Afternoon Update: Northern Traders Insist On Food Blockade, EFCC Prosecutes Dutch National, Wife, Biden Snubs Buhari

Northern Traders Insist On Food Blockade

The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) says it prefers that farm produce goes to waste rather than tolerate continued attacks on its members in the South, TheCable reports.

Awwalu Aliyu, an official of the union in Kano on Tuesday said the decision not to supply food to the South was not to starve southerners but to protest against attacks on their people.

Aliyu who restated the group’s claim that northerners were killed and lost properties, especially during the #EndSARS protests and the recent Shasha market crisis in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, added that it would be better for them to lose food items locked up inside trucks in Jebba, Niger state than lose their lives…READ MORE>>>

Alleged $330,000 Fraud: EFCC Prosecutes Dutch National, Wife

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital has remanded a Dutch national, Peiter Borremans, and his wife, Nkechi Borremans to the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

They are remanded for allegedly defrauding two firms of Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand ($330,000) meant for the purchase of a marine tanker vessel.

The defendants alongside a firm, Lagon Trade Limited were arraigned by the EFCC before Justice E. A. Obile of a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on two counts bordering on fraud and felony…READ MORE>>>

Police Nab 4 Persons Over Alleged Impersonation In Ekiti

Four persons who posed as operatives of the proscribed Nigerian Merchant Naval Corps have been arrested during their visit to the office of the Chairman of Irepodun/ Ifelodun Local Government, Hon. Shina Ogunleye,

The gun-weilding corps, who clad in Naval uniform, were rounded up at the headquarters of the council at Igede Ekiti.

Ogunleye who confirmed this to journalists via telephone conversation, said the four men were nabbed by a combined force of Police and men of the Department of State Services (DSS) who acted on a tip off from the council boss…READ MORE>>>

Biden Snubs Buhari In First Calls To Africa

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first call to an African leader last week, apparently choosing not to speak to Nigeria’s President Buhari, an omission experts say reflects not only America’s diplomatic priorities but Nigeria’s estimation at a time the continent’s largest democracy faces staggering domestic problems.

Mr Biden reached out to Africa Thursday after more than a month in office and a flurry of phone calls to American allies around the world.

He spoke to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, while Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.

Mr Biden had earlier spoken to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in November 2020, days after his election.

The obvious sidestepping of Nigeria, long seen as an influential regional leader, has not gone unnoticed…READ MORE>>>

Gunmen Break Into Residence Of Sokoto Commissioner, Abduct Family Members

Some gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted the sister in-law and brother of the Commissioner for Youth and Sport Development in Sokoto state, Bashir Gorau.

Gorau broke the news of the abduction on his verified Facebook account on Wednesday…READ MORE>>>