 2024
BBC
Journey to orientation camp land her for kidnappers den – Risk wey youth corps members dey face
“We hear one gunshot, di driver stop. Dem ask evribodi to come down. Dem separate us, come tell us to face floor” Patience (no be her real name sake of to protect her identity) dey tok about di night for 2023 wen she and ten oda pipo land for di hand of kidnappers, as dem dey travel by bus through rural Kogi State for central Nigeria…

New Telegraph
Hike In Food Prices, Hunger, Others Herald Agric Sector
The last three months of the year 2023 was less impactful for the country’s agric sector as stakeholders and Nigerians are yet to be convinced of President Bola Tinubu Administration’s preparedness towards taking the country’s agric sector to the promised land…

Nigerian Tribune
Buhari’s Welfarism versus Tinubu’s and Obasanjo’s Bretton Woods Neoliberalism
Eleven months into President Tinubu’s administration, Nigeria’s economic difficulties have skyrocketed to an alarming height, with some of the policies proving unfavourable to the country’s financial health and the economic wellbeing of many Nigerians. This raises a vital question: Are the acclaimed Bretton Woods neoliberal policies of the Tinubu administration actually working for the country..?

4 April 2024
BBC
Nigeria’s graduates vulnerable to kidnapping
SBM Intel’s head of research, Ikemesit Effiong spoke on a BBC World programme, “Business Daily” on why young people are risking long journeys along rural roads to take part in the National Youth Service Corps, or NYSC…

Truth Nigeria
Police Gun Down Serial Killer in Oil Rich State of Nigeria
The Rivers State Police Command has gunned down the commander of a dreaded cult group, Izuma David Odiereke, a. k. a ‘Solution’, who has been on the wanted list of the police for nearly 10 years. ‘Solution’ commanded the ‘Greenlanders’ confraternity before he was killed during a shoot-out with the police in the Owube Kingdom in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers state at about 4 am on Monday, March 25, 2024…

3 April 2024
Al Jazeera
Why mass kidnappings still plague Nigeria a decade after Chibok abductions
In the decade since the armed group Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 students at an all-girls school in the town of Chibok, abductions have become a recurrent fixture in Nigeria, especially in the restive northern regions…

2 April 2024
Legit Nigeria
Tension as Gunmen Abduct Many Students in Delta State, Makes Difficult Demand
Gunmen have reportedly abducted an unspecified number of students travelling along the East-West road in Ughelli, Delta state. The incident reportedly happened on Friday, March 29, but details are sketchy as of the time of this report…

Comboni Missionaries
The open wound of kidnapping priests
It is a sunny and hot Sunday morning. Father Steven is getting ready to go to celebrate mass in one of the parish chapels where today the community is celebrating the first communions…

1 April 2024
BusinessDay
High cost of feeding deters many Nigerians from accommodating relatives
Many families in Nigeria have begun to cut down the number of relatives staying with them as the soaring cost of food items continue to take a chunk off their wallets and placing heavy burden on their survival…