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BattaBox.com just keeps getting better and better... I mean - just look at that content!

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Great & funny site ever
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Wait all night, to work all day.

#Lagos   #FuelShortages   #Nigeria  
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Anyone else out there still waiting in late night fuel queues?
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Tokunboh 'tings...
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haha +Victory John those were my "acting years" ... very proud of that film!!
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Oil prices hit $50 a barrel... and it's expected that Iran's oil won't really even hit the market until late this year/early next year.
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That is the real problem. So out goes the budget benchmark cos we need to have buyers.
Bad investment for new political business men
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Someone's enjoying themselves on the long weekend in Lagos.
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haha +Oluwafemi Akinwa i doubt the guy driving the boat gets a weekly report ;-)
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Man prepares a coffin by the roadside at midnight on Lagos Island.
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Hence the expression "saved by the bell"!
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This guy doesn't clean just anyone's house...!
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Nigeria marks 1 year without a case of Polio. This is a massive achievement: in 2012, Nigeria recorded more than half of all global cases.

Nigeria will be declared "polio-free" in 2017, 3 years after there have been no polio cases.

To give an idea of the scale of the operation involved: there has been an increase of volunteer community mobilizers – from 2,150 in 2012 to more than 9,500 in 2014 – to ensure strong household and community engagement.

#Nigeria   #polio  
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Nice. Giant of Africa, proud of u
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Our latest report on Nigeria's Broken Oil Economy:

"When there's no oil in the vehicle, the engine won't work."

WATCH NOW:
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/21/world/nigeria-oil-economy/index.html
Nigeria relies on oil for over 90% of its foreign exchange earnings, but the price of oil has crashed this year, and Nigeria is not selling its oil.
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No. I think things have to get real bad before Nigeria can ever make progress. We've spent too long duck taping things. Its time to rip off the duck tapes and start afresh
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Buhari talks exclusively to CNN's Amanpour:

You can watch the whole interview below, but the key points I think are:

Buhari on corruption, even in own party: "There isn't going to be any party member or personality that can escape justice."

Buhari says he's willing to negotiate for Chibok Girls: "If we're convinced that the leadership of Boko Haram is credible we will negotiate"

"Our main objective as a govt is to secure those (Chibok) girls to their parents and school and rehabilitate them."

"Nothing will work until the country is secure" - discusses security issues in Niger Delta and Boko Haram in North East.

"US promised to do what they can to help Nigeria, so we brought our requirements of training, equipping & intelligence gathering"

Watch Now:
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/07/21/intv-nigeria-amanpour-muhammadu-buhari.cnn

#Nigeria #Buhari
In an exclusive interview during his visit to America, Muhammadu Buhari speaks with Christiane Amanpour about terrorism, corruption, and his meetings with Obama.
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Achieving aims is relative. The issue of Boko haram is like fighting in the dark. It's been difficult separating the rogues from real people. If guns and weapons running outlets are closed up then we'll be able to reduce the unchecked attacks by insurgents. The economy needs greater and tighter monitoring while consumption of locally produced agricultural products will reduce our over reliant on imported produces.
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Buhari seeks $150 billion in stolen funds and promises ministers in September.

The link to Buhari's Op-Ed is below, but I think the key points are:

- "I now seek Obama’s assistance in locating and returning $150 billion in funds stolen in the past decade"

- "In recent weeks, it [Boko Haram] appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas...It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing."

- Ministers to be appointed in September. "Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct & good governance in place"

Full article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/nigeria-committed-to-good-governance-and-fighting-terror/2015/07/20/8c1acd00-2e21-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html
The importance of the fight against terrorism and corruption in Nigeria cannot be underestimated.
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Ken please check your facts before going public your comments about Buhari shows your level of ignorance about Nigeria's history and the man Buhari 
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SSS accuses Dasuki of "alleged plans to commit treasonable felony"

I've pasted the full statement below, but key points are:

- SSS move to "pre-empt individuals with penchant for impunity & lawlessness from putting back the nation to the dark days" -SSS statement.

- Incriminating evidence found include: 7 assault rifles + 5 bulletproof cars "being kept for possible sinister enterprise"

- they had a search warrant, but not an arrest warrant.

It comes after what PRNigeria described as an end of a 24 hour "siege" of Dasuki's Abuja home by the SSS. His international passports have been seized but there is no restriction on his movements.

Full Statement:

SSS PRESS RELEASE ON EX-NSA SAMBO DASUKI

PREVENTING ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT TREASONABLE FELONY: THE SEARCH ON THE RESIDENCE (S) OF MOHAMMED SAMBO DASUKI (COL RTD), IMMEDIATE PAST NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER (NSA)

Gentlemen of the Press, good evening.

2. On 16th July, 2015, about 1650 hours, based on credible intelligence linking the immediate past NSA, Mohammed Sambo DASUKI (Col Rtd) with alleged plans to commit treasonable felony against the Nigerian State, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) conducted a search on the properties belonging to the former NSA, Mohammed Sambo DASUKI (Col Rtd). The properties are on Nos. 13, John Khadya Street, Nos. 46, Nelson Mandela Street, both at Asokoro, Abuja, and Nos. 3 Sabon Birni Road, Gwiwa Area, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

3. The search operations was planned to be simultaneously conducted, but DASUKI, refused the operatives entry into his main residence located at No. 13 John Khadya Street, Asokoro, despite being presented with a genuine and duly signed search warrant. Consequently, what was to last not more than two (2) hours, lasted more than ten (10) hours, up till the early hours of 17th July, 2015. Indeed if not for the sense of maturity and professionalism of the officers and men assigned this task and the very good understanding and timely intervention of the new Chief of Army Staff, Tsukur Y. BURATAI (Maj Gen), there would have been a clash between the Army operatives guarding the house and Service operatives, as SAMBO directed the soldiers on duty not to allow any movement into his house, despite the subsisting court order. SAMBO thereafter raised a false alarm to the military authorities to come to his aid as he failed to correctly tell the military that his property was about to be legitimately searched.

4. Gentlemen, please recall that SAMBO retired from the Army as a Colonel, and therefore not entitled to have military guards, if not for the fact he was NSA. Even as NSA, such guards should have been withdrawn after his removal as NSA since he would not have been entitled.

5. The search was thoroughly conducted, and several items recovered, among which were some incriminating items. These include seven (7) high caliber rifles, (high assault weapons), several magazines and military related gears. 

6. The team also recovered twelve (12) new vehicles, out of which five (5) were bullet proofs. These vehicles which are all exotic vehicles were retrieved from SAMBO’s residence having failed to produce evidence of ownership. For instance, what could he be doing with five (5) bullet proof cars as a retired NSA?. These cars which from all available evidence were purchased with tax payers money, were being kept for possible sinister enterprise.

7. The Service would want to state categorically that this search operation is not a witch hunt. The Service decided to move at this time in line with current Management resolve to be proactive and pre-empt individuals with penchant for impunity and lawlessness from putting back the nation to the dark days. The Service is also aware that the lethal arms and the vehicles recovered were not reflected in SAMBO’s handover notes or what could a former NSA be doing with destructive weapons and bullet proof cars which put together could disrupt the peace of any city in Nigeria for a while.

8. On the search of his three (3) properties, including the Sokoto residence, the Service is aware that in his capacity and given his antecedents, he might decide to use any of his residences for such diabolical plans, rather than his main residence.

9. Gentlemen of the press, the Service Management would want to assure members of the public that it would not trample on the freedom of individuals or groups as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and emphasized by the current administration’s position on transparency, and probity underlined by justice and equity for all Nigerians. This is the driving force for all DSS operations. However, the Service would not hesitate to go after any person or group of persons, no matter how highly placed once such individual (s) breach or attempt to breach the laws of the Federation. The days for impunity and indecisiveness in the face of unpatriotic acts by individuals operating against the State are over. The Service hereby appeal to all Nigerians to be law abiding and partner with it in ensuring a peaceful and secured nation. In the same vein, those that are bent on breaking the rules governing our peaceful co-existence due to either the huge ill gotten wealth they have acquired or imaginary hold they think they have on our nation’s survival, are being warned to rethink. The DSS will use all constitutional means as defined by its mandate to deal decisively with such unpatriotic individuals.

10. The Management want to seize this opportunity to appreciate Nigerians for the tremendous acts of goodwill that is being extended to the new dispensation. The Management also wish to assure Nigerians that the gesture and confidence being expressed will be reciprocated with more dedication and service to our dear country Nigeria.

11. Happy Eid-el-Fitri to you and indeed, all Nigerians. 

12. Thank you. 

sgd
Tony OPUIYO
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Sambo was a tactical instrument in Mr Jonathan's government for a lot of atrocities - financial and humanitarian - so I am not surprised that a valid search warrant was issued against his residences. This, for me, is a tip of the iceberg of more to come on Sambo's matter. I have personally come across highly incriminating documents that put Sambo in terrible light. Also, it sure signifies that the government is on a steady game-plan, to fish out all the possible inhibitors to our country's positive change. 
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  • BattaBox.com
    Director, 2011 - present
    BattaBox is Nigeria's most exciting Video News & Entertainment website. Christian founded and co-directs the company and its team of producers, editors and technical staff to ensure original video content is gathered from across Nigeria and distributed across our online network. You can check out BattaBox here: http://battabox.com
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    West Africa Correspondent, 2008 - 2011
    One of the longest serving foreign journalists in Nigeria, Christian was based in Lagos for eight years reporting from both Nigeria and the West Africa region for CNN. You can find all my work/videos here: http://goo.gl/DpvmhD
  • Freelance Journalist
    Freelance - Nigeria, 2004 - 2008
    Text and broadcast journalist for UK & US newspapers (Independent, Sunday Times, Telegraph, etc), as well as international broadcasters (such as Channel 4 and CNN)
  • Vivid Features
    Producer, 2002 - 2004
    Film Production, Camera and Editing at East Africa's largest production company.
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Christian Purefoy lives online here!

I travel between Nigeria & UK to bootstrap an internet startup ... https://BattaBox.com - Nigeria's most exciting video News & Entertainment channel.

Oh, and I also report for CNN on West Africa.

If you need an extra bit of background:

I worked as a journalist for eight years in Nigeria - for US & UK newspapers, as well as TV - in particular as the CNN West Africa correspondent. I reported on the militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta, the 'Underwear Bomber' AbdulMutallab, the 2007 & 2011 Nigerian elections, rise of Boko Haram and many other breaking news and feature stories.

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