Friday, 16 March 2018

Article: The Fuss About Biotechnology

Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu

Science, technological innovation and a fundamental understanding of nature are among the major drivers of progress. Today’s advances in the treatment of human disease have been made possible by the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928 and the DNA double-helix structure by Watson and Crick in 1953.  These discoveries have saved the lives of countless people battling withbacterial infections; the number one cause of death in the last century and made possible today’s advances in the treatment of human diseases. Significantly, advances in the agricultural sciences and plant breeding through Green Revolution, has also saved millions of people from starvation.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Special Report: "My Lord, You Have Just Convicted An Innocent Man Today" By Charles Okah

Charles Okah

The number 7 represents a significant number for me.  I had spent 7 years in prison awaiting trial, I was born on the 7th month of the year, and judgement day for my terrorism trial was on the 7th day!

I therefore had no doubt in my mind that coupled with our innocence, the 7th day of March, 2018 wasn't just a coincidence and  would be the day of my freedom.

Special Report: U.S. Obtains Swiss Bank Records For Congo Corruption Probe

Courtesy: ICIJ

A Swiss court has confirmed ongoing criminal investigations into the businesses of Dan Gertler, an Israeli diamond dealer suspected of large-scale corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Article: insecurity And The Clamour For State Police

By Jaye Gaskia

Whenever the question of restructuring and devolution of powers have been raised by the contending factions and fractions of Nigeria’s prodigal ruling class, one of the issues that have always been brought to the fore is that of State Police, alongside that of fiscal federalism.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Special Report: The Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji Résumé


Eboe-Osuji was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and practised briefly there. After obtaining his master of laws degree from McGill in 1991, he worked as a barrister in Canada, having been called to the Bar in Ontario and in British Columbia in 1993.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

News Release: Disarming The Innocent & Arming The Violent: Nigeria Police As A Failed Internal Security

Security Agency Despite Squandering N1.2trillion Public Funds Since 2015The recent directive issued by Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotum Idris to 37 State and FCT Police Commands to immediately retrieve and recover arms (un-prohibited firearms or gaming/hunters guns) legitimately borne by various State, rural and urban communities’ vigilantes in Nigeria particularly in the country’s insurgency ravaged Northeast Zone and agro-Jihad-threatening Southeast, South-south, North-central and parts of Northwest (i.e. Southern Kaduna and other areas with dominant Christian populations) is totally condemned.

Report: Organized Crime And Corruption Reporting Project's(OCCRP) New Investigation

For refugees and poor migrants, travel can be terrifying, with no guarantee of a welcome at the end. For the one percent,​ ​it's a different story, as a growing number of cash-strapped countries invite them in​ ​—​ ​as long as they bring plenty of money.

In the Gold for Visas project, reporters for​ ​OCCRP probe the shadowy business of selling visa-free travel and even citizenship to the rich, including some who would rather not say where that money comes from.

These stories​ ​were​ ​produced as part of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a partnership between OCCRP and Transparency International, in cooperation with Global Witness.

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

News Release: UCLG Africa Celebrates International Women’s Day 2018

There are issues we should all be ashamed of. Think of your mother, sister, daughter being harassed by someone in the workplace, school, public space, public transport, or simply in the street. Unfortunately, this happens time and again on our continent, and the horrific statistics of women that lose their lives after being beaten by their husbands; women who are badly wounded following a dispute with parents or relatives; not to mention the many migrant women that suffer all kinds of humiliations including rape, human trafficking, and other undignified treatment.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Special Report: New Funding For African Countries From The U.S. State Department And The U.S. Agency For International Development, Others

Source: U.S. Department Of State

Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced nearly $533 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region, where millions are facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or prolonged drought. While humanitarian aid is truly life-saving, this assistance will not solve these crises, most of which are largely manmade.

Monday, 5 March 2018