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Nigeria vows to jail corrupt judges, seize stolen assets

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, said in Lagos on Tuesday that judges found to have corruptly enriched themselves would be prosecuted, jailed and would lose to the state any asset they acquired with such stolen funds. Mr. Malami, who was the special guest at the launch of a report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) titled, “Go home and sin no more: Corrupt judges escaping from justice in Nigeria”, said judges should be beyond reproach. “Considering the pivotal role that they play in the…

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Nigeria’s ex-oil minister Alison-Madueke arrested in London

Reuters—Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday, a source from Nigeria’s presidency circle and another with links to her family said. Alison-Madueke was minister from 2010 until May 2015 under former president Goodluck Jonathan, who was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari at the polls in March. Buhari took office in May promising to root out corruption in Africa’s most populous country, where few benefit from the OPEC member’s enormous energy resources. ADVERTISING A police spokesman in London said he had no record of such an arrest….

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Adeola Fayehun and why she beat up Robert Mugabe

Mugabe from grace to grass PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s unexpected roller-coaster in Nigeria last week after an ambush by local journalists who confronted him over when he will quit during his counterpart Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration had its own hilarious and abrasive moments, yet it was also instructive. Editor’s Memo with Dumisani Muleya Led by Adeola Fayehun, who hosts Keeping It Real With Adeola, a satire show on African politics on the online Sahara TV, Nigerian journalists besieged Mugabe with questions on when he will go and allow change in Zimbabwe. Compared…

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Newly Elected Nigerian Pres. Takes office

By Robyn Dixon contact the reporter Today could mark the beginning of governments where the people count.” Friday’s editorial in Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper conveyed the massive swell of optimism in Nigeria as 72-year-old former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president – the first opposition leader to take power through an election since independence in 1960. Buhari told Nigerians, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,” signaling his determination to rid Nigeria of the corruption that has pervaded government for decades, siphoning off billions of dollars,…

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Nigerian Elections: Buhari Picks Christian Lawyer As Running Mate

W O R L D/nigeria Reuters—Nigeria’s main opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari has picked southern Christian lawyer Yemi Osinbajo to be his running mate in elections set for February 2015, the party leader said on Wednesday. Choosing a Christian from the south to run for the number two job alongside a Muslim northern presidential candidate fits a pattern in Nigerian elections of trying to balance ethnic and religious sentiments to maximise voter appeal. President Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian who will seek re-election in the polls, picked his current vice president…

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