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Newsline: Diplomats Seek Intensified Security in Lagos after German Embassy Breach

Following the recent breach at the German Embassy on Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, five diplomats from their respective embassies asked the police to intensify security. The diplomats were drawn from the British High Commission, United States (US), German, Italian and The Netherlands embassies, all in Lagos. Tabling their grouse to the Lagos Police Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, at the command headquarters in Ikeja, they cited the popular Nigerian Army Mammy Market operated in the neighbourhood, as one of the security threats they face. According them, their worries were triggered by the recent security breach at the German Embassy, which almost went out of hand before it was contained.



Newsline: Audits on ‘higher fraud-risk’ Canadian embassies find undocumented payments

The audits in Nigeria, Algeria, Russia, India and Kenya were ordered after a probe found Canada’s embassy in Haiti was defrauded of $1.7M over 12 years. Audits of five Canadian embassies operating in “higher fraud-risk environments” have found cases of questionable procurement practices, undocumented payments for work, and sky-high levels of overtime for drivers. The audits were ordered after a 2016 investigation discovered that Canada’s embassy in Haiti was defrauded of $1.7 million over 12 years through inflated supply contracts and diverted materials. The government fired 17 locally recruited employees over the case. Management audits were conducted on Canadian embassies in Nigeria, Algeria, Russia, India and Kenya, as well as on Canada’s embassy in South Korea as a low-risk environment for comparison purposes. The audit on the Nigeria embassy was the most damning, concluding that protocols around “finance, procurement, contracting, revenues, and asset management were not consistently followed and some key controls were not in place or were circumvented.” Several dubious payments were found, including one case where the contract was signed after the work had already commenced, another where the overtime was paid at a higher rate than in the contract, and another where the value of the contract was “significantly exceeded without a contract amendment.”

Audits on ‘higher fraud-risk’ Canadian embassies find undocumented payments, ballooning overtime costs

Newsline: Nigeria Embassy in Berlin rumbles as Ambassador sacks staff

Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar who was just appointed June 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari and actually presented his letter of credence 20th September to Germany is at war with his non foreign affairs ministry staff most of them Nigerians. Eight out of these staff members were sacked recently without any entitlements and immediately replaced by new people throwing the entire embassy and Nigeria community in Germany into confusion. As you read this, embers of hate, deep rooted animosity, and bad blood of tribalism pervade the air within the embassy enclave.


Newsline: Embassy reacts to alleged kidney harvest of Nigerians in Egypt

The Embassy of Egypt in Nigeria has denied alleged illegal harvest of the kidneys of Nigerians who travel to the North African country for medical attention. In a statement issued by Ahmed Maher, who is the Head of the Press and Information Office in the Egyptian Embassy, the North African country, said its government had submitted a list of Egyptian certified medical centres and hospitals licensed to perform kidney transplant to relevant authorities in Nigeria. It also explained that all the hospitals involved in organ trafficking in Egypt had been shut down and their medical personnel prosecuted. The mission further clarified that no Nigerian was involved in the crime, adding that no complaint was filed against any Nigerian national over the incident.


Newsline: Nigerian activists threaten to occupy UK embassy

A group of activists under the aegis of Advocate of Social Justice for All (ASJA) has threatened to occupy the embassy of the United Kingdom (UK) if the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is not extradited to Nigeria. In a statement by its Executive Director, Asongo Venatius, ASJA said it was disappointed to learn that Kanu was hiding in the UK, after illegally travelling through Cameroon and Malaysia. According to Venatius, this implies that the UK is harbouring a fugitive from justice, notwithstanding his dual nationalism – Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The statement said: “The proper thing is for the UK to have allowed Kanu answer the treason charges against him in Nigeria before making any intervention.”


Newsline: Protesters shutdown US Embassy in Nigeria

Protesters drawn from various civil society organizations, Thursday, stormed the United States of America’s Embassy in Abuja over the alleged support of the country for the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Speaking at the protest ground, Comrade Richard Augustine, National Coordinator of the protesting group, Stand Up For Peace Movement, said it was annoying that a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Abuja publicly came out to counter the Nigerian government for labeling IPOB as a terrorist group.


Newsline: Britain’s foreign secretary opens UK’s new Embassy in Abuja

The United Kingdom in order to further strengthen its relationship with Nigeria on Thursday, August 31, opened its new Embassy in Abuja. British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson who unveiled the new diplomatic complex said it signified the growing relationship between the Commonwealth pair. The new embassy, located at Plot 1157, Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, houses all of the UK Government departments working in Abuja.