Author: Hassan Haruna

Nigeria is currently engaged in discussions with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to potentially buy Tejas fighter jets, as reported by Bloomberg citing C. B. Ananthakrishnan, the chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics. The company is also in talks with Argentina, Egypt, and the Philippines for similar aircraft deals. Hindustan Aeronautics, in its latest annual report, revealed plans to expand internationally by establishing offices. It is actively collaborating with the Nigerian Army Aviation and Argentine Air Force, offering training to officers and supplying spare parts to boost exports. Despite a surge in orders from the Indian Defence Force, only 1% of the fighter…

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Peru’s former President, Alberto Fujimori, has been released from Barbadillo prison in Lima after serving 16 years of a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses during his rule in the 1990s. The country’s highest court reinstated a controversial 2017 pardon, citing humanitarian grounds, despite criticism from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and victims’ families. Fujimori, 85, emerged from prison on Wednesday, greeted by supporters as he reunited with his children, Keiko and Kenji, before departing in a grey truck. Supporters argue that Fujimori played a crucial role in combating the Shining Path armed group and averting economic collapse, while…

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In a distressing incident at a secondary school in Bryansk, Russia, a 14-year-old girl fatally shot a fellow pupil and injured five others before taking her own life, as revealed by officials. On Thursday, investigators indicated that they are actively working to understand both the motive behind the shooting and how the student gained access to the pump-action shotgun used in the tragic event. According to preliminary investigation findings, the 14-year-old girl brought the firearm to Gymnasium Number Five, where she fired shots at her classmates, resulting in two fatalities, including the shooter, and five injured children who have been…

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A U.S. Department of State official named Paul Dean stated that the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help global military forces minimize accidental bombings during operations. Mr. Dean, serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability, emphasized during a recent roundtable with journalists in Abuja that AI has the potential to enhance military operations by ensuring adherence to international humanitarian law, improving efficiency, eliminating biases, and enhancing decision-making processes. He mentioned that his bureau, along with 47 other partners, has endorsed the ‘Political Declaration on the Responsible Use of AI and…

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Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusei disclosed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) underwent a thorough audit, a move that ultimately led to his departure from the top bank. Sanusi made this revelation during his address at the Bank Directors Summit held at Transcorp Hilton’s Congress Hall in Abuja. Emphasizing the need for separation of roles, Sanusi asserted that the President should not simultaneously serve as the Minister of Petroleum during his tenure as CBN governor from June 2009 to February 2014. He highlighted the importance of maintaining the independence of the apex bank…

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Reportedly, armed Ambazonian militants in Cameroon have allegedly taken control of the Belegete community in the Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. The Belegete community, situated on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon within the edges of the Obanliku plateau, is facing a critical situation. Notably, the community lacks access roads or communication networks to reach headquarters promptly. According to reliable sources as disclosed to ‘CrossRiverWatch,’ the armed bandits have held the community captive for more than 24 hours without any security intervention. The distressing incident occurred on December 5, 2023. The armed Ambazonian militants reportedly entered…

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Gunmen have reportedly taken the lives of at least 12 people, leaving several others injured in recent assaults on communities such as Anyiin, Ayilamo, Iorza, and Gbeji in the Logo Local Government Area of Benue State. Allegedly, the attackers are identified as Fulani herdsmen. According to reliable eyewitnesses, the unprovoked attacks commenced last Monday, claiming the lives of three innocent individuals. The violence persisted throughout the week, with a total of nine more casualties reported. An anonymous eyewitness, who managed to escape the onslaught, revealed that the attackers, aside from entering homes, brazenly blocked roads in Anyiin, Iorza, and Gbeji…

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A 25-year-old woman, whose name has not been disclosed in local media, was recently sentenced to three years in prison by judges in Moscow, Russia. This tragic incident unfolded on a Lastochka intercity electric train, a commonly used mode of transportation across the country. The woman gruesomely stabbed her newborn baby 44 times just moments after giving birth in a train toilet. The baby, initially healthy, lost his life in a horrifying manner between Andronovka Station and Nizhegorodskaya Station, both located to the west of Moscow. Shockingly, an investigation revealed that the mother had inserted a ‘bundle of paper’ into…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is embarking on an uncommon journey abroad, heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and later Saudi Arabia. This trip marks a departure from his limited international travels since March when an arrest warrant was issued against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The warrant accuses Putin of a war crime—illegally deporting Ukrainian children to Russia. Notably, neither the UAE nor Saudi Arabia recognizes the ICC’s jurisdiction. During his visit to the UAE, discussions between Putin and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan are expected to touch on various critical issues. These include…

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The United Nations (UN) is urging the Nigerian military to review and update its rules of engagement and standard operating procedures to prevent incidents like the recent attack on innocent people in Kaduna. Sadly, during the Maulud festival in Kaduna, many innocent lives were lost when individuals, mistaken for bandits, were targeted. Seif Magango, the UN Human Rights Public Information Officer, acknowledged the military’s view that the incident was an accident. Still, he emphasized the importance of implementing measures that comply with international law to protect civilians and their property during military operations. Magango expressed concern about what he perceived…

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informed a U.S. federal court that a former Chicago mobster connected to President Bola Tinubu has passed away.  This revelation was made during an ongoing freedom of information lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington D.C. The FBI disclosed this information on Wednesday but did not provide details about Lee Andrew Edwards’ cause or date of death. The disclosure hinted at potential implications for the timeline of future revelations in the ongoing legal matter. The announcement follows the government’s attempts to withhold information regarding Tinubu’s alleged involvement…

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On Wednesday, the Nigerian Army commenced a military operation called ‘Operation Golden Dawn III’ to address security concerns in Abia State.  Governor Alex Otti inaugurated the exercise at the 14 Brigade Step-Up Headquarters in Isuochi, Umunneochi Local Government Area. Represented by his Special Assistant on Security, Mr. Macdonald Uba, Governor Otti expressed confidence that the operation would help eliminate criminal elements across the state. He emphasized the importance of Operation Golden Dawn III in supporting the military and other security services to reduce crime during the Yuletide season. Governor Otti urged the participating officers and men to adhere strictly to…

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In Tehran, Iran, the country has propelled a capsule containing animals into space, marking a significant step in its space program contested by Western nations and gearing up for eventual human missions. State media unveiled footage of the Iranian-manufactured rocket successfully sending the 500kg (1,100 pounds) “all-indigenous” capsule 130km (80 miles) into orbit. The Salman rocket, developed by the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics, carried the heaviest biological capsule in the Iranian space program’s history. While the specific animals aboard were undisclosed, the Iranian Space Agency commissioned the capsule, which was created by the aerospace division of the…

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In a tragic incident on a Tuesday morning in Newmarket, Suffolk, United Kingdom, Taiwo Owoeye Abodunde, a Nigerian woman, nurse, and mother of three, met a sorrowful end.  Her untimely death revealed a story of marital strife, domestic turmoil, and a police response now facing scrutiny. The circumstances leading to this grim discovery unfolded during an unplanned encounter by the police. The visit was prompted by a follow-up related to a previous assault report against her estranged husband, David Olubunni Abodunde. This visit was scheduled as part of gathering evidence concerning assault allegations made by Taiwo against Olubunni on November…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, aiming to enhance his influence in the Middle East, is scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on today, Wednesday. Following this, he will host Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Moscow the next day. The discussions during these visits are anticipated to cover topics such as bilateral relations and the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, as stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday. Additionally, talks on cooperation in the oil market, involving OPEC+ (comprising OPEC and allies led by Russia), will be on the agenda. Peskov emphasized that while these discussions fall under the…

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The United States has declared a visa ban on individuals involved in violence in the West Bank, including both Israeli settlers and Palestinians. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the measure is aimed at addressing attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians, as well as acts of violence attributed to Palestinians. The announcement follows a surge in attacks in the West Bank triggered by the conflict in the Gaza Strip. According to US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller, the visa ban will impact “dozens” of extremist Israelis and some of their family members. However, specific names cannot be disclosed due…

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No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion in a city that suffered one of the world’s worst school attacks nine years ago. On Tuesday morning in Peshawar, Pakistan, at least seven people, including four children, were injured by a roadside bomb. The incident occurred opposite a school on a major road when an improvised explosive device detonated. The area was cordoned off by Peshawar police for further investigation, while the injured were transported to Lady Reading Hospital. Authorities stated it is too early to determine the intended target. An eight-year-old child sustained serious injuries, while the others were in…

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The head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, shared that 25 groups want to become political parties for the upcoming 2027 general elections. He mentioned this during an event in Abuja organized by the Kukah Centre and the European Union (EU), where he was represented by Sam Olumekun, a National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC. Yakubu highlighted that despite recent criticism of INEC, the National Assembly, a key part of the political landscape, originated from political parties. He pointed out that currently, there are 25 political associations seeking registration as…

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The 2024 budget proposal reveals that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima are slated to allocate a substantial sum of N10.13 billion for their travel and meal expenses. This budget, amounting to N27.5 trillion, is currently under scrutiny by the National Assembly. Breaking down the figures, the proposed budget outlines that Tinubu plans to spend N638.5 million on domestic trips and a staggering N6.9 billion on international travels, totaling N7.6 billion. Meanwhile, Shettima’s travel expenses are estimated at N1.8 billion, with N618.4 million earmarked for local journeys and N1.2 billion for international trips. On the subject of…

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The Senate Committee on Public Accounts has given the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) management a 48-hour ultimatum to provide explanations regarding the whereabouts of over $1.8 billion.  If the NPA fails to comply, the committee is prepared to use legal measures to enforce accountability. Senator Ahmed Aliyu Wadada, the committee’s chairman, criticized the NPA’s inability to clarify the missing funds. He expressed discontent with the Managing Director’s alleged refusal to appear before the panel and noted that the representative was absent during the scheduled interface. Senator Aliyu emphasized that no one is above the law, and disrespect towards the National…

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has issued a warrant of arrest for the new Central Bank Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, and the Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, along with 17 others. This action was taken because they did not respond to the committee’s invitations regarding inquiries into their operations. Lawmaker Fred Agbedi introduced a motion during the committee’s hearing on Tuesday, December 5, leading to the adoption of the arrest warrant. Agbedi explained that the officials were invited four times but failed to attend, prompting the need for a warrant. He urged the Inspector General of…

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Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has visited Tudun Biri community in Kaduna State to offer condolences after a tragic incident. Accompanied by senior staff officers, he met with local leaders, including the District Head of Rigasa, Architect Aminu Idris, expressing deep regret for the unfortunate event. During his visit, General Lagbaja acknowledged the challenges the community faced with armed banditry in the past. He explained that a drone strike occurred during aerial patrols when troops mistakenly identified a group of people, leading to the regrettable incident. The COAS emphasized his personal presence to witness…

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The Borno State Police Command reported a successful operation in defusing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) discovered at the University of Maiduguri entrance on Monday. The Public Relations Officer, ASP Nahum Daso, confirmed the incident during an interview on Tuesday in Maiduguri. According to Daso, around 9:00 a.m. on December 4, a suspicious device was observed near the main gate of the university. The command promptly deployed the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team, which confirmed the device as a makeshift IED. The Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) then acted swiftly, successfully diffusing the IED without causing harm to individuals or property.…

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Approximately 2,000 people in eight communities within the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State had to leave their homes for Benishek, the LGA headquarters, due to a warning from suspected Boko Haram insurgents. The insurgents issued a notice, giving residents three days to vacate or face severe attacks. After the ultimatum, the terrorists raided the villages about a week later, forcing residents to flee and causing several casualties. The fleeing villagers, complying with the terrorists’ directive, left their harvests behind, arriving in Benishek without any food. The insurgents accused the communities of betrayal, alleging that residents failed to inform…

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As part of a concerted effort to solve the overcrowding issue in Correctional Centres, the Federal Government has successfully settled fines and compensations amounting to N52 million for a total of 399 inmates housed in various centres across Kaduna State. Dr. Ado Saleh, the Comptroller of Correctional Service in Kaduna State, made this revelation during the inauguration of the initiative in Zaria on Monday. The initiative, designed and implemented by the Federal Government, aims to release inmates by covering fines and compensations owed. The inauguration event in Zaria marked the release of 68 inmates from Zaria, Makarfi, Soba, and Ikara…

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The UK government is planning to increase the minimum salary required for foreign workers to take jobs in the country, as part of efforts to reduce migration. The minimum salary for a skilled worker visa will go up from £26,200 to £38,700 next year. Home Secretary James Cleverly unveiled a five-point plan to address immigration concerns, stating that migration levels to the UK are “far too high,” highlighting years of abuse in health and care visas. Conservative MPs, pressured by record net migration figures of 745,000 last year, urged action on legal migration. In addition to the salary hike, Cleverly…

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In 2022, Nigeria experienced persistent terrorism, according to the U.S. Department of State’s latest Country Reports on Terrorism (CRT). The report highlights continuous attacks by groups like ISIS-West Africa (ISIS-WA), Boko Haram, and Ansaru in the northern and central regions of Nigeria. These attacks targeted the government, security forces, and civilians, resulting in casualties, injuries, abductions, and property destruction. Matthew Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, emphasized the deployment of a comprehensive counter-terrorism (CT) approach with allies globally to address diverse and dynamic national security challenges. The report outlines various tactics employed in Nigeria, such as small…

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The University of Calabar, Unical, recently declared a significant surge in undergraduate tuition fees, surpassing the 100% mark. This development, as conveyed in a statement by the university’s spokesperson, Effiong Eyo, was formally announced on Monday in Calabar. The decision to revise the fees was reached during an emergency meeting of the university’s Senate convened on Friday, as highlighted in the released statement. This adjustment is slated to be implemented starting from the academic sessions of 2022/2023 and 2023/2024. Breaking down the specifics of the fee restructuring, students in non-science courses, including freshers, returning students, and final-year students, will now…

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial on multiple corruption charges is set to resume after a pause caused by the conflict in Gaza. A Jerusalem court is scheduled to begin hearing the case on Monday, focusing on allegations of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust in cases known as Case 1000, 2000, and 4000, filed in 2019. In Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife Sara are accused of receiving gifts, such as champagne and cigars, from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer in exchange for political favors. Bribery charges, if proven, carry a potential sentence of up…

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Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu is facing legal challenges as he’s accused of unlawfully inaugurating himself despite a pending legal action against the 2023 presidential poll.  Constitutional lawyer and 2019 presidential candidate Chief Albert Ambrose Owuru filed a case at the Supreme Court, seeking to nullify Tinubu’s inauguration. Owuru argues that the election leading to Tinubu’s victory is invalid due to his unresolved legal dispute against Tinubu and others. Owuru, who contested the 2019 election, claimed victory but filed a suit against the result. “The implication of this, by law is that the 2023 presidential election and its outcome which Tinubu…

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