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Nurses arrested for trafficking a newborn baby in Katsina

The headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Katsina State has arrested two serving nurses for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of a newborn baby.

ChannelsTV reports that the nurse suspects were paraded by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gambo Isah, on Monday at the Katsina State Police Command headquarters in the state capital.

He revealed that the nurses – identified as Misira Tijjani and Grace Ejigu – were arrested on Tuesday last week based on a tip-off.

Source: ChannelsTV

Reps Move To Review Chinese Loan Agreements

The House of Representatives has said it would review all loan agreements and conditions signed by the Federal Government.

The Vice- Chairman of the House Committee on Aid , Loans and Debt Management , Mr Chris Azubogu, stated this in an interview with newsmen.

He said the House generally is concerned about the loan agreement and they are reviewing all the terms and conditions to know what they are like . He added that the reviewing about all loans and agreements .

Recall that the committee raised the alarm over loan agreements Nigeria signed with China . The lawmakers said the agreement might force Nigeria to concede its sovereignty to the Asian country if the loans were not paid back .

However, the Minister of Transportation , Rotimi Amaechi, who appeared before the committee, asked the lawmakers to stop the investigation into the Chinese loans.

He said the probe would send a wrong signal to China , which could stop the loans , thereby thwarting the nation’ s rail projects .

A member of the Treaties , Protocols and Agreements, who spoke on condition of anonymity , stated that the lawmakers would not back down on the probe .

Reps Disclose How Lebanon, Mali, Others Are Using Nigerians As Sex Slaves

No fewer than 80,000 Nigerians have been disclosed to be held as either sex slaves or forced labourers across the world.

This was according to the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Tolu Akande-Sadipe.

According to her, the practice is rife in Lebanon, Mali and across the Middle East.
Akande-Sadipe, who blamed the Ministries of Foreign Affairs as well as Labour and Employment for the situation, said young Nigerian girls were subjected to modern-day slavery, sexual exploitation and organ harvesting, among others.

She also noted that the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the pretext of diplomacy, was working towards the release of a Lebanese trafficker apprehended by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, who was complicit in the trafficking of 16 girls to Lebanon.

The lawmaker said that a Lebanese who complicited in the trafficking of 16 girls, 10 of whom have been repatriated back to Nigeria, while the others remain stranded in Lebanon is currently in custody in Ilorin, Kwara State, awaiting trial for trafficking.

However she said that it appears that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the guise of diplomacy, is working for the release of the said trafficker without any regard for our citizens’ losses, their repatriation back home and compensation.”

Sadipe as well lamented increasing cases of abuse and dehumanisation of Nigerians abroad, especially in nations with a long history of cordial relationship with Nigeria.

She also disclosed that there were some Nigerian students in Turkey, who wanted to return home but could not afford the cost of the flight, stressing that they were currently stuck in Turkey, experiencing untold hardship.

EU Excludes Nigerians, Americans, Others From Entering Europe As It Reopens Border In July

European Union Commission has released a list of 54 countries that qualified for travels into Europe as the union opens its borders that were shut to contain the spread of COVID- 19 .

According to the list Nigeria, America, Brazil, Qatar, Russia and many other countries have been excluded from the list of countries whose travellers could be received into Europe when the borders reopen on July 1 .

The commission said that citizens of the excluded countries would only be able to enter Europe at a later date when the epidemiological situation in these countries improves .

The countries from which travellers are permitted to enter Europe are listed as Albania , Algeria, Andorra , Angola , Australia , Bahamas , Bhutan , Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canada .

Others listed are China , Costa Rica , Cuba, Democratic People’ s Republic of Korea , Dominica , Egypt , Ethiopia , Georgia, Guyana, India, Indonesia , Jamaica , Japan , Kazakhstan , Kosovo , Lebanon and Mauritius .

More countries include Monaco , Mongolia , Montenegro , Morocco , Mozambique, Myanmar , Namibia , New Zealand , Nicaragua , Palau , Paraguay , Rwanda , Saint Lucia , Serbia, South Korea , Tajikistan , Thailand, Tunisia , Turkey , Turkmenistan , Uganda, Ukraine , Uruguay , Uzbekistan , Vatican City , Venezuela , Vietnam and Zambia.

The EU Commission spokesman , Eric Mamer , said the union had the right to choose who would enter its borders .

On June 11 , the commission presented its recommendation on the reopening of internal Schengen borders on June 15 , so that Europeans could travel within the borderless area freely, just as they did pre – pandemic .

Buhari Urges World Leaders To Unite Against Covid-19 Pandemic, Says It’s Not Easy To Cope With

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the socio- economic disruptions that had so far characterised the COVID- 19 pandemic had proved too hard for many countries to cope with.

The President said these in a statement he presented at a virtual extraordinary China – Africa summit on Solidarity against COVID- 19 co- hosted by the Forum for China – Africa Cooperation .

Buhari said the health systems of many nations had also been severely tested by the pandemic that this is a clear wake-up call for humanity. He then urged the summit to put humanity at the centre of its vision for common prosperity.

He noted that the world was at a critical cross – roads , saying countries had been hit hard by the tragedy of the pandemic .
In a bid to contain the spread of the disease , he said countries had to mobilise energy and resources to equip health care providers for adequate response to the challenges of the virus .

Buhari said Nigeria would support and join any joint and collective action plan at regional and global levels to tackle the COVID- 19 pandemic and its fallout .
He said nations must not fail in these endeavours because the lives and livelihood of their people depended on collective efforts.

Buhari commended the Chinese Government, the United Nations Secretary – General , António Guterres , and the World Health Organisation for their actions and measures to help developing and middle – income countries in Africa to tackle the pandemic .

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