Singapore seizes another huge pangolin shipment from Nigeria

Singapore seizes another huge pangolin shipment from Nigeria

Authorities in Singapore say they’ve seized yet another illegal shipment of pangolin scales, this time adding another 12.7 tons to last week’s interdiction of 12.9 tons of scales – or about 21,000 endangered pangolin. The latest seizure came after inspection of a 40-foot container that was en route to Vietnam…

Singapore seizes illegal pangolin scales worth $38.7 million

Singapore seizes illegal pangolin scales worth $38.7 million

Authorities in Singapore say they’ve seized what is the largest illegal shipment of pangolin scales in the world in recent years, after discovering almost 13 tons in a container en route from Nigeria to Vietnam. Customs officials along with the National Parks Board inspected a 40-foot container at the Pasir…

Nigeria’s INEC details voting irregularities, electoral violence

Nigeria’s INEC details voting irregularities, electoral violence

Nigeria’s electoral commission issued a troubling report Friday, describing challenges encountered during the February 23 election that saw President Muhammadu Buhari win a second term. The press release from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that some regions prevented from voting because of electoral violence, or sending in returns,…

Buhari wins Nigeria, PDP says it rejects results

Nigerian voters have re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, according to final results released late Tuesday night by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Buhari has 15,191,847 votes – 56 percent of the total – while main opposition candidate Akitu Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has 11,262,978 votes. Buhari won…

Nigeria’s PDP, APC trade accusations as election results come in

As Nigeria awaits final results in Saturday’s elections, both leading parties are trading accusations on electoral interference and the legitimacy of the results. “Our democracy is under threat of derailment,” said the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), claiming that results issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria…

Tense Nigeria awaits election results

Nigerians who went to the polls in droves on Saturday now are waiting for the results of the postponed presidential contest between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the main opposition challenger among dozens of candidates in the race. They did so as the threat of electoral violence continued to rise….

Nigeria’s PDP blasts Buhari over election interference threat

President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for those who might derail the Nigerian presidential election rescheduled for Saturday, including leaders at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who gave just six hours’ notice at the weekend that the polls would remain closed. What really concerned observers and prompted outcry from…

Nigeria postpones elections just hours before polls open

Nigerian officials have announced a last-minute postponement of the country’s presidential election, holding a press conference at nearly 3 a.m. Saturday – just hours before the polls were set to open. Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said electoral officials will be meeting during the day…

Nigeria: At least 14 reported dead in Buhari rally stampede

At least 14 people have died following a stampede at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. Nigerian media outlets including The Nation report the deaths are confirmed by a media spokesman for the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), where many of the victims were taken….

Nigerian opposition outraged as Buhari defends judge suspension

President Muhammadu Buhari has defended the suspension of Nigeria’s chief justice on the grounds of corruption, but the decision ahead of February 16 elections has raised alarm over the motive. Justice Walter Onnoghen would rule on any election-related legal challenge confronting Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) ruling party,…

Nigerian military ups pressure against NGO Amnesty

The Nigerian army has asked citizens to tune in Tuesday morning to an interview with its public relations spokesman, one day after the country’s military again accused an international NGO of collaborating with Islamic extremists and destabilizing the nation. Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman’s media message followed his statement on…