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EFCC arraigns two businessmen, firms over alleged bank fraud

Federal High Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, October 9, 2017 arraigned two businessmen and at the Federal High Court, Lagos State, for allegedly inducing a financial institution to deliver to a firm, Danium Energy Services Limited, N1.5 billion under a false pretence. Also arraigned before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo were two firms. The suspects had caused the banks to believe that ...

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Senegal: Zenaga Foundation commits to climate neutrality

Kai Zimmermann

The Zenaga Foundation is the latest organisation to commit to becoming climate neutral through the UN’s Climate Neutral Now Initiative, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The foundation, which promotes reforestation, clean energy and other forms of sustainability, is said to be the first organisation operating in Senegal to commit to climate neutrality. Its projects ...

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Guterres urges global solidarity over hurricane-hit Caribbean


Having seen first-hand the destruction wrought by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Saturday, October 7, 2017 called for the full mobilisation of the international community to support the people of the affected areas, while stressing the need to accelerate climate action. “I have just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never seen in my life,” ...

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India, EU move to boost clean energy, implement Paris Agreement

Miguel Arias Cañete

The EU and India have adopted a historic Leaders’ Joint Statement on clean energy and climate change. The statement was endorsed by leaders at the EU-India summit in Delhi on Friday, October 6, 2017. India and the EU are major players in the clean energy transition and the global efforts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. ...

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COP23: LDC ministers commit to ambitious climate action

Gebru Jember Endalew

Ministers and Heads of Delegation from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group on Thursday, October 5, 2017 met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss the priorities of the LDC group in preparation for the international climate negotiations scheduled for Bonn, Germany in November 2017. Chair of the LDC Group, Mr. Gebru Jember Endalew, described the meeting as “very successful”, with ...

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Monkey Pox: Bushmeat is safe, consumers insist

monkey pox

Some consumers of bushmeat in Bayelsa State on Sunday, October 9, 2017 said that they were not worried by the outbreak of Monkey Pox, a viral disease transmitted from wild animals to humans. The disease was reported a forthnight ago and was said to have affected no fewer than 13 people in the state, according to Prof Ebitimitula Etebu, Bayelsa ...

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Monkey Pox spreads to Akwa Ibom, government denies involvement

Governor Udom Emmanuel

The Monkey Pox epidemic, first detected in Bayelsa State, appears to have spread to neighbouring south-south states as there a confirmed case of the epidemic in Akwa Ibom State. One confirmed case has been recorded in the state, while two other suspected cases are under investigation. This latest outbreak was confirmed in a statement by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner ...

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Nigeria prepares for COP23, targets GCF facility

Climate Change

As African countries benefit from numerous global climate finance facilities, Nigeria is striving to join the group. Just recently, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) disclosed that Senegal, Egypt and Ethiopia are part of a team of 12 beneficiary developing nations to access a total $392.86 million in funding to assist them respond to climate change. But Nigeria is also hoping ...

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CITES controls over newly-listed shark species enter into force

Silky sharks

The wait is over. As of today, international trade in silky and thresher sharks will be regulated through strict the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) trade controls. As such, any trade in these species from this day forward requires a science-backed finding that the levels of trade will not jeopardise their survival in the ...

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Cultural beliefs inspire Nigeria wildlife conservation


As reported cases of animals facing the threat of extinction daily make the rounds, a contrary scenario is however emerging in certain parts of Nigeria, where wildlife still has a fighting chance of survival. Conservation of fauna, spurred by socio-cultural beliefs, has become the hallmark of some indigenous communities in the biological diversity-rich Niger Delta region, where animals are revered. ...

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