The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owosanoye, has said that the bulk of an estimated $90 billion that leave Africa through illicit channels annually is from Nigeria. This report was made in a speech at the commemoration of the 2019 African Union Anti-Corruption Day organized by the Bauchi State office of the ICPC.
The National Assembly has been given a five-point agenda to compliment the military’s fight against terrorism. At an advocacy meeting held at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, on Tuesday, the One Nigeria Movement reeled out a quintet programmes that would ultimately end security challenges in the country.
Seventeen of the 29 Nigerians arrested last month at Ho-Area 52 for their alleged complicity in cyber fraud activities have been deported by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). The reputation for criminality has made it hard for Nigerians to be “accepted” abroad. Many Nigerians are serving jail terms in countries across the globe for various illegal acts. This definitely does not speak well of the country and her citizens. And the sooner we imbibe the habit of decent, lawful behavior both within and outside the nation, the better for us as individuals and as a country. Concerted efforts should be made by all well-meaning Nigerians both home and abroad to project a good image for the country which will counter the bad one created by the unscrupulous, criminal-minded few.
The Police in Anambra state have warned parents to look out for seven signs which they described as tell-tale signs that their wards were getting involved in cultism. The seven early signs as identified by the Anambra state Police include: late night, love for music, love for specific colours, difficulty in exposing the body, isolation, anger and smoking, and making new friends. Early detection of a child’s engagement in cultism can help stop the full involvement of that child in the evil act and also save the life of the child from impending dangers that lies ahead.
According to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) about 20,000 girls from Edo and Delta States are currently prostitutes in Mali. This was disclosed by Mr. Nduka Nwanwenne, the Benin Zonal Commander, NAPTIP during the “I’m not for Sale” campaign at Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. He also stated that though human trafficking was a global issue, recent statistics revealed that it was more prevalent in Edo and Delta States. He further disclosed that organ harvesting was the latest angle to human trafficking. In view of this, there is a need for protection of the children and youths. There is an urgent need to prevent human trafficking and sexual exploitation of youths and children, especially girls.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced it will be focusing more on drug prevention, sensitisation and education of the citizenry as a new strategy for the prevention of drug trafficking and abuse.
The NDLEA said this at a pre-event press briefing at Abuja to flag-off the commemoration of 2019 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking with the theme ‘Health for Justice: Justice for Health.’
The Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, represented by his Chief of Staff Femi Amos Oloruntoba, said the NDLEA had realised it must do more to curb and prevent drug abuse in the country. Rather than just hosting a grand finale where all talks and goodwill messages are given, the agency this year will carry out all-inclusive education and sensitization programmes in Abuja and at lower scale in our state commands across the country, he stated.
One other objective of our new approach is to improve our outreach to the vulnerable groups.
Therefore, we shall be carrying out drug prevention, education and sensitization targeted at the following identified groups of our population. The theme for this year’s commemoration of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking addresses three broad issues:
Drug dependent persons having access to the treatment they need, connecting drug prevention, social inclusion and protection, and building knowledge for justice and health. The NDLEA is in partnership with MTN through MTN Foundation to accomplish the sensitization programs among the identified groups of the population.
The targeted groups include secondary and tertiary schools, market people, farmers and hunters, members of IDP camps, and people at motor parks spanning from Wuse to Abaji from June 20th to the 26th.
The NSA disclosed this during a joint press briefing on the outcome of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.The federal government is considering proscribing the Almajiri system to address the rising insecurity in the country, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has said. Monguno briefed journalists alongside the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Adamawa Governor, Ahmadu Fintri, Anambra, Willie Obiano and Ondo Rotimi Akeredolu.
According to the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Nigeria losses about N127 billion to cybercrime as a result of the country’s inability to properly secure her information system. This is caused in part by our inability to adequately secure our Information Systems. The Director-General also added that the global IT industry is expected to hit $5 trillion by the end of 2019. This was made known yesterday in Abuja during the stakeholders’ engagement for the review of the guidelines for information system audit and software testing.
The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said it is set to commence tracking of its first phase of constituency projects in 12 states. This was contained in a brief signed by the commission’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa in Abuja yesterday.
About 24.9 million people are illegally trafficked yearly and live in conditions of modern slavery. Human trafficking creates misery for millions and helps fund criminal gangs and terrorism. We all can contribute to the fight against this abhorrent trade in people’s lives and collectively tackle the scourge of human trafficking. CCFA is committed to raising awareness and train children and youths to recognise the signs of trafficking, and also putting in place, reporting systems to alert the concerned authorities.
This social vice is eating up the educational and moral standard of students. Innocent ones are being lured into the vice and other social vices such as drug abuse, armed robbery and murder. The CCFA team wage against cultism through sensitization in schools to enlighten the students on the dangers of cultism.
Smuggling can destroy our health through the importation of expired, fake, and other drugs. It paralyses our local industries. Smuggling encourages acts of criminality that can lead to armed robbery and other heinous crimes. It is also an unpatriotic act that can lead you into jail. Avoid smuggling and expose smugglers.
There are so many ways that scammers can trick you into paying them. They might pose as governmental agencies or visa experts promising you a Green Card to the U.S, which you might have been hoping to get. This can lead to you falling in their trap and becoming a victim of fraud.
A suspicious or possibly fraudulent web site: Does not have an “About Us” page. Does not publish its street address and phone number on the contact page. Asks you to pay a fee for unknown services or for services that are not required, such as attorney fees or administration fees. Guarantees that you will win. Offers a gift or free airline tickets (these are called “incentives”) if you register on the site and pay a fee. That is false if the cost of the gift is as much or more than they are asking you to pay.
Be on the alert for fake web sites.
A report “Into The Web of Profit: An in-depth study of cybercrime, criminals and money” researched and written by Dr. Mike McGuire, says illicit and illegal online markets are now the most lucrative cybercriminal form of revenue generation, constitution over 50 per cent of total revenues of cybercrime. According to the report, Internet crime economy seems to be booming as cybercrime activities generate at least $1.5 trillion annually as only four percent of the proceeds laundered through cryptocurrencies.
According to the report, illicit and illegal online markets generate an estimated $860 billion annually while theft of trade secrets and other IP generate approximately $500 billion, constituting around 35 per cent of cybercrime revenues.
The report said “evidence suggests that cybercriminals have become increasingly adept at deploying traditional methods of laundering, such as: illicit uses of the legitimate banking system, money mules, shell companies, and wire transfers. Complementing (and sometime used in conjunction with) these are innovative, more digitally-focused methods of laundering, such as the use of online payment systems like PayPal; cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin; or even online gaming currencies. But the use of cryptocurrencies for laundering purposes has quickly acquired a reputation that far.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has commended the efforts of the Stolen Asset Recovery (STAR) Initiative of the World Bank and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) while asking that it does more in recovering of assets. The commendation was made by Head, Legal Department of the EFCC Kabir Latona at the multilateral meeting with some independent evaluators from the United States of America during the 10th Session of the Implementation Review Group, IRG and 13th Open-ended Inter-governmental Working Group on Asset Recovery and 8th Expert meeting on
The ISS is helping the international community get the facts on migration, and is bringing African voices into a difficult debate. It promotes migration management and governance as a human rights, development and socio-economic issue rather than a security concern.
The ISS also promotes a gender focus in Africa’s migration debate. Migration is traditionally seen as a male phenomenon, yet women are moving more than ever, often migrating independently to escape war or fulfil economic needs. ISS research in South Africa found that African women migrants face xenophobia, racism and misogyny, and that restrictive policy responses have disproportionate impacts on women and children.
ISS researchers understand the structural drivers of migration, and are working with African governments on policy responses. ISS is part of a steering committee on migration and urbanisation for the South African government’s inter-ministerial committee on population policy. ISS analysts advised South Africa on how it can reverse the country’s institutionalised negative attitudes towards low-skilled African migrants and asylum seekers by embracing migration’s development potential and providing legal pathways that promote orderly migration.
The ISS brings new facts to the debate, based on its fieldwork, analysis and relationships across the continent. By spending time on the ground talking with migrants and refugees, it is able to tell migrants’ stories about why they move. A series of groundbreaking reports have looked at the dynamics of migration in the Horn of Africa, responses to migration in Algeria, and people smuggling in Niger and Libya. The ISS also reported on freedom of movement in southern African and Ethiopia’s progressive refugee policy.
The ISS is an authority on African migration. It drives progressive narratives and highlighting migrants’ positive contribution in filling labour shortages and skills gaps, particularly in developed countries with a shrinking working age population.
A Clinical Psychologist, Mr Adedotun Ajiboye has warned that addiction to social media can cause both mental and physical health challenges.
Ajiboye, who works at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday. Ajiboye identified social anxiety as one of the mental health consequences of social media addiction. According to him, social anxiety is the inability to relate with other people considering that it has displaced offline relationships.
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Command in Katsina state says it arrested no fewer than 182 suspected drug dealers from January 2019 to date.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the State NDLEA Commandant, Hajiya Maryam Gambo during the commissioning of the agency’s rehabilitation center in Katsina.
Nigeria is a country known globally as a petro-economy, but one that in reality is a country of small business people. Nigeria’s entrepreneurs collectively power Africa’s largest economy, generating almost 50% of its GDP and employing 60 million people—roughly 84% of its labour force. Yet high borrowing costs, multiple taxations, currency volatility, infrastructure shortfalls, and red tape all make doing business in Nigeria exceptionally difficult.
According to the European Union, Nigeria is now seen globally as a source and destination for sex trafficking, forced labour, transit and trafficking in human organs. EU also said it would support Nigeria through its political dialogue and development cooperation to fight these vices. The statement was revealed by the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen on Tuesday, in Lagos, shortly after the 64th chartered flight bringing back voluntary Nigerian returnees arrived the country.