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Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenza said on Sunday he was 'no fool' to believe Beijing's explanation of the presence of the 'maritime militia' vessels at Whitsun Reef adding that the boats should 'get out of there' [Philippine Coast Guard via Reuters]

Philippines warns China of ‘unwanted hostilities’ in sea dispute

The presence of Chinese vessels at a disputed reef off the Philippines could ignite “unwanted hostilities”, a top aide to President Rodrigo Duterte has warned, intensifying a diplomatic spat over the ships that Manila described as “maritime militia”.
Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has inaugurated the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and the Special Security and Human Rights Committee.

Bayelsa governor bans deforestation activities

Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa has banned logging and other deforestation activities as part of efforts to protect the state’s forest reserves and rare plant species.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said this on Sunday in Lagos.

Lagos begins artisanal fisheries value intervention

Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, said the State has begun artisanal fisheries value intervention for artisanal fishing communities in the State through empowerment and capacity building.

Oil spill shuts down fishing in 10 Delta communities

A devastating oil blowout has grounded fishing occupation at over 10 oil communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area in Delta State.
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Dangote builds jetty to protect Lekki shoreline

Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals has built a Jetty to protect the shorelines while allowing fishing activities in Lekki communities, allaying the fears of fishermen.

Nigerians given green light to sue Shell over oil spills

The UK Supreme Court on Friday allowed a group of 42 500 Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) in English courts after years of oil spills in the Niger Delta contaminated land and groundwater.
The Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Saturday began cleanup at Jabi Lake fishing area in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).

Abuja: NGO begins cleanup at Jabi Lake

The Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Saturday began cleanup at Jabi Lake fishing area in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, says to reduce the over 2.5 million acutely malnourished and stunted children, the Federal Government is implementing innovative policies and strategies that are appropriately funded, data-driven and sustainable.

President Buhari releases N34 billion for construction of 377 rural roads to stop post-harvest...

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, on Tuesday, said that the Federal Government’s construction of 377 rural roads across the country was to stop annual post harvest losses.
A fisherman displays his oil soaked fishing net on the polluted shoreline in Bodo. GEORGE OSODI-BLOOMBERG NEWS

Fishermen hail Dutch court ruling, ask Shell to pay $3.6 billion Bonga oil spill...

Following Friday’s ruling by a Dutch court that found Shell liable of polluting the farmlands of four farmers in the Niger Delta region, Artisanal Fishermen Association of Nigeria (ARFAN) has advised the oil firm to promptly comply with the judgement and compensate the farmers.

Rights group commends Netherlands court on Shell liability for oil spill in Niger Delta

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has lauded judgement by the Netherlands Court of Appeal that held Shell liable for oil spills across Nigeria’s coastal communities of the Niger Delta and consequently ordered it (Shell) to pay compensation for the spills which polluted rivers, fishponds and farmlands that thousands of local farmers and fishermen in the oil-rich region farm and fish.
Residents of Sangana and other coastal communities in Akassa Kingdom in Brass local government area of Bayelsa State have cried out over loss of their livelihood occasioned by the alleged continuous leakage of crude oil into the environment from an offshore facility in the area.

Environmentalists, regulators visit spill impacted communities in Bayelsa

Preliminary investigations into the January 16, 2021 oil leak near Funiwa offshore facilities. off the Atlantic coast have commenced with a visit by Bayelsa government officials, regulatory agencies and representatives of impacted communities.

Bayelsa community, Chevron disagree over source of Funiwa oil spill

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) and the communities impacted by the crude oil spill from Funiwa oil fields in Koluama in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been sharply divided over where the crude oil leakage noticed over the weekend was coming from.

Chevron: Bayelsa oil spillage not from our facilities

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) has disagreed with members of its host communities in Bayelsa on leakages reported at Funiwa Oil Fields operated by the oil firm off Bayelsa Coast.
FILE PHOTO - A fishing boat is seen at Oban harbor in Scotland, January 8, 2021. REUTERS-Russell Cheyne-File Photo

Scotland’s seafood exporters dealt new post-Brexit blow

The introduction of health certificates, customs declarations and other paperwork has added days to delivery times and hundreds of pounds to the cost of each load, undermining a system that used to put fresh seafood into French shops just over a day after it was harvested.
Seventeen fishermen were missing and feared dead on Monday after a Russian boat capsized during a storm and sank in the freezing waters of the Barents Sea.

17 fishermen feared dead as boat sinks in Russia

Seventeen fishermen were missing and feared dead on Monday after a Russian boat capsized during a storm and sank in the freezing waters of the Barents Sea.
The Daily Mail has cited an unnamed Labour source as defying party leader Keir Starmer’s call to vote for the London-Brussels trade deal and saying that “we don’t want Brexit blood on our hands”.

Brexit trade deal frustrates UK fisheries leaders, labour politicians

The Daily Mail has cited an unnamed Labour source as defying party leader Keir Starmer’s call to vote for the London-Brussels trade deal and saying that “we don’t want Brexit blood on our hands”.
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat added that the present supply of fish and other seafood products in the State was insufficient to meet the fish and seafood demands of Lagosians hence the need to have a private sector driven aquaculture centre.

Lagos to establish a multi million naira fish centre

Lagos is set to launch a multi-million Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (L.A.C.E) to provide a major boost to the fast-growing fisheries sector that already ships a major portion of its output to overseas markets.
French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a post-Brexit trade deal are complex and France would oppose any pact that “sacrifices” its fishermen.

France will not sacrifice its fishermen in any Brexit deal – minister

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a post-Brexit trade deal are complex and France would oppose any pact that “sacrifices” its fishermen.
United Nations (UN) has revealed that not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.

Message from the dead Borno farmers

That the slain Borno farmers did not get military clearance is an inconvenient truth, but the real error of judgement was taking the government at its word. In his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military chiefs – the same military chiefs there today – to relocate to the North East, the main theatre in the war on Boko Haram.

Sri Lanka says no major damage caused by Cyclone Burevi

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC), Deputy Director, Pradeep Kodippili, in Sri Lanka said on Thursday that no critical damage was caused by Cyclone Burevi.
Some 3,000 people began returning to their homes and deserted farms in the northeast Nigerian state of Borno on Monday, six years after fleeing jihadist violence and despite a weekend massacre that underscored the security risks they still face.

Borno returns 3,000 displaced persons after Boko Haram attacks

Some 3,000 people began returning to their homes and deserted farms in the northeast Nigerian state of Borno on Monday, six years after fleeing jihadist violence and despite a weekend massacre that underscored the security risks they still face.
United Nations (UN) has revealed that not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.

UN: Over 110 people killed in attack on Borno rice field

United Nations (UN) has revealed that not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.

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According to a report by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Ifemembi, originally of Nigeria, was arrested in Maryland on Wednesday, April 7, 2020, on a federal charge that he obtained U.S. citizenship under a false name. It added that he made false statements to acquire U.S. citizenship, in addition to employment with USCIS.

Nigerian faces 10 years in jail for obtaining U.S. citizenship using fake identity

The United States authorities have charged 48-year old Modestus Nwagubwu Ifemembi to court over fraudulent claims he provided to obtain the US citizenship 10 years back.
The Registrar-General-Chief Executive, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Alhaji Garba Abubakar, yesterday said all accredited customers must revalidate their accreditation with the commission before the end of March or have their accounts suspended.

CAC aims to register new company within three hours

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) says it will be possible for companies in Nigeria to be registered within three hours, before the end of 2021.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Ramadan: Gombe governor calls for fervent prayers against insecurity

Muslim communities have been called upon to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray fervently against the challenges of insecurity as well as for unity and progress of the state and the nation as a whole.

Senator Okorocha’s arrest a political witch-hunt – Igbo youth group

Igbo Youths For Equity, a coalition of Igbo youth groups, has condemned Tuesday’s arrest of former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
1. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo presides as FEC mourns ex-minister Mahmud Tukur

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

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Senate President Ahmed Lawan

Cross River North By-election: Stakeholders demand immediate inauguration of Rep Jarigbe

Political stakeholders in Cross River State have asked the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, to immediately inaugurate Hon. John Agom Jarigbe as the senator representing the northern senatorial district of the state.
The United States will send two warships through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea next week, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday, as tensions simmer between Russia and Ukraine.

Turkey: US to send two warships to Black Sea

The United States will send two warships through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea next week, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday, as tensions simmer between Russia and Ukraine.
Mozambique is sending a medical team to identify the bodies of 12 people beheaded during an Islamic State attack last month on the northern gas exploration hub of Palma, an army spokesperson said.

Mozambique: Army says 12 people were beheaded during insurgents’ attack

Mozambique is sending a medical team to identify the bodies of 12 people beheaded during an Islamic State attack last month on the northern gas exploration hub of Palma, an army spokesperson said.
Doses of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires, Argentina January 16, 2021. REUTERS-Agustin Marcarian

Russia says Sputnik shot less effective against South Africa variant

Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus shot is less effective against the South African variant but still does better than other vaccines, the lead scientist behind it was cited as saying on Friday.
Demonstrators from the Dawei Technological University along with others march to protest against the military coup, in Dawei, Myanmar April 9, 2021 in this still image obtained from a video. Courtesy of Dawei Watch/via REUTERS

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi asks court to let her meet lawyers; activists urge New Year...

Myanmar’s detained government leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, asked a court on Monday to be allowed to meet her lawyers in person as she appeared at a hearing via video link to face charges brought by the military junta that could see her jailed for years.