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Nigeria: Couples suspend planned marriages over wedding tax

Several couples in the Nigerian state of Kano have halted their plans of getting married following the imposition of a wedding tax. The tax imposed by the chief of the Kera village some four months ago requires grooms to pay 137,000 naira ($377, £294). Prior to the imposition of the wedding tax grooms were required to provide furniture and kitchen ware to the bride’s family when they get married. Reports say there has not been a single wedding ceremony in a village in the Kano state since the tax was…

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Twitter founder arrives in Nigeria for Africa tour

The co-founder and CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey has arrived in Nigeria for the start of a month-long trip in Africa. He will be spending the whole of November in Africa, visiting Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Dorsey had said before his trip that he would be spending a lot of time with entrepreneurs in these countries he is visiting. He has been tweeting about his trip, saying he had had dinner with “some new friends”. Great dinner w some new friends pic.twitter.com/HsCwicfouN — jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) November 7,…

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Ghana: Local traders lock up shops of foreigners

Local traders in Ghana’s second largest city of Kumasi on Wednesday locked up shops belonging to foreigners in some commercial hubs. The closure took place in areas like Alarbar, Adhye and Kejetia with Nigerian traders bearing the most brunt. It’s unclear what sparked the said lock up but local media reported it was a distress action coming on the heels of the closure of the Nigerian border which has affected several Ghanaian traders. The leader of Nigerian Traders Union in the Ashanti region where the lock ups took place, Chief…

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Ghanaian traders push for ban on imports from Nigeria

Ghana’s government is under pressure to ban all imports from Nigeria as a sign of disapproval to the ongoing closure of Nigeria’s borders with neighbouring West African countries. Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer has for months now closed its borders to stop what it claims was the smuggling of rice, weapons and sub-standard goods into the country. But the closure is having devastating effects on other ECOWAS member states like Ghana. Ghana’s Union Traders Association (GUTA) is now requesting that Ghana’s government also closes its eastern corridor to all imported…

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Nigeria insists Boko Haram has been ‘technically defeated’

The Nigerian government has said it stands by a 2015 claim that militant group Boko Haram has been defeated. Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in 2015 made the said statement on behalf of the government. That claim has been ridiculed several times by critics of the government who say that cannot be true when Boko Haram continues to kill through unending attacks. But Mohammed on Monday said the wings of the terrorists have been clipped. He told a gathering in Lagos that “I stand by what…

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Nigeria: Buhari orders raid on religious ‘torture schools’

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday ordered massive clampdown on illegal religious schools across Nigeria. These Islamic schools called rehabilitation centres are reportedly subjecting children in their care to torture and other inhumane activities. On Saturday authorities freed nearly 150 students from one of such centres in northern Nigeria which claimed it was teaching the children about Koran. That was the fourth such operation in a month, bringing the total number of children freed from religious schools in northern Nigeria to more than 1,000. Kaduna state governor Nasir El Rufai…

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IMF calls for speedy resolution to Nigeria border closure

The International Monetary Fund is asking Nigeria to speed up resolution to the closure of its border with neighboring west African nations. Since August 20, 2019, Nigeria has closed its borders with some of its neighbouring West African countries. Borders in four geopolitical zones across the country, including South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West have been closed. The government took the decision in an attempt to stop what it calls smuggling activities at it’s borders. Rice is one of the commodities mostly smuggled on a massive scale into Nigeria through borders linking with…

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Meet Kafayat Sanni, Nigeria’s first female fighter jet pilot

Kafayat Sanni has made history becoming Nigeria’s first female fighter jet pilot. Sanni in 2017 emerged as the overall best pilot at the Nigerian Armed Forces 401 Flying Training School in Kaduna State. Her reward was her travel to the United States of America to train at the US Aviation Leadership Programme. Sanni successfully completed her studies and training and returned home to be decorated alongside 12 new fighter pilots at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday. She also trained at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa for 14…

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Nigeria: Police fire gunshots in clash with Shi’ites’ protesters

Police in Nigeria on Friday had to fire teargas and gunshots to disperse Islamic Movement in Nigeria members who were protesting in Abuja. The clash with the protesters ended the procession abruptly. The Shi’ites according to local media also plan staging a nationwide procession on Saturday as part of their annual ritual event called the Arbaeen trek. Arbaeen is a Shiite annual religious practice usually conducted on 20th Safar of Islamic calendar to mark the 40th day of the murder of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. This year…

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Nigeria’s Buhari reduces foreign trips of ministers to cut cost

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has reduced the number of foreign trips his ministers will embark on as well as their duration. The President is reported to have taken the action which covers other categories of government officials as part of ‘cost-saving measure’. Nigeria is struggling to reduce its fiscal deficit and the move is intended to help address the crisis. A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said President also removed travel allowances, cut down on the number of persons permitted to travel with ministers and…

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