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Nigeria, China to promote governance to benefit citizens of both countries



Nigeria and China have said that they will enhance the fields of publishing, academic industries, national development and governance to bring tangible benefits to citizens of both countries.


Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun said this at the Rejuvenation Book Series Gifting Ceremony at the China Cultural Centre in Abuja. The event was organised by the embassy and the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Company Limited.


“I also believe that the cooperation between our two countries in these areas is more than conceptual. It can also bring tangible benefits to our two peoples.


“More importantly, it will surely help to inspire the all-round exchange between China and Nigeria and boost the cooperation between China and the whole of Africa.’’


Cui said the book series selected important documents related to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.


More so, the ambassador said the series described the efforts of the Chinese, represented by the Chinese communists in pursuit of national liberty, development, prosperity and rejuvenation.


He further said it displayed the spirit that influenced China’s development process and revealed the historical logic and cultural landscape of the Chinese nation’s great rejuvenation.


Also speaking, the Director, Centre for China Studies, Mr Charles Onunaiju said the book series was significant as it opened a window in the Nigeria-China cooperation.


“China and Nigeria cooperation is already a model of pragmatic cooperation built on a long-standing tradition of win-win and mutual benefit.


“In both economic and political sectors, Nigeria-China cooperation have demonstrated that though social systems might differ and may be also geographically distant from each other.


According to him, the meeting of minds in sharing several fields of endeavours and even common stance on good number of important global issues continually brings the two sides together in a practical cooperation.


“The China rejuvenation book series is an intellectual and scholarly tour de-force to re-found the trajectories of China’s long march to contemporary reckoning.’’


Onunaiju urged Africa and Nigeria in particular, to engage and internalise the benefits of the national rejuvenation and collective self-realisation undertaken by the Chinese. The book series were gifted to the National Library of Nigeria and the Minister of Culture and Tourism of China.


Part of the books displayed at the exhibition included books by famous Nigerian authors translated into Hausa and Chinese.

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Nigerian Navy arrests Motor Tanker VINNALARIS 1 Lagos for crude oil theft



The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, IGBOKODA in Ondo State, has arrested 77-meter-long Motor Tanker (MT) VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS in the early hours of Thursday 7 December 2023 at about 3.00am.


A Statement by the Nigerian Navy spokeperson Commodore Ayo Vaughn said the vessel had 17 crew members onboard at the time of arrest and was caught engaging in illegal siphoning of crude oil from one of the well heads at EBESAN oil field about 7 nautical miles off the coast of Awoye riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.


He said the apprehension of the vessel was based on credible intelligence received by the Base on the illegal activities of crude oil thieves at the location which informed the swift deployment of FOB IGBOKODA personnel to enforce the arrest of the vessel and her crew.


The vessel, MT VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS, has a storage capacity of about 15,000 metric tonnes and as at the time of arrest had loaded about 500 Metric tonnes of crude oil.


The statement further added, “it is believed that Tantita Security Service TSS is involved in the illegalities because Awoye riverine area which is close to the place of arrest is covered by TSS.” Vaughan noted that it was upon the arrest of the vessel by the Nigerian Navy that TSS began to raise false alarm, which the Navy described as totally unfounded and mischievous.

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The National Judicial Commision has recommended the appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, one Justice of Court of Appeal, 6 Heads of Courts and 26 other Judicial Officers.


This was the consencus at the Councils 104 Meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee



According to a statement signed by the Director Of Information, Soji Oye, the council after much deliberations, recommended Justice Hannatu Sankey, Justice Chidiebere Uwa, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Haruna Tsammani and

Justice Aseimo Adumein as Supreme court Justices.


Others are Justice Obande Ogbuinya, Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Habeeb Abiru, Justice Jamilu Tukur, Justice Abubakar Umar, and Justice Mohammed Idris.


The NJC also recommended Justice Mohammed Ramat as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.


Some heads of court nominated are Justice Joel Agya, as the Chief Judge Taraba State,

Justice Umar Abubakar, Chief Judge of Taraba State amongst others.


The Council has said that all recommended candidates to the Supreme Court Bench would be sworn-in after the approval of their recommendation by President Bola Tinubu and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.


NJC has also noted that the various Heads of Court recommended would also be sworn-in upon the approval of their appointment by their various State Governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective State Houses of Assembly.

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EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud



EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied comments by it’s Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede which labelled seventy percent of Nigerian Students as internet fraudsters.




While stating this in a Statement by the Head, Media and Publicity Dele Oyewale, the Commission says it is a misrepresentation of the concerns of the Chairman of the EFCC to the rising incidences of internet- related crimes involving Youths across the Country.




It explains that its Chairman had called for wider media enlightenment of youths as a counter- measure against the menace of internet fraud at a meeting with Representatives of the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs that paid him a visit in Abuja.




Olukoyede says that reports and intelligence available to him indicated that, unless the trajectory of youth involvement in internet fraud is addressed and reversed, the future of their leadership of Nigeria may be threatened and if it continues in the next ten years, seven out ten of the youths may be getting involved in cybercrimes.



The EFCC says that at no time did its Chairman mentioned that “seven out of ten” Nigerian students are criminals” as widely reported.




The Commission assures the public that its Chairman is doubly committed to the progress of Nigerian Youths and underscores his calls for collaborative interventions in offering them more productive and sustainable alternatives.



The Statement added that the concerns of the EFCC Chairman bothers on breaking the jinx of mass indulgence of youths in cybercrimes.

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